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Auqust 7-21, 2009; Volume 16, Issue 16


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Y ou will have to pay a
minimum of NAf1 just to
pick up or drop off a passenger
close to the airport entrance.
The 15 minute "free" period to
drop-off or pick up passengers has
been rescinded by the airport au-
thority.
This has inspired disgust in the
local press and the following
opinion from one of our readers:
"Bonaire used to have the most
user-friendly airport in the world
but the design freaks changed all
that. Now we have empty parking
lots and long walks for all passen-
gers. Clearly there needs to be
some real-world thinking applied
to the traffic pattern and parking
situation. A pick-up and drop-off
lane with no charge should be
created at the roofline of the
airport, with no parking allowed
here and a taxi stand nearby.
This way people can quickly get
in and out of the airport without
getting wet and without having to
pay. (Sounds a lot like what we
used to have!)
Many of our visitors and resi-
dents are of an advanced age or
are traveling with a large amount
of sports gear and often there are
handicap groups visiting the is-
land. These three groups should
have primary consideration
when planning the pick- up and
drop off space if we want to
maintain these visitors."
If you want to express your
opinion contact: Bonaire Interna-
tional Airport- Plaza Medardo
S.V. Thielman #1 Kralendijk,
Bonaire, N.A. Phone: (599) 717-
5600. Fax (599) 717-5607 E-mail:
christy@flamingoairport.com


0 Insel Air has started an
intensive program to undergo
an IATA Operational Safety
Audit (IOSA). IOSA is an inter-
national acknowledged standard
for airline companies, which guar-
antees that the relevant airline
company complies with the high-
est demands in the field of safety
and operational management. This
will be a milestone for Antillean
aviation.
Insel Air, which flies from Bon-
aire to Miami and Curagao is al-
ready on the White List of safe


D New electric power for Bon-
aire is fast building toward real-
ity. This week the CMA CGM
Ship Togo delivered the compo-
nent parts for Bonaire's 12 new
wind turbines. Last month the
massive bio-diesel-capable MAN
generators landed. More towers
and transformers are on the way
from Germany and Brazil.
The wind turbines are designed
by Sir Norman Foster, perhaps the
leading urban stylist of our age.
His elegant, efficient buildings
grace cities around the globe.
The 300-ton Boekestijn crane from
Mils Trucking of Curagao is
needed to handle the assembly of
the turbines. The pillars weigh 31
tons and the nacelle of the genera-
tor is 26 tons.
The parts were stored at Kral-
endijk stadium for later transport
to the Morotin wind park.
Each of the 12 wind turbines will
produce over 1 million watts. They
will be 55 m. tall with 44 m. di-
ameter blades. On average the
wind should provide 40-50% of
the island's power needs.
The new power system is de-
signed to be reliable, a problem
with the present WEB system.
There will be five main diesel gen-
erators and two backup generators.
Excess power from the wind farm
or generators will be stored in a
huge three-megawatt battery to
smooth our power fluctuations and
for backup. Operation is set for
year end 2009.


companies in the Netherlands and
has the permission to fly to the US
after having successfully com-
plied with the mandatory audit.

Dive Friends Bonaire has
been named a Five-Star Gold
Palm PADI Instructor Develop-
ment Dive Resort.
These facilities have a responsi-
bility of developing qualified
PADI Instructors. Dive Friends
Bonaire will hold its first Instruc-
tor Development Course (IDC)
beginning November 25t, to coin-
cide with the next Instructor Ex-
amination (IE) to be held in Bon-
aire on December 5 and 6.


Unloading op-
erations at Kral-
endijkpier:

Blades


D Digicel, Bonaire's leading
cellphone service provider has
announced it's offering cellular
phone service to the Pacific
island of Nauru. Slightly smaller
than Bonaire, with a bit fewer
people, Nauru had no cellular
service until now.
Environmentally, Nauru is the
opposite of Bonaire. The beautiful
island was gutted by phosphate
mining and uninhabitable except
for a surrounding narrow green
zone. More than 40% of its reef
was destroyed by soil runoff.
Digicel's GSM services should
help in the recovery of the island's
economy now that the phosphate
is depleted.
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The archives of the
Fundashon Historiko Kultural
Boneriano (FuHiKuBo) are in
desperate need of voluntary
help. Time is taking its toll on this
invaluable material and volunteers
are needed now to assist in
transferring text and audio visual
information into computers. This
includes the Herensia programs,
music from the past, historical
photos and negatives as well as
other historical documents.
Volunteers need not know
Papiamentu. Those who speak
Dutch and/or English will be
welcomed. These archives are a
major source of information for
students on Bonaire. If you can
help or would like more


TePfElPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Wind Turbines Arrive 2
RSC Workng For Direct Ties 3
Snorkelers Notebook-
Sewage Dreams 6
Op-Ed Power of One 6
Aysla ten Holt-30 Year Show 7
Document Bonaire Debut 8
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Poachers Toll) 9
Letters to the Editor-Aaska, Bikes 10
Studentsto Holland 14
Kibrahacha Bloom 16

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Ans Donker-
Wassink) 4
Bonairean Voices (Business-Tokos) 7
Bon Quiz#12 Pali'lele 8
Body Talk( Sugar) Substitutes 10
Picture Yourself (Epcot) 11
Classifieds 11
Tide Table 11
BonQuiz Answer 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Whats Happening 12
Dining, Shopping Guides 13
Bonaire On Wheels (Red Baron) 14
Pet of the Week (Jill) 14
Bubbles-Did You Know (UW Stars) 14
SkyPark(Sorpio/CenterofGalaxy) 15
The Stars Have it (Asrology) 15

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 19, 2009.
Story and Ad deadline:
August 15


information please call B6i
Antoin at 786-6818 or email him
at b.antoin@telbonet.an

lIt's back to school for Bon-
aire's youngsters. Primary and
secondary schools will open on
various dates in early August,
and Unicollege, Bonaire's alter-
native high school for HAVO and
VWO students will reopen on
August 24. MG./L.D.


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Working For


OWilna Groneneboom photo

Queen's Commissionerfor the BES Islands, Henk Kamp, in his
austere office in the RSC


A team is in place and al-
ready there has been pro-
gress towards establishing direct
ties between the BES Islands and
The Netherlands. So reported
Queen's Commissioner for Bon-
aire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Henk
Kamp last Thursday, July 30. It's
been a bit over six months since
Kamp arrived on Bonaire to lead
the transition effort.
The transition staff is now
mostly in place with its members
resident on Bonaire with offices in
the Regional Service Center
(RSC), the former APNA building
just off Kaya International. RSCs
have also been set up on Saba and
Statia.
Apart from the RSC, in response
to an earlier request of Bonaire,
Dutchmen have already been
working together with the island
departments in the areas of tax
services, judicial organization,
social services and health.
Other functionaries now on the
island are RSC staff, who have a
three-year appointment, RSC
crown commissioners/
representatives and the RSC kwar-
tiermakers.
The RSC staff handles adminis-
trative duties such as personnel,
finances and facilities manage-
ment. Eventually Bonaireans are
expected to fill these posts.


The crown commissioners/
representatives handle the Justice
tasks, liaison with the island gov-
ernments and The Hague including
the 13 Dutch Ministries. They are
"experts" in their field. They are
on temporary assignment from the
crown and the focal point for the
local and European activities.
The kwartiermakers are the in-
dividuals, assigned to Bonaire by
the various ministries, who will
work most directly with the offi-
cials of Bonaire, the NGOs, and
others to define and perform the
tasks that will make the transition
happen and establish what follows.
They are the ones who "work in
the field."
Kwartiermakers is literally
translated into English as Quarter-
masters, but the Dutch meaning is
quite different from the English
translation. In English, Quarter-
master always has a military or
nautical connection. But in Dutch,
where the term also has a military
use, its alternative meaning is per-
haps best suited for the current
situation. Kwartiermakers means
pioneers... the ones who are the
scouts sent ahead to pave the
way for the future. Bonaire's
kwartiermakers are ministry pro-
fessionals assigned here for 18
months. Eventually Bonaireans
will replace these scouts.


All RSC staff will soon start an orientation program assisted by for-
mer governor Herbert Domacass6 about the BES Islands including
history, culture, "dos and don'ts" and, Papiamentu language lessons.
The kwartiermakers are :
BZK (Ministry of Home Affairs)
Fire Department Wim Goedhart
Pension Math Mager
Police John Schagen (Egbert Jules)
EZ (Economic Affairs) Hans Obdejin
Finance/Tax Service Hans Visser
Youth and Family Marga Drewes
Justice:
IND (Immigration and Naturalization) Jan de Jong
DJI (Prisons) Leo van der Meulen (Esther Balledunks)
LNV (Agriculture/Fisheries and Food Quality)
Ton Akkerman
OCW (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
Fleur Lagcher / Hemmie van Xanten
SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment)
Hans Bor/ Johan van der Graaff
Verkeer & Waterstaat (Transport, Public Works and Water Manage-


ment)


Pieter Langebaerd


Some members of the Kwartiermakers Korps: Standing, 1. to r.: Jozef van Brussel,
Dido Kalma, Ed van Haveren, Henk Kamp, Pieter Langebaerd, Egbert Jules.
Sitting L to r. starting at the top: Maarten Stoffels, Marga Drewes, Fleur Lagcher, Esther
Balledunks, RSC Director Wil van Delft (wearing a tie) and Math Mager.

VROM (Housing, Physical Planning and Environment)
Manfred Beckman Lapr/ Josef van Brussel/ Wim Hofman
VWS (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport)
Finance Koen Jansen
Health Dido Kalma


Hospitals


Maarten Stoffels


These men and women are on Bonaire to help make the shift from a Curaqao-led central govern-
ment structure to a Bonaire that, while becoming part of Holland politically, can maintain its rural
charm and protected environment.
The switch to direct governmental ties as a municipality of Holland is expected to happen in the
second half of 2010. If the RSC does its job well by then important aspects of life in Bonaire will
have begun to improve especially for health care, education, security and environmental protection.
Hopefully it will not be at a cost of loss of cultural identity, overdevelopment, or that inexplicable
quality... the Bonairean lifestyle. U G.D.


Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009


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SArs DsobiM Mssr


Swas born on Curaqao in
11963. My mom had a
chicken farm at Mamayaweg #40
and she also owned a truk, a
mobile snack. Drusilla, who
worked for my mom, would
make food like carni stoba and
salt fish with bread, pan franses,
coffee, and at night a man named
Rene would drive the truk to its
stand at the post office in Punda
where he would sell the food.
That was my mom's business.
My mom was from Curaqao,
her name was Jopie Schouten.
She had two children: my brother
Rupert, who was 11 years older
than I, and me. We had our own
house next to the chicken farm. I
was always with my mom. Every
day at six we went to the market
to buy the food for the truk and
to deliver eggs to the supermar-
kets. We had about 1,500 chick-
ens, all black ones, and we kept
them for the eggs and when they
wouldn't lay eggs anymore we
slaughtered them. I would do it
too; my mom taught me how. I
remember how they would fly
after we'd chopped their heads
off and many times we had to
collect them at the neighbors'.
My father had made all the
chicken pens himself with my
help. The chickens that were
being picked at I would keep -


and I sold their eggs to my mom.
That's how I made my pocket
money.
It was a very happy life; I loved
my mom so much. We were al-
ways together. My mom didn't
want me to go to school. I went
to kindergarten for only three
months, then she took me out and
I stayed with her until I was
seven and I had to go to the first
grade." She laughs. "I didn't like
school although I was a very
good student. The only thing I
really wanted was to be with my
mom.
My dad was from Holland. He
was a police officer when he
came to Curacao and that's
where they met. He'd been mar-
ried before and he had two chil-
dren from his previous marriage.
When I was 12 my dad fell ill and
had to be operated on in Holland.
During the operation he got a
lung embolism. They called my
mom and she panicked. She flew
to Holland immediately and I
stayed with my friend, Nicolette
van Silfhout. When my parents


came back my
mom sold her
chicken farm
and the house.
She wanted to
go to Holland,
but when my
dad's job
changed he
became a gov-
ernment offi-
cial working in
security at the
airport they
decided to
stay. Luckily
my mom was
able to cancel
the sale of the
house and she
kept her truk.
No more
chickens
though!
When I was
13 my mom died in December.
She had five heart attacks in one
day: the first one at the hair
dressers', the final one at home.
Just a week before she'd had a


"The only problem was that we had
22 pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two
turtles, seven cats and six dogs..."


medical checkup and everything
had been okay according to the
doctors. Then my dad left for
Holland because he had to be
operated on and I stayed once
more with my friend Nicolette. It
was a very sad time. When my
dad came back we sold the house
- my brother and I were also
owners and my dad and I left
for Holland. My brother stayed
on Curaqao.


