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A significant step i
was taken rede-
fining relationship
within the Dutch King-
dom following the meet-
ing between delegations of
the Netherlands, the Neth-
erlands Antilles Central
Government and all five i
island territories in Bon- Bonaire's Island Counc
aire last Friday. Direc- meetings prior tt
tions were set on numer- Bonaire government adv
ous basic provisions for
determining the status of public
finances, the debt position of the Saba's
Antilles and each of the islands, Commis-
economic and social development sioner Will
and the quality of public admini- Johnson (L)
stration. An agenda with deadlines and Ban-
was drawn up for reports to be aire's
readied, steps to be taken and Reginald
phases to be completed. If kept to Dortalina
this timetable, Bonaire may be out (2ndfrom L) sign
of the Netherlands Antilles and between the Neth
"report" directly to Holland by "smaller islands'
July 1, 2007. For more details see the story on page 4.


Fo owin 1 -
cil, effective April 1, 2006, SELIBON
will be charging businesses more for
trash collections, and commercial
dumping at the landfll, now free, will
cost NAf8 per half ton (500kg) or un-


ii members attended many
Sfinal agreements.
isor Mikel Bijkerk at right.










Sthe declaration of intent
erlands andthe three
Sat Bonaire's Plaza Resort


aer. Kates ior nousenoias remain me
same: NA1f20/year (NAf10 per month
added on the WEB water bill). Until
1997 residential trash pickup was free,
and businesses paid NA1f20/year. The
new small business rates rise from
NAfl50 to NAf240 annually. Large
businesses will pay NAf360.


A The
opposition
Democrat
Party leader
Jopie Abra-
ham wants a
reduction in
the cost of
fuel and a
government
subsidized
"energy
fund" to offset the increase in living
costs on Bonaire. He explained during
a radio show about the price structure
for a liter of high-test gasoline. The con-
sumer pays NAf193,2 cents per liter
when he/she fuels the car. Curoil, the
Curaao-owned fuel distributing com-
pany that supplies Bonaire, pays the
Venezuelan-owned oil company,
PdVSA, NAf71.02 cents per liter for the
gas. Curoil adds NAf14.5 cents for its
costs. Then the pump station owner
adds NAf12.36 cents for each liter he
sells. So the total direct cost for one li-
ter of high-test is NAf97.84 cents.
The difference between this price and
the price the consumer pays is
NAf95.36 cents. All of that difference is
due to taxes to either the Central or local
government, said Abraham. The almost
100% tax also applies to other petroleum
fuels like diesel, which powers Bonaire's
electrical generators as well. Therefore,
the government can lower the cost of the
fuel for the consumer by reducing fuel
taxes.

A An area of rain showers south of
Puerto Rico developed from Tropical


Depression 25 into Tropical Storm Al-
pha, setting a record for the number
of Atlantic storms in a single season.
The Greek alphabet has never been used
in roughly 60 years of regularly named
storms. After drenching the island of
Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican
Republic) it merged with Hurricane
Wilma as it pounded Florida Forecast-
ers believe that there well may be more
storms before the end of hurricane sea-
son at the end of November.
A Christo-
pher Frans from
Rincon writes:
"During Re-
gatta I was in
Paris, France,
for a world
youth confer-
ence, organized
by UNESCO. It
was a fomm
and the theme Christopher Frans
was Young People and Dialogue
among Civilization, Culture and Peo-
ple ideas for action in education, sci-
ence and culture." There were 200 par-
ticipants from all over the world. I was
chosen to represent the youth of the
Netherlands Antilles and AMFO spon-
sored my ticket, my stay, transportation
and other costs.
The following week on Wednesday I
went to Sint Maarten with a youth dele-
gation to represent Bonaire at the Youth
Summit organized by the Central Gov-
ernment. Each Dutch Caribbean island
has to be represented by a youth delega-
tion. The Aruban youth parliament came
too. The theme was "Youth: Future of


Bonaire Reporter- October 28 to November 4, 2005


Page 2











(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
our Nation." We were split into nine
groups, with each group having delegates
from each island. The four themes we
discussed were: education, culture, eco-
nomics, environment, religion and the
constitution. The next Youth Summit is
in 2007 and will be held inBonaire."

A Where on Bonaire can you try a top
label glass of wine for only NAf2,50?
It's at (AWC) Antillean Wine Com-
pany's Wine Tasting on Saturdays
from 6 to 8 pm at their shop-warehouse
storage area at Kaya Industria 23 across
the road from Warehouse Bonaire, near
Consales Cash and Cary. Every Saturday
evening a different group of great wines
is offered. The bottle prices are reason-
able for such high quality wines. The
shop has lots of interesting wine-oriented
products like git boxes, wine coasters,
etc. etc. They're also open Tuesday
through Saturday, 9 am to 12:30 pm so
you may stop by for shopping. AWC also
offers free delivery. Tel 560-7539.

S It's Halloween! Don't miss a visit to
the very scary Haunted House at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat this Sunday and
Monday, October 30 and 31. The en-
trance cost as been dropped to only NAf5
and all the proceeds go to Special Olym-
pics Bonaire. The ghouls who put this
together claim that it's Bonaire's original
and creepiest. In fact, it's so scary that
it's not recommended for children under
12 and parental discretion is advised.
Whatever you do, don't go alone bring
a friend you can hang onto! See their ad
on page 18.


The
Coast
Guard
came to
the aid
of the
Vene-
zuelan
fruit boatBella Lisa, which had taken
on water and was in danger of sinking
some 12 nautical miles south of Curaao.
A helicopter and the Coast Guard cutter
Jaguar responded. The water was then
pumped out of the engine room and the
boat was safely towed to the harbor.

4 The father of Joran van der Sloot,
who is one of the suspects in the still un-
solved disappearance of Natalee Hollo-
way, has filed for damages. His case
was heard by an Amba court last Friday.
The hearing was conducted behind closed
doors. Paul van der Sloot was held by the
authorities for several days on suspicion
of involvement in the disappearance of
American teenager Natalee Holloway
three months ago. He was released ater a
couple of days and told he was no longer
a suspect. The law provides for the filing
for possible damages within three months
after suspicion is officially lifted. The
Court will rle on November 11.

A GSM-Chippie customers will soon
be able to create "chat rooms" on their
cellular phones in a setup similar to the
Internet Instant Messaging concept. Chip-
pie subscribers will be able to enter chat
rooms with up to 10 people for NAf0.10
per message.


ur female hawksbill 'Jenni' continues onin a westerly direction and is now
past Aruba 'Jenni' swam at a rate of approximately 68 km for the preced-
ing 24-hour period and is now over 200 km from Klein Bonaire. 1 Andy Uhr


A Last week a decision by the Island
Council to increase pensions for needy
retirees by NAf100 per month was made
effective. The increase applies to older
persons who have been living inBonaire
for six months or more, are not in a nurs-
ing home, and can prove that they cannot
make ends meet. SASO is incharge of
allotting the extra allowance; payments
are made by the SVB. Sign up at the
Sentro di Barios

A The Mangazina di Rei Foundation
is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to
help in their open-air museum. The Man-
gazina Foundation is recreating life in
Bonaire as it was inthe past, centered


around the" Warehouse of the King"-the
beautifully reconstructed building on the
east side of the Krlendijk-Rincon road
just before Rincon. Visit the center or
call 717-4060 or 786-4643 or email resi-
dal 1 @bonairelive.com.

A The lovely models in the Benetton
ad this week are Jermainy Diaz and
Rhoda Celestijn, both from Jong Bon-
aire. The girls are shown in the Royal
Palm Galleries, in front of the RE/MAX
office. The Benetton ad is on page 20. O
G./L. D.


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to November 4, 2005


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Giant Step Taken Towards a

New Constitutional Status for Bonaire


R epresentatives of
the Antilles Cen-
tral Government, all five
Netherlands Antilles is-
land territories and the
Dutch government signed
a" main points" agree-
ment that puts the
breakup ofthe Antilles on
course for completion by
July 2007.
In a marathon meeting
that lasted three times
longer than scheduled,
well into the early hours
of last Saturday morning,
October 22, the hoofdli-
jnen (headline) accord
spelled out the future for Ministe
the islands and the condi-
tions necessary for a successful redefini-
tion of the relationships among the Neth-
erlands and their former Caribbean colo-
nial possessions. Amba was invited to
participate but was not at the meeting
In 1954 the Netherlands Antilles were
defined as a semi-autonomous part of the
Kingdom of Holland. In 1976 Arba left
the Antillean constellation, headed for
independence in 1996, but later declared
it wanted to remain part of the Kingdom.
In the new structure, Bonaire, Silt
Eustatius, and Saba will have direct ties,
a term still not precisely defined, with
Holland. Sint Maarten and Curacao will
operate as independent political entities


r Pechtold and Governor Domacasse
but remain part of the Dutch Kingdom, in
a relationship analogous to Arba's to-
day.
In a series of referenda conducted over
the last few years, voters on each island
expressed their preference for those ar-
rangements, except for St. Eustatius, who
voted for the status quo part of the
Netherlands Antilles.
Bonaire's Commissioner Reginald
"Jonchie" Dortalina, who leads Bonaire' s
task force to implement the status
change, referred to the declaration as a
first step" to realize the wishes and vi-
sion of his island for direct ties. He said
he was proud to have arrived at the posi-


tion along with
Saba and Sint
Eustatius.
Details ofthe
agreements and
procedures for
the actual
breakup ofthe
Antilles remain
to be worked
out over the
next two years.
Aruba took
three years,
from 1983 till
1986, to ham-
mer out its
status apart
with the Dutch.
Dutch Minis- Commissioner Burn
ter of Kingdom Commissioners
Relations, Alex-
ander Pechtold, who negotiated for the
Dutch government, said that these agree-
ments on constitutional status reform for
the Antillean islands will be the basis for
a" round table conference" to be held
before the end of this year. Significant
elements to be worked out include: debts,
finances, security, the 2.4 billion euro
national debt and government operations.
Prior to the meeting Bonaire's Senator
Ramonsito Booi spoke eloquently about
Bonaire's goals: "Bonaire feels at home
in present-day modem surroundings.
Bonaire has chosen to directly link with
the Netherlands on the basis of its age-
long history and mutual relationships
Bonaire has no other partner with which
it feels connected to this way. That link
with the Netherlands is intensely impor-


ey el Hageshakes the hand ofMinister.
Dortlina andKroon await their turn

tant to us Bonaire is too small to supply
the needs of its citizens, the economic
strength, the prosperity and the well-
being which is commonplace in large
developed parts of the world. Withthe
Netherlands, Bonaire hopes to reach that
level."
He continued, "Today we stand at the
beginning of a new partnership between
the Netherlands and Bonaire. Lots of
consultation is still needed, but a political
decision has been made. The Netherlands
and Bonaire respect the choice of the
people of Bonaire and together opt for a
one-on-one relationship. Therefore, Bon-
aire will break it present links within the
Netherlands Antilles." 1 GD.


Bonaire Reporter- October 28 to November 4, 2005


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A Vision of a New Bonaire -
Presented in the Bonaire Way


S everal days before the formal meetings, on Wednesday evening, October 19,
the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold, spoke to a
public gathering in Tera Corra. His speech was an affirmation that Holland is mov-
ing forward to build a new, more direct, relationship with Bonaire, as the island
had requested by its referendum vote last year.
In true Bonaire style the speeches by Bonaire's government officials and Mr.
Pechtold were followed by musical entertainment. The Silver Bullet Steel Band,
the Watapanas, and Glen i Su Geng performed.
Artist Nochi Collie created the eye-catching stage backdrop. The mural consists
of six points of the star on the Bonaire flag which represent the" eyes" of the six
original villages of the island. They all face the central evergreen Wayaca, the tree
of life, and a vision of the New Bonaire."
On Friday, October 21, Antilles Day, Mr. Pechtold returned to Bonaire from
meetings in Curacao and, as reported elsewhere, signed a declaration of intention
to restructure Holland's relationship withthe island of Bonaire and the start of the
breakup of the Antilles as they exist today. O Photo and story by Barbara Mason
Bianculli


2005 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

Recognises Dive Pioneers


n October 13 the International
Scuba Diving Hall of Fame rec-
ognised four extraordinary individuals
for their outstanding contributions to the
sport of scuba diving at its fifth annual
Dinner and Induction Ceremony. During
his speech, the Hon. Mr. Charles E. Clif-
ford, Minister of Tourism, said that the
inductees were dedicated and profes-
sional individuals who have taken their
love of the sport and applied it through
various disciplines to promote aware-
ness, increase safety, and establish a
foundation for the development of div-
ing.
International inductees for 2005 were:
Ernest Brooks, II; Andreas B.
Rechnitzer, Ph.D.; Dewey Bergman; and
Captain Donal Stewart.
Captain Don was nominated for his
founding of dive tourism in Bonaire, the
Council of Underwater Resort Operators
(CURO), and Captain Don's dedicated
diving resort. He has spent the greater
part of his life in Bonaire taking visitors
diving and successfully campaigning to
protect the natural underwater wonders.
Among his many accomplishments,
Captain Don led the campaign to ban
spear fishing in Bonaire, instituted the
first permanent mooring system which
eliminated the need for boats to drop an
anchor, which eventually led to the Bon-
aire Marine Park, founded the Council
of Underwater Operators, and initiated a
mandatory orientation dive for all peo-
ple diving onBonaire.


