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DAE is the current name of BonairEx-
press-BonairExel.


T he first flight of a scheduled
US airline, non-stop from the
US, is set for this Saturday, December
17th, when Continental Airlines lands at
Flamingo Airport at 6:15 am. All Bon-
aire residents are invited to help greet
the flight which will be filled with tour-
ists and officials from Bonaire and
Continental to officially open the new
route. At 6:45 am all are invited to a
brief official ceremony at the airport.
Continental flies more than 3,000
flights per day to 150 US domestic and
130 international destinations which
will make it a prime source of US trav-
elers to Bonaire.

A Last week BonairExpress and
CuracaoExpress, now reborn as
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), added
Valencia (via Curaqao) as its first for-
eign destination. It the first non-
Antillean destination by an Antillean
airline since DCA collapsed several
years ago.
Dutch Antilles Express Director Flo-
ris Van Pallandt commented that in the
last four months, in addition to restruc-
turing, DAE has had an over 90% on-
time performance. The basic round-trip


Transport Minister Omayra
Leeflang and DAE director Van
Pallandt at the initiation of the
Valencia route

fare from Curaqao to Valencia is
NAf175 ($100).
Director van Pallandt said Valencia
had been chosen because it fits into the
airline's current schedule and aircraft.
Longer routes will require other planes
the company plans to add next year.
Other desired destinations include Ca-
racas, Trinidad, Haiti, the Dominican
Republic and Bogota, Colombia.

S A new DAE livery of blue, green
and yellow for its aircraft was for-
mally presented and incorporated into
new staff uniforms. A few days later
the local press reported that DAE em-
ployees threatened a job action because
of dissatisfaction with the uniforms.


The new DAE livery on an A TR

SJamaicans, by a three to one
margin, think that their national car-
rier Air Jamaica performed better
while under the control of the Air Ja-
maica Acquisition Group (AJAG)
headed by Butch Stewart than it does
today. This is the finding of the latest
Stone polls conducted for the Jamaica
Observer. The Jamaican government
took over Air Jamaica about a year ago.
Over the last year Air Jamaica has
experienced maintenance problems, had
pilots leaving for more lucrative sala-
ries in the Far East, recorded a notable
decline in service, a reduction of both
its staff and fleet and an unreliable on-
time record. These factors may well
have led to the perception that the air-
line performed better when it was in the
hands of Butch' Stewart. Air Jamaica
flies to Bonaire every Saturday from its
Montego Bay hub (which connects to
10 US cities) relatively reliably

A Parliament approved the 2006
budget of the Central Government
(Continued on page 4)


ThrTOPORTER

IN THIS SUE:
Benetton Fashion Show 3
Tennis Rankings 4
Dietitian (Low Fat Turkey) 5
Bonairiaanse Jeugdzong 6
Snack Boys Guide, Harbour City 7
Protect Your Pet Against
Fireworks 8
Diving Right (DIR-GUE) 9
Sanikolas at Bonfysio 10
Around Island-Landsailing,
Children's Yoga, Park
Publiko, Animal Shelter
Fundraiser 11
Sanikolas at Hospital 12
Ars Cantandi Concert 13
Where to Find the Reporter 14
Touch me not Sponges
(Dee Scarr) 15
Whale Encounter 17
End of Year Regatta 17
Announcement Pieter and Anita
Groenendal, baby Joe and
Wedding of Yasmil Rios Gomez 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 2
Pet of the Week (Vlekkie) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 14
Reporter Masthead 18
Special Olympic Spotlight
(Natania Nicolina) 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
December Cruise Ship Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Born on Bonaire
(Violeta Rosario-Cicilia) 21
Picture Yourself (Klawok, Alaska
and New York, N.Y.) 22
Sky Park (Winter Solstice ) 23
The Stars Have It 23


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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Bo F i on Show


Benetton employees present a gift to Marisela Croes. Emcee Tica Sealy, 2nd
from right


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
early last Friday morning with 12 votes
in favor and six against. The budget
has a deficit of NAf160 million. Origi-
nally the budget deficit was NAf183
million. The deficit is part of a total
Antillean financing need of NAf275
million for 2006.


The new Pelikaan


A This the design for the new Pe-
likaan hydrographic survey ship un-
der construction in Holland. Effective
mid-2006 the Dutch Royal Navy's cur-
rent support vessel in the Caribbean
will be replaced. The current Pelikaan,
a familiar sight in local waters, has
been serving the islands since 1990. It
was taken out of commission in Cura-
qao last Friday.


Anthony Godett at his conviction


A The Governor of the Antilles de-
nied the petition for clemency for
Curacao political strongman, An-
thony Godett, Hendriks Abraham,
Rob Salas and Chris Winkel at the rec-
ommendation of the Public Prosecutor
and the Common Court of Justice.
Godett has to serve 15 months in
prison for bribery and false acknowl-
edgement of a debt for NAf106.000
and money laundering. However, the
convicted men cannot begin serving
their sentences until there is more
space available in Curaqao's Bon Fu-
turo prison.

A Bonaire civil servants will get a
day off on January 2, 2006, because
this year December 24 and 31, nor-
mally a half-day off, are on a Saturday.

A Do you have a mask which you
wish had a purge valve to help clear
water? Now the Carib Inn can do just
that. For a charge of just $5, a purge
valve can be added to your favorite
mask. This process will work for 95%
of all masks. Call the Carib Inn at
717-8819 or stop by. They're located
south of the Divi Flamingo Resort.


Tennis Rankings

T he results are Elisabeth Vos photo
in at the half-
way mark for the
RBTT Tennis Youth
Ranking Competi-
tion. Tennis coach
Elisabeth Vos re-
ported on the results
in the five classes.
(Leaders are in bold-
face type):

A: Gino Meeuwsen,
Kevin Abdul, Daniel
Carillo, Paulo Allee,
Timothy Bissessar

B: Boy Roozendaal,
Max van Ooijen,
Damian Frans and
Denzel Elhage

C1: Harm Bruininx,
Arnd Chirino,
Jaimylee van
Kouwen, Nicholas
Bissessar and
Richandro
Winner of the C2 category, Kevin Dijkhof (center), and
aC2: Kevin Dijkhof, two tennis friends, Keval Bissessar (category D) and Yan-
Samara Ellis, Keval nick Finies.
Bissessar and Mike
Groenendal

D: Marijn van Erp, Jose Alfredo, Jevon May, Josephine Marshall

Match sponsors include: RBTT, Movieland Cinema, KFC and Tennisschool
Sport Bonaire. O Elisabeth Vos


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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Ask the Diettian


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T he holiday season is
coming up when
we usually enjoy a nice
Christmas dinner.
Here's a recipe that
shows you how to make a
low fat dinner. Enjoy.

Roast Turkey


1 Tab. olive oil
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. salt
12 tsp. freshly ground
black pepper
14-pound fresh turkey
(giblets reserved for gib-
let broth)
1 lemon, halved
herbed corn bread stuffing
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted
2 cups giblet broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted (see tip)
2 Tab. flour

Preheat the oven to 3500F. In a small bowl, combine the oil, sage, rosemary, salt
and pepper. Carefully loosen the skin from the turkey breast, leaving the shin in-
tact. Rub the herb mixture under the skin and into the meat. Rub the body cavity
with the lemon. Loosely spoon one-third of the stuffing into the body and neck
cavities. Truss the turkey. Spoon the remaining stuffing into a 9x9-inch baking
dish, add 2 cup of the chicken broth, cover with foil, and set aside.
Spray a rack in a large roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the tur-
key, breast-side down, on the rack. Roast for 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes


with some of the remaining 1 cup chicken broth. Turn the turkey breast-side up
and brush with the remaining chicken broth. Place the stuffing in the oven with the
turkey and roast for 30 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer in-
serted into the thickest part of the turkey thigh without touching the bone registers
1800. Place the turkey on a platter and let stand for 15 minutes.
Pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Place the pan over medium heat and add
the giblet broth, stirring to loosen the browned bits. Place the flour in a small
saucepan, and gradually whisk in the giblet mixture over medium heat until com-
bined. Cook, whisking, until the gravy is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve the
turkey with the gravy and stuffing. Remove the turkey skin before eating.

Tip:
To prepare giblet broth for gravy, in a medium saucepan, combine the turkey
giblets (except the liver, which would add a bitter taste). Add water to cover by 2
inches. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam. Add onion, a bay leaf, and celery
and carrot chunks and simmer for about 1 hour while the turkey roasts. Add more
water as needed to be sure you end up with 2 cups of broth. Stain the mixture
through a sieve lined with dampened paper towels; discard the solids.

Herbed corn bread stuffing
In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots and 1/4 cup
brandy and let stand while you prepare the vegetable mixture.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil until hot but
not smoking over medium heat. Add 5 finely chopped shallots and 3 cloves
minced garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened, about 5
minutes. Add 2 diced red bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until the
peppers are softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in 3 tablespoons pine nuts and transfer to a large bowl. Add herbed crum-
bled bread, 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1 teaspoon
dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon
freshly ground black pepper and stir well to com-
bine. Add the broth and the apricot mixture and stir
until the bread is moistened. Angelique Salsbach


Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Depart-
ment of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program
every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her pa-
tients have successfully won the "Battle of the Bulge"
and become healthier. Write her at
dietitancabonairenews. comn


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Bonairianse Jeugdzorgm the Sky's the Limit!


C reating intricate 3-D greeting
and all-occasion cards is a de-
light for Ilse Cicilia, who has returned
to Bonaire from Holland, and she
hopes it will become a creative pastime
for some of the children who met with
her last Saturday afternoon for their
first instructions.

"She came into the office and
showed Nattale and me her beautiful
cards and said she wished to share her
craft with children," explained Suit-
berta Romero, the dynamic new coor-
dinator of Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg
(Bonaire Youth Care), a governmental
organization whose goal is to help
stimulate, motivate and educate young-
sters between the ages of 4-13 years.
"We especially want children to dis-
cover their special interests and abili-
ties so they can
put their free
time to good
use." Ilse Cicilia
is helping them
do just that!


This year, Bo-
nairiaanse
Jeugdzorg (BJZ)
has trained par-
ents and other
adults who work rtitdI P i *dC o
with children in
after-school programs. The meetings
focused on questions such as: How do
we organize our student information
into an efficient database? What kinds
of fundraising activities will involve
students in more than just asking for
money? How can computers help us
create effective teaching materials?
How can parent groups from each
school communicate and share ideas
effectively?
Children and their parents were the
participants in a three-day workshop
focused on the effects of media and
peer pressure held in Playa
(Kralendijk) and Rincon. "Why are
you wearing those jeans like Shakira (a
sensual singer popular with teenag-
ers)?" the speaker asked a group of
youngsters. This stimulated a discus-
sion of how teens are especially af-
fected by outside influences. In addi-


sa


tion, the program emphasized the im-
portance of listening to your children
instead of simply judging their behav-
iors as well as the effects of nutrition
on teens.

Parent workshops were held at each
elementary school while Sheloutska
Martinus, a public school social
worker, filled in at BJZ until Suitberta
was hired in June. Most of the sessions
were attended by only mothers.
"Therefore, I was proud of some of the
dads who were willing to come," ex-
plained Sheloutska. "One man said that
it was a pity so few fathers realized
their importance in their children's
education in and out of school! He ex-
perienced how paying more attention
to his son's schoolwork solved the
boy's problem behavior." That's en-
couraging!

SBJZ often works
with other agen-
cies, such as SE-
BIKI (children 0-6
years), Jong Bon-
aire (children 12-
18 years), Fun-
dashon Guia di
Famia Boneriano,
FESBO, and
neighborhood cen-
JeUlfiteZG i ters and schools.
Thirty island pro-
fessionals, charged with caring for the
youth of Bonaire, learned about the
emotional, verbal, physical and sexual
abuse problems. They plan to alert oth-
ers of the serious challenge that abuse
is to our families and to encourage the
victims to speak out. They hope to host
a theater group, "E Herencia" (The
Legacy), to perform an educational and
entertaining musical for children and
their families about avoiding abuse.

This coming year, Suitberta would
like BJZ to work directly with the chil-
dren as well as with the bario centers
and their talented neighborhood resi-
dents to create activities for the chil-
dren. At the December 11 Info Day at
Jong Bonaire, BJZ distributed flyers
describing activities to do with your
children. "We also recruited many vol-
unteers who are willing to share their


Ilse Cicilia (1) and Suitberta Romero (r) with
students Mariana, Shanti, Rianne and Kiona


skills with children," added Suitberta,
"just like Ilse Cicilia is doing!" If you
have some special knowledge to
share, see Suitberta at Kaya Niki-
boko Nord 79B or phone her at 717-
7316.

