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Former members of Jong Bonaire who are planning the 10-year celebration this coming weekend are, (left
to right front row) Juli Wanga, Bilha Thomas, former manager of the center who is now a part time youth
leader, Zuli Marchena, Jonathan Clarenda, Farley Mercera, Reagan Nicolaas, Nilson Morillo, Juliandro and
Echo Chirino (seated)



New! Much of the
news that appears in this
column can be accessed on-
line as Raw News on The
Bonaire Reporter website -

T he Island Council of
Bonaire passed a motion
stating that a new referendum
on the process of constitu-
tional change will be held
within four months.
The motion was presented by
the ADB faction led by Jopie
Abraham and supported by its
coalition partner, independent
(former UPB) councilman An-
thony Nicolaas.
A referendum committee will
now be installed that has to re-
port by the end of September to
the Executive Council on the
question of content and an exact
date. The five-person committee
will have Lt. Governor Glenn
Thode as chairman and it will
include a faction member of
ADB, one of opposition party
UPB and one of the Awor t'e
Ora (Now is the Time) move-
ment that has been calling for a
referendum for some time.
Several analysts questioned
the capability and desire for
another Referendum since Bon-
aire voted for a direct tie with
The Netherlands, albeit without
specifics, in 2004, and genera-
tion of those specifics is well

SOn Wednesday September
16th, the Council of Ministers of
the Netherlands Antilles set the
date for the elections to be
January 22, 2010.

0 For January-April, Bon-
aire had 16% fewer tourists
than the same period last year,
23,528 visitors, or about 5,000
fewer than last year for the pe-
The decrease is in line with the
other destinations in the Carib-
bean and North and South Amer-
ica. See related story on page 17.
A slight improvement is expected

in the coming months as the num-
ber of pre-booked flights has in-
Tourism from North America
suffered a loss of 23%, Europe
was 8% fewer tourists and South
America 13%. After a record
growth in 2007 and consolidation
in the year after, the effects of the
global economic crisis hurt Bon-
Dive tourism has remained fairly
stable, but the number of dive
tags sold dropped 12% compared
to the same period last year.
Tjin-Asjoe Croes said construc-
tion of the Hilton hotel across the
airport in the Azul Project will
start next year. She added that the
Divi Flamingo Sunset Project will
expand in three phases with 75
apartments and 150 hotel rooms
in the next year. Informed sources
said these construction estimates
were wildly optimistic.

Airline Updates
SKLM will fly to Bonaire five
instead of six times per week
until December 14, when the
Christmas season starts. From
then until March 6, flights will
return to six times per week
again. The cancellation of one
weekly flight is due to less de-
mand from the Dutch and/or
European markets, KLM's Wim
Iserief explained.
However, the Tourist Corpo-
ration Bonaire (TCB) will
continue negotiations with
KLM to improve access to

Curacao-based airline, Inse-
lAir, now has five aircraft in
its fleet. The new plane joins
the airline's two prop-jet
Bandeirantes and two other MD
-80s. The new aircraft has 152
passenger seats: 15 in the Com-
fort Class, 137 in Econ-
omy. InselAir flies Bonaire-
Curacao and Bonaire-Miami.
It will add a fourth MD82 to its
fleet towards the end of the year
and will have a larger fleet
than ALM had in its heyday.
At the invitation of the Haitian
government, InselAir will also
fly the Miami-Port au Prince-

Update to Investigation Story
in the Last Issue
There has been little pro-
gress made public about the
investigation into drug smug-
gling, gold smuggling, money
laundering and abuse of gov-
ernment power. One suspect
has been cleared and freed,
others remain in custody.
The men who are currently
jailed are listed as suspects. In
the Court's "order for house
search," former Minister and
Commissioner Burney El Hage
is mentioned as a suspect. El
Hage was not arrested. UPB
party leader Ramonsito Booi is
mentioned in the warrant but not
as a suspect.
According to the order the
companies Questron, Indepen-
dium Trust, Emphora Fisheries,
Struijk Overzee, Kaya Grandi
Corporate Service, Bonaire Pre-
cious Metal & Minerals, Bonaire
Precious Metals Refinery, as
well as the Bonaire Executive
Council and the Island Govern-
ment's Directorate of Economic
and Labor Affairs (DEZA) are to
hand over all records requested
including documents relating to
issuance of land leases, minutes
of meetings, reports and conver-
sation notations dating back to
January 2006.
In addition, all administration
regarding the Blue Lagoon pro-

route intensively, just as the
ALM used to be considered the
"national carrier" for Haiti.

1InselAir, signed interline
agreements with US Airways
and Colombia's Avianca which
gives passengers travelling on
their routes the opportunity for
one-stop ticket shopping to get
to Bonaire and/or Curaqao. It
becomes effective at the end of
October 2009. It aims to keep
connecting times to a maximum
of one-and-a-half hours.

SCurrently most airlines
flying to Bonaire offer free
accompaniment of two pieces

ject must be confiscated, accord-
ing to the order, as well as data
on a number of properties in
Nikiboko and Sabadeco.
During the international inves-
tigation, 18 house searches were
carried out in Bonaire on Tues-
day, September 8, and another
four searches the day after. One
house search was also made at
the residence of UPB leader
Ramonsito Booi, in addition to
those at the residences of El
Hage and others.
One of the suspects arrested
was released after being held for
nine days.
The search warrant copy re-
viewed by The Reporter does not
state exactly what crimes each of
the persons named is suspected
of. The Public Prosecutor of the
Netherlands Antilles is not re-
vealing much detail about the
specific charges.

A boat and an airplane
(above) were among the items

of luggage, but extra bags carry
a high price. Check with your
airline to be sure. It can be up to
$300 a bag!

SA new website has been set
up to
track the
up of the -
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Currently only in Dutch, it will
eventually be in Papiamentu and
English as well.

(Continued on page 6)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Investigation Update 2
Bonaire Farm Tour 3
Diplomat Missing (JamesHogan) 7
Early Park Visitors Return 8
Happy Birthday Marian 8
Tutti Frutti in Holland 9
World Animal Day 9
Read To Me 10
History of Jong Bonaire 10
Proof J.B. Meets its Goals 11
Letters to the Editor- Intrinsic Value,
Raw News, Island Time-Buchi 12
TCB Annual Marketing Meeting 17
Turtle Ttracking 18
Soldachi Tours-Windmills 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Celia Fernandes
Pedra) 4
Bonairean Voices (Referendum) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #14-(wateraccess) 7
Body Talk Questions Answered 12
Picture Yourself (On the Road Vancouver,
Brilish Columbia) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 14
Bubbles(Lionfsh) 15
BonQuiz Answer 15
Shopping & Service Guides 16
Sudoku Answer 17
Wedding Bells
Sky Park (Harvest Moon Illusion) 19
The Stars Have t (Asbrobgy) 19

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Commissioner Nolly Oleana with goat cheese farmer Aletta van Beeck

Bonaire's busy egg producers

B onaireans were always
proud to grow their own
food. Commissioners Nolly
Oleana and Frensel Janga totally
agree: energy and money must be
put in to stimulate and develop
sustainable agriculture and the
breeding of livestock on Bonaire.
Bonaireans must become proud
again of producing of their own
food in a balanced ecological way.
Until about 35 years ago, Bo-
naireans produced a lot of food
themselves, not only sufficient for
Bonaire, but also enough to supply
Curagao. For the kids in Bonaire it
was common to help with cultivat-
ing fruit or tending goats. In the
past few decades Bonairean food
production has lessened enor-
mously, caused by, amongst other
things, competition from Vene-
zuela. The number of farmers with
knowledge and experience of sus-
tainable methods of agriculture has

declined. Luckily, on Bonaire there
still are some good examples of
this type of agriculture and live-
stock breeding, examples that are
definitely inspiring.

Discovering Bonaire Farms
Stimulating a type of balanced
agriculture and breeding livestock
is a subject of great interest now.
Besides the Bonairean government
there is Stichting Kibrahacha that
is developing projects to improve
nature, agriculture and the environ-
ment. Also, several kwartiermak-
ers of the Regional Service Centre
(RSC) are very interested in this
subject. The stimulation of sustain-
able agriculture can have positive
effects on nature, agriculture and
the environment. As well, it can be
significant for social-economic
reasons and educational aspects.
The farmers cooperative, Kriabon,
is also involved.

