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Artists at the Cinnamon Gallery: Dianir Rivas-Torres, Sipke Sta-
pert Jake Richter, Nina Ledezma, Willie Dijkstra, Linda Richter.
(front) Avy Benhamron, Wilna Groenenboom

Atlantic Airlines, a new business,
is in the final stages of comple-
tion for operation out of Curagao. Ac-
cording to the Dutch language newspa-
per, Amigoe, the feasibility study is nec-
essary to obtain its business license. At-
lantic Airlines will pursue its Business
and Air Operator Certificates simultane-
ously to save time. It plans to base three
Boeings 737-200s on Curagao to fly to
Caribbean destinations and South Amer-
ica. Cura Hulanda resort developer Jacob
Gelt Dekker is involved with the com-

A The southern Caribbean was
without centralized air traffic control
beginning last Monday afternoon and
lasted for 20 hours. Many flights were
delayed and some cancelled. It was
caused by a defective $250 "strip printer"
at the control tower at Mahuma, Curagao.
The printer output strips, part of the 16-
year-old air traffic control system, are
used to coordinate aircraft movements.
The system is due for replacement next
year when a new radar installation goes

A Antillean Prime Minister EtiEnne
Ys is paying a working visit to Wash-
ington D.C. (September 24-30) to ce-
ment the good relations that exist be-
tween the US and the Netherlands Antil-
les. The visit comes in the wake of new
accusations by Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez that the US is planning an
invasion of his country and has been pre-
paring warships in neighboring Curagao.
Recently American Christian mission-
aries were required to leave Venezuela
following inflammatory comments call-
ing for his death by an American TV
evangelist, who later retracted his state-

A Soon you won't be able to buy
Amstel beer brewed from seawater.
The employees of the Amstel Beer brew-
ery in Curagao were officially informed
that a majority of its shareholders had
decided to close the plant after 45 years
because the Antillean government "failed
to meet all its commitments to protect the
local industry." Some 55 jobs involved in
the production process will be lost. Only
25 of the current 108 jobs will be saved,
including the 10 in Bonaire. All Amstel
products will now have to be imported.


A The Bonaire Petroleum Com-
pany, BoPeC, the oil transshipment fa-
cility owned by the Venezuelan state-
owned oil company PdVSA, which also
leases the Isla oil refinery in Curagao,
celebrated its 30th anniversary last
week BoPeC has 70 workers and says
they employ about the same number
through contractors, which would make it
the biggest employer on the island. In a
presentation attended by top Bonairean
government officials, top PdVSA man-
agement and local press the company
showed a review of its history and envi-
ronmental accomplishments. The Bonaire
Reporter was not invited, perhaps be-
cause of its inquiries into some of their
oil disposal procedures and policy of div-
ing at the Windjammer dive site.

A After talking with the PdVSA man-

agers, Bonaire officials were excited
about the possibility of purchasing
Bonaire's fuel needs directly from
Venezuela. Currently Bonaire appears
locked into a monopoly contract with the
Curagao island-owned fuel distribution
company, CurOil, who buys from
PdVSA, until 2014. A study is underway
to se if a direct purchase, at lower prices,
is feasible.

A Concerned about the price of fuel in
Bonaire? Consider that a liter of unleaded
gasoline currently costs around 1.35 eu-
ros ($1.65 NAf2,92) in France vs.
NAf1,95 in Bonaire.

A The current Immigration policy, set
by the Central Government, is that a for-
eign worker must earn a minimum of
NAf3.000 a month to be able to bring
his or her partner to the Antilles. Last
week, following a challenge by a guest
worker, a Curagao judge ruled that
NAf3.000 was disproportionately unfair
and that a NAf3.000 limit would dis-
qualify 70% of the native population of
the Antilles.
He gave the Central Government six
weeks to come up with a new arrange-
ment which will probably be set at
NAf1.500 a month. The income figure
was NAf1.200 a month until increased to
NAf3.000 guilders at the end of 2003.
About 60% of the population makes
NAfl.500 a month or less according to
government figures. About 20% earn
NAf1.000 guilders a month or less and
the lowest paid normally appeal to public
funds for supplementary assistance.

A Curagao's FOL party is questioning
a request for NAf109.578 to buy two
cars for the Land Registry (Kadaster)

in Bonaire. According to the Curagao
Member of Parliament, Maurice Adri-
aens, whom readers might remember was
the one who refused permission for Bo-
nairExel when he was Transportation
Minister, the amount of money is way
too high and unacceptable, especially
now that the central government has big

A On Sunday STCB and STINAPA
organized the annual International
Clean Up on Klein Bonaire. The Clean
Up was a success; 75 people participated.
Most were Bonaire teenagers -
one group from the SGB High School,
one from Jong Bonaire and another from
the scouts, Grupo Trupial. The cruise
ship Freewinds sponsored the food and
drinks and also sent a group to do clean
They picked up 80 bags of trash. A
group from the SGB was in charge of
collecting the data from the bags, specifi-
cally to identify the type of debris, to
send it to the Ocean Conservancy for
their annual report on the sources of
ocean pollution.

A Bonaire was without power last
Wednesday afternoon beginning
around 3 pm. A total shutdown of both
generators at WEB Central in Hato and
TWR in Belnem was to blame. After
analysis, repair and switch work, all dis-
Continued on nnap ?

Hospitality Training
(Another Answer to The It)
New Spirit at Harbourtown
The Mission 2005
Rivas-Torres & Stapert Opening
Bistro de Paris-Stone Cooking
Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein
Mysterious Dugout
Dog Wash Fundraiser for Shelter
Join the Ride (mountain biking)
Hurricane Info Night (#2)

Flotsam & Jetsam
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Amboina -Community in Transition.
Vessel List & Tide Table
Movie Review:Supercross
Picture Yourself
(McLean, Virginia, US)
Reporter Masthead
Pet of the Week ("Goofy")
What's Happening
Shopping & Dining Guides
On Bonaire Since
(Roan Jaspars )
Sky Park
(Moon, Mars & Antares)
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

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tricts had power again around 4:10 pm.
According to reports, a production unit
at TWR had a technical problem and all
the production units at Hato and TWR had
to be disconnected. An attempted restart
using the Agrekko-generators failed at
first and it was more time before all units
were back on line.
Coincidently, the original NAf1.3
million contract for temporary backup
electric generation with Agrekko was for
16 weeks with three, three-week exten-
sions. That time is about up.
A Ronella Croes, the head of Bonaire's
Tourism Corporation (TCB), announced
the latest tourism figures as well as a list

TCB head Ronella Croes presents
the tourism report

of the accomplishments of the TCB since
she took over in January, 2004, in a multi-
part presentation at Movieland last Friday.
Tourist visits were up by about 5% as
compared to last year which placed Bon-
aire in the top 10 "growth" islands in the
region. Commissioner Burney el Hage
dubbed her "Captain (of the TCB) Ro-
nella" for her achievements which in-

eluded the release of two promotional
DVDs, a rise in cruise ship anticipated
arrivals up 75% and a large grant from
Holland (USONA) to expand the
promotion of Bonaire as a vacation

A During the same evening's "3 in 1"
Special Event Jake and Linda Richter
introduced the official Bonaire 2006
calendar which they produced. Each
month offers an inspiring artistic impres-
sion of Bonaire scenes. Finally, Lucia
Beck launched a new endeavor, the
"Tourist Information Radio Station"
which is now being aired over Mega 101

A Two British divers, who were re-
ported missing 30 minutes after they
were expected to return to their boat,
spent several hours drifting along Austra-
lia's Great Barrier Reef after currents
swept them away from their boat. They
described how a shark circled them as
they waited for rescuers. Louise Woodger,
29, and Gordon Pratley, 31, drifted 10 km
(6 miles) from their original location in an
incident mirroring the disappearance of
two American divers in 1998. Tom and
Eileen Lonergan, were believed to have
drowned or been killed by sharks off
Cairns in Queensland. The episode led to
tighter safety regulations after it took two
days for the couple to be reported missing.

