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T he
Prov-
ince of North
Holland has
offered Bon-
aire, Statia,
and Saba (the
three small,
klein, islands,
K3) the possi-
bility of becoming townships of
North Holland. The islands would
have Haarlem as their provincial
capital.
"With our proposal, we anticipate
that fewer deviations will be needed
from the norm. The legal provisions
regarding Dutch municipalities will
also apply to the islands," writes the
province. "Besides, a provincial role
fits well in the basic principles formu-
lated in Article 7 of the agreement of
last October 11th.
Harry Borghouts, Royal Commis-
sioner in North Holland says, "Well,
effective today, there is a formal offer
from us." The Royal Commissioner is
of the opinion that North Holland has a
link with the Antilles; many Antillean
people live in North Holland and this
province is, according to him, a mari-
time province. It also includes Schi-


phol airport. "On a daily basis, hun-
dreds of people travel back and forth
between the Antilles and the Nether-
lands."
Borghouts thinks that when it comes
to tasks that go beyond municipalities,
like infrastructure, child welfare, the
tackling of environmental problems,
and permanent water control, North
Holland can offer added value for the
trio of islands.

> Insel Air plans to start flying to
St. Maarten from Curacao on De-
cember 27, Director Edward Heerev-
een announced last Wednesday. They
are even offering free passage via a
drawing for seats on the maiden flight.
The airline was waiting for the neces-
sary permit to fly in their MD-83 air-
craft from France. The aircraft, which
is owned by Air Adriatic of Croatia,
has successfully passed the compre-
hensive C-check and after a test flight
flew to Curaqao. The 167-passenger
MD-83 is a larger aircraft and faster
than the Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)
turboprop currently flying the route.
Insel Air will start with four flights per
week, but this number will increase as
the demand grows.

> Low-cost air-carrier Spirit Air-
lines is set to fly twice weekly non-
stop to St. Maarten from its hub in
Fort Lauderdale as early as April 21.
This development is the result of close
to two years of negotiations. The Re-


porter was informed that in the past
Bonaire had also approached Spirit,
but no deal was done.

The WEB workers union,
FEDEBON, in a "Position Paper" last
week questioned the recent decision
to use wind power to provide elec-
tricity. They want the project stopped
because it may cripple WEB's ability
to provide reliable power. They want
more analysis done and an evaluation
of whether converting to a BOO (Build
Own Operate private structure) is in
the public interest.


> Some local shop
owners on Kaya
Grandi have reported
incidents of shoplift-
ing during cruise ship
visits, particularly dur-
ing the first call of the
Crown Princess.


> The organization of Telbo work-
ers, "ISOTE," was recently organized
to promote social, educational and rec-
reational activities for its members and
to provide a positive contribution to
the island of Bonaire. Following a
recent election Nicasio (Odilio)
Evertsz was elected president along
with a board of directors.


Continued on page 3.


THIS WEEK:


ie REPORTER
Table of Contents
Training Project Youngsters
To take Next Step 4
Top Stories 2006 5
SELIBON Meets SABADECO 6
Where to Find the Reporter 6
Pet Project 2006
Remedy for Firecrackers, Pt. 2 7
End of Year Regatta 2006 8
Why Divers Cancel 9
Another Brilliant Christmas
Triumph (Pasku Briante) 10
Gear Doctor (Dust Caps) 12
Sea Turtle Annual Update 13
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Pet of the Week (Cindy) 7
Biologist's Bubbles (Barracuda) 9
Sudoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Straight Talk 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(The Benekendorffs) 17
Picture Yourself (Denver, Colorado
& 2006 Winner) 18
Sky Park (Sirius) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Sudoku Answer 19


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


Page 2










Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2.

SrTELBON.V.PDigiCel n


> Digicel and Telbo "jumped the the mobile 78-numbers. A key detail is
gun" in their eagerness to merge, said that Telbo and Digicel announced the
the judge. UTS (the Curagao-owned transfer two weeks ago, but the govern-
phone company currently providing Bon- ment still has to approve the taking over
aire "Chippie" cellular service with of the 78-numbers by Digicel.
Telbo, Bonaire's phone company) went to The 78-number customers are currently
court to retain the almost 8,000 custom- running on UTS infrastructure (antennas,
ers having mobile 78-number prefixes in transceivers, etc.) which Telbo uses be-
Bonaire after Telbo said they were drop- cause it was too small to have such a
ping UTS in favor of Digicel on January system itself. UTS claimed that the Telbo
first. concession falls under the coordinating
Earlier this month Telbo and Digicel mobile network of UTS.
announced that Telbo had rene- Telbo's arguments that UTS was
gotiated its mobile concession foot-dragging negotiations, had a
and these numbers to its former conflicting pay-TV service, and
competitor, Digicel. They of- that the 78x customers' SIM cards
fered incentives for customers to had the Telbo logo were brushed
modify their phone SIM cards to aside by the judge, who did not
switch to Digicel and that the forbid the eventual activation of
change would be effective January 1, the Digicel 78 numbers,
2007. The campaign has been underway According to Paul de Guus, UTS Direc-
for several weeks and hundreds of Telbo/ tor, in an interview with the Papiamentu
UTS customers have had their SIM cards language newspaper Extra, Telbo will
switched to Telbo/Digicel. These cards have to pay NAf1 million per day in
can't connect until February 10, 2007 damages if it carries out the transfer on
according to the judge. the January 1 schedule.
It's also rumored that UTS has entered Because of the long holiday weekend
an agreement with MIO (ex-Cellular few additional details or information at
One) which also has a concession for press time on what Telbo customers who
Bonaire mobile service, with the guaran- have already switched to Digicel will
tee that the 78-numbers will stay with have to do.
UTS. UTS serves the mobile network for This week many 78-number clients
these numbers, for which UTS has a co- were called by a Digicel representative,
operation agreement with Telbo until telling them they must change their SIM
February 10, 2007. card to Digicel by the end of the year or
Last Friday a judge ruled in UTS' favor, they would lose their current telephone
UTS claimed the right to keep managing number. That is now incorrect.


> Last Saturday, December 23, Santa arrived at the Rose Inn on a bright yel-
low three wheeler. He brought lots of toys for all the good girls and boys of Rin-
con. Sponsors of the event were Larry's Wildside Diving, ReMax Paradise Homes,
Rose Inn, BITS B.V., and Rent-O-Fun.
Flotsam and Jetsam is continued on page 4.


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


Page 3











Training Project Youngsters to take the Next Step


Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3.


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A fter half a year of
hard work, learn- -
ing and gaining new ex-
periences, youngsters par-
ticipating in the Training _
Project received their well
deserved certificates for
Phase 1. These young
people in the project (Part
of the Stichting Project)
have problems at intellec-
tual, social, behavioral or
emotional levels. Next
they will follow a two-
year course together, learning to trust I
in themselves and others, to cultivate
the positive 'us' feeling.
Beside sports, games and outdoor 3
activities the youngsters got training
in first aid, sewing, fish and coral
recognition, boat handling, turtle
study and hospitality. All of them
earned basic certificates for this train-
ing.
After Christmas vacation the
youngsters will begin Phase 2, where
they will receive more individual
attention. This is the phase of positive
'me,' focused on the future. They will
get a follow up on their basic training
and start with computer lessons, div-
ing and cooking lessons. For some
courses the youngsters can achieve an
official diploma.
Thirteen of the 14 youngsters (boys
and girls) are now starting in Phase
2. This is only made possible by
good cooperation among the parents,


Training Project youngster helping at the
Kon Tiki restaurant


Some of the new members of the
Curacao BC

> In Curacao last week a new island
government was formed composed of
the parties FOL, MAN, MSL and NPA.
The former ruling coalition parties led by
PAR are out. The formation process was
deadlocked until the impasse was re-
solved through personal intervention of
the FOL leader and prison inmate, An-
thony Godett, who was in the hospital.
According to FOL-spokesman, Maurice
Adriaens, peace and unity will be central
in the policy of this new Executive Coun-
cil (BC). The draft-action program of the
new Council is ready and is named Ban
Sembra pa Rekohe Kosecha (Let's sow in
order to reap). A reformation of the Cen-
tral Government may be in store as well.


the school and the Training Project. All
the parents and some of the teachers were
present at the graduation of Phase 1, proof
positive of the cooperation.
The Training Project also has a parent
panel which discusses things that involve
the Training Center and the development
of the youngsters. They also organize
theme evenings for all the parents to-
gether.


l Imprisoned leader of Curaqao politi-
cal party FOL, Anthony Godett, is feel-
ing better but still is a little bit tired
and is worried about his medical condi-
tion. "I'm receiving seven different pills
every day for my heart, lungs and blood
pressure," he told St. Maarten's Daily
Herald in an exclusive interview. Godett
was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) of St. Elisabeth Hospital two
weeks ago with chest pains

> Golden Reef Inn has brought Chef
Gibi back. Gibi will be serving his fa-
mous All You can Eat Kriyoyo BBQ at
the Golden Reef Inn and Villas every
Monday night The feast includes items
such as BBQ ribs, fresh fish, goat stew,
beef stew, garlic shrimps, grilled steak
and chicken. Also included are sides
such as tossed salad, homemade potato
salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rice and
funchi just to mention a few. Vegetarian
meals can be made to order with ad-
vanced notice. The BBQ is served start-
ing at 6:30 pm.
For reservations and more information,
call Golden Reef Inn at 717-5759.
L./G.D.



The Training Project organizers would
like to give a year-end thank you to all the
parents, teachers, the Sentro di Bario of
Nordt di Salina, all volunteers, organiza-
tions and everybody else who was in-
volved with Stichting Project for their
support and help the last year.
Story & Photos byMick Schmit


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


Certificate Winners


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The Reporter's


1- Real Estate D
week. The mult
tough to find good co
workers.
Among the highligh
resort on the site of th


project highlighted the conflict between development
and environmental preservation; construction was sus-
pended. Billboards, roads deteriorating from the pas-
S S T O sage of heavy trucks, enhancement of the power plant
and other elements are all related to Bonaire's building
boom. The year ended with stories on cellular tele-
phone wars as big companies fought for a piece of the k .
tiny Bonaire market.
Top Stories of 2006 Agreement is reached on breaking up the
Netherlands Antilles Bonaire to link directly
with The Netherlands. If all goes according to plan
Bonaire will no longer have the Central Government
of the Netherlands Antilles in Curaqao in the path to
.. its relation with Holland. There will be no "country" of the Netherlands Antilles after
July, 2007, because all the five islands will go separate ways- Curaqao and St.
Maarten to a separate status, similar to Aruba's, and Bonaire, Saba and Statia to a
unique municipal arrangement with Holland.

S- Conservation of the Bonaire's environment was top news too. Boca Onima,
raped for building sand last year, was restored. A three-year project aimed at
learning about Bonaire's endangered parrot, Amazonia barbarensis, the lora, was
begun. More sea turtles were tracked, resulting in some surprises as to their destina-
tions. Reef balls were placed in area needing a substrate for coral to take hold. And a
bevy of coral protection efforts are underway led by Dee Scarr's initiatives.

4- Development of the island's tourism image got into print often as Bonaire
took a turn to the future, focusing on Internet presence, special events like host-
ing the Wounded Warriors, and a "dive festival" that featured land-based activities.
The $75 proposed for a Tourist Tax was a casualty of public pressure, but an end-of-
year surprise increase in the departure tax from $20 to $32 made lots of people un-
Manrove village STINAPAhoto happy, especially locals.