To bring all these parties to-
gether and to show examples of
ecologically balanced agriculture
and livestock breeding on Bon-
aire, Rocky Emers, head of the
Agricultural Department of Bon-
aire (LVV), invited Island Com-
missioners and the kwartiermakers
Ton Akkerman (LNV/Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food Quality) and
Jozef van Brussel (VROM/
Housing, Physical Planning and
Environment) on an excursion with
stops at several examples of agri-
culture and breeding livestock on

From Goats to Chickens to
Veggies and Fruit
Our first stop is at the goat farm
of Aletta van Beeck. She is work-
ing at her modest kunuku in a bal-
anced way to produce goat milk
and goat cheese. The income is
low though.

"I am constantly weighing
things," Aletta says. "What do we
really need and what is less impor-
tant? To give you an example, we
need a new piece of fence, but we
don't have the money. We could
sell a goat, but then again, we need
her for the milk. So what do you
do? It would be wonderful if there
were funds which I could apply
for. But to find your way to fund-
ing is also a full time job. I could
use a volunteer for that!" she
Our next stop is the Punta
Blanku chicken farm. With the
background noise of 10,000 chick-
ens Anthony Emerenciana tells us
about the farm which provides
nearly all of the eggs for Bonaire.
Most of the chickens are in small
pens, but there is also a more spa-
cious coop.
Last but not least we stop at a
real fine example of ecologically
balanced agriculture: the kunuku
of Papa Lucia (See On The Island
Since in the last issue of The Re-
porter for a profile of Papa Lucia).
Here he and his wife grow vegeta-
bles and fruit in a sustainable and
profitable way. Papa Lucia grew
up with this lifestyle. "When I was
a kid I helped my parents grow
vegetables and fruit. And when we
were young all the kids had little
gardens (schooltuintjes) which we
had to take care of ourselves. It is a
pity that's not the case anymore

Options For The Future?
One of the largest problems of
agriculture and breeding livestock
on Bonaire is water, or better put,
the lack of it. Around May 2010
the new water purification installa-
tion for wastewater will be opera-
tional at LVV. With this resource,
possibilities arise for re-using the

purified water for agriculture and
livestock breeding as well as other
things. This development offers
opportunities for Bonaire to rein-
force traditional, small scale agri-
culture and to support the produc-
tion of food.
One of the ideas is to make
ground available for agriculture
close to the purification installation
so the water can be used directly.
An educational program could be
linked to this to increase people's
knowledge about agriculture. Man-
gazina di Rei and FORMA can be
involved in this educational part.

Commissioners Oleana and
Janga and Rocky Emers plan to get
together very soon with Ton Ak-
kerman and Jozef van Brussel of
the RSC and with Jan Jaap van
Almenkerk of Stichting Kibra-
hacha to work out a more detailed
plan for the project. The financial
means, probably NAf 500.000,
can be from SEI money, the Social
Economic Fund for Bonaire.
The commitment of all parties
is evident and there is a close co-
operation between them. Kwartier-
maker Ton Akkerman is favorably
surprised, saying, "Three weeks
ago I arrived on Bonaire. Today
we are having this useful excursion
and next week we will talk about
how to make this all really hap-
pen!" Story and photos by Inge

Inge Vos
is a recent
arrival on
She has
in Commu-

Bonaire Reporter- October 2-16, 2009

At me runta nianKu chicKen jarm, Commissioner uleana,
owner Anthony Emerenciana and Commissioner Frensel Janga

Page 3

fT was born into a big Catho-
1 lic family in Aruba and my
parents were very strict and protec-
tive. At 17 I left for Holland to
study to become a teacher at a vo-
cational school, and four years
later I returned to Aruba where I
worked till 1973.

When my ex-husband was of-
fered a job on Bonaire we came to
live here with our daughter. I
couldn't work as a teacher here as
the only domestic science school
was very small so I started at the
front desk of Hotel Bonaire and
later on I did reservations. In 1976
I was offered a job at the Watapana
School for special education in
Rincon. I stayed for a year, then I
started working at SGB high
school as a social education
teacher. During that period I be-
came certified as an English pro-
fessor... great!
In 1977 I got divorced and I took
a lot of courses. I don't need a CV
anymore- ha! ha!-so I lost track of
all the studies I did! In the mean-
time I got married again to a Bo-
nairean man and I had two children
with him: my son is 28 and my
daughter 25. They're both living in
Holland. My eldest daughter, Mary
Ann, has been living on Bonaire
since 2003.
I stopped working for SGB high
school in 2004, but Mary Ann is
still working there although not

for the time being because her
baby will be born any day now!
February 28th, this year, my
daughter in Holland made me a
first-time grandmother. What a
wonderful thing. Baby Joey is an
absolute sweetheart, an easy going
lovely little boy and such a happy
After my second marriage broke
up, I was alone for 17 years. Then I
met Hans Evers in 2002 on an
American dating site on the Inter-
net. I was his first match, but it
took him three weeks to answer.
He came to visit and that was it.
We traveled back and forth to Hol-
land for two years, then Hans
moved to Bonaire." She laughs:
"Before we met both of us said,
'Marriage... never again!' But...
we got married and now it's never
again alone anymore. We do eve-
rything together and we have a
wonderful and understanding rela-
To go back to my career, around
1980 I was offered a seat on the
child welfare board. I accepted and
have been the chairman for 18
years now. Juvenile care on Bon-
aire is not what it should be; the
organizations involved haven't
been able to coordinate properly
and therefore many children have
slipped through the net. The social
sector has been neglected for
years and it has resulted in many
dysfunctional families who need



Celia Fernandes Pedra

help to raise their children, but the
parents themselves need help too.
The child welfare board is like the

last resort; the very moment a child
comes to our attention it's in fact
too late. I hope once we've trans-

"I would like to have a new referendum, but it
should be explained clearly and ahead of time
what can be changed and what certainly cannot
be changed anymore."

ferred to the new status, we will be
able to work more efficiently. The
problem is and has been that there
are too few professionals on the
island, people with a higher educa-
tion and the right attitude who
know the culture and who speak
the language Caribbean Dutch
And that's how we get to our
(Continued on page 5)

Page 4

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On the Island Since (Continued from page 4)
Ban Boneiru Bek Foundation, which we
founded in 2007. After the referendum I
feared that there was going to be an unstable
growth considering the population of Bon-
aire, that we were going to be flooded with
foreigners and that the local people would
become the underdog. In my opinion, a
number of crucial mistakes have been made.

First of all, the politicians at the time were
actively campaigning to push the option
through and they gave misleading informa-
tion because at that time nothing had been
discussed with Holland yet. Another crucial
mistake I find, was that just a small major-
ity, 56%, chose for the option. When it
comes to radical changes like this, I feel that
at least two-thirds of the population should
agree with the option. Another issue I found
very disturbing was that our people who
were living in Holland were not allowed to
take part in the decision; they were ex-
cluded. I wasn't happy with the outcome of
the referendum- the basis was too weak. It
was more about breaking up the relationship
with Curagao. Because... let's be honest...
we don't love the makambas that much!
We're still suspicious of being dominated
and that's because of their behavior.
Some of the Dutch people who have
come to live here recently spend a lot of
money and they have this certain attitude
about them it stirs up bad blood. And
they're a particular kind of people who
don't add anything to the island. Even the
European Dutch people who are involved in
the well being of Bonaire are often ashamed
of this group like we are ashamed of our
people who are misbehaving in the Nether-
lands; we don't want to be identified with
those people either!"
Celia Fernandes Pedra is outspoken, en-
ergetic, well informed and worried. She's a
lovely woman and a great conversationalist.

