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f you did not
receive your
voting card by mail
go to window 1 at a I
the Civil Registry
.1 .. i. 1i,-;,,.. Bring your sedula for
verification of your ID. You do
NOT have to take a number. Just
go to window 1.

,The cost of parking at Fla-
mingo Airport has dropped by
10.5%, motivated by the conver-
sion from guilders to dollars.
Rates in the Short Term lot:
First 5 minutes free
Next 5 -30 minutes = $ 0.50
Next 30-60 minutes = $ 0.50
After that it's $1/hour

"Amstelveen /
Caribbean - KLM "
will add 2,600
seats per week to
and from the Car- "' 1
ibbean beginning iK M
with the 2011 win- -
ter timetable on October 30 this
year. In addition, KLM will intro-
duce direct flights from that date to
Quito in Ecuador and Guayaquil.
Say goodbye to the Bonaire-
Quito flight. It lasted years longer
than originally expected because
of the delayed introduction of the
777s. Bonaire still has daily
flights to The Netherlands.
In summary:
- 4 times a week B 747-400 Am-
sterdam-Curagao-Amsterdam on
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Saturday.
- 3 times per week B 747-400 Am-
sterdam-St. Maarten-Curagao-
Amsterdam on Tuesday, Friday
and Sunday.
- 2 times weekly MD-11 Amster-
dam-Bonaire-Curacao-
Amsterdam on Monday and
Saturday.
- 5 times weekly MD-11 Amster-
dam-Aruba-Bonaire-Amsterdam
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day, Friday and Sunday.
A Boeing 747-400 has a capacity
of 415 passengers and 285 passen-
gers on an MD 11.

IPartido pro Hustisia & Un-
ion (PHU) will soon institute
proceedings against the Govern-


ment and the
SVB of the L
BES islands, .
in which the
Court will be -' - -
asked to order
these two entities to raise the level
of the AOV (Retirement Pension)
to the level of the Dutch state pen-
sion (the increase being about
150%)) within a period of five
years.

,THE HAGUE-Nature parks
in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba need Dutch financial assis-
tance to cover operational costs.
St. Eustatius especially is in dire
straits, Dutch Caribbean Nature
Alliance DCNA Executive Direc-
tor Kalli de Meyer told the Dutch
Second Chamber last week.
The nature foundations need
about �200,000 each to cover the
annual operational cost. That is a
small amount for The Netherlands,
but impossible to come up with
this kind of money, said De
Meyer.

,THE HAGUE--Member of the
Dutch Parliament Wassila Hachchi
of the democratic D66 party wants
to know why thereare problems
with delivering mail in Bonaire,
St. Eustatius and Saba. Mail
problems in Bonaire? No stamps?
No postal code? Really?


,The Dutch Royal Navy's new
station ship for the Dutch Carib-
bean, Hr. Ms. Rotterdam, arrived
in Curagao's harbor with the nec-
essary ceremonial activity and
exchange of official salutes last
week. The amphibious transport
vessel is equipped with a Westland
Lynx helicopter and three inshore


boats. The ship can quickly land
relief personnel and take on
evacuees in case of a natural
disaster on one of the six islands.
It also has a drinking water pro-
ducing facility

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0Bonaire notary Maarten
Maartense gave a $1,000 do-
nation to Fundashon FORMA
which works on educating peo-
ple to higher levels of compe-
tence. Research has shown that
24% of the island's population
can't read or write well enough
to be able to go through life com-
pletely on their own. The money
is intended for a special course
where such people can be taught
to get their driver's license, the
theoretical part of which some-
times contains complicated sen-
tences. This would help many of
them find work. In the photo
Marie Craane of FORMA ac-
cepts the gift from Martin.
0The website of the King-
dom Services Department for
the Dutch Caribbean
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Neder-
land (RCN)
www.RiiksdienstCN. com is
now available in three lan-
guages: Dutch Papiamentu
and English.
Through the website RCN of-
fers the residents of Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba the opportu-
nity to gain information about
the Dutch government and the
various policy areas, it said in a
statement to the media.
The website has information
about the tasks carried out in the
Dutch Caribbean by the Dutch
government and changes that are
taking place in the interest of
island residents.
The website has information
regarding the various depart-


ments, RCN vacancies, public
events and news releases.
People can also call the toll-
free information line 08008
101010, which is available on
weekdays from 1:30 to 5 pm.
RCN also has its own Facebook
page.

PThere's a new name for the
Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba Coastguard, says the
Dutch Ministry of Defense. The
new official name: Dutch Car-
ibbean Coast Guard. A name
change was inevitable, because
the Netherlands Antilles were
dissolved last year

)One of the consequences of
the new status of the islands as
special Dutch entities is the
separation of churches and the
local governments. This has
resulted in a end of government
subsidies for churches. Mem-
ber of Parliament Cynthia Or-
tega-Martijn explained that
churches on the islands were
not familiar with the principle
of voluntary contribution.
The MP wants the minister to
draft a transitional arrangement
for the churches so they have
time to look for alternative
sources of income. There was
also a similar arrangement in
the 1980s for churches in The
Netherlands when the financial
separation between church and
state was put in place.

)Bonaire's Commissioner
of Economic Affairs and Tour-
ism Elvis Tjin Asjoe will strive
for more cruise ship visitors, or
at least maintain the number
since many local businesses
benefit from them. According to
the TCB the island currently gets
about 230,000 cruise ship visi-
tors annually.
The commissioner wants to
continue the cooperation agree-
ments made between the ABC
islands in this area during a tri-
partite consultation on Aruba.
Bonaire will participate in the
(Continued on page 8)


This Week's Stories

Local Elections-Parties 3
Animal Shelter Volunteers Party 6
Farmers' Market 7
Karate Builds Character 7
Bonhata Awards 8
Three Baritones Concert 8
Letters to the Editor (Respect from Tourists,
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Pet of the Week"Susie" 6
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B onaire's first local election for Island Council seats since Bonaire was established as The Reporter 's view of the political parties vying for seats is presented below without
a special Dutch municipality is set for Wednesday, March 2. It will be conducted endorsement. Readers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the platforms of
under different rules than previously (see bottom of page 11) and legal resident foreigners the parties so they can make an informed choice. Essentially voters choose a single candi-
can vote -the first for an island election. date from the almost 80 names. Seats are apportioned according to the number of votes cast
In addition to the two parties of long standing, the PDB Demokrat (red) and UPB Patri- for the party. The top vote getters do not necessarily get the party's seats on the Island
otiko (green), three new parties are on the ballot. Council. The Island Council chooses the members of the Island Government.

UPB Patriotiko PDB Demokrat PHU-Unity and Justice MLB MBL
Head: Ramonsito Booi Head: Robby Beukenboom Head: Michiel Bijkerk Head: Eric Soliana Head: Benito Dirksz
The UPB is the party currently The charismatic Demokrat This new party is using a cam- One new party, "Movementu The Movementu Boneiru Liber
with a majority on the Island leader, Jopie Abraham, recently paign model new to Bonaire, more Lucha Boneiru" (Bonaire Light (MBL) - Bonaire Free Movement
Council supported by an independ- retired, putting leadership of the like the approach Obama used to Movement) -MLB, is headed by is led by hard-line crime fighter
ent, Anthony Nicolas, who is not a party into the experienced hands of get elected in the US. The PHU is Eric Soleana. According to Wer- Benito Dirksz. Some members of
candidate. veteran councilmember Robby using the email, social media as net, it is not really a political party, this new "blue" party were in
The party's colors are green, but Beukenboom. well as newspapers and radio to but a group of a dozen people who favor of the Referendum to ask
that is traditional, not necessarily It will be his first election test as reach the voters. want change "with space for new Bonaireans to assess their
meaning special support for the party leader. The Demokrats were Led by past political activist thoughts and a new system." satisfaction with the arrangements
environment. briefly in power during the transi- lawyer Michiel Bijkerk the PHU Their stated objective is to de- negotiated with The Netherlands.
One of their most popular candi- tion to integration with Holland. party is appealing to Bonaireans fend and promote the interests of That effort was blocked.
dates recently publicly announced They essentially froze the process and island minorities for their those not happy with the direc- IfBL gets on the Island
support for keeping Sunset Beach/ until they capitulated under finan- votes with several naturalized citi- tion Bonaire is taking. They ad- Council, opposition to Dutch
Play Lechi reserved for local busi- cial pressure from The Nether- zens on their party's list. The PHU vocate a return to fundamental Counil opposition to utchim-
nesses. lands. recently won a lawsuit to allow Christian ideals and traditional tiatives, taken without consulta-
The UPB, in our opinion, is the The Reporter believes the De- foreigners who are legal residents Bonairean values in education. ton with BES official, might be
party most responsible for the de- mokrats (red party color but they to vote in the upcoming election They will push for healthy activi-fierce.
tails of the current state structure are not communist) are the most and are pushing another suit to get ties for youngsters and fair treat- The present independent coun-
of Bonaire-a special municipality interested in preserving the old Bonaire pensioners on a par with ment of the elderly. They will cilman and commissioner, An-
of The Netherlands. ways of Bonaire. During their The Netherlands- an action sup- support the rights of immigrants thony Nicolaas, is not on the
time in power in the 1 990s Bon- ported by all major parties except support the rights of immigrants thony Nicolaas, is not on the
Their time in power in the 1990s Bon- ported by all major parties except and want the island to move in a MBL list but is reported to sup-
support details of the currentar aire's economic growth stagnated he UPB. direction to recover its dignity and port the MBL. Party leader Dirksz
support cement like the present ar- but the island's natural environ- The PHU seems to know how to autonomy, explained that there had been a lot
rangement, like the present pen- ment benefited, get the Dutch to react- litigate. autonomy. ine tt th n
sion payments. get the Dutch to react- litigate. Most interestingly, they want to of interest in getting on the party
The party's list of 30 candidates Beukenboom leads a list of 18 Except for Bijkerk, the party has make real the decision that the list, but they had had to stop at
names with both experienced law- relative unknowns on its election 25
has persons experienced in past rirelative unknowns on its election majority of Bonaireans expressed 25
governments. The party promotes makers and 11 list first-timers. list, perhaps a weakness. in the last Referendum. We are
governments. The party promotes the last Referendum. We are
economic growth. not sure if that includes those
who voted NO or those who boy-
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M /y mom was born on Curagao
V and when she was 13 she
moved to Holland. Years later she met my
dad and I arrived September 26, 1985. I
also have a brother, Stan; he's two years
younger. When I was 11, my mom, my
brother and I came to Bonaire. We moved
in with my grandmother. It was hot and I
had to get used to the SGB high school
system which was quite chaotic. You
never knew what they were up to and I
didn't speak Papiamentu. It was difficult,
but... we are people who adjust relatively
fast to changes. Soon enough I'd made
friends and after five months I knew the
basics of Papiamentu. From then on it
went straight forward.
Of all the things that were different what
struck me most was that people here
seemed to enjoy life so much more. They
were living in the present. It was a very
big difference compared to Holland and...
it still is. After some time, my mom, my
brother and I went to live on our own. I
joined Jong Bonaire after school. We
went snorkeling, I learned in-line skating
and I got my first e-mail address at Jong
Bonaire. I had no idea what to do with it,
but okay... hahaha!


I've never been bored growing up on
Bonaire. We moved 'a 100 times.' When-
ever we found a better house we would
pick up our things and go. I'd go out - my
mom knew all my friends - there wasn't
much going on but we made it fun. We
went camping at Sorobon where we set
illegal bonfires, we watched movies and
ate popcorn at someone's house and
sometimes we went to Karel's or City.
After I'd graduated Havo, I felt I had to
move on to get to know the world outside
Bonaire. I went back to Holland with the
help of SSNA, the Foundation of Study
Financing of the Netherlands Antilles, and
I started studying social work. My mom
was a social worker and because of all the
stories she told me I thought it would be
something for me too as we all are very
social people. But somehow it didn't fit
me - I found it depressing. You would
help one client to get back on his feet and
if he succeeded it was great, but then there
was always the next case and many clients
just couldn't make it. I was afraid it would
drag me down in the long run.
So, I switched studies and started study-
ing social and cultural development. In


"... but sometimes things in life just
happen, those are the moments, the
opportunities which reveal them-
selves seemingly out of nowhere."


this field you're
also involved
with people and
their problems,
but there's the
big picture as
well. This edu-
cation offers a
great variety of


possibilities because you
create activity programs,
festivals and events -
really everything consid-
ering social goals. It's a
higher professional edu-
cation which takes four
years to complete, but it
took me a bit more than
five years as I had
changed quite a bit while
I was living on Bonaire,
especially when it came
to culture and the way I
saw life. When my co-
students were stressing
out, I thought 'so what -
tomorrow is another day!'
It sounds a bit ignorant, but that's how it
was. My friendships were also very di-
verse; I befriended people from all kinds
of backgrounds - Moroccan, Turkish,
Antillean, Surinamese and Dutch, while
most students stayed in their own little
circle. I guess that's what the island
taught me...
After my graduation I worked for one
year as a telephone operator at a central
alarm post for various insurance compa-
nies. And then recession struck. I was a
temporary employee and the first one who
had to go. Just before I was dismissed I'd
booked a flight to Bonaire as my grand-
mother was going to be 80 and we were
planning to celebrate it together with the
whole family. Then I lost my job and I
thought 'I should have saved my money


Malou Huiskamp
for more important things...'
I still had three months to go before my
grandma's birthday and applied forjobs
like a madwoman. It was all in vain - and
as I am someone who really doesn't like
to sit still, I went through a bad time.
When I came to Bonaire it was great to
see my family. I went to Jong Bonaire to
say hello and revive old memories and
they received me with wide open arms.
They asked me 'Hey, what did you do?
What's your life like?' They were sweet
and interested and when I told them I
couldn't find a job, they said 'Why don't
you apply for a job with us?'" She looks
at me and smiles. "I came here to visit and
I was going back to Holland - but some-
times things in life just happen. Those are
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the moments, the opportunities
which reveal themselves seem-
ingly out of nowhere and you
have to grab them with both
hands. You can make plans, but
life takes its own course....
I applied for the job and was
accepted four weeks later. Here
they wanted me! Ha! There isn't
a lot of work on Bonaire, but for
certified people who speak
Papiamentu, there is. At Jong
Bonaire they require that you
speak Papiamentu, as it is the
first language of the children and
you have to be able to step into
their world, their experiences.
And anyway, when you live
somewhere and you don't speak
the language, you will always be
an outsider.
I feel..." She looks pen-
sive ."the place where you grow
up and where you go through
puberty has the biggest impact on
your identity. The Antillean cul-
ture has become to a large extent
the most important part of my
identity - but..." She laughs,
"not entirely, because inside of
me I still can be a real Dutch girl
now and then!
We - my family - are a bunch
of nomads. My grandma is from
Curacao, but we all lived in Hol-
land. When my grandfather
passed away, my grandma, Maria
Zengerink 'tante Doeri', started


longing for the quiet and
friendly Curaqao as she knew it -
from when she was a child. So,
she chose to go to Bonaire and
my Uncle Reno followed her,
then my mom Marianne and my
brother and I came and then my
Aunt Mena and my Aunt Carin.
Only my Aunt Bianca still
lives in Holland. Some years
ago my mom went back to Hol-
land together with my brother.
But now she and my step dad
and Stan are back on Bonaire as
well. Together with Stan I am
renting a house in Tera Kora.
It's well maintained and we
have a big garden, it's great!
Stan is working at Macho Plaza
and my job is just wonderful.
Every day I get up feeling
happy.
During the morning hours
we're busy organizing and pre-
paring for the activities in the
afternoons. We are also putting
together the Jong Bonaire Calen-
dar for 2012 which has the
theme, Antillean proverbs. We
also make preparations for
classes which are taking place
here between 2 and 3 pm. I am
teaching Dutch together with a
Dutch teacher and most recently
we are coordinating Jong Bon-
aire's Fun Walk and Bike Tour
which will take place March 13.
Every leader here is a mentor
of about 26 children. You discuss
all kinds of issues with them, you


Jong Bonaire group photo, from the left to the right: Shaba, Winnie, Pichon, William, Malou, Paco,
Sinaidal, Jhon, Lisa, Pretin and Netti - absent are Suzanne, Bila and Ilona.


do fun things with them, but you
also keep an eye on them to see if
they're okay. You are there for
them. In the afternoons we have
all kinds of activities like kayak-
ing in the mangroves, taking care
of the horses at Rancho
Washikemba. We do a snorkel
course, we go sailing with the
Sunfishes - it's all outdoors,
something I missed terribly in
Holland."
Malou is a special girl; she
sees ;ih,. .i,li ;h,, .,. she's wise
and very mature and her mind is
sharp, but she's also laidback,
kind and lovely.
"When I come home from


work I feel completely satisfied!
My colleagues are great people -
a whole bunch of different char-
acters, but it works. This job is
different every week. What else
could you wish for?
At this moment I wouldn't
want to go back to Holland for
anything. I feel I made the right
choice and I am happy. It was
necessary to leave and find out
what else was going on in the
world, but now I am firmly
rooted in this soil. This island is
my home - something I never
felt in Holland. I love its nature -
I don't miss the Dutch cows -
and its free life..."


She laughs.
"When I walk my dog I don't
have to be afraid she poops in the
wrong place! Of course I am well
aware of the fact that this island
has its borders other than the sea
- nothing ever goes the way you
expect it - but for me it is 'let it
be!' It's another system - a
whole different way of life ...
there is no explanation for
love."H
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is playful and energetic and friendly. In
fact she really believes she's a small dog . -
who would just love to work her way into


And, like all the other adoptees at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, Susie is in excellent
health and is social. She's had her exam by the vet, worming, shots and sterilization.
All that is included in the dog adoption fee of $75. That also included the ID chip. A
terrific deal and you can't go wrong with a Shelter dog. They are "known quanti-
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The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm
and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. A lot of time goes into keeping the Shelter's website
up to date. See for yourself: WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.com. Laura DeSalvo


your heart. She has a presence and would
make a good watch dog. She's about two
years old, past the sometimes destructive
puppy stage, but still young enough for
training to live with your lifestyle. Susie
has the most attractive chocolate colored
short fur, so easy to care for without a
"doggie" smell. She's perfect!


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Some of the loyal, hardworking and very positive volunteers from the Bonaire Animal Shelter got together last Sunday, February 13,
at Rumba Cafe (Buenos Aires Cafd) for a happy hour of fun and socializing. If you would like to be part of this wonderful group,
call the Shelter at 717-4989. There are a multitude of jobs - one of which is to "keep the cats and dogs social."
You may pick your times. You won't regret it!


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ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE


Some people are still wondering
what the future will be for the is-
land of Bonaire. It's not surprising with
all the commotion and confusion going
on that might still be affecting our com-
munity mind.
Another political leader, Mr. Robert
Charles Mario (Robby) Beukenboom
(56), of the Demokrat Red Party has his
own opinion about this matter. Before we
get into the political part let's understand
who Mr. Robby Beukenboom is. As
Robby himself tells us,
"I was born on Bonaire, went to pri-
mary school Frater Dominicus School
and then to a middle basic education at
Lourdes MAVO School." When Mr.
Beukenboom finished his study in Bon-
aire he went to Holland for higher educa-
tion and came back to Bonaire to help in
the family business. "My mother, Ange-
line Beukenboom, who's owned the Ho-
tel Rochaline (a name which is a combi-
nation of the family names: me, Robert,
my father Charles, my mother Angeline
and my sisters Charlotte, Aneline and
Elsmarie.)
So it was a family business and in the
hotel patios today we have the well
known City Caf6. My father, besides be-
ing a farmer, was a political leader of the
Bonaire Progressive Party (Partido Pro-
gresista Boneriano) when I was still a
little boy. My father was always a mem-
ber of the Island Council and an opponent
of the Social Democratic Party led by Mr.
Joel Abraham, Jopie Abraham father."
Robby Beukenboom has a different
opinion from that of his father. "I admire
the Democratic Party because they fight
for the rights of the working class. They
were the first ones who started with the
social pensions for the elderly (AOW) on
Bonaire. Their ideology was different
from other parties. That's why in 1994 I
joined the party for the first time and
have been a member of the Island Coun-
cil for 16 years.
What I can say about the government is
that it wasn't prepared for the transition.


Robby Beukenboom


The introduction of the dollar was with-
out sufficient control. A Consumer Com-
mission should control the prices. Our
Bonairean community is facing the rise in
gasoline prices, extra taxes, while the
income of the working class stays the
same, with the consequences that the
consumers don't buy so much.
Another problem is the limitation of
certain medication that the consumer
needs to purchase.
Another concern is the image of our
Bonairean politicians, whether they are
corrupt, yes or no. Every time we have
to sit at the table to negotiate with Hol-
land it will become an issue. The Bo-
nairean government has been unstable.
We've experienced changes in the gov-
ernment five times, with the changes of
parties or deputies. We need to evaluate
with Holland what went wrong or right
and for this we need to integrate people.
For good government we need a new
parliamentary and government proce-
dure that requires transparent and integ-
rity. The Lieutenant Governor appointed
by the Dutch Kingdom is responsible


Karate Builds Character
..


A large group of trainees recently passed their karate exams and received
their certificates from Sensei Peter Silberie and Tuki Josepha. In his talk
to the group Sensi Silberie emphasized the qualities that come from training: re-
spect, discipline and perseverance. He encouraged parents to enroll their children
to see the benefits themselves. 0 Press release


for good government and the constitu-
tion. So a financial disclosure and a good
conduct of each commissioner and Island
Council member should be required.
We need to realize that we have experi-
enced changes in our constitution and we
need to evaluate the changes in a broader
way together with the RCN, the govern-
ment and every sector involved. The
evaluation needs to be democratic. The
community also needs to evaluate. Some
of the changes have been partially made.
That's why now we need to renegotiate
those transient procedures because after
five years all Dutch laws will apply for
Bonaire."
So today we must be critical and not
take a YES for a yes, neither a NO for a
no. We must evaluate the plusses and the
minuses. Beukenboom is a political
leader who has taken Bonaire's future
into consideration. Now is your chance to
vote for the upcoming elections 2nd of
March 2011 and don't waste your vote
for the future of Bonaire. 0 Siomara
Albertus.

Send your comments
to The Bonaire Re-
porter, P.O. Box
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NAME THIS LAND HOUSE


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rom this picture you should be able to
identify this Land House (landhuis).
Years ago this particular place was reno-
vated and was to be used as a marine bio-
logical center for visiting students, profes-
sors, photographers, writers and divers
alike.
This historical site was equipped with a
laboratory, library, living quarters, a
kitchen, bathrooms, and rinse tanks. Gen-
erators supplied electricity.
Within a decade it was abandoned, ran-
sacked and has since become a ruin.

Q) Which Land
House is this? Who
inaugurated the reno- _
vations, in what year?


Answer on page 17 W
Christie Dovale -

BonQuiz appears regularly in The
Reporter. It's prepared by Christie
Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a
tour, contact her via her website:
IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christiedovale ihotmail.com.



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numbers 1 through 9 to the par-
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Bonhata's 14th Annual AwardsF


On Tuesday February 15th BON
HATA (Bonaire Hotel and To
Association) presented its 14th Annu
Awards to persons who merited recog
because of their exceptional contribute
Bonaire tourism. Some 200 persons al
tended the event at the Kontiki Beach
which started at 7:30 pm and lasted ui
late that night. Weather conditions we
perfect during the awards given to BC
HATA members and other individual:
had made significant contributions to
aire's tourism industry.
The winner of the Employee of the
was Orlando Thomas from Divi Di
because: "Orlando is a dive master/bo
captain and has been
working for Divi
Dive many, many
years. He is cheer-
ful, always entertain-
ing the guests, while
providing maximum
safety. He goes the
extra mile by involv-
ing more and more
youngsters in the
dive industry and
making them aware
that this is a good
way of earning a
living and being
proud of what their island has to offer


Another award winner was
Karibiksport,
a German/
Bonairean tour
operation of-
fering full
package sport
holidays for
German speak-
ing tourists. S
Joint Partner r
and representa-
tive of the


company on Bonaire is Inka Liibcke. Here
she proudly shows the award, reading:
"Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association

(Continued from page 2)
Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in
Miami this March, the largest exhibition in
the field.

)When we filled the tank in our compact
pickup last week it cost about $75. But only
50 miles south it would have cost about $1.
Venezuela's gasoline is the cheapest in
the world, its energy minister said on Sun-
day. Its cost is $0.03-0.04 per liter ($0.11-
0.15 per gallon).

