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There will be no Bonaire Re-
porter published next week in
keeping with our policy of
printing four issues a month.
(June has five Fridays.) The
next Reporter will be printed
on June 27 (dated June 29-
July 6, 2007).



A mericans
flying to
the Caribbean
may be able to
fly this summer
without a pass-
port, temporar-
ily, under a new
plan announced
by the Bush ad-
ministration last Friday. The report by
the Associated Press comes amidst a back-
log in passport processing by the US De-
partment of State and Homeland Security.
The Department set new records in March
and April, issuing more than three million
passports to Americans planning intera-
tional travel. With passport demand at re-
cord levels, passport production time was
pushed back to 10 to 12 weeks. Caribbean
tourism officials complained about the
rule's impact on tourism to the region.
Officials are expected to announce that
the passport rule will be temporarily
waived if air travelers can show they have
already applied for a passport for air travel
to and from Canada and Mexico, South
and Central America and the Caribbean.
The waiver is slated to last until Septem-
ber. Air travelers will be allowed back into
the country if they now present a State
Department receipt showing their passport
application is being processed and a gov-
ernment-issued photo ID such as a driver's
license, the report said. US citizens with
pending passport applications can obtain
proof of application at http://
travel. state. gov.

D Effec-
tive immedi-
ately passen-
gers travel-
ing on


the Caribbean will not be able to check
extra bags or boxes during the embargo
period due to heavy summer loads and
high volumes of checked baggage to spe-
cific destinations. This is in addition to the
box embargo for flights originating from
and passing through New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all
Caribbean and Latin America destinations.
The baggage embargo applies to the Do-
minican Republic, Haiti and as well as all
American Eagle flights to and from San
Juan.
Oversize, overweight and excess baggage
will not be accepted for flights to the desti-
nations covered by the bag and box em-
bargo. Passengers may check two bags
weighing a maximum of 50 pounds each at
no charge. The maximum weight for em-
bargoed cities is 70 pounds, with bags
weighing between 51-70 pounds subject to
a $25 fee. One carry-on bag will be al-
lowed with a maximum size of 45 inches
and a maximum weight of 40 pounds.
Sports equipment, such as golf bags,
bikes and surfboards, can be accepted as
part of the total checked bag allowance,
although additional charges may apply.

Jamaica's House of Representatives
last Tuesday gave the nod to a resolution
calling for US$125 million to assist in
financing the cash-strapped Air Ja-
maica, less than a week after the govern-
ment announced the sale of the airline's
money-losing London route to Virgin At-
lantic. Perhaps now they can add an extra
flight to Bonaire?

b Following complaints by island offi-
cials, the financial supervision proposed
in a draft document relating to the new
status of Bonaire, Statia and Saba begin-
ning December next year got cleared up.
The Dutch financial supervision for Bon-
aire, Saba and St. Eustatius will be similar
to the financial supervision that is in place
for all Dutch municipalities, Dutch State
Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bi-
jleveld-Schouten said Friday. The Dutch
will intervene only when an island govern-
ment is faltering in handling its finances.
Leader of Bonaire's ruling party,
Ramonsito Booi, said he believed the
discussions had been fruitful and the
draft Kingdom law the Dutch had pre-
sented would be modified. "They under-
stood our complaints," he added.


eral decree approving amnesty for 3,000
drug couriers who received jail sen-
tences before 2004 but haven't served
their time in prison. Half of them will
lose their passports for one to three years.
To get amnesty they will have to hand over
their passports to the Prosecutor's Office.
According to Curagao Prosecutor, Giselle
Veen-Jonkhout, her office is busy with
people turning in their passports. The
Prosecutor's Office requested the grace
period because it is highly unlikely that
these couriers would ever go to jail, simply
because there is no room for them in the
prison.









> New Post Netherlands Antilles
(NPNA) plans to break its contract for
postal services with the Central Govern-
ment, effective December 1st following a
Central Government notice of default.
The Canadian company, a branch of Can-
ada Post, had not complied with their con-
tractual obligations. It's alleged that the
Canadians have not invested in the Antil-
lean postal services as required. And,
what's more, that the New Post is extorting
high management fees, although the con-
tract is not for managing the company but
for a long-term concession. A total of 245
people work for the New Post on the five
Antilles islands.


> JCI Bonaire, formerly named the Jay-
cees, will install three prospective mem-
bers, Jo-Ann Thielman, Amelia Saleh
and Lea Lau, on June 22 and 23. They're
pictured above with President Claire Sealy,
of JCI Bonaire.


American
Airlines and n Governor of the Netherlands Antil- > Inside the studios of Radio Caracas
American Enole to certain destinntinns in les, Frits (nedfedrafo has siofned a fed- Televisinn actnrs are still filmino snan


The REPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Letters to the Editor 4
(Tourism hurtsthe Environment)
Imprisoned Innocents 7
Cits Bang up End to 10th Anniversary Party 8
(coverstoy)
SGB Students Play Tourist 9
Bonaire on Wheels 9
(Volkswagen Beetle /Bajabug)
Miss Aruba Contestants in Bonaire 10
(Miss FRaingo Beach 2007)
Google for Real Estate (Caribbean Homes) 14
Culinary Team Off to Compete 18
"Adrif' Exhibit a Huge Success 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Diving with Dee (If you're a reef lover) 3
Bubbles (Biodiesel) 4
Parrot Watch 5
Ask Olivia 5
Picture Yourself With the Reporter 6
(Antarctica)
Coral Glimpses 11
Classifieds 12
Pet of this & last Week 13
(Lisette & Snoetje)
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Sky Park (Moon, Regulus, Venus) 17
The Stars Have It 17
On the Island Since 19
(Rik & Marieke Roozenburg -Postema)

operas and news anchors
are still going on camera
more than a week after
President Hugo Chavez
forced the station off the
air. A proposal to broad- _
cast from Curagao was
vetoed by the Antilles gov- r -m
ernment.
Some of the programs are making their
way to viewers on the Internet or by satel-
lite to stations abroad. Other shows are not
reaching any audience at all, but camera-
men, sound engineers and actors are con-
tinuing to produce most of RCTV's pro-
grams in hopes they may once again reach
viewers across Venezuela, if only by cable.
Near-daily street protests have raised the
spirits of RCTV's nearly 3,000 workers,
whose bosses have told them to keep re-
porting for work as usual. Chavez insists
he will not go back on his refusal to renew
the channel's broadcast license, but in the
studios many express optimism that RCTV
will not be shuttered for good.
(Continupd on nnqp 6)


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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DIVING with DEE


If you're a Reef Lover ...


Swas waiting for the lunch break in the
Caribbean Nature Alliance meeting so
I could bring in the "Living with a Razor
Sharp Skeleton" stickers. I ran into Gabi
Nicholaas, who had been a divemaster at
Habitat for many years, and showed him
the sticker.
Gabi remembers clearly his frustrations
with all the misunderstandings divers have
about coral. As we parted, he smiled at me
and said, "Don't forget, Dee: 'If you're a
reef lover ... better hover! '"
What a great phrase! If only the act of hov-
ering was as simple as the desire to hover!
"Hover" is defined by Encarta as "to float
in the air without moving very far from the
same spot," or "to stay in the air in the
same position by rapidly beating the
wings." Let's adapt that for underwater by
removing "in the air" and adjusting
"wings," and we're left with "to float with-
out moving very far from the same spot,"
or "to stay in the same position by rapidly
beating the fins."
"Hovering," when referring to scuba
divers, should describe those who can
remain in the same place with only minor
adjustments from arms or legs. We can't
hover without being neutrally buoyant.
The next time you're diving, swim out
into the blue water and stop kicking. If
you begin to drift toward the surface, let
air out of your BC until you stop ascend-
ing, then hover. If your BC is empty of
air and you're still ascending, you need
more weight. Not a lot!
If you begin to sink when you stop kick-


ing, introduce small amounts of air into
your BC. When you stop sinking, stop
putting air into your BC, and hover.
If you've got some air in your BC and
are successfully hovering in place, de-
scend 5 feet or so and stop. You're likely
to find if you don't kick, you'll continue
to sink. This happens because when you
went deeper, the air in your BC com-
pressed a little and gave you less buoy-
ancy. Go back to where you can hover
without kicking, and ascend another 5
feet or so. You'll probably continue to
rise-because the air in your BC in-
creased in volume as the depth lessened.
We make adjustments for our buoyancy
changes throughout each dive, sometimes
with air in or out of our BCs, and some-
times by simply kicking more or harder.
One thing to bear in mind is that if you've
always got air in your BC, you've always
got bigger adjustments to make. Why
bother? Diving will be easier and more
tranquil if you remove that extra weight.
Here's how: at the end of a dive, take the
time to put some of your weights where
you can get to them, make sure your BC
has no air in it, and go to a sand patch in
shallow water. Your negative buoyancy
should have you resting on the sand. Take
off a single 2# weight and put it on the
sand. If any part of you (including your
tank) is still in contact with the sand, take
off another pound or two. Continue this
process until you begin to drift slowly
upwards.
If you're used to being overweighted,


you'll want
to dive with
this weight
for a bit.
But, eventu-
ally, take off
another
pound or
two. This
keeps you
slightly
buoyant at
the end of your dive, which brings you to
the surface more easily and enables you
to be a Reef Angel.
A few years ago I learned that having the
right amount of weight wasn't always
enough. Although I'd checked her
weighting and it was fine, one of my dive
buddies couldn't stop struggling underwa-
ter. Suddenly I remembered something
Cathy Church had told me, that BCs with
weight pockets sometimes put the weights
in the wrong position for the diver. My
dive buddy needed just two pounds
moved from her BC to a weight belt and
placed at her stomach, and she could eas-
ily hover horizontally above the reef. One
problem with hovering perfectly horizon-
tally: if you're close to the reef, a big kick
could result in your fin hitting the coral.
So I prefer what I call the Reef Angel
position: slightly head-down, slightly fins


-up in the water. This enables us to look
closely at the reef, while keeping our fins
- one of the parts of us that causes the
most damage to coral safely away. We
achieve the Reef Angel position by being
slightly positively buoyant- by adding a
little air to the BC. If we stopped kicking,
we'd drift slowly upwards. This helps
protect the coral from the second part of
us that causes the most damage to coral:
our hands. The Reef Angel position isn't
precisely hovering, since it requires gentle
kicking for us to keep our position. The
Reef Angel position is the way reef lovers
hover. Thanks, Gabi! O Dee Scarr

Dee will be off-island from early July
and will return in early November. June
25 will be her last slide show until No-
vember.


Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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Letter to the Editor o0o o o oo000o,

To [u To M DD O MOf[Wt Bubbles from ie Biologist


Dear Editor:
In what fairy tale world is TCB director Ronella Croes living
when she claims that growth in tourism will not affect the flora
Sand fauna of Bonaire? The TCB's goal of 80,000 tourists per year
until 2009 is a recipe for disaster without a comprehensive, envi-
ronmentally-sensitive infrastructure to process and make sure all
those tourists' excrement nutrient-rich wastewater does not end
up in the sea. It's been proven to fuel the algae blooms that are slowly suffocating
Bonaire's reefs. In fact, the Littlers' algae survey conducted in November 2006 re-
ported an "overly stressed environment" on Bonaire's reefs with a "disturbing abun-
dance of dead and diseased coral" with many sites dominated by blue-green algae
slime smothering coral. Do the TCB and the government just ignore these reports
and continue with business as usual? Instead they should be collaborating on how to
take advantage of the plans and the money already available to expeditiously create
wastewater treatment so Bonaire doesn't lose the tourists already coming to dive and
to snorkel.
When Croes contends that "Bonaire has to develop economically and not always all
decisions should be taken 100% in favor of nature and culture," she ignores an es-
sential fact: the natural world of Bonaire is Bonaire's economy! What will Croes
propose as a solution when the reefs are degraded, when divers, snorkelers, and eco-
tourists no longer spend their money to come to Bonaire, and all that's left are the
cruise ship passengers swimming in sewage over dead coral rubble and looking for
salves and balms to heal their sores and lesions caused by fecal matter in the water?
More casinos? More duty free shops? More
all inclusive resorts? Hmm, sounds suspi-
ciously like Aruba, doesn't it?
It is time for the TCB, government offi- mum i
cials, and the transition team from Holland
to heed the science and ecology of a
healthy reef so Bonaire does not become
Aruba.
Dr. Pauline Kayes,
Bonaire and Champaign, Illinois


D id you Know...Algae
can make fuel?
There have been giant ad-
vances in the field of biodiesel
production in the past few
years as a result of increasing
demands for oil and growing
pressure to reduce the burning
of fossil fuels. The most excit-
ing, in my opinion (since I'm a
marine biologist), is the use of
algae to make biodiesel. Uni-
cellular algae are grown in
ponds or specially manufac-
tured tanks in sunny regions.
The brilliant part is that some
companies and research groups
are feeding the algae scum
from smokestacks and in some
cases sewage! Talk about recy-
cling! So these algae grow
exponentially, eat the nasties,
and produce a type of 'clean'
fuel that our current transporta-
tion system can easily convert
to. In tests, algae have been
shown to be easy to grow, take less space than most crops that produce biodiesel,
and produce more oil than soybeans. Don't be surprised if you start hearing more
about algae and biodiesel. Perhaps Bonaire will even be able to produce it's own
type of clean fuel in the near future. O Caren Eckrich

Caren Eckrich teaches Coral Reef Ecology and Scientific Diving to American
University students at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. She's also the Di-
rector of Sea & Discover, a marine education center offering interactive learn-
ing programs to kids and adults. You can reach her at 717-5322 E .