Captain Don accepting his award
from the Hon. Mr. Charles E. Clif-
ford, JP: Minister of Tourism, Envi-
ronment, Investment & Commerce,
Cayman Islands Government
In accepting his award Captain Don
said, "After seeing the biographies of
my fellow awardees, I felt that I had
done nothing for SCUBA. However,
consider what SCUBA has done for my
island! Scuba was the vehicle used to
enter into Bonaire's magnificent bay,
its underwater treasure. I was a bit like
the Lone Ranger, with the silver bullets,
but it was the 'Tortos' who did all the


(Continued on page 12)


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to November 4, 2005


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Bonaire's Sentro di
Barios:


Tera Corra

Part 2



AMM
A Candidate

*FO AMFO and t

21st Century Tera Corra
Sentro di Bario, the Present

T he large mural painted by Norwin
"Nochi" Coffie and designed by
Franklin Scherptong and Egilio Goeloe
stresses the beliefs of the Tera Corr com-
munity. Central to their emblem is the
stately Tamarind tree under which the
first people met for worship, education
and recreation. This tropical evergreen
tree, like the people ofTera Corra, is
strong and handsome yet drought resistant
with its deep, extensive root system
Painted above the Tamarind tree is a
white dove representing freedom. A
wheelbarrow used in the salt ponds and
the aloe plant from the plantations sym-
bolize the early economy. The words,
unity, positivism, peace, love and jus-
tice, surround the tree, indicating the
strong beliefs of the people ofTera Corra
"Think of each word as one ofyour fin-
gers," Frank Goeloe, past board member
of the Sentro di Bario, explains "That
means whenever you shake someone's
hand, you wish the person unity, positiv-
ism, peace, love and justice. Our aim is
for all our neighbors and all who were
born here to walk together and help one
another like the fingers on this hand. That
is the strength of Tera Corra. Together we
stand. We don't spare our energy because
we love this land ofTera Corra"


Respect, self-sufficiency and pride are
important to this community. The govern-
ment had named many of the Tera Corra
roads after rivers. The community, how-
ever, wants to honor the important people
of their past, so they are changing some
of the street names. One of the new
names is Inees Domacass6. She came to
Tera Corra from Rincon in 1850. After a
day of hard labor, she took the time to
teach her neighbors to read and write,
and, since there was no priest at that time,
taught them about God as well.
Domingo Bemabela was the messenger
who brought the news to Tera Corra. Day
or night, sun or rain, he walked the miles
between Kralendijk and Rincon to Tera
Corra to deliver messages to his


A neighborhood rich in folklore and history,

built on the solid foundation and spirit of its

passionate ancestors


for Funding from
he NGO Platform


The Seal of Tera Corra unity,
positivism, peace, love, justice


neighbors. All this he did for no pay, just
to help people. A story is told that he
helped some people who had flooding
problems during a hurricane period, even
though the flooding at his own house was
worse.


Kaya Felipi G. Clarinda is named for a
Tera Corr sailboat captain who traveled
between Curacao, Bonaire and elsewhere
in the Caribbean.
Chiana Rosario, another street name,
was named for an intelligent child whose
parents could not afford a higher educa-
tion for her. She used her talents to volun-
teer at the Sentro di Bario throughout her
life and encouraged many sports events,
especially "koriball," a kind of basketball.


Kaya Monseigneur Niewindt was
named for a bishop from the Netherlands
Antilles who wrote letters to the govern-
ment as well as the Queen about the inhu-
mane treatment of people working in the
saltpans and of the need for education,
especially during the bad times beginning
in 1852.

Tera Corr is an active community. Mu-
sic has always been important. In the
book printed for the 155-year anniversary,
it mentions that neighbors played many
different instruments including the accor-
dion, drum, mandolin rasp, trombone,
violin, trumpet, triangle, guitar and more.
Theo Scherptong, the tata di musika di


Tera Corra, in his youth played the gui-
tar. In 1958, he and Lanlan Clarinda
formed the musical group Tipico Boneri-
ano, which represented Bonaire when it
performed in North and South America
and Europe. Theo's son, Franklin started
the island's first steel band in 1968. It is
now called the Silver Bullet Band and can
be heard playing at many locations on
Bonaire. It has also entertained in North
and South America. Baseball is another
favorite neighborhood activity, and with
the help ofRBTT bank, many from Tera
Corra play in its Little, Junior and Senior
Leagues. This past summer, a three-week
vacation program, sponsored in part this
year by AMFO, was enjoyed by the chil-
dren of Tera Corra

In 2001, the Sentro di Bario erected a
monument near the Tamarind tree, not far
from the yellow house that was Tera
Corra's first community center. In true
Tera Corra spirit, the neighborhood peo-
ple created it on their own, with their own
funds. They constructed a pedestal of
stones that had as its largest and most
central piece an igneous rock from Rin-
con, the village from which they came.
On the pedestal is a plaque of the Tera
Corra seal.

Every five years, starting in 2000, the
Sentro di Bario celebrates its anniversary
and pays tribute to people in the commu-
nity who have made positive contribu-
tions. These celebrations are made possi-
ble through community volunteers and
fundraisers. Seven people were selected
in 2000 and five people at their 155- year
anniversary in 2005. One person honored
was Janchi Janga, a pioneer of the Sentro
di Bario onBonaire, who selflessly gave
his time and energy to working with the
people of the community. He helped pro-
tect the rights of the hotel and restaurant
workers and understood the ecology of
the island. He predicted that cutting the
canals for real estate development would
drain the water from the trees in Tera
Corr. It did and many trees died.


Tera Corra, the Future

In August 2042, Tera Corr hopes to be
part of a very special celebration. That is
when the time capsule placed in Kral-
endijk by the Lion' s Club will be opened.
Then the enclosed pictures and history of
Tera Corra will be shared with the whole
island. (editor's note: copies of The Bon-
aire Reporter are also in the time cap-
sule!)

"Remember the games of' War' we
played under this Tamarind tree?" Mr.
Goeloe asked his brother, Richard. Then
he explained it to me. "Two boys were on
the ground under the tree and two were in
the tree. All four were armed with the
hard green pods ofthe Tamarind tree as
ammunition. We'd scamper all around the
branches trying to hit ourtarget below.
Sometimes, when a group of barefoot
boys were playing in the tree and it was
close to sunset and time to go home, the
big boys would quickly dart offthe tree
and encircle the base of the tree truck
with pieces of thorny cactus, leaving the
smaller boys with no way down except
the high jump from the ends of the
branches!" Ouch!
I remember the sounds of the bari,"
chuckled Ubaldo Anthony, a past Sentro
di Bario member, "when they played un-
der the Taramind tree at night. The drum-
mer would use a deep male voice when he
sang the questions and then a high
woman's voice for the answer part."

"What memories do you wish for the
future generations of Tera Corm?" I ask.

All three men agree that the kids need
time and help from the adults. Not to just
be given things or money, but to be given
good examples and responsibility.
d like to start a Scouting group in the
neighborhood," says Richard Goeloe,
Tera Corra's Sentro diBario's president.
"And start a table tennis team again,"
adds Ubaldo. And classes like those we

(Continued on page 7)


Bonaire Reporter- October 28 to November 4, 2005


Mr. UbaldoAnthony andMr. E.F. Goeloe point to the rock from Rincon


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(Tera Corra, Continued from page 6)
used to have in cmif making. It can cre-
ate pride. For example, one of the brace-
lets made by the souvenir group years
back was sold to a visitor for her friend,
Mrs. Pat Nixon, wife of the then US
President. So something from Tera Corra
went to the White House! It's about more
than making money, you know; it's about
pride and respect. Franklin Scherptong
demonstrated that. He was the first leader
of the Silver Bullet Band and they were
playing for one of the cruise ships that
came into port. The passengers enjoyed
the music and they started throwing
money. Franklin stopped and said to
please not throw money, they will, how-
ever, accept a polite donation!"
Pride in ourselves comes from appreci-
ating our accomplishments, and pride in
our neighborhood comes from under-
standing the achievements of our ances-
tors who worked so hard. Frank Goeloe
wishes that the community would con-
tinue to seek the history ofTera Corra,
especially from the neighbors over 80
years old and from archives involving
Bonaire history. That's why, when he
had the booklet for the 155-year anniver-
sary printed he had every facing page
blank. "We hope that people will correct
or add to what is in the book," he ex-
plains. Ourwish is to have Tera Corra
as it used to be a caring, supportive
family a positive, proud community.
We're not just from Bonaire, we're from
Tera Corra!"
For this 155-year anniversary of Tera
Corra, Mr. Ubaldo Anthony wrote a spe-
cial song, "Thanks to Them," honoring
the first inhabitants, the first heroes, of


Tera Corra.

After they got th eir freedom
from oppression of slavery,
They built the village.. .my be-
loved village. .
In 1850 they built it.
Together they made itflourish,
For the first time, proud to be
free,
With a sense of great honor and
dignity.

Ubaldo sings encouragement to his
neighbors: "Let's work hard to maintain
Tera Corra ... and honor the heroes who
first built it."
The leaders of this resourceful commu-
nity have many dreams and plans, some
confidential right now, for Tera Corra. I
look forward to being amazed at what
this strong persevering, united commu-
nity will be able to accomplish! O Photos
and Story by Barbara Mason Bianculli


A MHE AMFO: Kaa Gob. N.
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Mr. Janchi Janga,
pioneer of theSentro di Bario


ThiRPORTER
IN T7S ISSUE
Turtle Tracking, Jenni 3
Step to New Constitution 4
New Vision of Bonaire 5
Scuba Hall of Fame Awards
(Capt. Don) 5
BONAI Coral Reef Project 8
Young Chefs in Italy 8
Navy Days Willemstad 9
Yellow Submarine
Welcomes REEF 9
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire 10
SGB Students Write about
Regatta 11
Foks-Ferrageau de
Saint Amand Exhibit 13
Art for Fun-Donkey Torso 14
Gardner- Rock &Cactus Garden 15


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Tera Corra, Part 2 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself
(Cartagena, Columbia) 11
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week ("Stanley') 13
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Ronald Schleper- Repeat) 17
Special Olympic Spotlight 18
(Richard Molina)
Sky Park
(Halloween, Mars at Biggest) 19
The Stars Have It 19


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to November 4, 2005


Page 7











BONAI Coral Reef Project


T he BONAI youth
group (this year
with 15 students) is back
on track this new school
term with a different kind
of interest: "The Coral
Reefs of Bonaire," with
their instructor Marine
Biologist Caren Eckrich.
They will snorkel, dive,
collect data, and make
analyses and finally make
a report about their find-
ings. The three topics
they'll cover will be the
diseases of the corals, do
divers follow the rules,
and the difference be-
tween bad" Caren Eckrich with student Mireille Nicolaas.
garbage and
"good" gar-
bage. Their
findings will be
published in
The Bonaire
Reporter and
Extra for the
Bonaire public.
This project is
made possible
thanks to the
Island Govem-
ment, AMFO
and the Prins
Bernard Cul-
tural Fonds. O1
Story & Photos by


Bonaire's Young Chefs in Italy

T he SGB hotel school students in Italy for a
four-week training session, studying cui-
sine, Italian style, are having a fantastic learning
experience. Together with culinary students from
Curaao, Aruba and other countries from around
the world, they're studying in the Nazareno School
in Carpi, in the Emilia Romagna Region, consid-
ered the most outstanding culinary area in Italy.
Just to mention some of the subjects, they've had
lessons in pasta and bread making and classroom
studies in guest services. They've had several
wines classes from professional sommeliers, who
show them the full" Italian way of life." One week-
end they learned about wines
in a 15th century Castle in
Dozza. They've had lessons
in the bar too: cocktails, cof-
fee, liqueurs and mixing 1
styles. I
Old castles are everywhere,
and the students have shown
a lot of interest in the culture
of the country along with the
food and wine.
These have been invaluable
life experiences for these
young people. They're learn-
ing from the professionals
themselves about the dedicati
sion it takes to pursue a career in the culi-
nary arts. And they've made new, life-
long friends and have taken a bigger step
in understanding the cultures of other
countries.
Bonaire's students working in Italy are
Channethon Jansen, Minosca Mercera,
Angel Albertus, Shakira Mattew and
Gianna Martines. L Sara Matera


Bonaire Reporter- October 28 to November 4, 2005


Report from Sam Matera


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Action in Curagao's harbor
Over the weekend the annual
waterfront "Navy Day" cele-
bration was held in Curacao. Photog-
rapher Els Kroon provided us these
photos. 1


American consul Robert Sorenson
and his wife Lesley on Hr Ms Tjerk
Hiddes during the Navy Days


"Smoke Jump-
ers" from the
bridge backdrop
the crowds wait-
ing to board the
Frigate Hr Ms
Tjerk Hiddes


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights infeet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather canfurther influence the local tides


DATE TIME HEIGHT
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10-29 3:55 1.1FT. 10:59
10-30 3:28 1.1FT. 11:15
10-31 2:51 1.1FT. 11:35
11-01 11:58 1.8FT. 21:45
11-02 12:31 1.9FT. 22:48
11-03 13:15 2.OFT. 23:36


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Yellow umarne welcomes KtI


EEF (Reef Environmental Edu-
cation Fourdation) conducts
trips to various locations around the
world and has a loyal following of divers.
REEF conducts survey dives, seminars
and holds other educational events,
showing the dive travelers what the desti-
nation has to offer.
In September REEF's Joe Cavanaugh
led a group of nine divers to Bonaire
where the island's only designated REEF
field station, Yellow Submarine Dive
Shop, hosted the group on September 7
and 8. Guided by Yellow Submarine's
dive guide, Jan, the group made a survey
dive in front of Yellow Submarine on the


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7th, followed by a guided shore dive on
the southern leeward shoreline on the 8th
The Dive Friends family of dive shops
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Houses of Bonaire


This week begins the new Reporter bi-monthly feature column," Antique Living
Houses of Bonaire," by Wilna Groenenboom. Wilna, an artist photographer
and art teacher at the S GB (high school), noticed that on Bonaire there are some sim-
ple old buildings the unsung heroes of the unique architecture of Bonaire with very
attractive details. These antique buildings are not ruins; they are still being lived in or
used in some way. At the escalating rate that so many of our old buildings and houses
on Bonaire are being tor down we felt some sort of photographic record should be
made of these historical places and especially their interesting details before it's too
late. Wilna will be capturing them in her photography.
This week, as aprecursor of things to come, Wilna shows a composite of photos of
different houses, some details and the people who live in them Antique Living
Houses ofB onaire" will be an artistic feature, with the emphasis on the photos rather
than on a lot of text As Wilna says, "People remember images sometimes more than
reading text We want it to be an eye opener, to show people how important it is to
preserve the art of the past Don't just throw it away or cover it up! It could be atreas-
ure ofBonaire."
In the weeks to come the only text accompanying the photos will be where the build-
ing is, who the people are, how the house functions and its details. O L.D.
If you think your house and its details could qualify for this column,
email antiquehousesf(bonairenews.com.


