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t's not certain when Bon-
aire will actually receive
the second hand water tank
trucks from the Netherlands
to haul wastewater away from
waterfront hotels and busi-
nesses, said the Radio Neder-
land website. There is an ur-
gent need to remove wastewater
from the shore area to protect
the coral reef. Removal of the
sewage is part of an action plan
to protect the reef until the cen-
tral serer system is completed in
2014.
According a report, Jozef van
Brussel, Quartermaster of the
Netherlands Ministry of Public
Housing, Environmental Plan-
ning, and Conservation of Na-
ture (VROM) on Bonaire, there
is a plan for the purchase of a
two or three tank trucks, not
10 trucks as originally antici-
pated.
However, the plan still requires
details and the approval of the
Bonaire Executive Council. Ad-
ditionally the price hasn't been
agreed upon since the tankers
will be transferred from the
Ministry of Defense and have to
be shipped to Bonaire. It still
has to be confirmed whether the
tankers are technically suitable,
who is going to drive the tank
trucks, as well as where they
will be garaged and maintained.
The "portable" wastewater treat-
ment plant, to be located at
LVV, will be offered for bid
next month and hopefully be
installed on Bonaire by the end
of this year.
A local environmentalist told
The Reporter, "Why the ob-
struction? Hauling sewage
isn't rocket science. Our reefs
are suffering... don't delay.
Septic tank pump out is already
common practice on Bonaire. "

0 Last weekend the Govern-
ment health department con-
firmed additional cases of
AH1N1 "swine flu" in the An-
tilles. At press time the Antilles
have registered 17 confirmed
AH1N1-cases: one on Bonaire,
10 on Curaqao, zero on Saba,
one on St. Eustatius, and eight
on St. Maarten. Dr. Esther Bern-
abela said Bonaire's victim is
suspected of having become sick
on Bonaire. There are 100 doses
of the general anti-virus pill
Tamiflu available on the island.
An AH1N1 specific anti virus
vaccine won't be available for
general distribution until the end
of this year according to drug
makers.

0 Also last weekend heavy
haulers transported the large
MAN biodiesel generators to
the new power plant near
BOPEC from the downtown
wharf, past the Ministry offices,
through Playa and Hato, con-


Topics relating to the upcoming link of the BES Islands with The Netherlands

0 Commissioner Marugia Janga (photo right), in charge of the structural
changes in government that are evolving towards a direct tie between Bonaire and
Holland, is unhappy with late delivery of documents relating to proposed changes. For
example, Bonaire government approval was requested for changes to the labor agree-
ments for the schools when Holland takes over, but there was no time to allow a re-
view by the teachers' union. She wants the procedure to be corrected.

'Kingdom Relations State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten authorized the transfer of more
than NAf 12 million to the island of Bonaire for payment of outstanding debts. This is mentioned
in her letter of June 16th to the Board of Governors regarding the island's debt reconstruction. The
creditors are the FZOG fund (Medical Expenses, Government Retirement Fund) and SVB for unpaid
premiums, the Water and Electricity Company Bonaire (WEB) and the Mariadal Foundation (San Fran-
cisco Hospital).
There is still a large outstanding amount with the Government Workers Health Plan (BZV) for unpaid
health insurance premiums because the insurer has not confirmed the outstanding amount yet to the
State Secretary. As soon as BZV confirms this, an additional amount of more than NAJ 5 million will
be transferred. In total, Bonaire will receive NAJ 17.638.983 for the debt reconstruction.

,In spite of the promise to pay off the debts of Bonaire, it appears that the Netherlands will not
finance everything. The reason is that some of the debts lack the legal basis to pay them. With some of
the debts which Bonaire acquired during the past years it is not clear whether they "actually exist."

Independent Island Council member Anthony Nicolaas feels he's been cheated. After all, the
Netherlands had promised to take over all debts which Bonaire had incurred during the past years. It
concerns debts with local entrepreneurs and with semi-state-controlled institutes such as the APNA
pension fund, the Lands Ontvanger, and the Bonaire Holding Company, but the island also has out-
standing debts with Bonaire Road Construction Company and Koop Tjuchem.
No funds will be made available for other unspecified debts which the island reported for debt pay-
ment by the Netherlands if it cannot be proven that these debts still exist.
Bijleveld advises Bonaire to look for a debt reconstruction solution in cooperation with the College
financial supervision (Cft). The State Secretary could still arrange for payment in the future, only
"when further developments turn up" with regard to these debts.
According to Lt. Governor Glenn Thod6, there is no question of distrust or deceit.

) Before this coming December The Netherlands is set to take over approximately half of the
tasks of the Netherlands Antilles on behalf of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba that were previ-
ously performed by the Antilles Central Government in Curacao. This information is based on
Political Process Progress Report, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations for-
warded to the Dutch Second Chamber for action.

444 More on BES Islands transition to The Netherlands on page 8 444


tinuing along the Tourist Road
to the new power plant under
construction past Karpata.
Bonaire's roads, already pot-
holed by heavy dump and con-
crete ready-mix trucks travelling
to the plant and wind generator
sites, took another beating.

> The BON-MIA-BON
non-stop flight has returned
thanks to Insel Air. The fare is
about $479, but could be more
or less depending on time and
class. See details on page 18.

)Delta Airlines changed
their schedule to Bonaire
which caused consternation
among Americans planning their
Bonaire trips. Eventually the
Delta website was updated on
Saturday, July 11th which
cleared things up.
Instead of the round trip from
Atlanta departing Friday eve-


ning,
return-

from
Bonaire
on Sat-
urday,
Delta
will in-
stead operate a round-trip flight
on Sunday, with the same time
schedule. The Friday night flight
has been canceled. Effective
Saturday, July 11, the Sunday
round-trip was added to the
schedule.
DL 663 9:40-
2:55, flight
time, 4 hours,
15 minutes.
Return: DL 662
3:45-6:55, flight
time, 4 hours,10
minutes. Fare is
$1300. Add -
$957 for busi- -
ness class.
Additionally,
the resumption
of the seasonal
JFK-BON
flight is now
scheduled for
December 19.
Delta also plans CL-


to upgrade to a big 767 aircraft
on the Saturday ATL-BON
flights between November 7 and
21, 2009. Those passengers
holding reservations on Delta
from Atlanta are encouraged to
contact Delta to re-book new
flights with the revised sched-
ule. (Source: TCB-NY)

) Passengers from US visa
waiver countries (Andorra,
Austria, Australia, Belgium,
Brunei, Czech Republic, Den-
Continued on page 3.


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This Week's Stories
BES Transition Update 2
Digicel Special Olympics Donation 3
Four DayWalkers Leave 3
Citien Science- BBBJ 6
Jong Bonaire Searching 6
Custom Kitchens 7
Church On The Rise 9
Music School Concert 9
Royal Decoration for EMs 9
Windsurfing Week 1C
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Chicks Grow) 11
Pool Time with ATC 12
Going Backto 2001 14
DiadiArt#17 15
InselAir-BON-MIA 18
Looking for Lucky 2C

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Jan Brouwer) 4
Bonairean Voices (Wndsurflng) 7
Bon Qui #10- Bonaire Coat of Arms
8
Body Talk (Drug Sugar) 12
Pet of the Week (Ponky) 12
Bubbles-Did You Know(Plankton 1
Picture Yourself (Aleuians) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
BonQuiz Answer 16
Reporter Masthead 16
Whafs Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Cadillac
Eldorado) 18
Sky Park (Scorpio/Cat eyes) 19
StarPower (Astrology) 19


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
mark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxem-
bourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San
Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzer-
land, and the United Kingdom), are no
longer permitted to use an emergency
passport or a passport without an em-
bedded electronic chip when traveling
to the US. If they do, a visa is necessary.
A US consulate office could make an
exception to this rule. However, this is
only possible in emergency cases, such as
urgent medical reasons or matters such as
the passing away of a family member.
Children travelling to the US should
possess their own passports. This infor-
mation was issued by the Dutch military
police, Marechaussee.

) Following in the BES' islands foot-
steps? The introduction of the Ameri-
can dollar as legal currency on Cura-
cao and St. Martin seems more profit-
able than maintaining the Antillean
guilder, Central Bank President Emsley
Tromp stated. The banks considered his
proposal worth contemplating, even
though his statement surprised a few of
them.
According to Tromp, the introduction of
the dollar is not an immense step since
it's already accepted on Curaqao and St.
Martin.
There are also arguments against the
introduction of the dollar because the
Central Bank will lose its most important
source of income, namely revenues


through issuance of bank notes and by
investments in foreign currency.

0 MCB head Chicu Capriles also
endorses the dollar as a better option
than the euro, as the guilder is already
linked to the dollar, and most of the busi-
ness is done in dollars as well.

0 Central Bank President Emsley
Tromp announced that the 2008 econ-
omy figures for the Netherlands Antilles
increased 2% last year, which is nearly
50% less than in 2007 when the Gross
National Product increased by 3.8%.

) In the early hours of Monday,
July 20, Special Security
Services (SSS) was alerted
to a break-in at Consales
Cash and Carry by the si-
lent alarm. A security guard
was immediately dispatched and when he
noticed a forced entry he called for store
management, backup and the police. Fol-
lowing a search a suspect was found in-
side and arrested. Good work, SSS.

) The Animal Friends Farm could
use your help to feed their 200 animals.
Sylvia asks for donation of bread, fruits
and vegetables. You may drop them off in
the three big buckets in front of the house
selling smoked marlin down the street
from the Pauw Gas Station. There is a
light blue Toyota often parked there.

Have you seen Lucky, the dog?
Turn to the back page. 0 G./L.D.


I We wish great success to
Bonaire power-walkers
SNazario Alberto and Roy
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2M- Bert Foks


S*'T he nose wheel of the
I airplane seems a bit
smaller than my wheelbarrow's -
in fact the whole plane looks like
a miniature, but it's well kept and
clean. I don't see any rust or bro-
ken parts and anyway, I don't
know anything about airplanes.
But this one is tiny. I love to look
at the endless sky above, but
that's when I have my feet on the
ground and the endless waters
that surround us. Yes, they're
beautiful, but I respect them. I
did this once before, somewhere
in the Bahamas. We were in a
tiny plane heading for a big black
cloud filled with thunder and
lightning. The pilot said, 'I'll go
around it,' and he started whis-
tling and the woman next to me,
whom I didn't know, grabbed my
hand and I felt her sweat dripping
through my fingers and I heard
the tremor in her voice when she
said, 'I'm from London...'
Well, here I am, on a beautiful
Sunday afternoon, Bonaire at its
best and not too much wind. So,
after Bert cleaned the window,
checked the gasoline (super) and
everything else, he pushes the
plane on the tarmac and we hop
on. He tells me where the life
vest is not that I would ever
remember in case it comes to that
point he tells me we're not al-


lowed to smoke (I'm dying for
one) and that I can't chat with the
pilot during takeoff or landing.
I feel like we're on a scooter
pretending we're a plane, but... a
miracle happens and we're up in
the air. It wobbles a little bit and
then it seems to get the taste of it,
and there we go.
We're a thousand feet high -
about three hundred meters and
I can see everything, but every-
thing is different. This island that
I love and know so well looks
like a mossy long stretched rock
surrounded by oceans of water.
It's a brave little thing, and to see
it like this, I love it even more. I
forget where I am because this is
another dimension, a different
time and place. Bert's eyes are
trained. He knows what he's see-
ing, I don't it's all new to me.
Bert is my guide. He translates
what my eyes are seeing but what
my brain doesn't seem to get.
At the donkey sanctuary I see a
few donkeys, the land looks very


neat and orderly,
like pieces of a
puzzle put to-
gether. Bert
spots the sta-
dium and says,
'Look, they're
playing!' But to
me the soccer
teams look like
the ants on my
kitchen floor.
The tug boats
are resting at
their pier, the
yachts in the
marina are made
of paper and on
we go, along the
coastline, up
north. I see the
house where my
daughter and granddaughter live
in Hato and my heart shrinks,
because here we are, in the mid-
dle of the endless sea. How come
we people think we own the
world, as in a different perspec-


"It's been magic, this trip... a yellow
sun goes down to sleep in the ocean,
the twilight is setting in and strange
shadows are falling over the island."


Bert Foks


tive we're reduced to nothing?
We fly over Sabadeco, Bert's
house and all the other houses
and the dinky toys that someone
put there, the new electric plant
that's coming up by Bopec, and I
see the misty horizon and the
narrowness of the island. Then
Goto Lake, with its white edges
of salt, pink dots, green hills a
hazy dream land.
We reach Playa Frans and up
and down we go a bit as the wind
comes from a different angle, the
salt pans and more pink dots, a


fishing boat with a very brave
man in it, and cacti, cacti, cacti,
like the stubby beard on a man's
face after a rough night on the
town.
Washington Park is a restricted
area for planes, but as the island
is so narrow you can see it all,
flying along the coastline. The
Park is pure like someone pulled
it out from the waters just re-
cently a handful of hills in the
center sloping towards the sea,
peaceful and precious.
(Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009


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(Continued from page 4)
The rock formation on the east coast is
odd; a long forgotten tsunami must have
taken a big bite out of the original natural
wall. And then we see the foundations for
the 12 windmills which are going to pro-
vide us with 30% of our electricity needs.
We pass Rincon, embedded in the hills,
colorful, beautiful, Caribbean old and
very dear. Fontein is a shiny emerald, and
all the colors around it seem faded. Then
Washikemba, where the excavation ma-
chines of the government ate away layers
of rock from the coastline to use in con-
struction. We see the old slave wall of
Rooi Lamoenchi and then the deep green
mangroves of Lac Bay, following the
coastline as we're not allowed to fly over
the saltpans. Bert points out where the
flamingo sanctuary is a mystic place
known by few.
From the air I see the old basins from
the time of slavery, neatly cut in squares,
Red Slave, White Slave, magically re-
vealed from the past by the freak of the
light. Then, at my request, Bert takes me
to the animal shelter and I whisper 'hello'
to all our dogs and cats, and as a bonus we
fly over my house in Nort di Salina, the
most beautiful place of the island my
terrain and that of my neighbors' over-
grown with trees... but what's that?
What's all that water and those glistening
streams that come down from those hills?
It isn't the rainy season! A dam, tiny little
rivers! That's why I have so many mos-
quitoes!
It's been magic, this trip. A yellow sun
goes down to sleep in the ocean, the twi-
light is setting in and strange shadows are
falling over the island. We make a velvet


landing and any time, whenever, I
would do it again, immediately!

Bert says, "It's Edith's fault (his
wife), because on August 24t 2006, A
she gave me a private flight with the
BonAero Club. I got hooked and I
started taking flying lessons with Roy
Celestijn as my instructor. I had to get
used to such a small plane (a Cessna-
172) and during the first lesson we
went straight up in the air. Very scary!
Well, maybe not scary, but it was
strange: the two of us glued together
in such a tiny space, the heat, the
sweating and the stress. The first cou-
ple of lessons I came out of the plane
looking like a rag. Roy's job was to
prepare me for my first solo flight and
I was fast; I started September 2006
and after 20 lessons, November 28t
2006, I went on my first solo flight.
And that's something you never for-
get... one of the most important moments
of my life.
It went like this. I flew three times a
week and was doing mostly touch and
goes, which is the most important thing,
and then one day Roy told me, 'I'm get-
ting out of here, you can do it yourself!'
Sweat in my hands lots of it and then I
did three 'touch and goes' alone actu-
ally I did four," he laughs. "All nerves! It
was a milestone and then it started for
real.
I had to work towards my exam. I did
the theory part in Aruba, the American
training supervised by the FAA. It's not
possible anymore. Then I had to work on
building up my hours, and when I had 80
hours of flying I went to Florida. I was in
Pompano Beach Airport at a flight school


for two weeks doing the final part of the
training which ended in a checkup ride
with an examiner who checks to see
whether you've been taught well.
If you want to become a pilot, you
should start when you're young. It's eas-
ier to learn things and you don't think so
much about everything that can go wrong.
I am 61 now and I got my license when I
was 60. I am more careful than a younger
person. In the beginning I was very inse-
cure, but now I feel confident. I trust my
material, my knowledge and experience.
The more you fly, the better you get. I've
made 550 landings now and I've flown
220 hours. It's not a cheap training. All in
all it costs about $15,000. But you get an
American license for a single engine air-
craft, which is valid all over the world.


This plane belongs to the BonAero
Club. It has four owners and I am one of
them.
Shortly after I got my license I found
out there was a big interest in sightseeing
flights and I also started to promote them.
It's unique, everyone sees it with different
eyes, but they all love it!"
The price for a localflight is $250, with
a maximum of three passengers. For in-
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Bud Gillan has been compiling sightings, photos, videos, and
specimens of the BBBJ since 1989.


Bud Gillan's recent CIEE
presentation on the
magnificent new species" of
Cubozoan (box jellyfish) found
primarily in Bonaire's waters
emphasized how "everybody,
regardless of background, de-
grees, etc. can be a contributor to
real science." A biologist work-
ing with the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, D.C., Gillan de-
scribed the "citizen science" on
Bonaire that enabled jellyfish
experts to determine that the
Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish
(BBBJ) is most likely a new spe-
cies.


