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Z amir Ayubi reports from Holland
that last Friday, 12 of Bonaire's best
and brightest youngsters (photo above)
landed in Holland to begin their advanced
studies. They flew via KLM's flight 742.
When they arrived the Scholarship Foun-
dation- Stichting Studiecommissie Ned-
erlandse Antillen- picked them up and
booked them into the Schiphol Airport
Hotel. They stayed overnight and the day
after they went to their respective
schools.

A Another group of 282 scholarship stu-
dents from Curacao left on Saturday
for Holland via KLM. The Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) flight which was
supposed to take them to Holland was


cancelled. Dutch aviation authorities did
not give permission for the DC-10 leased
by DCA from JAT Airways in Montene-
gro to land at Schiphol Airport. This was
announced by the chairman of the Cura-
cao Student Loan Institute, Commis-
sioner Eduardo Cova.

A As of last weekend there were still
hundreds of stranded DCA passengers
in The Netherlands because DCA has not
been able to charter acceptable aircraft to
fly them back to Curacao. The leased
KLM MD-11 the students flew did not
take back the stranded DCA passengers
who were supposed to return aboard an-
other cancelled DCA flight from Amster-
dam to Curacao.


A On March 23 the Venezuelan fishing
boat, Don Manolo, rammed an Antil-
lean/Aruban Coast Guard cutter which
had ordered him to stop for inspection of
his vessel for possible people smuggling.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan captain R.A.
H.G. was sentenced to eight months in
jail in Aruba for ramming the cutter fol-
lowing a chase at sea. A Coast Guard of-
ficer injured his leg and was thrown over-
board by the impact.

A The privatization committee of
Windward Islands International Air-
ways (Winair) that flies between the
northern, windward Antilles islands of St.
Martin, Saba and Statia and other local
destinations met with the Exel Group and
Minister of Transport Omayra Leeflang
in Curaqao last Wednesday. Will we soon
have a WinairExel?

A Curacao FOL-leader Anthony Godett
finally arrived in The Netherlands at the
end of last week. He is there to meet with
an attorney concerning the appeal he filed
against his recent conviction. He also
wants to raise funds from the Antillean
community in The Netherlands to cover
the costs of his case.
Godett says he is almost broke, but he
still wants to appeal his conviction. Two
weeks ago he was sentenced to 15
months in prison and five suspended, on
charges of bribery, forgery and money
laundering. As Antillean Prime Minister-
elect he was unable to take up his posi-
tion last year because of the corruption
charges. His sister served as Prime Min-
ister instead.
On arrival at Schiphol Godett declared


that the fund raising was not the most
important reason for his visit to The
Netherlands. "But if people want to help
me they're welcome to do so," he stated
in the NOSJournaal. "I'm only a simple
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person and am poor. I already spent
NAf150.000 on my case."

A The Carib-
bean will
earn
US$40.3 0
billion
from
tourism
this year,
10% more
than it did in
2003, ac-
cording to a study conducted by the
World Travel and Tourism Council
(WTTC). The study, which was con-
ducted on behalf of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) over a year ago, was
released last week.

A Jaime Saleh, former President of the
Court of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba and former Governor of the Neth-
erlands Antilles, was awarded the
highest title an Antillean can receive,
"Minister of State." The honorary title


is given to people who have served their
country and devoted their knowledge
and expertise to the betterment of the
people, Prime Minister Etienne Ys said
in announcing the Cabinet's decision.
The Saleh family continues to be promi-
nent on Bonaire.

A The Bonaire Government continues
to make strong statements about illegal
soil mining. Warnings have been issued,
but as far as we know no arrests have
been made. The fill is used for the con-
struction of roads and houses. The gov-
ernment pointed out once more that
gravel can be excavated legally only at
Plantation Aruba. No permits have been
issued for other locations. Their warn-
ing stated, "(Take it from) any other
place and you're simply stealing. The
soil belongs to the people of Bonaire. If
you steal there, you're stealing from
everyone." Enforcement is planned.

A The Central Government is dragging
its feet in granting Curacao's Antil-
lean Brewery (Amstel) an excise tax
(Continued on page 8)


ENVI ROWATCH


Y ou wouldn't want to run into this with your car. It's a huge lump of concrete
at the side of the main road that passes SABADECO. It looks like dung from
a dinosaur, but its really waste cement from a ready-mix truck. Not only is it a road
hazard but it is an example of abuse of the environment by some irresponsible con-
struction companies. If you dumped it, clean it up! G.D.


POIC UPDAE)


f you see or hear something suspi-
cious, call the POLICE HOTLINE -
DIAL 108. You may remain com-
pletely anonymous. The Police can use
your eyes and ears. If you were a victim
of a crime wouldn't you appreciate some-
one giving a tip to the police?
Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
ment reports:
At the end of last week, four robbery
suspects were arrested in connection
with the Belnam robberies (R.E., 20,
N.C., 27) and two others (G.A., 19, F.
B., 22) for the Exito and Amboina
Mini-market robberies.
Two St. James Medical School stu-
dents ( E.A.O. 21, born in Sri Lanka, F.
A., 20, born in US) were arrested for
stealing the school library's projector
and broadband router. The address,
Kaya Jean B.F. Vitte, 5A, where the
two were living, was tracked down by a
computer expert after the suspects had
connected to the Internet. During the
search, police found two laptops which
couldn't be accounted for. All items
were confiscated and the suspects sent
to jail pending further investigation.

Special Security Services Reports:
A robbery in Sabadeco was foiled when
the security alarm went off and an SSS
patrol arrived. The suspect was identified
as a construction worker.
Other SSS actions included apprehension
of a thief stealing shrimp from the freezer
of a client and catching a gasoline thief.
Both were turned over to the police. As
well, an SSS patrol foiled a break-in on
Kaya Amsterdam.

HIGH LEVEL ACTION AGAINST CRIME
Lt. Governor Hubert Domacass6, Com-
missioner of Tourism Burney el Hage,
and Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
met last week with members of BON-
HATA, the Bonaire Hospitality Group,
AKIB (businessmen's association) and
FORMA (a foundation to offer dropouts
education and job opportunities) to dis-
cuss how to deal with an apparent escala-
tion in burglaries and break-ins.
One focus was on the police department
which is under the Central Government's
Minister of Justice in Curagao. Legally,
Bonaire's Lt. Governor, the Minister's
representative on the island, may be in-
volved in police policy but does not con-
trol the distribution of resources. He can't
automatically get approval from the Min-
ister. He must convince him. "We're try-
ing to move 'the inner system,"' the Lt.
Governor explained.


For exam-
ple, last
February
funds were
approved
by Holland
to fight
crime in
Bonaire,
but the
Dutch in-
sisted they
be distrib-
uted
through
Curagao. Governor Domacassd
Last Fri-
day the Minister of Justice got NAf5 mil-
lion from Holland, of which Bonaire is
entitled to NAf 1.5 million. So far Bon-
aire hasn't seen the money.
Dutch Minister Thom deGraff wrote a
letter to the Lt. Governor, saying he
wants Dutch police to help Bonaire's
"Flamingo Team" (police who are work-
ing at the airport in drug interception) so
they can return to regular police duties.
Domacass6 wrote a follow-up letter to
the Minster of Justice, but Curagao may
not agree that's the way to do it. "In mid
August there's another meeting to get
Dutch police where and how we need
them," Domacass6 said. There are 10
experienced Antillean police now in Hol-
land ready to come to Bonaire. Nothing
will happen until the Minister of Justice
gives his signature.
This week, two groups, the VKB (local
militia volunteers) and the SSV (non-
criminal police), will begin to assist the
police, the 20 VKB concentrating on the
high crime areas, the SSV helping with
traffic and other non-criminal affairs.
These groups will be very visible.
It's possible that Bonaire will get two
coast watching radars from Holland at
the end of 2005, which will assist in de-
tecting drug drops. In the meantime, in
August or September, the island will start
using a mobile radar.
Lt. Governor Domacass6 asked that each
group present at the meeting appoint a
representative to meet this week, bring
ideas together and show action now. As
well, to improve communication, each
group's representative will have a contact
person in the police department with
whom he can speak directly.
The Governor put forth a new slogan:
"Futuro ku Trankilidat" (A Future with
Tranquility, not 'security,' "because
that's unrealistic," he said). L.D.


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Holland to do just that last Febru-
ary and they came through with a
grant of NAf5 million to fight
crime in the Antilles, NAf 1,5 mil-
lion for Bonaire's. The money is
sitting in a Central Government
account in Curagao. But, despite
Governor Domacass' s numerous
requests, it hasn't been released.


A COMMON LINK?


T wo situations came to light last week
that appear to have a common link,
unlikely as they may seem. They concern
bold burglaries and the exodus of sailing
yachts from Kralendijk Bay.
A blast of protest from visitors about an
escalation of petty crime, mostly via Bon-
aire Talk web chat, and from locals through
the Papiamentu language newspapers,
seemed to take elected officials and the po-
lice by surprise. Demands for more police
presence, better quality police protection
and jailing of convicted criminals produced
some arrests and a high level meeting be-
tween local businessmen, the Commis-
sioner of Tourism, Burney el Hage and the
Island Governor, Hubert Domacass6. (see
related story on page 4) While police pro-
tection is a responsibility of the Curagao-
based Central Government, the governor
has indirect charge of them on Bonaire.
The Governor wants funds to aid the police
and improve the jail's capacity. He asked


This might lead you to believe
that the yachts are leaving because
of crime. Nothing could be further
from the truth. At this time of
year, hurricane season, when the
harbor is usually full of yachts
avoiding the hurricanes in the upper Carib-
bean, yachtsmen are leaving because Im-
migration is following the letter of the
law of the Netherlands Antilles. They are
restricting the lengths of stay of both
"yachties" and some of those who arrive by
plane to three months, with the proviso
they cannot return for another three
months. Waterfront business marinas,
boatyards and suppliers are being finan-
cially battered because their clients are be-
ing forced to sail away. And non-resident
homeowners face the prospect of being un-
able to return to their own homes for fre-
quent vacations.
But it doesn't seem this same law is being
enforced in Curagao. There, it's been re-
ported to us, yachts may stay for as long as
they wish and homeowners are not simi-
larly harassed.
Some, including ourselves, believe this is
another effort to punish Bonaire economi-
cally for challenging the "supremacy" of
Curagao. Bonaire has become the competi-
tor of Curagao (one example: BonairExel)


SWIM WARNING


Dear Editor:
Today I was in the Trans World Radio Station and met with Udo Lusse who has
worked at Trans World for almost as long as Captain Don has been here. Udo had just
finished reading an article in The Bonaire Reporter about the "Hush-Hush Seaside
Spots" which had labeled Playa Chikitu as a place of enjoyment for "children" (who)
"will have a delightful time catching the waves and bodysurfing towards the beach."
Udo told me several stories including one about himself, which was life threatening
and one he wanted me to share with you concerning Playa Chikitu.
As you know there is a sign posted in memory of a brave lad who lost his life doing
what is mentioned in the article and that was "bodysurfing" in the waves. Udo, who is
one of the better swimmers of the island, was visiting this very beach sometime ago
and standing in waist deep water. Before he could do anything about it, he was swept
under by the wave action and pulled out to sea. He said it was as close as he has ever
been to drowning and thought in the short time he was in the water, he would not be
able to make it back to the beach. He has personally witnessed other people who have
had the same problem at this treacherous beach and wanted me to ask you to print
something in next week's Reporter about how dangerous this beach can be, especially
when certain conditions are present. Udo says it would be a tragedy not to tell the
"families of Bonaire" and also visitors, who may not have the time or foresight to read
the warnings posted in the Park guard house, about the dangers that are so prevalent at
this beach.
The Hush-Hush Seaside Spots is quite an enjoyable article and one I always read in
The Reporter, but Playa Chikitu is one place that is not for families with small children
and a beach that should only be enjoyed by looking at it and not risking one's life to
enjoy the bodysurfing there. It is Udo's desire, and mine also, that you post a warning
in the Reporter about the hazards that do prevail on this most treacherous beach.
Bob Lassiter


and is preparing for a Referendum to deter-
mine whether Bonaireans want to split from
a Central Government heavily weighted in
favor of Curagao.
(Holland, desiring to deal with a single en-
tity for all its colonial possessions in the
Caribbean, in the 1954 Constitution, man-
dated a strong central government in Cura-
9ao by deciding that Curagao should always


have an absolute majority in the Antillean
Parliament; 12 of the 22 seats).
If our interpretation of the actions of the
Central Government is incorrect, it's easy
to resolve: change or ease enforcement of a
law that isn't applicable, or apply the Immi-
gration laws equitably and free up the funds
to let Bonaire better fight crime and fix up
our jail. G.L.D.


page 5


LETTERSS-1







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C(ironicle



T he Referendum Committee's Presi-
dent, Arthur Sealy, last Sunday is-
sued a comprehensive press release in
Papiamentu outlining the background,
provisions and issues surrounding the
choices in the upcoming Referendum.
Commissioner Reginald "Jonchi" Dorta-
lina (UPB,) who is handling Referendum
issues for the Government, has also
started a program in cooperation with the
Government's Information Department
to press for Option B- Direct ties with
Holland. (See below).
And Opposition Leader, Jopie Abraham
(PDB), provided The Reporter with
backup for his party's position, Option C-
Independent territory within the Dutch
Kingdom (See below).
Both of these leading Bonaire parties fa-
vor succession from the Netherlands An-
tilles.
To reiterate, there are four options to
choose from during the referendum:
A. Bonaire remains a part of the Nether-
lands Antilles;
B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The
Netherlands;
C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous
country within the Dutch Realm (perhaps
Aruba-like);
D. Bonaire becomes politically independ-
ent of the Realm (Independence).


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Should option B be selected by the popu-
lation, a second Referendum will be
scheduled to determine what type of tie
with the Netherlands is preferred by the
people.