5- The Reporter doesn't focus on crime reporting because complete and accurate
police reports aren't released and because major crimes are rare by any meas-
)evelopment captured the pages of The Reporter week after ure. Nevertheless, crime is a problem and armed robbery against island residents is
iplication of building projects, especially apartments, made it increasing. The emphasis was on social efforts, especially focused on youngsters,
ntractors for new jobs and created a demand for skilled foreign to eliminate the root causes of crime. Our stories about Mick Schmit's Stitchting
Project highlighted this again and again (See this issue page 4). We reported on the
its: the Divi Resort chain announced plans for an all-inclusive visit of an astronaut emeritus which inspired many youngsters as well, judging from
ie former Bonaire Sunset Beach Hotel. The Mangrove Village their letters and reaction. G.D.


tonaire Reporter DecemDer 29 to January 5, 200I


Page 5













SELIBON Meets SABEDECO


WH-MERE T- FIND
TH E REPORTER

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A Christmas party was held in the
offices of SELIBON, Bonaire's
waste management company, on Kaya
Industria to express friendship and a job
well done throughout the year. SELI-
BON, under the leadership of Director
Rudsel Leito, Administrator Marja
Oleana, Managers Raimy Thomas and
Randy Leonora, continue to exemplify
the best of Bonaire's municipal services.
The families who live in SABADECO
Shores, led by Helmi Staartjes and Jac-
queline Landheer, with the help of many
of the other residents of "Shores," col-


lected money to buy Christmas cakes to
give to every employee of SELIBON.
At the party a Christmas tree was the
central theme and several of the employ-
ees helped build a nativity scene under
the tree. Soft drinks were served and SA-
BADECO resident Bart Landheer read a
thank you note in Papiamentu. In return
SELIBON employees gave a very nice
pen to each of the SABADECO resi-
dents, showing a Christmas spirit of giv-
ing during this most important holiday
season. Story & Photo by Bob Lassiter


Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport

Airlines:
Aboard Divi Divi Air

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
Capriccio
City Cafe
Lover's Ice Cream
Papagayo
Papaya Moon
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Yellow Submarine
WannaDive
Carib Inn

Shops:
Benetton
Best Buddies &
Pearls
Bonaire Gift Shop
Chat 'n' Browse
City Shop
DeFreewieler
Exito Bakery


INPO
Last Bite Bakery
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Plantation Furniture

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Supermarkets:
Cultimara
Consales Cash &
Carry
Montecatini
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire

Government:
Bestuurscollege
Customs
Parliament Office
BVO


Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry .
Fit 4 Life Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Ma-
rina
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospi- .
tal 0
SGB (High School) 0
TCB
Telbo

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:
Caribbean Homes
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt

RINCON:
Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn

12/29/06


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Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


SELIBON staff enjoy a light moment with Bart Landheer


Page 6












The Pet Project



Calming Your Pet During New Years Eve Fireworks


A s we look for-
ward to the New
Year holiday, I con-
clude this series about
Rescue Remedy, a
natural solution for pet
stress. This is a
homeopathically pre-
pared formula which was invented by Dr.
Edward Bach in London, about 1930. He
discovered the calming properties of cer-
tain flowers and then prescribed them for
people under stress. The previ-
ous articles described
these flowers: Clema-
tis, Cherry Plum, Rock
Rose, Impatiens and Star of
Bethlehem.
The remedy is helpful for all levels
of stress- even for firework blasts.

Where to find Rescue Remedy:
Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N.
Debrot 46. 717-7070
The Animal Shelter, Kaminda
Lagoen
The Sand Dollar Grocery, Kaya
Gob. N. Debrot

How to give your pet the remedy:
Place one drop of the solution in your
pet's water dish on the morning of Dec.
31st. This will have a calming effect by
the time fireworks begin. Your pet will
drink many times, making the effect
stronger.
During loud noise you may also give it
topically. Place one or two drops on your
palm and touch the pads of your pet's
foot. Be patient. If five minutes goes by
and the remedy has had no effect, you
may repeat it and place another drop on
the foot pad. Repetition is the key, not
large amounts. Remember that this isn't a
sedative. It is first aid for stress.

Questions that are often
asked by pet owners:

Are there side effects to
Rescue Remedy?
This unique formula has never induced
side effects.

How much is too much?
Give the remedy as described above.
Continue to repeat. Do not give large
amounts at one time. The repetition
seems to build effectiveness. This is a
plant material and not known to over-
dose.

May people take this remedy?
Yes. It was intended for people. Later it
was noted that pets benefit. If an adult
takes Rescue Remedy the dose is four
drops in a glass of water. Use caution not
to touch the applicator to either your
mouth or your pet's mouth. That will
contaminate the solution.

My dog is afraid of lightning, is it rec-
ommended for that?
Yes. This is a solution for all levels of
stress.


How much does it cost?
You may purchase it for two guilders
(NAJ2).

I say a special thanks to all those who
helped make the Pet Project available in
Bonaire. Florence Diltow

References:
Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences for the Fam-
ily, May 1996
bachcenter.com
NaturesBrands.com

Ifyou have more questions about
Rescue Remedy, email: Jhum-
mingbird@yahoo. com
r Florence Ditlow is a Regis-
tered Nurse and certified in
the use ofBach Remedies
through the Bach Center.


Pet of the VVWeek

Meet sweet and demure ap-
pearing "Cindy." She's
only five months old but she's
growing and will be a big dog when
she's through. Even now she's
showing signs of being a perfect
watch dog. Her soft, toffee-colored
fur is so soothing to stroke. By get-
ting a dog this age you have the op-
portunity to train her to your way of
life. Cindy is a smart pup who
should respond to good training
immediately. She's a dog who wants
to please.
Remember, all the pets that are up
for adoption at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter are in perfect health, having
been checked out by the vet and
given their shots, worming and test-
ing and they're social and friendly.
The adoption fee includes all that
plus sterilization when the pet is old "Cindy" Photo by Edith Foks
enough. You can't get a better deal anywhere.
You may see Cindy at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989.


qW ATTENTION PET OWNERS: It's fireworks time again on the island
from now until New Years. It may be fun
4 for people, but it's hell for pets. The Shel-
/ ter staff says this is the worst time of year
for runaway dogs and cats who are terri-
fied of the noise. As it has in the past, the
Shelter will act as headquarters for lost
pets. If you find a lost animal or are miss-
ing one call them at 717-4989.
Please be cautious when setting off fireworks, making sure that children and pets
are at a safe distance. A live firework could be a disastrous "toy" that a dog might
try to retrieve. Plan ahead so that your pet will have a safe refuge from all that
noise. If you have a particularly nervous animal you might get some Rescue Rem-
edy from the Shelter (see accompanying article). Another suggestion is to make
sure there are enough chew toys on hand rubber or other bones or pigs' ears. The
chewing will help them release their fears and nervousness. L.D.



Keep it
Pass on your
Florence Ditlow and her dogsREPOTER to someone. Please.
REPORTER to someone. Please.


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


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EN/D OF TiHE YEAR Regatta 2006

61
.Elm_ _


Top winners get edible prizes Very happy participants celebrate


B onaire's last Regatta of
the year is always special
because instead of the usual tro-
phies, food and drink are the
prizes. There was an enthusiastic
turnout this year. The final re-
sults:


Sunfish juniors
1 place Laurensz en Roben Hauer
Sunfish B
1 place Kenneth Abrahams
2 place Shemick Winklaar
3 place Fred Korporaal
Sunfish A
1 place Sipke Stapert
2 place Franklin Soliano
3 nlace Victnr Blanon


Windsurf Superkids
1 place Rodderick Boekhoedt
2 place Jamil Jonis
3 place Jurgen Saragoza
Windsurf Kids
1 place Charles Martijn
2 place Mozart Sances
Windsurf Big Kids
1 place Dylan Robles
2 place Amado Vrieswijk


Micro Boot Class 30
1 place Angel di Jerry Domacasse
2 place Machu Pichu di Roy Winklaar
3 place Matador di constantino Thielman

Micro Boot Class 35
1 place Gipi di Constantino Thielman
2 place Sobra di Dios di Jopie Soliano
3 place Crocodile Dundee di Rpy
Winklaar


Jachten
1 place Panta Rey
2 place Marinella
3 place Ella Rosa
4 place Second Wind
5 place South Of Reality
6 place Wishful Thinking

Fishing Boats
V.D. 17


Optimist B plc ..............3 place Cymbert Sances Micro Boot Class 40 Aqauaspeed Bonaire Windsurf-
1 place Ardt Chirino Laser Windsurf Junoirs 1 place Bobbejans di Contantino Thiel- ers thank all their sponsors for
2 place Max 01. Dick de Jong "ao oiaman
3 place Noah Oleana 1. D1 place Arthuro Payo Soliano 2 place Double Trouble di Le Roy the End of the Year race includ-
3 place Noah Oleana 2 place Double Trouble di Le Roy
Optimt A Hoie Cats 2 place Bjorn Saragoza Winklaar ing Edwin Vrieswijk of Akker-
Optimist A 3 place Harvey Piar
1 place Urs Schulthies 1 place Anita and Gerloof van der Wal 3 place Dios ku nos di Jerry Domacasse mans Auto Supplies N.V., Toy-
2 place Roben vanEldik 2 place Peter and Cristiaan Zweers Windsurf Baby kids ota Lexus and also Peter and
3 place Aldair Koeyers Anais Pauletta Ni of T S.
3 place Aldair Koeyers Ninico of T.I.S.


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


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WhyDivers Cancel Dives

T he chart below is from an online
survey completed by 1,982 di-
vers conducted in early 2004 and shows
the conditions sited by 383 divers who
cancelled dives in 2003 for medical
reasons. The total is more than 100%
because some divers cancelled dives for
more than one medical reason. David
ColvardM.D.


June 2000 Bonaire
Dive Festival, I
David F. Colvard,
M.D., a private
psychiatrist and
clinical investigator David Colvard
in Raleigh NC, a
divemaster, and a Sand Dollar Condominium
Resort home-owner, has been conducting
online surveys of thousands of divers around
the world. His first study on diver panic in


over 12,000 divers was sponsored by Rodale's ber 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. Dr. Col-


Scuba Diving magazine and was supported by
Drew Richardson at PADI. Dr. Colvard pre-
sented a poster and abstract at the 35h Under-
sea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific
Meeting in San Diego, CA, in June 2002. He
and his wife Dr. Lynn Colvard, wrote A Study
ofPanic in Recreational Divers for The Un-
dersea Journal, (Professional Journal of Pro-
fessional Association of Diving Instructors),
which was the feature article in the winter
quarter 2003 issue. He has continued to con-
duct follow up online surveys of those divers
and others on a variety of topics, including
PTSD in the divers who survived the Decem-


vard recently completed a study of middle ear
pressure equalization using SINUS RINSETM
for NeilMed Pharmaceuticals and represented
the company at DEMA Show in Orlando. He
has made several presentations to the staff of
Divers Alert Network at Duke University
Medical Center and is frequently quoted in
Scuba Diving magazine and elsewhere. He
hosts the website www.DivePsych.com which
provides evidence-based information for di-
vers on psychological and stress factors in
scuba divers. For fun David enters underwa-
ter photography competitions.


Medical Reasons Divers Cancelled Dives in 2003*


Cold/Upper Respiratory Infection

Flu/Fever

Recent Surgery

Back Pain

Broken Bone(s)

Motion Sickness

Dental Pain

DCI or DCS Syrrptons

Cuts/Lacerations-Stitches

Headaches-Migraine

Marine Animal/Life Injury (Bites-Cuts-Scrapes-Stings)


20.9%


16.4%


14.1%
10.4%
10.2%
8.6%
6.5%
5.2%
2.9%
2.3%
2.3%
2.1%
S1.8%
m 1.8%
M1.6%
S1.3%
10.8%
1 0.8%
I0.5%
S0.3%


0.0%


10.0%


20.0%


(*Total is more than 100% because sorre divers had more than one problem)


D idYou Know...
Barracudas 'dress'for their grooming
appointments ?
Barracudas, if large enough, can inspire fear and
respect in the bravest of adventurers. But when it
comes time for their cleaning, barracudas are as
gentle as pussycats. If you've ever seen a barra-
cuda turn very dark (instead of its normal silver
color) and hover over a coral head, then you've
witnessed a barracuda getting cleaned. Many fish
change colors as a cue to cleaners that they're
ready for their daily (or hourly) grooming. The


r n)II difficult part about un-
L5)UB U )UUU^ derstanding fish behav-
ior is that you must be
familiar with the fish's normal coloration to be
aware that they have changed colors and that in-
deed something interesting is taking place. Then
you can observe the fish and search for the tiny
cleaners flitting about on the fish's body or in and
out of its mouth or gills. Now if you see a barra-
cuda all dressed up in his 'cleaning suit', you
know what's going on. Caren Eckrich


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Another Brilliant Christmas

(Pasku Briante) Triumph


Last Saturday the "Goodhearted Young-
sters" (H6bennan di Bon Kurason)
group, as part of the Bonaire Youth Outreach
Foundation, organized the seventh edition of
the Brilliant Christmas gift-giving marathon.
Under sponsorship of USONA the teens pur-
chased, wrapped and presented gifts to many
of Bonaire's less advantaged children.
BYOF photos


Decorating the boxes


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Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
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Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


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DO YOU SUDOKU?