A Corals in the Caribbean are being

Rico, the Virgin Islands and Cuba seemed
to be undergoing the worst damage,
known as bleaching. "The same heat
that's causing the hurricanes is causing the
bleaching of corals," Lara Hansen, chief
climate change scientist at the WWF, told
Reuters news service.
Temperatures in some areas had been
around 29-33 Celsius (84-91 Fahren-
heit), high enough to cause damage to cor-
als and well above the 26.50C needed to
create hurricanes. However, hurricanes
can reduce bleaching of corals by stirring
up cooler, deeper waters.

A Noted forecaster Professor William
Gray predicts an early end to this
year's hurricane season. He believes that
in October it will be all over, though the
"official" end of the season is November

A Nanette Lomarda, acting chief of the
tropical cyclone program division at the
World Meteorological Organization
(WMO), said the number of category 4
and 5 storms over that ocean has nearly
doubled over the past 35 years. "The next
tropical cyclone, named Stan, may be
gathering over the Atlantic," Lomarda
said. If Tammy, Vince and Wilma follow,
then the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta,
etc...) will be used to name any storm with
winds exceeding 63 km (39 miles) per
hour. See "Preparing for a Hurricane," an
article on dealing with hurricanes in Bon-
aire, page 18.

damaged by the same warm seas that
have fuelled Hurricanes Rita and A The Caribbean island country of
Katrina, the World Wildlife Foundation St. Kitts and Nevis is hosting a four-day
(WWF) conservation group said on Fri- cruise ship conference which began on
day. Corals off Florida, Barbados, Puerto September 27. Some 1,200 cruise stake-

holders, including several from Bonaire,
will visit St. Kitts. Bonaire anticipates sig-
nificant growth in cruise ship arrivals in
the next few years.

A SELIBON, Bonaire's waste man-
agement company, has prepared a

proper site for the deposit of trash at
Morotin, an area north of Rincon. For
years the site was used as an illegal dump,
especially for bulk trash and vegetation,
perhaps because of the long distance to
the Lagoen Road landfill.
Engineer Rudsel Leito, the interim Di-
rector of SELIBON, announced that now
a huge dumpster is on site which will be
emptied into the main landfill periodi-
cally. Erik Frans, a SELIBON employee,
will be on site to give advice and direc-

A With urging from the Small Business
Center (CKB), the Tourism Corporation
of Bonaire (TCB), and the Section for
Culture, Art, and Literature (SKAL), the
cruise ship market organized in Wilhel-
mina Park will get a new look. The mar-
ket has been in operation for five years
and readers of The Reporter get its sched-
ule from the "Happenings" section. It fea-
(Continued on page 4)

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 3)
tures artwork, jewelry, and local handi-
work products. There are plans to fur-
ther expand it. Contact the CKB office
on the first floor (upstairs) of La Terraza
shopping center in Kaya Grandi if you
want to participate.

A Special Olympics Bonaire re-
ceived a very generous gift of NAf600
from the students at the St. James
Medical School. The money will be
used to help Bonaire's Special Olympics
athletes get to Aruba for the National
Games on November 17 to 19. The Bon-
aire team will participate in Bocce, Ath-
letics and Swimming. The Bonaire team
functions completely on donations so
Thank You, Students!

A Bonaire SGB Hotel School Stu-
dents leave for Italy on Sunday, Octo-
ber 2. The five students from SGB Chez
Nous who were selected to participate in
this year's stage (apprenticeship) pro-
gram in Italy in the Emilia Romagna re-
gion leave Sunday from Flamingo Air-
port. They are Channethon Jansen,
Minosca Mercera, Angel Albertus,
Shakira Mattew and Gianna Martines.
The reserve student is Mariana Cicilia.
Their culinary teacher, Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn will accompany the group.
Teams going to Italy from Curacao and
Aruba will join the Bonaire contingent at
Flamingo airport. The students will meet
at the airport for goodbyes and press
photos at 11:30 am.

A The annual Regatta Boat Parade
will be on Thursday evening, October
13. The parade will begin around 5:30

pm from the water in front of Regatta
House. Official boats, commercial boats
(dive and fishing) will be followed by
the sail charter boats and finally all the
pleasure boats that want to join in. Call
George DeSalvo at 786-6125 or Byron
Tromp, 785-0333 for more information.

A This year's Bonaire Regatta will
begin with the traditional Parade of
Nations at 7 pm on Sunday evening,

October 9th. Last year Bonaire residents
from 38 countries took part. Parade par-
ticipants are encouraged to wear clothing
representative of their countries. People
from the US who wish to take part
should contact Donna Wuyts at 785-

A Recently several readers alerted us
to some scams occurring at the gas sta-
tions on the island, where the pump op-
erator misrepresents the guilder amount
and pockets the difference. This alert
was published in The Reporter. Lisa
Gas' Gaby Felix says this situation at his
station was taken care of immediately.

Hospitality Training Begins

n September 21st at
Capt. Don's Habi-er Iv e lL
tat, BONHATA and Match
Consultancy conducted a
presentation on the Hospi-
tality Training Program
launching a unique and in-
novative way of training.
"The focus of this training
program is 'our people,'
says Annette van Rooijen,
Match Consultancy Direc-
tor. "By listening to their
needs and connecting with
our people we can
strengthen their self-esteem,
motivation, attitude, pride,
trust and communication
between the numerous cul- Merel Zanen, Trainer and Annette van Rooijen,
tures residing on our small Director of Match Consultancy.
island." Strengthening these
skills is the basis for any other personal or job skill development."
A number of organizations were represented: CKB, BONHATA, Bonaire Tours
& Vacations, BAS air services, TELBO, Budget Rent a Car, Magazina di Rei,
Rum Runners, Habitat, Divi Flamingo, Harbour Village, Plaza and Eden Beach.
Thanks to a CKB subsidy, Match Consultancy can offer BONHATA members a
special rate for this training program.
(Continued on page 5)

"We have checks and double checks," he
said. "This cannot happen at Lisa Gas.
At the end of each shift we have checks.
The employees wear name badges and
the name of the manager of that shift is
posted. So if there is any problem at all
or if anyone suspects anything they can
report it to the manager."

A The Benetton models in this issue
are Edshel Martha and Jermainy Diaz
from Jong Bonaire. They were photo-
graphed at the Cappuccino Bar at Ka-
rel's Beach Bar. The Benetton ad is on
page 10. G./L.D

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9 E 5 G T E S

Muscle car


Dear Editor:
After several weeks stay on Aruba, I
was happy to return to our island.
On Aruba I was, as always, confronted
with the consequences of continuing mis-
management by the government of the
island. I had to wait more than two
weeks before the garbage, piling up in
big heaps in front of the houses in our
street, was eventually collected (They
have never heard there about standard
garbage containers used on Bonaire, and
regular collection times exist only in the-
ory). Due to a terrible traffic jam in the
city center, I arrived a half hour late for
my dentist appointment. In the news on
the local TV I saw reports about a recent
assassination and several violent robber-
ies. In the framework of the current very
heated election campaign, I saw on the
TV the Prime Minister who just came
back from Italy where he held negotia-
tions with banks about the possibility of
coming to a final agreement concerning
the debts in connection with the guaran-
tees given in the past by the government
of Aruba. With enormous pride, the
Prime Minister informed the people of

rs in Aruba

Aruba that he succeeded in reducing the
existing debt to the Italian banks from US
$220 million to "only" US$110 million.
He forgot to mention that it was the gov-
ernment of his party which made the ter-
rible mistake of giving these guarantees.
(Besides these debts to the Italian banks
there are more than another US$100 mil-
lion which the people of Aruba have to
pay to foreign banks and investors,
mainly in the US, in connection with a
number of never realized projects).
After my return from Aruba, it was
really a shock for me to read the letter
"The It" sent to the editor of The Bonaire
Reporter. I recommend that its author
learn all the facts about the "development
and prosperity" on Aruba before he
writes another similar letter.
He will then understand that the devel-
opment on Aruba cannot serve as a
model for Bonaire but more as a deterrent
example of mismanagement.
Fortunately for the people of Bonaire,
even if powerful foreign investors do
pump many millions into the hotel devel-
opment on our island, mass tourism, like
on Aruba, can never come to Bonaire
because Bonaire lacks long and wide
beaches, the basic condition for a mass