Background:
Fifty years ago a Constitution was writ-
ten to deal with the remaining colonial
possessions of The Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands. The right to self-determination
of each territory was acknowledged and
reaffirmed by the Netherlands in 1983.
Two major events stand out in the proc-
ess of constitutional changes within the
Kingdom: the departure of Surinam in
1975 and the secession by Aruba from
the Netherlands Antilles in 1986.
Attempts at decentralization and restruc-
turing within the Netherlands Antilles
during the past decades were unsuccess-
ful.
The referenda on all Antillean islands in
1993 and 1994 were impetus for renewed
attempts to restructure the Netherlands
Antilles. The islands voted to give Cen-
tral Government another chance.
But the Government, centrally adminis-
tered, failed to function well for the wel-
fare of all the islands and resulted in de-
terioration of the political relationship
between the islands and an economic cri-
sis for everyone. The current Bonaire
Referendum can be considered a con-


tinuation of the '93 Referendum an at-
tempt to get equitable representation for
Bonaire's people within the Dutch king-
dom.
The next wave of opposition to the pre-
sent centralization came on June 23,
2000, when the people of St. Martin
voted 69.9% in favor of becoming a
separate country within the Kingdom of
the Netherlands. However, that change in
the island's status was stonewalled by
both Holland and Curaqao. Since then,
the political climate in Holland has
shifted since the fiasco of the Godett
government and has galvanized the other
Antillean islands to consider a change
themselves. Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-
tius (Statia) all have Referenda scheduled
to poll their residents on what form a new
government should take.
Other Caribbean islands are also restless
about intermediaries between them and
the mother country. On December 7,
2003, Guadeloupe and Martinique re-
jected a move to reorganize their govern-
ments and break from France. Voters on
St. Barts and French St. Martin elected to
create their own legislatures and move
away from Guadeloupe, which adminis-
ters the four islands as an overseas terri-
tory of France. Chronicler

The aim of the (otronide team of editorial and
staff writers is to inform, not to influence pub-
lic opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical
comments, useful additions and questions by
the readers are welcomed and published when-
ever possible.
Active co-operation and exchange of informa-
tion is sought with the local/regional media
(press, radio, TV), and the official Referendum
Commission. Any item in the Referendum
Chronicle may be freely quoted and/or
downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the writers.


POLITICALPARTYPOSITIONS

B onaire's major political parties, as is
their right and responsibility, have
come out with positions that favor decen-
tralization, but, at the same time, main-
taining a link with Holland. Where they
differ seems to be on the degree of auton-
omy preferred. However, realistically,
the final arrangement may be more of a
matter of negotiation with The Hague
than the will of the people. A summary
of the PDB and UPB positions follow:

The Democratic Party (PDB) Position
(provided by Senator Jopie Abraham)

The PDB favors op-
tion C (autonomous
island within the
Kingdom).
This autonomous
status will be accom-
panied by strong
(solid and durable)
arrangements of co-raham
Jopie Abraham
operation with the
other islands, Aruba and Holland (a di-
rect link indeed).
The autonomous status does Not neces-
sarily have to be the same as Status
Apart (Aruba like). Not even the same
as the, yet to be defined, St. Martin
status.
The PDB basically is of opinion that
Bonaire should handle all affairs it could
and would like to handle. Together with
the other islands (Aruba included) Bon-
aire should handle those affairs it consid-
ers of common interest and Holland
(Continued on page 7)


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(Referendum. Continued from page 6)
should handle the fundamental and
crucial affairs. (PDB is for the so-
called "bottom up" approach Maxi-
mum affairs for Bonaire's own respon-
sibility; minimum affairs together with
the other islands (including Aruba), and
the crucial and fundamental affairs Hol-
land should take care of.)
"Autonomy" is an internationally de-
fined, accepted and well-understood
constitutional concept. It includes
"direct links" but also describes the
way Bonaire should be governed.

The Patriotiko Party (UPB) Position
UPB's preference is the option to re-
place the current
political situation
with a system of
direct relationship
with the Nether-
lands. This means
a relative inde-
pendence and a
special basis for JonchieDortaina
collaboration with
the sister islands.
In the UPB's vision, the relationship
with the Netherlands is central and
Bonaire will try additionally to do as
much as possible independently,
with a minimum cooperation with the
other Antillean islands. They believe
the way to do this is to become an
"Ultra Peripheral Territory" a non-
European extension of the European
Union with Holland as a "sponsor."
Becoming a UPT provides privileges
and responsibilities similar to those of
a European country. Chronicler


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
reduction for locally brewed beer. It was
supposedly to be implemented by August
1st.
A Bonaire Marine Park has a new
manager. He's 42-year-old Ramon
DeLeon from Uruguay who's been work-
ing in the dive industry on the island for
the last six years. DeLeon is an oceanog-
rapher and is a master in deep dives, ni-
trox and mixed gas. He's worked as an
assistant manager and manager at Toucan
Dive and most recently at Photo Tours as
an instructor. As Stinapa Director Els-
marie Beukenboom said, "He knows the
(dive) industry here on Bonaire."
A The first hurricane of the season,
"Alex," formed in the Atlantic off the
southern US coast. As we go to press
another storm is brewing east of the
Windward Islands. Forecasters say it has
the potential to become another hurri-
cane.
It's been much quieter this year, but the
absence of tropical storms doesn't guar-
antee calm sailing the rest of the way.
There's little relationship between the
start or frequency of early season Carib-


bean or upper Atlantic tropical storms
and the intensity of the Cape Verde hurri-
cane season, said hurricane specialist
James Franklin of the US National Hurri-
cane Center. "In fact, a lot of the really
active seasons are quiet early." Cape
Verde Tropical Waves tend to be the
source of many of the storms that have
affected the Caribbean
The Cape Verde period begins heating up
in late July and normally runs from Au-
gust through September. An unusually
hot spring worldwide had some con-
cerned about warming tropical waters
stirring an early Cape Verde season, but
that hasn't materialized. While Bonaire is
out of the hurricane belt it sometimes is
affected by the swells and calms that ac-
company passing storms.
A Congratulations to Special Security
Services and its owner and founder,
Benito Dirksz. This month the company
will have been in business for 21 years.
After a young Benito Dirksz got out of
the army he started working for a security
company in Curaqao. They transferred
him to Bonaire to represent the company
here. After awhile they wanted him to


AMBOINA DOLPHINS
oach Ricardo Alberto (r.) and his football (soccer) team of 26 kids, the Ambo-
ina Dolphins, left for Curamao last Friday to compete with Curacao teams on
Saturday and Sunday. It was their first overseas trip. "Super Babies" (8-10 years)
won all their games. "Babies," (6 to 8) didn't' win but did very well. L.D.

return to Curaqao, but it was too late;
he'd fallen in love with the island and
wanted to stay. The company wasn't too
happy with his decision, but eventually
Benito was free to start his own business,
Special Security Services (SSS), on Bon-
aire in August 1983. SSS is the leading
security company on the island. As well,
they contribute generously with time and
funds to charitable organizations.
*There will be a Special Olympics
Bonaire Fund Raiser A Latin Jazz
Concert on Sunday, August 29. It's
aboard the visiting cruise ship, Freewinds,
7:15 to 9 pm. Ticket donation is NAf 17,50,
available from board members (Croccantino
Restaurant, Delno at TCB, etc.). L./G. D.


A Who says that Bonaire doesn't
have everything? Last week The Gar-
den Caf6 featured three shows a night
of an extraordinary belly dancer.
Garden Caf6 occasional adds to its
menu of Middle Eastern treats with
entertainment to match. Check it out.


page 8










DIVERS' DREAMBOATLOCALFIN TOURNAMENT KICKOFF
B onaire had an extraordi-
Snary visitor gracing her
waters. The mega yacht, Tri-
umphant Lady arrived in Bon-
aire recently for what would
be a three-month dive holiday
for its owners. Triumphant
Lady has been to many exotic
parts of the world and is very - m~
welcome in her temporary "
home at the Harbour Village
Marina. Local Fishing Tournament organizers: Dui Diaz, PapiAntoin, Richard Beady,
She was designed by JonPancho C .
Bannenberg and was the first
fiberglass yacht of her size.
Triumphant Lady was built
by Sterling Yachts in Ja- The 148'Triumphant Lady shows her brilliance omie say it's the top cultural" filll
pan and is actually a twin. A against the background of Kralendijk Bay. event of the yar. The Bonair Local Fish-


Japanese man once owned
both, one for his family and one for his lady
companions. Now the boat serves as a part
time home to the current owners and their
visiting guests and families. She spends
time each year in the Caymans where she is
registered. The yacht has passed through
the Panama Canal to explore the Pacific
and Central America. She sailed to exotic
locales before enjoying a sojourn in Bon-
aire
The present owners like their floating
home away from their residence in the US.
They carefully chose this yacht after being
boat owners for the past 30 years. The
yacht is quite spacious in the living areas.
The vertical oval windows bring in light
and create an open atmosphere. The thick
cream-colored shag carpeting is soft and
inviting on bare feet. The owners are art
lovers and have decorated Triumphant Lady
with some original pieces. Some of the
most interesting are the framed photos
taken by the owner. She has captured mag-
nificent images of some of the amazing
destinations visited by this yacht. Trium-
phant Lady is decorated in a luxurious yet
comfortable style. The master suite is a
large stateroom with exquisite fabrics and
furnishings. A Cuban painting adorns the
wall in this expansive area. The master bath
has a large circular Jacuzzi as well as a spa-
cious shower. There is marble throughout
the yacht.
A large spiral staircase connects the many
levels. There is also an elevator. Below
deck the guest cabins are magnificent. Each


has its own entertainment and sitting areas.
Guests can select from an assortment of
hundreds of DVDs and CDs for their listen-
ing and viewing enjoyment. Refreshment
and mints are available, again with comfort
in mind.
Her primary voyages are to many of the
greatest dive destinations in the world. Ac-
cording to the current owners this will not
be her last trip to Bonaire because Bonaire
is one of their favorite destinations for div-
ing. Having traveled to the finest dive sites,
they say Bonaire has the healthiest reefs
around. They have thoroughly enjoyed their
dives including many at Klein Bonaire.
They saw a six-foot Loggerhead at Forest
Dive Site and have seen the evasive Spotted
Drum Fish on numerous occasions. What
is also pleasing to them is the scenic prome-
nade ofPlaya Leche. Their living and deck
areas had sweeping views of this pictur-
esque shoreline.
Triumphant Lady has a crew of nine, all
divers of some level of experience. Most
are professional divers and underwater pho-
tographers. The owners and crew socialize
together and enjoyed the fantastic activities
available in Bonaire. The three-month visit
to Bonaire was more than a vacation for
their owners. Bonaire was their home base,
which allowed them full access to the myr-
iad of sea and land adventures available on
this island. Bonaire welcomed Triumphant
Lady to her waters and hopes her inaugural
visit was one of many to come. Ann
Phelan


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
8-06 2:59 1.1FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 11:40 1.1FT. 19:19 1.6FT. 64
8-07 4:15 1.0FT. 19:52 1.7FT. 51
8-08 5:06 0.9FT. 20:21 1.8FT. 41
8-09 5:55 0.9FT. 20:52 1.9FT. 35
8-10 6:31 0.8FT. 21:27 2.0FT. 35
8-11 7:10 0.8FT. 21:58 2.0FT. 41
8-12 7:49 0.8FT. 22:27 2.0FT. 48
8-13 8:21 0.8FT. 22:57 2.0FT. 57


Angie
Alegria, USA
Alaluya
Aratae
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Chacuco
Delphinius
Don Hector
El Sabor
FlyingCloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Hydra
Luna C, USA
Macaby, Netherlands
Makai
Marathon


Marina-Em
Methuselah, USA
Natural Selection, USA
Nonsuch, USVI
Pamela Jean
Panda
Pau Hana
Polecat
Pomona
Precocious Gale, USA
Rumba
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Scintilla, Germany
Side by Side
Sirius
Sojourner
Sovereign III
Sylvia K


Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windborne
Windmiller, Canada
Wonbat of Sydney
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta


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CKEwS'


Wanit to owv a vnie bird avnd vot worr about

destroyivlg av envtite s-pecies?

Covtsidter c cockatLel.

F rom June 7th to August 3rd,
Bonaire was home to an un-
usual pet-a white-faced pearled
cockatiel named "Dickens." Dickens
is owned by (or owns, depending on
point of view) Mel McCombie and
Harris Friedberg, who are frequent
visitors to the island. When planning
their summer trip, McCombie real-
ized how much she and Harris would
miss Dickens and arranged to bring
him to the island for their stay.
Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus)
are native to the Australian outback,
where they form large flocks and eat
pretty much anything; unlike their
larger cousins, cockatoos. Cockatiels
average 100 grams (around 4
ounces) and 20 centimeters (8
inches), not including their long
tails. Dickens enjoys a potato stick
North American breeders learned
that cockatiels produced large clutches of chicks, and the babies made great pets if
they were raised by hand and fed by humans. The native cockatiel is gray with a
yellow head and orange cheek patches, with a gray and yellow mobile crest. But
years of breeding have produced a variety of color mutations, ranging from albino
to pied to the white-faced. Dickens is one of the latter, with a snowy face and crest,
and white "pearls" scattered across his gray feathers (though his white face often
bears pink lipstick traces from kisses!).
Bringing a pet to another country requires considerable paperwork-a pet ticket for
the airplane, international health certificates dated no more than one week from
departure, and in Dickens's case, a US Department of Agriculture importation per-
mit for "poultry" to allow him to return to the US (in addition to a health certificate
from a local vet). Luckily, cockatiels are not endangered or covered by the CITES
regulations, or there would be even more paperwork. Only the dedicated human
companion need apply.
Dickens is more than just a beautiful bird. He talks-his vocabulary includes
"hello," "good morning," "good boy!," "Chicken Dickens" (his nickname), a vari-
ety of household sounds (microwave oven, house alarm, telephone), and he whis-
tles "charge!" and wolf whistles. With luck, he learned "bon dia" before he left
Bonaire. Every day, Mel and Harris snuggle with Dickens, and feed him favorite
treats (spinach, potato sticks and popcorn). Once a week, he takes a shower. He
adores the attention he got from housekeeper Michi Peter, who claims Dickens has
learned Spanish from watching Venezuelan television!
It's important to make a distinction between Dickens and other parrots. His species
is abundant in the wild; it breeds well in captivity, and he was bred as a pet-
unlike the wild Loras of Bonaire, who are endangered, whose numbers are declin-
ing, who breed poorly in captivity, and who come closer and closer to extinction
with every bird taken from the wild. If you are considering a pet parrot on Bonaire,
you can find cockatiels available on Curacao-excellent companions, and there's
no harm to our precious loras. MelMcCombie