�PWho am I? Where do I come from?
What happens when I die? Why does this
happen to me again? Why do I constantly
walk into the same wall over and over
again? Why me? Why this? Why now?
Which one of you has never asked yourself
one of these or similar questions?
During a theatrical lecture in Dutch
Jhanna Houweling, a Dutch actress and
public speaker, gives insight into these vital
questions in a playful, easy accessible and
scientifically based way. At the same time
the true cause is discovered of our daily
conflicts. It might be that that which we
consider unreal turns out to be very real.
And vice versa.
Visit Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47, on
Saturday February 26th and Wed-


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14th Annual Awards Event. Presented to:
Karibiksport. In recognition for your contri-
bution to the Tourism Industry of Bonaire
2010."
Others receiving awards were Governor
Glenn Thode, Huub Groot, Serge de
Groote and Digicel Bonaire.
The winner of the Supervisor of the Year
was Rodney Thode of Rocargo Services.
Congratulations to all the winners.
In connection with the Awards Event,
BONHATA thanked those who contributed
to the fund-raising raffle prizes:
A.B. Car Rental, Adams Unlimited,
Addo's Bookstore, Antillean Wine Com-


pany, Atlantis Duty Free, Asecom Benet-
ton, Bonaire Tours & Vacation, Breezes
SuperClub Curacao, Cadushy B.V., Cap-
tain Don, Captain Don's Habitat, Coffie
& van der Hoek, Digicel Bonaire, Divi
Dive, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Ca-
sino, Fumus N.V., Hertz Car Rental, Ho-
tel Restaurant Roomer, Hugo Gerharts.
Insel Air, J.C. Herrera, Jibe City, Kite-
* boarding Bonaire, KLM, La Pura Vista,
Littman Gift Shop, Littman Jewelers,
SMaduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire, Otro-
banda Hotel & Casino, Rum Runners Res-
taurant, Sunbelt Realty, Tempo Team,
Total Car Rental.
Thanks to KonTiki Beach Bonaire man-
agement and staff for the great food, table
service and beverage service. To M.C.
Corine Gerharts - a fantastic job as al-
ways.
On a final note, the Fund Raising Raffle
more than reached its target of $2,250 to
help the Bonaire Heritage Foundation
produce a self-guided "Historical Walking
Tour of Rincon" booklet - with a final
total of $2,725.00. The remaining funds
will be donated to another cultural/
tourism project. U Jan Brouwer/press


release Contact BONHATA for more infor-
mation, Telephone: 717-5134, E-mail:
info@bonhata.org


nesday, March 2nd at 8 pm and discover
how to See with New Eyes!
After the break there will be plenty of
time to ask your most pressing questions
and to discuss the contents of the lecture.
Make reservations through Annemiek le
Noble: Mob: +599 786 3341 or Email: an-
nemiekL(&bonairebasics.com
Houweling visited Bonaire three years
ago with one of her theatrical lectures.
She'll be on the island from February 21
through March 5. For more info:
www.levenoftheater.nl or
www.bonairebasics.com

iThe Jan Art Gallery has a new loca-
tion. Jan Art, established in 1998, has been
operating in Antriol specializing in paint-
ings of Bonaire by artist Janice Huckaby, a
resident since 1991. She will now be bring-
ing her art to Kaya Grandi #14. The new
store will have fine art of Bonaire, art sup-
plies for the hobbyist and professionals, and
custom framing services for home owners
and businesses at this new location.


bBonaire author Eveline deBruyn has
another book coming out soon, The Book
of Lillith. It is set after the first decade of
the 21st century, in the midst of a chaotic
collective evolutionary moment, the cusp of


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tel. (+599) 717- 8700 www.warehousebonaire.com




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The Netherlands' famed "De 3 Bari-
tons" wowed a sell-out crowd at
Plaza Resort Bonaire on Wednesday eve-
ning, February 16, with an international
medley of songs that would have warmed
virtually any audience. Performing in an
open-air band stand fronting the sea be-
neath a brilliant full moon, the baritones
were prefaced by Bonaire's well-loved
local group, Tutti Fruity, with a medley
of songs of its own. Then, after nearly
two hours of full-throated baritone enter-
tainment, both groups joined for a finale
in the Papiamentu language to a thunder-
ous audience reception.
The "Baritons" began their perform-
ance with wonderful baritone Italian op-
eratic arias, shifted quickly to several
German romantic selections, saluted the
Emerald Isle with a baritone rendition of
Danny Boy, belted out the American bal-
lad, Shenandoah, then switched to a cou-
ple of Stephen Foster classics, accompa-
nied by Hans Faassen on the keyboard.
After intermission, the "Baritons"
struck a belated Valentine's Day chord
with romantic tunes from the American


a new era. In it, a postmenopausal Lillith
Moore finds herself still in search of love. A
spiritual journey toward a more conscious
awareness of life and the many shapes of
love unfolds. The Book of Lillith takes us
on a celestial magic carpet ride and gives us
a glimpse of the meditation on the transfor-
mational power of love. For more details
visit http://
www evelinebodvmindsnirit com/.


50s song book.
For an Antillean audience the highlight
of the evening (and possibly the most
challenging moments of the concert for
the "Baritons") came at the finale when
the visiting Dutchmenjoined "Tutti
Fruity" to sing locally famed tunes in
Papiamentu.
"De 3 Baritons" evening was organized
by Plaza Resort Bonaire in conjunction
with Classical Music Board Bonaire
(CMBB). The next CMBB-organized
performance will feature acclaimed
Venezuelan pianist Ana Karina Alamo
in concert at Plaza Resort's Cacique
Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm. U
Bob Gilmour



I In the January 28th edition we pub-
lished an incorrect phone number
for Annemieke Heutinck of the Heart
for Bonaire in a story about CPR at Bon
Fysio/Bon Bida.. Her correct number is:
786-3727. We apologize for any incon-
venience this may have caused. U
G./L. D.


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.... ..- ,- J Sailing Teen Laura Dekker

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HAVE RESPECT


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Dear Editor, I F -liTt
I would like visitors .
to pay more attention
to the Bonairean tra-
ditions and culture.
First I'm talking
about the tourists
who come off their
cruise ships, hanging
around in the streets
and the shops with
no decent clothes
whatsoever.
Almost every da' IIn
the Kaya Grandi oil
see tourists, she in hlci -
bikini and he in his ..i.J. ..
swimming shorts. '
I understand that they
are on vacation. It's
warm and it's the Caribbean, but then
again our streets are not a beach or a
pool.
Most of the shops and supermarkets
have rules to put on decent clothing be-
fore you can get any service, but we still
can stand in the queue behind a diver
who just came out of the water with his
wet suit still dripping!
Second are the tourists who insist on
going topless on public beaches.
I find that annoying that they have no
respect for the local culture. And I don't
care even if it were Pamela Anderson.
It's just a matter of respecting the tradi-
tions of the place you are visiting or you
live in.
Maybe we should point out this to the
tourists before they arrive on
the island through the TCB website.
Khalito G.


CANDIDATE'S NIGHT

Dear Citizens of
Bonaire,

On Wednesday,
March 2nd, the
citizens of Bon-
aire get to elect a
new Island Coun-
cil which will
represent them
for the coming
four years. This
will be the first Island Council to take
seat after the so much talked about 10-
10-10 and the rapid changes taking hold
on our Island. A total of five political
organizations, each with a plentitude of
candidates, are vying for your favor this
coming election.
My name is Clark Abraham. I am 30
years of age. I was born and raised on
Bonaire. I've studied Public Administra-
tion and I also am a candidate for the
coming election for the Democratic
Party. In this ample choice of candidates
and in this multitude of changes and
obstacles coming our way, why would
you invest your confidence specifically
in me and why should I be honored with
your vote? That is the core question I
would like to address.


HI;
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Downtown tourists


There isn't enough printing space nor
would I bore you with all the things we
need changed in our society today. The
problems within our society are so mul-
tiple, broad and deep-rooted that it
would take me quite a while to reveal
and address them all. I will share with
you two core principles that I live by:
We can measure development of a
society not by its physical de-
velopment, but by the develop-
ment of its people;
We should not only want, think or
talk change, we must BE
change;
From these two principles I have dis-
tilled a multitude of policies and actions
that I would love to share and debate
with you.
It is therefore that I would like to invite
you to a meeting at the 'Sentro di Bario
Nort di Salifia' on Wednesday Febru-
ary 23rd at 18:00, where in a more per-
sonal 'Town Hall' setting I could give a
presentation on my views and be there to
answer any of your questions or re-
marks. This will be an open debate
where your points of view are just as or
even more important than mine.
Hopefully we can meet each other there
so together we can debate on the future
of our Island.
Clark Abraham


WHERE HAVE ALL THE LOEMPIAS
GONE?
Dear Editor:
In the old days
when ALM
used to land in L ,
Curaqao prior
to coming to
Bonaire (maybe), the flight crew and I
used to race madly for a stand at the
airport that sold the wonderful and
magic Loempias. These were not the
smaller, greasy, and understuffed ones
of today, but the real Antillean Loempia.
A fantastic culinary creation of these
islands.
Does anyone still make these the old
way on Bonaire?
Bob Tseng


Most teenager girls don't grow up
with the dream to become the
youngest person to sail solo around the
world, but for 15-year-old Laura Dekker, a
love for sailing is in her blood. Born on a
yacht off the coast of New Zealand, Dekker
started sailing at age six and has been
drawn to the tranquility of the sport ever
since. "I like sailing because it's really
quiet and it's a good way to travel because
you always have your home with you."
Since setting sail from Gibraltar last Au-
gust, Dekker has been making her way
across the Atlantic from Africa and then
down into Caribbean waters where she
made stops in Sint Maarten and Dominica.
On Saturday February 5th, Dekker sailed
into Bonaire's Plaza Marina in the early
hours of the morning.
Bonaire is a special stop for Dekker, who
has made the island one of the few major
harbors of her journey. Over the next few
weeks, Dekker will spend time catching up
on schoolwork and visiting with some of
her family members, who will be flying in
from The Netherlands to visit her. So far,
Dekker has been enjoying the nice weather
while she organizes her boat and has also
liked watching the local iguanas that live
near the docks of the harbor. "They are
really beautiful and big, I have already seen
a few a half meter long."
While she is on the island, Dekker plans
to take advantage of scuba diving Bonaire's
reefs and will also be recording some short
nature videos for Sea Shepherd, an organi-
zation that is committed to ocean conserva-
tion worldwide. Throughout her trip, Dek-
ker will be working closely with Sea Shep-
herd and plans to meet some of its members
when she stops in the Galapagos Islands
and Australia. Dekker hopes that through
this partnership, she can somehow give
back to the oceans she is sailing.
Even though it's early on, Dekker says
that she has had a good journey to date,
only encountering a few ripped sails along
the way. After leaving Bonaire she will sail
through the Panama Canal, and eventually
on to the Pacific, an area she is looking
forward to visiting despite its vast dis-
tances. "I know it will be beautiful, but
there are lots of rocks and small islands. Its
difficult to sail there."
If Dekker does come across any unex-
pected challenges she is very well
equipped. Her 38ft red yacht named
"Guppy" has GPS, radar, VHF radio,


Bonaire Reporter- Feb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011


EPIRB (an emergency radio beacon), a
satellite telephone and a satellite tracking
system. In fact, Dekker's father can track
her boat's location at any time via the inter-
net. Dekker has also taken a number of
courses, including medical first aid to pre-
pare for her voyage.
In order to secure the title of youngest
person to sail around the world, Dekker will
need to complete her trip by July 2012.
Currently, Australian Jessica Watson
grabbed that title when she completed her
sail in May 2010 at age 16. But there is
more than just the title that Dekker wants
from this experience. "I want to see a lot of
the world, learn more and get a good
grounding experience that I will have for
the rest of my life."
If ,.!i Di!ii,_ Dekker is extremely confi-
dent in her sailing abilities and is deter-
mined to make her dream come true. "My
only advice, not only for young sailors but
for people who have a dream and may think
that they can't do it is to just try. If you
don't try you won't ever know. If you
really want something just believe in your-
self and do it." 0 Story & photo by
Mallory Smith
Editor's note After
refusing additional
interviews on Bonaire
following a briefpress
conference, Miss
Deckkerj/ ,. , to The
Netherlands to pro-
mote her interests at a
boat show.

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There are thousands of nautical miles
between dushi Bonaire and Lennart
'Lelle' Davidsson's homeland of Sweden.
Lelle spent his childhood learning to sail in
cold Scandinavian waters and by the time he
reached his mid 20s, the lure of the sea was
calling. On October 2, 1992, Davidsson left
as part of the crew on Royal Eagle, a 64-
foot racer/cruiser that was Caribbean bound.
His plan was to cruise the islands, bail out
in Central America, travel north to San
Francisco, perhaps work for a boatyard
there, and then return to Sweden in about a
year. Unknown to Lelle, that plan began to


unravel before the Royal Eagle had even left Royal Eagle 's first Caribbean port of call
coastal Europe. In La Palma, Spain, was the French island of Martinique. The
Davidsson met the crew from another boat's owner took on charters so Lelle and
Swedish boat, Omen. Built in 1933, the his mates got to see much of the Windward
wooden, 50-foot, two-mast fishing trawler and Leeward islands. Months later in Bar-
was also headed to the West Indies, albeit at bados, they once again ran into the crew
a sea turtle's pace. The two crews discov- from the Omen. For Davidsson it was like
ered their hometowns were in close prox- meeting old friends, and he decided to join
imity and most had mutual friends back them on their world voyage. The crew of
home. It was also here that Lelle met Omen six sailed south to Grenada-the island of the
crewmember, Per Magnusson. The two spices- reveled in the wild Carnival of Trini-
would soon cross paths again, dad for days where they signed on two more


Swedish sailors, and then journeyed west-
ward to the Venezuelan islands of Testigos,
Isla de Margarita and Los Roques. It was in
March of 1993 when Omrnen dropped anchor
in Bonaire.
"The water was amazing," recalls Lelle.
"We had seen nice water on the other is-
lands, but when I came to Bonaire it was
stunning. I remember thinking, 'Wow!
This is clear!' After four hours in Bonaire


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Tens of thousands ofnature lov-
ers and divers visit the island of
Bonaire each year. An unspoiled
jewel in the Dutch Caribbean,
home to beautiful wildlife. On De-
cember 27, 2010, two divers scuba
dove completely around Klein Bon-
aire to raise money for two of the
island's conservation groups.

B onaire residents Leo
Hoogenboom and Felix
Faassen circumnavigated Klein
Bonaire underwater to raise money
for environmental organizations
STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB). They hope their
eco dive contributes to raising
awareness for the conservation of
Bonaire's nature and its future.
With more and more tourists
visiting Bonaire each year there is
extra stress on the island's environ-
ment, the coral reefs and its inhabi-
tants. If you want to raise aware-
ness you first must make a state-
ment, something that is out of the
ordinary, and should take an effort
and preferably has never been done
before.
In early 2010 Hoogenboom and
Faassen started talking about doing
long duration dives without dive
scooters. During one of these con-
versations they thought, why not
circumnavigate Klein Bonaire?
And so the idea was bor. They
coupled the dive to a fundraiser for
Bonaire's two leading organiza-
tions working to protect Bonaire's


nature.
"We first started measuring a
circumnavigation using Google
Earth and later made a kayak trip
close to the reef with the help of
GPS to determine the distance and
what the average speed underwater
would be. We measured that our
dive would be around 11KM. De-
pending on weather and current
conditions we calculated an aver-
age of 1 KM/hour and some rest
time. This would mean the dive
could take between 10 and 16
hours." they said.
The Dive
The whole team met up at 3 am
on December 27. "At 3:30 am we
left the dock at Captain Don's
Habitat, heading for No Name
beach, where we would start our
dive at 4 am and descended to our
max depth of 9m / 30ft. At 4:15 we
got the first visit by our support
free diver, Deaxo, who would con-
tinue to keep visual contact for the
entire dive with 15minute inter-
vals. As soon as he would break
the surface, he would signal this to
the two support scuba divers on the
boat, David and Devon, who were
standing by to assist. After one
hour into the dive we started get-
ting some ambient light, which
triggered a lot of the reef inhabi-
tants to wake up. Because we were
constantly swimming we switched
the tanks about every hour.
After 330 minutes we ascended
from 9m/30ft to 6m/20ft to mini-


mize our decompression obliga-
tion.
Where we didn't have any cur-
rent pushing us in the right direc-
tion, we didn't have much trouble.
When we turned around the
northwest comer, however (dive
site Carl's Hill), we got a strong
current against us. As we swam
clockwise around the island, this
was the last section of our dive but
proved to be the most challenging
as well. At this point, we were over
8 hours into the dive and were both
quite tired.
To be conservative on our de-
compression, we switched to oxy-
gen enriched air for the last hour of
the dive."
During that last hour, more and
more people started to follow them
while snorkeling and as they as-
cended to 3m/10ft.
After 620 minutes they finally
returned to No Name beach and
walked out of the water. Many
people were gathered on the beach
to welcome them. Leo and Felix
had spent over 10 hours underwa-
ter.
After some well needed rest, the
divers headed to a party which
started at 8 pm. They thanked the
many dedicated volunteers who
kept the official Eco Dive booth
open, where people were able to
get information about the dive,
make donations and purchase mer-
chandise, open during the day as
well as during the party at night.


David, Felix, Leo Devon minutes before the dive
David, Felix, Leo & Devon minutes before the dive


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The 86eh of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of
Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+

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So a couple of
days ago I met
Mary Lovie. She
introduced herself to
me and told me that
we were almost
neighbors, living in
the same bario of
Hato. The distance
between her resi-
dence and my house
was about 500 me-
ters at the most. I
knew about the
house. I had seen a
Harley-Davidson
parked on the drive
way but what I did
not know was that


Mary Lovie, sitting on her brand new Buell Blast with a
friend. Next to her bike is another Blast parked.
This customized bike is owned by Mary's friend Nadine.


she was the proud owner of a Buell single-
cylinder motorcycle. Ignorant fool without
knowledge I am. I knew about the all-
American made Buell motorcycles. I knew
about the impressive V-twins, but I did not
know about the Buell Blast, the 500 cc
single cylinder! Shame on me! In the last
36 years I owned more than 30 motorcy-
cles. Most of them were single cylinders. I
am a single-cylinder aficionado and I did
not know about the Buell Blast.
O.K. I am ignorant and a fool without
knowledge. Now, finally, I know a little
bit better. The Buell Blast is a single-
cylinder 492 cc air cooled overhead valve
motorcycle that was produced by the Buell
Motorcycle Company from 2000 to 2009.
And the frame of Mary Lovie's Sunfire
yellow sprayed Buell Blast reads: "AUG
2009."
Mary and Gary Lovie are from Ontario,
Canada. They first visited the island of
Bonaire in the year 2000. They fell in love
with the island and Gary really liked the
underwater world. Mary is a doctor of
veterinarian medicine and during their stay
of three weeks on the island she got in
contact with the Animal Shelter. Then she
asked whether she could be of any help
working as a volunteer.
In the following years Mary and Gary
visited the island frequently. Together with
two American, two Dutch and another
Canadian veterinarian they organized a
plan for sterilizing dogs. Anesthetic medi-
cines were imported and in the year 2004
some 300 female dogs were sterilized. It


took several years to convince the people
of Bonaire and to cure the problem. The
problem will probably never be under con-
trol but the veterinarians and the Animal
Shelter made a lot of progress. Every dog
can now be sterilized for free.
Mary and Gary liked Bonaire so much
that they decided to buy their own prop-
erty. They bought a neat house in the older
neighborhood of Hato. They repainted and
refurbished the house. Now it is a pleasant
place to live, low on maintenance.
One day Gary imported his Harley-
Davidson 1550 Electra Glide. The ma-
chine was made in 2009. The Electra Glide
is completely standard. The bike is painted
black and the engine has fuel injection. A
very nice bike, completely original. Reli-
able and a pleasure to ride.
Then Gary and Mary decided to buy
another motorcycle. In Canada Mary had
had some experience with a four-stroke,
single-cylinder 250 cc Suzuki. The ma-
chine was small and handy but a little bit
slow. So they ordered the Buell Blast. This
Sunfire Yellow sprayed fun machine is a
pleasure to ride. The design goals were:
low cost, ease of operation and ease of
maintenance. The dry weight of the ma-
chine is only 163 kilograms/360 pounds.
Engine power is delivered to the rear
wheel by an automatically tensioned belt.
The valve lifters are hydraulic and self-
adjusting. The carburetor has an automatic
choke and of course a starter motor is fit-
ted. The engine produces 34 British horse-
power at 6500 revs per minute. There is a


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5-speed gearbox and because of the two 16
-inch wheels the bike is relatively low,
handy and maneuverable. For these rea-
sons hundreds of Buell Blasts are used for
Harley-Davidson's Riders Edge New Rider
program in the States, a similar course to
the Motorcycle Safety Foundation 's Basic
Rider Course, a course to learn how to
handle a motorcycle.
As mentioned, Mary's bike is sprayed
Sunfire yellow. The frame is sprayed silver
and functions as a tank for the engine oil.
Front and rear wheels are made of cast
alloy and there are two disc brakes. There
are Pirelli tubeless tires. Mary's bike has
two handy little saddle bags and a wind
screen. The bike only has a jiffy or side
stand, no prop stand. A Sylvania H4 halo-
gen sealed beam is mounted in the front
between the non-adjustable front fork legs.


The dash board is basic: just a speedome-
ter, a digital odometer and an oil pressure
indicator. The meter reads: "Buell, a
Harley-Davidson company." Mary turns
the key of the ignition. The starter motor
turns, the oil pressure warning light turns
off, the engine starts. "Plop, plop, plop,
whahhhh!" This is the unmistakable sound
of a big single!
In 2009 Erik Buell stopped producing the
Blast. A Buell Blast was destroyed in an
automotive crusher.
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for sale, available in blue,
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Story & photos by J@n
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Picture Yourself

Aiths Te Reporter In...



As A Winner


The Richter family with The Reporter in Antarctica-
2010 Picture Yourself Winner


Set's getting harder and harder every year to pick the "Picture Yourself' winners for The
Reporter. This last year, 2010, readers remembered to take The Reporter with them -
tucked away in suitcases, backpacks and who knows where else. Consequently it showed
up in places all over the world last year. There is was with our readers in: Alberta
(Canada), Antarctic Peninsula, Arapaho Basin (Colo), Atlanta (Georgia), Bangkok, Bar-
ranquilla (Colombia), DMZ (Korea), Chicago, Dubuque (Iowa), Ely (Nevada), Fiji, Fort
Worth (Texas), Haiti, Japan, Koemarket (Netherlands), Las Vegas, Nevada, Nova Scotia
(Canada), Philippines, Rocky Mountains (New Mexico), Salem (Massachusetts), San
Diego (California), Smokey Mountains, Tennessee and Zambia.
Hearty congratulations to the 2010 Bonaire Reporter winners:

First Prize goes to the Jake Richter family ensconced on a freezing piece of ground
on the Antarctic Peninsula. Not only did they have to worry about freezing to death
but they'd remembered to bring along The Reporter on the Zodiac trip to land.
(Bonaire Reporter, March 19-April 9, 2010, issue).
Their prize is a complete dinner for four at Pasa Bon Pizza

Second Prize goes to Nad-
ine and Murray Rubin who
organized an incredible
underwater photo with
some of their Bonaire
neighbors in the Georgia
Aquarium in Atlanta, Geor-
gia. You can see The Reporter
underwater, having been *""i, ,
treated in some way for its
underwater event. (Bonaire
Reporter, August 13-27,
2010, issue).
They win a delicious large
pizza from Pasa Bon Pizza.


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and Maintenance..
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Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low
rates, References. One time or many Phone
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LUNCH TO GO
Starting from $4 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:
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We Will Care For Your Home
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Atelier Jose
Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek.
Local art, mosaics, driftwood and
more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m,
or call 785-6670 for appointment

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After decades of innovating
Bonaire's diving Captain Don is
applying similar principles to
growing plants.
Pay him a visit.
Meet Bonaire's
Living Legend.
Get him to sign
his new book-
Reef Windows

103 Kaminda
Lagun
(road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue
rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956


LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS,
Rentals, Property

House for Rent-2 bedroom with airco,
bathroom, toilet. Living room, kitchen,
front and back porch.
Kaya Nikiboku Zuid, $ 850.00/month,
call Mary ph: 796 1800

Looking for a studio, apartment or house.
Please email: alexisaura(,gmail.com

Looking to buy a mid-size car.
Please email: alexisaura(),gmail.com

For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs
two bedroom - April 01 2011- Pagabon,
excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless
and MiTV $ 550. p.m. Same amount
Deposit required upfront please call: 795
3456 Kaya Mandolin 2, call 795 3456

Looking for a room with two sepa-
rated beds and shower from the 20th of
February until the 20th of June 2011. I
can pay 160 euro per month. It must be
near Forma. Jos6 Martha Alleleijn
email: Jiru(iune.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57
4 3014045.

MISCELLANEOUS

Antiques and Collectibles
Call 795-9760

For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner-
Model VSX-D14, 120 watts/channel,
w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers,
powered woofer: $100.
Panasonic DVD player, Model S27:
$50. Call 717-2050

For sale: Full automatic washing
machine AEG L66840, 1600 rpm, all
washing programs, contents 6 kilograms.
Machine is bought: July 2nd 2010. Still
guarantee left. Almost brand new and in
perfect condition. Asking price $1100.
For more information call: 717-7851.

For Sale: Washing Machine
IGNIS 1000T, 230 V for light and
medium loads, little used, good
condition:$220 Call: 717-5038


WANTED: PADI Divemaster/
SHandyman Must be able to drive boats,
guide dives, speak English.
5 day work week including weekends
and holidays. Job includes filling and
handling dive tanks and general resort
maintenance work. Call Carib Inn at
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

MOVING SALE Glass-top 48" wicker
dining room table and 4 chairs -
$290. Large 56" wicker desk with 6
drawers and upper hutch - $375. Sam-
sung 19" computer monitor -
$75. Blender- $10. Desk lamp-
$10. Drying rack - $15. 4' metal step
ladder - $25. Call 717-2208

For sale: 2 hardly used Panther PRO
-XR111 mountain bikes with 21 Shi-
mano Revoshift gears and tires with a
special inside protection. $350 each,
two for $650. Tel. 796-5591.


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Did You
Know... . that sea stars do
not have brains?


hey may be famous for their ability to
regenerate limbs, but a brain doesn't
control this. Instead, they have a complex
nervous system and light-sensitive eyespots
on the ends of each of their arms. Their
nervous system allows them to sense touch,
temperature, orientation and changes in the
water around them. In addition, the
"blood" of sea stars is actually filtered sea-
water. Considering all the cool things that
sea stars do, such as hunting and reproduc-
ing, it is amazing to think that they do not
have a true, centralized brain. This lack of
a brain is true for other echinoderms (the
phylum that sea stars are a part of) such as
sea urchins, brittle stars, sand dollars, and
sea cucumbers. So if anyone ever tells you
that you have no brain, you can remind
them that there are some really amazing sea
creatures that don't either. Quinn de la
Concepcion


Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides


Winds and weather can. *


S. .the local tide's height and time


Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
00:44 - 07:08 1.02 15:18 - 20:06 /
Fri 25 0.09 ft ft 0.27 ft 0.21 ft 6:53 18:44
01:29 - 07:57 1.01 16:10 - 20:58 0.20
Sat 26 _0.08 ft ft 0.25 f ftft6:52 18:44
02:14 - 08:44 0.96 17:01 - 21:50 0.19
Sun 27 0.05 ft ft 0.21 ft ft 6:52 18:44
02:58 - 09:31 0.88 17:51 - 22:43 0.19
Mon 28 0.02 ft ft 0.16 t ft 6:51 18:44
03:44 0.03 10:18 0.78 18:39 - 23:40 0.20
Tue 01 ft ft 0.11 ft ft 6:51 18:45
04:36 0.08 11:05 0.67 19:25 -
Wed 02 ft ft 0.05 ft 6:50 18:45
00:40 0.24 05:41 0.13 11:56 0.56 20:05 -
Thu 03 ft ft ft 0.00 ft 6:50 18:45
01:37 0.29 07:08 0.16 12:53 0.45 20:40 0.05
Fri 04 ft ft ft ft New Moon 6:49 18:45
02:24 0.35 08:49 0.15 14:00 0.36 21:08 0.09
Sat 05 ft ft ft ft 6:49 18:45
03:02 0.41 10:20 0.11 15:15 0.30 21:30 0.11
Sun 06 ft ft ft ft 6:48 18:45
03:34 0.48 11:27 0.05 16:24 0.25 21:49 0.13
Mon 07 ft ft ft ft 6:48 18:45
04:05 0.56 12:18 - 17:21 0.22 22:09 0.13
Tue 08 ft 0.02 ft ft ft 6:47 18:45
04:36 0.63 13:01 - 18:04 0.19 22:32 0.11
Wed 09 ft 0.07 ft ft ft 6:46 18:45
05:09 0.70 13:39 - 18:36 0.16 23:00 0.08
Thu 10 ft0.12ft ft ft 6:46 18:45
05:44 0.77 14:15 - 19:03 0.14 23:35 0.04
Fri 11 ft 0.15 ft ft ft 6:45 18:46

16 Flights a day
between
Bonaire and
Curagao DIVIDIVI


Divi Divi Air . ,,,.
Reservations
24 hours a day
Call
(5999 839-1515)
Or (5999
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Quinn de la Concepcion is a junior biology
major at
Colorado
College
who hopes
to become a
physical
therapist.
She spent
this past fall
at the CIEE
Research
Station in











SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE


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









APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and
COMPUTERS
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. F service
and in-store financing too.