Hospitality Course. (Continued
from page 4)
The Training Program
will be offered to all
companies on Bonaire at
the regular fees and con-
sists of the following
seminars: Spirit of Hos-
pitality & Guest Ser-
vices; Self Esteem; Food
& Beverage; Restaurant
Service; Food & Bever- Presentation at Habitat
age; the HACCP way;
Front Office/Reservations; Housekeeping "exceptional attendant;" and Leadership
The training sessions combine theory with role-playing, games, and team ori-
ented activities. The sessions are fun and engaging while transmitting the impor-
tant message of our industry; professional hospitality.
Besides these seminars Match Consultancy offers on the job trainings and cus-
tomized training, depending on a company's needs.
For further information on the training possibilities, contact Annette van Rooijen
at Match Consultancy, tel: 786-5711 or E-mail; info @matchconsultancy.com.
Press Release

tourist development. The hotel industry
on Aruba could be developed only be-
cause this island has some of the most
beautiful beaches in the world, and that is
what attracts a majority of the visitors to
this island. Aruba is lucky that it is not
only rich in abundant beaches, but addi-
tional sand, necessary mainly for road
construction, is regularly being extracted
in big quantities from a depth of 25m.
offshore at the western tip of the island
and deposited in enormous piles for the
use of the construction industry.
On Curaqao, to find and transport
sand for construction of new hotel
beaches and their maintenance (most ho-

tel beaches are artificial and sand needs
to be supplemented regularly) is difficult.
On Bonaire, it is impossible. Outside of
the Bonaire Marine Park along the whole
coast of the island, the water depths of
more than 200m. make extraction of sand
practically impossible so that no artificial
beaches can be created and therefore a
hotel development like on Aruba can
never be realized unless the sand would
be brought for enormous costs from very
far places. This is the first fact that the
author of "The It" had to refer to his su-
periors after his last visit to our island!

Jiri Lausman

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

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Bonaire's Sentro di

Bonaire' Newest


A Candidate for Funding
m r:N from AMFO and the NGO

Early construction in Amboina

I knew something was going to be very different about the bario (neighborhood)
called Amboina as soon as I located it on my Bonaire island map. As you follow
the lines on the map, east on Kaya Nikiboko Noord, from the big Catholic Church in
the center of Kralendijk, way past the corner of Kaya Pos Di Amor, you will see
something that appears quite abnormal for a local community on the island. Located
about two kilometers from the town center is the symmetrical, octagonal outline of
the Amboina bario complete with 16 evenly spaced cul-de-sacs on four of the eight
sides. It looks like a sunburst!
Covering an area of 11.5 hectares, Amboina, which originally was the site of a mai-
shi (maize) plantation, gets its name from the Taino Indian word meaning "where nu-
merous wells have good drinking water." A totally planned community, it was con-
ceived and built by the Fundashon Cas Bonairiano (FCB), to provide improved, pri-
vate, starter housing for island residents relocating from other neighborhoods.

Amboina Is Unique
Unlike many of the other barios that evolved over time as families settled on Bon-

aire, Amboina was planned, constructed and occupied on a schedule that began in
1981. When you enter you immediately notice that the streets are paved and all the
utilities are underground. At the present time, there are 182 homes, all sequentially
numbered, and each one is situated on a 500-square-meter building lot: 172 are three-
bedroom homes for families with children, and 10 are single-bedroom homes for sin-
gle adults or couples without children. The Fundashon makes the homes available to
qualified families at an affordable rent. The goal is ownership after several years of
occupation. According to Denise Coffie, a social worker at FCB, applicants must
show legal ID, sufficient income and proof that they live on Bonaire. Jacqueline
Janga, secretary of the Social Department of FCB, told me that out of the 182 houses
built, 104 have been sold. The owners can choose to mortgage their house through
FCB or through a bank. The houses range in price from NAf35.000 to NAf43.000
depending on the year they were built.
There is a mini-market, new Community Center, a pre-school and after-school care
center with a playground, and an on-site police patrol. The Speelschool Jiwiri was
built in 1984 for Amboina and nearby neighborhoods. It has large, contemporary,
open-styled, interconnected buildings surrounded by a huge playground with a variety
of swings, climbing houses, pretend centers, and a tricycle pathway fashioned as a
two-lane road complete with miniature buildings, street lights and a refueling gas stop
with twin self-service pumps. It's a wonderful active facility with cool breezes (even
today when the rest of the island has still air!) and plenty of room for playing or rest-
ing children.

Sentro di Bario Amboina serving "A Young Community"
It's a youthful neighborhood. No houses are over 25 years old, and the average age
of the residents is only 25 to
30! Today, I am visiting
with Egon Manuel who has
lived here for 19 years,
since the age of 10. He is
helping me learn about Am-
boina. As the Community
Center's president for the
past five years, he meets
with his colleagues on the
board twice a month to plan
neighborhood activities. We
enter the attractive blue and
white Community Center
which was completed just
nine months ago. Inside, I
see a meeting room, storage
rooms, a large common
area, a fully equipped
kitchen, preparation area,
serving section, and bath-
rooms. All are handicapped
accessible. Outside is an
area for basketball and foot-
ball. The Center pays for its
utilities by charging a fee to
groups who want to use this
new, well-organized build- Egon Manuel preparingfor the mariachi festival
ing. With its up-to-date fa-
cilities and cooling easterly breeze, this is a great spot to rent for wedding anniversa-
ries, birthday parties, or other celebrations.

Popular Amboina Community Center Activities
To meet the needs of the community, a dedicated worker keeps the Center in good
repair and opens it for neighbors who want to play cards, dominoes, ping pong, or
football. He usually works 9-12 and 3-7 unless the Center needs to be open for eve-
ning activities or special events. Football (soccer) is much loved in Amboina. Coach
Ricardo Alberto leads the active Amboina Dolphins football players, an energetic
group of about 60 children, ages six to 10. They work hard not only at their sport, but
also at raising money by putting on a variety show, selling raffle tickets, and having
barbeques. For three weeks this past summer, helped by FESBO funding (Foundation
of Sentro di Barios), the Center was an enjoyable summer camp for its school-aged
children. Trained volunteers lead the daily fun of games and education. As a special
addition to the September Mariachi Festival, three of the volunteers Raydel, Rude-
laika, and Romy demonstrated the artistic talent they had been sharing with the chil-
dren. They created hats and guitars out of cardboard, fabric, cord and sequins.