What motivates Suitberta Romero to
put such energy into her job? It's her
eagerness to learn and to teach. "I like
to give information that helps people
avoid big problems. When a problem
has gotten very bad, the solution is of-
ten lengthy and difficult." Suitberta
experienced that in her job of working



with children who had been removed
from their families by the justice court.
"I've always been determined. My
family was poor and both my parents
worked hard. They taught me not to be
ashamed to try; just do it. So I say,
know yourself, know your capabilities
and all your possibilities, and then the
sky is the limit!" 1


Story and photo by Barbara Mason
Bianculli


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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pThe Snack Boys Guide to


Bonaire's Finest Snacks

Harbour City Snack

T his quiet snack is located on Kaya Korona in Antriol. The owners, the Wu
family, just might serve the coldest beer on Bonaire. You can sit at the bar,
watch TV and enjoy an ice-cold Polar or Amstel. At NAf2 a bottle it is hard to
beat. Tonne (pronounced "tune") is often tending bar.
Up on the wall (the most common place to find a snack's menu) is a complete
selection of mouth-watering Chinese and local dishes -in English! Be careful, a
"large" order will easily feed three people and two dogs. A regular order is plenty
for two people. Our picks include Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Chow Mien and
Short Ribs with Black bean sauce. This snack also offers a weekend special
(Saturday and Sunday) consisting of a whole chicken (roasted Chinese style) with
French fries for NAf 1. It takes two containers to take it all away. Open every
day, noon to midnight. They serve beer, wine and a limited selection of mixed
drinks. Phone: 717-6600

Summary: Ice cold beer and good food One of our favorite snacks.
Directions: Located on the west side of Kaya Korona between the Progresso Su-
permarket and the Curoil pump station.
Ratings:

M Beer Temperature 5 Beer Price 5
( NAf2 Amstel and Polar)

SFood Quantity 5 Food Price- 4

S Food Quality 4 Atmosphere and Service 4


them.)
1 Overall 4.5 (A great snack to start with if you are just beginning to try




Here is an update on the
Op=Op Master Grill Snack
that was featured last week:

T he Op=Op Grill is celebrating
their Fifth Anniversary during
the month of December. On December
18th they will have their Anniversary
Party with live music from 7 to 9 pm,
featuring the Krioyo Boys. They will
be open for lunch in December ONLY,
and they are offering lunch specials for
only NA/5, hot off the grill. This is
one of the best lunch deals on Bonaire!
The phone for Op=Op is 785-9565
Lunch Hours (December ONLY):
11:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday thru
Sunday.
Dinner Hours are always 7 pm to 11
pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed
Mondays.
Snack Boys Note: Op=Op is also
selling beer, but only
during December.

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Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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Protect Your Pet -

The Pet Project

F ireworks season is about to begin. It may be fun for peo-
S//J ple, but it's terrifying for pets. According to the Shelter,
it's the worst time of year for lost and missing pets. Be pre-
pared ahead of time: have a safe place for your animals, give
them medication if necessary and offer chew toys (which seem
to alleviate the stress). If you are concerned about the effects of
the end-of-year fireworks on your pet read "Protect Your Pet"
on this page, the first in a series of three articles about a possi-
ble solution to the problem. 1

T oday's topic is pet's reaction to Dog: What were they doing this week
fireworks on New Years Eve. If with all that booming in the night? I
our pets could talk and we could over- heard the words "Happy New Year,"
hear them, it might sound this way: then the blasting started, car alarms
shrieking, so I hid under the bed.
Cat: Hi Cat: Happy New Year must mean let's
Dog: (yawning) Haven't seen you in a set off dynamite and make the car
while. alarms go off
Cat: I left the neighborhood on Satur-
day. Our new year's celebration is festive.
Dog: I bet it was because of that noise We ring in the year with fireworks that
from hell. we traditionally set off for a short
Cat: (licking her paw) Noise! I thought while, but our pets react with confu-
a bomb went off I had to escape! I ran sion. Last year my pets were suffering
a mile. to extreme. I decided to give them a
Dog: The people were nice last week. remedy that has helped me effectively
Children were home from school. for a variety stresses. It is named
Cat: Yeah, last week the place smelled "Rescue Remedy."
real good, then I got leftover food, then At 11 o'clock on New Years of 2004,
a rubber mouse to play with... I wish I my pets were terrified at the noise. I
could find a real mouse, but rubber is placed a drop of the liquid Rescue
ok. Remedy on the pads of their feet. I did-


Pet of the Week

V X lekkie" (pictured as Pet of the Week) and
V his brother lived with a very nice family
and were very well treated. But the family had to go
back to Holland and sadly, as is the case so often,
they had to leave their two dogs behind. They were
left with a different family who found they couldn't
take care of them after all so that's how the two
brothers ended up at the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
Both dogs are so interesting looking. (Just look at
Vlekkie's photo, for example.) They are a Dalma-
tian/who-knows-what mix, and they are really mel-
low fellows. They each have one brown eye and one
blue. They're six years old and in perfect health, are
sterilized and have had all their shots. You may see
them at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
The Indonesian dinner and art auction to benefit
the Shelter was a big success. Read all about it on
page 11. O L.D.


n't see any effect, so I repeated
this treatment again 10 minutes
later. The fireworks were loud,
but the pets seemed less fright-
ened. I put one drop into their
water dish. This helped them to
sleep.
Rescue Remedy is a natural
medicine made from flowers. It
was invented in England by a
physician named Dr. Edward
Bach, who intended to relieve
psychological suffering of peo-
ple. That was in 1935. Since
those years, people have used
Bach remedies and shared it with
pets.
I intended to find a way to
bring Rescue Remedy for pet
owners to help their animal com-
panions through the New Year
2006. I call this my Pet Project. Author Florence Ditlow and her dogs.
I'm preparing pet remedies now.
Next week's topic is How Rescue
Remedy Works.

References:
Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences
for the Family, May 1996; bachcenter.
com aturesBrands.com



Are you a shopkeeper who cares about animals
and the effects that the fireworks celebration
will have on them?
If so you may want to help distribute Rescue Remedy. The cost to the pet owner
will be one guilder which is earmarked for donation to the Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter. If so contact fhummingbird@yahoo.com or The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988.


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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Diving Right


M any of Bonaire's top dive
pros turned out last Wednes-
day night for a peek at a different, ar-
guably superior, way to SCUBA dive.
Canadian Dan McKay, a retired mili-
tary sky-diver, spent almost three hours
explaining and showing how to Do It
Right (DIR) when it comes to SCUBA
diving. McKay, who describes himself
as "passionate about the sport," takes
issue with the underwater technique of
most divers. He proves his argument,
even with experienced divers, by
videotaping them under water. Most
are appalled when they see how they
flounder when compared with a DIR-
trained diver, a point emphasized by
the demo video showing an almost mo-
tionless diver hovering and maneuver-
ing and even reversing direction.

The "secret" is in extended training
and practice combined with modifica-
tions to dive gear centering around a
weighty back plate harness surrounded
by a buoyancy control "wing." This
focus on skill honing is somewhat in
conflict with PADI and other popular
diving instruction approaches that em-
phasize getting a diver basically safe
and comfortable underwater.

The DIR philosophy is a base that the
Global Underwater Explorers (GUE),
which bills itself as "an elite educa-
tional organization, uses in offering
classes in a wide range of aquatic pur-
suits, from cave diving to technical ni-
trox and trimix..." Its students are
trained beyond the industry's most
stringent requirements, culminating as
a diver who is truly prepared for the
underwater environment.


Dan McKay, GUE Instructor
and lecturer


McKay says, "I've only graduated a
handful of students (of the hundreds
he's taught) on their first time through
the training course." This is in contrast
to PADI introductory courses which
have an almost 100% pass rate. How-
ever, many technical and cave divers
consider GUE certification a must.


Bonaire's already ex-
tensive dive-training
offerings. His new busi-
ness, Caribbean Gas
Training (CGT), will
incorporate DIR meth-
ods.

Almost all SCUBA
divers want to improve
their underwater ability,
if for no other reason
than it will permit them
to enjoy themselves
more fully under water.
DIR offers a proven
route to this. As Dan
McKay said in his con-
cluding remarks, "The
technical side of diving
has a lot to offer the
recreational side."
O G.D.



WGUE


Benji Schaub will bring the DIR
philosophy to his new CGT business.


Benji Schaub, currently an instructor
at Andre Nahr's Bonaire Dive and Ad-
venture, has plans to introduce this way
of thinking about diving to augment


More boats than Bonaire has seen for a long while are now in port.
If we've forgotten you, please let us know. Contact info on front
page.


Alize
Altair
Always Saturday
Angie
Anouk
Audentes
Aurora
Blue Moon
Blue Star
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cancubine
Cape Kathryn
Carisea
Celtic Avenger
Cers
Cheers
Delphinus
Destiny
Double Bogy
Eclipse
Endorphin
Estefanie
Est-Oust
Finasia
Flam
Flying Cloud, USA
Freestyle


Galivanter
Go Bucks
Goril Two
Great Sensation
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Hinnica
Honalee
Invictus IV
Island of Corn
Jan Gerardus
Jennifer
JJ
Kamana
Karminda II
Kat-Anne
Katinka
La Baronne
Longo Mai
Maggi
Mahureva
Maxolar
Natural Selection
Okeanis
Okura
One Way Wind
Paranda
Sandpiper, USA


Sapristi
Scintella
Serenade
Sirius
Summer Breeze
Sunny Side
Sun-Ra
Syjoli
Sylvia K
Tatoosh, Cayman Is,
Three Ships
Ti Amo
Tigger
Trio
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicom, Norway
Umiak
Varedhuni, Ger.
Vendia
Vilje
Von Voyase
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zee Vock
Zeezot


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


Bonaire Dive Pros at the DIR presentation


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
12-16 13:00 2.1FT. 23:04 0.6FT. 87
12-17 13:37 2.0FT. 23:39 0.6FT. 84
12-18 0:08 0.7FT. 14:09 2.0FT. 79
12-19 0:45 0.7FT. 14:44 1.9FT. 73
12-20 1:10 0.8FT. 15:17 1.7FT. 64
12-21 1:26 0.9FT. 15:34 1.6FT. 56
12-22 1:31 0.9FT. 11:20 1.5FT. 47
12-23 1:16 1.0FT. 9:41 1.6FT. 39


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Before his long trip back to Spain, Sanikolas bought his medicalfitness card at
Bonfysio! One secret of his many abilities has now been revealed! A Swarte Piet
looks on.


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


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Around the Island


A s part of the International Day
for the Disabled, Landsailing
Bonaire, in association with the Dutch
TV team for Expedition Paradise (a
reality show), arranged an outing and
fundraiser for the Foundation for Dis-
abled Persons (FKPD) at the Porto
Spafio course. For further information
contact: Landsailing Bonaire
at 717-8122/ or 786-8122. E-mail:
info@landsailingbonaire.com [ .


Ubalina Everts (right) gets an exciting ride

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Julia and Melissa


Here are two of the children, Julia and Melissa, who participated in the re-
cently completed six-week Yogo For You yoga program. They all had a lot
of fun practicing yoga poses. The kids were so creative, even discovering new
poses and playing lots of games. A favorite was bowling in a yoga pose. Relaxing
at the end was fun too. OStory & Photo by Desiree


W owo di Bario's Treasurer, Eddy Crestian and President, Robert Statie
sign an agreement with Parke Publico's Davika Bissessar and James
Finies of the Dare to Care Foundation. Wowo di Bario will be maintaining security
and order in the park during its daytime and evening opening hours. 1


Report on: The Animal Shelter Indonesian Dinner & Art
Auction Fundraiser

Even a rainy, soggy night couldn't dampen the spirits of the diners and bid-
ders at the Bonaire Animal Shelter Fundraiser's Indonesian Dinner and
Art Auction last Thursday night. The event netted a profit of NA/10.410, accord-
ing to Shelter Board member Lydia Duijn. Thanks to all the people who helped
make this evening a rousing success.
In particular thanks to Annemarie Dalhuisen who made the whole meal for eve-
ryone, with help from Sabine Engel, Milly Kroeger, Emy Mol and Barbara Dal-
huisen.
More thank you's go to sponsors: Warehouse Bonaire, Bongo's Beach, Eden
Beach Resort, More for Less, Caribbean Laundry, Pension Exclusive Bonaire
(PEB), Little Havana, Bobbejan BBQ, Asecom Business & Support, Jacobs Ar-
chitecten, Duijn Bonaire.
And especially, thanks to the artists: Harry Henson, Alied Lippinkhof, Anguine
Hodge, Manuela Winklaar, Janice Huckaby and students, Amanda Castan, Nochi
Coffie, Ady Figaroa, Edith Foks, Bert Poyck, Bertie and Dos Winkel, Guno
Geerlings, Henk Roozendaal, Lou Barlass, Barbara van Olphen, Germaine Ni-
jdam, Otto Bartels and Jerry Schnabel.
If there is someone we forgot to mention to say thank you to, please forgive us,
but there were so many people who helped us. And if anyone missed the occa-
sion they can also help us next Saturday, December 17th in Rincon where we will
have a stand at the Christmas market, 4 to 11 pm. 1 Lydia Duijn/L.D.


