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S TSAU AND JESAIN 11 Years of Reportinc


Things are continuing to heat up in
the effort to restructure the An-
tilles. Bonaire elected officials are push-
ing hard for bilateral talks with The Neth-
erlands to define the direct-tie mandate
from last year's Referendum. The oppo-
sition is emphasizing that those types of
activities are premature and that all the
other islands and Aruba must be in-
volved. Curagao will ask for its own judi-
ciary and monetary system during the
constitutional summit in St. Maarten this
week. The target for reorganization of the
Netherlands Antilles is July 2007. That
date was proposed at the Summit Meet-
ing of the islands that started this Tues-
day.

A The US State Department recently
reported that more than two million
American citizens visit the Antilles and
Aruba every year and that almost 6,000
American citizens live here. The US is
the biggest export trading partner of the
Antilles with 21.3%, followed by Vene-
zuela with 16%.

A Forty of the 220 pilots employed
by Air Jamaica are set to lose their jobs
over the next two months as the national
airline continues to trim its staff as part of
a cost-cutting plan at the debt-strapped
company. At the same time, the airline
announced last Tuesday that its board
was in the process of completing its as-
sessment and restructuring planning and
expects to recommend a "new overall
structure and strategy" to the government
shortly.
According to the airline, Tuesday's job
cuts were a result of the cutting of some


of its routes and the reduction on the fre-
quency of flights on others. Bonaire
routes were not mentioned in the an-
nouncement.
Tuesday's announcement by Air Ja-
maica came three months after the airline
slashed 200 staff members, including 100
of its 500 flight attendants, in January as
part of broad-based cost-cutting measures
to return to profitability. Aside from the
trimming of the number of its pilots and
flight attendants, several management
positions were also made redundant,
while the salaries of top managers were
cut. The airline eliminated flights to sev-
eral destinations and returned at least
three of its leased aircraft. (Jamaica Ob-
server)


n Wednesday, April 20th The Bonaire Reporter celebrated its 11th birthday
with a party at Pasa Bon Pizza for its staff, writers and colleagues from the
Papiamentu language daily newspaper, Extra. Big thanks go to the readers over
the years and especially the advertisers. It's they who support The Reporter and
keep it free! O L./G.D.


A Divi Divi Airlines provides daily,
daylight hour connections between
Bonaire and Curagao. They recently ac-
quired an additional plane, a Norman Is-
lander. There was speculation that Divi
would expand operations to Aruba, but a
spokesman for the airline said that that
was not an immediate goal. Some details
on Divi Divi air follow:
Fleet: Two Norman Islanders, One
(Continued on page 8)


IN THIS ISSUE
11 Years of Reporting
Letters (Animal Tsar Debate;
Windjammer Debate)
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Changes at Special Olympics
Jazz Festival Schedule
PWA on its Way
Fisherman's Dock Repaired
Mooring Info.
Rincon Day Event & Schedule
Rincon Day Book Sale
2005 Jazz Festival
BBC on Bonaire
Playground Dedication
Sponges (Diving with Dee)
Dietitian (Cut down Saturated Fat)
Gardner (Tuturutu)


Yoga (Good Practice)
Art (Mother's Day Flowers)
Trip to Islas Yuana and Pedro
Mairi Bhan Mystery Clipper Ship
WEEKLY FEATURES
Flotsam & Jetsam
Vessel List & Tide Table
Classifieds
Picture Yourself (Micronesia)
Pets of the Week (kittens)
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Micro-Movie Review (Pacifier)
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Anton Zieverding)
Bonaire Sky Park (Little Dipper)
The Stars Have It


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22

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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: Boi Antoin, Albert Bianculli, Desiree, Dodo, Jack
Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phelan, Angeli-
que Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Ap van Eldik
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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OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#1-animal care on Bonaire


Response to
"Bonaire Does Not Need an Animal Tsar,
(The Bonaire Reporter, April 22-29 2005)

Dear Editor,
In the last issue of the Reporter there was a letter
to the editor written by Mr. Don Ricks stating his
concerns about a new foundation that we are in the
process of establishing, Foundation Animal Welfare
Bonaire (FAWB). We had intended to introduce our-
selves to the public next month after we registered.- a
the foundation. As it is, we are in the unfortunate H U M A N E
position of having to begin our mission by correcting
misinformation about the foundation. We would like SO C I E "T Y
to introduce ourselves now and give the public an
accurate picture of the purpose and goals of this
foundation.
Our purpose is to further the welfare of all animals on Bonaire, domestic, wild
and feral.
The founders of FAWB are indeed recent arrivals (less than 2 years on Bonaire,
although 2 of the members have lived in the Netherlands Antilles for a total of 8
years). We are also highly knowledgeable about, and dedicated to, the issues of ani-
mal welfare. Sometimes a new perspective is needed to identify, and address, the
kinds of needs we are focused on. Yes, our scope is extremely ambitious, and abso-
lutely necessary. We feel Bonaire should have the kind of umbrella organization
which exists in many countries in the world, including Holland and other islands in
the Netherlands Antilles.
FAWB's objectives include education, legislation, the sharing of information with
the public, providing support for existing agencies, and the creation of new projects
and resources to address needs which are not currently being met. Meeting these
objectives will necessarily involve the monitoring of all existing agencies as well as
island activities which affect animal welfare.
"Monitoring" is very different from "overseeing", and FAWB will have no au-
thority to oversee or "interfere" with any agency, nor is it our intention to do so. It
is our hope to work with and provide support and resources to any and all existing
agencies concerned with animal care and welfare. We have already consulted with
the island's veterinarians for their advice and input, and count on their active in-
volvement in FAWB. We certainly have no intention of "supervising" them.
It is not our intention to divert funds from existing agencies. On the contrary, we
hope to provide more funding and resources to these agencies. Neither is it our in-
tention to "duplicate the efforts of existing organizations" which "would channel
capital into redundant facilities--including a second animal shelter--and could divert
funding from established NGOs of proven competence and known motives" (Mr.
Ricks).
We have no intention of duplicating existing facilities or programs. Specifi-
cally, we have no intention of starting a second shelter. We do intend to address
needs which are not currently being met. One among many of these is the need to
have "someone who investigates and intervenes when dogs and cats are neglected
or abused" (Mr. Ricks). Accomplishing this would absolutely require more than a
phone, a car and an office, hence our desire to someday build a facility for the care
and rehabilitation of rescued animals. This would not be a redundant facility.
Above all, we need education, legislation, and the exchange of information, and
these will be our initial primary goals.
As to our "motives": very simply, we love animals. We want to work to do
what we can to improve the lives of all animals on Bonaire. Once the foundation is
registered and we have a Board, our founding group will dissolve. Board members


will serve limited terms. We are volunteers and will remain so. We will
never be paid salaries by this foundation. We already have a wide base of support
for our foundation. We have received a grant for our start up costs (from SBA in
Holland) as well as a promise of funding for educational programs and an offer of
land on which to someday house rescued animals.
We welcome your questions and your input. We are still in the process of
forming our Board, which we hope will consist of local educators, veterinarians,
community leaders and others concerned with animal welfare. Please feel free to
contact us at pettet@bonairenet.com (Dutch) or bandbfarm@yahoo.com
(English).
Ronald Tetteroo, Petra Tetteroo, Alexandra Brown, Susan Brown,
Jane Madden-(Founders of Foundation Animal Welfare Bonaire)


'Animal Welfare' on Bonaire
Response to FAWB letter (above):

The founders of FAWB say that, in my letter to the editor last week, I disseminated
misinformation about their intentions. Now that I have read their response, I see
that I did misinterpret some of their objectives (also printed in The Reporter). I did
not realize that 'monitoring is very different from overseeing,' and that other ani-
mal care organizations on the Island need a group-perhaps more expert and lov-
ing?-to monitor their operations. Apparently I was incorrect in thinking that
someone who said they intend to 'build a facility for the care and rehabilitation of
rescued animals' meant they were going to build an animal shelter. And I was
clearly in error when I assumed some of the founders of the FAWB would become
salaried employees of the foundation. It is reassuring to know than all five of the
people who signed the letter intend to serve as unpaid volunteers.

But as to the basic issue, I still disagree that Bonaire has a general 'animal welfare'
problem that has been awaiting enlightened intervention. Established organizations
are already looking after the donkeys, the goats, the loras, the bats, the turtles and
the conch. The Animal Shelter takes in homeless cats and dogs. The flamingos are
protected from over-flying aircraft. The fish do not have to worry about spear guns.
The slaughter house is operated humanely. The 'protocols' for inoculating and
euthanizing animals followed by both veterinary clinics seem professional and ade-
quate. I suppose we might need new animal protection legislation, but perhaps it
can wait until the crime protection legislation starts working more effectively.

On the other hand, we do have cases of abuse, neglect, and careless management of
pets on the island. Which brings us to the need for a humane society-one with
clearly conceived goals and a practical agenda-that could intervene where needed
and could help nurture a better informed, more responsible and more loving animal-
care culture.
Don M. Ricks


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


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OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#2- diving the Windjammer


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Dear Editor,
In your issue of April 15 we had again a possi-
bility to experience the writing talents of Mr.
Bianculli. Clearly, Mr. Bianculli's ethics do not
match his writing talents. First of, his show at
Habitat contains pictures of marine life in dis-
tress and the handling of marine life, violating
the long time, no touching, no handling spirit of the diving community on Bonaire.
Second he clearly did not get the gentle hint that was written by Roger Haug, some is-
sues back and directed at him, to be extremely selective, about publication and executions
of dives that are way beyond the recreational diving limits, such as the Windjammer dive.
Mr. Bianculli was part of the group that was diving the Windjammer recently in which a
diver tragically died. Did it occur to Mr. Bianculli that his enticing words might have
been part of the reason that this diver participated that day? We had the displeasure to
hear Mr. Bianculli's story about that fatal dive, as well as from two other participants and
a picture of exceptional bad organization emerges.
But it gets even worse. The Mairi Bahn started to disintegrate after the entrance to the
site was closed by BOPEC. In other words while diving for this story as well as during
that fatal dive Mr. Bianculli was violating the law. In the light of what happened, the very
least Mr. Bianculli could do was to withdraw the story and apologize deeply for his mis-
takes. He did not and that makes him an affront to the diving community and an ordinary
trespasser to me.
Bart Snelder


IT IS A DUTY AND IMPORTANT TO WRITE ABOUT WINDJAMMER DIVES

Response to Mr. Snelder's letter (above):

Dear Editor:
My presence at the Windjammer dive site on the day of the incident that Mr. Snelder
mentions was totally independent of the four-person dive expedition that preceded my
dive partner and me to the wreck. My observations of their procedures, preparation,
equipment and dive execution can add valuable information to the diving community here
on Bonaire and worldwide.


IT IS NOT PRUDENT TO DESCRIBE
WINDJAMMER DIVES


Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005


The discussion about the activity that I witnessed, in answer to a question presented by
a member of the audience at my Sunday slide show at Habitat, is a clear indication of the
desire by interested people to know the true facts surrounding this tragic event. My will-
ingness to participate in an open, public forum to present that information is in support of
all the principles of safe diving practices and procedures of the Dive Industry Certifying
Agencies and DAN policy. A complete and factual debriefing of all parties following any
abnormal incident, no matter how insignificant or unpleasant, is the usual process recom-
mended by these same agencies.
Suppression of those facts, by any authorities, self interest groups or participants, is
contrary to the very nature and spirit of the educational process within the diving commu-
nity mentioned in your letter.
Experienced divers are a special breed of individuals. By nature, they are active, in-
quisitive, serious and passionate about the pursuit of diving freedom and the right of free
access to the sea for ALL people. Many are also scrupulous protectors of the environment
and everything within the marine world.
As a member of this group, with over 5,335 marine logged dives since 1968, I am an
enthusiastic protector of these rights. As a self educated naturalist, any of my personal
encounters and interactions with the creatures in the marine environment is handled with
the utmost care and respect. I communicate with educated, professional experts in marine
biology and the dive community to further my own education and experience. I freely
share all my personal knowledge and field observations with them and any interested in-
dividuals by my writing and photo documentation.
Your suggestion that my adventure series about the Mairi Bhan was a contributing fac-
tor in the incident is absurd. The victim, in this case, was a frequent and longtime visitor
to the wreck. His passionate pursuit of diving and photography is well documented. His
interest and desire to personally visit the site fueled his ambition. The facts surrounding
his fate must be presented to the public as a testament to his dedication and respect for his
passing.
There are many dive sites on Bonaire that are more dangerous and challenge the experi-
ence of all divers more than the Windjammer. At this site the location of the wreck itself,
on the lower sandy reef shelf, as the intended dive target, provides a limit to the depth and
dive duration. At Karpata, for example, the slope and shape of the underwater terrain,
with the presence of numerous large colonial Admiralty styled anchors with attached
massive chains, lead and lure the unsuspecting or inexperienced diver down to depths far
beyond their personal abilities or competence.
I wish to point out that my entrance to the sea at the site did not require passage over
the BOPEC property and was within the accepted legal right of public access to the sea,
as understood by all residents of the Antilles.
Albert Bianculli


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Balance


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Sunset Beach


Like everywhere else in the world,
our little island is faced with a
constant balancing act. How do we pre-
serve the idyllic, peaceful nature of the
island while providing improved living
standards for its population? The ques-
tions often boil down to: Developing
Tourism vs. Protecting the Environ-
ment. Short-term Growth vs. Long-
term Sustainability. Jobs Now vs.
Children's Future. Local Rights vs.
Foreign Investment.
Right now the issue is centered on
whether the old Sunset Beach Hotel site
needs a 570-room hotel. This article is
the start of a series that will look at the
issue of finding the right balance for
Bonaire. We'll raise the question of
whether we can find a balance that will
fuel the tourist economy while protect-
ing the environment, which brings the
tourists in the first place. We'll also
look at whether fueling the tourist econ-
omy will benefit or damage other local
businesses. Too many new rooms at
one time can have the opposite effect
and create reduced occupancy rates at
existing hotels. And we'll look at how
to balance the rights and needs of the
local population against the needs of
potential developers will the new jobs
created be filled with Bonaireans or will
we see an influx of foreign workers
with no real benefit to the local commu-
nity?


Looking for Win-Win
The goal of this series is to help our
government and our voters make good
decisions so that the result is a win for
all sides. What we don't want to hap-
pen is to stifle growth that will reduce
airlift to the island. But we also don't
want to see uncontrolled growth that
will create the need for more foreign
workers as happened in Aruba; or
poorly planned growth that ruins the
reef that lures the tourists. Examples of
this can be seen around the world.
Let's start with the current questions:
Does the island need a large, 570-room
hotel, and is the best location for such
a large hotel the old Sunset Beach Ho-
tel site? If the answer to either the site
or size question is 'yes,' then we must
ask the very important question of
'How can Bonaire get the most value
from such a deal?'


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also a
winner. If
the very best site
is made available,
then the island must get
a number of things in re-
turn-not just vague promises.
What would be equal value for such a
prime location? Here are just a few
suggestions which are discussed below:
1) permanently designed free (and easy)
public access, 2) a guaranteed share of
the jobs, 3) ongoing program forjob
training, 4) bond posted to prevent a
half-completed job and the resulting
"skeleton," 5) specific system to keep
sewage completely off the reef and out
of the ocean.

Free Public Access
Historically Sunset Beach was a fa-
vorite place for local families as well as
tourists. The public had free and easy
access to the site and made frequent use
of it. This free access must be pre-
served, regardless of whatever else is
done with the site. And this free access
cannot just be a vague promise in a con-
tract, but must be clearly spelled out
and designed into any plans that are


devel-
oped.
Free access must
mean clear and easy pub-
lic passage for local residents
to reach the beach without hav-
- ing to pass through security
guards, a fancy hotel lobby and restau-
rants or even appearing to enter a hotel
property. Take a look at Harbour Vil-
lage for an example of how NOT to do
it. Who would want to go to and from
the beach with their gear, food, wet
swimsuits and crying children if they

Contract Point One
So point one in any contract for
the Sunset Beach site must be a
separate public entrance, open 24
hours, which does not require
walking through a new hotel.
There must also be adequate park-
ing for families who want to use the
beach.

have to pass through a fancy hotel?

Guaranteed Share of the Jobs
The main reason for the island to ac-
cept a large hotel to the island is for the
ontinued on page 7


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Finding Balance (Continued from page 6)
jobs it will provide. A 570-room hotel
should create 300 to 400 jobs. But if
the bulk of the jobs go to foreigners, it
does not do the local population much
good. And the jobs must be at all lev-
els, not just the low and entry level po-
sitions.
But one problem with creating 300 to
400 new jobs is the fact that we do not
currently have the workers from Bon-
aire to fill those jobs. Will we then
have to import workers from South
America, as Aruba has done? Or will
the developer bring its own staff from
other locations?
Perhaps a way to turn the problem
into an opportunity is to put into the
agreement with any developer the re-
quirement for annual job training for
our young people and re-training pro-
grams for older workers to move up the
ladder. The job training should start
while the hotel is still in construction so
that when it opens there are local peo-
ple in the jobs. Provision must also be
made for a phase-out of a certain per-
cent of foreign workers in case they are
needed only at startup.


Contract Points
Two and Three
In any land deal our government
must require a guaranteed mini-
mum percent of Bonaire workers
at the start and have that portion
increase over time. The agreement
must also include formal training
and re-training programs for Bon-
aire workers at all levels.

"Skeleton" Prevention
Program
History provides some good lessons
here. Remember the number of years
looking at the half-complete projects
like Caribbean Court and Eden Beach.
The years that the Parker project sat
and depreciated until bought for a song
by the van der Valk family. And there
is the still incomplete Esmeralda Pro-
ject and the Dutch Rooster Apartment
complex that is once again stopped.
The damage to the island of such failed
projects goes far beyond the visual.
Workers are laid off and suppliers are
left unpaid. The Central Government is
still paying off on the Parker Project
fiasco. Esmeralda is now in the hands


of a second developer who has profited
from his deal without finishing the pro-
ject.
The only way to prevent more failed
projects is to first perform adequate
'due diligence' on the potential devel-
oper and the potential project to insure
that the necessary funding is available.
There are several retired developers on
the island who estimate that a 570-room
hotel will cost at least $75 to $100 mil-
lion to build today. Even a mid-range
hotel of that size with food and bever-
age facilities would cost over $60 mil-
lion. These numbers are supported by
the 2004 International Hotel Develop-
ment Cost Survey.
The financing alone will cost perhaps
$400,000 to $500,000 a month at a
minimum. That's almost $1,000 a
month per room-just for the financing.
At an occupancy rate of 65%, it will
take about $35 to $45 dollars a day per
room, againjust to cover the loan fi-
nancing. That means a very high room
rate. Can Bonaire tourists (mostly di-
vers) support another luxury hotel? Are
the pockets of the potential developer
deep enough to
pay the
i financing
S charges until
it reaches
65% occu-


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pancy? Let's hope there are some de-
velopment and financing experts exam-
ining the proposals before a contract is
signed.
Beyond 'due diligence' there are
other ways to help insure completion.
The island should also require a bond to
be posted or an insurance policy pur-
chased to the benefit of Bonaire in case
the project fails. The size of the bond
must be enough to either tear down or
complete the skeleton and the owner-
ship of the project must revert to the
island and not some bank where it will
live in litigation for years.