Although five box jellies are
found off Bonaire, the BBBJ is
found almost exclusively here,
with occasional appearances off
St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Cozumel
and Roaatan. Since the 1980s
there have been sightings of the
BBBJ, but it took some time be-
fore there were actual photo-
graphs, video and specimens to
examine. When the first video
images of the BBBJ were sent in
2001 to Gillan by tourist Vicki
Carr, he showed them to 10 jel-
lyfish experts "who had no idea
what it was." One even theorized
that it could be an entirely new


genus. From 2006-2009, there
were more sightings, stings, pho-
tographs and finally some speci-
mens. The first specimen, a bit
raggedy after being collected off
a rock at Bachelor's Beach by
Pauline Kayes and Siomara
Albertus, was turned over to
Tish Dace and Jake Richter for
photographs and preservation.
The second, and most intact
specimen of seven inches long,
was lured into a plastic bag by
Johan van Blerk at No Name
Beach on Klein Bonaire. Both
specimens have entered scientific
history and become part of the
Smithsonian Institute's collec-
tion.
In June, "The Year of Science
2009," a website sponsored by a
collection of renowned scientific
institutions, agencies and organi-
zations, celebrated the "Year of
the Ocean" by featuring the
BBBJ and initiating a "Name the
Species" contest. In fact, the
contest was advertised in the new
Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian
with over 500 suggestions sub-
mitted for a species name to be
added to the genus name of ta-
moya. (To view the submissions
and the finalists, go to
www.vearofscience2009.org).
According to Gillan, both the
Smithsonian and the Year of Sci-
ence were impressed with all the


"citizens" involved in the science
of this new discovery.
Authored by Gillan and his
colleagues, an article on what is
known so far about the BBBJ will
appear in a forthcoming issue of
the journal Zootaxa. Some high-
lights: the BBBJ is a strong and
fast swimmer (not just a floater);
it has sensory organs called rho-
palia with a total of six "eyes";
its tentacles are generally
"banded" orange and white with
some variations in color. Like
other box jellies, its nematocysts
(or stinging cells) shoot out fast
(up to 5 million times the force of
gravity) and can cause painful,
even deadly, stings! And, al-
though Gillan is looking for more
specimens, he advises, "Take a
Ziploc bag with you snorkeling
and diving to collect BBBJs, but
don't get stung!"
As for the winning species
name for the new tamoya, that
has been put on hold because a
"cousin" has just recently been
found in the waters off Brazil.
Before the BBBJ can be declared
a distinct species, the DNA of the
two creatures must be compared.
Stay posted.
Special Note: If you do get
stung by a BBBJ or any other box
jelly, the best advice is to go di-
rectly to the hospital in case you
have an allergic reaction, which


Johan van Blerk shows off
samples of tiny box jellies he
collected last year on Bonaire
for Gillan's examination.

can trigger breathing problems
and heart palpitations. Story
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July to sign Bilha Thomas, (left) with the 2007 Championship
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Bonaire
Registry and receive a free lemonada. Jong Bonaire is trying to find all former
members as part of its 10-year celebration and Larry's Bakery will be the central
location during vakansi.
Larry's Bakery, on Kaya Cacique, across from the buurscentrum in Nord Salina, is
now owned by Bilha Thomas, former manager of Jong Bonaire and still a part-time
member of the Jong Bonaire staff. Bilha is helping to organize the 10-year celebration
and wants to find all former members.
"We have copies of a short registration form for members to use at the bakery," says
Thomas. "And I would enjoy seeing all our old members again and learning about
what they are doing now."
"Former members can also sign up on-line at http://www.iongbonaire.org" says Tho-
mas. "click on the button that says '10 ana reunion'." Former members can also stop
by Jong Bonaire or contact Thomas via phone at 556-3018 if they do not have internet
access.
"We also want to find former members in Curaao, Holland, Aruba and where ever
they are," says Thomas. So former members are asked to pass the information on to
friends and family members. "We could have as many as 1,000 teens who have been
members over the past 10 years and want to find them if we can."
On 5 August there will also be a big BBQ at Jong Bonaire for all former and current
members, to kick off the 10-year celebration. "Our goal is to try to find as many former
member of Jong Bonaire as possible and to learn about what they are doing," says Jong
Bonaire manager Jona Chirino. "We also want to find out what they think the young
people of Bonaire need in the future so we want their ideas and suggestions." "Jong
Bonaire will host a conference in October where young people of the island will be able
to meet and to discuss what they think Jong Bonaire and the island should be doing for
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WINDSURFING MEETS ITS GOAL
W indsurfing is one of the most profes-
sional and popular sports here on
Bonaire and it's a great example for other
sports organizations on the island. Let's have
the same courage as the members of the Bo-
nairean Windsurfing Club have to help sports
here in Bonaire for the sake of our children.
The president of the Bonaire Sailing Founda-
tion, Elvis "Piskechi" Martinus, greeted the
participants to the Pro Kids Free Style World
Championships and Slalom events and wel-
comed them. Lt. Governor Glenn Thodd dis-
played his enthusiasm by arriving on a wind-
surfer board instead of in his limo.
Elvis says:
"About 20 years ago we tried to have slalom
competitions here in Bonaire. We are very
thankful for this year's participants in the Pro-
kids Freestyle and Junior and Youths in the
Slalom event. What happened in this beautiful
sport of windsurfing doesn't happen in all
sports where people of all ages can participate:
daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, grandchil-
dren and grandfathers competing for the world
title in the same event.
Something very personal to me is that more
than 25 years ago we didn't have a lot of peo-
ple practicing this sport in Bonaire, but the
Aqua Speed group stimulated a lot of young
Bonaireans to practice this sport. Today, with a
lot of effort, the Aqua Speed Bonaire Wind-
surfing Club together with the Bonaire Sailing
Foundation (BSaF) have produced good wind-
surfers.
We have Patun Saragoza who has partici-
pated twice in the Olympics games. And what
about Tonky and Tati Frans and Kiri Thod6
who are strong candidates for the free style
world title? Tati Frans is having a lot of suc-
cess in professional slalom. And titles have
been won by our younger youths like Jurgen
Saragoza, Amado Vrieswijk, Jup Smit and
Bjom Saragoza. Even Sarah-Quita Offringa
fell in love with windsurfing because of the
Bonairean kids. Representing Aruba today she
is a professional world champion.
What makes us even more proud today of
windsurfing, and what a lot of people don't
know, is that the category, 'Pro-kids,' was
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'masters' category and it's a guarantee that
windsurfing has a bright future.
This week, with youths competing with the
masters it is a good opportunity for them to
learn from the grown ups. Bonaire, with only
15,000 habitants, has at least three windsurfers
in the top 10 of professional freestylers. In
slalom we have a world champion in kids less
than 13 years old and this year in the competi-
tion on our home island of Bonaire, different
ages are inspired to win various titles.
Windsurfing has become a national sport
here in Bonaire, and it's the only sport that has
organized a world championship here on the
island. On three occasions the PWA
(Professional Windsurfing Association) organ-
ized world championships and the Interna-
tional Funboard Class Association (IFCA)
had one last year in freestyle as well as this
year's slalom world championships.
The Aqua Speed Windsurfing organization
and the BSaF are more than thankful to all the
sponsors and also to the volunteers. Without
them it would be impossible to organize this
magnificent event. And a special thanks to all
the visiting participants. We know it's not easy
to get to Bonaire with all their equipment. But
in spite of all this they are here and we hope
they will enjoy themselves in the sea, with the
wonderful breeze that Bonaire has to offer and
its nice nature.
Our local athletes have been training for a
long time and almost every day. Bonaire is
very proud today of its athletes. And addition-
ally, this year in this event we launched a new
style of competition which was created by
Bonairean Cesar Finies. The style of this com-
petition is called 'flowstyle.' What makes this
style more special is that the competition can
be done with wind or without wind.
Once more, welcome and enjoy this tropical
paradise Bonaire."E
Siomara E. Albertus
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Transition Updates


Transition Continued from page 2

) During the negotiations
with the BES islands on the
future political structure, too
little attention was given to
environmental protection, ac-
cording to the Dutch Council for
the National Territory (RLG).
The Council, which advises the
Government and the Chambers
on nature policy, wrote that, as
soon as the BES islands become
public bodies of The Nether-
lands, The Netherlands would
also be responsible for the nature
on the islands.
When the BES islands are
added The Netherlands...
"biodiversity will increase from
about 40,000 up to about 50,000
species. Among those, there are
200 planet-unique species, and
more than 100 are registered as
endangered species on the
CITES list (Convention on Inter-
national Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora). Caribbean coral reefs
(Bonaire) and cloud forests
(Saba) will be added to dunes,
heather and arable land, as im-
portant sceneries of the Nether-
lands," the RLG wrote.

) Currently, there is a sub-
stantial local and central gov-
ernment responsibility for na-
ture on the BES islands. With
the transition of the islands in
2010 to The Netherlands, the
support of the local government
will stop. Consequently the un-
spoiled environment, Bonaire's
prime asset for tourism, will be
at risk unless The Netherlands
steps in. The responsibility for
arranging this protection lies
with the Dutch Minister of LNV,
Gerda Verburg, and the State
Secretary of BZK, State Secre-
tary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten.
Around September 1st the LNV
will be dispatching a project atta-
ch6 to investigate the situation.
Bijleveld-Schouten feels that
this is important, "as it empha-
sizes that we will obtain very
exceptional natural territories.
The preservation of the nature is
very important, also for the local
economies which for the most
part are dependent on tourism."

0 For the time being, State
Secretary Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten of Kingdom Rela-
tions (CDA) will not concern
herself about the plans to hold
a referendum on the political
future on Bonaire. However,
she does warn that the stage of
negotiating has expired and
that it would not be evidence of
good governance to recant on
the agreements. During Bi-


jleveld-Schouten's visit in June,
political leader Jopie Abraham
confirmed that there was an in-
tention to hold a referendum.
The delegation from Bonaire
also stated "that in general
they were positive about the
process and that they did not
have the intention to restrain,"
said the State Secretary in her
answer to questions of Lower
Chamber member Cynthia Or-
tega-Martijn. However, the new
Bonaire Executive Council
wishes to take the time to study
all agreements and plans be-
tween The Netherlands and Bon-
aire before it takes a stand.

0 The Second Chamber
wants the Dutch Government
to say "no" to new constitu-
tional negotiations with Bon-
aire if its people were to vote for
another status, member of Parlia-
ment (MP) Bas Jan van Bochove
of the Christian Democratic
Party (CDA) said to State Secre-
tary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten
during a meeting of Parliament's
Permanent Committee of Antil-
lean and Aruban Affairs.
MP Johan Remkes of the lib-
eral democratic VVD party also
warned the State Secretary not to
enter into renegotiations with
Bonaire.
Bijleveld-Schouten said Bon-
aire was free to organize a refer-
endum. She did not comment on
the possibility of new negotia-
tions.

) The Lt. Governors,
Deputies/Commissioners and
Island Council members of
Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-


tius will retain their income
when the islands soon tighten
bonds with the Netherlands.
Their legal positions will remain
similar to that of the current
situation for as far as possible.
Minister Guusje ter Horst of In-
ternal Affairs and Kingdom Re-
lations announced this in a letter
to the Lower Chamber. There
will be no transfer to the Dutch
system for the officials. Accord-
ing to her, this would not be logi-
cal due to the tax differences, the
cost of living, the exchange rates
and the level of provisions.
Nevertheless, she had a compari-
son* drawn up. Except for Bon-
aire, the salaries and reimburse-
ments of expenses of the Lt.
Governors on average are com-
parable with those of Mayors of
Dutch municipalities with a com-
parable population.
Members of the Island Council
will also earn approximately the
same as municipality council-
members in The Netherlands.
Only the Deputies get less. The
Deputies of Bonaire will receive
approximately 2.000 euros less
per month than their Dutch col-
leagues. Moreover, for all Depu-
ties, two of the reimbursements
of expenses will be cancelled as
they will become redundant after
the transition. The Lt. Governor
of Bonaire earns less than a
mayor of a Dutch municipality
with a similar population size.
Also employees of the prison
system, the police, coastguard,
customs and the judiciary will
not qualify for Dutch terms of
employment, according to Ter
Horst, and an adjustment of the
current agreements is not


planned.





*According to a sheet provided
by Ter Horst, the Lt. Governors of
Saba and St. Eustatius earn a
monthly salary of NAf 10.506
plus an allowance ofNAf 852. In
Bonaire the Lt. Governor earns a
salary ofNAf 11.501 plus an al-
lowance of NAf 1.085. In the
Netherlands, a mayor of a town
with a population of 14,000 to
24,000 earns 700 to 2,000 euros
more than his "'colleague" in Bon-
aire.
Commissioners in Bonaire and
St. Eustatius earn less than alder-
men of Dutch municipalities. Sa-
ban and Statian commissioners
receive a salary of NAf 8.700,
whereas their colleagues on Bon-
aire earn NAf 9.257. Aldermen of
small Dutch towns comparable in
size to Saba earn some 500 euros
less then the commissioners on
Saba. Aldermen of Dutch munici-
palities with 2,000-4,000 inhabi-
tants earn some 350 euros more
than the commissioners on St.
Eustatius.
Commissioners also receive
an allowance if they are members
of the Island Council. On Bonaire,
Island Council members receive an
allowance ofNAf 942, in St.
Eustatius NAf 800 and in Saba
NAf 418. With the exception of
St. Eustatius, these amounts are
comparable to the allowances of
members of municipal councils in
the Netherlands. 0 G.D.


BonQuiz #11


A Coat of Arms is often
used to establish an iden-
tity be it a country or a family.
Bonaire has a coat of arms which
often appears on official govern-
ment correspondence. On June
26, 1986, an island decree was
signed, accepting the design.
The crown indicates the island
is part of the Dutch kingdom, as
permitted under heraldic rules.
The seafarer's wheel represents
the Bonaireans' seafaring tradi-
tion.
The compass is to guide the
course of the island.
The six-pointed star, besides
representing the compass rose,
also reflects Bonaire's six tradi-
tional neighborhoods.
The color blue connects the
island to the skies and sea, both
of which are blue.

Q) What two items appear in
both the Flag and the Coat of
Arms?
Answer on page 16
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The First VWO (PRE-UNVESY) class on Bonaire, 2009.

In Our eyes you are the champions of that we all dream to be.

MAY THE PATH YOU CHOOSE IN YOUR PROFESSIONS AND TO
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he International Bible Church of
Bonaire (IBCB) had its ground
breaking ceremony this past Sunday with
many of the members and some invited
guest attending. Rain threatened the cere-
mony but held off until Pastor Baran said
the final prayer.
The church was known for many years
as the only English speaking church on
the island and originated with Trans
World Radio (TWR) missionaries back
when the radio station was built. Since
that early beginning, the church has gone
through many changes and several pastors
and with each change and each pastor,
improvement was noted. In the early days,
there were over 60 families working with
TWR and so the church had, on many
Sundays, over 100 people at the service.
Changes in TWR resulted in fewer than
five families remaining on the island.
Most of the programming is now done in
other countries so the 60 families are no
longer needed here on Bonaire. With that,
the membership in the church started de-
clining in 2000 and finally hit a low in
2005. Now with the energy of the congre-
gation, and the Pastoral staff, the people
attending are now topping 60 so, as one of
the members said, "We are now known as
the "Church On the Rise." Many new
programs have been instituted, such as
"Feed the Poor and Down and Out." New
children's programs in English and Dutch
are taught. A team of young teachers from


Nashville Tennessee,
are flying in on the 18th
of July to teach kids
who attend Bible
School beginning July
20th for two weeks.
Over 100 kids attended
last year and an even -
larger number is ex-
pected this year.
IBCB has become the
tourists' home church
when they come to
Bonaire for a vacation.
During tourist season
there are many families
who regularly attend
the church services, and as Pastor Baran
says, "They are all welcomed and greatly
appreciated." Many of the medical stu-
dents who are fluent in English find a
comfort in the service of the church, so
one can only imagine the growth potential
for new members present on Bonaire.

One of the members stated that the old
saying was absolutely true: "The way to a
man's heart is through his stomach." So
they have instituted a pancake breakfast
starting July 26th for all those in atten-
dance, starting at 7:30 am. The church
says it is free and all are invited to attend.
This is scheduled to be a quarterly event
until it is proven it is needed no more.
Each Sunday before service, and after


1-1:--

service, the church and visitors are serve
coffee and cookies. This program was
started about a year ago and is
going very well especially with
the kids. The church is open to
all people from all walks of life
and especially those who have
new ideas and want to see the
church stand as The Church on
the Rise.
Each Sunday, the church
meets at 9am for the morning
service, at the local high school,
300 meters south of Flamingo
TV, and will do so until their
new building is ready which is
estimated to be in the fall of
this year. 0 Bob Lassiter


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On February 27 he stepped
down to become a member of
the Bonaire Executive Council.
Last week at the Governor's
Palace in Curaqao he received a
royal honor and was named an
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L T ast week Bonaire hosted a duo of world-class windsurfing
competitions: the first Bonaire Slalom Worlds and the fifth
Pro Kids Freestyle. It was an event that rivaled the annual Bonaire Regatta in scope
and organization. .-
And the winds at Lac Bay were cooperative, blowing strongly every day, except
Sunday when it didn't matter too much for the Freestyle event. The week-long series
focused both on beach culture and sailing. Competitors were from Hawaii, The Neth-
erlands, Martinique, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Venezuela, Aruba,
Curaqao, Austria, Great Britain, the US and of course Bonaire.
It is the first time that an IFCA (International Funboard Class Association) event
was held on Bonaire. Pro Kids entered. National and international windsurfing celebri-
ties participated, and there were competitions amateurs too. Numerous other interest-
ing activities were organized round the competitions. Enjoy the photos (courtesy of
the event press office) For complete results and lots of other information go to htt://
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fta EhibB

T his year, the Bonaire Lora project
is hosting a diverse and dynamic
team of researchers. Recently Gabriela
Hadjuk, a recent graduate from Chelten-
ham Ladies College in England, joined
us on the project. Gabi has a fascinating
background in keeping and breeding
captive birds and brings a great new in-
sight to the project. Sadly, the project's
long term assistant, Jon Dunn, will be
leaving the island this week to continue
with his studies and master's thesis in
Imperial College London. Jon has been
an enormous help to the project this
year, and we will certainly miss him
when he leaves.
Jon's work towards his master's thesis
has involved observing the growth rate
of chicks in certain nests when some
native fruit is provided for the parents to
feed on. We will eagerly await his find-
ings.

Back in the mondi, the Loras are com-
pletely oblivious to the comings and
going of the team and are happily getting
on with feeding their chicks that are fi-
nally beginning to look like real Loras.
By now, they are developing feathers
and those beautiful colours that we get
glimpses of when they fly overhead. The
chicks that have made it this far have run
a serious gauntlet, competing with sib-
lings for food, fighting potential disease
and predators. They are no longer com-
pletely defenceless, are more alert and
are developing into real characters.
These are the strongest of all of the
chicks that hatched, but they still face
one more threat-poachers.

The poachers strike when the chicks
are about to fledge. That way they don't
have to do any of the work involved in
raising it such as hand feeding. Poachers
wait until the Lora parents have done all
of the work in raising their young to an
age where they are ready to join the wild
population. Then they are snapped up
and put in a cage, never to experience
the freedom of flight.
The ringing of captive Loras in 2002
and the enforcement of a significant fine
for keeping an illegally captured bird has
deterred many poachers from this unsus-
tainable activity, but in truth it still hap-
pens. Chicks that have been monitored
closely by the Lora Watch team in the
wild have since appeared in people's
houses as pets.