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Sanikolas at Hospital


Sanikolas and Zwarte Piet entertain the elders at San Francisco Hospital

Last week, just before Sanikolas and his Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) left
Bonaire to return to their home in Spain, they visited San Francisco Hospi-
tal. Who could help but enjoy them and their antics, their total zany, free-wheeling
style? They visited patients and had a program with the elderly who live there.
There was food and drink, gifts, skits, singing and a humorous repartee between
Sanikolas, the Zwarte Pieten and the residents, some of whom even got up to sing
funny songs. Everyone had a grand time.
Farewell, Sanikolas. We'll miss you and your Zwarte Pieten who made us laugh.
We wish you and your high spirits could be with us all year long. O L.D.


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Holidcyw Peies


Ars Cantandi Concert


Pianist Sue
Ellen Felix
gets assistance
from
Barbara Mason
Bianculli


Last Saturday evening, after a hiatus of two
years, the Ars Cantandi choral group put on
a Christmas concert, Nochi di Lus (Night of Light),
at the SGB high school to a very enthusiastic
standing-room-only crowd. Holiday tunes were
sung in Papiamentu and English with a few Ca-


lypso versions of some traditional songs. Sue Ellen
Felix was at the piano and Jon Savage conducted.
Many in the audience commented that the con-
cert was a wonderful way to begin their holiday
season. L.D./Bob Lassiterphotos


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




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


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


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, 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 infor-
mation.


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/



For Sale

Clean Master power washer, 1600
psi, electric, still in box, $285. 786-1119.

3 sky-kennels, KLM-approved, size
C: NAf125, size E: NAf150, size F:
NAf300. Tel 786-5582 Edwin


LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844


Boat for
Sale-


Why import a sail boat when you
can own a fast Regatta winner built
right here? Classic 21' Bonaire Sail
Fishing boat recently refurbished is for
sale for NAf 14,000
Call George 786-6518/717-8988.





English speaking babysitter needed
for on-call needs for windsurfing tourists.
A car is needed. References required.
Please call 786-3134.


Wanted: Big 4-Wheel Drive JEEP or
PICK UP in good condition. Call Edwin
at 786-5582


Looking for a good
home for a 6 year old
Ridgeback mix. Spayed
female, very friendly, used
to children. Up to date with
all shots, has heartworm and Frontline for
next 3 months. Leaving island beginning
of January to a cold climate!
Call 786-5209/717-5468


Palm Trading (dive-equipment whole-
saler) on Bonaire needs a full time
helper starting this January. Must be in
the possession of a Driving License and
by preference have some dive experience.
Please contact: info@palmtradingnv.
com / phone number 717-2072.



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DIVING with DEE




Secrets of a Sturdy Sponge


In this look into the center of a TMN sponge, called the sponge's atrium, five
gobies are easily visible and another three peek out. The white marks are the
tubes and fans of smallfan worms.


is that the exhaust current of the
TMN sponge is the strongest of
any sponge I know, certainly the
strongest of any sponge I've ever
seen on Bonaire. One way to tell
how strong the TMN sponge's
exhaust current is, is by watching
the gobies who live within the
sponge's exhaust port (the large,
irregular-shaped depression in the
center of a sponge column).
Those gobies are swimming like
crazy and getting nowhere! I
can't think of a single sea creature
that swims as continuously, as
hard, as these gobies do.

A Home and Harbor to Some
Creatures
What do the gobies eat while
they're swimming so hard, getting
nowhere, inside TMN sponges?
The gobies eat things the sponge
itself doesn't filter from the water
and other creatures that live within
the sponge. The second conse-
quence of the protected state of

Continued on page 17


nisn turge izniv spuonge is onei uj nejew
damaged ones I've ever seen; the sponge may
have been ripped by a strong prop wash. The
rock beauty at the bottom ofthe photo is not
there by coincidence; it's been taking advan-
tage of the sponge's vulnerability to nibble on
its insides.


Once upon a time, before the
days of dive computers, divers
had ways of calculating depth and time
for dives which began deep and got
shallower. The trouble was, none of
the ways of calculating such dives
were recognized by the certifying
agencies then.
So when Bob, an experienced diver,
developed terrific itching of his hands
after a dive and consulted a physician,
the doc immediately looked at Bob's
dive profile: to 80' for about 15 min-
utes, then another 45 minutes at or
above 30' of depth. By US Navy ta-
bles, the standard at the time, Bob's
80' for 60 minutes was well over the
no-decompression limit. They popped
Bob into the recompression chamber
and took him to depth, asking, "Do
your hands feel better?" That's a ques-
tion that's tougher to answer than it
would seem, so they decided to treat
Bob for decompression sickness. A
few hours and a couple of thousand
dollars later (this was before DAN in-
surance, too) Bob emerged from the
chamber with less itchy hands.

The Mystery is Solved
"Don't dive any more this trip," the
medics told him, "and rest," so after a
long sleep, the next afternoon he began
to rinse out his gear. As he rinsed out
his cotton gloves (yep, this was before
the days of gloveless diving), his
hands started itching again! That's
when he began to investigate the pos-
sibility that something he had touched
had caused the itching and learned
about the Touch-Me-Not Sponge,
Neofibularia nolitangere. This event
took place in the early 1980s, when
divers commonly wore gloves to
"protect" themselves from, for exam-
ple, the sharpness of coral; the cotton
gloves Bob had worn would have pre-
vented him from being cut by coral
(while not protecting the coral at all
against the pressure of his "protected"


hand) but couldn't "protect" him com-
pletely from the Touch Me Not sponge.

The Revenge of the "Touch Me Not"
A few years prior to that, a friend of
mine was posing for an underwater
photographer. Like Bob, Sandy didn't
know about the Touch Me Not sponge.
Unlike Bob, she was barehanded.
Sandy rested her hands lightly on a
Touch Me Not sponge formation to
keep her position while the photogra-
pher took several exposures. By the
next morning her fingers looked like
big fat sausages; they were so swollen
Sandy could barely bend them, and
they itched like crazy. It took more
than a week for the swelling to subside;
finally the overstretched skin on her
fingers peeled away and the hands she
remembered reappeared.

What Makes it "Touch Me Not"
Sponges get their shape from a skele-
ton made of particles called spicules.
Although the spicules of most sponges
have no effect on people (as we learned
when we tied sponges back onto Pier
pilings), the spicules of the TMN
sponge get through our skin like bits of
fiberglass, and are just as irritating; the
spicules were the cause of both Bob's
and Sandy's problems.
That the TMN sponge can avenge
itself well on divers is unnecessary
these days, but every sponge needs de-
fenses against other marine animals.
Angelfish and filefish, who occasion-
ally eat sponges, won't munch on un-
damaged TMN sponges; only when a
TMN sponge's surface has been
breached do filefish and angelfish
snack on the inner sponge. Many types
of sponges are clipped off and carried
around by sponge crabs, but not TMN
sponges.

What a Current!
There are two interesting conse-
quences of all this protection: the first


Is this a close-up of the texture of an English muffin? No, it's a close-up of the
texture of the inside of a broken TMN sponge. There's a tiny white worm tube in
the lower left corner, and one can see the space for other little creatures avail-
able in the trails and streets and boulevards that the filtered water follows, within
the sponge.


TMN sponges is that they provide
homes for many marine creatures. The
less vulnerable the sponge is, the more
interesting it becomes to little animals
that need fortification. The tiny white
dots on TMN sponges are fanworms,
and other worms and crustaceans live
within TMN sponges sometimes in
the hundreds. Brittlestars live on
TMN sponges, and creatures such as
juvenile longspined urchins find sanc-
tuary within the irregularities of TMN
sponges.

When I think of "well-defended," I
think of the walls of a fort, or fearsome
teeth. The last thing I'd think of as an
example of "well-defended" is the dull-
colored, lumpy-shaped, totally not
flashy Touch-Me-Not sponge. And
yet, this unassuming creature's subtle
defenses provide sanctuary to many
animals, and a reason for divers to
know what they're doing before touch-


ing the reef! OStory & photos by Dee
Scarr


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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in
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Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.


En d of Year Regatta


Whale Encounter


Humpback whale at Aquarius


t's not on every dive that you meet a humpback whale. Last Sunday, Peter de
Graaf, who lives on Bonaire, was diving at the Aquarius site with his buddy,
Hans Henneken. Ahead he spotted a huge shape, vertical in the water. Fortunately
he had his Sony digital camera in its housing so he began shooting photos. This is
just one of them.
Sea and Discover biologist Carin Eckrich tentatively identified it as a humpback.
Adult males measure 40-48 feet (12.2-14.6 m), adult females measure 45-50 feet
(13.7-15.2 m). They weigh 25 to 40 tons (22,680-36,287 kg). Humpback whales
feed on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans, and various kinds of small fish. Each
whale eats up to 1 and 1/2 tons (1,361 kg) of food a day. As a baleen whale, it has
a series of 270-400 fringed overlapping plates hanging from each side of the upper
jaw, where teeth might otherwise be located.
Whale sharks, which also feed on similar creatures, have also been sighted re-
cently in local waters. O G.D.


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MOVIELAND


WIIllY MVIE SHilWTIM

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
Two For The
Money (AI Pacino)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Domino
(Mickey Rourke)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf 12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
: The Curse Of The
Were-Rabbit / Goal
(Holiday Matinee Extra)


THIS WEEK
Saturday, December 17 Continental
Airlines Inaugural Flight, Flamingo
Airport, Official Welcome 6:45 am

Saturday, December 17 Rincon
Christmas Market, 4 to 11 pm

Saturday, December 17- Plaza Re-
sort 10th Anniversary Celebration
Samara Band from Venezuela, 9 pm,
Tipsy Seagull. All invited. Info 717-
7500
Sunday, December 18- End of the
Year Regatta 10 am, in front of Re-
gatta House on the waterfront. See
page 17. For information call Elvis
Martinus 790-2288.

Monday, December 19 SGB Christ-
mas Fair and Market Gifts, food,
drinks, entertainment, Christmas spirit-
NAJf entrance (drawing for a prize).
At the high school, 7 pm to 11 pm.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
days, starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Dec.17 Silver Whisper.
Dec.19 Arcadia

COMING UP
Saturday, Sunday, December 24, 25-
Traditional Christmas Gourmet
Dinner at Rum Runners, Capt. Don's
Habitat. See page 10-Tel. 717-8290

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Decem-
ber 24, 25, 26-Christmas Dinner at
Den Laman. See page 12- Tel. 717-
4106.
Sunday, December 25 Bonairean
Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo -
Music by Kriollo Kids (Gaitas). The
buffet will consist of all-Bonairean
Christmas dishes. There will be a cozy
Bonairean Christmas ambiance with
decorations, Christmas tree, etc. Price
to be announced. Information 717-
8285.
Saturday, December 31-Comcabon
Fun Run 2/4/5 km -5:30 pm. Tel. 717-
8629 or 780-7225-Richard Pietersz


WHAT'S HAPPENING


Saturday, December 31 Divi Fla-
mingo New Years Party

2006

Karnaval 2006 Jan. 7 to Feb. 28
January 14, 2006 next quarterly
clean-up dive. All are welcome, divers
and non-divers alike. Contact sponsors
Yellow Submarine (http://www.
bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or Net-
Tech (http://www.nettech.an).


REGULAR EVENTS
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
infobonaire.com/rincon
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 NAf2,50 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 -Yoga 5 pm, Beginner; 6.30
pm, Intermediate, Harbour Village Spa
786-6416
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, & search for "Gibi."
Wednesday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed
Level, Plaza Resort, 786-6416
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level,
Buddy Dive Resort, 786-6416
Friday- 5-7 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
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.


December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line
Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea
Cruises
Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises

Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.


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 Con-
servation 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
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
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 enty fee. Call
Cathy 566-4056.
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, 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 Domacass6
516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8454

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
7174685, 566-4685

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit 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 holi-
days. 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 musi-
cians.

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 Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 selec-
tion of large and small home appliances. Fast service
and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art-
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is
featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber 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 Oa-
sis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
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 neighbor-
hood. 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 Bel-
nem. 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, 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 ser-
vices 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 connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.


RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
women and children.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. 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 dis-
counts 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.
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruc-
tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
drinks too.
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 de-
livery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desir6e and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Pri-
vate 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 an Barf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the 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.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 m; 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.

Pasa Bon 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 oftown center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad eet atin o r take i bar too.