Hopes and Plans for the Future
"The young ladies who ran the summer camp have proposed doing a Saturday 'life
skills' program for children ages six to 12. I applaud their initiative. They want to
help the kids learn to take care of themselves practicing skills like cooking, doing
laundry, making beds, etc. Of course, they also want to read stories, do crafts, and
"By the end of October," Egon Manuel continues, "we want to survey the neighbor-
hood to find out what they want at the Community Center. Then the board can decide
what to offer with our available funds. If there is interest, we hope to have a Movie
Night on Saturdays starting in November or December. We already have a TV and a
DVD player." Egon envisions the Center being used in the mornings by the adults,
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including the 60 Plussers.
Then from 3 to 8 pm, there
would be activities for the
teens. "We have someone
who is willing to work with
the kids to develop a band;
we only need the instru-
ments," Mr. Manuel contin-
ues. "I would also love to
offer an Internet center for
the teens, especially the girls
who aren't going to Jong
Bonaire. To do that, we need
to convert a 20-foot con-
tainer. Do you know some-
one who can donate a con-
tainer? We are looking for
picture books to use with the
summer camp or Saturday
group children. We always
need materials for doing
crafts, including pens, mark-
ers, paper, and cardboard."
Egon explains that his
community is made up of
many young families. The new Community Center
"Sometimes they have trou-
ble stretching their pay to the end of the month. It would be good for the Commu-
nity Center to offer workshops on how to budget money. Our young mothers also
need workshops about how to best raise their children. I have one more wish for
Amboina's Community Center: ceiling fans for the large central room! It gets hot
in there during the summer camp programs!" Story & photos by Barbara Mason

Apart of the island for almost 25
years! In March 2006 the fami-
lies of Amboina will celebrate the 25
year anniversary of their neighborhood.
Originally, the spirit and family-oriented
social atmosphere, which is the founda-
tion of most of the local barios on Bon-
aire, was not part of the Amboina
neighborhood. There were very few ex-
tended family groups. The large concen-
tration of renters caused a social imbal-
ance and many of the residents were
strangers to each other. Those chal-
lenges have been overcome by an ag-
gressive program of home ownership

sponsored by the FCB. A newly revived
neighborhood spirit, highlighted by the
investment and completion of the beauti-
ful Community Center building for all to
see and use, has taken over the hearts of
the people living in Amboina. The pride
of ownership is evident in the improve-
ments and additions made to many of
the homes. Gardens are maintained, at-
tractive walls or fences are being built,
houses are painted and expanded, patios
are paved. Some families have lived
here for most of the 25 years and want to
encourage others to stay and build a
strong community. B.M.B.



Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

Page 7

New Spirit at Harbourtown

Kees and
Rende van
Dartel, the
new owners
of Harbour-
town Re-
been com-
ing to Bon-
aire over 10
years on
and we love
the island
and its peo-
ple," Rene
said. The
able and
couple was
in the real

Broker/Owners Kees and Rende van Dartel
and Office Manager Amanda Castan

for 20
years near Utrecht, Holland, where they
also offered insurance and mortgages to
their clients kind of a one-stop shop.
"We were waiting for the right oppor-
tunity to start our business in Bonaire -
not a restaurant or a bar but something
we were doing already," Rende said.
"That's why we're here. If you love a
place then that will reflect how you deal
with the people."
What about all the other competition,
we asked. "In Holland we were never
the only ones in town," Kees answered.
"It's a great challenge, but we think that
competition makes people work harder.
There's room for everyone. It's impor-
tant that all of us (realtors) work to-

gether." Renee continued, "We're resi-
dential experts, we love people and we
love houses!"
In addition to acting as agents for buy-
ing and selling real estate they offer
short and long term rentals, that depart-
ment being handled by Amanda Castan.
The couple has two daughters, 9 and
21, both of whom are on the island with
them. What do they do during their time
off? "We're trying to teach our puppies
to swim," Renee said with a smile, refer-
ring to their two pups they recently
adopted from
the Bonaire
Animal Shel-
ter. L.D.

"The Mission 2005"

All of Tonky's tours begin at Flamingo Airport

This is the last report on my windsurfing
tour of 2005. After completing the event
in Belgium I only had one stop left: the
Netherlands. I was sent on assignment
to the Netherlands where I had to attend
THE Dutch windsurfing event called
"The Mission, on August 21st and 22nd;
this time not as a participant but as a
representative of my board sponsor, F2.

During this event several great
brand names (F2, Fanatic, Quik-
silver, Maui Sails, JP, to name just a
few) are represented by their profes-
sional riders. These professionals give
clinics to the amateur participants. We
"pros" also give demonstrations of our
boards, sails, booms, as well as tips to
these top amateurs who are the sport's

future professionals. It is aimed at young
windsurfers up to 18 years old. Guys
and girls from all over Europe attend the
event since there are lots of great prizes.
It is one of those events where a rider
could get noticed by one of the spon-
There were 196 competitors, 318 reg-
istered testers and around 8,000 visitors.
It seemed that all of Holland's wind was
sent to Brouwersdam that Saturday. It
had fantastic wind while rest of the
Netherlands was windless. About 15km
away from Brouwersdam, a huge black
cloud was hanging all morning in the
sky and it was raining, raining and even
more rain. Nearby roads and houses got
full of water, but we had about five rain-
drops all together.

Continued on page 9

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(Mission 2005. Continued from page 8)
There were 26 successful heats
of downwind slalom racing on
Saturday. After these heats it was
time for "The Battle of the Gi-
ants," where I gave a demo of
super cross and also a Freestyle
super session along with big
names such as Kevin Pritchard,
Cheo Diaz, Jonas Ceballos and
Peter Volwater. The crowd just
loved it, and we could hear from
out on the water how they were
screaming for more at the beach.
When I got safely back to land I met
with Kevin Mevissen's (my colleague
windsurfer) family who came especially
to Brouwersdam to see me perform.
This surely was something to be appre-
ciated because they drove four hours to
get there!
In the evening it was BBQ time. After
this a big party followed with a
"tombola" (drawing) and lots of prizes.
These prizes were sponsored by the top
board and sail manufacturers. Amateur
windsurfers appreciated the sails, masts,
booms, boards, and the other gear they
received. It was funny to see the win-
ners of the big prizes "crowd surfing"
after they received their prizes. It wasn't
long before we were forced to follow
their example. Whether we liked it or
not we were overcome by the enthusi-
asm and were crowd surfing too.
On Sunday there was no wind. But
since the party ended late (around 5:30
am), it was okay because otherwise it
would have been very difficult for us to
wake up and walk around with happy
During midday the competitors and
spectators participated in product clin-
ics. My task was to introduce the F2
boards for 2006. In one of my prior re-
ports I mentioned that I took part in a
board presentation in Rhodes where the
top man of F2 himself gave a demon-
stration. I tried to remember his tech-
niques and his speech and did my very
best to build up interest in the F2

Some of "The Mission" crowd

There was also a rigging contest
against the pros. We really had to work
because we were never left alone: there
was always someone who wanted to
know something or a little kid who
wanted an autograph. We pros put on a
no-wind freestyle show where we were
bombed with water balloons by the
spectators. I have to say that the Dutch
crowd is a very impudent crowd!
Finally I had my own special moment
where I introduced the "Tonky-style
speedboat freestyle." My board was
towed by a speedboat and I executed
shakas and flakas on the mini-waves
generated by the speedboat. The crowd
applauded from the beach, and the other
pros called me crazy. Crazy or not, this
move certainly made me the center of

attention. In all the reports in
the windsurfing magazines,
Tonky-style speedboat free-
style was featured. Ask me if
you want to see the video. Ha.
After this performance all the
pros lined up to give auto-
graphs to the fans. At one point
I couldn't even feel my hand
anymore. I must have signed
hundreds of posters, brochures,
boards, t-shirts and even arms!
People would hang around me more
than they did with the other English-
speaking pros because they wanted to
know why I could speak Dutch, where I
came from, what it's like in my country,
et cetera. Of course I did some promo-
tion for our nice island of Bonaire! The
autograph session was followed by the
prize giving and the last part of the
"tombola." Traditionally the winner of
the second board landed in the water.
With more than half of the public under
18 years of age, I think that "The Mis-
sion 2005" can be called a mega-
The week after "The Mission" I re-
turned to Bonaire. Looking back it has
been a great European tour. I competed
or promoted my sponsors in Greece
(Rhodes, Paros, Mykonos), Gran Canar-
ies, Lanzarote, Belgium, the Nether-
lands and Germany. It may sound like a
great adventure to many, but this travel-
ing around is, in fact, hard work. The
windsurfing world is getting more and
more competitive and a pro has to stay
sharp in order to exist in that world. I
made a lot of contacts in all these places
and I can't complain about my overall
performance. During the tour I even got
a clothing sponsor of a new line of
windsurfing gear: ION. This gear was
presented to the public last summer and
is likely to become very hot since sev-
eral pros are wearing it. Story & pho-
tos from Tonky Frans