THE BONAIR

THE RICH FLOWERING IXORA

A s I wrote in my last column ,the rich
flowering Ixora comes in many forms
and colors. The best one to use is the Ixora
Nora Grant, a rich dark rose flowering
shrub that will grow up to 1.5 m. (5 feet).
They are best planted in groups to fill big
empty borders, spacing them about 80 centi-
meters apart. They are the best because they
do not have the problem of yellowing. The
yellowing is caused by our water, which has
a very high PH, around 7.5. A lack of Iron
and Nitrogen in the Ixora and other plants
will cause the yellowing.
Avoid Yellowing
The best way to avoid this is to use a lot or-
ganic material when you plant Ixoras, and
after a few months, start adding some vita-
mins like Urea, with 45% pure Nitrogen. Be
very careful when using it; always dissolve
it in water and don't pour it over the leaves
because they can get burned. Other alterna-
tives are the multi-nutrition vitamins like
Miracle Grow or Peeters. With those vita-
mins you can feed the roots and the leaves.
We recently started doing some tests by fill-
ing a one-gallon sprayer and mixing in some
Miracle Grow or Peeters and just spraying
the leaves. The results on the Ixora are spec-
tacular. The only thing you need to do is use
it every other week to get the best results.
The most problems you will get will be with
the lighter colored flowers, white and yel-
low. Those types are really beautiful but a
bit difficult to keep nice and green. This is
not necessary for the Ixora Nora Grant varie-
ties, however, the Dwarf Ixora especially


Pruning
For pruning the Ixora, there are no special
requirements. Like most shrubs in the trop-
ics, they bloom at the end of their growth.
So with the pruning you have to be careful
not to cut them too often because when you
do, they will never bloom. It's better to cut
just the long runners back, wait until they
bloom, and after they lose their blooms and
start to look ugly, cut them back and give the
new growth a chance to bloom again. This
goes for all the Ixoras, except for the Dwarf
Ixora. The Dwarfs are often used as small
hedges up to one meter (3 feet). They will
never have long runners, and you can prune
them just a bit to keep them in the shape you
like.
Also the Ixora coccinea Maui, a rich
blooming orange variety, is suitable for
hedges. There are some nice ones around the
MCB Bank in Hato. Those you can trim into
a nice shape without losing all the blooms.
So, with some attention, the Ixora is one of
the nicest group of tropical plants to use in
your gardens. I hope this was enough infor-
mation for a good start! O Ap van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and main-
tains residential and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kral-
endijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410


page iu


Ixora Nora Grant
likes this treatment.







MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
















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E ach year since 2001 Bonaire holds a anniversary of the Kibra Hacha Dancers
Multicultural Festival to allow some and to celebrate Bonaire's multi cultural
of Bonaire's ethnic groups to display the population. (44 different nationalities live
dance and culinary traditions of their on the island).
countries. The idea of the festival was This year's festival saw seven countries
conceived by Papi Cicilia, Adjunct Direc- represented at the festivities in Bonaire's
tor of SKAL (Department of Culture and Stadium last Saturday evening. We only
Education), to commemorate the 25th have room to show you three. G.D.
I/Vene ula


page 11
















Just one look at
"Renaldo" is all it
takes to fall in love with
him. He's a sweet roly-
poly puppy with the
most soulful blue eyes
that express his yearning
to be someone's very
special loving pet pal.
He's black, brown and
white a very attractive color combina-
tion and his coat is short and soft. And
no shedding! He has a cute sprinkling of
freckles on his nose. Renaldo was
brought into the Shelter with his mother
and sister by people who said they had
too many dogs. Renaldo's sister has
been adopted and now he too is ready to
go off on his own. He's been thoroughly
examined by the vet, has had his shots
and will be sterilized when he's old
enough. Stop by the Bonaire Animal
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Sat-


urdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
The big free Sterilization Program from
October 18 to 30 is shaping up well.
Two of the vets cancelled, but hopefully
there are two other possible replace-
ments. The vets will all be working to-
tally on a volunteer basis, but they're
getting free accommodations. Still
needed are hotel rooms for three vets
and their wives (three couples). If you
can help in any way, please call Shelter
Manager Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989.
L.D.


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Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
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consumer and business in-
formation source on Bon-
aire. Telephone (599) 717-
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PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy, Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND
GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956


'88 Nissan pickup double cab.
NAJ2,000 717-0116.

^^^KAT 3^^


Wanted: Restaurant helper wait
tables, help in kitchen. Day shift, part
time. Must speak English well. Will
train. Call 717-8003.


For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15 to
Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone (Bon)
(599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-586
0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com

Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom
apartment for rent in Belnem. Call
717-8603.



Dive enthusiasts want to exchange time
in their Bradenton, Florida ( near
Tampa Airport, Sarasota, Amusement
Parks, Busch Gardens, Disney, beaches,
etc.) two-bedroom, two bath condo for
equivalent in Bonaire, Aruba or Cura-
gao. Call (001) 941 752-0055 or e-mail
nurseshark74@aol.com


Achilles inflatable 16 feet with
trailer. Both in very good condition.
NAf6,000. Tel 717-8819 8am-5pm


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FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!













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L ooking for a very pri-
vate romantic retreat
that's off the beaten path of
slick, all-inclusive resorts
that appeal to the penny
pincher? Round Hill Hotel
and Villas, Montego Bay,
Jamaica, is a one of a kind
resort that was born more
than 50 years ago on the
grounds of what was once a
pineapple and coconut plan-
tation nestled in a hillside
overlooking an azure bay.
The 100-acre peninsula,
with its lush tropical gar-
dens, offers magnificent views of the sea
from all rooms and villas. Round Hill is
luxurious, private, glamorous and excep-
tionally scenic.

It was the first of its kind more than 50
years ago in the Caribbean a resort that
catered to the rich and the famous. Stars
like Gable, Astaire, Hitchcock, Hope,
Crosby, Woodward and Newman were
guests. JFK and Jackie spent their honey-
moon there.
As the 50th anniversary of the hotel loomed
in 2003, Round Hill Managing Director
Josef Forstmayr, an Austrian who lost his
heart to Jamaica and the hotel nearly a dec-
ade ago, thought it would be fitting to put
together a book with photographs and text
on the history of the resort. David Massey,
a frequent visitor and fan, made some stun-


ning photographs, not enhanced or stylized,
but simply showing those scenes, people
and things that make Round Hill. Original
founder John Pringle wrote the historical
text and included some of the hotel's phi-
losophies: "Greatness must define itself
through people and personalities," he says.
"But, he adds, it "can't run on the vapors of
(past) reputation."
The ambiance continues to attract stars of
today. Round Hill was the site of the film,
"How Stella Got Her Groove Back," and
leading actor, Taye Diggs, enjoyed it so
much that he returned to have his wedding
to Idina Menzel there. Just last month Dule
Hill of the TV show, "West Wing" (whose
parents are Jamaican) and actress Nicole
Lyn celebrated their marriage there as well.
But also, the not so rich and not so famous
people come to stay, fall in love with the


old world charm, the Jamaican hospitality.
They're made to feel princely, special and
very much at home, like the caring attention
by the staff without being intrusive, the
complementary afternoon tea with pastries,
the cheerful and efficient staff that can an-
swer any question or direct you to where
you'd like to go. Guests still return year
after year. The resort boasts 27 private vil-
las, most with their own swimming pool,
and 36 superior and deluxe oceanfront
rooms, all decorated in a tropical plantation
style. The villas come with their own break-
fast cook, housekeeper and gardener.
The restaurants offer an international cui-
sine, accented with a flavorful taste of Ja-
maica's succulent fruits, vegetables and
spices. (How do
they find those
perfectly ripe fruits
that they serve?)
The lower beach-
front terrace with
its piano bar and
photo gallery
showing some of
the guests for the
last 50 years has
been stylishly up-
dated by designer
Ralph Lauren who
has both a villa
and a beach house
at Round Hill.
A recent addition, A typical villa at R
just a short walk


down a coastal path, is the Spa. It was re-
claimed from an 18th century plantation
house and offers not only body therapies
but a yoga retreat and summer specials like
a "Mind, Body and Soul Renewal."
World Travel Awards listed Round Hill as
one of the world's leading villas in 2000,
2002 and 2003. L.D.








Te. 87) 56755


page 13










TURTLE
TRAKIN


oggerhead "Extra" is
off the Honduras coast
and traveled about 50 km
yesterday. She is crisscross- K iSWf Ext'
ing over the edge of a very Ra.,
large shallow water area that ....
extends all the way to Nicara-
gua (and includes the Miskito
Cays), which is known to have a very good turtle habitat. "Extra" maybe zeroing in on
her "home" feeding grounds now. We will see in the next few days where she settles.
In the meantime, male hawksbill "Tom" remains near Klein Bonaire.
Robert van Dam, Bonaire's head turtle researcher, is off to Mona Island, Puerto Rico
for supplementary research. He'll be back in Bonaire in October for the continuation
of the tracking program and placement of additional satellite transmitters. In the
meantime Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire volunteer Andy Uhr will continue report-
ing the progress of "Bonaire's" turtles. Andy Uhr
Andy gives a Turtle Slide Show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Carib Inn, 7 pm.











2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to:
Reporter@bonairenews.com

The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Reporters: Zamir Ayubi, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Koois-
tra, Mel McCombie, Ann Phelan, Robbie Revel, Angelique Sals-
bach, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik

Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
Acevedo.

Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij


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WHATS HAPPENING


VERLY W VIEIHOITIES

New! Usually 9:00pm
Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy,
Cameron Diaz)

Early Show (6:45 pm)
Harry Potter III


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Harry Potter III


THIS WEEK
Saturday, August 7 Stress Management
Training sponsored by the Junior Cham-
ber International (formerly Jaycees). Practi-
cal ways to handle stress situations.
Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator.
Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2
pm. NAf50, includes drinks & snacks.
Call 520-5679 to reserve. In Papiamentu.

COMING
Sunday, August 29-Special Olympics
Bonaire Fundraiser -Let's Go Latin/Jazz
Concert aboard the visiting cruise ship,
Freewinds, 7:15 to 9 pm, NAf17.50 per
person
Sunday, September 5th the Bonaire Local
Fishing Tournament is back this year. (See
page 9 for signup details.)

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey Beach


from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour at
the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, in-
cense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yars, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
8290

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp,
717-7659

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooy-
man's. All levels invited NAf5 eny fee. Call
Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.


PICTURE YOURSELF
WITH THE REPORTER

F requent'N
Bon-
aire visitor
and prop-
erty owner,
David Col-
vard, got
some peo-
ple together
to take a
photo with
The Re-
porter after
the three
hour-
graduation
of Daniel
Colvard
from Dart-
mouth Col-
legeinHano- Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
ver, NH.
Pictured are David (still thinking about the Dive Festival), son Daniel and Dr. Steven
Swayne, a member of the music department. Congratulations Daniel!


WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand.
THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire
Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
ture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.)


Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse" whilelearning about
Bonaire's history and culture and visit typical
homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-
4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 717-
6435. To reserve.
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf10-Call Maria 717-


6435

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DI NING G UIDE See adve events in is issue

RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magificent Theme Nights Sunday Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Rstaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Nigt; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day

Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop o he ier What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy
5 minutes north of"Hotel Row" 717-7901 closed Sunday hours 5 to 7. Inexpensive Bar Hap Dinners. Reservations not required.
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
Calabas saurat& Chibi Chibibreakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chi' restau-
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner rant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international
717-8285 Open 7 days r &cuisine. nj insg vistas and

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic in-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner gredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served in a
717-5025 Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always
Home Delivery or Take Out 7:30pm Closed Sunday from scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Watch the busdln by a Euro n educated Mastee r Chef an-e i swi tr
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.

Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a dif-
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday ferent combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am- pm Monday-Saturday Lunch from NAf7-

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot from 5-11 p Wededaingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 pen from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Caf Open 7 aow- 7 pm Closed Sday Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical uices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Ope FO VACATION special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.


S u P P I h GW a U I u o Seeoadvetisementsinthis issue
II


AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curaqao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
ter.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember
Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours
and many other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Caf6.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.


Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
staff.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
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
chemicals.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's low-
est prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family
and friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.


REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
SAILING
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in
the Lourdes Shopping Mall
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup too.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.


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I


A /4 y husband and I started sail-
V ing from South Africa in
1985. He'd owned a pharmacy, but
he'd always said that he wanted to start
sailing before he was 40. On his 40th
birthday we reached the island of St.
Helena in the middle of the Atlantic
Ocean. From there we sailed to Argen-
tina and then we did the whole of the
South American coast. We stayed three
years in St. Martin and one year in
Aruba.
Stefan and I met at university, playing
underwater hockey. I am a biologist. I
worked on research farms, developing
new plant hybrids. When Stefan asked
me to mary him, he said, 'You're go-
ing to mary me and my boat.' I was 21
and he was 28 when we married, and I
had never sailed before I met him. But I
had been fishing with my father, my
twin brother and my other brother and I
had never been seasick, unlike my


brothers! Stefan also got
seasick; the first two days
out he was always seasick
as hell!
When we took off I was
34. The boat was a 44
footer called Renee, after
me." She laughs: "She
was the mistress and I was
the wife and I didn't have
a choice. If I wanted to
stay with Stefan I had to
go with him. We wanted
to sail the whole world
and when we left he told
his mother it was going to
be for five years. She be-
lieved him, but my mom
didn't!
When we discovered Bon-


lute ruin and the garden was a jungle.
We fixed it up, and before Stefan died it
was livable. Stefan lasted 14 months.
He died on the day of Karneval, and he
was buried on the day of the total sun
eclipse when the sun went away com-
pletely. Remember that day? It was
very strange. He had wanted to be bur-
ied at sea, but we couldn't do it. It's
illegal."
High above in the tree the parakeets
continue their conversation quietly,
chatting away the silence. "I've got at
least 50 prikichis in these trees, but the
ones we hear now is a family and their
little one. I've got lots of birds, I've got
a big kalbas tree and they love that. I
also have four cats. They're not allowed
to catch the birds and they know that!
Cockroaches... Yes!"
Renee Leach is lovely woman with a
nice, open face. She has a certain way
that makes her look much younger than


"'The boat was a 44
footer called Renee,
after me.' She
laughs: 'She was the
mistress and I was
the wife and I didn't
have a choice. If I
wanted to stay with
Stefan I had to go
with him.'"


aire it was the end of our trip. It was
paradise. We stayed. We were in Aruba
and I flew over to see if we should buy
a boat, the Woodwind. It was 8 o'clock
in the morning when I arrived on Bon-
aire. I flew back at noon and I'd de-
cided that this was the place for us. I
hadn't even set foot on the Woodwind!
This island was clean, the people were
friendly and the water was the best!
Stefan knew that if I liked it, he would
like it, so that wasn't a problem. He still
had a contract in Aruba, so I was here
for about four months on my own.
For five years we lived on the Renee.
We'd bought the Woodwind for charter-
ing. Then Stefan got cancer and they
gave him a year. For practical reasons,
like how to get a doctor to the boat in
the middle of the night, we moved to
the house that belonged to the Divi Fla-
mingo Hotel and that's next to the ho-
tel. They offered it to us if we would
renovate it. It was old. Nobody had
lived in it for 20 years. It was an abso-


she is; it's the way she
moves, the way she ex-
presses herself she's
just real nice company.