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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t's all "go" in the world of
Bonaire's Loras. Chicks
are hatching out from their
eggs, and the parrot team has
been rushing around trying to Dear Olivia,
work out who is hatching on It is good to hear that your husband Oswald helps to feed the chicks when they
which days. Many of the tree are growing up. I know from experience that bringing up four youngsters can be
nests are difficult to see into so hard work! But what do you do about food for yourself when you are sitting in-
we use one of the parrotwatch side your nest on eggs all day long and when you are busy feeding your chicks?
night vision cameras on the end 7 Faithfully,
of a pole so that we can see Joan E. Mitchell
what is going on deep inside
the cavity. Poachers have a Dear Joan,
different approach, and they cut I certainly couldn't manage to bring up my chicks on my own and Oswald is a
holes in the trees with chain parreally attentive husband and father. When I'm sitting on my eggs I have to rely
saws which ruins the nest for entirely on Oswald for food. He brings me about four meals a day and most of
future years and is so wide- his day is spent foraging in the nearby mondi, or least that's what he tells me he's
spread on Bonaire that it actually limits the number of pairs that can breed in a year. been doing. He flies back to our nest and calls from outside. When I hear him I
Olivia is still sitting on eggs, and any day now her chicks will be hatching out. The take a break and we fly off together to our favorite tree. There he regurgitates
latest movie on parrotwatch.org shows Oswald, the loyal husband, visiting the nest to food to me from his crop. It sounds disgusting when you are not used to it, but
have a look at the eggs and to check that everything is ok! The noises he and Olivia like many things in life you learn to love it!
make are really entertaining. We're sure that next week the movie will be of chicks. When the eggs have hatched I first share this food with the chicks who raven-
These are exciting times! ously devour it, and I still stay in the nest most of the time. Even then, I remain
Part of the parrot team's work involves visiting nests to weigh and measure the dependent on my dear Oswald. When the chicks are a little bit older I can leave
chicks and generally record how they are developing. One of the new parrot team them by themselves more and go and forage for myself along with Oswald.
members suggested the chicks were ugly, but dear reader, do not be fooled for this is I do hope this gives you an insight into my day-to-day life, Joan. If you are up
certainly not the case! At this age baby parrots are beautiful tiny pink bundles of joy. and in the mondi early in the morning you might even see other Loras' husbands
Their eyes and ears are not open, and they have only a few wisps of white down on sharing food with their loved ones!
their bodies. One chick that was checked recently weighed only
18 grams, the same weight as three, one-guilder coins! It is Best wishes,
amazing to think that in two months this "tiny pink bundle of- Olivia Parrot
joy" will be a colorful beautiful parrot about to fly from their a
nest into the big wide world. See it for yourself and help pro- b
tect Bonaire's Loras by visiting www.parrotwatch.org. 1O Story
& photo by Sam Williams co ae


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really hope we are the first diehards to show The Bonaire Reporter on Antarctica.
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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
Venezuela is sponsoring Argentina
in its desire to possess the Falklands-
Malvinas islands. In 2006, Argentina be-
gan a new diplomatic drive to gain control
of the islands. Argentina still bases its
claim to the islands on geographic prox-
imity and historical ties, but this time it has
enlisted the support of Cuba's Fidel Castro
and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Argentina
emphasizes that its current efforts to
"reclaim" the islands are political, not mili-
tary.
Not so for Chavez. Chavez has added
land claims to his list of grievances with
neighboring states.
Domestic resentment is increasing in
Venezuela a vague echo of Argentina in
1982. Chavez styles himself as the new
Simon Bolivar who will reunite the South
American continent while cowing the US
and other imperialists. He also bills himself
as the 21st century's Fidel Castro.
Chavez is buying a modem air force and
expanding his navy. Venezuela may pur-
chase up to nine Russian submarines.
Chavez says he needs the hardware to de-
feat a US invasion. The military might also
gives Venezuela the ability to enforce land
claims against Colombia, Guyana, and
Holland -- yes, the Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands, still sovereign on the close-to-
Venezuela Caribbean islands of Aruba,
Curacao and Bonaire.
With the Falklands in mind, Holland has
garrisoned the islands with a small naval
force and an infantry battalion supported
by a few American F-16 fighter jets and
helicopters. In a March 8, 2007, article,
StrategyPage.com, concluded that geogra-
phy, oil power and military hardware give


Venezuela a huge tactical and operational
advantage over the Dutch. Venezuela could
take the islands, and the Dutch "lack the
ability to retake the islands on their own.
What happens if Chavez calculates that a
Bolivar-like "liberation" of the islands
from the prison of European colonial op-
pression would galvanize support for him
throughout Latin America? Outlandish,
grandiose and delusional? Twenty-five
years ago, Argentina's dictatorship con-
cluded the risks of outlandish action were
worth the grand rewards. Austin Bay
(Austin Bay is author of three novels and
has co-authored four non-fiction books
including A Quick and Dirty Guide to
War).

Defense Minister Eimert van Mid-
delkoop told Radio Netherlands that he
is definitely not planning to reduce the
presence of Dutch military in Curacao
and Aruba. That would be giving the
neighboring countries a wrong political
signal. Last week the Dutch press, based
on a leaked document, reported that the
Royal Marine presence in the islands
would be cut and regular Army personnel
stationed instead. Karen Gelijms, informa-
tion staff officer for the Royal Navy, said,
"A set of 98 economizing measures is be-
ing considered and a political decision will
probably be taken at the end of this month.

Do you know someone deserving of
royal recognition, to be honored by
nomination to the Order of Orange or
similar tribute? If you do, you have until
June 20th to present an application for 2008
candidates. Every year, outstanding peo-
ple who have done volunteer work are hon-


ored on the Queen's Birthday. Anyone can
propose a person for the royal honor. The
committee puts the proposition through
official channels so that a decision can be
made.
For more information on the criteria, visit
the website www.linties.nl.
The members of the committee also have
folders that provide the information needed
on the application. The recently installed
committee is made up of Robert Sances
(chairman), Mervis Dissel (secretary), Elka
Coffi (second secretary), and members
Ermin Pourier and Edward Thielman. For
additional information please call Mervis
Dissel at 717-3015 or 791-3896 or via e-
mail mervisdisselbonaire(iflamingotv.net.

The Real Rincon soccer team will
get 500 second-hand stadium seats from
Holland for free. It's the second time
Bonaire will receive seats from a Dutch
stadium that is being demolished. Last
year, when the Dutch soccer team AZ Alk-
maar was being broken down, Bonaire
received 1,000 seats for the Kralendijk
(Playa) stadium. With the help of the
mayor of The Hague, Wilbert Stolte, Real
Rincon got the seats from the old stadium
of the soccer club ADO The Hague. Minis-
ter Burney El Hage (UPB) gladly accepted
this donation. The chairs will soon be
shipped to Bonaire courtesy of the National
Lottery.

By voice vote the Antillean Parlia-
ment voted on Wednesday to increase the
age of compulsory education. Schooling is
required by law for children from four
to 18 years old.

Aruba's Justice Minister, Rudy
Croes, thinks that Aruban citizens must
have dual passports: an Aruban and a
Dutch one. He calls this the next step in
the phase for an independent Aruba. Cur-
rently Aruba and Holland are at odds over
various matters like same-sex marriage and
money. He uses Canadians and Australians
as examples. As independent states, both
countries are part of the British Common-
wealth of Nations, the former British Com-
monwealth, with the British Queen as sym-
bolic leader. Both countries are examples
for Aruba, said Croes. "We can also be an
independent sovereignty with two pass-
ports and one queen."


The Rotary Club of Bonaire made
a donated NAf 1.000 to the Music
School of Bonaire in hopes of helping to
give young music students a better educa-
tion and training in the cultural music of
Bonaire. In the photo Rotary President
Marianela Croes hands over the check.

On World Environmental Day,
Wednesday, June 6, Health Minister Ersi-
lia de Lanooy announced a ban on the
import of products containing asbestos.
No more new supplies of asbestos are to be
imported to the Netherlands Antilles, the
Central Government Information Service


(GIS) said.


Breathe IT, a Bonairean company
specializing in computer hardware and
software, announced the installation of
an underwater Mega-pixel web cam
with image upload every 5 seconds. The
web cam is located about 100 meters south
of the Something Special dive mooring, 15
meters deep. The camera used is a
MOBOTIX M22 camera, which Breathe IT
distributes in the Caribbean.
The purpose of this Bonaire underwater
Mega-pixel webcam project is to demon-
strate the use of MOBOTIX cameras for
underwater security monitoring of docks,
piers and ships and to show that the cam-
eras can also serve educational, scientific
and recreational applications.
The images of the underwater Mega-
pixel webcam on Bonaire can be seen at
www.breathebonaire.com. For more infor-
mation of the other services of Breathe IT
Bonaire, go to their website www.breathe-
it.net, or visit them at Kaya Gob N Debrot
41A; telephone: 717-2626 or 786-2626.













Web Cam view of dock at Yellow Sub.


Still another Bonaire web cam is
focused on the Dive Friends Yellow Sub
dock and the anchorage and ocean-side
promenade fronting their Kralendijk
(Playa) shop.
Divers can now wave to friends and fam-
ily as they enter the water for a dive, or
simply re-live their memories when back at
home. Another unique feature for those
who find their images captured on the Yel-
low Sub Pier Cam is that they can send an
e-postcard of themselves over the Internet
and via the archives.
This cam will prove to be exceptionally
popular each Monday night when Dive
Friends hosts their weekly Pier Rum Punch
Party. The current view of the cam is
prominently displayed on the main page of
Dive Friends' web site at http://www.dive-
friends-bonaire.com as well as at http://
www.bonairewebcams.com.

Buddy Dive Resort opened its on-
premises Digital Photo Center last
month.
The Center features a full line of rental
products ranging from Olympus SP 350
digital cameras with housings to digital
SLR equipment, to photography lessons
and PADI Digital Photographer Certifica-
tion. Video rental services and video pro-
duction services will be available for
Buddy's guests to create souvenir vacation
(Continued on page 12)

Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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risoned


By any measure the view of theprison camp was grim

eing in the wrong place at the wrong time was the fate of many Germans who
lived on the ABC islands on April 10, 1940. Because Germany invaded Hol-
land that day, hundreds of innocent people on Aruba and Curaqao were arrested and
brought to the prison internment camp on Bonaire.
Junnes Sint Jago's recent book, Wuiven vanafde Waranda (Waving From the
Porch), tells all about this trying time. He presented his book recently at the Divi Fla-
mingo Beach Resort. Not coincidently, the hotel is on the same spot where the camp
was located. The book presentation was in cooperation with the organization FEBON
(Fundashon Enciklopedia Bonaire). The main mission of this foundation is to compile
an encyclopedia of and for Bonaire.
The first part of the evening's presentation was based on Junnes Sint Jago's book
and was followed by poems being read and songs performed which were composed
by the famous Bonairean WW II inmate, the late Medado d& Marchena.
Wuiven vanaf de Waranda is the first book that's completely devoted to the prison
camps that existed during World War II on Bonaire and Curaqao. When Sint Jago
started to investigate these camps he got a good view of the conditions the prisoners
were forced to live in, and he found out these conditions were far from good. Sint
Jago says he had two goals in writing this book. One was to ." The other reason
was to "rehabilitate the names and information of the prisoners, and make sure they
won't be forgotten." "Most of the people who were in the prison camps," he says,
"aren't alive anymore, but I'm sure their families have a desire to get more knowl-
edge about the situation their relatives were in. That's why my next step will be to
translate the books from Dutch into German, English and Papiamentu."
Sint Jago explains it wasn't easy to find new information about the prisoners. He
studied a very long time at the central historic archive in Curaqao. He explained, "It
was very hard to find out how many years the camps were being used and how long
people were held in the camps. What I also found out is that almost all the people in
the prisons were innocent of having committed a crime."
Arrests


Innocents

enough toilets. The people had to sleep
on sails.
In the meantime the Dutch were work-
ing hard to build a real prison camp.
Across from the camp, they also con-
structed a new sports complex. It was
300 by 400 meters with a soccer field,
walking trails, jumping areas and a play-
ground for kids. The new camp was lo-
cated just outside of Kralendijk (Playa)
in the neighborhood called Playa Pariba
(located on the site of the present Divi
Flamingo Resort).
After a while, the male prisoners were
brought to the barracks. Because Bonaire
is a tropical island it was necessary to
keep the windows and doors open. The
men also could spend time on the porch
(weranda) all day (photo). Although it
wasn't allowed, the men could see the Author Junnes Sint Jago
women's camp from there could wave and his daughter, Sonana
(wuiven) to them.
Small, single houses were built for the women with children, and the single women
were housed in long barracks.
In this group there were some famous local names, such as the Zielinski and Gress-
man families. Other well known personalities who lived in the same barracks and
were born in Germany and Austria, but lived in Curaqao were the Jewish Fred Fisher
and Doctor Benesch. Sint Jago explains further, "They were moved later on to a
country house on the Guatemala Plantation because they were being teased a lot by
their Aryan compatriots." Another group of prisoners, those who criticized the sys-
tem, were seen as a danger to the state. They were arrested on a later date than the
10th of April. This group consisted of 20 men. They weren't immediately sent over
to Bonaire but were kept for two and a half months in the punishment camps under
terrible conditions before being sent to the camp in Bonaire. A famous prisoner in this
group is the poet and singer, Medardo de Marchena.
Escape Attempts
Sint Jago continued his presentation by showing some pictures of the prison camps
and of the guards and inmates of the prison. Some interesting things came out of this,
such as an escape attempt by two inmates who wanted to paddle to Venezuela in a
rowboat. "They didn't get very far though," says Sint Jago. "They couldn't believe
how they got to Venezuela so fast with the boat and were already celebrating their
successful escape attempt when they found out they weren't on Venezuela. Instead
they were on the beach at Klein Bonaire, and they had to wait until the guards picked
them up again."
There was also one more escape attempt, which failed as well. "I think it was more
out of boredom to attempt the escape, instead of a necessity," said Sint Jago.
According to the writer, the prison camp on Bonaire "had a great influence on the
island, and it was the start of the building of many hotels and even a hospital to take
care of the military and the police officers who were needed on the island to secure
the prison camps."
Sint Jago emphasizes again the importance of the book he has written. "I think that
it's about time that after 60 years, the history has finally been documented."
The night of the presentation was concluded with two poems and a song from Me-
dardo de Marchena. The first poem, Salve Bonaire (Greet Bonaire), was presented by
poetess Tica Sealy. The second poem, Ai Bonairu (Oh Bonaire), was presented by
Hubert Vis. The song, Bu Lawaya, performed and sung by Capt. Johnny Craane, was
known to nearly the entire audience as the song was in the top popular list in 1945. 0
David Radomisli


A generation of children were raised in the camp


As mentioned, the reasons for all the arrests were because of the German invasion
of Holland. As Aruba and Curaqao were providing 80% of the oil needed for the al-
lied air forces, it was important that those islands be protected. "There were three
ways to attack the oil refineries," Sint Jago continued. "One, by torpedo attacks by
German U-boats (submarines). Two, by bombardments from the air. Three, by sabo-
tage of the installations. Soon it was clear that the first two points were impossible for
the Germans to achieve. The third possibility was a great risk though. As a precau-
tionary measure, the Dutch started to arrest all the Germans or people with a German
background on the island."
According to Sint Jago and what the book is about as well, is that there were several
different groups of people arrested and sent to the prison camps in Bonaire. The first
were 220 Germans who were working on ships in the harbors of Curaqao and Aruba.
The second group was made up of 202 Germans living in Aruba and Curacao. Within
a single day they were arrested and sent to the prison camp in Bonaire. The women
were placed in schools, the children in kindergarten and the men were quartered in
the Sint Bernardus girls' school. Because all this had to be arranged so quickly the
facilities weren't adequate at all. There wasn't enough food, water, and there weren't
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