Signing autographs can be tiring

Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) for
believing in my talent and providing
sponsorshipfor my air tickets so I
could take part in the events. I would
also like to thank Laura and George
(The Bonaire Reporter)for giving me
this space to report about my where-
abouts. A thank you note also goes to
the family Mevissen who has been like
family to me during these last months.
But most of all I would like to give
thanks to the Bonairean people who
showed interest in my whereabouts
during this tour: your attention has
really been a support to me! Tonky

Tonky does the Loop

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
9-30 6:05 1.OFT. 12:04 1.3FT. 15:30 1.3FT. 22:31 1.6FT. 53
10-01 6:02 1.1FT. 12:04 1.4FT. 16:47 1.2FT. 23:11 1.5FT. 62
10-02 5:38 1.2FT. 12:15 1.5FT. 18:18 1.2FT. 70
10-03 0:47 1.3FT. 4:54 1.2FT. 12:35 1.6FT. 20:11 1.2FT. 77
10-04 2:40 1.2FT. 3:33 1.2FT. 13:10 1.6FT. 22:29 1.1FT. 83
10-05 13:45 1.7FT. 23:55 1.OFT. 86
10-06 1:01 0.9FT. 14:30 1.8FT. 87
10-07 1:50 0.8FT. 15:29 1.9FT. 84

Alina Freestyle Marisol Slow Dancin
Alter Ego Gallivanter Mimo Sylvia K
Angie Good Hope Moana Tish
Angelique Guaicamar I, Ven. Moonglow Theis
Algese Helde Orion Ulu Ulu, USA
Augustine Jan Gerardus Paws Unicorn, Norway
Bedouin Josina Samantha Nova Valenza
Bright Sea Key Lara Samba Valkerie
Camissa, Chan Is. Luna C. USA Santa Maria Varedhuni, Ger.
Cape Kathryn La Baronne Sandpiper, USA Ventoso
Chalice La Serena Seascape Vijia
Deneb Lazzorone Sea Witch Wingin
Delphinius Live Your Dream Sho Fun Time Ya-T, BVI
Elenoa Makai Side By Side Yanti Paratzi
Endangered Species Maggi Sintella Yus Do It
Flying Cloud, USA Mandolin Sirius Zee Vonk

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

Page 9

Rtvas-Torres and Stapert
Opening at C nnamon

eclectic show. Some said the big turnout
was the result of a pent-up demand for an
art show after the long summer months
devoid of new art openings. But then
again maybe it was the show itself which
had observers oohing and aahing. A num-
ber of pieces were sold not long after the
doors had opened. In the crowd were a
number of other artists who have shown
at Cinnamon (see cover photo).
Dianir and Sipke's work shows great
diversity, withjewelry, underwater pho-
tography ceramic pieces, and driftwood
sculpture. Particularly interesting are the
one-of-a-kind pieces that Dianir makes
with driftwood and drift-seeds that
floated in to Bonaire from continental
South America. Sipke's photography
shows a known subject in an unusual or
exotic way. His amazing "paintings" and
designs with (deceased) land snails are
meticulously put together with an artistic
and creative eye. Don't miss this show.
Dianir Rivas Torres and Sinke Sta- The exhibit will continue until October

monies received flow back directly to the
artist. Private donations provide all of the
funding for exhibits and the on-going
cost of maintaining the Gallery. Cinna-
mon Art Gallery is at Kaya APL Brion
#1, behind Banco di Caribe on Kaya
Grandi. Tel. 717-7103. Open Monday
through Friday, 9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm.
Website: www.CinnamonArtGallery.org.

Scanning Sipke's Seed Collection

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

Page 10

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swim, come along anyway and cheer them on. L.D.

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Page 11

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
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Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
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Photography by Shelly Craig

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Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651


We are looking for an experienced
Secretary/Receptionist. For more
information or to apply please call
Marieke Schmitz telephone num-
ber 717-3630.

Donna Gassert is looking for a job -
20+/- hrs per week. Work Permit not re-
quired. Will consider full-time posi-
tion. Please.... call 717-7735 afternoons.

For Sale

Toshiba HD projection t.v-61A62, a.g.
a.n, biggest in Bonaire:
(1,3mxl,5mx0,65m) (4ftx5ftx2ft) with
warranty: 2600Naf
Sony MHC-GN800 prof. Hi-Fi compo-
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etc. 700Naf (was 11ONaf) also a
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Aluminum sliding doors for sale. Blue
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wide (4 doors), 2m high by 4.8m wide (3
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3 single beds for sale. White wooden
head boards and foot boards. 791-1886.

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
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Playing in Movieland Cinema;
Supercross by Steve Boyum
starring Steve Howey, Mike Vogel,
Cameron Richardson and Sophia
Bush. Although I was a bit skeptical
in the beginning I found myself
really enjoying this film. Extreme
close-ups, sudden slow-mo, chrome,
other digital effects, aerial jumps and
tight action shots are framed with
excellent form detail and clarity and
make the motocross action jump off
the screen. Don't expect great acting
performances or an intriguing story.
Just sit back and watch and go with
the flow. Dodo

Wa n ted

Small School Bus or Large Transport
Van suitable for 10 passengers, daily
Use Noon to 6 pm. Softball & Bat,
Computer Printer & Paper, Ink Car-
tridges. Call Mick Smit 786-6816,
Stichting Project, Teen Training Cen-
ter, North Salina

cise Weight Training Equipment for
Captain Don. Used, good working
condition. No electric treadmill or step
machine. Call Don & Janet 786-0956.

Packard HP Deskjet Old Model
Computer Printer compatible with
HP45 ink cartridge (42ml). Used, good
condition. USB or SCSI. Many com-
patible models include Deskjet
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Wanted to buy: Dingy, 2 to 3 me-
ters long to carry 2 to 3 persons. Call J.
Maciel at 785-9500.

Wanted Video player/recorder to
play European VHS tapes. Must be
compatible with the PAL system and
in good working order. Tel: 786-4456
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A Mysterious Visitor A Dugout Canoe From ??