Reef Protection Plan
With what is known in the world to-
day about the damage sewage does to a
reef, there is absolutely no reason to
allow new projects to put one drop of
used water into the ocean. If a project
is started before the proposed sewer
system is in place, an alternate plan
must be required that keeps all grey and
black water away from the reef.
In the table below we have outlined
the type of win-win deal that needs to
be struck if Bonaire is to give away its

Contract Point Six
A minimum four-stage tertiary
treatment water management
plant will be required as well as a
plan for sewage pickup and re-
moval from the site.


prime beach location for development.
In the next article we will look at the
question of size. How many new beds
does Bonaire really need? 1 Special to
The Bonaire Reporter


Ideas for a Win-Win Contract

Developer Wins Bonaire Wins

Prime location on island Guaranteed share of jobs at all levels
(including the construction phase)

Free or inexpensive land On-going job training by the developer

Tax Holiday Permanent free, easy public beach access

Profitable, on-going business Bond or insurance against incomplete job

Other incentives or concessions? Protection for the reef from sewage


Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005


Page 7


The demolition of Sunset Beach to be replaced with what?


Contract Points
Four and Five
A bond must be posted or insurance
policy in place to protect the island in
the event of a failed project. All plans
(financial and construction) should be
screened by a board of experts who
deal in finance, construction and de-
velopment and know what to look for.


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at S ecial Olympics

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Cessna 402B (twin engine aircraft)
Passengers: 100 up to 150 per day;
Freight: Average 2 freight flights per
week
Staff: 14 people; Internet site: www.
flydivi.com bookings can be requested
on line

A Dutch-CaribbeanExel was de-
clared bankrupt Friday. Most of its
staff were hired by ArkeFly which will
continue the Amsterdam-Curaqao route
flying twice a week, expanding eventu-
ally to four flights a week. Tickets start
at NAf767 which is competitive with
KLM fares. Passengers holding
DCExel tickets can exchange them for
new ArkeFly tickets. The airline flies


Boeing 767s.
The bankruptcy of DCExel was coor-
dinated with the takeover by ArkeFly
who also took over HollandExel routes.
ArkeFly is affiliated with the tour op-
erator TUI Netherlands.

b Two short circuits in the Bonaire
power grid caused outages last week
The most serious was last Monday when
there were two interruptions of service
for most customers. The first failure was
around 0715 and lasted about two hours.
The second failure was around 1530, due
to a short circuit in the cable between the
power plant south of Belnem (former
Trans World Radio site) and the central
power plant at Hato.
A bird that flew into an overhead
(Continued on page 11)


Roosje, Delno, Suzy


Last Saturday members of the
FKPD (handicapped center),
Special Olympics Bonaire and friends
and family of Delno Tromp celebrated
his birthday at Croccantino Restaurant.
It was a goodbye party too for Delno as
he's accepted a position with the UN-
UNEP (United Nations Educational
Program) in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.
Delno has been the Caribbean Na-
tional Director of Special Olympics
and has worked diligently with Bon-
aire's teams for the last few years.
Delno has been Director of US market-
ing for the TCB and was the innovator
of the very success Bonaire Ambassa-


dors Program, among his many other
accomplishments.

Ferina (Roosje) van der Hoek-Goeloe
will take over as National Director of
the Special Olympics Bonaire. Suzy
Bakker will take over Roosje's job as
the new PR Officer and Secretary of
the Special Olympics Bonaire.
The parting gift for Delno, put to-
gether by Roosje, was a collage of pho-
tos of Delno and his friends during his
life here in Bonaire.
All of us will miss you lots and lots,
Delno! OL.D.


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IACHTINGA NDSS AB I3SSSSiSP AGES


PWA is On The Wav


Mosje Vingerhoets doing a one-handed Gecko Flaka


T he countdown is on for the 3rd Maduro and Curiel's Bank Bonaire PWA
King of the Caribbean set for May 15-22. This is the biggest event yet with
over 39 males from nations around the world registered at this early date for Bon-
aire's first Grand Prix / World Cup event. More are expected to register in the
weeks to come. The biggest news is in the Women's Division with over 14 women
set to compete for $15,000 in cash prizes.
Twin super stars, Iballa and Daida Moreno, are returning and bringing two top pro
women from their home in Gran Canaria, Spain. Women from Germany, France,
Venezuela and Sweden will be coming to make this year's women's division a not-
to-be-missed event.
Pros are already on island training for this event. The popularity of Bonaire as a
near perfect training ground brings sailors here early to prep for this King of the
Caribbean. Attendance is important for all in the freestyle tour for 2005. Sailors at-
tending the event score points that are cumulative towards the final scores for the
top places. Naturally with its reputation as a well run event with great parties and
top name pros, this is the place to be in May. O Ann Phelan


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-29 5:02 2.0FT. 14:23 0.7FT. 79
4-30 6:02 1.9FT. 15:00 0.7FT. 69
5-01 7:06 1.8FT. 15:32 0.8FT. 60
5-02 1:11 1.3FT. 8:03 1.7FT. 15:53 0.9FT. 22:42 1.4FT. 56
5-03 3:23 1.2FT. 9:05 1.6FT. 16:07 1.0FT. 22:25 1.5FT. 58
5-04 4:55 1.1FT. 10:04 1.5FT. 16:11 1.1FT. 22:36 1.6FT. 65
5-05 6:18 1.1FT. 11:12 1.3FT. 15:55 1.1FT. 22:59 1.7FT. 74
5-06 7:46 1.OFT. 12:33 1.2FT. 15:04 1.1FT. 23:33 1.8FT. 82




Andiamo Honalee, USA Santa Maria
Adventure Quest Infinity Sandpiper, USA
Angelos Jan Gerardus Sirius
Argo Klsey Sylvia K
Bernard Lava Take It Easy
Bright Sea L'Quila, BVI Ti Amo, USA
Calacanto Luna C. USA Tish
Camissa, Chan Is. Lusistra Tomorrow
Cape Kathryn Maki, France Ulu Ulu, USA
Clemencia Nails Ulysses
Felicity Natural Selection Unicorn, Norway
Flying Cloud, USA Ouf Varedhuni, Germany
Gabrielle Pyewacket Ya-T, BVI
Galandriel Rusty Bucket Yanti Paratzi
Guaicamar I, Ven. Sabbatical Zahi, Malta


Fishermen's Dock
To Be Repaired
During Hurricane Ivan
in September last year
the wood and concrete dock
used by fishing boats in Kral- ... ;
endijk was badly damaged.
The situation is still danger-
ous as parts of the dock are
lying ashore.
Although the Island Gov-
ernment applied to Holland
for disaster relief, it hasn't yet
arrived. Nevertheless the Is-
land Government has decided to
S, sing their own fnds. Re- Mingel Martis, head of DROB- Public Works
fix it, using their own funds. Re- Drai
pairs are expected to be completed Department, Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina
soon. a Press release and Mr. Ridderstaat look over the
Fishermen's Dock


Mooring Info

S TINAPA Bonaire has
extended its contract
with Harbour Village Ma-
rina for the administration
and maintenance of the
Kralendijk yacht moorings.
Their responsibilities under
this contract include check-
ing in boats after they clear
Customs and collecting the
$10 daily mooring fee. Harbour Village Marina keeps 25% of that fee in return for
their work. They can also provide STINAPA brochures containing information on the
Bonaire National Marine Park, Washington Slagbaai National Park and water sport
rules and regulations. Harbor Village Marina will provide access to the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park orientations and sell the STINAPA Nature Fee Tags. In addition
they perform twice daily tours of the mooring field for a yacht count and mooring in-
spection as well as provide maintenance for the floats and lines. STINAPA can be
reached at 717-8444 if you want further information. O Press release


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Rincon Day -A Real Bonairean Event The Schedule


Francisco "Bubuchi" Janga, son
of the late "Mr. Rincon," Bro-
etje Janga, is following in his father's
footsteps and heading up the organiz-
ing committee for the 17th annual
Rincon Day (Dia di Rincon) this Sat-
urday, April 30. Those people who
are on the committee are those who, as
Bubuchi explains, "people who know
the traditions, what Rincon Day is sup-
posed to be. It's for everyone, not just
for the people with money. Those peo-
ple who have a lot of knowledge of
our culture don't have a lot of money."
The excitement actually begins the
night before with a "pep rally" of cars,
flying Rincon flags, which will gather
at the Stadium in Playa at 6 pm and
parade through the different barios
(neighborhoods), arriving in Rincon
around 7 pm. Stands selling food and
drinks will have been set up in the
streets of Rincon and it's Ban Topa
(let's all meet) time where there's
dancing in the streets.
Saturday the camaraderie continues.
There will be music everywhere, with
three main stages set up for entertain-
ment and several smaller ones nearby.
There will be parades, games, bands,
fun. Bring your camera for great photo
opportunities!
Stands will be selling all that good
Rincon traditional comida (food) like
kabrito stoba (goat stew), boka dushi
(sweet things), bachi bach i(a stew
made from many parts of the goat -
said to be delicious). The stands them-
selves are works of art, the creators us-
ing the native materials growing on the
island. This year there will be a compe-


Rincon flag at the 2004 Rincon Day

tition for the best ones.

If you really want to be "in," get
yourself a Rincon Day tee shirt for
NAf10 or 12, for adults and children.
They're sold at the Rincon Centro di
Bario, the Rose Inn and at Anna Nico-
laas' store in the village.

Groups from Bonaire, Curaqao and
Aruba will be on hand to entertain. Due
to the lack of airline capacity between
Aruba and Bonaire, the four groups
from Aruba are actually chartering a
plane from the US to get here! It's that
important to them to be here for Rincon
Day! O L.D.


Food and
drink stand
2004 Rincon
Day


FRIDAY, APRIL 29
Car Cavalcade (Optocht ban Rincon)
starts at the stadium in Playa at 6 pm, goes
through all the barios and ends up in Rincon
at 7 pm. In Rincon, stands set up for food
and drink and music in all the bars and res-
taurants until ???

RINCON DAY, APRIL 30
MCB 5 km/17.5 km run with prizes.
Starts at the Stadium in Playa at 7 am. Call
COMCABON, Richard Pietersz at 717-
8629 or 780-7225.
Mass at the Church in Rincon, singing,
celebration of Queen Beatrix's 25 years of
investiture, raising the flag, 8 to 10 am
Walk to the Plasa Commerce An-
nouncements, speeches by honored guests,
including the "Padrino" (godfather) of Rin-
con Day, former Prime Minister Miguel
Pourier, 10 am

WHERES & WHENS
Stage 1, Plasa Commerce 10:30 am. Ac-
tivities continue until 4:30 pm
Stage 2, Centro di Bario 11 am to 5:30
pm skits, music, etc.
Stage 3, Den Bus di Pedon Entertain-
ment from 11 am to 4 pm
Credit Union (front of the church) En-


tertainment, children's games, from 11 am
to 4:30 pm
Strea di Oro (past church, on the right,
on the way to Washington Park) Entertain-
ment from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

PARADES
Note: The first three parades all start
at 2 pm. If you just stand in one place
you'll be able to see them all.
Parada di Maskarada A parade of
those wonderful masked characters who
usually appear on January 1. (Route: Kaya
Para Mira, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya Marino, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Kaya
Para Mira)
Parada di Antafto- A parade of older peo-
ple in old time Rincon dress. (Route: Kaya
Marino, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya Commerce, Kaya C. D. Crestian,
Kaya Marino)
Parada di Karnaval An "old time" Kar-
naval parade (Route: Kaya E.B. St. Jago,
Kaya Marino, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Com-
merce, Kaya E.B. St. Jago)
Parada di Simadan The grand finale.
Everyone is invited to join in, link arms and
do the Simadan dance to the famous Sima-
dan song. Starts at 5 pm. (Route: Kaya Pie-
dra Pretu, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Commerce, Kaya
Rincon, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Com-
merce, Kaya Rincon)
Midnight- Closure 1 L.D.


Hubentut pa Cristu

Selling Books for Rincon Day

uring the Rincon Day festivities this Saturday stop by the stand
next to the Protestant church where there will be lots of second-
hand books for sale including children's books and books in English.
All of you who love to read are welcome! The stand is run by the Huben-
tutpa Cristu (young people for Christ).
Elly Oudshoorn writes that about 40 years ago there was a successful
youth group at the Protestant Church in Rincon. As the members left the
island the club declined. But two years ago, members of the church who
were once members of the Hubentut themselves, wanted to revive the
club where the youth of Rincon could come for activities. With the support of many
people they started to rebuild the old building connected to the kerki (church) of Rin-
con. With the financial help of "Wings of Support," KLM personnel, new inventory
will be purchased. New furniture was delivered two weeks ago, thanks to them!
But they need material to keep the youngsters busy with handicrafts like painting,
sewing, woodworking, playing ping pong, etc. so they need to raise money. They're
also looking for second hand computers.
This year at the stand they have plenty of good books and all the profit goes towards
getting everything they need for the club.
For more information or if you can help, call Elly Oudshoor, tel. 717-3227 or 786-
0870. Email: aeoudshoom@flamingotv.net 1


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8)
power line most likely caused the first
short circuit. This has happened several
times in the past. To avoid this, warning
balls were placed on the cables. The sec-
ond power failure was fixed around 1700.

t According to the Bonaire Econom-
ics Department there has been more con-
struction of houses, more extensions and
more other small construction and reno-
vations in 2004 than in 2003. The total
construction value was 78% more than in
2004.

P On March 1st, the cost of a first re-
quest for a work permit increased from
NAf350 to NAf550 per year. A renewal
will now cost NAf375. Work permits for
short term projects are NAf250 for three
months. These fees will increase again in
March 2006, from NAf550 to NAf750
for first permit requests and from
NAf375 to NAf500 for renewals. Work
permits for short term projects will go to
NAf350. Requests for changes in work
permits for foreign employees will be
considered as first requests and will be
charged with the new applicable rates. In
2004, 520 work permit requests were ap-
proved, 17 (2.44%) were denied; 148
business licenses were granted, an in-
crease of 47 over 2003.

P The free Spanish classes sponsored
by the Consulado General de la Repub-
lica Bolivariana (ak.a.Venezuela) are
filled until October-November. For
more information call 717-8275 between
9 am and 3 pm.

A New on Bonaire Pedisa Day Spa
is offering a "White Peel" for the face.
The concept of using acids for a vigorous
renewal of the skin is very old. Cleopatra
wrote a book in which she described the
use of fruit acids to renew and beautify
the skin, and it was an ancient "best
seller" for 200 years Today's acids speed
skin turnover, remove skin lesions and


restore the firmness, elasticity and inter-
nal moisture-holding properties. Pedisa's
treatment is totally comfortable and
leaves your skin young looking and silky
smooth. Call them at 717-4111 for more
information. Pedisa Day Spa is located
across from the post office, next to the
parliament members' building. See their
ad on page 4.

A Mother's
Day is only a
week away,
Sunday, May
8th. You can
send a short
message tell-
ing Mom your
feelings for
her with a
free advertisement in the Classified
section of The Bonaire Reporter. Fax
717-8988 or e-mail
mom@bonairereporter.com.

Looking for some great deals?
Check out The Great Escape. For ex-
ample, how about an Amstel or Polar
beer for NAf ? That's what they cost on
Friday from 7 to 8 pm, which follows the
two-hour Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm.
Perhaps you might like to take Mom to
their Sunday Brunch, which begins at 10
am, or rent one of their new DVDs. See
their advertisement on page 24.

Healing Touch classes are about to
begin again on Bonaire. If you want to
learn more about this proven technique to
help heal yourself and others join the free
orientation class on Thursday, May 5th,
from 7-8 pm at the Caribbean Club
Bonaire at Hilltop. See the notice on
page 6 for more details and contact num-
bers.

This week's Benetton model is
nine-year-old Ore Cristely Cranston.
The Benetton ad is on page 12. O L./G.D.


I N1 LtI



iA


Tickets for the main concerts are
now on sale at City Cafe, TCB, Kon Tiki
Restaurant, Bongos Beach, Plaza Re-
sort and the Bonaire Boekhandel.
Only NAf30 for the
FULL 3-DAY PROGRAM.
V -


Jazz Group -sketch by Harry Henson

During the Festival Week 25+ musicians will perform. They include: Denise
Jannah, Ced Ride, Avila Blues House band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Bern-
abela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band with special guests, Stacey Francis, Latin
Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway and many others.
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation provides support to the SGB High School and the
Centro di Barios with funds that broaden musical education. They gave a fundrais-
ing concert aboard the Freewinds just for that purpose When SGB students serve
drinks and food at Wilhelmina Plaza on the 19th of May, the revenues from that
will go to the school and sentro di barios.
Not only will the Festival organizers give away 20 tickets for the main concerts
to SGB students with musical talents and interests, they will donate 25% of the
Festival profits to the same groups. So get your tickets now. What's the delay? 1


Kaya Korona just before blacktopping


P The first section of the rebuilt Kaya Korona was opened last weekend.
Due to the heavy rain, there was a significant delay in the reconstruction.
Now, another section, up to North Salifia, will be rebuilt at a cost of NAf5.5 mil-
lion. This road was totally reconstructed, including the foundation, and will serve
as model road for the other roads of Bonaire such as Kaya Betico Croes. The road
building budget for 2005 is NAf12 million.


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BBC on
S" lue Planet" Assistant Pro-
U ducer Jo Ruxton and
Camerman Michael Pitts were on the
island for the last three weeks, film-
ing Bonaire topside and under the
sea. Six years ago BBC was here do-
ing extensive filming of the flamin-
goes and the salt pyramids. This year
Jo and Mike spent a lot of time at
Washington-Slagbaai National Park
and other wilderness areas. They
filmed the iguanas in the water at Pos
Mangel, the blowhole, the salt works.
At Fontein they built a hide (blind)
25 feet high from which to observe
the Bonairean Lora. "I had to climb
over razor blade rocks to do it,"
laughs Mike.

