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As reported in a Bonaire Re-
porter on-line alert The Court
of Justice in Curacao lifted the lien
that the Dutch company, AirExel,
placed on Bonaire's Dutch Antilles
Express (DAE), now flying between
the islands as BonairExpress. The
judge did not rule on the lawfulness of
the lien but lifted it because he consid-
ered the potential economic damage for
the Antilles too great. Allowing the lien
to remain would have left the islands
without large scale air connections.
AirExel can still place a lien on DAE
if it can post a bond of about NAf7 mil-
lion to compensate for possible losses if
the grounds for the lien are found to be
unlawful. It's unlikely that AirExel can
come up with this amount as it is tied
up with bankruptcies in Europe.
DAE is a successor to Dutch Eagle
Express (DEE) which was the parent
company of BonairExel. DAE
"officially" took over from DEE on
April 1. DAE's lawyer, Rob Blaauw,
described DAE as a completely new
company, with different shareholders.
The Bonaire Government was share-
holder of DEE. However, Bonaire resi-
dent, Niek Sandmann's BHM company,
local individuals and KLM are share-
holders of DAE.

A According to public documents on
file BHM (Bonaire Holdings
Maatschappij NV) transferred the
shares of DEE to the private com-
pany Bon Air Investment and Partici-
pation Company, having Niek Sand-
mann, Martine van der Valk, Larry


Gerharts, Norman Evertsz, Antonio
Diaz da Silva, and William Felix as
shareholders. Transfer Director is Henk
Schrijver. The value of the 200 re-
corded shares is listed as
NAf206.237,08.
Supposedly the Bonaire government
never actually invested a cent in DEE
but was the holder of record as required
by Central Government officials in
Curagao. BonairExel was renamed Bo-
nairExpress in order to distance itself
further from AirExel. Sandmann and
associates continue to reform Bonair-
Exel into a regional airline in coopera-
tion with KLM as their goal. A senior
KLM executive recently was named to
replace Fokker van der Veen (also a
KLMer) as the Chief Operating officer
of BonairExpress.

A Some people thought BonairEx-
press was headed for a shutdown.
Early last week its schedule was crip-
pled when one of its three aircraft had
to go abroad for an extensive scheduled
airframe check while another ATR air-
craft was also grounded for mainte-
nance at the same time. At the end of
the week normal schedules resumed.

A The European Commission has
allocated EUR 20 million to fight
poverty in the Netherlands Antilles.
Most of the money will be spent on pro-
jects in poor districts located across the
five islands, Radio Netherlands re-
ported. The Antilles receives poverty-
eradication funding from the EC every
(Continued on page 3)


ANNULAR ECLIPSE
VISIBLE NEAR SUNSET ON FRIDAY,
APRIL 8TH

T he sky won't grow dark. Birds
won't stop singing. And the
corona won't make an appearance.
During a partial eclipse of the sun,
the moon covers only part of the so-
lar disk, taking a curved "bite" out of
our star. The sun remains glaring
bright. If you don't know it's happen-
ing, you might not even notice. But
there is something to see: the shad-
ows.
Look under a tree. You'll notice the
sunlight that's beaming through gaps in
the leaves make crescent or ring-shaped
spots on the ground. Look around the
walls of your home or office. You might
see crescents and rings projected by slits
in the window shades.
Only in the middle of the South Pacific
will a small number of people on cruise
ships view a total eclipse. Unfortunately,
the narrow path of totality does not touch
land.
An almost-total eclipse can be seen
from Bonaire. Here the eclipse is

IN THIS ISSUE
Annular Eclipse 2
27th Kite Contest 4
Photo Opening (Gert van Zanten) 4
Opinion (Coast Guard Speeding) 5
Ambassadors (Vriesman) 5
Bonaire Ambassadors at DEMA 5
Amboina Dolphins on Stage 6
MCB Tennis Results 6
Padrino Fashion Fundraiser 7
US Scuba & Divi Flamingo 8
Easter Windsurf Competition 9
New Teen Divers 9
Culinary Team Lunch 10
Gardner (Hedges) 10
30 Yrs. Bon Bini Kresh 12


"annular." The moon is perfectly aligned
with the sun but does not completely
cover it. A little bit of the sun pokes out
all around, producing a "ring of fire."
This fire ring effect will last for less than
one minute, so look sharply.
Eclipse sunsets are pretty, but be
careful. Even when the sun is hanging
low and dimmed by clouds, it is still
dangerous to look at. A brief glimpse
through a telescope or binoculars can
blind you. Try projecting an image of
the sun instead or use exposed nega-
tives or eclipse-watching glasses.


Pet Prof (Feline Body Language) 13
Marshes Happenings 15
Mairi Bhan Witness to Destruction 18
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Switzerland) 12
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Helen) 14
What's Happening 15
Micro-Movie Review (Constantine) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Win de Grijze) 17
Bonaire Sky Park (Crescent Moon) 19
The Stars Have It 19


Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
five years. Supposedly, an unspent 20
million euros from the past 15 years
is earmarked for a sewage system on
Bonaire. The Antilles and Aruba will
also receive 3 million euros to fight
HIV-AIDS and for AIDS prevention.

A In last September's referendum
Bonaire opted for direct relations with
the Netherlands. Finally, some possibly
meaningful steps are being taken to
make that happen. The Bonaire Ex-
ecutive Council has hired Professor Pe-
ter Boersma, a Dutch expert in the field
of political relations, to coordinate the
process. Direct relations with the Neth-
erlands will touch many parts of daily
life and may involve changes to the
courts, finances, social programs, public
health, laws and the economy.
A committee that includes ex-Lt. Gov-
ernor Richard Hart, MCB Bank Man-
ager Miguel Pourier and former Antilles
Governor Jaime Saleh, will assist him.


A Last Tuesday between 8 pm and
midnight the police force's Zero Toler-
ance team focused on violations by bi-
cycle riders and scooter drivers. During
the action 32 violators were cited: bi-
cycles for lack of a bell, lights or
brakes, scooters for lack of proper
paperwork. A total of 19 bikes and
four scooters were confiscated and im-
pounded until their owners satisfied le-
gal requirements

A Dutch Royal Highnesses Prince
Friso and Princess Mabel welcomed
the birth of a baby girl in London on
Saturday, March 26, at 7:17 pm. The
baby weighed 3,085 grams at birth and
is Queen Beatrix's fourth grandchild.
Her name is Countess Luana, short for
Emma Luana Ninette Sophie. Prince
Friso announced that he and Princess
Mabel were very happy and that both
mother and child were doing fine.
Prince Johan Friso married human
rights activist, Mabel Wisse Smit, on
April 25, 2004, without the approval of
the Dutch government, giving up his
claim to the throne for love.

Alexander Pechtold, proposed
new Minister of
Governmental Re-
newal and King-
dom Relations, was
received by Dutch
Prime Minister Jan j
Balkenende last
Wednesday, says
the government in-
formation service Alexander
RVD. Pechtold, Pechtold
who succeeds party
colleague Thom
Graaf following his recent resignation,
is currently mayor of the city of Wagen-
ingen.


A Local fuel prices are expected to
increase dramatically in the next quar-
ter based on increased world oil prices.
Curoil has calculated an increase of at
least 36 cents per liter. This would bring
the prices of unleaded and leaded gas to
close to NAf2 per liter (About $4.50/
gallon).

t At the March 17th meeting of the
NGO Platform various business topics
relating to the activities of the umbrella
grant-giving organization were dis-
cussed. In addition new officers were
named.
The new Daily Board is made up of:
James Finies, President
Elsmarie Beukenboom, Secretary
Alan Gross, Treasurer
Board of Directors:
Julita Winklaar, Culture Sector
Tanneke Bartels, Environmental
Gilbert van Arneman, Youth and
Family Sector
Godfried Clarenda, Care and Welfare
Jona Chirino (beginning August
2005), Community Development
Anthony Cecilia, Social and Eco-
nomic Development
Ruthmila St. Jago, Education and
Training Sector
When James Finies took over the
presidency the Sports Sector position
became vacant.

A The road to the Andrea 1 dive
site has been reopened. At the end of it
divers will find a smooth paved con-
crete ramp right down to the beach.
Shore dives were never so easy. Who
do we thank?

Remember to
set aside these
dates for the
HARBOUR-
TOWN BON-
AIRE JAZZ FES-
TIVAL -May 20-
21-22, 2005.
LATIN AND CARIBBEAN JAZZ are
on tap, Featured artists include: Denise
Jannah, Ced Ride, Avila Blues House
band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Berna-
bela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band
with guests, Stacey Francis, Latin
Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway
and many others.

A Getting to Bonaire is easier than
ever now that American Eagle, the re-
gional affiliate of American Airlines,
has announced that it has added more
flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to
Bonaire. In April American Eagle will
operate daily flights to Bonaire. Then
beginning on May 1, 2005, and going
through September 6, 2005, the airline
will operate five round-trip flights per
week. For more information call 1-800-
433-7300 or visit http://www.aa.com.
Another option for getting to Bonaire
is Air Jamaica which continues to offer
jet service four days per week from its
US gateway cities via Montego Bay,
Jamaica. Air Jamaica's US gateway
cities with connecting flights to Bonaire
include Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington
(BWI), Boston, Chicago, Ft. Lauder-
dale, Los Angeles, New York-JFK,
Newark, and Philadelphia. The flights
to Bonaire operate on Wednesday,
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. For
more information call 1-800-523-5585


or visit http://www.air amaica.com.

A Rincon's venerable Kas di
Krioyo, which has been restored, is
now open every day from 9 to 4. Rin-
con is the oldest and most historic vil-
lage on Bonaire. Come and see and hear
how life was lived in earlier times. Kas
di Krioyo is located just around the cor-
ner from the Rose Inn in Rincon.

A Have you visited Pedisa, the well-
ness and beauty mini-spa across from
the post office yet? Run by experienced
Peter Benekendorff and his wife Maria
Isabel, they use proven methods of mas-
sage and treatments combining energy
healing, Reiki and reflexology all at
lower-than-usual prices. Peter has cured
scoliosis patients successfully, and
Maria Isabel is an expert on nearly
every kind of skin facial treatment. Stop
in and see them or call them at 717-
4111.

SA reminder that classes in Heal-
ing Touch are coming up in early
May. Healing Touch is an energy heal-
ing technique that is so effective that it
is endorsed by conventional medical
personnel in the US and several Euro-
pean countries. See the Healing Touch
poster on this page for more details and
registration.

1 This week's very pretty Benetton
model from Jong Bonaire is Genesis
Sint Jago. The Benetton ad is on page
10.


Gielmon "Funchi" Egbreghts of the
STCB with the Leatherback
SMabel Nava, Project Direc-
tor for Sea Turtle Conservation (
Bonaire (STCB), wrote Sunday:
"A 200 kg. (440 lbs.) Leather-
back sea turtle was found dead on
Baby Beach, just south of the Seahatch
facility at Sorobon. Leatherbacks are the
largest of all sea turtles and their appear-
ance on Bonaire is relatively rare al-
though two leatherbacks probably made
nesting attempts last year in Washington
Park. It's possible that the turtle was
planning to lay eggs on the beach. The
cause of death could not be determined
since the carcass was in an advanced
state of decomposition.
The leatherback, Dermochelys cori-
acea, which can weigh up to 500 kg
(1,100 pounds), is more common in
other areas of the Caribbean. It has a
softer shell than other sea turtles and
feeds on jellyfish. For additional infor-
mation call STCB at (599) 717-2225 or
790-0433. email stcb@bonaireturtles.
org ,website www.bonaireturtles.org. I
./G.D.


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What is it about a kite soaring
into the sky that fascinates us?
Just ask the competitors in last Sun-
day's 27" annual Kontest di Fli (kite
contest). This year's competition was
even more spectacular than other year's
due to the high winds. Contestants
came from Curaqao as well as Bonaire,
and the kites were unbelievable. There
were "birds," "helicopters," a five-
tiered one, a tiny one the size of a hum-
mingbird. At the other end of the spec-
trum there was a more-than-20 foot kite
with ribs and spine made from a tree
trunk and branches. It even got off the
ground, after being pulled by 15 to 20
strong men. Contestants' kites had to
fly for at least two minutes to qualify
for a prize. Some kites couldn't take
the strong winds and crashed to the
ground, a sad tangle of paper and wood.
Originator and organizer of the event
for the last 27 years, Iris Semeleer of


The 27th Annual




KonIstdi Fi
Flamingo Bookstore, reports that there
were 165 entries. Prizes were for small-
est, biggest, most original, strangest and
most beautiful. The top winner overall
was Jurivino Jansen from Curaqao.
The Kontest di Fli is one of Bonaire's
most exciting and fun events, and it's
for all ages. It starts at 10 in the morn-
ing and goes until all the kites have
been flown. There's music, drinks,
food and great camaraderie with
families and friends setting up
picnic \ sites for the day to compete
and to view the spectacle. Seri-
ous judges worked hard and long
throughout the day, measuring,
conferring, and handling contest-
ants' protests. Many thanks
to them and to the very gener-
ous sponsors; SA-
BADECO, NGO Plat- form,
WEB N.V., MCB Bonaire and
the Government of Bonaire. D
L.D.


Bonaire From a Different Perspective


Recently, photographer Gert van Zanten (right) opened his exhibitions of
"Bonagraphs" at Le Flamboyant restaurant. Joining in at the celebration
were: SEK head Hubert Vis, photo artist Fer de Wit, George Curiel, Commissioner
Jonchi Dortalina and artist Addie Figeroa. If you want to see familiar Bonaire
sights in a new, different and inspiring way visit the exhibition.
The exhibition will continue until April 22. O L.D.