For Bonaire's Lora, life is getting in-
creasingly hard. The constantly changing
face of the island with more and more
habitat destruction for development
means that the Lora's feeding and nest-
ing grounds are under threat. As a result,
finding food is difficult, especially in the
dry season, and this means that they
must venture into the irrigated gardens
of Kralendijk and Rincon to find some
sustenance. This is why people are notic-


ing more Loras in town in the past few
weeks, and as a result an increasing
amount are turning into road-kill!
A nesting Lora will very rarely fledge
all of its chicks, as many will fail to sur-
vive the first three weeks. With an al-
ready high mortality rate amongst
chicks, the Lora doesn't need any more
threats and struggles contributed by hu-
mans to produce young that will make it
into the wild.
We know that a Lora in captivity can
live to at least 30 years of age, but no-
body knows long they live in the wild.
With a healthier diet, better quality of
life and good social interaction, maybe
they can live even longer.?
Who knows what Bonaire will be like
in 30 years time for the chicks that will
make it into the wild this year?E
Rhian Evans
Ms Evans is a Biologist from University
ofBirmingham UK. She is in her second
year ofstudying the Loras on Bonaire.


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race?
Many fish species have a
bipartite life cycle. This means
that they live the first part of
their lives as plankton and the
second part as fish on the reef.
Plankton are organisms (both
plants and animals) that float
freely with the currents in the
open ocean. Plankton are the
base of the marine food web.
The plant plankton called
phytoplankton can photosynthesize. They use
the sun's energy and carbon dioxide to make sug-
ars and oxygen. They have many strategies for
staying afloat in the water such as small bodies or
oil droplets in their body. Planktonic organisms
also have many ways of moving around in the
currents. A study by Leis and Carson-Ewart
(1997) showed that one planktonic larvae can
swim the equivalent of 13 of its body lengths in 1
second. This is the equivalent of a human swim-
ming 100 meters in 3.6 seconds. The Olympic
record, held by Pieter Van Den Hoogenband of
the Netherlands for the 100 meters freestyle, is


Pet of the Week

Ponky was found more than four
weeks ago. He was tied to a post by
a four-foot-long chain, no shade, no wa-
ter and almost no food. After we fed him
for a couple of weeks he became less shy.
I decided to take him home because there
was somebody who showed interest in
offering Ponky a better life. Unfortu-
nately that fell through. Ponky has been
with us because I thought him too shy for
the Shelter. He turns out to be a very
friendly, playful dog who loves the com-
pany of other dogs, cats and people. I
cannot keep him. He deserves a better
life. Please phone Marjolijn: 71-6321 or e-mail bimaro#iflamingotv.net-Marjolijn Eillebrecht
Want to help control the unwanted animal population on the island? Encourage your friends and
neighbors who own cats or dogs to have them sterilized. It's free right now at the Shelter. Call 717-
4989. Contribute to the Shelter's "Sterilization Fund," MCB Account 10616410. 0 L.D.


A LEGAL
RECREATIONAL DRUG

When you take a substance
out of nature and refine it
to maximize its chemical surface
area and biological activity, you
create a drug outlawed by most
governments worldwide. Why?
Because it is dangerous to a per-
son's health! Considering the cur-
rent world population, these drugs
are used and abused by a very small
percentage of people.
Of course, the War on Drugs is
much closer to home, especially if
you have teenage children. We have
all seen the destruction and heart-
aches that drug abuse causes indi-
viduals and families.
Let's go back to the well known
outlawed drugs. We all agree they
are derived from a natural sub-
stance.
Cocaine a drug refined from
coca leaves
Opium- a drug refined from
poppies
Most of us know that these drugs
are highly addictive; they will rot
your teeth, cause irritability, mood
swings, irrational behavior, disrupt
normal brain function and cause
severe withdrawal symptoms.
I will now add a third drug -
SUGAR- a drug refined from
sugar cane.
The difference between Cocaine,
Opium and Sugar is that the first
two are outlawed by governments,
whereas sugar is subsidized and
receives legal immunity.
Have you ever been without that
"sugar fix" for a few hours? What
do you have for a quick "pick me
up?" A soda drink, a chocolate, a
cookie or even a cigarette. (Yes,
most cigarettes contain sugar in the
form of molasses.)
Almost everyone will deny that
they or their children are addicted to
sugar and will tell you they con-
sume very little table sugar. How-
ever, most people are blissfully
unaware of all those hidden sugars,
cleverly disguised and reasonably
healthy sounding like corn syrup,
or high fructose corn syrup or
corn starch, found in most manu-
factured food items.
Sugar in its correct form, is as
essential to our bodies as fuel is to
our vehicles. With the correct "fuel"


our bodies will function at their best
and without disease.
Your saliva (alkaline) neutralizes
all acidity and washes away leftover
bits of food, aiding the digestive
process. This process is reversed
with the consumption of refined
sugar which feeds dangerous bacte-
ria and fungi in the mouth allowing
them to proliferate.
Refined sugars together with dairy
products cause a lot of mucus pro-
duction. This rubber like substance
called "mucoid plaque" develops
in the gastrointestinal tract and is
made up of gluten, mucus, foreign
protein and other food by-products,
blocking the nutritional components
of our food from being adequately
absorbed into the body. This leads
to congestion problems in areas like
sinus, throat, bronchi and lungs.
In short, sugar in the daily diet
interferes with the immune system's
ability to fight off bacteria, leading
to long term problems like arthritis,
allergies and asthma, hyperactivity
in children, peptic ulcers, yeast in-
fections, cholesterol, colds etc.
Have you, because of health or
weight problems, moved onto
"diet," "sugar-free" or "light"
drinks or are you using artificial
sweeteners? Beware! UStephanie
Bennett
Next issue: Continuation: Sugar
Substitutes.
Author Stepha- 7
nie Bennett was
born in Cape
Town, South
Africa, where she
studied herbs,
minerals and
nutrition. Before
moving to Bonaire she continued her
studies in UK, and now researches
health issues that particularly affect
people on Bonaire and other Carib-
bean Islands.


Participants of the Activity Training Center in Rincon celebrate the opening of the newly-
accessible pool at Roomer's Hotel The ATC works with people of all ages with mental and physi-
cal disabilities and will be having "pool time" once a month at the Roomer Resort in Belnem.


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ology major and Theatre
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irin Lausman
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The Bonaire Reporter Back In Time To 2001
Commemorating 15 Years


JOIN US TO Go BACK IN
BONAIRE'S HISTORY To
2001 8 YEARS AGO.

In April 2001 The Bonaire
Reporter became tabloid
size, as it remains today. The
paper grew to 16 pages and
added new columns including
"On the Island Since..." by Greta
Koistra, and "Picture Yourself
with The Bonaire Reporter, fa-
vorites which continue, plus
"Pat's Puzzle;" "Burrfish Chroni-
cles" and "Eeery, Elfish Eng-
lish."

Just Some of the Stories in
2001: Free Diving, NGOs team
up for Nature, Photo Adventures
at Harbour Village, Ecotourism,
Dive Festival, History Lesson for
Dealing with Development, Bon-
aire's Special Spots, Tortuganan
Project-local kids learn to snorkel
and about marine environment,
Bonaire's Bats, New Restaurant
News, To Feed or Not to Feed
Fish, Young Windsurfers Com-
pete in Florida, Karnaval, Nature
Shop Nutrabon, LVV, Chaine
des Rotisseurs, Majestic Journey
opens, Bonaire Jazz Club events,
Clean up Volunteers, Flowering
Brasilwood, Bongo's from the
Congo, Camp for Kids, Jazz A 1
Fresco, Drug Busters (Nolly and
dog Chita at airport), Goat
Roundup at Washington Park,
Blonk Boatworks, Fishing Tour-
nament, Portrait of an Artist-
Nochi Coffie, Franklin Antoin-
Medic Air Pilot, Medic Air Am-
bulance Plane, Earth Day Activi-
ties, Medical Emergencies- What
Happens? Spa at Harbour Vil-
lage, BOPEC, Soldachi Tours,
Maritime Day, Rincon Market
Day, Web Cam Wackiness, Jerry
Ligon's Season of Change, Man-
gazina di Rei, Bonaire's Oldest
Diver and Oldest Windsurfer,
New Police Commissioner Tiara
Haselhoef, Flamingo Fast Ferry,
Bonaire Sports Pro Miguel Angel
Brito-Adrian, Dive Festival
2001, Changing Times in Real
Estate, Understanding Land
Lease, Stan Waterman, the Man,
Peruvian Photo Adventure with
Dos Winkel & Team, Artist
Yenny Rijna & Adi Figaroa,
Bonaire Opens its Heart for Billy
Valentijn, Skol di Bario, Florida
Park Service Aids Washington
Park, Environmental Hero Andre
Lendering of Napa, Local Fish-
ing Tournament, East Side Div-
ing, Bonaire Day Festivities, Se-
ries on Bonaire's Bats, Booby
Paradise, Soldachi Tours, Don-
key Dilemma, The Sextant, Priki-
chi Study, Bonaire's Marathon
Man Delno Tromp, Alcon Liq-
uors & Wines-a Perfect Blend,
Cooking for Kids with Lillian
Cicilia, Tutti Frutti Folkloric
Group, Artist Winfred Dania-
Bonaire's Living Treasure, Bon-


aire Runners Win in Curaqao,
Cape Cod comes to Bonaire
(Ann Phelan), Dutch Holiday
Traditions, Universal Flying
School of Bonaire-The Sky's the
Limit, Drift Diving Bonaire
Style, Exploring the Windjam-
mer, ARTEBON Exposition:
Ronald Verhoeven & Josephine
Ebing, In the Path of Cousteau-
Hendrik Wuyts, Liquid Gold of
the Caribbean (Aloe Vera), First
Woman Diving Instructor in
Bonaire-Jenny Marchena, Creat-
ing Chefs of Tomorrow, Marine
Park Volunteers......and many,
many more.

Highlights week-by-week
Jan. 9
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-Haitian bike team visits Bon-
aire
-15 police officers leave for
better paying jobs, mostly in Hol-
land
-Karpata Project debated.
(Project is for 500 vacation
houses, 18-hole golf course and
sports complex on 600 acres-200
hectares of govt. land)
Jan. 30
-Wastewater project with Paul
van der Heijden's plan. By 2004
the first phase, Playa Lechi, to be
operational (We're still waiting)
-Opening of De Islander Res-
taurant by Tulsie and Davika
Bissessar
-Press Association names
Maritza Juan Pedro & Dennis
Martinus as Man and Woman of
the Year
Feb. 13
-Bonaire tourism dipped in
2000 by 17% as compared with
1999
-In 2000, 71 cruise ships called
at Bonaire carrying 43,540 visi-
tors an increase of 294% from
1999
-Netherlands Antilles Park
Managers visit Bonaire and
compare notes
Feb. 27
-Bonaire has 6% unemploy-
ment
Mar. 6
-Population declines by 3.5%
Leaving were 996 citizens and
159 immigrants. Majority of citi-
zens went to Holland for better
economic conditions. Immigrants
left because of a diminished de-
mand for their labor.
-About 35% of population is
foreign born
-Effort to establish a Montes-
sori school on Bonaire (failed)
-Windsurfing Team has swept
the Midwinter Competition in
Merritt Island, Florida
-Bonaire's Bat Action Team
becomes a non-profit founda-


tion. Its aim is to educate and


make people aware of these im-
portant animals as well as spon-
soring research to map caves to
determine which are sensitive to
human intrusion. What they ac-
complished: spoke to Parliament,
CURO, tour guides and
STINAPA, arranged for a bat
researcher to begin baseline
study of population, inventoried
82 caves (29 housing bats), com-
pleted a Bat Module to be used in
the elementary schools, stopped
blasting next to the sensitive
Lima cave system for the air-
port's runway extension, de-
signed and installed an awareness
sign at Slagbaai, initiated a tour-
ist awareness program through
Bonaire Talk, the local press and
The Reporter and installed two
experimental bat houses at Bar-
cadera.
Mar. 13
-24 members of Bonaire Junior
Windsurfing Team return
from Florida sweep first three
places in their classes including
racing and freestyle events.
-Bonaire shore-dive 'Bible,'
"Bonaire Diving Made Easy,"
gets baptized
-Country census says popula-
tion of Bonaire is around
11,000 rather than the 14,200
listed on the Census Department
(Bevolking) rolls.
-ALM will expand transatlan-
tic schedule using Belgian airline
Sobolair.


-First ever Bonaire Jazz Festi-
val
Apr. 10
- The Reporter becomes twice
as big tabloid size and in-
creases printing to 1,500 issues
a week. Cover Shot is Kirk Gos-
den of Lion's Dive Beach Bar &
Restaurant
-Economy on the upswing -
visitor arrivals show increase this
year, but will the peak of 65,000
visitors in 1996 be approached?


-Corine and Jan-Henk van der
Wier at Sunbelt Realty
May 1
-Yacht Club Apartments
grand opening
-Pascal DeMeyer's Dive Bus is
born
May 8
-Bonaire's first Internet Mar-
riage: Edward Thielman &
Nydia Sergo
May 22
-Cornelia "Connie" Fischer
& Rob van Lier marry
-Air Jamaica confirms it will
fly to Bonaire three times a week
beginning July 1
-American Eagle begins non-
stop service to Bonaire from San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 6
-Jong Bonaire hosts world's
first Internet banquet fund
raiser
-Government awards historic
old slave hospital to ARTE-
BON, Bonaire Art Association
June 13
-Caren Eckrich & Frans
Roefs marry
-Budget Marine opens
July 4
-CURO (Council of Underwa-
ter Resort Operators) figures: In
2000 Bonaire had 51,000 tour-
ist arrivals. Over 50%, or
25,561, were scuba divers
July 18
-Pieter Zweers begins kite
boarding on Lac Bay
Aug. 29
-Divi Divi Air begins Bonaire-
Curaqao air service with a 7-
passenger Cessna
Sept. 19
-Bonaire grieves and remem-
bers September 11
Sevt. 26


-First Annual Swim to Klein
Bonaire sponsored by Jong Bon-
aire
Oct. 3
-Harbour Village Resort
closes the hotel portion of the
operation; 70 to 100 employees
to be laid off
October 17
-Air ALM ceased operations
when it stopped flights within the
Netherlands Antilles. DCA takes
over the same day. ALM also
closed down flight to Amster-
dam, however, DCE stepped in
immediately

October 24


-Bonaire welcomes the Dona


Luisa I, a new freight ship for
the de Jong family's company,
and Chogogo, the new fast ferry.
-Beginning this spring KLM
will fly eight non-stop flights a
week to Bonaire
Oct. 31
-Harbour Village says they've
transferred about 30% of the
closed hotel's staff to other op-
erations and offered other resorts
access to interview the laid off
employees.
Nov. 14
-Caribe Casino at Plaza opens
with Manager Alexander Mozir
and Martina, the Slovenian Wine
Queen
-First Annual Bonaire Eco-
Swim
-Dive Site Thieves Nabbed:
ages 14, 15 and 16
Nov. 28
-Bonaire fishermen incensed
that boats from Curacao are
using mechanized techniques to
fish close to the coast of Bon-
aire. No official action has been
taken.
-Klein Bonaire gets legal pro-
tection as Island Council passes
ordinance detailing rules for use
of the island designed to pre-
serve the island's delicate bal-
ance of flora and fauna and pro-
tect the sea turtles' nesting
grounds. Development and ex-
ploitation are forbidden.
Dec. 5
-Divi Flamingo Casino re-
opens
-Gala movie opening at Movie-
land with actor/director Jeroen
Krabbe-" The Discovery of
Heaven"
Dec. 12
-Construction of new fueling
facility and catering building at
Flamingo International Airport
begins
Dec. 19
-ARTEBON, Bonaire's Art
Foundation, opens officially in
the old slave hospital.
Compiled by Laura De-
Salvo.

Readers are invited to write
in their recollections, and per-
spective for this "look back."
Send a letter to the editor:
laura(dbonairereporter.com


Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009


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T he streets were alive on July 5 with
this year's 17' annual Dia De Arte
event. Music flooded Wilhelmina Park as
both visitors and residents wandered
through the incredible spread of this year
offerings. Some found themselves danc-
ing away, or banging on a community
drum. Others found their spirits high in a
tree, but many youngsters were tucked
away at artist Janice Huckaby's stand
where they had the opportunity to express
their very own artist within. Over 40 chil-
dren participated this year. As a first time
attendee of Dia Di Arte I can say with full
honesty that every face that I passed had a
smile on their lips or a twinkle in their
eye. 0 Alexa Gintoff Reporting for
JanArt Gallery

It was a day for families and friends


from 10 in the morning to the late eve-
ning, and it was one of the best ever.
Sponsored by the Foundation for Bonaire
Art and Culture, the event put on by the
tireless volunteers, the participating art-
ists, craftsmen, food and drink providers
and entertainers made it a day to remem-
ber.
Enjoy the photos and meet some of the
artists. U L.D.
Alexa Gintoff
a student at the Uni-
versity Nevada
Reno, is spending
her summer with
Janice Huckaby at
the JanArt Gallery
in an apprentice
program to further
her studies in art and photography.


Lula Nicacia and traditional dolls


Two winners at the JanArt booth: Evita and Nelly


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Saturdays
* Rincon Marshe-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. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAfl0 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NA1f7,50) per person. Tel. 560-
7539.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
-7870.
Mondays
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm-717-
3802.
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,


7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-
ums.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Krioyo 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 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, 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 onKaya 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 December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
tion.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm- 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-


sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.
CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Kralendijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu 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
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

Send event info to:
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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
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6Q) What two
items appear in
both the Bon-
aire flag and its
Coat of Arms.


Answer: These
are the seafarers compass, and
the red six pointed star


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SHOPPING and DINING GUIDE


AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curacao. 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 se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

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

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. Have your keys made here too.

INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of call-
ing plans and interesting phones. Visit their office on
downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

DINING
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
1/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Now open for lunch.
Reservations 717-7725
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.