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I cause although most men were
sailors and worked off the island my fa-
ther was a carpenter and I was lucky to
have both parents at home. My father was
Herman Miguel Cicilia and my mom is
Anna Maria Cicilia de Palm. I am one of
nine children and I was born December
3rd 1940; a new era because World War
II changed everything.
When I was nine I started taking organ
lessons in Rincon with the nuns. Every
Saturday instead of playing I had to sit
there learning...from nine to five. All day
long! Very boring! Coleta and Chabe
were two ladies who had a bus and I
could only go with them because they
were women. Once I had the opportunity
to learn to play the violin, but as the
teacher was a man, it was out of the ques-
tion. It was simply not done. Talking
about sexual issues was also taboo, but I
read a lot; the nuns had a bookcase full of
books for adults and I read them all! I
was fancying the idea of becoming a
midwife or maybe a stewardess.
But I was going to church every day, so
I decided to become a nun; I felt it was
the right vocation. So, when I was 15 I
went to Curaqao, to the Martinus Ges-
ticht, a boarding school founded by the
nuns, to become a kindergarten teacher.
There I found out that living with the
nuns wasn't for me. To be really sure I
became a novena for nine months, but
after those nine months I definitely knew
I was not going to be a nun.
I came back to Bonaire as a kindergar-
ten teacher and started working with the
nuns in Playa. I was almost 18 and be-
sides teaching I also had to make house
calls as the nuns were not allowed to. I
had to visit poor families whose children
couldn't go to school as they had no
shoes. I always came with a prayer, be-
cause when you entered a house you did-
n't know who you would find there. I
always came alone and I was still very
young. I didn't have a car so I went by
foot. Sometimes I had to wade through
mud puddles, but it was all for the sake of
the child!
We had very big classes, three for the
whole school, and each class had more
than 50 pupils! When a friend of mine
who had been in Holland came to Bon-
aire, we started working on fundraising to
build three more classrooms. The convent
would take care of the construction work,
but everything else we had to provide.
We asked Curaqao for permission to have
a fair and I typed 500 letters because we
didn't have a copy machine. Then the fair
came for three days and we raised
NAf 5.000 guilders! That was a lot!
We dressed up those new classrooms
very modern. We could even buy lesson


materials it was great! Then we had six
classes and the newly graduated teachers
arrived from Curacao: Maria Koeks,
Sonia (I forgot her last name) and Thea
Pauleta. Everything was much better!
In 1962 I married Emilto Hyacinto
Rosario he was a carpenter and the
nicest thing about him was I didn't have
to cook! The first time he came home
from work I'd cooked and he said,
'That's not what I wanted to eat,' so he
himself went to cook, and that's the way
it stayed! When I came home the food
was on the table! And I am easy; I eat
what they give me!
I kept on working and I founded many
clubs to keep the children busy after
school and on the weekends. I ran the
Antillean Girls Guild, just like scouting.
My husband and I had five children four
boys and one girl. My mother took care
of them in the daytime, and in the eve-
ning my husband was the babysitter. I
attended meetings, I gave courses for
adults and I was the president of the
Lady's Club.


"I had to visit poor fami-
lies whose children could-
n't go to school as they had
no shoes. I always came
with a prayer, because
when you entered a house
you didn't know who you
would find there. I always
came alone and I was still
very young."



When the Sentro di Barios were
founded they were looking for a board
for the one in Nikiboko. My youngest
had just been born and I went to one of
the meetings, and right there and then
they choose me as the chairman! I said,
'You know I have a six-week-old baby! I
can't do it alone!' Their reply was, 'Here
is your secretary, here's your treasurer,'
etc.! We immediately started renovating
the building, and for Mother's Day the
Lion's Club paid for a folkloristic dance
course for the children. I went to Curaqao
and bought the materials, and I sewed all
the costumes at home We named the
dance group Kayena. We performed in
Kali, Colombia, in Statia, Aruba and
Curaqao, and we also danced on cruise
ships. Kayena still exists. Next year it
will be 30 years old! Once a month they
dance at Flamingo Beach Hotel.
Well, you know, in the old days when
you got married you were not allowed to


continue working. Because my husband
didn't mind I could go on working, but
the government wouldn't take you into
their health or retirement programs.
They'd give you a one-year contract and
when you had a baby you had to resign!
I worked my whole life until I was 55:
15 years at St. Josef kindergarten, then in
Rincon for four years in Arco Iris. Then,
after I studied to get the necessary papers,
I went to work in special education at the
Watapana School for 20 years. I also
gave Papiamentu lessons at SGB and
worked as a substitute at domestic sci-
ence school. However, when I went to
work for the Watapana School the laws
had changed and I was able to pay for my
retirement pension myself, and that's
what I did. And I did well!
I'd always thought when I got my pen-
sion that I'd do something with music. I
started giving private piano lessons. Be-
cause hardly anyone had a piano at home
to practice, I went to Holland to buy wind
pianos (a reed instrument with keys like a
piano) for the children. And that's how I
started Sentro Musikal Boyet! Then I had
the opportunity of taking lessons from
Trans World Radio's best pianist, Connie
Canfield. She taught me for 12 years.
Last year I celebrated 25 years of teach-
ing music.
My husband passed away 15 years ago,
but I never feel lonely. I'm always busy.
Almost every year I go on vacation to
Holland; I go all the time to Curamao; I
go on cruises; I travel all over Europe; I
am free! My son Roland came back from
Holland to work for the Kadaster here.
My daughter and one son are in Curaqao,
two sons in Holland, sisters in Holland
and Aruba. Sometimes when I go to Hol-
land I say I'm going home! For Christ-
mas I am going there, for New Years,
here. Then my daughter gets jealous:
'Tell my brother I exist too!' Then my
sons get jealous and they think I love my
daughter more...Aiaiai!!!


I take care of my mom who's living
independently, but at night she sleeps at
my house. I have a children's choir and
we just brought out our second CD. I'm
in the church choir. Two of my grandsons
live with their mom in Antriol; I take
them to school and after school one stays
with me and one with the other grandpar-
ents. I am the secretary of the UPAH, the
union for retired officials on the Antilles.
I teach music from 2 to 6 pm every day
and I've got my hobbies too.
Some people say they've got nothing to
do, but if you stay with your hands in
your lap it will never change. There's
plenty to do! At night I go to bed at 11:30
and I wake up at 5 am; then I stay up all
day without taking a nap. I am a happy
person; if I can't laugh anymore, life is
over for me. I greet everybody because I
always say, 'If you pass by someone and
you don't greet them, and then you trip
and fall, they won't pick you up because
you didn't greet them!'
Once I was in Rincon visiting people.
My car was parked in front of their door.
Someone passed by and saw I had a flat
tire. He called at the door, 'Give me your
car key!' He changed the tire and had the
other one repaired because he knew I had
to go back to Playa. Isn't that beautiful?
Things like that I never forget! That's
Bonaire! I travel everywhere, but I'll stay
here because we have to keep up our
Bonaire! I've
never seen a
second Bon-
aire where I
could live, so
I'll stay!"
Story and
photo by
Greta Koois-
tra


Bonaire Reporter- December 16-23, 2005


Violeta Rosario Cicilia


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Picture Yonrself New York Ci N.Y., US

In The iReporter

Klawok, Alaska, US

1:a ho


H ere are Lisa and Joe of Bonaire's Pasa Bon Pizza, our favorite pizza parlor in
the world, at the New York (City) Pizza Show keeping up on the latest pizza
technology. The result? An awesome new pizza oven soon due to be operational. O


B onaire bartender TC Panecaldo writes, "Well, believe it or not I am here in
Alaska freezing my buns off. This is way too cold for this Island Hottie. It
is so beautiful here and a couple of days ago my friend Rocky and I went up to his
"special" spot and got a Christmas tree. I am on Prince of Wales Island in a small
town called Klawock, Alaska. There are only about 700 people in the town.
PS: by the way this morning was 18 degrees F .....SEND ME HOME TO THE
SUNSHINE. 1


Pieter and Anita Gro-
enendal are showing
off their newest addition:
Baby Joe, born on October
30 at San Francisco Hospi-
tal. He was 4 kg., 54 cm. His
brother Mike and sister Za-
ira were born there too.
Mom Anita, a physiothera-
pist at Bon Fysio, has the
honor of being the first
woman to complete the
"Tower to Tower" marathon
hike. Dad Pieter runs The
Island Supplier (TIS). D
L.D.

Readers are invited to send
their photos of their
anniversaries, engagements
or weddings to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be
printed free of charge.


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.) D


MARRIED

O ne of Bonaire's
favorite people,
Yasmil Rios Gomez, who
has been one of the main-
stays of Pasa Bon Pizza,
got married this week,
Monday, December 12, at
the Passengrahan to Gio-
vanni Carletti from Ge-
neva, Switzerland. The
couple met while Yasmil
was working at Buddy
Dive and have been
"courting" ever since.
After spending Christmas
in Bonaire the couple will
go to Switzerland to live.
We wish this wonderful
couple all the happiness in
the future. OL.D.


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Why is the Winter Solstice Called the Winter Solstice and
What's it All About Anyway?

O n Wednesday, December 21st, at precisely 12:35 pm, Sky Park standard time,
the Winter Solstice, that is the first day of winter, officially begins for the
northern hemisphere. But if you're like most people the concept of the Winter Solstice
can be a bit confusing. So let me explain what the Winter Solstice is really all about.
But to do that we're going to have to go back in time, all the way to the first day of
spring.
On the first day of spring, which is also called the Vernal Equinox, vernal meaning
'green', and equinox meaning 'equal night', which simply means that on the equinox the
hours of daylight are equal to the hours of night. Now on the first day of spring, the
Vernal Equinox, the Sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. And each
successive day thereafter it rises and sets just a little bit farther to the north until the
Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, when the Sun reaches its northernmost
point along the horizon and actually seems to 'stand still' and rise and set in the same
place for a few days. In fact the word 'solstice' means 'Sun stands still'.
And as any school child will tell you, the first day of summer is the longest day of
the year, meaning the day of longest daylight. Now after the Solstice the Sun will ap-
pear to reverse its direction and will rise and set just a little bit farther south each suc-
cessive day. And each successive day the time of daylight will grow just a little bit
shorter. On the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of autumn, the Sun will once again
rise due east and set due west, and the hours of daylight will again be equal to the
hours of night. Then the Sun will continue its journey southward, rising and setting a
little bit farther south each day, and daylight will continue to get shorter and night time
longer each day until the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter. Then the Sun will
reach its farthest point south and once again will appear to 'solstice,' that is stand still
and rise and set in the same place for a few days. And at the time of the Solstice, the
northern hemisphere will experience the shortest day of the year, meaning the day of
least sunlight and most night.
Then a few days after the Solstice the Sun will appear to retrace its steps and will rise
and set just a little bit farther north on the horizon each successive day until once again
we'll be back where we started on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, and the
Sun will rise and set due east and west. And it will then repeat the entire rising and set-
ting cycle again and again, year after year.
Now in the 21st century we really don't pay much attention to where the Sun rises
and sets each day, but our ancestors kept precise records of where the Sun rose and set
every day because this gave them their first yearly calendar by which they were able to
determine the seasons so they would know when to plant and when to harvest. In fact,
recording the Sun's rising and setting positions day after day was as important to our
ancestors as our wall calendars and atomic clocks are to us today.
So might I suggest that just for fun, beginning with this solstice, you watch the Sun's
journey all this upcoming year as it rises and sets at a slightly different place each
morning and night. You'll not only find it fun but absolutely fascinating. O
Jack Horkheimer


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For the week: December 11 to 17, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Overindulgence may be a problem. Your need to
obtain additional details will lead you into strange topics of conversation. Try to
think things through. You will be able to work with fine detail this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Home improvement projects will go well if you
delegate work to all your family members. Control those desires to cast your fate to
the wind. You're best to channel your energy into work. You will be encouraged to
get involved in a moneymaking venture. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with
you this week. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with friends
who like to talk as much as you do. Take a long look at your present direction and
consider your professional options. You need to refrain from being the generous
one in the group. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer from a
lack of spare time. You may have difficulties with someone close to you. You may
find that children are not as accepting as you have been. Others may want to steal
your thunder when they realize your ideas are pretty solid. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) If possible, rely on coworkers to back your objectives,
and talk to superiors in order to get approval. Show what a dedicated person you
can be. Don't be too quick to judge your loved ones. Try not to argue about trivial
matters. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Get involved in activities that will be fun for the
whole family. Visitors may drop by unexpectedly, resulting in tension with your
lover. Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent information. Take care of
your personal needs. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can win points with children if you take the
time to show interest in their accomplishments. Don't put all your cash in one
place. Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. You can make major deci-
sions regarding your professional direction. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may be more emotional than usual. Dealing
with foreigners will be most enlightening. Your practical approach to life may
charm someone who has been observing you. Channel your energy into projects
that will enhance your home. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will benefit by taking care of other
people's concerns. Someone may try to damage your reputation. For now just do
the best you can. Try not to allow superiors or those in a higher position to take
advantage of you. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) You will be your usual charming self and the
partners you attract may be the adventurous type. You may have a tendency to put
on weight. You may find that someone you live with is not too happy, but you can't
really do anything about that right now. Be honest in your communication and
don't lose your cool if someone backs you into a corer. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) This time was meant for love. Make creative
changes to your residence. There could be opposition or temper tantrums on the
home front. You should be making plans to spend some time with the ones you
love. Don't divulge secret information. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Difficulties with children will surface if you try to
break a promise you made. Unique forms of entertainment could capture your at-
tention and bring about a romantic interest. Pleasure trips will bring you into con-
tact with new and interesting people. Stop telling others about your problems. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday. 1