She 's not prejudiced; she has a clear view, a
good heart and the right intentions to make
Bonaire a better place.
The goal of our Ban Boneiru Bek founda-
tion (Hans, my husband, is the Secretary, I
am the Chairman and Javier Boezem is our
Treasurer. That's it. It works fast.) is to help
establish a balanced and prosperous growth
for our community, with the help of people
who have a heart for Bonaire and who are
capable and willing to give a lasting contri-
bution. It's very simple. It means that we
want to see in all organizations in trade
and industry, in the island's government and
in the Dutch group of officials a reflection
of the composition of the population. Let me
explain. Suppose Caribbean Dutch people
make up 68% of our total population then
we should find that percentage back at all
levels. That's crucial. If not, you'll get prob-
lems because people will feel like second
class citizens. Only when this percentage is
equally represented at all levels of our soci-
ety will people identify themselves and feel
involved in the growth and development of
the island. If they are not equally repre-
sented they will step back and withdraw
from the process.
Our foundation is helping to come to a
solution with Holland and the local govern-
ment. We're open to every possibility of
cooperation. We're trying to get the best of
everything for our people. We're an inter-
mediary for both parties and often a catalyst
as well.
Where we are now is 'direct ties' with
Holland. That was the option and it was
only filled in after the referendum. It was
something new, a new and difficult situation
for both parties. Of course, if you want to
come and live with me, even if you're my
child, the child Bonaire, we have to set the
rules. But in this case the child is not in the
position to negotiate, as it doesn't speak the
same language and it doesn't have the same

education as the parents. It's a crooked rela-
Integration means that Dutch law will be
enforced on Bonaire the way it is enforced
in Holland. Many people didn't agree to
that, especially because the old people's
pension and social welfare won't be on the
same level as it is in Holland. Because of
this controversy the island government fell
and now we have another party who wants
to hold a new referendum. Whatever the
outcome will be, the process of integration
is unstoppable. I'm afraid that's how it is.
I would like to have a new referendum,
but it should be explained clearly and ahead
of time what can be changed and what cer-
tainly cannot be changed anymore. I also
would like to know if this process is irre-
versible. Suppose we're blooming 25 years
from now could the child still move out of
the house? And what if the combination
with Saba and Statia doesn't work? Will we
be stuck with them forever?

Another thing we're working on is to have
the jobs at the Regional Service Center
equally divided. We want 65% of the jobs -
or more to be filled by Caribbean Dutch
people. I want our own highly qualified
people, Caribbean Dutch people, to come
back from Holland and get the jobs here.
Then you make a statement that the Carib-
bean Dutch people are as good in this posi-
tion or... even better. We're not there yet as
all the quartermasters (kwartiermakers) are
European Dutch.
The key is to lift up the people of Bonaire
with knowledge and information and to
recognize Papiamentu
as the official language.
Then we can make a
good start!"
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from pg. 2)
I The Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS) announced that consumer prices
in Bonaire in August 2009 were 1%
higher than in June. However, the rate
of inflation declined from 6.4% in June to
5.5% in August. The price index in-
creased from 110.6 to 111.7.

1Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom
Affairs Ank Bijleveld-Schouten arrived
in Curacao Monday (September 28) for
a week-long working visit that will be
dominated by meetings to fill in details
for the restructuring of the Antilles. A
Kingdom Political Steering Group meet-
ing is set for Wednesday. Speculation is
that this meeting will be the one in which
a date will be set to switch to the new
structure. There have been suggestions
that, for symbolism, 10/10/10 be the
target date.
After consultations with Curaqao's is-
land government on Thursday she will
visit Bonaire for the Police Force King-
dom games and stop by the RSC office of
the Queen's Commissioner for the BES
islands. Her visit concludes on Friday.

Dutch Secretary Bijleveld-Schouten
sent a package of some 125 Antillean
laws to the Second Chamber last week
Tuesday. They will be applicable to Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba once they
have become direct part of the Nether-
lands. The 1,920-page package moves the
BES Island-Dutch link closer to reality.

0There will be no transfer of BES
Island public office holders to the
Dutch system. Public officials in Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba will keep their
current jobs when the islands become part
of Holland, at least until after the Island
Council elections in March 2011. Dutch
Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom
Relations Guusje ter Horst announced
this in a letter to the Second Chamber.
She also hinted in her letter that the retire-
ment age on the BES islands will increase
from 60 to 65, as it is in The Netherlands.

1The academic departments of the
SGB high school on Bonaire and some
other islands will expand their offerings
thanks to funds made available by the
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
of the Netherlands Antilles. Education
Minister Omayra Leeflang is releasing
NAf 300.000 to HAVO and VWO
schools from the cooperative funds from
the Netherlands.

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out access to financial services, such as
credit and insurance. Princess Maxima
was appointed Special Advisor by Ban Ki
-moon last Monday. She has been active
at the UN in advisory groups on micro-
credit for a number of years.
About 1,200 participants, including
heads of state, US President Barack
Obama, business leaders, humanitarians
and celebrities participated in the fifth
annual Clinton Global Initiative, which
started last Tuesday.

The Dutch Ministry of Physical Plan-
ning and Environmental Hygiene,
VROM, is preparing a new environ-
mental law for the BES islands of Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. The envi-
ronment is one of the main issues in the
transition. A policy for the islands is
needed because currently Holland gives
that responsibility to the Antilles Central
Government. State Secretary Bijleveld-
Schouten said the kwartiermakers
(quartermasters) of various Dutch minis-
tries, including VROM, are already work-
ing on the issues with the local govern-

I'Delay is the biggest risk in the
schedule for realizing the new relation-
ships in the Kingdom, said Dutch Justice
Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin last Friday.
"The risk is great. I see a Netherlands
Antilles that is dismantled halfway and
the laws that regulate new constitutional
relations are not ready. The legislative
process needs to be completed in time."

1'Hero Brinkman, Member of Parlia-
ment for the anti-immigration PVV
party in the Netherlands, acknowledged
he has a drinking problem and pledged
to take steps to deal with it.
Brinkman, who has often voiced severe
criticism of the Netherlands Antilles, al-
legedly hit a barman who refused to serve
him another. He is best known in the
Netherlands Antilles for severe criticism
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P For the 9th year Jong Bonaire is organizing its annual fundraising event,
the Swim to Klein Bonaire, Sunday October 4, from the Eden Beach Resort, at the
beginning of the Bonaire International Sailing Regatta.
Last year nearly 400 people swam to Klein Bonaire and most of them swam back as
well. This time, again a record-breaking number of participants is expected. Last year
the youngest participant was three years old and the oldest 73, so this is an event for
all ages. The Klein Bonaire swim is not a race but a fun swim. For those who do not
wish to swim back, there will be boats available to pick up people and return them to
Eden Beach Resort. Participants can use fins, masks or even flotation devices.
KLM will provide presents for the first 25 people who swim to Klein Bonaire and
back. All funding raised during this event will be used to professionalize Jong Bon-
aire's water sport activities (including the popular windsurfing activity) for Bonaire
youngsters. See the above poster for details.

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due to increased wind shear. Interest-
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temperatures in the tropical Atlantic de-
crease wind shear, while warmer tempera-
tures in the tropical Pacific and Indian
Oceans increase shear but the winds
produced over the Pacific and Indian
Oceans are most important. To get a bet-
ter understanding of the report read the
full article on global warming causing
fewer hurricanes as reported by the Asso-
ciated Press. http://www.cbsnews.com/

lEarly last Wednesday morning a
Special Security Services officer spotted
four men attempting to break into the
Zhung Kong Supermarket in Hato. He
contacted SSS headquarters which alerted
the police who sped to the scene. One
suspect was arrested and jailed. This is
another example of the value of SSS's
trained staff. SSS has been providing
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businesses for more than 26 years. SSS
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complete the final step in the process of
obtaining their dive certification this week
(September 26-October 3). Captain Don's
Habitat will be providing complimentary
accommodations for the group.

I The new traffic circle at the intersec-
tion of Kaya Industria and Kaya Interna-
tional was opened last week. Remember
that the traffic rules at both of Bon-
aire's circles now conform to interna-
tional standards: traffic in the circle
has precedence.

I Accolades to businesses in Playa like
Cultimara, MCB and the new Orco
Bank which are providing parking for
their clients. Lack of parking is a serious
problem for downtown shoppers, espe-
cially during cruise ship season.