According to Series Producer
Karen Bass of the BBC Natural His-
tory Unit, they're doing the natural
history of the whole Caribbean the
islands, reefs, hurricanes, the coast
from Panama to the Yucatan. They'll
be covering the different ecologies:
in Cuba the caves and the bats, in Do-
minica and St. Lucia, the volcanoes;
in Bonaire and Aruba they'll zero in
on the desert the geological and topog-
raphical points, with an emphasis on cac-
tus.
The filming is for a four-part, one-hour-
each, series on the Caribbean: Firstly, an
overview of the whole Caribbean, includ-
ing its geology. The second covers
"treasure islands," their corals, man made
artificial reefs, and piracy. The third is
about Hurricane Hell how animals cope.
The fourth and last is on the mainland
Caribbean: Panama, Nicaragua.


Bonaire


The BBC Team: Michael Pitts and Jo
Ruxton with Lora

ally they discovered four new species of
fish in the river. "We divers, going down
to 40 meters to film, saw what we thought
were interesting fish," says Mike. "It
turned out that they had never been seen
before! Going down to 90 meters our
ROV filmed two more!" Mike continues,
"The Amazon is amazing; at some point
near Manaus (Brazil) it's 18 miles wide."
Mike also has fun relating how he set
out to film the Siberian tiger, in the times
when the country was still under Commu-
nism. "For six weeks I was in the forest in
Siberia, searching and waiting. One night
we heard one, but we never did see one."
Jo was 14 years in Hong Kong working
with World Wildlife in conservation is-
sues, especially trying to curtail the build-
ing of the new Hong Kong airport as it
was endangering the environment of the
of the pink dolphin. She now operates out
of England for the BBC. She and the
"Blue Planet" team worked for five years
in 200 different locations to film the epic
eight-hour series. "We had 2,500 hours
of footage," she recalls.
Will film be replaced some day by
video? At this point film still offers more
latitude in exposure than video. However,
a future BBC series, "Planet Earth," will
be done in high definition video, the cut-
ting edge technology in video today.
Hampered by overcast skies, the team
nonetheless got great footage, they re-
ported. On their final day they filmed the
island from a helicopter. OL.D.


Playground Dedication


Vicky Bissessar, President of The Dare To Care Foundation, keynotes the
festivities surrounding the inauguration of the Playground Project.


L ast Sunday hundreds of people as
well as top island officials
showed up to witness the placing of the
first stone for the Parke Publiko Boneri-
ano, a public park for all Bonaireans but
especially for the children and elderly.
Davika, Vicky to her friends, Bissessar
founded the We Dare to Care Founda-
tion to meet her goal in 2002. Now in
April 2005, realization of the project is
in sight.
Vicky, a mother of four, decided to
commit her time, energy and fundraising
efforts to get a public playground and
park in a central spot in Bonaire. Armed
with an idea, she set out to convince and
bring together a group of people to fur-
ther develop this project. Last Sunday
she saw the first concrete step of her
dream come true.
"I feel we urgently need to focus on


our kids from ages one to 12 years," she
said. "Our kids are the future leaders of
this island and we owe it to them to pre-
pare them as best we can. They need a
basic playground where they can inter-
act, play and develop their abilities
through playtime."
Based on its comprehensive plan, the
island government granted the founda-
tion an option on a 3.480 m2 piece of
land of behind the hospital, and AMFO,
the Antillean co-funding Foundation
provided a grant of NAf419.399,00 to
supplement private donations. O G.D.


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DIVING with DEE



What Can We Learn from Sponges?


t was 1982. We were finally able
to get back into the water after the
first wind reversal I'd seen on Bonaire.
Although I'd expected to find devas-
tated reefs, the coral heads I saw were
mostly unaffected. Later, when Cap-
tain Don asked me how the reef looked,
I told him the sponges had some silt on
them but the coral looked fine. Don
informed me that I should dust the
sponges. "Dust the sponges?" I re-
peated, incredulously, "Do you think
I'm crazy? Why in the world would I
dust sponges?"
If you know Don at all, it should be
no surprise to you that I did dust
sponges. If you know me at all, it
should be no surprise that it only took
about 10 years for the reason to register
on me.
Remember that sponges pull seawater
in, filter out oxygen and food, and push
the filtered water back into the sea.
Sponges don't reverse their current, so
any silt that lands on a sponge is actu-
ally held there to some extent by the
sponge's intake current. The more silt
there is on the sponge, the more diffi-
cult it is for the cells of the sponge to
suck water in; the less seawater the
sponge can filter, the less oxygen and
food the sponge can acquire.
But that's not the only consequence
of silt on a sponge.
Once there's silt on the sponge, algae
will sooner or later begin growing on
the silt. Where there are algae there
will be, eventually, a damselfish to
farm. Damsels are ambitious farmers
who are always ready to extend their
holdings. Under normal circumstances
algae is prevented from growing on
sponges by the sponge's outer surface.
The damsels nibble away at this sur-
face, and algae begin to grow on the
nibbled spots.
The sponge on which I watched this
process take place disintegrated in less
than 10 years.
Don was right, as usual. Fanning the
silt from sponges does help.


fins, which defeats the purpose of
helping it.)

* If a great glob of silt falls onto
coral or another sponge, fan that
one, too. More usually the silt dis-
sipates in the water.

* Be very careful around sand bot-
toms! Fanning silt off a sponge
around sand can stir up more silt;
move extra slowly until you see the
results.

* Be very careful around photogra-
phers! Once the fanning begins,
the silt in the water won't help un-
derwater photos. Try to be consid-
erate of the photographers' needs
as well as those of the sponges.

* Check the sponge for other animals
before fanning it. I prefer not to
disturb the arrow crabs, soapfish,
and balloonfish I occasionally see
on silty sponges. Once in a while I
see a frogfish on a sponge I'm
about to fan, which is wonderful -
but more often the frogfish's cam-
ouflage works and I only notice it
because it sways differently from
the sponge when I dust.

* Dusting sponges is an especially
useful activity when you're cold:
the vigorous movements will not
only help the sponge, they'll warm
you up!

One very nice consequence of
sponge-dusting is that you pay more
attention to sponges. You're more
likely to notice the delicate pattern of
waterways that encrusting sponges
have, or the compartmentalized exterior
of an azure vase sponge.

You may also notice clues to the
past of a sponge:


Look for scooped out sections of
tube sponges where a sponge crab
There are a few things to keep in has clipped away a piece of
mind before fanning sponges: sponge.

Notice the way those scooped-out
You don't want to actually touch sections g
sections grow back, often with a
the sponge at all, just fan the water new tube.
near it with your hand.
(Occasionally someone asks me if
(Occasionally someone asks me if Look around multiple tube sponge
it wouldn't clear more silt if they formations for other tubes that may
used their fins instead of their have broken off the main one and
have broken off the main one and
hands. The answer is NO; fins are attached nearby. Where did they
attached nearby. Where did they
too big, our hands give us just the attach? What new growth is occur-
control we need. Also, we're ring
likely to kick the sponge with our


A sponge with a history. In thepast, a sponge crab clipped apiece of sponge
for itself diagonally, from the end of this purple tube sponge tube. The tube
healed itself at the end of the crab's cut closest to the sponge's base. The exten-
sion beyond the healed tube end is the part of the original tube end that the crab
did not take; its edges are rounding, and new tubes are emerging from it.


Always consider the relationship
between a sponge's shape and its
location. The shape of a human be-
ing, or a scorpionfish, or a butterfly is
pretty much determined by its species.
Sponges like plants grow in re-
sponse to their environments.
One of my favorite adaptations I've
only seen once. I was snorkeling in an
area where strong currents move in and
out of Lac Bay. This sponge was grow-
ing from a rock in such a way that the
current -- no matter how strong it was -
could push the sponge to the ground.
When the current lessened, the rock
rolled back and the sponge was vertical
again! The sponge and rock functioned
together like that inflatable toy clown
with sand in its base: no matter how
much you push it down, it always re-
turns to a vertical position.

One of the best places to look at
sponge growth is beneath Bon-
aire's Old Pier. First of all, because
of the heavy shade the pilings are not
hospitable to most corals, which com-
pete with sponges for space on the reef.
With only orange cup coral to compete
with, sponges grow in great profusion
and great variety.
Second, because during a Pier renova-
tion from 1988 to 1991, 50 of the Pier's
pilings were scraped bare of growth.
The Sponge Reattachment Project tied
more than 555 sponges back onto the
reinforced and the denuded pilings.
These sponges were tied to the pilings
vertically, for maximum contact with
the piling. Their growth patterns vary
interestingly.
Third, because after Hurricane Ivan's


surge broke many sponges free of Old
Pier pilings, volunteer divers tied an-
other hundred or so sponges to the pil-
ings. These sponges were attached in
various ways, depending on the individ-
ual teams who were tying, so they give
us even more chances to watch sponge
growth.

Another wonderful thing about
sponges and Bonaire: we can
watch sponges grow. Whether
you're an off-island subscriber to The
Reporter or a resident of Bonaire;
whether a snorkeler or scuba diver, you
can select a few sponges in one or more
of the underwater places you especially
like, and keep an eye on them. You
could photograph them, or log a com-
plete description every month or every
visit, including what other creatures are
living around them. Our own Adopt-A-
Sponge Project what great informa-
tion we'd get from that! O Story and
Photo by Dee Scarr


Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They
will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529.
See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt.
Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.


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PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hypnother-
apy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-
6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/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 NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981


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. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013




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



Mature woman whose family is on
island, looking to house (and car) sit.
June 27 to August 4. Experienced with
pets. 717-3726.


Ex-rental SCUBA equipment from
Cressi Sub and Tusa for sale at Buddy
Dive Resort Dive Shop. Prices start as
low as US$20. Opening hours 8 am -
5 pm 7 days a week.

Authentic 45 lb. CQR anchor,
$110 (US). Contact S/V Gabrielle on
VHF 77

For Sale: Six 2-packs of Yellow Bug
Lights, 60 watts. NAflO/each. 791-
6167




Scuba Vision is preparing for a new
film production and is looking for
adult male actors able to perform in
front of a camera with a good voice to
express emotions. It will be a short
film, subject is still a secret, the acting
will be very easy and the best per-
formance will be used. For more in-
formation e-mail info@scubavision.
info or call 786-2844

WANTED: Dutch family is looking
for an apartment / house to rent
from 18 June to 1 August 2005.
Willing to take care of pets and plants.
E-mail Janny at: bvjs@planet.nl

WANTED: Volunteers to index
back issues of the Bonaire Reporter
(English) and Extra (Papiamentu).
Call George at 717-8988 or 786-6125.


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: liv-
ing 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. 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. May 20 until Jan.
8th. info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or
www.pelicanreefbonaire.com -



Dog training classes by
Elly Albers will begin
soon. Sign up before
May 15. 786-5161


Ask the Dietitian

Some Tips to Cut Down Saturated

Fat in Your Low-Cholesterol Diet!


he amount and the type of fat (saturated fat) that you eat has a great ef-
fect on blood cholesterol levels. Here are some tips to cut down fat, espe-
cially saturated fat from your diet:
* Do not exceed 2 egg yolks a week
* Consider a serving size 100 grams of meat, poultry or fish. This is the size of a
deck of playing cards. For example 1 chicken breast, 1 chicken thigh or 1
drumstick
* Trim all visible fat from meat, and remove skin before cooking poultry.
* For milk, use a serving size of 2 glasses for adults. If you drink whole milk, try
2% fat milk and progress to 1% and /2% fat milk, and then, possibly to skim
milk.
* Select cheeses marked with 40+, 30+ or 20+. Low fat cheese contains as much
calcium as high fat cheese.
* Choose frozen desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving.
* Regular yoghurt has more than twice the amount of calcium as frozen yoghurt.
* Oils are good choices for cooking. Select canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame,
sunflower, soybean, etc.
* Select a margarine containing no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per table-
spoon.
* Macadamia nuts and coconuts are high in saturated fat.
* A serving size of oil or margarine is 1 teaspoon.
* Most desserts are rich in calories. Choose desserts that are low fat or fat free.
* Select desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving.
* For special occasions, prepare cakes, pies, and cookies with margarine or oil,
milk with no more than 1% fat, and egg whites or egg substitutes.
Foods that must be included in any diet are fruits and vegetables. They con-
tain little or no fat and are low in calories (except coconut and avocado). They
are good sources of fiber and vitamins. Your menu should include 3-4 servings
of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits every day:
* For cooking use a non-stick cooking spray to prepare pans for cooking.
* Do not forget that fat-free products are not calorie free. Some fat free desserts
have so much sugar or other sweetener added that they are only slightly lower in
calories than the original food.
* Read the label for the amount of food listed as one
serving. Remember, if you eat more than a serving,
you get more of everything calories, fat, saturated
fat, and cholesterol. OAngelique Salsbach


Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department
of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other
Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dieti-
tan@bonairenews. corn


oI. LOS TLORA-


Lora with ID ring lost
near Vos di Bonaire.
Says "Hola, Mami,"
"Sabroso."
Call Marlis, 717-
7741.


Big porch sale: Sat. May 7,
2005 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Kaya Hu-
landa 16. Various households together:
furniture, baby crib, clothes, toys,
books, household items and much
more.


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER

This week I will
write about the
strength of tropical
plants. I thought
about that this week
driving on the
Promenade where
some strange tourists
found it necessary to
break off the branches
of several Coconut
Palm trees. I felt
that they would die
because a palm
should always have a Truurutu (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
branch at the heart to
stay alive. But last
week, after maybe two months, I was very pleased to see that they all had new
sprouts again, and with a little help from good watering and maybe some strong
Nitrogen-fertilizer they will be okay. This again proved to me that especially Co-
conut Palms are really tough creatures. We knew this from the periods after Hurri-
canes Lenny and Ivan, where a lot of palms were really beaten up but came back
very nicely. This also goes for a lot of other types of tropical plants, so don't give
up too quickly on them if for some reason they are not looking well. The only ex-
ception to that is maybe the recent outburst of the mealy bug that seems to kill
some varieties. If the infected plants are looking dead, please don't hesitate to take
them out and get rid of them.

In my last articles I wrote about hedging plants, and I ended my last story with
some flowering types of hedge plants. I've already written a lot about Oleanders,
as they are used so much on Bonaire and are really strong and colorful. Just a small
reminder there are a lot different types available, even on our small island. We
grow and plant 12 different types, and they all vary in height and thickness, so if
you plan on planting some Oleanders as a hedge, make sure you use the right vari-
ety. They come in white, salmon, yellow, peach red pink and everything in be-
tween!
The Tuturutu, or Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is well known on Bonaire too, but
not used so much as a hedge. They grow very easily without a lot of water and
bloom all year round. They can stand wind, salty areas and just require a little bit
of good organic soil. They come in yellow, orange and red, and all have really
nicely shaped flowers. The orange and yellow types grow the strongest and high-
est, but the red one makes a thicker hedge. The only problem is that if you want
them to grow as a hedge, you have to prune them regularly. After they bloom the
top part dies and they sprout out again underneath, but all those dead parts look a
bit ugly. But after blooming they get a lot of brown seed pods that the parrots
really like, so if you don't mind the dry parts, please leave the pods on and enjoy
the birds, and prune them afterwards.
Another good quality of this plant is that when they are growing thickly, they get
a little spiny and make excellent covers against walls, if you don't want unexpected
visitors entering your property.
The security situation is, unfortunately, becoming more and more important and
brings me to my next article, Plants and Safety. It's too bad to have to write an arti-
cle about this topic, but we do get a lot of questions about it.
So I hope to meet you again in two weeks. In the meantime, keep watching out
for the drought and water your plants because the wind is still dry and strong! 1
Ap van Eldik
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 carry terra
cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.


Picture Yourself

with the Reporter

Truk Lagoon, Chuuk,

,Federated States of Micronesia


A ccording to John and Sue Ciurczak from Haledon, NJ, USA, they never go
anywhere without The Bonaire Reporter! They sent us three pictures of
themselves in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia with it. They
wrote, "We spent several days on land at the Blue Lagoon Resort on the island of
Chuuk, then spent a week on the live-aboard dive boat TrukAgressor II."
Our favorite photo was the one of them on the Heian Maru, taken by Alan Law-
lor, (a crew member on the TrukAggressor).
Maybe they should sell their underwater newspaper housing for the use of very
busy Bonaire divers who don't want to miss a single issue of The Reporter. 1

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.) D


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Flowers for Mother's Day


H ow about drawing Mom a flower for Mother's Day?
I chose one of our island flowers, the hibiscus, to demonstrate how easy it can be
to draw flowers. After choosing and picking the flower off my neighbor's bush, I
took many photographs before peeling it apart to check out each section thoroughly.
To start your drawing, follow these five easy steps:


'p


3. Now that you have mastered
the parts of the flower separately, it
is time to put them all together.
Lightly draw a dotted line in the
shape of an oval. (fig.3) Draw in
five guide line marks for each of
the five petals. Draw in the base of
the pistil about 1/3 of the way from
the bottom.


1. Draw the flower one petal at a
time. (fig.1) The hibiscus has five
petals. Practice drawing each petal
separately. When I draw this flower,
I mentally think of the texture, feel
and look of each section. Think of
words like soft, fluffy, smooth, light,
and curly as you work your way
around the edges. It even helps to say
Those words out loud to get the mo-
tions of your fingers to respond.




2. Draw the pistil, which is the stalk-like part in the center.
(fig.2) Notice how it is larger at the base and gets slender to-
wards the top. The base is the area of the ovary. At the end
of the pistil you will have five little straight lines with oval
dots on the ends of each one. These dots are the stigmas.
They receive the pollen during fertilization. Then add all the
little dots midway. These are the anthers that contain pollen
and are usually yellow. (Please excuse me if all the scientific
information isn't exactly correct. I went to www. enchanted
learning. com to get help with the biological names and their
example flower was not a hibiscus!)


4. It is now time to connect the
dots. (fig. 4) Remember to go
softly, lightly and curly around
the flower edges. Talking out
loud is allowed and is actually a
sign of a good dedicated artist.



5. Use a colored marker or paint to
make it bright and cheerful.


Happy Mother's Day.
JanArt; Janice HuckabyO


This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby of
lanArt. Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246for information
on art lessons or to view her artworks


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ust to show you that we weren't kidding about it being "kitten season" at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter, here's a photo showing five kittens from two or maybe three
different mothers having lunch from one of the moms. Right now at the Shelter there
are about 20 kittens ready for adoption. And their moms, who are also social, well ad-
justed and healthy cats, are looking for homes too.
Kittens are adorable, but there are never enough homes to take them all in. The Shel-
ter has a Sterilization Program that can help. If you have a pet that is constantly going
into heat or always running away looking for a mate, call Shelter Director Jurrie
Mellema at 717-4989. He can make arrangements with the veterinarians to have your
animals sterilized. It makes for a much better life for them and a better companion for
you.
So far this year there have been 55 adoptions, cats and dogs, and all these animals
have been sterilized or will be when they are old enough.
Interestingly, there are fewer puppies being brought in to the Shelter since the
very successful Massive Sterilization Program last October. For two weeks veteri-
narians from Holland, the US and Canada and volunteers, working nearly non-stop,
helped sterilize 222 dogs!
Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road and see for yourself what a
fine job they're doing with the healthy and social cats and dogs they have for adoption.
They're open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Telephone
717-4989. DL.D.