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W e wanted to get a glimpse of everything in it including the boulevards.
what the teenagers on Bonaire Everyone was having such a great time
thought about our recent Regatta so we There were many food and game stands
asked S GB English teacher Artie de The local music groups and bands were
Vries to share some of the compositions keeping everyone entertained ....It might
written by his HAVO 1-5 students. He not have been thebiggestRegatta of
told them that their words could appear them all but it was sure the liveliest one
in The Bonaire Reporter. The composi- ever and the organizers must be proud of
tions are titled "My Regatta." In most their accomplishments."
cases, English is their 2nd 3rd or even
4th language! Here are some excerpts. Gideon Nigel Williams:











Scuba Diving Hall of
ame. Continued
from page 5)

work. As
'Captain Don,' I
can only accept
this award on a
shared basis to
share it with the
Island ofBonaire
which did all the
work."
Captain Don
Stewart also read
a moving mes-
sage from the
Governor of
Bonaire, con-
gratulating the R to L: Bonaire's Founder ofDiving Tourism, Captain
Cayman Islands on Don, and Janet Thibault with Cayman Islands Father of
its miraculous re- Diving, Bob Soto, andSusie Soto.
covery from Hurricane Ivan. O Story & photos by TCB



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Foks-Frrageau de Saint Amand

Exhibit rE Cinnamon


T his Saturday, October 29th, the
2005/2006 season of Guest Artist
Exhibitions at the Cinnamon Art Gallery
continues with the opening the EdithFoks-
Ferrageau de Saint Amand show of new
sculptures and paintings from 7 to 9 pn.
It's open to the public and refreshments
will be served. The exhibition will con-
tinue through December 1.
Edith is fond of saying, "The sculpture is
in the stone-you only have to get it out."
Because, to sculpt an object from stone,
wood, or any other material, requires not
only artistic capabilities but also insight
into the material's possibilities. If too
much is taken away, or a piece falls off
the sculpture might fail. This is one of the


reasons that sculptures may take a very
long time to complete and wly each hand-
made sculpture is unique.
Foks-Ferrageau de Saint Amand (her
French maiden name comes from the time
Bonaparte sent his army to the Nether-
lands) has been working as a sculptress
since 1999, alter many years of painting
and other artistic expressions, such as
making hundreds of teddy bears and teach-
ing others how to create them She is also a
qualified and registered reflexologist,
which means her hands not only create but
also improve people's health Edith has
participated in other exhibitions in the
Netherlands, but this will be her premiere
exhibit in Bonaire
"Painting and drawing ruus through my
life like a continuous thread," she says.
"Besides my daily work in ouradvertising
and design company, I always find time
for creative studies... Six years ago I sud-
denly felt the urge to sculpt. When I was
very young I once used a hammer and
chisel on a stone. This made such an im-


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Session on me that I never forgot how it
elt and my love for the visual arts did the
rest."
"My first stone sculpture was of wall
construction material, which is rather sofi
and can be shaped easily. Then I switched
to natural stone, such as alabaster, serpen-
tine, soapstone, andFrench and Belgian
limestone, also wood and marble I often
work months on one stone, and sometimes
I do two or more at atime Sometimes I
may work from a small sketch or clay
model, but stone cannot be modelled like
clay, so each time I am confronted with
new challenges!"
In Holland it' s easy to get any type of
sculpting material. "In Bonaire, things are
different." Edith says. "Using stones
means importing them from Europe by
container, or the other alternative is to use
the many other materials provided by the
island. I like to work with local materials
such as stone, wood, bamboo, and old tree
stumps as these are readily available. I
made a totem pole from a flamboyant tree
which had to be removed from our garden.
This wood is excellent to work with Old


coral stones are also good to work with,
but the stone is very porous and causes
many surprises when one is cutting it."

In 2001, Edith went to the Free Art
Academy in The Hague to learn different
techniques of sculpting including bronze
sculptures. She occasionally works in
bronze, but it is avery complicated, time-
consuming and expensive procedure.
However, the results are always beautiful.
Although Edith continues to paint and
draw now and then she prefers to work
with her hammer and chisel, comfortably
under a big tree in the garden, where all
her sculptures have their own place. Each
sculpture has its own history, and in view-
ing them, Edith can feel the moods that
held her while she was creating them! "I
hope otherpeople can feel the same!"

The Cinnamon Art Gallery is located at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just offKaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Tel. 717-
7103 orinfo@CinnamonArtGallery.org
Web site: www.CinnanonArtGallery.org.
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2. About midway on the right side find
point (a). Sketch up to (b). From
(b) sketch down to the straight line and
curve up to (c). From (c) angle down to
intersect with the straight line again.
This will be the top of the rear end.
3. Curve slightly down from (d) to (e).
Add the tail at (d). Draw the belly in
from (f) to (g).
4. Draw the front leg line (h) on the right
side of the rectangle; draw leg line (i)
inside the rectangle; and leg line (j)
through the back rectangle space.
Curve out and down to continue leg line
from (e)
5. Sketch over all straight lines to make
soil curves.

Now you are ready to add the donkey's
head which you learned to draw last
month. Simply start your portrait outline
with the bottom lip at point (a). Then add
foliage under donkey, until next time
when I will continue with the donkey
drawing, adding his legs and feet
(hooves).


Happy Drawing
JanArt


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Janice Huckaby


Bonaire Reporter- October 28 to November 4, 2005


Five Easy Steps to Drawing the Donkey's Torso

ast month (The Reporter Sep-
tember 9 to 16 issue) I demon-
strated an easy way to make a don-
key's portrait. This time we will con- A '1
tinue with the donkey with five easy
steps to creating the perfect torso.

1. Lightly sketch a rectangle with" run- p :
over" lines.


This artide ispart of a series by Janice HuckabyofJanArt. Call 599
717-5246 or 791-5246for information on art lessons or to view her art-
workso


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WfiEKLT MVIE SHOWTIMS
Late Show
Calfo makeswre (Usualy9pm)
The Cave
(Morris Chestnut)
Early Shvv (Usually 7 pm)
The Skeleton Key

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED IMNDAY TUESDA Y
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Sky High


THIS WEEK
Friday, Saturday, October 28, 29-
Vale Croes live at Moveieland 9 pm,
NAf30
Sunday October 30, Mondayj October
31 -Halloween Haunted House at
Capt Don'sHabitat 8 to 11 pm, NAf5.
All proceeds go to Special Olympics
Bonaire Not recommended for children
under 12! (page 18)
Saturday, October 29-Art Exhibit
Opening- Edith Foks-Ferrageau de
Saint Amand at the Cinnamon Gallery,
7 to 9 pn. Exhibit until November 30
(page 13)
Saturday, October 29 Halloween Paty
at BuddyDive- Begins 7 pm Costumes
welcome. All invited (page 20)
COMING
Saturday, November 5-Rincon Mar-
sh6-Big Monthly Version outdoor
market in Rincon the soul of Bonaire.
Criollo food, drinks, gits, music, fruits &
vegetables, plants, candles Friendliest
people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pn
Saturday, November 5-5th Annual
Bonaire Eco Swim Details in the next
issue
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Conference
Saturday & Sunday November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km&
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Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
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and handicrafts, candles, incense drinks
and music www. infobonaire. com/fincon
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Eve-
ryone is wecome no matter what your
skill level. It's free. Just bring abike 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
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, KayaIndustria
#23. Wine NAJ2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pn, DiviFlamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -HarbourVillage Tenis, So-
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person Cash bar All invited Call Elisabeth
Vos a 565-5225/717-7500, et. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm -Bo-
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known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, orvisit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi"
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy DiveResort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7pm Social Event at
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet
artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of
Lany'sWildside Diving. New original
paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daly 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 ToursBo-
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dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool barBuddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
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Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation SlideShowby 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


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Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics ContactRoosje 717-
4685, 566-4685


Bomire's couture. Visittypical homes fom te
17thcentuy. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
VisitlheBonairelMiseumonKayaJ. v.d
Ra behind the Caholic Churdcintown Open
weddays from 8 an-noon 1:30-5 pm Td.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music ofBonaire' spopularmusidas.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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Page 15


THE BONAIRE GARDNER

Rock and Cactus Gardens

As I write this week' s artide, a nice
rain outside is waering all our
plants This seems a contrdiction to my
latest articles, making a rock or cactus gar-
den. But even cactus and succulents like
some rain every now and then. See how
beautifully our cactus, Dama de la Nocht
is blooming now after last week's rain. Aru
also plants like the Red Aloe will start A Phoenix roebelini palm. A good
blooming now muchmore abundantly than "top plant" choice.
in the dry season
As I wrote in my last article so many
things are possible with rock gardens. Just see the nice rock gardens made by Captain
Don and is crew all around the island.
When you wal to start a rock gardenmake sure you have enough space for it You
can create some contours by adding a lot of the Bonairean diabaas. This soil is perfect
for a start. Then add some iocks, as big as you can ind. Tlis gives a more impressive
effect. The whenyou are satisfied with the results, start making aplanfor the plat-
ings Put some taller plants like big Cactus or Yucca in the middle and then work
from the top down.
In my opinion it is very important not to use too many varieties in a small area. Us-
ing more plaits of the same variety gives a muchmore attractive look. And always
remember that most of the succulents like Aloe and small Agaves will spread out as
they grow. Always use those varieties at the bottom or along the sides In this way
they will have enough space to giow and they will make a nice natural borderline.
Here are some of the "top plants" that you can use:
Some palms like the Manilapalm are nice to use on the top. Other good palms are
the more solitary growing types like the Phomix roebelini Coccorinax and different
forms ofthe Sag palm. Don't use Coconut palms or Washingtonia palms They
will be too big, and the contrast is, in my opinion, too much. Other nice plaits are dif-
ferent fonnrms of Dracaena, Yucca elephantipex Different Cactus like the Euphoibia
varieties and also the native Bonairean types are perfect. Another great plant as a cen-
terpiece is the Pandanusutilus or Screwpine. They will grow slowly, but they have a
beautiful twisted trunk with green spiny long leaves.
For now, this will give you plenty of ideas and next time IIl writemore about the
shorter plants which you can use. 1 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 potsfrom Mexico and South America.
Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4.












NINID G G U I D E


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APPLIANCES/TVI 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.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
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.
BEAUTYPARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting styling facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

BICYCLE /SCOOTER/QUAD S
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything ontwo 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.
COMPUTERS
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
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.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kmrl-
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.
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 inPi-
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, liquo; 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 Caf, DVD rentals, 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.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rpeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or717-4555 E-mail :
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISH ING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fist, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
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 ifyou need something fixed


or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing woodworking, etc. 717-2345
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 inUS. For
men, women and children.

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.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop ina large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VACATION CLUB
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
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.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella VistaRestaurant Moderate. Breakfast andLunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: BeachGrill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Fnday: Manager's RumPunchParty
717-5080,ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistmr 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
(halfway between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

BrasserieBonaire Low- Moderate Lunch andDinner Lots ofparking inbig 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

Cialabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view ofthe beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At theDii Chibi eac R esrt Baeront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or la carte lunch and dinner atthe'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
717-8285 Open 7 days vistas andthe highest standardof cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaile's MostRomantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown atKaa Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authatic ingredients. Be seved ina gar-
Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas orin air-conditioned comfort.Takeout
too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEGBlvd #97-acioss fiomBelmar Breakfast,Lunch,Dinne Champagnebrunch on Sundays 10 amto noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 nnp Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessertor savory baked meal in the comfort ofyourhom
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Closed 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 thebustle ofdowntown fromthis street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across fromMCB Bank in downtown Kraledijk 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.

Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire'sbest. The Real Thing! Freshly pieparedpizzas madewiththe finest in-
i On Kaya ob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads,dessets. Eat inortakeaway.Nicebartoo.
2 mile north oftown center. 790-1111 Open from5-1 1 pmWednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1 111



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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...