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T he "Referendum" is a hot topic among Bonairean
citizens today. But people, including me, might
wonder what this word really means. Wikipedia explains
that "Referendum is a direct vote in which an entire voting
population is asked to either accept or reject a particular
proposal. The result could be in the adoption of a new con-
stitution, law or a specific government policy." It's good to
know what people have to say in a democratic country.
I decided to interview a person who is in daily contact
with all kinds of people. He has been our swim instructor
for more than 30 years, a fisherman, sportsman, sports-
caster, and above all, a real Bonairean. His name is Ed-
mundo Franklin "Eddy" Cristiaan (58).
When I asked him if he thinks what most people under-
stand the word referendum to mean, he answered, "No,
most people don't understand the fundamental meaning of
the word Referendum. They mix the word with a political
issue and it is not. The word is far from being part of politi-
cal matters. It is an opportunity for us to make the right
decision to choose a direction for ourselves, our country
and our future generations. People need to understand what
the word referendum means based on what the proposal is
all about and what the benefits are of making the right or
the wrong choice. It's not like the referendum that we had
in 2004, based on no content. There was no structure and it
was more political. In my opinion we made a lot of mis-
takes by not informing the Bonaireans what the real nego-
tiations were with the Netherlands. Now we have to take
the lead to give the correct information.
Often political parties talk about three key points: Asso-
ciation with the Netherlands, Integration into the Neth-
erlands and Autonomy in the kingdom of the Nether-
lands. But it is the people themselves who have to decide
what is the best for them. Politicians in charge of governing
this country have the role of consulting with the Bonaireans
and others first and give out lots of information. How do we
get this information? By getting to specific points, leading
conversations in a respectful manner, being united, choos-
ing firm points, and last but not least, thinking about our
future generations. If we can't fulfill these points, we can
never make people choose independently. At least 75% of
all the citizens of Bonaire have to understand where we are
going. For years we as Bonairean citizens have been pam-
pered by other countries, especially the Netherlands. The
Netherlands, in its turn, didn't prepare our politicians to
lead the Dutch Antilles in a proper direction. We wasted a
lot of time when politicians made personal attacks against
each other, and they lost the vision of our independence.
We've let others do things for us, like Curagao who's al-
ways helped us. Aruban and Bonairean politicians were

Edmundo Franklin "Eddy" Cristiaan

always skeptical of Curagao and didn't want to work to-
gether. So it's our own politicians who helped dismantle the
Dutch Antilles.
Now is time for us to do something for ourselves, first by
seeking information. We have a very limited and short time
and in this short time the referendum has to take place. The
three key points mentioned have to be explained in every
detail, but because there is not enough time to work on each
point we have to make a different move. Put the proposal
on the table for the citizens to decide to vote YES or NO.
And if the citizens don't approve of what the negotiations
are with the Netherlands right now, then you can ask the
Netherlands for time to work on what is best for Bonaire.
We have social problems that are worsening, education is
failing, crime is increasing. We have a lack of moral and
spiritual life and we don't respect each other. We have to do
it right otherwise the consequences will be for ourselves.
We have a lot of people in our community walking around
like time bombs. They are very sensitive and waiting for the
right moment to explode.
I will conclude like this. Now is time for those in charge
to guide and to negotiate with the Bonairean citizens them-
selves and in a referendum, answer YES or NO."
I'm sure there are a lot of people in our community who
want more information about the topics mentioned in this
article. What about
respectful and educa- Send your com-
tional information ments to The Bon-
nights for our Bo- aire Reporter, P.O.
nairean citizens? We Box 407, Bonaire,
can, as Bonairean or email reporter
citizens, ask for it. (a)bonairenews.
Siomara E. Albertus com.

T he Vice Consul of the US but he never returned. The police reported that blood stained
Consulate General in Cura- clothing similar to that which Hogan was wearing at the
9ao, 49 year old James Hogan, dis- ff time of his disappearance has been found.
appeared on Thursday evening, f On Sunday four dogs trained especially to find missing
September 24, after he attended a persons went to work and the clothes and traces of blood
reception at his Consulate. were sent to the NFI (Dutch Forensic Institute) in The Neth-
A huge search was launched for erlands.
the diplomat by the Curagao Police People calling themselves family members have mean-
Department, Dutch Coastguard, US while denied rumors on the Internet that Hogan had had
Navy helicopter crew, and CITRO y L an argument with his wife just before vanishing.
(Curagao Citizen Rescue Organiza- They say police should instead look for a woman who
tion). Five FBI agents have been on Curagao involved in was recently fired at the consulate and has criminal con-
the search since Saturday. Family members and colleagues nections.
were questioned. The investigation site has been covered with a tent be-
According to an official release, after Hogan reached cause of rain showers. The sudden disappearance of Hogan
home he told his wife that he was going for a walk. He usu- is of grave concern to the Antillean authorities. U G.D/Press
ally walked in his Caracasbaai-Toni Kuchi neighborhood, releases

To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9
to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer
on page 17. Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney

78 3 4

9 5 7

2 8

9 2 8 3

1 5 4 8

4 2 6 7

5 2

7 6 5

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Man Made Watering Holes.
ears ago, owning land on Bonaire meant pride and
joy. One was honored and respected by having
land. Properties were passed down from generation to
generation, and the land was used and worked, not to be
bought and sold. When families expanded, land was part
of their heritage handed down the family tree.
Aside from government owned land, there was also
privately owned land where an owner kept slaves. One of
the many tasks of these slaves was to tend the crops and
livestock. Their water came from the natural water holes,
springs and caverns that retained rain water. Landowners
would reshape these natural "watering holes" and keep
them open and clean. There were those sites that were
accessed by concrete or coral rock steps going down
underground making it possible for the workers to easily
haul water from below or allow access by their livestock.
Quiz & photo by Christie Dovale
One of the water access points is portrayed in
the photo. Do you know where it's located?
Answer on page 15

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S ue Felix looks over her scrapbook:
27 July 1969-A young Bonairean
man took a young American woman, a
Trans World Radio "summer worker," to
the newly opened Washington National
Park. The highlights of the park were a
visit to the home and gravesite of the late
Mr. Herrera, a view of the grazing savan-
nah and a short climb to the lighthouse.
The entrance tickets to the Park were
taken back to the US by the woman and
included in a scrapbook of memories of
"The Summer of 1969 on Bonaire."
June 2009--The scrapbook was discov-
ered when this same woman was going
through old boxes of "stuff." What a sur-
prise to find the 40-year-old entrance
ticket to the 40-year-old Park!
27 July 2009--This same couple, Sue
and Amado Felix, married for nearly 38
years and owners of Achie Tours and
Transport NV, returned to the Washing-
ton-Slagbaai National Park Visitor's Cen-
ter to buy a current pass to the Park.
We asked this couple about the Park's
development and the changes they've
noticed in all these years.
Sue says she's noticed many improve-
ments. In 1969 there was practically noth-
ing. Since then it's turned into a real Park,
something to be very proud of. Just to
name a couple of things: the yellow and
green routes have been expanded, climb-
ing Brandaris has been made possible,
and Slagbaai has become a nice place to
go and spend the weekend. She does re-
gret that her favorite route to the back of
Goto Lake disappeared, but she really

appreciates the major W
improvements of the
roads. But above all she
is very happy that the
Park is kept natural like e
it has to be.
Sue's favorite place in Fj
the Park is Boca
Kokolishi. One of her
most memorable times
was when she saw a
caracara for the first
time. It was walking in
the sand dunes at Playa
Chikitu--a beautiful
sight of the stately bird
on the unusual sand -_ -
Both Sue and Amado
are very appreciative of
the forethought of Mr.
Herrera and his desire
to create a National
Park. Even though there
was not much develop-
ment on the island 40
years ago, he realized
the need to put restrictions on some areas
in order for future generations to enjoy
the Bonaire that he loved so much.
The year 2009 is not only a very special
year for Sue and Amado Felix, but also
for Bonaire. STINAPA Bonaire is cele-
brating the 40th anniversary of Washing-
ton National Park (WSNP) and the 30th
anniversary of the National Marine Park
(BNMP). Throughout the entire year
STINAPA has special events and activi-
ties to celebrate with the people of Bon-

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Ishington Slagbaai

National Park
MAY 9. 1969


STINAPA wishes Sue and Amado
many more happy years to come in which
they will continue to share their love and
knowledge of Bonaire's nature and cul-
ture with the visitors and the people of
Bonaire. We also would like to thank
them for sharing this special moment with
us. 0
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Big Party at Parke Publiko! Pet Personals
S 1 '/ '"7 ant to meet the pet of your dreams? Then check out the dogs and cats listed
S.iF --. .below. They were especially selected by the staff of the Bonaire Animal
SShelter for their fine qualities. See them and the other adoptees at the Shelter on the
... . Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 1 and 3 to 5. Tel. 717-4989.

