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I November 1220V 2I


I G b o 6O2 i- m i epo 66 0 OS rs 78


Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the MCB Bank Hato Branch with a Youth Sports Day
(R to L) Assistant Managing Director Orphaline Saleh, Hato Branch Manager Edward Engelhart,
Soccer team coach Ricardo Alberto with the kids at the Little League Field See page 5
















T he Antillean Co-Financing Or-
ganization (AMFO), which had
its grant powers suspended by Dutch au-
thorities, has created a hotline in Curagao
(09 786-7779 from 8 am to 6 pm) for
non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
to get information on their project fund-
ing requests. AMFO created the hotline to
better serve NGOs that requested funding,
but have not yet received an answer.
In October, the Dutch government tem-
porarily stopped payment of funds in-
tended for the third and fourth quarters of
2005. One condition for resumption of
the program is that both AMFO and the
NGO Platforms have to improve their
administration and internal control for
funding by year's end.
An AMFO press release said they are
doing their utmost to reach this target.
AMFO emphasizes that this temporary
measure will not hurt the projects for
which the funding requests have already
been approved. In the case of approved
projects, the payments will continue as
agreed.

AA major sticking point in the ne-
gotiations to reform the Netherlands
Antilles is the national debt of almost
NAf5 billion ($2.85 billion). About 96%
of the current Antillean foreign debt is
owed to the Netherlands as a result of
development aid provided partly in the
form of soft loans in the past, budget sup-
port and payment arrears. So, the "real"
foreign debt due to creditors outside the
Kingdom is, in fact, negligible. The vast
bulk of the debt of the islands belongs to





Th?"ThPORTER

IN THS ISSUE:

MCB Sports Awards 5
Logos II Visits Bonaire 3
Career Day on Bonaire 8
Tracking Three Turtles 9
Re-opening Kas Krioyo Rincon 10
Art (Donkey Legs) 13
Party & Zo Premiers 13
Surinamese Get Ready to
Celebrate 13
Antique Houses (Martis) 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Special Olympic Spotlight 7
(Habitat & Rum Runner
Volunteers)
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself
(Birmingham, England &
Cozumel, Mexico) 12
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
November Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Steven Rosario & Jessy
Rosario-Frans ) 17
Pet of the Week
("Rachel") 18
Sky Park
(Casseiopeia) 19
The Stars Have It 19


the island of Curagao. The Central Gov-
ernment itself owes NAf 2.4 billion and,
of that, it's been determined that Bonaire
should be responsible for 10% of the total
or NAf240 million, giving the island the
highest debt-to-island product ratio of any
Antillean island growing from 44% to
127%. (For comparison: in the European
Union, the norm is 60%)


Emsley Tromp and Queen Beatrix


Emsley D. Tromp, President of the
(Central) Bank of the Netherlands Antil-
les, in presenting the above figures at a
conference at the University of the Neth-
erlands Antilles last week, proposed that
the country of The Netherlands totally
assume all debt in return for some con-
cessions from the Antilles when the coun-
try is restructured. Over the last 20 years,
as a result of following polices set by The
Netherlands and World Bank, the Antilles
debt has become unsustainable:
*The total public debt increased more
than four-fold-- from NAf 1.1 billion to
NAf4.7 billion.


*The debt ratio increased from 48% to
84% of Gross Domestic Product.
*The domestic debt component rose from
51% to 85%.
*The interest-bearing part of the debt in-
creased from 72% to 90%.
*The interest burden of the debt increased
more than six-fold-- from NAf44 million
to NAf280 million; the share of tax reve-
nues absorbed by interest payments rose
from 5% to 23%; and the share of interest
payments in total expenditures increased
from 4% to 16%.
The statement of the conditions implies
that a Central Government will continue
to exist in some form. This is precisely
what four of the five Antillean islands
voted against in the recent referenda. The
main conditions would eliminate the an-
nual transfer of Dutch monies to the is-
lands, remove all borrowing power from
all Antillean islands, bind them to bal-
anced budgets and establish a foundation
to oversee financial matters.

A Minister of Economic Affairs Alex
Rosaria told Parliament last Tuesday that
he would try to get out of a 1999 cove-
nant with Venezuela that allows up to 13
fishery licenses to be issued per year. The
issue of a fishing moratorium will be
raised as well.
Rosaria explained that a former minister
had signed an agreement with Venezuela
in 1999 that allowed up to 13 licenses to
be sold. "Selling" fisheries permits to
Venezuelans has netted NAf94.000 for
the Central Government coffers. In return
for the permits, the Venezuelans offered
to train Antilleans to become fishermen.
This never happened.
Fish in the territorial waters of the
Netherlands Antilles are being depleted.


Rosaria told Parliament he estimated
some 900 tons of fish were caught every
year in the past. This has gone down to
some 200 tons.


A Monitoring is one of the most im-
portant tasks in Marine Protected Ar-
eas. The monitoring often provides data
to manage the parks and make decisions.
Since Bonaire has one of the strongest
fish survey teams in the Caribbean,
Ramon de Leon, the Bonaire National
Marine Park Manager, thought that a
coral identification course would help
everybody to expand their knowledge and
help the BNMP to generate data.
Biologist Paul Hoetjes from Curagao
was contacted and agreed to offer a two-
day Coral ID course on November 29th
and 30th and will include some AGRRA
protocol training. The course is open to
everybody. This is the second step toward
developing an extensive monitoring pro-
gram for our Marine Park. Contact
Ramon de Leon, Manager Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park at 717-8444 to learn
more.

A As we go to press the situation at
San Francisco Hospital is on life sup-
port and the hospital administration is
threatening to pull the plug by blocking
admission of new patients into the hospi-
tal and closing the operating room. The
head physician, Dr. Jan Boodt, says there
simply isn't any money to buy the medi-
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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 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.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Barbara Mason Bianculli, Wilna Groenenboom, Jack
Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Michael Thiessen,
Andy Uhr, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Natalie A.C. Wanga
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
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cines and drugs needed for patient care.
As reported last week, there is a shortage
of NAf3.4 million that has built up over
the past four years because the Social
Insurance Bank, under guidelines sent by
the Health Ministry, pays the hospital
less than the actual cost of most medical
services.
Bonaire's senior Senator, Ramonsito
Booi, has threatened to resign from the
Central Government unless the Ministry
of Health and the Central Government
release the needed funds. Prime Minister
Etienne Ys has intervened and is cur-
rently discussing the problem with sev-
eral parties. "The government is respon-
sible for the healthcare on the different
islands and should assume her responsi-
bility as such," he said.
The Dutch CDA party wants the cabi-
net of The Netherlands to quickly offer
aid to the hospital. CDA presented writ-
ten questions to the Ministers of Public
Health and Kingdom Relations and asked
that needed supplies and equipment be
sent directly to Bonaire as soon as possi-
ble. CDA was astonished to discover that
within the Dutch Kingdom such a funda-
mental shortage of medical care exists.
The hospital is short more than 1.5 mil-
lion euro. San Francisco Hospital has 35
beds to serve Bonaire's population of
approximately 12,000.

A Last week the parents of the miss-
ing American teenager, Natalie Hollo-
way, Beth and Jug Twitty, gave a press
conference on CNN with Alabama's
Governor, Bob Riely, who appealed to
all his fellow citizens to boycott Aruba
because he felt the Holloway case hadn't
been sufficiently investigated.
"This is abnormal and out of all pro-
portion," said Aruba Prime Minister Nel-
son Oduber about Governor Riley's call
to boycott Aruba. Riley asked the gover-
nors of the other 49 states to support him
in this boycott. The Aruban government
wants American President George W.
Bush to blow the whistle on Riley and
make it clear to him that a boycott of
Aruba is out of the question.
Following Oduber's request the US
State Department issued a statement indi-
cating that no whistle will be blown on
the governor, but the US government
also does not support his appeal. "We
respect this elected representative's right
to come up with such an appeal. His
statement does not reflect the position of
the US, however. There are no boycott-or
travel limitations for US residents to
travel to Aruba." Natalie Holloway may
have disappeared but her memory lives
in the US headlines almost daily.


A Last week, four spear fishermen
were caught with their catch near
Playa Frans. They are accused of spear-
ing fish in the protected waters of the
Bonaire National Marine Park where
spear fishing is banned. Their spear gun,
diving gear and the catch were confis-
cated. The catch was donated to the
boy's home of the Maria Hoppner Foun-
dation.

A Catholic Bishop
of the Diocese of Cura-
9ao of which Bonaire is
a part, Luis Secco, has
requested that all po-
litical parties refrain
from attending
church services as a
group dressed in their
political "colors." He
also doesn't want party
badges and logos in the church. "Come
to church as Catholics and not with po-
litical intentions," said the Bishop. He
has spoken about this in person with a
few political leaders and has sent letters
to others. Incidents in Curagao prompted
the decree.


ina Marcano, Luis Castro (Harbour Vil-
lage), Tasmi Phelipa (Sand Dollar),
Amina Kromodimedjo and Jeanette
Trenidad (Bonaire Tours & Vacations).

A Visiting Bonaire this coming
weekend is the ship Logos II, a mobile
Christian community. It is part of Op-
eration Mobilization International, an
international, interdenominational mis-
sion organization. A crew of 200 volun-
teers from over 45 different countries
serves on board the ship. The main at-
tractions are the large book fair, on board
conferences and on shore events. See the
article on page 6 for more information.


A Need paper or computer printer
supplies right away. City Shop delivers.
In the photo City Shop is delivering the
first A4 Chamex paper to the Fundashon
Wega di Number (Bonaire Lottery). See
their ad on page 5.

Continued on page 5.


On November 5th The Chaine des Rottis-
seurs of Bonaire held a colorful event offood
and wines at Wil's Tropical Grill Served by
top students of the SGB High School and pre-
pared by Master Chef Wil Heemskerk along
with student Channethon Jansen it was a per-
fect evening ofpowerful flavors and old and
new world wines.


Photos and Text- Sara Matera


The Rotary Club ofBonaire hosted the
Annual BanTopa! an exchange offellow-
ship, ideas andfuture community service
goals with Aruba and Curagao Rotary Clubs
on October 21-23. It was a record turnout of
attendance among the islands with a total of
75 people attending. Everyone wants to visit
Bonaire! Events included an Opening Wel-
come Reception at Divi's Flamingo Nest, Sat-
urday an Island Tour by Achie Tours includ-
ing the whale skeleton project sponsored by Rotary at the Washington Park entrance.
Lunch at The Place to watch our young Bonaire Windsurf champions put on a show for
us all Dinner at Lion's Den, and in the rain storm afantastic Sunday Champagne
brunch at Buddy Dive Resort. "Champagne si, agua no."


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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(Future Direction Continued from page 4)

A Does it seem that lots of Bonaire
children have their own cell phones?
They are not alone. About one-third of
kids, ages 11 to 17, have a cell phone
of their own. Last year the NOP
World Technology market research
company reported that nearly 14% of
kids, ages 10 and 11, had their own
phones. But this can lead to financial
trouble said the company. Just like a
credit card, a cell phone offers con-
venience, an emergency line (minutes,
not cash, in this case) and the opportu-
nity to get in way over your head. And
in both instances, many teens (and
their parents) insist that they can't live
without one. The pre-pay systems
popular on Bonaire offer built-in lim-
its, but without that a cell phone can
quickly turn into a credit card with an
antenna, they say.

A Investors from all over the world
are invited to Bonaire for the Island's
first Investment Conference, Novem-
ber 24 26. Showcasing the various
investment opportunities available in
Bonaire and focusing on investment ar-
eas from Tourism and E-Commerce to
Medium and Small Business Develop-
ment and Ecological Projects, the event
will feature a dinner in Kralendijk's
Wilhelmina Park, happy hours with live
music and a day to explore the island in
addition to the conference and expo ac-
tivities. The cost to attend the Confer-
ence for two days (the third day is free)
is $195. For more information visit
http://www.BonaireInvestment.com.


A Do you like to throw darts? Join
Bonaire's best darters at City Cafe next
Sunday November 20th, at 7 pm sharp.
It's still free and fun.

A In honor of The Day of the Child,
on Sunday, November 20, SEBIKI, in
cooperation with Jong Bonaire will have
a Children's Light Parade. The parade
will begin at 6 pm at Jong Bonaire and
conclude at the Wilhelmina Park. All
young children and their parents or
guardians are invited. For more informa-
tion call SEBIKI at 717-2436.

A Sint Nicholaas is Coming! Sint
Nicholaas (Sinter Klaus, Sanikolas) and
his Black Petes (Swartepiet) will arrive
on Bonaire on Saturday, November 26,
at the North Pier at 10 am. The big
question is, which boat will they arrive
on?
As a new idea this year FASIZ
(foundation that organizes the arrival
and visit of Sanikolas) and SEBIKI have
joined forces to present a short, eight-
minute informative program for children
about Sanikolas every day, starting No-
vember 16 through 29, on BOTV, chan-
nel 24, at 7 pm. The program will be
repeated the following day at 1 pm. Tan-
chi Mimi of SEBIKI will be the hostess.
There are a lot of surprises in store for
the children. For more information call
717-8482 or e-mail komishonsaniko-
las hotmail.com. More next week..

A The Jong Bonaire model this week
in the Benetton ad is Jomar Vlijt,
who's shown by one of the pillars in
front of Harbourtown Realty. The Ben-
etton ad is on page 20. OG./L. D.