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December 16-23, 2005 Volume 12, Issue 47 SINCE 1994 Kaya Gob. Debrot 200 • E-mail: repo rter@bonairenews.com • 717-8988

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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 T he first flight of a scheduled US airline, non-stop from the US, is set for this Saturday, December 17th, when Continental Airlines lands at Flamingo Airport at 6:15 am. All Bonaire residents are invited to help greet the flight which will be filled with tourists and officials from Bonaire and Continental to officially open the new route. At 6:45 am all are invited to a brief official ceremony at the airport. Continental flies more than 3,000 flights per day to 150 US domestic and 130 international destinations which will make it a prime source of US travelers to Bonaire. Last week BonairExpress and CuracaoExpress, now reborn as Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), added Valencia (via Curaçao) as its first foreign destination. It the first nonAntillean destination by an Antillean airline since DCA collapsed several years ago. Dutch Antilles Express Director Floris Van Pallandt commented that in the last four months, in addition to restructuring, DAE has had an over 90% ontime performance. The basic round-trip fare from Curaçao to Valencia is NAƒ175 ($100). Director van Pallandt said Valencia had been chosen because it fits into the airline’s current schedule and aircraft. Longer routes will require other planes the company plans to add next year. Other desired destinations include Caracas, Trinidad, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Bogotá, Colombia. A new DAE livery of blue, green and yellow for its aircraft was formally presented and incorporated into new staff uniforms. A few days later the local press reported that DAE employees threatened a job action because of dissatisfaction with the uniforms. DAE is the current name of BonairExpress-BonairExel. Jamaicans, by a three to one margin, think that their national carrier Air Jamaica performed better while under the control of the Air Jamaica Acquisition Group (AJAG) headed by Butch Stewart than it does today. This is the finding of the latest Stone polls conducted for the Jamaica Observer . The Jamaican government took over Air Jamaica about a year ago. Over the last year Air Jamaica has experienced maintenance problems, had pilots leaving for more lucrative salaries in the Far East, recorded a notable decline in service, a reduction of both its staff and fleet and an unreliable ontime record. These factors may well have led to the perception that the airline performed better when it was in the hands of 'Butch' Stewart. Air Jamaica flies to Bonaire every Saturday from its Montego Bay hub (which connects to 10 US cities) relatively reliably Parliament approved the 2006 budget of the Central Government (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Benetton Fashion Show 3 Tennis Rankings 4 Dietitian (Low Fat Turkey) 5 Bonairiaanse Jeugdzong 6 Snack Boys Guide, Harbour City 7 Protect Your Pet Against Fireworks 8 Diving Right (DIR—GUE) 9 Sanikolas at Bonfysio 10 Around Island—Landsailing, Children’s Yoga, Park Publiko, Animal Shelter Fundraiser 11 Sanikolas at Hospital 12 Ars Cantandi Concert 13 Where to Find the Reporter 14 Touch me not Sponges (Dee Scarr) 15 Whale Encounter 17 End of Year Regatta 17 Announcement Pieter and Anita Groenendal, baby Joe and Wedding of Yasmil Rios Gomez 22 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Mega FM Schedule 2 Pet of the Week (Vlekkie) 8 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 14 Reporter Masthead 18 Special Olympic Spotlight (Natania Nicolina) 18 What’s Happening 19 Movieland Film Schedule 19 December Cruise Ship Schedule 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 20 Born on Bonaire (Violeta Rosario-Cicilia) 21 Picture Yourself (Klawok, Alaska and New York, N.Y.) 22 Sky Park (Winter Solstice ) 23 The Stars Have It 23 Transport Minister Omayra Leeflang and DAE director Van Pallandt at the initiation of the Valencia route The new DAE livery on an ATR

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 B enetton Bonaire’s 15th Anniversary was celebrated with a gala fashion show last Saturday night at the Barracuda Club. Nineteen models from Top’s International Model Agency, 12 kids and six special guest models showed multitudinous numbers of great Benetton fashions – for men, women and all age kids. We had no idea there were so many pieces of clothing in that store! Benetton owner Marisela Croes assures us that all of it is indeed from her shop! The show was orchestrated by Carlos Lopez; Benetton St ore Manager Stacy Winklaar put together all the outfits with the help of Audrey and Bianca of the sales staff. Hair and makeup were by Nina Ledezma. A colorful dancing show was put on by The Genies and songstress Samantha Jacobs from Magic Sounds (a group that used to be based in Bonaire) performed as well as her amazing six-year-old nephew, Xechell (whose father is Magic Sounds leader, Senio Jacobs). A new band, “Making Mix,” played lively krioyo music. Indicative of Benetton Bonaire’s clientele, the crowd also was mixed – totally international. The event was a complete sellout. Proceeds will go to charities in Bonaire. L.D. Two of the Benetton models C O V E R S T O R Y Luisa Marcano, Nina Ledezma, Marisela Croes and Taddy Arvelo Benetton employees present a gift to Ma risela Croes. Emcee Tica Sealy, 2nd from right

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) early last Friday morning with 12 votes in favor and six against. The budget has a deficit of NAƒ160 million. Originally the budget deficit was NAƒ183 million. The deficit is part of a total Antillean financing need of NAƒ275 million for 2006. This the design for the new Pelikaan hydrographic survey ship under construction in Holland. Effective mid-2006 the Dutch Royal Navy’s current support vessel in the Caribbean will be replaced. The current Pelikaan , a familiar sight in local waters, has been serving the islands since 1990. It was taken out of commission in Curaçao last Friday. Ben Bot, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister, plans to go Venezuela in the coming months to meet with President Hugo Chavez. He wants to tell Chavez that the Netherlands will continue to exert territorial sovereignty over the Antilles even after the restructuring of the islands. “The Netherlands has no intention of giving up its sovereignty. Since Venezuela made certain remarks, the Netherlands wants to make this message clear to them,” said Bot. The Governor of the Antilles denied the petition for clemency for Curaçao political strongman, Anthony Godett, Hendriks Abraham, Rob Salas and Chris Winkel at the recommendation of the Public Prosecutor and the Common Court of Justice. Godett has to serve 15 months in prison for bribery and false acknowledgement of a debt for NAƒ106.000 and money laundering. However, the convicted men cannot begin serving their sentences until there is more space available in Curaçao’s Bon Futuro prison. Bonaire civil servants will get a day off on January 2, 2006, because this year December 24 and 31, normally a half-day off, are on a Saturday. Do you have a mask which you wish had a purge valve to help clear water? Now the Carib Inn can do just that. For a charge of just $5, a purge valve can be added to your favorite mask. This process will work for 95% of all masks. Call the Carib Inn at 717-8819 or stop by. They’re located south of the Divi Flamingo Resort. Cinnamon Art Gallery will be open on Saturday, 17 December , from 11am to 4pm to accommodate last minute weekend Christmas shopping. The Benetton ad this week, on page 20, shows models from Benetton Bonaire’s 15th Anniversary Fashion Show last Saturday night . The winners of the “Picture Yourself with The Bonaire Reporter ” contest will soon be named. If you have a favorite, please let us know G./L. D. The new Pelikaan Ben Bot, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister T he results are in at the halfway mark for the RBTT Tennis Youth Ranking Competition. Tennis coach Elisabeth Vos reported on the results in the five classes. (Leaders are in boldface type): A: Gino Meeuwsen , Kevin Abdul, Daniel Carillo, Paulo Allee, Timothy Bissessar B: Boy Roozendaal, Max van Ooijen, Damian Frans and Denzel Elhage C1: Harm Bruininx, Arnd Chirino , Jaimylee van Kouwen, Nicholas Bissessar and Richandro C2: Kevin Dijkhof , Samara Ellis, Keval Bissessar and Mike Groenendal D: Marijn van Erp, Jose Alfredo, Jevon May , Josephine Marshall Match sponsors include: RBTT, Movieland Cinema, KFC and Tennisschool Sport Bonaire. Elisabeth Vos Winner of the C2 category, Kevin Dijkhof (center), and two tennis friends, Keval Bissessar (category D) and Yannick Finies. Elisabeth Vos photo Anthony Godett at his conviction

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 T he holiday season is coming up when we usually enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. Here’s a recipe that shows you how to make a low fat dinner . Enjoy. Roast Turkey 1 Tab. olive oil 1 tsp. dried sage 1 tsp. dried rosemary 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper 14-pound fresh turkey (giblets reserved for giblet broth) 1 lemon, halved herbed corn bread stuffing 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted 2 cups giblet broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth, defatted (see tip) 2 Tab. flour Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bo wl, combine the oil, sage, rosemary, salt and pepper. Carefully loosen the skin from the turkey breast, leaving the shin intact. Rub the herb mixture under the skin and into the meat. Rub the body cavity with the lemon. Loosely spoon one-third of the stuffing into the body and neck cavities. Truss the turkey. Spoon the remaining stuffing into a 9x9-inch baking dish, add ½ cup of the chicken broth, cover with foil, and set aside. Spray a rack in a large roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the turkey, breast-side down, on the rack. Roast for 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes with some of the remaining 1 cup chicken broth. Turn the turkey breast-side up and brush with the remaining chicken broth. Place the stuffing in the oven with the turkey and roast for 30 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey thigh without touching the bone registers 180°. Place the turkey on a platte r and let stand for 15 minutes. Pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Place the pan over medium heat and add the giblet broth, stirring to loosen the browned bits. Place the flour in a small saucepan, and gradually whisk in the gibl et mixture over medium heat until combined. Cook, whisking, until the gravy is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve the turkey with the gravy and stuffing. Remove the turkey skin before eating. Tip: To prepare giblet broth for gravy, in a medium saucepan, combine the turkey giblets (except the liver, which would add a bitter taste). Add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam. Add onion, a bay leaf, and celery and carrot chunks and simmer for about 1 hour while the turkey roasts. Add more water as needed to be sure you end up with 2 cups of broth. Stain the mixture through a sieve lined with dampened paper towels; discard the solids. Herbed corn bread stuffing In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots and ¼ cup brandy and let stand while you prep are the vegetable mixture. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil until hot but not smoking over medium heat. Add 5 finely chopped shallots and 3 cloves minced garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 diced red bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until the peppers are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons pine nuts and transfer to a large bowl. Add herbed crumbled bread, ½ cup chopped fresh parsley , 1 teaspoon dried sage , 1 teaspoon dried rosemary , 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and stir well to combine. Add the broth and the apricot mixture and stir until the bread is moistened. Angélique Salsbach Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her patients have successfully won the “Battle of the Bulge” and become healthier. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Stuffed Roast Turkey—Low Fat Style

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 C reating intricate 3-D greeting and all-occasion cards is a delight for Ilse Cicilia, who has returned to Bonaire from Holland, and she hopes it will become a creative pastime for some of the children who met with her last Saturday afternoon for their first instructions. “She came into the office and showed Nattale and me her beautiful cards and said she wished to share her craft with children,” explained Suitberta Romero, the dynamic new coordinator of Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg (Bonaire Youth Care), a governmental organization whose goal is to help stimulate, motivate and educate youngsters between the ages of 4-13 years. “We especially want children to discover their special interests and abilities so they can put their free time to good use.” Ilse Cicilia is helping them do just that! This year, Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg (BJZ) has trained parents and other adults who work with children in after-school programs. The meetings focused on questions such as: How do we organize our student information into an efficient database? What kinds of fundraising activities will involve students in more than just asking for money? How can computers help us create effective teaching materials? How can parent groups from each school communicate and share ideas effectively? Children and their parents were the participants in a three-day workshop focused on the effects of media and peer pressure held in Playa (Kralendijk) and Rincon. “Why are you wearing those jeans like Shakira (a sensual singer popular with teenagers)?” the speaker asked a group of youngsters. This stimulated a discussion of how teens are especially affected by outside influences. In addition, the program emphasized the importance of listening to your children instead of simply judging their behaviors as well as the effects of nutrition on teens. Parent workshops were held at each elementary school while Sheloutska Martinus, a public school social worker, filled in at BJZ until Suitberta was hired in June. Most of the sessions were attended by only mothers. “Therefore, I was proud of some of the dads who were willing to come,” explained Sheloutska. “One man said that it was a pity so few fathers realized their importance in their children’s education in and out of school! He experienced how paying more attention to his son’s schoolwork solved the boy’s problem behavior.” That’s encouraging! BJZ often works with other agencies, such as SEBIKI (children 0-6 years), Jong Bonaire (children 1218 years), Fundashon Guia di Famia Boneriano, FESBO, and neighborhood centers and schools. Thirty island professionals, charged with caring for the youth of Bonaire, learned about the emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse problems. They plan to alert others of the serious challenge that abuse is to our families and to encourage the victims to speak out. They hope to host a theater group, “ E Herencia ” (The Legacy), to perform an educational and entertaining musical for children and their families about avoiding abuse. This coming year, Suitberta would like BJZ to work directly with the children as well as with the bario centers and their talented neighborhood residents to create activ ities for the children. At the December 11 Info Day at Jong Bonaire, BJZ distributed flyers describing activities to do with your children. “We also recruited many volunteers who are willing to share their skills with children,” added Suitberta, “just like Ilse Cicilia is doing!” If you have some special knowledge to share, see Suitberta at Kaya Nikiboko Nord 79B or phone her at 7177316. What motivates Suitberta Romero to put such energy into her job? It’s her eagerness to learn and to teach. “I like to give information that helps people avoid big problems. When a problem has gotten very bad, the solution is often lengthy and difficult.” Suitberta experienced that in her job of working with children who had been removed from their families by the justice court. “I’ve always been determined. My family was poor and both my parents worked hard. They taught me not to be ashamed to try; just do it. So I say, know yourself, know your capabilities and all your possibilities, and then the sky is the limit!” Story and photo by Barbara Mason Bianculli Ilse Cicilia (l) and Suitberta Romero (r) with students Mariana, Shanti, Rianne and Kiona