ART & GALLERIES

The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is
Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.

BAKERY & CAFE

Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries,
fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on
the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded
salad bar and other take-out items-at affordable
prices.

BEAUTY PARLOR

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


CARS AND BIKES

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.

CONSTRUCTION

Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty

DENTURE REPAIR

All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.


DINING

The Brandaris Caf6 is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan food. Breakfast & Lunch only.
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
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.

ON & IN THE WATER
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop
and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer
H.Q.


Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail
shops so you always get the best deals and assured
of top notch training.

UNDERWATER VIDEO
ScubaVision - Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

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

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.


HEALTH
Go Green-Tina Woodley's new shop, in the build-
ing in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful
and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life


Harmony House-Using science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural products to
u correct the problem.
o-mi. , Also Essence range of herbal
teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya
EmevwLe Papa Comes 2


Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


HOME CARE

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website
scubavision.info or YouTube

REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS


AN HOMES


Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
ment. And now Yachts!



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.



RE/MAX Paradise
Homes on Kaya Grandi
has extensive listings and
5 is backed by the world-
- wide RE/MAX support.


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


STORAGE


.PiqGALSINA
VT4G FmAurrN oM THV


The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papiamentu)
offers Secure Storage For
Vehicles, Household Items,
Diving And Sporting Gear,
Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern
hotel row.


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

D ROCARGO
Services N.V.


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


SUPERMARKETS

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


(ISLAND) TOURS
Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.


WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only wa-
ter taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

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



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* Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
540-9800.
* We Dare to Care Park children's
playground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Saturday
* Rincon Marshe-8am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche first
Saturday of the month-
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Industria,
second Saturday of the month, 7-9 pm.
Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10
(NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539.
* Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and nature
by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria
Koeks for more information-796-7870.
Monday
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717
-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and per-
sonal with Bonaire's dive pioneer. The
Captain will autograph your copy of his
newest book Reef Windows.
Tuesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Res-
ervations 700-4628.
Wednesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12.
Reservations 700-4628
Thursday
*SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about
$12. Reservations 700-4628
*Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers)
players get together on from 19.00 till
21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater
Odulfinuz z/n.

Friday
* Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts
players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at


the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six.
Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop,
at 701-9660
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo center
present a multimedia slide presentation
about Buddy's House Reef- pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women Di-
vers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's
Touch the Sea programs of personalized
dive guiding. She presents a unique per-
spective on critters and corals, plus an up-
dated Bonaire lionfish report, every Mon-
day she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the
Aquarius Conference Center at Captain
Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290.

Wednesday - Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative
slide show: Sea Turtles ofBonaire, at 8pm,
every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the
conference room at Captain Don's Habitat
(717-8290)

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pmi Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and
January 1st. Call 788 - 9015 or 796 - 5681

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday at 7pm.
Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4931
Al-Anon meetings - every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club - Wednesdays, 7:15 pm-
All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at 796-
5591 to find out the evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI - First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm - Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs


above the dive shop. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sunday, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire, at
SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater
Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona) Sunday ser-
vices in English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning prayer meeting at Por'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 of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea diDios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday
mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in Eng-
lish. A full Gospel Church located tempo-
rarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Bar-
bara, Republiek. Services are held on Sun-
day mornings from 10am until 11:30am.
Bible studies in English are on Monday
nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9
am Sacrament Services (Translation to
English and Papiamentu upon request)
10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors welcome: Call 701-9522 for informa-
tion.
Foundation Fountain of Living Waters,
Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya
Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in Papia-
mentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counsel-
ing, contact 717-2161

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(Continued from page 10)
though, I said, 'Let's go.' The place was
too clean and too expensive. The islands
before were much different. By then, I
only had $500 in my pocket and couldn't
afford Bonaire for long. But the rest of
the crew wanted to stay."
Days later, two of the Swedes met a
local construction boss. He was in desper-
ate need of workers to build a house in
Belnem. The news was brought back to
Ornen and the crew voted unanimously to
do the six-month job. Work permits were
arranged for over the weekend with Frits
Goedgedrag, later to become governor of
the Netherlands Antilles, signing the docu-
ments.
"Our group had an interesting set of
skills. The crew consisted of a former
Volvo test driver (Per Magnusson), a me-
chanic, an explosives expert, a postman, a
bus driver and a chef. The chef and I were
the only ones with actual construction
experience. Let's just say that the first
months, making the foundation of the
house, was our 'school' for the team. We
went on from there."
The sailors-tumed-construction workers
resided on Omen during the project and
frequented the bars at Karl's and Mona
Lisa Restaurant during their time off.
They also played football (soccer) and
arranged for a match in the Kralendijk
stadium against a group of Dutch electri-
cians with whom they had worked. It was
Holland vs. Sweden. Lelle does not recall
who won that game, only that both teams
had plenty to drink before and after the
competition.
The house was completed in eight
months and the crew then waited for a
weather window for passage to the Pa-
nama Canal. It was time to continue their
world journey. When Omen finally de-
parted, only five Swedes were aboard.
One sailor had met a Dutch girl on Bon-
aire. They later wed and moved to Swe-
den. Another met an Ecuadorian girl.
They were wed aboard the Omen in a
ceremony complete with a priest. The
couple later left Bonaire and joined the
crew in Panama. The third Swede to re-
main on island was Lelle. He too had also
met a Dutch lady, Inge Berben, who had
peaked his interest. Plus, the young sea-
man was not finished sailing the Carib-
bean.
"I joined the local Sunfish sailors club
on Bonaire. It was much more active back
then. I also windsurfed and was crew for
some big races in Puerto Rico and the
Trinidad-Tobago Race Week. One year


Eco Dive (Continuedfrom page 11)
Because of generous donations of Captain
Don's Habitat and Rum Runners, 100% of
drink ticket sales was forwarded to Eco
Dive Bonaire.
Of course the whole dive was only pos-
sible with the help of many individuals
and businesses. The eco divers thanked
Captain Don's Habitat, Rum Runners,
BonPhoto, Hoogenboom Kaag, Royal van
Lent, BonFysio/BonBida, Flamingo Com-
munications, Magic Print, Woodwind, vd
Wansem, Go Green, Deaxo Croes, David
Ray, Devon Clarke, Buz Smith, Bruce
Schnaak, Zsuzsanna Pusztai, Elsmarie
Beukeboom, Din Domacass6, Ron Gijzen,
Sean Paton, Mabel Nava, Tina Lindeken,
Hans & Magreet Faassen, Aad & Meta
Dommisse, Dee Pederson, Djodjo Hilgers,
Anne Zaat, Barbel Heusinkveld, Laura
Stefani, Luca Bottura and of course every-
one who donated to Eco Dive Bonaire


we won our class in the St. Maarten Hei-
neken Regatta."
Davidsson continued to do small con-
struction jobs specializing in window in-
stallations and traveled to work sites by
bicycle. For nearly two years, he lived
aboard a 28-foot sailboat that he had pur-
chased from a Frenchman who had given
up the cruising life. And then serendipity
struck.
"There was a 46-foot teak sailboat that
went aground on the south point of Bon-
aire. Both masts were damaged and there
was a 1.5 square meter hole in the side. I
went there to give advice on how to get
the boat shipped to Curagao for repair.
But after looking at it, I decided I could
fix it myself. I had changed planks in oak
boats when I was 12 years old together
with my uncle. So why not repair the boat
myself? No one was doing yacht repair on
Bonaire at that time."
Marine repair became Lelle's expertise
and in 1997 he began Navegante, a boat
repair and service company that still exists
today. "That's the nice thing about life,"
reflects Lelle. "Everything offers opportu-
nities."
One of those opportunities was meeting
Inge Berben. They are married now and
have an eight year old daughter, Sanne,
and a five year old son, Luca.
And what was the fate of the Omen, the
boat that delivered Lelle to Bonaire? The
old ketch completed its world voyage, but
by the time it entered Swedish waters only
two of the original crew were on board.
Per Magnusson had sailed as far as Aus-
tralia when his money ran out. He had
enough left to fly home to Sweden. Per
returned to work at Volvo as an engineer,
but he longed for the island life. Eventu-
ally, he returned to Bonaire in 2008 and
became partners with Lelle in Navegante.
"I still miss the sailing life," explains
Lelle. "Once you start a business, vacation
time is very limited. When I see a sailor
swinging in a hammock on his boat in the
bay, I'm jealous. But I'm a long term
thinker and one day it will be my turn
again to have my time on the water."E
Story & photos
by Patrick Ho-
lian


Patrick Holian
is a writer and
film journalist
living on Bon-
aire.



2010 and supported us with motivating
words and/or their presence. 0 by Felix
Faassen & Leo Hoogenboom
Credits: Photos Suzsanna Pusztai (Bon Photo
Bonaire) underwater and Bruce Schnaak topside.


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DENGUE DILEMMA


consider a hemisphere
map where dengue
occurs, and you will see that
Bonaire is only one of many
countries or islands with this
problem. It is generally
agreed that dengue has been
here for about 12-15 years, but, as usual,
very difficult (maybe impossible?) to get
any statistics out of the necessary govern-
ment departments.
What really concerns me is, firstly, that we
have visitors to Bonaire on a weekly basis,
and very few of them are aware of dengue.
They contract the dengue virus, feel like
hell, sometimes end up at a doctor or hospi-
tal, are often told "it's just the flu," or are
sent for a blood test (which takes 5 days),
and if dengue is confirmed they are told
"there is no treatment except taking
paracetamol." They eventually go back
home with less than fond memories of Bon-
aire.
Secondly, for us living on Bonaire (and
who have had dengue) the misconceptions
about standing water, the mosquito and
when it will bite you, the symptoms of the
fever and the danger of contracting dengue a
second or a third time should be a govern-
ment driven project EVERY DENGUE
SEASON. This is done in so many coun-
tries with dengue, and governments go as far
as issuing fines to those people caught with
standing water that could be a breeding
ground for mosquitoes. No, I am not sug-
gesting issuing fines on Bonaire, but I am
urging each and every person on this island
to know the facts about dengue, and to act
on it. I believe that the mis-information
about dengue from government level down,
will keep dengue on Bonaire and will con-
tinue to wreak havoc during every rainy
season!
It is not rocket science to realize that, be-
cause of the lack of treatment, the number of
confirmed dengue cases (usually only when
dengue has been confirmed by a blood test),
is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have had
dengue once, do you know what the effects
would be should you get dengue a second or
a third time? If you are shrugging your
shoulders and think it un-important to know,
all I can say to you is that ignorance is far
more powerful than logic.


Some of us are more susceptible to the
... - " infection than others, and this can be tested
for through a urine sample. We can, before
S and during the "dengue season," with very
- small changes to our lifestyle, minimize our
risk. I will go as far as saying I believe we
can safeguard ourselves COMPLETELY
against the risk.
We need a dedicated dengue task force,
with a dengue call centre, testing people for
susceptibility, to educate and to dispel
myths. We can be in control and make our
lives and the time visitors spend here far
more pleasant. Visitors will not stop coming
here because of dengue. Do people stop


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visiting areas with yellow fever, malaria,
Lyme disease etc.? Research has been ongo-
ing for many years to develop a vaccine
against dengue. Don't hold your breath.
Each one of us can be a part of eradicating
dengue. r
World climate changes
are affecting the dengue
mosquito. This problem
is not going to go away.
* Stephanie
Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape
Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs,
minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bon-
aire she continued her studies in the UK and
now researches Bonaire health issues. She is
the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center



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Land House
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Little Monty's Second Chance


Bonaire is a dry islandfull of cacti and
baked earth and yet this rainy season has
been tremendous. I had thought it was all
over but today it's raining again. It's not
quite cats and dogs but this morning's driz-
zle is a good thing. This, dear reader, is not
because it will nourish the trees that feed
the parrots (Loras) or serve some other
much needed ecological purpose but be-
cause it means I can do nothing other than
hide away indoors and finally share another
wondrous tale of all things parrots. And so
withoutfurther ado; before the sun breaks
through; or I mention that like any good
Hollywood blockbuster this story ofjoy,
happiness, sadness and hope is based
(loosely) on a true story; lets get to the
story:

t was a sunny day and Mrs. Python like
most Yellow-shouldered Amazon Par-
rot ladies had had a busy few months. She
quite frankly wanted nothing more than to
sit in a calabash tree on a hillside, take it
easy and enjoy the view. First there had
been the nest prospecting over which Mr.
and Mrs. Python had nearly fallen out, and
this was before the breeding season had
even begun. This is because instead of want-
ing to enthusiastically view all the possible
nest sites with his loved one Mr. Python had
offered to sit and wait so that Mrs. Python
could continue doing her perusing without
dragging him along. That of course, as any
lady parrot would appreciate, is not the
point, because at any moment she might
want his opinion on a particular nest. And so
it was that together they looked at all the
available options in the area before Mrs.
Python finally decided they would do best to
go back and settle on the first nest she had
looked at. One must point out that we highly
disciplined and conservative conservation-
ists of course do not normally anthropomor-
phize and name the parrots we are here to
serve. With the exception of Monty whom
at this point in the story is not even an egg
yet, these names are entirely fictitious.
After a short but colorful period of nest/

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home improvement, copious copulation and
bit of warfare with the neighbors that any
good Amazon parrot would have been proud
of, Mrs. Python was getting clucky. In a
process that can best be described by any
Mr. Parrot as eye watering, Mrs. Python
went about the business of laying her clutch
of eggs. In a little over a week she had pro-
duced four beautiful white eggs, by which
point Mrs. Python was ever so grateful to
not be a kiwi. The kiwi of course dear
reader, lays the largest egg in relation to it's
body size of any bird.
Next was incubation which Mrs. Python
has always said is a bit like a month of sail-
ing, that is: mostly boring with a few pass-
ing moments of terror. Warming eggs,
warming eggs, warming eggs, "is that an
introduced mammalian predator (cat) I hear
climbing the nest tree about to come and eat
me", "ah, no", warming eggs, warming eggs,
warming eggs. But soon enough incubation
concluded and four tiny pink bundles of joy
emerged, one of which would later become
known as Monty.
Over the next two months Mr. and Mrs.
Python nurtured their wonderful chicks. The
chicks themselves made a marvelous transi-
tion from helpless, eyeless, little pink things
to stunning and sleek fledglings, doing all
that growing with such incredible effi-
ciency. Monty was loved by his family. His
parents were generous with food but also
with discipline as is so rarely the case these
days, and so he and his siblings were neither
cantankerous nor tempestuous young par-
rots. Even during the brief starvation period
that Mr. and Mrs. Python had enforced in
order to draw their young family out of their
nest, the chicks maintained their good man-
ners. And so one by one the young Pythons
emerged and entered the big wide world. If
the last 3 months had been a strain for Mrs.
Python then those first weeks when the
chicks were fledging would be at a least a
strain and a half, if not two strains. She and
Mr. Python found themselves flying up and
down their happy little valley in endless
search and rescue missions as they tried to
locate their various offspring. Over time the
fledglings' proficiency improved and they
made fewer and fewer crash landings into
random trees. It was at this time, when the
youngest of their four had been out of the
nest two weeks, when Mrs. Python herself
was doing the wanting of nothing more,
with which we started this story.
It was a sunny day and Mrs. Python de-
cided the time had come when her new fam-
ily was ready to venture into the local vil-
lage where juicy mangos and other exotic


fruits were to be found on garden trees,
where once there had been a diverse range
of Bonairean trees. Together Mr. and Mrs.
Python and their offspring and the
neighbors and their offspring flew south in
a more or less orderly flock. Before crash-
ing into a mango tree the group first
alighted on a haphazard collection of tele-
graph wires where all could be counted and
accounted for. Thankfully the Pythons and
the neighbors had all made it. The parents
felt relief and satisfaction. The young fledg-
lings cavorted and screamed with their ex-
citement even though they weren't the least
bit interested in the juicy mangos, for they
were still being fed by their parents. Sud-
denly the parrots became aware of a strange
animal beneath them on the ground. The
parents realized with horror there was dan-
ger and they took their turn to scream, urg-
ing they young families to fly. Before he
could open his wings poor Monty had been
knocked about the head with a big stick and
he fell from the wire to the ground. U
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chance. Worry not, dear reader. The con-
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regaled in the next Bonaire Reporter, but
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show you:
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face west. Shining brilliantly not far
above the horizon is the biggest of all
the planets, Jupiter, which will set
about an hour after the Sun, so get out
early to catch it. Then turn and look into
the southeast where you will see the
brightest constellation of them all,
Orion the hunter. Two bright stars
mark his shoulders, two bright stars
mark his knees and three not quite as
bright stars equally spaced in a row
mark his belt.
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through Orion's belt down to his left you
will see a dazzling star which literally
outshines all the stars in the heavens as
seen from Earth, the star Sirius which
marks the nose of Orion's faithful com-
panion, Canis Major, the great dog. In
fact we can make a very nice stick fig-
ure of a dog by drawing lines between
Canis Major's stars with Sirius marking
his nose. Now although Sirius is nick-
named the "dog star," I personally pre-
fer the name the ancient Egyptians gave
it, the "Soul of Isis." But whatever
name it has enjoyed for the past several
thousand years, it is still the brightest
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many stars which are hundreds of times
larger than Sirius, like Orion's red
shoulder star, Betelgeuse.
Even so Sirius makes our own star, the
Sun, look rather puny by comparison
because while our Sun is almost one
million miles in diameter, Sirius is al-
most twice as wide. And while our Sun
burns a relatively cool 10,000 degrees
Fahrenheit at its surface, Sirius blazes a
fierce 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which
makes it shine 25 times brighter than
our Sun. Wow! Thank heaven it isn't as
close to us as our Sun or we'd all have to
wear sunglasses to get to sleep at night.
At any rate, if you watch Sirius when
it is close to the horizon it will look
even more dazzling than when it's up
high. In fact it will flash and sparkle and
change brilliant colors like a cosmic
jewel unlike any other star in the heav-
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west after sunset and then turn to the
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necessary right now, and if you don't do it on
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so! Nevertheless, friends are mostly suppor-
tive. Coming to the aid of a partner feels good
now, as does being in on a special secret.
Taurus (April 20 ,May 21) : Work is de-
manding this month, dear Taurus, but also
very rewarding. Friends are especially helpful
and enjoyable to be around. You are likely to
find that by networking and paying attention
to people in the same career field as you, or to
those with similar interests, you are able to
come up with some excellent ideas for your
own life.
Gemini (May 21 .June 21) : Career and
professional matters are strong, rewarding,
and exciting this month, dear Gemini. While
you cannot say your career is carefree these
days, as challenges are also part of the experi-
ence, you are bound to find many opportuni-
ties to grow and develop on a professional
level this month and beyond.
Cancer (June 22 .July 22) : Plenty of ca-
reer developments are in the works, dear Can-
cer, as you take the time to re-assess your
professional life and responsibilities. In March
and April, matters will begin to move quickly,
with a raise a definite possibility; but now is
the time for analysis rather than action. Love
has been tricky recently, and continues to
baffle you in February.
Leo (July 23 .August 23) : Your popularity
runs high this month, dear Leo, even though
you continue to keep some emotional distance.
Those close to you, however, are likely to
sense that you are not as enthusiastic and di-
rect as usual, but it's a necessary period in
which you take a step back and analyze what
works for you and what doesn't.
Virgo (August 23 .September 23) : Febru-
ary is an excellent month for your relation-
ships, dear Virgo. You are especially willing
to please, and partners (or potential ones) are
attentive and romantic. Your openness to part-
nering and tolerance of others are qualities
that will help improve your relationships many
times over this year. Opportunities to connect
and for a happy, productive relationship are
abundant.
Libra (September 23 .October 23) : While
life has been filled with pressures and perhaps
setbacks for many of you recently, dear Libra,
the first three weeks of February bring great
opportunities for recreation and enjoyment.
Romantic new beginnings are possible, but
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to do now is to give them space. If you find
that you're only going through the motions, let
time pass before making any decisions.
Scorpio (October 23 .November 22) :
Challenges with work continue and are
unlikely to clear up until mid-March, dear
Scorpio. While some of you are encountering
difficult circumstances on the job, most of you
are experiencing loss of enthusiasm within.
You might be going through the motions for
the time being. You are sure to regain energy
and zeal, as well as a sense of direction, next
month.
Sagittarius (November 22 .December 21) :
You are paying much more attention to per-
sonal matters than you are to professional and
social endeavors these days, dear Sagittarius.
The focus is on your feelings, intuition, and
comfort rather than what the rest of the world
expects of you. The first two weeks of Febru-
ary are exceptionally busy for paperwork,
errands, learning, and intellectual projects.
Family and those close to home are especially
helpful to you in February. A friend might be
disapproving or difficult, but pay attention--he
or she might have a good point.
Capricorn (December 21 .January 20) : A
strong focus on practical matters this month
keeps your mind on security and comfort mat-
ters for the most part, dear Capricorn. At the
same time, you have so many ideas for the
future that it's hard to settle on just one. This is
not the best month for presenting or imple-
menting your ideas, however, because they
require more work, refinement, and thought.
Aquarius (January 20 ,February 19):
February is a strong month for finances and
personal possessions for you, dear Aquarius..
Others are really in your comer this month,
paying you much attention. While relationship
problems are still part of your life, those of
you involved in casual relationships are find-
ing many opportunities to enjoy yourselves
and singles are not lacking for attention, ei-
ther. This is a strong period for creative pro-
jects and endeavors.
Pisces (February 19 .March 20) : February
starts slowly but quickly picks up speed mid-
way through, dear Pisces, when
you'll experience lots of activity and attention.
Gifts, refunds, or rebates may be forthcoming
now. Although it's a strong time for career and
business opportunities in general, there are
some snags to deal with when it comes to
work schedules. You might also be losing
some enthusiasm for work, and going through
the motions, which should change by mid-
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B onaire's first local election for Island Council seats since Bonaire was established as The Reporter 's view of the political parties vying for seats is presented below without
a special Dutch municipality is set for Wednesday, March 2. It will be conducted endorsement. Readers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the platforms of
under different rules than previously (see bottom of page 11) and legal resident foreigners the parties so they can make an informed choice. Essentially voters choose a single candi-
can vote -the first for an island election. date from the almost 80 names. Seats are apportioned according to the number of votes cast
In addition to the two parties of long standing, the PDB Demokrat (red) and UPB Patri- for the party. The top vote getters do not necessarily get the party's seats on the Island
otiko (green), three new parties are on the ballot. Council. The Island Council chooses the members of the Island Government.

UPB Patriotiko PDB Demokrat PHU-Unity and Justice MLB MBL
Head: Ramonsito Booi Head: Robby Beukenboom Head: Michiel Bijkerk Head: Eric Soliana Head: Benito Dirksz
The UPB is the party currently The charismatic Demokrat This new party is using a cam- One new party, "Movementu The Movementu Boneiru Liber
with a majority on the Island leader, Jopie Abraham, recently paign model new to Bonaire, more Lucha Boneiru" (Bonaire Light (MBL) - Bonaire Free Movement
Council supported by an independ- retired, putting leadership of the like the approach Obama used to Movement) -MLB, is headed by is led by hard-line crime fighter
ent, Anthony Nicolas, who is not a party into the experienced hands of get elected in the US. The PHU is Eric Soleana. According to Wer- Benito Dirksz. Some members of
candidate. veteran councilmember Robby using the email, social media as net, it is not really a political party, this new "blue" party were in
The party's colors are green, but Beukenboom. well as newspapers and radio to but a group of a dozen people who favor of the Referendum to ask
that is traditional, not necessarily It will be his first election test as reach the voters. want change "with space for new Bonaireans to assess their
meaning special support for the party leader. The Demokrats were Led by past political activist thoughts and a new system." satisfaction with the arrangements
environment. briefly in power during the transi- lawyer Michiel Bijkerk the PHU Their stated objective is to de- negotiated with The Netherlands.
One of their most popular candi- tion to integration with Holland. party is appealing to Bonaireans fend and promote the interests of That effort was blocked.
dates recently publicly announced They essentially froze the process and island minorities for their those not happy with the direc- IfBL gets on the Island
support for keeping Sunset Beach/ until they capitulated under finan- votes with several naturalized citi- tion Bonaire is taking. They ad- Council, opposition to Dutch
Play Lechi reserved for local busi- cial pressure from The Nether- zens on their party's list. The PHU vocate a return to fundamental Counil opposition to utchim-
nesses. lands. recently won a lawsuit to allow Christian ideals and traditional tiatives, taken without consulta-
The UPB, in our opinion, is the The Reporter believes the De- foreigners who are legal residents Bonairean values in education. ton with BES official, might be
party most responsible for the de- mokrats (red party color but they to vote in the upcoming election They will push for healthy activi-fierce.
tails of the current state structure are not communist) are the most and are pushing another suit to get ties for youngsters and fair treat- The present independent coun-
of Bonaire-a special municipality interested in preserving the old Bonaire pensioners on a par with ment of the elderly. They will cilman and commissioner, An-
of The Netherlands. ways of Bonaire. During their The Netherlands- an action sup- support the rights of immigrants thony Nicolaas, is not on the
time in power in the 1 990s Bon- ported by all major parties except support the rights of immigrants thony Nicolaas, is not on the
Their time in power in the 1990s Bon- ported by all major parties except and want the island to move in a MBL list but is reported to sup-
support details of the currentar aire's economic growth stagnated he UPB. direction to recover its dignity and port the MBL. Party leader Dirksz
support cement like the present ar- but the island's natural environ- The PHU seems to know how to autonomy, explained that there had been a lot
rangement, like the present pen- ment benefited, get the Dutch to react- litigate. autonomy. ine tt th n
sion payments. get the Dutch to react- litigate. Most interestingly, they want to of interest in getting on the party
The party's list of 30 candidates Beukenboom leads a list of 18 Except for Bijkerk, the party has make real the decision that the list, but they had had to stop at
names with both experienced law- relative unknowns on its election 25
has persons experienced in past rirelative unknowns on its election majority of Bonaireans expressed 25
governments. The party promotes makers and 11 list first-timers. list, perhaps a weakness. in the last Referendum. We are
governments. The party promotes the last Referendum. We are
economic growth. not sure if that includes those
who voted NO or those who boy-
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moved to Holland. Years later she met my
dad and I arrived September 26, 1985. I
also have a brother, Stan; he's two years
younger. When I was 11, my mom, my
brother and I came to Bonaire. We moved
in with my grandmother. It was hot and I
had to get used to the SGB high school
system which was quite chaotic. You
never knew what they were up to and I
didn't speak Papiamentu. It was difficult,
but... we are people who adjust relatively
fast to changes. Soon enough I'd made
friends and after five months I knew the
basics of Papiamentu. From then on it
went straight forward.
Of all the things that were different what
struck me most was that people here
seemed to enjoy life so much more. They
were living in the present. It was a very
big difference compared to Holland and...
it still is. After some time, my mom, my
brother and I went to live on our own. I
joined Jong Bonaire after school. We
went snorkeling, I learned in-line skating
and I got my first e-mail address at Jong
Bonaire. I had no idea what to do with it,
but okay... hahaha!