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MCB Sports Awards

W .4


'W I/ e wanted
V V to do
more than just give
trophies to Bonaire's
Little League baseball
and Baby and Super
Baby Football (soccer)
teams," said MCB As-
sistant Managing Di-
rector Orphaline Saleh,
"so we decided to give
the teams the equip-
ment they needed. And
each team member got
a special certificate
and a t-shirt." MCB
Bonaire has given gifts
to the teams before,
but this year it was in
commemoration of the
10-year anniversary of
the establishment of
MCB Bonaire's Hato
branch.
It was a very appre-
ciative bunch of kids
last Saturday at the Left: Harold Sint Jago, member of the Little League
Little League Ball Park Baseball Board, accepts the gifts from Operations Man-
when MCB personnel ager Norman Pourier
handed out bats, balls
and gloves to four Lit-
tle League baseball teams and soccer balls to five Baby and Super Babies football
(soccer) teams. Baby Soccer members are seven to eight years old; Super Babies
are nine to 10. Little League is 10 to 12; Jr. Little League is 13 to 14.
Incidentally, Bonaire's Junior Little League Team is currently in second place for
the Caribbean Region. OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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LOGOS II Visits Bonaire Focus on Bonairean Crewmembers


A dventure, travel and new discov-
eries feed the imaginations of
youngsters. For Ephraim J. Alberto,
youngest son of Melva and Ephraim M.
Alberto of Antriol, his dream began nine
years ago when the ship Logos II sailed
into Bonaire. Ephraim was only 12 then,
but he recalls walking aboard to view the
books and buy some videos and music
CDs. He toured the ship and was awe-
struck by the powerful engine and its
spotless engine room.
Recently, his pastor, Alex Senchi of
the Bonaire Christian Fellowship, an-
nounced that Logos II was revisiting
Bonaire. "I knew that I had to find out
more about it, so I called Luka who had
been on the ship. She told me that if I
joined I would have to learn many dif-
ferent jobs on board and get along with
people from diverse countries. I said,
"That's what I want to do! Variety is
what I love, so this is perfect!" For Eph-
raim, his dream will be realized when he
sails away, bound for other lands and
cultures. Rarely does travel and adven-
ture combine with Christian fellowship
and good will as it does on the Logos II,
a floating village focused on satisfying


Prospective crew member Ephraim
Alberto and Simon Schori,
Logos II project coordinator

the need for knowledge, help and hope
of both the volunteer crew and the com-
munities they visit.

Opportunities aboard Logos II
Since Ephraim left school to work at
CesMar N.V.,
he has missed
learning, espe-
cially about
languages and
cultures. He
will have
plenty of edu-
cational oppor-
tunities aboard
the Logos II.
With his musi-
cal talents,
Ephraim will
play an impor-
tant part in the There's always paint-
activities spon- ing to do aboard a
sored for inter- steel ship


ested schools,
community
groups and the
general public
whenever the
ship is in port.
Between ports,
he and the other Ephraim
crew members
will have more
routine jobs, such as working in the gal-
ley (kitchen) and doing maintenance. In
addition, Ephraim will receive training
in international relations, communica-
tions, resource management and leader-
ship. In Trinidad two weeks ago, he be-
gan preparations for his new adventure.
Now back on Bonaire, he is helping with
radio ads and setting up the phone lines.
When the Logos II arrives in Bonaire
and opens its doors on November 23 for
the Book Fair and conferences, look for
Ephraim who will be assisting the crew
to help you feel welcome.
Before he joins the ship full-time,
however, he has even more work to do.
According to Simon Schori, the project
coordinator, Ephraim must raise funds to
support himself during his two year mis-
sion. The entire crew and staff serving
on board the Logos II are non-salaried
volunteers. The ship is operated on be-
half of "Good Books for All," a non-
profit organization whose goals are sup-
plying vital literature resources, encour-
aging inter-cultural understanding and
training young people for more effective
lives with the message of hope in God. If
Ephraim can raise his funds by Decem-
ber 2, he'll be able to join the crew in
Santo Domingo for more training and


then head to his
first official port
stop in Jamaica.

On Logos II,
1996-98
It was Shelout-
ska "Luka" Mar-
tinus, wife,
mother and pub-
lic school social
worker on Bon-
aire, who de-
scribed what
Ephraim might Sheloutska "Luka"
expect if he Martinus and
joined the Logos friend at work in
II mission. In friend at work in
H mission. In the ley
1996 she made the galley
the same deci-
sion. "I had fin-
ished my studies
at the Social
Academy in Hol-
land. My church
was mission-
minded so I had Luka
heard about the ship,
but I needed to find out more and ask
God for direction." Shelouska was con-
vinced to sign up after talking to a survi-
vor of the original Logos ship which
sank off Tierra del Fuego, Chile
On Logos II, each crew member works
an eight-hour shift, then has time for
studying, training, and developing pro-
grams for each port. They rotate through
a variety of jobs, focusing on one that
best fits their talents. Wake-up is at 6:30
am, devotionals at 7:30, breakfast at
8:00, then the work-day begins for those
on the first shift. Sheloutska started in
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(Logos II, Continued from page 6)
the coffee bar for her 8-hour shift, and
later switched to kitchen work and dish-
washing. For nine months she organized
local volunteers at each port. Her last
assignment was to precede the ship and
prepare for arrival in Grenada, St. Vin-
cent & the Grenadines and Miami. She
communicated with the government
agencies necessary for granting entrance
to the ship as well as contacting local
organizations to discover their needs and
set up appropriate programs.
"Sometimes we sang or performed for
schools," Sheloutska explains. "Other
times we talked with prisoners or people
on the street. In the Bahamas we visited
an orphanage for dying children with
AIDS, where we hugged them and told
them how special they were." After a
bad hurricane in Mexico, the Logos II
crew, with face masks to protect against
germs, searched for bodies, distributed
clean water and cared for the children.
"We even brought them to the ship for
showers. The sad part was saying good-
bye and not knowing if we'd ever see
these people again. I saw a lot of misery,
pain, sickness and hurting families as we
traveled, but I saw even more happiness,
sweetness and loving people, people
who really care for one another, people
who try the best they can to live a decent
life. During my two years aboard, I
learned to appreciate people from 45
different countries. I realized that al-
though we use different languages, we
all speak the language of love; God's
love is the best language and He is in
control. During a storm or hurricane,
you easily comprehend that your ship is
no more than a piece of metal! On Logos
II our life was simple, with no luxuries;
we need only Jesus."
"When I was the emcee for a confer-
ence in San Diego, I had a surprise. Part
of my presentation was to explain why I
chose to volunteer aboard the ship. Af-
terwards, a middle-aged lady ap-
proached me and shared her struggles
about going into mission work. She
firmly said that I had helped her and
three months later she was a crew mem-
ber! That's when I realized that God
uses everyone in special ways. We don't
have to be well-known, or talented, or
rich to be useful to Him. He can even
use a kid like me! That's why," Shelout-
ska adds with enthusiasm, "I think it's
important for everyone to be part of a
mission. Maybe not being the mission-
ary, but perhaps supporting it with
money or prayers. In the past, many peo-
ple came to Bonaire to share their faith
and help the island grow. Now it's time
for some Bonaireans to go out and help
others." And now Ephraim is.


About 6,000 titles are available in a wide
range of categories, including science,
sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, eco-
nomics, medicine and Christian living.
Publishers often donate books that have
been removed from circulation in first-
world countries after new editions have
been released. This allows the ships to
offer books at a fraction of their original
cost. The ship also strives to show
God's love by bringing "help to needy
areas, such as Papua New Guinea, Libe-
ria, West Africa, Nicaragua, Grenada,
and Guyana, suffering from natural dis-
asters and wars. The ship's crew mem-
bers have built orphanages, houses,
community ovens and shelters. They
have distributed medical aid, food,
clothes, books, and toys. Bringing
"hope to a world of uncertainty is a
special mission of the volunteer crew-
members. They believe that each person
is gifted with the talents and abilities to
live a purposeful, significant life with a
clear focus on God. While in port, they
respectfully and sensitively share this
message of hope with others. Over nine
million people have visited Logos II
since 1990 as the ship stopped at more
than 60 countries. O Barbara Mason
Bianculli; photos by Logos II crew

-.. The Logos II will be in
port from November 23rd
through the 30th at
Bonaire's commercial
pier. Be sure to visit. The
Book Fair is open:
S iTuesday to Saturday
10am 10pm and
Sunday to Monday 2pm 10pm
See the Happenings section on page 15
for a schedule of their other programs 1


IN THrE SPOTLIGHT

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Lots of subjects to choose from

Knowledge, Help and Hope
As the Logos II sails around the world,
its crew shows God's love to people in
need by offering practical aid. Some-
times they do this by bringing
"knowledge, as they are in the
"floating" Book Fair here in Bonaire.

Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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Career Day in Bonaire


t was an awe-inspiring event Ca-
reer Day in Bonaire last Saturday.
This was only the second time such a
service has been offered on Bonaire. It
was organized by SGB's Nolly Oleana
and Lillian Paula Crestian,and with fi-
nancial help from several very generous
Bonaire businesses.
More than 1,000 visitors streamed into
the Sports Hall SGB (high school) stu-
dents, parents, and teachers all search-
ing for information about higher educa-
tion and career opportunities. Even
younger students were there. More than
37 representatives had tables and dis-
plays set up different universities, vo-
cational schools, the government, the
police, the fire department, the Coast Trying on the Coast Guard outfits: Jaid,
Guard, MCB bank, and even FINEB Eleonore and Jordano, with Rodrick
(student financing). Of that number 20 Gouvenor, PR officer for the Antilles
were from schools. There were video
shows, pamphlets and information, group lectures and opportunities to have one-on-one
conferences with the representatives. For the first time on Bonaire, the academically
elite university in Holland, Erasmus, sent a representative. There were people from
seven higher vocational and teacher training schools in Holland, including ROC, Uni-
versity of the Netherlands
Antilles (UNA) in Curagao,
four vocational training
schools from Curagao and
one from Aruba.
Our own SGB was repre-
sented and is proud to now
offer seven different voca-
tional training programs:
Cooking 2, Administration 2
& 3, Hospitality 2, Social
Work with Children 2 & 3
and Electrical Engineering 3.
The Hall was open all day to

The University of the Nether- e.u.n -
lands Antilles was recruiting

accommodate as many students
as possible need ig information.
During the lunch hours, students
from the highest HAVO classes
had tables set up outside, serving
lunch, drinks and snacks, so peo-
ple could spend the day. The
money they made will be used for
class excursions.
This event is a service beyond ...As were Dutch universities
any price. It offers our young
people an opportunity to easily
get information on their future education and careers all under one roof. Nolly
Oleana says that such a happening can be put on at a fairly reasonable price and
asks local businesses to consider being a sponsor for the future. You may call him
at SGB 717-8120. What a way to be part of Bonaire's future and its citizens! OL.
n


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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TrackHiINGg ThrSee T/trt/es


T hree of Bonaire's mating sea turtles, about their routes and perhaps improve guess is that she has moved off the Rosa-
two females and a male, have left protection for them. lind Bank heading in a southwesterly direc-
their Bonaire mating grounds for feeding tion. The next day or so will tell if the inter-
grounds elsewhere in the Caribbean. Since The most distant is Jenni. The data being pretation of the data was correct.
they all are equipped with tracking trans- received for 'Jenni' is not the best and is Yesterday, 'Jenni' swam at a rate of ap-
mitters we can check their progress to learn pretty confusing. Sorting through it, a best proximately 48 km for the day and is cur-
rently 1,410 km from Klein Bonaire.
Our male hawksbill, Albert, is continu-
ing on toward the west. Big Al's speed has
slowed slightly to approximately 93 km for
the day. He is now over 435 km from Klein
Bonaire and the fastest of the lot.


The last and smallest turtle is Mari-
posita. Sometime early Saturday morning
after laying her second nest of the season,
our little butterfly, 'Mariposita', a female
hawksbill, decided depart. Traveling very
slowly, she is moving in a northerly direc-
tion and is approximately 35 km from
Klein Bonaire. You will remember she has
only one rear flipper, but because sea tur-
tles use their front flippers for propulsion
she should still be capable to make her trip.
We will keep you posted. O Andy Uhr


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
11-18 0:00 0.6FT. 14:05 2.0FT. 87
11-19 0:52 0.6FT. 14:51 2.0FT. 80
11-20 1:28 0.6FT. 15:36 1.9FT. 71
11-21 1:58 0.7FT. 16:16 1.8FT. 61
11-22 2:21 0.8FT. 17:05 1.7FT. 50
11-23 2:38 0.8FT. 17:44 1.6FT. 41
11-24 2:45 0.9FT. 11:09 1.5FT. 15:25 1.4FT. 18:26 1.5FT. 33
11-25 2:36 1.0FT. 10:18 1.6FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 19:22 1.4FT. 31


I VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL: I


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Re-opening Kas Krioyo Rincon Reliving History and Traditions

Sometimes it's difficult as a reporter not to be too emotionally involved in a
story. This was one of the 'sometimes' moments.
The reopening on November 6th of the Kas Krioyo Rincon (The Rincon Creole
Home) represented much more than a museum or tourist product. Mr.
Vicente Raymundo Molina, better known as 'Tan Molina,' was a well-known
Bonairean mentioned in different history books and (international) studies for
his healing powers and musical talent. But to me he was known as 'Mo Tan,'
my great uncle, my father's mysterious and peculiar uncle of whom I heard so
much growing up but still knew so little.
In 2002, following his death almost 20 years ago, the Tan Molina and his wife
Isebia 'Chechi' Molina-Winklaar home was dedicated as museum. After sev-
eral improvement projects which started in 2003, organized by the Fundashon
Desaroyo Rincon (Rincon Development Foundation) and its commission, last
Sunday Kas Krioyo reopened.