This story was first published in the
November 21, 2003, issue of The Bon-
aire Reporter.
I T was sent as a marine for nine
I months to Curaqao, and in De-
cember 1989 my parents were planning
to visit me for the holidays. I found a
house for them right across from where
Millitza Scharbaai lived with her par-
ents. Many times I watched her coming
and going and I liked what I saw! When
I asked her out she said 'Yes,' and that's
how it all started."
"I'd seen my neighbor peeping at me,"
Millitza laughs, "but I had just ended a
two-year relationship and I wasn't too
eager to get involved again. However,
somehow he convinced me, and by the
time his nine months were through, we
were going steady. I told Ronald, 'Look,
here things are different. When you want
to date a girl you have to ask permission
from her parents!' And so he did!" Mil-
litza andRonald Schleper and their two
daughters, Sabine (8) and Sanne (4), are
living in a cozy house in Hato. It's filled
with books, children's drawings, souve-
nirs, flowers: a happy home, full of life.
Millitza is cuddled up on the couch and
Ronald is sitting next to me, keeping an
eye on what I'm writing.
"In April '90 I left for Holland, back to
civilian life, and found a job with a secu-
rity service. In June Millitza arrived. I
was living with my parents and Millitza
rented a room. A year later I found a
house and we moved in together."
"In Curacao I was studying to become a
teacher," Millitza says. "In Holland I
studied economics for a year, but I found
it boring and went back to my previous
studies. Then my father became ill and I
got homesick. It wasn't difficult to con-
vince Ronald to go back to Curaao; he
goes with the flow, good orbad. He's
very flexible!"
"Well, after six and a quarter years with
the marines and before that as a soldier
with Unifil in Lebanon, you find out that
life can take you anywhere. You learn to
adjust," Ronaldsays. "Iwent to Curaqao
for two weeks, found a job with the Car-
ibbean Hotel as the assistant chief of se-
curity, then I went back and we got mar-
ried in Holland. Millitza left for Curacao
and I had to wait four months for my
permits.
April 1', 1995, our Sabine was born.
The job didn't meet my expectations,


litza it was kind of hard; she was alone
with a newborn baby, but she had her
family and pulled through. It was funny
though because I was 34 and my co-
students were 18, 19 years old! Half of
the class was going to be stationed in
Curaqao, the other half in Bonaire. The
quota for Curaao was full. I could have
waited another year, but that I didn't
want, so we knew we were going to
Bonaire. I'd been here once for a triath-
lon with the marines. We'd spent the
night at the Sunset Beach Hotel. Millitza
had been here only twice. The swearing-
in took place July 11th 1997 inRincon.
I was bor in Amsterdam, and Im the
only makamba (European Dutch) on
Bonaire's police force. During the train-
ing I had been the only makamba too,
and I must say I never had any prob-
lems; there was no question of discrimi-
nation ever. Now there are more makam-
bas working with the police in Curaqao,
but inBonaire I'm still the only one! I
learned Papiamentu the hard way, just
by myself and sometimes I get compli-
ments, but I don't know if that's because
they want to flatter me!"




"I told Ronald, 'Look,
here things are different.
When you want to date a
girl you have to ask
permission from her
parents!'"
"It's a shame," Millitza adds. "I never

to teach Papiamentu in high school, but
somehow, we never find the time for it.
Together we speak Dutch and when Sa-
bine was born we started to speak Dutch
to her too, but then Ronald switched to
Papiamentu. Sanne speaks only Papia-
mentu. The children never speak Dutch
together. We should do something about
that especially because you never know
where you're going to end up. But Sa-
bine speaks and understands English
rather well and even a bit of Spanish.
Both the children go to Papa Comes
where I am a teacher. Every morning the
three of us leave the house wearing the
same uniforms!
I like my job a lot. We're a strong team
and we organize lots of activities for the
children as well as for the teachers. Next
year we're going on a cruise, all the
teachers and their families, 135 people!"


quietly. "I am stationed
at Amboina with three
other policemen, but usu-
ally we're covering the
whole island because
there's always a shortage
of staff We handle bur-
glaries, thefts from cars,
we mediate in fights be-
tween spouses,
neighbors, disturbances
in bars and when parents
are having difficulties
with their children. In
fact we're doing a lot of
social work.
What I like best is when
someone comes to re-
port a theft, to be able to
solve the entire case up
to the arrest of the offender. That gives
me great satisfaction. We are aware of
the fact that thefts from cars at dive sites
cause a lot of frustration amongst tour-
ists, civilians and car rental agencies, but
as we're only working with 40 police-
men here on the island, the fact that
we're always understaffed is very frus-
trating for us too. We're trying the best
we can. We have a good team and I like
my job.

Next to my work, I have another pas-
sion. Ilove to run!" He gets up and
comes back with a picture ofhimself the
US Capitol at the background. "In 1989
I participated with a group of 18 marines
in the Washington, D.C. Marathon.
Nowadays I realize that I can't rn that
fast anymore." He smiles. "But I'm still
participating. In 2001 I ran in the Chi-
cago Marathon and was sponsored by an
American lady who was living onBon-
aire at the time. Last year (2002) I did
the New York Marathon with Dirk-Jan
Methorst, manager ofBudget Rent-a-car,
and Roland Verbeek, manager of Ware-
house Bonaire. We paid for everything
ourselves and we were able to raise
NAf2.200 for the Maria Hoppner Foun-
dation and the same amount of money
for Special Olympics Bonaire. This year
I did the Amsterdam Marathon. It was
good that the Air Holland tickets were so
cheap! I called my mom and told her that
I was coming to Holland in October, and
she answered, 'You've made my day!' I
hadn't seen them for two years."
"Ronald is never homesick," Millitza
says. "But it was good for his mom that
she could pamper him nicely for a week.
Although we ofen fly to Curaao, I al-
ways feel homesick. Every morning at
six I call my parents, just to check on
them. Our telephone bill runs up to
NAf500 a month!


The family


We've really settled down here. We
bought our house in'98. It's still not fin-
ished; there are always other priori-
ties! Ronald runs several times a week
and participates in every mn that's or-
ganized on the island, and he's also a
member of the Lions club so his time
gets used up! I didn't have a hobby, but I
joined the folkloristic dance group Kay-
ena They performed for Maxima and
Willem-Alexander, but at the time I was-
n't with them, alas! Lately I started
working for FORMA, teaching Papia-
mentu to young people, 16 to 24, who
are getting a second chance. It's a very
special experience to work with these
people and to teach Papiamentu as it was
always my intention to promote our lan-
guage.
Our daughters have their hobbies too: in
scouting and a choir. Sabine does athlet-
ics and models for Angelo. Next year
she's going to represent Bonaire at an
Antillean fashion show at the Great Es-
cape. Yeah, you know, onBonaire you
have to fill your own time, otherwise
you're going nuts! When I am in Cura-
qao they ofen ask me, 'Hey, how's Bon-
aire! How can you hold out!' But al-
though we always have a good time in
Curaqao, we're happy to find the peace
and tranquility of Bonaire. It's a cozy
island. We visit friends, we go for a
happy hour or with the children to a res-
taurant and every Sunday morning we
go swimming with the whole family at
Flamingo Beach. I don't know where
we're going to be in
the future, but in the
meantime we're here.
We've been married
for 10 years and we
still get along very
well." She laughs. "I
can't complain!"
1 Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to November 4, 2005


Page 17











(SGB Students Write about Regatta.
Continued from page 11)
Isabella Wu:
"Regatta may be a Bonairean tradition
but it was visited by many nations. It was
a great view of a multi-culture island.
Besides the many visitors from all the
neighboring countries there were also
many motorcycles and cars. Bands from
Curacao also came...As I passed by Re-
gatta house all I saw was just beautiful.
Many sailboats on the sea, of all different
colors. It was just like a rainbow in the
middle of the sea. People were walking
all around or sitting and enjoying the
competitions."

Sharon Heymans:
rm also very proud of my little
brother because he just started windsurf-
ing and in the Regatta he ended up 3rd
place and for freestyle, 4th place. ...My
sister is a member of the Bailamore
dance group and preformed at Wilhel-
minaPark. So I think Regatta is to show
what people learned and to show it off
and of course to just have fun!"

Cassandra Nicolaas.
"The thing I liked most of the first day
of Regatta was the parade. Then you can
see how many different people you can
find on Bonaire."

Janet Joven:
All the four days that I went to Regatta
I enjoyed it. We danced in City Caft
with the new band, we walked the whole
city, watching the people, meeting visi-
tors and also seeing some people who
had been offthe island for a long time.
...I tasted food from Peru and Colombia.


It was really good"


Lisa Schut:
I really love Regatta because there are
so many people together. You see so
many people you know. It's really fun
and cozy. Too bad about the weather and
not too much wind for the sailors, but the
ambience was good though"

Andres Rodriguez:
I think Regatta was boring this year
because there were not many people or
places to eat I hope next year will be
better. And the weather wasn't that good
for sailing. What was good was that we
had no school the whole week."

Sebastian Wegerer:
"My Regatta was definitely different
fiom everybody else's because I had
nothing to do with it. Usually I compete
but I started kitesurfing last year but you
need much more wind to get the kite in
the air so my brothers and I stayed home
and helped paint our house and download
music onto our computer...."

Other popular activities that the teens
wrote about in their stories about Regatta
week included: Sleeping (a #1 activity),
going to the beach, camping at Donkey
Beach, swimming going to Klein Bon-
aire to help tag a turtle, renting DVDs,
going to Gameland, working part time,
watching TV, participating in the Jong
Bonaire Klein Bonaire swim, fishing
playing soccer, playing computer ganes,
golf bowling, catching up on school
work and helping parents at work. O


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Many people imagine Mars will ...Adtually it will be more likethisx
look like this....


Mars is at Its Biggest, Brightest and Closest This Halloween Weekend

Y es indeed, the time has arrived because this Halloween weekend Mars will be
at its biggest brightest and closest until the year 2018 and will be the brightest
object in the night sky alter Venus sets in early evening This week and next 45 min-
utes alter sunset, face west where you will see the bightest planet of than ll, 8,000-
mile-wide, Earth-sized Venus. So if you do your trick or treating early this weekend
you'll be dazzled by this incredibly super bright white planet urtil about two hours af-
ter sunset when it will set But if you turn around and look due east two hours after
sunset you will see another super bright but rouge-red, gold object which after Venus
sets will be the brightest object in the night sky because there will be m brigh Mloon
visible this weekend
In fact you'll be able to watchMars travel across the sky all night long It will reach
its highest point just slightly south of overhead between midnight and 1 am Sky Park
Time alter which it will slowly descend in the western sky until it sets at dawn And
the beautiful part of it is that if you miss it on Halloween it will be almost as bright all
this week and next Actually Mars will be at its absolute closest point to Earth two
nights before Halloween on Satuiday, October 29h between 11:22 and 11:27 pm SPT.
It's only 43 million, 137 thousand, 342 miles away from Earth, although for all practi-
cal purposes it will look almost as bright all this week and next So to see Mars at the
moments it's actually at its closest go out between 11:22 and 11:27 pn and youll be
able to say that you saw Mars when it was the closest it will be for 13 more years!

And might I add that ifyou've been watching Mars approach in the past three or four
months you watched it double in brightness in Septanber and almost double again this
October. And although people have mistakenly been led to bdieve by some Intemet
sites thatMars is at its closest this week in 60,000 years, that is simply not true Mars
was at its closest in 60,000 years back in August of 2003. You see, every 26 months
Mars pays Earth a close visit. On August 27h, 2003, it came super close, only 34.6 mil-
lion miles away, then it slowly dried to the other side of its orbit and onSeptanber 6,
2004, reached its farthest distance for this go round 248 million miles. And ever since
it has been slowly coming back toward us
Of course I over simplify because our Earth ha likewise been moving a the sane
time and it is their combined motions which cause the two to meet in relatively close
proximity planet wise every 26 months.

So there you have it, Mars at its dosest for Halloween. And just off to its left, also
almost overhead, at midnight are the legendary Seven Sisters which you can easily see
this Halloween nigh because there will be m bright moonlight to wipe them out.
Wnwl Mars and the Seven Sisters on Halloween n .Jack Hnrkhpimpr


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For the week: October 22- 28, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Look into ways that you can make extra cash. Argu-
ments could prevail. Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations you've
been considering. Do some research if you want to find information that you can
apply against the opposition you face. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TA URIS (Apr. 21- May 21) Think about your budget before booking a trip.
Avoid too much discourse with colleagues this week. You like to stay busy and now
is your chance to do just that You may think gits will win their heart, but it could
add stress from lack of funds. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do not hesitate to help elders with legal documents
that are too confusing for them. Try to be reasonable. You could be disillusioned if
you let a relative in on your emotional thoughts. You will find that valuable knowl-
edge can be gained if you are willing to listen Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Renovations or purchases made for your home will
pay off Try to be precise inyour communications. Problems on the home front
might be a little disconcerting Use your better judgment before you sign up for a
costly venture. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel will be on your mind, but you should be sure that
you've got all your work up to date You can win if you're open and up front with
your boss Disruptions may set you back, but you're strong, and in the end the
choices you make will be favorable. You may find acquaintances being deceptive.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Dorit get involved in idle chatter that will hurt your
position Don't force your opinions on friends or relatives unless you are prepared to
lose their favor. Try to be considerate in your personal obligations. You're apt to
make a move or experience changes at home. Your lucky day this week will be
Monday.
LIBRA (Sept 24 -Oct. 23) Interaction with colleagues will only be upsetting.
Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life. You can't help everyone. Be
cautious while traveling; minor accidents are evident. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Partners may try to argue with you; however, you
must stand your ground Trips should be your choice. You won't get the reaction you
want from your mate this week. You can look around for the right place and enlist
some of your friends to help you move. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may experience financial loss if you
don't use goodjudgment. Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance
classes or perhaps an Intemet organization Be sure to question any detail that you
feel could leave you in a precarious position at a later date. It might be best to work
on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Don't let anyone take credit for a job you did.
Exaggeration or deception coupled with overindulgence might be a problem It may
be a disappointing day emotionally. You may need help with your financial situa-
tion. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan 21 -Feb. 19) Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be
careful. You could be your own worst enemy if you overreact to something you're
told. Make changes to your home that will be pleasing to everyone involved Try to
understand both sides of the issue before taking sides. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Someone may try to damage your reputation You
must be careful not to reveal secrets or get involved in gossip. You don't need to pay
out in order to have fun. You can purchase items that will enhance your appearance.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 Following a decision of the Island Council, effective April 1, 2006, SELIBON will be charging businesses more for trash collections, and commercial dumping at the landfill, now free, will cost NAƒ8 per half ton (500kg) or under . Rates for households remain the same: NAƒ120/year (NAƒ10 per month added on the WEB water bill). Until 1997 residential trash pickup was free, and businesses paid NAƒ120/year. The new small business rates rise from NAƒ150 to NAƒ240 annually. Large businesses will pay NA ƒ360. The oppos ition Democrat Party leader Jopie Abraham wants a reduction in the cost of fuel and a government subsidized "energy fund" to offset the increase in living costs on Bonaire . He explained during a radio show about the price structure for a liter of high-test gasoline. The consumer pays NAƒ193,2 cents per liter when he/she fuels the car. Curoil, the Curaçao-owned fuel distributing company that supplies Bonaire, pays the Venezuelan-owned oil company, PdVSA, NAƒ71.02 cents per liter for the gas. Curoil adds NAƒ14.5 cents for its costs. Then the pump station owner adds NAƒ12.36 cents for each liter he sells. So the total direct cost for one liter of high-test is NAƒ97.84 cents. The difference between this price and the price the consumer pays is NAƒ95.36 cents. All of that difference is due to taxes to either the Central or local government, said Abraham. The almost 100% tax also applies to other petroleum fuels like diesel, which powers Bonaire's electrical generators as well. Therefore, the government can lower the cost of the fuel for the consumer by reducing fuel taxes. An area of rain showers south of Puerto Rico developed from Tropical Depression 25 into Tropical Storm Alpha, setting a record for the number of Atlantic storms in a single season. The Greek alphabet has never been used in roughly 60 years of regularly named storms. After drenching the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) it merged with Hurricane Wilma as it pounded Florida. Forecasters believe that there well may be more storms before the end of hurricane season at the end of November. Christopher Frans from Rincon writes: “During Regatta I was in Paris, France, for a world youth conference , organized by UNESCO. It was a forum and the theme was “Young People and Dialogue among Civ ilization, Culture and People – ideas for action in education, science and culture.” There were 200 participants from all over the world. I was chosen to represent the youth of the Netherlands Antilles and AMFO s ponsored my ticket, my stay, transportation and other costs. The following week on Wednesday I went to Sint Maarten with a youth delegation to represent Bonaire at the Youth Summit organized by the Central Government. Each Dutch Caribbean island has to be represented by a youth delegation. The Aruban youth parliament came too. The theme was “Youth: Future of (Continued on page 3) A significant step was taken redefining relationship within the Dutch Kingdom following the meeting between delegations of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles Central Government and all five island territories in Bonaire last Friday. Directions were set on numerous basic provisions for determining the status of public finances, the debt position of the Antilles and each of the islands, economic and social development and the quality of public administration. An agenda with deadlines was drawn up for reports to be readied, steps to be taken and phases to be completed. If kept to this timetable, Bonaire may be out of the Netherlands Antilles and “report” directly to Holland by July 1, 2007 . For more details see the story on page 4. Bonaire’s Island Council members attended many meetings prior to final agreements. Bonaire government advisor Mikel Bijkerk at right. Extra Photo Saba’s Commissioner Will Johnson (L) and Bonaire’s Reginald Dortalina (2nd from L) sign the declaration of intent between the Netherlands and the three “smaller islands” at Bonaire’s Plaza Resort Herald Photo Jopie Abraham Christopher Frans