I was 14. I'd been in Holland
several times but I'd never lived
there. We went to live in Zelhem,
a little town in the southeast of
Holland where my father had
bought a house in 1969. First we
lived at an aunt's for three
months, then my father and I
started all over again. In the be-
ginning I felt quite lonely. The
language I'd been raised in was
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English, as my mother's mom was from
St. Martin. Later on my mom and I would
speak Papiamentu together, but when my
dad was home we would speak Dutch. So
the language wasn't a problem, but the
dialect they spoke in Zelhem was! I went
to VWO and my grades were all bad ex-
cept for Dutch, English and French. All
the changes it had been a lot to cope
with. Then I went to Havo and after I
graduated I studied higher economy ad-
ministration education. I did the first
grade three times! Ha! Ha! Then I went to
study middle economy administration
education and I graduated. I started work-
ing for a company similar to FedEx and I
stayed with them for 16 years.
Before all that I was a bit over 18 I'd
met Rien, my husband, at a birthday
party. He came to sit at my feet, leaning
against my legs and that was it! Love at
first sight! Rien played the drums in a
band and he also worked at a bicycle fac-
tory, Gazelle, where he stayed for 28
years, until we came to Bonaire. We lived
together for five years and in 1990 we got
married. Then my dad had a heart attack
and was hospitalized. Rien immediately
said, 'We're going to take your dad in.'
At the time we were living at an apart-
ment on the fourth floor, so we moved
into my dad's house which I'd already
bought, telling him he could stay there as
long as he liked. We took care of my dad
for seven years until he died in 1999.
After my dad passed away we stayed at
the house, both working our jobs. After
working for a company in ear-protection
supplies for 18 months I had a stroke the
first one on a Friday night, the second one


on Tuesday night the following week.
They took me to the hospital. First I was
all right; I could speak, walk and move
everything. Then they operated on my
brain, through my groin I was coiled -
and I went into a coma. After that I could-
n't do anything anymore. I couldn't walk,
I had total aphasia and I couldn't move
my arms. I had lost it all. That was six
years ago, February 2003. I was lucky to
survive."
Ans is an exceptional woman, lovely
and warm, optimistic and tough on her-
self In spite of all the physical difficulties
she's still coping with, she's always up for
a good laugh and takes life the way it
comes- never a complaint.
"For five months I stayed at a rehab
center. Rien had a very hard time coping
with it, but my motto is, was and will
always be: Keep on laughing! Many
times I couldn't find the right words
and I felt so impotent, then my friend
Helga would tell me, 'You can hit me -
but with your right hand!' That was the
hand I couldn't move. I quit therapy in
September 2004. They couldn't improve
me any more than I was already.
Before I had my strokes we'd planned to
live in Turkey after our retirement. So,
when I couldn't work anymore and had to
live off a government allowance, we
wanted to go there, but it turned out that I
couldn't get the allowance in Turkey.
Then I felt I wanted to go home, back to
the islands where I was born. We'd been
to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire and we
chose Bonaire for its tranquility.
The only problem was that we had 22
pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two turtles,
seven cats and six dogs, but... for each
and every one of them we found a good


and loving home.
We arrived on Bonaire March 7th 2005
and stayed at the Rochaline Hotel for
three weeks. Then we rented a house in
Kaya Nikiboko South. We came as the
two of us, and now we're seven because
in the meantime we got four dogs and a
cat. It felt immediately right to be here.
After a month Rien found ajob at Cul-
timara and he also started playing the
drums with the Flamingo Rockers, which
he did for three years. We fitted in right
from the beginning. When he started
working, I began to work as a volunteer at
the Animal Shelter. It was something I'd
always wanted. I really like it a lot. It's
hard work and it can be really hot, but
that's what we came here for! All my life
in Holland I felt cold. Here I feel good!
Poco poco!


Recently Rien started working for
Kooyman and he really likes the job. We
go to Curaqao once a year because June
1st is Mona's birthday. She's the one who
was always helping my mom, and when
my mom died she took care of us until we
left for Holland. She's still there and we
talk on the phone a lot and to me... she's
family.
On Bonaire I have my friend Kitty,
whom I know from Curaqao when I was
little, so yeah...we're happy, we have a
full life and I feel I've come home." 0


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I wake with a start, in a
cold sweat, after one of
my regular snorkeling
dreams goes bad. Most of
the time, my dreams of snor- i
keling have a recurrent '
theme: I am standing on a
pier or the waterfront look-
ing down into the sea, which
is swirling with every color
and kind of fish. The swirl-
ing Technicolor waters are
irresistible but I can't get in
and join the fracas because
I've either lost my mask or
my fins or the taxi is waiting
to take me to the airport for
a plane I must not miss or I
will lose my job. Yet I am
so drawn to what is a once-
in-a-lifetime, dream snorkel
that I can't turn away from a feeling that
seems almost archetypal.
This dream is much different. Instead of
snorkeling in a turquoise sea full of bril-
liant creatures and coral, everything is
grey and beige. There is not a shard of
coral or a molecule of sea life, just unend-
ing sand, rocks, and a kind of scum. I
keep searching desperately for anything
alive, but no matter which way I snorkel,
there is nothing. I wake up to the sound of
my own voice, repeating over and over
again "Oh no, the sewage has killed every-
thing." The clock says it is 3:30 am but it
is impossible to return to sleep after such a
nightmare. So, as with all my puzzling or
disturbing dreams, I start deconstructing
what might have provoked this one.
Then I remember reading in the
"Flotsam and Jetsam" section of the last
Bonaire Reporter that "it is not certain
when Bonaire will actually receive the
second hand water tank trucks from the
Netherlands to haul wastewater away from
waterfront hotels and busi-
nesses." (Obviously this piece of disturb-
ing information has stuck in my craw and
seeped into my subconscious.) I toss and
turn for two more hours thinking about
sewage, sewage, sewage! And you know
how it is when sleep becomes an insom-
niac episode: the mind flits erratically
from one thing to another so that you feel
a bit crazed.
Here is a snippet from my flow of con-
sciousness during those early morning
hours following my snorkeling nightmare:

Why does it take so long to
get some trucks to truck sew-
age? Many people on Bonaire
and in the Netherlands have
ingenuity, creativity, and re-
sources (you can see this in all
the building of apartments,
condos, and offices going on
everywhere), so why have all
these entrepreneurs been un-
able to build a sewage infra-
structure in 20 years? What to
do, what to do, what to do?
Image: Brian La Pointe, ma-
rine biologist, holding a hand-
ful of algae, exclaims matter-of-
factly, "Bonaire's reefs have
reached the point of no re-
turn." What argument has not


been made? What fact has not
stuck? What person has not
been convinced? What can I
do, what can I do?
I sit up and take a sip of water, hoping to
focus my brain:
Image: Hundreds of thou-
sands of years of majestic coral
reef, a treasure of the universe,
dying in just a few years. How
will that look in the tourist bro-
chures? What can you do, what
can you do? Image: The un-
fenced LVV trenches full of
stinking sewage, chemical
sludge, and bathing birds and
dogs. Help! Where is the port-
able sewage processing plant?
The new wind turbines have
arrived; who greased the
wheels to make that happen
but not the sewage plant? What
can we do, what can we do?
Image: Dead eels floating here,
there, and everywhere. Image:
Director of the Bonaire Marine
Park Ramon de Leon's state-
ment warns that Bonaire's
reefs won't survive until the
government implements the
sewage plan (estimated now to
be 2014) What can they do,
what can they do?

Exhausted, I notice light is beginning to
break; perhaps the coming dawn can shift
my mental and emotional gears. I hear a
friend tell me, "Think positively if you
want a positive outcome." So, I take her
suggestion, lie back down, close my eyes,
and begin envisioning the portable sewage
processing plant being unloaded at the
docks, the LVV trenches being scrubbed
clean, the waterfront hotels and resorts
trucking their sewage daily, no more
cruise ship dumping, and....... govern-
ment and tourist officials having sewage
dreams like mine.... before Bonaire's
reefs are relics of history. U


Pauline Kayes is
a Professor Emeritus
from Champaign, IL
and a part-time Bon-
aire resident.


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saBwl / ,1


The Power of a Single Person
to Make Changes


At a meeting of businesses it was brought up by someone that it is useless for a group or
for individuals to try to accomplish anything. It was then said it is possible and that
things have been accomplished. Then someone asked, "What has been accomplished?"
Please look at this partial list of what individuals and small groups have done over the years.
1) One person by himself, successfully lobbied the government to make a law against
spearfishing. One can add that this was done against a great deal of opposition to such a law.
2) This same person lobbied for a Marine Park which has become a National Park with
many regulations to protect it.
3) A handful of people made Klein Bonaire a political issue which then was taken over by
the government and Klein has become part of Bonaire.
4) Many years ago CURO broke the back of an entrenched and useless STINAPA Board
and now STINAPA has credibility and is accomplishing what it should have years ago.
5) The plan for an oil refinery located in the Northeast of Bonaire was crushed by a group of
people.
6) Those resorts which are producing potable water by reverse osmosis or other means can
thank a single person who took on WEB (owned by Curacao and Bonaire government) to court
and won the case allowing these units. You're welcome!
7) BONHATA has successfully changed the plans of the government to immediately install
or increase various taxes. Time was given so it could be worked out.
8) Lobbying gave street lights to an area which needed them in front of a group of hotels.
9) A group successfully brought cleaning up Bonaire to the front. That same group con-
vinced markets to stop using plastic bags.
10) One market started plastic bags again. Within hours that manager was swamped with
complaints and stopped the bags.
11) A group of NGOs which meet monthly have made themselves well known to the gov-
ernment which now asks for advice from that group regarding environmental issues. That
group also has a strong voice in many areas of the ecology and environment of Bonaire.
12) A handful of people saw the Youth Center (Jong Bonaire) restored and made the gov-
ernment aware of the need.
13) There was a plan to build a resort at Playa Frans which would have included parts of
Washington Park. A single person heard about this, made it public and it was stopped.
14) Lac Bay became a National Park because of lobbying.
15) A single individual saw turtles being slaughtered. Formed a group which is International
and now the Turtle Club has become extremely powerful and has saved countless turtles.
16) Telbo was taken to court by private individuals to fight its monopoly and now we have
other phone companies.

Not a single thing above would have been done if it were not for individuals and small
groups pushing for these. The list is longer. U Bruce Bowker


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More Bonaire Businesses
T he recent Windsurfing Week
showed that with the support of our
own local people and visitors we can
make it happen. The success of a business
is due to good planning, teamwork and the
support of our own people. With an intro-
duction to some of these businesses we
can perhaps see what's kept them going.


Starting in Noord (North) Salinja there
are several businesses but one in particular
is Bo Toko at Kaya Caribe 10, now man-
aged by Lien Alberto. The building, as
Lien says, is more than 70 or 80 years old.
Ursula Melaan's father started his busi-
ness in this building and he passed it over
to her daughter. Three and a half years
ago Lien Alberto took it over and she's
still going strong. Before that Lien worked
at the Government Steering Office (BC),
which she didn't like so much. She had
her own business selling gold and silver
jewelry. With the money she earned from
selling jewelry she was able to buy her
own house. Lien says, "Now that I have
my own grocery shop it takes a lot of time
and effort for me to maintain my family
and myself. But it is worth it. If you love
working it will go very easily."
Coming down to Antriol you will find


Toko Carmen on Kaya Korona 71, run
by Agnes Angila for the last 10 years.
Agnes is a very humble person and loves
what she is doing. She says, "I started this
with my own money, and because I love
doing this kind of business I strive to keep
up with it. I went through hard times but it
didn't keep me down. Elderly people liv-
ing in this area regularly visit the shop to
buy their daily needs. It's wonderful to
meet these people and keep in touch with
them. You keep in contact with the people
of your neighborhood."

Coming down to Lagoen road you ar-
rive at Panaderia Selekta, managed by


Otmaria Janga and Antolino Statie the
owner. They've been operating the busi-
ness for 25 years. They start making bread
at 2 o'clock in the morning. The grocery
shop opens at 6 am and closes at 7 pm.
They combine it with a snack shop where
they sell breakfast, lunch and snacks and
close at 10 pm. Otmaria says, "In the past
it was easier to do business. Today you
have a lot of competition. With every
product the prices are getting higher, and
consequently the price of bread turns out
to be expensive too. But we've experi-
enced this before and have made these
economic changes part of our daily life."

We take the road to Amboina and we
come to Amboina Happy Center nr. 101.


The owner is Lourdes Mercelina who's
been in business for 23 years. She used to
work for other people. When Lourdes'
brother, Jesus "Gibi" Mercelina, heard
that the Amboina shop had closed, he saw
a great opportunity to reopen it again and
he asked Lourdes to work with him. To-
gether they started the business and for 14
years Lourdes worked with her brother.
Then Gibi got really sick and died.
Lourdes says, "Some months before my
brother died he was so sick that he de-
cided to stop working to take care of his
health but it was too late. I got used to
working all by myself eventually, but still
the first years after Gibi's death it was
really hard for a while. But then it went
easier. The will to continue makes me
understand what I really want is to reach
my goal." E Siomara E.
Albertus




Send your com-
ments to The Bonaire
Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or
email reporter
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Aysla ten Holt- 3
Aysla ten Holt, opens her exhibi-
tion of 30 years of her art this
week in Curaqao. Aysla has roots in
Bonaire In the 80s she lived in Bonaire
where she worked extensively with fel-
low artists as well as teaching art to chil-
dren in the community. She was instru-
mental in helping Bonnie Kerr set up the
(very much missed) Bonaire Art Gallery.
She's the artist who made the coral stone
flamingos on the sidewalks on Kaya
Grandi.
Since then she's returned to our island
for several exhibits.
Born in Curaqao, Aysla travelled exten-
sively throughout Europe and North Af-
rica performing as a singer. But her mu-
sical career gave way to her lifelong love
of the visual arts, and she immersed her-
self in the local culture while she ex-
plored the mediums of pen and ink,
chalk, oil and acrylic.
Asyla balances this work with an in-
tense study of the healing arts including
Yoga, Shiatsu and Reiki. She lives in
the countryside near the ocean in Cura-
cao and can be reached through her web-
site at www.asylatenholt.com, or by tele-


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Its stem is very straight, with three
branches that stick out at fixed intervals,
but all at the same angle. They form
crowns at different heights around its
stem. And surprisingly, it's found in
most authentic Bonaire kitchens.
Years ago before the pine and balsam
were introduced, this tree was used as a
Christmas tree on Bonaire. The tree's
trunk and its perfectly aligned branches,
which are thick and sturdy, served its
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t's almost fledging time
for Bonaire's Loras.
The older they get the
grumpier they are and they
can do some damage with
those beaks. By now they've
had enough of sitting in their
dark little hole, and it's get-
ting a bit claustrophobic.
Imagine three almost adult
sized Loras squashed into a
small nest in a tree or cliff
and every one trying to exer-
cise their wings and fight for
food from mum when she
comes in to feed them. Soon
enough, the adult Loras will stop feeding
their chicks in an attempt to get them to
leave the nest. They will coax them out
with the promise of a good meal if they
venture into the outside world. This
takes some persuading and the chicks
will lose a lot of weight before they
eventually leave.