.. Canoe Craft

A present day sailing canoe in the T
Orinoco The recovered dugout canoe

Just before a nice sunset on Tuesday,
the 6"t of September a unique piece
of "driftwood" came over the reef into the
Lagun inlet. It was a nearly-18-foot-long
dugout canoe (length 5 m. 93 cm., height
32 cm., width 40 cm., weight, 80 kg),
lying deep in the water. Knowing it was a
unique find we brought the canoe home.
Wondering where this canoe started its
journey we started checking on the Inter-
net and asked Louis and Patricia Gorrin,
who both have a lot of know-how and
experience with the Amazon and Orinoco
River regions. They consider the delta
area of the Orinoco river the best possibil-
ity because of the fact that most of the
drifting debris like plastics, driftwood and
drift-seeds that Bonaire receives on its
windward side are from that area and also
because the length and the mast-step for
a sail rig- of the canoe suggest use in big
open spaces of river with relatively flat
water. Also the general shape resembles
dugout canoes used around the Orinoco

The condition of the canoe and the de-
bris that was drifting in around the time
that the dugout arrived on Bonaire may
also point to an origin different than the
Orinoco perhaps even the Amazon
River! Another indication of possible
Amazon origin may be seeds that drifted
in around the same time. They are en-
demic to a rainforest where one of the
main feeding rivers of the Amazon, the
Napo River, runs. The canoe's general
features also resemble dugout canoes
used in the Amazon delta and well up-
In June this year Bonaire received a
huge load of drifting trees, plants and
seeds from the Orinoco. A wide variety of
insects, early stage growth of marine or-
ganisms and the length of the holes made
by shipworms (teredo navalis) gave that
debris an estimated drifting time of
around four weeks. Normally it's six
weeks, but if it's fewer than six weeks -
for example the June 2005 peak of debris
drifting in there are a lot of indicators:
lots of insects, green plant parts in just a

beginning state of decay, just the first bor-
ing stage of the shipworm larvae in drift-
wood, and the very early stage mussel
growth on drifting objects.
However, the condition of the canoe
suggests an estimated drifting time of be-
tween three and three and a half months.
The relatively long drifting time can also
be a result of the canoe's being caught in
one of the eddies formed in the eastern
section of the Caribbean Sea where float-
ing debris can be caught for long periods
of time.
Driftwood and drift-seeds are currently
one of the topics in climate research.
Ocean currents play a major role in the
forming of climates. At this moment re-
search is being done on old layers and
deposits of driftwood in Alaska and
Greenland. By dating the wood and deter-
mining the species there are new pieces of
the puzzle appearing some over 6,000
years old. Sometimes rocks are trans-
ported in the root systems of trees. Also
these rocks are "hard" evidence of ocean

t takes several weeks to make a
dugout canoe. A tree is cut and
shortened to the desired length, hauled
to the village, and through a process of
burning, scraping and stretching, the
main method of transport is
made. Mostly used is wood from the
Marupa tree (Simarouba medicinalis)
that can grow up to 25 meters with a
diameter ranging from 50 to 80 cm.
Dugouts made from this tree are very
resistant to rot and can last up to 10
The tree is a medicinal one and is
indigenous to the Amazon rainforest
and the tropical areas of Mexico,
Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Central
America. Simarouba bark tea is still
the first line of defense among the
natural products available for amebic
dysentery and diarrhea. Research has
shown that the tree has more proper-
ties, among others: anti-parasitic, anti-
viral, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-cancerous
and anti-leukemia. Sipke Stapert

Interesting subject? Please visit the Cin-
namon Art Gallery from September 24th
till October 24th. See some of these drift-
ing rocks and check out a display of 203
different species of drift seeds that were
found on Bonaire's windward side.
Sipke Stapert

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

Page 13

Pet of the Week

Here's peppy little "Goofy" who
makes us laugh just looking at
him. At first when he was brought into
the Bonaire Animal Shelter he was
very shy. But now that he realizes the
people taking care of him are loving
and gentle and that he has nothing to
fear he's totally turned around! He's
full of enthusiasm; he's smart; and be-
cause he goes out of his way to please
he will respond beautifully to training.
He will make a very good watchdog
Goofy is about a year old, he has
short, black, easy-to-care-for fur and is
a medium sized dog. Of course, like all
the adoptees at the Shelter he's in tip
top health, has had his testing and shots
and is sterilized. The NAf105 adoption
fee for dogs includes all that.
You may meet Goofy at the Shelter
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Don't forget the Shelter fundraising

g09 Waa4


event "Dog Wash 2005." Bring your
dog or a friend's or a neighbor's dog to
the Warehouse parking lot this Satur-
day, October 1, from 9 am to 2 pm, and
get the dog washed for only NAf7,50.
All proceeds go to the Shelter. See an-
nouncement below. L.D

Saturday, October 1tfrom 9.00
am to 2.00 pm at
the Warehouse
parking lot.

Cost-NAf7,50 all
to benefit the Bonaire Animal
Tickets for sale at:
Warehouse Bonaire
Veterinarian Jan Laarakker or
Lydia -tel. 717-8721
Hans -tel. 717-3207

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

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Late Show
Callto makesure (Usually9pm)
Four Brothers
(Marc Wahlberg)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
Sky High

Saturday, October 1-Rincon Marshe-
Monthly Big Market-Lots of local color,
music, food, gifts, fruits, vegetables, plants
from 6 am to 2 pm-Don't miss visiting
the cultural heart of Bonaire.

Wednesday, October 5 C-Run with
prizes, 2/4/5 km. 5:30 pm, sponsored by
COMCABON. Call 717-8629, 780-7225,
Richard Pietersz

Until October 24- Art Exhibit by Sipke
Stapert and Dianir Rivas Torres at Cin-
namon Art Gallery.
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire 5th
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8 am,
Bongo's Beach (see page 11)
Sunday, October 9-Parade of Nations.
Meet at 6:45 in the empty lot south of the
post office. Wear traditional clothes. Con-
tact Donna Wuyts at 785-9332.
Thursday, October 13-Regatta Boat pa-
rade. Boats meet at 5:30 pm in front of Re-
gatta House. Call George at 717-8988 for
Friday, October 21 Antillean Day, Mar-
ket & Cultural Activities all day, Niki-
boko Cento di Bario
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, no matter what the skill
level. It's free. Just bring a bike and your
own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel
Brito leads the pack. Telephone him at 785-
0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar.
Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-Bingo-
great prizes, 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.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bonaire-

Talker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known
for great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655
for details, or visit www.BonaireTalk.com,
and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour at
JanArt Gallery Kaya Gloria #7, 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for residents).
Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
4685, 566-4685
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited
NAf5 entry fee. CallCathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday 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 Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 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 Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at Casa Blanca
Restaurant. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's
culture Visit typical homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

Mountain bikers after a Saturday afternoon ride

t's now a regular Saturday at 15:45 pm event a mountain bike ride starting
at the Caribbean Club at Hilltop. Just show up and join "Fun Training Tours"
on and off the paved roads. Everyone is welcome, no matter what the skill level.
It's free. Just bring a bike and your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito
leads the pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for more information. L.D

New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
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. Wil-
helminaplein. 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 ofCoromoto 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.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
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.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
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
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans @outdoorbonaire.com
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
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.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed

or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
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 Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

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

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.

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I starting a kite surf school. I'd
never been here, but when I was giving
kite surfing lessons in Holland I met
someone who told me how beautiful
Bonaire was and that there wasn't a kite
surf school. For years I'd had the idea
of starting my own business. First I
thought of snowboarding, then wake-
boarding, then I got hooked on kite
surfing. I was always looking for the
right place and time. When that guy
told me about Bonaire I just felt, this is
my thing! He knew Ernst from Jibe
City and Martin from KonTiki. I started
e-mailing them and made the deal with
Martin that I'd come to Bonaire and
work for KonTiki while I was exploring
my options.
I arrived November 13th 2002. Day
Three I ripped the tendons of my knee
while I was wakeboarding and couldn't
do anything but lie in bed. Then I went
to the hospital where they put my leg in
a cast for eight weeks, followed by a
brace for four more months. I couldn't
work anymore. My brother Allard came
from Holland and started giving kite
surf lessons, sharing his money with me
so that I could stay because I didn't
want to leave. It wasn't just misery the
cast had some advantages too. I wrote
in capitals, KITEBOARDING BON-
AIRE.COM, and it started lots of con-
versations, and when I was hitchhiking
back and forth to Playa I got to know
many great people.
My plan was to start a kite boarding
school at Lac Bay, and I met Otto
Bartels who was a wonderful help with
the paperwork for the permits. While I
was still wearing the brace I started
teaching kite surfing and then it sud-
denly all stopped because kiting was
forbidden in Lac Bay. It was bizarre!
Again I was working any odd job at
KonTiki and building websites for peo-
ple anything to survive. What kept me
going every day was the thought, 'The
permit will come tomorrow.' But in
reality it would take one and a half

Carla arrived January 2003. We'd
met at work in October 2001 -in IT for
the same company. I'd already resigned
my job as I was planning to go to Aus-
tralia for a year. I had my ticket, my
visa, everything ready, and then I met
her two months before I was supposed
to leave. We fell in love. I changed my
plans and went first to Bali for six
weeks with some friends, my brother
and Carla. She went back to work in
Holland and I traveled on to Australia.
Carla took two months unpaid leave
and came to Australia for that time.