S uDoku
means "the
digits must re-
main single" in
Japanese. To
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
puzzle without
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
Sudoku shack.
com.
Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)


Complete solution on page 19.


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


IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.


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 & Janet). 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


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your
help! Support Bonaire, Inc. provides
support to Bonaire's non-profits. To
learn more about making a US tax
deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help
make a difference!


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



/a cati i n-
Re n- ta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio b

kitchen,
airco,
cable
TV, two
single
beds (or
king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard and
private entrance. Five minute walk to
seaside promenade; 10 minute walk to
town. $50/night. Contact: bonaire-
cottage@aol.com

For Sale=
Phillips 29" TV. Perfect condition.
NAf225. Call 786-6518
or 786-6125

For sale -Dive tanks l
80 cu ft. aluminum.
NAf125 Call 717-8819 8 am 5 pm

For Sale Woman's shorty Scu-
baPro wet suit with long
sleeves. As newworn twice.
Black with magenta trim.
Size 13-14. NAf70 ($40)
OBO. Call 786-6518.


9 2 6

7 5 8 1 3

4 3 7 5

6 2 9 4 8

1 3 7

7 1 4 5

2 8 9 6

1 4 3 9 8

6 5 3


High quality Universal printer/
copy PAPER- Large format 11" x
17" (279mm x 432mm). Two cases of
2500 sheets. White (84 brightness) 20
lb. grain long NAf60 per case., two
for NAf100. Call 786-6125



4-f rs

BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991,
white,
excel-
lent
condi-
tion.
Fast,
beauti-
ful. A CLASSIC! Call 785-9041

For sale: FIAT
BARCHETTA
Cabrio, 1997, yel-
low, with hard-top
and windstop. Tel.
786-5591.


P ro pe rty,
Sales & Re nta ls

Wanted starting January 07, 6
apartments for medical students. Call
Natalia, Xavier, 717-3966.

Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2
bath apartment located in a secluded all
condo building away from the hotel traf-
fic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of
storage space, large patio with walkout
to marina dock. Private owner sale.
www.luxurvbonaire.com

M '!gSTINAPA
a I^^.H .. I nam
NATi1NAIL FPAR KB aCFUMD'ATIiO1
GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
STINAPA Bonaire is looking for a
seio~ s and responarile rewlaer
to rent the gifdhop in the
Washington Slagbaai National
Park Business plan requIrfd.
For more information cal
STINAPA Bonaire at
786 5229


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


fGear Doc
S< Here 's a new bi-monthly series in The Re-
porter devoted to helping you maintain your
dive gear.

\ y first thought for this new column
was to use a too well worn name and
Scall it Scuba Maintenance for Dummies. But
divers aren't dummies and this is not really
rocket science. Some topics that will be dis-
cussed are really simple maintenance issues,
most likely mentioned in the basic scuba course but sometimes forgotten. Other top-
ics will be repairs that can easily be done with wrench or two. I do hope you enjoy
this, get something from it and keep your scuba equipment top condition.


Dust Caps

Dust caps keep dirt out, but just as im-
portant they keep water out so make sure
it is in place when washing the regulator.
A simple maintenance procedure is to dry
the dust cap before placing it back on the
first stage air inlet. This can be done easi-
est with just a small amount of air from
your tank. Years ago I knew a "macho
man" who used to set his tank in the back
of the dive van, open the valve up to
what seemed like all the way and held his
dust cap two miles from the valve. This
was more for attention that anything else.
Those in the van certainly noticed with
all of us holding our ears until we were deaf.
Some tanks have hard-to-turn valves so test it first. Then put the dust cap tight
against the tank valve, allowing just a tad of air to dry it,
not making so much noise that people need a set of Bose
noise canceling headphones! I like to hold the cap di-
rectly against the valve and let a minimal amount of air
flow. This is quieter for sure and blows the water out
which is quicker than drying it.

Some people actually "dry" the regulator air inlet, only
which in theory could not have any water, and then put a
wet dust cap in place, negating whatever they thought
they were trying to do in the first place. Obviously be
careful not to blow the water from the dust cap, or from
anywhere else, into the air inlet when drying. Some Bruce Bowker
plastic dust caps have an o-ring in them. Without the o-
ring it is probably not water tight so check that the o-
ring is there. Bruce Bowker, Owner-Operator of Carib Inn


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
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Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking Annual Update

A s has become a tradition on Christmas, Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB) prepared an over- .
view of this year's satellite tracking activity and included
our prior years' work as well.

STCB's Andy Uhr writes: "Our plans for 2006 called
for us to track two turtles. Unfortunately due to some tech-
nical issues with a transmitter, some poor luck and some U. i"
mistakes on our part, we only tracked one, 'Heit'. In late
November we thought the last breeding female had left the
area, but in mid-December we were surprised to discover
two others had arrived. We did manage to capture one, a female hawksbill, on Decem-
ber 15, right at sunset, directly in front of the Divi Flamingo Hotel, and were ready to
deploy the second satellite transmitter. Upon closer examination of the turtle, it was
apparent that she was very old, not in good condition and she was released immedi-
ately.
At the same time, dive operators reported seeing the second hawksbill in the water
near Harbor Village. Intensive efforts, including two nights on Klein Bonaire hoping
she would come ashore to lay her eggs, and two days of searching in the water from
Small Wall to Harbor Village, were unsuccessful.

2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking

'Heit's track is the "pinkish" line in the lower right of the map that is shown above
in the right-hand column. As you can see comparing her path to all the others, she
headed in a different and, at least for us, an unexpected direction. In August, she ar-
rived at her home foraging grounds in the Los Roques Archipelago approximately 180
km from Bonaire. In October, Mabel Nava, STCB Project Director and Gielmon
"Funchi" Egbreghts, STCB Project Assistant, traveled for a one-week working session
with their counterparts in Los Roques and attempted to retrieve 'Heit's transmitter.
While the search for 'Heit' was unsuccessful, the trip provided an excellent opportu-
nity to compare field techniques used by both projects, to learn from one another, and
to establish a cooperative relationship in order to improve the protection of our sea
turtles. The trip, funded by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), is the beginning
of an ongoing collaborative effort between STCB and La Fundacion Cientifica Los
Roques (FCLR).


2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking


As for 2007, current plans call for us to track two turtles. In November, Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Bonaire and agreed to sponsor a satellite transmitter
for 2007. The turtle will be named for her eldest grandchild, Eloise. The other turtle
will be named Dar-
win at the request n H1 in
of Karen and Ken m
Miller, our very
patient and under-
standing sponsors
for 2006.
Again we want to
also thank 'Heit's
sponsors, Jeannette
and Ria Heitkdnig.
Our best wishes
to all for a happy
holiday season and
the best of New
Years." Andy Uhr 2003 and 2004 Satellite Tracking


tonaire Reporter uecemDer 29 to January 5, 200U


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STRAIGHT TALK
It's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporteriabonairenews.com.

Question from: "Desperate for a relationship" Betty Wills

Dear Betty, I consider myself an attractive guy with a good sense of humor. I'm 38,
never been married, and have a pretty good job, but when it comes to being in a rela-
tionship, I can't seem to get beyond the initial dating sequence. I either lose interest or
stop calling, or ifI am interested, my phone calls aren't answered or returned. I desper-
ately want to be in a relationship with someone I truly care about, maybe get married
and have children some day. I'm ok with living alone because I don't depend on a part-
nerfor my happiness, but on the other hand, I don't want to be alone, either. What are
your thoughts?

ANSWER: Hmmm....you're ok with living alone, and don't depend on a partner for
your happiness? How can you possibly be ok without a loving partner to argue with all
the time? You're missing out on the best part of a relationship.... (drum roll, please)
....make-up sex! What are you thinking? You can certainly enjoy sex alone, but sharing
makes it twice as good, mirrors excluded. Dead-end dating may also be the result of
choosing the wrong date, which may be why you're not getting the call backs. Another
problem may be unrealistic expectations, which may be why you're not calling them
back. Perhaps you simply like the excitement of dating and sub-
consciously sabotage any potential for a relationship. Your lack
of commitment to marriage and having children may be another
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JOKE OF THE DAY

Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
Betty Wills


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-29 0:15 1.OFT. 9:11 1.9FT. 17:51 0.9FT. 22:05 1.1FT. 57
12-30 9:48 2.1FT. 18:46 0.8FT. 62
12-31 10:24 2.2FT. 19:48 0.7FT. 71
1-01 11:07 2.2FT. 20:36 0.7FT. 80
1-02 11:48 2.2FT. 21:29 0.6FT. 87
1-03 12:26 2.2FT. 22:16 0.6FT. 92
1-04 13:10 2.1FT. 22:52 0.7FT. 92
1-05 13:47 2.0FT. 23:24 0.7FT. 89


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mIrJVLS


MOVIELAND



WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
Zwartboek
(Carice van Houten)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Deck The Halls
(Danny De Vito)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM

SATURDAY 4 PM
December: The Santa Claus
3: The Escape Claus
December/January:
Happy Feet


THIS WEEK


Until March 30-Guest Artist Mar-
kus Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon
Art Gallery.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: December 27 Crown Prin-
cess, Silver Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29 -
Prinsendam

Sunday, December 31-COMCABON
Run, 2-4-5 km. Start 1730. Different
shops will sponsor

Sunday, December 31-Disco Heaven
at Buddy Dive, 10 pm until late. Free
entrance.

Monday, January 1-Maskarada-
colorfully costumed, masked, silent
characters dance and pantomime-
Wilhelmina Park area, morning hours.
Uniquely Bonaire.


COMING

Saturday, January 6-Big Monthly
Rincon Marsh6-Now a Bonairean
tradition stands selling gifts, fruits and
vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local
foods and sweets, music, friendly peo-
ple, 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of Rin-
con. www.infobonaire.com/rincon.


REGULAR EVENTS
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-7


fAPPER'IG


* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cac-
tus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening
hours.

Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort,
kitchen open 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
www. infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra
big Marsh6 1st Saturday of the month,
6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 44.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7
to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf20 per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
pm
Mondays
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10,-. Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen
open from 6:00 pm 21:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073.
*
Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel.
717-5091, 717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open from
6:00 pm 10:00 pm


Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm
Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Soro-
bon from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ (7:00 pm
- 22:00 pm) Buddy Dive Resort
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week.

FREE SLIDENIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the
Sea" Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old homethat has been re-
stored and fumished so it appears the family
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thmr Friday, 9 -12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Lear about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
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

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
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.


Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. 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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other 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 Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
rie@telbonet.an
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- Call Roosje 786-
7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm
in Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
endijk.
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(@onairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in this issue
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 10:00 am. Lunch daily 11:30 17:30 am. orMeat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6:00 pm 10 pm. Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7:00 10:00 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaatunc and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire everySaturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront n nd nn from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 lunch every day
Kaya Grandi 70
717-3293 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Papagayo Moderate Breakfasts featuring Eggs Benedict
Downtown, Kaya L.DGerharts, opposite MCB Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Burgers andSaTads
717-8003 Closed Monday Open at 8 am
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-SundayCall ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.

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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

APPLIANCES /lV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.

BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Cafe and at Eden Beach.

FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts. OPENING
HOURS FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER: Monday
through Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm, non-stop


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.

GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
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, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 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 Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
fast.

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. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345


RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
ment.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.