As I have mentioned previously, not
many chicks will make it to this stage,
and by now there are very few Lora
chicks left. To illustrate this, here are
some statistics: 63 chicks hatched this
year from the 28 nests that we have
been monitoring. Currently only 26
chicks remain in only 14 nests. I am
constantly editing this as I write this
article as more and more chicks are be-
ing lost.


Poached parrot nest destroyed by
machete


While making use of our infrared cam-
eras to determine why chicks are disap-
pearing from nests, we made some inter-
esting discoveries. One very common
phenomenon that we have been encoun-
tering is that in some nests, chicks disap-
pear gradually, one by one. Surely a
poacher would take all of the chicks in
one go rather than risk going back to the
nest on numerous occasions and risk
getting caught? So, we decided to play
detective, and we set up "poacher


cam" (a camera hidden nearby) to try
and find the answer. After only 30 min-
utes of recording, a cat was seen ap-
proaching the nest. Then the cat climbed
the tree to the limb outside the nest, and
climbed inside ("poacher cam" was then
renamed "cat cam"). By now all of the
chicks have gone, and all we could do
was watch. Now we have evidence of
this, in the future we can consider meth-
ods to mitigate and control the feral cat
population in the area.

We know for a fact that three of the
nests-each containing three chicks-
have been taken by poachers. One
nest had been cut open with a ma-
chete, so a Lora can never use that
nest again. This is an example of how
poaching over the recent years by the
current poached generation has turned
into a very unsustainable and reckless
activity. We have worked with people
who used to poach Lora nests in the past,
and admittedly, we have learnt a lot from
them. These people understand the be-
haviour and the biology of the Lora too,
and have helped us by showing us nests
and methods of extracting the chicks. I
have heard them also express disappoint-
ment in the current generation's lack of
respect by using chainsaws and ma-
chetes to get to the chicks. This means
that as well as deeming that nest useless
for Loras in the future, it also means that
the poacher also won't have a nest to
poach from next year. Everybody loses,
especially the Loras who will spend the
next 30 years or so in a cage.

We hope that the remaining chicks are
left to fledge and we look forward to
seeing them staggering out of their nests
to join the wild population very soon. 0
Story & photos by Rhian Evans

Ms Evans is a
Biologist from Uni-
versity ofBirming-
ham UK. She is in
her secondyear of
studying the Loras
on Bonaire.


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SURPRISED IN ALASKA


Dear Editor:


For a visitor from the ABC-
islands it is certainly surprising
that Alaska has its own ABC-
islands- Admiralty, Baranof and
Chichagof located close each to
the other between Juneau, the
Alaska capital, and the Pacific
Ocean. They are among the larg-
est islands of the US.
Another surprise in Alaska has
been the enormous presence of
cruise ships. In the Caribbean,
we are used to cruise ships
which call on the island's port
and depart soon for another des-
tination. Local companies with
their own guides provide excur-
sions to landmarks of the islands.
We know, however, that while
local shop owners welcome the
cruise tourists, there is, also on
Bonaire, a strong resistance of a
part of the population against the
cruise ship visits. It cannot be,
however, compared with the
situation on Alaska where there
is an enormous resentment of the
whole population against the
cruise lines, with exception of
the gift and jeweler shop owners
and some business establish-
ments.
The fact that the cruise tours
currently account for 70% of all
Alaska tourism, gives the cruise
lines enormous power. In Jun-
eau, the cruise lines occupy all
berths downtown and the ferry
ships of the state Marine High-
way, the only transport possibil-
ity for the overwhelming major-
ity of the population, had to dock
at a new terminal, built 14 miles
outside the city. At any moment,
five or more large cruise ships
are moored in Juneau and the
narrow shopping streets are
flooded with thousands of tour-
ists.
The proliferation of large
cruise ships in Alaska has con-
tinued to grow beyond the carry-
ing capacity of the small-town
ports the ships call on. A back-
lash against the cruise companies
reached the ballot box in 2006.
Voters fed up with perceived
abuses by the cruise industry
approved new, high taxes, par-
ticularly a head tax of $50 for
each cruise ship tourist. In addi-
tion, very severe environmental
and waste treatment regulations
were established. However,
these hard measures have not
discouraged the cruise line com-
panies to expand their activities


on a scale unknown in the Carib-
bean. Unlike in the Caribbean,
the giant of Alaska tourism, Hol-
land America Line, but also the
Princess Cruises, own several
hotels, hundreds of buses and
dozens of railcars.
To my surprise, I met the
H.A.L. buses also deep in the
interior of Alaska, for instance at
a very remote resort where you
can, after swimming in a lake
with hot mineral water, subse-
quently drink a liqueur from
glasses made from ice in a large
ice museum.
The H.A.L. and the Princess
Cruises, together with another
nine cruise lines, are subsidiaries
of the mightiest player in this
field the Carnival Corporation.
Recently, the Alaska public has
been very upset when state in-
spectors were denied access to
waste treatment facilities on
ships of this corporation to moni-
tor adherence to strict environ-
mental regulations. In spite of
the current economic crisis, there
have been recently growing de-
mands of the public to increase
the already high government
pressure on the cruise lines. The
interest of the cruise companies
for Alaska is easy to understand.
This huge state, with an area of
one fifth of the Lower 48, is one
of the most interesting places in
the world, particularly for lovers
of undisturbed nature, breath-
taking scenery and adventure.
Jiri Lausman

BICYCLING ON BONAIRE


Dear Editor:

Many years ago I lived my
life without ever wonder-
ing about the possible existence
of a species called
"Makamba" (a Papiamentu label
for European Dutch people
Ed.) let alone becoming one.
In that era I lived and worked
in Amsterdam. Even if you've
never been there, it goes without
saying that a city as old as Am-
sterdam was not built with cars
in mind.
Fortunately for those living
there, some visionary mind in-
vented the bicycle. And made a
fortune, selling them by the
thousands to the people of Am-
sterdam. One of them to me.
In Amsterdam almost every-
thing is within a reasonable dis-
tance. And the fastest way to
reach your destination is by bike.


Another advantage: no parking
problems or fees (6 p/h). Be-
cause of this (now I am coming
to the point) I never felt the
urge to pass my driver's test.
Now that I know that
Makambas do exist, and even
having become one myself, the
bicycle remains my only way of
transport.
Here in Bonaire, I quickly
abandoned the idea that cycling
in Amsterdam is a dangerous
adventure. Here, my deep feeling
is that this trip could be my last.
It occurs to me that possessing a
driver's license, meaning you're
capable of driving e a car
around, doesn't go for the major-
ity on Bonaire.
First, the driving position
shows a resemblance to the Goya
painting of Madame Recamier
reclining. While this may be OK
for a painting, it's less suited for
driving a car. I can't see the
driver's face, so I suppose they
can't see mine either... nor a
donkey, cat or pedestrian. And
even if they noticed the unidenti-
fied object there's little chance to
avoid a collision with the steer-
ing wheel almost out of reach.
Another typical phenomenon is
the number of cars with the
lights in every possible state of
malfunction. Only one, none,
non fitted, or, most commonly,
blinding.
Calculating the speed of other
traffic also seems a problem.
Ever noticed the queuing at a
cross road? With no traffic in
sight they're halted in doubt.
And when finally they make up
their mind, it's often too late.
A few words about the police
force and their everlasting efforts
to discourage riding a bicycle:
While making slow but steady
progress on the foot path of
Kaya Korona I saw my way
blocked by two officers. Yes, I
was aware that it's prohibited to
cycle on a footpath. And no, they
were not impressed by my expla-
nation that, given the fact that to
my knowledge no one ever made
use of the footpath, it seemed a
good idea to use it as a bicycle
path. This because after the reno-
vation of the road it turned out to
be too narrow for two cars and a
bike. This idea met with no sym-
pathy. But in their goodness I
was allowed to walk the remain-
ing distance without any fine.
On many more occasions my
bike and lights underwent close
inspection. During those investi-
gations, numerous cars, with
defects beyond imagination
passed unnoticed.
Its a good thing to know that at
least the police keep an eye on
me.
Paul I.


Body Talk


SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

n the previous article we dis-
cussed the addictiveness of
sugar and its effect on the body. In
this issue we deal with those very
popular sugar substitutes or artificial
sweeteners like Saccharin, Su-
cralose and Aspartame and how we
are duped into believing that, be-
cause of no calories, they are "good
for us" especially if diabetic, over-
weight or just health conscious!
Imaginative labeling by the food
industry leaves most of us unaware
of the devastating long term effects
of these sugar substitutes. Let us
look at them in more depth!
SACCHARIN found in chewable
aspirin, diet soft drinks, pre-
packaged foods, desserts and pre-
scription drugs. It is being linked to
eczema, photosensitivity, "sulfa"
allergies (prescription drugs), head-
aches, diarrhea etc. Also suspected
in some cancers (bladder), possible
tumor formation and the destruction
of brain cells.
SUCRALOSE when combined
with carbon in the diet becomes
highly toxic allowing poisons to be
fat soluble while rendering the natu-
ral defense mechanisms of the body
helpless. These poisons invade
every nook and cranny of the body
including cell walls and DNA, re-
sulting in irregular heartbeat, head-
aches, liver and kidney damage and
cancer.
ASPARTAME One of the end
products after ingestion of aspar-
tame is formaldehyde. It has been
scientifically established that for-
maldehyde converted from the
methyl ester in aspartame embalms
living tissue and damages DNA.
http ://www.mpwhi.com/
formaldehyde from aspartame.pdf
These sugars also interact with
other chemical substances including
antidepressants, cardiac medication,
hormones, insulin and vaccines.
At least one of these sweeteners
can be found in breakfast cereals,
sugar free gum, frozen desserts,
juices, diet sodas, yogurt and milk
drinks. Roughly 6,000 consumer
foods and beverages sold worldwide
contain them, often in cleverly dis-
guised forms.
In May 2009 the National Cancer
Institute confirmed the link between
formaldehyde and cancer, 24 years
after the FDA toxicologist Dr.


N/ennea
/ Sugar .


Adrian Gross told Congress aspar-
tame causes cancer and an allow-
able daily intake should never have
been allowed to be set.
It should be realized that the ef-
fects of these artificial sweeteners
are subtle and develop over a long
period of time. Numerous studies
world-wide have proven, beyond a
shadow of a doubt, that we are sys-
tematically being poisoned. The
food industry will go to many
lengths to shut those scientists (with
factual evidence) brave enough to
speak out, up. An unfavorable out-
come of a study is more often than
not manipulated or ignored to lull us
into a false sense of security.
How much of your diet consists of
pre-packaged food, sauces, desserts
and soda drinks? You have perhaps
tried most medications for your
particular health problem, but till
you know what exactly is in the
food you eat, you cannot hope to
gain better health. Remember, the
food industry sells Taste, not Nutri-
tion. We hope to have a complete
list of foods and drinks available on
Bonaire and what exactly they con-
tain in regard to sweeteners and
additives.
Do Not Despair: There are
healthy sugars available! Next issue
"The Good Sugars." All com-
ments and questions are welcome.
* Stephanie Bennett
Stephanie(iharmonvhousebonaire.com
Interesting websites http:/
www.dorway.com

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in
Cape Town, South Africa, where she
studied herbs, minerals and nutrition.
Before moving to Bonaire she contin-
ued her studies in UK, and now re-

issues that par-
ticularly affect
people on Bon-
aire and other
Caribbean Is-
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Sat. 11am p www.harmonyhousebonaire.com


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

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:
propertvservicesbonaire(Zhhotmail.com

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 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 NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. com

A Unique Haircut experi-
ence at The Windsurf
Place:
Sorobon with Desiree.
Thursdays thru Sundays
From 10am till 4pm. Phone: 786-6416
info iaplaceforvoubonaire.com
Private yoga classes call
Louise 717- 7021 or
700-9422.

k CLASSES in silver- smith-
ing, stone setting and the art
of beading. Call Louise at
717-7021 or 700-9422.

SPrivate guitar lessons
available! To im-
prove your technique,
improvisation, reper-
toire, music theory and
sight reading, call Benji at 786-5073.


Wanted part time/ full time Librar-
ian (English speaking and writing) for
Saint James School of Medicine Plaza
Juliana, Kralendijk, Bonaire. Contact the
Dean, School of Medicine by email:
dean@sjsm.org or Ph. 599-717-2150.
Fax 599-717-2151.


*UTD OR
BONAIRE
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!


"I'm looking for a studio or apartment
to house-sit or rent from August 1 to
October 15. Please contact Audrey
at ajsonka(dhotmail.com"

Craftsman (Electric) Air Compressor -
new condition. 25 gallon 5.5 HP. On
wheels. Only NAf 450.00. Call 717-
8819 8 am to 5 pm

Porch sale Kaya Mandolin 2 (just off
the road to Sorobon, Nikiboko, south) ,
from 8:30- 4pm on the following Satur-
days: August 15, 29 -books, clothes,
blinds, plants, nik naks, kitchen ware, car
speakers and more.