I've never been bored growing up on
Bonaire. We moved 'a 100 times.' When-
ever we found a better house we would
pick up our things and go. I'd go out - my
mom knew all my friends - there wasn't
much going on but we made it fun. We
went camping at Sorobon where we set
illegal bonfires, we watched movies and
ate popcorn at someone's house and
sometimes we went to Karel's or City.
After I'd graduated Havo, I felt I had to
move on to get to know the world outside
Bonaire. I went back to Holland with the
help of SSNA, the Foundation of Study
Financing of the Netherlands Antilles, and
I started studying social work. My mom
was a social worker and because of all the
stories she told me I thought it would be
something for me too as we all are very
social people. But somehow it didn't fit
me - I found it depressing. You would
help one client to get back on his feet and
if he succeeded it was great, but then there
was always the next case and many clients
just couldn't make it. I was afraid it would
drag me down in the long run.
So, I switched studies and started study-
ing social and cultural development. In


"... but sometimes things in life just
happen, those are the moments, the
opportunities which reveal them-
selves seemingly out of nowhere."


this field you're
also involved
with people and
their problems,
but there's the
big picture as
well. This edu-
cation offers a
great variety of


possibilities because you
create activity programs,
festivals and events -
really everything consid-
ering social goals. It's a
higher professional edu-
cation which takes four
years to complete, but it
took me a bit more than
five years as I had
changed quite a bit while
I was living on Bonaire,
especially when it came
to culture and the way I
saw life. When my co-
students were stressing
out, I thought 'so what -
tomorrow is another day!'
It sounds a bit ignorant, but that's how it
was. My friendships were also very di-
verse; I befriended people from all kinds
of backgrounds - Moroccan, Turkish,
Antillean, Surinamese and Dutch, while
most students stayed in their own little
circle. I guess that's what the island
taught me...
After my graduation I worked for one
year as a telephone operator at a central
alarm post for various insurance compa-
nies. And then recession struck. I was a
temporary employee and the first one who
had to go. Just before I was dismissed I'd
booked a flight to Bonaire as my grand-
mother was going to be 80 and we were
planning to celebrate it together with the
whole family. Then I lost my job and I
thought 'I should have saved my money


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for more important things...'
I still had three months to go before my
grandma's birthday and applied forjobs
like a madwoman. It was all in vain - and
as I am someone who really doesn't like
to sit still, I went through a bad time.
When I came to Bonaire it was great to
see my family. I went to Jong Bonaire to
say hello and revive old memories and
they received me with wide open arms.
They asked me 'Hey, what did you do?
What's your life like?' They were sweet
and interested and when I told them I
couldn't find a job, they said 'Why don't
you apply for a job with us?'" She looks
at me and smiles. "I came here to visit and
I was going back to Holland - but some-
times things in life just happen. Those are
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Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.

BAKERY & CAFE

Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries,
fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on
the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded
salad bar and other take-out items-at affordable
prices.

BEAUTY PARLOR

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

CARS AND BIKES

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.

CONSTRUCTION

Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty

DENTURE REPAIR

All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.


DINING

The Brandaris Caf6 is the top-notch, spotless
downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezue-
lan food. Breakfast & Lunch only.
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
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.

ON & IN THE WATER
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop
and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer
H.Q.


Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail
shops so you always get the best deals and assured
of top notch training.

UNDERWATER VIDEO
ScubaVision - Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

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

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.


HEALTH
Go Green-Tina Woodley's new shop, in the build-
ing in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful
and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life


Harmony House-Using science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural products to
u correct the problem.
o-mi. , Also Essence range of herbal
teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya
EmevwLe Papa Comes 2


Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


HOME CARE

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website
scubavision.info or YouTube

REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS


AN HOMES


Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
ment. And now Yachts!



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.



RE/MAX Paradise
Homes on Kaya Grandi
has extensive listings and
5 is backed by the world-
- wide RE/MAX support.


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

STORAGE


- IGASINA
VmiMM BIErmw UNM TnH VA


The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papiamentu)
offers Secure Storage For
Vehicles, Household Items,
Diving And Sporting Gear,
Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern
hotel row.


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

D ROCARGO
Services N.V.


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


SUPERMARKETS

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


(ISLAND) TOURS
Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.


WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only wa-
ter taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

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



Join this list of Bonaire's best
businesses. Advertise in
The Bonaire Reporter,
in print and on the Internet




Fortnightly Advertisers in The
Bonaire Reporter are included
in the guide. Free!
To place and ad
call 790-6518, 786-6518
or email
laura@bonairenews.com


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* Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
540-9800.
* We Dare to Care Park children's
playground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
Saturday
* Rincon Marshe-8am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche first
Saturday of the month-
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Industria,
second Saturday of the month, 7-9 pm.
Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10
(NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539.
* Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and nature
by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria
Koeks for more information-796-7870.
Monday
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717
-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and per-
sonal with Bonaire's dive pioneer. The
Captain will autograph your copy of his
newest book Reef Windows.
Tuesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Res-
ervations 700-4628.
Wednesday
SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12.
Reservations 700-4628
Thursday
*SGB High School Chez Nous Restau-
rant- 12:30 multi course lunch, about
$12. Reservations 700-4628
*Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers)
players get together on from 19.00 till
21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater
Odulfinuz z/n.

Friday
* Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts
players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at


the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six.
Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop,
at 701-9660
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo center
present a multimedia slide presentation
about Buddy's House Reef- pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women Di-
vers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's
Touch the Sea programs of personalized
dive guiding. She presents a unique per-
spective on critters and corals, plus an up-
dated Bonaire lionfish report, every Mon-
day she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the
Aquarius Conference Center at Captain
Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290.

Wednesday - Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative
slide show: Sea Turtles ofBonaire, at 8pm,
every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the
conference room at Captain Don's Habitat
(717-8290)

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pmi Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and
January 1st. Call 788 - 9015 or 796 - 5681

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday at 7pm.
Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4931
Al-Anon meetings - every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club - Wednesdays, 7:15 pm-
All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at 796-
5591 to find out the evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI - First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm - Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs


above the dive shop. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sunday, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire, at
SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater
Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona) Sunday ser-
vices in English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning prayer meeting at Por'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 of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea diDios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday
mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in Eng-
lish. A full Gospel Church located tempo-
rarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Bar-
bara, Republiek. Services are held on Sun-
day mornings from 10am until 11:30am.
Bible studies in English are on Monday
nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9
am Sacrament Services (Translation to
English and Papiamentu upon request)
10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors welcome: Call 701-9522 for informa-
tion.
Foundation Fountain of Living Waters,
Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya
Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in Papia-
mentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counsel-
ing, contact 717-2161

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Bonhata's 14th Annual AwardsF


On Tuesday February 15th BON
HATA (Bonaire Hotel and To
Association) presented its 14th Annu
Awards to persons who merited recog
because of their exceptional contribute
Bonaire tourism. Some 200 persons al
tended the event at the Kontiki Beach
which started at 7:30 pm and lasted ui
late that night. Weather conditions we
perfect during the awards given to BC
HATA members and other individual:
had made significant contributions to
aire's tourism industry.
The winner of the Employee of the
was Orlando Thomas from Divi Di
because: "Orlando is a dive master/bo
captain and has been
working for Divi
Dive many, many
years. He is cheer-
ful, always entertain-
ing the guests, while
providing maximum
safety. He goes the
extra mile by involv-
ing more and more
youngsters in the
dive industry and
making them aware
that this is a good
way of earning a
living and being
proud of what their island has to offer


Another award winner was
Karibiksport,
a German/
Bonairean tour
operation of-
fering full
package sport
holidays for
German speak-
ing tourists. S
Joint Partner r
and representa-
tive of the


company on Bonaire is Inka Liibcke. Here
she proudly shows the award, reading:
"Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association

(Continued from page 2)
Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in
Miami this March, the largest exhibition in
the field.

)When we filled the tank in our compact
pickup last week it cost about $75. But only
50 miles south it would have cost about $1.
Venezuela's gasoline is the cheapest in
the world, its energy minister said on Sun-
day. Its cost is $0.03-0.04 per liter ($0.11-
0.15 per gallon).

�PWho am I? Where do I come from?
What happens when I die? Why does this
happen to me again? Why do I constantly
walk into the same wall over and over
again? Why me? Why this? Why now?
Which one of you has never asked yourself
one of these or similar questions?
During a theatrical lecture in Dutch
Jhanna Houweling, a Dutch actress and
public speaker, gives insight into these vital
questions in a playful, easy accessible and
scientifically based way. At the same time
the true cause is discovered of our daily
conflicts. It might be that that which we
consider unreal turns out to be very real.
And vice versa.
Visit Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47, on
Saturday February 26th and Wed-


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14th Annual Awards Event. Presented to:
Karibiksport. In recognition for your contri-
bution to the Tourism Industry of Bonaire
2010."
Others receiving awards were Governor
Glenn Thode, Huub Groot, Serge de
Groote and Digicel Bonaire.
The winner of the Supervisor of the Year
was Rodney Thode of Rocargo Services.
Congratulations to all the winners.
In connection with the Awards Event,
BONHATA thanked those who contributed
to the fund-raising raffle prizes:
A.B. Car Rental, Adams Unlimited,
Addo's Bookstore, Antillean Wine Com-


pany, Atlantis Duty Free, Asecom Benet-
ton, Bonaire Tours & Vacation, Breezes
SuperClub Curacao, Cadushy B.V., Cap-
tain Don, Captain Don's Habitat, Coffie
& van der Hoek, Digicel Bonaire, Divi
Dive, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Ca-
sino, Fumus N.V., Hertz Car Rental, Ho-
tel Restaurant Roomer, Hugo Gerharts.
Insel Air, J.C. Herrera, Jibe City, Kite-
* boarding Bonaire, KLM, La Pura Vista,
Littman Gift Shop, Littman Jewelers,
SMaduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire, Otro-
banda Hotel & Casino, Rum Runners Res-
taurant, Sunbelt Realty, Tempo Team,
Total Car Rental.
Thanks to KonTiki Beach Bonaire man-
agement and staff for the great food, table
service and beverage service. To M.C.
Corine Gerharts - a fantastic job as al-
ways.
On a final note, the Fund Raising Raffle
more than reached its target of $2,250 to
help the Bonaire Heritage Foundation
produce a self-guided "Historical Walking
Tour of Rincon" booklet - with a final
total of $2,725.00. The remaining funds
will be donated to another cultural/
tourism project. U Jan Brouwer/press


release Contact BONHATA for more infor-
mation, Telephone: 717-5134, E-mail:
info@bonhata.org


nesday, March 2nd at 8 pm and discover
how to See with New Eyes!
After the break there will be plenty of
time to ask your most pressing questions
and to discuss the contents of the lecture.
Make reservations through Annemiek le
Noble: Mob: +599 786 3341 or Email: an-
nemiekL(&bonairebasics.com
Houweling visited Bonaire three years
ago with one of her theatrical lectures.
She'll be on the island from February 21
through March 5. For more info:
www.levenoftheater.nl or
www.bonairebasics.com

iThe Jan Art Gallery has a new loca-
tion. Jan Art, established in 1998, has been
operating in Antriol specializing in paint-
ings of Bonaire by artist Janice Huckaby, a
resident since 1991. She will now be bring-
ing her art to Kaya Grandi #14. The new
store will have fine art of Bonaire, art sup-
plies for the hobbyist and professionals, and
custom framing services for home owners
and businesses at this new location.


bBonaire author Eveline deBruyn has
another book coming out soon, The Book
of Lillith. It is set after the first decade of
the 21st century, in the midst of a chaotic
collective evolutionary moment, the cusp of


[I.


Kaya industrial 24. Kralendijk, Bonaire
tel. (+599) 717- 8700 www.warehousebonaire.com




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The Netherlands' famed "De 3 Bari-
tons" wowed a sell-out crowd at
Plaza Resort Bonaire on Wednesday eve-
ning, February 16, with an international
medley of songs that would have warmed
virtually any audience. Performing in an
open-air band stand fronting the sea be-
neath a brilliant full moon, the baritones
were prefaced by Bonaire's well-loved
local group, Tutti Fruity, with a medley
of songs of its own. Then, after nearly
two hours of full-throated baritone enter-
tainment, both groups joined for a finale
in the Papiamentu language to a thunder-
ous audience reception.
The "Baritons" began their perform-
ance with wonderful baritone Italian op-
eratic arias, shifted quickly to several
German romantic selections, saluted the
Emerald Isle with a baritone rendition of
Danny Boy, belted out the American bal-
lad, Shenandoah, then switched to a cou-
ple of Stephen Foster classics, accompa-
nied by Hans Faassen on the keyboard.
After intermission, the "Baritons"
struck a belated Valentine's Day chord
with romantic tunes from the American


a new era. In it, a postmenopausal Lillith
Moore finds herself still in search of love. A
spiritual journey toward a more conscious
awareness of life and the many shapes of
love unfolds. The Book of Lillith takes us
on a celestial magic carpet ride and gives us
a glimpse of the meditation on the transfor-
mational power of love. For more details
visit http://
www evelinebodvmindsnirit com/.


50s song book.
For an Antillean audience the highlight
of the evening (and possibly the most
challenging moments of the concert for
the "Baritons") came at the finale when
the visiting Dutchmenjoined "Tutti
Fruity" to sing locally famed tunes in
Papiamentu.
"De 3 Baritons" evening was organized
by Plaza Resort Bonaire in conjunction
with Classical Music Board Bonaire
(CMBB). The next CMBB-organized
performance will feature acclaimed
Venezuelan pianist Ana Karina Alamo
in concert at Plaza Resort's Cacique
Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm. U
Bob Gilmour



I In the January 28th edition we pub-
lished an incorrect phone number
for Annemieke Heutinck of the Heart
for Bonaire in a story about CPR at Bon
Fysio/Bon Bida.. Her correct number is:
786-3727. We apologize for any incon-
venience this may have caused. U
G./L. D.


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For Quality House
and Office Cleaning
and Maintenance..
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low
rates, References. One time or many Phone
785-9041 ... and relax.

LUNCH TO GO
Starting from $4 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. corn


We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed
J@cn Brouwer
digitalis 1956@hotmail.com

Atelier Jose
Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek.
Local art, mosaics, driftwood and
more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m,
or call 785-6670 for appointment

FELMAR
Cleaning Services
Apartments, Hotels, Houses,
Offices & More.
Efficient Work,
Good References.
Tel. 786-0019




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After decades of innovating
Bonaire's diving Captain Don is
applying similar principles to
growing plants.
Pay him a visit.
Meet Bonaire's
Living Legend.
Get him to sign
his new book-
Reef Windows

103 Kaminda
Lagun
(road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue
rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956


LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS,
Rentals, Property

House for Rent-2 bedroom with airco,
bathroom, toilet. Living room, kitchen,
front and back porch.
Kaya Nikiboku Zuid, $ 850.00/month,
call Mary ph: 796 1800

Looking for a studio, apartment or house.
Please email: alexisaura(,gmail.com

Looking to buy a mid-size car.
Please email: alexisaura(),gmail.com

For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs
two bedroom - April 01 2011- Pagabon,
excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless
and MiTV $ 550. p.m. Same amount
Deposit required upfront please call: 795
3456 Kaya Mandolin 2, call 795 3456

Looking for a room with two sepa-
rated beds and shower from the 20th of
February until the 20th of June 2011. I
can pay 160 euro per month. It must be
near Forma. Jos6 Martha Alleleijn
email: Jiru(iune.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57
4 3014045.

MISCELLANEOUS

Antiques and Collectibles
Call 795-9760

For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner-
Model VSX-D14, 120 watts/channel,
w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers,
powered woofer: $100.
Panasonic DVD player, Model S27:
$50. Call 717-2050

For sale: Full automatic washing
machine AEG L66840, 1600 rpm, all
washing programs, contents 6 kilograms.
Machine is bought: July 2nd 2010. Still
guarantee left. Almost brand new and in
perfect condition. Asking price $1100.
For more information call: 717-7851.

For Sale: Washing Machine
IGNIS 1000T, 230 V for light and
medium loads, little used, good
condition:$220 Call: 717-5038


WANTED: PADI Divemaster/
SHandyman Must be able to drive boats,
guide dives, speak English.
5 day work week including weekends
and holidays. Job includes filling and
handling dive tanks and general resort
maintenance work. Call Carib Inn at
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

MOVING SALE Glass-top 48" wicker
dining room table and 4 chairs -
$290. Large 56" wicker desk with 6
drawers and upper hutch - $375. Sam-
sung 19" computer monitor -
$75. Blender- $10. Desk lamp-
$10. Drying rack - $15. 4' metal step
ladder - $25. Call 717-2208

For sale: 2 hardly used Panther PRO
-XR111 mountain bikes with 21 Shi-
mano Revoshift gears and tires with a
special inside protection. $350 each,
two for $650. Tel. 796-5591.


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hey may be famous for their ability to
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on the ends of each of their arms. Their
nervous system allows them to sense touch,
temperature, orientation and changes in the
water around them. In addition, the
"blood" of sea stars is actually filtered sea-
water. Considering all the cool things that
sea stars do, such as hunting and reproduc-
ing, it is amazing to think that they do not
have a true, centralized brain. This lack of
a brain is true for other echinoderms (the
phylum that sea stars are a part of) such as
sea urchins, brittle stars, sand dollars, and
sea cucumbers. So if anyone ever tells you
that you have no brain, you can remind
them that there are some really amazing sea
creatures that don't either. Quinn de la
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major at
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College
who hopes
to become a
physical
therapist.
She spent
this past fall
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Dear Editor, I F -liTt
I would like visitors .
to pay more attention
to the Bonairean tra-
ditions and culture.
First I'm talking
about the tourists
who come off their
cruise ships, hanging
around in the streets
and the shops with
no decent clothes
whatsoever.
Almost every da' IIn
the Kaya Grandi oil
see tourists, she in hlci -
bikini and he in his ..i.J. ..
swimming shorts. '
I understand that they
are on vacation. It's
warm and it's the Caribbean, but then
again our streets are not a beach or a
pool.
Most of the shops and supermarkets
have rules to put on decent clothing be-
fore you can get any service, but we still
can stand in the queue behind a diver
who just came out of the water with his
wet suit still dripping!
Second are the tourists who insist on
going topless on public beaches.
I find that annoying that they have no
respect for the local culture. And I don't
care even if it were Pamela Anderson.
It's just a matter of respecting the tradi-
tions of the place you are visiting or you
live in.
Maybe we should point out this to the
tourists before they arrive on
the island through the TCB website.
Khalito G.


CANDIDATE'S NIGHT

Dear Citizens of
Bonaire,

On Wednesday,
March 2nd, the
citizens of Bon-
aire get to elect a
new Island Coun-
cil which will
represent them
for the coming
four years. This
will be the first Island Council to take
seat after the so much talked about 10-
10-10 and the rapid changes taking hold
on our Island. A total of five political
organizations, each with a plentitude of
candidates, are vying for your favor this
coming election.
My name is Clark Abraham. I am 30
years of age. I was born and raised on
Bonaire. I've studied Public Administra-
tion and I also am a candidate for the
coming election for the Democratic
Party. In this ample choice of candidates
and in this multitude of changes and
obstacles coming our way, why would
you invest your confidence specifically
in me and why should I be honored with
your vote? That is the core question I
would like to address.


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Downtown tourists


There isn't enough printing space nor
would I bore you with all the things we
need changed in our society today. The
problems within our society are so mul-
tiple, broad and deep-rooted that it
would take me quite a while to reveal
and address them all. I will share with
you two core principles that I live by:
We can measure development of a
society not by its physical de-
velopment, but by the develop-
ment of its people;
We should not only want, think or
talk change, we must BE
change;
From these two principles I have dis-
tilled a multitude of policies and actions
that I would love to share and debate
with you.
It is therefore that I would like to invite
you to a meeting at the 'Sentro di Bario
Nort di Salifia' on Wednesday Febru-
ary 23rd at 18:00, where in a more per-
sonal 'Town Hall' setting I could give a
presentation on my views and be there to
answer any of your questions or re-
marks. This will be an open debate
where your points of view are just as or
even more important than mine.
Hopefully we can meet each other there
so together we can debate on the future
of our Island.
Clark Abraham


WHERE HAVE ALL THE LOEMPIAS
GONE?
Dear Editor:
In the old days
when ALM
used to land in L ,
Curaqao prior
to coming to
Bonaire (maybe), the flight crew and I
used to race madly for a stand at the
airport that sold the wonderful and
magic Loempias. These were not the
smaller, greasy, and understuffed ones
of today, but the real Antillean Loempia.
A fantastic culinary creation of these
islands.
Does anyone still make these the old
way on Bonaire?
Bob Tseng


Most teenager girls don't grow up
with the dream to become the
youngest person to sail solo around the
world, but for 15-year-old Laura Dekker, a
love for sailing is in her blood. Born on a
yacht off the coast of New Zealand, Dekker
started sailing at age six and has been
drawn to the tranquility of the sport ever
since. "I like sailing because it's really
quiet and it's a good way to travel because
you always have your home with you."
Since setting sail from Gibraltar last Au-
gust, Dekker has been making her way
across the Atlantic from Africa and then
down into Caribbean waters where she
made stops in Sint Maarten and Dominica.
On Saturday February 5th, Dekker sailed
into Bonaire's Plaza Marina in the early
hours of the morning.
Bonaire is a special stop for Dekker, who
has made the island one of the few major
harbors of her journey. Over the next few
weeks, Dekker will spend time catching up
on schoolwork and visiting with some of
her family members, who will be flying in
from The Netherlands to visit her. So far,
Dekker has been enjoying the nice weather
while she organizes her boat and has also
liked watching the local iguanas that live
near the docks of the harbor. "They are
really beautiful and big, I have already seen
a few a half meter long."
While she is on the island, Dekker plans
to take advantage of scuba diving Bonaire's
reefs and will also be recording some short
nature videos for Sea Shepherd, an organi-
zation that is committed to ocean conserva-
tion worldwide. Throughout her trip, Dek-
ker will be working closely with Sea Shep-
herd and plans to meet some of its members
when she stops in the Galapagos Islands
and Australia. Dekker hopes that through
this partnership, she can somehow give
back to the oceans she is sailing.
Even though it's early on, Dekker says
that she has had a good journey to date,
only encountering a few ripped sails along
the way. After leaving Bonaire she will sail
through the Panama Canal, and eventually
on to the Pacific, an area she is looking
forward to visiting despite its vast dis-
tances. "I know it will be beautiful, but
there are lots of rocks and small islands. Its
difficult to sail there."
If Dekker does come across any unex-
pected challenges she is very well
equipped. Her 38ft red yacht named
"Guppy" has GPS, radar, VHF radio,


Bonaire Reporter- Feb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011


EPIRB (an emergency radio beacon), a
satellite telephone and a satellite tracking
system. In fact, Dekker's father can track
her boat's location at any time via the inter-
net. Dekker has also taken a number of
courses, including medical first aid to pre-
pare for her voyage.
In order to secure the title of youngest
person to sail around the world, Dekker will
need to complete her trip by July 2012.
Currently, Australian Jessica Watson
grabbed that title when she completed her
sail in May 2010 at age 16. But there is
more than just the title that Dekker wants
from this experience. "I want to see a lot of
the world, learn more and get a good
grounding experience that I will have for
the rest of my life."
If ,.!i Di!ii,_ Dekker is extremely confi-
dent in her sailing abilities and is deter-
mined to make her dream come true. "My
only advice, not only for young sailors but
for people who have a dream and may think
that they can't do it is to just try. If you
don't try you won't ever know. If you
really want something just believe in your-
self and do it." 0 Story & photo by
Mallory Smith
Editor's note After
refusing additional
interviews on Bonaire
following a briefpress
conference, Miss
Deckkerj/ ,. , to The
Netherlands to pro-
mote her interests at a
boat show.

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ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE


Some people are still wondering
what the future will be for the is-
land of Bonaire. It's not surprising with
all the commotion and confusion going
on that might still be affecting our com-
munity mind.
Another political leader, Mr. Robert
Charles Mario (Robby) Beukenboom
(56), of the Demokrat Red Party has his
own opinion about this matter. Before we
get into the political part let's understand
who Mr. Robby Beukenboom is. As
Robby himself tells us,
"I was born on Bonaire, went to pri-
mary school Frater Dominicus School
and then to a middle basic education at
Lourdes MAVO School." When Mr.
Beukenboom finished his study in Bon-
aire he went to Holland for higher educa-
tion and came back to Bonaire to help in
the family business. "My mother, Ange-
line Beukenboom, who's owned the Ho-
tel Rochaline (a name which is a combi-
nation of the family names: me, Robert,
my father Charles, my mother Angeline
and my sisters Charlotte, Aneline and
Elsmarie.)
So it was a family business and in the
hotel patios today we have the well
known City Caf6. My father, besides be-
ing a farmer, was a political leader of the
Bonaire Progressive Party (Partido Pro-
gresista Boneriano) when I was still a
little boy. My father was always a mem-
ber of the Island Council and an opponent
of the Social Democratic Party led by Mr.
Joel Abraham, Jopie Abraham father."
Robby Beukenboom has a different
opinion from that of his father. "I admire
the Democratic Party because they fight
for the rights of the working class. They
were the first ones who started with the
social pensions for the elderly (AOW) on
Bonaire. Their ideology was different
from other parties. That's why in 1994 I
joined the party for the first time and
have been a member of the Island Coun-
cil for 16 years.
What I can say about the government is
that it wasn't prepared for the transition.