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Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125
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On the Island Since


Peter Benekendorff and Maria Isabel Calvo de Benekendorff


Swas bom in Berlin in 1940, just
I at the beginning of World War II.
It was a very difficult childhood: every-
thing destroyed, nothing to eat. From
when I was very little I learned what it
was to be hungry, and until today I can't
understand why people throw away food
because there are still very many people
in this world who are hungry.
When I was 14 I started working in a
motel near Hamburg. I learned to clean,
to cook, to serve anything. Later I
worked in restaurants and hotels in Ger-
many, Switzerland, Spain and the Canary
Islands. In 1962 I met my first wife in St.
Moritz, Switzerland, and we married in
1963. That changed my life because we
went to Frankfurt where I went to study at
the Orthopedic University of Frankfurt to
become a physiotherapist. My wife was a
physiotherapist and so I thought it was
time to stop drinking so much alcohol and
living the nightlife and start doing more
decent things.
I studied two and a half years in Frank-
furt; then came the hospital practice, but
in between I had to do military service,
and that for me was really a waste of
time. After a year and a half of practice in
the hospitals I was ready and got the cer-
tificates from the government. I worked
in my mother-in-law's practice for a year,
and then I opened my own physiotherapy
practice.
I worked well and very hard too hard
- because in three years I had two prac-
tices and three souvenir-art shops where I
was selling arts and handicrafts imported
from Africa, India and Ceylon. I was
making a lot of money, but I got very
tired of paying a lot of taxes. So, in 1982
I sold everything and packed up all our
things, and my wife and I and our three
children went to Paraguay in South
America. I had visited a friend of mine in
Asuncion, and to me the country looked
very inviting. It was a very big change
though, especially for the children who
had to learn everything all over in Span-
ish. I opened an art shop, just like I had in
Germany, but later I went back to my
physiotherapy profession because I love
my job; it means a lot to me when people
can move again and feel good. We had a
nice life in Paraguay but then my wife
died of cancer in 1987.
In 1989 I met my present partner and
that was the best thing I found in my
whole life I found a diamond." He ca-
resses his wife's arm and looks at her and
she gives him a gorgeous smile.
"Maria Isabel was born in 1946 in
Asuncion, Paraguay. She studied to be-
come a commercial secretary in Argen-
tina; then in Paraguay she studied cos-
metic aesthetics everything about skin
care. She specialized further in Spain, the
US and Argentina and later in Venezuela


where she lived and worked while she
was married. After her divorce she came
back to Paraguay in 1987. When a mutual
friend introduced us in 1989 I asked her
out for dinner and then I was lost... Six
months later we went to Argentina to get
married in Formosa. It had rained a lot
and everything was flooded and we had
to go in a little boat to the office of the
justice of the peace to ask him how to go
about it if we wanted to get married. The
judge said I had to pay 200 pesos. I an-
swered that I wasn't prepared to get mar-
ried right away and that I didn't bring any
witnesses, but he said, 'No problem!' and
he whistled on his fingers and two men
came from somewhere and he made out
the marriage certificate and we signed
and 10 minutes later we were married!
We had no photo, nothing! It doesn't
happen every day like this.
In 1990 my children went to Germany.
They're still living there; everybody is



"Most of our clients are
locals and we're happy
about that because now I
can see results in a client
and that gives me the
inspiration to do this
work."



married and I have 10 grandchildren. My
wife has three daughters and four grand-
children, all of whom live in Paraguay,
except for one granddaughter who is
studying in Venezuela. She's now here on
Bonaire and we're very happy to spend
the holidays with her and we're going to
show her every comer of the island!

Well, in Paraguay we had our own
practice massage and cosmetics but in
1997 we got the idea of working and liv-
ing in Venezuela where Maria Isabel had
lived for a long time. There I met the
previous owner of the thermal baths in
Trincheras, close to Valencia. We talked
and he asked us to come to work for him.
It was a very nice spa and we both
worked as therapists. My work is thera-
peutic massage; every massage is relax-
ing, but I specialize in back pains, head-
aches, shoulders, everything around the
spinal vertebrae. Also I am a Reiki Mas-
ter in Usui Reiki, the Tibetan system of
natural healing. Maria Isabel is the es-
thetic specialist in cosmetic treatment and
especially here on the island it's some-
thing you need because the sun is very
strong and we have a lot of dust too. She
also is a specialist in aromatic Hindu


massage and she does cellular nutrition
by injections.
We had a very good life in Venezuela
and we built our house in Valencia think-
ing we would never leave Venezuela ever
again, but then the political atmosphere
made us change our minds. In the Trin-
cheras spa we met our best friend that we
have here, Rosemary Winklaar from Bon-
aire. She came to the spa as a client. We
talked and she told me she was from Bon-
aire, and I asked, 'Where is Bonaire?' as
I'd never heard of it. She told me that we
should come over one day to see the is-
land. So we came to visit for a few days
and we fell in love with the island be-
cause of its beautiful nature and its quiet
life. We applied for the permits and Rose-
mary helped us very much, but we also
got help from James Kroon, Jonchi Dor-
talina, Nerry Gonzales and Alejandra
Dolleman. That was very important. It
took a year and a half to get the permits,
then we found this location next to the
Government building, across from the
Post Office. Maria Isabel named it
'Pedisa' Pedro and Isabel!

We came to live here in 2004. At first it
was a big change because we were with-
out all our friends and Maria Isabel felt
very much alone, also because she speaks
only Spanish. But when we started work-
ing it went better and better. My wife has
found new friends even someone from
Paraguay named Daisy. Together they are
the only two Paraguayans on the island,
and last year they were together in the
parade of the nations representing Para-
guay! We're doing fine now, except
around this time of the year we long for
our families. Paraguay is a very colonial
country and its music is beautiful, the
people are sensitive and gay, they like to
dance and they like the barbecue! The


country is in the heart of Latin America,
in between the big ones: Brazil, Bolivia
and Argentina. I love to visit Germany,
but not to live. I am terrified of the cold. I
can't stand it anymore.
I really love this island. All year round
you can wear short sleeves and I've never
seen such a crystal clear sea and it also
inspires me to paint. We work five days a
week, Tuesday through Saturday, and
when we have time we go snorkeling and
swimming and we go to the famous Sat-
urday market in Rincon to have breakfast.
We are very lucky to be here on Bonaire.
Most of our clients are locals and we're
happy about that because now I can see
results in a client and that gives me the
inspiration to do this work."
"We work with knowledge and the
heart, and that's the difference," Maria
Isabel says, smiling. Peter looks at her -
there's a lot of tenderness between them-
you can sense it and it makes you feel
good to be with them. "She's my best
comrade and my best wife," Peter says
"and we do everything together and we
have a lot of things in common we are
inseparable."
"He is the most beautiful thing that ever
happened to me in my life," Maria Isabel
says and then they laugh and I take their
picture. And when that's done Peter says,
glowing "It's the most special thing,
something you will never find again in
your life. In this kind of world where we
live in it is so important to have some-
body on your side
that you can trust
with closed eyes -
that is something so
special I have no
other words."
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra.


Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007


Peter Benekendorff and Maria Isabel Calvo de Benekendorff


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Picture Yourself with The Reporter Picture Yourself with The Reporter

Denver Colorado US 2006 Winner

T he 2006 Winner of the
Picture Yourself com-
petition is on this week's
cover, in the center. Submit-
ted by Jane Madden, the
photo shows Bonaire property
owner, Dennis Kellner, at the
top of Mt. Everest, the
planet's highest mountain,
showing his copy of The Bon-
aire Reporter (July 28, 2006
issue). The technical problems
of preserving the newspaper
in the wind and a frozen cam-
era were just some of the
problems. Congratulations,
Dennis!
You are the winner of a
Bonaire Reporter "night on
the town:" a pizza at Pasa Bon
and two Movieland passes.
In an effort to top this sev-
eral Bonaire residents are
working on getting a photo of
R eporter readers Pete and Diane Gutman are American football fans. They The Bonaire Reporter in space... remember an astronaut visited Bonaire last
sent us this photo of themselves at a Bronco-Raider Football game in Den- month.
ver, Colorado, on October 15, 2006. "By the way we were rooting for the Broncos Year 2006 runner-ups to will be announced in upcoming issues. G.D.
and they won 13 to 3!" they reported.


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Celebrate New
Year's Eve Again
With the New
Year's Eve Star


E very year I encour-
age you to cele-
brate New Year's Eve the
cosmic way because if
you happen to go outside
at the stroke of midnight
every New Year's Eve you
will see something very
special which I like to call
the New Year's Eve star.
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Eve, face due south. And wi u4' W 4 h4
first, like all good as- p
tronomers, draw an imagi- Sirius
nary line from the due
south horizon straight up to the zenith point overhead and then down the other side
of the sky to the horizon due north. This line is called the meridian and it divides
the eastern half of the sky from the western half.
Now as our Earth slowly and endlessly rotates from west to east we are treated
nightly to the grandest optical illusion in nature that of watching the stars appear
to rise in the east, slowly travel across the sky all night long and eventually set in
the west. And if you watch the stars every single night you will eventually deduce
that the highest point any star reaches above the horizon in its nightly journey is
when it is on the meridian.
Now this is very important to telescope users because the higher a sky object is
above the horizon the better its telescopic image will be. So several years ago when
I was researching which planets would be high up off the horizon for viewing that
New Year's Eve I stumbled across something which to me was and still is an amaz-
ing coincidence, something which I had never read about in any astronomy book.
That coincidence is that no matter where you happen to be on New Year's Eve, Sir-
ius, the brightest star we can see, will slowly climb up the southeastern sky hour
after hour and at midnight will reach its highest point almost on the meridian. Think
of it, the brightest star visible from our planet reaches its highest point above the
horizon at midnight every New Year's Eve.
How wonderful, how poetic. Almost like a cosmic reminder that this most bril-
liant of stellar lights is welcoming in and shining on the New Year, giving us all
hope for a bright new beginning. And even better if you happen to miss it on New
Year's Eve because it's too cold or cloudy out, don't fret because Sirius will be in
almost the same spot at midnight each night for the first week of the New Year. And
think about this as you gaze up at Sirius this New Year's Eve. While our Sun is a
million-mile-wide, relatively cool, yellow star, Sirius is a much hotter, almost twice
as wide white star. And it's very close, cosmically speaking, only 81/2 light years
away, which means that when we look at Sirius this New Year's Eve we will actu-
ally be seeing the light that left it 81/2 years ago in June of 1998.
So step outside at midnight this Sunday night and make your New Year's Eve
bright with cosmic light. Happy New Year and keep looking up! Jack Horkheimer


DO YOU

SUDOKU?

ANSWER


And the
solution is:
(puzzle and
directions
on page 12)