TOYOTA RAV-4 2000, good condi-
tion and clean, used as going to church
car by old lady, 117,000km
NAf 9,000 786-9872

NOT an ex-rental Jeep Wrangler 4.0.
Private-owner. New: soft top, tires, gas-
tank, driving-shaft, fenders, and total
check-up (>NAF 4K). No electronic is-
sues (i.e. model '94). NAf 12,500.
Mark: +599 701-0150.

WESTPOINT WASHING MA-
CHINE Multi-cycle, front load, white, 1
yr. old, like new, 220V. NAf 725 Phone:
786-9872

2 room apartment for rent in Niki-
boko, upstairs, as of August 1st. deposit
one month rent. Furnished, no pets, PA-
GABON. Call after 6pm: 795 3456

Santa Barbara/Republik- Beautiful
apartment for rent from 1st October
09. Full furnished, cable TV, airco,
porch/sea view, pool, 36sq.m,, bedroom,
living room, kitchen, bathroom; 1 or 2
persons. Rental price per month:
US$680.00 all incl. e-mail:
bauer.paul(tot-online.de phone: 525-
8766 or 525-8755

For rent small studio or apartment 1
person NAf 550,-- or NAf 750,-- 2 per-
sons -4 months or longer, no pets, no
airco, Furnished Located at Hato, own
terrace, parking space, garden etc... Pos-
sibility intemet, bike, linen, TV, etc.
Visiting Wednesday or Saturday from 1
-5 pm. Call 717-2529 Monique

House Swap near Niagara Falls (in
winter huge colored lights illuminate the
ice at night), Toronto, Canada. Any
time after Jan 31, 2010. Contact Jack
at donnabrian(dgmail.com or 519-426-
1403
For sale: 7 Black Belly sheep (mini
kudde Black Belly schapen: 2 grote ram-
men, 4 ooien, 1 lammetjes ) tel: 717-
8717.
Put your ad here and get results fast.
Commercial ads are inexpensive
Non-commercial ads are still free


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 NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.
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and Valuables eBurglar Alarms
*Private Investigations *Fire Alarm Systems


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Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 717- 8125
Fax (599) 717- 6125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com


16 Flights a day
between
Bonaire and
Cura0ao


Divi Divi Air
Reservations
24 hours a day
Call
(5999 839-1515)
Or (5999
563-1913)


Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009


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Junella Piet-
ersz writes,
"Lorienny Mercera,
Edseyenne Pietersz
and Laequisha de
Paula (1to r.), went
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to enjoy their sum-
mer vacation. Of
course they took
their Bonaire Re-
porter with them.
Here they are at
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with Mickey,
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
8-07 1:13 1.7FT. 10:08 1.OFT. 79
8-08 1:40 1.5FT. 10:09 1.1FT. 80
8-09 1:58 1.4FT. 9:39 1.1FT. 17:17 1.4FT. 19:54 1.4FT. 79
8-10 8:51 1.1FT. 17:30 1.5FT. 75
8-11 8:16 1.1FT. 17:56 1.6FT. 70
8-12 4:30 1.OFT. 18:28 1.7FT. 63
8-13 4:52 0.9FT. 19:13 1.9FT. 56
8-14 5:29 0.9FT. 19:56 2.0FT. 51
8-15 6:02 0.8FT. 20:39 2.0FT. 52
8-16 6:31 0.8FT. 21:31 2.1FT. 60
8-17 7:07 0.8FT. 22:17 2.1FT. 70
8-18 7:41 0.9FT. 12:21 1.OFT. 13:56 1.OFT. 23:05 2.1FT. 82
8-19 8:09 0.9FT. 12:39 1.1FT. 15:33 1.OFT. 92
8-20 0:45 1.8FT. 8:35 1.OFT. 13:25 1.2FT. 16:56 1.1FT. 99
8-21 1:39 1.7FT. 9:00 1.1FT. 14:05 1.3FT. 18:30 1.1FT. 102



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REGULAR EVENTS
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
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. NAf10 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 (NAf17,50) 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

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 7174060 / 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, 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.


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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
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Answer: A branch from the
Pali' lele is used as a stirrer or a
whisk. See the photo above.


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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 Curaqao. 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 sig-
nal 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
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 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.

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

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!
Call 790-6518, 786-6518
Or email Reporter@BonaireNews.com


Scuba Sales
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New Gear Accessories

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Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
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(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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Bonaire is getting
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
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Pasa Bon Pizza

&Bar

780-1111
Water Front

To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
S42 #42

Not Just Great Pizzas!


Call ahead
to
Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM


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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The Red Baron Finally Stops Flying

The 52nd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


Did You Know... You
can wish on a star...underwater.
If you're ever diving or snorkel-
ing in Bonaire and spot a sea
plume that appears to have its
branches tied up in a knot, don't
try to find a "sea-comb!" The
chances are it's protecting a bas-
ket star from predators. Basket
stars are a type of brittle star with
many branches extending out
from each of their five arms.
These arms are used to catch
plankton when they feed, which
occurs primarily in the nighttime.
During the day, they seek protec-
tion by using their many complex
arms to entangle themselves in the
branches of sea plumes. This in-
tertwined mass makes it difficult
for them to be spotted and cap-
tured. Sea plumes naturally have
chemical defenses to ward off
predators and this characteristic is


Pet of the
T his is "Jill" and this is her extrava-
gantly elegantly tail. Not only does
she have a luxurious tail but she's a rare one
as normally cats with red fur such as hers
are male. She's a very playful little cat and
loves being around people and other cats.
Jill came into the Bonaire Animal Shelter
because her owner could no longer take care
of her. It's lucky for some possible owner
out there who can appreciate a very special
cat. You may see Jill and the other animals
up for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am
to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-
4989.
Right now adoptees include 40 dogs and
"lots of cats," say the managers of the Shel-
ter. So you have a nice array of pets from
which to choose. The adoption fee of NAf
75 for cats and NAfl05 for dogs includes
the vet check up, inoculations, testings,


also taken advantage of by basket
stars to help them remain pro-
tected from attacks. So next time
you see a tangled sea plume forget
about trying to invent a type of
marine shampoo and instead mar-
vel at nature's way of protecting
its beautiful creatures and sneak a
wish on the equally sneaky basket
star. U Monica Edell
Edell is an
undergraduate
student at the
University of
Texas at Austin
and attended
summer courses
at CIEE Re-
search Station
Bonaire. She cannot be held account-
able for any wishes not granted by
basket stars, unless that wish is to
save the ocean, in which case she will
try her best.


Bonaire/ Kralendijk -
Tt was on one of those hot
last days of the month of
July that a metallic red re-
sprayed double cabin Toyota
Hilux truck apparently tried to
be independent from its driver


and decided to start flying.
W ee k Along Kaya Gobernador Nico-
laas Debrot, near the harbor and
f |the only roundabout on the is-
Sland, the car tried to fly over a
wire fence but ended unfortu-
nately in a certain unchosen
angle on top of a sturdy stone
wall. Two wheels were lifted
from the ground. Serious dam-
age was caused to the wall, the
fence and an official road sign.
The car also suffered heavily
from the collision. Fortunately
the driver only collected some
scratches and black and blue
spots. The driver went home and
the car remained hanging in the
fence on top of the wall for


worming and sterilization when they're old
enough. And all of them are social, meaning
they get along beautifully with people and
often other pets.
The Shelter's Bonny Superdog Sterili-
zation Program has been a big success.
The Program was set up for those pet own-
ers who can't afford to pay themselves.
Since May 15 there have already been 200
sterilizations of cats and dogs. The Program
depends totally on donations to keep it going. Please, if you can help this is
the time to do it. You may contribute with cash (in the dog house donation
boxes in many shops and businesses or at the Shelter), by bank transfer:
RBTT Bank Animal Shelter Bonaire: 23.10.139. Say "Bonny Super-
dog." The donation will go only for this program. Americans may donate
and receive a tax deduction via Support Bonaire website. U Laura De-
Salvo


raduates of Bonaire's
SGB High School are
on their way overseas for
advanced studies not avail-
able on Bonaire. Several
youngsters are off to schools
in the Caribbean- Barbados or
Curaqao- but most are head-
ing to Holland. The founda-
tion FINEB organizes their
transportation and provides
assistance for them in The
Netherlands. 0 G.D.


some days, warning the traffic
of unsafe driving.

Then the owner of an (in
Dutch) verreiker (far reacher/
jb) passed by several times with
his bright yellow four-cylinder
diesel-engine-powered hydrau-
lic four-wheel drive heavy
equipment. He had imported the
old but reliable work horse from
Europe and assembled the ma-
chine in his back garden to give
the verreiker a new and useful
life. The Dutch driver decided to
offer his help. In less than 15
minutes the Toyota Hilux was
freed from its unfortunate posi-
tion and placed with its four
wheels back on the ground, the
place where cars normally be-
long.
It is unlikely that this car will
take part in the Bonairean traffic
again. It is supposed that the
Hilux will end up its life as a so


called donor car, extending the
tough life of a lot of other Toyo-
tas on this island. The engine,
the gearbox, the rear axle and
the windshield are still in good
condition. Even the radiator
seems all right because there are
no signs of leaks.

Unfortunately this Red Baron
was not as tough as the red sin-
gle cabin four-wheel drive die-
sel Toyota Hilux Jeremy Clark-
son tried to destroy with trees,
sea water, explosives and fire in
his English tele-
vision program,
"Top
Gear!" (The Top
Gear torture can
be seen on You
Tube: 13 minutes
of informative full
color fun on your
computer.) U
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer


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Parents Peter and Esmeralda "Lala" Montanus flank their son,
Rens, top SGB student, off to study economics at Windesheim


Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009


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D id you know that
on any moonless
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use an ancient constella-
tion to find two incredible
summer night sky sights -
both the magnificent red
heart of the scorpion and
the incredible milky white
heart of our galaxy?
This week and next just
after it gets dark out face
up and south where you'll see two of summer's most famous star patterns: a constel-
lation which looks like a fish hook or a capital letter 'J', Scorpius the Scorpion, and
directly behind it several bright stars which, if connected by lines, would look like a
teapot. Now Scorpius is officially called a constellation. But the Teapot is not. It is
called an asterism, which means that it is a small pattern of stars within a constella-
tion.
And the constellation to which the Teapot belongs is a very large pattern of stars
named thousands of years ago for a mythical creature called a centaur, a creature
half man and half horse. Named Sagittarius, he was known to be a great master
with the bow and arrow, a centaur archer. His bow is marked by two stars of the
Teapot's lid and the star at the bottom of the spout. The arrow goes from the top star
in the handle through the other star of the lid with the tip of the arrow marked by
the star, which also marks the tip of the spout. And with a little imagination you can
see that it is aimed at the red star which marks the heart of the scorpion, Antares,
which is a giant star 700 times as wide as our Sun.
But on really dark moonless nights far from city lights you'll also see that the tip
of Sagittarius' arrow is embedded in the widest and densest part of that great ribbon
of light called the Milky Way which stretches all the way from the southern hori-
zon up to the zenith and back down to the northeast horizon. In fact if you look
closely at Sagittarius and Scorpius you'll see that most of the Teapot and the bottom
half of Scorpius are embedded in the Milky Way. And if you take a pair of binocu-
lars and look here or anywhere along the Milky Way you will see that it is made up
of millions of pinpoints of light, each one of which is a distant star which along
with our Sun all belong to a giant cosmic spiral family of 200 billion stars we call
the Milky Way Galaxy.
Our galaxy is shaped kind of like putting two plates face to face together, thin
around the outside with a big bulge in the center. And you'll notice that when you
look at Sagittarius and Scorpius that the Milky Way bulges here and is much thicker
and wider than the rest of the Milky Way. And that's because the bulging center of
our galaxy lies in this direction over two dozen light years away. In fact the tip of
Sagittarius' arrow is pointed directly at it. So find the heart of our Milky Way Gal-
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Investments
that deal with property will be lucrative;
however, upsets with family members
may be likely. Don't avoid your true feel-
ings. Social activity should be on your
agenda this month. You need to reevaluate
your situation. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Mingle
with those who have similar interests, and
you should be able to start something. Be
firm when dealing with matters pertaining
to your environment. You may want to
make changes in your home environment.
Uncertainty about your relationship is
prevalent. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You
should sit down with someone you trust
and work out a budget that will enable you
to save a little extra. Children will be of
major concern if you haven't kept the lines
of communication open. You mustn't
make promises that you won't be able to
keep. You must steer clear of overindul-
gent individuals.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your
changing philosophies may lead you into
new circles and open doors that will give
you a unique outlook on life. Unexpected
bills may set you back. Mishaps due to
preoccupation will be upsetting. Your
stubborn nature will backfire if you give
your mate an ultimatum. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Any renovation
or decorating to your home should include
the whole family. Don't be afraid to make
a move if you aren't happy with your emo-
tional situation. Lack of cash might be
partly to blame for the problems at home.
You may feel that someone at work is
holding you back. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Older
members of your family may try to take
advantage of you. Rest and relaxation may
be required; minor health problems will
prevail if you don't watch your diet.
Someone you care about may not be too
well. It's time to consider putting money
into long-term investments. Your luckiest