From porches like this (waranda) romances were kindled


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B1$ Cower Sto rw


1 3lrj| ii hi U IitflUtJ*h IJ ~a AJl1'
T he festivities of City Caf's 10-year anniversary were probably impossible to
miss for anybody living here or any tourist visiting Bonaire. It's mainly because
City Cafr is located in the center of town and every hour of the day there was something going on. But
the 10-day-long 10th anniversary of City Cafk has finally reached its end. Last Sunday the festivities
were concluded with an amazing show of fireworks. In a period of 10 years City Cafe, starting from
scratch, has developed itself into a booming business. General Manager Sigma Stuart explains the secret
behind it. "Is it the best restaurant? Maybe. Is it the best disco? I don't think so. But what I know for sure
is that City Cafk has become the heart of Playa (Kralendijk)."
During the 10-year celebration many different activities were organized, and at night bands played
until closing time. After this intensive period of events, City was closed for three days as the employees,
the entire staff, were rewarded for their hard work and got to spend a three-day holiday in Valencia,
Venezuela, for some R and R. All the festivities attracted huge crowds. Many of the bands that had per-
formed during City's 10-year life returned to play during the anniversary events. One group that returns
again and again is the Chispa band which got the crowd moving with their Latin Salsa tunes.
Other activities ranged from bike parades to mini triathlons; from card playing and dart tournaments to
children's matinees. There were free lunches for the elders and jump-ups for the younger ones. During
the last weekend the street in front of City was crammed with stands selling all sorts of things, games


and more. The Caf6 collected money to support Jong Bonaire,
the youth activity organization, to help provide them with a
sound system. The money will be handed over to Jong Bon-
aire on June 18. The end of the anniversary celebration does-
n't mean there won't be any more activities at City Caf6 for
the rest of the year. On the contrary! In October they will, as
always, play a big role in the Regatta festivities, and many
other bands are already scheduled D DavidRadomisli


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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The 15th in a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


WoDWn 0 o@R B3ooNo // BaIaIu

B onaire/Hato -
Parked in front
of Roy Winklaar's
house in Hato is a
white Volkswagen Bee-
tle in mint condition.
The car must have been
made in Mexico be-
cause of the fact that
there is only one ex- -
haust pipe attached to
the muffler instead of
two. This also means A
that the car is fitted
with a 1.6 liter, four-
stroke, four-cylinder,
air cooled boxer engine
with fuel injection and Roy Winklaar and his Volkswagen Beetle/Bajabug
a catalyser.
Mr. Winklaar invites me in and tells me that I am right; it is a Mexican-made car.
The vehicle was built in 1997 and registered, B-4206. Roy has removed the running
boards and the bumpers from the car because he has big plans for his white lady. Mr.
Winklaar will transform his original "Buggy" into a so called "Bajabug." The front
and the rear of the car will be shortened; the front boot (trunk) will be changed; the
four mudguards will be taken off and be replaced with fiberglass ones. Four wide
and impressive 15-inch wheels are waiting in the garden to be fitted to the axles. The
car will undergo a complete metamorphosis.
Roy just loves the Volkswagen Beetle. He has been buying and selling, repairing
and restoring Volkswagens for ages. He bought this white one in Curaqao. The car
didn't run and was parked from 2004 until 2007 without going even a mile! Roy
bought it, brought it to Bonaire and just put it on the road again.
Another Volkswagen Beetle is parked in a shed in the garden. This one is painted
yellow. Roy just uses the car for parts. And in another corer I recognize a real Opel
GT. The German-made car is fitted with a powerful 1.9 liter engine and was built in
1971. This car is made of the right metals, before the oil crises and is screaming for a
restoration. According to Mr. Winklaar this is the only Opel GT on the island. At the
moment he is not quite sure about what to do with the Opel because his first and
main target is to convert the Mexican Beetle into a real Bajabug.
He continues his work. He is searching for four adapters to fit the five-hole big
steel rims to the four-bolt fitted drum brakes. Finally the car will be resprayed white
and airbrushed with aggressive flame patterns. Good luck, Roy! EO Story & photos
by J(a)n Brouwer


h School Students Play Tourist


Rounding off the school year, stu-
dents from the SGB Hospitality
Classes 3 and 4 participated in an excur-
sion under the supervision of their Tour-
ism teacher, Roosje van der Hoek-
Goeloe and TCB employee, Rolando
Marin.
With the cooperation of the TCB, Divi
Flamingo Resort, Jibe City and Land
Sailing Bonaire, the students enjoyed
three fun and educational days learning
about their island and its future possibili-
ties. The excursion was organized so that
students could better understand the im-
portance of their studies in tourism and
what Bonaire can offer to tourists as well -
as to locals. Ol Story & photos provided
by Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe
Hamming it up at the slave huts


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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en Miss Aruba contestants came to
1 Bonaire for a four-day visit last
week to compete against each other for
the new Miss Flamingo Beach crown. It
was a sort of try out for the real thing
which happens on July 13 when they com-
pete to become the new Miss Aruba. The
contest was organized by Tourism Corpo-
ration Bonaire (TCB).
It all started with a Welcoming Cocktail
Party at Divi Flamingo Resort, although
almost all the girls were drinking water.
Contestant, 19-year old Jonella Oduber,
explained that this visit to Bonaire and the
Miss Flamingo Beach contest is a sort of
test to see whether they can handle them-
selves in regard to the Miss Aruba contest.
"So we can't cross the line," she said.
"I'm also on a strict diet. There's one girl
in our group who is a dancer so she can
eat whatever she wants. When we have
dinner everybody is jealous of what she's
eating, as we only end up with a salad."
Oduber was very confident of her chances
with the Miss Flamingo Beach contest,
although she said, "Of course I think I'll
win, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered
to come here. If you're not self-confident
there's no chance of becoming the new
Miss Flamingo Beach or Miss Aruba."
The trip to Bonaire was also meant for the
girls to get to know each other better.
"Like Bonaire," Oduber said, "Aruba isn't
a very big island, so although I've seen
many of the girls before we've never spo-
ken to each. This trip is a good way of
finding out who I am competing against."
The four-day trip consisted of some
promotional work for the contestants,


a


Sara Matera (r) crowns Miss Flamingo
Beach, Tracy Nicolaas extra photo


and members were very disappointed.)
The Miss Flamingo contest on Saturday
night consisted of three rounds: evening
dress, answering questions and the famous
bikini round. The questions asked were
the typical questions one could expect at a
beauty contest. For example: What is
negative about being beautiful? Answer:
"That you have the chance of getting bad
publicity." Or "That your ego goes over
the limit." Does beauty have an effect on a
person's life? Answer: "Yes, first impres-
sions are very important." On which
magazine cover would you like to be?
Answer: "On Time Magazine because that
means I've done something special for the
community." At the end of the night the
jury decided that Tracy Nicolaas was the
new Miss Flamingo Beach 2007. She will
hold this title for one year. I
David Radomisli


snorkeling on Klein Bonaire and an island
tour. They visited the new
Friday night market, "Taste
of Bonaire," at Wilhelmina
Park, where the girls, dancing
together, soon attracted a lot
of attention. On Sunday
morning they posed for pho-
tos on Sorobon beach. (Ed.
The beauty contestants were
scheduled to visit the FKPD
handicapped center where
the members had prepared
refreshments, displays of Seven of the 10 Miss Aruba contestants: (not in order)
their handicrafts and were Tracy Nicolaas, Carolina Ramos, Monique Pulido, Jonella
dressed in native costumes. Oduber, Maureen Valdis, Stephanie Croes, Boyora Rarin,
When the Miss Aruba contest- Nabilach de Palm, Tammy Wever, and Miranne German.
ants didn 't show up the staff extra photo


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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T here's a dead
zone where
these corals meet, indi-
cating that the corals
are battling each
other. A look at the
shapes indicates that the
sheet coral is winning
the battle: it is over-
growing the head
coral. A second look at
the shapes indicates that
the victory is a slow
one, since the living
part of the head coral is
significantly bigger
than its overgrown side.
Dee Scarr


Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


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JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm 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. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation 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

Searching For GOOD Maid
Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax


LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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OUTDOOR SPORTS

Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272




JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651

Flenta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio
with kitchen,
airco, cable
TV, two sin-
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king) pull-out
sofa, porch,
yard and
private entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night.
Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com


For rent: Nice apartment for rent
in Hato. Rent per month: NAf 1.500,.
All included. 796-3637, digital-
isl956@flamingotv.net


Apartment Separate from the
house, at Hato. For 1/2 persons, in-
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linen, boiler, 220V -127V, kitchen
equipment, cleaning,
with furniture, washing machine. Per
July 1st per month NAf 1200,--/1500,--
no animals. Monique tel.717-2529


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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 dona-
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www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!

For Sale

For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
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H-ouse sitting
Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
7536, email=
dradomisli@hotmail.com.


Looking for: a bed for one person


with mattress, table model fridge, 2-
burner electric stove, kitchen sink, tap,
shower tap, white toilet, outside door,
door frame, inside doors, locks. Tel.
717-2529

Newbie Scuba Diver Needs Used
fins, snorkel and mask. Size 6
women's. Please call 786-3134

Looking for a spare rim for a
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holes, 796 3637, digital-
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Rento-Fun Scooter & Car Hire are
looking for a person with technical/
mechanical knowledge to be responsi-
ble for the maintenance and repair of
scooters, motorcycles and bicycles and
the checking of motor vehicles for
rental. The applicant must have a li-
cense to drive a car and motorcycle.
Please apply to: Rento-Fun Drive,
Kaya Grande 47. Or call: 717-2408


The Bonaire Reporter is seeking a
person experienced in newspaper lay-
out using Microsoft Publisher. Part-
time, good pay. Call George 786-6125

Reporters and feature writers
wanted for The Reporter. Get paid by
the word and for your photos. Call
George 786-6125


videos.
John Wall and Susan Schmidt, former
owners of "The" Dive Shop in Fairfax,
Virginia, will operate the new photo cen-
ter. "Their knowledge, experience and
education will make the difference be-
tween just having a photo shop and being
able to offer an extra dimension to our
dive operation," says Buddy's Managing
Director Ruud van Baal.
Over the years Buddy Dive has im-
proved and expanded its services and fa-
cilities while realizing that personal ser-
vice and top dive operations are the keys
for continued appreciation from the dive
community. Expansion of its dive boat
fleet, upgrading of the airfill-/nitrox sys-
tem, Buddy's Marine Life Education Pro-
gram in September each year are just a
few of those improvements.

And a final reminder. The next Bon-
aire Reporter will be available June 29.
There will be no issue next week. O
G.D./L.D./D.R.


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PE-w V r w -'!"W


O ne of the friendliest
pups at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter, "Lisette,"
gives a little wave with her
paw, as if to say, "Hi! Look at
me; aren't I the smartest and
cutest?" Little light brown
Lisette with the pretty eyes
was brought into the Shelter
with her litter mates. While
she was on the street as a very
young pup she was hit by a
car. As a result she had some
stiffness in her back legs, but as
as she grows that is going
away. She's now about three
and a half months old. At first
she was smaller than her sis-
ters and brothers due to her
injury, but she's doing so well
now and is catching up with
the rest. She'll be a medium
sized dog when she does fi-
nally grow up. She's a happy,
playful pup who would appre- "Lisette"
ciate love and attention.
Lisette has been checked out by the vet and has had her shots and tests. All is well and
she's ready to be adopted. You may see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Enjoy a visit at a wonderfully
run operation with happy and contented pets. O L.D.


Pet oft is


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t turns out that last week's Pet of the
Week, "Charles," the very handsome
black and white cat, has an owner, none
)ther than artist Henk Roozendaal and his
family. We just knew he was a very spe-
ial cat! Henk wrote: I'm very proud that
ny cat, "'Snoetje" (Snooty), was declared
Pet of the Week! Now after two weeks
e's home again at Sabadeco. He's our
-ldest cat, saved from the Shelter in 1999.
any cats followed. He's been my model
or several early paintings." (See Henk's
)ainting of Snoetje)
Henk was in Holland at the time when
Snoetje went on an adventure. The cat
)ecame entranced apparently with a house
ith three indoor cats and because he was
ranging around their house so often the
)eople naturally assumed he was without
a home. And as we are always asking
)eople to bring in found animals to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, they did so. And
he Roozendaals, after checking every-
where else, called the Shelter as well and
ere very happy and relieved to learn that
Snoetje, aka Charles, was safe and sound
here. Henk thinks that because of Sno-
tje's two-week internment at the Shelter
hat he'll most likely not want to take off
)n many more adventures in the near fu-
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have made it
extremely
simple to
zoom in on
the property
and get a fairly detailed view of the area. "We hope this will help them explore
more of our listings on our beautiful island from above," says Rene Essink, owner
of Caribbean Homes Bonaire. See their ad on page 11. O Press Release


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


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WEEIKL MDYlE SHOMTIME

Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Cal to make sure
Disturbia
( Shia Leboeuf)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Pathfinder
(Karl Urbun)


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

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
The Robinsons??


THIS WEEK
Saturday, June 16- 3-hour Nature
and Historical Walk in the Hills
Around Rincon. A unique experience
guided by Rincon's Maria Koeks.
Don't miss this opportunity if you
want to learn about the real Bonaire.
Meet at 6 am at Marsh6 Rincon
(center of Rincon). The walk will be
followed by a kunuku breakfast. Cost
is NAl15. Wear good shoes, a hat;
bring a bottle of water and a good atti-
tude. For reservations call 796-7870 or
Email: wilmari@abonairelive.com

Sunday, June 17-Father's Day

COMING
Sunday, June 24-St. John's Day-
San Juan Festival. Music, food, fire-
jumping in the barios, at the home of
Doei Diaz, at the Museum, in Rincon

Thursday, June 28 -San Pedro Festi-
val-Same as San Juan Festival above

Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia di
Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day and
evening starting at 10 am. Artists, musi-
cians, craftsmen and top notch local
foods and drinks. Call Edwin Martijn 786
-8400, Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292

REGULAR EVENTS
Friday Weekly Market 9am- 2pm
at Wilhelmina Park with local art, mu-
sic and food; summer fashions, jewelry,
glasswork, Bonaire pictures, driftwood
art, paintings and all kinds of Bonaire
souvenirs.

Daily
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30
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 $21 (includes

Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007


tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
hours.
Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marsh-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
Marshes 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. 444.
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, 6 -9:30
pm
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
& 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435

Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5
-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073.

Wednesdays
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 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- 9:30 pm

Fridays
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225


* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
7 pm
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, 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, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

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"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817)
at 7pm.
Monday- "Land & Ocean Bonaire,"
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of their facility at
Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Tuesday "Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR" slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Leam 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 :
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Flamingo
Airport (Technobar), airco, all levels,
NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903, or be
there in time (7.15 p.m.)
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 Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-


day 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; 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 Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
endijk.
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. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meet-
ing at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. 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

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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Bar and Beach Service 8am- 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu available daily from noon.