YOGA FOR YOU

Tte Priw^ o


The most important guideline to bear in mind in yoga is always to coordi-
nate your breathing with your movements. Listen to your breath, as it will
let you know how far you can go into a pose. Breathe slowly and deeply through
your nose throughout the practice.
The whole idea is to regulate your breathing but not to strain it. You'll soon find
that this comes naturally and that you can learn to use your breathing gently to in-
crease a stretch safely. Listen to your body and relax if you feel the overwhelming
need to do so between postures.

The Child's Pose is absolutely wonderful to totally relax yourself.
Take it easy; always release a big stretch slowly, again keeping your breathing
slow and steady. Pull your spine upwards in all positions, creating lightness in your
body.
Don't attempt the full pose until you are sure you can master it in proper align-
ment without discomfort. It is so important to listen to your body and not push it
beyond its limits.
Be aware of your alignment at all times, and never force your body to stretch fur-
ther than it is able.
Finally, stay relaxed! The aim is to remain mentally relaxed while stretching and
strengthening your body physically. The more relaxed you are, the easier you will
find it to perform the asanas (poses), and the greater the benefits. Above all, keep
smiling while you are practicing, this will stretch your facial muscles as well, and
enjoy the experience of a deeper knowledge of your body, mind, breath and heart.
Be the change you wish to see in yourself. O Desirde


Don andDesir&e of
"Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to ad-
vanced
Call 717-2727 or
786-6416


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WHAT HAPPENING

Take a trip to

Isla di Yuana
and

Isla di Pedro


R eserve Sun-
day, May 1st
(Labor Day) to take a
Bonaire trip of discov-
ery to the mysterious
islands of Lac Bay.
That's when The Bon-
aire Friends of Nature (Amigunan di Naturalesa) are planning an excursion to
Iguana Island (Isla di Yuana) and Pedro Island (Isla di Pedro). "The Friends" are
Bonaire-born people who cherish the natural environment of their island. Only
with the guidance of B6i Antoin, Nolly Oleana and a few others can you discover
where the islands are.
To join them, take the road from Kralendijk toward Sorobon. Pass the well with
the windmill, and opposite the next big land survey marker look for parked cars. If
you get to Kon Tiki you've gone a bit too far.
A boat will leave the shore near the road to visit the Isla di Yuana when there is a
group of 8-10 people waiting. The trip takes about 10 minutes.
In earlier times the island served as a source of limestone. Once there was a road
connecting it to the main island, making it easy for fishermen 60 years ago to come
out and set their nets and traps. It's an island of miniature plants and trees. The
Kadushi and the Yatu cactus grow tall, but the trees like the Saddle tree and the
Palu di Sia (gum tree) are short and stunted like bonsai because of the wind and
poor soil.
About the same distance away is Isla di Pedro, the southernmost island of Lac.
You may have to wade through a channel about 80 cm. deep to get there, so bring
shoes and clothes that don't mind getting soaked. On arrival all will receive a glass
of natural lemonade and a sorghum pancake.
Pass by the Extra newspaper office to sign up. Call 717-8482 for directions if
you don't know where it is. The cost is NAf25 per person which includes a deli-
cious BBQ with fish soup on the Kon Tiki beach from 12 to 4 pm. If you don't
take the tours you can still have the BBQ for NAflO. O G./L.D./Boi Antoin


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WHlJTl'


M yLMHVENOITINES
Callto make sure Usually 9:00p

Hitch
(Will Smith)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
The Pacifier

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
Robots

THIS WEEK

Saturday, April 30 World Tai Chi
Day. Ron Sewell is hoping to organ-
ize an open meeting for anyone inter-
ested in talking about what Tai Chi
may have to offer them. Anyone al-
ready practicing Tai Chi will be espe-
cially welcome. Call Ron at 717-2458
for information.

Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day,
Queen's Birthday-See page 10 for
schedule and information. Washing-
ton-Slagbaai Park will be closed for
the day.

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
Sunday, May 1-Labor Day
Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day)- Trip to
the islands of Lac Bay- Departures
from 12 noon until 4pm from the
beach in front of Kon Tiki Restaurant.
If you want to see the part of Bonaire
off the beaten path, this is for you.
Cost is NAf25 per person. More de-
tails on page 18. Call 717- 8482
(Extra newspaper). (page 18)
Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch
Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm,
Caribbean Club Bonaire (page 6)
Monday, May 2- Labor Day Holiday
Thursday, May 5- Holiday: Ascen-
sion Day
COMING
May 15" 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. corn

May 19 to 22-Bonaire-
Harbourtown JAZZ FESTIVAL-
(see pages 8 and 11 )
May 19: Welcome Concert at Wil-
helmina Park. Happy hour and late
night jazz in cafes and restaurants
May 20: Main concert at Plaza Re-
sort. Happy hour and late night jazz
jam sessions at City Caf6 and other
places
May 21: Main concert at Bongos


HAPPfNING


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
THE PACIFIER by
Adam Shankman, starring
Vin Diesel. This movie is great for
what it is meant to be, a family
friendly comedy. It has funny mo-
ments, touching moments, it gives
you chuckles and even a few laughs.
It isn't trying to win awards or stun
the audience with special effects. You
sit down, watch it, laugh a little, think
about how cute the kids are, then go
on with the rest of your day. I think it
is a decent, light movie worth at least
a matinee viewing. I'm sure the kids
will love it and I guess some grown
ups will do too. Vin Diesel is a big
muscular guy who walks around in
tight t-shirts so if you're attracted by
that you'll have a jolly good time.
Dodo

Beach. Happy hour and late night jazz
jam sessions at City Caf6 and other
places
May 22: Main concert at Kon Tiki
Beach Club. Brunch concert on loca-
tion not yet decided. Jazz all over the
place plus three main concerts for only
NAf30! Website: www.bonairejazz.
com

OCTOBER 2005
The International Bonaire Sailing
Regatta October 9 15, 2005.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marsh3 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
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
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 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
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4t) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation 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 or717-3902.
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 in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
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
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
come.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking


tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call
Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

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


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DINING GUIDE


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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
Royal Palm Galleries Lunch and Dinner The place for a Quick Lunch and a Cozy Dinner
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Sunday and Monday Breezy terrace with airco inside
Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive 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 Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At the Dii min Beahesrt Wa Berfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
17-At the D8285 Flamgoeac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

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 out too.
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 Happy hours 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 Kaa Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundgredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town 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 / 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: International/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 SPA
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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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..


SrT he first time I came was in
1 1977, because my family had
repeatedly asked me to join in some pro-
jects they had on Bonaire. Bon Villas at
Sorobon was one of those projects. My
family owned 80 hectares of land there
which had to be developed. At the time I
wasn't so eager to come; I was 35, had
my own architect office in Holland, and I
was certainly not planning to stay. Never-
theless, I developed all the plans for Bon
Villas, and we started constructing the
first 10 apartments and a restaurant, the
one that's now called Kon Tiki.
I'd been traveling back and forth to
Holland, but when I realized how much
my love for the island was growing I de-
cided to stay.
It was 1981. I came with my wife Ria,
my son Mark who was 11, and Vronie,
my 13-year-old daughter. Mark went to
Papa Comes elementary school and Vro-
nie to SGB. The children found the island
very special and odd at the same time, but
they liked it and adapted rapidly. In the
beginning Ria enjoyed it too, but after a
while, because of all the years I'd been
traveling, she and I had grown apart. She
decided to return to Holland and we di-
vorced. Vronie stayed with me and Mark
went with Ria, but he came back and then
Vronie went to Holland to complete her
studies.
Bonaire in those days was paradise -
hardly any crime and very quiet a cozy
little island you fell in love with immedi-
ately. In the beginning I was mainly occu-
pied with the project at Sorobon, but once
I'd decided to stay, it went wrong. The
project seemed too comprehensive, and
Bonaire wasn't ready for it. I only had a
couple of hundred guilders left, and I
thought of jumping on the plane, back to
Holland where I had everything, but in-
stead I started a construction company
together with Marcel Busman: Busi Con-
struction N.V. I thought there would be a
need for something new as the prices of
the established construction companies
like Albo were very high.
Our first big project was the post office.
We had a wheel barrow and some spades
and no money at all, so we contracted the
job out to Comelis Jansen. Soon after
though, we partnered with Monument
Repair Curagao and Albo Aruba. To-
gether we did some real big projects like
the complete renovation of Flamingo
Beach Hotel; we built the rice mill; and
we started with the construction of Sand
Dollar.
Then Aruba got its 'status apart,' and
the partnership with Albo Aruba became
a problem as now taxes had to be paid on
all the materials and goods. It became too
expensive, so we dissolved the partner-
ship in a friendly way and I went on by
myself. We did a real big concrete job at
BOPEC and started with Buddy Dive.
Then the penshionados (retired persons)
came... and suddenly lots of mansions


had to be built.

But with the penshionados the era of
negativity began. The construction sector
suddenly had to deal with all kinds of
people who smelled money. Everybody
whose quality and schooling were at least
doubtful started his own construction
company. The government hardly
checked on social security obligations or
taxes that had to be paid, so a situation
was created in which these new people
could build for 30% less than the estab-
lished construction companies. For me
there was no need whatsoever to play this
game any longer, so I decided to hand
over all construction activities to my part-
ner and to occupy myself solely with con-
crete and cement. I started Concrete and
Cement Industry (BCI). We supplied all
the construction companies with every-
thing you could name in concrete. For
years we were very successful and partici-
pated in the construction of real big con-
crete works like the sea promenade, a
magnificent project of which I am very
proud, and that I carried out together with
De Antillen N.V. and BWM.


"But with the (coming of
the) penshionados the era of
negativity began. The
construction sector suddenly
had to deal with all kinds of
people who smelled money.
Everybody whose quality and
schooling were at least
doubtful started his own con-
struction company."


Anton Sieverding (62) is a no-nonsense
man; self-confident, straight and to the
point. Although he 's retired, he's sitting
at his office accompanied by his son
Mark. "Mark studied motor vehicle tech-
niques and MEAO in Holland. When he
came back to Bonaire he started with me
as the second man. Eight years ago he
wanted to do something for himself and
we bought Island Rentals and expanded
the business. We combined it with the
rentals of the apartments we have and
made packages. The apartments we still
own, but Island Rentals and BCI have
been sold.
Now I'm 'playing penshionado. 'I don't
know what it means exactly, but it's fun!
The only activity I'm still involved in to
keep myself busy is the rental of the
apartments and consulting in construc-
tional engineering... only if I really like
it! Now that I'm not working anymore I
spend my time fishing and it gives me
peace. Once in a while I go to a bar to
chat with people, but I never stay out late.
About 10 years ago I met my second
wife, Feli, here on Bonaire. She's Do-


minican, but when we met she'd been
living in the Antilles for many years. The
moment our relationship got serious I told
her to have her children come to live with
us as I knew they'd have much better op-
portunities here. So, we raised her daugh-
ter Nancy and son Juan. Now Juan is in
Holland with the Air force and doing
really well. Nancy lives and works here
and she has two children, Johnny, 5, and
Pablo, 7.
It's great to be a grandfather, an enrich-
ment to my life! I'm spending a lot of
time with those two little guys, and the
good thing about being a grandparent is
that when you get tired you can bring
them back to their parents! When my
children were young it was different as I
was working, but we had always open
house, lots of friends and we did a lot of
fun things together with other families.
Seven years ago my daughter Vronie
came back to Bonaire when she was of-
fered a real nice job at the hospital. I
don't think Mark and Vronie intended to
come back, and I never asked them to
because I feel you can't ask your children
such a thing. But having them here has
added so much to my life. I'm very happy
to have my complete family with me.
When I look back at my life, I often think
about the choice I made to stay here.

When I see my old friends in Holland I
know I would have been better off mate-
rial wise if I'd stayed there, but here I
found far more ways to have a nicer life.
There have been real good times. I've
always worked very hard and at the top I
had 71 people working for me, but I al-
ways knew how to combine work with
free time and traveling. For 16 years I've
been doing business with Venezuela, and
I know Caracas better than Curacao, and
I've got my friends there too. On Bonaire


I've seen many people coming and going,
but it has always been easy to make
friends people of all ages and social
status that's so easy here, unlike in
Europe where society is much more com-
plicated.
One of the negative things I experi-
enced here personally, when crime was at
its peak about four years ago, was that
people attacked me in my home and I was
shot. I can only say that I was happy to
survive, but it has been a difficult time. I
went to the south of Spain to see if we
could live there, but I didn't like it. No
culture, just a mixture of Dutch, British
and German shops and restaurants.
Bonaire is small, but at the same time
very big, it's not an empty village be-
cause so many people from all different
cultures and nationalities live and visit
here and there's always time to talk and
exchange opinions. I hope for the island
that we've reached the lowest point, that
we can let go of Curagao and that Bonaire
will get the chance to develop. Curagao
has never showed any respect for us, and
it has prevented us from growing. I hope
our government will also see to that eve-
ryone in all sectors will pay their taxes so
that Bonaire will finally have some re-
sources and we can offer our children a
future on the island and well educated
Bonaireans can come back.
As for my future, when I retired people
said, 'And now
you're going back to
Holland, I suppose!'
Well, after so many
years I feel more An-
tillean than Dutch
and I have no plan
whatsoever to leave."
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by Greta Kooistra


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An Update on One of
the Most Beloved Star
Patterns in the
Heavens:
The Big Dipper


E very year in early
evening in May the
star pattern known to North
Americans as the Big Dipper
(Ursa Major-The Great
Bear to Europeans) reaches
its highest point in the heav-
ens. And although every year
we tell you how to find it and
give you some fascinating
facts about it, this year we've
got some nifty updates. So if
you think you really know With a large telescope you canfind the "Pinwheel
the Big Dipper you may be in Galaxy" deep within Ursa Major, the "Big
for a surprise. Dipper," about 27 million light-years away.
On any night during the
first two weeks of May,
about an hour after sunset Sky Park time, face due north. High above the horizon
you'll see four stars which, if we connect with lines, form a cup, and three stars to
the east which, if connected by lines, form a handle. And a cup with a handle like
this in early rural North America was called a dipper, which people used to dip
water out of a bucket.
According to some early American natives, however, the four stars which make
the Dipper's cup represented the body of a bear, and the three handle stars were
three Indian braves tracking the bear across the northern heavens. In England the
Big Dipper is known as "the plow" or "King Charles' wagon." And indeed the
Big Dipper can look like either a plow or a wagon, although it's upside down at
this time of year.

Now one of the most interesting features about the Big Dipper is that you can
always use the two stars in the end of the cup to find the North Star, which is the
end star of the handle of the Little Dipper.


To find it yourself simply shoot an arrow through these two stars, and measuring
five and a half times the distance between them you'll land smack dab on the
North Star, which is not as bright as many people suspect. Another interesting
point about the Big Dipper is that if you look closely at Mizar, the middle star of
the handle, you'll see that it is not one but two stars. The second star is named
Alcor, and together they're called the horse and the rider. But even more inter-
esting is that things are always changing in the field of astronomy because as we
develop more sophisticated astronomical tools we can more accurately measure
things in the cosmos. So some of the distances we gave you to the stars in the Big
Dipper in the past have been refined.
Mizar is 78 light years away, which means that the light we see from Mizar left
it 78 years ago. Alcor is 81 light years away, as is the star next to it, Alioth. And
the star next to it, Megrez. Phecda, above Megrez, is 3 light years farther away,
84 light years. Merak is just 79 light years away which further means that all of
these stars belong to a group approximately 80 light years away and that they're all
moving together in the same direction through space. That leaves the end star in
the handle, Alkaid, at a distance of 101 light years, and Dubhe, the star at the end
of the cup, at a distance of 124 light years. So there you have it: our old friend, the
Big Dipper, with new refined distances to each star. Reacquaint yourself! O
Jack Horkheimer


HAVE 07
For the week:
April 29 to May 6, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Entertainment should include sports events or physical
activities. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse.
Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional comer
or puts restrictions on your time. Don't try to get even without having all the facts.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you
must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. It might be best to spend time
fixing up your premises and making changes that will be appreciated. Help those in-
capable of taking care of their personal affairs. Voice your opinions and contribute to
the debate. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful that you don't spend too much time with a
person belonging to someone else. Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to
friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. Be willing to listen, but don't be
fooled. Past partners are likely to reappear. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
day.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Older members of your family may try to take ad-
vantage of you. There'll be difficulties if you spend too much. Your emotional stabil-
ity may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Avoid overloading
your plate. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Think before you act. Unforeseen circumstances will dis-
rupt your daily routine. You will attract members of the opposite sex readily. Try to
keep your opinions to yourself. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do
well in group endeavors. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will stimulate your need to experience excit-
ing new things. You might find group functions tiring. Romance may be likely if you
travel. You can come up with solutions to the problems responsible for inefficiencies
at work. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be careful not to confuse issues when discussing the
matters at hand. Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see often. You
should make special plans for you and your lover. It might be best not to spend your
money on luxuries this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Look into family outings or projects. Children may
be less than honest with you. This could be a serious relationship. You may have a
problem at work with a female co-worker. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need more time to think this whole
situation through. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most satisfy-
ing. You can get ready to celebrate your new direction. Romantic encounters are evi-
dent through travel or educational pursuits. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You could find yourself having problems with
co-workers and employers. You will find that superiors may not see situations as you
do. Try to find another time to present work or ideas this week. You can meet some-
one who will become very dear to you if you get out and socialize. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Equilibrium in your romantic life is likely if you
treat your partner well. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Hidden
assets can be doubled if you play your cards correctly. Be sure to question any detail
that you feel could leave you in a precarious position at a later date. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be prepared to neutralize any threats. Avoid getting
too close to co-workers or employers. Try not to overspend on luxury items. Don't let
your emotions interfere with your professional integrity. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday. 1


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April 29 to May 6, 2005 Volume 12, Issue 17 SINCE 1994 Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: re porter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988 Francisco “Bubuchi” Janga and friend invite everyone to the 17th annual Rincon Day (Dia di Rincon) this Saturday, April 30.