T he Kas Krioyo
gleamed in a
background at the
opening ceremony:
the bright yellow
freshly painted walls
and the new yatu
cactus fence, built as
in the old days. Add-
ing to the old time
feeling were the ma-
jestically dressed
ladies of the Com-
mission, wearing the
traditional Bonairean
dresses called Saya
ku Djecki (skirt and
jacket). The old


world met the new in the large audi-
ence consisting of the direct descen-
dants of Tan and Chechi Molina, Rin-
con inhabitants, officials of the Bo-
nairean government, representatives of
the sponsors (Prince Bernard Fund,
AMFO, Sorobon Beach Resort, MCB),
the Pourier construction company
(which rebuilt parts of Kas Krioyo),
representatives of TCB, the Club Un-
ion Boneriano from Curaqao and
SKAL.


The members of the Kas Krioyo commission


At the front door of the Kas Kyioyo


After Ingemar Molina and the repre-
sentative of Prince Bernard Funds, Mr.
Winthrop Curiel, performed the offi-
cial ribbon-cutting at the garden's en-
trance, the assemblage entered the gar-
den and viewed the makeover of Kas
Krioyo: a bar facility, kitchen and two
toilets. Outside the house a six-
compartment ramada (a covered sec-
tion built of a special wood called pal 'i
flambue) where people can sell prod-
ucts was added.


Lt. Governor Doma-
cass6 expressed his
respect for the hard
work of the Fun-
dashon Desaroyo Rin-
con and its commis-
sion. "Everyone who
visits Rincon has to
know what the house
stands for: a commu-
nity, which fought for
results, to see things
happen." He also em-
phasized that in the
new Bonaire we
should not forget the
old Bonaire. "It's our his-
tory that makes us truly
genuine," his speech concluded.


Two of the three children of Mo Tan

Rincon's flag and anthem be used
regularly. The term and concept, tour-


Mr. Winthrop Curiel, the Prince Ber- ism, is taken very seriously, even as a
nard Fund representative in the Antil- scientific study (eg. Thailand). To pro-
les, was impressed by the Rincon mote Rincon as a tourist destination we
population's honesty and hard working should know what tourism is and pro-
attitude and vision. The same went for mote it. His view is to create an atmos-
the hard work of the Fundashon De- phere in which people know what's
saroyo Rincon. He emphasized that the (Continued on page 11)


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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Reopening Kas Krioyo(Continued from page 10)
happening in Rincon, just as Amster-
dam was consciously remade as a
worldwide cultural city. Tourists
should be able to stay a couple of days
in Rincon instead of just driving by.
His last suggestion was to add at the
back of the welcome sign of Rincon
"Thank you for visiting Rincon. Don't
stay away too long."

President of Plataforma Rincon and
directly involved to Fundashon De-
saroyo Rincon, Ms. Maritza Juan-
Pedro stated that Rincon is blessed.
With the reopening she was positive
that it brings hope that things would
get better. According to Juan-Pedero a
lot still has to been done at the infra-
structure level.
She summarized the project process: in
October 2003 the subsidy petition was
handed in to the Prince Bernard Fund.
On August 24, 2004, the subsidy was
officially granted. She thanked all the
sponsors and people who cooperated
but especially Monica Clarinda, the
Prince Bernard Fund representative on
Bonaire; Maria Koeks, who brings
tourists from all around the world to
Rincon; and finally the family of Tan
and Chechi Molina who donated the
house. "I promise to keep taking care
of your treasure just as we agreed,"
were Juan Pedro's concluding words to
the Molina family.

The official coordinator of Fundashon
Desaroyo Rincon, Ben Oleana, volun-
teered to head the project with a spe-
cially installed commission. The public


enjoyed his quotes of working hard
with Maritza Juan-Pedro and her de-
mands like making sure that only Rin-
con's people should work in makeover
of the Kas Krioyo. Oleana was sure
that if we all continue with the same
hard work, Rincon would be a big
player in the Bonairean tourism indus-
try in two years.
As the representative of the Bonairean
government, Commissioner Burney El
Hage explained some future govern-
ment projects for Rincon. He explained
that he and his colleagues traveled a lot
to explore financing possibilities. But
their main input according to him was
to investigate the economic artery of
Rincon so they can employ the ideal
infrastructure so tourists could reach
Rincon. The government is working on
the promenade project, which will go
from Cozy Corer to the Marshe Rin-
con. And the road to Kas Krioyo will
be asphalted. He guaranteed that this
would be completed before the end of
June 2006.

Ingemar Molina (19), the youngest
grandson of Tan Molina, impressed the
audience with a short but sweet dis-
course on the link with being young
and the ancient times. According to
Molina, as youngsters they would not
be able to understand their present
without their past. Through Kas Krioyo
visitors on Bonaire will understand
how our forefathers fought and worked
to survive. "Let Kas Krioyo revive in
all of us, especially the good old times
so we can put it in practice for our own
benefit. Rincon once again, pabien."


Besides all the speeches, Rincon would
not be Rincon if cultural activity were
not a part of this special day. A special
Kas Krioyo cake was presented and
shared with all those present. The Ra-
mada was immediately put into use:
different ladies in traditional dresses
offered sweets, goat soup etc. Mr.
Hubert Vis of SKAL gave an explana-
tion of the colors and symbols of the
Rincon flag: the blue triangles repre-
sent the hills around Rincon, white, the
color of peace, and blue, the color of
the sky. The green at the bottom of the
flag reflects the culture heritage of Rin-


... rl lla
Lt. Governor Domacassd samples the
cake

con. The kachu (male goat horn),
which is used for different cultural pur-
poses, is incorporated into the R of
Rincon. After taking a look into the
Kas Krioyo we could all enjoy the past
meeting the future.: the Rincon Krioyo
Kids. Yep, we are safe. The future gen-
eration definitely understands their
past. Mission accomplished, Mo Tan.
1 Story & photos by
Natalie. A.C. Wanga f


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(UK) with Jack Chalk (General Manager, Captain Don's Habitat), Neil
Grant (UK), Brian and Sue Lowe (UK), Nick Davies (Harbour Village Marketing
Manager) and the Caribbean Village steel band in the background. D

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During their cruise on the Caribbean Cruise Line ship, "Victory," Bonaire
residents Linda and Walter Coffie and Linda's sister, Rugia, stopped to
pose with their copy of The Bonaire Reporter in Cozumel. Walter Coffie is the re-
cently retired head of Bevolking (census department), and Linda is "Tante" (Aunt)
Linda, for many years a teacher and hostess of a children's radio program. 1

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1996 Suzuki Vitara (jeep) with bi-
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717-7648

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Giant brand mountain bike -
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For sale: Scubapro 7mm wetsuits. 1
x male, XL. 1 x female M. $50 each.
Weights 1, 2 and 3 kg. weights.
$2,5 per kg Pony bottle 30 Cu. Ft.
$100. Also lots of small stuff! Call
Rogier 791-2439

For sale: Chair solidly built Oak An-
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Rug. Beige/Yellow. Call Rogier 791-
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2 Sky Kennels for dogs, 1 large (E-
class acc. to KLM), 1 extra large (F-
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5582

N.V. FOR SALE- Registered for
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5 Toyota Hilux pickups (2000),
prices start at NAJ12.000,- 1 Nissan
pickup needs repair NAJ950,- Con-
tact Jan Willem at 717-5080 (8 a.m. -
5 p.m.)

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717-8819

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
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Three bedroom apartment in
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It breaks my heart to sell the
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Drawing Good Looking Donkey Legs
bottom of her belly. Use this same measurement to estimate the length of the legs.
Sketch a dotted line where the bottom of the hooves shall rest.
A. Sketch two sweep lines: Front A and Back A. The front line is straight and at
a slight angle towards the back of the donkey. The back line should angle out
more and is curved. Add two fetlock knobs (a).
B. For the back leg, curve out slightly about half way down, then draw straight
down to fetlock knob. For the front leg, angle down to the fetlock knob.
C. Add triangles to the front of the sweep lines for the hooves. Connect the fet-
lock to the hoof with two short parallel lines.
D. About halfway down the leg, locate the knee on the front leg, and the hock on
the back leg. This is where you can give her some nice leg curves.
Good luck with your donkey drawings!
D Janice Huckaby Jan Art


Party & Zo Premiers


KonTiki owner Miriam Gerlings, bartender Liz Rijna
With Party & Zo owners, Sharon and Roosje


S haron and Roosje's "Party & Zo," a complete party planner operation, made its
debut last weekend with a "Girls' Night Out" event at KonTiki. Ladies only, of all
ages, were there to get together to visit and watch Bartender of the Caribbean multiple
winner Liz Rijna demonstrate how to make great cocktails at home. Everyone got tastes
of the out-of-this-world concoctions and tapas were passed by young stageres
(trainees) from Holland. The energy was high and even a surprise rain squall didn't
dampen the spirits!
Party & Zo can handle all your party needs from intimate soirees to large scale
events. They're creative, energetic, enthusiastic and very well organized! Call them and
get rid of those party planning headaches: Sharon at 786-5581 or Roosje at 786-7984.
L.D.


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


Members of the Mietie Makandra* board plan the big November 26
event (L to R) Vice President Waldi Deika, Hetty Burgos, Marcel van
Brussel, President Vincent Rommy, Treasurer Rosita Paiman. (front) Sec-
retary Oswald Melcherts. Not shown: Amina Kromodimedjo

T he organization of Surinamese living on Bonaire, Mietie Makandra, is again
planning a big celebration, this year commemorating 30 years of Surinam's
independence a "Brasa Dey" (Give a Hug Day) on Saturday, November 26, at the
Centro di Bario Noord Salina from 3 pm. There will be a church service, speeches
by the Surinam Consul General to Curacao, the Governor and other dignitaries.
Then the festivities begin: Surinamese food and drink, music, dancing, costumes and
even a fire dance. This year sees a cultural interchange with groups from Peru, the Do-
minican Republic and other participating countries too. Glenn I Su Geng will perform
and there will be Surinamese, Antillean and Latin American music.
This group, representing about 320 Surinamese on Bonaire, always puts on great
events so if you're on the island, don't miss it! Everyone is invited. OL.D.

*Mietie Makandra means, in Taki Taki (Sranang Tongo) language, "To meet each
other."


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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Pet of the Week
Sweet little "Rachel" was brought
into the Bonaire Animal Shelter
by the dogcatcher because her owners
had "too many dogs," such a common
reason. Her mother is getting sterilized
so that's good news.
Rachel is only about five months old
and she's so willing to please that she
was immediately put on the "possible
adoption dog list." She made the list
permanently after she was checked out
by the vet, given her testing, worming
and shots. The Shelter staff says she's
fun but tough and will make an excel-
lent watch dog. Rachel is a medium
sized dog with black, short, easy to
care for fur.
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema re-
ports that so far this year there have
been 143 adoptions (last year total was
150). He also says there are some
really nice adult dogs at the Shelter
now.


If you
have a
kennel for
sale or are
looking
for one to
take your
pet back
to Europe
or North
America,
call the
Shelter.
Because "Rachel"
you can't
buy new kennels on the island and it
can be difficult to find one, the Shelter
is willing to act as a "half-way house"
for procuring kennels from those who
want to get rid of theirs for those who
need one. Call them at 717-4989. The
Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays until 1. DL.D.


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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WHATS HAPPENING


WiLry MOVIE SOITIUI

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
In Her Shoes
(Cameron Diaz)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Roll Bounce
(Paul Walker)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf 12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Sky High


THIS WEEK
Saturday, November 19-Drop off items
for Dia di Gracia at St. Dominicus Col-
lege which will be open all day. For heavy
items call Termo Tech at 717-4658 and
they will pick up.
Sunday, November 20 -Dia di Gracia
(Thanksgiving) St. Dominicus College 8
am to 5 pm, food and drinks, cost of entry:
a hug. Bring cast offs to donate (clothes,
furniture, whatever) to Termo Tech, Kaya
Korona 81. Tel. 717-4658

Sunday, November 20 International
Day of the Child-SEBIKI
sponsors activities at Jong
SBonaire, 4 pm. At 6 pm a
children's light parade from
Jong Bonaire to Plaza Wil-
i helmina.Info at 717-2436.

November 22 to December
1 Book Fair Ship Logos
II docks in Bonaire at the North Pier. The
Book Fair is open to the public Tuesdays to
Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm and on
Sunday and Monday from 2 pm to 10 pm.
For more information about on board
events and conferences, call 529-5895.
Wednesday November 23 -- Standing in
the Gap Leadership Conference The
Bonaire of today needs people standing in
the gap. What role can you play in raising
up a new generation of leadership? 7 pm,
NA 5.

Thursday, November 24 From Heart
to Heart Wives of spiritual leaders Come
for a cup of coffee with your Maker and a
time of encouragement with the wives on
the Logos II, 10 am, NAf5

Friday November 25 -- Youth Conference
(14 -21 years old) Sex, Drugs & Self
Esteem -Are they of any true values? 8
pm, NAf5.