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 (Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2) our Nation.” We were split into nine groups, with each gr oup having delegates from each island. The four themes we discussed were: education, culture, economics, environment, religion and the constitution. The next Youth Summit is in 2007 and will be held in Bonaire.” Where on Bonaire can you try a top label glass of wine for only NAƒ2,50 ? It’s at ( AWC) Antillean Wine Company’s Wine Tasting on Saturdays from 6 to 8 pm at their shop-warehouse storage area at Kaya Industria 23 – across the road from Warehouse Bonaire, near Consales Cash and Carry. Every Saturday evening a different group of great wines is offered. The bottle prices are reasonable for such high quality wines. The shop has lots of interesting wine-oriented products like gift boxes, wine coasters, etc. etc. They’re also open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 12:30 pm so you may stop by for shopping. AWC also offers free delivery. Tel. 560-7539. It’s Halloween! Don’t miss a visit to the very scary Haunted House at Captain Don’s Habitat this Sunday and Monday, October 30 and 31. The entrance cost as been dropped to only NAƒ5 and all the proceeds go to Special Olympics Bonaire. The ghouls who put this together claim that it’s Bonaire’s original and creepiest. In fact, it’s so scary that it’s not recommended for children under 12 and parental discretion is advised. Whatever you do, don’t go alone – bring a friend you can hang onto! See their ad on page 18. The Coast Guard came to the aid of the Venezuelan fruit boat Bella Lisa , which had taken on water and was in danger of sinking some 12 nautical miles south of Cur açao. A helicopter and the Coast Guard cutter Jaguar responded. The water was then pumped out of the engine room and the boat was safely towed to the harbor. The father of Joran van der Sloot, who is one of the suspects in the still unsolved disappearance of Natalee Holloway, has filed for damages . His case was heard by an Aruba court last Friday. The hearing was conducted behind closed doors. Paul van der Sloot was held by the authorities for several days on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway three months ago. He was released after a couple of days and told he was no longer a suspect. The law provides for the filing for possible damages within three months after suspicion is officially lifted. The Court will rule on November 11. GSM-Chippie customers will soon be able to create "chat rooms" on their cellular phones in a setup similar to the Internet Instant Messaging concept. Chippie subscribers will be able to enter chat rooms with up to 10 people for NAƒ0.10 per message. Last week a decision by the Island Council to increase pensions for needy retirees by NAƒ100 per month was made effective. The increase applies to older persons who have been living in Bonaire for six months or more, are not in a nursing home, and can prove that they cannot make ends meet. SASO is in charge of allotting the extra allowance; payments are made by the SVB. Sign up at the Sentro di Barios. The Mangazina di Rei Foundation is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help in their open-air museum. The Mangazina Foundation is recreating life in Bonaire as it was in the past, centered around the “Warehouse of the King”-the beautifully reconstructed building on the east side of the Kralendijk-Rincon road just before Rincon. Visit the center or call 717-4060 or 786-4643 or email resida11@bonairelive.com. The lovely models in the Benetton ad this week are Jermainy Diaz and Rhoda Celestijn , both from Jong Bonaire. The girls are shown in the Royal Palm Galleries, in front of the RE/MAX office. The Benetton ad is on page 20. G./L. D. O ur female hawksbill ‘Jenni’ continues on in a westerly direction and is now past Aruba. ‘Jenni’ swam at a rate of approximately 68 km for the preceding 24-hour period and is now over 200 km from Klein Bonaire. Andy Uhr

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 R epresentatives of the Antilles Central Government, all five Netherlands Antilles island territories and the Dutch government signed a “main points” agreement that puts the breakup of the An tilles on course for completion by July 2007. In a marathon meeting that lasted three times longer than scheduled, well into the early hours of last Saturday morning, October 22, the hoofdlijnen (headline) accord spelled out the future for the islands and the conditions necessary for a successful redefinition of the relationships among the Netherlands and their former Caribbean colonial possessions. Aruba was invited to participate but was not at the meeting. In 1954 the Netherlands An tilles were defined as a semi-autonomous part of the Kingdom of Holland. In 1976 Aruba left the Antillean constellation, headed for independence in 1996, but later declared it wanted to remain part of the Kingdom. In the new structure, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba will have direct ties, a term still not precisely defined, with Holland. Sint Maarten and Curaçao w ill operate as independent political entities but remain part of the Dutch Kingdom, in a relationship analogous to Aruba’s today. In a series of referenda conducted over the last few years, voters on each island expressed their preference for those arrangements, except for St. Eustatius, who voted for the status quo – part of the Netherlands Antilles. Bonaire’s Commissioner Reginald “Jonchie” Dortalina, who leads Bonaire’s task force to implement the status change, referred to the declaration as a “first step” to realize the wishes and vision of his island for direct ties. He said he was proud to have arrived at the position along with Saba and Sint Eustatius. Details of the agreements and procedures for the actual breakup of the Antilles remain to be worked out over the next two years. Aruba took three years, from 1983 till 1986, to hammer out its status aparté with the Dutch. Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold, who negotiated for the Dutch government, said that these agreements on constitutional status reform for the Antillean islands will be the basis for a “round table conferen ce” to be held before the end of this year. Significant elements to be worked out include: debts, finances, security, the 2.4 billion euro national debt and government operations. Prior to the meeting Bonaire’s Senator Ramonsito Booi spoke eloquently about Bonaire’s goals: “Bonaire feels at home in present-day modern surroundings. Bonaire has chosen to directly link with the Netherlands on the basis of its agelong history and mutual relationships. Bonaire has no other partner with which it feels connected to this way. That link with the Netherlands is intensely important to us. Bonaire is too small to supply the needs of its citizens, the economic strength, the prosperity and the wellbeing which is commonpl ace in large developed parts of the world. With the Netherlands, Bonaire hopes to reach that level.” He continued, “Today we stand at the beginning of a new partnership between the Netherlands and Bonaire. Lots of consultation is still needed, but a political decision has been made. The Netherlands and Bonaire respect the choice of the people of Bonaire and together opt for a one-on-one relationship. Therefore, Bonaire will break it present links within the Netherlands Antilles.” G.D. Commissioner Burney el Hage shakes the hand of Minister. Commissioners Dortlina and Kroon await their turn Minister Pechtold and Governor Domacassé Extra photo Photo/ Barbara Bianculli

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 S everal days before the formal meetings, on Wednesday evening, October 19, the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold, spoke to a public gathering in Tera Corra. His speech was an affirmation that Holland is moving forward to build a new, more direct, relationship with Bonaire, as the island had requested by its referendum vote last year. In true Bonaire style the speeches by Bonaire’s government officials and Mr. Pechtold were followed by musical entertainment. The Silver Bullet Steel Band, the Watapanas, and Glen i Su Geng performed. Artist Nochi Coffie created the eye-catching stage backdrop. The mural consists of six points of the star on the Bonaire flag which represent the “eyes” of the six original villages of the island. They all face the central evergreen Wayaca, the tree of life, and a vision of the “New Bonaire.” On Friday, October 21, Antilles Day, Mr. Pechtold returned to Bonaire from meetings in Curaçao and, as reported elsewhere, signed a declaration of intention to restructure Holland’s relationship with the island of Bonaire and the start of the breakup of the An tilles as they exist today. Photo and story by Barbara Mason Bianculli O n October 13 the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame recognised four extraordinary individuals for their outstanding contributions to the sport of scuba diving at its fifth annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony. During his speech, the Hon. Mr. Charles E. Clifford, Minister of Tourism, said that the inductees were dedicated and professional individuals who have taken their love of the sport and applied it through various disciplines to promote awareness, increase safety, and establish a foundation for the development of diving. International inductees for 2005 were: Ernest Brooks, II; Andreas B. Rechnitzer, Ph.D.; Dewey Bergman; and Captain Donal Stewart. Captain Don was nominated for his founding of dive tourism in Bonaire, the Council of Underwater Resort Operators (CURO), and Captain Don’s dedicated diving resort. He has spent the greater part of his life in Bonaire taking visitors diving and successfully campaigning to protect the natural underwater wonders. Among his many accomplishments, Captain Don led the campaign to ban spear fishing in Bonaire, instituted the first permanent mooring system which eliminated the need for boats to drop an anchor, which eventually led to the Bonaire Marine Park, founded the Council of Underwater Operators, and initiated a mandatory orientation dive for all people diving on Bonaire. In accepting his award Captain Don said, "After seeing the biographies of my fellow awardees, I felt that I had done nothing for SCUBA. However, consider what SCUBA has done for my island! Scuba was the vehicle used to enter into Bonaire's magnificent bay, its underwater treasure. I was a bit like the Lone Ranger, with the silver bullets, but it was the ‘Tontos’ who did all the (Continued on page 12) W i l l i e W a n g a a n d T h e S i l v e r B u l l e t S t e e l B a n d Captain Don accepting his award from the Hon. Mr. Charles E. Clifford, JP: Minister of Tourism, Environment, Investment & Commerce, Cayman Islands Government