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Kite judges take measurements


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Bonaire


Ambassadors

B ernhard Vriesman
has been visiting
Bonaire for 16 years. Since
his first visit in 1989 he
makes Bonaire "The Is-
land" to visit each year. He
said that Bonaire has the
most beautiful underwater
life and landscapes. He did
his dive course here and
obtained his PADI open
water certificate. Con-
gratulations to Bernhard
Vriesman, a true Bonaire
Ambassador! O Ambassa-
dor stories and photos by
Joanny Trinidad.


OPINION
Facilities and boats
moored along Bon-
aire's waterfront are being
damaged by the wakes
from boats and ships pass-
ing too close and at too
high speeds. Last week we witnessed
the Antillean Coast Guard cutter speed-
ing along the front of the southern hotel
row. It was NOT in pursuit of an of-
fender but merely heading for a spot
off Karel's Beach Bar. Its wake
drenched a few diners at Divi Fla-


mingo's Chibi Chibi Restaurant,
smashed a dive boat, caused sediment
to be washed into the sea and perhaps
other damage that wasn't visible.
Come on, guys, you're supposed to
be setting an example for mariners. 1


Bonaire Ambassador Program makes a surprise
appearance at the DEMA Dive Industry
Leadership Conference

One Bonaire Ambassador proves
how valuable a loyalty program can be


At the DEMA Second Annual
Dive Industry Leadership Con-
ference on March 9, which was spon-
sored by Bonaire, Bud Uren of US
Scuba surprised conference attendees
by holding up his
Bonaire Ambassa-
dor medal and de- "...a customer
scribing the pro- the Caribbean
gram as one of the
best loyalty re- learned that it
wards program he It seems this wE
has ever seen. trip and she did
He then told the miss the oppori
story of a customer hr
who had booked
two dive trips to she changed he
the Pacific with booked the Cai
him last year but
had decided to skip
the Caribbean trip until she learned that
it was to Bonaire. It seems this would
be her 15t trip and she didn't want to
miss the opportunity to get her Ambas-
sador medal, so she changed her mind
and booked the Caribbean trip. This
impromptu endorsement and recogni-
tion for Bonaire and its Ambassador
Program was just one element that
made Bonaire stand out at this event.
Bud's presentation followed that of
Jack Chalk, who spoke on behalf of the


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Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion and gave an information-filled talk
about what Bonaire does to assist the
retailer selling travel.
Recognizing visitors from around the
world that have been
coming to Bonaire
decided to skip year after year, the
Tourism Corporation
ip until she Bonaire's Bonaire
as to Bonaire. Ambassador Pro-
ld be her 15th gram lets the island's
I't want to repeat visitors know
nity to get how special they are
by presenting them
medal, so with medals and
mind and making them the is-
)bean trip." land's unofficial am-
bassadors. Repeat
visitors receive med-
als based on the number of consecutive
years they have been visiting the is-
land: a Bronze Medal for 10 to 15
years of visiting Bonaire, a Silver
Medal for 16 to 20 years and a Gold
Medal for 21+ consecutive years. For
more information on the Bonaire Am-
bassador Program and for a listing of
all Bonaire Ambassadors visit http://
www.infobonaire.com/tcb/
ambassador/. (See story about Bud and
US Scuba at Divi Flamingo on page 8.)


Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005


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Amboina Dolphins on Stage


Cast of the Amboina Dolphins variety show at Jong Bonaire


Surely no one would dispute that Bonaire's greatest treasure is her youth, and
the island could be proud last weekend. The members of the Amboina Dol-
phins football (soccer) team put on a variety show at Jong Bonaire to raise funds
for the team which hopes to travel to Curaqao to compete in October. There was a
big turnout of families, siblings and friends in the audience, all enjoying the sing-
ing, dancing and humor. Some talented girls joined the boys on stage.
The boys, ages six to 10, are led by Coach Ricardo Alberto, and since being
"incorporated" as the Amboina Dolphins, the number of team members is now up
to 60 kids, with members from other barios as well as Amboina. "I want all the
boys to be welcome to join, not just those from Amboina," says the coach.
Sponsors of the team can't say enough about Ricardo and his devotion to the
boys. "When you see something being handled well in the community," explains
one of the sponsors, "we should all get behind it. And we think Ricardo is doing a
wonderful job!"
A number of adults have volunteered to help with the kids. They must have
caught the enthusiasm of Ricardo who says, "Working with the team gives me en-
ergy!"
To raise funds, they're selling bumper stickers (see below) for NAf5. Contact
Ricardo at 717-5330, ext. 241 or 785-3449. DL.D.


MCB InterIsland


Tennis Tournament


Results


T he third edition of the
annual MCB Inter-
Island Tennis Tournament
finished last week at the Har-
bour Village Tennis Center.
Close to 90 participants from
Aruba, Curagao, US, Ger-
many, The Netherlands, Venezuela and Bonaire competed in three classes (A,B,C) and
five categories (Men singles, Men Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles, and
Mixed Doubles). The tournament was sponsored by MCB-Bonaire, with co-sponsors
Littman's Jewelers, Heineken, Budget Car Rental and Tennis School Sport Bonaire.
For five days the players competed from 0800-2300 in a round robin format, with
pool winners continuing into an elimination schedule with a blind draw. Lots of specta-
tors showed up and cheered for their friends and family. With daily Heineken Happy
Hours, a players' BBQ and a party night at Vespucci restaurant, tournament Director
Elisabeth Vos created one big party for everybody.
During the award ceremony two new sponsors signed up, the Angelo Clarenda's Bo-
nairiaanse Bouw Combinatie (BBC) and Larry Gerharts' Bonaire Air Services (BAS)
so next year's Easter tournament will be even bigger. (Thursday April 13th through
Monday, April 17th)
All prize winners received a MCB trophy and a prize from a sponsor. OElisabeth Vos


Final results
Men Single A
Kenneth Ponson- Guido Wever
6-1:6-2
Men Doubles A
Kenneth Ponson/Frank Hodgson- Tonnie
Soliana/Gino Domacasse
6-3;6-5 Tiebreak (9-7)
Men Single B
Andres Kock- Bryan Provenzano
6-5;6-3
Men Doubles B
Andres Kock/Emile Domacasse- Leo &
Leonard Domacasse
3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-4)
Ladies Doubles B
Donna Shea / Prahphan Wildin -Marijke
Maas / Thammy Albertsz
4-6;6-4;Tiebreak (7-4)


Mixed Doubles B
Prahphan Wildin/Elvis Tjin- Theo en Mari-
jke Maas
Men Single C
Burney Elhage- Ibi de Palm
3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-3)
Ladies Single C
Rosalie Bierings- Justine Gonggrijp
6-0;6-4
Men Doubles C
Roy Celestijn/Carlos van Wilgen- Willy
Domacasse/Reggie Belgrave
6-4;6-3
Ladies Doubles C
Dell Squire /Lupita St.Jago- Margot Croes
Lupita Gil
6-1;6-4
Mixed Doubles C
Renate & Willy Domacasse- Dell Squire
Reggie Belgrave
Walk-over


WHERE T FIIN 0 D

Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more at yourfavorite spot


The team's new logo bumper sticker
Put one on your car!


Airport:
Car Rental Agencies,
Airport Arrivals Area

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Boekhandel

Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Brasserie Bonaire
Capriccio
Chez Lucille
City Cafe
Croccantino
Wil's Tropical Grill
Garden Cafe
Kentucky Fried Chicken


Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza
Seahorse Cyber Cafe
Subway

Shops:
Bonaire Gift Shop
City Shop
DeFreewieler
Inpo
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Exito Bakery
Bonaire Super Store (old
7-7)

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Dive Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Park Hotel
Harbour Village
Plaza
Sand Dollar


Consales
More for Less
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse

Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Bestuurscollege
Caribbean Laundry
Customs
Fit 4 Life
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
Parliament
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospital
TCB
Telbo

RINCON:
Chinese Store,
Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery,
Rincon Bakery.


Supermarkets:
Cultimara


Still can'tfind a copy? Visit our office at
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988
Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005


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Padrino Fashion Show

Special Olympics Bonaire


E


G et your tickets now
for the Padrino
Haute Couture Fashion
Show at Croccantino Res-
taurant Saturday, April 16.
All to benefit Special
Olympics Bonaire (SOB).
The theme this year is
"Broadway of the 50s," with
Monica Millar Curaqao singing
star.
Your contribution of
NAf125 includes the show and
a multi-course Tuscan dinner
prepared by Chef David and
wine. Limited number of tick-
ets left. Call Croccantino Res-
taurant, 717-5025. L.D.


Photosfrom 2004 show



Don't miss Fashion Event of the
Get Your Tickets Now
Padrino Haute Couture Fashion
Croccantino 717-5025


Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005


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US Scuba and Divi Flamingo Bonaire


a 25 year-long relationship


Some of the US Scuba travelers at the dedication of the plaque


t all started here, at a table upstairs way, so I said, 'Why don't you just start
in the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at your own company?' That was in De-
the Divi Flamingo, 25 years ago. Col- cember, 1983, and by July 1984 US
lege professor Heather Sellick and po- Scuba opened up in Rochester, Michi-
liceman Bud Uren were having dinner gan. (The US doesn't stand for the na-
after some fine diving in Bonaire. Bud tion; the U is from Uren; the S from
had been running scuba diving trips for Sellick.)
other companies and managing their The couple, apparently happy in busi-
shops. "I was enjoying being just a ness together, got married two years
'scuba bum,'" Bud says. "But," Heather later. Today US Scuba is housed in an
adds, "he was doing all the work any- over-8,000-square-foot building, pro-


viding retail
sales, a full ser-
vice travel
agency and an
in-store pool set
up for scuba
training.
But one of the
most important
parts of the
equation is Bon-
aire. Heather and
Bud, who holds
a Bonaire Am-
bassador Gold
Medal (25 con-
secutive years of
visiting the is- At the Chii Chi
At the Chibi Chib
land), enthuse, and Travel Center
"Bonaire is our
plaque where
very favorite lo-
cation in the Car-
ibbean. We come here twice a year, no
matter what, and it's always to Divi
Flamingo. Bonaire is safe, friendly,
clean, and the people are just wonder-
ful. The diving is just superb. Other
places may be lovely but it's the staff
that makes this resort; that's why we
always come here!"
This time they were accompanied by
a very amiable and friendly group of 37


i Restaurant at Divi Flamingo, US Scuba
's Bud Uren and Heather Sellick with the
e the company was "born" in 1983.

divers. "Sixty per cent of our travelers
are repeat guests," Bud says. "And that
includes families. We have groups go-
ing out every three to four weeks, and
we always like to start with Bonaire for
the new dive groups. You know it will
always be a success!"
For more information on US Travel/
Scuba log on to www.usscuba.com. 1


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I YACHTIGAND AAG


Easter Windsurf Competition


Arthuro (Payo) Soliano, Kiri Thode, Jaeger Sint Jago and Taty Frans


T here was a tremendous windsurf
competition at Sorobon last
Sunday. This event was organized by
Taty Frans, our professional windsurfer
who has excelled in different parts of
the world.
The idea to organize this event in the
first place was because it's very windy
these days. And seeing how many chil-
dren are interested and practice this
sport and how well they've developed
in the last three years in the 'freestyle'
and 'formula' discipline, this event was
organized. It was also a 'warm up' for
the big event, "King of the Caribbean,"


which will take place during the week
of May 15 to 22 in Bonaire. The
'Juniors' are very motivated to train to
compete for the world title. This year
will be the first world championship
for the 'Junior' class of freestyle during
the "King of the Caribbean."
There were more than 20 participants,
mostly from the junior class. There
were also many eyewitnesses present to
see the great moves that our youngsters
can do.
The event was a total success. 1
story and photo by Daisy de Jongh


Mabel Nava, Project Director STCB; Joeri Lieuw, Rafael Rodrieguez; Michael
Trinidad; Bilha Thomas, Manager of Jong Bonaire.

Recently, three teen members of Jong Bonaire finished their open water dive
course at Capt. Don's Habitat with Jenny as the instructor. The course, in-
cluding the books, was donated by Toucan Diving and Divi Flamingo Dive Center,
and the course itself was given by Capt. Don's Habitat. That is the beauty of work-
ing together for the common good! The course was organized by Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire (STCB).
These kids will start diving with the Jong Bonaire program, which is sponsored by
Wannadive, every Wednesday afternoon. We'd like to invite all the certified kids
from the island to become members of Jong Bonaire and join the club. 0 Mabel
Nava


Results 2. Arthuro "Payo" Soliano
3. Bjorn Saragosa
Formula Junior: 4. Terrence Bernabela
1. Jeager Sint Jago
2. Arthuro "Payo" Soliano Freestyle Men:
3. Demenson "Kiri" Thode 1. Demenson "Kiri" Thode
4. Whitney Rudolf 2. Elton "Taty" Frans
3. Evertson "Choko" Frans
Freestyle Junior: 4. Ruben Petrisie
1. Jeager Sint Jago


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-08 0:30 1.6FT. 7:52 1.1FT. 13:19 1.4FT. 17:35 1.2FT. 94
4-09 1:12 1.7FT. 9:37 1.0FT. 95
4-10 1:57 1.8FT. 11:12 0.9FT. 93
4-11 2:47 1.8FT. 12:25 0.9FT. 87
4-12 3:41 1.9FT. 13:27 0.8FT. 79
4-13 4:30 1.9FT. 14:11 0.7FT. 68
4-14 5:26 1.9FT. 14:48 0.7FT. 57
4-15 6:10 1.8FT. 15:26 0.7FT. 46




Angelos Grand Torcho Safari
Antigone Guaicamar I, Ven. Samba
Alina Honalee, USA Santa Maria
Barbara Ann It's Good Sandpiper, USA
Besame Jan Gerardus Sharki
Bettina Kaviler Sirius
Bright Sea La Cucaracha Sylvia K
Camissa, Chan Is. Lava Take It Easy
Cape Kathryn L'Quila, BVI Theta
Catalyst Luna C. USA Ti Amo, USA
Clemencia La Escotilla, Caymans Tish
Dawn Piper Maebelle Ulu Ulu, USA
Doodah Make My Day Ulysses
Dragonera Maki, France Unicorn, Norway
Felicity Natural Selection Varedhuni, Germany
Flying Cloud, USA Pisces Ya-T, BVI
Gabrielle Rusty Bucket Yanti Paratzi
Galandriel Sabbatical Zahi, Malta

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THE BONAIRE GARDNER

HEDGES FOR EVERYBODY


u Culinary Team Invites You to Lunch

Set your tickets now for the three-course
gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire's Cu-
Ilinary Team. In order to practice their skills in
preparation for going to the Culinary Olympics -"The
STaste of the Caribbean" in June in Miami-the Bon-
aire team will be preparing, for 30 lucky diners, their
three-course competition meal on two Sundays-
April 10 and 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at Le Flamboyant on Kaya
Grandi. Wine is included. There is seating for only 30 so get your tickets
early. They're NAf30. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at
717-8988 or 791-7252. OL.D.