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Harbour City Snack T his quiet snack is located on Kaya Korona in Antriol. The owners, the Wu family, just might serve the coldest beer on Bonaire. You can sit at the bar, watch TV and enjoy an ice-cold Polar or Amstel. At NAƒ2 a bottle it is hard to beat. Tonne (pronounced “tune”) is often tending bar. Up on the wall (the most common place to find a snack’s menu) is a complete selection of mouth-watering Chinese and local dishes -in English! Be careful, a “large” order will easily feed three people and two dogs. A regular order is plenty for two people. Our picks include Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Chow Mien and Short Ribs with Black bean sauce. This snack also offers a weekend special (Saturday and Sunday) consisting of a whol e chicken (roasted Chinese style) with French fries for NAƒ11. It takes two contai ners to take it all away. Open every day, noon to midnight. They serve beer, wine and a limited selection of mixed drinks. Phone: 717-6600 Summary: Ice cold beer and good food – One of our favorite snacks. Directions: Located on the west side of Kaya Korona between the Progresso Supermarket and the Curoil pump station. Ratings: Beer Temperature – 5 Beer Price – 5 ( NAƒ2 Amstel and Polar) Food Quantity – 5 Food Price – 4 Food Quality – 4 Atmosphere and Service – 4 Overall – 4.5 (A great snack to start with if you are just beginning to try them.) Here is an update on the Op=Op Master Grill Snack that was featured last week: T he Op=Op Grill is celebrating their Fifth Anniversary during the month of December. On December 18th they will have their Anniversary Party with live music from 7 to 9 pm, featuring the Krioyo Boys. They will be open for lunch in December ONLY, and they are offering lunch specials for only NAƒ5, hot off the grill. This is one of the best lunch deals on Bonaire! The phone for Op=Op is 785-9565 Lunch Hours (December ONLY): 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Dinner Hours are always 7 pm to 11 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Snack Boys Note: Op=Op is also selling beer, but only during December. The Polar Beer motif makes Harbour City easy to spot The staff and a patron (left) in front of the lengthy menu

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 T oday’s topic is pet’s reaction to fireworks on New Years Eve. If our pets could talk and we could overhear them, it might sound this way: Cat: Hi Dog: (yawning) Haven’t seen you in a while. Cat: I left the neighborhood on Saturday. Dog: I bet it was because of that noise from hell. Cat: (licking her paw) Noise! I thought a bomb went off. I had to escape! I ran a mile. Dog: The people were nice last week. Children were home from school. Cat: Yeah, last week the place smelled real good, then I got leftover food, then a rubber mouse to play with…I wish I could find a real mouse, but rubber is ok. Dog: What were they doing this week with all that booming in the night? I heard the words “Happy New Year,” then the blasting started, car alarms shrieking, so I hid under the bed. Cat : Happy New Year must mean let’s set off dynamite and make the car alarms go off. Our new year’s celebration is festive. We ring in the year with fireworks that we traditionally set off for a short while, but our pets react with confusion. Last year my pets were suffering to extreme. I decided to give them a remedy that has helped me effectively for a variety stresses. It is named “ Rescue Remedy. ” At 11 o’clock on New Years of 2004, my pets were terrified at the noise. I placed a drop of the liquid Rescue Remedy on the pads of their feet. I didn’t see any effect, so I repeated this treatment again 10 minutes later. The fireworks were loud, but the pets seemed less frightened. I put one drop into their water dish. This helped them to sleep. Rescue Remedy is a natural medicine made from flowers. It was invented in England by a physician named Dr. Edward Bach, who intended to relieve psychological suffering of people. That was in 1935. Since those years, people have used Bach remedies and shared it with pets. I intended to find a way to bring Rescue Remedy for pet owners to help their animal companions through the New Year 2006. I call this my Pet Project. I’m preparing pet remedies now. Next week’s topic is How Rescue Remedy Works. References: Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences for the Family, May 1996; bachcenter. com aturesBrands.com If you have more questions about Rescue Remedy, email: fhummingbird@yahoo.com. Story and photo by Florence Ditlow who is a Registered Nurse and certified in the use of Bach Remedies through the Bach Center. Are you a shopkeeper who cares about animals and the effects that the fireworks celebration will have on them? If so you may want to help distribute Rescue Remedy. The cost to the pet owner will be one guilder which is earmarked for donation to the Bonaire Animal Shelter. If so contact fhummingbird@yahoo.com or The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988. “V lekkie” (pictured as Pet of the Week) and his brother lived with a very nice family and were very well treated. But the family had to go back to Holland and sadly, as is the case so often, they had to leave their two dogs behind. They were left with a different family who found they couldn’t take care of them after all so that’s how the two brothers ended up at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. Both dogs are so interesting looking. (Just look at Vlekkie’s photo, for example.) They are a Dalmatian/who-knows-what mix, and they are really mellow fellows. They each have one brown eye and one blue. They’re six years old and in perfect health, are sterilized and have had all their shots. You may see them at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. The Indonesian dinner and art auction to benefit the Shelter was a big succe ss. Read all about it on page 11. L.D. “Vlekkie” F ireworks season is about to begin. It may be fun for people, but it’s terrifying for pets. According to the Shelter, it’s the worst time of year fo r lost and missing pets. Be prepared ahead of time: have a safe place for your animals, give them medication if necessary and offer chew toys (which seem to alleviate the stress). If you ar e concerned about the effects of the end-of-year fireworks on your pet read “Protect Your Pet” on this page, the first in a series of three articles about a possible solution to the problem. Author Florence Ditlow and her dogs.

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 M any of Bonaire’s top dive pros turned out last Wednesday night for a peek at a different, arguably superior, way to SCUBA dive. Canadian Dan McKay, a retired military sky-diver, spent almost three hours explaining and showing how to Do It Right (DIR) when it comes to SCUBA diving. McKay, who describes himself as “passionate about the sport,” takes issue with the underwater technique of most divers. He proves his argument, even with experienced divers, by videotaping them under water. Most are appalled when they see how they flounder when compared with a DIRtrained diver, a point emphasized by the demo video showing an almost motionless diver hovering and maneuvering and even reversing direction. The “secret” is in extended training and practice combined with modifications to dive gear centering around a weighty back plate harness surrounded by a buoyancy control “wing.” This focus on skill honing is somewhat in conflict with PADI and other popular diving instruction approaches that emphasize getting a diver basically safe and comfortable underwater. The DIR philosophy is a base that the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE), which bills itself as “an elite educational organization, uses in offering classes in a wide range of aquatic pursuits, from cave diving to technical nitrox and trimix…” Its students are trained beyond the industry's most stringent requirements, culminating as a diver who is truly prepared for the underwater environment. McKay says, “I’ve only graduated a handful of students (of the hundreds he’s taught) on their first time through the training course.” This is in contrast to PADI introductory courses which have an almost 100% pass rate. However, many technical and cave divers consider GUE certification a must. Benji Schaub, currently an instructor at André Nahr’s Bonaire Dive and Adventure, has plans to introduce this way of thinking about diving to augment Bonaire’s already extensive dive-training offerings. His new business, Caribbean Gas Training (CGT), will incorporate DIR methods. Almost all SCUBA divers want to improve their underwater ability, if for no other reason than it will permit them to enjoy themselves more fully under water. DIR offers a proven route to this. As Dan McKay said in his concluding remarks, “The technical side of diving has a lot to offer the recreational side.” G.D. VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Alize Altair Always Saturday Angie Anouk Audentes Aurora Blue Moon Blue Star Camissa, Chan Is. Cancubine Cape Kathryn Carisea Celtic Avenger Cers Cheers Delphinus Destiny Double Bogy Eclipse Endorphin Estefanie Est-Oust Finasia Flam Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Galivanter Go Bucks Goril Two Great Sensation Guaicamar I, Ven. Hinnica Honalee Invictus IV Island of Corn Jan Gerardus Jennifer JJ Kamana Karminda II Kat-Anne Katinka La Baronne Longo Mai Maggi Mahureva Maxolar Natural Selection Okeanis Okura One Way Wind Paranda Sandpiper, USA Sapristi Scintella Serenade Sirius Summer Breeze Sunny Side Sun-Ra Syjoli Sylvia K Tatoosh, Cayman Is, Three Ships Ti Amo Tigger Trio Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Umiak Varedhuni, Ger. Vendia Vilje Von Voyase Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta Zee Vock Zeezot YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 12-16 13:00 2.1FT. 23:04 0.6FT. 87 12-17 13:37 2.0FT. 23:39 0.6FT. 84 12-18 0:08 0.7FT. 14:09 2.0FT. 79 12-19 0:45 0.7FT. 14:44 1.9FT. 73 12-20 1:10 0.8FT. 15:17 1.7FT. 64 12-21 1:26 0.9FT. 15:34 1.6FT. 56 12-22 1:31 0.9FT. 11:20 1.5FT. 47 12-23 1:16 1.0FT. 9:41 1.6FT. 39 M ore boats than Bonaire has seen for a long while are now in port. If we’ve forgotten you, please let us know. Contact info on front page. Dan McKay, GUE Instructor and lecturer Benji Schaub will bring the DIR philosophy to his new CGT business. Bonaire Dive Pros at the DIR presentation

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Before his long trip back to Spain, Sanikolas bought his medical fitness card at Bonfysio! One secret of his many abilitie s has now been revealed! A Swarte Piet looks on. Albert Bianculli photo SUBSCRIBE TO THE BONAIRE REPORTER BY MAIL $95 ON THE WEB $35 CALL 717-8988 E-MAIL SUBS@BONAIRENEWS.COM WWW.BONAIREREPORTER.COM

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Around the Island Around the Island Around the Island Report on: The Animal Shelter Indonesian Dinner & Art Auction Fundraiser E ven a rainy, soggy night couldn’t dampen the spirits of the diners and bidders at the Bonaire Animal Shelter Fundraiser’s Indonesian Dinner and Art Auction last Thursday night. The event netted a profit of NAƒ10.410 , according to Shelter Board member Lydia Duijn. Thanks to all the people who helped make this evening a rousing success. In particular thanks to Annemarie Dalhuisen who made the whole meal for everyone, with help from Sabine Engel, Milly Kroeger, Emy Mol and Barbara Dalhuisen. More thank you’s go to sponsors: Wa rehouse Bonaire, Bongo's Beach, Eden Beach Resort, More for Less, Caribbean Laundry, Pension Exclusive Bonaire (PEB), Little Havana, Bobbejan BBQ, Asecom Business & Support, Jacobs Architecten, Duijn Bonaire. And especially, thanks to the artists: Harry Henson, Alied Lippinkhof, Anguine Hodge, Manuela Winklaar, Janice Huckaby and students, Amanda Castan, Nochi Coffie, Ady Figaroa, Edith Foks, Bert Poyck, Bertie and Dos Winkel, Guno Geerlings, Henk Roozendaal, Lou Barlas s, Barbara van Olphen, Germaine Nijdam, Otto Bartels and Jerry Schnabel. If there is someone we forgot to mention to say thank you to, please forgive us, but there were so many people who helped us. And if anyone missed the occasion they can also help us next Saturday, December 17th in Rincon where we will have a stand at the Christmas market, 4 to 11 pm. Lydia Duijn/L.D. A s part of the International Day for the Disabled, Landsailing Bonaire, in association with the Dutch TV team for Expedition Paradise (a reality show), arranged an outing and fundraiser for the Foundation for Disabled Persons (FKPD) at the Porto Spaño course. For fu rther information contact: Landsailing Bonaire at 717-8122/ or 786-8122. E-mail: info@landsailingbonaire.com . H ere are two of the children, Julia and Me lissa, who participated in the recently completed six-week Yogo For You yoga program. They all had a lot of fun practicing yoga poses. The kids were so creative, even discovering new poses and playing lots of games. A favorite was bowling in a yoga pose. Relaxing at the end was fun too. Story & Photo by Desiree W owo di Bario’s Treasurer, Eddy Cresti an and President, Robert Statie sign an agreement with Parke Publico’s Davika Bissessar and James Finies of the Dare to Care Foundation. Wowo di Bario will be maintaining security and order in the park during its daytime and evening opening hours. èxtra Photo Bob Lassiter Photo Spirited bidding at the Art Auction Ubalina Everts (right) gets an exciting ride Julia and Melissa èxtra Photo