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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 T hings are continuing to heat up in the effort to restructure the Antilles . Bonaire elected officials are pushing hard for bilateral talks with The Netherlands to define the direct-tie mandate from last year's Referendum. The opposition is emphasizing that those types of activities are premature and that all the other islands and Aruba must be involved. Curaçao will ask for its own judiciary and monetary system during the constitutional summit in St. Maarten this week. The target for reorganization of the Netherlands Antilles is July 2007. That date was proposed at the Summit Meeting of the islands that started this Tuesday. The US State Department recently reported that more than two million American citizens visit the Antilles and Aruba every year and that almost 6,000 American citizens live here . The US is the biggest export trading partner of the Antilles with 21.3%, followed by Venezuela with 16%. Forty of the 220 pilots employed by Air Jamaica are set to lose their jobs over the next two months as the national airline continues to trim its staff as part of a cost-cutting plan at the debt-strapped company. At the same time, the airline announced last Tuesday that its board was in the process of completing its assessment and restructuring planning and expects to recommend a “new overall structure and strategy” to the government shortly. According to the airline, Tuesday’s job cuts were a result of the cutting of some of its routes and the reduction on the frequency of flights on others. Bonaire routes were not mentioned in the announcement. Tuesday’s announcement by Air Jamaica came three months after the airline slashed 200 staff members, including 100 of its 500 flight attendants, in January as part of broad-based cost-cutting measures to return to profitability. Aside from the trimming of the number of its pilots and flight attendants, several management positions were also made redundant, while the salaries of top managers were cut. The airline eliminated flights to several destinations and returned at least three of its leased aircraft. ( Jamaica Observer ) Divi Divi Airlines provides daily, daylight hour connections between Bonaire and Curaçao. They recently acquired an additional plane, a Norman Islander. There was speculation that Divi would expand operations to Aruba, but a spokesman for the airline said that that was not an immediate goal. Some details on Divi Divi air follow: Fleet : Two Norman Islanders, One (Continued on page 8) IN THIS ISSUE: 11 Years of Reporting 2 Letters (Animal Tsar Debate; 4 Windjammer Debate) 5 Finding a Balance for Bonaire 6 Changes at Special Olympics 8 Jazz Festival Schedule 8 PWA on its Way 9 Fisherman’s Dock Repaired 9 Mooring Info. 9 Rincon Day Event & Schedule 10 Rincon Day Book Sale 10 2005 Jazz Festival 11 BBC on Bonaire 12 Playground Dedication 12 Sponges (Diving with Dee) 13 Dietitian (Cut down Saturated Fat) 14 Gardner (Tuturutu) 15 Yoga (Good Practice) 17 Art (Mother’s Day Flowers) 18 Trip to Islas Yuana and Pedro 18 Mairi Bhan Mystery Clipper Ship 22 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 14 Picture Yourself (Micronesia) 15 Pets of the Week (kittens) 17 Reporter Masthead 3 What’s Happening 18,19 Micro-Movie Review (Pacifier) 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 20 On the Island Since (Anton Zieverding) 21 Bonaire Sky Park (Little Dipper) 23 The Stars Have It 23 O n Wednesday, April 20th The Bonaire Reporter celebrated its 11th birthday with a party at Pasa Bon Pizza for its staff, writers and colleagues from the Papiamentu language daily newspaper, Extra . Big thanks go to the readers over the years and especially the adve rtisers. It’s they who support The Reporter and keep it free! L./G.D.

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 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, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Bòi Antoin, Albert Biancu lli, Desirée, Dodo, Jack Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phelan, Angelique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Mi chael Thiessen, Ap van Eldik 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 4 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 Response to “Bonaire Does Not Need an Animal Tsar, ( The Bonaire Reporter, April 22-29 2005) Dear Editor, In the last issue of the Reporter there was a letter to the editor written by Mr. Don Ricks stating his concerns about a new foundation that we are in the process of establishing, Foundation Animal Welfare Bonaire (FAWB). We had intended to introduce ourselves to the public next month after we registered the foundation. As it is, we are in the unfortunate position of having to begin our mission by correcting misinformation about the foundation. We would like to introduce ourselves now and give the public an accurate picture of the purpose and goals of this foundation. Our purpose is to further the welf are of all animals on Bonaire, domestic, wild and feral. The founders of FAWB are indeed recent arrivals (less than 2 years on Bonaire, although 2 of the members have lived in the Netherlands Antilles for a total of 8 years). We are also highly knowledgeable ab out, and dedicated to, the issues of animal welfare. Sometimes a new perspective is needed to identify, and address, the kinds of needs we are focused on. Yes, our scope is extremely ambitious, and absolutely necessary. We feel Bonaire should have the kind of umbrella organization which exists in many countries in the world, including Holland and other islands in the Netherlands Antilles. FAWB’s objectives include education, legislation, the sharing of information with the public, providing support for existing agencies, and the creat ion of new projects and resources to address needs which are not currently being met. Meeting these objectives will necessarily involve the monito ring of all existing agencies as well as island activities which affect animal welfare. “Monitoring” is very different from “overseeing”, and FAWB will have no authority to oversee or “interfere” with any ag ency, nor is it our intention to do so. It is our hope to work with and provide support and resources to any and all existing agencies concerned with animal care and we lfare. We have already consulted with the island’s veterinarians for their advice and input, and count on their active involvement in FAWB. We certainly have no intention of “supervising” them. It is not our intention to divert funds from existing agencies. On the contrary, we hope to provide more funding and resources to these agencies. Neither is it our intention to “duplicate the efforts of exis ting organizations” which “would channel capital into redundant facilities--including a second animal shelter--and could divert funding from established NGOs of prov en competence and known motives” (Mr. Ricks). We have no intention of duplicating existing facilities or programs. Specifically, we have no intention of starting a second shelter. We do intend to address needs which are not currently being met. On e among many of these is the need to have “someone who investigates and intervenes when dogs and cats are neglected or abused” (Mr. Ricks). Accomplishing this would absolutely require more than a phone, a car and an office, hence our desire to someday build a facility for the care and rehabilitation of rescued animals. This would not be a redundant facility. Above all, we need educatio n, legislation, and the exchange of information, and these will be our initial primary goals. As to our “motives”: very simply, we love animals. We want to work to do what we can to improve the lives of all animals on Bonaire. On ce the foundation is registered and we have a Board, our founding group will dissolve. Board members will serve limited terms. We are volunteers and will remain so. We will never be paid salaries by this foundation. We already have a wide base of support for our foundation. We have received a gr ant for our start up costs (from SBA in Holland) as well as a promise of funding for educational programs and an offer of land on which to someday house rescued animals. We welcome your questions and yo ur input. We are still in the process of forming our Board, which we hope will consist of local educators, veterinarians, community leaders and others concerned wi th animal welfare. Please feel free to contact us at pettet@bonairenet.com (Dutch) or bandbfarm@yahoo.com (English). Ronald Tetteroo, Petra Tetteroo, Alexandra Brown, Susan Brown, Jane Madden-(Founders of Foundation Animal Welfare Bonaire) ‘Animal Welfare’ on Bonaire Response to FAWB letter (above): The founders of FAWB say that, in my letter to the editor last week, I disseminated misinformation about their intentions. Now that I have read their response, I see that I did misinterpret some of their objectives (also printed in The Reporter ). I did not realize that ‘monitoring is very differ ent from overseeing,’ and that other animal care organizations on the Island need a group—perhaps more expert and loving?—to monitor their operations. Apparently I was incorrect in thinking that someone who said they intend to ‘build a facility for the care and rehabilitation of rescued animals’ meant they were going to build an animal shelter. And I was clearly in error when I assumed some of the founders of the FAWB would become salaried employees of the foundation. It is reassuring to know than all five of the people who signed the letter intend to serve as unpaid volunteers. But as to the basic issue, I still disagree that Bonaire has a general ‘animal welfare’ problem that has been awaiting enlightened intervention. Established organizations are already looking after the donkeys, the go ats, the loras, the bats, the turtles and the conch. The Animal Shelter takes in homeless cats and dogs. The flamingos are protected from over-flying aircraft. The fish do not have to worry about spear guns. The slaughter house is operated humane ly. The ‘protocols’ for inoculating and euthanizing animals followed by both veteri nary clinics seem pr ofessional and adequate. I suppose we might need new animal protection legislation, but perhaps it can wait until the crime protection legisl ation starts working more effectively. On the other hand, we do have cases of abuse, neglect, and careless management of pets on the island. Which brings us to the need for a humane society—one with clearly conceived goals and a practical ag enda—that could intervene where needed and could help nurture a better informed, more responsible and more loving animalcare culture. Don M. Ricks OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#1-animal care on Bonaire The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must include the writer’s name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without that information will not be published. If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited at the Editor’s discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter , Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: letters@bonairenews.com OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 IT IS NOT PRUDENT TO DESCRIBE WINDJAMMER DIVES Dear Editor, In your issue of April 15 we had again a possibility to experience the writing talents of Mr. Bianculli. Clearly, Mr. Bianculli's ethics do not match his writing talents. First of, his show at Habitat contains pictures of marine life in distress and the handling of marine life, violating the long time, no touching, no handling spirit of the diving community on Bonaire. Second he clearly did not get the gentle hint that was written by Roger Haug, some issues back and directed at him, to be extremely selective, about publication and executions of dives that are way beyond the recreational diving limits, such as the Windjammer dive. Mr. Bianculli was part of the group that was diving the Windjammer recently in which a diver tragically died. Did it occur to Mr. Bianculli that his enticing words might have been part of the reason that this diver participated that day? We had the displeasure to hear Mr. Bianculli's story about that fatal dive, as well as from two other participants and a picture of exceptional bad organization emerges. But it gets even worse. The Mairi Bahn started to disintegrate after the entrance to the site was closed by BOPEC. In other words while diving for this story as well as during that fatal dive Mr. Bianculli was violating the law. In the light of what happened, the very least Mr. Bianculli could do was to withdraw the story and apologize deeply for his mistakes. He did not and that makes him an affront to the diving community and an ordinary trespasser to me. Bart Snelder IT IS A DUTY AND IMPORTANT TO WRITE ABOUT WINDJAMMER DIVES Response to Mr. Snelder’s letter (above): Dear Editor: My presence at the Windjammer dive site on the day of the incident that Mr. Snelder mentions was totally independent of the four-person dive expedition that preceded my dive partner and me to the wreck. My observations of their procedures, preparation, equipment and dive execution can add valuable information to the diving community here on Bonaire and worldwide. The discussion about the activity that I witne ssed, in answer to a question presented by a member of the audience at my Sunday slide show at Habitat, is a clear indication of the desire by interested people to know the true facts surrounding this tragic event. My willingness to participate in an open, public forum to present that information is in support of all the principles of safe diving practices and procedures of the Dive Industry Certifying Agencies and DAN policy. A complete and factual debriefing of all parties following any abnormal incident, no matter how insignificant or unpleasant, is the usual process recommended by these same agencies. Suppression of those facts, by any authorities, self interest groups or participants, is contrary to the very nature and spirit of the educational process within the diving community mentioned in your letter. Experienced divers are a special breed of individuals. By nature, they are active, inquisitive, serious and passionate about the pursuit of diving freedom and the right of free access to the sea for ALL people. Many are also scrupulous protectors of the environment and everything within the marine world. As a member of this group, with over 5,335 marine logged dives since 1968, I am an enthusiastic protector of these rights. As a se lf educated naturalist, any of my personal encounters and interactions with the creatures in the marine environment is handled with the utmost care and respect. I communicate wi th educated, professional experts in marine biology and the dive community to further my own education and experience. I freely share all my personal knowledge and field observations with them and any interested individuals by my writing and photo documentation. Your suggestion that my adventure series about the Mairi Bhan was a contributing factor in the incident is absurd. The victim, in this case, was a frequent and longtime visitor to the wreck. His passionate pursuit of diving and photography is well documented. His interest and desire to personally visit the site fueled his ambition. The facts surrounding his fate must be presented to the public as a testament to his dedication and respect for his passing. There are many dive sites on Bonaire that are more dangerous and challenge the experience of all divers more than the Windjammer . At this site the location of the wreck itself, on the lower sandy reef shelf, as the intended dive target, provides a limit to the depth and dive duration. At Karpata, for example, the slope and shape of the underwater terrain, with the presence of numerous large colonial Admiralty styled anchors with attached massive chains, lead and lure the unsuspecting or inexperienced diver down to depths far beyond their personal abilities or competence. I wish to point out that my entrance to the sea at the site did not require passage over the BOPEC property and was within the accepted legal right of public access to the sea, as understood by all residents of the Antilles. Albert Bianculli OPINIONS and LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE OPPOSING POINTS OF VIEW#2– diving the Windjammer

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 L ike everywhere else in the world, our little island is faced with a constant balancing act. How do we preserve the idyllic, peaceful nature of the island while providing improved living standards for its population? The questions often boil down to: Developing Tourism vs. Protecting the Environment. Short-term Growth vs. Longterm Sustainability. Jobs Now vs. Children’s Future. Local Rights vs. Foreign Investment. Right now the issue is centered on whether the old Sunset Beach Hotel site needs a 570-room hotel. This article is the start of a series that will look at the issue of finding the right balance for Bonaire. We’ll raise the question of whether we can find a balance that will fuel the tourist economy while protecting the environment, which brings the tourists in the first place. We’ll also look at whether fueling the tourist economy will benefit or damage other local businesses. Too many new rooms at one time can have the opposite effect and create reduced occupancy rates at existing hotels. And we’ll look at how to balance the rights and needs of the local population against the needs of potential developers – will the new jobs created be filled with Bonaireans or will we see an influx of foreign workers with no real benefit to the local community? Looking for Win-Win The goal of this series is to help our government and our voters make good decisions so that the result is a win for all sides. What we don’t want to happen is to stifle growth that will reduce airlift to the island. But we also don’t want to see uncontro lled growth that will create the need for more foreign workers as happened in Aruba; or poorly planned growth that ruins the reef that lures the tourists. Examples of this can be seen around the world. Let’s start with the current questions: Does the island need a large, 570-room hotel, and is the best location for such a large hotel the old Sunset Beach Hotel site? If the answer to either the site or size question is ‘yes,’ then we must ask the very important question of ‘How can Bonaire get the most value from such a deal?’ Equal Exchange? Clearly the Sunset Beach site is the prime location on the island. Its wide, clean beaches and central location make it the island jewel. We know what any developer will win from the site: ideal location, free or cheap land rights, tax holiday and an ongoing profitable business. Otherwise they would not be entering the deal. So what should Bonaire get out of it? Any deal for this location must be carefully planned so that the island is also a winner. If the very best site is made available, then the island must get a number of things in return—not just vague promises. What would be equal value for such a prime location? Here are just a few suggestions which are discussed below: 1) permanently designed free (and easy) public access, 2) a guaranteed share of the jobs, 3) ongoing program for job training, 4) bond posted to prevent a half-completed job and the resulting “skeleton,” 5) specific system to keep sewage completely off the reef and out of the ocean. Free Public Access Historically Sunset Beach was a favorite place for local families as well as tourists. The public had free and easy access to the site and made frequent use of it. This free access must be preserved, regardless of whatever else is done with the site. And this free access cannot just be a vague promise in a contract, but must be clearly spelled out and designed into any plans that are developed. Free access must mean clear and easy public passage for local residents to reach the beach without having to pass through security guards, a fancy hotel lobby and restaurants or even appearing to enter a hotel property. Take a look at Harbour Village for an example of how NOT to do it. Who would want to go to and from the beach with their gear, food, wet swimsuits and crying children if they have to pass through a fancy hotel? Guaranteed Share of the Jobs The main reason for the island to accept a large hotel to the island is for the (Continued on page 7) Contract Point One So point one in any contract for the Sunset Beach site must be a separate public entrance, open 24 hours, which does not require walking through a new hotel. There must also be adequate parking for families who want to use the beach. ontinued on page 7 Sunset Beach

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 Finding Balance (Continued from page 6) jobs it will provide. A 570-room hotel should create 300 to 400 jobs. But if the bulk of the jobs go to foreigners, it does not do the local population much good. And the jobs must be at all levels, not just the low and entry level positions. But one problem with creating 300 to 400 new jobs is the fact that we do not currently have the workers from Bonaire to fill those jobs. Will we then have to import workers from South America, as Aruba has done? Or will the developer bring its own staff from other locations? Perhaps a way to turn the problem into an opportunity is to put into the agreement with any developer the requirement for annual job training for our young people and re-training programs for older workers to move up the ladder. The job training should start while the hotel is still in construction so that when it opens there are local people in the jobs. Provision must also be made for a phase-out of a certain percent of foreign workers in case they are needed only at startup. “Skeleton” Prevention Program History provides some good lessons here. Remember the number of years looking at the half-complete projects like Caribbean Court and Eden Beach. The years that the Parker project sat and depreciated until bought for a song by the van der Valk family. And there is the still incomplete Esmeralda Project and the Dutch Rooster Apartment complex that is once again stopped. The damage to the island of such failed projects goes far beyond the visual. Workers are laid off and suppliers are left unpaid. The Central Government is still paying off on the Parker Project fiasco. Esmeralda is now in the hands of a second developer who has profited from his deal without finishing the project. The only way to prevent more failed projects is to first perform adequate ‘due diligence’ on the potential developer and the potential project to insure that the necessary funding is available. There are several retired developers on the island who estimate that a 570-room hotel will cost at least $75 to $100 million to build today. Even a mid-range hotel of that size with food and beverage facilities would cost over $60 million. These numbers are supported by the 2004 International Hotel Development Cost Survey. The financing alone will cost perhaps $400,000 to $500,000 a month at a minimum. That’s almost $1,000 a month per room—just for the financing. At an occupancy rate of 65%, it will take about $35 to $45 dollars a day per room, again just to cover the loan financing. That means a very high room rate. Can Bonaire tourists (mostly divers) support another luxury hotel? Are the pockets of the potential developer deep enough to pay the financing charges until it reaches 65% occupancy? Let’s hope there are some development and financing experts examining the proposals before a contract is signed. Beyond ‘due diligence’ there are other ways to help insure completion. The island should also require a bond to be posted or an insurance policy purchased to the benefit of Bonaire in case the project fails. The size of the bond must be enough to either tear down or complete the skeleton and the ownership of the project must revert to the island and not some bank where it will live in litigation for years. Reef Protection Plan With what is known in the world today about the damage sewage does to a reef, there is absolutely no reason to allow new projects to put one drop of used water into the ocean. If a project is started before the proposed sewer system is in place, an alternate plan must be required that keeps all grey and black water away from the reef. In the table below we have outlined the type of win-win deal that needs to be struck if Bonaire is to give away its prime beach location for development. In the next article we will look at the question of size. How many new beds does Bonaire really need? Special to The Bonaire Reporter Developer Wins Bonaire Wins Prime location on island Guaranteed share of jobs at all levels (including the construction phase) Free or inexpensive land On-going job training by the developer Tax Holiday Permanent free, easy public beach access Profitable, on-going business Bond or insurance against incomplete job Other incentives or concessions? Protection for the reef from sewage Ideas for a Win-Win Contract Contract Points Two and Three In any land deal our government must require a guaranteed minimum percent of Bonaire workers at the start and have that portion increase over time. The agreement must also include formal training and re-training programs for Bonaire workers at all levels. Contract Point Six A minimum four-stage tertiary treatment water management plant will be required as well as a plan for sewage pickup and removal from the site. Contract Points Four and Five A bond must be posted or insurance policy in place to protect the island in the event of a failed project. All plans (financial and construction) should be screened by a board of experts who deal in finance, construction and development and know what to look for . The demolition of Sunset Beach — to be replaced with what?