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk cary terra
cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.


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2005 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, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Susan Brown, Dodo, Jack Hork-
heimer, Daisy de Jongh, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Michael Thi-
essen, Joanny Trinidad, Ap van Eldik, Elisabeth Vos
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij Curacao


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

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


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


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

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



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
www.bonaireimages.com
Visit Gallery "MyArt"
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988


O .. . ..... .. .

MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livablefrom the start

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

1 S




Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel
Generator LOOKING FOR WORK-
ING ALTERNATOR SECTION.
Our motor is OK. Contact Captain
Don and Janet: 786-0956


92 Suzuki Vitara JLX, License Plate
B-6, 85,000 km, Hardtop, trailer
hitch, bike rack, & factory service
manual.
In good condition. NAf9,750 Tel
717-8127

'93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)- New
Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well
Maintained for NAf5,500. Contact:
786-1465




For Sale: 18 cu ft Fridge
NAf500.00; Laser Printer HP
1012 NAf 400.00; Ladies Mountain
Bike NAf 400.00; Living Room
Set NAf 250.00. Call 717-8127


Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAf
300;- Carpet (Persian type) 195x295
cm NAf 125; Two single beds+ mat-
tresses NAf 25,- each; Heavy trafo
1500 Watt, 127/220 Volt NAf 50,-
tel. 717-5068


For sale:-Stroller as good as new.
From 175Naffor 100Naf -Sony
prof. stereo surround system VAC5
with warranty (a.g.a.n), 7500 Watt,
MP3, mic, c.d., double tape deck etc
from 1,100NAf for 700NAf
-Asahi Pentax K2 DMD prof. photo
camera set: Pentax lenses, tripod,
motor drive, prof case, filters remote
etc. Absolute bargain: Was 7,500Naf,
now 700Naf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail
alexanderl37@telbonet.an



For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr.
apt. with large porch, beautiful yard,
washing machine, alarm, TV., tel.,
airco, very quiet area for NAf900
incl. Please call 717-7977

For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in
Valencia, Venezuela, in private zone.
1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq.
meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq.
meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs:
living area with open, built-in
kitchen, office, guest toilet, laundry.
Upstairs: master bedroom with bath,
terrace; 2 additional bedrooms, 1
bath. Many trees. Documents in or-
der. Tel 717-4111

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.com-May 1st until
Dec. 15th.


Happy 30th Birthday

Kresh Bon Bini Rincon


Thirty years ago in Rincon Susanita Trenidad started the Kresh (nursery
school) Bon Bini. This week on April 7, they'll celebrate that anniversary.
Today's leaders are Gedulle Anthony, Valeska Trinidad and Lourds Mercera. The
kresh has 25 kids, some of the cutest on Bonaire, as you can see from the photo.
The ages of the children go from six weeks to four years.
The new board for the kresh is: Julia Pourier, Amllia Finies, Lisandra Mercera,
Nelson Anthony and Alvin Trinidad.
Pabien (congratulations) and keep up the good work! OL.D.





wih the epo rter


Going Under the Ice in Switzerland





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G iovanni Carletti writes: "I'm in love with Bonaire. I've come several times.
This photo is of me just before diving under the ice on a Swiss mountain.
This day had a lot of snow, really nice for diving. I would like to kiss my love
Jasmin at Pasa Bon Pizza, greetings to all my friends at Photo Tours, Buddy Dive,
Sea Horse Caf6 and others. See you all this month." 1


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trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
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Feline Body Language

Reading a cat's body language is
infinitely more complicated than
reading a dog's. The key with cats is to
always assume the worst and be pleas-
antly surprised if you were mistaken.

Let's start with the tail. While tail
wagging in a dog is usually (but not
always) friendly, it is never friendly in
a cat. Playful maybe, but not friendly --
remember that playful in a cat is a bit
more, well, sinister than it is in a dog.
Let's not forget that they play with their
food before dispatching it.
There are a few similarities to dogs:
a tail raised high is confident and domi-
nant, while a lowered or tucked tail is
worried and defensive ("submissive"
not being in a cat's vocabulary), and the
quivering tip of the tail indicates a
predatory state of mind. However, the
cat's tail is even more expressive.
When he is annoyed it will twitch. If
the annoyance continues it will swish
more and more violently, followed
eventually by biting and scratching. Of
course, biting and scratching are fun to
a cat, so these same tail motions could
be playful...

Let's look at various body positions


and typical behaviors. A cat who is
tense and crouching (maybe wiggling
his butt the way they do) may be poised
to strike. Then again, he may not. A cat
who is sprawled on his back, legs in the
air, appears relaxed. But it could always
be a ploy to lure the unsuspecting near
enough to be mauled.

What does a cat mean when he is
"making biscuits" on your pillow or
your stomach? Not much, this is simply
an instinctive behavior from infancy
which persists in some adult cats. And
rubbing up against you and other ob-
jects? Simply marking territory with his
scent glands. Why does your cat always
groom after you pet him? Well, that's
obvious I guess. He feels violated. OK,
a raised back with the fur up
(Halloween cat) is definitely fearful.
Except when it's playful. Or aggres-
sive...Let's move on.

Can the cat's ears give us a clue to
his state of mind? Certainly twitching
means annoyance. Rotating indicates
alertness (the better to pounce on you,


my dear). The most obvious sign, flat-
tened ears, clearly indicates a seriously
upset cat. But the cat may be angry or
fearful or just plain irritated...
What about his eyes? Yes, I know,
they are closed most of the time. But
what about that squinting thing? Well,
it can mean anything from I love you to
I hate you to I'm pretending that you
don't exist in my universe. On the other
hand, wide eyes can mean anything
from fear to playfulness to maniacal
alertness to I'm pretending that you
don't exist in my universe.

The cat's mouth does very little to
help either, and even the wide range of
noises which emanate from your cat
can be hard to read. Purring is generally
associated with contentment, but cats
also purr when they are stressed, hurt or
afraid. Go figure. Cats will growl when
they are feeling aggressive, but also
when they are feeling defensive. The
same with hissing. And what about
yawning? It could mean anything from
you bore me senseless to see how many
sharp pointed teeth I have. This is get-
ting us nowhere. Cats are, in fact, a
mystery. Let's focus on our own behav-
ior instead.

Some tips on how to behave with your
cat:
SDo not be stupid enough to think
that staring your cat down im-
presses him or anyone else.


* If your cat pounces on your foot,
don't move.

* Hissing at your cat to correct his
behavior can be effective. Or not.

* If your cat pounces on your hand,
don't move.
* Providing special beds, climbing
trees and scratching posts for your
cat can be helpful in controlling
destructive behavior. Or not.


If your cat lands on your head,
really don't move.

The most important rule: if your cat
falls off something, DO NOT LAUGH.
1 Susan Brown


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T his is 'Helen," one of
the sweetest cats at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. She's i ..
about two years old and is the
mother of little "Frans," the
black kitten (Pet of the Week)
who was photographed in the
food dish. Helen, the mom,
was left behind when her own-
ers moved. It's very sad be-
cause she has such a fine char-
acter and anyone should be
proud to have her as "their
cat." You may meet both
Helen and her son Frans at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.
Right now at the Shelter
there are many cats and kittens
that have been brought in for adoption. (Just last week four adults and nine kittens
came in). Every cat that is up for adoption is healthy, social and will be sterilized.

If you know someone whose cat has just had kittens let them know that they
can get help with their animal's sterilization. They may call the Shelter and talk
to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema. There is a sterilization fund set up that can as-
sist with the finances. Jurrie also wants to mention that those cat owners who did-
n't have a chance to get their animal neutered during the sterilization program last
October can still have the operation done. Call him at 717-4989. If you would like
to contribute, it's "Sterilization Fund" MCB Account #1061410 or through
Support Bonaire, Inc. (website: www.
'* supportbonaire.org).

Good news: There have been 45 adoptions
since January 1 this year. In 2004 there were 150
Adoptions; in 2003, 110 adoptions; in 2002, 90
adoptions. They must be doing something right! O
L.D.


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WHATS HAPPENING


WEEILU I WIE SHOWT IES
Cal to make sure: Usually9:00 pm
The Pacifier

(Vin Diesel)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Constantine

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Racing Stripes / Pooh's Heffalump


THIS WEEK
UntilApril 14 Willie Dijkstra Art
Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
UntilApril22 Gert van Zanten
"Bonagraphs" photos of Bonaire. At
Le Flamboyant restaurant.
Friday, April 8-A night of poetry,
stories and comedy, Jong Bonaire 7:30
pm. More information contact Hubert
Vis 717-8868 or email
SKAL @bonairelive.com

Sundays, April 10 & 17-Bonaire Culi-
nary Team gourmet lunch with wine.
Donation NAf30. Le Flamboyant Res-
taurant 1 pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299;
Laura 717-8988 or 791-7252 (page 10)

COMING
Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to
raise funds for Bonaire's Special
Olympics Team. 7:30 pm. NAf125 do-
nation includes multi-course Tuscan din-
ner. Well-known singer Monica Millar
will perform. Tickets at Croccantino
Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025 (page 7)

Wednesday 20th April Saturday 23
April. Earth Day Events in Bonaire.
2005 Earth Day events on Bonaire in-
clude the following:
April 20, Wednesday, 8 9 pm, at
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat: "Underwater Caretak-
ing." A slide presentation and talk.
April22, Friday, 2 pm: Underwater
Caretaking dive.
April 23, Saturday, all day: Land
and underwater cleanup at Washing-
ton Slagbaai National Park.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Sun. Apr. 24-Endeavor
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day,
Queen's Birthday
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON
MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes.
7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629,
780-7225.
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race

MAY 2005
Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch
Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Car-
ibbean Club Bonaire (page 3)
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Car-
ibbean at Lac Bay. The event will kick


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:

C ONSTANTINE, by
Francis Lawrence, star-
ring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.
It is a very dark and Gothic movie
based on the DC/Vertigo comic book
Hellblazer. Although it is very much a
(not my) genre film it did entertain me
because of the grim and creepy scenery,
great special effects, some scary de-
mons and monsters, but most of all be-
cause of Rachel Weisz. Besides Keanu
Reeves who plays, well, Keanu Reeves,
she puts up a fine performance and actu-
ally carries the whole movie.
Funnily, just as in 'The Passion of the
Christ' some basic religious knowledge
will help you understand the plot a lot
better. And after seeing 'The Passion,'
watching the violence in this film is a
piece of cake. 1 Dodo

off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For
info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or
www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com

May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL
May 19: Welcome Concert at
Wilhelmina Park. Happy hour and
late night jazz in cafes and restau-
rants
May 20: Main concert at Plaza
Resort. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Cafe and
other places
May 21: Main concert at Bongos
Beach. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Cafe and
other places
May 22: Main concert at Kon
Tiki Beach Club. Brunch concert
on location not yet decided. Jazz all
over the place plus three main con-
certs for only NAf30! Website:
www.bonairejazz.com
OCTOBER 2005
The International Bonaire Sailing Re-
gatta has been changed to October 9 -
15, 2005, a slip of one week.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe 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
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts
7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
rant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour


m


D uring the "Bou di
Ramada" (under
the porch) last Saturday,
Iveth Anthony (left) of the r
consumer organization f
Tienda pa Konsumido
Bonaeriano, interviewed
Wilfred Juliano Piar, Presi- .-.
dent of the Rincon Commu-
nity Center, and Selibon's
Oswin Cristina and Rudsel
Leito. One of the topics of conversation was Selibon setting up another landfill
area in Morotin, near Rincon. Every first Saturday of the month at the Marshe Rin-
con interesting personalities from business, culture and government are invited to
speak about current topics.


M aria Koeks, originator
of the popular
"Soldachi" (land crab) tours of Rin-
con (center) with Lucille Soliana
and Lucille Pikeri of the Pasa Dia
(handicapped center). Maria took
the members of the Pasa Dia on a
tour which included lunch at
Swinda' s at the entrance to Wash-
ington Park and later to the Kas di
Krioyo (now open every day from 9
to 4). Soldachi Tours offers walking
and bus tours to learn about Rincon,
"the heart of Bonaire." To reserve,
call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657.
You'll never take a more friendly
and non-commercial tour! O L.D.




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 blackjack, 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 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-


randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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 or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana # 1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

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DINING GUIDE


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
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

Brasserie Bonaire Low-Moderate Lots of parking in big mall lot
In the mall next to Re/Max Lunch and Dinner Freshly prepared meals, the place for a Quick Lunch.
Closed Sunday and Monday Breezy terrace with airco inside

Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At hibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
717-8285
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happyhours 5 to 7 every day.
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 MCB 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 Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north oftown center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111


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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
DIVING
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.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.