The grandchildren of "Nachi" and Sabina Nicolaas from Nort di Salina
visit the cat cage at the Shelter

Everywhere around the world Octo-
ber 4t is celebrated as the day thai
people give extra attention to their ani-
mals. It's like Valentine's Day for the
animals! All year long they give us un-
conditional love and this one day we g;i
the opportunity to show them how muc Ii
we appreciate it.
On Sunday, October 4th, the Animal
Shelter of Bonaire is organizing a big
party at the Parke Publiko the play-
ground of the We Dare to Care Founda-
tion behind the hospital. There will bca
huge book market from 2 to 6 pm and
from 4 pm we're going to party!
Everyone can bring their pet and get .
free consultation from a veterinarian.
There will be a live demonstration of do,'
training by Bon Barking and people can
visit the stands of all the organizations
involved in animal care on the island.
For children there will be all kinds of
games and a drawing contest, and the bc'si
drawings will be printed on a T-shirt, and
Magic Ed will be there with his bouncer,
cotton candy and popcorn!
Every pet owner can participate in a
contest. Just bring your favorite pet and a
jury will tell you why your pet is the
sweetest, the best taken care of and the
most beautiful pet in the whole wide
world! And if you favorite pet is a horse,
a pig or a mouse and you can't bring it,
show the jury a picture.
There are lots of prizes to win: A trip
with the Aqua Space for two persons, an
hour's land sailing for two, a kayak tour
through the mangroves for two people,
lots of T-shirts, a four-hour tour with a
STINAPA Ranger, a try out dive for two
people at Dive Friends Bonaire, an animal

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Boneiru in
Rijswijk was a big
party and all en-
joyed Bonaire's
Grupo Tutti Frutti ^-
very much: they A4
were performing
out of this world! U
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package and two tickets for the Butterfly
Farm. Warehouse Bonaire is giving away
a check worth NAf. 200- and Cultimara
offers one minute of free shopping.
You love animals? You're invited to the

Where: Parke Publiko, behind the hos-
When: Sunday, October 4th
Time: Book market from 2 to 6 pm.
Party from 4 to 6 pm.
Info: Animal Shelter Bonaire, phone 717-
4989 or www.animalshelterbonaire.com or
animalshelter(alflamingotv.net U
Greta Kooistra
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Handsome teenage boy, in the midst of his
puberty, is looking for a forever family. I am a
mellow guy who doesn't like fights and I respect a
mature person's opinion. I love the outdoors to
play soccer or go for a swim and it would be
really nice if my forever family would have a boy
my age, so we can hang out together and become
friends for life.

Beautiful baby girl with great potential, is
looking for a loving family. I'm an easy going
little girl who doesn't throw herself into tantrums.
I'm funny, smart and sweet and I love to be
hugged and cuddled and I love to play, but I take '
a lot of naps too. As I'm still a baby I can't be
alone all day, so I would really like my new
mom or dad to spend a lot of time with me!

I'm gorgeous, but I don't have the attitude
that comes with it! I'm not a girly girl, I don't
mind getting dirty or working hard. I'm fun lov-
ing and I like to have people around me. To find
a good home means everything to me. As I will
be sterilized soon, my new family doesn't have to
put up with boyfriends and all the problems that
come with having a beautiful young girl at home.
To tell you the truth: I know who I am and what
I stand for... to me it's all about family and girl
power! U Greta Kooistra

MSF (mature sterilized female) seeks loving
companion to share candlelit tuna dinners and a
soft sofa for long naps and loving caresses. My
best features are from my Siamese heritage that
gives me deep blue eyes and cream and brown
complexion. My little secret is that I am blind in
one eye from a childhood injury, but it is no
handicap and even bluer than my other one!

YSM (young sterilized male) looking for
love and attention. While having a mouse-free
home, you will also be the proud companion to
an extremely handsome, gray and silver stud
muffin. My little secret is that despite my macho
appearance, I love cuddling, kissing and baby

YSF (young sterilized female) seeks someone
to appreciate her calm, loving temperament,
regal beauty... and who enjoys watching Animal
Planet. My best feature is my extraordinary cal-
ico markings. My little secret is that I love to play
with little balls and catnip toys. U Jane Madden i
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Page 9

Read To Me (Before I Sleep) History of
Lesa ku mi )rome mi drumi


Some of the children who turned out for the monthly afternoon reading pro-
gram, Lesa ku min prome drumi mi, at the Public Library.

About 130 children turned out for the Public Library's monthly reading
session of Lesa ku mi prome mi drumi on September 17. This
month's special guests were young windsurfers Bjorn and Jorgen Saragoza
with their father, Patun, who is Bonaire's past Olympic windsurfing cham-
Children of all ages love to be read to. The Library, in association with
JePoBon, continues to promote this series of Thursday afternoon sessions
from 3 to 5 pm every month.
Once a month a prominent person will read to the children from his or her
favorite children's book. lSharon Bol

New arrivals

n addition to the 10-year celebration
for the Jong Bonaire after school pro-
gram, 2009 marks the 50th Anniversary for
the existence of the Stichting. Originally
named r,,1i..in, JeugdwerkPrinses
Beatrix, it later changed its name to Sticht-
ing Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire.
The current Sentro pa Hubentut Jong
Bonaire officially opened for activities in
September 1999. On August 23, just be-
fore the official opening, Dutch Secretary
of State at the time, R. v/d Ploeg, helped
Gezaghebber Interino Orphaline Saleh and
officials of Radio Nederlands and Maduro
& Curiels Bank Bonaire dedicate the com-
puter room.
Highlight of the opening year came in
November of 1999 when Her Majesty
Queen Beatrix and her entourage visited
the youth center and met the 200 members,
the staff and volunteers. Also during the
first year, a mural was painted on the walls
of the center by artist Tirzo Martha and the
teen members, celebrating 500 years of
Bonaire History
Before the official opening in August, the
youth center had a two-month trial opening
during May and June where teens attended
for free as the staff and volunteers tested
their plans and programs. "So there are
members from that period who must also
be found," says manager Jona Chirino.
"We have some of the names but not all of
The original buildings of Jong Bonaire,

. :

ong Bonaire

which are the gymnasium and auditorium,
were constructed in 1959 and functioned as
a youth center for a number of years. But
by the 1990s they were little used and the
roof on the gym had begun to collapse.
With the funding from Sede Antia these
buildings were repaired and a new class-
room building and several sport fields were
added for the current youth center. Pri-
mary funding to start the after school pro-
gram at Jong Bonaire came from Sede An-
tia, but there were also large donations
from Maduro & Curiel's Bank, Radio Ned-
erlands, SABADECO, 'r,,i. i, Katholieke
Noden, Juliana Welzijn Fonds, JENA/FAJ,
andReda Social, along with 65 other com-
panies and individuals.
Efforts to start the youth center began
three years before the opening in 1999 with
fundraising, construction and renovation of
the existing buildings. Construction was
not even complete until January of 2000.
Community support has continued over the
years with major funding from the Island
Government, AMFO, Samenwerkende
Fondsen and SNAYDP plus continued
support from MCB, SABADECO, Ro-
cargo, It Rains Fishes and many other local
companies and individuals.
ENNIA Insurance is helping Jong Bon-
aire find its former members and announce
its activities for its 10-year celebration the
first weekend in October by providing ra-
dio commercials, which were written and
produced by former Jong Bonaire mem-
bers. 4Alan Gross/Jane Townsend

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Proof: Jong Bonaire Meets Its Goals
noon rcadin, "Lcsa ku min promc drumi mi" which took place on September
noon ihldinii "L sI ku 11 Iln IlOIIi diinlllllI 1" i \\ i!!li took place on Septembe
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A s a part of its 10th anniversary cele-
bration, Jong Bonaire conducted a
survey among its ex-members. The re-
sults clearly show that the after-school
program for teens has been meeting its
goals for the past 10 years.