FITNESS


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

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

HOME CARE
Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs
of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-
tion, management and cleaning,

KITCHENS
For custom kitchens and bedrooms visit Brugman on
the traffic circle. They carry fine German crafted cabi-
nets and other classy items,

PEST CONTROL

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.


PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your
home.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

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. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.


SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
vices?

SUPERMARKETS
The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-
lection.

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion 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
Bonaire with built-in ramp

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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.


To learn more about these businesses check their ad
in this issue of The Reporter

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included in the guides. Free!
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Or email Reporter@BonaireNews.com


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more visitors.

Let them know about your
business or
restaurant with an ad in
The Reporter.

Placement in the guide is
free for our advertisers.

Call 790-6518 or 786-6518
for information


Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials



# CARIB INN
Since 1980
PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)


Pasa Bon Pizza

&Bar

780-1111
Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
#42

Not Just Great Pizzas!


Call ahead
to
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PMto llPM


Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop


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B onaire has a con-
venient new Sat-
urday non-stop flight
between Miami and
Bonaire's Flamingo Air-
port that seems to extend
your vacation. -

It all starts in Terminal
F of the Miami airport
where Miami's rapid-fire
English and Spanish is
replaced by the lilt of
Papiamentu. Just hearing
the sound of Bonaire's
native language makes TO
you feel you are there "Boop
already, although you've with
not left American soil. Insel,
You'll be flying on Insel tional
Air (Insel is a Middle Bon
Dutch/German word for
island), a privately held airline
based in Curagao, Bonaire's
sister island. Although incorpo-
rated in 1993, Insel didn't start
flying until August, 2006, when
"the time was right," said its
founder Edward Heerenveen.
The start was small, a prop-jet
"commuter plane" between
Curagao, Aruba and Bonaire,
but the airline has grown fast
and profitably. It draws on crew
talent from the failed Govern-
ment-owned airlines, ALM and
DCA, but isn't burdened by the
top-heavy labor force of those
operations. Its estimated earn-
ings were $1 million last year.
In January 2007, Insel Air
added a MD-83 to its fleet and
began flying to the eastern and
northern Caribbean islands
through Sint Maarten and in
June 2008 added another MD-
82. Now still another MD-82
lets it offer scheduled flights to
13 destinations, including daily
service to Miami from Curagao.
On Saturdays the Miami flight
is non-stop to and from Bonaire.
We were offered seats on the
maiden Bonaire-Miami non-
stop on July 4. Before leaving
Bonaire there was a brief cere-
mony in the Flamingo Airport
Terminal with tourism and gov-
ernment officials who expressed
appreciation to Insel Air for
resuming Bonaire-Miami ser-
vice. There was another cere-
mony on arrival in Miami where


op InselAir shareholder Henry |
psie" van der Quast shakes hands
Commissioner Nolly Oleana as
Air Chief of National & Interna-
Affairs, Edward Heerenveen and
'aire's Hugo Gerharts applaud.

the director of the airport noted
that the two best places for
flamingoes to live were Bonaire
and Miami. Miami Airport, with
flights to 62 different destina-
tions, is the busiest gateway to
Latin America.
There is a definite pleasant
"Southwest Airlines" feel to
your flight experience. The
cabin crew is relaxed, cheerful
and competent, meal and drink
service minimal, and coupons
are handed out for an on-board
drawing for a free ticket on an
equivalent flight. It's the fastest
way to the US too, only 2/2
hours in the air. There's no in-
flight entertainment but with the
proliferation of I-Pods and
small computers passengers
often bring their own. The inau-
gural flight was full with Bon-
aire residents, press, airline ex-
ecutives and government offi-
cials.
The 150-seat Insel Air MD-82
aircraft is of the old-school of
comfort with leather seats and
reasonable legroom. Hundreds
were built by McDonnell-
Douglas (now Boeing) in the
1980s and 90s. According to
Airline Business magazine the
MD-82 is currently in an eco-
nomic "sweet spot," balancing
aircraft cost with fuel economy.

The free checked luggage al-
lowance is generous: 40 Kg (88
lbs) max, in up to two


Five and a Half Meters of Cadillac Eldorado
The 51"" of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J(n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


The helpful Insel Air ground team in Bonaire


Bonaire/Republiek -
Somewhere along a hardly
paved road in Republiek,
is the house of Wieger de Jong
and his partner. In front of the
house a metallic pink colored
V8 mastodon is parked: the im-
pressive Cadillac El Dorado,
built way back in 1969, before
the oil crisis. Wieger and his girl
friend visited the island of Bon-
aire for several years, then they
decided to buy the house in Re-
publiek and move here. For the
last year it's been possible to
admire the soft floating Cadillac
El Dorado moving slowly over
the tarmac.

Wieger believes he is the third
owner of the El Dorado. In 1969
the car was sold in Arizona by
an official Cadillac dealer. In
the late 90s the car was im-
ported from the States to The
Netherlands by a guy from Am-
sterdam. The papers coming
with the Cadillac, said, "Miles
as shown are actual miles." In
the first 30 years of her life the
El Dorado had covered 121,000
original American southern
miles. The second owner pos-
sessed the Cadillac for only a
couple of weeks. Reason? No
parking place to find in the city
center of the Dutch capital for
this vehicle, measuring 5,600
centimeters! Then Wieger de
Jong saw the Cadillac with a
sign behind the front screen,
"For Sale." Wieger bought the
car and drove it to the nearest
gasoline station. There was
hardly any drop of fuel left in
the gas station's tank. After a
few days Wieger returned to
Amsterdam to pay all the
money. The former owner gave
a $100 discount on the car. For
this amount of money Wieger
filled the tank and drove the car
to his village: Molenend, north
of the city of Leeuwarden in
Friesland, The Netherlands.
Wieger says, "I have owned
some 25 American made cars.
Or more... I've driven this


(2) pieces. Rather than the
usual 50-pound weight limit
per bag, Insel air allows your
heaviest bag to weigh 70 lbs
(32 kg.) without an extra
charge; just the thing for shop-
ping trips. Extra weight or
extra bags cost $50. Carry-ons
are permitted at no charge pro-
vided they meet the stowage
requirement.
The flight schedule is conven-
ient for connecting flights and


vehicle to mark Cadillac's 50'
anniversary. Wieger's El Do-
rado was designed in 1967 and
built in 1969. The car shares the
so called "E-body" and the front
-wheel drive with the Oldsmo-
bile Tornado. The El Dorado
can reach a speed of 60 miles an
hour in less than nine seconds,
and the top speed is 120 miles
an hour. Wieger's vehicle in-
deed does 120 miles an hour.
The engine has sufficient power,
but to Wieger's opinion this
speed in not safe.
In Europe Wieger's job was
pile driver or rammer. He spe-
cialized in laying and restoring
the foundations of old to very
old buildings. His hobby was,
and is, cars and restoring cars.
So once he restored a 1936
Studebaker President, an eight-
cylinder, in-line, flat head with
side mount spare tires. And he
completely rebuilt a Maserati
Sebring built in 1964, designed
by Vignale. And once he was
the owner of a Lotus Omega.
And he also brought an Opel
Monza to Bonaire, the car his
girl friend is driving. And the
current project is a four-wheel
drive V8 Chevrolet Blazer. This
car is under construction. And
the next car might
be a German made
G... But this is
still uncertain...
Story & photo by
J@n Brouwer



gram) can be used to defray
25% of the fare price. Booking
can be done smoothly on-line
at http://www.fly-inselair.com/
which uses the Sita airline
management system. Insel
Air's slogan is, in English:
"Reaching Higher." Based on
our experience, it's doing that
and making getting to and from
the Dutch Antilles easier,
cheaper and pleasant. 0
G./L.D.


Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009


Cadillac for about nine years
now. In Europe we used it only
during the summer season. We
covered some 6,000 kilometers
every year. The car is very reli-
able. Of course I changed the oil
and the filters, but it was only
after six years that I unscrewed
the cap of the radiator for the
first time.
The El Dorado is fitted with a
V8 big bore engine of 472 cubic
inches. That is about 7.8 liters.
The cast iron engine is fitted
with eight pistons, 16 valves and
one massive four-barrel carbure-
tor. Under the bonnet there is a
little dwarf constantly pouring
gasoline into the carburetor.
When the engine is idling at
some 800 revs it is already pro-
ducing about 85 horsepower.
Idling for 10 minutes takes
about a liter of fuel. That's six
liters an hour. Remember, this
car was produced before the oil
crisis! And did you know it
takes more energy to produce a
car than the energy a vehicle
consumes during its whole life-
time? At the gasoline station we
always shut off the engine oth-
erwise the tank could never be
filled up. The car produces 390
S.A.E. horse power. It weighs
2,390 kilogram and when we are
cruising at a speed of some 45
miles we get about four miles
out of a liter!"
The first Cadillac El Dorado
was produced in 1953. The
name was proposed for a special


no "red-eye flying" is
needed. The plane leaves Bon-
aire at 10:55 am and is sched-
uled to arrive in Miami at 2:05
pm. The flight to Bonaire
leaves Miami at 3:25 pm, arriv-
ing at Bonaire's Flamingo Air-
port at 6:35 pm, then continues
on to Curagao. The fare is
about $479 (NAf 861) and pro-
motional rates may be available
for certain travel dates. Fun
Miles (the Antilles loyalty pro-


Wieger de Jong Cadillac Eldorado


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4= N % L I R-s




*to find it... just look up

"The Pussy Cat and the Scorpion:
A Strange Tale of a Tail"
Although
the
night skies are
loaded with
constellations
named after
animals not
one of them is
named after
America's fa-
vorite house-
hold pet, the
pussy cat.
However, to
compensate for
this obvious
negligence
every summer
two marvelous
cat's eyes glide
across sum-
mer's skies and in the most improbable of places, on the tail of a scorpion.
On any night in July and August, from after dark to after midnight, if you look
overhead toward the south you will see summer's biggest constellation, Scorpius
the Scorpion. It's one of the few constellations which actually looks like its name.
It even has a red star where its heart should be, named Antares, which is a humon-
gous 700 times wider than our own million-mile-wide Sun. And if you follow the
stars down from Scorpius' heart star you will see how his rather nasty tail curves up
and then back on itself just like a real Scorpion's tail, with two stars marking its
poisonous stinger. Their Arabic names from left to right are Shaula and Lesath.
And these names mean "the sting."
In folk legend, however, they are not only "the sting" but are also the two eyes of
an ancient celestial cat which stare out at us every single summer. Now although
they don't appear to be all that exceptional to the naked eye, if we look deeper into
these cat's eyes with a telescope we can see the secrets they have hidden within
them for thousands of years, wonderful secrets because when we compare each star
to our Sun they are truly marvelous. Indeed while our Sun is about a million miles
wide, Shaula is almost twice as wide. And it is a much hotter star than our yellow
Sun and bums a fierce blue-white and is in fact 1,200 times more luminous. It looks
dimmer only because it is 280 light years away, which means that we see Shaula
not as it exists now this summer but as it existed when its light left it 280 years ago
in the early 1700s.
Lesath, the dimmer of the two, is even more incredible and appears dimmer only
because it is over 5 times farther away than Shaula, 1,600 light years beyond, which
means that we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 1,600 years ago, around
400AD. And it bums an even fiercer blue-white hot than Shaula and is 15,000 times
brighter than our Sun. Plus Lesath makes both Shaula and our Sun seem puny by
comparison because it is 2 1/2 times the diameter of Shaula and 7 times as wide as
our Sun. Some pussy cat, eh folks? So get outside the next few weeks and find these
two magical cat's eyes peering through summer nights as they silently glide across
the southern sky masquerading as the sting of the Scorpion. 0
Jack Horkheimer


ARIES: March 20th April 20th You'll
feel more passionate and ready for fun now
that Venus and Mars are in your sign! If
single; it will be easy to find somebody new
to love! Mercury retrograde in your 3rd
house of communication could cause mis-
understandings. Think twice before you
speak or sign off on important documents!
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st Money
is a biggie this month. With a new Moon
and Mercury retrograde in your house of
cash you could find new ways to earn more.
But finance isn't the only thing on your
mind. While ruler Venus hooks up with
sexy Mars you may uncover a mystery
about a loved one or discover a secret ad-
mirer!
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st A new
Moon in your sign has you brimming with
new ideas; yet since your ruler Mercury is
retrograde it might be better to keep some
things to yourself. Venus and Mars in your
house of friendship send a flurry of social
invitations your way. This is also a time
when a friend may introduce you to some-
one new or even become a new love!
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd A
Scorpio full Moon in your 5th house of
creativity and romance makes you more
passionate; but it can also bring jealous
tendencies to the fore. It's best to avoid love
entanglements and focus on career inten-
tions. With Venus and Mars in your house
of honors you could develop a fan base for
one of your talents. If single, you find ro-
mance with a higher up!
LEO: July 22nd -August 23rd While
Mercury retrogrades your career sector, you
may feel the grass is greener elsewhere -
yet this is not a time to be overly optimistic!
Jupiter in harsh aspect to your ruler (the
Sun) at the time of the full Moon; suggests
you think twice about jumping ship or even
changing lanes. Romance can be found with
someone much different from you!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
That sudden flash of light you see at the end
of the tunnel causes you to feel more hope-
ful about your future! And a new Moon in
your career sector could certainly bring a
real opportunity your way. Yet ruler Mer-
cury retrograde (in practical Taurus) sug-
gests you review your possibilities, take a
study course or investigate before you make
a new move!
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd
Ruler Venus with Mars in your house of
partners puts you in a mood to have fun! If


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July-2009


single you will enjoy ardent others or ac-
tively pursue someone new! You may also
uncover some secrets while Mercury retro-
grades your house of mysteries. It's a good
time to study something esoteric or enhance
your psychic ability!
SCORPIO: October 23rd November
22nd A full Moon in your sign could bring
relationship tension. Disagreements may
arise over shared money or resources while
Mercury back pedals into your partnership
house. On a more positive note singles
may find a new relationship brewing on the
work front, thru everyday activities or while
exercising!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd De-
cember 21st Venus and Mars in your house
of love promises much romantic pleasure!
If single, you have a good chance of meet-
ing someone new when you least expect
it! A combination (of the Full Moon at odds
with ruler Jupiter and Mercury going retro-
grade) in your work sector demands some
fast action and new solutions to a work
related crisis!
CAPRICORN: December 21st -January
20th A new Moon in your house of health
marks a perfect time to begin a new re-
gime. You can use this Mercury retrograde
best by getting checkups or changing your
diet around. With Venus and Mars at the
bottom of your chart; your organizational
talents can work wonders by making home
improvements or your personal life more
meaningful!
AQUARIUS: January 20th February
19th Love planets Venus and Mars in your
house travel marks a perfect time for a
quick get away. Because you're in a mood
to chat things up you'll enjoy conversing
via email or phone calls more than usual. If
single; a new Moon in your house of ro-
mance is a good time to join an Intemet
dating site someone wants to connect with
you!
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th
Venus and Mars in your money house
makes you more confident about your
spending and earning power. Because
you're in the flow; you might also receive a
gift from someone! While Mercury retro-
grades in your house of thinking you may
change your mind more than once. Allow
yourself some time before making impor-
tant decisions. Singles enjoy hearing from
some in their past. It's a good time to catch
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Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antill es, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994 On-line every day, 24/7 Printed every fortnight Marco Di Gianvito photo Tony Trinidad Rides at Dia di Arte