Thursday, November 24 American
Thanksgiving
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Conference-see page 10

COMING UP
Saturday 26 November, Wilhelmina
Park International Night With music,
dances, dramas and a challenging mes-
sage. Entry free for everybody, Wilhelmina
Park, 7 pm
Saturday, November 26 Introductory
swimming officials clinic given by Eddy
Solomon, FINA representative. Free. The


Barracuda Swimming Team invites anyone
interested in participating to contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at valarie@telbonet.an to sign
up.
Saturday, November 26 Darts competi-
tion, City Cafe, 7 pm, free to all
Sunday, November 27- The Vacant
Chair- Men's Conference From Men to
Men. What responsibilities do we have?
7 pm, Speaker: Lt. Governor H. Doma-
cass6, NAf 5.
Tuesday, Wednesday, November 29-30-
Coral ID Course. Call Bonaire Marine Park
717-8444 for information.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday,
Nov. 29-Aida Vita
Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km & 29/41
km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225.
Saturday, November 26- Surinam Day
Celebration-See page 13.

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
mingo
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 Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wild-
side Diving. New original paintings of
Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast
every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30pm
Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080


November Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Location #PAX Line
Sat Nov.19 Columbus 0800-1400 N.Pier 324 Hapag Lloyd
Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 Holland America
Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Germany


CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited. NAf5 eny fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's
culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behindthe Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days 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.

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

Send event info to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518


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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
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 Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.


Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, 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, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers 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 cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed


or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 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 in US. 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 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 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 Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

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

Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

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

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

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

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



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W I e met at the Regatta when I
VV was 16 and Steven 19. He'd
come over from Curacao especially for
the Regatta and when we saw each other
it was love at first sight. It still is today.
The first year we saw each other only
three or four times, but we wrote exten-
sively and very often. To call on the
phone was quite a hassle as I didn't have
one. So I would write Steven two weeks
ahead to ask if he would be home on this
particular day and hour and when the
day came I had to go to the Landsradio
(telephone) office in Playa and ask for
the connection.
When I was 17 an aunt of mine came
from Holland to visit us. She had four
sons and wanted a daughter badly. I was
very curious about Holland, especially
about the snow, so I asked my parents if
I could go. First they didn't want to hear
about it as we are such a close-knit fam-
ily, but then my dad gave me permission
to go, also because he thought it would
be good for my studies. Before I left for
Holland I called Steven to tell him what
I was planning to do. He couldn't be-
lieve it! Immediately he came over to
tell me how sad he felt and that he didn't
want me to go. But I told him, 'We're
such good friends, please don't try to
keep me here.' Then he said, 'In five
months I will be in Holland too.' And
that's the way it went. I was living with
my aunt in Tilburg, in the south of Hol-
land, while he was living in Lelystad, in
the middle of the country, and studying
in Amsterdam. We only saw each other
once a month! My aunt didn't like it; in
spite of the fact that my parents knew all
about Steven, she felt responsible. A
year and a half later two of my sisters
came to live in Holland. I moved in with
them and then I saw Steven every week-
end. We were 19 and 21 years old and
the party started!
Steven had been studying economics
and accounting and worked as the salary
administrator for Content Beheer in The
Hague and later on as an accountant for
Getronics, a computer business. I was
working in health care: in nursing
homes, old people's homes, in hospitals,
with the handicapped and with children.
We started living together in Holland in
1988 and when I was seven months
pregnant we got married. In 1989 our
daughter Thasjanara was born."
"My mother died in 1990; she was
only 47," Steven says. "After the funeral
in Curacao there were so many mixed
feelings and I thought, 'It has been
enough in Holland! All the hassle and
the stress! I should go back... I have to
enjoy my life and feel free. It was as if
the islands were pulling me." "We'd
been living in Holland for 10 years,"


Jessyfills in, "and all that time it was as
if my heart was in Bonaire and my mind
in Holland. Then my brother Rene died
in a car accident in 1988 on Bonaire, at
27 years old. I hadn't seen him in two
years, until I saw him at his funeral.
From that time on I didn't want to stay
in Holland any longer. I was afraid of
losing another family member.
We're a very close-knit family, 10
children. We were and still are very fond
of each other. My parents, Egidio Buchi
Frans and Lidia, are such loving people.
I couldn't have had a more wonderful
childhood! I am a kunuku girl. We were
raised on a kunuku in Tras di Montana.
My dad worked on tankers and big
ships, sailing to Europe and South
America. So... all in all it became very
clear to us that we wanted to go back to
the Antilles and we decided that we
would return with a lot of goals."
"March 4t 1994 we arrived," Steven
says, "and three days later I started
working for Bonaire Trading. It was an
interesting experience. Two years later,
January 1st, 1996, I started my own com-
pany, Cactus Accounting Services. In



"You never reach all your
goals, but to keep my fam-
ily close is what counts
most. I don't look at our
success; I look at who I
am. There have been turbu-
lent times too, but there
should always be some ex-
citement! Nevertheless, we
are a good pilot and a good
stewardess!"


the beginning it was only a side job that
I worked from the house, but slowly and
gradually it started growing, and after
five years I had to hire somebody. The
first of January 2006 it will be 10 years,
and in the meantime I've four people
working at the office: one from British
Guyana, one from New York, one from
Aruba and one from Colombia.
Last January, I bought the inventory of
Larry's Bakery in Nort di Salifia. I left
the original name not to confuse the pub-
lic, but the company is called Pika Im-
port and Export. It's a tribute to my dad
whose nickname is Boi Pika; he's is the
funniest man in the world! I've never
seen him angry in my life! I bought the
bakery to do something extra, to have
more action in my life. I have eight peo-


pie working
there for
me. I never
consider
people who
are working
for me to be
my employ-
ees; they are
my col-
leagues,
that's how I
see them. If
one of them
wants to go
dancing, I'll
go! I love to
dance! And
if another
one wants
to go to the
movies I'll
come too! Even my clients are my
friends they put their trust in me -
that's the way I see it. But the best thing
is to go with our boat and the family for
weekend trips to Klein Bonaire that's a
top weekend! It was one of our goals.
We wanted to build our own house, to
buy a boat and a Jeep. We worked hard
for it, but we made it!"
"When we arrived here I started work-
ing immediately for Peter Lensfelt's
Raffles, now the Blue Moon," Jessy
says. I didn't have any experience in the
restaurant business, but my sister Shirley
was working there and I believe I did
well because the tips were very good!
With a lot of willpower we started build-
ing our own house. My brother Etty, the
father of Tonki, Tati and Choko, was the
contractor, but Steven also built walls
and I was sifting sand, jointing and mak-
ing soup. It was a lot of hard work, but
we finished the house in eight months.
When Raffles became Chez Truus, I got
pregnant with our son Shakir, who was
born in 1997.
I stayed at home to give more attention
to the children. Luckily we could afford
it... but I couldn't sit still! So, I started
painting (walls, furniture etc.). I make
flower arrangements; I do the cosmetic
work on deceased people and the make-
up and hair styling for Bonaire Nights; I
am a wedding planner; I do upholstery
and I design carnival costumes; I'm a
specialist in doing cake decoration in the
bakery. I am a very active girl! I am just
like Steven, I also like to help people. In
that sense we have a lot in common and
it's fun and it's what we admire in each
other! But I can't do anything with pa-
perwork and numbers. Once I tried to
help Steven when the office was still in
the house, but when he came to look I'd
fallen asleep!" "She got fired immedi-


ately," Steven jokes. "It's always a sur-
prise when I come home to see what
she's up to this time!" "Last year I
started doing the display at Chez Clau-
dette, and without Steven knowing, I
asked the lady, who's my godmother, if
she had a job for me, and I worked there
for a year. Then I thought, 'Cool! I
would like to have a shop of my own! So
June 10th I opened a boutique across
from Little Havana. It's a challenge and
I am busy all day, if I'm not baking
bread in the bakery! Every day is a spe-
cial day, because of the sun and because
of 'the man up there' we get our energy
to go on. We're still not finished, be-
cause if you are, you're dead, you don't
have a life anymore. I am the happiest
woman, with my man and our two beau-
tiful children and I can still be happy
with the smallest things."
"What's most important to me is that
our children will study and that they will
have all the opportunities and my pas-
sion is to keep our family ties, here and
in Curaqao, in very good shape." Steven
says. "You never reach all your goals,
but to keep my family close is what
counts most. I don't look at our success;
I look at who I am. There have been tur-
bulent times too, but there should always
be some excitement! Nevertheless, we
are a good pilot and a good stewardess!"
1 story and photo by Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


T his interesting house and shop featureed this
week were built in 1935 by Jose A. Martis and
his wife Mercelina, who are pictured in the photo at left
which has been artificially colored. The portrait still
hangs in the house. Their daughter, Nelly Maria Flores,
who died on December 29, 1991, worked in the shop
until her death.
Today the shop continues to be kept going by Norma
Sillie, Nelly's daughter, and her husband. In the morn-
ing she is assisted by her niece, Sharline Mercera, who
lives next to the shop.
Before Nelly Maria Flores passed away she made the
family promise that they would never change the interior


of the shop. So today it is still almost the same as 10, 20
or even 30 years ago. And the family hopes to keep it
this way.
This shop and house have a lot of beautiful original
details. For me the chimney is great because of its beau-
tiful lines. The side door is
very special too with its
"lookout," so you get to have
a look out to see who it is be-
fore you really open the door.
1 Photo collage and story by
Wilna Groenenboom


Bonaire Reporter- November 18-25, 2005


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Queen Cassiopeia :
A Case of Vanity
and Its Cosmic
Reward

O ne of the
things I like
about autumn skies is
a constellation named
for an ancient queen
of exceptional beauty,
Queen Cassiopeia of
Ethiopia. Go out any
night in November
between 9 and 10 pm,
Sky Park Time. Look due north for Polaris, the North Star, and directly above it
you will see five bright stars which, if we connect with imaginary lines, trace out
the letter M. This is the constellation Cassiopeia and you may well ask, "How
could anyone stretch their imagination enough to see a queen in this M shaped pat-
tern of stars?" The answer is, if you add a dim little star here, just below the crux
of the M, you can actually draw a very nice stick figure of a chair, the throne of
Queen Cassiopeia. But as you can see, the throne in this position would require
Cassiopeia to wear a seat belt because she'd be hanging face downward over the
North Star. And that's part of the reason this group of stars was named for Cassio-
peia.
You see because Cassiopeia, like the Big Dipper, is fairly close to the North
Star, we see it change its position in the heavens dramatically each night. In fact if
we move time about six hours ahead we would see that the throne is west of the
North Star, but it is now more nearly upright so the queen would not have to be
hanging on for dear life. But as the hours pass all the stars endlessly circle the
North Star, and it is quite apparent that for much of the time Cassiopeia has to
hang on to her throne quite tightly to keep from slipping off, especially in early
evening in November. So why would anyone put a great queen on such a precari-
ous throne?
Well it involves a little story of Cassiopeia's great beauty. It seems that she made
the fatal mistake of bragging that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea
nymphs, who were considered to be the hottest beauties of their time. It also seems
they complained to their father Poseidon the god of the seas. And after much ado,
with sea monsters and Queen Cassiopeia's daughter Andromeda chained to a rock
and rescued by Perseus, Cassiopeia was finally punished for her vanity by being
made to ride in the heavens around the North Star for all eternity, sometimes in a
queenly upright position and at others in a less than dignified manner.
Today of course vanity is seldom punished but rewarded and we might think that
the story of Cassiopeia quaint. But long ago she served our ancient ancestors well
as a value lesson, passed down from generation to generation. And 433 years ago
this month, November 1572, astronomers all around the world saw something
wonderful happen here because a new star appeared in Cassiopeia that grew in
brightness and for about two weeks outshone every star in the sky and could even
be seen in broad daylight and was visible for almost 16 months. We now know it
to have been a giant exploding star called a supernova, of which our great tele-
scopes can now see the shattered remnants. So look for an ancient super star
beauty queen who once had a super star visitor long ago.
Have you been seeing lots of shooting stars lately? They are part of November's
Leonid meteor shower which peaked earlier this week. Unfortunately, the moon
was near full so they were hard to soot. O Jack Horkheimer