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events this month will occur on a Tues-
day.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Outdoor
sports events should entice you. You
might be overly emotional concerning
situations at work. You will be able to
catch up on overdue paper work. You will
easily capture the interest of those you talk
to. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your
temper may get the better of you if a col-
league has tried to ruin your reputation.
You may be fortunate while traveling.
Don't let an incident at work play on your
mind. Romance will unfold if you take
trips or get together with friends. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be
sure to take care of any minor ailments.
Stop telling others about your problems.
Your confidence will stabilize your posi-
tion. You could be your own worst enemy
if you overreact to something you're told.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your
knowledge and good sense will help more
than you think. Acceptance is the key.
Children could cost you more than you
can afford. Try not to allow others to bur-
den you with additional responsibili-
ties.Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Strength
will come from your ability to overtake
just about any one. You may want to plan
physical activities that will help bur off
some of their excess energy. You're ready
to take action and take over. You could be
attracting individuals who are anything
but good for you. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday. occur on a
Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll re-
gret every word for some time to come.
Stick to doing things that will make you a
better person both physically and men-
tally. Check your personal papers and
make sure everything is in order. Refuse
to get involved in idle chatter; it will only
make you look bad. Your luckiest events
this month will


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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 Wilna Groneneboom photo

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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Y ou will have to pay a minimum of NAƒ1 just to pick up or drop off a passenger close to the airport entrance. The 15 minute “free” period to drop-off or pick up passengers has been rescinded by the airport authority. This has inspired disgust in the local press and the following opinion from one of our readers: “Bonaire used to have the most user-friendly airport in the world but the design freaks changed all that. Now we have empty parking lots and long walks for all passengers. Clearly there needs to be some real-world thinking applied to the traffic pattern and parking situation. A pick-up and drop-off lane with no charge should be created at the roofline of the airport, with no parking allowed here and a taxi stand nearby . This way people can quickly get in and out of the airport without getting wet and without having to pay. ( Sounds a lot like what we used to have!) Many of our visitors and residents are of an advanced age or are traveling with a large amount of sports gear and often there are handicap groups visiting the island. These three groups should have primary consideration when planning the pickup and drop off space if we want to maintain these visitors.” If you want to express your opinion contact: Bonaire International AirportPlaza Medardo S.V. Thielman #1 , Kralendijk, Bonaire, N.A. Phone: (599) 7175600 . Fax (599) 717-5607 E-mail: christy@flamingoairport.com Insel Air has started an intensive program to undergo an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA is an international acknowledged standard for airline companies, which guarantees that the relevant airline company complies with the highest demands in the field of safety and operational management. This will be a milestone for Antillean aviation. Insel Air, which flies from Bonaire to Miami and Curaçao is already on the White List of safe companies in the Netherlands and has the permission to fly to the US after having successfully complied with the mandatory audit. Dive Friends Bonaire has been named a Five-Star Gold Palm PADI Instructor Development Dive Resort . These facilities have a responsibility of developing qualified PADI Instructors. Dive Friends Bonaire will hold its first Instructor Development Course (IDC) beginning November 25t, to coincide with the next Instructor Examination (IE) to be held in Bonaire on December 5 and 6. Digicel, Bonaire’s leading cellphone service provider has announced it’s offering cellular phone service to the Pacific island of Nauru. Slightly smaller than Bonaire, with a bit fewer people, Nauru had no cellular service until now. Environmentally, Nauru is the opposite of Bonaire. The beautiful island was gutted by phosphate mining and uninhabitable except for a surrounding narrow green zone. More than 40% of its reef was destroyed by soil runoff. Digicel’s GSM services should help in the recovery of the island’s economy now that the phosphate is depleted. The archives of the Fundashon Historiko Kultural Boneriano (FuHiKuBo) are in desperate need of voluntary help . Time is taking its toll on this invaluable material and volunteers are needed now to assist in transferring text and audio visual information into computers. This includes the Herensia programs, music from the past, historical photos and negatives as well as other historical documents. Volunteers need not know Papiamentu. Those who speak Dutch and/or English will be welcomed. These archives are a major source of information for students on Bonaire. If you can help or would like more Table of Contents This Week’s Stories Wind Turbines Arrive 2 RSC Working For Direct Ties 3 Snorkeler’s NotebookSewage Dreams 6 Op-Ed Power of One 6 Aysla ten Holt-30 Year Show 7 Document Bonaire Debut 8 Parrot (Lora) Watch (Poacher’s Toll) 9 Letters to the Editor—Alaska, Bikes 10 Students to Holland 14 Kibrahacha Bloom 16 Weekly Features Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Ans DonkerWassink) 4 Bonairean Voices (Business-Tokos) 7 Bon Quiz #12 Pali’lele 8 Body Talk ( Sugar) Substitutes 10 Picture Yourself (Epcot) 11 Classifieds 11 Tide Table 11 BonQuiz Answer 12 Reporter Masthead 12 What’s Happening 12 Dining, Shopping Guides 13 Bonaire On Wheels ( Red Baron) 14 Pet of the Week (Jill) 14 Bubbles-Did You Know (UW Stars) 14 Sky Park (Scorpio/ Center of Galaxy) 15 The Stars Have it (Astrology) 15 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 19, 2009. Story and Ad deadline: August 15 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 Top Health Fitness Center at the Kaya Nikiboko Nord (towards More4Less) in the “La Hacienda” building— 796-3109 or 786-8908 Fit & Healthy is a program completely under t he guidance of a professional. Exercising in a responsible way is guaranteed. The 75-minute program is adequate for all and especially all ages (even 60+). Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight or work on an optimum physical condition. If you are experiencing health problems, like backand knee pain, Fit & Health is right for you. Special attention to a correct posture. What makes Fit & Healthy different from aerobic sessions is that there isn’t any dance choreography, but you get the same weight loss result as from aerobics. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8:00am till 9:15 Cost only NAƒ 75/ month **** BRING THIS AD FOR A FREE TRIAL CLASS **** MAKE YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS New electric power for Bonaire is fast building toward reality. This week the CMA CGM Ship Togo delivered the component parts for Bonaire's 12 new wind turbines. Last month the massive bio-diesel-capable MAN generators landed. More towers and transformers are on the way from Germany and Brazil. The wind turbines are designed by Sir Norman Foster, perhaps the leading urban stylist of our age. His elegant, efficient buildings grace cities around the globe. The 300-ton Boekestijn crane from Mils Trucking of Curaçao is needed to handle the assembly of the turbines. The pillars weigh 31 tons and the nacelle of the generator is 26 tons. The parts were stored at Kralendijk stadium for later transport to the Morotin wind park. Each of the 12 wind turbines will produce over 1 million watts. They will be 55 m. tall with 44 m. diameter blades. On average the wind should provide 40-50% of the island’s power needs. The new power system is designed to be reliable, a problem with the present WEB system. There will be five main diesel generators and two backup generators. Excess power from the wind farm or generators will be stored in a huge three-megawatt battery to smooth our power fluctuations and for backup. Operation is set for year end 2009. Unloading operations at Kralendijk pier: Blades Nacelles information please call Bòi Antoin at 786-6818 or email him at b.antoin@telbonet.an It’s back to school for Bonaire’s youngsters . Primary and secondary schools will open on various dates in early August, and Unicollege, Bonaire's alternative high school for HAVO and VWO students will reopen on August 24. G./L.D. 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Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Page 3 A team is in place and already there has been progress towards establishing direct ties between the BES Islands and The Netherlands. So reported Queen’s Commissioner for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Henk Kamp last Thursday, July 30. It’s been a bit over six months since Kamp arrived on Bonaire to lead the transition effort. The transition staff is now mostly in place with its members resident on Bonaire with offices in the Regional Service Center (RSC), the former APNA building just off Kaya International. RSCs have also been set up on Saba and Statia. Apart from the RSC, in response to an earlier request of Bonaire, Dutchmen have already been working together with the island departments in the areas of tax services, judicial organization, social services and health. Other functionaries now on the island are RSC staff, who have a three-year appointment, RSC crown commissioners/ representatives and the RSC kwartiermakers . The RSC staff handles administrative duties such as personnel, finances and facilities management. Eventually Bonaireans are expected to fill these posts. The crown commissioners/ representatives handle the Justice tasks, liaison with the island governments and The Hague including the 13 Dutch Ministries. They are “experts” in their field. They are on temporary assignment from the crown and the focal point for the local and European activities. The kwartiermakers are the individuals, assigned to Bonaire by the various ministries, who will work most directly with the officials of Bonaire, the NGOs, and others to define and perform the tasks that will make the transition happen and establish what follows. They are the ones who “work in the field.” Kwartiermakers is literally translated into English as Quartermasters, but the Dutch meaning is quite different from the English translation. In English, Quartermaster always has a military or nautical connection. But in Dutch, where the term also has a military use, its alternative meaning is perhaps best suited for the current situation . Kwartiermakers means pioneers… the ones who are the scouts sent ahead to pave the way for the future. Bonaire’s kwartiermakers are ministry professionals assigned here for 18 months. Eventually Bonaireans will replace these scouts. Some members of the Kwartiermakers Korps: Standing, l. to r.: Jozef van Brussel, Dido Kalma, Ed van Haveren, Henk Kamp, Pieter Langebaerd, Egbert Jules. Sitting l. to r. starting at the top: Maarten St offels, Marga Drewes, Fleur Lagcher, , Esther Balledunks , RSC Director Wil van Delft (wearing a tie) and Math Mager. Queen’s Commissioner for the BES Islands, Henk Kamp, in his austere office in the RSC All RSC staff will soon start an orientation program assisted by former governor Herbert Domacassé about the BES Islands including history, culture, “dos and don’ts” and, Papiamentu language lessons. The kwartiermakers are : BZK (Ministry of Home Affairs) Fire Department Wim Goedhart Pension Math Mager Police John Schagen (Egbert Jules) EZ (Economic Affairs) Hans Obdejin Finance/Tax Service Hans Visser Youth and Family Marga Drewes Justice: IND (Immigration and Naturalization) Jan de Jong DJI (Prisons) Leo van der Meulen (Esther Balledunks) LNV (Agriculture/Fisheries and Food Quality) Ton Akkerman OCW (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) Fleur Lagcher / Hemmie van Xanten SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment) Hans Bor/ Johan van der Graaff Verkeer & Waterstaat (Transport, Public Works and Water Management) Pieter Langebaerd VROM (Housing, Physical Planning and Environment) Manfred Beckman Lapré/ Josef van Brussel/ Wim Hofman VWS (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) Finance Koen Jansen Health Dido Kalma Hospitals Maarten Stoffels These men and women are on Bonaire to help make the shift from a Curaçao-led central government structure to a Bonaire that, while becoming part of Holland politically, can maintain its rural charm and protected environment. The switch to direct governmental ties as a municipality of Holland is expected to happen in the second half of 2010. If the RSC does its job well by then important aspects of life in Bonaire will have begun to improve especially for health care, education, security and environmental protection. Hopefully it will not be at a cost of loss of cultural identity, overdevelopment, or that inexplicable quality... the Bonairean lifestyle. G.D. Wilna Groneneboom photo Wilna Groneneboom photo

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 “I was born on Curaçao in 1963. My mom had a chicken farm at Mamayaweg #40 and she also owned a truk, a mobile snack. Drusilla, who worked for my mom, would make food like carni stoba and salt fish with bread, pan franses, coffee, and at night a man named Rene would drive the truk to its stand at the post office in Punda where he would sell the food. That was my mom’s business. My mom was from Curaçao, her name was Jopie Schouten. She had two children: my brother Rupert, who was 11 years older than I, and me. We had our own house next to the chicken farm. I was always with my mom. Every day at six we went to the market to buy the food for the truk and to deliver eggs to the supermarkets. We had about 1,500 chickens, all black ones, and we kept them for the eggs and when they wouldn’t lay eggs anymore we slaughtered them. I would do it too; my mom taught me how. I remember how they would fly after we’d chopped their heads off and many times we had to collect them at the neighbors’. My father had made all the chicken pens himself – with my help. The chickens that were being picked at I would keep – and I sold their eggs to my mom. That’s how I made my pocket money. It was a very happy life; I loved my mom so much. We were always together. My mom didn’t want me to go to school. I went to kindergarten for only three months, then she took me out and I stayed with her until I was seven and I had to go to the first grade.” She laughs. “I didn’t like school although I was a very good student. The only thing I really wanted was to be with my mom. My dad was from Holland. He was a police officer when he came to Curaçao and that’s where they met. He’d been married before and he had two children from his previous marriage. When I was12 my dad fell ill and had to be operated on in Holland. During the operation he got a lung embolism. They called my mom and she panicked. She flew to Holland immediately and I stayed with my friend, Nicolette van Silfhout. When my parents came back my mom sold her chicken farm and the house. She wanted to go to Holland, but when my dad’s job changed he became a government official working in security at the airport they decided to stay. Luckily my mom was able to cancel the sale of the house and she kept her truk . No more chickens though! When I was 13 my mom died in December. She had five heart attacks in one day: the first one at the hair dressers’, the final one at home. Just a week before she’d had a medical checkup and everything had been okay according to the doctors. Then my dad left for Holland because he had to be operated on and I stayed once more with my friend Nicolette. It was a very sad time. When my dad came back we sold the house – my brother and I were also owners – and my dad and I left for Holland. My brother stayed on Curaçao. I was 14. I’d been in Holland several times but I’d never lived there. We went to live in Zelhem, a little town in the southeast of Holland where my father had bought a house in 1969. First we lived at an aunt’s for three months, then my father and I started all over again. In the be-ginning I felt quite lonely. The language I’d been raised in was (Continued on page 5) “The only problem was that we had 22 pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two turtles, seven cats and six dogs...” Ans Donker-Wassink