Robby Beukenboom


The introduction of the dollar was with-
out sufficient control. A Consumer Com-
mission should control the prices. Our
Bonairean community is facing the rise in
gasoline prices, extra taxes, while the
income of the working class stays the
same, with the consequences that the
consumers don't buy so much.
Another problem is the limitation of
certain medication that the consumer
needs to purchase.
Another concern is the image of our
Bonairean politicians, whether they are
corrupt, yes or no. Every time we have
to sit at the table to negotiate with Hol-
land it will become an issue. The Bo-
nairean government has been unstable.
We've experienced changes in the gov-
ernment five times, with the changes of
parties or deputies. We need to evaluate
with Holland what went wrong or right
and for this we need to integrate people.
For good government we need a new
parliamentary and government proce-
dure that requires transparent and integ-
rity. The Lieutenant Governor appointed
by the Dutch Kingdom is responsible


Karate Builds Character
..


A large group of trainees recently passed their karate exams and received
their certificates from Sensei Peter Silberie and Tuki Josepha. In his talk
to the group Sensi Silberie emphasized the qualities that come from training: re-
spect, discipline and perseverance. He encouraged parents to enroll their children
to see the benefits themselves. 0 Press release


for good government and the constitu-
tion. So a financial disclosure and a good
conduct of each commissioner and Island
Council member should be required.
We need to realize that we have experi-
enced changes in our constitution and we
need to evaluate the changes in a broader
way together with the RCN, the govern-
ment and every sector involved. The
evaluation needs to be democratic. The
community also needs to evaluate. Some
of the changes have been partially made.
That's why now we need to renegotiate
those transient procedures because after
five years all Dutch laws will apply for
Bonaire."
So today we must be critical and not
take a YES for a yes, neither a NO for a
no. We must evaluate the plusses and the
minuses. Beukenboom is a political
leader who has taken Bonaire's future
into consideration. Now is your chance to
vote for the upcoming elections 2nd of
March 2011 and don't waste your vote
for the future of Bonaire. 0 Siomara
Albertus.

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NAME THIS LAND HOUSE


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rom this picture you should be able to
identify this Land House (landhuis).
Years ago this particular place was reno-
vated and was to be used as a marine bio-
logical center for visiting students, profes-
sors, photographers, writers and divers
alike.
This historical site was equipped with a
laboratory, library, living quarters, a
kitchen, bathrooms, and rinse tanks. Gen-
erators supplied electricity.
Within a decade it was abandoned, ran-
sacked and has since become a ruin.

Q) Which Land
House is this? Who
inaugurated the reno- _
vations, in what year?


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DO YOU SUDOKU?

To solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to the par-
tially filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any row,
column or 3 x 3 region. An-
swer on page 17.

3 4 T 6
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5 1 8
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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 I f you did not receive your voting card by mail go to window 1 at the Civil Registry ( Bevolking ). Bring your sedula for verification of your ID. You do NOT have to take a number. Just go to window 1. The cost of parking at Flamingo Airport has dropped by 10.5%, motivated by the conversion from guilders to dollars. Rates in the Short Term lot: First 5 minutes free Next 5 -30 minutes = $ 0.50 Next 30-60 minutes = $ 0.50 After that it’s $1/hour Amstelveen / Caribbean KLM will add 2,600 seats per week to and from the Caribbean beginning with the 2011 winter timetable on October 30 this year. In addition, KLM will introduce direct flights from that date to Quito in Ecuador and Guayaquil. Say goodbye to the BonaireQuito flight. It lasted years longer than originally expected because of the delayed introduction of the 777s. Bonaire still has daily flights to The Netherlands. In summary: 4 times a week B 747-400 Amsterdam-Curaçao-Amsterdam on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 3 times per week B 747-400 Amsterdam-St. Maarten-CuraçaoAmsterdam on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. 2 times weekly MD-11 Amsterdam-Bonaire-CuraçaoAmsterdam on Monday and Saturday. 5 times weekly MD-11 Amsterdam-Aruba-Bonaire-Amsterdam on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. A Boeing 747-400 has a capacity of 415 passengers and 285 passengers on an MD 11. Partido pro Hustisia & Union (PHU) will soon institute proceedings against the Government and the SVB of the BES islands, in which the Court will be asked to order these two entities to raise the level of the AOV (Retirement Pension) to the level of the Dutch state pension ( the increase being about 150%)) within a period of five years. THE HAGUE— Nature parks in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba need Dutch financial assistance to cover operational costs . St. Eustatius especially is in dire straits, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance DCNA Executive Director Kalli de Meyer told the Dutch Second Chamber last week. The nature foundations need about €200,000 each to cover the annual operational cost. That is a small amount for The Netherlands, but impossible to come up with this kind of money, said De Meyer. THE HAGUE--Member of the Dutch Parliament Wassila Hachchi of the democratic D66 party wants to know why there are problems with delivering mail in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Mail problems in Bonaire? No stamps? No postal code? Really? The Dutch Royal Navy’s new station ship for the Dutch Caribbean, Hr. Ms. Rotterdam, arrived in Curaçao’s harbor with the necessary ceremonial activity and exchange of official salutes last week. The amphibious transport vessel is equipped with a Westland Lynx helicopter and three inshore Table of Contents boats. The ship can quickly land relief personnel and take on evacuees in case of a natural disaster on one of the six islands. It also has a drinking water producing facility Bonaire notary Maarten Maartense gave a $1,000 donation to Fundashon FORMA which works on educating people to higher levels of competence. Research has shown that 24% of the island’s population can’t read or write well enough to be able to go through life completely on their own. The money is intended for a special course where such people can be taught to get their driver’s license, the theoretical part of which sometimes contains complicated sentences. This would help many of them find work. In the photo Marie Craane of FORMA accepts the gift from Martin. The website of the Kingdom Services Department for the Dutch Caribbean ( Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) www.RijksdienstCN. com is now available in three languages: Dutch Papiamentu and English. Through the website RCN offers the residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba the opportunity to gain information about the Dutch government and the various policy areas, it said in a statement to the media. The website has information about the tasks carried out in the Dutch Caribbean by the Dutch government and changes that are taking place in the interest of island residents. The website has information regarding the various departments, RCN vacancies, public events and news releases. People can also call the tollfree information line 08008 101010 , which is available on weekdays from 1:30 to 5 pm. RCN also has its own Facebook page. There’s a new name for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Coastguard, says the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The new official name: Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. A name change was inevitable, because the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved last year One of the consequences of the new status of the islands as special Dutch entities is the separation of churches and the local governments . This has resulted in a end of government subsidies for churches. Member of Parliament Cynthia Ortega-Martijn explained that churches on the islands were not familiar with the principle of voluntary contribution. The MP wants the minister to draft a transitional arrangement for the churches so they have time to look for alternative sources of income. There was also a similar arrangement in the 1980s for churches in The Netherlands when the financial separation between church and state was put in place. Bonaire’s Commissioner of Economic Affairs and Tourism Elvis Tjin Asjoe will strive for more cruise ship visitors, or at least maintain the number since many local businesses benefit from them. According to the TCB the island currently gets about 230,000 cruise ship visitors annually. The commissioner wants to continue the cooperation agreements made between the ABC islands in this area during a tripartite consultation on Aruba. Bonaire will participate in the (Continued on page 8) Web: www.bonairefreewieler.com Email: freewieler@bonairefreewieler.com Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes This Week’s Stories Local Elections—Parties 3 Animal Shelter Volunteers Party 6 Farmers’ Market 7 Karate Builds Character 7 Bonhata Awards 8 Three Baritones Concert 8 Letters to the Editor (Respect from Tourists, Candidates Night (Clark Abraham), Loempias?) 9 Sailing Teen Laura Dekker 9 Sailors Who Never Left (new series): Lelle Davidsson) 10 Eco-Dive around Klein (cover story) 11 Picture Yourself Winners 12 Responsible Development-Trees 15 Little Monty’s 2nd Chance 18 Hot New T-Shirt 18 Karneval Schedule 20 Queen, Prince and Pancho Winners 20 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since... 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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 3 UPB Patriotiko Head: Ramonsito Booi PDB Demokrat Head: Robby Beukenboom PHU-Unity and Justice Head: Michiel Bijkerk MLB Head: Eric Soliana MBL Head: Benito Dirksz The UPB is the party currently with a majority on the Island Council supported by an independent, Anthony Nicolas, who is not a candidate. The party’s colors are green, but that is traditional, not necessarily meaning special support for the environment. One of their most popular candidates recently publicly announced support for keeping Sunset Beach/ Play Lechi reserved for local businesses. The UPB, in our opinion, is the party most responsible for the details of the current state structure of Bonaire-a special municipality of The Netherlands. Their pre-election statements support details of the current arrangement, like the present pension payments. The party’s list of 30 candidates has persons experienced in past governments. The party promotes economic growth. The charismatic Demokrat leader, Jopie Abraham, recently retired, putting leadership of the party into the experienced hands of veteran councilmember Robby Beukenboom. It will be his first election test as party leader. The Demokrats were briefly in power during the transition to integration with Holland. They essentially froze the process until they capitulated under financial pressure from The Netherlands. The Reporter believes the Demokrats (red party color but they are not communist) are the most interested in preserving the old ways of Bonaire. During their time in power in the 1990s Bonaire’s economic growth stagnated but the island’s natural environment benefited. Beukenboom leads a list of 18 names with both experienced lawmakers and 11 list first-timers. This new party is using a campaign model new to Bonaire, more like the approach Obama used to get elected in the US. The PHU is using the email, social media as well as newspapers and radio to reach the voters. Led by past political activist lawyer Michiel Bijkerk the PHU party is appealing to Bonaireans and island minorities for their votes with several naturalized citizens on their party’s list. The PHU recently won a lawsuit to allow foreigners who are legal residents to vote in the upcoming election and are pushing another suit to get Bonaire pensioners on a par with The Netherlandsan action supported by all major parties except the UPB. The PHU seems to know how to get the Dutch to reactlitigate. Except for Bijkerk, the party has relative unknowns on its election list, perhaps a weakness. One new party, “Movementu Lucha Boneiru” (Bonaire Light Movement) –MLB, is headed by Eric Soleana. According to Wernet, it is not really a political party, but a group of a dozen people who want change “with space for new thoughts and a new system.” Their stated objective is to defend and promote the interests of those not happy with the direction Bonaire is taking. They advocate a return to fundamental Christian ideals and traditional Bonairean values in education. They will push for healthy activities for youngsters and fair treatment of the elderly. They will support the rights of immigrants and want the island to move in a direction to recover its dignity and autonomy. Most interestingly, they want to make real the decision that the majority of Bonaireans expressed in the last Referendum. We are not sure if that includes those who voted NO or those who boycotted the vote. The Movementu Boneiru Liber (MBL) Bonaire Free Movement is led by hard-line crime fighter Benito Dirksz. Some members of this new “blue” party were in favor of the Referendum to ask Bonaireans to assess their satisfaction with the arrangements negotiated with The Netherlands. That effort was blocked. If MBL gets on the Island Council, opposition to Dutch initiatives, taken without consultation with BES official, might be fierce. The present independent councilman and commissioner, Anthony Nicolaas, is not on the MBL list but is reported to support the MBL. Party leader Dirksz explained that there had been a lot of interest in getting on the party list, but they had had to stop at 25. B onaire’s first local election for Island Council seats since Bonaire was established as a special Dutch municipality is set for Wednesday, March 2. It will be conducted under different rules than previously (see bottom of page 11) and legal resident foreigners can vote –the first for an island election. In addition to the two parties of long standing, the PDB Demokrat (red) and UPB Patriotiko (green), three new parties are on the ballot. The Reporter’s view of the political parties vying for seats is presented below without endorsement. Readers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the platforms of the parties so they can make an informed choice. Essentially voters choose a single candidate from the almost 80 names. Seats are apportioned according to the number of votes cast for the party. The top vote getters do not ne cessarily get the party’s seats on the Island Council. The Island Council chooses the members of the Island Government.

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 “M y mom was born on Curaçao and when she was 13 she moved to Holland. Years later she met my dad and I arrived September 26, 1985. I also have a brother, Stan; he’s two years younger. When I was 11, my mom, my brother and I came to Bonaire. We moved in with my grandmother. It was hot and I had to get used to the SGB high school system which was quite chaotic. You never knew what they were up to and I didn’t speak Papiamentu. It was difficult, but… we are people who adjust relatively fast to changes. Soon enough I’d made friends and after five months I knew the basics of Papiamentu. From then on it went straight forward. Of all the things that were different what struck me most was that people here seemed to enjoy life so much more. They were living in the present. It was a very big difference compared to Holland and... it still is. After some time, my mom, my brother and I went to live on our own. I joined Jong Bonaire after school. We went snorkeling, I learned in-line skating and I got my first e-mail address at Jong Bonaire. I had no idea what to do with it, but okay… hahaha! I’ve never been bored growing up on Bonaire. We moved ‘a 100 times.’ Whenever we found a better house we would pick up our things and go. I’d go out – my mom knew all my friends – there wasn’t much going on but we made it fun. We went camping at Sorobon where we set illegal bonfires, we watched movies and ate popcorn at someone’s house and sometimes we went to Karel’s or City. After I’d graduated Havo, I felt I had to move on to get to know the world outside Bonaire. I went back to Holland with the help of SSNA, the Foundation of Study Financing of the Netherlands Antilles, and I started studying social work. My mom was a social worker and because of all the stories she told me I thought it would be something for me too as we all are very social people. But somehow it didn’t fit me – I found it depressing. You would help one client to get back on his feet and if he succeeded it was great, but then there was always the next case and many clients just couldn’t make it. I was afraid it would drag me down in the long run. So, I switched studies and started studying social and cultural development. In this field you’re also involved with people and their problems, but there’s the big picture as well. This education offers a great variety of possibilities because you create activity programs, festivals and events – really everything considering social goals. It’s a higher professional education which takes four years to complete, but it took me a bit more than five years as I had changed quite a bit while I was living on Bonaire, especially when it came to culture and the way I saw life. When my costudents were stressing out, I thought ‘so what – tomorrow is another day!’ It sounds a bit ignorant, but that’s how it was. My friendships were also very diverse; I befriended people from all kinds of backgrounds – Moroccan, Turkish, Antillean, Surinamese and Dutch, while most students stayed in their own little circle. I guess that’s what the island taught me… After my graduation I worked for one year as a telephone op erator at a central alarm post for various insurance companies. And then recession struck. I was a temporary employee and the first one who had to go. Just before I was dismissed I’d booked a flight to Bonaire as my grandmother was going to be 80 and we were planning to celebrate it together with the whole family. Then I lost my job and I thought ‘I should have saved my money for more important things…’ I still had three months to go before my grandma’s birthday and applied for jobs like a madwoman. It was all in vain and as I am someone who really doesn’t like to sit still, I went through a bad time. When I came to Bonaire it was great to see my family. I went to Jong Bonaire to say hello and revive old memories and they received me with wide open arms. They asked me ‘Hey, what did you do? What’s your life like?’ They were sweet and interested and when I told them I couldn’t find a job, they said ‘Why don’t you apply for a job with us?’” She looks at me and smiles. “I came here to visit and I was going back to Holland – but sometimes things in life just happen. Those are (Continued on page 5) “… but sometimes things in life just happen, those are the moments, the opportunities which reveal themselves seemingly out of nowhere.” ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. 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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 5 the moments, the opportunities which reveal themselves seemingly out of nowhere and you have to grab them with both hands. You can make plans, but life takes its own course…. I applied for the job and was accepted four weeks later. Here they wanted me! Ha! There isn’t a lot of work on Bonaire, but for certified people who speak Papiamentu, there is. At Jong Bonaire they require that you speak Papiamentu, as it is the first language of the children and you have to be able to step into their world, their experiences. And anyway, when you live somewhere and you don’t speak the language, you will always be an outsider. I feel…” She looks pensive . “the place where you grow up and where you go through puberty has the biggest impact on your identity. The Antillean culture has become to a large extent the most important part of my identity but…” She laughs, “not entirely, because inside of me I still can be a real Dutch girl now and then! We – my family – are a bunch of nomads. My grandma is from Curaçao, but we all lived in Holland. When my grandfather passed away, my grandma, Maria Zengerink ‘ tante Doeri’ , started longing for the quiet and friendly Curaçao as she knew it from when she was a child. So, she chose to go to Bonaire and my Uncle Reno followed her, then my mom Marianne and my brother and I came and then my Aunt Mena and my Aunt Carin. Only my Aunt Bianca still lives in Holland. Some years ago my mom went back to Holland together with my brother. But now she and my step dad and Stan are back on Bonaire as well. Together with Stan I am renting a house in Tera Kora. It’s well maintained and we have a big garden, it’s great! Stan is working at Macho Plaza and my job is just wonderful. Every day I get up feeling happy. During the morning hours we’re busy organizing and preparing for the activities in the afternoons. We are also putting together the Jong Bonaire Calendar for 2012 which has the theme, Antillean proverbs. We also make preparations for classes which are taking place here between 2 and 3 pm. I am teaching Dutch together with a Dutch teacher and most recently we are coordinating Jong Bonaire’s Fun Walk and Bike Tour which will take place March 13. Every leader here is a mentor of about 26 children. You discuss all kinds of issues with them, you do fun things with them, but you also keep an eye on them to see if they’re okay. You are there for them. In the afternoons we have all kinds of activities like kayaking in the mangroves, taking care of the horses at Rancho Washikemba. We do a snorkel course, we go sailing with the Sunfishes – it’s all outdoors, something I missed terribly in Holland.” Malou is a special girl; she sees through things, she’s wise and very mature and her mind is sharp, but she’s also laidback, kind and lovely. “When I come home from work I feel completely satisfied! My colleagues are great people – a whole bunch of different characters, but it works. This job is different every week. What else could you wish for? At this moment I wouldn’t want to go back to Holland for anything. I feel I made the right choice and I am happy. It was necessary to leave and find out what else was going on in the world, but now I am firmly rooted in this soil. This island is my home – something I never felt in Holland. I love its nature – I don’t miss the Dutch cows – and its free life…” She laughs. “When I walk my dog I don’t have to be afraid she poops in the wrong place! Of course I am well aware of the fact that this island has its borders other than the sea – nothing ever goes the way you expect it but for me it is ‘let it be!’ It’s another system – a whole different way of life. … there is no e xplanation for love.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Jong Bonaire group photo, from the left to the ri ght: Shaba, Winnie, Pichon, William, Malou, Paco, Sinaida, Jhon, Lisa, Pretin and Netti absent are Suzanne, Bila and Ilona.

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Grow Grow Grow Y Y Y our Own? our Own? our Own? Raise Animals? Raise Animals? Raise Animals? Bake? Bake? Bake? Participate in the next Farmers’ Market To be held on Saturday, 26 February, 8 am– 2pm Call 717-2222 to sign up. W hat a profile! This is “Suus,” otherwise known as “Susie.” What an alert, gorgeo us dog she is. Suzie is playful and energetic and friendly. In fact she really believes she’s a small dog who would just love to work her way into your heart. She has a presence and would make a good watch dog. She’s about two years old, past the sometimes destructive puppy stage, but still young enough for training to live with your lifestyle. Susie has the most attractive chocolate colored short fur, so easy to care for without a “doggie” smell. She’s perfect! And, like all the other adoptees at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, Susie is in excellent health and is social. She’s had her exam by the vet, worming, shots and sterilization. All that is included in the dog adoption fee of $75. That also included the ID chip. A terrific deal and you can’t go wrong with a Shelter dog. They are “known quantities.” The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. A lot of time goes into keeping the Shelter’s website up to date. See for yourself: WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.com . Laura DeSalvo “Yves” and “Carla” Some of the loyal, hardworking and very positive volunteers from the Bonaire Animal Shelter got together last Sunday, February 13, at Rumba Café (Buenos Aires Café) for a happy hour of fun and socializing. If you would like to be part of this wonderful grou p, call the Shelter at 717-4989. There are a multitude of jobs – one of which is to “keep the cats and dogs social.” You may pick your times. You won’t regret it! Marian Walthie photo Susie

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 7 S ome people are still wondering what the future will be for the island of Bonaire. It’s not surprising with all the commotion and confusion going on that might still be affecting our community mind. Another political leader, Mr. Robert Charles Mario (Robby) Beukenboom (56), of the Demokrat Red Party has his own opinion about this matter. Before we get into the political part let’s understand who Mr. Robby Beukenboom is. As Robby himself tells us, “I was born on Bonaire, went to primary school Frater Dominicus School and then to a middle basic education at Lourdes MAVO School.” When Mr. Beukenboom finished his study in Bonaire he went to Holland for higher education and came back to Bonaire to help in the family business. “My mother, Angeline Beukenboom, who’s owned the Hotel Rochaline (a name which is a combination of the family names: me, Robert, my father Charles, my mother Angeline and my sisters Char lotte, Aneline and Elsmarie.) So it was a family business and in the hotel patios today we have the well known City Café. My father, besides being a farmer, was a political leader of the Bonaire Progressive Party ( Partido Progresista Boneriano ) when I was still a little boy. My father was always a member of the Island Council and an opponent of the Social Democratic Party led by Mr. Joel Abraham, Jopie Abraham father.” Robby Beukenboom has a different opinion from that of his father. “I admire the Democratic Party because they fight for the rights of the working class. They were the first ones who started with the social pensions for the elderly (AOW) on Bonaire. Their ideology was different from other parties. That’s why in 1994 I joined the party for the first time and have been a member of the Island Council for 16 years. What I can say about the government is that it wasn’t prepared for the transition. The introduction of the dollar was without sufficient control. A Consumer Commission should control the prices. Our Bonairean community is facing the rise in gasoline prices, extra taxes, while the income of the working class stays the same, with the consequences that the consumers don’t buy so much. Another problem is the limitation of certain medication that the consumer needs to purchase. Another concern is the image of our Bonairean politicians, whether they are corrupt, yes or no. Every time we have to sit at the table to negotiate with Holland it will become an issue. The Bonairean government has been unstable. We’ve experienced changes in the government five times, with the changes of parties or deputies. We need to evaluate with Holland what went wrong or right and for this we need to integrate people. For good government we need a new parliamentary and government procedure that requires transparent and integrity. The Lieutenant Governor appointed by the Dutch Kingdom is responsible for good government and the constitution. So a financial disclosure and a good conduct of each commissioner and Island Council member should be required. We need to realize that we have experienced changes in our constitution and we need to evaluate the changes in a broader way together with the RCN, the government and every sector involved. The evaluation needs to be democratic. The community also needs to evaluate. Some of the changes have been partially made. That’s why now we need to renegotiate those transient procedures because after five years all Dutch laws will apply for Bonaire.” So today we must be critical and not take a YES for a yes, neither a NO for a no. We must evaluate the plusses and the minuses . Beukenboom is a political leader who has taken Bonaire’s future into consideration. Now is your chance to vote for the upcoming elections 2nd of March 2011 and don’t waste your vote for the future of Bonaire. Siomara Albertus. NAME THIS LAND HOUSE F rom this picture you should be able to identify this Land House ( landhuis ). Years ago this particular place was renovated and was to be used as a marine biological center for visiting students, professors, photographers, writers and divers alike. This historical site was equipped with a laboratory, library, living quarters, a kitchen, bathrooms, and rinse tanks. Generators supplied electricity. Within a decade it was abandoned, ransacked and has since become a ruin. Q ) Which Land House is this? Who inaugurated the renovations, in what year? Answer on page 17 Christie Dovale BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a tour, contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 7174435 or 795-3456 Email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. 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. Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . Robby Beukenboom From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 , 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE A large group of trainees recently passed their karate exams and received their certificates from Sensei Peter Silberie and Tuki Josepha. In his talk to the group Sensi Silberie emphasized the qualities that come from training: respect, discipline and perseverance. He en couraged parents to enroll their children to see the benefits themselves. Press release