HOTELS
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
sea.
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
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
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
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.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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


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SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SPA-DAY SPAS
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.
SUPERMARKETS
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.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.

WINES
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
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
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Sr I he Plasa Machi Mimi on the
I boulevard where the Vene-
zuelans sell fruits and vegetables was
my grandmother's. She sold fish there
practically until she died in 1986 at the
age of 94. Last year the plasa was offi-
cially named after her. Her real name
was Bernabe Everts, and she raised me.
Everyone thought she was my mom and
to me she was the queen.
My mother is Petra Candida Everts-de
Grijze, a Bonairean who now lives in
Curacao. My father, from Curacao, was
stationed as a soldier on Bonaire. He
was Sergeant Major Marco de Grijze
and his father was Dutch. When they
met in Bonaire my mother already had
my sister, Lourdes. When I was born in
1943 they got married. When I was
eight my family and I moved to Cura-
qao. After primary school I went to
technical school with the friars at Brak-
keput. I had a wonderful childhood.
At 17 I returned to Bonaire and lived
with my grandmother. She took care of
me, did everything for me; I didn't do
anything; I went fishing! It didn't last
very long though; when I was 18, I
went to sea, working for KNSM, the
Royal Dutch Shipping Company. First
we sailed the Caribbean, then we went
to Holland and back. When I was fur-
loughed I didn't go back because I had
enough money!
So, on Bonaire I started working for
Trans World Radio, building the trans-
mitting towers. Eddy Rijna and I were
the only ones who climbed the towers.
After the job was done they didn't need
us anymore and I went back to sea,
working for Dammers van der Heiden,
a shipping company just like KNSM
except with smaller ships. We went
everywhere: to Panama to deliver elec-
tronic equipment, through the Panama
Canal to Ecuador where we picked up
bananas for Miami, then to the coast of
Africa to pick up fish for Puerto Rico,
as the Japanese fishing there weren't
allowed to sell it in Puerto Rico. It was
a great job! I'd signed for eight months
twice, and when my time was up I went
back to Bonaire.
The day I arrived I didn't go straight
home; I went to some bars and it lasted
all night long! I fell asleep in Kaya
Grandi, right on the street in front of
'Centro.' A friend of mine, Police In-
spector Franssen, woke me up and I
said, 'I didn't do anything!' He an-
swered, 'I know! But we've been look-
ing for you for a long time! Someone
from Radio Netherlands asked who
built the TWR towers. They need you
there!' Franssen took me to Radio
Netherlands; I started working for them
right away as the foreman, in the same


condition Franssen had found me in the
street! Everyone knew me as 'Win di
Machi Mimi,' so when I went to take a
nap to get rid of my hangover the other
workers said, 'Hey, don't do that! The
new foreman, de Grijze, will be here
any minute!' Because of the name, they
were expecting a Dutchman!"
Win de Grijze (61) grins. Sitting in his
old chair in his garage, Muffler King,
and surrounded by his people, engines,
cars and noises, he's completely at ease
and enjoys telling his story. "I had won-
derful years working for Radio Nether-
lands 20 years in all. I have a very
good pension; they have the best labor
agreement in the Antilles! I didn't re-
sign my job, I got the caisson disease
and after that bone narcosis in my
shoulderjoint. I am the first bone-
transplant patient in the Antilles.


"The most beautiful thing
about Bonaire is the
people; forget about
politics. Everybody knows
one another and practically
everybody is related by
marriage!"


I used to dive a lot; I could go tremen-
dously deep without the aqua lung.
Percy Sweetnam and I were the first
friends of Captain Don, but I never
worked for Don commercially. I
wanted to be free and I didn't want the
responsibility. With Percy, Victor and
another Aruban guy we got a big job on
Curaqao: cleaning the Queen Elisabeth
I underwater. We started in Curaqao,
then to Aruba, then to Trinidad where
we finished the job.
I had the accident because I'd made a
mistake. I was diving with two bottles
and stayed too long underwater. When I
came up they went to refill the bottles
and I went skin diving, spear fishing,
without waiting an hour. But I didn't
add that time to my diving time. After
my bottles were filled I went diving
again; when I came up... bang! Luckily
there were some YMCA doctors on the
island. They put me under water for one
hour, then I was taken to Curaqao by
plane, a plane that had to fly very low.
After I'd recovered I couldn't go back
to the Radio Netherlands towers any-
more. Dr. Welvaart talked with my boss
and they gave me a job for half days -
washing cars, making coffee but it
didn't work out, not with my salary! I
left, so someone else could replace me.
They've always treated me well and


now, whenever I go there, they make
me feel I'm still one of them.
So, I started Muffler King in 1982,
and my hobby is fishing. I built my first
boat, a small one to start with, and now
I have a real big one, the Triple J,
named after my two daughters, Juliette
and Julisa, and my son Jerwin. I mar-
ried their mom, Zena Dammers 30
years ago here on Bonaire. She was the
cutest; everything about her was just so
nice. Now we have two grandchildren,
Jean-Marc and Jarrold. I also have an-
other daughter Mary and a granddaugh-
ter, Emily. My daughter Juliette is the
woman I appreciate most in my life.
We're one of a kind; we understand
each other perfectly well.

Yeah, I did a lot and I still do a lot. I
take a lot of young kids who don't go to
school or have a job out to sea. I talk to
them and try to teach them something
and it works; most of them find good
jobs after a while. I've got a countless
number of friends, here and on the
other islands, and so I feel I'm the rich-
est guy in the Antilles. But my best
friends are the ones from my childhood:
George Ammerlaan, Rafael Damascus
and Doei Diaz.
I did some crazy things when I was
young. Ivan Floris, who now owns the
crusher and who was working at the
time as the chief mechanic at the Ford
garage, and I read a book about heli-
copters. He'd gotten an engine and
every weekend we worked on it. The
first flight of our helicopter was quite
impressive; we pulled the starter
string... and up it went... straight into
the electric cables! Never ran so fast in
my life! All of Antriol was out of
power! Crazy things! I'm not so active
anymore; I'm trying to pay off my taxes
and hope my son Jerwin will take over
Muffler King. Then I'm going fishing!
I've never wanted to live anywhere
else but here in Bonaire. Life was so
easy. I built this garage with friends,
and we built each other's houses. Eve-


ryone helped each other; that was how
Bonaire was in the old days very
beautiful. Now we have lots of foreign-
ers. I'm not against them, but every per-
son brings the good and the bad from
his own culture and that's how things
start to change.
The Central Government in Curaqao
has made many people leave because
they were never interested in Bonaire
and they never helped us. Then the tax
collectors office finished it off by hunt-
ing for the small businesses, and that
meant death for everyone. They de-
stroyed our economy instead of helping
the people and it's like this in all the
Antilles, except for Aruba. We'd be
better off if we had a direct connection
with Holland.
Our politicians have good capabili-
ties, but they shouldn't be so divided.
Once, in Miami when I was visiting a
good friend he went to Cuban political
meeting. As I was waiting there for him
I met the president of the meeting, and
when I told him I was Antillean he said,
'There are two politicians of great cali-
ber in the Antilles whom you should
always support. One is Don Martina
and the other one Ramonsito Booi!' I
was so proud! In Miami of all places!
The most beautiful thing about Bon-
aire is the people; forget about politics.
Everybody knows one another and
practically everybody is related by mar-
riage! We're all people and nobody is
perfect. All my life I've had the most
beautiful
times and I
think it will
last... There
has never
been another
place for me;
I love Bonaire
tremen-
dously."
[ Photo and
story by
Greta Koois- Greta Kooistra
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An Exquisite Crescent
Moon Pays a Very Close
Visit to the Pleiades, the
Seven Sisters


M ark next Monday
night, April 11 as
a super duper night to see an
exquisite crescent Moon
parked right next to the most
famous star cluster of them all,
The Pleiades, also known as
The Seven Sisters.
Next Monday evening, April
llth, at 8:30 pm, Sky Park
time, face due west. Directly above the horizon you'll see a beautiful three-day-old
crescent Moon complete with earthshine, which will look like a bright crescent
with a dark full Moon nestled inside it. And only two Moon widths away to its
right is the exquisite tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, The Seven Sisters,
which have been talked about all throughout history and are even mentioned in the
Bible.
Now most people can count only six stars here, and there are all sorts of legends
as to why most people can't see the seventh, but the truth of the matter is if you've
got very good eyesight and if you're far from lights under a dark sky you may be
able to count 10 or even 12 stars in this tiny cluster. Plus if you look really close
you will see that the six brightest stars trace out a very tiny little dipper. In fact
many people mistake this tiniest of all the dippers in the heavens for the famous
Little Dipper which is always parked directly opposite the even more famous Big
Dipper.
Be that as it may you may also notice that The Pleiades look a little bit fuzzy;
that's because they are embedded in a huge cloud of gas and dust called a
"reflection nebula." And the light from these stars is actually reflecting off this
gaseous material, which is easily seen in any time exposure photograph.
Now one of the most beautiful ways to observe The Pleiades, especially next
Monday when the Moon is so close to them, is to use a pair of binoculars because
then not only will you see all seven of the Seven Sisters you'll also see many,
many more. In fact The Pleiades are really a huge cluster of over a hundred very
big, very hot, blue-white stars, which are all much younger and hotter than our
Sun, having been born less than a hundred million years ago, compared to our Sun
which was born 4/2billion years ago. All The Pleiades' stars are much bigger and
hotter than our Sun and spin much faster. In fact the brightest of the sisters, Al-
cyone, is a thousand times as luminous as our Sun and spins a hundred times
faster.
Now on a cosmic scale The Pleiades are relatively close, just over 400 light
years away, which means that it takes light from The Pleiades 400 years to reach
us. So when we look at them Monday night we are seeing them as they actually
appeared over 400 years ago. In comparison our Moon is extremely close only
242,000 miles away which means it only takes 1'/3 seconds for its light to reach
us.
So next Monday night be sure to see a sight both exquisite to the naked eye and
absolutely breathtaking through binoculars. Believe me you'll be stunned by the
cosmic beauty of our nearest neighbor and the sisters of legend!
And for you evening star fans... Venus will be back low in the western Sky Park
heavens around sundown next week. Will you be the first to spot her? 1
Jack Horkheimer


DVHWE DiP
For the week:
April 8 to April 15, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your partner may be erratic this week if you haven't paid
enough attention to him or her. Plan your day carefully. If they're too demanding, re-
consider this union. Don't let your partner get away with spending too much of your
money. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Make changes regarding your friendships. Consider
the source before you believe what you hear. Your ability to charm others will bring
added popularity. Listen and formulate your course of action. You will be indecisive.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You're in the mood to get out and visit friends. You
will profit from home improvement projects and real estate deals. Your ability to take
hold of a situation will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Relatives may play
an important role in your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if
you put a little heart into your speech or request. Don't let your boss make you feel
guilty enough to take work home with you. Family members will not be happy with the
amount of time you are spending away from home. Business trips might prove unpro-
ductive. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention
and bring about a romantic interest. Don't make mountains out of molehills if you want
to avoid conflict. Much can be accomplished if you compromise. Avoid any intimate
involvements with co-workers or employers. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be aware of deception when it comes to your position,
and be sure not to jump to conclusions. Opportunities for partnerships are present; but
get every detail in writing. Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Unfortu-
nately, your personal life may suffer from a lack of spare time. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Groups you belong to will not only enjoy your company,
but they will also share your interests. Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she
backs you into an emotional comer or puts restrictions on your time. Look into career
choices and courses being offered. Try to stay calm, and whatever you do, don't nag.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You won't get the reaction you want from your mate
this week. Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popu-
larity and bring interest from potential mates. Try not to upset others with your plans.
Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to
confront you with unsavory situations. You may end up being blamed if anything goes
wrong. It's time to get yourself back on track. Include friends and family members in
your redecorating plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Make the necessary changes that will enable you
to advance financially. You will be able to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new
accessory for your house. Exercise programs will be effective. Be sure to pay attention
to your financial status. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make money through solid investment
plans. You may have difficulties with family members if you get involved in petty ar-
guments. Try to deal with the problems of those less fortunate; however, don't allow
them to make unreasonable demands. Your uncanny insight will help you make the
right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal
mistakes. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Visit
someone who hasn't been feeling well lately. Be discreet about any information you
uncover. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. O