"After Stefan died, I
got a captain and went
on chartering with the
Woodwind. My first
captain was Anna, an
American; then I had a
German captain called
Barney. They were ex-
cellent captains and we
had a very good work-
ing relationship. We
did about nine charters
a week. It was us, the
Seawitch, the Oscarina
and the Samur; that


was it. We all did different things and
we didn't interfere with each other. The
four of us even founded a sailing char-
ter association. It didn't last long, but
the idea was nice. There was enough
work for all of us. Actually, I was
among the first people who started
guided snorkeling, and I was also the
first one on the island who started night
snorkeling. Besides that I was the host-
ess and I did the catering. I worked 14
hours a day. It was a lot of work, but I
liked it definitely! Every year my
guests would come back. It was like a
big family and... it still is, because
they're still coming back to me.
In May last year I had a major opera-
tion in South Africa. For 30 years I'd
been suffering from scoliosis and
Schauerman's disease, which means
that the three bottom vertebrae had dis-
integrated. It spoiled a great deal of my
life because I was always in pain. Fi-
nally I found a surgeon and he did a
wonderful job. What Chris Barnard was


for the heart, he is for
back surgery, one of the
best in the world!
Wait... She rushes off
and returns with an X-
ray. "Look at this; I am
screwed together! No
more pain! And look at
the scar, nothing!
I sold the Woodwind
because the doctor told
me to, and I started
'Renee's Snorkel
Trips.' I can go any-
where, anytime and it's
something I've been
doing more than 18
years. It's always dif-
ferent. The youngest
person I've guided was
three years old and the
oldest 93. Not only do
the people make it dif-
ferent, but the sea is
never the same either.
There is always some-
thing nice to see. I
don't take more than
four people at a time, so they get indi-
vidual attention and I try not to go to
the usual sites. I have a lot of spots 'in
between' with easy entrance which is
also important.
Two months ago I was asked to be the
property manager of the Golden Reef
Inn in Hato. The apartments are really
beautiful and fully equipped, not big,
but just what you need, and $48 per
day. We've been working really hard
and our first official guest arrived last
Monday." She smiles. "My mother will
be 80 on the 6th of August and she still
runs her own bed and breakfast so it's
sort of 'in the family.'
For me the best thing about Bonaire is
the sea, the water. Every morning from
7 to 8 I snorkel with Janice Huckaby,
about two miles of swimming. Two
weeks ago we swam with the dolphins,
the big ones. There were about 50 of
them! It was incredible! It's only the
fourth time in 14 years that it happened
to me and it was absolutely gorgeous!
I grew up in the mountains, right in the
middle of South Africa: no water, no
sea, no nothing; an agricultural area. It
was a small town of 24,000 people
called Bethlehem. My father was the
mayor and my mother a kindergarten
teacher. Later I moved to the area
around Cape Town. The sea around
there is 16 degrees Celsius in high sum-
mer and there are lots of man-eating
sharks! The country is big, but it also
has a lot of political problems and a lot
of crime. We have 29 languages in
South Africa of which 1lare official, so
you grow up multi-lingual, and every-


Wei LUeaLI & -

body has to learn three languages.
There's also a lot of Portuguese influ-
ence because of the former Portuguese
colonies, Mozambique and Angola that
border us. I speak better Portuguese
than Spanish, especially since we spent
seven months in Brazil. So, I under-
stand Papiamentu perfectly, and I can
speak a little bit, but because I work
with tourists all the time, I don't prac-
tice my Papiamentu enough."
The phone rings, Renee jumps up andI
take a look inside the house: Various
shades of green, lots of books, comfort-
able couches, underwater pictures,
many plants and two prominent paint-
ings by Janice Huckaby: One is an un-
derwater scene ofRenee snorkeling
with the fishes and another one of the
Woodwind sailing into the sunset. "The
big one of me snorkeling with the
Queen Angel fish was the last present
my husband gave me," says Renee,
"and as you can see, green is my
color!" The cats are gathering around
her and she smiles: "'Suppertime.' I
have my life here," she says happily,
"and I will always stay here. I can't
take the cold anymore and I need the
water. I grew up
in the middle of
a country with
no sea around
me and now I
can't live with-
out it anymore."
Greta Koois-
tra


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE...


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California's Sierra School children celebrating Bonaire
~ --]a s~ 1 153


Bonaire Daydreaming

T his year I found a way to hold Bonaire
even closer in my mind and heart. I
am the director of the science department at
a large private school in Los Angeles Si-
erra Canyon School. Each year we have a
year-long, school-wide theme around which
many activities revolve. This year our
theme was the Olympics and each teacher
chose a country to represent. I chose the
Netherlands Antilles and the island of Bon-
aire.
Once or twice a month I met with my group
of students and shared my love of all things
Bonairean. Students spent the year learning
about the history, culture, government,
sports and natural history of Bonaire. We
designed T-shirts with the emblem of a
hawksbill turtle. Students learned about the
magnificent sea turtles of Bonaire and the
efforts being made by Sea Turtle Conserva-


tion Bonaire to protect them.
My husband and I are avid turtle lovers and
I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the
turtles and an educational video we shot
last summer when we accompanied Funchi
to Klein Bonaire to do a beach nest census.
On that trip, we discovered one little turtle
that was left behind in a nest that hatched
the night before. We were able to film the
baby turtle as it made its way into the wa-
ter. (We named it Sierra). That image so
excited my students that they made a dona-
tion to STCB. When the transmitters were
attached to the turtles last fall, students
could not wait to get to school each morn-
ing to log onto the site and see the location
of Schillie and Nautila. Not only was this a
meaningful lesson in conservation and ge-
ography for my students, they felt such a
personal involvement that a real passion
was ignited in them.
Students wore their new T-shirts to the
opening ceremonies and we marched in
under the flag of the Netherlands Antilles.


During the year students made Bon Bini Bonaire
craft projects, did independent The Netherlands Antilles is a group of Isles that bask in the
research on Bonaire, learned Caribbean sun.
about the coral reefs, salt moun- Aruba and Curacao are a part, but Bonaire is our favorite one.
tains, slave huts, island donkeys, Our culture is a mix of Dutch with Caribbean to add the spice.
diving and windsurfing. I showed People come from around the world; it's a diver's paradise.
them magazine pictures of the
Bonaire Kids taking the freestyle You can swim and fish and kayak too, Windsurf if you dare.
world by storm, and of course I Though it is a desert isle, there's nature everywhere.
showed them pictures of the is-
lands' o ic athletes d Scaly green Iguanas sleeping in the sun,
lands Olympic athletes and Nibble on tall cactus and go swimming just for fun.
world class sailors- Roger, Elvis
and Patoen. We even enjoyed Bright pink flamingos fish all the day,
some island cuisine. And wade in the shallows of the blue Lac Bay.
The culmination to our year-long
study was participation in oury Parakeets and yellow-shouldered parrots take flight
study was participation in our Then perch on top of cactus, what a strange and wondrous sight.
school fair. This fair was at-
tended by parents, students and Gentle donkeys with their foals roam free upon the land
the community and involves Where once they had to work and work out on the great salt pan.
about 5,000 people. Students
decorated our booth with beauti- The mountains of salt crystals still rise into the sky
ful pictures that tey painted with And so the mounds of conch shells pilled high out on Lac Cai.
ful pictures that they painted with
island scenes. They even handed Klein Bonaire, our little isle, not inhabited by man
out tourist information brochures. Is a heaven for sea turtles that lay their eggs deep in the sand.
Then in a 20-minute performance
they presented what they had Sea turtles are endangered; we thinkthat'sjust not fair.
learned. They recited an original We wantto SAVE THE TURTLES because we really care.
poem that I wrote "Bon Bini Circling round our island is our greatest treasure.
Bonaire" (see poem at right), The coral reefjust teems with life and you can see forever.
sang songs and performed a Car-
ibbean inspired dance. As we Come visit us and have some fun, the weather's always fair.
marched in the closing ceremo- We're sure you'll wantto come again, there's no place like Bonaire.
Robbie Revel
nies my students thought that we
had the most fun of any other "country" and
I had to agree. I felt like I was on vacation
all year. And I feel certain that some of my
students will be vacationing in Bonaire as a
result of their experiences. Robbie Revel


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*to find it, just look up


Don't Miss Next Week's
Annual Perseid Meteor
Shower!

D on't miss this year's annual
Perseid meteor shower be-
cause conditions will be ideal for
when it reaches its peak from 2 am
to dawn next Thursday morning Au-
gust 12th. Read on.
Around 2 am, Sky Park Time, face
northeast, where if you're far away
from bright lights you'll easily see
our old friends, the Pleiades, the
Seven Sisters. And just to their left
is the rather dim constellation
Perseus, named after the Greek hero
which is where the Perseid meteor
shower gets its name because all
the meteors appear to originate Two meteor tracks at once
from Perseus. The reason condi-
tions are ideal for this year's meteor shower is because there will be no bright
moonlight to wipe out the fainter meteors. And to see them you don't need any-
thing but your trusty old naked eye. All you have to do is take a lawn chair or a
blanket outside around 2 am, lie back with your toes pointed toward Perseus and
then watch. And if you're lucky you may see 40 to 60 meteors per hour, most
very faint but a few very bright.
Don't look directly at Perseus, because the meteors will appear all around the
sky. And as time goes by Perseus will slowly rise and you should see even more
meteors toward dawn. Plus, as an extra treat this year, about an hour or so before
sunrise, you will see an exquisite pairing of the brightest planet of them all, Ve-
nus, and a slender waning crescent Moon whose light won't be enough to really
interfere with the meteors.
Now although meteors look like shooting stars, nothing could be further from the
truth. In fact meteors are simply tiny specks of comet debris slamming into our
Earth's atmosphere. You see, every time a comet visits our Sun it sheds tons of
debris in its wake, like sand or flour being thrown off the back of a boat. And
eventually this debris gets spread out all along the comet's path, its orbit. And
whenever our Earth plows directly into any path of comet litter these tiny pieces
of debris slam into our Earth's atmosphere. And as they plunge through the at-
mosphere, traveling many miles per second, they cause the atmospheric gasses
surrounding them to heat up and glow, making streaks of light. We call these
streaks of light "meteors," or incorrectly, "falling stars."
The Perseids are the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, whose debris-filled orbital
path we plow through every August. And although the comet was discovered by
two Americans named Swift and Tuttle during the Civil War in 1862, it wasn't
until later that astronomers realized it was the source of the Perseid meteor
shower which has been seen every August and recorded in history for over 2,000 years.
So get out next Thursday morning, and each time you see a Perseid streak across
the sky remind yourself that what you're actually seeing is a tiny piece of comet
litter plunging to its fiery death. Jack Horkimer

Moon Info Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon onAugust

16 C First Quarter on August 23 Full Moon on August 30


7


For the week:
August 6 to August 13, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. You
can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objec-
tives. Evasion is likely if you aren't direct about your feelings. Try to calm down and
listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may be necessary. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations
you've been considering. Be sure to question any detail that you feel could leave you
in a precarious position at a later date. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset.
You will be in the mood for competition, and your ability to lead a group will bring
you popularity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Compromise will be necessary. Your social activity
should be conducive to finding love. Business trips will be more productive than try-
ing to fight the red tape facing you. You could lose a good friend because of it. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a
safe, long-term investment. Your ideas can be put into action. It would be in your best
interest to stay away from any intimate involvement with a client or co-worker. Take
care of any medical problems if they've been troubling you. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Let them know what your intentions are. This will not be the
day to lend money to friends or family. Make any necessary changes to your insur-
ance policy. Sudden changes will occur through communications with friends or in-
laws. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Deception will play an important factor in relationships.
Think of changes to your home that will please and add to everyone's comfort. You
may want to get involved in financial investments presented to you. Difficulties with
your mate may lead to isolation. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have difficulties spreading yourself between
your work and your home. Your lover may feel rejected. Trouble could be brewing at
home. Your emotional partner will push all the right buttons this week. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up
valuable information. Do not expect too much from others. The talk you have may be
eye-opening with regard to your present situation. Talk to someone with experience
about budgets or consolidating debts. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into self-improvement pro-
grams that promise to make you into a better you. Although it does look promising, be
careful not to overextend yourself or you will lose in the long run. Expect temper tan-
trums on the home front if you haven't been letting someone have their way. Your ver-
satile mind and common sense will allow you to come up with various solutions. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Sooner or later your partner will have had enough.
Plan a nice evening for two. You can make new connections through friends or rela-
tives. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial pros-
pect that is presented to you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Eliminate situations that are no longer to your advan-
tage. Co-workers may not be completely honest with you; try not to rely on help from
others. Your emotional partner may make you angry this week. Your stubbornness
coupled with your mate's jealousy doesn't make for a favorable time. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Job changes are in order. Go for interviews or send out
resumes. It will be all around you. You can receive recognition for the work you've
done. Avoid any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you
aren't careful. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.