SR star tBModerate. i :3 am uddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side lla Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast esortLunchdaily 6:30-10 am r Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)
10:00 pm)
Moderate
Bistro de Paris ModeReal French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Brea tea-ExL c inner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerfrom 6-9pm. Only NA28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days

Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Satl 1:30-2:30 Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
Oneblocksou7-4433th of the PostOffice Lunner 7 nightues- starting atpm1:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm


Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.

The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf10 take out lunch Tuesday through Friday
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday Main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot o 511 WednesdaySundayients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina Lunch Tuesday-Friday Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina
717-7725 Dinner Tuesday-Sunday The beef is here and more.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 1Oam-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 Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion 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 num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. 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 Cafe
and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers,
fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and antiques
at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great teak furni-
ture and Indonesian crafts.

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. In-
credible 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.

NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, 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 down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners in-
surance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
Intemational/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 Bonaire,
stop in and see them.

RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.


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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.
Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
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 Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and
lowest prices on the island.
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 instruc-
tion, 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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*to find it... just look up


Early next week you'll be able to use an exquisite waxing Moon to find both planet
#2 and planet #6 and the brightest star of springtime's most famous constellation.
On Monday, June 17t, just after sunset, face west where you'll see an exquisite crescent
Moon complete with Earthshine, which will look like a dim full Moon nestled within the
bright crescent, or as some people like to call it, "the old Moon in the new Moon's arms."
Then if you look up to its left you'll see the most brilliant planet of them all, our so-called
sister planet because it's almost the same size as Earth, the planet named for the Roman
goddess of love super bright and absolutely dazzling Venus. Twenty four hours later, on
Tuesday June 18t, a slightly fatter crescent Moon will be well past Venus and still exhib-
iting Earthshine. And once again if you look up to its left you'll see another beautiful
planet, planet #6, the ringed planet Saturn which we're visiting right now with our Cas-
sini space probe. If you look at it through a small telescope it will absolutely stun you.
And if you look at Venus you will notice that it looks like a tiny thick crescent Moon. So
you've now been able to use the Moon on two nights to find two planets.
On Monday the Moon is down to the right of Venus, and on Tuesday it's between Venus
and Saturn. But our Moon finder journey is not over because 24 hours later, on Wednes-
day the 19t, the Moon will be parked right next to, visually speaking, the brightest star of
springtime's most famous constellation, Leo the Lion. But if you look at it through a tele-
scope it won't look any bigger, only brighter. And that's because it's so incredibly far
away. How far? Well let's compare its distance to that of the Moon, Venus and Saturn.
Early next week our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 236,000 miles away; 8,000-
mile-wide Venus will be 60 million miles away; and 75,000-mile-wide Saturn will be 900
million miles away. But Regulus, which is a hot blue-white star, is a whopping 4 million
miles wide and so far away we don't use the term miles. Instead we measure its distance
with the speed of light. For instance next week when you look at the Moon you will be
seeing the light that left it only 1 1/3 seconds ago. But when you look at Venus you'll be
seeing the light that left it 5 1/3 minutes ago. And when you look at Saturn you'll be see-
ing the light that left it 82 minutes ago. Regulus, however, is so whopping far away it
takes its light 78 years to reach us. Wow!
Once again use the Moon on Monday to find Venus, use the Moon on Tuesday to find
Saturn, and on Wednesday use the Moon to find Regulus. O JackHorkheimer


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SSunday June 10 to Saturday June 16,
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do
your job out of your home this week. Take time to explain your intentions to loved
ones. Opposition is present and you should be prepared to counteract it as best you
can. You may be tempted to get involved in secret affairs or love triangles. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You have to believe in yourself and your talents.
Rewards for past good deeds will be yours. You will meet new romantic partners
through the company you keep. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring
popularity as long as you're not arrogant. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Keep an eye on your weight. You will be in a high
cycle regarding work. Communications with loved ones may be strained. Take a trip
or just spend some quality time with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be quiet about your intentions or ideas that might
bring added cash. Your attitude is changing rapidly and your plate is overloaded.
Try not to lend or borrow money this week. Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy your-
self. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't jump into investments too quickly. It won't take
much to upset your lover. You can make new connections if you play your cards
right. Your ability to be practical in business will help. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your communication skills are at an all-time high.
Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel restricted. Your home environment may be
hectic, which could result in emotional upset if you aren't well organized. Be pre-
pared to deal with groups and organizations of greater magnitude. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need to refrain from being the generous one in
the group. Don't be disappointed if you don't get your way emotionally. Don't be too
quick to let friends and relatives know what you're up to. Romantic opportunities
will develop through friends or relatives. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could have a need to make some changes this
week. Real estate investments could be to your advantage. You will probably have
to defend your mate. You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in
your family. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your partner may blame you for everything.
You need to look into new philosophies. If you have treated them equitably, you
might be able to count on their loyalty. You will be uncertain of your feelings. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Express your interest if you want the relation-
ship to progress. You will have no problem getting your point across to those in a
position to help you. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting
friends over. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going
through a change of heart. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may be able to impart knowledge that's inno-
vative to those searching for a new angle. Plan your day thoughtfully, but try not to
rely on others. Refrain from arguing with your mate. Advancement can be yours if
you put your efforts into work related matters. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Opportunities may come up at prestigious affairs. Go
out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. You can meet new
friends who will let you know just how valuable you are. Self-deception is likely.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.


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Culinary Tean Offi o Conpete


A happy, but tired team and their help-
ers pose at the end ofthe meal.


The Bonaire Bartender/
Culinary Team for 2007
had its last fund raising dinner
for the public last Sunday, and
they're ready to go to the Car-
ibbean Hotel Association's
"Taste of the Caribbean" culi-
nary Olympics in Miami. They
leave Saturday and return
Wednesday.
The final dinner was a
monumental extravaganza of
cuisine. Each of the three
courses were made up of sev-
eral tastes and textures, with a
bare flavoring of salt as the
common theme.
We wish all the very best to
our team who has worked so
hard and so long to reach the
pinnacle of fine cuisine we
tasted last Sunday. O L.D.


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"Adrift" Exhibit a Huge Success

L ast Saturday's sculpture show
by Wilna Groenenboom seemed
to be a magnet for art lovers on the
island. Wilna has been called a "Master
of the Makeover" because of how she
turns materials, once adrift, into fine
crafted works of art. A lot of the raw
materials she uses floated in from
South America due to the heavy rains
there two years ago, she recalled. And
they inspired the artist to make some-
thing beautiful out of them.
The artist-photographer-teacher-
writer is known for her series, "Antique
Living Houses," as well as numerous
outstanding photos in The Reporter.
Her photos of details of Bonairean ar-
chitecture appear in the Sunbelt Realty
magazine. She's an art teacher at the SGB and has had exhibits at Kas di Arte and
Cinnamon Art Gallery, among others.
For the show, Wilna's traditional Bonairean home was transformed into a breezy
and elegant gallery and drinks were served in the shady garden. Her young sons,
Almar and Niek,
and their friends
passed hot hors
d'oeuvres. Many
of her works were
sold at the show on
Saturday, but there
are still a few ta-
bles for sale.
Sadly, Wilna will
be leaving shortly
to return to Hol-
land so if you want
to see them call her
soon at 717-6832
or 700-2378.0 W
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Rik and Marieke Roozenburg-Postema


hen we got married in Holland
VV two years ago we had four
options considering our names: Rik is Rik
Roozenburg and I am Marieke Postema, so
we could choose. Either I would take Rik's
last name or he would take mine, or we
could have my last name first followed by
his last name, or his last name first fol-
lowed by mine. As we felt that we were
marrying each other we wanted to use
both names; so now Rik and I are both
Roozenburg-Postema one name. But...
when we came to Bonaire and our son
Roan was born, Rik went to have him reg-
istered and it appeared that Roan could get
either Rik's last name or mine no other
choice. So we gave him Rik's last name;
that's a pity in a way because we wanted to
have the same last names for the three of
us.
Why are we here? When I finished my
studies Rik's temporary job was ending
and we felt the whole world was open to us
to do something exciting. I was a first
grade cultural artistic education teacher and
Rik was a gymnastics teacher. We went
looking all over the world for a paid job,
but with the little work experience we had
we didn't have a chance. So, we started
looking for volunteer jobs. We could afford
it because we live very economically and
because we ended up in a third world coun-
try where everything was very cheap: Bo-
livia.
At a school in Cochabamba, founded by a
Dutch foundation, they were looking for
people who could teach the children crafts
and sports, and so it had to be us! Cocha-
bamba is located in a valley and the school
with 450 children is on the outskirts of the
valley, next to the landfill. People live in
sod huts; they wash their clothes in a filthy
little stream; and there's a constant lack of
water. We started teaching children from
the ages of four to 14, and we also took
care of the library and six old computers.
Rik describes it. "I'll never forget the first
time I saw the children doing gymnastics.
They had to march around like little sol-
diers and when the teacher yelled, 'manos
arriba!' 'hands up!' they would stick their
hands in the air and... that was about it.
When I put two teams together to teach
them how to play soccer and told them that
they had to kick the ball into the goal to
score points, one of the boys pulled my
shirt and said, 'But Sir, there are so many
children standing in front of me, I could
never kick the ball in the goal!' They didn't
have the slightest idea..."
Marieke continues, "I would give the
children a blank sheet of paper and tell
them, 'You may draw whatever you like,'
and not one student could come up with
something and the few who wanted to draw
a certain thing needed an example, other-
wise they couldn't do it. In general, the
children didn't have any initiative and they

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didn't dare to ask any questions.
We experienced truly horrible things:
children with terrible injuries, children
sniffing glue, abuse and incest, people liv-
ing in the river, hunger and constant alco-
hol abuse by the men. But our respect for
the Bolivian women is sky high. They have
so much willpower and so much persever-
ance. They are the ones who keep every-
thing going without any complaint.
We worked for three organizations, six
days a week, and we did everything we
could, but in the end the only thing we
could do was give people love and atten-
tion. To make a significant difference is
super difficult."
Rik (28) and Marieke (26) are people who
live according to their principals; they
spend very little money; they have a
healthy lifestyle; and they're happy, outgo-
ing people who also think about the envi-
ronment. For example they don't use paper
diapers for their baby, but cotton ones-
they are true to their beliefs.
"When the year was over our money was
gone, but we came back much richer than

"We experienced truly hor-
rible things: children with ter-
rible injuries, children sniff-
ing glue, abuse and incest,
people living in the river, hun-
ger and constant alcohol
abuse by the men."

any money could have made us feel. We
went back to Holland and stayed for a year,
but then we had to look for something new
and again we wanted to go abroad. And, at
the vacancy bank where we looked for job
offers there was the SGB high school Bon-
aire looking for an art teacher for me!"
Marieke laughs. "I was appointed almost
immediately and then everything went very
fast. We got married on May 27, 2005, then
we started reading everything we could
find about Bonaire. We watched the com-
plete series, 'Huize Huisman,' made by a
Dutch TV maker about Bonaire and we
spoke with people who had lived on Bon-
aire.
We arrived July 13, 2005. A week later,
sitting on the balcony of our apartment,
we said to each other, 'Jeez, imagine be-
ing born on such a divine island and
growing up here and then, when you're
16, you move to Holland like many An-
tillean youngsters do and you have to
live in a grey apartment building in the
outskirts of big city...' That was the first
feeling we had about the island it is a
wonderful place to live.

The first day I started working I saw the
list of the names of the teachers and one
name jumped out, 'Mr. Postema.' I asked


everyone, 'Do you know that man? I would
like to meet him, and then... it turned out
to be my husband whom I already knew
quite well!"
"I came here without a job," Rik says,
"but soon enough I found one with Amado
Felix as a mover. I was already working for
Amado when SGB asked me to pass by. I
had to show my diploma and immediately I
got my new schedule. Then the school year
started. I went to work part time and
Marieke full time. After Marieke had got-
ten the job, when we were still in Holland,
she found out she was pregnant. We had a
lot of doubts at the time, but nevertheless
we decided to go. Roan, our son, was born
on Bonaire, at home, under the inspiring
guidance of midwife Marita, January 11,
2006. He was full term but very little. He
only weighed four pounds, but his health
was very good and he started eating imme-
diately. Marieke's mom was there and her
dad came two days later. We were ever so
happy having them with us. When I'm not
working I take care of Roan; otherwise he
goes to a babysitter who takes care of three
other little boys. He's doing great; he's
learning Papiamentu and he eats every-
thing.
Well, I came here and my passion is run-
ning, so I went to see what was happening
here in that aspect. I asked around to see
whether there were people who were doing
something in athletics, and I met Glenn
Albertina, the island's athletics guru. He's
the Government's Sports Coordinator. To-
gether we revived a club called Quick-Pro.
We started with two children and now,
after 18 months, the club has a board, uni-
forms, and we've already won gold, silver
and bronze medals in competitions in Cura-
gao. I teach training three times a week,
voluntarily, and now we have 20 children,


some of whom have great talents. Our head
sponsor is Auto City, and because of them
we don't have to ask the children for a con-
tribution.
At school I am also trying to make the
students more conscious of what they're
eating and what the consequences are of
their diet. Authentic local food is very
healthy, but the soft drinks and the snacks
the children are consuming are taking their
toll, and many of them are overweight.
They see me as skinny, but they know I'm
strong and it impresses them that I win a lot
of competitions in spite of the fact that I'm
not so talented, but because I'm training
every day. I think as a teacher you should
set the example."
"I'm giving cultural artistic education,"
Marieke explains, "and I'm setting it up for
HAVO/VWO. What I see is that it's going
better and better and that the students love
it. I give theatre classes, dancing classes,
music, film and art classes and all that as
far as possible from the Antillean culture.
On Bonaire the children are very creative.
They have great original ideas, and they're
good in finding solutions. I really enjoy it
when the students give a presentation that
gives me the goose bumps something that
happens frequently.
Well, we're staying here for one more
year and then we're going back to Holland
for the family and from then on we'll see.
We'll take whatever the future will bring.
To us Bonaire will always be the island of
freedom and the warm sunshine, and for a
child it's a wonderful place to grow up."
"Winfried Dania told me once," Rik says,
"that the sun is his medicine,
and I think that's a beautiful
way to put it." 1
Story & photo by Greta
Kooistra


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On The Island Since: Jul)