'Sunday, December 23 to
Saturday, December 30

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ASTROLOGY Date: Sunday, December 24 Saturday, December 30
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Avoid being intimately involved with clients or col-
leagues. Social activities will be satisfying. The answers can only come from within.
You'll need to exercise control. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Minor fevers or infections will develop if you're
over-stressed. You will have a tendency to put on pounds. You may have major
blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Your competitive nature
will enable you to win any contest you enter. Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
urday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you are in the midst of a financial deal, this is your
lucky time. Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members.
Speak of your future goals, intentions, and commitments. Use discrimination and
play hard to get. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Get involved in physical activities that will stimulate
you. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. You won't be ad-
mired at home if you haven't been taking care of your share of the work. You will be
appreciated for the competence you exhibit and for taking on responsibilities. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family
members. Don't deny yourself this week. You will be able to talk to your lover about
future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of you to take a vacation. Don't
overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not expect others to do your work. Work quietly
on your own. You don't like confrontations at the best of times; however, you may
find them difficult to avoid. Losses are likely if you have left your financial affairs
in other people's hands. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may have difficulties finishing projects you start.
However, you must not neglect your family. Check into art objects or precious
stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Overindulgent people will cause dis-
ruptions in your life. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must make them stand on their own two feet
regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Cutbacks at work
will be a cause for worry. Deception is evident around you. Don't push your luck
with authority. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Think about your budget before booking a
trip. You can make extra cash if you act on a hunch. Friends and relatives may not
understand your needs. Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is
quite possible. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You must take care of health problems that
have been lingering. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will only make you
look bad. Avoid any hassles. Be honest if you wish to solve the problem. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A residential move may be in order. Be extra care-
ful with your valuables; loss and theft are evident this week. Organize your house
and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do. Pushy
people must be kept at arm's length. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Difficulties with your mate may lead to estrangement.
You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Express your interest
if you want the relationship to progress. Listen to the problems of others and offer
suggestions where possible. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 T he Province of North Holland has offered Bonaire, Statia, and Saba (the three small, klein, islands, K3 ) the possibility of becoming townships of North Holland. The islands would have Haarlem as their provincial capital . “With our proposal, we anticipate that fewer deviations will be needed from the norm. The legal provisions regarding Dutch municipalities will also apply to the islands,” writes the province. “Besides, a provincial role fits well in the basic principles formulated in Article 7 of the agreement of last October 11th. Harry Borghouts, Royal Commissioner in North Holland says, “Well, effective today, there is a formal offer from us.” The Royal Commissioner is of the opinion that North Holland has a link with the Antilles; many Antillean people live in North Holland and this province is, according to him, a maritime province. It also includes Schiphol airport. “On a daily basis, hundreds of people travel back and forth between the Antilles and the Netherlands.” Borghouts thinks that when it comes to tasks that go beyond municipalities, like infrastructure, child welfare, the tackling of environmental problems, and permanent water control, North Holland can offer added value for the trio of islands. Insel Air plans to start flying to St. Maarten from Curaçao on December 27, Director Edward Heereveen announced last Wednesday. They are even offering free passage via a drawing for seats on the maiden flight. The airline was waiting for the necessary permit to fly in their MD-83 aircraft from France. The aircraft, which is owned by Air Adriatic of Croatia, has successfully passed the comprehensive C-check and after a test flight flew to Curaçao. The 167-passenger MD-83 is a larger aircraft and faster than the Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) turboprop currently flying the route. Insel Air will start with four flights per week, but this number will increase as the demand grows. Low-cost air-carrier Spirit Airlines is set to fly twice weekly nonstop to St. Maarten from its hub in Fort Lauderdale as early as April 21. This development is the result of close to two years of negotiations. The Reporter was informed that in the past Bonaire had also approached Spirit, but no deal was done. The WEB workers union, FEDEBON, in a “Position Paper” last week questioned the recent decision to use wind power to provide electricity. They want the project stopped because it may cripple WEB’s ability to provide reliable power. They want more analysis done and an evaluation of whether converting to a BOO (Build Own Operate private structure) is in the public interest. Some local shop owners on Kaya Grandi have reported incidents of shoplifting during cruise ship visits , particularly during the first call of the Crown Princess . The organization of Telbo workers, "ISOTE," was recently organized to promote social, educational and recreational activities for its members and to provide a positive contribution to the island of Bonaire. Following a recent election Nicasio (Odilio) Evertsz was elected president along with a board of directors. THIS WEEK: Training Project Youngsters To take Next Step 4 Top Stories 2006 5 SELIBON Meets SABADECO 6 Where to Find the Reporter 6 Pet Project 2006 Remedy for Fi recrackers, Pt. 2 7 End of Year Regatta 2006 8 Why Divers Cancel 9 Another Brilliant Christmas Triumph (Pasku Briante) 10 Gear Doctor (Dust Caps) 12 Sea Turtle Annual Update 13 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Pet of the Week (Cindy) 7 Biologist’s Bubbles (Barracuda) 9 Sudoku Puzzle 12 Classifieds 12 Straight Talk 14 Tide Table 14 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 Movieland Film Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (The Benekendorffs) 17 Picture Yourself (Denver, Colorado & 2006 Winner) 18 Sky Park (Sirius) 19 The Stars Have It 19 Sudoku Answer 19 Table of Contents Continued on page 3.

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 Last Saturday, December 23, Santa arrived at the Rose Inn on a bright yellow three wheeler. He brought lots of toys for all the good girls and boys of Rincon. Sponsors of the event were Larry’s Wildside Diving, ReMax Paradise Homes, Rose Inn, BITS B.V., and Rent-O-Fun. Flotsam and Jetsam is continued on page 4. Digicel and Telbo “jumped the gun” in their eagerness to merge, said the judge. UTS (the Curaçao-owned phone company currently providing Bonaire "Chippie" cellular service with Telbo, Bonaire's phone company) went to court to retain the almost 8,000 customers having mobile 78-number prefixes in Bonaire after Telbo said they were dropping UTS in favor of Digicel on January first. Earlier this month Telbo and Digicel announced that Telbo had renegotiated its mobile concession and these numbers to its former competitor, Digicel. They offered incentives for customers to modify their phone SIM cards to switch to Digicel and that the change would be effective January 1, 2007. The campaign has been underway for several weeks and hundreds of Telbo/ UTS customers have had their SIM cards switched to Telbo/Digicel. These cards can’t connect until February 10, 2007 according to the judge. It's also rumored that UTS has entered an agreement with MIO (ex-Cellular One) which also has a concession for Bonaire mobile service, with the guarantee that the 78-numbers will stay with UTS. UTS serves the mobile network for these numbers, for which UTS has a cooperation agreement with Telbo until February 10, 2007. Last Friday a judge ruled in UTS' favor. UTS claimed the right to keep managing the mobile 78-numbers. A key detail is that Telbo and Digicel announced the transfer two weeks ago, but the government still has to approve the taking over of the 78-numbers by Digicel. The 78-number customers are currently running on UTS infrastructure (antennas, transceivers, etc.) which Telbo uses because it was too small to have such a system itself. UTS claimed that the Telbo concession falls under the coordinating mobile network of UTS. Telbo's arguments that UTS was foot-dragging negotiations, had a conflicting pay-TV service, and that the 78x customers' SIM cards had the Telbo logo were brushed aside by the judge, who did not forbid the eventual activation of the Digicel 78 numbers, According to Paul de Guus, UTS Director, in an interview with the Papiamentu language newspaper Extra, Telbo will have to pay NAƒ1 million per day in damages if it carries out the transfer on the January 1 schedule. Because of the long holiday weekend few additional details or information at press time on what Telbo customers who have already switched to Digicel will have to do. This week many 78-number clients were called by a Digicel representative, telling them they must change their SIM card to Digicel by the end of the year or they would lose their current telephone number. That is now incorrect. Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2. Jan Art photo

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 A fter half a year of hard work, learning and gaining new experiences, youngsters participating in the Training Project received their well deserved certificates for Phase 1. These young people in the project (Part of the Stichting Project) have problems at intellectual, social, behavioral or emotional levels. Next they will follow a twoyear course together, learning to trust in themselves and others, to cultivate the positive ‘us’ feeling. Beside sports, games and outdoor activities the youngsters got training in first aid, sewing, fish and coral recognition, boat handling, turtle study and hospitality. All of them earned basic certificates for this training. After Christmas vacation the youngsters will begin Phase 2, where they will receive more individual attention. This is the phase of positive ‘me,’ focused on the future. They will get a follow up on their basic training and start with computer lessons, diving and cooking lessons. For some courses the youngsters can achieve an official diploma. Thirteen of the 14 youngsters (boys and girls) are now starting in Phase 2. This is only made possible by good cooperation among the parents, the school and the Tr aining Project. All the parents and some of the teachers were present at the graduation of Phase 1, proof positive of the cooperation. The Training Project also has a parent panel which discusses things that involve the Training Center and the development of the youngsters. They also organize theme evenings for all the parents together. The Training Project organizers would like to give a year-end thank you to all the parents, teachers, the Sentro di Bario of Nordt di Salina, all volunteers, organizations and everybody else who was involved with Stichting Project for their support and help the last year. Story & Photos by Mick Schmit Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3. In Curaçao last week a new island government was formed composed of the parties FOL, MAN, MSL and NPA. The former ruling coalition parties led by PAR are out. The formation process was deadlocked until the impasse was resolved through personal intervention of the FOL leader and prison inmate, Anthony Godett, who was in the hospital. According to FOL-spokesman, Maurice Adriaens, peace and unity will be central in the policy of this new Executive Council (BC). The draft-action program of the new Council is ready and is named Ban Sembra pa Rekohé Kosecha (Let’s sow in order to reap). A reformation of the Central Government may be in store as well. Imprisoned leader of Curaçao political party FOL, Anthony Godett, is feeling better but still is a little bit tired and is worried about his medical condition. “I’m receiving seven different pills every day for my heart, lungs and blood pressure,” he told St. Maarten’s Daily Herald in an exclusive interview. Godett was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of St. Elisabeth Hospital two weeks ago with chest pains Golden Reef Inn has brought Chef Gibi back. Gibi will be serving his famous All You can Eat Kriyoyo BBQ at the Golden Reef Inn and Villas every Monday night The f east includes items such as BBQ ribs, fresh fish, goat stew, beef stew, garlic shrimps, grilled steak and chicken. Also included are sides such as tossed salad, homemade potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rice and funchi just to mention a few. Vegetarian meals can be made to order with advanced notice. The BBQ is served starting at 6:30 pm. For reservations and more information, call Golden Reef Inn at 717-5759. L./G.D. Some of the new members of the Curaçao BC Certificate Winners Training Project youngster helping at the Kon Tiki restaurant

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 The Reporter’s Top Stories of 2006 1 – Real Estate Development captured the pages of The Reporter week after week. The multiplication of building projects, especially apartments, made it tough to find good contractors for new jobs and created a demand for skilled foreign workers. Among the highlights: the Divi Resort chain announced plans for an all-inclusive resort on the site of the former Bonair e Sunset Beach Hotel. The Mangrove Village project highlighted the conflict between development and environmental preservation; construction was suspended. Billboards, roads deteriorating from the passage of heavy trucks, enhancement of the power plant and other elements are all related to Bonaire’s building boom. The year ended with stories on cellular telephone wars as big companies fought for a piece of the tiny Bonaire market. 2 Agreement is reached on breaking up the Netherlands Antilles – Bonaire to link directly with The Netherlands. If all goes according to plan Bonaire will no longer have the Central Government of the Netherlands Antilles in Curaçao in the path to its relation with Holland. There will be no “country” of the Netherlands Antilles after July, 2007, because all the five islands will go separate waysCuraçao and St. Maarten to a separate status, similar to Ar uba’s, and Bonaire, Saba and Statia to a unique municipal arrangement with Holland. 3 Conservation of the Bonaire’s environment was top news too . Boca Onima, raped for building sand last year, was re stored. A three-year project aimed at learning about Bonaire’s endangered parrot, Amazonia barbarensis , the lora, was begun. More sea turtles were tracked, resulting in some surprises as to their destinations. Reef balls were placed in area needing a substrate for coral to take hold. And a bevy of coral protection efforts are u nderway led by Dee Scarr’s initiatives. 4 Development of the island’s tourism image got into print often as Bonaire took a turn to the future, focusing on In ternet presence, special events like hosting the Wounded Warriors, and a “dive fest ival” that featured land-based activities. The $75 proposed for a Tourist Tax was a casualty of public pressure, but an end-ofyear surprise increase in the departure tax from $20 to $32 made lots of people unhappy, especially locals. 5 The Reporter doesn’t focus on crime reporting because complete and accurate police reports aren’t released and becaus e major crimes are rare by any measure. Nevertheless, crime is a problem and armed robbery against island residents is increasing. The emphasis was on social efforts, especially focused on youngsters, to eliminate the root causes of crime . Our stories about Mick Schmit’s Stitchting Project highlighted this again and again (See this issue page 4). We reported on the visit of an astronaut emeritus which inspired many youngsters as well, judging from their letters and reaction. G.D. Mangrove village STINAPA photo