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 L ast Saturday members of the FKPD (handicap ped center), Special Olympics Bonaire and friends and family of Delno Tromp celebrated his birthday at Croccantino Restaurant. It was a goodbye party too for Delno as he’s accepted a position with the UNUNEP (United Nations Educational Program) in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. Delno has been the Caribbean National Director of Special Olympics and has worked diligently with Bonaire’s teams for the last few years. Delno has been Director of US marketing for the TCB and was the innovator of the very success Bonaire Ambassadors Program, among his many other accomplishments. Ferina (Roosje) van der Hoek-Goeloe will take over as National Director of the Special Olympics Bonaire. Suzy Bakker will take over Roosje’s job as the new PR Officer and Secretary of the Special Olympics Bonaire. The parting gift for Delno, put together by Roosje, was a collage of photos of Delno and his friends during his life here in Bonaire. All of us will miss you lots and lots, Delno! L.D. Roosje, Delno, Suzy (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) Cessna 402B (twin engine aircraft) Passengers : 100 up to 150 per day; Freight : Average 2 freight flights per week Staff : 14 people; Internet site: www. flydivi.com – bookings can be requested on line Dutch-CaribbeanExel was declared bankrupt Friday. Most of its staff were hired by ArkeFly which will continue the Amsterdam-Curaçao route flying twice a week, expanding eventually to four flights a week. Tickets start at NAƒ767 which is competitive with KLM fares. Passengers holding DCExel tickets can exchange them for new ArkeFly tickets. The airline flies Boeing 767s. The bankruptcy of DCExel was coordinated with the takeover by ArkeFly who also took over HollandExel routes. ArkeFly is affiliated with the tour operator TUI Netherlands. Two short circuits in the Bonaire power grid caused outages last week . The most serious was last Monday when there were two interruptions of service for most customers. The first failure was around 0715 and lasted about two hours. The second failure was around 1530, due to a short circuit in the cable between the power plant south of Belnem (former Trans World Radio site) and the central power plant at Hato. A bird that flew into an overhead (Continued on page 11)

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 Mooring Info S TINAPA Bonaire has extended its contract with Harbour Village Marina for the administration and maintenance of the Kralendijk yacht moorings. Their responsibilities under this contract include checking in boats after they clear Customs and collecting the $10 daily mooring fee. Harbour Village Marina keeps 25% of that fee in return for their work. They can also provide STINAPA brochures containing information on the Bonaire National Marine Park, Washington Slagbaai National Park and water sport rules and regulations. Harbor Village Marina will provide access to the Bonaire National Marine Park orientations and sell the STINAPA Nature Fee Tags. In addition they perform twice daily tours of the mooring field for a yacht count and mooring inspection as well as provide maintenance for the floats and lines. STINAPA can be reached at 717-8444 if you want further information. Press release KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 4-29 5:02 2.0FT. 14:23 0.7FT. 79 4-30 6:02 1.9FT. 15:00 0.7FT. 69 5-01 7:06 1.8FT. 15:32 0.8FT. 60 5-02 1:11 1.3FT. 8:03 1.7FT. 15:53 0.9FT. 22:42 1.4FT. 56 5-03 3:23 1.2FT. 9:05 1.6FT. 16:07 1.0FT. 22:25 1.5FT. 58 5-04 4:55 1.1FT. 10:04 1.5FT. 16:11 1.1FT. 22:36 1.6FT. 65 5-05 6:18 1.1FT. 11:12 1.3FT. 15:55 1.1FT. 22:59 1.7FT. 74 5-06 7:46 1.0FT. 12:33 1.2FT. 15:04 1.1FT. 23:33 1.8FT. 82 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Andiamo Adventure Quest Angelos Argo Bernard Bright Sea Calacanto Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Clemencia Felicity Flying Cloud, USA Gabrielle Galandriel Guaicamar I , Ven. Honalee, USA Infinity Jan Gerardus Klsey Lava LÂ’Quila, BVI Luna C. USA Lusistra Maki, France Nails Natural Selection Ouf Pyewacket Rusty Bucket Sabbatical Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Sirius Sylvia K Take It Easy Ti Amo, USA Tish Tomorrow Ulu Ulu, USA Ulysses Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGES T he countdown is on for the 3rd Maduro and CurielÂ’s Bank Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean set for May 15-22. This is the biggest event yet with over 39 males from nations around the world registered at this early date for BonaireÂ’s first Grand Prix / World Cup event. More are expected to register in the weeks to come. The biggest news is in the WomenÂ’s Division with over 14 women set to compete for $15,000 in cash prizes. Twin super stars, Iballa and Daida Moreno, are returning and bringing two top pro women from their home in Gran Canaria, Spain. Women from Germany, France, Venezuela and Sweden will be coming to ma ke this yearÂ’s womenÂ’s division a notto-be-missed event. Pros are already on island training for this event. The popularity of Bonaire as a near perfect training ground brings sailors here early to prep for this King of the Caribbean. Attendance is important for all in the freestyle tour for 2005. Sailors attending the event score points that are cumulative towards the final scores for the top places. Naturally with its reputation as a well run event with great parties and top name pros, this is the place to be in May. Ann Phelan FishermenÂ’s Dock To Be Repaired D uring Hurricane Ivan in September last year the wood and concrete dock used by fishing boats in Kralendijk was badly damaged. The situation is still dangerous as parts of the dock are lying ashore. Although the Island Government applied to Holland for disaster relief, it hasnÂ’t yet arrived. Nevertheless the Island Government has decided to fix it, using their own funds. Repairs are expected to be completed soon. Press release Ann Phelan photo Mosje Vingerhoets doing a one-handed Gecko Flaka Mingel Martis, head of DROBPublic Works Department, Commissioner Jonchi Dortalina and Mr. Ridderstaat look over the FishermenÂ’s Dock

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Car Cavalcade ( Optocht ban Rincon ) starts at the stadium in Playa at 6 pm, goes through all the barios and ends up in Rincon at 7 pm. In Rincon, stands set up for food and drink and music in all the bars and restaurants until ??? RINCON DAY, APRIL 30 MCB 5 km/17.5 km run with prizes. Starts at the Stadium in Playa at 7 am. Call COMCABON, Richard Pietersz at 7178629 or 780-7225. Mass at the Church in Rincon , singing, celebration of Queen Beatrix’s 25 years of investiture, raising the flag, 8 to 10 am Walk to the Plasa Commerce – Announcements, speeches by honored guests, including the “Padrino” (godfather) of Rincon Day, former Prime Minister Miguel Pourier, 10 am WHERES & WHENS Stage 1, Plasa Commerce 10:30 am. Activities continue until 4:30 pm Stage 2, Centro di Bario – 11 am to 5:30 pm – skits, music, etc. Stage 3, Den Bus di Pedon – Entertainment from 11 am to 4 pm Credit Union (front of the church) – Entertainment, children’s games, from 11 am to 4:30 pm Strea di Oro – (past church, on the right, on the way to Washington Park) Entertainment from 11 am to 5:30 pm. PARADES Note: The first three parades all start at 2 pm. If you just stand in one place you’ll be able to see them all. Parada di Maskarada – A parade of those wonderful masked characters who usually appear on January 1. (Route: Kaya Para Mira, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Marino, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Kaya Para Mira) Parada di Antaño A parade of older people in old time Rincon dress. (Route: Kaya Marino, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Commerce, Kaya C. D. Crestian, Kaya Marino) Parada di Karnaval – An “old time” Karnaval parade (Route: Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Marino, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Commerce, Kaya E.B. St. Jago) Parada di Simadan – The grand finale . Everyone is invited to join in, link arms and do the Simadan dance to the famous Simadan song. Starts at 5 pm. (Route: Kaya Piedra Pretu, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon) Midnight Closure L.D. The Schedule F rancisco “Bubuchi” Janga, son of the late “Mr. Rincon,” Broetje Janga, is following in his father’s footsteps and heading up the organizing committee for the 17th annual Rincon Day (Dia di Rincon) this Saturday, April 30 . Those people who are on the committee are those who, as Bubuchi explains, “people who know the traditions, what Rincon Day is supposed to be. It’s for everyone, not just for the people with money. Those people who have a lot of knowledge of our culture don’t have a lot of money.” The excitement actually begins the night before with a “pep rally” of cars, flying Rincon flags, which will gather at the Stadium in Playa at 6 pm and parade through the different barios (neighborhoods), arriving in Rincon around 7 pm. Stands selling food and drinks will have been set up in the streets of Rincon and it’s Ban Topa (let’s all meet) time where there’s dancing in the streets. Saturday the camaraderie continues. There will be music everywhere, with three main stages set up for entertainment and several smaller ones nearby. There will be parades, games, bands, fun. Bring your camer a for great photo opportunities! Stands will be selling all that good Rincon traditional comida (food) like kabrito stoba (goat stew), boka dushi (sweet things), bachi bach i (a stew made from many parts of the goat – said to be delicious). The stands themselves are works of ar t, the creators using the native materials growing on the island. This year there will be a competition for the best ones. If you really want to be “in,” get yourself a Rincon Day tee shirt for NAƒ10 or 12, for adults and children. They’re sold at the Rincon Centro di Bario, the Rose Inn and at Anna Nicolaas’ store in the village. Groups from Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba will be on hand to entertain. Due to the lack of airline capacity between Aruba and Bonaire, the four groups from Aruba are actually chartering a plane from the US to get here! It’s that important to them to be here for Rincon Day! L.D. D uring the Rincon Day festivities this Saturday stop by the stand next to the Protestant church where there will be lots of secondhand books for sale – including children’s books and books in English. All of you who love to read are welcome! The stand is run by the Hubentut pa Cristu (young people for Christ). Elly Oudshoorn writes that about 40 years ago there was a successful youth group at the Protestant Church in Rincon. As the members left the island the club declined. But two years ago, members of the church who were once members of the Hubentut themselves, wanted to revive the club where the youth of Rincon could come for activities. With the support of many people they started to rebuild the old building connected to the kerki (church) of Rincon. With the financial help of “Wings of Support,” KLM personnel, new inventory will be purchased. New furniture was delivered two weeks ago, thanks to them! But they need material to keep the youngsters busy with handicrafts like painting, sewing, woodworking, playing ping pong, etc. so they need to raise money. They’re also looking for second hand computers. This year at the stand they have plenty of good books and all the profit goes towards getting everything they need for the club. For more information or if you can help, call Elly Oudshoor, tel. 717-3227 or 7860870. Email: aeoudshoorn@flamingotv.net Rincon flag at the 2004 Rincon Day Food and drink stand 2004 Rincon Day

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 D uring the Festival Week 25+ musicians will perform. They include: Denise Jannah, Ced Ride, Avila Blues House band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Bernabela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band with special guests, Stacey Francis, Latin Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway and many others. The Bonaire Jazz Foundation provides support to the SGB High School and the Centro di Barios with funds that broaden musical education. They gave a fundraising concert aboard the Freewinds just for that purpose When SGB students serve drinks and food at W ilhelmina Plaza on the 19th of May, the revenues from that will go to the school and sentro di barios. Not only will the Festival organizers give away 20 tickets for the main concerts to SGB students with musical talents and interests, they will donate 25% of the Festival profits to the same groups. So get your tickets now. What’s the delay? G.D. (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8) power line most likely caused the first short circuit. This has happened several times in the past. To avoid this, warning balls were placed on the cables. The second power failure was fixed around 1700. According to the Bonaire Economics Department there has been more construction of houses, more extensions and more other small construction and renovations in 2004 than in 2003. The total construction value was 78% more than in 2004. On March 1st, the cost of a first request for a work permit increased from NAƒ350 to NAƒ550 per year. A renewal will now cost NAƒ375. Work permits for short term projects are NAƒ250 for three months. These fees will increase again in March 2006, from NAƒ550 to NAƒ750 for first permit requests and from NAƒ375 to NAƒ500 for renewals. Work permits for short term projects will go to NAƒ350. Requests for changes in work permits for foreign employees will be considered as first requests and will be charged with the new applicable rates. In 2004, 520 work permit requests were approved, 17 (2.44%) were denied; 148 business licenses were granted, an increase of 47 over 2003. The free Spanish classes sponsored by the Consulado General de la Republica Bolivariana (ak.a.Venezuela) are filled until October-November . For more information call 717-8275 between 9 am and 3 pm. New on Bonaire Pedisa Day Spa is offering a “White Peel” for the face . The concept of using acids for a vigorous renewal of the skin is very old. Cleopatra wrote a book in which she described the use of fruit acids to renew and beautify the skin, and it was an ancient “best seller” for 200 years Today’s acids speed skin turnover, remove skin lesions and restore the firmness, elasticity and internal moisture-holding properties. Pedisa’s treatment is totally comfortable and leaves your skin young looking and silky smooth. Call them at 717-4111 for more information. Pedisa Day Spa is located across from the post office, next to the parliament members’ building. See their ad on page 4. Mother’s Day is only a week away, Sunday, May 8th. You can send a short message telling Mom your feelings for her with a free advertisement in the Classified section of The Bonaire Reporter . Fax 717-8988 or e-mail mom@bonairereporter.com. Looking for some great deals? Check out The Great Escape . For example, how about an Amstel or Polar beer for NAƒ1? That’s what they cost on Friday from 7 to 8 pm, which follows the two-hour Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm. Perhaps you might like to take Mom to their Sunday Brunch, which begins at 10 am, or rent one of their new DVDs. See their advertisement on page 24. Healing Touch classes are about to begin again on Bonaire. If you want to learn more about this proven technique to help heal yourself and others join the free orientation class on Thursday, May 5th, from 7-8 pm at the Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop. See the notice on page 6 for more details and contact numbers. This week’s Benetton model is nine-year-old Ore Cristely Cranston . The Benetton ad is on page 12. L./G.D . The first section of the rebuilt Kaya Korona wa s opened last weekend . Due to the heavy rain, there was a sign ificant delay in the reconstruction. Now, another section, up to North Saliña, will be rebuilt at a cost of NAƒ5.5 million. This road was totally reconstructed, including the foundation, and will serve as model road for the other roads of Bonaire such as Kaya Betico Croes. The road building budget for 2005 is NAƒ12 million. Kaya Korona just before blacktopping Tickets for the main concerts are now on sale at City Cafe, TCB, Kon Tiki Restaurant , Bongos Beach, Plaza Resort and the Bonaire Boekhandel. Only NAƒ30 for the FULL 3-DAY PROGRAM. Jazz Group -sketch by Harry Henson

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 “B lue Planet” Assistant Producer Jo Ruxton and Camerman Michael Pitts were on the island for the last three weeks, filming Bonaire topside and under the sea. Six years ago BBC was here doing extensive filming of the flamingoes and the salt pyramids. This year Jo and Mike spent a lot of time at Washington-Slagbaai National Park and other wilderness areas. They filmed the iguanas in the water at Pos Mangel, the blowhole, the salt works. At Fontein they built a hide (blind) 25 feet high from which to observe the Bonairean Lora. “I had to climb over razor blade rocks to do it,” laughs Mike. According to Series Producer Karen Bass of the BBC Natural History Unit, they’re doing the natural history of the whole Caribbean – the islands, reefs, hurricanes, the coast from Panama to the Yucatan. They’ll be covering the different ecologies: in Cuba the caves and the bats, in Dominica and St. Lucia, the volcanoes; in Bonaire and Aruba they’ll zero in on the desert – the geological and topographical points, with an emphasis on cactus. The filming is for a four-part, one-houreach, series on the Caribbean: Firstly, an overview of the whole Caribbean, including its geology. The second covers “treasure islands,” their corals, man made artificial reefs, and piracy. The third is about Hurricane Hell – how animals cope. The fourth and last is on the mainland Caribbean: Panama, Nicaragua. In filming on Bonaire Mike used more than 20 rolls of film, Super 16, each about 10 minutes long. (Cost per roll is about $350, including processing and transferring.) Underwater, he used 10 tapes of 40 minutes each “This island is a real revelation,” says Mike. “There’s so much more on land, adds Jo, “It’s not just an island with white sands. It has a complete character of its own.” Underwater they worked in places where people don’t normally go. “We filmed tube anemones and yellow-headed jawfish. We were pretty amazed at how close we could get to the fish. The fish were unafraid,” Jo says, “The (Marine Park’s) ‘no touch’ rule is working well here!” At night they went underwater to film the blooming corals and unusual fish like the trunk and the cowfish. Mike added that it was great working with Hendrik (Wuyts) of ScubaVision. “He helped us so much with his local knowledge.” Jo tells us that Mike, an independent cameraman, is rather a celebrity in England. Winner of two Emmys he’s been filming nature, historical dramas and archeology for 20 years. With Mike DeGruy he filmed “Amazon Abyss” for the Discovery Channel, where, unintentionally they discovered four new species of fish in the river. “We divers, going down to 40 meters to film, saw what we thought were interesting fish,” says Mike. “It turned out that they had never been seen before! Going down to 90 meters our ROV filmed two more!” Mike continues, “The Amazon is amazing; at some point near Manaus (Brazil) it’s 18 miles wide.” Mike also has fun relating how he set out to film the Siberian tiger, in the times when the country was still under Communism. “For six weeks I was in the forest in Siberia, searching and waiting. One night we heard one, but we never did see one.” Jo was 14 years in Hong Kong working with World Wildlife in conservation issues, especially trying to curtail the building of the new Hong Kong airport as it was endangering the environment of the of the pink dolphin. She now operates out of England for the BBC. She and the “Blue Planet” team worked for five years in 200 different locations to film the epic eight-hour series. “We had 2,500 hours of footage,” she recalls. Will film be replaced some day by video? At this point film still offers more latitude in exposure than video. However, a future BBC series, “Planet Earth,” will be done in high definition video, the cut-ting edge technology in video today. Hampered by overcast skies, the team nonetheless got great footage, they reported. On their final day they filmed the island from a helicopter. L.D. L ast Sunday hundreds of people as well as top island officials showed up to witness the placing of the first stone for the Parke Publiko Boneriano , a public park for all Bonaireans but especially for the children and elderly. Davika, Vicky to her friends, Bissessar founded the We Dare to Care Foundation to meet her goal in 2002. Now in April 2005, realization of the project is in sight. Vicky, a mother of four, decided to commit her time, energy and fundraising efforts to get a public playground and park in a central spot in Bonaire. Armed with an idea, she set out to convince and bring together a group of people to further develop this project. Last Sunday she saw the first concrete step of her dream come true. “I feel we urgently need to focus on our kids from ages one to 12 years,” she said. “Our kids are the future leaders of this island and we owe it to them to prepare them as best we can. They need a basic playground where they can interact, play and develop their abilities through playtime.” Based on its comprehensive plan, the island government granted the foundation an option on a 3.480 m2 piece of land of behind the hospital, and AMFO, the Antillean co-funding Foundation provided a grant of NAƒ419.399,00 to supplement private donations. G.D. Vicky Bissessar, President of The Dare To Care Foundation, keynotes the festivities surrounding the inauguration of the Playground Project. The BBC Team: Michael Pitts and Jo Ruxton with Lora