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 O n Tuesday February 15th BONHATA (Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association) presented its 14th Annual Awards to persons who merited recognition because of their exceptional contributions to Bonaire tourism. Some 200 persons attended the event at the Kontiki Beach Resort which started at 7:30 pm and lasted until late that night. Weather conditions were perfect during the awards given to BONHATA members and other individuals who had made significant contributions to Bonaire’s tourism industry. The winner of the Employee of the Year was Orlando Thomas from Divi Dive because: “Orlando is a dive master/boat captain and has been working for Divi Dive many, many years. He is cheerful, always entertaining the guests, while providing maximum safety. He goes the extra mile by involving more and more youngsters in the dive industry and making them aware that this is a good way of earning a living and being proud of what their island has to offer.” Another award winner was Karibiksport , a German/ Bonairean tour operation offering full package sport holidays for German speaking tourists. Joint Partner and representative of the company on Bonaire is Inka Lübcke . Here she proudly shows the award, reading: “Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association 14th Annual Awards Event. Presented to: Karibiksport. In recognition for your contribution to the Tourism Industry of Bonaire 2010.” Others receiving awards were Governor Glenn Thodé, Huub Groot, Serge de Groote and Digicel Bonaire. The winner of the Supervisor of the Year was Rodney Thode of Rocargo Services. Congratulations to all the winners. In connection with the Awards Event, BONHATA thanked those who contributed to the fund-raising raffle prizes: A.B. Car Rental, Adams Unlimited, Addo’s Bookstore, Antillean Wine Company, Atlantis Duty Free, Asecom Benetton, Bonaire Tours & Vacation, Breezes SuperClub Curaçao, Cadushy B.V., Captain Don, Captain Don’s Habitat, Coffie & van der Hoek, Digicel Bonaire, Divi Dive, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Fumus N.V., Hertz Car Rental, Hotel Restaurant Roomer, Hugo Gerharts. Insel Air, J.C. Herrera, Jibe City, Kiteboarding Bonaire, KLM, La Pura Vista, Littman Gift Shop, Littman Jewelers, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank Bonaire, Otrobanda Hotel & Casino, Rum Runners Restaurant, Sunbelt Realty, Tempo Team, Total Car Rental. Thanks to KonTiki Beach Bonaire management and staff for the great food, table service and beverage service. To M.C. Corine Gerharts – a fantastic job as always. On a final note, the Fund Raising Raffle more than reached its target of $2,250 to help the Bonaire Heritage Foundation produce a self-guided “Historical Walking Tour of Rincon” booklet – with a final total of $2,725.00. The remaining funds will be donated to another cultural/ tourism project. Jan Brouwer/press release Contact BONHATA for more information, Telephone: 717-5134, E-mail: info@bonhata.org a new era. In it, a postmenopausal Lillith Moore finds herself still in search of love. A spiritual journey toward a more conscious awareness of life and the many shapes of love unfolds. The Book of Lillith takes us on a celestial magic carpet ride and gives us a glimpse of the meditation on the transformational power of love. For more details visit http:// www.evelinebodymindspirit.com/. In the January 28th edition we published an incorrect phone number for Annemieke Heutinck of the Heart for Bonaire in a story about CPR at Bon Fysio/Bon Bida.. Her correct number is: 786-3727. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. G./L. D. Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami this March, the largest exhibition in the field. When we filled the tank in our compact pickup last week it cost about $75. But only 50 miles south it would have cost about $1. Venezuela’s gasoline is the cheapest in the world , its energy minister said on Sunday. Its cost is $0.03-0.04 per liter ($0.110.15 per gallon). Who am I? Where do I come from? What happens when I die? Why does this happen to me again? Why do I constantly walk into the same wall over and over again? Why me? Why this? Why now? Which one of you has never asked yourself one of these or similar questions? During a theatrical lecture in Dutch Jhanna Houweling, a Dutch actress and public speaker, gives insight into these vital questions in a playful, easy accessible and scientifically based way. At the same time the true cause is discovered of our daily conflicts. It might be that that which we consider unreal turns out to be very real. And vice versa. Visit Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47, on Saturday February 26th and Wednesday, March 2nd at 8 pm and discover how to See with New Eyes! After the break there will be plenty of time to ask your most pressing questions and to discuss the contents of the lecture. Make reservations through Annemiek le Noble: Mob: +599 786 3341 or Email: annemiek@bonairebasics.com Houweling visited Bonaire three years ago with one of her theatrical lectures. She’ll be on the island from February 21 through March 5. For more info: www.levenoftheater.nl or www.bonairebasics.com The Jan Art Gallery has a new location. Jan Art, established in 1998, has been operating in Antriol specializing in paintings of Bonaire by artist Janice Huckaby, a resident since 1991. She will now be bringing her art to Kaya Grandi #14. The new store will have fine art of Bonaire, art supplies for the hobbyist and professionals, and custom framing services for home owners and businesses at this new location. Bonaire author Eveline deBruyn has another book coming out soon, The Book of Lillith. It is set after the first decade of the 21st century, in the midst of a chaotic collective evolutionary moment, the cusp of (Continued from page 2) T he Netherlands’ famed “De 3 Baritons” wowed a sell-out crowd at Plaza Resort Bonaire on Wednesday evening, February 16, with an international medley of songs that would have warmed virtually any audience. Performing in an open-air band stand fronting the sea beneath a brilliant full moon, the baritones were prefaced by Bonaire’s well-loved local group, Tutti Fruity, with a medley of songs of its own. Then, after nearly two hours of full-throated baritone entertainment, both groups joined for a finale in the Papiamentu language to a thunderous audience reception. The “Baritons” began their performance with wonderful baritone Italian operatic arias, shifted quickly to several German romantic selections, saluted the Emerald Isle with a baritone rendition of Danny Boy, belted out the American ballad, Shenandoah, then switched to a couple of Stephen Foster classics, accompanied by Hans Faassen on the keyboard. After intermission, the “Baritons” struck a belated Valentine’s Day chord with romantic tunes from the American 50s song book. For an Antillean audience the highlight of the evening (and possibly the most challenging moments of the concert for the “Baritons”) came at the finale when the visiting Dutchmen joined “Tutti Fruity” to sing locally famed tunes in Papiamentu. “De 3 Baritons” evening was organized by Plaza Resort Bonaire in conjunction with Classical Music Board Bonaire (CMBB). The next CMBB-organized performance will feature acclaimed Venezuelan pianist Ana Karina Alamo in concert at Plaza Resort’s Cacique Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm. Bob Gilmour

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 9 HAVE RESPECT Dear Editor, I would like visitors to pay more attention to the Bonairean traditions and culture. First I’m talking about the tourists who come off their cruise ships, hanging around in the streets and the shops with no decent clothes whatsoever. Almost every day in the Kaya Grandi you see tourists, she in her bikini and he in his swimming shorts. I understand that they are on vacation. It’s warm and it’s the Caribbean, but then again our streets are not a beach or a pool. Most of the shops and supermarkets have rules to put on decent clothing before you can get any service, but we still can stand in the queue behind a diver who just came out of the water with his wet suit still dripping! Second are the tourists who insist on going topless on public beaches. I find that annoying that they have no respect for the local culture. And I don’t care even if it were Pamela Anderson. It’s just a matter of respecting the traditions of the place you are visiting or you live in. Maybe we should point out this to the tourists before they arrive on the island through the TCB website. Khalito G. CANDIDATE’S NIGHT Dear Citizens of Bonaire, On Wednesday, March 2nd, the citizens of Bonaire get to elect a new Island Council which will represent them for the coming four years. This will be the first Island Council to take seat after the so much talked about 1010-10 and the rapid changes taking hold on our Island. A total of five political organizations, each with a plentitude of candidates, are vying for your favor this coming election. My name is Clark Abraham. I am 30 years of age. I was born and raised on Bonaire. I’ve studied Public Administration and I also am a candidate for the coming election for the Democratic Party. In this ample choice of candidates and in this multitude of changes and obstacles coming our way, why would you invest your confidence specifically in me and why should I be honored with your vote? That is the core question I would like to address. There isn’t enough printing space nor would I bore you with all the things we need changed in our society today. The problems within our society are so multiple, broad and deep-rooted that it would take me quite a while to reveal and address them all. I will share with you two core principles that I live by: We can measure development of a society not by its physical development, but by the development of its people; We should not only want, think or talk change, we must BE change; From these two principles I have distilled a multitude of policies and actions that I would love to share and debate with you. It is therefore that I would like to invite you to a meeting at the ‘Sentro di Bario Nort di Saliña’ on Wednesday February 23rd at 18:00, where in a more personal ‘Town Hall’ setting I could give a presentation on my views and be there to answer any of your questions or remarks. This will be an open debate where your points of view are just as or even more important than mine. Hopefully we can meet each other there so together we can debate on the future of our Island. Clark Abraham WHERE HAVE ALL THE LOEMPIAS GONE? Dear Editor: In the old days when ALM used to land in Curaçao prior to coming to Bonaire (maybe), the flight crew and I used to race madly for a stand at the airport that sold the wonderful and magic Loempias. These were not the smaller, greasy, and understuffed ones of today, but the real Antillean Loempia. A fantastic culinary creation of these islands. Does anyone still make these the old way on Bonaire ? Bob Tseng M ost teenager girls don’t grow up with the dream to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, but for 15-year-old Laura Dekker, a love for sailing is in her blood. Born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand, Dekker started sailing at age six and has been drawn to the tranquility of the sport ever since. “I like sailing because it’s really quiet and it’s a good way to travel because you always have your home with you.” Since setting sail from Gibraltar last August, Dekker has been making her way across the Atlantic from Africa and then down into Caribbean waters where she made stops in Sint Maarten and Dominica. On Saturday February 5th, Dekker sailed into Bonaire’s Plaza Marina in the early hours of the morning. Bonaire is a special stop for Dekker, who has made the island one of the few major harbors of her journey. Over the next few weeks, Dekker will spend time catching up on schoolwork and visiting with some of her family members, who will be flying in from The Netherlands to visit her. So far, Dekker has been enjoying the nice weather while she organizes her boat and has also liked watching the local iguanas that live near the docks of the harbor. “They are really beautiful and big, I have already seen a few a half meter long.” While she is on the island, Dekker plans to take advantage of scuba diving Bonaire’s reefs and will also be recording some short nature videos for Sea Shepherd, an organization that is committed to ocean conservation worldwide. Throughout her trip, Dekker will be working closely with Sea Shepherd and plans to meet some of its members when she stops in the Galapagos Islands and Australia. Dekker hopes that through this partnership, she can somehow give back to the oceans she is sailing. Even though it’s early on, Dekker says that she has had a good journey to date, only encountering a few ripped sails along the way. After leaving Bonaire she will sail through the Panama Canal, and eventually on to the Pacific, an area she is looking forward to visiting despite its vast distances. “I know it will be beautiful, but there are lots of rocks and small islands. Its difficult to sail there.” If Dekker does come across any unexpected challenges she is very well equipped. Her 38ft red yacht named “Guppy” has GPS, radar, VHF radio, EPIRB (an emergency radio beacon), a satellite telephone and a satellite tracking system. In fact, Dekker’s father can track her boat’s location at any time via the internet. Dekker has also taken a number of courses, including medical first aid to prepare for her voyage. In order to secure the title of youngest person to sail around the world, Dekker will need to complete her trip by July 2012. Currently, Australian Jessica Watson grabbed that title when she completed her sail in May 2010 at age 16. But there is more than just the title that Dekker wants from this experience. “I want to see a lot of the world, learn more and get a good grounding experience that I will have for the rest of my life.” If anything, Dekker is extremely confident in her sailing abilities and is determined to make her dream come true. “My only advice, not only for young sailors but for people who have a dream and may think that they can’t do it is to just try. If you don’t try you won’t ever know. If you really want something just believe in yourself and do it.” Story & photo by Mallory Smith Editor’s note– After refusing additional interviews on Bonaire following a brief press conference, Miss Deckker flew to The Netherlands to promote her interests at a boat show. FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES, CAMERAS FRAMES, PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) 717-5890 Open Hours: M-F 8:30-12, 2-5:30 pm, Sat. 9-12 Laura Dekker on board at the Plaza Resort Marina Downtown tourists Andre/Catharine photo Mallory Smith photo

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 What is the allure of Bonaire for those who sail to the island by sea? Perhaps it is the stunning water world of reef, turtles and fish. Maybe it is the island’s varied terrain of salt flats, hills, saliñas and charming kunukus that is the draw. Possibly it is the genuine friendliness of the Bonairean people. Whatever brings these adventurous voyagers here, the island has qualities that have attracted mariners for centuries. Most come and then leave for other destinations. But for others, the irre sistible charms of Bonaire latch onto them and will not let go. This island becomes their last port of call. Welcome to the Part One of the series, The Sailors Who Never Left…. PART ONE-BOAT YARD OWNER, LELLE DAVIDSSON STILL HAS A LINK TO THE SEA. T here are thousands of nautical miles between dushi Bonaire and Lennart ‘Lelle’ Davidsson’s homeland of Sweden. Lelle spent his childhood learning to sail in cold Scandinavian waters and by the time he reached his mid 20s, the lure of the sea was calling. On October 2, 1992, Davidsson left as part of the crew on Royal Eagle , a 64foot racer/cruiser that was Caribbean bound. His plan was to cruise the islands, bail out in Central America, travel north to San Francisco, perhaps work for a boatyard there, and then return to Sweden in about a year. Unknown to Lelle, that plan began to unravel before the Royal Eagle had even left coastal Europe. In La Palma, Spain, Davidsson met the crew from another Swedish boat, Örnen . Built in 1933, the wooden, 50-foot, two-mast fishing trawler was also headed to the West Indies, albeit at a sea turtle’s pace. The two crews discovered their hometowns were in close proximity and most had mutual friends back home. It was also here that Lelle met Örnen crewmember, Per Magnusson. The two would soon cross paths again. Royal Eagle’s first Caribbean port of call was the French island of Martinique. The boat’s owner took on charters so Lelle and his mates got to see much of the Windward and Leeward islands. Months later in Barbados, they once again ran into the crew from the Örnen . For Davidsson it was like meeting old friends, and he decided to join them on their world voyage. The crew of six sailed south to Grenada-the island of the spicesreveled in the wild Carnival of Trinidad for days where they signed on two more Swedish sailors, and then journeyed westward to the Venezuelan islands of Testigos, Isla de Margarita and Los Roques. It was in March of 1993 when Örnen dropped anchor in Bonaire. “The water was amazing,” recalls Lelle. “We had seen nice water on the other islands, but when I came to Bonaire it was stunning. I remember thinking, ‘Wow! This is clear!’ After four hours in Bonaire (Continued on page 17) Lelle Davidsson Lelle arrived aboard the Örnen A New Reporter Series Begins

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 11 Tens of thousands of nature lovers and divers visit the island of Bonaire each year. An unspoiled jewel in the Dutch Caribbean, home to beautiful wildlife. On December 27, 2010, two divers scuba dove completely around Klein Bonaire to raise money for two of the island’s conservation groups. B onaire residents Leo Hoogenboom and Felix Faassen circumnavigated Klein Bonaire underwater to raise money for environmental organizations STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB). They hope their eco dive contributes to raising awareness for the conservation of Bonaire's nature and its future. With more and more tourists visiting Bonaire each year there is extra stress on the island’s environment, the coral reefs and its inhabitants. If you want to raise awareness you first must make a statement, something that is out of the ordinary, and should take an effort and preferably has never been done before. In early 2010 Hoogenboom and Faassen started talking about doing long duration dives without dive scooters. During one of these conversations they thought, why not circumnavigate Klein Bonaire? And so the idea was born. They coupled the dive to a fundraiser for Bonaire’s two leading organizations working to protect Bonaire’s nature. “We first started measuring a circumnavigation using Google Earth and later made a kayak trip close to the reef with the help of GPS to determine the distance and what the average speed underwater would be. We measured that our dive would be around 11KM. Depending on weather and current conditions we calculated an average of 1 KM/hour and some rest time. This would mean the dive could take between 10 and 16 hours.” they said. The Dive The whole team met up at 3 am on December 27. “At 3:30 am we left the dock at Captain Don’s Habitat, heading for No Name beach, where we would start our dive at 4 am and descended to our max depth of 9m / 30ft. At 4:15 we got the first visit by our support free diver, Deaxo, who would continue to keep visual contact for the entire dive with 15minute intervals. As soon as he would break the surface, he would signal this to the two support scuba divers on the boat, David and Devon, who were standing by to assist. After one hour into the dive we started getting some ambient light, which triggered a lot of the reef inhabitants to wake up. Because we were constantly swimming we switched the tanks about every hour. After 330 minutes we ascended from 9m/30ft to 6m/20ft to minimize our decompression obligation. Where we didn’t have any current pushing us in the right direction, we didn’t have much trouble. When we turned around the northwest corner, however (dive site Carl’s Hill), we got a strong current against us. As we swam clockwise around the island, this was the last section of our dive but proved to be the most challenging as well. At this point, we were over 8 hours into the dive and were both quite tired. To be conservative on our decompression, we switched to oxygen enriched air for the last hour of the dive.” During that last hour, more and more people started to follow them while snorkeling and as they ascended to 3m/10ft. After 620 minutes they finally returned to No Name beach and walked out of the water. Many people were gathered on the beach to welcome them. Leo and Felix had spent over 10 hours underwater. After some well needed rest, the divers headed to a party which started at 8 pm. They thanked the many dedicated volunteers who kept the official Eco Dive booth open, where people were able to get information about the dive, make donations and purchase merchandise, open during the day as well as during the party at night. (Continued on page 17) Hydropack exchange 5 hours into the dive David, Felix, Leo & Devon minutes before the dive

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 I t’s getting harder and harder every year to pick the “Picture Yourself” winners for The Reporter. This last year, 2010, readers remembered to take The Reporter with them – tucked away in suitcases, backpacks and who knows where else. Consequently it showed up in places all over the world last year. There is was with our readers in: Alberta (Canada), Antarctic Peninsula, Arapaho Basi n (Colo), Atlanta (Georgia), Bangkok, Barranquilla (Colombia), DMZ (Korea), Chicago, Dubuque (Iowa), Ely (Nevada), Fiji, Fort Worth (Texas), Haiti, Japan, Koemarket (Netherlands), Las Vegas, Nevada, Nova Scotia (Canada), Philippines, Rocky Mountains (New Mexico), Salem (Massachusetts), San Diego (California), Smokey Mountains, Tennessee and Zambia. Hearty congratulations to the 2010 Bonaire Reporter winners: First Prize goes to the Jake Richter family ensconced on a freezing piece of ground on the Antarctic Peninsula. Not only did they have to worry about freezing to death but they’d remembered to bring along The Reporter on the Zodiac trip to land. ( Bonaire Reporter , March 19-April 9, 2010, issue). Their prize is a complete dinner for four at Pasa Bon Pizza Second Prize goes to Nadine and Murray Rubin who organized an incredible underwater photo with some of their Bonaire neighbors in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. You can see The Reporter underwater, having been treated in some way for its underwater event. ( Bonaire Reporter , August 13-27, 2010, issue). They win a delicious large pizza from Pasa Bon Pizza. Bonaire/Hato – S o a couple of days ago I met Mary Lovie. She introduced herself to me and told me that we were almost neighbors, living in the same bario of Hato. The distance between her residence and my house was about 500 meters at the most. I knew about the house. I had seen a Harley-Davidson parked on the drive way but what I did not know was that she was the proud owner of a Buell singlecylinder motorcycle. Ignorant fool without knowledge I am. I knew about the allAmerican made Buell motorcycles. I knew about the impressive V-twins, but I did not know about the Buell Blast, the 500 cc single cylinder! Shame on me! In the last 36 years I owned more than 30 motorcycles. Most of them we re single cylinders. I am a single-cylinder aficionado and I did not know about the Buell Blast. O.K. I am ignorant and a fool without knowledge. Now, finally, I know a little bit better. The Buell Blast is a singlecylinder 492 cc air cooled overhead valve motorcycle that was produced by the Buell Motorcycle Company from 2000 to 2009. And the frame of Mary Lovie’s Sunfire yellow sprayed Buell Blast reads: “AUG 2009.” Mary and Gary Lovie are from Ontario, Canada. They first visited the island of Bonaire in the year 2000. They fell in love with the island and Gary really liked the underwater world. Mary is a doctor of veterinarian medicine and during their stay of three weeks on the island she got in contact with the Animal Shelter. Then she asked whether she could be of any help working as a volunteer. In the following years Mary and Gary visited the island frequently. Together with two American, two Dutch and another Canadian veterinarian they organized a plan for sterilizing dogs. Anesthetic medicines were imported and in the year 2004 some 300 female dogs were sterilized. It took several years to convince the people of Bonaire and to cure the problem. The problem will probably never be under control but the veterinarians and the Animal Shelter made a lot of progress. Every dog can now be sterilized for free. Mary and Gary liked Bonaire so much that they decided to buy their own property. They bought a neat house in the older neighborhood of Hato. They repainted and refurbished the house. Now it is a pleasant place to live, low on maintenance. One day Gary imported his HarleyDavidson 1550 Electra Glide. The machine was made in 2009. The Electra Glide is completely standard. The bike is painted black and the engine has fuel injection. A very nice bike, completely original. Reliable and a pleasure to ride. Then Gary and Mary decided to buy another motorcycle. In Canada Mary had had some experience with a four-stroke, single-cylinder 250 cc Suzuki. The machine was small and handy but a little bit slow. So they ordered the Buell Blast. This Sunfire Yellow sprayed fun machine is a pleasure to ride. The design goals were: low cost, ease of operation and ease of maintenance. The dry weight of the machine is only 163 kilograms/360 pounds. Engine power is delivered to the rear wheel by an automatically tensioned belt. The valve lifters are hydraulic and selfadjusting. The carburetor has an automatic choke and of course a starter motor is fitted. The engine produces 34 British horsepower at 6500 revs per minute. There is a 5-speed gearbox and because of the two 16 -inch wheels the bike is relatively low, handy and maneuverable. For these reasons hundreds of Buell Blasts are used for Harley-Davidson’s Ride rs Edge New Rider program in the States, a similar course to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ‘s Basic Rider Course, a course to learn how to handle a motorcycle. As mentioned, Mary’s bike is sprayed Sunfire yellow. The frame is sprayed silver and functions as a tank for the engine oil. Front and rear wheels are made of cast alloy and there are two disc brakes. There are Pirelli tubeless tires. Mary’s bike has two handy little saddle bags and a wind screen. The bike only has a jiffy or side stand, no prop stand. A Sylvania H4 halogen sealed beam is mounted in the front between the non-adjustable front fork legs. The dash board is basic: just a speedometer, a digital odometer and an oil pressure indicator. The meter reads: “Buell, a Harley-Davidson comp any.” Mary turns the key of the ignition. The starter motor turns, the oil pressure warning light turns off, the engine starts . “Plop, plop, plop, whahhhh!” This is the unmistakable sound of a big single! In 2009 Erik Buell stopped producing the Blast. A Buell Blast was destroyed in an automotive crusher. Crushed Blast cubes were for sale, available in blue, black and yellow, individually signed and numbered by Erik Buell … Story & photos by J@n Brouwer Mary Lovie, sitting on her brand new Buell Blast with a friend. Next to her bike is another Blast parked. This customized bike is owned by Mary’s friend Nadine. The Richter family with The Reporter in Antarctica– 2010 Picture Yourself Winner The 86rth of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that ar e “on wheels.” On course for 100+

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only $0. 60 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-8988 or email info@bonairereporter.com LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS, Rentals, Property ——————————————— House for Rent— 2 bedroom with airco, bathroom, toilet. Living room, kitchen, front and back porch. Kaya Nikiboku Zuid, $ 850.00/month, call Mary ph: 796 1800 ———————————————Looking for a studio, apartment or house. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ———————————————— Looking to buy a mid-size car. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ______________________________ For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs two bedroom ~ April 01 2011~ Pagabon, excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless and MiTV $ 550. p.m. Same amount Deposit required upfront please call : 795 3456 Kaya Mandolin 2, call 795 3456 ——————————————— Looking for a room with two separated beds and shower from the 20th of February until the 20th of June 2011. I can pay 160 euro per month. It must be near Forma . José Martha Alleleijn email: Jiru@une.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57 4 3014045. ———————————————MISCELLANEOUS ————————————————Antiques and Collectibles Call 795-9760 ——————————————— For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner– Model VSX-D14, 120 watts/channel, w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers, powered woofer: $100. Panasonic DVD player , Model S27: $50. Call 717-2050 ——————————————— For sale: Full automatic washing machine AEG L66840, 1600 rpm, all washing programs, contents 6 kilograms. Machine is bought: July 2nd 2010. Still guarantee left. Almost brand new and in perfect condition. Asking price $1100. For more information call: 717-7851. ———————————————— For Sale : Washing Machine IGNIS 1000T , 230 V for light and medium loads, little used, good condition :$220 Call : 717-5038 ———————————————— WANTED: PADI Divemaster/ Handyman Must be able to drive boats, guide dives, speak English. 5 day work week including weekends and holidays. Job includes filling and handling dive tanks and general resort maintenance work. Call Carib Inn at 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm ———————————————MOVING SALE Glass-top 48" wicker dining room table and 4 chairs $290. Large 56" wicker desk with 6 drawers and upper hutch $375. Samsung 19" computer monitor $75. Blender $10. Desk lamp $10. Drying rack $15. 4' metal step ladder $25. Call 717-2208 ——————————————— For sale: 2 hardly used Panther PRO -XR111 mountain bikes with 21 Shimano Revoshift gears and tires with a special inside protection. $350 each, two for $650. Tel. 796-5591. Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com ___________________________________ 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time We Will Care For Your Home When You Are Away Property Services Bonaire b.v. Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed J@n Brouwer digitalis1956@hotmail.com Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Fri 25 00:44 0.09 ft 07:08 1.02 ft 15:18 0.27 ft 20:06 / 0.21 ft 6:53 18:44 Sat 26 01:29 0.08 ft 07:57 1.01 ft 16:10 0.25 ft 20:58 0.20 ft 6:52 18:44 Sun 27 02:14 0.05 ft 08:44 0.96 ft 17:01 0.21 ft 21:50 0.19 ft 6:52 18:44 Mon 28 02:58 0.02 ft 09:31 0.88 ft 17:51 0.16 ft 22:43 0.19 ft 6:51 18:44 Tue 01 03:44 0.03 ft 10:18 0.78 ft 18:39 0.11 ft 23:40 0.20 ft 6:51 18:45 Wed 02 04:36 0.08 ft 11:05 0.67 ft 19:25 0.05 ft 6:50 18:45 Thu 03 00:40 0.24 ft 05:41 0.13 ft 11:56 0.56 ft 20:05 0.00 ft 6:50 18:45 Fri 04 01:37 0.29 ft 07:08 0.16 ft 12:53 0.45 ft 20:40 0.05 ft New Moon 6:49 18:45 Sat 05 02:24 0.35 ft 08:49 0.15 ft 14:00 0.36 ft 21:08 0.09 ft 6:49 18:45 Sun 06 03:02 0.41 ft 10:20 0.11 ft 15:15 0.30 ft 21:30 0.11 ft 6:48 18:45 Mon 07 03:34 0.48 ft 11:27 0.05 ft 16:24 0.25 ft 21:49 0.13 ft 6:48 18:45 Tue 08 04:05 0.56 ft 12:18 0.02 ft 17:21 0.22 ft 22:09 0.13 ft 6:47 18:45 Wed 09 04:36 0.63 ft 13:01 0.07 ft 18:04 0.19 ft 22:32 0.11 ft 6:46 18:45 Thu 10 05:09 0.70 ft 13:39 0.12 ft 18:36 0.16 ft 23:00 0.08 ft 6:46 18:45 Fri 11 05:44 0.77 ft 14:15 0.15 ft 19:03 0.14 ft 23:35 0.04 ft 6:45 18:46 Atelier José Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek. Local art, mosaics, driftwood and more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m, or call 785-6670 for appointment After decades of innovating Bonaire’s diving Captain Don is applying similar principles to growing plants. Pay him a visit. Meet Bonaire’s Living Legend. Get him to sign his new bookReef Windows 103 Kaminda Lagun ( road to Lagun) (Look for the blue rock and dive flag) Phone: 786-0956 FELMAR Cleaning Services Apartments, Hotels, Houses, Offices & More. Efficient Work, Good References. Tel. 786-0019 Did You Know… . that sea stars do not have brains? T hey may be famous for their ability to regenerate limbs, but a brain doesn’t control this. Instead, they have a complex nervous system and light-sensitive eyespots on the ends of each of their arms. Their nervous system allows them to sense touch, temperature, orientation and changes in the water around them. In addition, the “blood” of sea stars is actually filtered seawater. Considering all the cool things that sea stars do, such as hunting and reproducing, it is amazing to think that they do not have a true, centralized brain. This lack of a brain is true for other echinoderms (the phylum that sea stars are a part of) such as sea urchins, brittle stars, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. So if anyone ever tells you that you have no brain, you can remind them that there are some really amazing sea creatures that don’t either. Quinn de la Concepcion Quinn de la Concepcion is a junior biology major at Colorado College who hopes to become a physical therapist. She spent this past fall at the CIEE Research Station in

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-isla nd travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service and in-store financing too. ART & GALLERIES The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and hand made jewelry created by long-time residents Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter. BAKERY & CAFÉ Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries, fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded salad bar and other take-o ut items—at affordable prices. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. CARS AND BIKES De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. CONSTRUCTION Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks a large collection of European quality hardware. Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty DENTURE REPAIR All Denture Lab —for the best denture care by an experienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez. DINING The Brandaris Café is the top-notch, spotless downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezuelan food. Breakfast & Lunch only. Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz music! 780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above) Lunchroom de Bonairiaan— Breakfast & lunch prepared and served by Stichting Project students under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2. Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, op posite Divi Flamingo. ON & IN THE WATER Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail shops so you always get the best deals and assured of top notch training. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation, above and/or below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. Captain Don’s Plants, Trees and More sells genuine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens. HEALTH Go Green— Tina Woodley’s new shop, in the building in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life Harmony House— Using science to find the problem. Using natural products to correct the problem . Also Essence range of herbal teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya Papa Cornes 2 Natural Way Health Store— The place where all the hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs from Botika Bona ire, on Kaya Grandi. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Les Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website scubavision.info or YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. And now Yachts! Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. . STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. (ISLAND) TOURS Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fascinating tour of the island. Contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456. You will remember it always. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guide. Free! To place and ad call 790-6518, 786-6518 or email laura@bonairenews.com Sunbelt Realty Join this list of Bonaire’s best businesses. Advertise in The Bonaire Reporter, in print and on the Internet RE/MAX Paradise Homes on Kaya Grandi has extensive listings and is backed by the worldwide RE/MAX support.