Of the respondents 95% report that Jong
Bonaire has helped them in their lives.
Typical responses to the question: 'How
has Jong Bonaire helped you?" were:
"Because of Jong Bonaire I was not on
the street after school nor did I make bad
friends I also didn't just sit at home with
nothing to do." (woman, 22)
"I learned how to behave myself." (man,
"It helped me develop as a person espe-
cially socially." (woman, 22)
"I got help with my homework, took

part in various workshops and activities
that helped me develop personally and in
my career." (man, 21)
"Jong Bonaire helped me a lot so that
now I have respect for other peo-
ple." (woman, 24)
"Jong Bonaire helped me find my hid-
den talents." (woman, 20)
"They taught me respect." (man 17)
"They spoke with me a lot and helped
me with my character." (woman, 18)
"If I had not come to Jong Bonaire I
could have walked the streets after school
and done God knows what." (woman, 20)
"It helped me socialize more with other
people and also taught me to be more re-
sponsible." (man, 22)
"Thanks to them I had a place where I
could learn and do my home-
work." (woman, 26)

"I got a lot of motivation and encourage-
ment." (woman, 18)
"I learned to work well in
groups." (woman, 26)
"Jong Bonaire kept me off the street and
gave me a chance to develop and express
my abilities." (woman, 23)
"Discipline. That's what they taught
me." (man, 20)
"Most of the friends I have today I met
at Jong Bonaire." (man, 21)

Among all the responses there were
three concepts that appeared most often:
Responsibility, Friendship and Respect.
Since these words reflect the goals of the
program so well, Jong Bonaire has incor-
porated them into its logo as its slogan.
More than anything else the young people
mentioned the help they got with their

school assignments at Jong Bonaire.
There is still time for other ex-members
to register their opinions. They can do so
at the website www.jongbonaire.org or
at the office of Jong Bonaire. At the same
time they can sign up for the Jong Bonaire
Youth Conference: Our Voice Has
Power" to be held on 03 October.

The Board of Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong
Bonaire thanks all of the more than 150 ex
-members who took the time to fill out the
questionnaire and also the Youth Leaders
since 1999 who have worked with the
members. Thanks also go to the govern-
ments of Bonaire, the Antilles and the
Netherlands, to AMFO and to the many
sponsors who have made this program
possible. 0 Press release

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Bonaire Reporter- October 2-16, 2009

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Body Talk


Dear Editor:
"I'm on island time" was the
term we repeatedly heard about
Bonaire. Now that we've been
here for a while, we find the
term does apply, though appar-
ently mostly for the tourists.
Our pre-conceived visions of
the islanders pedaling bicycles,
folks lying around under palm
trees just ain't so. Fast new
cars, fast new motorcycles,
they must all be fast on their
way to work to pay for them.


Dear Editor:
Ship's bells sounded as the mar-
keting body of the TCB called all
hands on deck on Wednesday, to
provide a very focused vision of
what's in store for Bonaire's fu-
ture in these difficult times. Cap-
ping it all up, though growth will
be compromised, it clearly has
given the TCB American, Euro-
pean and South American market-
ing arms the opportunity to re-
define and re-structure and move
forward with much more con-
sciousness and creativity.
Yes, occupancy is down, and
airlift has become more challeng-
ing than ever (after losing two
major markets like California and
Florida that are strong foundations
for the dive industry); and pocket
books have gotten tight, and credit
cards crunched. Yet, in a scenario
where 'flat is now the new up', the
good news is that economic indi-
cators are now looking 'flat'.
We've hit bottom. On Bonaire,
that means: hit the reef.
So where do we go from here?
According to the TCB experts, we
go 'green', we strive for sustain-
able eco-tourism growth, putting
emphasis on the new paradigm of
values that will inevitably revive
the phoenix that recovers from the
ashes that were a product of the
unconscious moral and commer-
cial overindulgence that has com-
promised the very survival of the

Not Buchi
Carolus. No car,
no motorcycle, no
stress. Almost an
there is little need
to work. Though
born in Curaqao,
lie's made our
\ island his home
lol so long he's
Become an icon.
H can't get
J, lliotiil d on his
bicycle anymore,
so friends and
neighbors like us
"ikii him out
shopping; it's his
best chance at
Getting out there
to visit the rest of
the island, and
believe me, he
knows it all. Eve-
ryone knows him, too, but not
everyone will stop by to visit
these days. Too busy they
are, just tooting the horn as
they drive by, on their way to
work, of course, to pay for their
new cars.
He's a wealth of local infor-
mation, still keeping up with
the happenings around these
parts. For us it is always a treat
to share some of his homemade
funchi and delicious sopis he
just whips up in a snap. He
should have had his own res-
taurant. Perhaps just as well,

planet into the r
21st century.
Consensus at
the meeting
agreed that we are
in the eye of the
storm, and that
the challenge of
the moment is to
'batten down', call
'all hands on deck' and focus on a
single vision: Mama's smile. But
why is Mama smiling? Because
she has faith in Bonaire and in
mankind, to start making the right
conscious 'choices', that have a
'quantum' impact, as co-creators
of reality. Of course, she doesn't
say it that way, but that wide hon-
est smile should be a reminder
that we all are all responsible for
our actions, 'attract' according to
how and what we 'vibe'.
Thus, extending well deserved
compliments to the TCB's crew I
would just like to add the concept
of INTRINSIC VALUE to do the
very well accepted VALUE
ADDED approach outlined at the
marketing meeting.
Yes, we can add quality, con-
venience, service and eco-
sustainability to our Bonaire prod-
uct, but let's not forget to what
may perhaps be the most impor-
tant issue upon which all other
things rest: THE HEALTH OF
It is common knowledge by
now, that we are in another crisis
that is not going to go away that

for there are way too many
restaurants on the island any-
way. Why work if he doesn't
have to?
Buchi is one of the kindest,
most gentle, lovable and won-
derful fellows around, always
making new friends of anyone
and everyone who passes by
who will stop to chat. His
charm and character befriends
everyone instantly. In fact,
if anyone can't get along with
Buchi, they have some serious
social problems.
When you're checking out
the waterfront, just across from
the South Pier, he may be there,
sitting in his tree enjoying a
cold Malta, or chopping one of
his own now internationally
famous coconuts, truly on
"'island time." Look for him.
Say hi.
We're truly blessed and proud
to have such a great neighbor.
JP and Suzy

Dear Editor:
The Raw News (online) is a
great additional feature to your
reporting and especially helpful
given that The Reporter is pub-
lished only every 2 weeks. For
English speaking property own-
ers (resident and non-resident)
trying to stay current with is-
land news it is a valuable addi-
tion. Thanks.
Nathalie Meyfarth

easy. At least not with a smile. In
fact, many experts have already
forecasted that in view of the pre-
sent rate of decline, the reef that
sustains most of the economic life
on the island will be severely af-
fected by improper waste manage-
ment within the next 10 years.
Possibly five.
It is also common knowledge
that 25 million have been budg-
eted to address this crisis, but
we're at an impasse, because bids
have come back in excess of 40
million. So what now? We're
also in that storm. Founder and
sink? Not in your life! Let's take
Let's accept this as a challenge,
not as a defeat. Let's re-structure
the project. Let's allocate the
available funds for temporary
waste disposal plans, and selec-
tively attack the most contaminat-
ing focal points along Playa and
Hato with sewerage infrastructure.
Let's buy time and save that rare
gift of 'Intrinsic Value', just to
make sure Mama and everybody
else is smiling tomorrow.
John Ashford

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s promised, I will try to
answer some of your ques-
tions regarding 'What to eat,'
'What not to eat,' and 'Is there
anything left to eat?'