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 21st Century Tera Corra Sentro di Bario, the Present T he large mural painted by Norwin “Nochi” Coffie and designed by Franklin Scherptong and Eg ilio Goeloe stresses the beliefs of the Tera Corra community. Central to their emblem is the stately Tamarind tree under which the first people met for worship, education and recreation. This tropical evergreen tree, like the people of Tera Corra, is strong and handsome yet drought resistant with its deep, extensive root system. Painted above the Tamarind tree is a white dove representing freedom. A wheelbarrow used in the salt ponds and the aloe plant from the plantations symbolize the early economy. The words, unity, positivism, peace, love and justice, surround the tree, indicating the strong beliefs of the people of Tera Corra. “Think of each word as one of your fingers,” Frank Goeloe, past board member of the Sentro di Bario, explains. “That means whenever you shake someone’s hand, you wish the person unity, pos itivism, peace, love and justice. Our aim is for all our neighbors and all who were born here to walk together and help one another like the fingers on this hand. That is the strength of Tera Corra. Together we stand. We don’t spare our energy because we love this land of Tera Corra.” Respect, self-sufficiency and pride are important to this community. The government had named many of the Tera Corra roads after rivers. The community, however, wants to honor the important people of their past, so they are changing some of the street names. One of the new names is Inees Domacassé. She came to Tera Corra from Rincon in 1850. After a day of hard labor, she took the time to teach her nei ghbors to read and write, and, since there was no priest at that time, taught them about God as well. Domingo Bernabela was the messenger who brought the news to Tera Corra. Day or night, sun or rain, he walked the miles between Kralendijk and Rincon to Tera Corra to deliver messages to his neighbors. All this he did for no pay, just to help people. A story is told that he helped some people who had flooding problems during a hurricane period, even though the flooding at his own house was worse. Kaya Felipi G. Clarinda is named for a Tera Corra sailboat captain who traveled between Curaçao, Bonaire and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Chiana Rosario, another street name, was named for an intelligent child whose parents could not afford a higher education for her. She used her talents to volunteer at the Sentro di Bario throughout her life and encouraged many sports events, especially “korfball,” a kind of basketball. Kaya Monseigneur Niewindt was named for a bishop from the Netherlands Antilles who wrote letters to the government as well as the Queen about the inhumane treatment of people working in the saltpans and of the need for education, especially during the bad times beginning in 1852. Tera Corra is an active community. Music has always been important. In the book printed for the 155-year anniversary, it mentions that neighbors played many different instruments including the accordion, drum, mandolin, rasp, trombone, violin, trumpet, triangle, guitar and more. Theo Scherptong, the tata di musika di Tera Corra , in his youth played the guitar. In 1958, he and Lanlan Clarinda formed the musical group Tipico Boneriano, which represented Bonaire when it performed in North and South America and Europe. Theo’s son, Franklin, started the island’s first steel band in 1968. It is now called the Silver Bullet Band and can be heard playing at many locations on Bonaire. It has also entertained in North and South America. Baseball is another favorite neighborhood activity, and with the help of RBTT bank, many from Tera Corra play in its Little, Junior, and Senior Leagues. This past summer, a three-week vacation program, sponsored in part this year by AMFO, was enjoyed by the children of Tera Corra. In 2001, the Sentro di Bario erected a monument near the Tamarind tree, not far from the yellow house that was Tera Corra’s first community center. In true Tera Corra spirit, the neighborhood people created it on their own, with their own funds. They constructed a pedestal of stones that had as its largest and most central piece an igneous rock from Rincon, the village from which they came. On the pedestal is a plaque of the Tera Corra seal. Every five years, starting in 2000, the Sentro di Bario celebrates its anniversary and pays tribute to people in the community who have made positive contributions. These celebrations are made possible through community volunteers and fundraisers. Seven people were selected in 2000 and five people at their 155year anniversary in 2005. One person honored was Janchi Janga, a pioneer of the Sentro di Bario on Bonaire, who selflessly gave his time and energy to working with the people of the community. He helped protect the rights of the hotel and restaurant workers and understood the ecology of the island. He predicted that cutting the canals for real estate development would drain the water from the trees in Tera Corra. It did and many trees died. Tera Corra, the Future In August 2042, Tera Corra hopes to be part of a very special celebration. That is when the time capsule placed in Kralendijk by the Lion’s Club will be opened. Then the enclosed pictures and history of Tera Corra will be shared with the whole island. (editor’s note: copies of The Bonaire Reporter are also in the time capsule!) “Remember the games of ‘War’ we played under this Tamarind tree?” Mr. Goeloe asked his brother, Richard. Then he explained it to me. “Two boys were on the ground under the tree and two were in the tree. All four were armed with the hard green pods of the Tamarind tree as ammunition. We’d scamper all around the branches trying to hit our target below. Sometimes, when a gr oup of barefoot boys were playing in the tree and it was close to sunset and time to go home, the big boys would quickly dart off the tree and encircle the base of the tree truck with pieces of thorny cactus, leaving the smaller boys with no way down except the high jump from the ends of the branches!” Ouch! “I remember the sounds of the bari,” chuckled Ubaldo Anthony, a past Sentro di Bario member, “when they played under the Taramind tree at night. The drummer would use a deep male voice when he sang the questions and then a high woman’s voice for the answer part.” “What memories do you wish for the future generations of Tera Corra?” I ask. All three men agree that the kids need time and help from the adults. Not to just be given things or money, but to be given good examples and responsib ility. “I’d like to start a Scouting group in the neighborhood,” says Richard Goeloe, Tera Corra’s Sentro di Bario’s president. “And start a table tennis team again,” adds Ubaldo. “And classes like those we (Continued on page 7) Bonaire’s Sentro di Barios: Tera Corra Part 2 A Candidate for Funding from AMFO and the NGO Platform A neighborhood rich in folklore and history, built on the solid foundation and spirit of its passionate ancestors The Seal of Tera Corra unity, positivism, peace, love, justice Mr. Ubaldo Anthony and Mr. E.F. Goeloe point to the rock from Rincon

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 ( Tera Corra, Continued from page 6) used to have in craft making. It can create pride. For example, one of the bracelets made by the souvenir group years back was sold to a visitor for her friend, Mrs. Pat Nixon, wife of the then US President. So something from Tera Corra went to the White House! It’s about more than making money, you know; it’s about pride and respect. Franklin Scherptong demonstrated that. He was the first leader of the Silver Bullet Band and they were playing for one of the cruise ships that came into port. The passengers enjoyed the music and they started throwing money. Franklin stopped and said to please not throw money, they will, however, accept a polite donation!” Pride in ourselves comes from appreciating our accomplishments, and pride in our neighborhood comes from understanding the achievements of our ancestors who worked so hard. Frank Goeloe wishes that the community would continue to seek the history of Tera Corra, especially from the neighbors over 80 years old and from archives involving Bonaire history. That’s why, when he had the booklet for the 155-year anniversary printed he had every facing page blank. “We hope that people w ill correct or add to what is in the book,” he explains. “Our wish is to have Tera Corra as it used to be – a caring, supportive family a positive, pr oud community. We’re not just from Bonaire, we’re from Tera Corra!” For this 155-year anniversary of Tera Corra, Mr. Ubaldo Anthony wrote a special song, “Thanks to Them,” honoring the first inhabitants, the first heroes, of Tera Corra. After they got their freedom from oppression of slavery, They built the village . . .my beloved village. . . In 1850 they built it. Together they made it flourish, For the first time, proud to be free, With a sense of great honor and dignity. Ubaldo sings encouragement to his neighbors: “Let’s work hard to maintain Tera Corra . . . and honor the heroes who first built it.” The leaders of this resourceful community have many dreams and plans, some confidential right now, for Tera Corra. I look forward to being am azed at what this strong, persevering, united community will be able to accomplish! Photos and Story by Barbara Mason Bianculli IN THIS ISSUE Turtle Tracking, Jenni 3 Step to New Constitution 4 New Vision of Bonaire 5 Scuba Hall of Fame Awards (Capt. Don) 5 BONAI Coral Reef Project 8 Young Chefs in Italy 8 Navy Days Willemstad 9 Yellow Submarine Welcomes REEF 9 Antique Living Houses of Bonaire 10 SGB Students Write about Regatta 11 Foks-Ferrageau de Saint Amand Exhibit 13 Art for Fun-Donkey Torso 14 Gardner– Rock & Cactus Garden 15 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 AMFO/NGO Platform: Tera Corra, Part 2 6 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Picture Yourself (Cartagena, Columbia) 11 Classifieds 12 Pet of the Week (“Stanley”) 13 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Ronald Schleper– Repeat ) 17 Special Olympic Spotlight 18 (Richard Molina) Sky Park (Halloween, Mars at Biggest) 19 The Stars Have It 19 AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-bon@samfo.org NGO Platforma Bonaire : Plaza Terras, Kaya Grandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email: Platform@ngobonaire.org Thanks to the kind and generous help from Ubaldo Anthony, E. F. Goeloe, Richard Goeloe, Sue Ellen Felix, Arthur Sealy, Hubert Vis, Felix “Papy” Cicilia, Jeanne Emmers, Udo and Berni Lusse, “Chiki” Chirino, Jiri Lausman, and community members who contributed to Tera Corra’s Sentro Bario’s Information Book Mr. Janchi Janga, pioneer of the Sentro di Bario

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 T he BONAI youth group (this year with 15 students) is back on track this new school term with a different kind of interest: “The Coral Reefs of Bonaire,” with their instructor Marine Biologist, Caren Eckrich. They will snorkel, dive, collect data, and make analyses and finally make a report about their findings. The three topics they’ll cover will be the diseases of the corals, do divers follow the rules, and the difference between “bad” garbage and “good” garbage. Their findings will be published in The Bonaire Reporter and Extra for the Bonaire public. This project is made possible thanks to the Island Government, AMFO and the Prins Bernard Cultural Fonds. Story & Photos by Jacky Bernabella T he SGB hotel school students in Italy for a four-week training session, studying cuisine, Italian style, are having a fantastic learning experience. Together with culinary students from Curaçao, Aruba and other c ountries from around the world, they’re studying in the Nazareno Sc hool in Carpi, in the Emilia Romagna Region, considered the most outstanding culinary area in Italy. Just to mention some of the subjects, they’ve had lessons in pasta and bread making and classroom studies in guest services. They’ve had several wines classes from professional sommeliers, who show them the full “Italian way of life.” One weekend they learned about wines in a 15th century Castle in Dozza. They’ve had lessons in the bar too: cocktails, coffee, liqueurs and mixing styles. Old castles are everywhere, and the students have shown a lot of interest in the culture of the country along with the food and wine. These have been invaluable life experiences for these young people. They’re learning from the professionals themselves about the dedication and passion it takes to pursue a career in the culinary arts. And they’ve made new, lifelong friends and have taken a bigger step in understanding the cultures of other countries. Bonaire’s students working in Italy are Channethon Jansen, Minosca Mercera, Angel Albertus, Shakira Mattew and Gianna Martines. Sara Matera Caren Eckrich with student Mireille Nicolaas. Report from Sara Matera

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 O ver the weekend the annual waterfront “Navy Day” celebration was held in Curaçao. Photographer Els Kroon provided us these photos. R EEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) conducts trips to various locations around the world and has a loyal following of divers. REEF conducts survey dives, seminars and holds other educational events, showing the dive travelers what the destination has to offer. In September REEF’s Joe Cavanaugh led a group of nine divers to Bonaire where the island’s only designated REEF field station, Yellow Submarine Dive Shop, hosted the group on September 7 and 8. Guided by Yellow Submarine's dive guide, Jan, the group made a survey dive in front of Yellow Submarine on the 7th, followed by a guided shore dive on the southern leeward shoreline on the 8th. The Dive Friends family of dive shops is proud to say that many of the nearly 10,000 underwater fish surveys conducted on Bonaire came from staff or guests of either Yellow Submarine or Photo Tours Divers. Dive Friends Bonaire is a new company devoted to offering the best in diving services on Bonaire. Their four locations offer flexibility and personal service to the Bonaire dive traveler. For additional information, visit www.dive-friendsbonaire.com, or email info@dive-friends-bonaire.com. Susan Davis VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Altair Alter Ego Amorita Andrea, Bermuda Angie Angelique Annke Aguila Augustine Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Delphinius Destiny Double Buggey Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Esperanza Gallivanter Going Good Hope Guaicamar I, Ven. Guerdo Jan Gerardus La Baronne Lazzorone Makai Natural Selection Nirvana Noorhinder Pizazz Santa Maria Samantha Nova Sandpiper, USA Seascape Sea Horse Sho Fun Time Scintella Shalimar, Caymans Sirius Sol Y Mar Sylvia K Tish Theis Ttuut Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Valkerie Varedhuni, Ger. Water Musik Whitewings Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 10-28 4:10 1.0FT. 10:57 1.5FT. 16:15 1.3FT. 21:10 1.5FT. 38 10-29 3:55 1.1FT. 10:59 1.6FT. 17:36 1.3FT. 21:56 1.4FT. 47 10-30 3:28 1.1FT. 11:15 1.7FT. 18:55 1.2FT. 22:43 1.3FT. 57 10-31 2:51 1.1FT. 11:35 1.8FT. 20:16 1.1FT. 68 11-01 11:58 1.8FT. 21:45 1.0FT. 77 11-02 12:31 1.9FT. 22:48 0.9FT. 85 11-03 13:15 2.0FT. 23:36 0.8FT. 90 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE Action in Curaçao’s harbor American consul Robert Sorenson and his wife Lesley on Hr Ms Tjerk Hiddes during the Navy Days “Smoke Jumpers” from the bridge backdrop the crowds waiting to board the Frigate Hr Ms Tjerk Hiddes Happy REEF Dive Friends

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 T his week begins the new Reporter bi-monthly feature column, “Antique Living Houses of Bonaire,” by Wilna Groenenboom. Wilna, an artist, photographer and art teacher at the SGB (high school), noticed that on Bonaire there are some simple old buildings – the unsung heroes of the unique architecture of Bonaire – with very attractive details. These antique buildings are not ruins; they are still being lived in or used in some way. At the escalating rate that so many of our old buildings and houses on Bonaire are being torn down we felt some sort of photographic record should be made of these historical places and especially their interesting details before it’s too late. Wilna will be capturing them in her photography. This week, as a precursor of things to come, Wilna shows a composite of photos of different houses, some details and the people who live in them. “Antique Living Houses of Bonaire” will be an artistic feature, with the emphasis on the photos rather than on a lot of text. As Wilna says, “People remember images sometimes more than reading text. We want it to be an eye opener, to show people how important it is to preserve the art of the past. Don’t just throw it away or cover it up! It could be a treasure of Bonaire.” In the weeks to come the only text accompanying the photos will be where the building is, who the people are, how the house functions and its details. L.D. If you think your house and its details could qualify for this column, email antiquehouses@bonairenews.com.