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 A s reported in a Bonaire Reporter on-line alert The Court of Justice in Curaçao lifted the lien that the Dutch co mpany, AirExel, placed on Bonaire’s Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), now flying between the islands as BonairExpress. The judge did not rule on the lawfulness of the lien but lifted it because he considered the potential economic damage for the Antilles too great. Allowing the lien to remain would have left the islands without large scale air connections. AirExel can still place a lien on DAE if it can post a bond of about NAƒ7 million to compensate for possible losses if the grounds for the lien are found to be unlawful. It's unlikely that AirExel can come up with this amount as it is tied up with bankruptcies in Europe. DAE is a successor to Dutch Eagle Express (DEE) which was the parent company of BonairExel. DAE "officially" took over from DEE on April 1. DAE’s lawyer, Rob Blaauw, described DAE as a completely new company, with different shareholders. The Bonaire Government was shareholder of DEE. However, Bonaire resident, Niek Sandmann’s BHM company, local individuals and KLM are shareholders of DAE. According to public documents on file BHM (Bonaire Holdings Maatschappij NV) transferred the shares of DEE to the private company Bon Air Investment and Participation Company, having Niek Sandmann, Martine van der Valk, Larry Gerharts, Norman Evertsz, Antonio Diaz da Silva, and William Felix as shareholders. Transfer Director is Henk Schrijver. The value of the 200 recorded shares is listed as NAƒ206.237,08. Supposedly the Bonaire government never actually invested a cent in DEE but was the holder of record as required by Central Government officials in Curaçao. BonairExel was renamed BonairExpress in order to distance itself further from AirExel. Sandmann and associates continue to reform BonairExel into a regional airline in cooperation with KLM as their goal. A senior KLM executive recently was named to replace Fokker van der Veen (also a KLMer) as the Chief Operating officer of BonairExpress. Some people thought BonairExpress was headed for a shutdown. Early last week its schedule was crippled when one of its three aircraft had to go abroad for an extensive scheduled airframe check while another ATR aircraft was also grounded for maintenance at the same time. At the end of the week normal schedules resumed. The European Commission has allocated EUR 20 million to fight poverty in the Netherlands Antilles. Most of the money will be spent on projects in poor districts located across the five islands, Radio Netherlands reported. The Antilles receives povertyeradication funding from the EC every (Continued on page 3) IN THIS ISSUE: Annular Eclipse 2 27th Kite Contest 4 Photo Opening (Gert van Zanten) 4 Opinion (Coast Guard Speeding) 5 Ambassadors (Vriesman) 5 Bonaire Ambassadors at DEMA 5 Amboina Dolphins on Stage 6 MCB Tennis Results 6 Padrino Fashion Fundraiser 7 US Scuba & Divi Flamingo 8 Easter Windsurf Competition 9 New Teen Divers 9 Culinary Team Lunch 10 Gardner (Hedges) 10 30 Yrs. Bon Bini Kresh 12 Pet Prof (Feline Body Language) 13 Marshé Happenings 15 Mairi Bhan Witness to Destruction 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Picture Yourself (Switzerland) 12 Classifieds 12 Reporter Masthead 14 Pet of the Week (Helen) 14 What’s Happening 15 Micro-Movie Review (Constantine) 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 Born on Bonaire (Win de Grijze) 17 Bonaire Sky Park (Crescent Moon) 19 The Stars Have It 19 ANNULAR ECLIPSE VISIBLE NEAR SUNSET ON FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH T he sky won't grow dark. Birds won't stop singing. And the corona won't make an appearance. During a partial eclipse of the sun, the moon covers only part of the solar disk, taking a curved "bite" out of our star. The sun remains glaring bright. If you don't know it's happening, you might not even notice. But there is something to see: the shadows. Look under a tree. You’ll notice the sunlight that’s beaming through gaps in the leaves make crescent or ring-shaped spots on the ground. Look around the walls of your home or office. You might see crescents and rings projected by slits in the window shades. Only in the middle of the South Pacific will a small number of people on cruise ships view a total eclipse. Unfortunately, the narrow path of totality does not touch land. An almost-total eclipse can be seen from Bonaire. Here the eclipse is "annular." The moon is perfectly aligned with the sun but does not completely cover it. A little bit of the sun pokes out all around, producing a "ring of fire." This fire ring effect will last for less than one minute, so look sharply. Eclipse sunsets are pretty, but be careful. Even when the sun is hanging low and dimmed by clouds, it is still dangerous to look at. A brief glimpse through a telescope or binoculars can blind you. Try projecting an image of the sun instead or use exposed negatives or eclipse-watching glasses .

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) five years. Supposedly, an unspent 20 million euros from the past 15 years is earmarked for a sewage system on Bonaire. The Antilles and Aruba will also receive 3 million euros to fight HIV-AIDS and for AIDS prevention. In last September's referendum Bonaire opted for direct relations with the Netherlands. Finally, some possibly meaningful steps are being taken to make that happen . The Bonaire Executive Council has hired Professor Peter Boersma, a Dutch expert in the field of political relations, to coordinate the process. Direct relations with the Netherlands will touch many parts of daily life and may involve changes to the courts, finances, social programs, public health, laws and the economy. A committee that includes ex-Lt. Governor Richard Hart, MCB Bank Manager Miguel Pourier and former Antilles Governor Jaime Saleh, will assist him. Last Tuesday between 8 pm and midnight the police force’s Zero Tolerance team focused on violations by bicycle riders and scooter drivers. During the action 32 violators were cited: bicycles for lack of a bell, lights or brakes, scooters for lack of proper paperwork . A total of 19 bikes and four scooters were confiscated and impounded until their owners satisfied legal requirements Dutch Royal Highnesses Prince Friso and Princess Mabel welcomed the birth of a baby girl in London on Saturday, March 26, at 7:17 pm. The baby weighed 3,085 grams at birth and is Queen Beatrix’s fourth grandchild. Her name is Countess Luana, short for Emma Luana Ninette Sophie. Prince Friso announced that he and Princess Mabel were very happy and that both mother and child were doing fine. Prince Johan Friso married human rights activist, Mabel Wisse Smit, on April 25, 2004, without the approval of the Dutch government, giving up his claim to the throne for love. Alexander Pechtold, proposed new Minister of Governmental Renewal and Kingdom Relations, was received by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Balkenende last Wednesday , says the government information service RVD. Pechtold, who succeeds party colleague Thom Graaf following his recent resignation, is currently mayor of the city of Wageningen. Local fuel prices are expected to increase dramatically in the next quarter based on increased world oil prices. Curoil has calculated an increase of at least 36 cents per liter. This would bring the prices of unleaded and leaded gas to close to NAƒ2 per liter (About $4.50/ gallon). At the March 17th meeting of the NGO Platform various business topics relating to the activities of the umbrella grant-giving organization were discussed. In addition new officers were named . The new Daily Board is made up of: James Finies, President Elsmarie Beukenboom , Secretary Alan Gross, Treasurer Board of Directors : Julita Winklaar , Culture Sector Tanneke Bartels , Environmental Gilbert van Arneman , Youth and Family Sector Godfried Clarenda , Care and Welfare Jona Chirino (beginning August 2005), Community Development Anthony Cecilia , Social and Economic Development Ruthmila St. Jago , Education and Training Sector When James Finies took over the presidency the Sports Sector position became vacant. The road to the Andrea 1 dive site has been reopened. At the end of it divers will find a smooth paved concrete ramp right down to the beach. Shore dives were never so easy. Who do we thank? Remember to set aside these dates for the HARBOURTOWN BONAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL -May 2021-22, 2005. LATIN AND CARIBBEAN JAZZ are on tap, Featured artists include: Denise Jannah , Ced Ride, Avila Blues House band, Cuban Express, X-Hale , Bernabela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band with guests, Stacey Francis, Latin Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway and many others. Getting to Bonaire is easier than ever now that American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has announced that it has added more flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Bonaire. In April American Eagle will operate daily flights to Bonaire . Then beginning on May 1, 2005, and going through September 6, 2005, the airline will operate five round-trip flights per week. For more information call 1-800433-7300 or visit http://www.aa.com. Another option for getting to Bonaire is Air Jamaica which continues to offer jet service four days per week from its US gateway cities via Montego Bay, Jamaica. Air Jama ica’s US gateway cities with connecting flights to Bonaire include Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Boston, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Newark, and Philadelphia. The flights to Bonaire operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 1-800-523-5585 or visit http://www.airjamaica.com. Rincon’s venerable Kas di Krioyo, which has been restored, is now open every day from 9 to 4. Rincon is the oldest and most historic village on Bonaire. Come and see and hear how life was lived in earlier times. Kas di Krioyo is located just around the corner from the Rose Inn in Rincon. Have you visited Pedisa, the wellness and beauty mini-spa across from the post office yet? Run by experienced Peter Benekendorff and his wife Maria Isabel, they use proven methods of massage and treatments combining energy healing, Reiki and reflexology all at lower-than-usual prices. Peter has cured scoliosis patients successfully, and Maria Isabel is an expert on nearly every kind of skin facial treatment. Stop in and see them or call them at 7174111. A reminder that classes in Healing Touch are coming up in early May . Healing Touch is an energy healing technique that is so effective that it is endorsed by conventional medical personnel in the US and several European countries. See the Healing Touch poster on this page for more details and registration. This week’s very pretty Benetton model from Jong Bonaire is Genesis Sint Jago. The Benetton ad is on page 10. Mabel Nava, Project Director for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), wrote Sunday: “A 200 kg. (440 lbs.) Leatherback sea turtle was found dead on Baby Beach, just south of the Seahatch facility at Sorobon. Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtles and their appearance on Bonaire is relatively rare although two leatherbacks probably made nesting attempts last year in Washington Park. It’s possible that the turtle was planning to lay eggs on the beach. The cause of death could not be determined since the carcass was in an advanced state of decomposition. The leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea , which can weigh up to 500 kg (1,100 pounds), is more common in other areas of the Caribbean. It has a softer shell than other sea turtles and feeds on jellyfish. For additional information call STCB at (599) 717-2225 or 790-0433. email stcb@bonaireturtles. org ,website www.bonaireturtles.org. L ./ G . D. Gielmon "Funchi" Egbreghts of the STCB with the Leatherback Alexander Pechtold STCB photo Extra photo

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 W hat is it about a kite soaring into the sky that fascinates us? Just ask the competitors in last Sunday’s 27th annual Kontèst di Fli (kite contest). This year’s competition was even more spectacular than other year’s due to the high winds. Contestants came from Curaçao as well as Bonaire, and the kites were unbelievable. There were “birds,” “helicopters,” a fivetiered one, a tiny one the size of a hummingbird. At the other end of the spectrum there was a more-than-20 foot kite with ribs and spine made from a tree trunk and branches. It even got off the ground, after being pulled by 15 to 20 strong men. Contestants’ kites had to fly for at least two minutes to qualify for a prize. Some kites couldn’t take the strong winds and crashed to the ground, a sad tangle of paper and wood. Originator and organizer of the event for the last 27 years, Iris Semeleer of Flamingo Bookstore, reports that there were 165 entries. Prizes were for smallest, biggest, most original, strangest and most beautiful. The top winner overall was Jurivino Jansen from Curaçao. The Kontèst di Fli is one of Bonaire’s most exciting and fun events, and it’s for all ages. It starts at 10 in the morning and goes until all the kites have been flown. There’s music, drinks, food and great camaraderie with families and friends setting up picnic sites for the day to compete and to view the spectacle. Serious judges worked hard and long throughout the day, measuring, conferring, and handling contestants’ protests. Many thanks to them and to the very generous sponsors; SABADECO, NGO Plat-form, WEB N.V., MCB Bonaire and the Government of Bonaire. L.D. R ecently, photographer Gert van Zanten (right) opened his exhibitions of “Bonagraphs” at Le Flamboyant restaurant. Joining in at the celebration were: SEK head Hubert Vis, photo artist Fer de Wit, George Curiel, Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina and artist Addie Figeroa. If you want to see familiar Bonaire sights in a new, different and inspiring way visit the exhibition. The exhibition will continue until April 22. L.D. Kite judges take measurements Flying Gordo the Kite Crashed Dreams Gordo

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 A t the DEMA Second Annual Dive Industry Leadership Conference on March 9, which was sponsored by Bonaire, Bud Uren of US Scuba surprised conference attendees by holding up his Bonaire Ambassador medal and describing the program as one of the best loyalty rewards program he has ever seen. He then told the story of a customer who had booked two dive trips to the Pacific with him last year but had decided to skip the Caribbean trip until she learned that it was to Bonaire. It seems this would be her 15th trip and she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get her Ambassador medal, so she changed her mind and booked the Caribbean trip. This impromptu endorsement and recognition for Bonaire and its Ambassador Program was just one element that made Bonaire stand out at this event. Bud’s presentation followed that of Jack Chalk, who spoke on behalf of the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association and gave an information-filled talk about what Bonaire does to assist the retailer selling travel. Recognizing visitors from around the world that have been coming to Bonaire year after year, the Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s Bonaire Ambassador Program lets the island’s repeat visitors know how special they are by presenting them with medals and making them the island’s unofficial ambassadors. Repeat visitors receive medals based on the number of consecutive years they have been visiting the island: a Bronze Medal for 10 to 15 years of visiting Bonaire, a Silver Medal for 16 to 20 years and a Gold Medal for 21+ consecutive years. For more information on the Bonaire Ambassador Program and for a listing of all Bonaire Ambassadors visit http:// www.infobonaire.com/tcb/ ambassador/. (See story about Bud and US Scuba at Divi Flamingo on page 8.) F acilities and boats moored along Bonaire’s waterfront are being damaged by the wakes from boats and ships passing too close and at too high speeds. Last week we witnessed the Antillean Coast Guard cutter speeding along the front of the southern hotel row. It was NOT in pursuit of an offender but merely heading for a spot off Karel’s Beach Bar. Its wake drenched a few diners at Divi Flamingo’s Chibi Chibi Restaurant, smashed a dive boat, caused sediment to be washed into the sea and perhaps other damage that wasn’t visible. Come on, guys, you’re supposed to be setting an example for mariners. G.D. Bonaire Ambassador Program makes a surprise appearance at the DEMA Dive Industry Leadership Conference B ernhard Vriesman has been visiting Bonaire for 16 years. Since his first visit in 1989 he makes Bonaire “The Island” to visit each year. He said that Bonaire has the most beautiful underwater life and landscapes. He did his dive course here and obtained his PADI open water certificate. Congratulations to Bernhard Vriesman, a true Bonaire Ambassador! Ambassador stories and photos by Joanny Trinidad . One Bonaire Ambassador proves how valuable a loyalty program can be “...a customer decided to skip the Caribbean trip until she learned that it was to Bonaire. It seems this would be her 15th trip and she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get her Ambassador medal, so she changed her mind and booked the Ca ribbean trip.” OPINION