23tLA Lo


For the week: November 12 to 18, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Sudden changes regarding colleagues may surprise
you. Talk to an older, established individual about your present situation. You are
in a high energy, get it all done, mood and you'll have little patience with those
who are slacking off. You can make changes to your home that will be pleasing to
all concerned. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Love and romance are evident. Be diplomatic when
dealing with in-law. You don't want to give anyone fuel for the fire. Work hard on
improving your living quarters. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Think before you act if you wish to avoid friction.
Drastic financial losses may be likely if you lend money. This day was meant for
love. Make creative changes to your residence. Children will keep you busy. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Visitors may drop by unexpectedly, resulting in ten-
sion with your lover. You can easily wrap up overdue personal legal matters that
have caused problems for you. Try not to be so demonstrative. You can learn a
great deal more if you listen rather than rant and rave. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to take everything so seriously. Exercise your tal-
ents and present your ideas to groups you think you can contribute to. You have
two choices; Get out on your own, or bend to your mate's whims. Take time to
deal with the concerns of children. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will have excellent ideas and you should be able
to help your partner get ahead. Investments that deal with property will pay off but
could cause conflict with some family members. Be discreet and don't present your
ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. Avoid letting children and friends
borrow. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your tendency to overreact could get you into trouble.
If you join intellectual or cultural groups, you should meet individuals who stimu-
late you. Your mate will appreciate your honesty. Correspondence may not clear
up issues. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Refrain from using the highway as a racetrack.
Your emotions have been pulled out of shape and you need to do a little backtrack-
ing. Involve yourself in group endeavors. Beware of individuals who are not that
reliable or well known to you.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may attract attention if you get out so-
cially. You can expect sorrow to evolve from the information you discover. Pleas-
ure trips will be favorable and bring about possible romance. Sudden trips will
take you by surprise. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can get ready to celebrate your new direc-
tion. Don't hold back; go with the flow and take a bit of a chance. Expect some
flak. Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agen-
cies. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't beat around the bush; state your case in
plain and simple terms. You may be more emotional than usual. This is not the
time to lend or borrow money or possessions. Travel will be exciting. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Avoid letting children and friends borrow. Difficul-
ties may be encountered while traveling in foreign countries. Lovers will be de-
manding. You are best to sign your partner up for activities that will be tiring.
Travel for business will be advantageous. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
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November 18-25, 2005 Volume 12, Issue 43 SINCE 1994 Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: repo rter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988 Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the MCB Bank Hato Branch with a Youth Sports Day (R to L) Assistant Managing Director Orphaline Saleh, Hato Branch Mana ger Edward Engelhart, Soccer team coach Ricardo Alberto with the ki ds at the Little League Field See page 5

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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 T he Antillean Co-Financing Organization (AMFO), which had its grant powers suspended by Dutch authorities, has created a hotline in Curaçao (09 786-7779 from 8 am to 6 pm) for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to get information on their project funding requests. AMFO created the hotline to better serve NGOs that requested funding, but have not yet received an answer. In October, the Dutch government temporarily stopped payment of funds intended for the third and fourth quarters of 2005. One condition for resumption of the program is that both AMFO and the NGO Platforms have to improve their administration and internal control for funding by year's end. An AMFO press release said they are doing their utmost to reach this target. AMFO emphasizes that this temporary measure will not hurt the projects for which the funding requests have already been approved. In the case of approved projects, the payments will continue as agreed. A major sticking point in the negotiations to reform the Netherlands Antilles is the national debt of almost NAƒ5 billion ($2.85 billion). About 96% of the current Antillean foreign debt is owed to the Netherlands as a result of development aid provided partly in the form of soft loans in the past, budget support and payment arrears. So, the “real” foreign debt – due to creditors outside the Kingdom – is, in fact, negligible. The vast bulk of the debt of the islands belongs to the island of Curaçao. The Central Government itself owes NAƒ 2.4 billion and, of that, it’s been determined that Bonaire should be responsible for 10% of the total or NAƒ240 million, giving the island the highest debt-to-island product ratio of any Antillean island – growing from 44% to 127%. (For comparison: in the European Union, the norm is 60%) Emsley D. Tromp, President of the (Central) Bank of the Netherlands Antilles, in presenting the above figures at a conference at the University of the Netherlands Antilles last week, proposed that the country of The Netherlands totally assume all debt in return for some concessions from the Antilles when the country is restructured. Over the last 20 years, as a result of following polices set by The Netherlands and World Bank, the Antilles debt has become unsustainable: The total public debt increased more than four-fold-from NAƒ1.1 billion to NAƒ4.7 billion. The debt ratio increased from 48% to 84% of Gross Domestic Product. The domestic debt component rose from 51% to 85%. The interest-bearing part of the debt increased from 72% to 90%. The interest burden of the debt increased more than six-fold-from NAƒ44 million to NAƒ280 million; the share of tax revenues absorbed by interest payments rose from 5% to 23%; and the share of interest payments in total expenditures increased from 4% to 16%. The statement of the conditions implies that a Central Government will continue to exist in some form. This is precisely what four of the five Antillean islands voted against in the recent referenda. The main conditions would eliminate the annual transfer of Dutch monies to the islands, remove all borrowing power from all Antillean islands, bind them to balanced budgets and establish a foundation to oversee financial matters. Minister of Economic Affairs Alex Rosaria told Parliament last Tuesday that he would try to get out of a 1999 covenant with Venezuela that allows up to 13 fishery licenses to be issued per year. The issue of a fishing moratorium will be raised as well. Rosaria explained that a former minister had signed an agreement with Venezuela in 1999 that allowed up to 13 licenses to be sold. “Selling” fisheries permits to Venezuelans has netted NAƒ94.000 for the Central Government coffers. In return for the permits, the Venezuelans offered to train Antilleans to become fishermen. This never happened. Fish in the territorial waters of the Netherlands Antilles are being depleted. Rosaria told Parliament he estimated some 900 tons of fish were caught every year in the past. This has gone down to some 200 tons. Monitoring is one of the most important tasks in Marine Protected Areas . The monitoring often provides data to manage the parks and make decisions. Since Bonaire has one of the strongest fish survey teams in the Caribbean, Ramon de Leon, the Bonaire National Marine Park Manager, thought that a coral identification course would help everybody to expand their knowledge and help the BNMP to generate data. Biologist Paul Hoetjes from Curaçao was contacted and agreed to offer a twoday Coral ID course on November 29th and 30th and will include some AGRRA protocol training. The course is open to everybody. This is the second step toward developing an extensive monitoring program for our Marine Park. Contact Ramon de Leon, Manager Bonaire National Marine Park at 717-8444 to learn more. As we go to press the situation at San Francisco Hospital is on life support and the hospital administration is threatening to pull the plug by blocking admission of new patients into the hospital and closing the operating room. The head physician, Dr. Jan Boodt, says there simply isn’t any money to buy the medi-(Continued on page 4) Emsley Tromp and Queen Beatrix IN THIS ISSUE: MCB Sports Awards 5 Logos II Visits Bonaire 3 Career Day on Bonaire 8 Tracking Three Turtles 9 Re-opening Kas Krioyo Rincon 10 Art (Donkey Legs) 13 Party & Zo Premiers 13 Surinamese Get Ready to Celebrate 13 Antique Houses (Martis) 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Special Olympic Spotlight 7 (Habitat & Rum Runner Volunteers) Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Picture Yourself (Birmingham, England & Cozumel, Mexico) 12 Classifieds 12 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 November Cruise Ship Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 Born on Bonaire (Steven Rosario & Jessy Rosario-Frans ) 17 Pet of the Week (“Rachel”) 18 Sky Park (Casseiopeia) 19 The Stars Have It 19

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7866518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Barbara Mason Bianculli, Wilna Groenenboom, Jack Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Natalie A.C. Wanga Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 (Continued from page 2) cines and drugs needed for patient care. As reported last week, there is a shortage of NAƒ3.4 million that has built up over the past four years because the Social Insurance Bank, under guidelines sent by the Health Ministry, pays the hospital less than the actual cost of most medical services. Bonaire’s senior Senator, Ramonsito Booi, has threatened to resign from the Central Government unless the Ministry of Health and the Central Government release the needed funds. Prime Minister Etienne Ys has intervened and is currently discussing the problem with several parties. “The government is responsible for the healthcare on the different islands and should assume her responsibility as such,” he said. The Dutch CDA party wants the cabinet of The Netherlands to quickly offer aid to the hospital. CDA presented written questions to the Ministers of Public Health and Kingdom Relations and asked that needed supplies and equipment be sent directly to Bonaire as soon as possible. CDA was astonished to discover that within the Dutch Kingdom such a fundamental shortage of medical care exists. The hospital is short more than 1.5 million euro. San Francisco Hospital has 35 beds to serve Bonaire’s population of approximately 12,000. Last week the parents of the missing American teenager, Natalie Holloway , Beth and Jug Twitty, gave a press conference on CNN with Alabama's Governor, Bob Riely, who appealed to all his fellow citizens to boycott Aruba because he felt the Holloway case hadn't been sufficiently investigated. “This is abnormal and out of all proportion,” said Aruba Prime Minister Nelson Oduber about Governor Riley’s call to boycott Aruba. Riley asked the governors of the other 49 states to support him in this boycott. The Aruban government wants American President George W. Bush to blow the whistle on Riley and make it clear to him that a boycott of Aruba is out of the question. Following Oduber's request the US State Department issued a statement indicating that no whistle will be blown on the governor, but the US government also does not support his appeal. “We respect this elected representative’s right to come up with such an appeal. His statement does not reflect the position of the US, however. There are no boycott-or travel limitations for US residents to travel to Aruba.” Natalie Holloway may have disappeared but her memory lives in the US headlines almost daily. Last week, four spear fishermen were caught with their catch near Playa Frans. They are accused of spearing fish in the protected waters of the Bonaire National Marine Park where spear fishing is banned. Their spear gun, diving gear and the catch were confiscated. The catch was donated to the boy’s home of the Maria Hoppner Foundation. Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Curaçao of which Bonaire is a part, Luis Secco, has requested that all political parties refrain from attending church services as a group dressed in their political "colors." He also doesn’t want party badges and logos in the church. “Come to church as Catholics and not with political intentions,” said the Bishop. He has spoken about this in person with a few political leaders and has sent letters to others. Incidents in Curaçao prompted the decree. On November 2nd, the first Match Consultancy Training Seminar was completed successfully by employees from several BONHATA member resorts. Participants were presented with a certificate of completion in a celebration at the Divi pool area hosted by Divi’s General Manager, Maarten van Wijk. The course graduates were: Violita Martina (Divi), Elisabeth Heldewier, Andreina Marcano, Luis Castro (Harbour Village), Tasmi Phelipa (Sand Dollar), Amina Kromodimedjo and Jeanette Trenidad (Bonaire Tours & Vacations). Visiting Bonaire this coming weekend is the ship Logos II , a mobile Christian community. It is part of Operation Mobilization International, an international, interdenominational mission organization. A crew of 200 volunteers from over 45 different countries serves on board the ship. The main attractions are the large book fair, on board conferences and on shore events. See the article on page 6 for more information. Need paper or computer printer supplies right away . City Shop delivers. In the photo City Shop is delivering the first A4 Chamex paper to the Fundashon Wega di Number (Bonaire Lottery). See their ad on page 5. (Continued on page 5) On November 5th The Chaine des Rottisseurs of Bonaire held a colorful event of food and wines at Wil's Tropical Grill. Served by top students of the SGB High School and prepared by Master Chef Wil Heemskerk along with student Channethon Jansen it was a perfect evening of powerful flavors and old and new world wines. The Rotary Club of Bonaire hosted the Annual BanTopa! an exchange of fellowship, ideas and future community service goals with Aruba and Curaçao Rotary Clubs on October 21-23. It was a record turnout of attendance among the islands with a total of 75 people attending. Everyone wants to visit Bonaire! Events included an Opening Welcome Reception at Divi's Flamingo Nest, Saturday an Island Tour by Achie Tours including the whale skeleton project sponsored by Rotary at the Washington Park entrance. Lunch at The Place to watch our young Bonaire Windsurf champions put on a show for us all. Dinner at Lion's Den, and in the rain storm a fantastic Sunday Champagne brunch at Buddy Dive Resort. "Champagne si, agua no." The graduates with organizer Annette van Rooijan Continued on page 5. Photos and TextSara Matera

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 (Future Direction Continued from page 4) Does it seem that lots of Bonaire children have their own cell phones ? They are not alone. About one-third of kids, ages 11 to 17, have a cell phone of their own. Last year the NOP World Technology market research company reported that nearly 14% of kids, ages 10 and 11, had their own phones. But this can lead to financial trouble said the company. Just like a credit card, a cell phone offers convenience, an emergency line (minutes, not cash, in this case) and the opportunity to get in way over your head. And in both instances, many teens (and their parents) insist that they can't live without one. The pre-pay systems popular on Bonaire offer built-in limits, but without that a cell phone can quickly turn into a credit card with an antenna, they say. Investors from all over the world are invited to Bonaire for the Island's first Investment Conference, November 24 – 26. Showcasing the various investment opportunities available in Bonaire and focusing on investment areas from Tourism and E-Commerce to Medium and Small Business Development and Ecological Projects, the event will feature a dinner in Kralendijk’s Wilhelmina Park, happy hours with live music and a day to explore the island in addition to the conference and expo activities. The cost to attend the Conference for two days (the third day is free) is $195. For more information visit http://www.BonaireInvestment.com. Do you like to throw darts ? Join Bonaire’s best darters at City Café next Sunday November 20th, at 7 pm sharp. It's still free and fun. In honor of The Day of the Child, on Sunday, November 20 , SEBIKI, in cooperation with Jong Bonaire will have a Children’s Light Parade. The parade will begin at 6 pm at Jong Bonaire and conclude at the Wilhelmina Park. All young children and their parents or guardians are invited. For more information call SEBIKI at 717-2436. Sint Nicholaas is Coming ! Sint Nicholaas ( Sinter Klaus, Sanikolas ) and his Black Petes ( Swartepiet ) will arrive on Bonaire on Saturday, November 26, at the North Pier at 10 am. The big question is, which boat will they arrive on? As a new idea this year FASIZ (foundation that organizes the arrival and visit of Sanikolas ) and SEBIKI have joined forces to present a short, eightminute informative program for children about Sanikolas every day, starting November 16 through 29, on BOTV, channel 24, at 7 pm. The program will be repeated the following day at 1 pm. Tanchi Mimi of SEBIKI will be the hostess. There are a lot of surprises in store for the children. For more information call 717-8482 or e-mail komishonsanikolas@hotmail.com. More next week. . The Jong Bonaire model this week in the Benetton ad is Jomar Vlijt , who’s shown by one of the pillars in front of Harbourtown Realty. The Benetton ad is on page 20. G./L. D. “W e wanted to do more than just give trophies to Bonaire’s Little League baseball and Baby and Super Baby Football (soccer) teams,” said MCB Assistant Managing Director Orphaline Saleh, “so we decided to give the teams the equipment they needed. And each team member got a special certificate and a t-shirt.” MCB Bonaire has given gifts to the teams before, but this year it was in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of MCB Bonaire’s Hato branch. It was a very appreciative bunch of kids last Saturday at the Little League Ball Park when MCB personnel handed out bats, balls and gloves to four Little League baseball teams and soccer balls to five Baby and Super Babies football (soccer) teams. Baby Soccer members are seven to eight years old; Super Babies are nine to 10. Little League is 10 to 12; Jr. Little League is 13 to 14. Incidentally, Bonaire’s Junior Little League Team is currently in second place for the Caribbean Region. L.D. C O V E R S TO R Y Left: Harold Sint Jago, member of the Little League Baseball Board, accepts the gifts from Operations Manager Norman Pourier