Probably the most frequently
asked questions were "How can I
possibly give up my cheese, or
my yogurt?" Well, the answer is
quite simple do not give it up,
but limit yourself. Remember,
dairy products are highly mucus
forming and constipating. When
you have a cold or a respiratory
problem, where do you think this
clear, green yellow or brown mu-
cus comes from? Contrary to
popular belief, we only utilize
about 20% of calcium from milk.
Have you noticed how many
dairy consumers also pop calcium
supplements? Why not try our
local spinach for calcium, it is
inexpensive and it is NOT mucus
Many of you had lots of ques-
tions about soy and soy products.
My answer is quite simple -
should I be stranded on an unin-
habited island with soy protein
and my lipstick, I'll go fishing.
An interesting website to visit -
www.thedoctorwithin.com, but
do your own research on the
internet on soy.
Most of you are aware of food
additives, but do you really know
what they are? Do you know that
some additives are very cleverly
disguised? Do you know about all
those "hidden" sugars in your
food? Of all the so-called un-
healthy or bad things we can eat,
refined sugar and those hidden
sugars are probably the most de-
structive. Do you know those
nasty chemical additives like as-
partame in our diet drinks and
candies or aluminum in our un-
derarm deodorant or MSG in our
salad dressing and tomato sauce
or saccharin in our desserts and
drinks. All of these are toxic and
some of them are known neuro-
toxins. I believe these additives in
our food account for so many
"tllndi,'iinoscd" ill Inesses noio -
dl\ s Do \ Oil 0Olilcllllc. \\olIidl
Iboutl \1 lialltlh Do \ on somce-

defined Dairy
Sugar. Produc
The Tainted Triangle

times wonder if the big C will get
Let me make this very clear -
there are two certainties in this
life. One is death and the other is
disease. Only one of them is pre-
Regardless of your age, it is
never too late to change the way
you eat. Get back into eating un-
processed foods. Stop drinking
that soda you are so fond of. Have
more fresh fruit and vegetables,
stay away from all those carbs
like pasta, rice andfunchi, cut
down on the dairy and meat and
kick that sugar habit. By nature
you have to "EAT TO LIVE."
Unfortunately most of us "LIVE
TO EAT" and then wonder why
we have diabetes, or why our
children are so angry and out of
control, or why so many people
have heart disease or stomach
Remember, little problems like
heartburn, painful joints, colds,
headaches, constipation, bladder
infections, excessive thinness,
overweight, cholesterol, candida
and fungal skin infections are
mere symptoms of an over acidic
digestive system. CHANGE
or be prepared to suffer the conse-
quences. Stephanie Bennett
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Author Stephanie Bennett was born
in Cape Town, South Africa, where
she studied herbs, minerals and nutri-
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continued her studies in UK, and now
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issues that par-
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people on Bonaire
and other Carib-
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf10 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786-1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-

aire Slide i 'i.. every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
centuIy. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotari-
ans welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
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Molly Bartikoski-Keamy, Maria Koeks, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Lauren
Saulino, Jane Townsend, Karen W. van Dijk, Inge Vos
Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher.
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which it gets its name?
These bright red and white striped fish
are flashy and fearsome. They are large
fish with poisonous spines embedded in
their dorsal fins which make them one of
the most venomous fish in the ocean. Even
in their native region of the Indo-Pacific,
these fish have very few natural predators
because of this significant defense mecha-
nism. The lionfish do not use their spines
to capture prey but rather corner it by fan-
ning their large fins and herding the
smaller fish before striking and swallowing
These attractive fish are a popular
aquaria species, and it is believed that it
was through this trade that they were first
introduced in the Atlantic Ocean during the
1990s. Because native herbivorous fish
have never before encountered a predator
similar to the lionfish and because over-
fishing has significantly reduced the num-
bers of larger predatory fish such as grou-
per, the lionfish is spreading virtually un-
checked across the temperate waters of the
Atlantic and Caribbean. Since their intro-
duction in this area, they have invaded and
devastated areas from as far north as
Rhode Island all the way down into the
Southern Caribbean.
A study coming out of Oregon
State University suggested that the arrival
of lionfish into a coral reef environment
can spell disaster for the ecosystem since
these fish are reported to reduce juvenile
reef fish populations by up to 80%. One
large fish was documented as eating 20
small fish in a 30-minute period!
Bonaire is known as having one
of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean and
is lauded for its longstanding marine pro-
tected area. To keep the status of our reefs,
we must be vigilant and protect our be-

loved habitat from the threat the lionfish
pose. Please help the Bonaire National
Marine Park by monitoring for the pres-
ence of lionfish in our waters. If you make
a sighting please provide as much of the
following information as possible:
Dive site (distance from the moor-
ing in meters or minutes diving)
Approx. size
Please report any specific references that
can help to locate it.
Thanks for your help and please do not
hesitate to contact the Bonaire Marine Park
for more information:
Ram6n de Le6n, Manager Bonaire
National Marine Park
P.O. Box 368, Bonaire Netherlands
Antilles. Phone: (599) 717 8444; Fax:
(599) 717 7318
E-mail: arinepark@tstinapa.org
U Lauren Saulino
Lauren Saulino is the recent recipient of
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ences with an
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ronmental Man-
agement from
Miami University :,
(Ohio). E ta sinti
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na Boneiru. El a
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traha ku CIEE komo un intern.
Reference: "Lionfish Decimating Tropical Fish
Populations, Threatening Coral Reefs." Science Daily
(July 21, 2008). http://www.sciencedailv.com/
releases/2008/07/080717164319.htm. Date accessed:
Sept. 24, 2009.

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

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

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

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

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
Smile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N.Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

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.

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

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at
City Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apart-
ments .


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

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

Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Harmony House-The herb and mineral center.
Help your body heal itself.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

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

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

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

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

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and

property management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and
insurance services. If you want a home or to invest
in Bonaire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.

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

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

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

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
lection and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or N/, ii '. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-

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

Let visitors and residents know
about your business or restaurant
with an ad in The Reporter.

Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
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Hair Affair

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

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

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Bonaire Reporter- October 2-16, 2009

TCB Annual Marketing Meeting

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What's the busy season on Bonaire? According to TCB statistics, perhaps surprisingly, last year .
it was in April. August-October is the slowest season as shown above.
Figures are prodioed by Turism aporamon namre

On September 16, Tourism
Corporation Bonaire
(TCB) held its annual Marketing
Meetings with stakeholders. The
meeting was well attended by all
sectors, and the Bestuurscollege
even postponed a meeting so that
three of the four Deputies could
attend a rare happening. Dep-
uty for Tourism, Pancreatic
(Pancho) Cicilia opened the
meeting with a call for close co-
operation among all players to
address the current situation. In
his words, "I don't want to have
to stand here next year and an-
nounce such negative numbers."
As expected, much of the news
was disappointing owing to the
economic crisis and the severe
drop in tourism worldwide. One
interesting finding was that the
impact of the loss of service from
American Airlines was far
greater than the actual
number of lost seats
would predict.
AA fell from bringing 7
about 16% of visitors in
2007 to about 12% in 2
2008. But the impact
was much worse in the
first months of 2009
when there was no ser- a
vice at all. Analysis of -
the importance of AA 1
showed that access to -
Bonaire from many of 5
our traditionally strong
markets was severely 4
restricted when AA
stopped many flights to 3
San Juan. This had an
effect even before the 8

complete cancellation of Ameri-
can Eagle flights late last year.
Another impact of the loss of
mid-week flights was that the
average stay of US visitors has
slipped from 8 to 7 days a
12.5% loss of income on top of
lower total numbers of visitors.
Plans for the coming year in-
clude efforts to support all carri-
ers to the island and to try to re-
establish AA service to Bonaire
either from San Juan or Miami
along with targeted consumer
efforts in key markets. These
need to start quickly as for the
first time both California and
Texas (both major diver states)
fell out of the top 10 sources for
Bonaire visitors. In addition, the
audience was given a brief look
at some upcoming website im-
provements another program
that needs to get moving quickly