Three weeks after she left I went
after her. Back in Holland we
lived together in Amsterdam the
whole summer. I was giving kite
lessons at a school on the coast,
then I met this guy who told me
about Bonaire..."
"When Roan went to Bonaire
he had a ticket for a month. I
stayed in Holland because I had
to work, but the way things went
I decided to follow him. I wanted
to be with him and support him,"
Carla says. "In the beginning I
didn't like the island very much. I'm
from Santiago, Chile, a big city girl. I
was 18 when I went to Holland and I
thought Amsterdam was just like a big
village. When I came to Bonaire I
thought it was super small! In the be-
ginning it was fun, because it felt like
vacation, but after a while I thought,
'what am I doing here?' Now I've ac-
cepted it, but I still need the bustle of a
big city once in awhile. Since I discov-
ered how easy it is to jump on a plane
and be in a big city in a couple of hours
it feels better. I felt very lonely in the
beginning, but Miriam of KonTiki was
always there for me and helped me a
lot. Now I feel at home, but still... I

"I arrived November 13th
2002. Day Three I ripped
the tendons of my knee
while I was wakeboarding
and couldn't do anything
but lie in bed. Then I went
to the hospital where they
put my leg in a cast for
eight weeks, followed by a
brace for four more

have to go now and then! So, that's
why I'm keeping my house in Amster-

"When I arrived," Roan says, "it
seemed there was nothing more beauti-
ful than Bonaire the wind, the blue
sea nothing could outshine this place.
Well, when the ban on kite surfing in
Lac Bay was made we went on vacation
to Holland. We visited my parents, and
my father insisted on having a family
portrait taken, something he'd never
done before. We came back to Bonaire

and got the message that my dad had
been operated on and that there had
been complications. Between Septem-
ber and November we traveled back
and forth to Holland. My father's con-
dition went up and down. November 3,
2003 we arrived on Bonaire again, and
on November 9, I got a telephone call at
12:30 am that I had to come immedi-
ately. My father's condition had dete-
riorated rapidly. I raced to the airport,
stood at the desk buying my ticket
when my phone rang. They told me my
dad had died. I collapsed, started cry-
ing. The lady of KLM kept the plane
longer on the ground to give us time to
arrange everything. After the funeral
we returned to Bonaire, but just for a
while, because we'd planned to go with
the whole family except for my dad -
to South Africa for Christmas to see our
family there and to go through the
mourning process together."
Roan Jaspars (32) and Carla Gomez-
Serrano (33) are a loving couple.
There's a lot ofrespect for each other,
and they 're very responsible and enter-
prising people.
"January 6th 2004 we arrived again on
Bonaire and we went through an
unbelievably difficult time; we'd left
everything behind just like that. But one
thing I never doubted: I still believed in
a kite school on Bonaire I'd believed
in it from day one! The most beautiful
spot on earth to have a kite school! It
was my chance, that's how I felt. Every
time we'd come so close that I thought,
I won't give up! The application for the
permits was running and there still was
A friend called and told us we could
make real good money selling flower
bulbs to tourists seven days a week at
the world famous Keukenhofin Hol-
land. We thought it would be wise to
get back on our feet financially so we
went for three months. Back on Bonaire
I got a phone call July 24th 2004, 'Mr.
Jaspars, your permit is ready!' I could-
n't believe it was happening! Finally I
could start doing what I wanted to do so
badly when I first came here. By mu-

tual arrangement of the government and
STINAPA we got the location at
'Atlantis.' I bought a boat for safety
reasons. Without a boat you can't kite
at 'Atlantis' as the wind is off-shore.
I already had the website. It had be-
come more and more popular, and once
I got the permit I got lots of reactions.
On the island there were many people
interested. It went fast. It became real
busy, and I needed someone to help me,
so a friend of mine, Steven, came from
Holland and stayed for three months.
When he left, Stef, another friend,
came. He's still here because the busi-
ness has grown so fast that the two of
us are busy full time. Six months ago
the school was recognized by IKO, the
International Kite boarding Organiza-
tion, and I'm really proud of that. It's
like the PADI certification in the dive
Three months ago we bought the pink
dive bus from Photo Tours with the
idea of creating shade and to offer fa-
cilities to the kite surfers and everybody
else. From December on Carla is going
to do the bus. We'll be operational
daily at Atlantis. We want it to be a
hangout that everybody can count on.
We've been in business for over a
year now, and it has been amazing!
More and more people from all over the
world looking for a kite school end up
with me, and at the same time they get
to know Bonaire. It's a new market and
it's good for Bonaire as well.
The island is really super great, and
I'm living the way I always wanted to -
working outdoors, surrounded by
friendly, easy going people, making lots
of new friends. For
the time being I'll
stay here because I
found what I al-
ways wanted, and I
have plenty of
ideas for the future.
This is our life!"
photo and story by r
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

Roan Jaspars and Carla Gomez-Serrano

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Preparing for a Hurricane

Part II of
Hurricane Information Night
Continued from last week...

A fter Alex Semeleer broke the taboo by
discussing hurricane preparation on
Bonaire, he brainstormed with the audience
how to prepare for a hurricane. Here's what
they came up with:
Hurricane Tips .
1) Buy food that won't go bad well ahead
of time: canned food, all kinds of flours,
crackers etc., and, of course, water. The use
of the old fashioned regenbak (rain-water
cistern) should once again be promoted.
Bonairean rainwater is regarded as fresh and
clean and can definitely be used as drinking
water for some time. However, due to the
lack of flour, sodium and other minerals
added by modern water companies, it's not
suitable for life-long consumption.
2) Acquire and "warehouse" medicines also
in advance: a first aid kit, medicines for diar-
rhea, headaches, fever etc. Also for chronic Problems in Bonaire
diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes After these tips, there were discussions on
etc. what went wrong in the US with Katrina
3) Secure your home. Protect the windows and how we can prevent this happening in
with plywood, tape a cross or "X" on win- Bonaire. Underestimation of the facts and
dows to prevent glass shattering. On doors delay in the execution of the calamity plain
take care of the sections open to the wind. (e.g. sending troops on time) were men-
Repair the bolts now. Seal any roof leaks tioned as aspects that went wrong and froi
and secure loose parts. Back in time our an- which we could learn. There was not
cestors used to "cut the tail" of the roof (the enough investment in dams and banks in
parts that stick out at the end of the roof) to New Orleans, as had previously been ad-
"break heavy winds." Clean up your garden vised. For Bonaire these would be, for in-
and take care of "potential projectiles" lying stance, cleaning up the drainage systems a
around. Can you imagine your car being restoring the existing dams.
smashed into your house? It can definitely Everyone agreed that potable water might
happen with a hurricane of category 4/5. So the greatest problem on Bonaire in case ol
secure it by putting it next to a wall or in hurricane. The topic of shelters was in-
your garage. tensely discussed. Appropriate places for
Bags of sands can be handy to break the shelters might be on higher grounds, like
force of the wind and water but won't be of Seru Largu.
much help to keep the water outside your However, Jan Janga of the Fire Departmei
home. (see his comments at right) said that the St
4) Make sure you have candles, matches, Largu option was scrapped due to the danl
fuel and flashlights. Also batteries for ra- of collapsing rocks as result of winds and
dios, flash lights etc. rainfall. One of the criteria for a good shell
5) Create a special network for picking up is that it should not be in the path of natur
and taking care of the elderly, the(mentally) runoff (called a rooi in Bonaire from ar-
disabled, children and ill people. This net- royo). Some people were concerned since
work can consist of assigned family mem- some buildings are already in paths of the
bers or friends for each person with special roois like around Beatrix School.
need(s). The shelters should meet common basic rn
6) Create a shelter in your own house. Find quirements like having sufficient toilets at
a room with least windows (this would be cooking facilities. But what most people
usually your bathroom). An underground forget is the emotional part. Despair, anxii
shelter is dangerous because of the floods and boredom during the shelter period car
and rain. Look for a firm closet to hide in. be eased with games, people assigned to
7) The "eye" of the hurricane' is treacher- entertain, etc.
ous, as it seems like it's all over while the Depend on the Government?
hardest part is yet to come after a couple of As ABC islands we may not be able to hel
hours of silence. each other as we might all be in the same