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 Still can’t find a copy? Call us at 786-6518 or 786-6125 Car Rental Agencies: At the Airport Airlines: Aboard Divi Divi Air Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato branches), Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Cactus Blue Capriccio City Café Lover’s Ice Cream Papagayo Papaya Moon Pasa Bon Pizza Dive Shops: Yellow Submarine WannaDive Carib Inn Shops: Benetton Best Buddies & Pearls Bonaire Gift Shop Chat ‘n’ Browse City Shop DeFreewieler Exito Bakery INPO Last Bite Bakery Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Plantation Furniture Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Divi Flamingo Eden Beach Hotel Golden Reef Inn The Great Escape Plaza Resort Sand Dollar Resort Supermarkets: Cultimara Consales Cash & Carry Montecatini Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Bonaire Government: Bestuurscollege Customs Parliament Office BVO Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Caribbean Laundry Fit 4 Life Plaza Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Rocargo San Francisco Hospital SGB (High School) TCB Telbo Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Caribbean Homes Harbourtown Re/Max Sunbelt RINCON: Chinese Store Joi Fruit Store Lemari Grocery Rincon Bakery Rose Inn 12/29/06 Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot A Christmas party was held in the offices of SELIBON, Bonaire’s waste management company, on Kaya Industria to express friendship and a job well done throughout the year. SELIBON, under the leadership of Director Rudsel Leito, Administrator Marja Oleana, Managers Raimy Thomas and Randy Leonora, continue to exemplify the best of Bonaire’s municipal services. The families who live in SABADECO Shores, led by Helmi Staartjes and Jacqueline Landheer, with the help of many of the other residents of “Shores,” collected money to buy Christmas cakes to give to every employee of SELIBON. At the party a Christmas tree was the central theme and several of the employees helped build a nativity scene under the tree. Soft drinks were served and SABADECO resident Bart Landheer read a thank you note in Papiamentu. In return SELIBON employees gave a very nice pen to each of the SABADECO residents, showing a Christmas spirit of giving during this most important holiday season. Story & Photo by Bob Lassiter SELIBON staff enjoy a light moment with Bart Landheer

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 A s we look forward to the New Year holiday, I conclude this series about Rescue Remedy, a natural solution for pet stress. This is a homeopathically prepared formula which was invented by Dr. Edward Bach in London, about 1930. He discovered the calming properties of certain flowers and then prescribed them for people under stress. The previous articles described these flowers: Clematis, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, Impatiens and Star of Bethlehem. The remedy is helpful for all levels of stresseven for firework blasts. Where to find Rescue Remedy : Bistro de Paris , Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46. 717-7070 The Animal Shelter, Kaminda Lagoen The Sand Dollar Grocery, Kaya Gob. N. Debrot How to give your pet the remedy: Place one drop of th e solution in your pet’s water dish on the morning of Dec. 31st. This will have a calming effect by the time fireworks begin. Your pet will drink many times, making the effect stronger. During loud noise you may also give it topically. Place one or two drops on your palm and touch the pads of your pet’s foot. Be patient. If five minutes goes by and the remedy has had no effect, you may repeat it and place another drop on the foot pad. Repetition is the key, not large amounts. Remember that this isn’t a sedative. It is first aid for stress. Questions that are often asked by pet owners: Are there side effects to Rescue Remedy? This unique formula has never induced side effects. How much is too much? Give the remedy as described above. Continue to repeat. Do not give large amounts at one time. The repetition seems to build effectiveness. This is a plant material and not known to overdose. May people take this remedy? Yes. It was intended for people. Later it was noted that pets benefit. If an adult takes Rescue Remedy the dose is four drops in a glass of water. Use caution not to touch the applicator to either your mouth or your pet’s mouth. That will contaminate the solution. My dog is afraid of lightning, is it recommended for that? Yes. This is a solution for all levels of stress. How much does it cost? You may purchase it for two guilders (NAƒ2). I say a special thanks to all those who helped make the Pet Project available in Bonaire. Florence Diltow References: Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences for the Family, May 1996 bachcenter.com NaturesBrands.com If you have more questions about Rescue Remedy, email: fhummingbird@yahoo.com Florence Ditlow is a Registered Nurse and certified in the use of Bach Remedies through the Bach Center. M eet sweet and demure appearing “Cindy.” She’s only five months old but she’s growing and will be a big dog when she’s through. Even now she’s showing signs of being a perfect watch dog. Her soft, toffee-colored fur is so soothing to stroke. By getting a dog this age you have the opportunity to train her to your way of life. Cindy is a smart pup who should respond to good training immediately. She’s a dog who wants to please. Remember, all the pets that are up for adoption at the Bonaire Animal Shelter are in perfect health, having been checked out by the vet and given their shots, worming and testing and they’re social and friendly. The adoption fee includes all that plus sterilization when the pet is old enough. You can’t get a better deal anywhere. You may see Cindy at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989. ATTENTION PET OWNERS: It’s fireworks time again on the island from now until New Years. It may be fun for people, but it’s hell for pets. The Shelter staff says this is the worst time of year for runaway dogs and cats who are terrified of the noise. As it has in the past, the Shelter will act as headquarters for lost pets. If you find a lost animal or are missing one call them at 717-4989. Please be cautious when setting off fireworks, making sure that children and pets are at a safe distance. A live firework coul d be a disastrous “toy” that a dog might try to retrieve. Plan ahead so that your pet will have a safe refuge from all that noise. If you have a particularly nervous animal you might get some Rescue Remedy from the Shelter (see accompanying article). Another suggestion is to make sure there are enough chew toys on hand – rubber or other bones or pigs’ ears. The chewing will help them release their fears and nervousness. L.D. Keep it Pass on your REPORTER to someone. Please. “Cindy” Photo by Edith Foks Florence Ditlow and her dogs

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 B onaire’s last Regatta of the year is always special because instead of the usual trophies, food and drink are the prizes. There was an enthusiastic turnout this year. The final results: Optimist B 1 place Ardt Chirino 2 place Max 3 place Noah Oleana Optimist A 1 place Urs Schulthies 2 place Roben van Eldik 3 place Aldair Koeyers Sunfish juniors 1 place Laurensz en Roben Hauer Sunfish B 1 place Kenneth Abrahams 2 place Shernick Winklaar 3 place Fred Korporaal Sunfish A 1 place Sipke Stapert 2 place Franklin Soliano 3 place Victor Blanco Laser 01. Dick de Jong Hoie Cats 1 place Anita and Gerloof van der Wal 2 place Peter and Cristiaan Zweers Windsurf Superkids 1 place Rodderick Boekhoedt 2 place Jamil Jonis 3 place Jurgen Saragoza Windsurf Kids 1 place Charles Martijn 2 place Mozart Sances Windsurf Big Kids 1 place Dylan Robles 2 place Amado Vrieswijk 3 place Cymbert Sances Windsurf Junoirs 1 place Arthuro “ Payo “ Soliano 2 place Bjorn Saragoza 3 place Harvey Piar Windsurf Baby kids Anais Pauletta Micro Boot Class 30 1 place Angel di Jerry Domacasse 2 place Machu Pichu di Roy Winklaar 3 place Matador di constantino Thielman Micro Boot Class 35 1 place Gipi di Constantino Thielman 2 place Sobra di Dios di Jopie Soliano 3 place Crocodile Dundee di Rpy Winklaar Micro Boot Class 40 1 place Bobbejans di Contantino Thielman 2 place Double Trouble di Le Roy Winklaar 3 place Dios ku nos di Jerry Domacasse Jachten 1 place Panta Rey 2 place Marinella 3 place Ella Rosa 4 place Second Wind 5 place South Of Reality 6 place Wishful Thinking Fishing Boats V.D. 17 Aqauaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers thank all their sponsors for the End of the Year race including Edwin Vrieswijk of Akkermans Auto Supplies N.V., Toyota , Lexus and also Peter and Ninico of T.I.S. Top winners get edible prizes Very happy participants celebrate

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 D id You Know… Barracudas ‘dress’ for their grooming appointments? Barracudas, if large enough, can inspire fear and respect in the bravest of adventurers. But when it comes time for their cleaning, barracudas are as gentle as pussycats. If you’ve ever seen a barracuda turn very dark (instead of its normal silver color) and hover over a coral head, then you’ve witnessed a barracuda getting cleaned. Many fish change colors as a cue to cleaners that they’re ready for their daily (or hourly) grooming. The difficult part about understanding fish behavior is that you must be familiar with the fish’s normal coloration to be aware that they have changed colors and that indeed something interesting is taking place. Then you can observe the fish and search for the tiny cleaners flitting about on the fish’s body or in and out of its mouth or gills. Now if you see a barracuda all dressed up in his ‘cleaning suit’, you know what’s going on. Caren Eckrich Biologist Caren Eckrich founded and runs Sea & Discover, Bonaire's marine education center specializing in guided dives and snorkels for adults and adventure programs for kids. You may call her at 717-5322. Medical Reasons Divers Cancelled Dives in 2003*0.3% 0.5% 0.8% 0.8% 1.3% 1.6% 1.8% 1.8% 2.1% 2.3% 2.3% 2.9% 5.2% 6.5% 8.6% 10.2% 10.4% 14.1% 16.4% 20.9% 56.1% 0.0%10.0%20.0%30.0%40.0%50.0%60.0% Marine Animal/Life Injury (Bites-Cuts-Scrapes-Stings) Headaches-Migraine Cuts/Lacerations-Stitches DCI or DCS Symptoms Dental Pain Motion Sickness Broken Bone(s) Back Pain Recent Surgery Flu/Fever Cold/Upper Respiratory Infection (*Total is more than 100% because some divers had more than one problem.) B eginning with the June 2000 Bonaire Dive Festival, David F. Colvard, M.D., a private psychiatrist and clinical investigator in Raleigh NC, a divemaster, and a Sand Dollar Condominium Resort home-owner, has been conducting online surveys of thousands of divers around the world. His first study on diver panic in over 12,000 divers was sponsored by Rodale’s Scuba Diving magazine and was supported by Drew Richardson at PADI. Dr. Colvard presented a poster and abstract at the 35th Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA, in June 2002. He and his wife Dr. Lynn Colvard, wrote A Study of Panic in Recreational Divers for The Undersea Journal, (Professional Journal of Professional Association of Diving Instructors), which was the feature article in the winter quarter 2003 issue. He has continued to conduct follow up online surveys of those divers and others on a variety of topics, including PTSD in the divers who survived the December 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. Dr. Colvard recently completed a study of middle ear pressure equalization using SINUS RINSE™ for NeilMed Pharmaceuticals and represented the company at DEMA Show in Orlando. He has made several presentations to the staff of Divers Alert Network at Duke University Medical Center and is frequently quoted in Scuba Diving magazine and elsewhere. He hosts the website www.DivePsych.com which provides evidence-based information for divers on psychological and stress factors in scuba divers. For fun David enters underwater photography competitions. T he chart below is from an online survey completed by 1,982 divers conducted in early 2004 and shows the conditions sited by 383 divers who cancelled dives in 2003 for medical reasons. The total is more than 100% because some divers cancelled dives for more than one medical reason. David Colvard M.D. David Colvard Barracuda photo by Albert Bianculli

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 L ast Saturday the “Goodhearted Youngsters” ( Hóbennan di Bon Kurason ) group, as part of the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation, organized the seventh edition of the Brilliant Christmas gift-giving marathon. Under sponsorship of USONA the teens purchased, wrapped and presented gifts to many of Bonaire’s less advantaged children. BYOF photos Hóbennan di Bon Kurason team Wrapping the gifts Decorating the boxes The Christmas gift assembly line

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—Subscribe Yearly Mail to US $110; On-line $35 Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 786-6518, 7866125, E-mail: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Bruce Bowker, David Colvard, Florence Ditlow, Caren Eckrich, Jack Horkheimer , Molly Kearney, Greta Kooistra, Bob Lassiter, Mick Schmit, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr , Betty Wills Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations : Peggy Bakker Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2007 The Bonaire Reporter