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since most bookings are now on
the Internet. Cruise arrivals are
expected to be about the same as
2008. In all, there do not seem to
be any great changes in store for
Bonaire marketing but an empha-
sis on some targeted areas. 0
Alan Gross

Congratulations to the newly wedded couple, John Cebal-
los and Maaike Storteboom. They were married amidst
the beautiful surroundings of the Eden Beach Resort on Septem-
ber 9th.
Feel free to visit their slide show and upload some of their
wonderful wedding pictures taken by Scuba Vision Films'
Hendrik Wuyts. Visit: http://
www.bonairefilmproductions.com and go to the wedding page.
We wish the couple many happy years to come. 0
Press release

Table 1.11 Total Visitor Arrivals by Air ine
2006 Share% 207 Shore % 2008 Share %

CONTINENTAL ARLINE 6,164 9.70c. 11,009 14.82% 13,476 18.13%

AMERICAN EAGLE 10,296 16.20% 12,524 16.85% 9,128 12.28%

AIR JAMAICA 6,400 10.07% 7,126 9.59% 1,186 1.60%

ARKEFLY 374 0.59% 4,071 5.48% 4,483 6.03%

INSEL AIR n/a n/a 167 0.22% 613 0.82%

KLM 22,104 34.78% 20,226 27.22% 19,805 26.64%

DELTA AIR LINES n/a n/a n/o n/a 6,757 9.09%

DUTCH ANTILLES EXPRESS 13,797 21.71% 14,438 19.43% 12,471 16.78%

DVI DIVI 2,350 3.70% 1,880 2.53% 2,085 2.80%

TiARA AIR 350 0.55% 956 1 29% 2.060 2.77%

AVIAAIR 10 0.02% 338 0.45% 1280 1.72%

CHARTER FLGHTS 895 1.41% 655 0.88% 219 0.29%

PRIVATE FLIGHTS 035 1.27% 918 1.24% 708 0.95%

OTHER AIR 7 0.01% 1 0.00% 71 0.10%

TOTAL 63,552 100% 74,309 100% 74,342 100 %
How do people fly to Bonaire? The table above shows the airlines that fly to Bonaire based on the
latest figures from the TCB. The reduction of flights followed by the total loss of American Eagle last
season was discouraging. Next week the Bonaire Government will reopen negations with American
Airlines to see whether the service can be restored.

Bonaire Reporter- October 2-16, 2009

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Doris is cruising in front ofCabo de la Vela in la Peninsula of La Guajira off Colombia.
Hawksbill turtle #52049 is now 322 km away from Klein Bonaire and 40 km north from
Isla de La Tortuga ( Turtle Island, Venezuela). U Mabel Nava

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T his Sun-
day, Octo-
ber 4th, is the
official night of
the Harvest
Moon. And along
with it comes the
great Harvest
Moon illusion,
which you can
prove is an illu-
sion in two fun
but weird ways. But just what is a Harvest Moon anyway? Well, according to the
dictionary a harvest is simply the act of gathering in a crop or the harvested crop
itself. And for centuries at this time of year across North America and Europe the
fall harvest took place.
Now traditionally the Full Moon closest to the first day of fall, the Autumnal
Equinox, is called the harvest moon. And since this year the autumnal equinox oc-
curred on September 22nd the full Moon this Sunday is the closest to the equinox
and thus the Harvest Moon. Simple. But there is more to a Harvest Moon than that
because even though there is only one official night of the Harvest Moon the visual
effects last for three nights, October 3rd, 4th and 5th.
You see, normally the Moon rises approximately 50 minutes later each successive
night, except for the Harvest Moon, which rises only 20 to 25 minutes later each
successive night. The reason for this is that the path of the full Moon closest to the
autumnal equinox makes a much smaller angle with the horizon than at any other
time of year. Now before the invention of electric lights this was very important to
farmers at harvest time because it meant that they could work after sunset for at
least three nights in a row gathering in their crops by the bright light of the harvest
moon. Today mechanized farming is all done with artificial lighting so that aspect
of the Harvest Moon has lost its original significance. But what it will never lose is
its incredible beauty in early evening. Because for three nights we will see it rise
just before or just after sunset. And all rising full moons always look much bigger
and more colorful than when they're overhead.
Now the reason the full Moon looks more colorful as it rises is because we see it
through thicker and dustier layers of our Earth's atmosphere than when it's over-
head. Now the reason the full Moon always looks bigger when it's closer to the ho-
rizon than when it's overhead is one of the grandest illusions of nature, which you
can prove is an illusion yourself this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Simply take a
10 cent guilder coin, hold it at arm's length when the Harvest Moon is close to the
horizon just after sunset and again when it's at its highest around midnight and
you'll see that your 10 cents will cover exactly the same amount of the moon.
But an even more fun way to prove this illusion is to bend over at the waist and
watch the rising Harvest Moon upside down between your legs. Because, bingo, it
will instantly look smaller than when you look at it right side up. The reason for this
is still being argued. But believe me it's one heck of an illusion.
For those that haven't noticed, The Bonaire Reporter's cover date is either on a
full moon or new moon day. The current issue is full moon. U JackHorkheimer

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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may
find that doing odd jobs around the house
will be successful and appreciated by
loved ones. Remain calm and you'll shine.
Passion should be your goal. Be careful
not to hurt someone's feelings. You need
to spend some time getting to know this
person all over again. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You
haven't been watching your spending hab-
its and you may have been neglecting
your duties. You haven't been totally hon-
est with yourself and it's time to review
your motives. The talk you have may be
eye-opening with regard to your present
situation. Your colorful conversation may
attract new mates. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may
make someone else look bad. If you've
been really busy, try to schedule some
time to spend with loved ones. You will
find that superiors may not see situations
as you do. Do not lend money to friends,
or contribute more than necessary to
groups unworthy of your cash. Your
luckiest events will occur on a Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try not to
be overly generous. Set aside any deci-
sions regarding your personal life this
month. Go over your finances and figure
out a solid budget. Travel should be on
your agenda. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may be
sensitive to a point of absurdity. You can
get a promotion if you put in a little extra
detail. Be careful not to show your temper
when dealing with the boss. Don't share
your dilemma with those you work with.
Your luckiest events will occur on a Mon-
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may
exaggerate your emotional situation.
Delve into your work if you can't make
amends at home. Someone you live with
may feel totally neglected. Don't give out
any personal information that you don't
want spread around. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Personal
problems may be hanging over your head
but don't confront the situation. Do not
hesitate to help elders with legal docu-

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SAstrologer Michael Thiessen
For October 2009
ments that are too confusing for them.
Hassles with close friends or family will
put a damper on your day and result in
isolation and loneliness. Insurance pay
outs, tax rebates, or just plain luck. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be
careful not to get involved in other peo-
ple's personal affairs. Be sure to look into
travel opportunities that will provide you
with mental stimulation. Try to be consid-
erate in your personal obligations. Take
whatever time you can to get to know
each other all over again. Your luckiest
events will occur on a Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
You will be uncertain of your feelings.
Try making some changes to your appear-
ance and your attitude that will reinforce
just that. Hassles with close friends or
family will put a damper on your day and
result in isolation and loneliness. You can
get a great deal accomplished if you bring
work home. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20)
Don't make a move; your confusion has
caused this dilemma and you are best to
back away and reassess the situation.
Communications with loved ones may be
strained. Try not to lend or borrow money
this month. Your ability to take hold of a
situation will surely bring you popularity
and leadership. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do not
let your mate annoy you; patience will be
the key. You can make or break your per-
sonal relationship this month. You can
become obsessed with detail and must be
sure to divide your time appropriately.
However, you should be concerned about
what they want in return. Your luckiest
events will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Major
moves will be emotional and not necessar-
ily to your benefit. Be precise in your
communications to avoid any misunder-
standings and arguments. Your practical
approach to life may charm someone who
has been observing you. Don't allow per-
sonal problems to conflict with profes-
sional duties. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday. 0


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