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 A dventure, travel and new discoveries feed the imaginations of youngsters. For Ephraim J. Alberto, youngest son of Melva and Ephraim M. Alberto of Antriol, his dream began nine years ago when the ship Logos II sailed into Bonaire. Ephraim was only 12 then, but he recalls walking aboard to view the books and buy some videos and music CDs. He toured the ship and was awestruck by the powerful engine and its spotless engine room. Recently, his pastor, Alex Senchi of the Bonaire Christian Fellowship, announced that Logos II was revisiting Bonaire. “I knew that I had to find out more about it, so I called Luka who had been on the ship. She told me that if I joined I would have to learn many different jobs on board and get along with people from diverse countries. I said, “That’s what I want to do! Variety is what I love, so this is perfect!” For Ephraim, his dream will be realized when he sails away, bound for other lands and cultures. Rarely does travel and adventure combine with Christian fellowship and good will as it does on the Logos II , a floating village focused on satisfying the need for knowledge, help and hope of both the volunteer crew and the communities they visit. Opportunities aboard Logos II Since Ephraim left school to work at CesMar N.V., he has missed learning, especially about languages and cultures. He will have plenty of educational opportunities aboard the Logos II. With his musical talents, Ephraim will play an important part in the activities sponsored for interested schools, community groups and the general public whenever the ship is in port. Between ports, he and the other crew members will have more routine jobs, such as working in the galley (kitchen) and doing maintenance. In addition, Ephraim will receive training in international relations, communications, resource management and leadership. In Trinidad tw o weeks ago, he began preparations for his new adventure. Now back on Bonaire, he is helping with radio ads and setting up the phone lines. When the Logos II arrives in Bonaire and opens its doors on November 23 for the Book Fair and conferences, look for Ephraim who will be assisting the crew to help you feel welcome. Before he joins the ship full-time, however, he has even more work to do. According to Simon Schori, the project coordinator, Ephraim must raise funds to support himself during his two year mission. The entire crew and staff serving on board the Logos II are non-salaried volunteers. The ship is operated on behalf of “Good Books for All,” a nonprofit organization whose goals are supplying vital literature resources, encouraging inter-cultural understanding and training young people for more effective lives with the message of hope in God. If Ephraim can raise his funds by December 2, he’ll be able to join the crew in Santo Domingo for more training and then head to his first official port stop in Jamaica. On Logos II, 1996-98 It was Sheloutska “Luka” Martinus, wife, mother and public school social worker on Bonaire, who described what Ephraim might expect if he joined the Logos II mission. In 1996 she made the same decision. “I had finished my studies at the Social Academy in Holland. My church was missionminded so I had heard about the ship, but I needed to find out more and ask God for direction.” Shelouska was convinced to sign up af ter talking to a survivor of the original Logos ship which sank off Tierra del Fuego, Chile On Logos II , each crew member works an eight-hour shift, then has time for studying, training, and developing programs for each port. They rotate through a variety of jobs, focusing on one that best fits their talents. Wake-up is at 6:30 am, devotionals at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00, then the work-day begins for those on the first shift. Sheloutska started in (Continued on page 7) The ship Logos II Prospective crew member Ephraim Alberto and Simon Schori, Logos II project coordinator Ephraim There’s always painting to do aboard a steel ship Sheloutska “Luka” Martinus and friend at work in the galley Luka

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 ( Logos II, Continued from page 6) the coffee bar for her 8-hour shift, and later switched to kitchen work and dishwashing. For nine months she organized local volunteers at each port. Her last assignment was to precede the ship and prepare for arrival in Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Miami. She communicated with the government agencies necessary for granting entrance to the ship as well as contacting local organizations to discover their needs and set up appropriate programs. “Sometimes we sang or performed for schools,” Sheloutska explains. “Other times we talked with prisoners or people on the street. In the Bahamas we visited an orphanage for dying children with AIDS, where we hugged them and told them how special they were.” After a bad hurricane in Mexico, the Logos II crew, with face masks to protect against germs, searched for bodies, distributed clean water and cared for the children. “We even brought them to the ship for showers. The sad part was saying goodbye and not knowing if we’d ever see these people again. I saw a lot of misery, pain, sickness and hurting families as we traveled, but I saw even more happiness, sweetness and loving people, people who really care for one another, people who try the best they can to live a decent life. During my two years aboard, I learned to appreciate people from 45 different countries. I realized that although we use different languages, we all speak the language of love; God’s love is the best language and He is in control. During a storm or hurricane, you easily comprehend that your ship is no more than a piece of metal! On Logos II our life was simple, with no luxuries; we need only Jesus.” “When I was the emcee for a conference in San Diego, I had a surprise. Part of my presentation was to explain why I chose to volunteer aboard the ship. Afterwards, a middle-aged lady approached me and shared her struggles about going into mission work. She firmly said that I had helped her and three months later she was a crew member! That’s when I realized that God uses everyone in special ways. We don’t have to be well-known, or talented, or rich to be useful to Him. He can even use a kid like me! That’s why,” Sheloutska adds with enthusiasm, “I think it’s important for everyone to be part of a mission. Maybe not being the missionary, but perhaps supporting it with money or prayers. In the past, many people came to Bonaire to share their faith and help the island grow. Now it’s time for some Bonaireans to go out and help others.” And now Ephraim is. Knowledge, Help and Hope As the Logos II sails around the world, its crew shows God’s love to people in need by offering practical aid. Sometimes they do this by bringing “ knowledge,” as they are in the “floating” Book Fair here in Bonaire. About 6,000 titles are available in a wide range of categories, including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, economics, medicine and Christian living. Publishers often donate books that have been removed from circulation in firstworld countries after new editions have been released. This allows the ships to offer books at a fraction of their original cost. The ship also strives to show God’s love by bringing “help” to needy areas, such as Papua New Guinea, Liberia, West Africa, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Guyana, suffering from natural disasters and wars. The ship’s crew members have built orphanages, houses, community ovens and shelters. They have distributed medical aid, food, clothes, books, and toys. Bringing “hope” to a world of uncertainty is a special mission of the volunteer crewmembers. They believe that each person is gifted with the talents and abilities to live a purposeful, significant life with a clear focus on God. While in port, they respectfully and sensitively share this message of hope with others. Over nine million people have visited Logos II since 1990 as the ship stopped at more than 60 countries. Barbara Mason Bianculli; photos by Logos II crew The Logos II will be in port from November 23rd through the 30th at Bonaire’s commercial pier. Be sure to visit. The Book Fair is open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 10pm and Sunday to Monday 2pm – 10pm See the Happenings section on page 15 for a schedule of their other programs Lots of subjects to choose from

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 I t was an awe-inspiring event – Career Day in Bonaire last Saturday. This was only the second time such a service has been offered on Bonaire. It was organized by SGB’s Nolly Oleana and Lillian Paula Crestian,and with financial help from several very generous Bonaire businesses. More than 1,000 visitors streamed into the Sports Hall SGB (high school) students, parents, and teachers – all searching for information about higher education and career opportunities. Even younger students were there. More than 37 representatives had tables and displays set up – different universities, vocational schools, the government, the police, the fire department, the Coast Guard, MCB bank, and even FINEB (student financing). Of that number 20 were from schools. There were video shows, pamphlets and information, group lectures and opportunities to have one-on-one conferences with the representatives. For the first time on Bonaire, the academically elite university in Holland, Erasmus, sent a representative. There were people from seven higher vocational and teacher training schools in Holland, including ROC, University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA) in Curaçao, four vocational training schools from Curaçao and one from Aruba. Our own SGB was represented and is proud to now offer seven different vocational training programs: Cooking 2, Administration 2 & 3, Hospitality 2, Social Work with Children 2 & 3 and Electrical Engineering 3. The Hall was open all day to accommodate as many students as possible needing information. During the lunch hours, students from the highest HAVO classes had tables set up outside, serving lunch, drinks and snacks, so people could spend the day. The money they made will be used for class excursions. This event is a service beyond any price. It offers our young people an opportunity to easily get information on their future education and careers – all under one roof. Nolly Oleana says that such a happening can be put on at a fairly reasonable price and asks local businesses to consider being a sponsor for the future. You may call him at SGB 717-8120. What a way to be part of Bonaire’s future and its citizens! L. D. Trying on the Coast Guard outfits: Jaid, Eleonore and Jordano, with Rodrick Gouvenor, PR officer for the Antilles The University of the Netherlands Antilles was recruiting … As were Dutch universities

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 T hree of Bonaire’s mating sea turtles, two females and a male, have left their Bonaire mating grounds for feeding grounds elsewhere in the Caribbean. Since they all are equipped with tracking transmitters we can check their progress to learn about their routes and perhaps improve protection for them. The most distant is Jenni . The data being received for ‘Jenni’ is not the best and is pretty confusing. Sorting through it, a best guess is that she has moved off the Rosalind Bank heading in a southwesterly direction. The next day or so will tell if the interpretation of the data was correct. Yesterday, ‘Jenni’ swam at a rate of approximately 48 km for the day and is currently 1,410 km from Klein Bonaire. Our male hawksbill, Albert , is continuing on toward the west. Big Al’s speed has slowed slightly to approximately 93 km for the day. He is now over 435 km from Klein Bonaire and the fastest of the lot. The last and smallest turtle is Mariposita. Sometime early Saturday morning after laying her second nest of the season, our little butterfly, ‘Mariposita’, a female hawksbill, decided depart. Traveling very slowly, she is moving in a northerly direction and is approximately 35 km from Klein Bonaire. You will remember she has only one rear flipper, but because sea turtles use their front flippers for propulsion she should still be capable to make her trip. We will keep you posted. Andy Uhr VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Alter Ego Andrea Annka Augustijn Bateje-B Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn C’est la Vie Destiny Delphinus Double Boggey Elenoa Esperanza Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Galivanter Good Hope Guaicamar I, Ven. Jacuzzi Jennifer Jan Gerardus Katie Rose La Baronne Lazzorone Makai Maggi Noorhinder Pizazz Plain Sud Rachel V Samantha Nova Samba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Seafari Seascape Sea Horse Sho Fun Time Scintella Shalimar Sirius Spartivento Sylvia K Tatoosh, Cayman Islands Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Ger. Water Musik Wind Machine Wind Pony Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta KRALENDIJK TIDES (Hei ghts in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 11-18 0:00 0.6FT. 14:05 2.0FT. 87 11-19 0:52 0.6FT. 14:51 2.0FT. 80 11-20 1:28 0.6FT. 15:36 1.9FT. 71 11-21 1:58 0.7FT. 16:16 1.8FT. 61 11-22 2:21 0.8FT. 17:05 1.7FT. 50 11-23 2:38 0.8FT. 17:44 1.6FT. 41 11-24 2:45 0.9FT. 11:09 1.5FT. 15:25 1.4FT. 18:26 1.5FT. 33 11-25 2:36 1.0FT. 10:18 1.6FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 19:22 1.4FT. 31 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 T he Kas Krioyo gleamed in a background at the opening ceremony: the bright yellow freshly painted walls and the new yatu cactus fence, built as in the old days. Adding to the old time feeling were the majestically dressed ladies of the Commission, wearing the traditional Bonairean dresses called Saya ku Djecki (skirt and jacket). The old world met the new in the large audience consisting of the direct descendants of Tan and Chechi Molina, Rincon inhabitants, officials of the Bonairean government, representatives of the sponsors (Prince Bernard Fund, AMFO, Sorobon Beach Resort, MCB), the Pourier construction company (which rebuilt parts of Kas Krioyo), representatives of TCB, the Club Union Boneriano from Curaçao and SKAL. After Ingemar Molina and the representative of Prince Bernard Funds, Mr. Winthrop Curiel, performed the official ribbon-cutting at the garden’s entrance, the assemblage entered the garden and viewed the makeover of Kas Krioyo: a bar facility, kitchen and two toilets. Outside the house a sixcompartment ramada (a covered section built of a special wood called pal’i flambue) where people can sell products was added. Lt. Governor Domacassé expressed his respect for the hard work of the Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon and its commission. “Everyone who visits Rincon has to know what the house stands for: a community, which fought for results, to see things happen.” He also emphasized that in the new Bonaire we should not forget the old Bonaire. “It’s our history that makes us truly genuine,’’ his speech concluded. Mr. Winthrop Curiel, the Prince Bernard Fund representative in the Antilles, was impressed by the Rincon population’s honesty and hard working attitude and vision. The same went for the hard work of the Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon . He emphasized that the Rincon’s flag and anthem be used regularly. The term and concept, tourism, is taken very seriously, even as a scientific study (eg. Thailand). To promote Rincon as a tourist destination we should know what tourism is and promote it. His view is to create an atmosphere in which people know what’s (Continued on page 11) The members of the Kas Krioyo commission At the front door of the Kas Kyioyo Two of the three children of Mo Tan Sometimes it’s difficult as a reporter not to be too emotionally involved in a story. This was one of the ‘sometimes’ moments. The reopening on November 6th of the Kas Krioyo Rincon (The Rincon Creole Home) represented much more than a museum or tourist product. Mr. Vicente Raymundo Molina, better known as ‘Tan Molina,’ was a well-known Bonairean mentioned in different history books and (internatio nal) studies for his healing powers and musical talent. But to me he was known as ‘Mo Tan,’ my great uncle, my father’s mysterious an d peculiar uncle of whom I heard so much growing up but still knew so little. In 2002, following his death almost 20 years ago, the Tan Molina and his wife Isebia ‘Chechi’ Molina-Winklaar home was dedicated as museum. After several improvement projects which star ted in 2003, organized by the Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon (Rincon Development Foundation) and its commission, last Sunday Kas Krioyo reopened.