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Holiday Pages L ast week, just before Sanikolas and his Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) left Bonaire to return to their home in Spain, they visited San Francisco Hospital. Who could help but enjoy them and th eir antics, their total zany, free-wheeling style? They visited patients and had a program with the elderly who live there. There was food and drink, gifts, skits, singing and a humorous repartee between Sanikolas, the Zwarte Pieten and the residents, some of whom even got up to sing funny songs. Everyone had a grand time. Farewell, Sanikolas. WeÂ’ll miss you and your Zwarte Pieten who made us laugh. We wish you and your high spirits could be with us all year long. L.D. Sanikolas and Zwarte Piet entertain the elders at San Francisco Hospital

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Holiday Pages L ast Saturday evening, after a hiatus of two years, the Ars Cantandi choral group put on a Christmas concert, Nochi di Lus (Night of Light), at the SGB high school to a very enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Holiday tunes were sung in Papiamentu and English with a few Calypso versions of some traditional songs. Sue Ellen Felix was at the piano and Jon Savage conducted. Many in the audience commented that the concert was a wonderful way to begin their holiday season. L.D./ Bob Lassiter photos Pianist Sue Ellen Felix gets assistance from Barbara Mason Bianculli The Ars Cantandi choral group

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BONAIRENET The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown . 8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/ septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-N-Browse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, Chinatrained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . SALT TREASURES BONAIRE 100% natural body salts "Scrub Me" 100% natural Bath Salts available at 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/ For Sale Clean Master power washer , 1600 psi, electric, still in box, $285. 786-1119. 3 sky-kennels, KLM-approved, size C: NAƒ125, size E: NAƒ150, size F: NAƒ300 . Tel 786-5582 Edwin LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Boat for Sale Why import a sail boat when you can own a fast Regatta winner built right here? Classic 21’ Bonaire Sail Fishing boat recently refurbished is for sale for NAƒ14,000 Call George 786-6518/717-8988. Wanted English speaking babysitter needed for on-call needs for windsurfing tourists. A car is needed. References required. Please call 786-3134 . Wanted: Big 4-Wheel Drive JEEP or PICK UP in good condition. Call Edwin at 786-5582 Looking for a good home for a 6 year old Ridgeback mix. Spayed female, very friendly, used to children. Up to date with all shots, has heartworm and Frontline for next 3 months. Leaving island beginning of January to a cold climate! Call 786-5209/717-5468 Palm Trading (dive-equipment wholesaler) on Bonaire needs a full time helper starting this January. Must be in the possession of a Driving License and by preference have some dive experience. Please contact: info@palmtradingnv. com / phone number 717-2072. 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. Airport: Car Rental Agencies Airport Arrivals Area Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato), Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Brasserie Bonaire Capriccio City Cafe Croccantino Lost Penguin Lover’s Ice Cream Pasa Bon Pizza Shops: Benetton Bonaire Gift Shop Cinnamon Art Gallery City Shop DeFreewieler Exito Bakery INPO Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Caribbean Club Caribbean Court Divi Flamingo Eden Park Hotel The Great Escape Harbour Village Plaza Resort Sand Dollar Supermarkets: Cultimara Montecatini Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Harbourtown RE/MAX Sunbelt Government Offices : Bestuurscollege Parliament Office Customs BVO Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Caribbean Laundry Fit 4 Life Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo Yellow Submarine RINCON: Chinese Store, Joi Fruit Store, Lemari Grocery Rincon Bakery Still can’t find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988, 786-6518 Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 O nce upon a time, before the days of dive computers, divers had ways of calculating depth and time for dives which began deep and got shallower. The trouble was, none of the ways of calculating such dives were recognized by the certifying agencies then. So when Bob, an experienced diver, developed terrific itching of his hands after a dive and consulted a physician, the doc immediately looked at Bob’s dive profile: to 80’ for about 15 minutes, then another 45 minutes at or above 30’ of depth. By US Navy tables, the standard at the time, Bob’s 80’ for 60 minutes was well over the no-decompression limit. They popped Bob into the recompression chamber and took him to depth, asking, “Do your hands feel better?” That’s a question that’s tougher to answer than it would seem, so they decided to treat Bob for decompression sickness. A few hours and a couple of thousand dollars later (this was before DAN insurance, too) Bob emerged from the chamber with less itchy hands. The Mystery is Solved “Don’t dive any more this trip,” the medics told him, “and rest,” so after a long sleep, the next afternoon he began to rinse out his gear. As he rinsed out his cotton gloves (yep, this was before the days of gloveless diving), his hands started itching again! That’s when he began to investigate the possibility that something he had touched had caused the itching – and learned about the Touch-Me-Not Sponge, Neofibularia nolitangere . This event took place in the early 1980s, when divers commonly wore gloves to “protect” themselves from, for example, the sharpness of coral; the cotton gloves Bob had worn would have prevented him from being cut by coral (while not protecting the coral at all against the pressure of his “protected” hand) but couldn’t “protect” him completely from the Touch Me Not sponge. The Revenge of the “Touch Me Not” A few years prior to that, a friend of mine was posing for an underwater photographer. Like Bob, Sandy didn’t know about the Touch Me Not sponge. Unlike Bob, she was barehanded. Sandy rested her hands lightly on a Touch Me Not sponge formation to keep her position while the photographer took several exposures. By the next morning her fingers looked like big fat sausages; they were so swollen Sandy could barely bend them, and they itched like crazy. It took more than a week for the swelling to subside; finally the overstretched skin on her fingers peeled away and the hands she remembered reappeared. What Makes it “Touch Me Not” Sponges get their shape from a skeleton made of particles called spicules. Although the spicules of most sponges have no effect on people (as we learned when we tied sponges back onto Pier pilings), the spicules of the TMN sponge get through our skin like bits of fiberglass, and are just as irritating; the spicules were the cause of both Bob’s and Sandy’s problems. That the TMN sponge can avenge itself well on divers is unnecessary these days, but every sponge needs defenses against other marine animals. Angelfish and filefish, who occasionally eat sponges, won’t munch on undamaged TMN sponges; only when a TMN sponge’s surface has been breached do filefish and angelfish snack on the inner sponge. Many types of sponges are clipped off and carried around by sponge crabs, but not TMN sponges. What a Current! There are two interesting consequences of all this protection: the first is that the exhaust current of the TMN sponge is the strongest of any sponge I know, certainly the strongest of any sponge I’ve ever seen on Bonaire. One way to tell how strong the TMN sponge’s exhaust current is, is by watching the gobies who live within the sponge’s exhaust port (the large, irregular-shaped depression in the center of a sponge column). Those gobies are swimming like crazy and getting nowhere! I can’t think of a single sea creature that swims as continuously, as hard, as these gobies do. A Home and Harbor to Some Creatures What do the gobies eat while they’re swimming so hard, getting nowhere, inside TMN sponges? The gobies eat things the sponge itself doesn’t filter from the water and other creatures that live within the sponge. The second consequence of the protected state of TMN sponges is that they provide homes for many marine creatures. The less vulnerable the sponge is, the more interesting it becomes to little animals that need fortification. The tiny white dots on TMN sponges are fanworms, and other worms and crustaceans live within TMN sponges – sometimes in the hundreds. Brittlestars live on TMN sponges, and creatures such as juvenile longspined urchins find sanctuary within the irregularities of TMN sponges. When I think of “well-defended,” I think of the walls of a fort, or fearsome teeth. The last thing I’d think of as an example of “well-defended” is the dullcolored, lumpy-shaped, totally not flashy Touch-Me-Not sponge. And yet, this unassuming creature’s subtle defenses provide sanctuary to many animals, and a reason for divers to know what they’re doing before touching the reef! Story & photos by Dee Scarr In this look into the center of a TMN sponge, called the sponge's atrium, five gobies are easily visible and another th ree peek out. The white marks are the tubes and fans of small fan worms. This large TMN sponge is one of the few damaged ones I've ever seen; the sponge may have been ripped by a strong prop wash. The rock beauty at the bottom of the photo is not there by coincidence; it's been taking advantage of the sponge's vulnerability to nibble on its insides. Is this a close-up of the texture of an En glish muffin? No, it's a close-up of the texture of the inside of a broken TMN spon ge. There's a tiny white worm tube in the lower left corner, and one can see th e space for other little creatures available in the trails and streets and boulevard s that the filtered water follows, within the sponge. Continued on page 17

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 Bonaire’s End of the Year Regatta is a celebration for all sailors on the island to join the final race of the year . In fact the tradition for such a race has been observed for so many years that even the organizers can’t remember when it actually started. They do know that it is an extremely popular event, not only for the sailors but for the spectators on shore who can observe all the activity from the Regatta House on the waterfront.. This year it’s th is Sunday, December 18, and races start at 10 am in front of the Regatta House. Participants should be there at 9. All classes of boats, including the traditional fishing boats, and windsurfers are invited. This year there will be races around Klein Bonaire, according to Race Director Elvis Martinus. As is custom and tradition, instead of trophies the winners will get hams, beer, wine, soft drinks great food and beverage items for the holidays. Registration for participants is NAƒ10. For more information call Elvis Martinus 790-2288. L.D. Dee Scarr conducts “Touch the Sea” dives. They will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show “Touch the Sea” at Capt. Don’s Habitat, Mondays , 8:30 pm. I t’s not on every dive that you meet a humpback whale. Last Sunday, Peter de Graaf, who lives on Bonaire, was diving at the Aquarius site with his buddy, Hans Henneken. Ahead he spotted a huge sh ape, vertical in the water. Fortunately he had his Sony digital camera in its housing so he began shooting photos. This is just one of them. Sea and Discover biologist Carin Eckrich te ntatively identified it as a humpback. Adult males measure 40-48 feet (12.2-14.6 m), adult females measure 45-50 feet (13.7-15.2 m). They weigh 25 to 40 tons (22,680-36,287 kg). Humpback whales feed on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans, and various kinds of small fish. Each whale eats up to 1 and 1/2 tons (1,361 kg) of food a day. As a baleen whale, it has a series of 270-400 fringed overlapping pl ates hanging from each side of the upper jaw, where teeth might otherwise be located. Whale sharks, which also feed on similar creatures, have also been sighted recently in local waters. G.D. Peter de Graaf photo Humpback whale at Aquarius

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 THIS WEEK Saturday, December 17 Continental Airlines Inaugural Flight , Flamingo Airport, Official Welcome 6:45 am Saturday, December 17 – Rincon Christmas Market, 4 to 11 pm Saturday, December 17 – Plaza Resort 10th Anniversary Celebration Samara Band from Venezuela, 9 pm, Tipsy Seagull. All invited. Info 7177500 Sunday, December 18 – End of the Year Regatta – 10 am, in front of Regatta House on the waterfront. See page 17. For information call Elvis Martinus 790-2288. Monday, December 19 – SGB Christmas Fair and Market – Gifts, food, drinks, entertainment, Christmas spiritNAƒ1 entrance (drawing for a prize). At the high school, 7 pm to 11 pm. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting around 10 am to early afternoon: Dec.17 Silver Whisper. Dec.19 Arcadia COMING UP Saturday, Sunday, December 24, 25 — Traditional Christmas Gourmet Dinner at Rum Runners , Capt. Don’s Habitat. See page 10—Tel. 717-8290 Saturday, Sunday, Monday, December 24, 25, 26 —Christmas Dinner at Den Laman . See page 12– Tel. 7174106. Sunday, December 25 Bonairean Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo Music by Kriollo Kids ( Gaitas ). The buffet will consist of all-Bonairean Christmas dishes. There will be a cozy Bonairean Christmas ambiance with decorations, Christmas tree, etc. Price to be announced. Information 7178285. Saturday, December 31—Comcabon Fun Run 2/4/5 km -5:30 pm. Tel. 7178629 or 780-7225—Richard Pietersz Saturday, December 31 – Divi Flamingo New Years Party 2006 Karnaval 2006 Jan. 7 to Feb. 28 January 14, 2006 next quarterly clean-up dive. All are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. Contact sponsors Yellow Submarine (http://www. bonaireyellowsubmar ine.com) or NetTech (http://www.nettech.an). REGULAR EVENTS 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. $20Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday –Yoga 5 pm, Beginner; 6.30 pm, Intermediate, Harbour Village Spa 786-6416 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, & search for "Gibi." Wednesday –Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level, Plaza Resort, 786-6416 Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm Friday –Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level, Buddy Dive Resort, 786-6416 Friday5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry’s Wildside Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast every week DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 7175080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia 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 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 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, 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 welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8454 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery. 717-7103. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Roosje 7174685, 566-4685 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit 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. 7178332 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 December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea Cruises Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger. 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 : The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit / Goal (Holiday Matinee Extra) Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) Two For The Money (Al Pacino) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) Domino (Mickey Rourke) MOVIELAND Year-end Regatta Sunday December 18th