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page 2 Z amir Ayubi reports from Holland that last Friday, 12 of Bonaire’s best and brightest youngsters (photo above) landed in Holland to begin their advanced studies. They flew via KLM’s flight 742. When they arrived the Scholarship FoundationStichting Studiecommissie Nederlandse Antillenpicked them up and booked them into the Schiphol Airport Hotel. They stayed overnight and the day after they went to their respective schools. Another group of 282 scholarship students from Curaçao left on Saturday for Holland via KLM . The Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) flight which was supposed to take them to Holland was cancelled. Dutch aviation authorities did not give permission for the DC-10 leased by DCA from JAT Airways in Montenegro to land at Schiphol Airport. This was announced by the chairman of the Curaçao Student Loan Institute, Commissioner Eduardo Cova. As of last weekend there were still hundreds of stranded DCA passengers in The Netherlands because DCA has not been able to charter acceptable aircraft to fly them back to Curaçao. The leased KLM MD-11 the students flew did not take back the stranded DCA passengers who were supposed to return aboard another cancelled DCA flight from Amsterdam to Curaçao. On March 23 the Venezuelan fishing boat, Don Manolo, rammed an Antillean/Aruban Coast Guard cutter which had ordered him to stop for inspection of his vessel for possible people smuggling. The 29-year-old Venezuelan captain R.A. H.G. was sentenced to eight months in jail in Aruba for ramming the cutter following a chase at sea. A Coast Guard officer injured his leg and was thrown overboard by the impact. The privatization committee of Windward Islands International Airways (Winair) that flies between the northern, windward Antilles islands of St. Martin, Saba and Statia and other local destinations met with the Exel Group and Minister of Transport Omayra Leeflang in Curaçao last Wednesday. Will we soon have a WinairExel? Curaçao FOL-leader Anthony Godett finally arrived in The Netherlands at the end of last week. He is there to meet with an attorney concerning the appeal he filed against his recent conviction. He also wants to raise funds from the Antillean community in The Netherlands to cover the costs of his case. Godett says he is almost broke, but he still wants to appeal his conviction. Two weeks ago he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and five suspended, on charges of bribery, forgery and money laundering. As Antillean Prime Ministerelect he was unable to take up his position last year because of the corruption charges. His sister served as Prime Minister instead. On arrival at Schiphol Godett declared that the fund raising was not the most important reason for his visit to The Netherlands. "But if people want to help me they’re welcome to do so,” he stated in the NOS Journaal . "I’m only a simple (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Envirowatch (Dumped Concrete) 4 Referendum Chronicle 6 Political party positions 6 Dietitian (Osteoporosis) 7 Amboina Dolphins 8 Divers’ Dreamboat 9 Local Fishing Tournament 9 Dickens’ Adventure 10 Gardner (Ixora) 10 4th Multicultural Festival 11 Round Hill Hotel and Villas 13 Tracking Turtles 14 Bonaire Daydreaming 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Police Update 4 Opinion (Crime & Immigration) 5 Letters (Swim Warning) 5 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Pet of the Week (Renaldo) 12 What’s Happening 15 Picture Yourself (Dartmouth, Hanover, NH) 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Renee Leach) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19 Antillenhuis/Nico van der Ven photo

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page 4 Y ou wouldn’t want to run into this with your car. It’s a huge lump of concrete at the side of the main road that passes SABADECO. It looks like dung from a dinosaur, but its really waste cement from a ready-mix truck. Not only is it a road hazard but it is an example of abuse of the environment by some irresponsible construction companies. If you dumped it, clean it up! G.D. I f you see or hear something suspicious, call the POLICE HOTLINE – DIAL 108 . You may remain completely anonymous. The Police can use your eyes and ears. If you were a victim of a crime wouldn’t you appreciate someone giving a tip to the police? Charles Souriel of the Police Department reports: € At the end of last week, four robbery suspects were arrested in connection with the Belnam robberies (R.E., 20, N.C., 27) and two others (G.A., 19, F. B., 22) for the Exito and Amboina Mini-market robberies. € Two St. James Medical School students ( E.A.O. 21, born in Sri Lanka, F. A., 20, born in US) were arrested for stealing the school library’s projector and broadband router. The address, Kaya Jean B.F. Vitte, 5A, where the two were living, was tracked down by a computer expert after the suspects had connected to the Internet. During the search, police found two laptops which couldn’t be accounted for. All items were confiscated and the suspects sent to jail pending further investigation. Special Security Services Reports: A robbery in Sabadeco was foiled when the security alarm went off and an SSS patrol arrived. The suspect was identified as a construction worker. Other SSS actions included apprehension of a thief stealing shrimp from the freezer of a client and catching a gasoline thief. Both were turned over to the police. As well, an SSS patrol foiled a break-in on Kaya Amsterdam. HIGH LEVEL ACTION AGAINST CRIME Lt. Governor Hubert Domacassé, Commissioner of Tourism Burney el Hage, and Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius met last week with members of BONHATA, the Bonaire Hospitality Group, AKIB (businessmen’s association) and FORMA (a foundation to offer dropouts education and job opportunities) to discuss how to deal with an apparent escalation in burglaries and break-ins. One focus was on the police department which is under the Central Government’s Minister of Justice in Curaçao. Legally, Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, the Minister’s representative on the island, may be involved in police policy but does not control the distribution of resources. He can’t automatically get approval from the Minister. He must convince him. “We’re trying to move ‘the inner system,’” the Lt. Governor explained. For example, last February funds were approved by Holland to fight crime in Bonaire, but the Dutch insisted they be distributed through Curaçao. Last Friday the Minister of Justice got NAƒ5 million from Holland, of which Bonaire is entitled to NAƒ1.5 million. So far Bonaire hasn’t seen the money. Dutch Minister Thom deGraff wrote a letter to the Lt. Governor, saying he wants Dutch police to help Bonaire’s “Flamingo Team” (police who are working at the airport in drug interception) so they can return to regular police duties. Domacassé wrote a follow-up letter to the Minister of Justice, but Curaçao may not agree that’s the way to do it. “In mid August there’s another meeting to get Dutch police where and how we need them,” Domacassé said. There are 10 experienced Antillean police now in Holland ready to come to Bonaire. Nothing will happen until the Minister of Justice gives his signature. This week, two groups, the VKB (local militia volunteers) and the SSV (noncriminal police), will begin to assist the police, the 20 VKB concentrating on the high crime areas, the SSV helping with traffic and other non-criminal affairs. These groups will be very visible. It’s possible that Bonaire will get two coast watching radars from Holland at the end of 2005, which will assist in detecting drug drops. In the meantime, in August or September, the island will start using a mobile radar. Lt. Governor Domacassé asked that each group present at the meeting appoint a representative to meet this week, bring ideas together and show action now. As well, to improve communication, each group’s representative will have a contact person in the police department with whom he can speak directly. The Governor put forth a new slogan: “ Futuro ku Trankilidat ” (A Future with Tranquility, not ‘security,’ “because that’s unrealistic,” he said). L.D. POLICE UPDATE (Continued from page 2) person and am poor. I already spent NAƒ150.000 on my case." The Caribbean will earn US$40.3 billion from tourism this year, 10% more than it did in 2003, according to a study conducted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The study, which was conducted on behalf of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) over a year ago, was released last week. Jaime Saleh, former President of the Court of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba and former Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, was awarded the highest title an Antillean can receive, “Minister of State.” The honorary title is given to people who have served their country and devoted their knowledge and expertise to the betterment of the people, Prime Minister Etienne Ys said in announcing the Cabinet’s decision. The Saleh family continues to be prominent on Bonaire. The Bonaire Government continues to make strong statements about illegal soil mining . Warnings have been issued, but as far as we know no arrests have been made. The fill is used for the construction of roads and houses. The government pointed out once more that gravel can be excavated legally only at Plantation Aruba. No permits have been issued for other locations. Their warning stated, “(Take it from) any other place and you’re simply stealing. The soil belongs to the people of Bonaire. If you steal there, you’re stealing from everyone.” Enforcement is planned. The Central Government is dragging its feet in granting Curaçao’s Antillean Brewery (Amstel) an excise tax (Continued on page 8) Governor Domacassé

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page 5 A COMMON LINK? T wo situations came to light last week that appear to have a common link, unlikely as they may seem. They concern bold burglaries and the exodus of sailing yachts from Kralendijk Bay. A blast of protest from visitors about an escalation of petty crime, mostly via Bonaire Talk web chat, and from locals through the Papiamentu language newspapers, seemed to take elected officials and the police by surprise. Demands for more police presence, better quality police protection and jailing of convicted criminals produced some arrests and a high level meeting between local businessmen, the Commissioner of Tourism, Burney el Hage and the Island Governor, Hubert Domacassé. (see related story on page 4) While police protection is a responsibility of the Curaçaobased Central Government, the governor has indirect charge of them on Bonaire. The Governor wants funds to aid the police and improve the jail’s capacity. He asked Holland to do just that last February and they came through with a grant of NAƒ5 million to fight crime in the Antilles, NAƒ1,5 million for Bonaire’s. The money is sitting in a Central Government account in Curaçao. But, despite Governor Domacassé’s numerous requests, it hasn’t been released. This might lead you to believe that the yachts are leaving because of crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. At this time of year, hurricane season, when the harbor is usually full of yachts avoiding the hurricanes in the upper Caribbean, yachtsmen are leaving because Immigration is following the letter of the law of the Netherlands Antilles . They are restricting the lengths of stay of both “yachties” and some of those who arrive by plane to three months, with the proviso they cannot return for another three months . Waterfront business – marinas, boatyards and suppliers are being financially battered because their clients are being forced to sail away. And non-resident homeowners face the prospect of being unable to return to their own homes for frequent vacations. But it doesn’t seem this same law is being enforced in Curaçao. There, it’s been reported to us, yachts may stay for as long as they wish and homeowners are not similarly harassed. Some, including ourselves, believe this is another effort to punish Bonaire economically for challenging the “supremacy” of Curaçao. Bonaire has become the competitor of Curaçao (one example: BonairExel) and is preparing for a Referendum to determine whether Bonaireans want to split from a Central Government heavily weighted in favor of Curaçao. (Holland, desiring to deal with a single entity for all its colonial possessions in the Caribbean, in the 1954 Constitution, mandated a strong central government in Curaçao by deciding that Curaçao should always have an absolute majority in the Antillean Parliament; 12 of the 22 seats). If our interpretation of the actions of the Central Government is incorrect, it’s easy to resolve: change or ease enforcement of a law that isn’t applicable, or apply the Immigration laws equitably and free up the funds to let Bonaire better fight crime and fix up our jail. G.L.D. OPINIONS & LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE OPINION Dear Editor: Today I was in the Trans World Radio Station and met with Udo Lusse who has worked at Trans World for almost as long as Captain Don has been here. Udo had just finished reading an article in The Bonaire Reporter about the “Hush-Hush Seaside Spots” which had labeled Playa Chikitu as a place of enjoyment for “children” (who) “will have a delightful time catching the waves and bodysurfing towards the beach.” Udo told me several stories including one about himself, which was life threatening and one he wanted me to share with you concerning Playa Chikitu. As you know there is a sign posted in memory of a brave lad who lost his life doing what is mentioned in the article and that was “bodysurfing” in the waves. Udo, who is one of the better swimmers of the island, was visiting this very beach sometime ago and standing in waist deep water. Before he could do anything about it, he was swept under by the wave action and pulled out to sea. He said it was as close as he has ever been to drowning and thought in the short time he was in the water, he would not be able to make it back to the beach. He has personally witnessed other people who have had the same problem at this treacherous beach and wanted me to ask you to print something in next week’s Reporter about how dangerous this beach can be, especially when certain conditions are present. Udo says it would be a tragedy not to tell the “families of Bonaire” and also visitors, who may not have the time or foresight to read the warnings posted in the Park guard house, about the dangers that are so prevalent at this beach. The Hush-Hush Seaside Spots is quite an enjoyable article and one I always read in The Reporter , but Playa Chikitu is one place that is not for families with small children and a beach that should only be enjoyed by looking at it and not risking one’s life to enjoy the bodysurfing there. It is Udo’s desire, and mine also, that you post a warning in the Reporter about the hazards that do prevail on this most treacherous beach. Bob Lassiter LETTERS SWIM WARNING This is Kralendijk Bay. Where are the yachts?

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page 6 T he Referendum Committee's President, Arthur Sealy, last Sunday issued a comprehensive press release in Papiamentu outlining the background, provisions and issues surrounding the choices in the upcoming Referendum. Commissioner Reginald “Jonchi” Dortalina (UPB,) who is handling Referendum issues for the Government, has also started a program in cooperation with the Government’s Information Department to press for Option BDirect ties with Holland. (See below). And Opposition Leader, Jopie Abraham (PDB), provided The Reporter with backup for his party's position, Option CIndependent territory within the Dutch Kingdom (See below). Both of these leading Bonaire parties favor succession from the Netherlands Antilles. To reiterate, there are four options to choose from during the referendum: A. Bonaire remains a part of the Netherlands Antilles; B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The Netherlands; C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous country within the Dutch Realm (perhaps Aruba-like); D. Bonaire becomes politically independent of the Realm (Independence). Should option B be selected by the population, a second Referendum will be scheduled to determine what type of tie with the Netherlands is preferred by the people. Background : Fifty years ago a Constitution was written to deal with the remaining colonial possessions of The Kingdom of the Netherlands. The right to self-determination of each territory was acknowledged and reaffirmed by the Netherlands in 1983. Two major events stand out in the process of constitutional changes within the Kingdom: the departure of Surinam in 1975 and the secession by Aruba from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986. Attempts at decentral ization and restructuring within the Netherlands Antilles during the past decades were unsuccessful. The referenda on all Antillean islands in 1993 and 1994 were impetus for renewed attempts to restructure the Netherlands Antilles. The islands voted to give Central Government another chance. But the Government, centrally administered, failed to function well for the welfare of all the islands and resulted in deterioration of the political relationship between the islands and an economic crisis for everyone. The current Bonaire Referendum can be considered a continuation of the ’93 Referendum an attempt to get equitable representation for Bonaire’s people within the Dutch kingdom. The next wave of opposition to the present centralization came on June 23, 2000, when the people of St. Martin voted 69.9% in favor of becoming a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, that change in the island's status was stonewalled by both Holland and Cu raçao. Since then, the political climate in Holland has shifted since the fiasco of the Godett government and has galvanized the other Antillean islands to consider a change themselves. Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia) all have Referenda scheduled to poll their residents on what form a new government should take. Other Caribbean islands are also restless about intermediaries between them and the mother country. On December 7, 2003, Guadeloupe and Martinique rejected a move to reorganize their governments and break from France. Voters on St. Barts and French St . Martin elected to create their own legislatures and move away from Guadeloupe, which administers the four islands as an overseas territory of France. Chronicler B onaire’s major political parties, as is their right and responsibility, have come out with positions that favor decentralization, but, at the same time, maintaining a link with Holland. Where they differ seems to be on the degree of autonomy preferred. However, realistically, the final arrangement may be more of a matter of negotiation with The Hague than the will of the people. A summary of the PDB and UPB positions follow: The Democratic Party (PDB) Position (provided by Senator Jopie Abraham) The PDB favors option C (autonomous island within the Kingdom). This autonomous status will be accompanied by strong (solid and durable) arrangements of cooperation with the other islands, Aruba and Holland (a direct link indeed). The autonomous status does Not necessarily have to be the same as Status Apart (Aruba like) . Not even the same as the, yet to be defined, St. Martin status. The PDB basically is of opinion that Bonaire should handle all affairs it could and would like to handle. Together with the other islands (Aruba included) Bonaire should handle those affairs it considers of common interest and Holland (Continued on page 7) The aim of the Chronicle team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence public opinion or “sell” a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and questions by the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible. Active co-operation and exchange of information is sought with the local/regional media (press, radio, TV), and the official Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle may be freely quoted and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writers. Referendum Chronicle Jopie Abraham