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 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. IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . 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 & Janet). 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 SUPPORT BONAIRE The Island you love could use your help! Support Bonaire, Inc . provides support to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about making a US tax deductible donation visit www.supportbonaire.org and help make a difference! JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. phone: 786-4651 www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/ Vacation Rental Cozy guest cottage available Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single beds (or king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard and private entrance. Five minute walk to seaside promenade; 10 minute walk to town. $50/night. Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com For Sale Phillips 29” TV. Perfect condition. NAƒ225. Call 786-6518 or 786-6125 —————————— For sale —Dive tanks 80 cu ft. aluminum. NAƒ125 Call 717-8819 8 am 5 pm —————————— For Sale – Woman’s shorty ScubaPro wet suit with long sleeves. As newworn twice. Black with magenta trim. Size 13-14. NAƒ70 ($40) OBO. Call 786-6518. —————————— High quality Universal® printer/ copy PAPER Large format 11” x 17” (279mm x 432mm). Two cases of 2500 sheets. White (84 brightness) 20 lb. grain long NAƒ60 per case., two for NAƒ100. Call 786-6125 Cars For Sale BMW 520i – 4-door sedan, 1991, white, excellent condition. Fast, beautiful. A CLASSIC! Call 785-9041 ———————— For sale: FIAT BARCHETTA Cabrio , 1997, yellow, with hard-top and windstop. Tel. 786-5591. ——————— Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): Free ads run for 2 weeks. Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.80 per word, per week. Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email ads@bonairereporter.com Property, Sales & Rentals Wanted starting January 07, 6 apartments for medical students. Call Natalia, Xavier, 717-3966. ———————————— Harbour Village Marina Front Condo For SaleLarge one bedroom, 2 bath apartment located in a secluded all condo building away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of storage space, large patio with walkout to marina dock. Private owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.com S uDoku means “the digits must remain single” in Japanese. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www. Sudoku shack. com . Supplied by Molly Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first) Complete solution on page 19. Dust Caps Dust caps keep dirt out, but just as important they keep water out so make sure it is in place when washing the regulator. A simple maintenance procedure is to dry the dust cap before placing it back on the first stage air inlet. This can be done easiest with just a small amount of air from your tank. Years ago I knew a "macho man" who used to set his tank in the back of the dive van, open the valve up to what seemed like all the way and held his dust cap two miles from the valve. This was more for attention that anything else. Those in the van certainly noticed with all of us holding our ears until we were deaf. Some tanks have hard-to-turn valves so test it first. Then put the dust cap tight against the tank valve, allowing just a tad of air to dry it, not making so much noise that people need a set of Bose noise canceling headphones! I like to hold the cap directly against the valve and let a minimal amount of air flow. This is quieter for sure and blows the water out which is quicker than drying it. Some people actually "dry" the regulator air inlet, only which in theory could not have any water, and then put a wet dust cap in place, negating whatever they thought they were trying to do in the first place. Obviously be careful not to blow the water from the dust cap, or from anywhere else, into the ai r inlet when drying. Some plastic dust caps have an o-ring in them. Without the oring it is probably not water tight so check that the oring is there. Bruce Bowker, Owner-Operator of Carib Inn Here’s a new bi-monthly series in The Reporter devoted to helping you maintain your dive gear. M y first thought for this new column was to use a too well worn name and call it Scuba Maintenance for Dummies. But divers aren't dummies and this is not really rocket science. Some topics that will be discussed are really simple maintenance issues, most likely mentioned in the basic scuba course but sometimes forgotten. Other topics will be repairs that can easily be done with wrench or two. I do hope you enjoy this, get something from it and keep your scuba equipment top condition. Bruce Bowker

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 A s has become a tradition on Christmas, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) prepared an overview of this year’s satellite tracking activity and included our prior years’ work as well. STCB’s Andy Uhr writes: “Our plans for 2006 called for us to track two turtles. Unfortunately due to some technical issues with a transmitter, some poor luck and some mistakes on our part, we only tracked one, ‘Heit’. In late November we thought the last breeding female had left the area, but in mid-December we were surprised to discover two others had arrived. We did manage to capture one, a female hawksbill, on December 15, right at sunset, directly in front of the Divi Flamingo Hotel, and were ready to deploy the second satellite transmitter. Upon closer examination of the turtle, it was apparent that she was very old, not in good condition and she was released immediately. At the same time, dive operators reported seeing the second hawksbill in the water near Harbor Village. Intensive efforts, incl uding two nights on Klein Bonaire hoping she would come ashore to lay her eggs, and two days of searching in the water from Small Wall to Harbor Village, were unsuccessful. 2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking ‘Heit’s track is the “pinkish” line in the lo wer right of the map that is shown above in the right-hand column. As you can see comparing her path to all the others, she headed in a different and, at least for us, an unexpected direction. In August, she arrived at her home foraging grounds in the Los Roques Archipelago approximately 180 km from Bonaire. In October, Mabel Nava, STCB Project Director and Gielmon “Funchi” Egbreghts, STCB Proj ect Assistant, traveled for a one-week working session with their counterparts in Los Roques and a ttempted to retrieve ‘Heit’s transmitter. While the search for ‘Heit’ was unsuccessful , the trip provided an excellent opportunity to compare field techniques used by both projects, to learn from one another, and to establish a cooperative relationship in order to improve the protection of our sea turtles. The trip, funded by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), is the beginning of an ongoing collaborative effort between STCB and La Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques (FCLR). As for 2007, current plans call for us to track two turtles. In November, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Bonaire and agreed to sponsor a satellite transmitter for 2007. The turtle will be named for her eldest grandchild, Eloise. The other turtle will be named Darwin at the request of Karen and Ken Miller, our very patient and understanding sponsors for 2006. Again we want to also thank ‘Heit’s sponsors, Jeannette and Ria Heitkönig. Our best wishes to all for a happy holiday season and the best of New Years.” Andy Uhr 2003 and 2004 Satellite Tracking 2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF 12-29 0:15 1.0FT. 9:11 1.9FT. 17:51 0.9FT. 22:05 1.1FT. 57 12-30 9:48 2.1FT. 18:46 0.8FT. 62 12-31 10:24 2.2FT. 19:48 0.7FT. 71 1-01 11:07 2.2FT. 20:36 0.7FT. 80 1-02 11:48 2.2FT. 21:29 0.6FT. 87 1-03 12:26 2.2FT. 22:16 0.6FT. 92 1-04 13:10 2.1FT. 22:52 0.7FT. 92 1-05 13:47 2.0FT. 23:24 0.7FT. 89 KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides Question from: “Desperate for a relationship” Dear Betty, I consider myself an attractive guy with a good sense of humor. I’m 38, never been married, and have a pretty good job, but when it comes to being in a relationship, I can’t seem to get beyond the initial dating sequence. I either lose interest or stop calling, or if I am interested, my phone calls aren’t answered or returned. I desperately want to be in a relationship with someone I truly care about, maybe get married and have children some day. I’m ok with living alone because I don’t depend on a partner for my happiness, but on the other hand, I don’t want to be alone, either. What are your thoughts? ANSWER: Hmmm….you’re ok with living alone, and don’t depend on a partner for your happiness? How can you possibly be ok without a loving partner to argue with all the time? You’re missing out on the best part of a relationship….(drum roll, please) ….make-up sex! What are you thinking? You can certainly enjoy sex alone, but sharing makes it twice as good, mirrors excluded. Dead-end dating may also be the result of choosing the wrong date, which may be why you’re not getting the call backs. Another problem may be unrealistic expectations, which may be why you’re not calling them back. Perhaps you simply like the excitement of dating and subconsciously sabotage any potential for a relationship. Your lack of commitment to marriage and having children may be another obstacle. Bite the bullet. Make a commitment, and join the hundreds of thousands of men who have been committed. JOKE OF THE DAY Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished. Betty Wills Betty Wills I t’s all about dating, love , sex, friendship, and marriage so let's talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention: reporter@bonairenews.com .

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 THIS WEEK Until March 30 —Guest Artist Markus Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art Gallery . Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days starting around 10 am to early afternoon: December 27 – Crown Princess , Silver Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29 Prinsendam Sunday, December 31— COMCABON Run, 2-4-5 km . Start 1730. Different shops will sponsor Sunday, December 31— Disco Heaven at Buddy Dive , 10 pm until late. Free entrance. Monday, January 1 —Maskarada— colorfully costumed, masked, silent characters dance and pantomime— Wilhelmina Park area, morning hours. Uniquely Bonaire. COMING Saturday, January 6 —Big Monthly Rincon Marshé —Now a Bonairean tradition – stands selling gifts, fruits and vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of Rincon. www.infobonaire.com/rincon. . REGULAR EVENTS Daily (more or less) HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar HH—50% off Buddy Dive Resort , 5:30-6:30 HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-7 2 for 1 appetizer with entrée, Cactus Blue Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm– 4 am; Sun. 7 pm– 3 am. By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. Parke Publico children’s playground open everyday into the evening hours. Saturdays Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte) Buddy Dive Resort , kitchen open 6:00 pm 10:00 pm Rincon Marshé —6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big Marshé 1st Saturday of the month, 6 am-2 pm . All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAƒ26,50. Call for reservations 7178285 ext. 444. Wine Tasting at AWC’s warehouse, 2nd Saturday of the month , 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAƒ20 per person for 6 to 8 wines. Flea Market every first Saturday of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAƒ5 per selling table. For more information and reservations for a spot, call 787-0466. Sundays Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi Flamingo . Open daily 5-10 pm Mondays Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only $10 ,-. Buddy Dive Resort , kitchen open from 6:00 pm 21:30 pm Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesdays Live music by the Flamingo Rockers , 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue Caribbean Gas Training free “Beyond Gravity – An Evening with DIR,” 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-5073. Wednesdays Open Mike Night with Moogie, 79, Cactus Blue. Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at Sorobon –Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288 Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 56:30. Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open from 6:00 pm 10:00 pm Thursdays Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar , 5-7 “Admiral’s Hour” for yachtsmen and others , Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7 Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 Live music by the “Flamingo Rockers” Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7 Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from 13.00, for children 0 – 18. Manager’s Bash —free Flamingo Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo , 5-7 pm Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm 6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ (7:00 pm 22:00 pm) Buddy Dive Resort 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. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Saturday“ Discover Our Diversity” slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive , 7 pm, 717-5080 Monday —Dee Scarr’s “Touch the Sea” S lide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm. Call 717-8290. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec . Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm, 717-8819. BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Kas Kriyo Rincon— Step into Bonaire’s past in this venerable old home that has been restored and furnished so it appears the family has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 –12, 24. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445. 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 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 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 Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093. 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 FORMA 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 Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an 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– Call Roosje 7867984 Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051 CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am. Children’s club every Saturday at 5 pm in Kralendijk. Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk. 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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 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:786-6518 or 786-6125 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ14 (incl. Tax) Children under 12 NAƒ12 NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK THURS THRU SUN 2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM SATURDAY 4 PM December: The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Claus December/January: Happy Feet Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) Zwartboek (Carice van Houten) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) Deck The Halls (Danny De Vito) MOVIELAND

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 AIRLINES Divi Divi Air. Bonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELEC TRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked re tail 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 Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their monthly 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 Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines an d classes for all levels. FURNITURE, ANTIQUES The Plantation H as lots of classy furniture and antiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great teak furniture and Indonesian crafts. OPENING HOURS FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER: Monday through Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm, non-stop 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. Incredible selection of pots. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. New! Spa! 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, rapelling/abseilen and more reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail : hans@outdoorbonaire.com PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services . Full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “ the Refreshing Realtor, ” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s most experienced real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer service, top notch properties and home owners insurance. Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices— International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. List your house with them to sell fast. 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. Best Buddies and Pearls —Stunning fresh water pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management. The Touch Skin & Body —Birkenstock shoes for men and women. New styles SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein 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. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon. ATTENTION BUSINE SSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125 Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE for weekly advertisers? RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Balashi Beach Bar Bar and Beach Service At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open every day 8am 8pm. Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger. Menu available daily from noon. Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 538 Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30 am 10:00 am. Lunch daily 11:30 17:30 am. Dinner on theme nights 6:00 pm 10 pm. Buddy’s Magnificent Theme Nights : Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Ca ribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:306:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7:00 10:00 pm) Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch Monday Friday 11 am–3 pm 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 Cactus Blue Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 (half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Moderate Dinner Closed Sunday Trend Setting Menu Bonaire’s newest hot-spot to eat a nd drink. Margaritas a specialty Owner-operated for top service 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 Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bo naire every Saturday from 6-9pm. Only NAƒ 28 or $15.75. The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Breakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day Super beer selection—Happy hours 5 to 7 daily. The Last Bite Bakery Kaya Grandi 70 717-3293 Low-Moderate Open Tuesday through Saturday NAƒ10 lunch every day main dish with 2 side dishes. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 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 The Bonaire Windsurfing Place At Sorobon Beach Low-Moderate Open from 10am-6 pm daily, A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ. Papaya Moon Cantina Downtown— Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate Open everyday except Tuesday For Dinner Margaritas a Specialty 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30 Incredible Mexican Cuisine Papagayo Downtown, Kaya L.D.Gerharts, opposite MCB 717-8003 Moderate Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Monday Breakfasts featuring Eggs Benedict Burgers and Salads Open at 8 am