13, 2005




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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 A mericans flying to the Caribbean may be able to fly this summer without a passport, temporarily, under a new plan announced by the Bush administration last Friday. The report by the Associated Press comes amidst a backlog in passport processing by the US Department of State and Homeland Security. The Department set new records in March and April, issuing more than three million passports to Americans planning international travel. With passport demand at record levels, passport production time was pushed back to 10 to 12 weeks. Caribbean tourism officials complained about the rule's impact on tourism to the region. Officials are expected to announce that the passport rule will be temporarily waived if air travelers can show they have already applied for a passport for air travel to and from Canada and Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The waiver is slated to last until September. Air travelers will be allowed back into the country if they now present a State Department receipt showing their passport application is being processed and a government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, the report said. US citizens with pending passport applications can obtain proof of application at http:// travel.state.gov. Effective immediately passengers traveling on American Airlines and American Eagle to certain destinations in the Caribbean will not be able to check extra bags or boxes during the embargo period due to heavy summer loads and high volumes of checked baggage to specific destinations. This is in addition to the box embargo for flights originating from and passing through New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all Caribbean and Latin America destinations. The baggage embargo applies to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and as well as all American Eagle flight s to and from San Juan. Oversize, overweight and excess baggage will not be accepted for flights to the destinations covered by the bag and box embargo. Passengers may check two bags weighing a maximum of 50 pounds each at no charge. The maximum weight for embargoed cities is 70 pounds, with bags weighing between 51-70 pounds subject to a $25 fee. One carry-on bag will be allowed with a maximum size of 45 inches and a maximum weight of 40 pounds. Sports equipment, such as golf bags, bikes and surfboards, can be accepted as part of the total checked bag allowance, although additional ch arges may apply. Jamaica's House of Representatives last Tuesday gave the nod to a resolution calling for US$125 million to assist in financing the cash-strapped Air Jamaica , less than a week after the government announced the sale of the airline’s money-losing London route to Virgin Atlantic. Perhaps now they can add an extra flight to Bonaire? Following complain ts by island officials, the financial supervision proposed in a draft document relating to the new status of Bonaire, St atia and Saba beginning December next year got cleared up. The Dutch financial supervision for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius will be similar to the financial supervision that is in place for all Dutch municipalities, Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said Friday. The Dutch will intervene only when an island government is faltering in handling its finances. Leader of Bonaire’s ruling party, Ramonsito Booi, said he believed the discussions had been fruitful and the draft Kingdom law the Dutch had presented would be modified. “They understood our complaints,” he added. Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag, has signed a federal decree approving amnesty for 3,000 drug couriers who received jail sentences before 2004 but haven’t served their time in prison . Half of them will lose their passports for one to three years. To get amnesty they will have to hand over their passports to the Prosecutor’s Office. According to Curaçao Prosecutor, Giselle Veen-Jonkhout, her office is busy with people turning in their passports. The Prosecutor’s Office requested the grace period because it is highly unlikely that these couriers would ever go to jail, simply because there is no room for them in the prison. New Post Netherlands Antilles (NPNA) plans to break its contract for postal services with the Central Government, effective December 1st following a Central Government notice of default. The Canadian company, a branch of Canada Post, had not complied with their contractual obligations. It's alleged that the Canadians have not invested in the Antillean postal services as required. And, what’s more, that the New Post is extorting high management fees, although the contract is not for managing the company but for a long-term concession. A total of 245 people work for the New Post on the five Antilles islands. JCI Bonaire, formerly named the Jaycees, will install three prospective members, Jo-Ann Thielman, Amelia Saleh and Lea Lau , on June 22 and 23. They’re pictured above with President Claire Sealy, of JCI Bonaire. Inside the studios of Radio Caracas Television actors are still filming soap operas and news anchors are still going on camera more than a week after President Hugo Chavez forced the station off the air . A proposal to broadcast from Curaçao was vetoed by the Antilles government. Some of the programs are making their way to viewers on the Internet or by satellite to stations abroad. Other shows are not reaching any audience at all, but cameramen, sound engineers and actors are continuing to produce most of RCTV's programs in hopes they may once again reach viewers across Venezuela, if only by cable. Near-daily street protests have raised the spirits of RCTV's nearly 3,000 workers, whose bosses have told them to keep reporting for work as usual. Chavez insists he will not go back on his refusal to renew the channel's broadcast license, but in the studios many express optimism that RCTV will not be shuttered for good. (Continued on page 6) This Week’s Stories Letters to the Editor 4 (Tourism hurts the Environment) Imprisoned Innocent s 7 City’s Bang up End to 10th Anniversary Party 8 (coverstory) SGB Students Play Tourist 9 Bonaire on Wheels 9 (Volkswagen Beetle /Bajabug) Miss Aruba Contestants in Bonaire 10 (Miss Flamingo Beach 2007) Google for Real Estate (Caribbean Homes) 14 Culinary Team Off to Compete 18 “Adrift” Exhibit a Huge Success 18 WEEKLY FEATURES : Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Diving with Dee (If you’re a reef lover) 3 Bubbles (Biodiesel) 4 Parrot Watch 5 Ask Olivia 5 Picture Yourself With the Reporter 6 (Antarctica) Coral Glimpses 11 Classifieds 12 Pet of this & last Week 13 (Lisette & Snoetje) Tide Table 14 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 Movieland Film Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 Sky Park (Moon, Regulus, Venus) 17 The Stars Have It 17 On the Island Since 19 (Rik & Marieke Roozenburg -Postema) Table of Contents There will be no Bonaire Reporter published next week in keeping with our policy of printing four issues a month. (June has five Fridays.) The next Reporter will be printed on June 27 (dated June 29July 6, 2007). Prospective JCI members N I E U W P O S T

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 I was waiting for the lunch break in the Caribbean Nature Alliance meeting so I could bring in the “Living with a Razor Sharp Skeleton” stickers. I ran into Gabi Nicholaas, who had been a divemaster at Habitat for many years, and showed him the sticker. Gabi remembers clearly his frustrations with all the misunderstandings divers have about coral. As we parted, he smiled at me and said, “Don’t forget, Dee: ‘If you’re a reef lover … better hover!’” What a great phrase! If only the act of hovering was as simple as the desire to hover! “Hover” is defined by Encarta as “to float in the air without moving very far from the same spot,” or “to stay in the air in the same position by rapidly beating the wings.” Let’s adapt that for underwater by removing “in the air” and adjusting “wings,” and we’re left with “to float without moving very far from the same spot,” or “to stay in the same position by rapidly beating the fins.” “Hovering,” when referring to scuba divers, should describe those who can remain in the same place with only minor adjustments from arms or legs. We can’t hover without being neutrally buoyant. The next time you’re diving, swim out into the blue water and stop kicking. If you begin to drift toward the surface, let air out of your BC until you stop ascending, then hover. If your BC is empty of air and you’re still ascending, you need more weight. Not a lot! If you begin to sink when you stop kicking, introduce small amounts of air into your BC. When you stop sinking, stop putting air into your BC, and hover. If you’ve got some air in your BC and are successfully hovering in place, descend 5 feet or so and stop. You’re likely to find if you don’t kick, you’ll continue to sink. This happens because when you went deeper, the air in your BC compressed a little and gave you less buoyancy. Go back to where you can hover without kicking, and ascend another 5 feet or so. You’ll probably continue to rise—because the air in your BC increased in volume as the depth lessened. We make adjustments for our buoyancy changes throughout each dive, sometimes with air in or out of our BCs, and sometimes by simply kicking more or harder. One thing to bear in mind is that if you’ve always got air in your BC, you’ve always got bigger adjustments to make. Why bother? Diving will be easier and more tranquil if you remove that extra weight. Here’s how: at the end of a dive, take the time to put some of your weights where you can get to them, make sure your BC has no air in it, and go to a sand patch in shallow water. Your negative buoyancy should have you resting on the sand. Take off a single 2# weight and put it on the sand. If any part of you (including your tank) is still in contact with the sand, take off another pound or two. Continue this process until you begin to drift slowly upwards. If you’re used to being overweighted, you’ll want to dive with this weight for a bit. But, eventually, take off another pound or two. This keeps you slightly buoyant at the end of your dive, which brings you to the surface more easily and enables you to be a Reef Angel. A few years ago I learned that having the right amount of wei ght wasn’t always enough. Although I’d checked her weighting and it was fine, one of my dive buddies couldn’t stop struggling underwater. Suddenly I remembered something Cathy Church had told me, that BCs with weight pockets sometimes put the weights in the wrong position for the diver. My dive buddy needed just two pounds moved from her BC to a weight belt and placed at her stomach, and she could easily hover horizontally above the reef. One problem with hovering perfectly horizontally: if you’re close to the reef, a big kick could result in your fin hitting the coral. So I prefer what I call the Reef Angel position: slightly head-down, slightly fins -up in the water. This enables us to look closely at the reef, while keeping our fins – one of the parts of us that causes the most damage to coral – safely away. We achieve the Reef Angel position by being slightly positively buoyantby adding a little air to the BC. If we stopped kicking, we’d drift slowly upwards. This helps protect the coral from the second part of us that causes the most damage to coral: our hands. The Reef Angel position isn’t precisely hovering, since it requires gentle kicking for us to keep our position. The Reef Angel position is the way reef lovers hover. Thanks, Gabi! Dee Scarr Dee will be off-island from early July and will return in early November. June 25 will be her last slide show until November. Dee Scarr conducts “Touch the Sea” di ves. They will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide s how “Touch the Sea” at Capt. Don’s Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm. Horizontal Hover with Grunts Julie Morgan photo

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 D id you Know… Algae can make fuel? There have been giant advances in the field of biodiesel production in the past few years as a result of increasing demands for oil and growing pressure to reduce the burning of fossil fuels. The most exciting, in my opinion (since I’m a marine biologist), is the use of algae to make biodiesel. Unicellular algae are grown in ponds or specially manufactured tanks in sunny regions. The brilliant part is that some companies and research groups are feeding the algae scum from smokestacks and in some cases sewage! Talk about recycling! So these algae grow exponentially, eat the nasties, and produce a type of ‘clean’ fuel that our current transportation system can easily convert to. In tests, algae have been shown to be easy to grow, take less space than most crops that produce biodiesel, and produce more oil than soybeans. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing more about algae and biodiesel. Perhaps Bonaire will even be able to produce it’s own type of clean fuel in the near future. Caren Eckrich Caren Eckrich teaches Coral Reef Ecolog y and Scientific Diving to American University students at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. She's also the Director of Sea & Discover, a marine education center offering interactive learning programs to kids and adults. You can reach her at 717-5322 . Dear Editor: In what fairy tale world is TCB director Ronella Croes living when she claims that growth in tourism will not affect the flora and fauna of Bonaire? The TCB’s goal of 80,000 tourists per year until 2009 is a recipe for disaster without a comprehensive, environmentally-sensitive infrastructure to process and make sure all those tourists’ excrement nutrient -rich wastewater does not end up in the sea. It’s been proven to fuel th e algae blooms that are slowly suffocating Bonaire’s reefs. In fact, the Littlers’ alg ae survey conducted in November 2006 reported an “overly stressed environment” on Bonaire’s reefs with a “disturbing abundance of dead and diseased coral” with many sites dominated by blue-green algae slime smothering coral. Do the TCB and the government just ignore these reports and continue with business as usual? Instead they should be collaborating on how to take advantage of the plans and the money already available to expeditiously create wastewater treatment so Bonaire doesn’t lose the tourists already coming to dive and to snorkel. When Croes contends that “Bonaire has to develop economically and not always all decisions should be taken 100% in favor of nature and culture,” she ignores an essential fact: the natural world of Bonaire is Bonaire’s economy! What will Croes propose as a solution when the reefs are degraded, when divers, snorkelers, and ecotourists no longer spend their money to come to Bonaire, and all that’s left are the cruise ship passengers swimming in sewage over dead coral rubble and looking for salves and balms to heal their sores and lesi ons caused by fecal matter in the water? More casinos? More duty free shops? More all inclusive resorts? Hmm, sounds suspiciously like Aruba, doesn’t it? It is time for the TCB, government officials, and the transition team from Holland to heed the science and ecology of a healthy reef so Bonaire does not become Aruba. Dr. Pauline Kayes, Bonaire and Champaign, Illinois Algae tailored for biodiesel

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 I t’s all “go” in the world of Bonaire’s Loras. Chicks are hatching out from their eggs, and the parrot team has been rushing around trying to work out who is hatching on which days. Many of the tree nests are difficult to see into so we use one of the parrotwatch night vision cameras on the end of a pole so that we can see what is going on deep inside the cavity. Poachers have a different approach, and they cut holes in the trees with chain saws which ruins the nest for future years and is so widespread on Bonaire that it actually limits th e number of pairs that can breed in a year. Olivia is still sitting on eggs, and any day now her chicks will be hatching out. The latest movie on parrotwatch.org shows Oswald, the loyal husband, visiting the nest to have a look at the eggs and to check that everything is ok! The noises he and Olivia make are really entertaining. We’re sure th at next week the movie will be of chicks. These are exciting times! Part of the parrot team’s work involves visiting nests to weigh and measure the chicks and generally record how they are developing. One of the new parrot team members suggested the chicks were ugly, but dear reader, do not be fooled for this is certainly not the case! At this age baby parr ots are beautiful tiny pink bundles of joy. Their eyes and ears are not open, and they have only a few wisps of white down on their bodies. One chick that was checked recently weighed only 18 grams, the same weight as th ree, one-guilder coins! It is amazing to think that in two months this “tiny pink bundle of joy” will be a colorful beautiful parrot about to fly from the nest into the big wide world. See it for yourself and help protect Bonaire’s Loras by visiting www.parrotwatch.org . Story & photo by Sam Williams Dear Olivia, It is good to hear that your husband Oswald helps to feed the chicks when they are growing up. I know from experience that bringing up four youngsters can be hard work! But what do you do about food for yourself when you are sitting inside your nest on eggs all day long and when you are busy feeding your chicks? Faithfully, Joan E. Mitchell Dear Joan, I certainly couldn’t manage to bring up my chicks on my own and Oswald is a really attentive husband and father. When I’m sitting on my eggs I have to rely entirely on Oswald for food. He brings me about four meals a day and most of his day is spent foraging in the nearby mondi, or least that’s what he tells me he’s been doing. He flies back to our nest and calls from outside. When I hear him I take a break and we fly off together to our favorite tree. There he regurgitates food to me from his crop. It sounds disgusting when you are not used to it, but like many things in life you learn to love it! When the eggs have hatched I first share this food with the chicks who ravenously devour it, and I still stay in the nest most of the time. Even then, I remain dependent on my dear Oswald. When the chicks are a little bit older I can leave them by themselves more and go and forage for myself along with Oswald. I do hope this gives you an insight into my day-to-day life, Joan. If you are up and in the mondi early in the morning you might even see other Loras’ husbands sharing food with their loved ones! Best wishes, Olivia Parrot Newly hatched parrots