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 Reopening Kas Krioyo (Continued from page 10) happening in Rincon, just as Amsterdam was consciously remade as a worldwide cultural city. Tourists should be able to stay a couple of days in Rincon instead of just driving by. His last suggestion was to add at the back of the welcome sign of Rincon “Thank you for visiting Rincon. Don’t stay away too long.” President of Plataforma Rincon and directly involved to Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon , Ms. Maritza JuanPedro stated that Rincon is blessed. With the reopening she was positive that it brings hope that things would get better. According to Juan-Pedero a lot still has to been done at the infrastructure level. She summarized the project process: in October 2003 the subsidy petition was handed in to the Prince Bernard Fund. On August 24, 2004, the subsidy was officially granted. She thanked all the sponsors and people who cooperated but especially Monica Clarinda, the Prince Bernard Fund representative on Bonaire; Maria Koeks, who brings tourists from all around the world to Rincon; and finally the family of Tan and Chechi Molina who donated the house. “I promise to keep taking care of your treasure just as we agreed,” were Juan Pedro’s concluding words to the Molina family. The official coordinator of Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon , Ben Oleana, volunteered to head the project with a specially installed commission. The public enjoyed his quotes of working hard with Maritza Juan-Pedro and her demands like making sure that only Rincon’s people should work in makeover of the Kas Krioyo . Oleana was sure that if we all continue with the same hard work, Rincon would be a big player in the Bonairean tourism industry in two years. As the representative of the Bonairean government, Commissioner Burney El Hage explained some future government projects for Rincon. He explained that he and his colleagues traveled a lot to explore financing possibilities. But their main input acco rding to him was to investigate the economic artery of Rincon so they can employ the ideal infrastructure so tourists could reach Rincon. The government is working on the promenade project, which will go from Cozy Corner to the Marshé Rincon . And the road to Kas Krioyo will be asphalted. He gu aranteed that this would be completed before the end of June 2006. Ingemar Molina (19), the youngest grandson of Tan Molina, impressed the audience with a short but sweet discourse on the link with being young and the ancient times. According to Molina, as youngsters they would not be able to understand their present without their past. Through Kas Krioyo visitors on Bonaire will understand how our forefathers fought and worked to survive. “Let Kas Krioyo revive in all of us, especially the good old times so we can put it in practice for our own benefit. Rincon once again, pabien .” Besides all the speeches, Rincon would not be Rincon if cultural activity were not a part of this special day. A special Kas Krioyo cake was presented and shared with all those present. The Ramada was immediately put into use: different ladies in traditional dresses offered sweets, goat soup etc. Mr. Hubert Vis of SKAL gave an explanation of the colors and symbols of the Rincon flag: the blue triangles represent the hills around Rincon, white, the color of peace, and blue, the color of the sky. The green at the bottom of the flag reflects the culture heritage of Rincon. The kachu ( male goat horn ), which is used for different cultural purposes, is incorporated into the R of Rincon. After taking a look into the Kas Krioyo we could all enjoy the past meeting the future.: the Rincon Krioyo Kids. Yep, we are safe. The future generation definitely understands their past. Mission accomplished, Mo Tan. Story & photos by Natalie. A.C. Wanga Ingemar Molina during his introductory address Part of the six-compartment Ramada Lt. Governor Domacassé samples the cake

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 For Sale 1996 Suzuki Vitara (jeep) with bikini top, great shape. NAƒ6.000. Call 717-7648 Suzuki Vitara. jr. 1997 NAƒ 7.500,. Tel. 786-5854. Giant brand mountain bike – NAƒ300 Call 717-7648 For sale: Scubapro 7mm wetsuits . 1 x male, XL. 1 x female M. $50 each. Weights 1, 2 and 3 kg. weights. $2,5 per kg Pony bottle 30 Cu. Ft. $100. Also lots of small stuff! Call Rogier 791-2439 For sale: Chair solidly built Oak Antique Chair NAƒ100 . Also Persian Rug . Beige/Yellow. Call Rogier 7912439 2 Sky Kennels for dogs, 1 large (Eclass acc. to KLM), 1 extra large (Fclass) NAƒ150 and NAƒ300 tel. 7865582 N.V. FOR SALE Registered for environmental and educational consulting. On going and active. Send inquiry to bonnv4sale@aol.com 5 Toyota Hilux pickups (2000), prices start at NAƒ12.000,1 Nissan pickup needs repair NAƒ950,Contact Jan Willem at 717-5080 (8 a.m. 5 p.m.) Brand New. Never Used. Scubapro Classic Air BCD, Size large Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn 717-8819 LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ad s (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 emai l 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-N-Browse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com For Rent Three bedroom apartment in Hato , completely furnished; Interested? Contact Amanda at Harbourtown Real Estate 717 – 5539 Boat for Sale It breaks my heart to sell the undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boatclass A winner, Laurita . Would cost $20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk Boat works completed October 2nd. Asking NAƒ14,000 Call George 786-6125/717-8988. Wanted 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. Tutor Needed Nov. 21Jan. 5. 8th Grade Geometry. Please email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com. Looking for house sitter 17th December to 6th January. Clean, centrally located house, Must be responsible animal lover. Please call: Donna 785-9332 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . SALT TREASURES BONAIRE 100% natural body salts "Scrub Me" 100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-n-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 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.) B rian Lowe sent us this photo taken at the recent Birmingham Dive Show (UK) with Jack Chalk (General Mana ger, Captain Don’s Habitat), Neil Grant (UK), Brian and Sue Lowe (UK), Ni ck Davies (Harbour Village Marketing Manager) and the Caribbean Village steel band in the background. D uring their cruise on the Caribbean Cruise Line ship, “ Victory ,” Bonaire residents Linda and Walter Coffie an d Linda’s sister, Rugia, stopped to pose with their copy of The Bonaire Reporter in Cozumel. Walter Coffie is the recently retired head of Bevolking (census de partment), and Linda is “Tante” (Aunt) Linda, for many years a teacher and hos tess of a children’s radio program.

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 L ast month we left our donkey without legs. This time I will show you four very easy steps to give your donkey great looking legs. You can refer to previous articles in The Reporter for the face and body parts. To get started measure the height of the donkey from the top of her back to the bottom of her belly. Use this same measurement to estimate the length of the legs. Sketch a dotted line where the bo ttom of the hooves shall rest. A. Sketch two sweep lines: Front A and B ack A. The front line is straight and at a slight angle towards the back of the donkey. The back line should angle out more and is curved. Add two fetlock knobs (a). B. For the back leg, curve out slightly about half way down, then draw straight down to fetlock knob. For the front leg, angle down to the fetlock knob. C. Add triangles to the front of the sweep lines for the hooves. Connect the fetlock to the hoof with two short parallel lines. D. About halfway down the leg, locate the knee on the front leg, and the hock on the back leg. This is where you can give her some nice leg curves. Good luck with your donkey drawings! Janice Huckaby Jan Art Drawing Good Looking Donkey Legs 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 S haron and Roosje’s “Party & Zo,” a complete party planner operation, made its debut last weekend with a “Girls’ Night Out” event at KonTiki. Ladies only, of all ages, were there to get together to visit and watch Bartender of the Caribbean multiple winner Liz Rijna demonstrate how to make great cocktails at home. Everyone got tastes of the out-of-this-world concoctions and tapas were passed by young stageres (trainees) from Holland. The energy was high and even a surprise rain squall didn’t dampen the spirits! Party & Zo can handle all your party needs – from intimate soirees to large scale events. They’re creative, energetic, enthusiastic and very well organized! Call them and get rid of those party planning headaches: Sharon at 786-5581 or Roosje at 786-7984. L.D. T he organization of Surinamese living on Bonaire, Mietie Makandra , is again planning a big celebration, this year commemorating 30 years of Surinam’s independence – a “ Brasa Dey ” (Give a Hug Day) on Saturday, November 26, at the Centro di Bario Noord Salina from 3 pm . There will be a church service, speeches by the Surinam Consul General to Curacao, the Governor and other dignitaries. Then the festivities begin: Surinamese food and drink, music, dancing, costumes and even a fire dance. This year sees a cultural interchange with groups from Peru, the Dominican Republic and other participating countries too. Glenn I Su Geng will perform and there will be Surinamese, Antillean and Latin American music. This group, representing about 320 Surinamese on Bonaire, always puts on great events so if you’re on the island, don’t miss it! Everyone is invited. L.D. * Mietie Makandra means, in Taki Taki (Sranang Tongo) language, “To meet each other.” Party & Zo owners, Sharon and Roosje (right) with bartender Liz Rijna and KonTiki owner Miriam Gerlings Members of the Mietie Makandra* board plan the big November 26 event (L to R) Vice President Waldi Deika, Hetty Burgos, Marcel van Brussel, President Vincent Rommy, Tr easurer Rosita Pa iman. (front) Secretary Oswald Melcherts. Not shown: Amina Kromodimedjo 1 4 3 2 KonTiki owner Miriam Gerlings, bartender Liz Rijna With Party & Zo owners, Sharon and Roosje

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 S weet little “Rachel” was brought into the Bonaire Animal Shelter by the dogcatcher because her owners had “too many dogs,” such a common reason. Her mother is getting sterilized so that’s good news. Rachel is only about five months old and she’s so willing to please that she was immediately put on the “possible adoption dog list.” She made the list permanently after she was checked out by the vet, given her testing, worming and shots. The Shelter staff says she’s fun but tough and will make an excellent watch dog. Rachel is a medium sized dog with black, short, easy to care for fur. Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports that so far this year there have been 143 adoptions (last year total was 150). He also says there are some really nice adult dogs at the Shelter now. If you have a kennel for sale or are looking for one to take your pet back to Europe or North America, call the Shelter. Because you can’t buy new kennels on the island and it can be difficult to find one, the Shelter is willing to act as a “half-way house” for procuring kennels from those who want to get rid of theirs for those who need one. Call them at 717-4989. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. L.D. “Rachel”

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 THIS WEEK Saturday, November 19 —Drop off items for Dia di Gracia at St. Dominicus College which will be open all day. For heavy items call Termo Tech at 717-4658 and they will pick up. Sunday, November 20 Dia di Gracia (Thanksgiving) – St. Dominicus College 8 am to 5 pm, food and drinks, cost of entry: a hug. Bring cast offs to donate (clothes, furniture, whatever) to Termo Tech, Kaya Korona 81. Tel. 717-4658 Sunday, November 20 – International Day of the ChildSEBIKI sponsors activities at Jong Bonaire, 4 pm. At 6 pm a children’s light parade from Jong Bonaire to Plaza Wilhelmina.Info at 717-2436. November 22 to December 1 – Book Fair Ship Logos II docks in Bonaire at the North Pier. The Book Fair is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm and on Sunday and Monday from 2 pm to 10 pm. For more information about on board events and conferences, call 529-5895. Wednesday November 23 -Standing in the Gap – Leadership Conference The Bonaire of today needs people standing in the gap. What role can you play in raising up a new generation of leadership ? 7 pm, NAƒ5. Thursday, November 24 From Heart to Heart – Wives of spiritual leaders Come for a cup of coffee with your Maker and a time of encouragement with the wives on the Logos II, 10 am, NAƒ5 Friday November 25 Youth Conference (14 – 21 years old) – Sex, Drugs & Self Esteem -Are they of any true values? 8 pm, NAƒ5. Thursday, November 24 – American Thanksgiving November 24-26 – Bonaire Investment Conference— see page 10 COMING UP Saturday 26 November , Wilhelmina Park International Night With music, dances, dramas and a challenging message. Entry free for everybody, Wilhelmina Park, 7 pm Saturday, November 26 Introductory swimming officials clinic given by Eddy Solomon, FINA representative. Free. The Barracuda Swimming Team invites anyone interested in participating to contact Valarie Stimpson at valarie@telbonet.an to sign up. Saturday, November 26 – Darts competition, City Café, 7 pm, free to all Sunday, November 27 The Vacant Chair – Men's Conference From Men to Men. What responsibilities do we have? 7 pm , Speaker: Lt. Governor H. Domacassé, NAƒ5. Tuesday, Wednesday, November 29-30 Coral ID Course. Call Bonaire Marine Park 717-8444 for information. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday, Nov. 29 -Aida Vita Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27Long Distance Walk —29/44 km & 29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225. Saturday, November 26– Surinam Day Celebration—See page 13. 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, It’s free. 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. Great wines 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, 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 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. MondayDee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide Show at Captain Don’s Habitat, 8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info 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 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. CHURCH SERVICES New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Send event info 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 ) In Her Shoes (Cameron Diaz) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) Roll Bounce (Paul Walker) November Cruise Ship Schedule Day Date Ship Name Time Location #PAX Line Sat Nov.19 Columbus 0800-1400 N.Pier 324 Hapag Lloyd Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 Holland America Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Germany