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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 I t’s not certain when Bonaire will actually receive the second hand water tank trucks from the Netherlands to haul wastewater away from waterfront hotels and businesses, said the Radio Nederland website. There is an urgent need to remove wastewater from the shore area to protect the coral reef. Removal of the sewage is part of an action plan to protect the reef until the central serer system is completed in 2014. According a report, Jozef van Brussel, Quartermaster of the Netherlands Ministry of Public Housing, Environmental Planning, and Conservation of Nature (VROM) on Bonaire, there is a plan for the purchase of a two or three tank trucks, not 10 trucks as originally anticipated. However, the plan still requires details and the approval of the Bonaire Executive Council. Additionally the price hasn’t been agreed upon since the tankers will be transferred from the Ministry of Defense and have to be shipped to Bonaire. It still has to be confirmed whether the tankers are technically suitable, who is going to drive the tank trucks, as well as where they will be garaged and maintained. The “portable” wastewater treatment plant, to be located at LVV, will be offered for bid next month and hopefully be installed on Bonaire by the end of this year. A local environmentalist told The Reporter, “Why the obstruction? Hauling sewage isn’t rocket science. Our reefs are suffering… don’t delay. Septic tank pump out is already common practice on Bonaire. ” Last weekend the Government health department confirmed additional cases of AH1N1 “swine flu” in the Antilles. At press time the Antilles have registered 17 confirmed AH1N1-cases: one on Bonaire, 10 on Curaçao, zero on Saba, one on St. Eustatius, and eight on St. Maarten. Dr. Esther Bernabela said Bonaire’s victim is suspected of havi ng become sick on Bonaire. There are 100 doses of the general anti-virus pill Tamiflu available on the island. An AH1N1 specific anti virus vaccine won’t be available for general distribution until the end of this year according to drug makers. Also last weekend heavy haulers transported the large MAN biodiesel generators to the new power plant near BOPEC from the downtown wharf, past the Ministry offices, through Playa and Hato, continuing along the Tourist Road to the new power plant under construction past Karpata. Bonaire’s roads, already potholed by heavy dump and concrete ready-mix trucks travelling to the plant and wind generator sites, took another beating. The BON-MIA-BON non-stop flight has returned thanks to Insel Air. The fare is about $479, but could be more or less depending on time and class. See details on page 18 . Delta Airlines changed their schedule to Bonaire which caused consternation among Americans planning their Bonaire trips. Eventually the Delta website was updated on Saturday, July 11th which cleared things up. Instead of the round trip from Atlanta departing Friday evening, returning from Bonaire on Saturday, Delta will instead operate a round-trip flight on Sunday, with the same time schedule. The Friday night flight has been canceled. Effective Saturday, July 11, the Sunday round-trip was added to the schedule. DL 663 9:402:55, flight time, 4 hours, 15 minutes. Return: DL 662 3:45-6:55, flight time, 4 hours,10 minutes. Fare is $1300. Add $957 for business class. Additionally, the resumption of the seasonal JFK-BON flight is now scheduled for December 19. Delta also plans to upgrade to a big 767 aircraft on the Saturday ATL-BON flights between November 7 and 21, 2009. Those passengers holding reservations on Delta from Atlanta are encouraged to contact Delta to re-book new flights with the revised schedule. (Source: TCB-NY) Passengers from US visa waiver countries (Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Den-(Continued on page 3) Table of Contents This Week’s Stories BES Transition Update 2 Digicel Special Olympics Donation 3 Four Day Walkers Leave 3 Citizen Science– BBBJ 6 Jong Bonaire Searching 6 Custom Kitchens 7 Church On The Rise 9 Music School Concert 9 Royal Decoration for El vis 9 Windsurfing Week 10 Parrot (Lora) Watch (Chicks Grow) 11 Pool Time with ATC 12 Going Back to 2001 14 Dia di Art #17 15 Insel Air-BON-MIA 18 Looking for Lucky 20 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Jan Brouwer) 4 Bonairean Voices (Windsurfing) 7 Bon Quiz #10– Bonai re Coat of Arms 8 Body Talk ( Drug Sugar) 12 Pet of the Week (Ponky) 12 Bubbles-Did You Know (Plankton 12 Picture Yourself (Aleutians) 13 Classifieds 13 Tide Table 13 BonQuiz Answer 16 Reporter Masthead 16 What’s Happening 16 Dining, Shopping Guides 17 Bonaire On Wheels (Cadillac Eldorado) 18 Sky Park (Scorpio/Cat eyes) 19 Star Power (Astrology) 19 How to contact us Letters to the Editor: Reporter@bonairenews.com Story tip or idea: info@mto Archives” The Publisher: George@bonairenews.com . Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Phone 790-8988 Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518 Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Printed Every Fortnight, On-line Every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on August 5, 2009. Story and Ad deadline: August 1 SCOOTER & BIKE SALES & REPAIR Peugeot, Kymco Loekie, Giant Gazelle Brands Parts and accessories for any brand scooter or bike Bike Clothes for Everyone Kaya Grandi #61 Across from INPO Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated freewieler@flamingotv.net Topics relating to the upcoming link of the BES Islands with The Netherlands Commissioner Marugia Janga ( photo right) , in charge of the structural changes in government that are evolving towards a direct tie between Bonaire and Holland, is unhappy with late delivery of do cuments relating to proposed changes. For example, Bonaire government approval was requested for changes to the labor agreements for the schools when Holland takes over, but there was no time to allow a review by the teachers’ union. She wants the procedure to be corrected. Kingdom Relations State Secretar y Ank Bijleveld-Schouten auth orized the transfer of more than NAƒ 12 million to the island of Bona ire for payment of outstanding debts. This is mentioned in her letter of June 16th to the Board of Governors regarding the island’s debt reconstruction. The creditors are the FZOG fund (Medical Expenses, Government Retirement Fund) and SVB for unpaid premiums, the Water and Electricity Company Bonair e (WEB) and the Mariadal Foundation (San Francisco Hospital). There is still a large outs tanding amount with the Government Wo rkers Health Plan (BZV) for unpaid health insurance premiums because the insurer ha s not confirmed the outstanding amount yet to the State Secretary. As soon as BZV confirms this, an additional amount of more than NAƒ 5 million will be transferred. In total, Bonaire will receive NAƒ 17.638.983 for th e debt reconstruction. In spite of the promise to pay off the debts of Bonaire, it appears that the Netherlands will not finance everything. The reason is that some of the debts lack the legal basis to pay them. With some of the debts which Bonaire acquired during the past y ears it is not clear whether they “actually exist.” Independent Island Council member Anthony Nicolaas feels he’s been cheated. After all, the Netherlands had promised to take over all debts which Bonaire had incurred during the past years. It concerns debts with local entrepreneurs and with semi-state-controlled institutes such as the APNA pension fund, the Lands Ontvanger, and the Bonaire Holding Company, but the island also has outstanding debts with Bonaire Road Construction Company and Koop Tjuchem. No funds will be made available for other unspecified debts which the island reported for debt payment by the Netherlands if it cannot be proven that these debts still exist. Bijleveld advises Bonaire to look for a debt reconstruction solution in cooperation with the College financial supervision (Cft). The State Secretary could still arrange for payment in the future, only “when further developments turn up” with regard to these debts. According to Lt. Governor Glenn Thodé, there is no question of distrust or deceit. Before this coming December The Netherlands is set to take over approximately half of the tasks of the Netherlands Antilles on behalf of Bo naire, St. Eustat ius, and Saba that were previously performed by the Antilles Central Government in Curaçao. This information is based on Political Process Progress Report, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations forwarded to the Dutch Second Chamber for action. More on BES Islands transition to The Netherlands on page 8 BVO photo Johannetta Gordijn photo Continued on page 3.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 3 mark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), are no longer permitted to use an emergency passport or a passport without an embedded electronic chip when traveling to the US . If they do, a visa is necessary. A US consulate office could make an exception to this rule. However, this is only possible in emergency cases, such as urgent medical reasons or matters such as the passing away of a family member. Children travelling to the US should possess their own passports. This information was issued by the Dutch military police, Marechaussee. Following in the BES’ islands footsteps? The introduction of the American dollar as legal currency on Curaçao and St. Martin seems more profitable than maintaining the Antillean guilder, Central Bank President Emsley Tromp stated. The banks considered his proposal worth contemplating, even though his statement surprised a few of them. According to Tromp, the introduction of the dollar is not an immense step since it’s already accepted on Curaçao and St. Martin. There are also arguments against the introduction of the dollar because the Central Bank will lose its most important source of income, namely revenues through issuance of bank notes and by investments in foreign currency. MCB head Chicu Capriles also endorses the dollar as a better option than the euro, as the guilder is already linked to the dollar, and most of the business is done in dollars as well. Central Bank President Emsley Tromp announced that the 2008 economy figures for the Netherlands Antilles increased 2% last year, which is nearly 50% less than in 2007 when the Gross National Product increased by 3.8%. In the early hours of Monday, July 20, Special Security Services (SSS) was alerted to a break-in at Consales Cash and Carry by the silent alarm. A security guard was immediately dispatched and when he noticed a forced entry he called for store management, backup and the police. Following a search a suspect was found inside and arrested. Good work, SSS. The Animal Friends Farm could use your help to feed their 200 animals. Sylvia asks for donation of bread, fruits and vegetables. You may drop them off in the three big buckets in front of the house selling smoked marlin down the street from the Pauw Gas Station. There is a light blue Toyota often parked there. Have you seen Lucky, the dog? Turn to the back page. G./L.D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) Kitchens & Bedrooms D uring the July 17th Washington Park celebration of their third anniversary in Bonaire, cellular phone provider Digicel made a significant donation to the island’s Special Olympics team. “It is part of our management and vision in all the markets where we operate,” explained the head of Digicel Bonaire, Remko van der Veldt, in Papiamentu. He then handed ov er a NAƒ 25.000,00 check to the Special Olympics Committee. Digicel has donated to the Bonaire Speci al Olympics team for three consecutive years. With this contribution the athletes can train and participate in both local and international events. “We always give back to our community, but I have to admit that Special Olympics have a special pl ace in our hearts,” added van der Veldt. G./L.D/ Press release We wish great success to Bonaire power-walkers Nazario Alberto and Roy Martinus who are participating in the famous Dutch Four Day Walk of Nijmegen. It’s Nazario’s 8th consecutive year and Roy’s 7th in the event. G/L.D. BVO photo

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 “T he nose wheel of the airplane seems a bit smaller than my wheelbarrow’s in fact the whole plane looks like a miniature, but it’s well kept and clean. I don’t see any rust or broken parts and anyway, I don’t know anything about airplanes. But this one is tiny. I love to look at the endless sky above, but that’s when I have my feet on the ground and the endless waters that surround us. Yes, they’re beautiful, but I respect them. I did this once before, somewhere in the Bahamas. We were in a tiny plane heading for a big black cloud filled with thunder and lightning. The pilot said, ‘I’ll go around it,’ and he started whistling and the woman next to me, whom I didn’t know, grabbed my hand and I felt her sweat dripping through my fingers and I heard the tremor in her voice when she said, ‘I’m from London…’ Well, here I am, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Bonaire at its best and not too much wind. So, after Bert cleaned the window, checked the gasoline (super) and everything else, he pushes the plane on the tarmac and we hop on. He tells me where the life vest is – not that I would ever remember in case it comes to that point – he tells me we’re not allowed to smoke (I’m dying for one) and that I can’t chat with the pilot during takeoff or landing. I feel like we’re on a scooter pretending we’re a plane, but… a miracle happens and we’re up in the air. It wobbles a little bit and then it seems to get the taste of it, and there we go. We’re a thousand feet high about three hundred meters and I can see everything, but everything is different. This island that I love and know so well looks like a mossy long stretched rock surrounded by oceans of water. It’s a brave little thing, and to see it like this, I love it even more. I forget where I am because this is another dimension, a different time and place. Bert’s eyes are trained. He knows what he’s seeing, I don’t it’s all new to me. Bert is my guide. He translates what my eyes are seeing but what my brain doesn’t seem to get. At the donkey sanctuary I see a few donkeys, the land looks very neat and orderly, like pieces of a puzzle put together. Bert spots the stadium and says, ‘Look, they’re playing!’ But to me the soccer teams look like the ants on my kitchen floor. The tug boats are resting at their pier, the yachts in the marina are made of paper and on we go, along the coastline, up north. I see the house where my daughter and granddaughter live in Hato and my heart shrinks, because here we are, in the middle of the endless sea. How come we people think we own the world, as in a different perspective we’re reduced to nothing? We fly over Sabadeco, Bert’s house and all the other houses and the dinky toys that someone put there, the new electric plant that’s coming up by Bopec, and I see the misty horizon and the narrowness of the island. Then Goto Lake, with its white edges of salt, pink dots, green hills a hazy dream land. We reach Playa Frans and up and down we go a bit as the wind comes from a different angle, the salt pans and more pink dots, a fishing boat with a very brave man in it, and cacti, cacti, cacti, like the stubby beard on a man’s face after a rough night on the town. Washington Park is a restricted area for planes, but as the island is so narrow you can see it all, flying along the coastline. The Park is pure like someone pulled it out from the waters just recently a handful of hills in the center sloping towards the sea, peaceful and precious. (Continued on page 5) “It’s been magic, this trip… a yellow sun goes down to sleep in the ocean, the twilight is setting in and strange shadows are falling over the island.” Bert Foks

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Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified The rock formation on the east coast is odd; a long forgotten tsunami must have taken a big bite out of the original natural wall. And then we see the foundations for the 12 windmills which are going to provide us with 30% of our electricity needs. We pass Rincon, embedded in the hills, colorful, beautiful, Caribbean – old and very dear. Fontein is a shiny emerald, and all the colors around it seem faded. Then Washikemba, where the excavation machines of the government ate away layers of rock from the coastline to use in construction. We see the old slave wall of Rooi Lamoenchi and then the deep green mangroves of Lac Bay, following the coastline as we’re not allowed to fly over the saltpans. Bert points out where the flamingo sanctuary is – a mystic place known by few. From the air I see the old basins from the time of slavery, neatly cut in squares, Red Slave, White Slave, magically revealed from the past by the freak of the light. Then, at my request, Bert takes me to the animal shelter and I whisper ‘hello’ to all our dogs and cats, and as a bonus we fly over my house in Nort di Salina, the most beautiful place of the island my terrain and that of my neighbors’ overgrown with trees… but what’s that? What’s all that water and those glistening streams that come down from those hills? It isn’t the rainy season! A dam, tiny little rivers! That’s why I have so many mosquitoes! It’s been magic, this trip. A yellow sun goes down to sleep in the ocean, the twilight is setting in and strange shadows are falling over the island. We make a velvet landing and any time, whenever, I would do it again, immediately! Bert says , “It’s Edith’s fault (his wife), because on August 24th 2006, she gave me a private flight with the BonAero Club. I got hooked and I started taking flying lessons with Roy Celestijn as my instructor. I had to get used to such a small plane (a Cessna172) and during the first lesson we went straight up in the air. Very scary! Well, maybe not scary, but it was strange: the two of us glued together in such a tiny space, the heat, the sweating and the stress. The first couple of lessons I came out of the plane looking like a rag. Roy’s job was to prepare me for my first solo flight and I was fast; I started September 2006 and after 20 lessons, November 28th 2006, I went on my first solo flight. And that’s something you never forget… one of the most important moments of my life. It went like this. I flew three times a week and was doing mostly touch and goes, which is the most important thing, and then one day Roy told me, ‘I’m getting out of here, you can do it yourself!’ Sweat in my hands – lots of it – and then I did three ‘touch and goes’ – alone actually I did four,” he laughs. “All nerves! It was a milestone and then it started for real. I had to work towards my exam. I did the theory part in Aruba, the American training supervised by the FAA. It’s not possible anymore. Then I had to work on building up my hours, and when I had 80 hours of flying I went to Florida. I was in Pompano Beach Airport at a flight school for two weeks doing the final part of the training which ended in a checkup ride with an examiner who checks to see whether you’ve been taught well. If you want to become a pilot, you should start when you’re young. It’s easier to learn things and you don’t think so much about everything that can go wrong. I am 61 now and I got my license when I was 60. I am more careful than a younger person. In the beginning I was very insecure, but now I feel confident. I trust my material, my knowledge and experience. The more you fly, the better you get. I’ve made 550 landings now and I’ve flown 220 hours. It’s not a cheap training. All in all it costs about $15,000. But you get an American license for a single engine aircraft, which is valid all over the world. This plane belongs to the BonAero Club. It has four owners and I am one of them. Shortly after I got my license I found out there was a big interest in sightseeing flights and I also started to promote them. It’s unique, everyone sees it with different eyes, but they all love it!” The price for a local flight is $250, with a maximum of three passengers. For information and reservations call 786-7720 or visit www.bonaeroclub.com . S tory & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Bert Foks cleans the windshield in preparation

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Kaya Grandi 29 Kralendijk Phone 717-5107 New Stock New Styles Men, Women and Children Sunbelt Realty N.V. Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8 717 65 60 info@sunbelt.an|www.sunbelt.an B ud Gillan’s recent CIEE presentation on the “magnificent new species” of Cubozoan (box jellyfish) found primarily in Bonaire’s waters emphasized how “everybody, regardless of background, degrees, etc. can be a contributor to real science.” A biologist working with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., Gillan described the “citizen science” on Bonaire that enabled jellyfish experts to determine that the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish (BBBJ) is most likely a new species. Although five box jellies are found off Bonaire, the BBBJ is found almost exclusively here, with occasional appearances off St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Cozumel and Roaatan. Since the 1980s there have been sightings of the BBBJ, but it took some time before there were actual photographs, video and specimens to examine. When the first video images of the BBBJ were sent in 2001 to Gillan by tourist Vicki Carr, he showed them to 10 jellyfish experts “who had no idea what it was.” On e even theorized that it could be an entirely new genus. From 2006-2009, there were more sightings, stings, photographs and finally some specimens. The first specimen, a bit raggedy after being collected off a rock at Bachelor's Beach by Pauline Kayes and Siomara Albertus , was turned over to Tish Dace and Jake Richter for photographs and preservation. The second, and most intact specimen of seven inches long, was lured into a plastic bag by Johan van Blerk at No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire. Both specimens have entered scientific history and become part of the Smithsonian Institute’s collection. In June, “The Year of Science 2009,” a website sponsored by a collection of renowned scientific institutions, agencies and organizations, celebrated the “Year of the Ocean” by featuring the BBBJ and initiating a “Name the Species” contest. In fact, the contest was advertised in the new Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian with over 500 suggestions submitted for a species name to be added to the genus name of tamoya . (To view the submissions and the finalists, go to www.yearofscience2009.org ). According to Gillan, both the Smithsonian and the Year of Science were impressed with all the “citizens” involved in the science of this new discovery. Authored by Gillan and his colleagues, an article on what is known so far about the BBBJ will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal Zootaxa . Some highlights: the BBBJ is a strong and fast swimmer (not just a floater); it has sensory organs called rhopalia with a total of six “eyes”; its tentacles are generally “banded” orange and white with some variations in color. Like other box jellies, its nematocysts (or stinging cells) shoot out fast (up to 5 million times the force of gravity) and can cause painful, even deadly, stings! And, although Gillan is looking for more specimens, he advises, “Take a Ziploc bag with you snorkeling and diving to collect BBBJs, but don’t get stung!” As for the winning species name for the new tamoya , that has been put on hold because a “cousin” has just recently been found in the waters off Brazil. Before the BBBJ can be declared a distinct species, the DNA of the two creatures must be compared. Stay posted. Special Note : If you do get stung by a BBBJ or any other box jelly, the best advice is to go directly to the hospital in case you have an allergic reaction, which can trigger breathing problems and heart palpitations. Story and photos by Pauline E. Kayes Pauline Kayes is a professor Emeritus from Champaign, IL and a frequent visitor to Bonaire Johan van Blerk shows off samples of tiny box jellies he collected last year on Bonaire for Gillan's examination. Bud Gillan has been compiling sightings, photos, videos, and specimens of the BBBJ since 1989. A ll former and current members of Jong Bonaire are invited to visit Larry’s Bakery during July to sign the Jong Bonaire Registry and receive a free lemonada . Jong Bonaire is trying to find all former members as part of its 10-year celebration and Larry’s Bakery will be the central location during vakansi . Larry’s Bakery, on Kaya Cacique, across from the buurscentrum in Nord Salina, is now owned by Bilha Thomas, former manager of Jong Bonaire and still a part-time member of the Jong Bonaire staff. Bilha is helping to organize the 10-year celebration and wants to find all former members. “We have copies of a short registration form for members to use at the bakery,” says Thomas. “And I would enjoy seeing all ou r old members again and learning about what they are doing now.” “Former members can also sign up on-line at http://www.jongbonaire.org ” says Thomas. “click on the button that says ‘10 an a reunion’.” Former members can also stop by Jong Bonaire or contact Thomas via phone at 556-3018 if they do not have internet access. “We also want to find former members in Curaçao, Holland, Aruba and where ever they are,” says Thomas. So former member s are asked to pass the information on to friends and family members. “We could have as many as 1,000 teens who have been members over the past 10 years and want to find them if we can.” On 5 August there will also be a big BBQ at Jong Bonaire for all former and current members, to kick off the 10-year celebration. “Our goal is to try to find as many former member of Jong Bonaire as possible and to l earn about what they ar e doing,” says Jong Bonaire manager Jona Chirino. “We also want to find out what they think the young people of Bonaire need in the future so we want their ideas and suggestions.” “Jong Bonaire will host a conference in October wh ere young people of the island will be able to meet and to discuss what they think Jong Bonaire and the island should be doing for our future generations,” says Chirino. Jane Townsend Bilha Thomas, (left) with the 2007 Championship Jong Bonaire Ping Pong Team Jong Bonaire photo BBBJ on the screen