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 15 E nvironmentalists were glad to see the special care the developers are taking to preserve the native trees around the building site of the Playa Lechi Sea Side Apartments. The ar tists conception (right) shows the native trees gone and imported palms substituted. Under new regulations a permit is necessa ry if old native trees are to be removed. Congratulations for setting a good example. Hettie Holian P. Holian photo Caribbean Homes photo F requent Bonaire visitors, 28 visits at last count, Joan and Alan Zale of Hartsdale, NY hold a copy of The Bonaire Reporter in front of the Pulp Mill Bridge in Weybridge, VT on April 29, 2010. Joan and Alan, who own a condo at Sand Dollar, were visiting Burlington, VT where Joan had gone to school. They also enjoyed some site seeing throughout the state and, like they always do when they trav el, packed a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with them. Vermont has over 100 covered bridges, most built in the 1800s. The one pictured here was built during a time frame of 1808-1820. It was rebuilt in 1980. During their trip Joan and Alan visited and photographed 14 of the bridges. 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 th e newspaper in hand. THE BE ST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com.

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local pe ople. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays € Rincon Marshé —8am-2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music. Big Marché first Saturday of the month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539. € Soldachi Tours—See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796-7870. Mondays € Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717 -6435-best island tour value € Meet the Captain Night at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar– Get up close and personal with Bonaire’s dive pioneer. The Captain will autograph your copy of his newest book Reef Windows . Tuesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Reservations 700-4628. Wednesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 Thursdays €SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 €Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers) players get together on from 19.00 till 21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater Odulfinuz z/n. Fridays € Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six. Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop, at 701-9660 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 Monday -Touch the Sea -Dee Scarr, honored as a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding. She presents a unique perspective on critters and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish report, every Monday she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4931 Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Renata at 7965591 to find out the evening’s location. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcom e. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays , 12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, Englis h, Sundays, 10am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Pray er meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña, Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona) Sunday services in English at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Por's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332. Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/ PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Ca ll 701-9522 for information. Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 donation.) For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Annie, Stephanie Bennett, J@n Brouwer, Quinn de la Concepcion, Christie Dovale, Felix Faassen, Bob Gilmour, Hettie Holian, Patrick Holian, Leo Hoogenboom , Greta Kooistra, Ed Romano, Mallory Smith Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth Silberie & Georgina Sanchez (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukke rij, Curaçao ©2010, 2011 The Bonaire Reporter Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 /6518 CLOSE-IN EVENTS Karnaval Schedule is on page 20 o Wednesday February 23Town Meeting hosted by candidate Clark Abraham at the ‘Sentro di Bario Nort di Saliña’ at 18:00. See Letters on page 9 Saturday, February 26 Farmers’ Market , 8 am-2 pm. Behind Go Green Natural Shop. Wednesday, March 2 —First local elections on Bonaire the Dutch municipality. March 5 and 6 .Karnaval Grand Marches (see schedule on pg. 20) Sunday, March 13Jong Bonaire Fun Walk & Bike Ride, 6am, at Jong Bonaire March 18 & 19 — BON DOET Day -BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the Oranje Fonds’ NL DOET that brings volunteers and organizations together to learn and benefit from each other. Saturday, April 3 —9th Annual Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon. Start training now! More information in upcoming issues. Cruise Ship Calls -Information provided by the Craft Market Day Date Ship Arrive Leave PAX Cap Fri Feb-25 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Mon Feb-28 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 2 Ships Ventura 0800 1800 3100 Thu Mar-03 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 3100 Noordam 0800 1700 1918 Fri Mar-04 Grandeur of the Seas 0700 1600 2446 2 ships Emerald Princess 1200 2000 3100 Mon Mar-07 Zuiderdam 0700 1600 1918 Wed Mar-09 Constellation 0800 1600 2034 Line Princess Aida P & O Princess HAL Celebrity Princess HAL Celebrity Thu Mar-10 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess 2 ships Mar 10 -12 The World 0800 2400 500 Residen Sea SunTues Thru Spring Freewinds 0630 2200 150 Scientology Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting Days—usually 10 am until ship departure.

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 17 C onsider a hemisphere map where dengue occurs, and you will see that Bonaire is only one of many countries or islands with this problem. It is generally agreed that dengue has been here for about 12-15 years, but, as usual, very difficult (maybe impossible?) to get any statistics out of the necessary government departments. What really concerns me is, firstly, that we have visitors to Bonaire on a weekly basis, and very few of them are aware of dengue. They contract the dengue virus, feel like hell, sometimes end up at a doctor or hospital, are often told “it’s just the flu,” or are sent for a blood test (which takes 5 days), and if dengue is confirmed they are told “there is no treatment except taking paracetamol.” They eventually go back home with less than fond memories of Bonaire. Secondly, for us living on Bonaire (and who have had dengue) the misconceptions about standing water, the mosquito and when it will bite you, the symptoms of the fever and the danger of contracting dengue a second or a third time should be a government driven project EVERY DENGUE SEASON. This is done in so many countries with dengue, and governments go as far as issuing fines to those people caught with standing water that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. No, I am not suggesting issuing fines on Bonaire, but I am urging each and every person on this island to know the facts about dengue, and to act on it. I believe that the mis-information about dengue from government level down, will keep dengue on Bonaire and will continue to wreak havoc during every rainy season! It is not rocket science to realize that, because of the lack of treatment, the number of confirmed dengue cases (usually only when dengue has been confirmed by a blood test), is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have had dengue once, do you know what the effects would be should you get dengue a second or a third time? If you are shrugging your shoulders and think it un-important to know, all I can say to you is that ignorance is far more powerful than logic. Some of us are more susceptible to the infection than others, and this can be tested for through a urine sample. We can, before and during the “dengue season,” with very small changes to our lifestyle, minimize our risk. I will go as far as saying I believe we can safeguard ourselves COMPLETELY against the risk. We need a dedicated dengue task force, with a dengue call centre, testing people for susceptibility, to educate and to dispel myths. We can be in control and make our lives and the time visitors spend here far more pleasant. Visitors will not stop coming here because of dengue. Do people stop visiting areas with yellow fever, malaria, Lyme disease etc.? Research has been ongoing for many years to develop a vaccine against dengue. Don’t hold your breath. Each one of us can be a part of eradicating dengue. World climate changes are affecting the dengue mosquito. This problem is not going to go away. Stephanie Bennett DENGUE DILEMMA Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in the UK and now researches Bonaire health issues. She is the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center Because of generous donations of Captain Don’s Habitat and Rum Runners, 100% of drink ticket sales was forwarded to Eco Dive Bonaire. Of course the whole dive was only possible with the help of many individuals and businesses. The eco divers thanked Captain Don’s Habitat, Rum Runners, BonPhoto, Hoogenboom Kaag, Royal van Lent, BonFysio/BonBida, Flamingo Communications, Magic Print, Woodwind , vd Wansem, Go Green, Deaxo Croes, David Ray, Devon Clarke, Buz Smith, Bruce Schnaak, Zsuzsanna Pusztai, Elsmarie Beukeboom, Din Domacassé, Ron Gijzen, Sean Paton, Mabel Nava, Tina Lindeken, Hans & Magreet Faassen, Aad & Meta Dommisse, Dee Pederson, Djodjo Hilgers, Anne Zaat, Barbel Heusinkveld, Laura Stefani, Luca Bottura and of course everyone who donated to Eco Dive Bonaire 2010 and supported us with motivating words and/or their presence. by Felix Faassen & Leo Hoogenboom Credits: Photos Suzsanna Pusztai (Bon Photo Bonaire) underwater and Bruce Schnaak topside. Eco Dive (Continued from page 11) Felix & Leo surfacing after 620 minutes , 10 hours plus though, I said, ‘Let’s go.’ The place was too clean and too expensive. The islands before were much different. By then, I only had $500 in my pocket and couldn’t afford Bonaire for long. But the rest of the crew wanted to stay.” Days later, two of the Swedes met a local construction boss. He was in desperate need of workers to build a house in Belnem. The news was brought back to Örnen and the crew voted unanimously to do the six-month job. Work permits were arranged for over the weekend with Frits Goedgedrag, later to become governor of the Netherlands Antilles, signing the documents. “Our group had an interesting set of skills. The crew consisted of a former Volvo test driver (Per Magnusson), a mechanic, an explosives expert, a postman, a bus driver and a chef. The chef and I were the only ones with actual construction experience. Let’s just say that the first months, making the foundation of the house, was our ‘school’ for the team. We went on from there.” The sailors-turned-construction workers resided on Örnen during the project and frequented the bars at Karl’s and Mona Lisa Restaurant during their time off. They also played football (soccer) and arranged for a match in the Kralendijk stadium against a group of Dutch electricians with whom they had worked. It was Holland vs. Sweden. Lelle does not recall who won that game, only that both teams had plenty to drink before and after the competition. The house was completed in eight months and the crew then waited for a weather window for passage to the Panama Canal. It was time to continue their world journey. When Örnen finally departed, only five Swedes were aboard. One sailor had met a Dutch girl on Bonaire. They later wed and moved to Sweden. Another met an Ecuadorian girl. They were wed aboard the Örnen in a ceremony complete with a priest. The couple later left Bonaire and joined the crew in Panama. The third Swede to remain on island was Lelle. He too had also met a Dutch lady, Inge Berben, who had peaked his interest. Plus, the young seaman was not finished sailing the Caribbean. “I joined the local Sunfish sailors club on Bonaire. It was much more active back then. I also windsurfed and was crew for some big races in Puerto Rico and the Trinidad-Tobago Race Week. One year we won our class in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.” Davidsson continued to do small construction jobs specializing in window installations and traveled to work sites by bicycle. For nearly two years, he lived aboard a 28-foot sailboat that he had purchased from a Frenchman who had given up the cruising life. And then serendipity struck. “There was a 46-foot teak sailboat that went aground on the south point of Bonaire. Both masts were damaged and there was a 1.5 square meter hole in the side. I went there to give advice on how to get the boat shipped to Curaçao for repair. But after looking at it, I decided I could fix it myself. I had changed planks in oak boats when I was 12 years old together with my uncle. So why not repair the boat myself? No one was doing yacht repair on Bonaire at that time.” Marine repair became Lelle’s expertise and in 1997 he began Navegante, a boat repair and service company that still exists today. “That’s the nice thing about life,” reflects Lelle. “Everything offers opportunities.” One of those opportunities was meeting Inge Berben. They are married now and have an eight year old daughter, Sanne, and a five year old son, Luca. And what was the fate of the Örnen , the boat that delivered Lelle to Bonaire? The old ketch completed its world voyage, but by the time it entered Swedish waters only two of the original crew were on board. Per Magnusson had sailed as far as Australia when his money ran out. He had enough left to fly home to Sweden. Per returned to work at Volvo as an engineer, but he longed for the island life. Eventually, he returned to Bonaire in 2008 and became partners with Lelle in Navegante. “I still miss the sailing life,” explains Lelle. “Once you start a business, vacation time is very limited. When I see a sailor swinging in a hammock on his boat in the bay, I’m jealous. But I’m a long term thinker and one day it will be my turn again to have my time on the water.” Story & photos by Patrick Holian Patrick Holian is a writer and film journalist living on Bonaire . (Continued from page 10) Bon Quiz ( from page 7 ) Q) Which Land House is this? Who inaugurated the renovations, in what year? A) It’s Land House Karpata. Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands inaugurated the renovated buildings in 1981. Puzzle on page 7

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Kaya Liberador Simon-Bolivar #22, Next to Jong Bonaire Open for Breakfast and Lunch From 6:30 am Mon.-Saturday; Email: BrandarisCafe@gmail.com Relax in a cozy atmosphere Authentic Local (Krioyo) and Venezuelan dishes…. Specials every day —-T ake Away too 717-4596 Bonaire is a dry island full of cacti and baked earth and yet this rainy season has been tremendous. I had thought it was all over but today it's raining again. It's not quite cats and dogs but this morning's drizzle is a good thing. This, dear reader, is not because it will nourish the trees that feed the parrots (Loras) or serve some other much needed ecological purpose but because it means I can do nothing other than hide away indoors and finally share another wondrous tale of all things parrots. And so without further ado; before the sun breaks through; or I mention that like any good Hollywood blockbuster this story of joy, happiness, sadness and hope is based (loosely) on a true story; lets get to the story: I t was a sunny day and Mrs. Python like most Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot ladies had had a busy few months. She quite frankly wanted nothing more than to sit in a calabash tree on a hillside, take it easy and enjoy the view. First there had been the nest prospecting over which Mr. and Mrs. Python had nearly fallen out, and this was before the breeding season had even begun. This is because instead of wanting to enthusiastically view all the possible nest sites with his loved one Mr. Python had offered to sit and wait so that Mrs. Python could continue doing her perusing without dragging him along. That of course, as any lady parrot would appreciate, is not the point, because at any moment she might want his opinion on a particular nest. And so it was that together they looked at all the available options in the area before Mrs. Python finally decided they would do best to go back and settle on the first nest she had looked at. One must point out that we highly disciplined and conservative conservationists of course do not normally anthropomorphize and name the parrots we are here to serve. With the exception of Monty whom at this point in the story is not even an egg yet, these names are entirely fictitious. After a short but colorful period of nest/ home improvement, copious copulation and bit of warfare with the neighbors that any good Amazon parrot would have been proud of, Mrs. Python was getting clucky. In a process that can best be described by any Mr. Parrot as eye watering, Mrs. Python went about the business of laying her clutch of eggs. In a little over a week she had produced four beautiful white eggs, by which point Mrs. Python was ever so grateful to not be a kiwi. The kiwi of course dear reader, lays the largest egg in relation to it's body size of any bird. Next was incubation which Mrs. Python has always said is a bit like a month of sailing, that is: mostly boring with a few passing moments of terror. Warming eggs, warming eggs, warming eggs, "is that an introduced mammalian predator (cat) I hear climbing the nest tree about to come and eat me", "ah, no", warming eggs, warming eggs, warming eggs. But soon enough incubation concluded and four tiny pink bundles of joy emerged, one of which would later become known as Monty. Over the next two months Mr. and Mrs. Python nurtured their wonderful chicks. The chicks themselves made a marvelous transition from helpless, eyeless, little pink things to stunning and sleek fledglings, doing all that growing with such incredible efficiency. Monty was loved by his family. His parents were generous with food but also with discipline as is so rarely the case these days, and so he and his siblings were neither cantankerous nor tempestuous young parrots. Even during the brief starvation period that Mr. and Mrs. Python had enforced in order to draw their young family out of their nest, the chicks maintained their good manners. And so one by one the young Pythons emerged and entered the big wide world. If the last 3 months had been a strain for Mrs. Python then those first weeks when the chicks were fledging would be at a least a strain and a half, if not two strains. She and Mr. Python found themselves flying up and down their happy little valley in endless search and rescue missions as they tried to locate their various offspring. Over time the fledglings' proficiency improved and they made fewer and fewer crash landings into random trees. It was at this time, when the youngest of their four had been out of the nest two weeks, when Mrs. Python herself was doing the wanting of nothing more, with which we started this story. It was a sunny day and Mrs. Python decided the time had come when her new family was ready to venture into the local village where juicy mangos and other exotic fruits were to be found on garden trees, where once there had been a diverse range of Bonairean trees. Together Mr. and Mrs. Python and their offspring and the neighbors and their offspring flew south in a more or less orderly flock. Before crashing into a mango tree the group first alighted on a haphazard collection of telegraph wires where all could be counted and accounted for. Thankfully the Pythons and the neighbors had all made it. The parents felt relief and satisfaction. The young fledglings cavorted and screamed with their excitement even though they weren't the least bit interested in the juicy mangos, for they were still being fed by their parents. Suddenly the parrots became aware of a strange animal beneath them on the ground. The parents realized with horror there was danger and they took their turn to scream, urging they young families to fly. Before he could open his wings poor Monty had been knocked about the head with a big stick and he fell from the wire to the ground. Photos & story by Sam Williams Clearly Monty hasn't yet had his second chance. Worry not, dear reader. The concluding part of this incredible story will be regaled in the next Bonaire Reporter , but for now the story ends on this sad cliff hanger (and that last bit really is true). Conservationist Sam Williams has been involved with Bonaire's loras for over 7 years and he recently founded of Echo. Find out more www.echobonaire.org Don’t Gamble With Your Advertising Reach more readers than any other Bonaire paper– Delivered to Hotels and Shops plus Thousands More Readers On the Internet Call Laura at 786-6518 / 790-6518 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com Y ou can now get yourself a limited edition Echo T-shirt and help this fledgling conservation foundation to take off! Various men's and women's sizes are available at Chat n Browse (Sand Dollar). All sizes are $25 with proceeds going to Echo. They are a vision of ecological clothing: made from 100% organic cotton, manufactured using sustainable energy, ethically production (no child labor; Fare Wear Foundation), 89% smaller Carbon footprint than normal T shirts and colored using azo free dyes. Young lora fledglings cavorting and screaming with excitement T shirt designer Cherryl Rutherford modeling the Echo T-shirt

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 19 A lthough there are many bright objects in the heavens in early evening, three of the brightest are there for you to enjoy right now. One of them holds the distinction of being the brightest star visible from Earth, other than our Sun , and the other is the biggest, and almost the brightest, planet in our solar system. And of course you know all about the Moon . Let me show you: About an hour after sunset this week face west. Shining brilliantly not far above the horizon is the biggest of all the planets, Jupiter, which will set about an hour after the Sun, so get out early to catch it. Then turn and look into the southeast where you will see the brightest constellation of them all, Orion the hunter . Two bright stars mark his shoulders, two bright stars mark his knees and three not quite as bright stars equally spaced in a row mark his belt. And if you shoot an imaginary arrow through Orion's belt down to his left you will see a dazzling star which literally outshines all the star s in the heavens as seen from Earth, the star Sirius which marks the nose of Orion's faithful companion, Canis Major , the great dog. In fact we can make a very nice stick figure of a dog by drawing lines between Canis Major's stars with Sirius marking his nose. Now although Sirius is nicknamed the “ dog star,” I personally prefer the name the ancient Egyptians gave it, the “ Soul of Isis.” But whatever name it has enjoyed for the past several thousand years, it is still the brightest and most jewel-like star we can see. But there's a catch here because even though Sirius is the brightest star we can see with the naked eye it is by no means intrinsically the brightest. It only appears to be the brightest because it is so close to us. In fact, it is the fifth closest star to planet Earth, not quite nine light years away which, a lthough nearby cosmically speaking, is still over half a million times farther away from us than our closest star the Sun. And we can see many stars which are hundreds of times larger than Sirius, like Orion's red shoulder star, Betelgeuse. Even so Sirius makes our own star, the Sun, look rather puny by comparison because while our Sun is almost one million miles in diameter, Sirius is almost twice as wide. And while our Sun burns a relatively cool 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit at its surface, Sirius blazes a fierce 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it shine 25 times brighter than our Sun. Wow! Thank heaven it isn't as close to us as our Sun or we'd all have to wear sunglasses to get to sleep at night. At any rate, if you watch Sirius when it is close to the horizon it will look even more dazzling than when it's up high. In fact it will flash and sparkle and change brilliant colors like a cosmic jewel unlike any other star in the heavens. So get outside to see Jupiter in the west after sunset and then turn to the southeast and enjoy Sirius the dog star and the ancient soul of Isis. It will dazzle you!. Ed Romano *to find it... just look up Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer Jupiter and the Brightest Star in the Night Sky Aries (March 20 ,April 20) : You are valuing your privacy more than ever, dear Aries. You are certainly more withdrawn than usual, taking extra time to rest and reflect. This is necessary right now, and if you don't do it on your own, the cosmos might force you to do so! Nevertheless, friends are mostly supportive. Coming to the aid of a partner feels good now, as does being in on a special secret. Taurus (April 20 ,May 21) : Work is demanding this month, dear Taurus, but also very rewarding. Friends are especially helpful and enjoyable to be around. You are likely to find that by networking and paying attention to people in the same career field as you, or to those with similar interests, you are able to come up with some excellent ideas for your own life. Gemini (May 21 ,June 21) : Career and professional matters are strong, rewarding, and exciting this month, dear Gemini. While you cannot say your career is carefree these days, as challenges are also part of the experience, you are bound to find many opportunities to grow and develop on a professional level this month and beyond. Cancer (June 22 ,July 22) : Plenty of career developments are in the works, dear Cancer, as you take the time to re-assess your professional life and responsibilities. In March and April, matters will begin to move quickly, with a raise a definite possibility; but now is the time for analysis rath er than action. Love has been tricky recently, and continues to baffle you in February. Leo (July 23 ,August 23) : Your popularity runs high this month, dear Leo, even though you continue to keep some emotional distance. Those close to you, however, are likely to sense that you are not as enthusiastic and direct as usual, but it's a necessary period in which you take a step back and analyze what works for you and what doesn't. Virgo (August 23 ,September 23) : February is an excellent month for your relationships, dear Virgo. You are especially willing to please, and partners (or potential ones) are attentive and romantic. Your openness to partnering and tolerance of others are qualities that will help improve your relationships many times over this year. O pportunities to connect and for a happy, productive relationship are abundant. Libra (September 23 ,October 23) : While life has been filled with pressures and perhaps setbacks for many of you recently, dear Libra, the first three weeks of February bring great opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. Romantic new beginnings are possible, but keep your eye out for deception or selfdeception. Complications with a partner or friend continue this month, and the only thing to do now is to give them space. If you find that you're only going through the motions, let time pass before making any decisions. Scorpio (October 23 ,November 22) : Challenges with work continue and are unlikely to clear up until mid-March, dear Scorpio. While some of you are encountering difficult circumstances on the job, most of you are experiencing loss of enthusiasm within. You might be going through the motions for the time being. You are sure to regain energy and zeal, as well as a se nse of direction, next month. Sagittarius (November 22 ,December 21) : You are paying much more attention to personal matters than you are to professional and social endeavors these days, dear Sagittarius. The focus is on your feelings, intuition, and comfort rather than what the rest of the world expects of you. The first two weeks of February are exceptionally busy for paperwork, errands, learning, and intellectual projects. Family and those close to home are especially helpful to you in February. A friend might be disapproving or difficult, but pay attention--he or she might have a good point. Capricorn (December 21 ,January 20) : A strong focus on practical matters this month keeps your mind on security and comfort matters for the most part, dear Capricorn. At the same time, you have so many ideas for the future that it's hard to settle on just one. This is not the best month for presenting or implementing your ideas, however, because they require more work, refinement, and thought. Aquarius (January 20 ,February 19) : February is a strong month for finances and personal possessions for you, dear Aquarius.. Others are really in your corner this month, paying you much attenti on. While relationship problems are still part of your life, those of you involved in casual relationships are finding many opportunities to enjoy yourselves and singles are not lacking for attention, either. This is a strong period for creative projects and endeavors. Pisces (Februar y 19 ,March 20) : February starts slowly but quickly picks up speed midway through, dear Pisces, when you'll experience lots of activity and attention. Gifts, refunds, or reba tes may be forthcoming now. Although it's a strong time for career and business opportunities in general, there are some snags to deal with when it comes to work schedules. You might also be losing some enthusiasm for work, and going through the motions, which should change by midMarch. By Annie Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values Dive gear specials CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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Page 20 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Winners: Prens i Pancho Ganadó: Jurviel Silberie Prens Luna Johnrith Anthony Pancho solo 1e Finalista: Yordan Pourier Prins Sabi Henbertico Winklaar Pancho Bobo Reina Infantil: Ganadó: Irlenska Martinus 1e Finalista Monixarantxa Margarita 2o Finalista Marialuisa Troncon Trahe Karnavalesko Original: Irlenska Martinus Trahe Karnavalesko Luhoso: Irlenska Martinus Reina Popular: Irlenska Martinus Reina Amistat: Monixarantxa Margarita Reina Hubenil: Ganadó: Sue-Jani Winklaar 1e Finalista Shardeily Winklaar 2o Finalista Arsheline Martis Trahe Karnavalesko Original: Sue-Jani Winklaar Trahe Karnavalesko Luhoso: Shardely Winklaar Reina Popular: Shardely Winklaar Reina Amistat: Sue-Jani Winklaar Top winners in the 2011 childrens’ Queen, Prince and Pancho competition with the event’s organizers








On the Island Since
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the moments, the opportunities
which reveal themselves seem-
ingly out of nowhere and you
have to grab them with both
hands. You can make plans, but
life takes its own course....
I applied for the job and was
accepted four weeks later. Here
they wanted me! Ha! There isn't
a lot of work on Bonaire, but for
certified people who speak
Papiamentu, there is. At Jong
Bonaire they require that you
speak Papiamentu, as it is the
first language of the children and
you have to be able to step into
their world, their experiences.
And anyway, when you live
somewhere and you don't speak
the language, you will always be
an outsider.
I feel..." She looks pen-
sive ."the place where you grow
up and where you go through
puberty has the biggest impact on
your identity. The Antillean cul-
ture has become to a large extent
the most important part of my
identity - but..." She laughs,
"not entirely, because inside of
me I still can be a real Dutch girl
now and then!
We - my family - are a bunch
of nomads. My grandma is from
Curacao, but we all lived in Hol-
land. When my grandfather
passed away, my grandma, Maria
Zengerink 'tante Doeri', started


longing for the quiet and
friendly Curaqao as she knew it -
from when she was a child. So,
she chose to go to Bonaire and
my Uncle Reno followed her,
then my mom Marianne and my
brother and I came and then my
Aunt Mena and my Aunt Carin.
Only my Aunt Bianca still
lives in Holland. Some years
ago my mom went back to Hol-
land together with my brother.
But now she and my step dad
and Stan are back on Bonaire as
well. Together with Stan I am
renting a house in Tera Kora.
It's well maintained and we
have a big garden, it's great!
Stan is working at Macho Plaza
and my job is just wonderful.
Every day I get up feeling
happy.
During the morning hours
we're busy organizing and pre-
paring for the activities in the
afternoons. We are also putting
together the Jong Bonaire Calen-
dar for 2012 which has the
theme, Antillean proverbs. We
also make preparations for
classes which are taking place
here between 2 and 3 pm. I am
teaching Dutch together with a
Dutch teacher and most recently
we are coordinating Jong Bon-
aire's Fun Walk and Bike Tour
which will take place March 13.
Every leader here is a mentor
of about 26 children. You discuss
all kinds of issues with them, you


Jong Bonaire group photo, from the left to the right: Shaba, Winnie, Pichon, William, Malou, Paco,
Sinaidal, Jhon, Lisa, Pretin and Netti - absent are Suzanne, Bila and Ilona.


do fun things with them, but you
also keep an eye on them to see if
they're okay. You are there for
them. In the afternoons we have
all kinds of activities like kayak-
ing in the mangroves, taking care
of the horses at Rancho
Washikemba. We do a snorkel
course, we go sailing with the
Sunfishes - it's all outdoors,
something I missed terribly in
Holland."
Malou is a special girl; she
sees ;ih,. .i,li ;h,, .,. she's wise
and very mature and her mind is
sharp, but she's also laidback,
kind and lovely.
"When I come home from


work I feel completely satisfied!
My colleagues are great people -
a whole bunch of different char-
acters, but it works. This job is
different every week. What else
could you wish for?
At this moment I wouldn't
want to go back to Holland for
anything. I feel I made the right
choice and I am happy. It was
necessary to leave and find out
what else was going on in the
world, but now I am firmly
rooted in this soil. This island is
my home - something I never
felt in Holland. I love its nature -
I don't miss the Dutch cows -
and its free life..."