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 Venezuela is sponsoring Argentina in its desire to possess the FalklandsMalvinas islands. In 2006, Argentina began a new diplomatic drive to gain control of the islands. Argentina still bases its claim to the islands on geographic proximity and historical ties, but this time it has enlisted the support of Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Argentina emphasizes that its current efforts to "reclaim" the islands are political, not military. Not so for Chavez. Chavez has added land claims to his list of grievances with neighboring states. Domestic resentment is increasing in Venezuela a vague echo of Argentina in 1982. Chavez styles himself as the new Simon Bolivar who will reunite the South American continent while cowing the US and other imperialists. He also bills himself as the 21st century's Fidel Castro. Chavez is buying a modern air force and expanding his navy. Venezuela may purchase up to nine Russian submarines. Chavez says he needs the hardware to defeat a US invasion. The military might also gives Venezuela the ability to enforce land claims against Colombia, Guyana, and Holland -yes, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, still sovereign on the close-toVenezuela Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. With the Falklands in mind, Holland has garrisoned the islands with a small naval force and an infantry battalion supported by a few American F-16 fighter jets and helicopters. In a March 8, 2007, article, StrategyPage.com, concluded that geography, oil power and military hardware give Venezuela a huge tactical and operational advantage over the Dutch. Venezuela could take the islands, and the Dutch "lack the ability to retake the islands on their own." What happens if Chavez calculates that a Bolivar-like "liberation" of the islands from the prison of European colonial oppression would galvanize support for him throughout Latin America? Outlandish, grandiose and delusional? Twenty-five years ago, Argentina's dictatorship concluded the risks of outlandish action were worth the grand rewards. Austin Bay ( Austin Bay is author of three novels and has co-authored four non-fiction books including A Quick and Dirty Guide to War). Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop told Radio Netherlands that he is definitely not planning to reduce the presence of Dutch military in Curaçao and Aruba . That would be giving the neighboring co untries a wrong political signal. Last week the Dutch press, based on a leaked document, reported that the Royal Marine presence in the islands would be cut and regular Army personnel stationed instead. Karen Gelijms, information staff officer for the Royal Navy, said, “A set of 98 economizing measures is being considered and a political decision will probably be taken at the end of this month. Do you know someone deserving of royal recognition, to be honored by nomination to the Order of Orange or similar tribute? If you do, you have until June 20th to present an application for 2008 candidates. Every year, outstanding people who have done volunteer work are honored on the Queen’s Birthday. Anyone can propose a person for the royal honor. The committee puts the proposition through official channels so that a decision can be made. For more information on the criteria, visit the website www.lintjes.nl . The members of the committee also have folders that provide the information needed on the application. The recently installed committee is made up of Robert Sances (chairman), Mervis Dissel (secretary), Elka Coffi (second secretary), and members Ermin Pourier and Edward Thielman. For additional information please call Mervis Dissel at 717-3015 or 791-3896 or via email mervisdisselbonaire@flamingotv.net . The Real Rincon soccer team will get 500 second-hand stadium seats from Holland for free . It’s the second time Bonaire will receive seats from a Dutch stadium that is being demolished. Last year, when the Dutch soccer team AZ Alkmaar was being broken down, Bonaire received 1,000 seats for the Kralendijk (Playa) stadium. With the help of the mayor of The Hague, Wilbert Stolte, Real Rincon got the seats from the old stadium of the soccer club ADO The Hague. Minister Burney El Hage (UPB) gladly accepted this donation. The chairs will soon be shipped to Bonaire courtesy of the National Lottery. By voice vote the Antillean Parliament voted on Wednesday to increase the age of compulsory education . Schooling is required by law for children from four to 18 years old. Aruba's Justice Minister, Rudy Croes, thinks that Aruban citizens must have dual passports: an Aruban and a Dutch one. He calls this the next step in the phase for an independent Aruba. Currently Aruba and Holland are at odds over various matters like same-sex marriage and money. He uses Canadians and Australians as examples. As independent states, both countries are part of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the former British Commonwealth, with the British Queen as symbolic leader. Both countries are examples for Aruba, said Croes. “We can also be an independent sovereignty with two passports and one queen.” The Rotary Club of Bonaire made a donated NAƒ 1.000 to the Music School of Bonaire in hopes of helping to give young music students a better education and training in the cultural music of Bonaire. In the photo Rotary President Marianela Croes hands over the check. On World Environmental Day, Wednesday, June 6, Health Minister Ersilia de Lanooy announced a ban on the import of products containing asbestos . No more new supplies of asbestos are to be imported to the Netherlands Antilles, the Central Government Information Service (GIS) said. Breathe IT , a Bonairean company specializing in computer hardware and software, announced the installation of an underwater Mega-pixel web cam with image upload every 5 seconds . The web cam is located about 100 meters south of the Something Special dive mooring, 15 meters deep. The camera used is a MOBOTIX M22 camera, which Breathe IT distributes in the Caribbean. The purpose of this Bonaire underwater Mega-pixel webcam project is to demonstrate the use of MOBOTIX cameras for underwater security monitoring of docks, piers and ships and to show that the cameras can also serve educational, scientific and recreational applications. The images of the underwater Megapixel webcam on Bonaire can be seen at www.breathebonaire.com . For more information of the other services of Breathe IT Bonaire, go to their website www.breatheit.net , or visit them at Kaya Gob N Debrot 41A; telephone: 717-2626 or 786-2626. Still another Bonaire web cam is focused on the Dive Friends Yellow Sub dock and the anchorage and ocean-side promenade fronting their Kralendijk (Playa) shop. Divers can now wave to friends and family as they enter the water for a dive, or simply re-live their memories when back at home. Another unique feature for those who find their images captured on the Yellow Sub Pier Cam is that they can send an e-postcard of themselves over the Internet and via the archives. This cam will prove to be exceptionally popular each Monday ni ght when Dive Friends hosts their weekly Pier Rum Punch Party. The current view of the cam is prominently displayed on the main page of Dive Friends’ web site at http://www.divefriends-bonaire.com as well as at http:// www.bonairewebcams.com . Buddy Dive Resort opened its onpremises Digital Photo Center last month . The Center features a full line of rental products ranging from Olympus SP 350 digital cameras with housings to digital SLR equipment, to photography lessons and PADI Digital Photographer Certification. Video rental services and video production services will be available for Buddy’s guests to create souvenir vacation ( Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2) (Continued on page 12) Marga and Jan Piet van Zeggelaar, from Naarden, The Netherlands write, “ We really hope we are the first diehards to show The Bonaire Reporter on Antarctica. The picture was taken on January 1, 2007. We have had a house on Bonaire for 15 years but we sold it last year . Anyway, we are friends of The Reporter from the beginning. This copy of The Reporter travelled a lot! From Bonaire (last November) to The Netherlands; from there to Argentina, an d from Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), then two days (600 miles) sailing to Antarctica.” 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.) A screenshot of the Breathe IT megapixel web cam Web Cam view of dock at Yellow Sub.

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 B eing in the wrong place at the wrong tim e was the fate of many Germans who lived on the ABC islands on April 10, 1940. Becau se Germany invaded Holland that day, hundreds of innocent people on Aruba and Curaçao were arrested and brought to the prison internment camp on Bonaire. Junnes Sint Jago’s recent book, Wuiven vanaf de Waranda ( Waving From the Porch ), tells all about this trying time. He presented his book recently at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Not coincidently, the hotel is on the same spot where the camp was located. The book presentation was in cooperation with the organization FEBON (Fundashon Enciklopedia Bonaire). The main mission of this foundation is to compile an encyclopedia of and for Bonaire. The first part of the evening’s presentation was based on Junnes Sint Jago’s book and was followed by poems being read and songs performed which were composed by the famous Bonairean WW II inmate, the late Medado dé Marchena. Wuiven vanaƒ de Waranda is the first book that’s completely devoted to the prison camps that existed during World War II on Bonaire and Curaçao. When Sint Jago started to investigate these camps he got a good view of the conditions the prisoners were forced to live in, and he found out these conditions were far from good. Sint Jago says he had two goals in writing this book. One was to “ .” The other reason was to “rehabilitate the names and information of the prisoners, and make sure they won’t be forgotten.” “Most of the people who were in the prison camps,” he says, “aren’t alive anymore, but I’m sure their fa milies have a desire to get more knowledge about the situation their relatives were in. That’s why my next step will be to translate the books from Dutch into German, English and Papiamentu.” Sint Jago explains it wasn’t easy to find new information about the prisoners. He studied a very long time at the central hist oric archive in Curaçao. He explained, “It was very hard to find out how many years the camps were being used and how long people were held in the camps. What I also found out is that almost all the people in the prisons were innocent of having committed a crime.” Arrests As mentioned, the reasons for all the arre sts were because of the German invasion of Holland. As Aruba and Curaçao were providing 80% of the oil needed for the allied air forces, it was important that those islands be protected. “There were three ways to attack the oil refineries,” Sint Jago continued. “One, by torpedo attacks by German U-boats (submarines). Two, by bombardments from the air. Three, by sabotage of the installations. Soon it was clear that the first two points were impossible for the Germans to achieve. The third possibility was a great risk though. As a precautionary measure, the Dutch started to arrest all the Germans or people with a German background on the island.” According to Sint Jago and what the book is about as well, is that there were several different groups of people arrested and sent to the prison camps in Bonaire. The first were 220 Germans who were working on ships in the harbors of Curaçao and Aruba. The second group was made up of 202 Ge rmans living in Aruba and Curaçao. Within a single day they were arrested and sent to the prison camp in Bonaire. The women were placed in schools, the children in kindergarten and the men were quartered in the Sint Bernardus girls’ school. Because all this had to be arranged so quickly the facilities weren’t adequate at all. There wa sn’t enough food, water, and there weren’t enough toilets. The people had to sleep on sails. In the meantime the Dutch were working hard to build a real prison camp. Across from the camp, they also constructed a new sports complex. It was 300 by 400 meters with a soccer field, walking trails, jumping areas and a playground for kids. The new camp was located just outside of Kralendijk (Playa) in the neighborhood called Playa Pariba (located on the site of the present Divi Flamingo Resort). After a while, the male prisoners were brought to the barracks. Because Bonaire is a tropical island it was necessary to keep the windows and doors open. The men also could spend time on the porch ( weranda ) all day (photo). Although it wasn’t allowed, the men could see the women’s camp from there could wave ( wuiven ) to them. Small, single houses were built for the women with children, and the single women were housed in long barracks. In this group there were some famous local names, such as the Zielinski and Gressman families. Other well known personalities who lived in the same barracks and were born in Germany and Aust ria, but lived in Curaçao were the Jewish Fred Fisher and Doctor Benesch. Sint Jago explains further, “They were moved later on to a country house on the Guatemal a Plantation because they were being teased a lot by their Aryan compatriots.” Another group of prisoners, those who criticized the system, were seen as a danger to the state. Th ey were arrested on a later date than the 10th of April. This group consisted of 20 men. They weren’t immediately sent over to Bonaire but were kept for two and a half months in the punishment camps under terrible conditions before being sent to the camp in Bonaire. A famous prisoner in this group is the poet and singer, Medardo de Marchena. Escape Attempts Sint Jago continued his presentation by showing some pictures of the prison camps and of the guards and inmates of the prison. Some interesting things came out of this, such as an escape attempt by two inmates who wanted to paddle to Venezuela in a rowboat. “They didn’t get very far though,” says Sint Jago. “They couldn’t believe how they got to Venezuela so fast with th e boat and were already celebrating their successful escape attempt when they found out they weren’t on Venezuela. Instead they were on the beach at Kl ein Bonaire, and they had to wait until the guards picked them up again.” There was also one more escape attempt, which failed as well. “I think it was more out of boredom to attempt the escape, instead of a necessity,” said Sint Jago. According to the writer, the prison camp on Bonaire “had a great influence on the island, and it was the start of the building of many hotels and even a hospital to take care of the military and the police officers who were needed on the island to secure the prison camps.” Sint Jago emphasizes again the importance of the book he has written. “I think that it’s about time that after 60 years, the history has finally been documented.” The night of the presentation was concluded with two poems and a song from Medardo de Marchena. The first poem, Salve Bonaire (Greet Bonaire), was presented by poetess Tica Sealy. The second poem, Ai Bonairu (Oh Bonaire), was presented by Hubert Vis. The song, Bu Lawaya, performed and sung by Capt. Johnny Craane, was known to nearly the entire au dience as the song was in the top popular list in 1945. David Radomisli By any measure the view of the prison camp was grim From porches like this (waranda) romances were kindled Author Junnes Sint Jago and his daughter, Sonana A generation of children were raised in the camp

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 T he festivities of City Café’s 10-year anniversary were probably impossible to miss for anybody living here or any tourist visiting Bona ire. It’s mainly because City Café is located in the center of town and every hour of the day there was something going on. But the 10-day-long 10th anniversary of City Café has fi nally reached its end. Last Sunday the festivities were concluded with an amazing show of fireworks. In a period of 10 years City Café, starting from scratch, has developed itself into a booming business. General Manager Sigma Stuart explains the secret behind it. “Is it the best restaurant? Maybe. Is it the best disco? I don’t think so. But what I know for sure is that City Café has become the heart of Playa (Kralendijk).” During the 10-year celebration many different activities were organize d, and at night bands played until closing time. After this intensive period of even ts, City was closed for three days as the employees, the entire staff, were rewarded for their hard work and got to spend a three-day holiday in Valencia, Venezuela, for some R and R. All the festivities attr acted huge crowds. Many of the bands that had performed during City’s 10-year life returned to play during the anniversary events. One group that returns again and again is the Chispa band which got the crowd moving with their Latin Salsa tunes. Other activities ranged from bike parades to mini tria thlons; from card playing and dart tournaments to children’s matinees. There were free lunches for the elders and jump-ups for the younger ones. During the last weekend the street in front of City was cra mmed with stands selling all sorts of things, games and more. The Café collected money to support Jong Bonaire, the youth activity organization, to help provide them with a sound system. The money will be handed over to Jong Bonaire on June 18. The end of the anniversary celebration doesn’t mean there won’t be any more activities at City Café for the rest of the year. On the contrary! In October they will, as always, play a big role in the Regatta festivities, and many other bands are already scheduled . David Radomisli Spin the wheel and win a prize or donate to Jong Bonaire All photos courtesy of èxtra City Café owners Huub de Groot (center) and Nelson Apollinario (right) and staff

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 B onaire/Hato – Parked in front of Roy Winklaar’s house in Hato is a white Volkswagen Beetle in mint condition. The car must have been made in Mexico because of the fact that there is only one exhaust pipe attached to the muffler instead of two. This also means that the car is fitted with a 1.6 liter, fourstroke, four-cylinder, air cooled boxer engine with fuel injection and a catalyser. Mr. Winklaar invites me in and tells me that I am right; it is a Mexican-made car. The vehicle was built in 1997 and registered, B-4206. Roy has removed the running boards and the bumpers from the car because he has big plans for his white lady. Mr. Winklaar will transform his original “Buggy” into a so called “Bajabug.” The front and the rear of the car will be shortened; the front boot (trunk) will be changed; the four mudguards will be take n off and be replaced with fiberglass ones. Four wide and impressive 15-inch wheels are waiting in the garden to be fitted to the axles. The car will undergo a complete metamorphosis. Roy just loves the Volkswagen Beetle. He has been buying and selling, repairing and restoring Volkswagens for ages. He boug ht this white one in Curaçao. The car didn’t run and was parked from 2004 un til 2007 without going even a mile! Roy bought it, brought it to Bonaire and just put it on the road again. Another Volkswagen Beetle is parked in a shed in the garden. This one is painted yellow. Roy just uses the car for parts. An d in another corner I recognize a real Opel GT. The German-made car is fitted with a powerful 1.9 liter engine and was built in 1971. This car is made of the right metals, before the oil crises and is screaming for a restoration. According to Mr. Winklaar this is the only Opel GT on the island. At the moment he is not quite sure about what to do with the Opel because his first and main target is to convert the Mexican Beetle into a real Bajabug. He continues his work. He is searching for four adapters to fit the five-hole big steel rims to the four-bolt fitted drum brakes. Finally the car will be resprayed white and airbrushed with aggressive flame patterns. Good luck, Roy! Story & photos by J@n Brouwer The 15th in a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicle s that are “on wheels.” Roy Winklaar and his Volkswagen Beetle/Bajabug R ounding off the school year, students from the SGB Hospitality Classes 3 and 4 participated in an excursion under the supervision of their Tourism teacher, Roosje van der HoekGoeloe and TCB employee, Rolando Marin. With the cooperation of the TCB, Divi Flamingo Resort, Jibe City and Land Sailing Bonaire, the students enjoyed three fun and educational days learning about their island and its future possibilities. The excursion was organized so that students could better understand the importance of their studies in tourism and what Bonaire can offer to tourists as well as to locals. Story & photos provided by Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe Hamming it up at the slave huts Students try land sailing and love it .