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 7 Bonairean Voices is sponsored by With 4 branches and 10 ATMs located throughout the island and our Internet Banking, MCB@Home, at your service anytime, any day, anywhere. WINDSURFING MEETS ITS GOAL W indsurfing is one of the most professional and popular sports here on Bonaire and it’s a great example for other sports organizations on the island. Let’s have the same courage as the members of the Bonairean Windsurfing Club have to help sports here in Bonaire for the sake of our children. The president of the Bonaire Sailing Foundation, Elvis “Piskechi” Martinus, greeted the participants to the Pro Kids Free Style World Championships and Slal om events and welcomed them. Lt. Governor Glenn Thodé displayed his enthusiasm by arriving on a windsurfer board instead of in his limo. Elvis says: “About 20 years ago we tried to have slalom competitions here in Bonaire. We are very thankful for this year’s participants in the Prokids Freestyle and Junior and Youths in the Slalom event. What happened in this beautiful sport of windsurfing doesn’t happen in all sports where people of all ages can participate: daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, grandchildren and grandfathers competing for the world title in the same event. Something very personal to me is that more than 25 years ago we didn’t have a lot of people practicing this sport in Bonaire, but the Aqua Speed group stimulated a lot of young Bonaireans to practice this sport. Today, with a lot of effort, the Aqua Speed Bonaire Windsurfing Club together with the Bonaire Sailing Foundation ( BSaF) have produced good windsurfers. We have Patun Sara goza who has participated twice in the Olympics games. And what about Tonky and Tati Frans and Kiri Thodé who are strong candidates for the free style world title? Tati Frans is having a lot of success in professional slalom. And titles have been won by our younger youths like Jurgen Saragoza, Amado Vrieswijk, Jup Smit and Bjorn Saragoza. Even Sarah-Quita Offringa fell in love with windsurfing because of the Bonairean kids. Representing Aruba today she is a professional world champion. What makes us even more proud today of windsurfing, and what a lot of people don’t know, is that the category, ‘Pro-kids,’ was created here in Bonair e and today is popular around the world. Combine that with the ‘masters’ category and it’s a guarantee that windsurfing has a bright future. This week, with youths competing with the masters it is a good opportunity for them to learn from the grown ups. Bonaire, with only 15,000 habitants, has at least three windsurfers in the top 10 of professional freestylers. In slalom we have a world champion in kids less than 13 years old and this year in the competition on our home island of Bonaire, different ages are inspired to win various titles . Windsurfing has become a national sport here in Bonaire, and it’s the only sport that has organized a world championship here on the island. On three occasions the PWA (Professional Windsurfing Association) organized world championships and the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) had one last year in freestyle as well as this year’s slalom world championships. The Aqua Speed Windsurfing organization and the BSaF are more than thankful to all the sponsors and also to the volunteers. Without them it would be impossi ble to organize this magnificent event. And a special thanks to all the visiting participants. We know it’s not easy to get to Bonaire with all their equipment. But in spite of all this they are here and we hope they will enjoy themselves in the sea, with the wonderful breeze that Bona ire has to offer and its nice nature. Our local athletes have been training for a long time and almost every day. Bonaire is very proud today of it s athletes. And additionally, this year in this event we launched a new style of competition which was created by Bonairean Cesar Finies. The style of this competition is called ‘flowstyle.’ What makes this style more special is that the competition can be done with wind or without wind. Once more, welcome and enjoy this tropical paradise Bonaire.” Siomara E. Albertus FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM SLIDES E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES CAMERAS FRAMES PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS DIGITAL AND MORE... Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) Tel. 717-5890 Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm, Sat. 9-12 N O W ! D i gi t a l P r o c e s si n g C D s, C a r d s, m or e Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com. From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 , 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips N o need to travel to Curaçao, Holland or the US to find the perfect custom kitchen for your home or condo. Brugman Kitchens, a German company with more than 35 years of experience in the kitchen cabinet business, is known as the best made-to-order kitchen company in the world, and it’s opened its newest shop right here on Bonaire with a familiar face on the island, Frank Schrijver as Manager. Brugman has more than 30 stores in Holland, Curaçao and now in Bonaire. As we go to press there are two complete kitchens for sale at very low prices. This is to make room for the new sample kitchens that are being built for the showroom. One has already been sold. The cabinetry comes in a number of sizes so you can maximize your space efficiently and beautifully. Sit down with Frank at the computer and give your room’s dimensions, then you’ll see a virtual 3-D photo of the kitchen. You are your own designer and what could be easier? You’ll get a free quotation. The company employs experienced installers and gives a five-year guarantee. Take a look at their shop, Brugman Keukens & Badkamers, at the hotel row traffic circle at the Bonaire District Plaza. Telephone 717-6640 or email f.schrijver@brugman.nl L.D. Manager Frank Schrijver in front of one of the showroom kitchens on sale Young Windsurfers Johannetta Gordijn photo

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 A Coat of Arms is often used to establish an identity be it a country or a family. Bonaire has a coat of arms which often appears on official government correspondence. On June 26, 1986, an island decree was signed, accepting the design. The crown indicates the island is part of the Dutch kingdom, as permitted under heraldic rules. The seafarer’s wheel represents the Bonaireans’ seafaring tradition. The compass is to guide the course of the island. The six-pointed star, besides representing the compass rose, also reflects Bonaire’s six traditional neighborhoods. The color blue connects the island to the skies and sea, both of which are blue. Q) What two items appear in both the Flag and the Coat of Arms? Answer on page 16 BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to arrange a tour, Phone 7174435 or 795-3456 or email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. Transition Continued from page 2 During the negotiations with the BES islands on the future political structure, too little attention was given to environmental protection , according to the Dutch Council for the National Territory (RLG). The Council, which advises the Government and the Chambers on nature policy, wrote that, as soon as the BES islands become public bodies of The Netherlands, The Netherlands would also be responsible for the nature on the islands. When the BES islands are added The Netherlands... “biodiversity will increase from about 40,000 up to about 50,000 species. Among those, there are 200 planet-unique species, and more than 100 are registered as endangered species on the CITES list (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Caribbean coral reefs (Bonaire) and cloud forests (Saba) will be added to dunes, heather and arable land, as important sceneries of the Netherlands,” the RLG wrote. Currently, there is a substantial local and central government responsibility for nature on the BES islands. With the transition of the islands in 2010 to The Netherlands, the support of the local government will stop. Consequently the unspoiled environment, Bonaire’s prime asset for tourism, will be at risk unless The Netherlands steps in . The responsibility for arranging this protection lies with the Dutch Minister of LNV, Gerda Verburg, and the State Secretary of BZK, State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten. Around September 1st the LNV will be dispatching a project attaché to investigate the situation. Bijleveld-Schouten feels that this is important, “as it emphasizes that we will obtain very exceptional natural territories. The preservation of the nature is very important, also for the local economies which for the most part are dependent on tourism.” For the time being, State Secretary Ank BijleveldSchouten of Kingdom Relations (CDA) will not concern herself about the plans to hold a referendum on the political future on Bonaire. However, she does warn that the stage of negotiating has expired and that it would not be evidence of good governance to recant on the agreements. During Bijleveld-Schouten’s visit in June, political leader Jopie Abraham confirmed that there was an intention to hold a referendum. The delegation from Bonaire also stated “that in general they were positive about the process and that they did not have the intention to restrain,” said the State Secretary in her answer to questions of Lower Chamber member Cynthia Ortega-Martijn. However, the new Bonaire Executive Council wishes to take the time to study all agreements and plans between The Netherlands and Bonaire before it takes a stand. The Second Chamber wants the Dutch Government to say “no” to new constitutional negotiations with Bonaire if its people were to vote for another status, member of Parliament (MP) Bas Jan van Bochove of the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) said to State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten during a meeting of Parliament’s Permanent Committee of Antillean and Aruban Affairs. MP Johan Remkes of the liberal democratic VVD party also warned the State Secretary not to enter into renegotiations with Bonaire. Bijleveld-Schouten said Bonaire was free to organize a referendum. She did not comment on the possibility of new negotiations. The Lt. Governors, Deputies/Commissioners and Island Council members of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius will retain their income when the islands soon tighten bonds with the Netherlands. Their legal positions will remain similar to that of the current situation for as far as possible. Minister Guusje ter Horst of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations announced this in a letter to the Lower Chamber. There will be no transfer to the Dutch system for the officials. According to her, this would not be logical due to the tax differences, the cost of living, the exchange rates and the level of provisions. Nevertheless, she had a comparison* drawn up. Except for Bonaire, the salaries and reimbursements of expenses of the Lt. Governors on average are comparable with those of Mayors of Dutch municipalities with a comparable population. Members of the Island Council will also earn approximately the same as municipality councilmembers in The Netherlands. Only the Deputies get less. The Deputies of Bonaire will receive approximately 2.000 euros less per month than their Dutch colleagues. Moreover, for all Deputies, two of the reimbursements of expenses will be cancelled as they will become redundant after the transition. The Lt. Governor of Bonaire earns less than a mayor of a Dutch municipality with a similar population size. Also employees of the prison system, the police, coastguard, customs and the judiciary will not qualify for Dutch terms of employment, according to Ter Horst, and an adjustment of the current agreements is not planned. *According to a sheet provided by Ter Horst, the Lt. Governors of Saba and St. Eustatius earn a monthly salary of NAƒ 10.506 plus an allowance of NAƒ 852. In Bonaire the Lt. Governor earns a salary of NAƒ 11.501 plus an allowance of NAƒ 1.085. In the Netherlands, a mayor of a town with a population of 14,000 to 24,000 earns 700 to 2,000 euros more than his “‘colleague” in Bonaire. Commissioners in Bonaire and St. Eustatius earn less than aldermen of Dutch municipalities. Saban and Statian commissioners receive a salary of NAƒ 8.700, whereas their colleagues on Bonaire earn NAƒ 9.257. Aldermen of small Dutch towns comparable in size to Saba earn some 500 euros less then the commissioners on Saba. Aldermen of Dutch municipalities with 2,000-4,000 inhabitants earn some 350 euros more than the commissioners on St. Eustatius. Commissioners also receive an allowance if they are members of the Island Council. On Bonaire, Island Council members receive an allowance of NAƒ 942, in St. Eustatius NAƒ 800 and in Saba NAƒ 418. With the exception of St. Eustatius, these amounts are comparable to the allowances of members of municipal councils in the Netherlands. G.D. State Secretary Bijleveld-Schouten

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 9 T he International Bible Church of Bonaire (IBCB) had its ground breaking ceremony this past Sunday with many of the members and some invited guest attending. Rain threatened the ceremony but held off until Pastor Baran said the final prayer. The church was known for many years as the only English speaking church on the island and originated with Trans World Radio (TWR) missionaries back when the radio station was built. Since that early beginning, the church has gone through many changes and several pastors and with each change and each pastor, improvement was noted. In the early days, there were over 60 families working with TWR and so the church had, on many Sundays, over 100 people at the service. Changes in TWR resulted in fewer than five families remaining on the island. Most of the programming is now done in other countries so the 60 families are no longer needed here on Bonaire. With that, the membership in the church started declining in 2000 and finally hit a low in 2005. Now with the energy of the congregation, and the Pastoral staff, the people attending are now topping 60 so, as one of the members said, “We are now known as the “Church On the Rise.” Many new programs have been instituted, such as “Feed the Poor and Down and Out.” New children’s programs in English and Dutch are taught. A team of young teachers from Nashville Tennessee, are flying in on the 18th of July to teach kids who attend Bible School beginning July 20th for two weeks. Over 100 kids attended last year and an even larger number is expected this year. IBCB has become the tourists’ home church when they come to Bonaire for a vacation. During tourist season there are many families who regularly attend the church services, and as Pastor Baran says, “They are all welcomed and greatly appreciated.” Many of the medical students who are fluent in English find a comfort in the service of the church, so one can only imagine the growth potential for new members present on Bonaire. One of the members stated that the old saying was absolutely true: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” So they have instituted a pancake breakfast starting July 26th for all those in attendance, starting at 7:30 am. The church says it is free and all are invited to attend. This is scheduled to be a quarterly event until it is proven it is needed no more. Each Sunday before service, and after service, the church and visitors are served coffee and cookies. This program was started about a year ago and is going very well especially with the kids. The church is open to all people from all walks of life and especially those who have new ideas and want to see the church stand as The Church on the Rise. Each Sunday, the church meets at 9am for the morning service, at the lo cal high school, 300 meters south of Flamingo TV, and will do so until their new building is ready which is estimated to be in the fall of this year. Bob Lassiter Author Bob Lassiter with Pastor Baren I n past years Bonairean Elvis Tjin-Asjoe served as Minister of Economic and Labor Affairs in the Central Government. On February 27 he stepped down to become a member of the Bonaire Executive Council. Last week at the Governor’s Palace in Curaçao he received a royal honor and was named an Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau from Antilles Governor Frits Goodergrag on behalf of the Queen. Present at the ceremony was the Prime Minister of the Antilles Emily de Jongh-Elhage (also in photo) and Elvis’ wife, Ronella Tjin-Asjoe -Croes, who is head of the Bonaire TCB. Press release Marco di Gianvito photo T he Bonaire Music school recital on June 14 was a great success and drew a good turn out to the Plaza Resort. Congratulations to all the performers. Music School talent and teachers Brad Swanson photos Central Govt. photo

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 • • Stop the silent destruction of your home Stop the silent destruction of your home • • The Island Supplier , Kaya Industria 28A. Tel # 717-6446 or 717-6448 Fax # 717-6447 Email: tis@telbonet.an Shop TIS for a large variety of foods, products, frozen items, meats, liquors, wines and much more. Come and have a look in our big market on Kaya Industria and Shop the Caribbean way. TIS is for everybody! Wholesale and Retail T.I.S. delivers to homes, marinas restaurants, supermarkets and tokos. Bonaire’s “insider” market has selection and prices that will save you time and money. Visit today. L ast week Bonaire hosted a duo of world-class windsurfing competitions: the first Bonaire Slalom Worlds and the fifth Pro Kids Freestyle . It was an event that rivaled the annual Bonaire Regatta in scope and organization. And the winds at Lac Bay were cooperativ e, blowing strongly every day, except Sunday when it didn’t matter too much for th e Freestyle event. The week-long series focused both on beach culture and sailing. Competitors were from Hawaii, The Netherlands, Martinique, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Venezuela, Aruba, Curaçao, Austria, Great Britain, the US and of course Bonaire. It is the first time that an IFCA (International Funboard Class Association) event was held on Bonaire. Pro Kids entered. National and international windsurfing celebrities participated, and there were competitions amateurs too. Numerous other interesting activities were organized round the competitions. Enjoy the photos (courtesy of the event press office) . For complete results and lots of other information go to http:// bonaireslalomworld.com/ . G.D. Taste of Bonaire Awards Night Local Color at Mangazina di Rey Night Moves Flying Slalom Beach Culture International For Sure Freestyle! Steve Thuell photo

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 11 Open for Dinner every day except Monday Open for Lunch Tuesday through Friday in the Lighthouse at The Harbour Village Marina Call 717-7725 for reservations www. patagoniarestaurant.com patagonia_restaurant@hotmail.com Owned and operated by Pablo Palacios and family Creators of Argentine cuisine on Bonaire T his year, the Bonaire Lora project is hosting a diverse and dynamic team of researchers. Recently Gabriela Hadjuk, a recent graduate from Cheltenham Ladies College in England, joined us on the project. Gabi has a fascinating background in keeping and breeding captive birds and brings a great new insight to the project. Sadly, the project’s long term assistant, Jon Dunn, will be leaving the island this week to continue with his studies and master’s thesis in Imperial College London. Jon has been an enormous help to the project this year, and we will certainly miss him when he leaves. Jon’s work towards his master’s thesis has involved observing the growth rate of chicks in certain nests when some native fruit is provided for the parents to feed on. We will eagerly await his findings. Back in the mondi , the Loras are completely oblivious to the comings and going of the team and are happily getting on with feeding their chicks that are finally beginning to look like real Loras. By now, they are developing feathers and those beautiful colours that we get glimpses of when they fly overhead. The chicks that have made it this far have run a serious gauntlet, competing with siblings for food, fighting potential disease and predators. They are no longer completely defenceless, are more alert and are developing into real characters. These are the strongest of all of the chicks that hatched, but they still face one more threat — poachers. The poachers strike when the chicks are about to fledge. That way they don’t have to do any of the work involved in raising it such as hand feeding. Poachers wait until the Lora parents have done all of the work in raising their young to an age where they are read y to join the wild population. Then they are snapped up and put in a cage, never to experience the freedom of flight. The ringing of captive Loras in 2002 and the enforcement of a significant fine for keeping an illegally captured bird has deterred many poachers from this unsustainable activity, but in truth it still happens. Chicks that have been monitored closely by the Lora Watch team in the wild have since appeared in people’s houses as pets. For Bonaire’s Lora, life is getting increasingly hard. The constantly changing face of the island with more and more habitat destruction for development means that the Lora’s feeding and nesting grounds are under threat. As a result, finding food is difficult, especially in the dry season, and this means that they must venture into the irrigated gardens of Kralendijk and Rincon to find some sustenance. This is why people are noticing more Loras in town in the past few weeks, and as a result an increasing amount are turning into road-kill! A nesting Lora will very rarely fledge all of its chicks, as many will fail to survive the first three weeks. With an already high mortality rate amongst chicks, the Lora doesn’t need any more threats and struggles contributed by humans to produce young that will make it into the wild. We know that a Lora in captivity can live to at least 30 years of age, but nobody knows long they live in the wild. With a healthier diet, better quality of life and good social interaction, maybe they can live even longer.? Who knows what Bonaire will be like in 30 years time for the chicks that will make it into the wild this year? Rhian Evans Ms Evans is a Biologist from University of Birmingham UK. She is in her second year of studying the Loras on Bonaire. Nest-Check bicycle provided by DeFreewieler Scooter and bike sales and repair Marlene Robinson photo Sam Williams photo Lora measuring and weighing