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page 7 (Referendum. Continued from page 6) should handle the fundamental and crucial affairs. (PDB is for the socalled “bottom up” approach Maximum affairs for Bonaire's own responsibility; minimum affairs together with the other islands (including Aruba), and the crucial and fundamental affairs Holland should take care of.) "Autonomy" is an internationally defined, accepted and well-understood constitutional concept. It includes "direct links" but also describes the way Bonaire should be governed. The Patriotiko Party (UPB) Position UPB’s preference is the option to replace the current political situation with a system of direct relationship with the Netherlands. This means a relative independence and a special basis for collaboration with the sister islands. In the UPB’s vision , the relationship with the Netherlands is central and Bonaire will try additionally to do as much as possible independently, with a minimum cooperation with the other Antillean islands. They believe the way to do this is to become an “Ultra Peripheral Territory” – a nonEuropean extension of the European Union with Holland as a “sponsor.” Becoming a UPT provides privileges and responsibilities similar to those of a European country. Chronicler What is osteoporosis ? O steoporosis is when the inside of the bones become porous and thin. Over time, the bones become weak and are more likely to break. Your bones reach their greatest strength when you are about 35 years old (peak bone mass). After that your bones will start to lose their calcium and become thinner. In women, the rate of bone loss speeds up during menopause, a time when levels of the hormone oestrogen fall. Bone loss may also occur if both ovaries are removed by surgery. Your ovaries make the hormone oestrogen. What are the signs of osteoporosis? You may not know you have osteoporosis until you have serious signs—which include a broken wrist or hip, low back pain or a hunched back. You may also get shorter over time. What increases the risk of getting osteoporosis? € Menopause before age 48 € Not getting enough exercise € Not getting enough calcium in your diet € Osteoporosis in your family € Hyperthyroidism € Surgery to remove ovaries before normal menopause € Smoking € Alcohol abuse € Use of steroids Your risk of getting osteoporosis increases when you have a combination of these points. How much calcium do I need? Healthy women and men need between 800-1000mg of calcium a day. It is recommended that you get the calcium you need from food. You can easily reach this amount by drinking three glasses of milk (or milk products) and eating two slices of cheese on a daily basis. For example: 1 glass (250ml) of non-fat milk 305mg Ca 1 bowl (250ml) of low fat yoghurt plain with: 4 tablespoons of whole grain cereals 370mg Ca 2 slices of reduced fat Dutch cheese 360mg Ca 1 tablespoon of almonds 50mg Ca _________ Total: 1085mg Ca Foods that are rich sources of calcium? Rich sources of calcium are: (soya) milk and (soya) milk products (cheese, “ kwark ,” yoghurt, etc.), broccoli, nuts (almonds or hazelnuts), beans and calcium-fortified products such as orange juice and cereals labelled “rich in calcium.” It is important to mention that non-fat and low-fat milk and milk products have as much calcium as whole milk and whole milk products. You can get enough calcium without eating too many calories or too much fat by choosing lower-calorie sources of calcium-rich foods. Try low-fat or skim milk, non-fat yoghurt, low-fat cheeses and calciumfortified orange juice. It is recommended to get the calcium you need through a balanced diet and not through supplements. A balanced diet contains many other nutrients to keep your bones healthy. If you rely only on a supplement instead of eating foods that supply calcium, you may not get enough of other important nutrients. Some people may not eat enough calcium-fortified foods because of allergies or other medical reasons. Always consult your doctor or a registered dietician if you think that you are not getting enough calcium or if you need a supplement. Smart nutrition choices and regular physical activity help your body build and maintain strong bones throughout life. So we can prevent osteoporosis. A.S. Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Angélique Salsbach Jonchie Dortalina

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page 8 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4) reduction for locally brewed beer. It was supposedly to be implemented by August 1st. Bonaire Marine Park has a new manager. He’s 42-year-old Ramon DeLeon from Uruguay who’s been working in the dive industry on the island for the last six years. DeLeon is an oceanographer and is a master in deep dives, nitrox and mixed gas. He’s worked as an assistant manager and manager at Toucan Dive and most recently at Photo Tours as an instructor. As Stinapa Director Elsmarie Beukenboom said, “He knows the (dive) industry here on Bonaire.” The first hurricane of the season, “Alex,” formed in the Atlantic off the southern US coast . As we go to press another storm is brewing east of the Windward Islands. Forecasters say it has the potential to become another hurricane. It's been much quieter this year, but the absence of tropical storms doesn't guarantee calm sailing the rest of the way. There's little relationship between the start or frequency of early season Caribbean or upper Atlantic tropical storms and the intensity of the Cape Verde hurricane season, said hurricane specialist James Franklin of the US National Hurricane Center. "In fact, a lot of the really active seasons are quiet early." Cape Verde Tropical Waves tend to be the source of many of the storms that have affected the Caribbean The Cape Verde period begins heating up in late July and normally runs from August through September. An unusually hot spring worldwide had some concerned about warming tropical waters stirring an early Ca pe Verde season, but that hasn't materialized. While Bonaire is out of the hurricane belt it sometimes is affected by the swells and calms that accompany passing storms. Congratulations to Special Security Services and its owner and founder, Benito Dirksz . This month the company will have been in business for 21 years. After a young Benito Dirksz got out of the army he started working for a security company in Curaçao. They transferred him to Bonaire to represent the company here. After awhile they wanted him to return to Curaçao, but it was too late; he’d fallen in love with the island and wanted to stay. The company wasn’t too happy with his decision, but eventually Benito was free to start his own business, Special Security Services (SSS), on Bonaire in August 1983. SSS is the leading security company on the island. As well, they contribute generously with time and funds to charitable organizations. There will be a Special Olympics Bonaire Fund Raiser A Latin Jazz Concert on Sunday, August 29. It’s aboard the visiting cruise ship, Freewinds, 7 :15 to 9 pm. Ticket donation is NAƒ17,50, available from board members (Croccantino Restaurant, Delno at TCB, etc.). L./G. D. AMBOINA DOLPHINS C oach Ricardo Alberto (r.) and his footba ll (soccer) team of 26 kids, the Amboina Dolphins, left for Curaçao last Frid ay to compete with Curacao teams on Saturday and Sunday. It was their first overseas trip. “Super Babies” (8-10 years) won all their games. “Babies,” (6 to 8) didn’t’ win but did very well. L.D. Bonaire recorded an estimated 5, 036 tourist arrivals in May 2004 . Compared to May 2003, this was an increase of 13.7%. There were bright spots in almost every segment. The accompanying graph shows the percentage of visitors from various regions. An interesting sidelight is that about 1% of the visitors are homeowners and another 1% from yachts. Tourists from the US increased 26.9% co mpared with May 2003 from 1,593 arrivals in 2003 to 2,022 in May 2004. The North America market increased 25.4% compared with 2003. American consumer confidence is on the ri se and spending rose 1% in May. This is the largest growth since October 2001 when spending rebounded dramatically following the serious drop immediately after 9/11. While the US traffic numbers have not reached the pre-9/11 numbers (12,935 tourists Jan-May, 2001vs. 11,517 touris ts Jan-May 2004), the trend data are sufficient to suggest the US market is on its way back to a position of strength in Bonaire. -Visitors from Europe increased by 7.4% compared to 2003 from 2,217 arrivals in 2003 to 2,381 in May 2004. The Netherlands increased 19.7% compared with 2003. The May figures are similar to April. Who says that Bonaire doesn’t have everything? Last week The Garden Café featured three shows a night of an extraordinary belly dancer . Garden Café occasional adds to its menu of Middle Eastern treats with entertainment to match. Check it out. Geographic Market Share for YTD 2004

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page 9 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE B onaire had an extraordinary visitor gracing her waters. The mega yacht, Triumphant Lady arrived in Bonaire recently for what would be a three-month dive holiday for its owners. Triumphant Lady has been to many exotic parts of the world and is very welcome in her temporary home at the Harbour Village Marina. She was designed by Jon Bannenberg and was the first fiberglass yacht of her size. Triumphant Lady was built by Sterling Yachts in Japan and is actually a twin. A Japanese man once owned both, one for his family and one for his lady companions. Now the boat serves as a part time home to the current owners and their visiting guests and families. She spends time each year in the Caymans where she is registered. The yacht has passed through the Panama Canal to explore the Pacific and Central America . She sailed to exotic locales before enjoying a sojourn in Bonaire The present owners like their floating home away from their residence in the US. They carefully chose this yacht after being boat owners for the past 30 years. The yacht is quite spacious in the living areas. The vertical oval windows bring in light and create an open atmosphere. The thick cream-colored shag carpeting is soft and inviting on bare feet. The owners are art lovers and have decorated Triumphant Lady with some original pieces. Some of the most interesting are the framed photos taken by the owner. She has captured magnificent images of some of the amazing destinations visited by this yacht. Triumphant Lady is decorated in a luxurious yet comfortable style. The master suite is a large stateroom with exquisite fabrics and furnishings. A Cuban painting adorns the wall in this expansive area. The master bath has a large circular Jacuzzi as well as a spacious shower. There is marble throughout the yacht. A large spiral staircase connects the many levels. There is also an elevator. Below deck the guest cabins are magnificent. Each has its own entertainment and sitting areas. Guests can select from an assortment of hundreds of DVDs and CDs for their listening and viewing enjoyment. Refreshment and mints are available, again with comfort in mind. Her primary voyages are to many of the greatest dive destinations in the world. According to the current owners this will not be her last trip to Bonaire because Bonaire is one of their favorite destinations for diving. Having traveled to the finest dive sites, they say Bonaire has the healthiest reefs around. They have thoroughly enjoyed their dives including many at Klein Bonaire. They saw a six-foot Loggerhead at Forest Dive Site and have seen the evasive Spotted Drum Fish on numerous occasions. What is also pleasing to them is the scenic promenade of Playa Leche . Their living and deck areas had sweeping views of this picturesque shoreline. Triumphant Lady has a crew of nine, all divers of some level of experience. Most are professional divers and underwater photographers. The owners and crew socialize together and enjoyed the fantastic activities available in Bonaire. The three-month visit to Bonaire was more than a vacation for their owners. Bonaire was their home base, which allowed them full access to the myriad of sea and land adventures available on this island. Bonaire welcomed Triumphant Lady to her waters and hopes her inaugural visit was one of many to come. Ann Phelan S ome say it’s the top “cultural” family event of the year. The Bonaire Local Fishing Tournament is back this year – on Sunday, September 5th. Signup has already begun at Dui Diaz’s house (next to Richard’s Restaurant). This 14th Annual Local Fishing Tournament is dedicated to Luti Craane (shown at right at the helm of the fishing sailing boat Papagayo ), one of Bonaire’s legendary fishermen, boat builders and sailors. The Tournament's fundamental requirement is that the fishing be done by a local, NB registered boat. However, fishermen can be of any nationality. Regulations favor conservation of the fishing resource and forbid taking reef fish, sharks, bonefish, and tarpon. The event is organized by a commission made up of Richard Beady, Dui Diaz, Mario Demei, Papi Antoin and Pancho Cicilia. Prizes consist of fishing and safety equipment. We’ll be bringing you more details in coming weeks, but if you want to have some fun, sign up now. Last year over 200 people participated. G.D. Luti at the helm Local Fishing Tournament organizers: Du i Diaz, Papi Antoin, Richard Beady, Pancho Cicilia. Not pictured Mario Demei The 148' Triumphant Lady shows her brilliance against the background of Kralendijk Bay. VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Angie Alegria, USA Alaluya Aratae Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Chacuco Delphinius Don Hector El Sabor Flying Cloud, USA Gatsby, USA Goril Too Guaicamar I , Venezuela. Hydra Luna C, USA Macaby, Netherlands Makai Marathon Marina-Em Methuselah, USA Natural Selection, USA Nonsuch, USVI Pamela Jean Panda Pau Hana Polecat Pomona Precocious Gale, USA Rumba Sandpiper, USA Santa Maria, Sweden Scintilla, Germany Side by Side Sirius Sojourner Sovereign III Sylvia K Ta B Ti Amo, USA Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Windborne Windmiller, Canada Wonbat of Sydney Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 8-06 2:59 1.1FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 11:40 1.1FT. 19:19 1.6FT. 64 8-07 4:15 1.0FT. 19:52 1.7FT. 51 8-08 5:06 0.9FT. 20:21 1.8FT. 41 8-09 5:55 0.9FT. 20:52 1.9FT. 35 8-10 6:31 0.8FT. 21:27 2.0FT. 35 8-11 7:10 0.8FT. 21:58 2.0FT. 41 8-12 7:49 0.8FT. 22:27 2.0FT. 48 8-13 8:21 0.8FT. 22:57 2.0FT. 57