Expert Advice

Jan Janga, who was in the audience,
elaborated on the different topics dis-
cussed. Janga is head of the Bonairean
Fire Department and also a staff member
of the Disaster Commission of the Island
Council of Bonaire.
According to Janga the ABC islands
learned a lot from the Hurricane Louise
experience of the Windward Islands. In
case of a disaster the common law can be
overruled by the Lt. Governor. Unlike the
US, authorities on Bonaire have the legal
right to force people to evacuate. Telbo,
the Red Cross and the Fire Department
have satellite communication. The local
government can communicate directly
with the Home Department of The Nether-
lands. The Coast Guard will relocate criti-
cal equipment in advance to safe areas for
protection so they can return with them
when needed. Bonaire can also get fast
help from the Dutch Marines.
We expressed concern about protecting
WEB and the Curoil fuel depot. Unfortu-
nately, according to Janga, no actions or
precautions for either plant are in place by
the Disaster Commission of the Island
Council of Bonaire. However, there are
long term plans to move the WEB plant to
another site.

Janga: "The airport is not as vulnerable
as we think, as studies proved that the wa-
ter could be (naturally) cleared in one or
two hours." The most pessimistic view is
that electricity and water could be out of
operation for one year. Our electric system
is not underground so all the poles along
the road might be destroyed. St. Martin
has since put its electric network under-
Disaster Plan Shelters: the Sport Com-
plex, Kristu Bon Wardador School, the
Evangelical Church, Sentro di Bario An-
triol, Sentro di Bario Nort di Salifia, Club
Vitesse, Playa Catholic Church, Sport
Complex in Rincon, doctors' clinics. All
the physicians should be available full
time at their clinics.
Janga advised everyone to buy genera-
tors and keep all important documents
with you all the time. N.W.

Bonaire Reporter September 30 to October 7, 2005

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*to find it, just look up

Mars is a planet ...while... Antares is a red hot sun

The Moon Visits the Goddess of Love
and the Rival of Mars
Plus- Mars Becomes Master of the Eastern Sky

T his coming month Mars dominates the eastern sky in early evening and is
almost at its brightest as it continues to come closer each week. And next
week the Moon not only visits the planet named for the goddess of love, Venus,
but also parks incredibly close to the star Antares whose name literally means the
"Rival of Mars."
Around 10 pm Sky Park time this week and next, face east where the brightest
object you'll see will be reddish-gold 4,000-mile-wide Mars, which by Halloween
will be the third brightest object in the sky outshone only by the Moon and Venus.
It's racing toward us, and at the beginning of October is only 49 million miles
away. But by the end of the month, on October 29th, the date of its closest ap-
proach to Earth, it will be 6 million miles closer, only 43 million miles away. And
that's close for Mars. In fact, it won't be this close again until 2018. And if you
compare it to where it was way back 13 months ago, on September 6th, 2004, it
was 248 million miles away, 205 million miles farther away than it will be on Oc-
tober 29th.

Right now you can easily see some detail on its surface through a small tele-
scope. But please don't make the mistake of thinking you are going to see it the
way we do with the Hubble space telescope. Remember it's only a 4,000-mile-
wide planet, only half the size of our 8,000-mile-wide Earth.
Now, just for fun, if you want to see how Mars usually looks you can go out just
after sunset where you will see its sometimes look-alike rival. Look toward the
southwest where you'll be absolutely dazzled by Earth-sized, 8,000-mile-wide Ve-
nus which is always the brightest planet and which this week is only 861/2 million
miles away. Then if you look up to Venus' left you'll see the reddish gold star that
marks the heart of Scorpius, the scorpion, and whose name literally means the Ri-
val of Mars because Mars often looks just about the same color and brightness,
although right now Antares can't even touch Mars in brilliance. And when Mars is
far away from us on the other side of its orbit it actually becomes much dimmer
than Antares. So sometime this week and next visually compare Antares' and
Mars' brightness.
And in case you're one of those who has a hard time making sure you've found
the right star or planet, well next Thursday, October 6h an exquisite crescent
Moon complete with earthshine will be parked right beneath Venus, and on Friday,
October 7h will almost slam into Antares. Once again, Moon and Venus, October
6th' Moon and Antares, October 7t. Wow! What a way to open October the
Moon visits two exquisite objects, and Mars enters the final stretch. Keep looking
up! Jack Horkheimer



For the week: September 26-October 2, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your childlike quality may get you into big trouble
this week if you neglect your responsibilities. Don't let children or elders put de-
mands on your time. Financial limitations will not be as adverse as they appear.
Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can make progress professionally. Opportu-
nities for financial gains through investments and games of chance are likely.
Some relatives will be extremely perplexing. Don't reveal any personal details.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Take the whole family and make it an enjoyable
outing. Don't let your mate stop you from attending an event that could be most
important. You can enjoy your involvement in organizations that make charitable
contributions. Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up your schedule.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try to curb your bad habits. You will reach the
most people if you speak out at an organizational function. Children may be diffi-
cult to handle. Don't let your partner get away with spending too much of your
money. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Be up front if you don't want to be embarrassed. Spend
time getting into physical activities with your lover. Your partner may not under-
stand your mood swings, but if you are willing to communicate, a lot of grief can
be avoided. Opportunities to meet new lovers will I come through pleasure trips or
social events. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) In return, the satisfaction you get is enough for you.
Go out with friends who are positive and supportive. Hassles with female col-
leagues may lead to problems with your boss. You need to spend time with friends
and family. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your mate may not be too sure about your inten-
tions. Family members may feel anxious if you make promises you don't deliver.
Your ability to add a sophisticated touch will help you capture the look you're af-
ter. Unexpected romantic connections can be made if you go out with friends or
take a pleasure trip. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Partnerships will be favorable and contracts can
be signed. Money may slip through your fingers. Anger could lead to problems.
You must try to include your mate in your activities this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Having your own business is a good idea.
Get together with people who stimulate you mentally. Romance can develop; how-
ever, it will most probably be short-lived. You are best to concentrate on your pro-
fessional endeavors. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do not let them in on your plans if you want
things to run smoothly. Don't try to hide your true feelings from your mate. Try
not to take others for granted. Tempers could get out of hand this week. Get them
to pitch in, if you need help. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't turn down an invitation or a challenge that
could enhance your chances of meeting someone special. Plan your days carefully.
Discuss your objectives with peers or lovers. Expect to have problems with the
ones you love. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can make wonderful contributions to any or-
ganization that you join. Don't be a pest or a troublemaker this week. You will
have additional discipline that will aid you in your objectives. Get involved in the
activities of children. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

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