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 A LEGAL RECREATIONAL DRUG W hen you take a substance out of nature and refine it to maximize its chemical surface area and biological activity, you create a drug outlawed by most governments worldwide. Why? Because it is dangerous to a person’s health! Considering the current world population, these drugs are used and abused by a very small percentage of people. Of course, the War on Drugs is much closer to home, especially if you have teenage children. We have all seen the destruction and heartaches that drug abuse causes individuals and families. Let’s go back to the well known outlawed drugs. We all agree they are derived from a natural substance. Cocaine a drug refined from coca leaves Opium a drug refined from poppies Most of us know that these drugs are highly addictive; they will rot your teeth, cause irritability, mood swings, irrational behavior, disrupt normal brain function and cause severe withdrawal symptoms. I will now add a third drug – SUGAR a drug refined from sugar cane. The difference between Cocaine, Opium and Sugar is that the first two are outlawed by governments, whereas sugar is subsidized and receives legal immunity. Have you ever been without that “sugar fix” for a few hours? What do you have for a quick “pick me up?” A soda drink, a chocolate, a cookie or even a cigarette. (Yes, most cigarettes contain sugar in the form of molasses.) Almost everyone will deny that they or their children are addicted to sugar and will tell you they consume very little table sugar. However, most people are blissfully unaware of all those hidden sugars, cleverly disguised and reasonably healthy sounding like corn syrup , or high fructose corn syrup or corn starch , found in most manufactured food items. Sugar in its correct form, is as essential to our bodies as fuel is to our vehicles. With the correct “fuel” our bodies will function at their best and without disease. Your saliva (alkaline) neutralizes all acidity and washes away leftover bits of food, aiding the digestive process. This process is reversed with the consumption of refined sugar which feeds dangerous bacteria and fungi in the mouth allowing them to proliferate. Refined sugars together with dairy products cause a lot of mucus production. This rubber like substance called “ mucoid plaque ” develops in the gastrointestinal tract and is made up of gluten, mucus, foreign protein and other food by-products, blocking the nutritional components of our food from being adequately absorbed into the body. This leads to congestion problems in areas like sinus, throat, bronchi and lungs. In short, sugar in the daily diet interferes with the immune system’s ability to fight off bacteria, leading to long term problems like arthritis, allergies and asthma, hyperactivity in children, peptic ulcers, yeast infections, cholesterol, colds etc. Have you, because of health or weight problems, moved onto “diet,” “sugar-free” or “light” drinks or are you using artificial sweeteners? Beware ! Stephanie Bennett Next issue: Continuation: Sugar Substitutes. Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in UK, and now researches health issues that particularly affect people on Bonaire and other Caribbean Islands. P onky was found more than four weeks ago. He was tied to a post by a four-foot-long chain, no shade, no water and almost no food. After we fed him for a couple of weeks he became less shy. I decided to take him home because there was somebody who showed interest in offering Ponky a better life. Unfortunately that fell through. Ponky has been with us because I thought him too shy for the Shelter. He turns out to be a very friendly, playful dog who loves the company of other dogs, cats and people. I cannot keep him. He deserves a better life. Please phone Marjolijn: 71-6321 or e-mail bimaro@flamingotv.net — Marjolijn Eillebrecht Want to help control the unwanted animal population on the island? Encourage your friends and neighbors who own cats or dogs to have them sterilized. It’s free right now at the Shelter. Call 7174989. Contribute to the Shelter’s “Ster ilization Fund,” MCB Account 10616410. L.D. Ponky M. Eillebrecht photo Did You Know... That planktonic larvae could beat humans in a swimming race? Many fish species have a bipartite life cycle . This means that they live the first part of their lives as plankton and the second part as fish on the reef. Plankton are organisms (both plants and animals) that float freely with the currents in the open ocean. Plankton are the base of the marine food web. The plant plankton called phytoplankton can photosynthesize . They use the sun’s energy and carbon dioxide to make sugars and oxygen. They have many strategies for staying afloat in the water such as small bodies or oil droplets in their body. Planktonic organisms also have many ways of moving around in the currents. A study by Leis and Carson-Ewart (1997) showed that one planktonic larvae can swim the equivalent of 13 of its body lengths in 1 second. This is the equivalent of a human swimming 100 meters in 3.6 seconds. The Olympic record, held by Pieter Van Den Hoogenband of the Netherlands for the 100 meters freestyle, is 47.84 seconds, made in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. So in a relative race between a planktonic larvae and a human, the plankton would win 13 times over! Kelly McNamara McNamara is a junior Biology major and Theatre minor at Johns Hopkins University who wants to be a doctor, but the ocean has always been her passion. Photo www.fishlarvae.com/ Participants of the Activity Training Center in Rincon celebrate the opening of the newlyaccessible pool at Roomer's Hotel. The ATC work s with people of all ages with mental and physical disabilities and will be having "pool time" once a month at the Roomer Resort in Belnem. Pauline Kayes Photo

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only NA ƒ 1 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-6125 or email info@bonairereporter.com Wanted: Dog-loving, professional, adult, single woman or couple to rent unique, spacious house in Belnem from Aug. 16 to Dec. 16. Two bedrooms, two baths, living room, kitchen, office, lush garden, wide porches, fully furnished, includes cable television and wireless internet. NAƒ 1500 a month. E-mail: pkayes@diversityworksinc.net. ————————————— Private guitar lessons available ! To improve your technique, improvisation, repertoire, music theory and sight reading, call Benji at 786-5073. ————————————— "I'm looking for a studio or apartment to house-sit or rent from August 1 to October 15. 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Call 717-2529 Monique _____________________________ Porch sale Kaya Mandolin 2 (just off the road to Sorobon, Nikiboko, south) , from 8:304pm on the following Saturdays: August 1, 15, 29 -books, clothes, blinds, plants, nik naks, kitchen ware, car speakers and more. _____________________________ Put your ad here and get results fast. Commercial ads are inexpensive Non-commercial ads are still free Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. 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 795-9332 . Property Services Bonaire B.V. Taking care of your properties (while you are off island). Email for information and prices: propertyservicesbonaire@hotmail.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 GREAT CLEANING SERVICE For Quality House and Office Cleaning ……. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ6 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com Private yoga classes call Louise 7177021 or 700-9422. CLASSES in silversmithing, stone setting and the art of beading . Call Louise at 717-7021 or 700-9422 . KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time Massages With Natural Body Balance and Relaxation Physical problems/ Relaxing/Shoulder/Neck/ Foot. Reflex/Salt Scrub. New: Achiatsu Massage Call for Appointment 785-0006/ 786-9887 www.livetolivebonaire.com Lisette & Sameh A Unique Haircut experience at The Windsurf Place: Sorobon with Desiree. Thursdays thru Sundays from 10am till 4pm. Phone: 786-6416 info@aplaceforyoubonaire.com 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 563-1913) DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. ` COEF 7-24 2:37 1.8FT. 10:51 0.9FT. 101 7-25 3:38 1.6FT. 11:17 1.0FT. 17:42 1.4FT. 21:08 1.3FT. 95 7-26 0:18 1.3FT. 4:40 1.4FT. 11:30 1.1FT. 18:12 1.5FT. 85 7-27 2:24 1.1FT. 6:07 1.3FT. 11:26 1.1FT. 18:47 1.6FT. 73 7-28 3:52 1.0FT. 8:14 1.1FT. 10:33 1.1FT. 19:31 1.8FT. 60 7-29 4:52 0.9FT. 20:08 1.9FT. 49 7-30 5:53 0.9FT. 20:45 2.0FT. 42 7-31 6:35 0.8FT. 21:26 2.0FT. 42 8-01 7:20 0.8FT. 22:01 2.0FT. 47 8-02 7:59 0.8FT. 22:33 2.0FT. 53 8-03 8:29 0.8FT. 23:07 2.0FT. 60 8-04 9:00 0.8FT. 23:44 1.9FT. 67 8-05 0:11 1.9FT. 9:32 0.9FT. 72 8-06 0:43 1.8FT. 9:53 0.9FT. 76 8-07 1:13 1.7FT. 10:08 1.0FT. 79 J iri Lausman writes, “ I admire the traveling people who do not forget to take a Bonaire Reporter for their picture for “Picture Yourself …” photo. I did not think about it, however, when I was on the very remote Aleutian Islands, I thought that, perhaps, I could make a picture with a replacement. Two islands of the Aleutians, an island chain between Russia and Alaska, were the only US territory occupied by the Japanese during the WWII. To re-conquer the islands, the Americans suffered almost 4,000 casualties during one of the deadliest battles of the Pacific war.” Transport of Money and Valuables Private Investigations Vehicle patrols Burglar Alarms Fire Alarm Systems Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com A Small Ad Here Might Make All The Difference to Your Business’ Success Try? Call Laura 790-6518 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 WI N THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). Email to: info@bonairereporter.com.

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 JOIN US TO GO BACK IN BONAIRE’S HISTORY TO 2001 – 8 YEARS AGO. I n April 2001 The Bonaire Reporter became tabloid size, as it remains today. The paper grew to 16 pages and added new columns including “On the Island Since…” by Greta Koistra, and “Picture Yourself with The Bonaire Reporter , favorites which continue, plus “Pat’s Puzzle;” “Burrfish Chronicles” and “Eeery, Elfish English.” Just Some of the Stories in 2001: Free Diving, NGOs team up for Nature, Photo Adventures at Harbour Village, Ecotourism, Dive Festival, History Lesson for Dealing with Development, Bonaire’s Special Spots, Tortuganan Project-local kids learn to snorkel and about marine environment, Bonaire’s Bats, New Restaurant News, To Feed or Not to Feed Fish, Young Windsurfers Compete in Florida, Karnaval, Nature Shop Nutrabon, LVV, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Majestic Journey opens, Bonaire Jazz Club events, Clean up Volunt eers, Flowering Brasilwood, Bongo’s from the Congo, Camp for Kids, Jazz A l Fresco, Drug Busters (Nolly and dog Chita at airport), Goat Roundup at Washington Park, Blonk Boatworks, Fishing Tournament, Portrait of an ArtistNochi Coffie, Franklin AntoinMedic Air Pilot, Medic Air Ambulance Plane, Earth Day Activities, Medical EmergenciesWhat Happens? Spa at Harbour Village, BOPEC, Soldachi Tours, Maritime Day, Rincon Market Day, Web Cam Wackiness, Jerry Ligon’s Season of Change, Mangazina di Rei, Bonaire’s Oldest Diver and Oldest Windsurfer, New Police Commissioner Tiara Haselhoef, Flamingo Fast Ferry, Bonaire Sports Pro Miguel Angel Brito-Adrian, Dive Festival 2001, Changing Times in Real Estate, Understanding Land Lease, Stan Waterman, the Man, Peruvian Photo Adventure with Dos Winkel & Team, Artist Yenny Rijna & Adi Figaroa, Bonaire Opens its Heart for Billy Valentijn, Skol di Bario, Florida Park Service Aids Washington Park, Environmental Hero Andre Lendering of Napa, Local Fishing Tournament, East Side Diving, Bonaire Day Festivities, Series on Bonaire’s Bats, Booby Paradise, Soldachi Tours, Donkey Dilemma, The Sextant, Prikichi Study, Bonaire’s Marathon Man – Delno Tromp, Alcon Liquors & Wines-a Perfect Blend, Cooking for Kids with Lillian Cicilia, Tutti Frutti Folkloric Group, Artist Winfred DaniaBonaire’s Living Treasure, Bonaire Runners Win in Curaçao, Cape Cod comes to Bonaire (Ann Phelan), Dutch Holiday Traditions, Universal Flying School of Bonaire-The Sky’s the Limit, Drift Diving Bonaire Style, Exploring the Windjammer, ARTEBON Exposition: Ronald Verhoeven & Josephine Ebing, In the Path of CousteauHendrik Wuyts, Liquid Gold of the Caribbean (Aloe Vera), First Woman Diving Instructor in Bonaire-Jenny Marchena, Creating Chefs of Tomorrow, Marine Park Volunteers……and many, many more. Highlights week-by-week Jan. 9 Haitian bike t eam visits Bonaire -15 police officers leave for better paying jobs, mostly in Holland Karpata Project debated . (Project is for 500 vacation houses, 18-hole golf course and sports complex on 600 acres-200 hectares of govt. land) Jan. 30 Wastewater project with Paul van der Heijden’s plan. By 2004 the first phase, Playa Lechi, to be operational ( We’re still waiting ) -Opening of De Islander Restaurant by Tulsie and Davika Bissessar -Press Association names Maritza Juan Pedro & Dennis Martinus as Man and Woman of the Year Feb. 13 -Bonaire tourism dipped in 2000 by 17% as compared with 1999 -In 2000, 71 cruise ships called at Bonaire carrying 43,540 visitors – an increase of 294% from 1999 -Netherlands Antilles Park Managers visit Bonaire and compare notes Feb. 27 -Bonaire has 6% unemployment Mar. 6 Population declines by 3.5% Leaving were 996 citizens and 159 immigrants. Majority of citizens went to Holland for better economic conditions. Immigrants left because of a diminished demand for their labor. -About 35% of population is foreign born -Effort to establish a Montessori school on Bonaire ( failed ) Windsurfing Team has swept the Midwinter Competition in Merritt Island, Florida -Bonaire’s Bat Action Team becomes a non-profit foundation . Its aim is to educate and make people aware of these important animals as well as sponsoring research to map caves to determine which are sensitive to human intrusion. What they accomplished: spoke to Parliament, CURO, tour guides and STINAPA, arranged for a bat researcher to begin baseline study of population, inventoried 82 caves (29 housing bats), completed a Bat Module to be used in the elementary schools, stopped blasting next to the sensitive Lima cave system for the airport’s runway extension, designed and installed an awareness sign at Slagbaai, initiated a tourist awareness program through Bonaire Talk, the local press and The Reporter and installed two experimental bat houses at Barcadera. Mar. 13 -24 members of Bonaire Junior Windsurfing Team return from Florida – sweep first three places in their classes including racing and freestyle events. -Bonaire shore-dive ‘Bible,’ “ Bonaire Diving Made Ea sy ,” gets baptized -Country census says population of Bonaire is around 11,000 rather than the 14,200 listed on the Census Department ( Bevolking ) rolls. ALM will expand transatlantic schedule using Belgian airline Sobolair. -First ever Bonaire Jazz Festival Apr. 10 – The Reporter becomes twice as big – tabloid size – and increases printing to 1,500 issues a week. Cover Shot is Kirk Gosden of Lion’s Dive Beach Bar & Restaurant Economy on the upswing – visitor arrivals show increase this year, but will the peak of 65,000 visitors in 1996 be approached? -Corine and Jan-Henk van der Wier at Sunbelt Realty May 1 Yacht Club Apartments grand opening -Pascal DeMeyer’s Dive B us is born May 8 -Bonaire’s first Internet Marriage: Edward Thielman & Nydia Sergo May 22 Cornelia “Connie” Fischer & Rob van Lier marry Air Jamaica confirms it will fly to Bonaire three times a week beginning July 1 American Eagle begins nonstop service to Bonaire from San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 6 Jong Bonaire hosts world’s first Internet banquet fund raiser Government awards historic old slave hospital to ARTEBON , Bonaire Art Association June 13 Caren Eckrich & Frans Roefs marry Budget Marine opens July 4 -CURO (Council of Underwater Resort Operators) figures: In 2000 Bonaire had 51,000 tourist arrivals. Over 50%, or 25,561, were scuba divers July 18 Pieter Zweers begins kite boarding on Lac Bay Aug. 29 Divi Divi Air begins BonaireCuraçao air service with a 7passenger Cessna Sept. 19 -Bonaire grieves and remembers September 11 Sept. 26 -First Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire sponsored by Jong Bonaire Oct. 3 Harbour Village Resort closes the hotel portion of the operation; 70 to 100 employees to be laid off October 17 Air ALM ceased operations when it stopped flights within the Netherlands Antilles. DCA takes over the same day. ALM also closed down flight to Amsterdam, however, DCE stepped in immediately October 24 -Bonaire welcomes the Dona Luisa I, a new freight ship for the de Jong family’s company, and Chogogo , the new fast ferry. -Beginning this spring KLM will fly eight non-stop flights a week to Bonaire Oct. 31 Harbour Village says they’ve transferred about 30% of the closed hotel’s staff to other operations and offered other resorts access to interview the laid off employees. Nov. 14 Caribe Casino at Plaza opens with Manager Alexander Mozir and Martina, the Slovenian Wine Queen -First Annual Bonaire EcoSwim Dive Site Thieves Nabbed : ages 14, 15 and 16 Nov. 28 -Bonaire fishermen incensed that boats from Curaçao are using mechanized techniques to fish close to the coast of Bonaire . No official action has been taken. Klein Bonaire gets legal pro-tection as Island Council passes ordinance detailing rules for use of the island – designed to preserve the island’s delicate balance of flora and fauna and protect the sea turtles’ nesting grounds. Development and exploitation are forbidden. Dec. 5 Divi Flamingo Casino reo pens -Gala movie opening at Movieland with actor/director Jeroen Krabbe-“ The Discovery of Heaven” Dec. 12 -Construction of new fueling facility and catering building at Flamingo International Airport begins Dec. 19 ARTEBON , Bonaire’s Art Foundation, opens officially in the old slave hospital. Compiled by Laura DeSalvo. Readers are invited to write in their recollections. and perspective for this “look back .” Send a letter to the editor: laura@bonairereporter.com