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page 10 THE RICH FLOWERING IXORA A s I wrote in my last column ,the rich flowering Ixora comes in many forms and colors. The best one to use is the Ixora Nora Grant , a rich dark rose flowering shrub that will grow up to 1.5 m. (5 feet). They are best planted in groups to fill big empty borders, spacing them about 80 centimeters apart. They are the best because they do not have the problem of yellowing. The yellowing is caused by our water, which has a very high PH, around 7.5. A lack of Iron and Nitrogen in the Ixora and other plants will cause the yellowing. Avoid Yellowing The best way to avoid this is to use a lot organic material when you plant Ixoras, and after a few months, start adding some vitamins like Urea, with 45% pure Nitrogen. Be very careful when using it; always dissolve it in water and don't pour it over the leaves because they can get burned. Other alternatives are the multi-nutrition vitamins like Miracle Grow or Peeters. With those vitamins you can feed the roots and the leaves. We recently started doing some tests by filling a one-gallon sprayer and mixing in some Miracle Grow or Peeters and just spraying the leaves. The results on the Ixora are spectacular. The only thing you need to do is use it every other week to get the best results. The most problems you will get will be with the lighter colored flowers, white and yellow. Those types are really beautiful but a bit difficult to keep nice and green. This is not necessary for the Ixora Nora Grant varieties, however, the Dwarf Ixora especially likes this treatment. Pruning For pruning the Ixora, there are no special requirements. Like most shrubs in the tropics, they bloom at the end of their growth. So with the pruning you have to be careful not to cut them too often because when you do, they will never bloom. It’s better to cut just the long runners back, wait until they bloom, and after they lose their blooms and start to look ugly, cut them back and give the new growth a chance to bloom again. This goes for all the Ixoras, except for the Dwarf Ixora. The Dwarfs are often used as small hedges up to one meter (3 feet). They will never have long runners, and you can prune them just a bit to keep them in the shape you like. Also the Ixora coccinea Maui , a rich blooming orange variety, is suitable for hedges. There are some nice ones around the MCB Bank in Hato. Those you can trim into a nice shape without losing all the blooms. So, with some attention, the Ixora is one of the nicest group of tropical plants to use in your gardens. I hope this was enough information for a good start! Ap van Eldik Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and maintains residential and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410 Ixora Nora Grant F rom June 7th to August 3rd, Bonaire was home to an unusual pet—a white-faced pearled cockatiel named “Dickens.” Dickens is owned by (or owns, depending on point of view) Mel McCombie and Harris Friedberg, who are frequent visitors to the island. When planning their summer trip, McCombie realized how much she and Harris would miss Dickens and arranged to bring him to the island for their stay. Cockatiels ( Nymphicus hollandicus ) are native to the Australian outback, where they form large flocks and eat pretty much anything; unlike their larger cousins, cockatoos. Cockatiels average 100 grams (around 4 ounces) and 20 centimeters (8 inches), not including their long tails. North American breeders learned that cockatiels produced large clutches of chicks, and the babies made great pets if they were raised by hand and fed by humans. The native cockatiel is gray with a yellow head and orange cheek patches, with a gray and yellow mobile crest. But years of breeding have produced a variety of color mutations, ranging from albino to pied to the white-faced. Dickens is one of the latter, with a snowy face and crest, and white “pearls” scattered across his gray feathers (though his white face often bears pink lipstick traces from kisses!). Bringing a pet to another country requires considerable paperwork—a pet ticket for the airplane, international health certificat es dated no more than one week from departure, and in Dickens’s case, a US Department of Agriculture importation permit for “poultry” to allow him to return to the US (in addition to a health certificate from a local vet). Luckily, cockatiels are not endangered or covered by the CITES regulations, or there would be even more paperwork. Only the dedicated human companion need apply. Dickens is more than just a beautifu l bird. He talks—his vocabulary includes “hello,” “good morning,” “good boy!,” “Chicken Dickens” (his nickname), a variety of household sounds (microwave oven, house alarm, telephone), and he whistles “charge!” and wolf whistles. With luck, he learned “ bon dia ” before he left Bonaire. Every day, Mel and Harris snuggl e with Dickens, and feed him favorite treats (spinach, potato sticks and popcor n). Once a week, he takes a shower. He adores the attention he got from housekeep er Michi Peter, who claims Dickens has learned Spanish from watching Venezuelan television! It’s important to make a distinction betw een Dickens and other parrots. His species is abundant in the wild; it breeds well in captivity, and he was bred as a pet— unlike the wild Loras of Bonaire, who are endangered, whose numbers are declining, who breed poorly in captivity, and who come closer and closer to extinction with every bird taken from the wild. If yo u are considering a pet parrot on Bonaire, you can find cockatiels available on Cu raçao—excellent companions, and there’s no harm to our precious loras. Mel McCombie Want to own a nice bird and not worry about destroying an entire species? Consider a Cockatiel. Dickens enjoys a potato stick Internet photo

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page 11 E ach year since 2001 Bonaire holds a Multicultural Festival to allow some of BonaireÂ’s ethnic groups to display the dance and culinary tr aditions of their countries. The idea of the festival was conceived by Papi Cicilia, Adjunct Director of SKAL (Department of Culture and Education), to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Kibra Hacha Dancers and to celebrate Bonaire's multi cultural population. (44 different nationalities live on the island). This yearÂ’s festival saw seven countries represented at the festivities in BonaireÂ’s Stadium last Saturday evening. We only have room to show you three. G.D . Peru Ludo Nicolaas. M.C. C O V E R xxxxxxxxxxxx Venezuela Aruba

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page 12 J ust one look at “Renaldo” is all it takes to fall in love with him. He’s a sweet rolypoly puppy with the most soulful blue eyes that express his yearning to be someone’s very special loving pet pal. He’s black, brown and white – a very attractive color combination – and his coat is short and soft. And no shedding! He has a cute sprinkling of freckles on his nose. Renaldo was brought into the Shelter with his mother and sister by people who said they had too many dogs. Renaldo’s sister has been adopted and now he too is ready to go off on his own. He’s been thoroughly examined by the vet, has had his shots and will be sterilized when he’s old enough. Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. The big free Sterilization Program from October 18 to 30 is shaping up well. Two of the vets cancelled, but hopefully there are two other possible replacements. The vets will all be working totally on a volunteer basis, but they’re getting free accommodations. Still needed are hotel rooms for three vets and their wives (three couples). If you can help in any way, please call Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989. L.D. “Renaldo” GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 For Rent : Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice location-Privacy & securityJuly 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Belnem. Call 717-8603. Dive enthusiasts want to exchange time in their Bradenton, Florida ( near Tampa Airport, Sarasota, Amusement Parks, Busch Gardens, Disney, beaches, etc.) two-bedroom, two bath condo for equivalent in Bonaire, Aruba or Curaçao. Call (001) 941 752-0055 or e-mail nurseshark74@aol.com ’88 Nissan pickup double cab. NAƒ2,000 717-0116. PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 7177160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com Traditional Bonairean Sailing Sloop. Wood, traditional construction, about 21’ long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance. Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at NAƒ9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-6125. Wanted: Restaurant helper – wait tables, help in kitchen. Day shift, part time. Must speak English well. Will train. Call 717-8003 . Achilles inflatable 16 feet with trailer . Both in very good condition. NAƒ6,000. Tel 717-8819 8am-5pm Yamaha 25 hp outboard engine . In excellent condition NAƒ900 Tel 717-8819 8am-5pm Privateer Renegade. 25 ft with 9' 3" beam. Cabin boat with 200 HP Yamaha. $19,500. 717-8819 8am-5pm Couple looking to rent a kunuku long term . Call 785-9013

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page 13 L ooking for a very private romantic retreat that’s off the beaten path of slick, all-inclusive resorts that appeal to the penny pincher? Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a one of a kind resort that was born more than 50 years ago on the grounds of what was once a pineapple and coconut plantation nestled in a hillside overlooking an azure bay. The 100-acre peninsula, with its lush tropical gardens, offers magnificent views of the sea from all rooms and villas. Round Hill is luxurious, private, glamorous and exceptionally scenic. It was the first of its kind more than 50 years ago in the Caribbean – a resort that catered to the rich and the famous. Stars like Gable, Astaire, Hitchcock, Hope, Crosby, Woodward and Newman were guests. JFK and Jackie spent their honeymoon there. As the 50th anniversary of the hotel loomed in 2003, Round Hill Managing Director Josef Forstmayr, an Austrian who lost his heart to Jamaica and the hotel nearly a decade ago, thought it would be fitting to put together a book with photographs and text on the history of the resort. David Massey, a frequent visitor and fan, made some stunning photographs, not enhanced or stylized, but simply showing those scenes, people and things that make Round Hill. Original founder John Pringle wrote the historical text and included some of the hotel’s philosophies: “Greatness must define itself through people and personalities,” he says. “But, he adds, it “can’t run on the vapors of (past) reputation.” The ambiance continues to attract stars of today. Round Hill was the site of the film, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” and leading actor, Taye Diggs, enjoyed it so much that he returned to have his wedding to Idina Menzel there. Just last month Dulé Hill of the TV show, “West Wing” (whose parents are Jamaican) and actress Nicole Lyn celebrated their marriage there as well. But also, the not so rich and not so famous people come to stay, fall in love with the old world charm, the Jamaican hospitality. They’re made to feel princely, special and very much at home, like the caring attention by the staff without being intrusive, the complementary afternoon tea with pastries, the cheerful and efficient staff that can answer any question or direct you to where you’d like to go. Guests still return year after year. The resort boasts 27 private villas, most with their own swimming pool, and 36 superior and deluxe oceanfront rooms, all decorated in a tropical plantation style. The villas come with their own breakfast cook, housekeeper and gardener. The restaurants offer an international cuisine, accented with a flavorful taste of Jamaica’s succulent fruits, vegetables and spices. (How do they find those perfectly ripe fruits that they serve?) The lower beachfront terrace with its piano bar and photo gallery showing some of the guests for the last 50 years has been stylishly updated by designer Ralph Lauren who has both a villa and a beach house at Round Hill. A recent addition, just a short walk down a coastal path, is the Spa. It was reclaimed from an 18th century plantation house and offers not only body therapies but a yoga retreat and summer specials like a “Mind, Body and Soul Renewal.” World Travel Awards listed Round Hill as one of the world’s leading villas in 2000, 2002 and 2003. L.D. A typical villa at Round Hill The “celebrity” bar Many American visitors to Bonaire are using the good air connections four times a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) non-stop through Montego Bay, Jamaica with Air Jamaica. The airline allows no-charge layovers in Montego Bay. As well, visitors to Bonaire from Europe can travel to Jamaica on an under two-hour, non-stop flight from Bonaire. One of the most elegant places to stay is Round Hill Hotel and Villas. For more information, click on to Round Hill’s comprehensive, beautiful website: www.roundhilljamaica.com. They offer a number of wedding, family and business packages. Email: info@roundhilljamaica.com P.O. Box 64, Montego Bay, Jamaica, WI Tel. (876) 956-7505.

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©2004 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Reporters: Zamir Ayubi, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Mel McCombie, Ann Phelan, Robbie Revel, Angélique Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij page 14 L oggerhead “Extra” is off the Honduras coast and traveled about 50 km yesterday. She is crisscrossing over the edge of a very large shallow water area that extends all the way to Nicaragua (and includes the Miskito Cays), which is known to have a very good turtle habitat. “Extra” maybe zeroing in on her "home" feeding grounds now. We will see in the next few days where she settles. In the meantime, male hawksbill “Tom” remains near Klein Bonaire. Robert van Dam, Bonaire’s head turtle researcher, is off to Mona Island, Puerto Rico for supplementary research. He’ll be back in Bonaire in October for the continuation of the tracking program and placement of additional satellite transmitters. In the meantime Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire volunteer Andy Uhr will continue reporting the progress of “Bonaire’s” turtles. Andy Uhr Andy gives a Turtle Slide Show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Carib Inn, 7 pm.

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page 15 THIS WEEK Saturday, August 7 Stress Management Training – sponsored by the Junior Chamber International (formerly Jaycees). Practical ways to handle stress situations. Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator. Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2 pm. NAƒ50, includes drinks & snacks. Call 520-5679 to reserve. In Papiamentu. COMING Sunday, August 29 -Special Olympics Bonaire Fundraiser -Let’s Go Latin/Jazz Concert aboard the visiting cruise ship, Freewinds, 7:15 to 9 pm, NAƒ17.50 per person Sunday, September 5th the Bonaire Local Fishing Tournament is back this year. (See page 9 for signup details.) EVERY WEEK Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach at Lion’s Dive. Dutch National Products introduces Time Sharing and how to save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm Tuesday -BonaireTalker Dinner/ Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm -call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor. Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S. H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm. FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. Saturdays during summer Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 5409800. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am and Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SundayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm 717-5080 Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. FridayThe Captain Don Show Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 7178290 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp, 717-7659 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangazina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse” while learning about Bonaire’s history and culture and visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 or 790-2018 Go to the source . Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 7178444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 7176435. To reserve. Dos Pos Scenic Walk– Second Saturday of the Month. NAƒ10-Call Maria 7176435 CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De jacht op de Tsarenkroon SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM Harry Potter III New ! Usually 9:00 pm Shrek 2 (Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz) Early Show (6:45 pm) Harry Potter III F requent Bonaire visitor and property owner, David Colvard, got some people together to take a photo with The Reporter after the three hourgraduation of Daniel Colvard from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Pictured are David (still thinking about the Dive Festival), son Daniel and Dr. Steven Swayne, a member of the music department. Congratulations Daniel! Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. 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page 16 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 535 Moderate. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop 5 minutes north of “Hotel Row” 717-7901 Moderate Breakfast, Light lunches, Dinner, closed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours 5 to 7. Inexpensive Bar Hap Dinners. Reservations not required. Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine. Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties. Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla La Balandra On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort 717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Moderate Breakfast-Lunch Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team. If you are using the NAƒ25 Beach Pass, a NAƒ15 credit is given for meals Bonaire’s best seaside location. The Last Bite Bakery 717-3293 Home Delivery or Take Out Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 67:30pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003 Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Nonchi’s at Cultimara 791-4280 Low Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too. Lunch from NAƒ7Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 The Seahorse Cyber Café Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Low-Moderate Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday CLOSED FOR VACATION Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread, special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite. AIRLINES BonairExel. Bonaire’s own ON TIME airline flying between Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire Reporter on board. APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS City Shop is Bonaire’s mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, computers. Name brands, guarantees and service center. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branch es and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BOOKS Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other island shops. Bonaire Diving Made Easy , Third Edition, is an essential in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire’s shore dive sites. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also sp ecialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. CYBER CAFES See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Café. DENTURES All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist. Repairs while you wait. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/ school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional staff. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irriga tion supplies and garden chemicals. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apar tments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea. Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars’ Inn), downtown Kralendijk, has rooms and br eakfast at Bonaire’s lowest prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and friends. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Kodaramathe only digital lab and studio handles all digital media and offers the largest variety of professional services -across from MCB Bank Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. SAILING Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055 SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-8125. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. TOYS AND GAMES Laur’an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the Lourdes Shopping Mall WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup too. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desireé and Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too.