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 T he third edition of the annual MCB InterIsland Tennis Tournament finished last week at the Harbour Village Tennis Center. Close to 90 participants from Aruba, Curaçao, US, Germany, The Netherlands, Venezuela and Bonaire competed in three classes (A,B,C) and five categories ( Men singles, Men Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles, and Mixed Doubles). The tournament was sponsored by MCB-Bonaire, with co-sponsors Littman’s Jewelers, Heineken, Budget Car Rental and Tennis School Sport Bonaire. For five days the players competed from 0800-2300 in a round robin format, with pool winners continuing into an elimination schedule with a blind draw. Lots of spectators showed up and cheered for their friends and family. With daily Heineken Happy Hours, a players’ BBQ and a party night at Vespucci restaurant, tournament Director Elisabeth Vos created one big party for everybody. During the award ceremony two new sponsors signed up, the Angelo Clarenda’s Bonairiaanse Bouw Combinatie (BBC) and La rry Gerharts’ Bonaire Air Services (BAS) so next year’s Easter tournament will be even bigger. (Thursday April 13th through Monday, April 17th) All prize winners received a MCB trophy and a prize from a sponsor. Elisabeth Vos Still can’t find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988 Airport: Car Rental Agencies, Airport Arrivals Area Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato branches), RBTT Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Boekhandel Realty Offices : Harbourtown Re/Max Sunbelt Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Brasserie Bonaire Capriccio Chez Lucille City Cafe Croccantino Wil’s Tropical Grill Garden Café Kentucky Fried Chicken Lost Penguin Lover’s Ice Cream Pasa Bon Pizza Seahorse Cyber Café Subway Shops: Bonaire Gift Shop City Shop DeFreewieler Inpo Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Exito Bakery Bonaire Super Store (old 7-7) Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Caribbean Club Bonaire Dive Inn Divi Flamingo Eden Park Hotel Harbour Village Plaza Sand Dollar Supermarkets: Cultimara Consales More for Less Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Bestuurscollege Caribbean Laundry Customs Fit 4 Life Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Parliament Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo RINCON: Chinese Store, Joi Fruit Store, Lemari Grocery, Rincon Bakery. Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot S urely no one would dispute that Bonaire’s greatest treasure is her youth, and the island could be proud last weekend. The members of the Amboina Dolphins football (soccer) team put on a variety show at Jong Bonaire to raise funds for the team which hopes to travel to Cur açao to compete in October. There was a big turnout of families, siblings and friends in the audience, all enjoying the singing, dancing and humor. Some talented girls joined the boys on stage. The boys, ages six to 10, are led by Coach Ricardo Alberto, and since being “incorporated” as the Amboina Dolphins, the number of team members is now up to 60 kids, with members from other barios as well as Amboina. “I want all the boys to be welcome to join, not just those from Amboina,” says the coach. Sponsors of the team can’t say enough about Ricardo and his devotion to the boys. “When you see something being handled well in the community,” explains one of the sponsors, “we should all get behind it. And we think Ricardo is doing a wonderful job!” A number of adults have volunteered to help with the kids. They must have caught the enthusiasm of Ricardo who says, “Working with the team gives me energy!” To raise funds, they’re selling bumper stickers (see below) for NAƒ5. Contact Ricardo at 717-5330, ext. 241 or 785-3449. L.D. Men Single A Kenneth Ponson – Guido Wever 6-1:6-2 Men Doubles A Kenneth Ponson/Frank HodgsonTonnie Soliana/Gino Domacasse 6-3;6-5 Tiebreak (9-7) Men Single B Andres Kock – Bryan Provenzano 6-5;6-3 Men Doubles B Andres Kock/Emile Domacasse – Leo & Leonard Domacasse 3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-4) Ladies Doubles B Donna Shea / Prahphan Wildin -Marijke Maas / Thammy Albertsz 4-6;6-4;Tiebreak (7-4) Mixed Doubles B Prahphan Wildin/Elvis Tjin – Theo en Marijke Maas Men Single C Burney ElhageIbi de Palm 3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-3) Ladies Single C Rosalie Bierings – Justine Gonggrijp 6-0;6-4 Men Doubles C Roy Celestijn/Carlos van Wilgen – Willy Domacasse/Reggie Belgrave 6-4;6-3 Ladies Doubles C Dell Squire /Lupita St.JagoMargot Croes / Lupita Gil– 6-1;6-4 Mixed Doubles C Renate & Willy DomacasseDell Squire / Reggie Belgrave Walk-over Extraphoto Final results The team’s new logo bumper sticker Put one on your car! Cast of the Amboina Dolphins variety show at Jong Bonaire

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 D on ’ t m i s s F a s hi o n E v e nt o f t h e Y e a r ! G e t Y our T i c k e t s N o w P ad r i no H aut e C out ur e F a s hi o n S ho w C r o c c a nt i n o 71 7 5 0 2 5 G et your tickets now for the Padrino Haute Couture Fashion Show at Croccantino Restaurant Saturday, April 16. All to benefit Special Olympics Bonaire (SOB). The theme this year is “Broadway of the 50s,” with Monica Millar Curaçao singing star . Your contribution of NAƒ125 includes the show and a multi-course Tuscan dinner prepared by Chef David and wine. Limited number of tickets left. Call Croccantino Restaurant, 717-5025. L.D. Photos from 2004 show

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 I t all started here, at a table upstairs in the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at the Divi Flamingo, 25 years ago. College professor Heather Sellick and policeman Bud Uren were having dinner after some fine diving in Bonaire. Bud had been running scuba diving trips for other companies and managing their shops. “I was enjoying being just a ‘scuba bum,’” Bud says. “But,” Heather adds, “he was doing all the work anyway, so I said, ‘Why don’t you just start your own company?’ That was in December, 1983, and by July 1984 US Scuba opened up in Rochester, Michigan. (The US doesn’t stand for the nation; the U is from Uren; the S from Sellick.) The couple, apparently happy in business together, got married two years later. Today US Scuba is housed in an over-8,000-square-foot building, providing retail sales, a full service travel agency and an in-store pool set up for scuba training. But one of the most important parts of the equation is Bonaire. Heather and Bud, who holds a Bonaire Ambassador Gold Medal (25 consecutive years of visiting the island), enthuse, “Bonaire is our very favorite location in the Caribbean. We come here twice a year, no matter what, and it’s always to Divi Flamingo. Bonaire is safe, friendly, clean, and the people are just wonderful. The diving is just superb. Other places may be lovely but it’s the staff that makes this resort; that’s why we always come here!” This time they were accompanied by a very amiable and friendly group of 37 divers. “Sixty per cent of our travelers are repeat guests,” Bud says. “And that includes families. We have groups going out every three to four weeks, and we always like to start with Bonaire for the new dive groups. You know it will always be a success!” For more information on US Travel/ Scuba log on to www.usscuba.com. L.D. At the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at Divi Flamingo, US Scuba and Travel Center’s Bud Uren and Heather Sellick with the plaque where the company was “born” in 1983 . Some of the US Scuba travelers at the dedication of the plaque

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 4-08 0:30 1.6FT. 7:52 1.1FT. 13:19 1.4FT. 17:35 1.2FT. 94 4-09 1:12 1.7FT. 9:37 1.0FT. 95 4-10 1:57 1.8FT. 11:12 0.9FT. 93 4-11 2:47 1.8FT. 12:25 0.9FT. 87 4-12 3:41 1.9FT. 13:27 0.8FT. 79 4-13 4:30 1.9FT. 14:11 0.7FT. 68 4-14 5:26 1.9FT. 14:48 0.7FT. 57 4-15 6:10 1.8FT. 15:26 0.7FT. 46 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Angelos Antigone Alina Barbara Ann Besame Bettina Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Catalyst Clemencia Dawn Piper Doodah Dragonera Felicity Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle Galandriel Grand Torcho Guaicamar I , Ven. Honalee, USA It’s Good Jan Gerardus Kaviler La Cucaracha Lava L’Quila, BVI Luna C. USA La Escotilla, Caymans Maebelle Make My Day Maki, France Natural Selection Pisces Rusty Bucket Sabbatical Safari Samba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Sharki Sirius Sylvia K Take It Easy Theta Ti Amo, USA Tish Ulu Ulu, USA Ulysses Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta Formula Junior: 1. Jeager Sint Jago 2. Arthuro “Payo” Soliano 3. Demenson “Kiri” Thode 4. Whitney Rudolf Freestyle Junior: 1. Jeager Sint Jago 2. Arthuro “Payo” Soliano 3. Bjorn Saragosa 4. Terrence Bernabela Freestyle Men: 1. Demenson “Kiri” Thode 2. Elton “Taty” Frans 3. Evertson “Choko” Frans 4. Ruben Petrisie T here was a tremendous windsurf competition at Sorobon last Sunday. This event was organized by Taty Frans, our professional windsurfer who has excelled in different parts of the world. The idea to organize this event in the first place was because it’s very windy these days. And seeing how many children are interested and practice this sport and how well they’ve developed in the last three years in the ‘freestyle’ and ‘formula’ discipline, this event was organized. It was also a ‘warm up’ for the big event, “King of the Caribbean,” which will take place during the week of May 15 to 22 in Bonaire. The ‘Juniors’ are very motivated to train to compete for the world title. This year will be the first world championship for the ‘Junior’ class of freestyle during the “King of the Caribbean.” There were more than 20 participants, mostly from the junior class. There were also many eyewitnesses present to see the great moves that our youngsters can do. The event was a total success. story and photo by Daisy de Jongh YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE R ecently, three teen members of Jong Bonaire finished their open water dive course at Capt. Don’s Habitat with Jenny as the instructor. The course, including the books, was donated by Toucan Diving and Divi Flamingo Dive Center, and the course itself was given by Capt. Don’s Habitat. That is the beauty of working together for the common good! The course was organized by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB). These kids will start diving with the Jong Bonaire program, which is sponsored by Wannadive, every Wednesday afternoon. We’d like to invite all the certified kids from the island to become members of Jong Bonaire and join the club. Mabel Nava STCB Photo Mabel Nava, Project Director STCB; Joeri Lieuw, Rafael Rodrieguez; Michael Trinidad; Bilha Thomas, Manager of Jong Bonaire. Results Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 Arthuro (Payo) Soliano, Kiri Thode, Jaeger Sint Jago and Taty Frans

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 HEDGES FOR EVERYBODY S o, how do you like this windy season? Apart from all the nice colorful kites in the air and the great windsurfing, this sure is the time that plants get beaten up. After such a long period of rain and, up until recently, not too much wind, now is the time to be very concerned about the plants in your garden getting enough water. Also this is the period when a lot of trees go into their "dormant" period. Trees like the Erythrina, Flamboyant and the Karawara are losing a lot of their leaves. This is normal, not a sign of drought! We just received a big container full of new plants and some of those trees also look like they’re dormant, but don't worry, with a little bit of water they'll come back in no time! In my last article I stared writing about hedges in Bonaire. Also, plants like the Ficus benjamina, many planted as hedges, can lose a lot of their leaves during this period. The trick is to keep them trimmed so well that they don’t have to waste their strength on new growth but will stay dense enough. Most people want a fast-growing plant as their hedge, which makes sense. On Bonaire in the earlier days the Olijffie was used a lot as a hedge. They’re perfectly green and easy to trim, but they seem to have more and more problems with the mealy bugs. They like the full sun and have to be trimmed in a way so they get light on all sides, otherwise they’ll look a bit ugly. Another great, but not so much used, hedge plant is the Silver Buttonwood or Mangel Blanku , a very salt-tolerant and easy growing silver-leaved shrub. They are the best for salty areas and can stand even sea waves and a lot of wind. The only problem this one has is that it doesn't grow too fast and you have to trim it regularly before it is a hedge. But after it has reached the height you want it is easy. So if you want to plant a hedge of this type, it might be better to start with a little bigger plant. They also make a great background for more colorful plants in the front. Another great plant for salty areas is the well known Sea grape or Uva di Playa . They grow pretty fast too, but like the Silver Buttonwood, they have to be taught how to behave like a hedge! But their big green shiny leaves and edible fruits are really great, although some of you might find them very messy! My favorite for a smaller staying hedge is the Red Tip Coco Plum , a very nice evergreen shrub with red leaves on its new growth. They are easy to trim and don't need a lot of attention, no diseases seen so far. The nicest are the hedges up to 1.75 m or 6 feet. So far, all of those hedge plants are evergreens and don't come with flowers. If you want flowers on your hedge, there are basically three different types: the well -known Bougainvillea, Oleander and the Tuturutu . Bougainvillea and Oleander I've described enough. The Tuturutu is also well known, but fewer gardeners know that they are great for hedges too. How to use them and some reminders on the Oleander I will write in my next article! Ap van Eldik G et your tickets now for the three-course gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire’s Culinary Team. In order to practice their skills in preparation for going to the Culinary Olympics -“The Taste of the Caribbean” in June in Miami—the Bonaire team will be preparing, for 30 lucky diners, their three-course competition meal on two Sundays— April 10 and 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at Le Flamboyant on Kaya Grandi. Wine is included. There is seating for only 30 so get your tickets early. They’re NAƒ30. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252 . L.D. 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. Sea grape

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publishe r. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Susan Brown, Dodo, Jack Horkheimer, Daisy de Jongh, Greta K ooistra, Mabel Nava, Michael Thiessen, Joanny Trinidad, Ap van Eldik, Elisabeth Vos 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 Drukkerij , Curaçao