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Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified English, as my mother’s mom was from St. Martin. Later on my mom and I would speak Papiamentu together, but when my dad was home we would speak Dutch. So the language wasn’t a problem, but the dialect they spoke in Zelhem was! I went to VWO and my grades were all bad except for Dutch, English and French. All the changes it had been a lot to cope with. Then I went to Havo and after I graduated I studied higher economy administration education. I did the first grade three times! Ha! Ha! Then I went to study middle economy administration education and I graduated. I started working for a company similar to FedEx and I stayed with them for 16 years. Before all that I was a bit over 18 I’d met Rien, my husband, at a birthday party. He came to sit at my feet, leaning against my legs and that was it! Love at first sight! Rien played the drums in a band and he also worked at a bicycle factory, Gazelle, where he stayed for 28 years, until we came to Bonaire. We lived together for five years and in 1990 we got married. Then my dad had a heart attack and was hospitalized. Rien immediately said, ‘We’re going to take your dad in.’ At the time we were living at an apartment on the fourth floor, so we moved into my dad’s house which I’d already bought, telling him he could stay there as long as he liked. We took care of my dad for seven years until he died in 1999. After my dad passed away we stayed at the house, both working our jobs. After working for a company in ear-protection supplies for 18 months I had a stroke – the first one on a Friday night, the second one on Tuesday night the following week. They took me to the hospital. First I was all right; I could speak, walk and move everything. Then they operated on my brain, through my groin – I was coiled – and I went into a coma. After that I couldn’t do anything anymore. I couldn’t walk, I had total aphasia and I couldn’t move my arms. I had lost it all. That was six years ago, February 2003. I was lucky to survive.” Ans is an exceptio nal woman, lovely and warm, optimistic and tough on herself. In spite of all the physical difficulties she’s still coping with, she’s always up for a good laugh and takes life the way it comes – never a complaint. “For five months I stayed at a rehab center. Rien had a very hard time coping with it, but my motto is, was and will always be: Keep on laughing! Many times I couldn’t find the right words and I felt so impotent, then my friend Helga would tell me, ‘You can hit me – but with your right hand!’ That was the hand I couldn’t move. I quit therapy in September 2004. They couldn’t improve me any more than I was already. Before I had my strokes we’d planned to live in Turkey after our retirement. So, when I couldn’t work anymore and had to live off a government allowance, we wanted to go there, but it turned out that I couldn’t get the allowance in Turkey. Then I felt I wanted to go home, back to the islands where I was born. We’d been to Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire and we chose Bonaire for its tranquility. The only problem was that we had 22 pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two turtles, seven cats and six dogs, but… for each and every one of them we found a good and loving home. We arrived on Bonaire March 7th 2005 and stayed at the Rochaline Hotel for three weeks. Then we rented a house in Kaya Nikiboko South. We came as the two of us, and now we’re seven because in the meantime we got four dogs and a cat. It felt immediately right to be here. After a month Rien found a job at Cultimara and he also started playing the drums with the Flamingo Rockers, which he did for three years. We fitted in right from the beginning. When he started working, I began to work as a volunteer at the Animal Shelter. It was something I’d always wanted. I really like it a lot. It’s hard work and it can be really hot, but that’s what we came here for! All my life in Holland I felt cold. Here I feel good! Poco poco! Recently Rien started working for Kooyman and he really likes the job. We go to Curaçao once a year because June 1st is Mona’s birthday. She’s the one who was always helping my mom, and when my mom died she took care of us until we left for Holland. She’s still there and we talk on the phone a lot and to me…she’s family. On Bonaire I have my friend Kitty, whom I know from Curaçao when I was little, so yeah…we’re happy, we have a full life and I feel I’ve come home.” S tory & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Rien and Ans

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Pauline Kayes is a Professor Emeritus from Champaign, IL and a part-time Bonaire resident. I wake with a start, in a cold sweat, after one of my regular snorkeling dreams goes bad. Most of the time, my dreams of snorkeling have a recurrent theme: I am standing on a pier or the waterfront looking down into the sea, which is swirling with every color and kind of fish. The swirling Technicolor waters are irresistible but I can’t get in and join the fracas because I’ve either lost my mask or my fins or the taxi is waiting to take me to the airport for a plane I must not miss or I will lose my job. Yet I am so drawn to what is a oncein-a-lifetime, dream snorkel that I can’t turn away from a feeling that seems almost archetypal. This dream is much different. Instead of snorkeling in a turquoise sea full of brilliant creatures and coral, everything is grey and beige. There is not a shard of coral or a molecule of sea life, just unending sand, rocks, and a kind of scum. I keep searching desperately for anything alive, but no matter which way I snorkel, there is nothing. I wake up to the sound of my own voice, repeating over and over again “Oh no, the sewage has killed everything.” The clock says it is 3:30 am but it is impossible to return to sleep after such a nightmare. So, as with all my puzzling or disturbing dreams, I start deconstructing what might have provoked this one. Then I remember reading in the “Flotsam and Jetsam” section of the last Bonaire Reporter that “it is 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.” (Obviously this piece of disturbing information has stuck in my craw and seeped into my subconscious.) I toss and turn for two more hours thinking about sewage, sewage, sewage! And you know how it is when sleep becomes an insomniac episode: the mind flits erratically from one thing to another so that you feel a bit crazed. Here is a snippet from my flow of consciousness during those early morning hours following my snorkeling nightmare: Why does it take so long to get some trucks to truck sewage? Many people on Bonaire and in the Netherlands have ingenuity, creativity, and resources (you can see this in all the building of apartments, condos, and offices going on everywhere), so why have all these entrepreneurs been unable to build a sewage infrastructure in 20 years? What to do, what to do, what to do? Image: Brian La Pointe, marine biologist, holding a handful of algae, exclaims matter-offactly, “Bonaire’s reefs have reached the point of no return.” What argument has not been made? What fact has not stuck? What person has not been convinced? What can I do, what can I do? I sit up and take a sip of water, hoping to focus my brain: Image: Hundreds of thousands of years of majestic coral reef, a treasure of the universe, dying in just a few years. How will that look in the tourist brochures? What can you do, what can you do? Image: The unfenced LVV trenches full of stinking sewage, chemical sludge, and bathing birds and dogs. Help! Where is the portable sewage processing plant? The new wind turbines have arrived; who greased the wheels to make that happen but not the sewage plant? What can we do, what can we do? Image: Dead eels floating here, there, and everywhere. Image: Director of the Bonaire Marine Park Ramon de Leon’s statement warns that Bonaire’s reefs won’t survive until the government implements the sewage plan (estimated now to be 2014) What can they do, what can they do? Exhausted, I notice light is beginning to break; perhaps the coming dawn can shift my mental and emotional gears. I hear a friend tell me, “Think positively if you want a positive outcome.” So, I take her suggestion, lie back down, close my eyes, and begin envisioning the portable sewage processing plant being unloaded at the docks, the LVV trenches being scrubbed clean, the waterfront hotels and resorts trucking their sewage daily, no more cruise ship dumping, and……. government and tourist officials having sewage dreams like mine…. before Bonaire’s reefs are relics of history. O O A t a meeting of businesses it was brought up by someone that it is useless for a group or for individuals to try to accomplish anything. It was then said it is possible and that things have been accomplished. Then some one asked, "What has been accomplished?" Please look at this partial list of what indivi duals and small groups have done over the years. 1) One person by himself, successful ly lobbied the government to make a law against spearfishing . One can add that this was done against a great deal of opposition to such a law. 2) This same person lobbied for a Marine Park which has become a National Park with many regulations to protect it. 3) A handful of people made Klein Bonaire a political issue which then was taken over by the government and Klein has become part of Bonaire. 4) Many years ago CURO broke the back of an entrenched and useless STINAPA Board and now STINAPA has credibilit y and is accomplishing what it should have years ago . 5) The plan for an oil refinery located in the Northeast of B onaire was crushed by a group of people. 6) Those resorts which are producing potable wate r by reverse osmosis or other means can thank a single person who took on WEB (owned by Curaçao and Bonair e government) to court and won the case allowing th ese units. You're welcome! 7) BONHATA has successfully cha nged the plans of the governm ent to immediately install or increase various taxes. Time was given so it could be worked out. 8) Lobbying gave street lights to an area which needed them in front of a group of hotels. 9) A group successfully brought cleaning up Bonaire to the front. That same group convinced markets to stop using plastic bags . 10) One market started plastic bags again. Within hours that mana ger was swamped with complaints and stopped the bags. 11) A group of NGOs which meet monthly have made themselves well known to the government which now asks for advice from that group regarding environmental issues. That group also has a strong voice in many areas of the ecology and environment of Bonaire. 12) A handful of people saw the Youth Center ( Jong Bonaire ) restored and made the government aware of the need. 13) There was a plan to build a resort at Playa Frans which would have included parts of Washington Park. A single person heard about this, made it public and it was stopped. 14) Lac Bay became a National Park because of lobbying. 15) A single individual saw tu rtles being slaughtered. Formed a group which is International and now the Turtle Club has become extremely powerful and has saved countless turtles. 16) Telbo was taken to court by private individuals to fight its monopoly and now we have other phone companies. Not a single thing above would have been done if it were not for individuals and small groups pushing for these . The list is longer . Bruce Bowker The Power of a Single Person to Make Changes

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Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 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. T he recent Windsurfing Week showed that with the support of our own local people and visitors we can make it happen. The success of a business is due to good planning, teamwork and the support of our own people. With an introduction to some of these businesses we can perhaps see what’s kept them going. Starting in Noord (North) Salinja there are several businesses but one in particular is Bo Toko at Kaya Caribe 10, now managed by Lien Alberto . The building, as Lien says, is more than 70 or 80 years old. Ursula Melaan’s father started his business in this building and he passed it over to her daughter. Three and a half years ago Lien Alberto took it over and she’s still going strong. Before that Lien worked at the Government Steering Office (BC), which she didn’t like so much. She had her own business selling gold and silver jewelry. With the money she earned from selling jewelry she was able to buy her own house. Lien says, “Now that I have my own grocery shop it takes a lot of time and effort for me to maintain my family and myself. But it is worth it. If you love working it will go very easily.” Coming down to Antriol you will find Toko Carmen on Kaya Korona 71, run by Agnes Angila for the last 10 years. Agnes is a very humble person and loves what she is doing. She says, “I started this with my own money, and because I love doing this kind of business I strive to keep up with it. I went through hard times but it didn’t keep me down. Elderly people living in this area regularly visit the shop to buy their daily needs. It’s wonderful to meet these people and keep in touch with them. You keep in contact with the people of your neighborhood.” Coming down to Lagoen road you arrive at Panaderia Selekta , managed by Otmaria Janga and Antolino Statie the owner. They’ve been operating the business for 25 years. They start making bread at 2 o’clock in the morning. The grocery shop opens at 6 am and closes at 7 pm. They combine it with a snack shop where they sell breakfast, lunch and snacks and close at 10 pm. Otmaria says, “In the past it was easier to do business. Today you have a lot of competition. With every product the prices are getting higher, and consequently the price of bread turns out to be expensive too. But we’ve experienced this before and have made these economic changes part of our daily life.” We take the road to Amboina and we come to Amboina Happy Center nr. 101. The owner is Lourdes Mercelina who’s been in business for 23 years. She used to work for other people. When Lourdes’ brother, Jesus “Gibi” Mercelina, heard that the Amboina shop had closed, he saw a great opportunity to reopen it again and he asked Lourdes to work with him. Together they started the business and for 14 years Lourdes worked with her brother. Then Gibi got really sick and died. Lourdes says, “Some months before my brother died he was so sick that he decided to stop working to take care of his health but it was too late. I got used to working all by myself eventually, but still the first years after Gibi’s death it was really hard for a while. But then it went easier. The will to continue makes me understand what I really want is to reach my goal.” 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 More Bonaire Businesses A ysla ten Holt, opens her exhibition of 30 years of her art this week in Curaçao. Aysla has roots in Bonaire In the 80s she lived in Bonaire where she worked ex tensively with fellow artists as well as teaching art to children in the community. She was instrumental in helping Bonnie Kerr set up the (very much missed) Bonaire Art Gallery. She’s the artist who made the coral stone flamingos on the sidewalks on Kaya Grandi. Since then she’s returned to our island for several exhibits. Born in Curaçao, Aysla travelled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa performing as a singer. But her musical career gave way to her lifelong love of the visual arts, and she immersed herself in the local culture while she explored the mediums of pen and ink, chalk, oil and acrylic. Asyla balances this work with an intense study of the healing arts including Yoga, Shiatsu and Reiki. She lives in the countryside near the ocean in Curaçao and can be reached through her website at www.asylatenholt.com , or by telephone at (599 9) 864-9598 or cell (599 9) 526-8813 . Her retrospective show , “E Mucha ku ta Pinta,” (The girl that paints) is at the Snip Gallery at Het Curaçaosch Museum from August 7 until August 21. Opening hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Saturday. Sunday open 10 am to 4 pm. Laura DeSalvo