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page 17 “M y husband and I started sailing from South Africa in 1985. He’d owned a pharmacy, but he’d always said that he wanted to start sailing before he was 40. On his 40th birthday we reached the island of St. Helena in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From there we sailed to Argentina and then we did the whole of the South American coast. We stayed three years in St. Martin and one year in Aruba. Stefan and I met at university, playing underwater hockey. I am a biologist. I worked on research farms, developing new plant hybrids. When Stefan asked me to marry him, he said, ‘You’re going to marry me and my boat.’ I was 21 and he was 28 when we married, and I had never sailed before I met him. But I had been fishing with my father, my twin brother and my other brother and I had never been seasick, unlike my brothers! Stefan also got seasick; the first two days out he was always seasick as hell! When we took off I was 34. The boat was a 44 footer called Renee , after me.” She laughs : “She was the mistress and I was the wife and I didn’t have a choice. If I wanted to stay with Stefan I had to go with him. We wanted to sail the whole world and when we left he told his mother it was going to be for five years. She believed him, but my mom didn’t! When we discovered Bonaire it was the end of our trip. It was paradise. We stayed. We were in Aruba and I flew over to see if we should buy a boat, the Woodwind . It was 8 o’clock in the morning when I arrived on Bonaire. I flew back at noon and I’d decided that this was the place for us. I hadn’t even set foot on the Woodwind ! This island was clean, the people were friendly and the water was the best! Stefan knew that if I liked it, he would like it, so that wasn’t a problem. He still had a contract in Aruba, so I was here for about four months on my own. For five years we lived on the Renee. We’d bought the Woodwind for chartering. Then Stefan got cancer and they gave him a year. For practical reasons, like how to get a doctor to the boat in the middle of the night, we moved to the house that belonged to the Divi Flamingo Hotel and that’s next to the hotel. They offered it to us if we would renovate it. It was old. Nobody had lived in it for 20 years. It was an absolute ruin and the garden was a jungle. We fixed it up, and before Stefan died it was livable. Stefan lasted 14 months. He died on the day of Karneval, and he was buried on the day of the total sun eclipse when the sun went away completely. Remember that day? It was very strange. He had wanted to be buried at sea, but we couldn’t do it. It’s illegal.” High above in the tree the parakeets continue their conversation quietly, chatting away the silence . “I’ve got at least 50 prikichis in these trees, but the ones we hear now is a family and their little one. I’ve got lots of birds, I’ve got a big kalbas tree and they love that. I also have four cats. They’re not allowed to catch the birds and they know that! Cockroaches… Yes!” Renee Leach is lovely woman with a nice, open face. She has a certain way that makes her look much younger than she is; it’s the way she moves, the way she expresses herself, she’s just real nice company . “After Stefan died, I got a captain and went on chartering with the Woodwind . My first captain was Anna, an American; then I had a German captain called Barney. They were excellent captains and we had a very good working relationship. We did about nine charters a week. It was us, the Seawitch , the Oscarina and the Samur; that was it. We all did different things and we didn’t interfere with each other. The four of us even founded a sailing charter association. It didn’t last long, but the idea was nice. There was enough work for all of us. Actually, I was among the first people who started guided snorkeling, and I was also the first one on the island who started night snorkeling. Besides that I was the hostess and I did the catering. I worked 14 hours a day. It was a lot of work, but I liked it definitely! Every year my guests would come back. It was like a big family and… it still is, because they’re still coming back to me. In May last year I had a major operation in South Africa. For 30 years I’d been suffering from scoliosis and Schauerman’s disease, which means that the three bottom vertebrae had disintegrated. It spoiled a great deal of my life because I was always in pain. Finally I found a surgeon and he did a wonderful job. What Chris Barnard was for the heart, he is for back surgery, one of the best in the world! Wait …” She rushes off and returns with an Xray . “Look at this; I am screwed together! No more pain! And look at the scar, nothing! I sold the Woodwind because the doctor told me to, and I started ‘Renee’s Snorkel Trips.’ I can go anywhere, anytime and it’s something I’ve been doing more than 18 years. It’s always different. The youngest person I’ve guided was three years old and the oldest 93. Not only do the people make it different, but the sea is never the same either. There is always something nice to see. I don’t take more than four people at a time, so they get individual attention and I try not to go to the usual sites. I have a lot of spots ‘in between’ with easy entrance which is also important. Two months ago I was asked to be the property manager of the Golden Reef Inn in Hato. The apartments are really beautiful and fully equipped, not big, but just what you need, and $48 per day. We’ve been working really hard and our first official guest arrived last Monday.” She smiles. “My mother will be 80 on the 6th of August and she still runs her own bed and breakfast so it’s sort of ‘in the family.’ For me the best thing about Bonaire is the sea, the water. Every morning from 7 to 8 I snorkel with Janice Huckaby, about two miles of swimming. Two weeks ago we swam with the dolphins, the big ones. There were about 50 of them! It was incredible! It’s only the fourth time in 14 years that it happened to me and it was absolutely gorgeous! I grew up in the mountains, right in the middle of South Africa: no water, no sea, no nothing; an agricultural area. It was a small town of 24,000 people called Bethlehem. My father was the mayor and my mother a kindergarten teacher. Later I moved to the area around Cape Town. The sea around there is 16 degrees Celsius in high summer and there are lots of man-eating sharks! The country is big, but it also has a lot of political problems and a lot of crime. We have 29 languages in South Africa of which 11are official, so you grow up multi-lingual, and everybody has to learn three languages. There’s also a lot of Portuguese influence because of the former Portuguese colonies, Mozambique and Angola that border us. I speak better Portuguese than Spanish, especially since we spent seven months in Brazil. So, I understand Papiamentu perfectly, and I can speak a little bit, but because I work with tourists all the time, I don’t practice my Papiamentu enough.” The phone rings, Renee jumps up and I take a look inside the house: Various shades of green, lots of books, comfortable couches, underwater pictures, many plants and two prominent paintings by Janice Huckaby: One is an underwater scene of Renee snorkeling with the fishes and another one of the Woodwind sailing into the sunset . “The big one of me snorkeling with the Queen Angel fish was the last present my husband gave me,” says Renee , “and as you can see, green is my color!” The cats are gathering around her and she smiles: “’Suppertime.’ I have my life here,” she says happily , “and I will always stay here. I can’t take the cold anymore and I need the water. I grew up in the middle of a country with no sea around me and now I can’t live without it anymore.” Greta Kooistra “ ‘The boat was a 44 footer called Renee , after me.’ She laughs : ‘She was the mistress and I was the wife and I didn’t have a choice. If I wanted to stay with Stefan I had to go with him.’ ” Greta Kooistra 1990 Renee Leach Renee Leach

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T his year I found a way to hold Bonaire even closer in my mind and heart. I am the director of the science department at a large private school in Los Angeles – Sierra Canyon School. Each year we have a year-long, school-wide theme around which many activities revolve. This year our theme was the Olympics and each teacher chose a country to represent. I chose the Netherlands Antilles and the island of Bonaire. Once or twice a month I met with my group of students and shared my love of all things Bonairean. Students spent the year learning about the history, culture, government, sports and natural history of Bonaire. We designed T-shirts with the emblem of a hawksbill turtle. Students learned about the magnificent sea turtles of Bonaire and the efforts being made by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire to protect them. My husband and I are avid turtle lovers and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the turtles and an educational video we shot last summer when we accompanied Funchi to Klein Bonaire to do a beach nest census. On that trip, we discovered one little turtle that was left behind in a nest that hatched the night before. We were able to film the baby turtle as it made its way into the water. (We named it Sierra). That image so excited my students that they made a donation to STCB. When the transmitters were attached to the turtles last fall, students could not wait to get to school each morning to log onto the site and see the location of Schillie and Nautila. Not only was this a meaningful lesson in conservation and geography for my students, they felt such a personal involvement that a real passion was ignited in them. Students wore their new T-shirts to the opening ceremonies and we marched in under the flag of the Netherlands Antilles. During the year students made craft projects, did independent research on Bonaire, learned about the coral reefs, salt mountains, slave huts, island donkeys, diving and windsurfing. I showed them magazine pictures of the Bonaire Kids taking the freestyle world by storm, and of course I showed them pictures of the islands’ Olympic athletes and world class sailors– Roger, Elvis and Patoen. We even enjoyed some island cuisine. The culmination to our year-long study was participation in our school fair. This fair was attended by parents, students and the community and involves about 5,000 people. Students decorated our booth with beautiful pictures that they painted with island scenes. They even handed out tourist information brochures. Then in a 20-minute performance they presented what they had learned. They recited an original poem that I wrote “Bon Bini Bonaire” (see poem at right), sang songs and performed a Caribbean inspired dance. As we marched in the closing ceremonies my students thought that we had the most fun of any other “country” and I had to agree. I felt like I was on vacation all year. And I feel certain that some of my students will be vacationing in Bonaire as a result of their experiences. Robbie Revel Robbie Revel and her husband first visited the Netherlands Antilles in the summer of 1986. They have been returning ever since. They are avid windsurfers as well as divers. Bon Bini Bonaire The Netherlands Antilles is a group of Isles that bask in the Caribbean sun. Aruba and Curacao are a part, but Bonaire is our favorite one. Our culture is a mix of Dutch with Caribbean to add the spice. People come from around the world; it’s a diver’s paradise. You can swim and fish and kayak too, Windsurf if you dare. Though it is a desert isle, there’s nature everywhere. Scaly green Iguanas sleeping in the sun, Nibble on tall cactus and go swimming just for fun. Bright pink flamingos fish all the day, And wade in the shallows of the blue Lac Bay. Parakeets and yellow-shouldered parrots take flight Then perch on top of cactus, what a strange and wondrous sight. Gentle donkeys with their foals roam free upon the land Where once they had to work and work out on the great salt pan. The mountains of salt crystals still rise into the sky And so the mounds of conch shells pilled high out on Lac Cai. Klein Bonaire, our little isle, not inhabited by man Is a heaven for sea turtles that lay their eggs deep in the sand. Sea turtles are endangered; we think that’s just not fair. We want to SAVE THE TURTLES because we really care. Circling round our island is our greatest treasure. The coral reef just teems with life and you can see forever. Come visit us and have some fun, the weather’s always fair. We’re sure you’ll want to come again, there’s no place like Bonaire. Robbie Revel California’s Sierra School children celebrating Bonaire photo by author Robbie Revel and “Sierra” page 18

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page 19 Don't Miss Next Week's Annual Perseid Meteor Shower! D on't miss this year's annual Perseid meteor shower because conditions will be ideal for when it reaches its peak from 2 am to dawn next Thursday morning August 12th. Read on. Around 2 am, Sky Park Time, face northeast, where if you're far away from bright lights you'll easily see our old friends, the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters . And just to their left is the rather dim constellation Perseus, named after the Greek hero which is where the Perseid meteor shower gets its name because all the meteors appear to originate from Perseus. The reason conditions are ideal for this year's meteor s hower is because ther e will be no bright moonlight to wipe out the fainter meteors. And to see them you don't need anything but your trusty old naked eye. All you have to do is take a lawn chair or a blanket outside around 2 am, lie back with your toes pointed toward Perseus and then watch. And if you're lucky you may see 40 to 60 meteors per hour, most very faint but a few very bright. Don't look directly at Perseus, because the meteors will ap pear all around the sky. And as time goes by Perseus will slowly rise and you should see even more meteors toward dawn. Plus, as an extra treat this year, about an hour or so before sunrise, you will see an exquisite pairing of the brightest planet of them all, Venus, and a slender waning crescent Moon whose light won't be enough to really interfere with the meteors. Now although meteors look like shooting stars, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact meteors are simply tiny sp ecks of comet debris slamming into our Earth's atmosphere. You see, every time a comet visits our Sun it sheds tons of debris in its wake, like sand or flour being thrown off the back of a boat. And eventually this debris gets spread out all along the comet’s path, its orbit. And whenever our Earth plows dir ectly into any path of co met litter these tiny pieces of debris slam into our Earth's atmosphere. And as they plunge through the atmosphere, traveling many miles per second, they cause the atmospheric gasses surrounding them to heat up and glow, making streaks of light. We call these streaks of light “meteors,” or incorrectly, “falling stars.” The Perseids are the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle , whose debris-filled orbital path we plow through every August. And although the comet was discovered by two Americans named Swift and Tuttle during the Civil War in 1862, it wasn't until later that astronomers realized it was the source of the Perseid meteor shower which has been seen every August and recorded in history for over 2,000 years. So get out next Thursday morning, and each time you see a Perseid streak across the sky remind yourself that what you're actually seeing is a tiny piece of comet litter plunging to its fiery death. Jack Horkimer For the week: August 6 to August 13, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. You can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objectives. Evasion is likely if you aren't direct about your feelings. Try to calm down and listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may be necessary. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations you've been considering. Be sure to question any detail that you feel could leave you in a precarious position at a later date. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. You will be in the mood for competition, and your ability to lead a group will bring you popularity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Compromise will be necessary. Your social activity should be conducive to finding love. Business trips will be more productive than trying to fight the red tape facing you. You could lose a good friend because of it. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a safe, long-term investment. Your ideas can be put into action. It would be in your best interest to stay away from any intimate involvement with a client or co-worker. Take care of any medical problems if they've been troubling you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Let them know what your intentions are. This will not be the day to lend money to friends or family. Make any necessary changes to your insurance policy. Sudden changes will occur through communications with friends or inlaws. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Deception will play an important factor in relationships. Think of changes to your home that will please and add to everyone's comfort. You may want to get involved in financial investments presented to you. Difficulties with your mate may lead to isolation. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have difficulties spreading yourself between your work and your home. Your lover may feel rejected. Trouble could be brewing at home. Your emotional partner will push all the right buttons this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up valuable information. Do not expect too much from others. The talk you have may be eye-opening with regard to your present situation. Talk to someone with experience about budgets or consolidating debts. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into self-improvement programs that promise to make you into a better you. Although it does look promising, be careful not to overextend yourself or you will lose in the long run. Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you haven't been letting someone have their way. Your versatile mind and common sense will allow you to come up with various solutions. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Sooner or later your partner will have had enough. Plan a nice evening for two. You can make new connections through friends or relatives. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial prospect that is presented to you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Eliminate situations that are no longer to your advantage. Co-workers may not be completely honest with you; try not to rely on help from others. Your emotional partner may make you angry this week. Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's jealousy doesn’t make for a favorable time. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Job changes are in order. Go for interviews or send out resumes. It will be all around you. You can receive recognition for the work you've done. Avoid any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you aren't careful. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. Moon Info Last Quarter on August 7th New Moon on August 16th First Quarter on August 23rd Full Moon on August 30 *to find it, just look up Internet Photo Two meteor tracks at once