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 I t was 1982. We were finally able to get back into the water after the first wind reversal I’d seen on Bonaire. Although I’d expected to find devastated reefs, the coral heads I saw were mostly unaffected. Later, when Captain Don asked me how the reef looked, I told him the sponges had some silt on them but the coral looked fine. Don informed me that I should dust the sponges. “Dust the sponges?” I repeated, incredulously, “Do you think I’m crazy? Why in the world would I dust sponges?” If you know Don at all, it should be no surprise to you that I did dust sponges. If you know me at all, it should be no surprise that it only took about 10 years for the reason to register on me. Remember that sponges pull seawater in, filter out oxygen and food, and push the filtered water back into the sea. Sponges don’t reverse their current, so any silt that lands on a sponge is actually held there to some extent by the sponge’s intake current. The more silt there is on the sponge, the more difficult it is for the cells of the sponge to suck water in; the less seawater the sponge can filter, the less oxygen and food the sponge can acquire. But that’s not the only consequence of silt on a sponge. Once there’s silt on the sponge, algae will sooner or later begin growing on the silt. Where there are algae there will be, eventually, a damselfish to farm. Damsels are ambitious farmers who are always ready to extend their holdings. Under normal circumstances algae is prevented from growing on sponges by the sponge’s outer surface. The damsels nibble aw ay at this surface, and algae begin to grow on the nibbled spots. The sponge on which I watched this process take place disintegrated in less than 10 years. Don was right, as usual. Fanning the silt from sponges does help. There are a few things to keep in mind before fanning sponges: You don’t want to actually touch the sponge at all, just fan the water near it with your hand. (Occasionally someone asks me if it wouldn’t clear more silt if they used their fins instead of their hands. The answer is NO; fins are too big, our hands give us just the control we need. Also, we’re likely to kick the sponge with our fins, which defeats the purpose of helping it.) If a great glob of silt falls onto coral or another sponge, fan that one, too. More usually the silt dissipates in the water. Be very careful around sand bottoms! Fanning silt off a sponge around sand can stir up more silt; move extra slowly until you see the results. Be very careful around photographers! Once the fanning begins, the silt in the water won’t help underwater photos. Try to be considerate of the photographers’ needs as well as those of the sponges. Check the sponge for other animals before fanning it. I prefer not to disturb the arrow crabs, soapfish, and balloonfish I occasionally see on silty sponges. Once in a while I see a frogfish on a sponge I’m about to fan, which is wonderful – but more often the frogfish’s camouflage works and I only notice it because it sways differently from the sponge when I dust. Dusting sponges is an especially useful activity when you’re cold: the vigorous movements will not only help the sponge, they’ll warm you up! One very nice consequence of sponge-dusting is that you pay more attention to sponges. You’re more likely to notice the delicate pattern of waterways that encrusting sponges have, or the compartmentalized exterior of an azure vase sponge. You may also notice clues to the past of a sponge: Look for scooped out sections of tube sponges where a sponge crab has clipped away a piece of sponge. Notice the way those scooped-out sections grow back, often with a new tube. Look around multiple tube sponge formations for other tubes that may have broken off the main one and attached nearby. Where did they attach? What new growth is occurring? Always consider the relationship between a sponge’s shape and its location. The shape of a human being, or a scorpionfish, or a butterfly is pretty much determined by its species. Sponges – like plants – grow in response to their environments. One of my favorite adaptations I’ve only seen once. I was snorkeling in an area where strong currents move in and out of Lac Bay. This sponge was growing from a rock in such a way that the current -no matter how strong it was – could push the sponge to the ground. When the current lessened, the rock rolled back and the sponge was vertical again! The sponge and rock functioned together like that inflatable toy clown with sand in its base: no matter how much you push it down, it always returns to a vertical position. One of the best places to look at sponge growth is beneath Bonaire’s Old Pier . First of all, because of the heavy shade the pilings are not hospitable to most corals, which compete with sponges for space on the reef. With only orange cup coral to compete with, sponges grow in great profusion and great variety. Second, because during a Pier renovation from 1988 to 1991, 50 of the Pier’s pilings were scraped bare of growth. The Sponge Reattachment Project tied more than 555 sponges back onto the reinforced and the denuded pilings. These sponges were tied to the pilings vertically, for maximum contact with the piling. Their growth patterns vary interestingly. Third, because after Hurricane Ivan’s surge broke many sponges free of Old Pier pilings, volunteer divers tied another hundred or so sponges to the pilings. These sponges were attached in various ways, depending on the individual teams who were tying, so they give us even more chances to watch sponge growth. Another wonderful thing about sponges and Bonaire: we can watch sponges grow. Whether you’re an off-island subscriber to The Reporter or a resident of Bonaire; whether a snorkeler or scuba diver, you can select a few sponges in one or more of the underwater places you especially like, and keep an eye on them. You could photograph them, or log a complete description every month or every visit, including what other creatures are living around them. Our own Adopt-ASponge Project – what great information we’d get from that! Story and Photo by Dee Scarr Dee Scarr conducts “Touch the Sea” dives. They will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show “Touch the Sea” at Capt. Don’s Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm. A sponge with a history. In the past, a sponge crab clipped a piece of sponge for itself, diagonally, from the end of th is purple tube sponge tube. The tube healed itself at the end of the crab's cut closest to the sponge's base. The extension beyond the healed tube end is the par t of the original tube end that the crab did not take; its edges are rounding, and new tubes are emerging from it.

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 T he amount and the type of fat (saturated fat) that you eat has a great effect on blood cholesterol levels. Here are some tips to cut down fat, especially saturated fat from your diet: Do not exceed 2 egg yolks a week Consider a serving size 100 grams of meat, poultry or fish. This is the size of a deck of playing cards. For example ½ chicken breast, 1 chicken thigh or 1 drumstick Trim all visible fat from meat, and remove skin before cooking poultry. For milk, use a serving size of 2 glasses for adults. If you drink whole milk, try 2% fat milk and progress to 1% and ½% fat milk, and then, possibly to skim milk. Select cheeses marked with 40+, 30+ or 20+. Low fat cheese contains as much calcium as high fat cheese. Choose frozen desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving. Regular yoghurt has more than twice the amount of calcium as frozen yoghurt. Oils are good choices for cooking. Select canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, soybean, etc. Select a margarine containing no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Macadamia nuts and coconuts are high in saturated fat. A serving size of oil or margarine is 1 teaspoon. Most desserts are rich in calories. Choose desserts that are low fat or fat free. Select desserts with no more than 3 grams of fat per serving. For special occasions, prepare cakes, pies, and cookies with margarine or oil, milk with no more than 1% fat, and egg whites or egg substitutes. Foods that must be included in any diet are fruits and vegetables. They contain little or no fat and are low in calories (except coconut and avocado). They are good sources of fiber and vitamins. Your menu should include 3-4 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits every day: For cooking use a non-stick cooking spray to prepare pans for cooking. Do not forget that fat-free products are not calorie free. Some fat free desserts have so much sugar or other sweetener added that they are only slightly lower in calories than the original food. Read the label for the amount of food listed as one serving. Remember, if you eat more than a serving, you get more of everything calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Angélique Salsbach 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. 717-4111 For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthly-choice location-privacy & securityMay 1st until Dec. 15th. Brochure available. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th. info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www.pelicanreefbonaire.com Ex-rental SCUBA equipment from Cressi Sub and Tusa for sale at Buddy Dive Resort Dive Shop. Prices start as low as US$20. Opening hours 8 am 5 pm 7 days a week. Authentic 45 lb. CQR anchor , $110 (US). Contact S/V Gabrielle on VHF 77 For Sale: Six 2-packs of Yellow Bug Lights , 60 watts. NAf10/each. 7916167 Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Some Tips to Cut Down Saturated Fat in Your Low-Cholesterol Diet ! 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 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 tThe leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For online yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 7176919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 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 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 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 Mature woman whose family is on island, looking to house (and car) sit . June 27 to August 4. Experienced with pets. 717-3726. Scuba Vision is preparing for a new film production and is looking for adult male actors able to perform in front of a camera with a good voice to express emotions. It will be a short film, subject is still a secret, the acting will be very easy and the best performance will be used. For more information e-mail info@scubavision. info or call 786-2844 WANTED: Dutch family is looking for an apartment / house to rent from 18 June to 1 August 2005. Willing to take care of pets and plants. E-mail Janny at: bvjs@planet.nl WANTED: Volunteers to index back issues of the Bonaire Reporter (English) and Extra (Papiamentu). Call George at 717-8988 or 786-6125. Dog training classes by Elly Albers will begin soon. Sign up before May 15. 786-5161 Lora with ID ring lost near Vos di Bonaire. Says “Hola, Mami,” “Sabroso.” Call Marlis, 7177741. Big porch sale : Sat. May 7, 2005 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Kaya Hulanda 16. Various households together: furniture, baby crib, clothes, toys, books, household items and much more.

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 T his week I will write about the strength of tropical plants . I thought about that this week driving on the Promenade where some strange tourists found it necessary to break off the branches of several Coconut Palm trees . I felt that they would die because a palm should always have a branch at the heart to stay alive. But last week, after maybe two months, I was very pleased to see that they all had new sprouts again, and with a little help from good watering and maybe some strong Nitrogen-fertilizer they will be okay. This again proved to me that especially Coconut Palms are really tough creatures. We knew this from the periods after Hurricanes Lenny and Ivan, where a lot of palms were really beaten up but came back very nicely. This also goes for a lot of other types of tropical plants, so don't give up too quickly on them if for some reason they are not looking well. The only exception to that is maybe the recent outbur st of the mealy bug that seems to kill some varieties. If the infected plants ar e looking dead, please don't hesitate to take them out and get rid of them. In my last articles I wrote about hedging plants, and I ended my last story with some flowering types of hedge plants. I’ve already written a lot about Oleanders , as they are used so much on Bonaire and ar e really strong and colorful. Just a small reminder – there are a lot different types available, even on our small island. We grow and plant 12 different types, and they all vary in height and thickness, so if you plan on planting some Oleanders as a hedge, make sure you use the right variety. They come in white, salmon, yellow, peach red pink and everything in between! The Tuturutu, or Caesalpinia pulcherrima , is well known on Bonaire too, but not used so much as a hedge. They gr ow very easily without a lot of water and bloom all year round. They can stand wind, salty areas and just require a little bit of good organic soil. They come in yellow, orange and red, and all have really nicely shaped flowers. The orange and yellow types grow the strongest and highest, but the red one makes a thicker hedge. The only problem is that if you want them to grow as a hedge, you have to prune them regularly. After they bloom the top part dies and they sprout out again underneath, but all those dead parts look a bit ugly. But after blooming they get a lot of brown seed pods that the parrots really like, so if you don't mind the dry parts, please leave the pods on and enjoy the birds, and prune them afterwards. Another good quality of this plant is that when they are growing thickly, they get a little spiny and make excellent covers ag ainst walls, if you don't want unexpected visitors entering your property. The security situation is, unfortunately, becoming more and more important and brings me to my next article, Plants and Safety. It’s too bad to have to write an article about this topic, but we do get a lot of questions about it. So I hope to meet you again in two weeks. In the meantime, keep watching out for the drought and water your plants because the wind is still dry and strong! Ap van Eldik Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains residential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4. Tuturutu ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima) A ccording to John and Sue Ciurczak from Haledon, NJ, USA, they never go anywhere without The Bonaire Reporter ! They sent us three pictures of themselves in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia with it. They wrote, “We spent several days on land at the Blue Lagoon Resort on the island of Chuuk, then spent a week on the live-aboard dive boat Truk Agressor II .” Our favorite photo was the one of them on the Heian Maru , taken by Alan Lawlor, (a crew member on the Truk Aggressor ). Maybe they should sell their underwater newspaper housing for the use of very busy Bonaire divers who don’t want to miss a single issue of The Reporter . 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.)

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 H ow about drawing Mom a flower for MotherÂ’s Day? I chose one of our island flowers, the hi biscus, to demonstrate how easy it can be to draw flowers. After choosing and pickin g the flower off my neighborÂ’s bush, I took many photographs before peeling it ap art to check out each section thoroughly. To start your drawing, follow these five easy steps: 1.Draw the flower one petal at a time. (fig.1) The hibiscus has five petals. Practice drawing each petal separately. When I draw this flower, I mentally think of the texture, feel and look of each section. Think of words like soft, fluffy, smooth, light, and curly as you work your way around the edges. It even helps to say those words out loud to get the motions of your fingers to respond. 2.Draw the pistil, which is the stalk-like part in the center. (fig.2) Notice how it is larger at the base and gets slender towards the top. The base is the area of the ovary. At the end of the pistil you will have five little straight lines with oval dots on the ends of each one. These dots are the stigmas. They receive the pollen during fe rtilization. Th en add all the little dots midway. These are the anthers that contain pollen and are usually yellow. (Please excuse me if all the scientific information isnÂ’t exactly correct. I went to www.enchanted learning.com to get help with the biological names and their example flower was not a hibiscus!) 3.Now that you have mastered the parts of the flower separately, it is time to put them all together. Lightly draw a dotted line in the shape of an oval. (fig.3) Draw in five guide line marks for each of the five petals. Draw in the base of the pistil about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. 4.It is now time to connect the dots. (fig. 4) Remember to go softly, lightly and curly around the flower edges. Talking out loud is allowed and is actually a sign of a good dedicated artist. . 5. Use a colored marker or paint to make it bright and cheerful. Happy MotherÂ’s Day. JanArt; Janice Huckaby Flowers for MotherÂ’s Day This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby of JanArt. Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246 for information on art lessons or to view her artworks

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 T he most important guideline to bear in mind in yoga is always to coordinate your breathing with your movements. Listen to your breath, as it will let you know how far you can go into a pose. Breathe slowly and deeply through your nose throughout the practice. The whole idea is to regulate your breathing but not to strain it. You’ll soon find that this comes naturally and that you can learn to use your breathing gently to increase a stretch safely. Listen to your body and relax if you feel the overwhelming need to do so between postures. The Child’s Pose is absolutely wo nderful to totally relax yourself. Take it easy; always release a big stretch slowly, again keeping your breathing slow and steady. Pull your spine upwards in all positions, creating lightness in your body. Don’t attempt the full pose until you are sure you can master it in proper alignment without discomfort. It is so important to listen to your body and not push it beyond its limits. Be aware of your alignment at all times, and never force your body to stretch further than it is able. Finally, stay relaxed! The aim is to remain mentally relaxed while stretching and strengthening your body physically. The more relaxed you are, the easier you will find it to perform the asanas (poses), and the greater the benefits. Above all, keep smiling while you are practicing, this will stretch your facial muscles as well, and enjoy the experience of a deeper knowledg e of your body, mind, breath and heart. Be the change you wish to see in yourself. Desirée “The posture becomes perfect when the effort of achieving it vanishes.” Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes from beginners to advanced. Call 717-2727 or 786-6416 J ust to show you that we weren’t kidding about it being “kitten season” at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, here’s a photo showing five kittens from two or maybe three different mothers having lunch from one of the moms. Right now at the Shelter there are about 20 kittens ready for adoption. And their moms, who are also social, well adjusted and healthy cats, are looking for homes too. Kittens are adorable, but there are never enough homes to take them all in. The Shelter has a Sterilization Program that can help. If you have a pet that is constantly going into heat or always running away looking for a mate, call Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989. He can make arrangements with the veterinarians to have your animals sterilized. It makes for a much better life for them and a better companion for you. So far this year there have been 55 adoptions, cats and dogs, and all these animals have been sterilized or will be when they are old enough. Interestingly, there are fewer puppies being brought in to the Shelter since the very successful Massive Sterilization Program last October. For two weeks veterinarians from Holland, the US and Canada and volunteers, working nearly non-stop, helped sterilize 222 dogs! Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road and see for yourself what a fine job they’re doing with the healthy and social cats and dogs they have for adoption. They’re open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Telephone 717-4989. L.D. Kittens, kittens, kittens

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 R eserve Sunday, May 1st (Labor Day) to take a Bonaire trip of discovery to the mysterious islands of Lac Bay. That’s when The Bonaire Friends of Nature ( Amigunan di Naturalesa ) are planning an excursion to Iguana Island ( Isla di Yuana ) and Pedro Island ( Isla di Pedro ). “The Friends” are Bonaire-born people who cherish the natura l environment of their island. Only with the guidance of Bòi Antoin, Nolly Oleana and a few others can you discover where the islands are. To join them, take the road from Kralendijk toward Sorobon. Pass the well with the windmill, and opposite the next big land survey marker look for parked cars. If you get to Kon Tiki you’ve gone a bit too far. A boat will leave the shore near the road to visit the Isla di Yuana when there is a group of 8-10 people waiting. The trip takes about 10 minutes. In earlier times the island served as a source of limestone. Once there was a road connecting it to the main island, making it easy for fishermen 60 years ago to come out and set their nets and traps. It's an island of miniature plants and trees. The Kadushi and the Yatu cactus grow tall, but the trees like the Saddle tree and the Palu di Sia (gum tree) are short and stunted like bonsai because of the wind and poor soil. About the same distance away is Isla di Pedro , the southernmost island of Lac. You may have to wade through a channel about 80 cm. deep to get there, so bring shoes and clothes that don’t mind getting so aked. On arrival all will receive a glass of natural lemonade and a sorghum pancake. Pass by the Extra newspaper office to sign up. Call 717-8482 for directions if you don’t know where it is. The cost is NAƒ25 per person which includes a delicious BBQ with fish soup on the Kon Tiki beach from 12 to 4 pm. If you don’t take the tours you can still have the BBQ for NAƒ10. G./L.D./Bòi Antoin Take a trip to Isla di Yuana and Isla di Pedro The mysterious Isla di Pedro