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 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, h onest 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 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 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 November 18-25, 2005 “W e met at the Regatta when I was 16 and Steven 19. He’d come over from Curaçao especially for the Regatta and when we saw each other it was love at first sight. It still is today. The first year we saw each other only three or four times, but we wrote extensively and very often. To call on the phone was quite a hassle as I didn’t have one. So I would write Steven two weeks ahead to ask if he would be home on this particular day and hour and when the day came I had to go to the Landsradio (telephone) office in Playa and ask for the connection. When I was 17 an aunt of mine came from Holland to visit us. She had four sons and wanted a daughter badly. I was very curious about Holland, especially about the snow, so I asked my parents if I could go. First they didn’t want to hear about it as we are such a close-knit family, but then my dad gave me permission to go, also because he thought it would be good for my studies. Before I left for Holland I called Steven to tell him what I was planning to do. He couldn’t believe it! Immediately he came over to tell me how sad he felt and that he didn’t want me to go. But I told him, ‘We’re such good friends, please don’t try to keep me here.’ Then he said, ‘In five months I will be in Holland too.’ And that’s the way it went. I was living with my aunt in Tilburg, in the south of Holland, while he was living in Lelystad, in the middle of the country, and studying in Amsterdam. We only saw each other once a month! My aunt didn’t like it; in spite of the fact that my parents knew all about Steven, she felt responsible. A year and a half later two of my sisters came to live in Holland. I moved in with them and then I saw Steven every weekend. We were 19 and 21 years old and the party started! Steven had been studying economics and accounting and worked as the salary administrator for Cont ent Beheer in The Hague and later on as an accountant for Getronics, a computer business. I was working in health care: in nursing homes, old people’s homes, in hospitals, with the handicapped and with children. We started living together in Holland in 1988 and when I was seven months pregnant we got married. In 1989 our daughter Thasjanara was born.” “My mother died in 1990; she was only 47,” Steven says . “After the funeral in Curaçao there were so many mixed feelings and I thought, ‘It has been enough in Holland! All the hassle and the stress! I should go back… I have to enjoy my life and feel free. It was as if the islands were pulling me.” “We’d been living in Holland for 10 years,” Jessy fills in , “and all that time it was as if my heart was in Bonaire and my mind in Holland. Then my brother Rene died in a car accident in 1988 on Bonaire, at 27 years old. I hadn’t seen him in two years, until I saw him at his funeral. From that time on I didn’t want to stay in Holland any longer. I was afraid of losing another family member. We’re a very close-knit family, 10 children. We were and still are very fond of each other. My parents, Egidio Buchi Frans and Lidia, are such loving people. I couldn’t have had a more wonderful childhood! I am a kunuku girl. We were raised on a kunuku in Tras di Montana. My dad worked on tankers and big ships, sailing to Europe and South America. So… all in all it became very clear to us that we wanted to go back to the Antilles and we decided that we would return with a lot of goals.” “March 4th 1994 we arrived,” Steven says, “and three days later I started working for Bonaire Trading. It was an interesting experience. Two years later, January 1st, 1996, I started my own company, Cactus Accounting Services. In the beginning it was only a side job that I worked from the house, but slowly and gradually it started growing, and after five years I had to hire somebody. The first of January 2006 it will be 10 years, and in the meantime I’ve four people working at the office: one from British Guyana, one from New York, one from Aruba and one from Colombia. Last January, I bought the inventory of Larry’s Bakery in Nort di Saliña. I left the original name not to confuse the public, but the company is called Pika Import and Export. It’s a tribute to my dad whose nickname is Boi Pika ; he’s is the funniest man in the world! I’ve never seen him angry in my life! I bought the bakery to do something extra, to have more action in my life. I have eight people working there for me. I never consider people who are working for me to be my employees; they are my colleagues, that’s how I see them. If one of them wants to go dancing, I’ll go! I love to dance! And if another one wants to go to the movies I’ll come too! Even my clients are my friends they put their trust in me – that’s the way I see it. But the best thing is to go with our boat and the family for weekend trips to Klein Bonaire that’s a top weekend! It was one of our goals. We wanted to build our own house, to buy a boat and a Jeep. We worked hard for it, but we made it!” “When we arrived here I started working immediately for Peter Lensfelt’s Raffles, now the Blue Moon,” Jessy says. I didn’t have any experience in the restaurant business, but my sister Shirley was working there and I believe I did well because the tips were very good! With a lot of willpower we started building our own house. My brother Etty, the father of Tonki, Tati and Choko, was the contractor, but Steven also built walls and I was sifting sand, jointing and making soup. It was a lot of hard work, but we finished the house in eight months. When Raffles became Chez Truus, I got pregnant with our son Shakir, who was born in 1997. I stayed at home to give more attention to the children. Luckily we could afford it… but I couldn’t sit still! So, I started painting (walls, furniture etc.). I make flower arrangements; I do the cosmetic work on deceased people and the makeup and hair styling for Bonaire Nights; I am a wedding planner; I do upholstery and I design carnival costumes; I’m a specialist in doing cake decoration in the bakery. I am a very active girl! I am just like Steven, I also like to help people. In that sense we have a lot in common and it’s fun and it’s what we admire in each other! But I can’t do anything with paperwork and numbers. Once I tried to help Steven when the office was still in the house, but when he came to look I’d fallen asleep!” “She got fired immediately,” Steven jokes . “It’s always a surprise when I come home to see what she’s up to this time!” “Last year I started doing the display at Chez Claudette, and without Steven knowing, I asked the lady, who’s my godmother, if she had a job for me, and I worked there for a year. Then I thought, ‘Cool! I would like to have a shop of my own! So June 10th I opened a boutique across from Little Havana. It’s a challenge and I am busy all day, if I’m not baking bread in the bakery! Every day is a special day, because of the sun and because of ‘the man up there’ we get our energy to go on. We’re still not finished, because if you are, you’re dead, you don’t have a life anymore. I am the happiest woman, with my man and our two beautiful children and I can still be happy with the smallest things.” “What’s most important to me is that our children will study and that they will have all the opportunities and my passion is to keep our family ties, here and in Curaçao, in very good shape .” Steven says. “You never reach all your goals, but to keep my family close is what counts most. I don’t look at our success; I look at who I am. There have been turbulent times too, but there should always be some excitement! Nevertheless, we are a good pilot and a good stewardess!” story and photo by Greta Kooistra “You never reach all your goals, but to keep my family close is what counts most. I don’t look at our success; I look at who I am. There have been turbulent times too, but there should always be some excitement! Nevertheless, we are a good pilot and a good stewardess!” This feature Steven Rosario and Jessy Rosario-Frans Steven Rosario and Jessy Rosario-Frans

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 T his interesting house and shop featureed this week were built in 1935 by Jose A. Martis and his wife Mercelina, who are pictured in the photo at left which has been artificially colored. The portrait still hangs in the house. Their daughter, Nelly Maria Flores, who died on December 29, 1991, worked in the shop until her death. Today the shop continues to be kept going by Norma Sillie, Nelly’s daughter, and her husband. In the morning she is assisted by her niece, Sharline Mercera, who lives next to the shop. Before Nelly Maria Flores passed away she made the family promise that they would never change the interior of the shop. So today it is still almost the same as 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. And the family hopes to keep it this way. This shop and house have a lot of beautiful original details. For me the chimney is great because of its beautiful lines. The side door is very special too with its “lookout,” so you get to have a look out to see who it is before you really open the door. Photo collage and story by Wilna Groenenboom Preserving Bonaire’s Ar chitectural Heritage

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter November 18-25, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Sudden changes regarding colleagues may surprise you. Talk to an older, established indivi dual about your present situation. You are in a high energy, get it all done, mood and you'll have little patience with those who are slacking off. You can make changes to your home that will be pleasing to all concerned. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Love and romance are evident. Be diplomatic when dealing with in-law. You don't want to give anyone fuel for the fire. Work hard on improving your living quarters. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Think before you act if you wish to avoid friction. Drastic financial losses may be likely if you lend money. This day was meant for love. Make creative changes to your residence. Children will keep you busy. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Visitors may drop by unexpectedly, resulting in tension with your lover. You can easily wrap up overdue personal legal matters that have caused problems for you. Try not to be so demonstrative. You can learn a great deal more if you listen rather than rant and rave. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try not to take everything so seriously. Exercise your talents and present your ideas to groups yo u think you can contribute to. You have two choices; Get out on your own, or bend to your mate's whims. Take time to deal with the concerns of children. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will have excellent ideas and you should be able to help your partner get ahead. Investments that deal with property will pay off but could cause conflict with some family members. Be discreet and don't present your ideas until you're certain that they're foolproof. Avoid letting children and friends borrow. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your tendency to overreact could get you into trouble. If you join intellectual or cultural groups, you should meet individuals who stimulate you. Your mate will appreciate your honesty. Correspondence may not clear up issues. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Refrain from using the highway as a racetrack. Your emotions have been pulled out of shape and you need to do a little backtracking. Involve yourself in group endeavors. Beware of individuals who are not that reliable or well known to you. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may attract attention if you get out socially. You can expect sorrow to evolve from the information you discover. Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about possible romance. Sudden trips will take you by surprise. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You can get ready to celebrate your new direction. Don't hold back; go with the flow and take a bit of a chance. Expect some flak. Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agencies. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't beat ar ound the bush; state your case in plain and simple terms. You may be more emotional than usual. This is not the time to lend or borrow money or possessions. Travel will be exciting. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Avoid letting children and friends borrow. Difficulties may be encountered while traveling in foreign countries. Lovers will be demanding. You are best to sign your partner up for activities that will be tiring. Travel for business will be advantageous. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. Queen Cassiopeia : A Case of Vanity and Its Cosmic Reward O ne of the things I like about autumn skies is a constellation named for an ancient queen of exceptional beauty, Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia. Go out any night in November between 9 and 10 pm, Sky Park Time. Look due north for Polaris , the North Star, and directly above it you will see five bright stars which, if we connect with imaginary lines, trace out the letter M. This is the constellation Cassiopeia and you may well ask, "How could anyone stretch their imagination enoug h to see a queen in this M shaped pattern of stars?" The answer is, if you add a dim little star here, just below the crux of the M, you can actually draw a very nice stick figure of a chair, the throne of Queen Cassiopeia. But as you can see, the throne in this position would require Cassiopeia to wear a seat belt because she'd be hanging face downward over the North Star. And that's part of the reason this group of stars was named for Cassiopeia. You see because Cassiopeia, like the Big Dipper , is fairly close to the North Star, we see it change its po sition in the heavens dramati cally each night. In fact if we move time about six hours ahead we wo uld see that the throne is west of the North Star, but it is now more nearly upright so the queen would not have to be hanging on for dear life. But as the hour s pass all the stars endlessly circle the North Star, and it is quite apparent that for much of the time Cassiopeia has to hang on to her throne quite tightly to keep from slipping off, especially in early evening in November. So why would anyo ne put a great queen on such a precarious throne? Well it involves a little story of Cassiopeia's great beauty. It seems that she made the fatal mistake of bragging that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea nymphs, who were considered to be the hotte st beauties of their time. It also seems they complained to their father Poseidon the god of the seas. And after much ado, with sea monsters and Queen Cassiopeia's daughter Andromeda chained to a rock and rescued by Perseus, Cassiopeia was finally punished for her vanity by being made to ride in the heavens around the No rth Star for all eternity, sometimes in a queenly upright position and at others in a less than dignified manner. Today of course vanity is seldom punished but rewarded and we might think that the story of Cassiopeia quaint. But long ago she served our ancient ancestors well as a value lesson, passed down from generation to generation. And 433 years ago this month, November 1572, astronomers all around the world saw something wonderful happen here because a new star appeared in Cassiopeia that grew in brightness and for about two weeks outshone every star in the sky and could even be seen in broad daylight and was visible for almost 16 months. We now know it to have been a giant exploding star called a supernova, of which our great telescopes can now see the shattered remnants . So look for an ancient super star beauty queen who once had a super star visitor long ago. Have you been seeing lots of shooting stars lately? They are part of NovemberÂ’s Leonid meteor shower which peaked earlier this week. Unfortunately, the moon was near full so they were hard to spot. Jack Horkheimer For the week: November 12 to 18, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up