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 T en Miss Aruba contestants came to Bonaire for a four-day visit last week to compete against each other for the new Miss Flamingo Beach crown. It was a sort of try out for the real thing which happens on July 13 when they compete to become the new Miss Aruba. The contest was organized by Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB). It all started with a Welcoming Cocktail Party at Divi Flam ingo Resort, although almost all the girls were drinking water. Contestant, 19-year old Jonella Oduber, explained that this visit to Bonaire and the Miss Flamingo Beach contest is a sort of test to see whether they can handle themselves in regard to the Miss Aruba contest. “So we can’t cross the line,” she said. “I’m also on a strict diet. There’s one girl in our group who is a dancer so she can eat whatever she wants. When we have dinner everybody is jealous of what she’s eating, as we only end up with a salad.” Oduber was very confident of her chances with the Miss Flamingo Beach contest, although she said, “Of course I think I’ll win, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered to come here. If you’re not self-confident there’s no chance of becoming the new Miss Flamingo Beach or Miss Aruba.” The trip to Bonaire wa s also meant for the girls to get to know each other better. “Like Bonaire,” Oduber said, “Aruba isn’t a very big island, so although I’ve seen many of the girls before we’ve never spoken to each . This trip is a good way of finding out who I am competing against.” The four-day trip consisted of some promotional work for the contestants, snorkeling on Klein Bonaire and an island tour. They visited the new Friday night market, “Taste of Bonaire,” at Wilhelmina Park, where the girls, dancing together, soon attracted a lot of attention. On Sunday morning they posed for photos on Sorobon beach. (Ed. The beauty contestants were scheduled to visit the FKPD handicapped center where the members had prepared refreshments, displays of their handicrafts and were dressed in native costumes. When the Miss Aruba contestants didn’t show up the staff and members were very disappointed .) The Miss Flamingo contest on Saturday night consisted of three rounds: evening dress, answering questions and the famous bikini round. The questions asked were the typical questions one could expect at a beauty contest. For example: What is negative about being beautiful? Answer: “That you have the chance of getting bad publicity.” Or “That your ego goes over the limit.” Does beauty have an effect on a person's life? Answer: “Yes, first impressions are very important.” On which magazine cover would you like to be? Answer: “On Time Magazine because that means I’ve done something special for the community.” At the end of the night the jury decided that Tracy Nicolaas was the new Miss Flamingo Beach 2007. She will hold this title for one year. David Radomisli Sara Matera (r) crowns Miss Flamingo Beach, Tracy Nicolaas èxtra photo Seven of the 10 Miss Aruba contestants: (not in order) Tracy Nicolaas, Carolina Ramo s, Monique Pulido, Jonella Oduber, Maureen Valdis, Stephanie Croes, Boyora Rarijn, Nabilach de Palm, Tammy W ever, and Miranne German. èxtra photo

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 T here's a dead zone where these corals meet, indicating that the corals are battling each other. A look at the shapes indicates that the sheet coral is winning the battle: it is overgrowing the head coral. A second look at the shapes indicates that the victory is a slow one, since the living part of the head coral is significantly bigger than its overgrown side. Dee Scarr

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 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-NBrowse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com Searching For GOOD Maid Service? For Quality House Cleaning CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 OUTDOOR SPORTS Rock climbing/Rapelling/ Abseilen Every Saturday. Call Outdoor Bonaire 7916272 / 785-6272 JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. Phone 786-4651 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 rent: Nice apartment for rent in Hato. Rent per month: NA l.500,. All included. 796-3637, digitalis1956@flamingotv.net _______________ Apartment Separate from the house, at Hato. For 1/2 persons, including water, electricity, dishwasher, linen, boiler, 220V -127V, kitchen equipment, cleaning, with furniture, washing machine. Per July 1st per month NAf 1200,--/1500,-no animals. Monique tel.717-2529 SUPPORT BONAIRE The Island you love could use your help! Support Bonaire, Inc . provides support to Bonaire's non-prof its. To learn more about making a US tax deductible donation visit www.supportbonaire.org and help make a difference! For Sale For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder, boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has Widescreen , 3 Mega pixel still camera, Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, includes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift $720, Call: 717-2675 ——————— Cars & Scooters Twin Cab Toyota Pickup 4-Cyl. Diesel; New front suspension, tires, battery. Low mileage. Low price: NAƒ 4999.99. Call: 790-7272 ; 717-7892 . __________________ Jeep Cherokee Limited Edition High Output 4.0 , straight six, metallic red, alloy rims, new tires, all options: NAƒ5500. 796 3637, digitalis1956@hotmail.com, Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 166 , or on the run! Property 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. House sitting Reporter staff member wishes to house sit long-term starting now. Call David 7007536, email= dradomisli@hotmail.com. SEEKING Looking for: a bed for one person with mattress, table model fridge, 2burner electric stove, kitchen sink, tap, shower tap, white toilet, outside door, door frame, inside doors, locks. Tel. 717-2529 _______________ Newbie Scuba Diver Needs Used fins, snorkel and mask. Size 6 women’s. Please call 786-3134 _______________ Looking for a spare rim for a Chevrolet S10 pick up, 15 inch, 5 holes, 796 3637, digitalis1956@hotmail.com ________________ Looking for a spare rim for a Toyota Hilux pick up, 14 inch, 5 holes, 796 3637, digitalis1956@hotmail.com JOBS Rento-Fun Scooter & Car Hire are looking for a person with technical/ mechanical knowledge to be responsible for the maintenance and repair of scooters, motorcycles and bicycles and the checking of motor vehicles for rental. The applicant must have a license to drive a car and motorcycle. Please apply to: Rento-Fun Drive, Kaya Grande 47. Or call: 717-2408 ____________________________ The Bonaire Reporter is seeking a person experienced in newspaper layout using Microsoft Publisher . Parttime, good pay. Call George 786-6125 ____________________________Reporters and feature writers wanted for The Reporter. Get paid by the word and for your photos. Call George 786-6125 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 Don’t leave Bonaire behind Get Bonaire news every week for a year, no matter where you are in the world. By mail to the USA $110By Internet to everywhere else on the planet $35Sign up for a subscription: Bonaire Reporter– PO Box 407 Bonaire, Neth Antilles Phone (599)786-6518 or e-mail Especially valuable if you own or plan to buy property videos. John Wall and Susan Schmidt, former owners of “The” Dive Shop in Fairfax, Virginia, will operate the new photo center. “Their knowledge, experience and education will make the difference between just having a photo shop and being able to offer an extra dimension to our dive operation,” says Buddy’s Managing Director Ruud van Baal. Over the years Buddy Dive has improved and expanded its services and facilities while realizing that personal service and top dive operations are the keys for continued appreciation from the dive community. Expansion of its dive boat fleet, upgrading of th e airfill-/nitrox system, Buddy’s Marine Life Education Program in September each year are just a few of those improvements. And a final reminder. The next Bonaire Reporter will be available June 29. There will be no issue next week. G.D./L.D./D.R. (Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 6) Susan Schmidt and John Wall, operators of Buddy’s Digital Photo Center

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 O ne of the friendliest pups at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, “Lisette,” gives a little wave with her paw, as if to say, “Hi! Look at me; aren’t I the smartest and cutest?” Little light brown Lisette with the pretty eyes was brought into the Shelter with her litter mates. While she was on the street as a very young pup she was hit by a car. As a result she had some stiffness in her back legs, but as as she grows that is going away. She’s now about three and a half months old. At first she was smaller than her sisters and brothers due to her injury, but she’s doing so well now and is catching up with the rest. She’ll be a medium sized dog when she does finally grow up. She’s a happy, playful pup who would appreciate love and attention. Lisette has been checked out by the vet and has had her shots and tests. All is well and she’s ready to be adopted. You may see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Enjoy a visit at a wonderfully run operation with happy and contented pets. L.D. I t turns out that last week’s Pet of the Week, “Charles,” the very handsome black and white cat, has an owner, none other than artist Henk Roozendaal and his family. We just knew he was a very special cat! Henk wrote: “ I'm very proud that my cat, “'Snoetje” ( Snooty ), was declared Pet of the Week! Now after two weeks he's home again at Sabadeco. He's our oldest cat, saved from the Shelter in 1999. Many cats followed. He's been my model for several early paintings.” (See Henk’s painting of Snoetje) Henk was in Holland at the time when Snoetje went on an adventure. The cat became entranced apparently with a house with three indoor cats and because he was hanging around their house so often the people naturally assumed he was without a home. And as we are always asking people to bring in found animals to the Bonaire Animal Shelter, they did so. And the Roozendaals, after checking everywhere else, called the Shelter as well and were very happy and relieved to learn that Snoetje, aka Charles, was safe and sound there. Henk thinks that because of Snoetje’s two-week internment at the Shelter that he’ll most likely not want to take off on many more adventures in the near future. L.D. “Lisette” Henk’s painting of “Snoetje”

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF 6-15 0:47 2.2FT. 10:28 0.6FT. 98 6-16 1:32 2.2FT. 11:15 0.6FT. 99 6-17 2:18 2.0FT. 11:56 0.6FT. 95 6-18 3:06 1.9FT. 12:26 0.7FT. 87 6-19 3:50 1.8FT. 12:56 0.8FT. 77 6-20 4:32 1.6FT. 13:19 0.9FT. 65 6-21 2:40 1.4FT. 5:22 1.5FT. 13:29 0.9FT. 21:40 1.5FT. 52 6-22 4:34 1.3FT. 5:53 1.3FT. 13:23 1.0FT. 21:15 1.6FT. 41 6-23 6:34 1.2FT. 7:04 1.2FT. 12: 50 1.0FT. 21:21 1.7FT. 34 6-24 7:00 1.0FT. 8:09 1.1FT. 11: 57 1.0FT. 21:38 1.8FT. 32 6-25 7:53 0.9FT. 21:59 1.9FT. 36 6-26 8:24 0.9FT. 22:22 2.0FT. 44 6-27 8:55 0.8FT. 22:47 2.1FT. 53 6-28 9:36 0.7FT. 23:18 2.1FT. 63 KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides 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 , 786-6125, 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: Austin Bay, J@n Brouwer, Caren Eckrich, Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Olivia Parrot, David Radomisli, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Sam Williams Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Art Editor : Wilna Groenenboom Translations : Peggy Bakker Production: Evelyne van de Poel Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: JRA . Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2007 The Bonaire Reporter C aribbean Homes Bonaire has entered into an agreement with Google Earth. The company uses Google’s high resolution imagery of the earth to show its website visitors where on Bonaire their listings are located and have made it extremely simple to zoom in on the property and get a fairly detailed view of the area. “We hope this will help them explore more of our listings on our beautiful island from above,” says Rene Essink, owner of Caribbean Homes Bonaire. See their ad on page 11. Press Release

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 THIS WEEK Saturday, June 16— 3-hour Nature and Historical Walk in the Hills Around Rincon . A unique experience guided by Rincon’s Maria Koeks. Don’t miss this opportunity if you want to learn about the real Bonaire. Meet at 6 am at Marshé Rincon (center of Rincon). The walk will be followed by a kunuku breakfast. Cost is NAƒ15. Wear good shoes, a hat; bring a bottle of water and a good attitude. For reservations call 796-7870 or Email: wilmari@bonairelive.com Sunday, June 17— Father’s Day COMING Sunday, June 24 —St. John’s DaySan Juan Festival. Music, food, firejumping in the barios, at the home of Doei Diaz, at the Museum, in Rincon Thursday, June 28 –San Pedro Festival— Same as San Juan Festival above Sunday, July 1 – 15th Annual Dia di Arte in Wilhelmina Park – All day and evening starting at 10 am. Artists, musicians, craftsmen and top notch local foods and drinks. Call Edwin Martijn 786 -8400 , Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292 REGULAR EVENTS Friday Weekly Market 9am2pm at Wilhelmina Park with local art, music and food; summer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bonaire pictures, driftwood art, paintings and all kinds of Bonaire souvenirs. Daily € HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar € HH—50% offBuddy Dive Resort , 5:30-6:30 € 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 $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the evening hours. Saturdays € Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte) Buddy Dive Resort , 6—10 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 , 6 –9:30 pm € Reporter writer Albert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image Production "Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill € 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 € Caribbean Gas Training free “Beyond Gravity – An Evening with DIR,” 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-5073. Wednesdays € Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 56:30. € Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy Dive Resort, 6—10 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, 89:30 pm Fridays € Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy Dive 786-6416 € Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 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, 57 pm € Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise Poolbar and Sportsclub, 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, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Resort FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Saturday“ Discover Our Diversity” slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive , 7 pm, 7175080 Monday —Dee Scarr’s “Touch the Sea” S lide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm. Call 717-8290. Tuesdays & Wednesdays —Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show . Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (7173802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817) at 7pm. Monday“ Land & Ocean Bonaire,” by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big screen in front of their facility at Bonaire Dive & Adventure. Tuesday “ Diving Facts And Fiction An Evening with DIR” slide/video show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 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 : 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 , Bridge Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Flamingo Airport (Technobar), airco, all levels, NAƒ2,50. Call Joop 717-5903, or be there in time (7.15 p.m.) 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 Claire 717-8290 Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051 CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, Englis h on Sundays 10 am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in Papiamentu on Sunda ys at 8.30 am. Children’s club Saturday 5 pm in Kralendijk. Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in Rincon. Bible Study a nd 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 11:30am. 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) 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 The Robinsons?? Late Show (Usually 9 pm ) Call to make sure Disturbia ( Shia Leboeuf ) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) Pathfinder (Karl Urbun) MOVIELAND

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 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/ ELECTRONICS/ 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 instore 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 retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine) low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean 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 and 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. 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. 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 downtown offers fast, fine proce ssing for prints, slides, items and services . Full digital services . PHOTO SERVICES Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, camera rental, digital processing, all state of the art! 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. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too. 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. Valeries Airport Shops — Convenient shopping for unique items, magazines, gifts and more. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SUPERMARKETS Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. 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 BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125 Email: reporter@bonairenews.com 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 Be ach 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—10 am . Lunch daily 11:30 Dinner on theme nights 6—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 (7-1– pm) 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 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 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 Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Be ach 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. Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant One block south of the Post Office 717-4433 Moderate Lunch Tues-Sat—11:30-2:30 Dinner 7 nights— starting at 6 pm Indulge your whim—beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian Mondays—All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm Hilltop Restaurant At the Caribbean Club Bonaire—on the scenic Rincon Road 717-7901 Moderate Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Bar-Restaurant poolside —i n Bonaire’s hill country Frequent Dinner Specials Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night. The Last Bite Bakery Kaya Grandi 70 717-3293 Low-Moderate Open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm NAƒ10 take out lunch Tuesday through Friday Main dish with 2 side dishes. Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna. 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 780-1111 Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina 717-7725 Moderate Lunch Tuesday-Friday Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Authentic Argentinean Cuisine Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina The beef is here and more. The Bonaire Windsurfing Place At Sorobon Beach Get away from it all. 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.