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 15 Sign up for a MIO phone too— T he streets were alive on July 5 with this year’s 17th annual Dia De Arte event . Music flooded Wilhelmina Park as both visitors and residents wandered through the incredible spread of this year offerings. Some found themselves dancing away, or banging on a community drum. Others found their spirits high in a tree, but many youngsters were tucked away at artist Janice Huckaby’s stand where they had the opportunity to express their very own artist within. Over 40 children participated this year. As a first time attendee of Dia Di Arte I can say with full honesty that every face that I passed had a smile on their lips or a twinkle in their eye. Alexa Gintoff Reporting for JanArt Gallery It was a day for families and friends from 10 in the morning to the late evening, and it was one of the best ever. Sponsored by the Foundation for Bonaire Art and Culture, the event put on by the tireless volunteers, the participating artists, craftsmen, food and drink providers and entertainers made it a day to remember. Enjoy the photos and meet some of the artists. L.D. Alexa Gintoff, a student at the University Nevada Reno, is spending her summer with Janice Huckaby at the JanArt Gallery in an apprentice program to further her studies in art and photography. Lula Nicacia and traditional dolls Carmen Thodé and Yenny Rijna Two winners at the JanArt booth: Evita and Nelly Nos Koscha. The lady performers from Rincon JanArt photo JanArt photo Mardo DiGianvito photo Mardo DiGianvito photo Mardo DiGianvito photo

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Question on Page 8 REGULAR EVENTS By appointment – Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 5409800. Parke Publico children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays 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. Big Marché first Saturday of the month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Flea Market at Parke Publico every first Saturday of the month, 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAƒ10 per selling table.(NAƒ 5 goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can have a free table. More information and reservations for a spot call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592 . Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 5607539. Soldachi Tours— See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796 -7870. Mondays Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per pers on. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive , 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 Monday -Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea Slide Presentation, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529 Tuesday —Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show . Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm—7173802. Tuesday -Bonaire Land and Ocean presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff, 7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condominiums. Wednesday– Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bonaire Slide Show , every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm. BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Kas Krioyo 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 December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971 Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Joop at 786-6003 to find out the evening’s location. 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. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-2066 Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña , Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332. Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 7174211. 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 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for Information Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 or 790-8988 HAPPENING SOON Now —Art Exhibit and Sale of Paintings by Renata Van Der Byl , Plaza Lobby Until September 30 —Bonaire Dive into Summer. See TCB or your hotel for details. Saturday, July 25 – Miss Reef Bikini 2009 Contest, Jibe City, 4 pm Saturday, August 1Youth Orchestra of Curaçao (String OrchestraTwo contrabasses, three violoncellos, violas and violins) playing popular classical musicCacique Hall, Plaza Resort, 19:30 (7:30 pm). Cost: NAƒ 20 per child , accompanied parents and grandparents admitted free . All others NAƒ 20/person. Tickets available at the door before the performance. Saturday, August 1 —Big Monthly Rincon Marché , friendliest people on Bonaire selling gifts, crafts, local foods and drink, candles, more. Music and fun atmosphere. 6 am to 2 pm. Saturday, August 1 —Flea Market at Parke Publico , 3 to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and sell. NAƒ 10 per selling table (NAƒ 5 goes for Park upkeep). NGOs have a free table. More information call Vicky Bissessar 786-1592. Saturday, August 1 . "Noche Cubano" At Plaza Resort’s Caribbean PointGreat Prizes for the best Cuban dress and best dance performance. Sunday, August 2 —Open House at Slagbaai , 10 am until Park closes—music, dancing, food, drinks. Open domino competition. Tuesday, August 4-6 , "Mangrove Forest Ecology, Management and Restoration" training workshop. A $100 fee is being requested from participants. Registration and donations are being accepted by Carina Kalke (c.kalke@proes.org) or Anouschka van de Ven from CIEE Research Station Bonaire (info@cieebonaire.org). Registration to close after July 22, so call ASAP. Friday, August 7 —Opening of artist Asyla ten Holt’s Retrospective Show, “E Mucha ku ta Pinta.” Snip Gallery at het Curaçaosch Museum, Curaçao, 7 pm. Show continues until Aug. 21. More details next week. Saturday, August 8 – Mr. Bonaire Contest , sponsored by Bonaire Body Building and Fitness Association, 8-11 pm, SGB high school auditorium, NAƒ 12,50. Sponsors: Landslottery, Duijn Bonaire, Fundashon Wega di Number Bonaire Sunday, August 9—Presentation of new photo book Document Bonaire by former Reporter Art Editor Wilna Groenenboom at Buddy Dive Pool Bar, 4 pm. More in the next edition Sunday, August 15– Taste of Bonaire and culture night during “Celebrate Our Planet Week” with Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and famous free-diver Karol Meyer. Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $65; By mail to Europe $130. By Internet $25 donation. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bona ire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Stephanie Bennett , J@n Brouwer, Christy Dovale, Rhian Evans, Alexa Gintoff, Jack Horkhe imer, Pauline Kayes, Greta Kooistra, Bob Lassiter, Jenny Lynch, Kelly McNamara, Jane Townsend Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth S ilberie (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2009 The Bonaire Reporter Q) What two items appear in both the Bonaire flag and its Coat of Arms. Answer: These are the seafarers compass, and the red six pointed star

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 17 Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop 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 in-store financing too. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their office on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself. MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire. DINING Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining. Now open for lunch. Reservations 717-7725 DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked re tail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City Café, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments . FITNESS Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines an d classes for all levels. Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center Modern workout rooms and machines, professional trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. 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. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-tion, management and cleaning, KITCHENS For custom kitchens and bedrooms visit Brugman on the traffic circle. They carry fine German crafted cabinets and other classy items, PEST CONTROL Professional Pest Control . Call Peter to get rid of all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that want to invade your home. Call now and save your investment in your home. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine pr ocessing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your home. Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. 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. 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. Wonderful service, free gift wrap. 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. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS The Island Supplier (TIS)Enjoy shopping the “Caribbean Way’ – fresh, open air feeling with reasonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum selection. 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 Bonaire with built-in ramp 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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon. 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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Bonaire/Republiek – S omewhere along a hardly paved road in Republiek, is the house of Wieger de Jong and his partner. In front of the house a metallic pink colored V8 mastodon is parked: the impressive Cadillac El Dorado, built way back in 1969, before the oil crisis. Wieger and his girl friend visited the island of Bonaire for several years, then they decided to buy the house in Republiek and move here. For the last year it’s been possible to admire the soft floating Cadillac El Dorado moving slowly over the tarmac. Wieger believes he is the third owner of the El Dorado. In 1969 the car was sold in Arizona by an official Cadillac dealer. In the late 90s the car was imported from the States to The Netherlands by a guy from Amsterdam. The papers coming with the Cadillac, said, “Miles as shown are actual miles.” In the first 30 years of her life the El Dorado had covered 121,000 original American southern miles. The second owner possessed the Cadillac for only a couple of weeks. Reason? No parking place to find in the city center of the Dutch capital for this vehicle, measuring 5,600 centimeters! Then Wieger de Jong saw the Cadillac with a sign behind the front screen, “For Sale.” Wieger bought the car and drove it to the nearest gasoline station. There was hardly any drop of fuel left in the gas station’s tank. After a few days Wieger returned to Amsterdam to pay all the money. The former owner gave a $100 discount on the car. For this amount of money Wieger filled the tank and drove the car to his village: Molenend, north of the city of Leeuwarden in Friesland, The Netherlands. Wieger says, “I have owned some 25 American made cars. Or more… I’ve driven this Cadillac for about nine years now. In Europe we used it only during the summer season. We covered some 6,000 kilometers every year. The car is very reliable. Of course I changed the oil and the filters, but it was only after six years that I unscrewed the cap of the radiator for the first time. The El Dorado is fitted with a V8 big bore engine of 472 cubic inches. That is about 7.8 liters. The cast iron engine is fitted with eight pistons, 16 valves and one massive four-barrel carburetor. Under the bonnet there is a little dwarf constantly pouring gasoline into the carburetor. When the engine is idling at some 800 revs it is already producing about 85 horsepower. Idling for 10 minutes takes about a liter of fuel. That’s six liters an hour. Remember, this car was produced before the oil crisis! And did you know it takes more energy to produce a car than the energy a vehicle consumes during its whole lifetime? At the gasoline station we always shut off the engine otherwise the tank could never be filled up. The car produces 390 S.A.E. horse power. It weighs 2,390 kilogram and when we are cruising at a speed of some 45 miles we get about four miles out of a liter!” The first Cadillac El Dorado was produced in 1953. The name was proposed for a special vehicle to mark Cadillac’s 50th anniversary. Wieger’s El Dorado was designed in 1967 and built in 1969. The car shares the so called “E-body” and the front -wheel drive with the Oldsmobile Tornado. The El Dorado can reach a speed of 60 miles an hour in less than nine seconds, and the top speed is 120 miles an hour. Wieger’s vehicle indeed does 120 miles an hour. The engine has sufficient power, but to Wieger’s opinion this speed in not safe. In Europe Wieger’s job was pile driver or rammer. He specialized in laying and restoring the foundations of old to very old buildings. His hobby was, and is, cars and restoring cars. So once he restored a 1936 Studebaker President, an eightcylinder, in-line, flat head with side mount spare tires. And he completely rebuilt a Maserati Sebring built in 1964, designed by Vignale. And once he was the owner of a Lotus Omega. And he also brought an Opel Monza to Bonaire, the car his girl friend is driving. And the current project is a four-wheel drive V8 Chevrolet Blazer. This car is under construction. And the next car might be a German made G… But this is still uncertain… Story & photo by J@n Brouwer The 51ast of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” Wieger de Jong Cadillac Eldorado (Picture: J@n Brouwer) B onaire has a convenient new Saturday non-stop flight between Miami and Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport that seems to extend your vacation. It all starts in Terminal F of the Miami airport where Miami’s rapid-fire English and Spanish is replaced by the lilt of Papiamentu. Just hearing the sound of Bonaire’s native language makes you feel you are there already, although you’ve not left American soil. You’ll be flying on Insel Air (Insel is a Middle Dutch/German word for island), a privately held airline based in Curaçao, Bonaire’s sister island. Although incorporated in 1993, Insel didn’t start flying until August, 2006, when “the time was right,” said its founder Edward Heerenveen. The start was small, a prop-jet “commuter plane” between Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire, but the airline has grown fast and profitably. It draws on crew talent from the failed Government-owned airlines, ALM and DCA, but isn’t burdened by the top-heavy labor force of those operations. Its estimated earnings were $1 million last year. In January 2007, Insel Air added a MD-83 to its fleet and began flying to the eastern and northern Caribbean islands through Sint Maarten and in June 2008 added another MD82. Now still another MD-82 lets it offer scheduled flights to 13 destinations, including daily service to Miami from Curaçao. On Saturdays the Miami flight is non-stop to and from Bonaire. We were offered seats on the maiden Bonaire-Miami nonstop on July 4. Before leaving Bonaire there was a brief ceremony in the Flamingo Airport Terminal with tourism and government officials who expressed appreciation to Insel Air for resuming Bonaire-Miami service. There was another ceremony on arrival in Miami where the director of the airport noted that the two best places for flamingoes to live were Bonaire and Miami. Miami Airport, with flights to 62 different destinations, is the busiest gateway to Latin America. There is a definite pleasant “Southwest Airlines” feel to your flight experience. The cabin crew is relaxed, cheerful and competent, meal and drink service minimal, and coupons are handed out for an on-board drawing for a free ticket on an equivalent flight. It’s the fastest way to the US too, only 2½ hours in the air. There’s no inflight entertainment but with the proliferation of I-Pods and small computers passengers often bring their own. The inaugural flight was full with Bonaire residents, press, airline executives and government officials. The 150-seat Insel Air MD-82 aircraft is of the old-school of comfort with leather seats and reasonable legroom. Hundreds were built by McDonnellDouglas (now Boeing) in the 1980s and 90s. According to Airline Business magazine the MD-82 is currently in an economic “sweet spot,” balancing aircraft cost with fuel economy. The free checked luggage allowance is generous: 40 Kg (88 lbs) max, in up to two Top Insel Air shareholder Henry “Boopsie” van der Quast shakes hands with Commissioner Nolly Oleana as Insel Air Chief of National & International Affairs, Edwa rd Heerenveen and Bonaire’s Hugo Gerharts applaud. The helpful Insel Air ground team in Bonaire (2) pieces. Rather than the usual 50-pound weight limit per bag, Insel air allows your heaviest bag to weigh 70 lbs (32 kg.) without an extra charge; just the thing for shopping trips. Extra weight or extra bags cost $50. Carry-ons are permitted at no charge provided they meet the stowage requirement. The flight schedule is convenient for connecting flights and no “red-eye flying” is needed. The plane leaves Bonaire at 10:55 am and is scheduled to arrive in Miami at 2:05 pm. The flight to Bonaire leaves Miami at 3:25 pm, arriving at Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport at 6:35 pm, then continues on to Curaçao. The fare is about $479 (NAƒ 861) and promotional rates may be available for certain travel dates. Fun Miles (the Antilles loyalty program) can be used to defray 25% of the fare price. Booking can be done smoothly on-line at http://www.fly-inselair.com/ which uses the Sita airline management system. Insel Air’s slogan is, in English: “Reaching Higher.” Based on our experience, it’s doing that and making getting to and from the Dutch Antilles easier, cheaper and pleasant. G./L.D.

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Bonaire ReporterJuly 24–August 7, 2009 Page 19 "The Pussy Cat and the Scorpion: A Strange Tale of a Tail" A lthough the night skies are loaded with constellations named after animals not one of them is named after America's favorite household pet, the pussy cat. However, to compensate for this obvious negligence every summer two marvelous cat's eyes glide across summer's skies and in the most improbable of places, on the tail of a scorpion. On any night in July and August, from after dark to after midnight, if you look overhead toward the south you will see summer's biggest constellation, Scorpius the Scorpion. It's one of the few constellations which actually looks like its name. It even has a red star where its heart should be, named Antares , which is a humongous 700 times wider than our own million-mile-wide Sun. And if you follow the stars down from Scorpius' heart star you will see how his rather nasty tail curves up and then back on itself just like a real Scorpion's tail, with two stars marking its poisonous stinger. Their Arabic names from left to right are Shaula and Lesath . And these names mean "the sting." In folk legend, however, they are not only "the sting" but are also the two eyes of an ancient celestial cat which stare out at us every single summer. Now although they don't appear to be all that exceptional to the naked eye, if we look deeper into these cat's eyes with a telescope we can see the secrets they have hidden within them for thousands of years, wonderful secrets because when we compare each star to our Sun they are truly marvelous. Indeed while our Sun is about a million miles wide, Shaula is almost twice as wide. And it is a much hotter star than our yellow Sun and burns a fierce blue-white and is in fact 1,200 times more luminous. It looks dimmer only because it is 280 light years away, which means that we see Shaula not as it exists now this summer but as it existed when its light left it 280 years ago in the early 1700s. Lesath, the dimmer of the two, is even more incredible and appears dimmer only because it is over 5 times farther away th an Shaula, 1,600 light years beyond, which means that we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 1,600 years ago, around 400AD. And it burns an even fiercer blue-w hite hot than Shaula and is 15,000 times brighter than our Sun. Plus Lesath makes both Shaula and our Sun seem puny by comparison because it is 2 1/2 times the diam eter of Shaula and 7 times as wide as our Sun. Some pussy cat, eh folks? So get outside the next few weeks and find these two magical cat's eyes peering through summe r nights as they silently glide across the southern sky masquerading as the sting of the Scorpion. Jack Horkheimer *to find it... just look up ARIES: March 20th April 20th You'll feel more passionate and ready for fun now that Venus and Mars are in your sign! If single; it will be easy to find somebody new to love! Mercury retrograde in your 3rd house of communication could cause misunderstandings. Think twice before you speak or sign off on important documents! TAURUS: April 20th May 21st Money is a biggie this month. With a new Moon and Mercury retrograde in your house of cash you could find new ways to earn more. But finance isn't the only thing on your mind. While ruler Venus hooks up with sexy Mars you may uncover a mystery about a loved one or discover a secret admirer! GEMINI: May 21st June 21st A new Moon in your sign has you brimming with new ideas; yet since your ruler Mercury is retrograde it might be better to keep some things to yourself. Venus and Mars in your house of friendship send a flurry of social invitations your way. This is also a time when a friend may introduce you to someone new or even become a new love! CANCER: June 21st July 22nd A Scorpio full Moon in your 5th house of creativity and romance makes you more passionate; but it can also bring jealous tendencies to the fore. It's best to avoid love entanglements and focus on career intentions. With Venus and Mars in your house of honors you could develop a fan base for one of your talents. If single, you find romance with a higher up! LEO: July 22nd August 23rd While Mercury retrogrades your career sector, you may feel the grass is greener elsewhere yet this is not a time to be overly optimistic! Jupiter in harsh aspect to your ruler (the Sun) at the time of the full Moon; suggests you think twice about jumping ship or even changing lanes. Romance can be found with someone much different from you! VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd That sudden flash of light you see at the end of the tunnel causes you to feel more hopeful about your future! And a new Moon in your career sector could certainly bring a real opportunity your way. Yet ruler Mercury retrograde (in practical Taurus) suggests you review your possibilities, take a study course or investigate before you make a new move! LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd Ruler Venus with Mars in your house of partners puts you in a mood to have fun! If single you will enjoy ardent others or actively pursue someone new! You may also uncover some secrets while Mercury retrogrades your house of mysteries. It's a good time to study something esoteric or enhance your psychic ability! SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd A full Moon in your sign could bring relationship tension. Disagreements may arise over shared money or resources while Mercury back pedals into your partnership house. On a more positive note singles may find a new relationship brewing on the work front, thru everyday activities or while exercising! SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st Venus and Mars in your house of love promises much romantic pleasure! If single, you have a good chance of meeting someone new when you least expect it! A combination (of the Full Moon at odds with ruler Jupiter and Mercury going retrograde) in your work sector demands some fast action and new solutions to a work related crisis! CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th A new Moon in your house of health marks a perfect time to begin a new regime. You can use this Mercury retrograde best by getting checkups or changing your diet around. With Venus and Mars at the bottom of your chart; your organizational talents can work wonders by making home improvements or your personal life more meaningful! A QUARIUS: January 20th February 19th Love planets Venus and Mars in your house travel marks a perfect time for a quick get away. Because you're in a mood to chat things up you'll enjoy conversing via email or phone calls more than usual. If single; a new Moon in your house of romance is a good time to join an Internet dating site someone wants to connect with you! PISCES: February 19th March 20th Venus and Mars in your money house makes you more confident about your spending and earning power. Because you're in the flow; you might also receive a gift from someone! While Mercury retrogrades in your house of thinking you may change your mind more than once. Allow yourself some time before making important decisions. Singles enjoy hearing from some in their past. It's a good time to catch up with others! July–2009 By Jenny Lynch

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