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 “I was born in Berlin in 1940, just at the beginning of World War II. It was a very difficult childhood: everything destroyed, nothing to eat. From when I was very little I learned what it was to be hungry, and until today I can’t understand why people throw away food because there are still very many people in this world who are hungry. When I was 14 I started working in a motel near Hamburg. I learned to clean, to cook, to serve anything. Later I worked in restaurants and hotels in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the Canary Islands. In 1962 I met my first wife in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and we married in 1963. That changed my life because we went to Frankfurt where I went to study at the Orthopedic University of Frankfurt to become a physiotherapist. My wife was a physiotherapist and so I thought it was time to stop drinking so much alcohol and living the nightlife and start doing more decent things. I studied two and a half years in Frankfurt; then came the hospital practice, but in between I had to do military service, and that for me was really a waste of time. After a year and a half of practice in the hospitals I was ready and got the certificates from the government. I worked in my mother-in-law’s practice for a year, and then I opened my own physiotherapy practice. I worked well and very hard – too hard because in three years I had two practices and three souvenir-art shops where I was selling arts and handicrafts imported from Africa, India and Ceylon. I was making a lot of money, but I got very tired of paying a lot of taxes. So, in 1982 I sold everything and packed up all our things, and my wife and I and our three children went to Paraguay in South America. I had visited a friend of mine in Asunción, and to me the country looked very inviting. It was a very big change though, especially for the children who had to learn everything all over in Spanish. I opened an art shop, just like I had in Germany, but later I went back to my physiotherapy profession because I love my job; it means a lot to me when people can move again and feel good. We had a nice life in Paraguay but then my wife died of cancer in 1987. In 1989 I met my present partner and that was the best thing I found in my whole life – I found a diamond.” He caresses his wife’s arm and looks at her and she gives him a gorgeous smile . “Maria Isabel was born in 1946 in Asuncion, Paraguay. She studied to become a commercial secretary in Argentina; then in Paraguay she studied cosmetic aesthetics everything about skin care. She specialized further in Spain, the US and Argentina and later in Venezuela where she lived and worked while she was married. After her divorce she came back to Paraguay in 1987. When a mutual friend introduced us in 1989 I asked her out for dinner and then I was lost… Six months later we went to Argentina to get married in Formosa. It had rained a lot and everything was flooded and we had to go in a little boat to the office of the justice of the peace to ask him how to go about it if we wanted to get married. The judge said I had to pay 200 pesos. I answered that I wasn’t prepared to get married right away and that I didn’t bring any witnesses, but he said, ‘No problem!’ and he whistled on his fingers and two men came from somewhere and he made out the marriage certificate and we signed and 10 minutes later we were married! We had no photo, nothing! It doesn’t happen every day like this. In 1990 my children went to Germany. They’re still living there; everybody is married and I have 10 grandchildren. My wife has three daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Paraguay, except for one granddaughter who is studying in Venezuela. She’s now here on Bonaire and we’re very happy to spend the holidays with her and we’re going to show her every corner of the island! Well, in Paraguay we had our own practice massage and cosmetics but in 1997 we got the idea of working and living in Venezuela where Maria Isabel had lived for a long time. There I met the previous owner of the thermal baths in Trincheras, close to Valencia. We talked and he asked us to come to work for him. It was a very nice spa and we both worked as therapists. My work is therapeutic massage; every massage is relaxing, but I specialize in back pains, headaches, shoulders, everything around the spinal vertebrae. Also I am a Reiki Master in Usui Reiki, the Tibetan system of natural healing. Maria Isabel is the esthetic specialist in cosmetic treatment and especially here on the island it’s something you need because the sun is very strong and we have a lot of dust too. She also is a specialist in aromatic Hindu massage and she does cellular nutrition by injections. We had a very good life in Venezuela and we built our house in Valencia thinking we would never leave Venezuela ever again, but then the political atmosphere made us change our minds. In the Trincheras spa we met our best friend that we have here, Rosemary Winklaar from Bonaire. She came to the spa as a client. We talked and she told me she was from Bonaire, and I asked, ‘Where is Bonaire?’ as I’d never heard of it. She told me that we should come over one day to see the island. So we came to visit for a few days and we fell in love with the island because of its beautiful nature and its quiet life. We applied for the permits and Rosemary helped us very much, but we also got help from James Kroon, Jonchi Dortalina, Nerry Gonzales and Alejandra Dolleman. That was very important. It took a year and a half to get the permits, then we found this location next to the Government building, across from the Post Office. Maria Isabel named it ‘Pedisa’ – Pedro and Isabel! We came to live here in 2004. At first it was a big change because we were without all our friends and Maria Isabel felt very much alone, also because she speaks only Spanish. But when we started working it went better and better. My wife has found new friends – even someone from Paraguay named Daisy. Together they are the only two Paraguayans on the island, and last year they were together in the parade of the nations representing Paraguay! We’re doing fine now, except around this time of the year we long for our families. Paraguay is a very colonial country and its music is beautiful, the people are sensitive and gay, they like to dance and they like the barbecue! The country is in the heart of Latin America, in between the big ones: Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. I love to visit Germany, but not to live. I am terrified of the cold. I can’t stand it anymore. I really love this island. All year round you can wear short sleeves and I’ve never seen such a crystal clear sea and it also inspires me to paint. We work five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, and when we have time we go snorkeling and swimming and we go to the famous Saturday market in Rincon to have breakfast. We are very lucky to be here on Bonaire. Most of our clients are locals and we’re happy about that because now I can see results in a client and that gives me the inspiration to do this work.” “We work with knowledge and the heart, and that’s the difference,” Maria Isabel says, smiling . Peter looks at her there’s a lot of tenderness between them – you can sense it and it makes you feel good to be with them . “She’s my best comrade and my best wife,” Peter says “and we do everything together and we have a lot of things in common – we are inseparable.” “He is the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me in my life,” Maria Isabel says and then they laugh and I take their picture. And when that’s done Peter says, glowing “It’s the most special thing, something you will never find again in your life. In this kind of world where we live in it is so important to have somebody on your side that you can trust with closed eyes – that is something so special – I have no other words.” Story and photo by Greta Kooistra. “Most of our clients are locals and we’re happy about that because now I can see results in a client and that gives me the inspiration to do this work.” Peter Benekendorff and Maria Isabel Calvo de Benekendorff

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 T he 2006 Winner of the Picture Yourself competition is on this week’s cover, in the center. Submitted by Jane Madden, the photo shows Bonaire property owner, Dennis Kellner, at the top of Mt. Everest, the planet’s highest mountain, showing his copy of The Bonaire Reporter (July 28, 2006 issue). The technical problems of preserving the newspaper in the wind and a frozen camera were just some of the problems. Congratulations, Dennis! You are the winner of a Bonaire Reporter “night on the town:” a pizza at Pasa Bon and two Movieland passes. In an effort to top this several Bonaire residents are working on getting a photo of The Bonaire Reporter in space… remember an as tronaut visited Bonaire last month. Year 2006 runner-ups to will be announced in upcoming issues. G.D. 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, Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2007 photos are eligible.) R eporter readers Pete and Diane Gutman ar e American football fans. They sent us this photo of themselves at a Bronco-Raider Football game in Denver, Colorado, on October 15, 2006. “By the way we were rooting for the Broncos and they won 13 to 3!” they reported.

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007 E very year I encourage you to celebrate New Year's Eve the cosmic way because if you happen to go outside at the stroke of midnight every New Year's Eve you will see something very special which I like to call the New Year's Eve star. Around 8 pm Sky Park Time, this Sunday, December 31st New Year's Eve, face due south. And first, like all good astronomers, draw an imaginary line from the due south horizon straight up to the zenith point overhead and then down the other side of the sky to the horizon due north. This line is called the meridian and it divides the eastern half of the sky from the western half. Now as our Earth slowly and endlessly rotates from west to east we are treated nightly to the grandest optical illusion in nature that of watching the stars appear to rise in the east, slowly travel across the sky all night long and eventually set in the west. And if you watch the stars every single night you will eventually deduce that the highest point any st ar reaches above th e horizon in its ni ghtly journey is when it is on the meridian. Now this is very important to telescope users because the higher a sky object is above the horizon the better its telescopic image will be. So several years ago when I was researching which planets would be high up off the horizon for viewing that New Year's Eve I stumbled across something which to me was and still is an amazing coincidence, something which I had never read about in any astronomy book. That coincidence is that no matter where you happen to be on New Year's Eve, Sirius, the brightest star we can see, will slow ly climb up the southeastern sky hour after hour and at midnight will reach its hi ghest point almost on the meridian. Think of it, the brightest star vi sible from our planet reaches its highest point above the horizon at midnight every New Year's Eve. How wonderful, how poetic. Almost like a cosmic reminder that this most brilliant of stellar lights is welcoming in and shining on the New Year, giving us all hope for a bright new beginning. And even better if you happen to miss it on New Year's Eve because it's too cold or cloudy out, don't fret because Sirius will be in almost the same spot at midnight each nigh t for the first week of the New Year. And think about this as you gaze up at Sirius this New Year's Eve. While our Sun is a million-mile-wide, relatively cool, yellow star, Sirius is a much hotter, almost twice as wide white star. And it's very close, cosmically speaking, only 8½ light years away, which means that when we look at Sirius this New Year's Eve we will actually be seeing the light that left it 8½ years ago in June of 1998. So step outside at midnight this Sunday night and make your New Year's Eve bright with cosmic light. Happy New Year and keep looking up! Jack Horkheimer ASTROLOGY Date: Sunday, Decem ber 24 – Saturday, December 30 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Avoid being intimately involved with clients or colleagues. Social activities will be satisfyin g. The answers can only come from within. You'll need to exercise control. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Minor fevers or infections will develop if you're over-stressed. You will have a tendency to put on pounds. You may have major blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Your competitive nature will enable you to win any contest you ente r. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you are in the midst of a financial deal, this is your lucky time. Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members. Speak of your future goals, intentions, and commitments. Use discrimination and play hard to get. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Get involved in physical activities that will stimulate you. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. You won't be admired at home if you haven't been taking care of your share of the work. You will be appreciated for the competence you exhibit and for taking on responsibilities. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members. Don't deny yourself this week. You will be able to talk to your lover about future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of you to take a vacation. Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not expect others to do your work. Work quietly on your own. You don't like confrontations at the best of times; however, you may find them difficult to avoid. Losses are likely if you have left your financial affairs in other people's hands. Your luck y day this week will be Saturday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may have difficulties finishing projects you start. However, you must not neglect your family. Check into art objects or precious stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Overindulgent people will cause disruptions in your life. Your lucky da y this week will be Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must make them stand on their own two feet regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Cutbacks at work will be a cause for worry. Deception is ev ident around you. Don't push your luck with authority. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Think about your budget before booking a trip. You can make extra cash if you act on a hunch. Friends and relatives may not understand your needs. Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is quite possible. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You must take care of health problems that have been lingering. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will only make you look bad. Avoid any hassles. Be honest if you wish to solve the problem. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A residential move may be in order. Be extra careful with your valuables; loss and theft are evident this week. Organize your house and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do. Pushy people must be kept at arm's length. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Difficulties with your mate may lead to estrangement. You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Express your interest if you want the relationship to progress. Listen to the problems of others and offer suggestions where possible. Your luck y day this week will be Sunday. By Astrologer Michael Thiessen Sunday, December 23 to Saturday, December 30 *to find it... just look up Celebrate New Year's Eve Again With the New Year's Eve Star And the solution is: (puzzle and directions on page 12) DO YOU SUDOKU? ANSWER Sirius 5 9 8 2 1 3 6 7 4 2 6 7 4 5 8 1 9 3 4 1 3 6 7 9 5 8 2 6 2 5 9 4 7 3 1 8 8 4 1 5 3 2 7 6 9 7 3 9 8 6 1 2 4 5 3 7 2 1 8 4 9 5 6 1 5 4 3 9 6 8 2 7 9 8 6 7 2 5 4 3 1