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 P hoto-journalist Wilna Groenenboom has managed to capture the soul of Bonaire in transition with stunning photographs in her perceptive new book. Bonaire is changing … fast. Its traditional architecture, culture and people are disappearing as they adapt to the pressures of the 21st century and the new more direct link with Europe. The book’s title is what it says: a Document of Bonaire... as it was. Already many of the subjects in the photos in this dazzlingly gorgeous book are gone. Groenenboom lived in Bonaire for seven years and was a contributing writer-photographer and Art Director for The Reporter in the early 2000s. Her book records hundreds of her impressions of those years. She’s sensitively captured the unique character of this exceptionally beautiful island. In her view it is often the ordinary everyday scenes which reveal the very soul of the people who live in a place. What sets the book apart and makes it so extraordinary is that it faithfully reflects of sometimes veiled beatify of everyday life. What a perfect memento for all who love our island. The book will be introduced by the author-photographer on Sunday, August 9, starting at 4 pm at the Buddy Dive Resort Pool Bar. All are welcome. Following the presentation to Governor Thode there will be an opportunity to have your book signed by Wilna Groenenboom and to meet her in person . There will be a special price of $40 for the book this evening. Thereafter it will sell for $45 in shops around the island. Document Bonaire has been made possible thanks to the commitment and sponsorship of, among others the MCB Bonaire Bank, DAE Airlines and shipper IFC Moerdijk. L./G. D. T he Pali' lele, Randia aculeata, is also known as the Goat Horn, Inkberry or Indigo berry tree. This tree grows throughout Bonaire. Its stem is very straight, with three branches that stick out at fixed intervals, but all at the same angle. They form crowns at different heights around its stem. And surprisi ngly, it’s found in most authentic Bonaire kitchens. Years ago before the pine and balsam were introduced, this tree was used as a Christmas tree on Bonaire. The tree’s trunk and its perfectly aligned branches, which are thick and sturdy, served its purpose to hang Christmas ornaments. There were no leaves attached to any of the branches. Today, this ‘Christmas tree’ is still found in some homes on Bonaire during the holiday season. But….there is another purpose that part of this tree’s trunk is used for in kitchens throughout Bonaire. Question: Of what culinary use is the Pali' lele Answer on page 12 BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours . Contact her to arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christidovale@hotmail.com. Sign up for a MIO phone too— Photos from Document Bonaire Wilna Groenenboom

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Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Page 9 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 I t’s almost fledging time for Bonaire’s Loras. The older they get the grumpier they are and they can do some damage with those beaks. By now they’ve had enough of sitting in their dark little hole, and it’s getting a bit claustrophobic. Imagine three almost adult sized Loras squashed into a small nest in a tree or cliff and every one trying to exercise their wings and fight for food from mum when she comes in to feed them. Soon enough, the adult Loras will stop feeding their chicks in an attempt to get them to leave the nest. They will coax them out with the promise of a good meal if they venture into the outside world. This takes some persuading and the chicks will lose a lot of weight before they eventually leave. As I have mentioned previously, not many chicks will make it to this stage, and by now there are very few Lora chicks left. To illustrate this, here are some statistics: 63 chicks hatched this year from the 28 nests that we have been monitoring. Currently only 26 chicks remain in only 14 nests . I am constantly editing this as I write this article as more and more chicks are being lost. While making use of our infrared cameras to determine why chicks are disappearing from nests, we made some interesting discoveries. One very common phenomenon that we have been encountering is that in some nests, chicks disappear gradually, one by one. Surely a poacher would take all of the chicks in one go rather than risk going back to the nest on numerous occasions and risk getting caught? So, we decided to play detective, and we set up “poacher cam” (a camera hidden nearby) to try and find the answer. After only 30 minutes of recording, a cat was seen approaching the nest. Then the cat climbed the tree to the limb outside the nest, and climbed inside (“poacher cam” was then renamed “cat cam”). By now all of the chicks have gone, and all we could do was watch. Now we have evidence of this, in the future we can consider methods to mitigate and control the feral cat population in the area. We know for a fact that three of the nests-each containing three chickshave been taken by poachers . One nest had been cut open with a machete, so a Lora can never use that nest again . This is an example of how poaching over the recent years by the current poached generation has turned into a very unsustainable and reckless activity. We have worked with people who used to poach Lora nests in the past, and admittedly, we have learnt a lot from them. These people understand the behaviour and the biology of the Lora too, and have helped us by showing us nests and methods of extracting the chicks. I have heard them also express disappointment in the current generation’s lack of respect by using chainsaws and machetes to get to the chicks. This means that as well as deeming that nest useless for Loras in the future, it also means that the poacher also won’t have a nest to poach from next year. Everybody loses, especially the Loras who will spend the next 30 years or so in a cage. We hope that the remaining chicks are left to fledge and we look forward to seeing them staggering out of their nests to join the wild population very soon. Story & photos by 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 Poached parrot nest destroyed by machete Young Lora

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 SUGAR SUBSTITUTES I n the previous article we discussed the addictiveness of sugar and its effect on the body. In this issue we deal with those very popular sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners like Saccharin, Sucralose and Aspartame and how we are duped into believing that, because of no calories, they are “good for us” especially if diabetic, overweight or just health conscious! Imaginative labeling by the food industry leaves most of us unaware of the devastating long term effects of these sugar substitutes. Let us look at them in more depth! SACCHARIN found in chewable aspirin, diet soft drinks, prepackaged foods, desserts and prescription drugs. It is being linked to eczema, photosensitivity, “sulfa” allergies (prescript ion drugs), headaches, diarrhea etc. Also suspected in some cancers (bladder), possible tumor formation and the destruction of brain cells. SUCRALOSE when combined with carbon in the diet becomes highly toxic allowing poisons to be fat soluble while rendering the natural defense mechanisms of the body helpless. These poisons invade every nook and cranny of the body including cell walls and DNA, resulting in irregular heartbeat, headaches, liver and kidney damage and cancer. ASPARTAME One of the end products after ingestion of aspartame is formaldehyde. It has been scientifically established that formaldehyde converted from the methyl ester in aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA. http://www.mpwhi.com/ formaldehyde_from_aspartame.pdf These sugars also interact with other chemical substances including antidepressants, cardiac medication, hormones, insulin and vaccines. At least one of these sweeteners can be found in breakfast cereals, sugar free gum, frozen desserts, juices, diet sodas, yogurt and milk drinks. Roughly 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide contain them, often in cleverly disguised forms. In May 2009 the National Cancer Institute confirmed the link between formaldehyde and cancer, 24 years after the FDA toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress aspartame causes cancer and an allowable daily intake should never have been allowed to be set. It should be realized that the effects of these artificial sweeteners are subtle and develop over a long period of time. Numerous studies world-wide have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are systematically being poisoned. The food industry will go to many lengths to shut those scientists (with factual evidence) brave enough to speak out, up. An unfavorable outcome of a study is more often than not manipulated or ignored to lull us into a false sense of security. How much of your diet consists of pre-packaged food, sauces, desserts and soda drinks? You have perhaps tried most medications for your particular health problem, but till you know what exactly is in the food you eat, you cannot hope to gain better health. Remember, the food industry sells Taste , not Nutrition . We hope to have a complete list of foods and drinks available on Bonaire and what exactly they contain in regard to sweeteners and additives. Do Not Despair : There are healthy sugars available! Next issue “ The Good Sugars .” All comments and questions are welcome. Stephanie Bennett Stephanie@harmonyhousebonaire.com Interesting websites http:// www.dorway.com 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. SURPRISED IN ALASKA Dear Editor: For a visitor from the ABCislands it is certainly surprising that Alaska has its own ABCislandsAdmiralty, Baranof and Chichagof located close each to the other between Juneau, the Alaska capital, and the Pacific Ocean. They are among the largest islands of the US. Another surprise in Alaska has been the enormous presence of cruise ships. In the Caribbean, we are used to cruise ships which call on the island’s port and depart soon for another destination. Local companies with their own guides provide excursions to landmarks of the islands. We know, however, that while local shop owners welcome the cruise tourists, there is, also on Bonaire, a strong resistance of a part of the population against the cruise ship visits. It cannot be, however, compared with the situation on Alaska where there is an enormous resentment of the whole population against the cruise lines, with exception of the gift and jeweler shop owners and some business establishments. The fact that the cruise tours currently account for 70% of all Alaska tourism, gives the cruise lines enormous power. In Juneau, the cruise lines occupy all berths downtown and the ferry ships of the state Marine Highway, the only transport possibility for the overwhelming majority of the population, had to dock at a new terminal, built 14 miles outside the city. At any moment, five or more large cruise ships are moored in Juneau and the narrow shopping streets are flooded with thousands of tourists. The proliferation of large cruise ships in Alaska has continued to grow beyond the carrying capacity of the small-town ports the ships call on. A backlash against the cruise companies reached the ballot box in 2006. Voters fed up with perceived abuses by the cruise industry approved new, high taxes, particularly a head tax of $50 for each cruise ship tourist. In addition, very severe environmental and waste treatment regulations were established. However, these hard measures have not discouraged the cruise line companies to expand their activities on a scale unknown in the Caribbean. Unlike in the Caribbean, the giant of Alaska tourism, Holland America Line, but also the Princess Cruises, own several hotels, hundreds of buses and dozens of railcars. To my surprise, I met the H.A.L. buses also deep in the interior of Alaska, for instance at a very remote resort where you can, after swimming in a lake with hot mineral water, subsequently drink a liqueur from glasses made from ice in a large ice museum. The H.A.L. and the Princess Cruises, together with another nine cruise lines, are subsidiaries of the mightiest player in this field – the Carnival Corporation. Recently, the Alaska public has been very upset when state inspectors were denied access to waste treatment facilities on ships of this corporation to monitor adherence to strict environmental regulations. In spite of the current economic crisis, there have been recently growing demands of the public to increase the already high government pressure on the cruise lines. The interest of the cruise companies for Alaska is easy to understand. This huge state, with an area of one fifth of the Lower 48, is one of the most interesting places in the world, particularly for lovers of undisturbed nature, breathtaking scenery and adventure. Jiri Lausman BICYCLING ON BONAIRE Dear Editor: Many years ago I lived my life without ever wondering about the possible existence of a species called “Makamba” ( a Papiamentu label for European Dutch people— Ed .) let alone becoming one. In that era I lived and worked in Amsterdam. Even if you’ve never been there, it goes without saying that a city as old as Amsterdam was not built with cars in mind. Fortunately for those living there, some visionary mind invented the bicycle. And made a fortune, selling them by the thousands to the people of Amsterdam. One of them to me. In Amsterdam almost everything is within a reasonable distance. And the fastest way to reach your destination is by bike. Another advantage: no parking problems or fees (€6 p/h). Because of this (now I am coming to the point) I never felt the urge to pass my driver’s test. Now that I know that Makambas do exist, and even having become one myself, the bicycle remains my only way of transport. Here in Bonaire, I quickly abandoned the idea that cycling in Amsterdam is a dangerous adventure. Here, my deep feeling is that this trip could be my last. It occurs to me that possessing a driver’s license, meaning you’re capable of driving e a car around, doesn't go for the majority on Bonaire. First, the driving position shows a resemblance to the Goya painting of Madame Recamier reclining. While this may be OK for a painting, it’s less suited for driving a car. I can’t see the driver’s face, so I suppose they can’t see mine either… nor a donkey, cat or pedestrian. And even if they noticed the unidentified object there’s little chance to avoid a collision with the steering wheel almost out of reach. Another typical phenomenon is the number of cars with the lights in every possible state of malfunction. Only one, none, non fitted, or, most commonly, blinding. Calculating the speed of other traffic also seems a problem. Ever noticed the queuing at a cross road? With no traffic in sight they’re halted in doubt. And when finally they make up their mind, it’s often too late. A few words about the police force and their everlasting efforts to discourage riding a bicycle: While making slow but steady progress on the foot path of Kaya Korona I saw my way blocked by two officers. Yes, I was aware that it’s prohibited to cycle on a footpath. And no, they were not impressed by my explanation that, given the fact that to my knowledge no one ever made use of the footpath, it seemed a good idea to use it as a bicycle path. This because after the renovation of the road it turned out to be too narrow for two cars and a bike. This idea met with no sympathy. But in their goodness I was allowed to walk the remaining distance without any fine. On many more occasions my bike and lights underwent close inspection. During those investigations, numerous cars, with defects beyond imagination passed unnoticed. Its a good thing to know that at least the police keep an eye on me. Paul I.