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop, the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances. Fast service and in-store financing too. ART GALLERY Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is featured. Stop by. Free entry. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. COMPUTERS Bonaire Automation B.V . fills all your computer needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair and more. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine) low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. Nature Exploration Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail : hans@outdoorbonaire.com PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services . Now-full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SUPERMARKETS Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VACATION CLUB Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get discounts and more. Free gift for learning how. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINDSURFING The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks too. 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 de-livery. 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 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook 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 21 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 “I had a wonderful childhood because although most men were sailors and worked off the island my father was a carpenter and I was lucky to have both parents at home. My father was Herman Miguel Cicilia and my mom is Anna Maria Cicilia de Palm. I am one of nine children and I was born December 3rd 1940; a new era because World War II changed everything. When I was nine I started taking organ lessons in Rincon with the nuns. Every Saturday instead of playing I had to sit there learning…from nine to five. All day long! Very boring! Coleta and Chabe were two ladies who had a bus and I could only go with them because they were women. Once I had the opportunity to learn to play the violin, but as the teacher was a man, it was out of the question. It was simply not done. Talking about sexual issues was also taboo, but I read a lot; the nuns had a bookcase full of books for adults and I read them all! I was fancying the idea of becoming a midwife or maybe a stewardess. But I was going to church every day, so I decided to become a nun; I felt it was the right vocation. So, when I was 15 I went to Curaçao, to the Martinus Gesticht , a boarding school founded by the nuns, to become a kindergarten teacher. There I found out that living with the nuns wasn’t for me. To be really sure I became a novena for nine months, but after those nine months I definitely knew I was not going to be a nun. I came back to Bonaire as a kindergarten teacher and started working with the nuns in Playa. I was almost 18 and besides teaching I also had to make house calls as the nuns were not allowed to. I had to visit poor families whose children couldn’t go to school as they had no shoes. I always came with a prayer, because when you entered a house you didn’t know who you would find there. I always came alone and I was still very young. I didn’t have a car so I went by foot. Sometimes I had to wade through mud puddles, but it was all for the sake of the child! We had very big classes, three for the whole school, and each class had more than 50 pupils! When a friend of mine who had been in Holland came to Bonaire, we started working on fundraising to build three more classrooms. The convent would take care of the construction work, but everything else we had to provide. We asked Curaçao for permission to have a fair and I typed 500 letters because we didn’t have a copy machine. Then the fair came for three days – and we raised NAƒ 5.000 guilders! That was a lot! We dressed up those new classrooms very modern. We could even buy lesson materials it was great! Then we had six classes and the newly graduated teachers arrived from Curaçao: Maria Koeks, Sonia (I forgot her last name) and Thea Pauleta. Everything was much better! In 1962 I married Emilto Hyacinto Rosario – he was a carpenter – and the nicest thing about him was I didn’t have to cook! The first time he came home from work I’d cooked and he said, ‘That’s not what I wanted to eat,’ so he himself went to cook, and that’s the way it stayed! When I came home the food was on the table! And I am easy; I eat what they give me! I kept on working and I founded many clubs to keep the children busy after school and on the weekends. I ran the Antillean Girls Guild, just like scouting. My husband and I had five children four boys and one girl. My mother took care of them in the daytime, and in the evening my husband was the babysitter. I attended meetings, I gave courses for adults and I was the president of the Lady’s Club. When the Sentro di Barios were founded they were looking for a board for the one in Nikiboko. My youngest had just been born and I went to one of the meetings, and right there and then they choose me as the chairman! I said, ‘You know I have a six-week-old baby! I can’t do it alone!’ Their reply was, ‘Here is your secretary, here’s your treasurer,’ etc.! We immediately started renovating the building, and for Mother’s Day the Lion’s Club paid for a folkloristic dance course for the children. I went to Curaçao and bought the materials, and I sewed all the costumes at home . We named the dance group Kayena . We performed in Kali, Colombia, in Statia, Aruba and Curaçao, and we also danced on cruise ships. Kayena still exists. Next year it will be 30 years old! Once a month they dance at Flamingo Beach Hotel. Well, you know, in the old days when you got married you were not allowed to continue working. Because my husband didn’t mind I could go on working, but the government wouldn’t take you into their health or retirement programs. They’d give you a one-year contract and when you had a baby you had to resign! I worked my whole life until I was 55: 15 years at St. Josef kindergarten, then in Rincon for four years in Arco Iris. Then, after I studied to get the necessary papers, I went to work in special education at the Watapana School for 20 years. I also gave Papiamentu lessons at SGB and worked as a substitute at domestic science school. However, when I went to work for the Watapana School the laws had changed and I was able to pay for my retirement pension myself, and that’s what I did. And I did well! I’d always thought when I got my pension that I’d do something with music. I started giving private piano lessons. Because hardly anyone had a piano at home to practice, I went to Holland to buy wind pianos (a reed instrument with keys like a piano) for the childre n. And that’s how I started Sentro Musikal Boyet ! Then I had the opportunity of taking lessons from Trans World Radio’s best pianist, Connie Canfield. She taught me for 12 years. Last year I celebrated 25 years of teaching music. My husband passed away 15 years ago, but I never feel lonely. I’m always busy. Almost every year I go on vacation to Holland; I go all the time to Curaçao; I go on cruises; I travel all over Europe; I am free! My son Roland came back from Holland to work for the Kadaster here. My daughter and one son are in Curaçao, two sons in Holland, sisters in Holland and Aruba. Sometimes when I go to Holland I say I’m going home! For Christmas I am going there, for New Years, here. Then my daughter gets jealous: ‘Tell my brother I exist too!’ Then my sons get jealous and they think I love my daughter more…Aiaiai!!! I take care of my mom who’s living independently, but at night she sleeps at my house. I have a children’s choir and we just brought out our second CD. I’m in the church choir. Two of my grandsons live with their mom in Antriol; I take them to school and after school one stays with me and one with the other grandparents. I am the secretary of the UPAH, the union for retired officials on the Antilles. I teach music from 2 to 6 pm every day and I’ve got my hobbies too. Some people say they’ve got nothing to do, but if you stay with your hands in your lap it will never change. There’s plenty to do! At night I go to bed at 11:30 and I wake up at 5 am; then I stay up all day without taking a nap. I am a happy person; if I can’t laugh anymore, life is over for me. I greet everybody because I always say, ‘If you pass by someone and you don’t greet them, and then you trip and fall, they won’t pick you up because you didn’t greet them!’ Once I was in Rincon visiting people. My car was parked in front of their door. Someone passed by and saw I had a flat tire. He called at the door, ‘Give me your car key!’ He changed the tire and had the other one repaired because he knew I had to go back to Playa. Isn’t that beautiful? Things like that I never forget! That’s Bonaire! I travel everywhere, but I’ll stay here because we have to keep up our Bonaire! I’ve never seen a second Bonaire where I could live, so I’ll stay!” story and photo by Greta Kooistra “I had to visit poor families whose children couldn’t go to school as they had no shoes. I always came with a prayer, because when you entered a house you didn’t know who you would find there. I always came alone and I was still very young.” Violeta Rosario-Cicilia Violeta Rosario Cicilia

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 B onaire bartender TC Panecaldo writes, “Well, believe it or not I am here in Alaska freezing my buns off. This is way too cold for this Island Hottie. It is so beautiful here and a couple of days ago my friend Rocky and I went up to his "special" spot and got a Christmas tree. I am on Prince of Wales Island in a small town called Klawock, Alaska. There are only about 700 people in the town. PS: by the way this morning was 18 degrees F .....SEND ME HOME TO THE SUNSHINE. 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.) H ere are Lisa and Joe of Bonaire’s Pasa Bon Pizza, our favorite pizza parlor in the world, at the New York (City) Pizza Show keeping up on the latest pizza technology. The result? An awesome new pizza oven soon due to be operational. P ieter and Anita Groenendal are showing off their newest addition: Baby Joe, born on October 30 at San Francisco Hospital. He was 4 kg., 54 cm. His brother Mike and sister Zaira were born there too. Mom Anita, a physiotherapist at Bon Fysio, has the honor of being the first woman to complete the “Tower to Tower” marathon hike. Dad Pieter runs The Island Supplier (TIS). L.D. Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter. The photo and text will be printed free of charge. MARRIED O ne of Bonaire’s favorite people, Yasmil Rios Gomez , who has been one of the mainstays of Pasa Bon Pizza, got married this week, Monday, December 12, at the Passengrahan to Giovanni Carletti from Geneva, Switzerland. The couple met while Yasmil was working at Buddy Dive and have been “courting” ever since. After spending Christmas in Bonaire the couple will go to Switzerland to live. We wish this wonderful couple all the happiness in the future. L.D. Susan Porter photo

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter December 16-23, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Overindulgence may be a problem. Your need to obtain additional details will lead you into strange topics of conversation. Try to think things through. You will be able to work with fine detail this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Home improvement projects will go well if you delegate work to all your family members. Control those desires to cast your fate to the wind. You're best to channel your ener gy into work. You will be encouraged to get involved in a moneymaking venture. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with you this week. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with friends who like to talk as much as you do. Take a long look at your present direction and consider your professional options. You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer from a lack of spare time. You may have difficulties with someone close to you. You may find that children are not as accepting as y ou have been. Others may want to steal your thunder when they realize your idea s are pretty solid. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) If possible, rely on coworkers to back your objectives, and talk to superiors in order to get approval. Show what a dedicated person you can be. Don't be too quick to judge your loved ones. Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Get involved in activities that will be fun for the whole family. Visitors may drop by unexpectedly, resulting in tension with your lover. Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent information. Take care of your personal needs. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can win points with children if you take the time to show interest in their accomplishments. Don't put all your cash in one place. Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. You can make major decisions regarding your professional direction. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may be more emotional than usual. Dealing with foreigners will be most enlighteni ng. Your practical approach to life may charm someone who has been observing yo u. Channel your energy into projects that will enhance your home. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will benefit by taking care of other people's concerns. Someone may try to damage your reputation. For now just do the best you can. Try not to allow superiors or those in a higher position to take advantage of you. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22Jan. 20) You will be your usual charming self and the partners you attract may be the adventurous type. You may have a tendency to put on weight. You may find that someone you live with is not too happy, but you can't really do anything about that right now. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if someone backs you into a corner. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) This time was meant for love. Make creative changes to your residence. There could be opposition or temper tantrums on the home front. You should be making plans to spend some time with the ones you love. Don't divulge secret information. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Difficulties with children will surface if you try to break a promise you made. Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention and bring about a romantic interest. Pleasure trips will bring you into contact with new and interesting people. Stop telling others about your problems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. Why is the Winter Solstice Called the Winter Solstice and WhatÂ’s it All About Anyway? O n Wednesday, December 21st, at precisely 12:35 pm, Sky Park standard time, the Winter Solstice , that is the first day of winter, officially begins for the northern hemisphere. But if you're like most people the concept of the Winter Solstice can be a bit confusing. So let me explain what the Winter Solstice is really all about. But to do that we're going to have to go back in time, all the way to the first day of spring. On the first day of spring, which is also called the Vernal Equinox, vernal meaning 'green', and equinox meaning 'equal night', which simply means that on the equinox the hours of daylight are equal to the hours of night. Now on the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox, the Sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. And each successive day thereafter it rises and sets just a little bit farther to the north until the Summer Solstice , the first day of summer, when the Sun reaches its northernmost point along the horizon and actually seems to 'stand still' and rise and set in the same place for a few days. In fact the word 'solstice' means 'Sun stands still' . And as any school child will tell you, the first day of summer is the longest day of the year, meaning the day of longest daylight. Now after the Solstice the Sun will appear to reverse its direction and will rise and set just a little bit farther south each successive day. And each successive day the time of daylight will grow just a little bit shorter. On the Autumnal Equinox , the first day of autumn, the Sun will once again rise due east and set due west, and the hours of daylight will again be equal to the hours of night. Then the Sun will continue its journey southward, rising and setting a little bit farther south each day, and daylight will continue to get shorter and night time longer each day until the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter. Then the Sun will reach its farthest point south and once again wi ll appear to 'solstice,' that is stand still and rise and set in the same place for a few days. And at the time of the Solstice, the northern hemisphere will experience the shortest day of the year, meaning the day of least sunlight and most night. Then a few days after the Solstice the Sun will appear to retrace its steps and will rise and set just a little bit farther north on the horizon each successive day until once again we'll be back where we started on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, and the Sun will rise and set due east and west. And it will then repeat the entire rising and setting cycle again and again, year after year. Now in the 21st century we really don't pay much attention to where the Sun rises and sets each day, but our ancestors kept precise records of where the Sun rose and set every day because this gave them their first yearly calendar by which they were able to determine the seasons so they would know when to plant and when to harvest. In fact, recording the Sun's rising and setting positions day after day was as important to our ancestors as our wall calendars and atomic clocks are to us today. So might I suggest that just for fun, beginning with this solstice, you watch the Sun's journey all this upcoming year as it rises and sets at a slightly different place each morning and night. You'll not only find it fun but absolutely fascinating. Jack Horkheimer For the week: December 11 to 17, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up