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 W e wanted to get a glimpse of what the teenagers on Bonaire thought about our r ecent Regatta so we asked SGB English teacher Artie de Vries to share some of the compositions written by his HAVO 1-5 students. He told them that their words could appear in The Bonaire Reporter. The compositions are titled “My Regatta.” In most cases, English is their 2nd, 3rd or even 4th language! Here are some excerpts. Timothy Bissessar: “On the last day of school before the Regatta I was so excited about the vacation that I wasn’t paying much attention to the teachers. It was like gibberish to me. I was so caught up in the v acation vibe that all I was doing was singing the song, “I can’t wait for the weekend to begin!” Re Regatta: “During the day the sea was decorated with many boats, ranging from sailboats to the windsurfers and microboats. By night the Regatta festival took over Kralendijk and pretty much everything in it including the boulevards. Everyone was having such a great time. There were many food and game stands. The local music groups and bands were keeping everyone entertained. …It might not have been the biggest Regatta of them all but it was sure the liveliest one ever and the organizers must be proud of their accomplishments.” Gideon Nigel Williams: “Most of the people at the Regatta celebration were kids and most of them either sat on the long red wall next to the new Salsa Restaurant, on the tall yellow wall by the parking lot next to the Ribs Factory, were in Wilhelmina Park or at Karel’s, waiting for Ha ppy Band to perform. Regatta is still fun because you can spend some quality time with family and you can socialize with friends or just chill and hang out….but for kids we get to chill, hang out and relax after school started and just be a kid!” (Continued on page 18) 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 2005 photos are eligible.) Y oung Almar (5 years old) took the photo of his brother Niek and parents Wilna and Herman Leeuwtjes last summer on holiday at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas in Catagena, Colombia. It’s the strongest fort ever built by the Spaniards for their American colonies. Youngsters at the Parade of Nations

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 domiserafini@aol.com or 786-3336 Beautiful special big yellow Chevrolet pickup, Cowboy Conversions, 1992, automatic, C-1500, V8, double cabin. Needs repair. NAƒ7.000,= Call Ed 786-5544. For Sale Suzuki Samurai 1995 – Good condition. Big tires, only NAƒ3.800. Call 786-6796 For Sale: Refrigerator : A big refrigerator with 2 slicing doors. Height: 59 Width: 30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing machine : To cut meat and cheese $ 500; Freezer : Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth: 2.5 Ft $ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece; Christmas Decorations / Jeans size 32 and 38, Food warmer small.: Food Cooler : Food processors : Food mixers : Letter Board : PHONE: 717-2249 LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Boat for Sale It breaks my heart to sell the undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-class Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or email 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 The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com 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 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-NBrowse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com 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, clearA winner, Laurita . Would cost $20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk Boat works completed October 2nd. No reasonable offer refused. Call George 786-6125/717-8988. Property, Sales & Rentals Modern house for sale -Santa Barbara www.posada-bonaire.com For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthly-choice location-privacy & security. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th. info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www. pelicanreefbonaire.com Wanted Wanted: A Maxi Cosy for baby in good condition with sunshade. Call Inge Berben 717-2483 PARTNER WANTED The Bonaire Reporter is looking for a partner. Join us to “Publish in Paradise.” Working partner with writing/editing skills, business sense, and energy desired. Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518. Advertise with the best. From NAƒ62 The least expensive advertising deal on Bonaire (per viewer) –For tourists and locals In English—the language of bargains and good values We provide help with layout and text In 90% of Bonaire’s Hotels plus over 50 locations around the island How Often? 1/8 Page Size 1/4 Page Size 1/2 page Size Full Page Size Every Week Every Other Week Every Month Contact George or Laura at The Reporter: Phone/Fax: 717-8988, 786-6125, 786-6518 E-mail: ads@bonairenews.com ings, blessings, energy, healing, Chinatrained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . SALT TREASURES BONAIRE 100% natural body salts "Scrub Me" 100% natural Bath Salts available at Chatn-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more information. JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. phone: 786-4651 www. bonairenet.com/jellastone/ Is your computer slowing down , not responding the way it used to ? It might be a virus or spyware. Let the professionals fix it. Bonaire Automation (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306 Outboards For Sale Outboard engines; Yamaha 15 hp $800.00, Nissan 8 hp $600.00, Nissan 5 hp (4 stroke), $400.00 contact: kevinstewart7@hotmail.com For Sale Aluminum sliding doors for sale . Blue profiles. Sizes: 2m high x 4.75m wide(4 doors), 2m high by 1.6m wide (2 doors), 2.3m high by 3.5m wide (4 doors), 2m high by 4.8m wide (3 doors), 0.5m high by 1.1m wide (2 windows). Discount for buying all 5. cathsalis@aol.com or 791-1886 3 single Ikea beds for sale. White wooden head and base boards. 50Naf each or a special price for all three. cathsalis@aol.com or 791-1886 40' container in good condition with window, door and air conditioning. Also a sun roof that attaches on to the front for shade. Asking 6000 guilders. (Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. Continued from page 5) work. As ‘Captain Don,’ I can only accept this award on a shared basis to share it with the Island of Bonaire which did all the work." Captain Don Stewart also read a moving message from the Governor of Bonaire, congratulating the Cayman Islands on its miraculous recovery from Hurricane Ivan. Story & photos by TCB R to L: Bonaire's Founder of Diving Tourism, Captain Don, and Janet Thibault with Cayman Islands Father of Diving, Bob Soto, and Susie Soto.

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 There’s no simpler, more satisfactory way to say “Thank You” to the people who bring you The Reporter than to buy a supporting subscription. And all supporting subscribers get free access to an exact duplicate of The Reporter (without advertising) via the Internet. Go to www. bonairereporter.com You DO want to thank them, don’t you? The form is just to the right >>>>>> AT LAST! A New, Improved Reporter Subscription Form! A supporting subscriber is someone who picks up his FREE paper at one of our many convenient outlets, yet PAYS for a subscription. My Name Address City, Town, Village, State, Country, or Planet E-mail address (To send Internet access info) Mail this form and a check for US$35 or NAƒ60 per subscription to: Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN) Yes, I’ll be a Supporting Subscriber! It’s a Gift! Check one or both boxes T his Saturday, October 29th, the 2005/2006 season of Guest Artist Exhibitions at the Cinnamon Art Gallery continues with the opening the Edith FoksFerrageau de Saint Amand show of new sculptures and paintings from 7 to 9 pm. It’s open to the public and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will continue through D ecember 1. Edith is fond of saying, “The sculpture is in the stone—you only have to get it out.” Because, to sculpt an object from stone, wood, or any other material, requires not only artistic capabilities but also insight into the material’s possibilities. If too much is taken away, or a piece falls off, the sculpture might fail. This is one of the reasons that sculptures may take a very long time to complete and why each handmade sculpture is unique. Foks-Ferrageau de Saint Amand (her French maiden name comes from the time Bonaparte sent his army to the Netherlands) has been working as a sculptress since 1999, after many years of painting and other artistic expressions, such as making hundreds of teddy bears and t eaching others how to create them. She is also a qualified and registered reflexologist, which means her hands not only create but also improve people’s health. Edith has participated in other exhibitions in the Netherlands, but this will be her premiere exhibit in Bonaire. “Painting and drawing runs through my life like a continuous thread,” she says. “Besides my daily work in our advertising and design company, I always find time for creative studies…Six years ago I suddenly felt the urge to sculpt. When I was very young, I once used a hammer and chisel on a stone. This made such an impression on me that I never forgot how it felt and my love for the visual arts did the rest.” “My first stone sculpture was of wall construction material, which is rather soft and can be shaped easily. Then I switched to natural stone, such as alabaster, serpentine, soapstone, and French and Belgian limestone, also w ood and marble. I often work months on one stone, and sometimes I do two or more at a time. Sometimes I may work from a small sketch or clay model, but stone cannot be modelled like clay, so each time I am confronted with new challenges!” In Holland it’s easy to get any type of sculpting material. “In Bonaire, things are different.” Edith says. “Using stones means importing them from Europe by container, or the other alternative is to use the many other materials provided by the island. I like to work with local materials such as stone, wood, bamboo, and old tree stumps as these are readily available. I made a totem pole from a flamboyant tree which had to be removed from our garden. This wood is excellent to work with. Old coral stones are also good to work with, but the stone is very porous and causes many surprises when one is cutting it.” In 2001, Edith went to the Free Art Academy in The Hague to learn different techniques of sculpting, including bronze sculptures. She occasionally works in bronze, but it is a very complicated, timeconsuming, and expensive procedure. However, the results are always beautiful. Although Edith continues to paint and draw now and then, she prefers to work with her hammer and chisel, comfortably under a big tree in the garden, where all her sculptures have their own place. Each sculpture has its own history, and, in viewing them, Edith can feel the moods that held her while she was creating them! “I hope other people can feel the same!” . The Cinnamon Art Gallery is located at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Tel. 7177103 or info@CinnamonArtGallery.org. Web site: www.CinnamonArtGallery.org. Susan Davis L ooking for a great watch dog but one who has a good character and an affectionate nature? Let me introduce “Stanley,” this handsome fawn colored young two year old. Stanley was found wandering on the streets and brought into the Shelter. Because he has such a sweet dispos ition it was decided immediately that he’d be a perfect candidate for adoption. He’s in excellent physical shape and very healthy. He’s had his shots and is sterilized. To bring out the best in him he needs a little TLC (tender loving care). You may meet him at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Attention Dog Owners : It’s Parvo Season again so make sure your dog is v accinated against it. Parvo is a major killer on the island and for puppies it’s nearly always lethal. Symptoms are similar to poisoning: throwing up, bloody diarrhea. It’s very contagious. L.D.

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 786-6518, 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.bonai rereporter.com Reporters : Jacky Bernabella, Barbara Mason Bianculli, Susan Davis, Christopher Frans, Wilna Groenenboom, Jack Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby Greta Kooistra, Els Kroon, Sara Matera, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, 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 L ast month ( The Reporter September 9 to 16 issue) I demonstrated an easy way to make a donkey’s portrait. This time we will continue with the donkey with five easy steps to creating the perfect torso. 1. Lightly sketch a rectangle with “runover” lines. 2. About midway on the right side find point (a). Sketch up to (b). From (b) sketch down to the straight line and curve up to (c). From (c) angle down to intersect with the straight line again. This will be the top of the rear end. 3. Curve slightly down from (d) to (e). Add the tail at (d). Draw the belly in from (f) to (g). 4. Draw the front leg line (h) on the right side of the rectangle; draw leg line (i) inside the rectangle; and leg line (j) through the back rectangle space. Curve out and down to continue leg line from (e) 5. Sketch over all straight lines to make soft curves. Now you are ready to add the donkey’s head which you learned to draw last month. Simply start your portrait outline with the bottom lip at point (a). Then add foliage under donkey, un til next time when I will continue with the donkey drawing, adding his legs and feet (hooves). Happy Drawing Janice Huckaby JanArt Five Easy Steps to Drawing the Donkey’s Torso 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 15 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 THIS WEEK Friday, Saturday, October 28, 29 Vale Croes live at Moveieland 9 pm, NAƒ30 Sunday October 30, Monday, October 31 Halloween Haunted House at Capt. Don’s Habitat , 8 to 11 pm, NAƒ5. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Bonaire. Not recommended for children under 12! (page 18) Saturday, October 29 – Art Exhibit Opening – Edith Foks-Ferrageau de Saint Amand – at the Cinnamon Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Exhibit until November 30 (page 13) Saturday, October 29 Halloween Party at Buddy Dive– Begins 7 pm. Costumes welcome. All invited (page 20) COMING Saturday, November 5 —Rincon Marshé—Big Monthly Version – outdoor market in Rincon, the soul of Bonaire. Criollo food, drinks, gifts, music, fruits & vegetables, plants, candles. Friendliest people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pm. Saturday, November 5— 5th Annual Bonaire Eco Swim. Details in the next issue November 24-26 – Bonaire Investment Conference Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27Long Distance Walk —29/44 km & 29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 7807225 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 Saturday —Mountain Bike Ride — Everyone is welcome, no matter what your 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 warehouse , 6 to 8 pm , Kaya Industria #23. Wine NAƒ2,50 a glass. 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 Bingogreat 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 BonaireTalker 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 Friday5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry’s Wildside Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast every week 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 Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 7175080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation 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 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet. an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. 7177103. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. 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 7174685, 566-4685 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. Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ14 (incl. Tax) Children under 12 NAƒ12 NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Sky High Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) The Cave (Morris Chestnut) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) The Skeleton Key A s I write this week’s article, a nice rain outside is watering all our plants. This seems a contradiction to my latest articles, making a rock or cactus garden. But even cactus and succulents like some rain every now and then. See how beautifully our cactus , Dama de la Nochi, is blooming now after last week's rain. And also plants like the Red Aloe will start blooming now much more abundantly than in the dry season. As I wrote in my last article, so many things are possible with rock gardens. Just see the nice rock gardens made by Captain Don and his crew all around the island. When you want to start a rock garden make sure you have enough space for it. You can create some contours by adding a lot of the Bonairean diabaas . This soil is perfect for a start. Then add some rocks, as big as you can find. This gives a more impressive effect. Then, when you are satisfied with the results, start making a plan for the plantings. Put some taller plants like big Cactus or Yucca in the middle and then work from the top down. In my opinion it is very important not to use too many varieties in a small area. Using more plants of the same variety gives a much more attractive look. And always remember that most of the succulents like Aloe and small Agaves will spread out as they grow. Always use those varieties at the bottom or along the sides. In this way they will have enough space to grow and they will make a nice natural borderline. Here are some of the “top plants" that you can use: Some palms like the Manila palm are nice to use on the top. Other good palms are the more solitary growing types like the Phoenix roebelini , Coccotrinax and different forms of the Sago palm . Don't use Coconut palms or Washingtonia palms. They will be too big, and the contrast is, in my opinion, too much. Other nice plants are different forms of Dracaena, Yucca elephantipes . Different Cactus like the Euphorbia varieties and also the native Bonairean types are perfect. Another great plant as a centerpiece is the Pandanus utilus or Screwpine . They will grow slowly, but they have a beautiful twisted trunk with green spiny long leaves. For now, this will give you plenty of ideas and next time I'll write more about the shorter plants which you can use. Ap van Eldik Rock and Cactus Gardens 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. A Phoenix roebelini palm. A good “top plant” choice.