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com 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 www.bonaireimages.com Visit Gallery “ MyArt ” Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef Call: 785-3988 For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr. apt . with large porch, beautiful yard, washing machine, alarm, TV., tel., airco, very quiet area for NAƒ900 incl. Please call 717-7977 For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in Valencia , Venezuela, in private zone. 1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq. meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq. meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs: living area with open, built-in kitchen, office, guest toilet, laundry. Upstairs: master bedroom with bath, terrace; 2 additional bedrooms, 1 bath. Many trees. Documents in order. Tel 717-4111 For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthlychoice location-privacy & securityMay 1st until Dec. 15th. Brochure available. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.com -May 1st until Dec. 15th. For Sale: 18 cu ft Fridge NAƒ500.00; Laser Printer HP 1012 NAƒ 400.00; Ladies Mountain Bike NAƒ 400.00; Living Room Set NAƒ 250.00. Call 717-8127 Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAƒ 300;Carpet (Persian type) 195x295 cm NAƒ 125; T wo single beds + mattresses NAƒ 25,each; Heavy trafo 1500 Watt , 127/220 Volt NAƒ 50,tel. 717-5068 For sale:Stroller as good as new. From 175Naf for 100Naf Sony prof. stereo surround system VAC5 with warranty (a.g.a.n), 7500 Watt, MP3, mic, c.d., double tape deck etc from 1,100NAf for 700NAf Asahi Pentax K2 DMD prof. photo camera set : Pentax lenses, tripod, motor drive, prof. case, filters remote etc. Absolute bargain: Was 7,500Naf, now 700Naf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail alexander137@telbonet.an Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel Generator LOOKING FOR WORKING ALTERNATOR SECTION . Our motor is OK. Contact Captain Don and Janet: 786-0956 92 Suzuki Vitara JLX, License Plate B-6, 85,000 km, Hardtop, trailer hitch, bike rack, & factory service manual. In good condition. NAƒ9,750 Tel 717-8127 '93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)New Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well Maintained for NAƒ5,500. Contact: 786-1465 MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 T hirty years ago in Rincon Susanita Trenidad started the Kresh (nursery school) Bon Bini. This week on April 7, they’ll celebrate that anniversary. Today’s leaders are Gedulle Anthony, Valeska Trinidad and Lourds Mercera. The kresh has 25 kids, some of the cutest on Bonaire, as you can see from the photo. The ages of the children go from six weeks to four years. The new board for the kresh is: Julia Pourier, Amllia Finies, Lisandra Mercera, Nelson Anthony and Alvin Trinidad. Pabien (congratulations) and keep up the good work! L.D. G iovanni Carletti writes: “I’m in love with Bonaire. I’ve come several times. This photo is of me just before diving under the ice on a Swiss mountain. This day had a lot of snow, really nice for diving. I would like to kiss my love Jasmin at Pasa Bon Pizza, greetings to all my friends at Photo Tours, Buddy Dive, Sea Horse Café and others. See you all this month.” WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) Today’s Kresh kids

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 R eading a cat’s body language is infinitely more complicated than reading a dog’s. The key with cats is to always assume the worst and be pleasantly surprised if you were mistaken. Let’s start with the tail. While tail wagging in a dog is usually (but not always) friendly, it is never friendly in a cat. Playful maybe, but not friendly -remember that playful in a cat is a bit more, well, sinister than it is in a dog. Let’s not forget that they play with their food before dispatching it. There are a few similarities to dogs: a tail raised high is confident and dominant, while a lowered or tucked tail is worried and defensive (“submissive” not being in a cat’s vocabulary), and the quivering tip of the tail indicates a predatory state of mind. However, the cat’s tail is even more expressive. When he is annoyed it will twitch. If the annoyance continues it will swish more and more violently, followed eventually by biting and scratching. Of course, biting and scratching are fun to a cat, so these same tail motions could be playful... Let’s look at various body positions and typical behaviors. A cat who is tense and crouching (maybe wiggling his butt the way they do) may be poised to strike. Then again, he may not. A cat who is sprawled on his back, legs in the air, appears relaxed. But it could always be a ploy to lure the unsuspecting near enough to be mauled. What does a cat mean when he is “making biscuits” on your pillow or your stomach? Not much, this is simply an instinctive behavior from infancy which persists in some adult cats. And rubbing up against you and other objects? Simply marking territory with his scent glands. Why does your cat always groom after you pet him? Well, that’s obvious I guess. He feels violated. OK, a raised back with the fur up (Halloween cat) is definitely fearful. Except when it’s playful. Or aggressive...Let’s move on. Can the cat’s ears give us a clue to his state of mind? Certainly twitching means annoyance. Rotating indicates alertness (the better to pounce on you, my dear). The most obvious sign, flattened ears, clearly indicates a seriously upset cat. But the cat may be angry or fearful or just plain irritated... What about his eyes? Yes, I know, they are closed most of the time. But what about that squinting thing? Well, it can mean anything from I love you to I hate you to I’m pretending that you don’t exist in my universe. On the other hand, wide eyes can mean anything from fear to playfulness to maniacal alertness to I’m pretending that you don’t exist in my universe. The cat’s mouth does very little to help either, and even the wide range of noises which emanate from your cat can be hard to read. Purring is generally associated with contentment, but cats also purr when they are stressed, hurt or afraid. Go figure. Cats will growl when they are feeling aggressive, but also when they are feeling defensive. The same with hissing. And what about yawning? It could mean anything from you bore me senseless to see how many sharp pointed teeth I have. This is getting us nowhere. Cats are, in fact, a mystery. Let’s focus on our own behavior instead. Some tips on how to behave with your cat: Do not be stupid enough to think that staring your cat down impresses him or anyone else. If your cat pounces on your foot, don’t move. Hissing at your cat to correct his behavior can be effective. Or not. If your cat pounces on your hand, don’t move. Providing special beds, climbing trees and scratching posts for your cat can be helpful in controlling destructive behavior. Or not. If your cat lands on your head, really don’t move. The most important rule: if your cat falls off something, DO NOT LAUGH. Susan Brown Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the “pet business” for 28 years. For all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 717-2620.

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 T his is ‘Helen,” one of the sweetest cats at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. She’s about two years old and is the mother of little “Frans,” the black kitten (Pet of the Week) who was photographed in the food dish. Helen, the mom, was left behind when her owners moved. It’s very sad because she has such a fine character and anyone should be proud to have her as “their cat.” You may meet both Helen and her son Frans at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 7174989. Right now at the Shelter there are many cats and kittens that have been brought in for adoption. (Just last week four adults and nine kittens came in). Every cat that is up for adoptio n is healthy, social and will be sterilized. If you know someone whose cat has just had kittens let them know that they can get help with their animal’s sterilizat ion. They may call the Shelter and talk to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema. There is a sterilization fund set up that can assist with the finances. Jurrie also wants to mention that those cat owners who didn’t have a chance to get their animal neutered during the sterilization program last October can still have the operation done. Call him at 717-4989 . If you would like to contribute, it’s “ Sterilization Fund” MCB A ccount #1061410 or through Support Bonaire, Inc. (website: www. supportbonaire.org). Good news: There have been 45 adoptions since January 1 this year. In 2004 there were 150 adoptions; in 2003, 110 adoptions; in 2002, 90 adoptions. They must be doing something right! L.D. “Helen”

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 THIS WEEK Until April 14 — Willie Dijkstra Art Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Until April 22 – Gert van Zanten “Bonagraphs” – photos of Bonaire. At Le Flamboyant restaurant. Friday, April 8 —A night of poetry, stories and comedy, Jong Bonaire 7:30 pm. More information contact Hubert Vis 717-8868 or email SKAL@bonairelive.com Sundays, April 10 & 17 —Bonaire Culinary Team gourmet lunch with wine. Donation NAƒ30. Le Flamboyant Restaurant 1 pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299; Laura 717-8988 or 791-7252 (page 10) COMING Saturday, April 16 —Padrino Fashion Show at Croccantino Restaurant—to raise funds for Bonaire’s Special Olympics Team. 7:30 pm. NAƒ125 donation includes multi-course Tuscan dinner. Well-known singer Monica Millar will perform. Tickets at Croccantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025 (page 7) Wednesday 20th April – Saturday 23 April. Earth Day Events in Bonaire. 2005 Earth Day events on Bonaire include the following: April 20, Wednesday , 8 – 9 pm, at Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat: “Underwater Caretaking.” A slide presentation and talk . April 22, Friday , 2 pm: Underwater Caretaking dive. April 23, Saturday , all day: Land and underwater cleanup at Washington Slagbaai National Park. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days : Sun. Apr. 24Endeavor Saturday, April 30Rincon Day, Queen’s Birthday Saturday, April 30 – COMCABON MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes . 7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-7225. Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race MAY 2005 Thursday, May 5 —Healing Touch Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Caribbean Club Bonaire (page 3) May 15th to the 22nd King of the Caribbean at Lac Bay . The event will kick off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com May 19 to 22 —Bonaire-Harbourtown JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19: Welcome Concert at Wilhelmina Park . Happy hour and late night jazz in cafes and restaurants May 20: Main concert at Plaza Resort. Happy hour and late night jazz jam sessions at City Café and other places May 21: Main concert at Bongos Beach. Happy hour and late night jazz jam sessions at City Café and other places May 22: Main concert at Kon Tiki Beach Club . Brunch concert on location not yet decided. Jazz all over the place plus three main concerts for only NAƒ30! Website: www.bonairejazz.com OCTOBER 2005 The International Bonaire Sailing Regatta has been changed to October 9 – 15, 2005, a slip of one week. EVERY WEEK Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. DailyThe 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 Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Monday Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide experience 28th . Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30– 9:30pm. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Monday Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide experience 28th . Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30– 9:30pm. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI. First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Racing Stripes / Pooh’s Heffalump Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm The Pacifier (Vin Diesel ) Early Show (usually 7pm) Constantine MICRO MOVIE REVIEW Seen recently in Movieland Cinema: C ONSTANTINE, by Francis Lawrence, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz. It is a very dark and Gothic movie based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer . Although it is very much a (not my) genre film it did entertain me because of the grim and creepy scenery, great special effects, some scary demons and monsters, but most of all because of Rachel Weisz. Besides Keanu Reeves who plays, well, Keanu Reeves, she puts up a fine performance and actually carries the whole movie. Funnily, just as in 'The Passion of the Christ' some basic religious knowledge will help you understand the plot a lot better. And after seeing 'The Passion,' watching the violence in this film is a piece of cake. Dodo D uring the “Bou di Ramada” (under the porch) last Saturday, Iveth Anthony (left) of the consumer organization Tienda pa Konsumido Bonaeriano, interviewed Wilfred Juliano Piar, President of the Rincon Community Center, and Selibon’s Oswin Cristina and Rudsel Leito. One of the topics of conversation was Selibon setting up another landfill area in Morotin, near Rincon. Every first Saturday of the month at the Marshé Rincon interesting personalities from business, culture and government are invited to speak about current topics. M aria Koeks, originator of the popular “Soldachi” (land crab) tours of Rincon (center) with Lucille Soliana and Lucille Pikeri of the Pasa Dia (handicapped center). Maria took the members of the Pasa Dia on a tour which included lunch at Swinda’s at the entrance to Washington Park and later to the Kas di Krioyo (now open every day from 9 to 4). Soldachi Tours offers walking and bus tours to learn about Rincon, “the heart of Bonaire.” To reserve, call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657. You’ll never take a more friendly and non-commercial tour! L.D. Marshé Rincon Happenings