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Call 7178819 8 am to 5 pm _____________________________ Porch sale Kaya Mandolin 2 (just off the road to Sorobon, Nikiboko, south) , from 8:304pm on the following Saturdays: August 15, 29 -books, clothes, blinds, plants, nik naks, kitchen ware, car speakers and more. _____________________________ TOYOTA RAV-4 2000, good condition and clean, used as going to church car by old lady, 117,000km NAƒ 9,000 786-9872 ____________________________ NOT an ex-rental Jeep Wrangler 4.0. Private-owner. New: soft top, tires, gastank, driving-shaft, fenders, and total check-up (>NA 4K). No electronic issues (i.e. model '94). NAƒ 12,500. Mark: +599 701-0150. ____________________________ WESTPOINT WASHING MACHINE Multi-cycle, front load, white, 1 yr. old, like new, 220V. NAƒ 725 Phone: 786-9872 ____________________________ 2 room apartment for rent in Nikiboko, upstairs, as of August 1st. deposit one month rent. Furnished, no pets, PAGABON. Call after 6pm: 795 3456 _____________________________ Santa Barbara/RepublikBeautiful apartment for rent from 1st October 09. Full furnished, cable TV, airco, porch/sea view, pool, 36sq.m,, bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom; 1 or 2 persons. Rental price per month: US$680.00 all incl. e-mail: bauer.paul@t-online.de phone: 5258766 or 525-8755 _____________________________ For rent small studio or apartment 1 person NAƒ 550,-or NAƒ 750,-2 persons -4 months or longer, no pets, no airco, Furnished Located at Hato, own terrace, parking space, garden etc… Possibility internet, bike, linen, TV, etc. Visiting Wednesday or Saturday from 1 -5 pm. Call 717-2529 Monique _____________________________ House Swap near Niagara Falls (in winter huge colored lights illuminate the ice at night), Toronto, Canada. Any time after Jan 31, 2010. Contact Jack at donnabrian@gmail.com or 519-4261403 _____________________________ For sale: 7 Black Belly sheep ( mini kudde Black Belly schapen: 2 grote rammen, 4 ooien, 1 lammetjes ) tel : 7178717. 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 Wanted part time/ full time Librarian (English speaking and writing) for Saint James School of Medicine Plaza Juliana, Kralendijk, Bonaire. Contact the Dean, School of Medicine by email: dean@sjsm.org or Ph. 599-717-2150. Fax 599-717-2151. 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 8-07 1:13 1.7FT. 10:08 1.0FT. 79 8-08 1:40 1.5FT. 10:09 1.1FT. 80 8-09 1:58 1.4FT. 9:39 1.1FT. 17:17 1.4FT. 19:54 1.4FT. 79 8-10 8:51 1.1FT. 17:30 1.5FT. 75 8-11 8:16 1.1FT. 17:56 1.6FT. 70 8-12 4:30 1.0FT. 18:28 1.7FT. 63 8-13 4:52 0.9FT. 19:13 1.9FT. 56 8-14 5:29 0.9FT. 19:56 2.0FT. 51 8-15 6:02 0.8FT. 20:39 2.0FT. 52 8-16 6:31 0.8FT. 21:31 2.1FT. 60 8-17 7:07 0.8FT. 22:17 2.1FT. 70 8-18 7:41 0.9FT. 12:21 1.0FT. 13:56 1.0FT. 23:05 2.1FT. 82 8-19 8:09 0.9FT. 12:39 1.1FT. 15:33 1.0FT. 92 8-20 0:45 1.8FT. 8:35 1.0FT. 13:25 1.2FT. 16:56 1.1FT. 99 8-21 1:39 1.7FT. 9:00 1.1FT. 14:05 1.3FT. 18:30 1.1FT. 102 J unella Pietersz writes, “Lorienny Mercera, Edseyenne Pietersz and Laequisha de Paula ( l to r.), went to Orlando, Florida, to enjoy their summer vacation. Of course they took their Bonaire Reporter with them. Here they are at Disney's Epcot Center. They had a wonderful time with Mickey, Minnie and friends plus the trip was educational too.” Transport of Money and Valuables Private Investigations Vehicle patrols Burglar Alarms Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 26 years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com Private guitar lessons available ! To improve your technique, improvisation, repertoire, music theory and sight reading, call Benji at 786-5073. 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 12 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 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 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. Thursday August 6th. Mangrove Forest Ecology, Management And Restoration – Bonaire public lecture, 7 pm at CIEE Research Station Bonaire , Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 26. Speaker will be Robin Lewis 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. Until Aug. 21. More on page 7. Saturday, August 8 – Mr. Bonaire Contest , sponsored by Bonaire Body Building and Fitness Association, 811 pm, SGB high school auditorium, NAƒ 12,50. Sponsors: Landslottery, Duijn Bonaire, Fundashon Wega di Number Bonaire Saturday, August 8 —Monthly Wire Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria. 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAf 17,50) per person. More information call 560-7539. 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— Meet Document Bonaire author Wilna Groenenboom at Addo’s Bookstore on Kaya Grandi– Time to be announced 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. August 14 – 22 – Free Diving Bonaire 2009 – Free Diving Clinics and more with famous free diver Karol Meyer. Host hotel is Buddy Dive Beach Resort. More information at WWW.TourismBonaire.com Bonaire Dive into Summer 2009 . 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 E. Albertus, Stephanie Bennett , J@n Brouwer, Christy Dovale, Monica Edell , Rhian Evans, Jack Horkheimer , Pauline Kayes, Greta Kooistra, Ellie Noij, Michael Thiessen, 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 Question (from page 8): Of what culinary use is the Pali' lele Answer: A branch from the Pali' lele is used as a stirrer or a whisk. See the photo above.

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Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Page 13 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. 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. To learn more about these businesses check their ad in this issue of The Reporter Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guides. Free! Call 790-6518, 786-6518 Or email Reporter@BonaireNews.com Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories 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) Bonaire is getting 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 AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Bonaire/ Kralendijk I t was on one of those hot last days of the month of July that a metallic red resprayed double cabin Toyota Hilux truck apparently tried to be independent from its driver and decided to start flying. Along Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot, near the harbor and the only roundabout on the island, the car tried to fly over a wire fence but ended unfortunately in a certain unchosen angle on top of a sturdy stone wall. Two wheels were lifted from the ground. Serious damage was caused to the wall, the fence and an official road sign. The car also suffered heavily from the collision. Fortunately the driver only collected some scratches and black and blue spots. The driver went home and the car remained hanging in the fence on top of the wall for some days, warning the traffic of unsafe driving. Then the owner of an (in Dutch) verreiker (far reacher/ jb ) passed by several times with his bright yellow four-cylinder diesel-engine-powered hydraulic four-wheel drive heavy equipment. He had imported the old but reliable work horse from Europe and assembled the machine in his back garden to give the verreiker a new and useful life. The Dutch driver decided to offer his help. In less than 15 minutes the Toyota Hilux was freed from its unfortunate position and placed with its four wheels back on the ground, the place where cars normally belong. It is unlikely that this car will take part in the Bonairean traffic again. It is supposed that the Hilux will end up its life as a so called donor car, extending the tough life of a lot of other Toyotas on this island. The engine, the gearbox, the rear axle and the windshield are still in good condition. Even the radiator seems all right because there are no signs of leaks. Unfortunately this Red Baron was not as tough as the red single cabin four-wheel drive diesel Toyota Hilux Jeremy Clarkson tried to destroy with trees, sea water, explosives and fire in his English television program, “Top Gear!” ( The Top Gear torture can be seen on You Tube: 13 minutes of informative full color fun on your computer .) Story & photo by J@n Brouwer The 52nd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that are “on wheels.” T his is “Jill” and this is her extravagantly elegantly tail. Not only does she have a luxurious tail but she’s a rare one as normally cats with red fur such as hers are male. She’s a very playful little cat and loves being around people and other cats. Jill came into the Bonaire Animal Shelter because her owner could no longer take care of her. It’s lucky for some possible owner out there who can appreciate a very special cat. You may see Jill and the other animals up for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 7174989. Right now adoptees include 40 dogs and “lots of cats,” say the managers of the Shelter. So you have a nice array of pets from which to choose. The adoption fee of NAƒ 75 for cats and NAƒ105 for dogs includes the vet check up, inoculations, testings, worming and sterilization when they’re old enough. And all of them are social, meaning they get along beautifully with people and often other pets. The Shelter’s Bonny Superdog Sterilization Program has been a big success. The Program was set up for those pet owners who can’t afford to pay themselves. Since May 15 there have already been 200 sterilizations of cats and dogs. The Program depends totally on donations to keep it going. Please, if you can help this is the time to do it. You may contribute with cash (in the dog house donation boxes in many shops and businesses or at the Shelter ), by bank transfer: RBTT Bank Animal Shelter Bonai re: 23.10.139. Say “Bonny Superdog .” The donation will go only for this program. Americans may donate and receive a tax deduction via Support Bonaire website. Laura DeSalvo Did You Know... You can wish on a star...underwater. If you’re ever diving or snorkeling in Bonaire and spot a sea plume that appears to have its branches tied up in a knot, don’t try to find a “sea-comb!” The chances are it’s protecting a basket star from predators. Basket stars are a type of brittle star with many branches extending out from each of their five arms. These arms are used to catch plankton when they feed, which occurs primarily in the nighttime. During the day, they seek protection by using their many complex arms to entangle themselves in the branches of sea plumes. This intertwined mass makes it difficult for them to be spotted and captured. Sea plumes naturally have chemical defenses to ward off predators and this characteristic is also taken advantage of by basket stars to help them remain protected from attacks. So next time you see a tangled sea plume forget about trying to invent a type of marine shampoo and instead marvel at nature’s way of protecting its beautiful creatures and sneak a wish on the equally sneaky basket star. Monica Edell Edell is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and attended summer courses at CIEE Research Station Bonaire. She cannot be held accountable for any wishes not granted by basket stars, unless that wish is to save the ocean, in which case she will try her best. Photo http://www.starfish.ch/reef/ echinoderms.html#brittle G raduates of Bonaire’s SGB High School are on their way overseas for advanced studies not available on Bonaire. Several youngsters are off to schools in the CaribbeanBarbados or Curaçaobut most are heading to Holland. The foundation FINEB organizes their transportation and provides assistance for them in The Netherlands. G.D. Parents Peter and Esmeralda “Lala” Montanus flank their son, Rens, top SGB student, off to study economics at Windesheim Wilna Groenenboom photo

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Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Page 15 How to Find Two Wonders of Summer's Skies: the Heart of the Scorpion And the Heart of our Galaxy D id you know that on any moonless night in August you can use an ancient constellation to find two incredible summer night sky sights both the magnificent red heart of the scorpion and the incredible milky white heart of our galaxy? This week and next just after it gets dark out face up and south where you'll see two of summer's most famous star patterns: a constellation which looks like a fish hook or a capital letter 'J', Scorpius the Scorpion, and directly behind it several bright stars whic h, if connected by lines, would look like a teapot. Now Scorpius is officially called a constellation. But the Teapot is not. It is called an asterism , which means that it is a small pattern of stars within a constellation. And the constellation to which the Teapot belongs is a very large pattern of stars named thousands of years ago for a mythi cal creature called a centaur, a creature half man and half horse. Named Sagittarius , he was known to be a great master with the bow and arrow, a centaur archer. His bow is marked by two stars of the Teapot's lid and the star at the bottom of the spout. The arrow goes from the top star in the handle through the other star of the lid with the tip of the arrow marked by the star, which also marks the tip of the spout. And with a little imagination you can see that it is aimed at the red star which marks the heart of the scorpion, Antares, which is a giant star 700 times as wide as our Sun. But on really dark moonless nights far from city lights you'll also see that the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is embedded in the widest and densest part of that great ribbon of light called the Milky Way which stretches all the way from the southern horizon up to the zenith and back down to th e northeast horizon. In fact if you look closely at Sagittarius and Scorpius you'll s ee that most of the Teapot and the bottom half of Scorpius are embedded in the Milky Way. And if you take a pair of binoculars and look here or anywhere along the Milky Way you will see that it is made up of millions of pinpoints of light, each one of which is a distant star which along with our Sun all belong to a giant cosmic spiral family of 200 billion stars we call the Milky Way Galaxy. Our galaxy is shaped kind of like puttin g two plates face to face together, thin around the outside with a big bulge in th e center. And you'll notice that when you look at Sagittarius and Scorpius that the Milky Way bulges here and is much thicker and wider than the rest of the Milky Way. And that's because the bulging center of our galaxy lies in this direction over two do zen light years away. In fact the tip of Sagittarius' arrow is pointed directly at it. So find the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy and the heart of the scorpion with the help of an ancient archer. Jack Horkheimer *to find it... just look up E.M. Rijswijk Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Investments that deal with property will be lucrative; however, upsets with family members may be likely. Don't avoid your true feelings. Social activity should be on your agenda this month. You need to reevaluate your situation. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Mingle with those who have similar interests, and you should be able to start something. Be firm when dealing with matters pertaining to your environment. You may want to make changes in your home environment. Uncertainty about your relationship is prevalent. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You should sit down with someone you trust and work out a budget that will enable you to save a little extra. Children will be of major concern if you haven't kept the lines of communication open. You mustn't make promises that you won't be able to keep. You must steer clear of overindulgent individuals. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your changing philosophies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique outlook on life. Unexpected bills may set you back. Mishaps due to preoccupation will be upsetting. Your stubborn nature will backfire if you give your mate an ultimatum. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Any renovation or decorating to your home should include the whole family. Don't be afraid to make a move if you aren't happy with your emotional situation. Lack of cash might be partly to blame for the problems at home. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Older members of your family may try to take advantage of you. Rest and relaxation may be required; minor health problems will prevail if you don't watch your diet. Someone you care about may not be too well. It's time to consider putting money into long-term investments. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Outdoor sports events should entice you. You might be overly emotional concerning situations at work. You will be able to catch up on overdue paper work. You will easily capture the interest of those you talk to. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your temper may get the better of you if a colleague has tried to ruin your reputation. You may be fortunate while traveling. Don't let an incident at work play on your mind. Romance will unfold if you take trips or get together with friends. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be sure to take care of any minor ailments. Stop telling others about your problems. Your confidence will stabilize your position. You could be your own worst enemy if you overreact to something you're told. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Your knowledge and good sense will help more than you think. Acce ptance is the key. Children could cost you more than you can afford. Try not to allow others to burden you with additional responsibilities.Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Strength will come from your ability to overtake just about any one. You may want to plan physical activities that will help burn off some of their excess energy. You're ready to take action and take over. You could be attracting individuals who are anything but good for you. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. occur on a Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll regret every word for some time to come. Stick to doing things that will make you a better person both physically and mentally. Check your personal papers and make sure everything is in order. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will only make you look bad. Your luckiest events this month will By Astrologer Michael Thiessen For August 2009

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterAugust 7-21, 2009 Following a soaking rain early in July on the 9th Seru Grandi showed its magic again .. The hills exploded with the yellow bl ossoms of the kibrahacha tree. Photos by Ellie Noij