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 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. ART GALLERY Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is featured. Stop by. Free entry. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. COMPUTERS Bonaire Automation B.V . fills all your computer needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair and more. 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. Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine) low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. 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, DVD rentals, 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. 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 PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services . Now-full digital services . 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. 717-2345 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. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SUPERMARKETS Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VACATION CLUB Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get discounts and more. Free gift for learning how. 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 w ill refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518 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; Monday: Caribbean 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 LowModerate Lunch and Dinner Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Closed Saturday and Sunday Lots of parking in big mall lot Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm Breezy terrace with airco inside—Also serving big sandwiches at dinner 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 Bonaire’s Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. 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 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 until 6 pm 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

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 This story was first published in the November 21, 2003, issue of The Bonaire Reporter . "I was sent as a marine for nine months to Curaçao, and in December 1989 my parents were planning to visit me for the holidays. I found a house for them right across from where Millitza Scharbaai lived with her parents. Many times I watched her coming and going and I liked what I saw! When I asked her out she said 'Yes,' and that's how it all started." "I'd seen my neighbor peeping at me," Millitza l aughs, "but I had just ended a two-year relationship and I wasn't too eager to get involved again. However, somehow he convinced me, and by the time his nine months were thr ough, we were going steady. I told Ronald, 'Look, here things are different. When you want to date a girl you have to ask permission from her parents!' And so he did!" Millitza and R onald Schleper and their two daughters, Sabine (8) and Sanne (4), are living in a cozy house in Hato. It's filled with books, children's drawings, souvenirs, flowers: a happy home, full of life. Millitza is c uddled up on the couch and Ronald is s itting next to me, keeping an eye on what I'm writing. "In April '90 I left for Holland, back to civilian life, and f ound a job with a security service. In June Millitza arrived. I was living with my parents and Millitza rented a room. A year later I found a house and we moved in together." "In Curaçao I was st udying to become a teacher," Millitza says. "In Holland I studied economics for a year, but I found it boring and went back to my previous studies. Then my father became ill and I got homesick. It wasn't difficult to convince Ronald to go back to Curaçao; he goes with the flow, good or bad. He's very flexible!" "Well, after six and a quarter years with the marines and before that as a soldier with Unifil in Lebanon, you find out that life can take you anywhere. You learn to adjust," Ronald says. "I went to Curaçao for two weeks, found a job with the Caribbean Hotel as the assistant chief of security, then I went back and we got married in Holland. Millitza left for Curaçao and I had to wait four months for my permits. April 1st, 1995, our Sabine was born. The job didn't meet my expectations, then one of my neighbors asked me why didn't I apply for a job with the police. I was accepted, but I had to intern for nine months: standard procedure. The first three weeks I was drilled and couldn't go home at all. For me it was nothing new as I'd done it before. However, for Millitza it was kind of hard; she was alone with a newborn baby, but she had her family and pulled thr ough. It was funny though b ecause I was 34 and my costudents were 18, 19 years old! Half of the class was going to be stationed in Curaçao, the other half in Bonaire. The quota for Curaçao was full. I could have waited another year, but that I didn't want, so we knew we were going to Bonaire. I'd been here once for a triathlon with the marines. We'd spent the night at the Sunset Beach Hotel. Millitza had been here only twice. The swearingin took pl ace July 11th 1997 in Rincon. I was born in Amsterdam, and I'm the only makamba (European Dutch) on Bonaire's police force. During the training I had been the only makamba too, and I must say I never had any problems; there was no question of discrimination ever. Now there are more makambas working with the police in Curaçao, but in Bonaire I'm still the only one! I learned Papiamentu the hard way, just by myself, and sometimes I get compliments, but I don't know if that's b ecause they want to flatter me!" "It's a shame," Millitza adds. "I never taught him anything and I am qualified to teach Papiamentu in high sc hool, but somehow, we never find the time for it. Together we speak Dutch and when Sabine was born we started to speak Dutch to her too, but then Ronald switched to Papiamentu. Sanne speaks only Papiamentu. The children never speak Dutch together. We should do something about that especially because you never know where you're going to end up. But Sabine speaks and understands English rather well and even a bit of Spanish. Both the children go to Papa Cornes where I am a teacher. Every morning the three of us leave the house wearing the same uniforms! I like my job a lot. We're a strong team and we organize lots of activities for the children as well as for the teachers. Next year we're going on a cruise, all the teachers and their fa milies, 135 people!" "My job is very diverse," Ronald says quietly. "I am stationed at Amboina with three other policemen, but usually we're covering the whole island because there's always a shortage of staff. We handle burglaries, thefts from cars, we mediate in fights between spouses, neighbors, disturbances in bars and when parents are having difficulties with their children. In fact we're doing a lot of social work. What I like best is when someone comes to report a theft, to be able to solve the entire case up to the arrest of the offender. That gives me great satisfaction. We are aware of the fact that thefts from cars at dive sites cause a lot of frustration amongst tourists, civilians and car rental agencies, but as we're only working with 40 policemen here on the island, the fact that we're always understaffed is very frustrating for us too. We're trying the best we can. We have a good team and I like my job. Next to my work, I have another passion. I love to run!" He gets up and comes back with a picture of himself, the US Capitol at the background . "In 1989 I participated with a group of 18 marines in the Washington, D.C. Marathon. Nowadays I realize that I can't run that fast anymore." He smiles. "But I'm still participating. In 2001 I ran in the Chicago Marathon and was sponsored by an American lady who was living on Bonaire at the time. Last year ( 2002) I did the New York Marathon with Dirk-Jan Methorst, manager of Budget Rent-a-car, and Roland Verbeek, manager of Warehouse Bonaire. We paid for everything ourselves and we were able to raise NAƒ2.200 for the Maria Hoppner Foundation and the same amount of money for Special Olympics Bonaire. This year I did the Amsterdam Marathon. It was good that the Air Holland tickets were so cheap! I called my mom and told her that I was coming to Holland in October, and she answered, 'You've made my day!’ I hadn't seen them for two years." "Ronald is never homesick," Millitza says . "But it was good for his mom that she could pamper him nicely for a week. Although we often fly to Cur açao, I always feel homesick. Every morning at six I call my parents, just to check on them. Our telephone bill runs up to NAƒ500 a month! We've really settled down here. We bought our house in '98. It's still not finished; there are always other priorities! Ronald runs several times a week and participates in every run that's organized on the island, and he’s also a member of the Lions club so his time gets used up! I didn't have a hobby, but I joined the folkloristic dance group Kayena. They performed for Maxima and Willem-Alexander, but at the time I wasn't with them, alas! Lately I started working for FORMA, teaching Papiamentu to young people, 16 to 24, who are getting a second chance. It's a very special experience to work with these people and to teach Papiamentu as it was always my intention to promote our language. Our daughters have their hobbies too: in scouting and a choir. Sabine does athletics and models for Angelo. Next year she's going to represent Bonaire at an Antillean fashion show at the Great Escape. Yeah, you know, on Bonaire you have to fill your own time, otherwise you're going nuts! When I am in Curaçao they often ask me, 'Hey, how's Bonaire! How can you hold out!' But although we always have a good time in Curaçao, we're ha ppy to find the peace and tranquility of Bonaire. It's a cozy island. We visit friends, we go for a happy hour or with the children to a restaurant and every Sunday morning we go swimming with the whole family at Flamingo B each. I don't know where we're going to be in the future, but in the meantime we're here. We've been married for 10 years and we still get al ong very well." She laughs. "I can't complain!" Greta Kooistra “I told Ronald, ‘Look, here things are different. When you want to date a girl you have to ask permission from her parents!’” July 1997 Ronald Schleper The family

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter October 28 to November 4, 2005 (SGB Students Write about Regatta. Continued from page 11) Isabella Wu: “Regatta may be a Bonairean tradition but it was visited by many nations. It was a great view of a multi-culture island. Besides the many visitors from all the neighboring countries there were also many motorcycles and cars. Bands from Curaçao also came…As I passed by Regatta house all I saw was just beautiful. Many sailboats on the sea, of all different colors. It was just like a rainbow in the middle of the sea. People were walking all around or s itting and enjoying the competitions.” Sharon Heymans: “I’m also very proud of my little brother because he just started windsurfing and in the Regatta he ended up 3rd place and for freestyle, 4th place. …My sister is a member of the Bailamore dance group and preformed at Wilhelmina Park. So I think Regatta is to show what people learned and to show it off and of course to just have fun!” Cassandra Nicolaas: “The thing I liked most of the first day of Regatta was the parade. Then you can see how many different people you can find on Bonaire.” Janet Joven: All the four days that I went to Regatta I enjoyed it. We danced in City Café with the new band, we walked the whole city, watching the people, meeting visitors and also seeing some people who had been off the island for a long time. …I tasted food from Peru and Colombia. It was really good.” Lisa Schut: “I really love Regatta because there are so many people together. You see so many people you know. It’s really fun and cozy. Too bad about the weather and not too much wind for the sailors, but the ambience was good though.” Andres Rodriguez: “I think Regatta was boring this year because there were not many people or places to eat. I hope next year will be better. And the weather wasn’t that good for sailing. What was good was that we had no school the whole week.” Sebastian Wegerer: “My Regatta was definitely different from everybody else’s b ecause I had nothing to do with it. Usually I compete but I started kitesurfing last year but you need much more wind to get the kite in the air so my brothers and I stayed home and helped paint our house and download music onto our computer….” Other popular activ ities that the teens wrote about in their stories about Regatta week included: Sleeping (a #1 activity), going to the beach, camping at D onkey Beach, swimming, going to Klein Bonaire to help tag a turtle, renting DVDs, going to Gameland, working part time, watching TV, participating in the Jong Bonaire Klein Bonaire swim, fishing, playing soccer, playing computer games, golf, bowling, catching up on school work and helping parents at work. L.D.

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to November 4, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Look into ways that you can make extra cash. Arguments could prevail. Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations you've been considering. Do some research if you want to find information that you can apply against the opposition you face. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Think about your budget before booking a trip. Avoid too much discourse with colleagues this week. You like to stay busy and now is your chance to do just that. You may think gifts will win their heart, but it could add stress from lack of funds. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do not hesitate to help elders with legal documents that are too confusing for them. Try to be reasonable. You could be disillusioned if you let a relative in on your emotional thoughts. You will find that valuable knowledge can be gained if you are willing to listen. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Renovations or purchases made for your home will pay off. Try to be precise in your communications. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. Use your better judgment before you sign up for a costly venture. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel will be on your mind, but you should be sure that you've got all your work up to date. You can win if you're open and up front with your boss. Disruptions may set you back, but you're strong, and in the end the choices you make will be favorable. You may find acquaintances being deceptive. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't get involved in idle chatter that will hurt your position. Don't force your opinions on friends or relatives unless you are prepared to lose their favor. Try to be considerate in your personal obligations. You're apt to make a move or experience changes at home. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Interaction with colleagues will only be upsetting. Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life. You can't help ever yone. Be cautious while traveling; minor accidents are evident. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Partners may try to argue with you; however, you must stand your ground. Trips should be your choice. You won't get the reaction you want from your mate this week. You can look around for the right pl ace and enlist some of your friends to help you move. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may experience financial loss if you don't use good judgment. Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an Internet organization. Be sure to question any detail that you feel could leave you in a pr ecarious position at a later date. It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22Jan. 20) Don't let anyone take credit for a job you did. Exaggeration or deception c oupled with overindulgence might be a problem. It may be a disappointing day emotionally. You may need help with your financial situation. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be careful. You could be your own worst enemy if you overreact to something you're told. Make changes to your home that will be pleasing to everyone involved. Try to understand both sides of the issue before taking sides. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Someone may try to damage your reputation. You must be careful not to reveal secrets or get involved in gossip. You don't need to pay out in order to have fun. You can purchase items that will enhance your appearance. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. Mars is at Its Biggest, Brightest and Closest This Halloween Weekend Y es indeed, the time has arrived because this Halloween weekend Mars will be at its biggest, brightest and closest until the year 2018 and will be the brightest object in the night sky after Venus sets in early evening. This week and next, 45 minutes after sunset, face west where you will see the brightest planet of them all, 8,000mile-wide, Earth-sized Venus . So if you do your trick or treating early this weekend you'll be d azzled by this incredibly super bright white planet until about two hours after sunset when it will set. But if you turn around and look due east two hours after sunset you will see another super bright but rouge-red, gold object which after Venus sets will be the brightest object in the night sky because there will be no bright Moon visible this weekend. In fact you'll be able to watch Mars travel across the sky all night long. It will r each its highest point just slightly south of overhead between midnight and 1 am Sky Park Time, after which it will slowly descend in the western sky until it sets at dawn. And the beautiful part of it is that if you miss it on Halloween it will be almost as bright all this week and next. Actually Mars will be at its absolute closest point to Earth two nights before Halloween on Saturday, October 29th between 11:22 and 11:27 pm SPT. ItÂ’s only 43 million, 137 thousand, 342 miles away from Earth, although for all practical purposes it will look almost as bright all this week and next. So to see Mars at the moments it's actually at its closest go out between 11:22 and 11:27 pm and you'll be able to say that you saw Mars when it was the closest it will be for 13 more years! And might I add that if you've been watching Mars approach in the past three or four months you watched it double in brightness in September and almost double again this October. And although people have mistakenly been led to believe by some Internet sites that Mars is at its closest this week in 60,000 years, that is simply not true. Mars was at its closest in 60,000 years back in August of 2003. You see, every 26 months Mars pays Earth a close visit. On August 27th, 2003, it came super close, only 34.6 million miles away, then it slowly drifted to the other side of its orbit and on September 6, 2004, r eached its farthest distance for this go round 248 million miles. And ever since it has been slowly coming back toward us. Of course I over simplify because our Earth has likewise been moving at the same time, and it is their combined motions which cause the two to meet in relatively close proximity planet wise every 26 months. So there you have it, Mars at its closest for Halloween. And just off to its left, also almost overhead, at midnight are the legendary Seven Sisters which you can easily see this Halloween night because there will be no bright moonlight to wipe them out. Wow! Mars and the Seven Sisters on Halloween. Jack Horkheimer For the week: October 2228, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up Many people imagine Mars will look like thisÂ…. Â…Actually it will be more like this.