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop, the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances. Fast service and in-store financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. DIVING 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 computer H.Q. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES 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. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR 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. HOTELS 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 sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Securi ty Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SPA—DAY SPAS 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. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES 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 Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Brasserie Bonaire In the mall next to Re/Max Low-Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday and Monday Lots of parking in big mall lot Freshly prepared meals, the place for a Quick Lunch. Breezy terrace with airco inside Caribbean Club Bonaire On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town 717-7901 Inexpensive-moderate Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff Happy Hour from 5-7 pm Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties . Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 days Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 “T he Plasa Machi Mimi on the boulevard where the Venezuelans sell fruits and vegetables was my grandmother’s. She sold fish there practically until she died in 1986 at the age of 94. Last year the plasa was officially named after her. Her real name was Bernabe Everts, and she raised me. Everyone thought she was my mom and to me she was the queen. My mother is Petra Candida Everts-de Grijze, a Bonairean who now lives in Curaçao. My father, from Curaçao, was stationed as a soldier on Bonaire. He was Sergeant Major Marco de Grijze and his father was Dutch. When they met in Bonaire my mother already had my sister, Lourdes. When I was born in 1943 they got married. When I was eight my family and I moved to Curaçao. After primary school I went to technical school with the friars at Brakkeput. I had a wonderful childhood. At 17 I returned to Bonaire and lived with my grandmother. She took care of me, did everything for me; I didn’t do anything; I went fishing! It didn’t last very long though; when I was 18, I went to sea, working for KNSM, the Royal Dutch Shipping Company. First we sailed the Caribbean, then we went to Holland and back. When I was furloughed I didn’t go back because I had enough money! So, on Bonaire I started working for Trans World Radio, building the transmitting towers. Eddy Rijna and I were the only ones who climbed the towers. After the job was done they didn’t need us anymore and I went back to sea, working for Dammers van der Heiden, a shipping company just like KNSM except with smaller ships. We went everywhere: to Panama to deliver electronic equipment, through the Panama Canal to Ecuador where we picked up bananas for Miami, then to the coast of Africa to pick up fish for Puerto Rico, as the Japanese fishing there weren’t allowed to sell it in Puerto Rico. It was a great job! I’d signed for eight months twice, and when my time was up I went back to Bonaire. The day I arrived I didn’t go straight home; I went to some bars and it lasted all night long! I fell asleep in Kaya Grandi, right on the street in front of ‘Centro.’ A friend of mine, Police Inspector Franssen, woke me up and I said, ‘I didn’t do anything!’ He answered, ‘I know! But we’ve been looking for you for a long time! Someone from Radio Netherlands asked who built the TWR towers. They need you there!’ Franssen took me to Radio Netherlands; I started working for them right away as the foreman, in the same condition Franssen had found me in the street! Everyone knew me as ‘Win di Machi Mimi,’ so when I went to take a nap to get rid of my hangover the other workers said, ‘Hey, don’t do that! The new foreman, de Grijze, will be here any minute!’ Because of the name, they were expecting a Dutchman!” Win de Grijze (61) grins. Sitting in his old chair in his garage, Muffler King, and surrounded by his people, engines, cars and noises, he’s completely at ease and enjoys telling his story . “I had wonderful years working for Radio Netherlands 20 years in all. I have a very good pension; they have the best labor agreement in the Antilles! I didn’t resign my job, I got the caisson disease and after that bone narcosis in my shoulder joint. I am the first bonetransplant patient in the Antilles. I used to dive a lot; I could go tremendously deep without the aqua lung. Percy Sweetnam and I were the first friends of Captain Don, but I never worked for Don commercially. I wanted to be free and I didn’t want the responsibility. With Percy, Victor and another Aruban guy we got a big job on Curaçao: cleaning the Queen Elisabeth I underwater. We started in Curaçao, then to Aruba, then to Trinidad where we finished the job. I had the accident because I’d made a mistake. I was diving with two bottles and stayed too long underwater. When I came up they went to refill the bottles and I went skin diving, spear fishing, without waiting an hour. But I didn’t add that time to my diving time. After my bottles were filled I went diving again; when I came up… bang! Luckily there were some YMCA doctors on the island. They put me under water for one hour, then I was taken to Curaçao by plane, a plane that had to fly very low. After I’d recovered I couldn’t go back to the Radio Netherlands towers anymore. Dr. Welvaart talked with my boss and they gave me a job for half days washing cars, making coffee but it didn’t work out, not with my salary! I left, so someone else could replace me. They’ve always treated me well and now, whenever I go there, they make me feel I’m still one of them. So, I started Muffler King in 1982, and my hobby is fishing. I built my first boat, a small one to start with, and now I have a real big one, the Triple J , named after my two daughters, Juliette and Julisa, and my son Jerwin. I married their mom, Zena Dammers 30 years ago here on Bonaire. She was the cutest; everything about her was just so nice. Now we have two grandchildren, Jean-Marc and Jarrold. I also have another daughter Mary and a granddaughter, Emily. My daughter Juliette is the woman I appreciate most in my life. We’re one of a kind; we understand each other perfectly well. Yeah, I did a lot and I still do a lot. I take a lot of young kids who don’t go to school or have a job out to sea. I talk to them and try to teach them something and it works; most of them find good jobs after a while. I’ve got a countless number of friends, here and on the other islands, and so I feel I’m the richest guy in the Antilles. But my best friends are the ones from my childhood: George Ammerlaan, Rafael Damascus and Doei Diaz. I did some crazy things when I was young. Ivan Floris, who now owns the crusher and who was working at the time as the chief mechanic at the Ford garage, and I read a book a bout helicopters. He’d gotten an engine and every weekend we worked on it. The first flight of our helicopter was quite impressive; we pulled the starter string… and up it went… straight into the electric cables! Never ran so fast in my life! All of Antriol was out of power! Crazy things! I’m not so active anymore; I’m trying to pay off my taxes and hope my son Jerwin will take over Muffler King. Then I’m going fishing! I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else but here in Bonaire. Life was so easy. I built this garage with friends, and we built each other’s houses. Everyone helped each other; that was how Bonaire was in the old days – very beautiful. Now we have lots of foreigners. I’m not against them, but every person brings the good and the bad from his own culture and that’s how things start to change. The Central Government in Curaçao has made many people leave because they were never interested in Bonaire and they never helped us. Then the tax collectors office finished it off by hunting for the small businesses, and that meant death for everyone. They destroyed our economy instead of helping the people and it’s like this in all the Antilles, except for Aruba. We’d be better off if we had a direct connection with Holland. Our politicians have good capabilities, but they shouldn’t be so divided. Once, in Miami when I was visiting a good friend he went to Cuban political meeting. As I was waiting there for him I met the president of the meeting, and when I told him I was Antillean he said, ‘There are two politicians of great caliber in the Antilles whom you should always support. One is Don Martina and the other one Ramonsito Booi!’ I was so proud! In Miami of all places! The most beautiful thing about Bonaire is the people; forget about politics. Everybody knows one another and practically everybody is related by marriage! We’re all people and nobody is perfect. All my life I’ve had the most beautiful times and I think it will last... There has never been another place for me; I love Bonaire tremendously.” Photo and story by Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra Win de Grijze “The most beautiful thing about Bonaire is the people; forget about politics. Everybody knows one another and practically everybody is related by marriage!” Win de Grijze Muffler King

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 An Exquisite Crescent Moon Pays a Very Close Visit to the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters M ark next Monday night, April 11th as a super duper night to see an exquisite crescent Moon parked right next to the most famous star cluster of them all, The Pleiades , also known as The Seven Sisters . Next Monday evening, April 11th, at 8:30 pm, Sky Park time, face due west. Directly above the horizon you'll see a beautiful three-day-old crescent Moon complete with earthshine, which will look like a bright crescent with a dark full Moon nestled inside it. And only two Moon widths away to its right is the exquisite tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, The Seven Sisters, which have been talked about all throughout history and are even mentioned in the Bible. Now most people can count only six stars here, and there are all sorts of legends as to why most people can't see the seventh, but the truth of the matter is if you've got very good eyesight and if you're far from lights under a dark sky you may be able to count 10 or even 12 stars in this tiny cluster. Plus if you look really close you will see that the six brightest stars trace out a very tiny little dipper. In fact many people mistake this tiniest of all the dippers in the heavens for the famous Little Dipper which is always parked directly opposite the even more famous Big Dipper . Be that as it may you may also notice that The Pleiades look a little bit fuzzy; that's because they are embedded in a huge cloud of gas and dust called a “ reflection nebula .” And the light from these stars is actually reflecting off this gaseous material, which is easily seen in any time exposure photograph. Now one of the most beautiful ways to observe The Pleiades, especially next Monday when the Moon is so close to them, is to use a pair of binoculars because then not only will you see all seven of the Seven Sisters you'll also see many, many more. In fact The Pleiades are really a huge cluster of over a hundred very big, very hot, blue-white stars, which are all much younger and hotter than our Sun, having been born less than a hundred million years ago, compared to our Sun which was born 4½ billion years ago. All The Pleiades' stars are much bigger and hotter than our Sun and spin much faster. In fact the brightest of the sisters, Alcyone, is a thousand times as luminous as our Sun and spins a hundred times faster. Now on a cosmic scale The Pleiades are relatively close, just over 400 light years away, which means that it takes light from The Pleiades 400 years to reach us. So when we look at them Monday night we are seeing them as they actually appeared over 400 years ago. In comparison our Moon is extremely close only 242,000 miles away which means it only takes 11/3 seconds for its light to reach us. So next Monday night be sure to see a sight both exquisite to the naked eye and absolutely breathtaking through binoculars. Believe me you'll be stunned by the cosmic beauty of our nearest neighbor and the sisters of legend! And for you evening star fans… Venus will be back low in the western Sky Park heavens around sundown next week. Will you be the first to spot her? Jack Horkheimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Your partner may be erratic this week if you haven't paid enough attention to him or her. Plan your day carefully. If they're too demanding, reconsider this union. Don't let your partner get away with spending too much of your money. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Make changes regarding your friendships. Consider the source before you believe what you hear. Your ability to charm others will bring added popularity. Listen and formulate your course of action. You will be indecisive. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You're in the mood to get out and visit friends. You will profit from home improvement projects and real estate deals. Your ability to take hold of a situation will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Relatives may play an important role in your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if you put a little heart into your speech or request. Don't let your boss make you feel guilty enough to take work home with you. Family members will not be happy with the amount of time you are spending away from home. Business trips might prove unproductive. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention and bring about a romantic interest. Don't make mountains out of molehills if you want to avoid conflict. Much can be accomplished if you compromise. Avoid any intimate involvements with co-workers or employers. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be aware of deception when it comes to your position, and be sure not to jump to conclusions. Opportunities for partnerships are present; but get every detail in writing. Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer from a lack of spare time. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Groups you belong to will not only enjoy your company, but they will also share your interests. Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional comer or puts restrictions on your time. Look into career choices and courses being offered. Try to stay calm, and whatever you do, don't nag. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You won't get the reaction you want from your mate this week. Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popularity and bring interest from potential mates. Try not to upset others with your plans. Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory situations. You may end up being blamed if anything goes wrong. It's time to get yourself back on track. Include friends and family members in your redecorating plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Make the necessary changes that will enable you to advance financially. You will be able to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new accessory for your house. Exercise programs will be effective. Be sure to pay attention to your financial status. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make money through solid investment plans. You may have difficulties with family members if you get involved in petty arguments. Try to deal with the problems of those less fortunate; however, don't allow them to make unreasonable demands. Your uncanny insight will help you make the right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal mistakes. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Visit someone who hasn't been feeling well lately. Be discreet about any information you uncover. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. *to find it, just look up For the week: April 8 to April 15, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005 I t had been several days since my last visit to the Mairi Bhan wreck site. On that visit the wind was strong, the sea was very rough, the sky was gray and there was a strong surge at the shoreline. As we swam to our shore sight markers, the reef below was barely visible. The surge effect had lifted sand and sediment from the bottom and was holding it in suspension. Our plan, that day, was to reach the stern of the ship, enter behind the windlass (winch) and reconfirm our measurements of the steering equipment from a previous visit. As usual we carried powerful underwater lamps to aid with visibility inside the hull. A Distressing Encounter On the surface my partner signaled OK to descend and we started down. It was a great relief to get below the waves, but I continued to feel the surge all the way to 100 feet (30 meters). We were making good progress and the water had cleared as we sighted the main mast lying prone on the reef below. The great iron hull of the overturned 1,378-ton clipper appeared out of the gloom. I made eye contact with my dive buddy, signaled a slight course adjustment, and gently kicked my flippers toward our objective. The water, below the keel, shimmered in the beam of my light. I had learned on other visits to this depth that it is an indicator of a colder layer of water called a “thermo cline.” We avoided that area as we cruised over the top of the port poop deck rail, 39 feet (12 m) above the cooler water. My attention was diverted to an area on the outside of the hull plates forward of the huge rudder. There appeared to be dark green dye-stained water seeping out from around the edges of some of the riveted, overlapping plates. I fanned the liquid and it quickly dispersed. Glancing around, I saw pockets of this same colored water in some of the depressions in the encrusting coral layer created by over 90 years of marine growth. We shrugged to each other, pointed toward the port rail and continued around to enter the stern section. As we moved forward the bright beams of our lights disappeared. They were absorbed by an impenetrable wall of suspended dark green-black sediment. We tentatively poked our dive masks into the black “soup” and instantly retreated and faced each other with dumbfounded expressions. Since there was clear water and no current outside the ship, I decided to inspect the stern mast and crow’s nest. After four to five minutes we returned to the top rail, made our way to the adjoining reef and completed our ascent with the necessary decompression and safety stops. We made our way safely back to the entry/ exit point, staying below the rolling surface waves. We were clearly “distressed” by this bizarre encounter. Return to Discovery Today there is only a slight chop to the sea surface and the visibility in the shallows has improved. Fully equipped, Barbara and I start to drop below the waves, determined to investigate the source of the mysterious green-black sediment inside our favorite shipwreck. With partly cloudy skies above us, there is intermittent sunlight illuminating the reef below. We sight the hull in clear, calm water and start toward the stern area. Over my shoulder, I see a slightly distorted outline of the ship, but it does not register as a subtle sign of what we are about to discover. Reaching the poop deck, with no sign of the green water on the outside of the ship, we are all set to enter her, but, something is wrong! The shape of the port rail has changed. Is this possible? It is pointing downward and the iron plates look clean and very smooth in places. Below, we see large, jagged sheets of the thick encrusting coral lying on top of the hard tar that spilled from the ship when it sank long ago on December 7, 1912. What has happened? We are bewildered as our minds try to comprehend the implications of the vision before us. We are not fully prepared for what we are about to witness on this dive. An Unimaginable Event Maintaining our depth, heading toward the bow, we encounter an awesome sight. The entire mid-section of the port side hull has split apart. The crack, that previously measured only 54 inches (1.4 m) at its widest, is now a gaping void approximately 10 feet (3 m.) across. On the tar below, we can see more gigantic sheets of the thick encrusting coral lying on top of the tangled remains of broken deck beams. Some of the riveted plates near the keel have buckled and popped their rivets. Other plate sections, closer to the port rail, apparently lacking the interior support of the cross beams, have collapsed under the weight. They are bent and sag down to the level of the hard tar layer. These plates are clean of coral and have already taken on the distinctive orange hue of fresh rust from exposure to seawater. The graceful, uninterrupted profile of the huge clipper ship has, once again, been distorted and destroyed by the power of the sea. The cause of this recent damage, a weakened structure by salt water corrosion, has taken longer to do its work, but, for us, is no less dramatic than the sinking. With each new revelation it’s difficult to control our breathing. We suppress the urge to enter the now unfamiliar confines of the hull. Peering inside, we see the suspended sediment has not completely settled. Our eyes adjust to the darkness and we can see a tangled mass of plates and beams. Where there once was symmetry of lines there is now disorder and chaos. We have overstayed our time on this dive to our beloved “Bonnie Mary” and slowly make our way back to the safety of the surface. Ghost Wreck? As we pass the time of our decompression and safety stops, I recall the sight of the green water seeping from the hull plates and the black cloud of sediment inside the wreck. What devastation caused that internal murk? Did the massive iron water tank, suspended overhead on the port side, drop from its precarious position? Did this trigger the interior damage to the cross beams? Was that what we were witnessing just two days ago? Is the Mairi Bhan truly a “Ghost Wreck” as characterized in the book Dream Wrecks by our friends Dominique Serafini and Catherine Salisbury? Were we saved from severe injury or death by her message to us on that day? …“Do not enter this black alien environment”… Join us, when we return to continue our search for the answers. © Albert Bianculli Inside the Windjammer (pre collapse) ( Ed. At the moment there is a sign put up by the owners of the land, BOPEC, which prohibits diving and other activities in this area. However, serious negotiations are underway, hopefully, to re-open the site.) Another Windjammer Series story