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 THIS WEEK Saturday, April 30 World Tai Chi Day . Ron Sewell is hoping to organize an open meeting for anyone interested in talking about what Tai Chi may have to offer them. Anyone already practicing Tai Chi will be especially welcome. Call Ron at 717-2458 for information. Saturday, April 30Rincon Day, Queen’s Birthday— See page 10 for schedule and information . Washington-Slagbaai Park will be closed for the day. 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 Sunday, May 1 —Labor Day Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day) Trip to the islands of Lac BayDepartures from 12 noon until 4pm from the beach in front of Ko n Tiki Restaurant. If you want to see the part of Bonaire off the beaten path, this is for you. Cost is NAƒ25 per person. More details on page 18. Call 7178482 ( Extra newspaper). (page 18) Thursday, May 5 —Healing Touch Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Caribbean Club Bonaire (page 6) Monday, May 2Labor Day Holiday Thursday, May 5– Holiday: Ascension Day COMING 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 —BonaireHarbourtown JAZZ FESTIVAL— ( see pages 8 and 11 ) 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 October 9 – 15, 2005 . 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 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 Tou can 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 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10 . Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 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 Robots Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm Hitch (Will Smith) Early Show (usually 7pm) The Pacifier MICRO MOVIE REVIEW Seen recently in Movieland Cinema: THE PACIFIER by Adam Shankman, starring Vin Diesel. This movie is great for what it is meant to be, a family friendly comedy. It has funny moments, touching moments, it gives you chuckles and even a few laughs. It isn't trying to win awards or stun the audience with special effects. You sit down, watch it, laugh a little, think about how cute the kids are, then go on with the rest of your day. I think it is a decent, light movie worth at least a matinee viewing. I'm sure the kids will love it and I guess some grown ups will do too. Vin Diesel is a big muscular guy who walks around in tight t-shirts so if you're attracted by that you'll have a jolly good time. Dodo

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 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 sp ecialize 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 Security 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. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. SPA—DAY SPA Pedisa Day Spa – for all your body and wellness needs. 40 years of experi ence 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 Royal Palm Galleries Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Low-Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday and Monday Lots of parking in big mall lot The place for a Quick Lu nch and a Cozy Dinner Breezy terrace with airco inside Caribbean Club Bonaire On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town 717-7901 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff Happy Hour from 5-7 pm Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials 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. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 Mother’s Day is next weekend, Sunday 8 May. Take advantage of the advertising power of The Bonaire Reporter. Tell sons and daughters about the special items that you carry that would make pe rfect gifts. Restaurateurs can use the pages of The Reporter to let families know of the special meals they will offer on Mother’s Day. There is space in the next two editions of The Reporter for your message. Call 717-8988 or 791-7252 or 786-6125

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Page 21 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 “T he first time I came was in 1977, because my family had repeatedly asked me to join in some projects they had on Bonaire. Bon Villas at Sorobon was one of those projects. My family owned 80 hectares of land there which had to be developed. At the time I wasn’t so eager to come; I was 35, had my own architect office in Holland, and I was certainly not planning to stay. Nevertheless, I developed all the plans for Bon Villas, and we started constructing the first 10 apartments and a restaurant, the one that’s now called Kon Tiki. I’d been traveling back and forth to Holland, but when I realized how much my love for the island was growing I decided to stay. It was 1981. I came with my wife Ria, my son Mark who was 11, and Vronie, my 13-year-old daughter. Mark went to Papa Cornes elementary school and Vronie to SGB. The children found the island very special and odd at the same time, but they liked it and adapted rapidly. In the beginning Ria enjoyed it too, but after a while, because of all the years I’d been traveling, she and I had grown apart. She decided to return to Holland and we divorced. Vronie stayed with me and Mark went with Ria, but he came back and then Vronie went to Holland to complete her studies. Bonaire in those days was paradise hardly any crime and very quiet a cozy little island you fell in love with immediately. In the beginning I was mainly occupied with the project at Sorobon, but once I’d decided to stay, it went wrong. The project seemed too comprehensive, and Bonaire wasn’t ready for it. I only had a couple of hundred guilders left, and I thought of jumping on the plane, back to Holland where I had everything, but instead I started a construction company together with Marcel Busman: Busi Construction N.V. I thought there would be a need for something new as the prices of the established construction companies like Albo were very high. Our first big project was the post office. We had a wheel barrow and some spades and no money at all, so we contracted the job out to Cornelis Jansen. Soon after though, we partnered with Monument Repair Curaçao and Albo Aruba. Together we did some real big projects like the complete renovation of Flamingo Beach Hotel; we built the rice mill; and we started with the construction of Sand Dollar. Then Aruba got its ‘status apart,’ and the partnership with Albo Aruba became a problem as now taxes had to be paid on all the materials and goods. It became too expensive, so we dissolved the partnership in a friendly way and I went on by myself. We did a real big concrete job at BOPEC and started with Buddy Dive. Then the penshionados (retired persons) came… and suddenly lots of mansions had to be built. But with the penshionados the era of negativity began. The construction sector suddenly had to deal with all kinds of people who smelled money. Everybody whose quality and schooling were at least doubtful started his own construction company. The government hardly checked on social security obligations or taxes that had to be paid, so a situation was created in which these new people could build for 30% less than the established construction companies. For me there was no need whatsoever to play this game any longer, so I decided to hand over all construction activities to my partner and to occupy myself solely with concrete and cement. I started Concrete and Cement Industry (BCI). We supplied all the construction companies with everything you could name in concrete. For years we were very successful and participated in the construction of real big concrete works like the sea promenade, a magnificent project of which I am very proud, and that I carried out together with De Antillen N.V. and BWM. Anton Sieverding (62) is a no-nonsense man; self-confident, straight and to the point. Although he’s retired, he’s sitting at his office accompanied by his son Mark. “Mark studied motor vehicle techniques and MEAO in Holland. When he came back to Bonaire he started with me as the second man. Eight years ago he wanted to do something for himself and we bought Island Rentals and expanded the business. We combined it with the rentals of the apartments we have and made packages. The apartments we still own, but Island Rentals and BCI have been sold. Now I’m ‘playing penshionado.’ I don’t know what it means exactly, but it’s fun! The only activity I’m still involved in to keep myself busy is the rental of the apartments and consulting in constructional engineering… only if I really like it! Now that I’m not working anymore I spend my time fishing and it gives me peace. Once in a while I go to a bar to chat with people, but I never stay out late. About 10 years ago I met my second wife, Feli, here on Bonaire. She’s Dominican, but when we met she’d been living in the Antilles for many years. The moment our relationship got serious I told her to have her children come to live with us as I knew they’d have much better opportunities here. So, we raised her daughter Nancy and son Juan. Now Juan is in Holland with the Air force and doing really well. Nancy lives and works here and she has two children, Johnny, 5, and Pablo, 7. It’s great to be a grandfather, an enrichment to my life! I’m spending a lot of time with those two little guys, and the good thing about being a grandparent is that when you get tired you can bring them back to their parents! When my children were young it was different as I was working, but we had always open house, lots of friends and we did a lot of fun things together with other families. Seven years ago my daughter Vronie came back to Bonaire when she was offered a real nice job at the hospital. I don’t think Mark and Vronie intended to come back, and I never asked them to because I feel you can’t ask your children such a thing. But having them here has added so much to my life. I’m very happy to have my complete family with me. When I look back at my life, I often think about the choice I made to stay here. When I see my old friends in Holland I know I would have been better off material wise if I’d stayed there, but here I found far more ways to have a nicer life. There have been real good times. I’ve always worked very hard and at the top I had 71 people working for me, but I always knew how to combine work with free time and traveling. For 16 years I’ve been doing business with Venezuela, and I know Caracas better than Curaçao, and I’ve got my friends there too. On Bonaire I’ve seen many people coming and going, but it has always been easy to make friends people of all ages and social status that’s so easy here, unlike in Europe where society is much more complicated. One of the negative things I experienced here personally, when crime was at its peak about four years ago, was that people attacked me in my home and I was shot. I can only say that I was happy to survive, but it has been a difficult time. I went to the south of Spain to see if we could live there, but I didn’t like it. No culture, just a mixture of Dutch, British and German shops and restaurants. Bonaire is small, but at the same time very big, it’s not an empty village because so many people from all different cultures and nationalities live and visit here and there’s always time to talk and exchange opinions. I hope for the island that we’ve reached the lowest point, that we can let go of Curaçao and that Bonaire will get the chance to develop. Curaçao has never showed any respect for us, and it has prevented us from growing. I hope our government will also see to that eve-ryone in all sectors will pay their taxes so that Bonaire will finally have some resources and we can offer our children a future on the island and well educated Bonaireans can come back. As for my future, when I retired people said, ‘And now you’re going back to Holland, I suppose!’ Well, after so many years I feel more Antillean than Dutch and I have no plan whatsoever to leave.” Photo and story by Greta Kooistra Greta Kooistra “But with the (coming of the) penshionados the era of negativity began. The construction sector suddenly had to deal with all kinds of people who smelled money. Everybody whose quality and schooling were at least doubtful started his own construction company.” 1981 Anton Sieverding Anton Sieverding

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 A s my dive partner and I descend, side by side, comforted by the warm embrace of the deep blue sea, unanswered questions about the sinking of the great clipper ship Mairi Bhan, continue to confuse us. My thoughts are crowded with conflicting reports, rumors and factual evidence we have encountered at the wreck site. With every clue we uncover more doubts emerge about the circumstances surrounding the untimely arrival and sinking of the clipper ship now known as “The Windjammer Wreck” off the northwest coast of Bonaire. On this visit to her resting place on the lower reef shelf, we will be confirming the size and length of the slack anchor chain that remains dangling from the port side. There are no bow anchors anywhere near the wreck site, and there is no chain at all in the starboard locker. A large spare admiralty style anchor, which was secured to the forward main deck, remains in place and is now surrounded and partially covered by the 5-6 foot (1-2 meter) thick tar flow from the forward cargo hold. The Questions Was it possible for the clipper to make landfall on Bonaire after one or two days’ sail from Trinidad, more than 400 miles off course to the west? Why did the Captain choose the deserted north shore of Bonaire to ground the ship on December 7, 1912? How did the ship respond to the last maneuver ordered by Captain Razeto? Why is the bow of the ship pointing to the southeast into the prevailing wind? Where are the main anchors, were they salvaged or deployed? Was the ship on fire in gale force winds as the captain reported? Did the ship remain on the surface for a time after she hit the upper reef? Let’s explore the possibilities together… Finding Answers …Barbara sights the wreck and signals a change in our course toward the bow of the ship. As we approach the graceful curve of the hull, terminating at the bowsprit, we can see the slack chain in the white sand below. It is not stretched out as it should be if it were secured to the massive port side anchor. It lies in a haphazard, zigzag pattern on the bottom, and then it rises from the sand and disappears into the port side chain locker. We plan to locate, inspect and measure the last link. Then, if we have enough time at our depth of 195 feet (59.5 meters), we will measure the length of the remaining chain. The last link of the anchor chain is perfectly formed and undamaged. Each of the links measure 14 inches (35.5 cm) long, and the total length of remaining chain is 204 feet (64 m). A sailing clipper of this size would normally carry a chain of two or three times the length of the ship for each of her primary anchors. Under normal operating conditions you would never drop both bow anchors at the same time and risk tangling the chains. At the wreck, the starboard anchor and all the chain are missing. The port side anchor and approximately 400 feet (120 m) of its chain are lost. Were the chain and anchors salvaged, or do they lie on the bottom at another site along the reef? Inside the forward cargo hold we inspect the tar flows and the only barrel we have found, left behind after the sinking. The entire “pool” of tar has spilled from the ship in one continuous mass. It is now “frozen” in time much like lava from a volcano after it cools. There have been reports that it continues to move away from the ship at a rate of 5-6 inches (1215 cm) each year. It appears that most of the barrels either burst or burned, along with the teak main deck, which allowed the massive tar flow to occur when the ship hit the bottom of the sloping reef. Any obstructions, such as the iron beams, the mast, and deck supports, created temporary dams, causing the tar to back up and then stop in place as a waterfall in winter. Scenario A raging fire on board the stricken ship would have burned the canvas sails and restricted the crews’ ability to sail and properly set the anchors. In a real life “Dante’s Inferno,” the bursting barrels released the warm tar and the fumes further fueled the fire which eventually consumed the main deck. It converted the ship into an open “tanker” and would account for the rapid chain of events that has left behind these clues. Captain Razeto reported encountering a severe storm after one day’s sail out of Trinidad that blew the ship off course toward Bonaire. Under normal wind and weather conditions the clipper would travel approximately 200-250 miles each 24 hours. It would be possible for it to cover the more than 400-500 miles from Trinidad to Bonaire in two days. The storm would severely limit the captain’s choices to make land fall and restrict the maneuverability of the huge vessel. Normally this ship would be towed into and out of port. There was no possibility for that service on Bonaire at the time of her arrival on December 7, 1912. Without an engine onboard or power assistance, it would be impossible to sail the clipper into the harbor of Kralendijk. With deep water surrounding the island there was a chance to drop the anchors close to shore and allow the crew to escape the inferno. Did the ship sail around the seaward side of Klein Bonaire and make for some lights on the northern shore at Karpata? A Desperate Attempt to Save the Ship? On previous dives at Karpata we have explored two very large admiralty anchors, with attached chains, on the deep slopes just below 180 feet (55 m). Both of these anchors are at the exact same depth, approximately 90 feet (27 m) apart, securely hooked into the protruding reef, with their chains stretched away from shore into deep water. They are pointing north toward the Bonaire Petroleum (BOPEC) fuel storage facility. The size of the anchors exactly matches the spare anchor on the sunken forward deck of the Mairi Bhan . The chain links are also the same dimensions as the remaining port side chain on the wreck. The compass heading on the stretched line of chain matches the lie of the sunken clipper. In a final last ditch effort to save themselves, did the crew of the Mairi Bhan drop both bow anchors at the same time in an attempt to slow or stop the ship close to shore at Karpata? This attempt may have turned the ship into the wind, twisting and breaking the anchor chains at or near the surface. Now, with the wind and waves pushing the vessel further north toward the shoreline that juts out to the west, it could have grounded itself on the shallow reef, close to shore at the BOPEC site. Striking the bottom and rocking in the giant waves may have caused the dismasting of the main mast. As the boat heeled to starboard, the sea would have rushed into the open deck, dragging the ship down the reef slope to the lower shelf where she now lies at peace. Was this an unfortunate accident at sea or did the captain and owners take advantage of circumstances to suit their purposes? Barbara signals to me that our visit today is over. We emerge from the midsection of the ship and start our ascent, escorted by the magnificent school of jacks. We reach the surface after our decompression and safety stops have been completed. As we debrief, we decide to continue our search for the true facts behind the sinking of the mystery clipper ship. © Story and photos by Albert Bianculli Free Multi-Media Show Sundays Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Windjammer photos, old and new are featured. The anchor dwarfs the diver

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter April 29 to May 6, 2005 An Update on One of the Most Beloved Star Patterns in the Heavens: The Big Dipper E very year in early evening in May the star pattern known to North Americans as the Big Dipper (Ursa Major-The Great Bear to Europeans) reaches its highest point in the heavens. And although every year we tell you how to find it and give you some fascinating facts about it, this year we've got some nifty updates. So if you think you really know the Big Dipper you may be in for a surprise. On any night during the first two weeks of May, about an hour after sunset Sky Park time , face due north. High above the horizon you'll see four stars which, if we connect with lines, form a cup, and three stars to the east which, if connected by lines, form a handle. And a cup with a handle like this in early rural North America was called a dipper, which people used to dip water out of a bucket. According to some early American native s, however, the four stars which make the Dipper's cup represented the body of a bear, and the three handle stars were three Indian braves tracking the bear acro ss the northern heavens. In England the Big Dipper is known as " the plow " or " King Charles’ wagon ." And indeed the Big Dipper can look like either a plow or a wagon, although it’s upside down at this time of year. Now one of the most interesting features about the Big Dipper is that you can always use the two stars in the end of the cup to find the North Star , which is the end star of the handle of the Little Dipper . To find it yourself simply shoot an arrow through these two stars, and measuring five and a half times the distance betw een them you'll land smack dab on the North Star, which is not as bright as many people suspect. Another interesting point about the Big Dipper is that if you look closely at Mizar, the middle star of the handle, you'll see that it is not one but two stars. The second star is named Alcor, and together they're called the horse and the rider . But even more interesting is that things are always changing in the field of astronomy because as we develop more sophisticated astronomical tools we can more accurately measure things in the cosmos. So some of the distances we gave you to the stars in the Big Dipper in the past have been refined. Mizar is 78 light years away, which means that the light we see from Mizar left it 78 years ago. Alcor is 81 light years away, as is the star next to it, Alioth . And the star next to it, Megrez . Phecda, above Megrez, is 3 light years farther away, 84 light years. Merak is just 79 light years away which further means that all of these stars belong to a group approximately 80 light years away and that they're all moving together in the same direction th rough space. That leaves the end star in the handle, Alkaid, at a distance of 101 light years, and Dubhe, the star at the end of the cup, at a distance of 124 light year s. So there you have it: our old friend, the Big Dipper, with new refined distances to each star. Reacquaint yourself! Jack Horkheimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Entertainment should include sports events or physical activities. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse. Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional comer or puts restrictions on your time. Don't try to get even without having all the facts. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. It might be best to spend time fixing up your premises and making changes that will be appreciated. Help those incapable of taking care of their personal affairs. Voice your opinions and contribute to the debate. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful that you don't spend too much time with a person belonging to someone else. Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. Be willing to listen, but don't be fooled. Past partners are likely to reappear. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Older members of your family may try to take advantage of you. There'll be difficulties if you spend too much. Your emotional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Avoid overloading your plate. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Think before you act. Unforeseen circumstances will disrupt your daily routine. You will attract members of the opposite sex readily. Try to keep your opinions to yourself. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will stimulate your need to experience exciting new things. You might find group functions tiring. Romance may be likely if you travel. You can come up with solutions to the problems responsible for inefficiencies at work. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be careful not to confuse issues when discussing the matters at hand. Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see often. You should make special plans for you and your lover. It might be best not to spend your money on luxuries this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Look into family outings or projects. Children may be less than honest with you. This could be a serious relationship. You may have a problem at work with a female co-worker. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need more time to think this whole situation through. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most satisfying. You can get ready to celebrate your ne w direction. Romantic encounters are evident through travel or educational pursuits. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You could find yourself having problems with co-workers and employers. You will find that superiors may not see situations as you do. Try to find another time to present work or ideas this week. You can meet someone who will become very dear to you if you get out and socialize. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Equilibrium in your romantic life is likely if you treat your partner well. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Hidden assets can be doubled if you play your card s correctly. Be sure to question any detail that you feel could leave you in a precarious position at a later date. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be prepared to neutralize any threats. Avoid getting too close to co-workers or employers. Try not to overspend on luxury items. Don't let your emotions interfere with your professional integrity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. *to find it, just look up For the week: April 29 to May 6, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen With a large telescope you can find the “Pinwheel Galaxy” deep within Ursa Major, the “Big Dipper,” about 27 million light-years away. To the North Star