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen Sunday June 10 to Saturday June 16, *to find it... just look up E arly next week you'll be able to use an exquisite waxing Moon to find both planet #2 and planet #6 and the brightest star of springtime's most famous constellation. On Monday, June 17th, just after sunset, face west where you'll see an exquisite crescent Moon complete with Earthshine , which will look like a dim full Moon nestled within the bright crescent, or as some people like to call it, "the old Moon in the new Moon's arms." Then if you look up to its left you'll see the most brilliant planet of them all, our so-called sister planet because it's almost the same size as Earth , the planet named for the Roman goddess of love super bright and absolutely dazzling Venus . Twenty four hours later, on Tuesday June 18th, a slightly fatter crescent Moon will be well past Venus and still exhibiting Earthshine. And once again if you look up to its left you'll see another beautiful planet, planet #6, the ringed planet Saturn which we're visiting right now with our Cassini space probe. If you look at it through a small telescope it will absolutely stun you. And if you look at Venus you w ill notice that it looks like a tiny thick crescent Moon. So you've now been able to use the Moon on two nights to find two planets. On Monday the Moon is down to the right of Venus, and on Tuesday it's between Venus and Saturn . But our Moon finder journey is not over because 24 hours later, on Wednesday the 19th, the Moon will be parked right next to, visually speaking, the brightest star of springtime's most famous constellation, Leo the Lion . But if you look at it through a telescope it won't look any bigger, only brighter. And that's because it's so incredibly far away. How far? Well let's compare its distance to that of the Moon, Venus and Saturn. Early next week our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 236,000 miles away; 8,000mile-wide Venus will be 60 million miles away; and 75,000-mile-wide Saturn will be 900 million miles away. But Regulus, which is a hot blue-white star, is a whopping 4 million miles wide and so far away we don't use the term miles. Instead we measure its distance with the speed of light. For instance next week when you look at the Moon you will be seeing the light that left it only 1 1/3 seconds ago. But when you look at Venus you'll be seeing the light that left it 5 1/3 minutes ago. And when you look at Saturn you'll be seeing the light that left it 82 minutes ago. Regulus, however, is so whopping far away it takes its light 78 years to reach us. Wow! Once again use the Moon on Monday to find Venus, use the Moon on Tuesday to find Saturn, and on Wednesday use the Moon to find Regulus. Jack Horkheimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. Take time to explain your intentions to loved ones. Opposition is present and you should be prepared to counteract it as best you can. You may be tempted to get involved in secret affairs or lo ve triangles. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You have to believe in yourself and your talents. Rewards for past good deeds will be yours. You will meet new romantic partners through the company you keep. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring popularity as long as you're not arrogant. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Keep an eye on your weight. You will be in a high cycle regarding work. Communications with loved ones may be strained. Take a trip or just spend some quality time with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be quiet about your intentions or ideas that might bring added cash. Your attitude is changing rapidly and your plate is overloaded. Try not to lend or borrow money this week. Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't jump into investments too quickly. It won't take much to upset your lover. You can make new connections if you play your cards right. Your ability to be practical in business will help. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your communication skills are at an all-time high. Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel restricted. Your home environment may be hectic, which could result in emotional upset if you aren't well organized. Be prepared to deal with groups and organizations of greater magnitude. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group. Don't be disappointed if you don't get your way emotionally. Don't be too quick to let friends and relatives know what you're up to. Romantic opportunities will develop through friends or relatives. Yo ur lucky day this week will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could have a need to make some changes this week. Real estate investments could be to your advantage. You will probably have to defend your mate. You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in your family. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your partner may blame you for everything. You need to look into new philosophies. If you have treated them equitably, you might be able to count on their loyalty. Yo u will be uncertain of your feelings. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Express your interest if you want the relationship to progress. You will have no problem getting your point across to those in a position to help you. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting friends over. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going through a change of heart. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may be able to impart knowledge that's innovative to those searching for a new angle. Plan your day thoughtfully, but try not to rely on others. Refrain from arguing with your mate. Advancement can be yours if you put your efforts into work related matters. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Opportunities may come up at prestigious affairs. Go out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. You can meet new friends who will let you know just how valuable you are. Self-deception is likely. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. Regulus spins so rapidly it is eggshaped. Here it is compared to our sun.

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 T he Bonaire Bartender/ Culinary Team for 2007 had its last fund raising dinner for the public last Sunday, and they’re ready to go to the Caribbean Hotel Association’s “Taste of the Caribbean” culinary Olympics in Miami. They leave Saturday and return Wednesday. The final dinner was a monumental extravaganza of cuisine. Each of the three courses were made up of several tastes and textures, with a bare flavoring of salt as the common theme. We wish all the very best to our team who has worked so hard and so long to reach the pinnacle of fine cuisine we tasted last Sunday. L.D. And this is just the first course… L ast Saturday’s sculpture show by Wilna Groenenboom seemed to be a magnet for art lovers on the island. Wilna has been called a “Master of the Makeover” because of how she turns materials, once adrift, into fine crafted works of art. A lot of the raw materials she uses floated in from South America due to the heavy rains there two years ago, she recalled. And they inspired the artist to make something beautiful out of them. The artist-photographer-teacherwriter is known for her series, “Antique Living Houses,” as well as numerous outstanding photos in The Reporter . Her photos of details of Bonairean architecture appear in the Sunbelt Realty magazine. She’s an art teacher at the SGB and has had exhibits at Kas di Arte and Cinnamon Art Gallery, among others. For the show, Wilna’s traditional Bonairea n home was transformed into a breezy and elegant gallery and drinks were served in the shady garden. Her young sons, Almar and Niek, and their friends passed hot hors d’oeuvres. Many of her works were sold at the show on Saturday, but there are still a few tables for sale. Sadly, Wilna will be leaving shortly to return to Holland so if you want to see them call her soon at 717-6832 or 700-2378. L.D. Artist Wilna Groenenboom The house transformed into an art gallery A happy, but tired team and their helpers pose at the end of the meal. Coach Wil of Wil’s Tropica l Grill and his wife Sue helped put the team’s efforts over the top. They got gifts that say thank you from Team Captain Floris (right).

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007 “W hen we got married in Holland two years ago we had four options considering our names: Rik is Rik Roozenburg and I am Marieke Postema, so we could choose. Either I would take Rik’s last name or he would take mine, or we could have my last name first followed by his last name, or his last name first followed by mine. As we felt that we were marrying each other we wanted to use both names; so now Rik and I are both Roozenburg-Postema – one name. But… when we came to Bonaire and our son Roan was born, Rik went to have him registered and it appeared that Roan could get either Rik’s last name or mine no other choice. So we gave him Rik’s last name; that’s a pity in a way because we wanted to have the same last names for the three of us. Why are we here? When I finished my studies Rik’s temporary job was ending and we felt the whole world was open to us to do something exciting. I was a first grade cultural artistic education teacher and Rik was a gymnastics teacher. We went looking all over the world for a paid job, but with the little work experience we had we didn’t have a chance. So, we started looking for volunteer jobs. We could afford it because we live very economically and because we ended up in a third world country where everything was very cheap: Bolivia. At a school in Cochabamba, founded by a Dutch foundation, they were looking for people who could teach the children crafts and sports, and so it had to be us! Cochabamba is located in a valley and the school with 450 children is on the outskirts of the valley, next to the landfill. People live in sod huts; they wash their clothes in a filthy little stream; and there’s a constant lack of water. We started teaching children from the ages of four to 14, and we also took care of the library and six old computers. Rik describes it. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw the children doing gymnastics. They had to march around like little soldiers and when the teacher yelled, ‘manos arriba!’ ‘hands up!’ they would stick their hands in the air and… that was about it. When I put two teams together to teach them how to play soccer and told them that they had to kick the ball into the goal to score points, one of the boys pulled my shirt and said, ‘But Sir, there are so many children standing in front of me, I could never kick the ball in the goal!’ They didn’t have the slightest idea…” Marieke continues , “I would give the children a blank sheet of paper and tell them, ‘You may draw whatever you like,’ and not one student could come up with something and the few who wanted to draw a certain thing needed an example, otherwise they couldn’t do it. In general, the children didn’t have any initiative and they didn’t dare to ask any questions. We experienced truly horrible things: children with terrible injuries, children sniffing glue, abuse and incest, people living in the river, hunger and constant alcohol abuse by the men. But our respect for the Bolivian women is sky high. They have so much willpower and so much perseverance. They are the ones who keep everything going – without any complaint. We worked for three organizations, six days a week, and we did everything we could, but in the end the only thing we could do was give people love and attention. To make a significant difference is super difficult.” Rik (28) and Marieke (26) are people who live according to their principals; they spend very little money; they have a healthy lifestyle; and they’re happy, outgoing people who also think about the environment. For example they don’t use paper diapers for their baby, but cotton ones – they are true to their beliefs. “When the year was over our money was gone, but we came back much richer than any money could have made us feel. We went back to Holland and stayed for a year, but then we had to look for something new and again we wanted to go abroad. And, at the vacancy bank where we looked for job offers there was the SGB high school Bonaire looking for an art teacher – for me!” Marieke laughs . “I was appointed almost immediately and then everything went very fast. We got married on May 27, 2005, then we started reading everything we could find about Bonaire. We watched the complete series, ‘Huize Huisman,’ made by a Dutch TV maker about Bonaire and we spoke with people who had lived on Bonaire. We arrived July 13, 2005. A week later, sitting on the balcony of our apartment, we said to each other, ‘Jeez, imagine being born on such a divine island and growing up here and then, when you’re 16, you move to Holland – like many Antillean youngsters do – and you have to live in a grey apartment building in the outskirts of big city…’ That was the first feeling we had about the island – it is a wonderful place to live. The first day I started working I saw the list of the names of the teachers and one name jumped out, ‘Mr. Postema.’ I asked everyone, ‘Do you know that man? I would like to meet him, and then… it turned out to be my husband whom I already knew quite well!” “I came here without a job,” Rik says , “but soon enough I found one with Amado Felix as a mover. I was already working for Amado when SGB asked me to pass by. I had to show my diploma and immediately I got my new schedule. Then the school year started. I went to work part time and Marieke full time. After Marieke had gotten the job, when we were still in Holland, she found out she was pregnant. We had a lot of doubts at the time, but nevertheless we decided to go. Roan, our son, was born on Bonaire, at home, under the inspiring guidance of midwife Marita, January 11, 2006. He was full term but very little. He only weighed four pounds, but his health was very good and he started eating immediately. Marieke’s mom was there and her dad came two days later. We were ever so happy having them with us. When I’m not working I take care of Roan; otherwise he goes to a babysitter who takes care of three other little boys. He’s doing great; he’s learning Papiamentu and he eats everything. Well, I came here and my passion is running, so I went to see what was happening here in that aspect. I asked around to see whether there were people who were doing something in athletics, and I met Glenn Albertina, the island’s athletics guru. He’s the Government’s Sports Coordinator. Together we revived a club called Quick-Pro. We started with two children and now, after 18 months, the club has a board, uniforms, and we’ve already won gold, silver and bronze medals in competitions in Curaçao. I teach training three times a week, voluntarily, and now we have 20 children, some of whom have great talents. Our head sponsor is Auto City, and because of them we don’t have to ask the children for a contribution. At school I am also trying to make the students more conscious of what they’re eating and what the consequences are of their diet. Authentic local food is very healthy, but the soft drinks and the snacks the children are consuming are taking their toll, and many of them are overweight. They see me as skinny, but they know I’m strong and it impresses them that I win a lot of competitions in spite of the fact that I’m not so talented, but because I’m training every day. I think as a teacher you should set the example.” “I’m giving cultural artistic education,” Marieke explains, “ and I’m setting it up for HAVO/VWO. What I see is that it’s going better and better and that the students love it. I give theatre classes, dancing classes, music, film and art classes and all that – as far as possible – from the Antillean culture. On Bonaire the children are very creative. They have great original ideas, and they’re good in finding solutions. I really enjoy it when the students give a presentation that gives me the goose bumps – something that happens frequently. Well, we’re staying here for one more year and then we’re going back to Holland for the family and from then on we’ll see. We’ll take whatever the future will bring. To us Bonaire will always be the island of freedom and the warm sunshine, and for a child it’s a wonderful place to grow up.” “Winfried Dania told me once,” Rik says , “that the sun is his medicine, and I think that’s a beautiful way to put it.” Story & photo by Greta Kooistra Rik and Marieke Roozenburg-Postema “We experienced truly horrible things: children with terrible injuries, children sniffing glue, abuse and incest, people living in the river, hunger and constant alcohol abuse by the men.” Rik, Marieke and young Roan