She laughs.
"When I walk my dog I don't
have to be afraid she poops in the
wrong place! Of course I am well
aware of the fact that this island
has its borders other than the sea
- nothing ever goes the way you
expect it - but for me it is 'let it
be!' It's another system - a
whole different way of life ...
there is no explanation for
love."H
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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 I f you did not receive your voting card by mail go to window 1 at the Civil Registry ( Bevolking ). Bring your sedula for verification of your ID. You do NOT have to take a number. Just go to window 1. The cost of parking at Flamingo Airport has dropped by 10.5%, motivated by the conversion from guilders to dollars. Rates in the Short Term lot: First 5 minutes free Next 5 -30 minutes = $ 0.50 Next 30-60 minutes = $ 0.50 After that it’s $1/hour Amstelveen / Caribbean KLM will add 2,600 seats per week to and from the Caribbean beginning with the 2011 winter timetable on October 30 this year. In addition, KLM will introduce direct flights from that date to Quito in Ecuador and Guayaquil. Say goodbye to the BonaireQuito flight. It lasted years longer than originally expected because of the delayed introduction of the 777s. Bonaire still has daily flights to The Netherlands. In summary: 4 times a week B 747-400 Amsterdam-Curaçao-Amsterdam on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 3 times per week B 747-400 Amsterdam-St. Maarten-CuraçaoAmsterdam on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. 2 times weekly MD-11 Amsterdam-Bonaire-CuraçaoAmsterdam on Monday and Saturday. 5 times weekly MD-11 Amsterdam-Aruba-Bonaire-Amsterdam on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. A Boeing 747-400 has a capacity of 415 passengers and 285 passengers on an MD 11. Partido pro Hustisia & Union (PHU) will soon institute proceedings against the Government and the SVB of the BES islands, in which the Court will be asked to order these two entities to raise the level of the AOV (Retirement Pension) to the level of the Dutch state pension ( the increase being about 150%)) within a period of five years. THE HAGUE— Nature parks in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba need Dutch financial assistance to cover operational costs . St. Eustatius especially is in dire straits, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance DCNA Executive Director Kalli de Meyer told the Dutch Second Chamber last week. The nature foundations need about €200,000 each to cover the annual operational cost. That is a small amount for The Netherlands, but impossible to come up with this kind of money, said De Meyer. THE HAGUE--Member of the Dutch Parliament Wassila Hachchi of the democratic D66 party wants to know why there are problems with delivering mail in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Mail problems in Bonaire? No stamps? No postal code? Really? The Dutch Royal Navy’s new station ship for the Dutch Caribbean, Hr. Ms. Rotterdam, arrived in Curaçao’s harbor with the necessary ceremonial activity and exchange of official salutes last week. The amphibious transport vessel is equipped with a Westland Lynx helicopter and three inshore Table of Contents boats. The ship can quickly land relief personnel and take on evacuees in case of a natural disaster on one of the six islands. It also has a drinking water producing facility Bonaire notary Maarten Maartense gave a $1,000 donation to Fundashon FORMA which works on educating people to higher levels of competence. Research has shown that 24% of the island’s population can’t read or write well enough to be able to go through life completely on their own. The money is intended for a special course where such people can be taught to get their driver’s license, the theoretical part of which sometimes contains complicated sentences. This would help many of them find work. In the photo Marie Craane of FORMA accepts the gift from Martin. The website of the Kingdom Services Department for the Dutch Caribbean ( Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) www.RijksdienstCN. com is now available in three languages: Dutch Papiamentu and English. Through the website RCN offers the residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba the opportunity to gain information about the Dutch government and the various policy areas, it said in a statement to the media. The website has information about the tasks carried out in the Dutch Caribbean by the Dutch government and changes that are taking place in the interest of island residents. The website has information regarding the various departments, RCN vacancies, public events and news releases. People can also call the tollfree information line 08008 101010 , which is available on weekdays from 1:30 to 5 pm. RCN also has its own Facebook page. There’s a new name for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Coastguard, says the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The new official name: Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. A name change was inevitable, because the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved last year One of the consequences of the new status of the islands as special Dutch entities is the separation of churches and the local governments . This has resulted in a end of government subsidies for churches. Member of Parliament Cynthia Ortega-Martijn explained that churches on the islands were not familiar with the principle of voluntary contribution. The MP wants the minister to draft a transitional arrangement for the churches so they have time to look for alternative sources of income. There was also a similar arrangement in the 1980s for churches in The Netherlands when the financial separation between church and state was put in place. Bonaire’s Commissioner of Economic Affairs and Tourism Elvis Tjin Asjoe will strive for more cruise ship visitors, or at least maintain the number since many local businesses benefit from them. According to the TCB the island currently gets about 230,000 cruise ship visitors annually. The commissioner wants to continue the cooperation agreements made between the ABC islands in this area during a tripartite consultation on Aruba. Bonaire will participate in the (Continued on page 8) Web: www.bonairefreewieler.com Email: freewieler@bonairefreewieler.com Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes This Week’s Stories Local Elections—Parties 3 Animal Shelter Volunteers Party 6 Farmers’ Market 7 Karate Builds Character 7 Bonhata Awards 8 Three Baritones Concert 8 Letters to the Editor (Respect from Tourists, Candidates Night (Clark Abraham), Loempias?) 9 Sailing Teen Laura Dekker 9 Sailors Who Never Left (new series): Lelle Davidsson) 10 Eco-Dive around Klein (cover story) 11 Picture Yourself Winners 12 Responsible Development-Trees 15 Little Monty’s 2nd Chance 18 Hot New T-Shirt 18 Karneval Schedule 20 Queen, Prince and Pancho Winners 20 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since... 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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 3 UPB Patriotiko Head: Ramonsito Booi PDB Demokrat Head: Robby Beukenboom PHU-Unity and Justice Head: Michiel Bijkerk MLB Head: Eric Soliana MBL Head: Benito Dirksz The UPB is the party currently with a majority on the Island Council supported by an independent, Anthony Nicolas, who is not a candidate. The party’s colors are green, but that is traditional, not necessarily meaning special support for the environment. One of their most popular candidates recently publicly announced support for keeping Sunset Beach/ Play Lechi reserved for local businesses. The UPB, in our opinion, is the party most responsible for the details of the current state structure of Bonaire-a special municipality of The Netherlands. Their pre-election statements support details of the current arrangement, like the present pension payments. The party’s list of 30 candidates has persons experienced in past governments. The party promotes economic growth. The charismatic Demokrat leader, Jopie Abraham, recently retired, putting leadership of the party into the experienced hands of veteran councilmember Robby Beukenboom. It will be his first election test as party leader. The Demokrats were briefly in power during the transition to integration with Holland. They essentially froze the process until they capitulated under financial pressure from The Netherlands. The Reporter believes the Demokrats (red party color but they are not communist) are the most interested in preserving the old ways of Bonaire. During their time in power in the 1990s Bonaire’s economic growth stagnated but the island’s natural environment benefited. Beukenboom leads a list of 18 names with both experienced lawmakers and 11 list first-timers. This new party is using a campaign model new to Bonaire, more like the approach Obama used to get elected in the US. The PHU is using the email, social media as well as newspapers and radio to reach the voters. Led by past political activist lawyer Michiel Bijkerk the PHU party is appealing to Bonaireans and island minorities for their votes with several naturalized citizens on their party’s list. The PHU recently won a lawsuit to allow foreigners who are legal residents to vote in the upcoming election and are pushing another suit to get Bonaire pensioners on a par with The Netherlandsan action supported by all major parties except the UPB. The PHU seems to know how to get the Dutch to reactlitigate. Except for Bijkerk, the party has relative unknowns on its election list, perhaps a weakness. One new party, “Movementu Lucha Boneiru” (Bonaire Light Movement) –MLB, is headed by Eric Soleana. According to Wernet, it is not really a political party, but a group of a dozen people who want change “with space for new thoughts and a new system.” Their stated objective is to defend and promote the interests of those not happy with the direction Bonaire is taking. They advocate a return to fundamental Christian ideals and traditional Bonairean values in education. They will push for healthy activities for youngsters and fair treatment of the elderly. They will support the rights of immigrants and want the island to move in a direction to recover its dignity and autonomy. Most interestingly, they want to make real the decision that the majority of Bonaireans expressed in the last Referendum. We are not sure if that includes those who voted NO or those who boycotted the vote. The Movementu Boneiru Liber (MBL) Bonaire Free Movement is led by hard-line crime fighter Benito Dirksz. Some members of this new “blue” party were in favor of the Referendum to ask Bonaireans to assess their satisfaction with the arrangements negotiated with The Netherlands. That effort was blocked. If MBL gets on the Island Council, opposition to Dutch initiatives, taken without consultation with BES official, might be fierce. The present independent councilman and commissioner, Anthony Nicolaas, is not on the MBL list but is reported to support the MBL. Party leader Dirksz explained that there had been a lot of interest in getting on the party list, but they had had to stop at 25. B onaire’s first local election for Island Council seats since Bonaire was established as a special Dutch municipality is set for Wednesday, March 2. It will be conducted under different rules than previously (see bottom of page 11) and legal resident foreigners can vote –the first for an island election. In addition to the two parties of long standing, the PDB Demokrat (red) and UPB Patriotiko (green), three new parties are on the ballot. The Reporter’s view of the political parties vying for seats is presented below without endorsement. Readers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the platforms of the parties so they can make an informed choice. Essentially voters choose a single candidate from the almost 80 names. Seats are apportioned according to the number of votes cast for the party. The top vote getters do not ne cessarily get the party’s seats on the Island Council. The Island Council chooses the members of the Island Government.

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Page 4 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 “M y mom was born on Curaçao and when she was 13 she moved to Holland. Years later she met my dad and I arrived September 26, 1985. I also have a brother, Stan; he’s two years younger. When I was 11, my mom, my brother and I came to Bonaire. We moved in with my grandmother. It was hot and I had to get used to the SGB high school system which was quite chaotic. You never knew what they were up to and I didn’t speak Papiamentu. It was difficult, but… we are people who adjust relatively fast to changes. Soon enough I’d made friends and after five months I knew the basics of Papiamentu. From then on it went straight forward. Of all the things that were different what struck me most was that people here seemed to enjoy life so much more. They were living in the present. It was a very big difference compared to Holland and... it still is. After some time, my mom, my brother and I went to live on our own. I joined Jong Bonaire after school. We went snorkeling, I learned in-line skating and I got my first e-mail address at Jong Bonaire. I had no idea what to do with it, but okay… hahaha! I’ve never been bored growing up on Bonaire. We moved ‘a 100 times.’ Whenever we found a better house we would pick up our things and go. I’d go out – my mom knew all my friends – there wasn’t much going on but we made it fun. We went camping at Sorobon where we set illegal bonfires, we watched movies and ate popcorn at someone’s house and sometimes we went to Karel’s or City. After I’d graduated Havo, I felt I had to move on to get to know the world outside Bonaire. I went back to Holland with the help of SSNA, the Foundation of Study Financing of the Netherlands Antilles, and I started studying social work. My mom was a social worker and because of all the stories she told me I thought it would be something for me too as we all are very social people. But somehow it didn’t fit me – I found it depressing. You would help one client to get back on his feet and if he succeeded it was great, but then there was always the next case and many clients just couldn’t make it. I was afraid it would drag me down in the long run. So, I switched studies and started studying social and cultural development. In this field you’re also involved with people and their problems, but there’s the big picture as well. This education offers a great variety of possibilities because you create activity programs, festivals and events – really everything considering social goals. It’s a higher professional education which takes four years to complete, but it took me a bit more than five years as I had changed quite a bit while I was living on Bonaire, especially when it came to culture and the way I saw life. When my costudents were stressing out, I thought ‘so what – tomorrow is another day!’ It sounds a bit ignorant, but that’s how it was. My friendships were also very diverse; I befriended people from all kinds of backgrounds – Moroccan, Turkish, Antillean, Surinamese and Dutch, while most students stayed in their own little circle. I guess that’s what the island taught me… After my graduation I worked for one year as a telephone op erator at a central alarm post for various insurance companies. And then recession struck. I was a temporary employee and the first one who had to go. Just before I was dismissed I’d booked a flight to Bonaire as my grandmother was going to be 80 and we were planning to celebrate it together with the whole family. Then I lost my job and I thought ‘I should have saved my money for more important things…’ I still had three months to go before my grandma’s birthday and applied for jobs like a madwoman. It was all in vain and as I am someone who really doesn’t like to sit still, I went through a bad time. When I came to Bonaire it was great to see my family. I went to Jong Bonaire to say hello and revive old memories and they received me with wide open arms. They asked me ‘Hey, what did you do? What’s your life like?’ They were sweet and interested and when I told them I couldn’t find a job, they said ‘Why don’t you apply for a job with us?’” She looks at me and smiles. “I came here to visit and I was going back to Holland – but sometimes things in life just happen. Those are (Continued on page 5) “… but sometimes things in life just happen, those are the moments, the opportunities which reveal themselves seemingly out of nowhere.” ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. 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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 5 the moments, the opportunities which reveal themselves seemingly out of nowhere and you have to grab them with both hands. You can make plans, but life takes its own course…. I applied for the job and was accepted four weeks later. Here they wanted me! Ha! There isn’t a lot of work on Bonaire, but for certified people who speak Papiamentu, there is. At Jong Bonaire they require that you speak Papiamentu, as it is the first language of the children and you have to be able to step into their world, their experiences. And anyway, when you live somewhere and you don’t speak the language, you will always be an outsider. I feel…” She looks pensive . “the place where you grow up and where you go through puberty has the biggest impact on your identity. The Antillean culture has become to a large extent the most important part of my identity but…” She laughs, “not entirely, because inside of me I still can be a real Dutch girl now and then! We – my family – are a bunch of nomads. My grandma is from Curaçao, but we all lived in Holland. When my grandfather passed away, my grandma, Maria Zengerink ‘ tante Doeri’ , started longing for the quiet and friendly Curaçao as she knew it from when she was a child. So, she chose to go to Bonaire and my Uncle Reno followed her, then my mom Marianne and my brother and I came and then my Aunt Mena and my Aunt Carin. Only my Aunt Bianca still lives in Holland. Some years ago my mom went back to Holland together with my brother. But now she and my step dad and Stan are back on Bonaire as well. Together with Stan I am renting a house in Tera Kora. It’s well maintained and we have a big garden, it’s great! Stan is working at Macho Plaza and my job is just wonderful. Every day I get up feeling happy. During the morning hours we’re busy organizing and preparing for the activities in the afternoons. We are also putting together the Jong Bonaire Calendar for 2012 which has the theme, Antillean proverbs. We also make preparations for classes which are taking place here between 2 and 3 pm. I am teaching Dutch together with a Dutch teacher and most recently we are coordinating Jong Bonaire’s Fun Walk and Bike Tour which will take place March 13. Every leader here is a mentor of about 26 children. You discuss all kinds of issues with them, you do fun things with them, but you also keep an eye on them to see if they’re okay. You are there for them. In the afternoons we have all kinds of activities like kayaking in the mangroves, taking care of the horses at Rancho Washikemba. We do a snorkel course, we go sailing with the Sunfishes – it’s all outdoors, something I missed terribly in Holland.” Malou is a special girl; she sees through things, she’s wise and very mature and her mind is sharp, but she’s also laidback, kind and lovely. “When I come home from work I feel completely satisfied! My colleagues are great people – a whole bunch of different characters, but it works. This job is different every week. What else could you wish for? At this moment I wouldn’t want to go back to Holland for anything. I feel I made the right choice and I am happy. It was necessary to leave and find out what else was going on in the world, but now I am firmly rooted in this soil. This island is my home – something I never felt in Holland. I love its nature – I don’t miss the Dutch cows – and its free life…” She laughs. “When I walk my dog I don’t have to be afraid she poops in the wrong place! Of course I am well aware of the fact that this island has its borders other than the sea – nothing ever goes the way you expect it but for me it is ‘let it be!’ It’s another system – a whole different way of life. … there is no e xplanation for love.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra On the Island Since (Continued from page 4) Jong Bonaire group photo, from the left to the ri ght: Shaba, Winnie, Pichon, William, Malou, Paco, Sinaida, Jhon, Lisa, Pretin and Netti absent are Suzanne, Bila and Ilona.

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Page 6 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Grow Grow Grow Y Y Y our Own? our Own? our Own? Raise Animals? Raise Animals? Raise Animals? Bake? Bake? Bake? Participate in the next Farmers’ Market To be held on Saturday, 26 February, 8 am– 2pm Call 717-2222 to sign up. W hat a profile! This is “Suus,” otherwise known as “Susie.” What an alert, gorgeo us dog she is. Suzie is playful and energetic and friendly. In fact she really believes she’s a small dog who would just love to work her way into your heart. She has a presence and would make a good watch dog. She’s about two years old, past the sometimes destructive puppy stage, but still young enough for training to live with your lifestyle. Susie has the most attractive chocolate colored short fur, so easy to care for without a “doggie” smell. She’s perfect! And, like all the other adoptees at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, Susie is in excellent health and is social. She’s had her exam by the vet, worming, shots and sterilization. All that is included in the dog adoption fee of $75. That also included the ID chip. A terrific deal and you can’t go wrong with a Shelter dog. They are “known quantities.” The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. A lot of time goes into keeping the Shelter’s website up to date. See for yourself: WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.com . Laura DeSalvo “Yves” and “Carla” Some of the loyal, hardworking and very positive volunteers from the Bonaire Animal Shelter got together last Sunday, February 13, at Rumba Café (Buenos Aires Café) for a happy hour of fun and socializing. If you would like to be part of this wonderful grou p, call the Shelter at 717-4989. There are a multitude of jobs – one of which is to “keep the cats and dogs social.” You may pick your times. You won’t regret it! Marian Walthie photo Susie

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 7 S ome people are still wondering what the future will be for the island of Bonaire. It’s not surprising with all the commotion and confusion going on that might still be affecting our community mind. Another political leader, Mr. Robert Charles Mario (Robby) Beukenboom (56), of the Demokrat Red Party has his own opinion about this matter. Before we get into the political part let’s understand who Mr. Robby Beukenboom is. As Robby himself tells us, “I was born on Bonaire, went to primary school Frater Dominicus School and then to a middle basic education at Lourdes MAVO School.” When Mr. Beukenboom finished his study in Bonaire he went to Holland for higher education and came back to Bonaire to help in the family business. “My mother, Angeline Beukenboom, who’s owned the Hotel Rochaline (a name which is a combination of the family names: me, Robert, my father Charles, my mother Angeline and my sisters Char lotte, Aneline and Elsmarie.) So it was a family business and in the hotel patios today we have the well known City Café. My father, besides being a farmer, was a political leader of the Bonaire Progressive Party ( Partido Progresista Boneriano ) when I was still a little boy. My father was always a member of the Island Council and an opponent of the Social Democratic Party led by Mr. Joel Abraham, Jopie Abraham father.” Robby Beukenboom has a different opinion from that of his father. “I admire the Democratic Party because they fight for the rights of the working class. They were the first ones who started with the social pensions for the elderly (AOW) on Bonaire. Their ideology was different from other parties. That’s why in 1994 I joined the party for the first time and have been a member of the Island Council for 16 years. What I can say about the government is that it wasn’t prepared for the transition. The introduction of the dollar was without sufficient control. A Consumer Commission should control the prices. Our Bonairean community is facing the rise in gasoline prices, extra taxes, while the income of the working class stays the same, with the consequences that the consumers don’t buy so much. Another problem is the limitation of certain medication that the consumer needs to purchase. Another concern is the image of our Bonairean politicians, whether they are corrupt, yes or no. Every time we have to sit at the table to negotiate with Holland it will become an issue. The Bonairean government has been unstable. We’ve experienced changes in the government five times, with the changes of parties or deputies. We need to evaluate with Holland what went wrong or right and for this we need to integrate people. For good government we need a new parliamentary and government procedure that requires transparent and integrity. The Lieutenant Governor appointed by the Dutch Kingdom is responsible for good government and the constitution. So a financial disclosure and a good conduct of each commissioner and Island Council member should be required. We need to realize that we have experienced changes in our constitution and we need to evaluate the changes in a broader way together with the RCN, the government and every sector involved. The evaluation needs to be democratic. The community also needs to evaluate. Some of the changes have been partially made. That’s why now we need to renegotiate those transient procedures because after five years all Dutch laws will apply for Bonaire.” So today we must be critical and not take a YES for a yes, neither a NO for a no. We must evaluate the plusses and the minuses . Beukenboom is a political leader who has taken Bonaire’s future into consideration. Now is your chance to vote for the upcoming elections 2nd of March 2011 and don’t waste your vote for the future of Bonaire. Siomara Albertus. NAME THIS LAND HOUSE F rom this picture you should be able to identify this Land House ( landhuis ). Years ago this particular place was renovated and was to be used as a marine biological center for visiting students, professors, photographers, writers and divers alike. This historical site was equipped with a laboratory, library, living quarters, a kitchen, bathrooms, and rinse tanks. Generators supplied electricity. Within a decade it was abandoned, ransacked and has since become a ruin. Q ) Which Land House is this? Who inaugurated the renovations, in what year? Answer on page 17 Christie Dovale BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It’s prepared by Christie Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a tour, contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 7174435 or 795-3456 Email: christiedovale@hotmail.com. 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. Send your comments to The Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, or email reporter @bonairenews.com . Robby Beukenboom From Bonaire Nautico Marina BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68 info@bonairenauticomarina.com THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran Kantika di Amor Up to 27 people and supported by a brand new larger sister Catamaran Kantika Too Up to 50 people TRIPS Every Day (max 1.90 meter draft), Dinghy tie up at north-inside dock at US$10 weekly up from Monday till Monday. Water and 115/220 v. Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12 , 2 pm Except Sundays at 10 am only Also available for group trips ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE A large group of trainees recently passed their karate exams and received their certificates from Sensei Peter Silberie and Tuki Josepha. In his talk to the group Sensi Silberie emphasized the qualities that come from training: respect, discipline and perseverance. He en couraged parents to enroll their children to see the benefits themselves. Press release

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Page 8 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 O n Tuesday February 15th BONHATA (Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association) presented its 14th Annual Awards to persons who merited recognition because of their exceptional contributions to Bonaire tourism. Some 200 persons attended the event at the Kontiki Beach Resort which started at 7:30 pm and lasted until late that night. Weather conditions were perfect during the awards given to BONHATA members and other individuals who had made significant contributions to Bonaire’s tourism industry. The winner of the Employee of the Year was Orlando Thomas from Divi Dive because: “Orlando is a dive master/boat captain and has been working for Divi Dive many, many years. He is cheerful, always entertaining the guests, while providing maximum safety. He goes the extra mile by involving more and more youngsters in the dive industry and making them aware that this is a good way of earning a living and being proud of what their island has to offer.” Another award winner was Karibiksport , a German/ Bonairean tour operation offering full package sport holidays for German speaking tourists. Joint Partner and representative of the company on Bonaire is Inka Lübcke . Here she proudly shows the award, reading: “Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association 14th Annual Awards Event. Presented to: Karibiksport. In recognition for your contribution to the Tourism Industry of Bonaire 2010.” Others receiving awards were Governor Glenn Thodé, Huub Groot, Serge de Groote and Digicel Bonaire. The winner of the Supervisor of the Year was Rodney Thode of Rocargo Services. Congratulations to all the winners. In connection with the Awards Event, BONHATA thanked those who contributed to the fund-raising raffle prizes: A.B. Car Rental, Adams Unlimited, Addo’s Bookstore, Antillean Wine Company, Atlantis Duty Free, Asecom Benetton, Bonaire Tours & Vacation, Breezes SuperClub Curaçao, Cadushy B.V., Captain Don, Captain Don’s Habitat, Coffie & van der Hoek, Digicel Bonaire, Divi Dive, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Fumus N.V., Hertz Car Rental, Hotel Restaurant Roomer, Hugo Gerharts. Insel Air, J.C. Herrera, Jibe City, Kiteboarding Bonaire, KLM, La Pura Vista, Littman Gift Shop, Littman Jewelers, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank Bonaire, Otrobanda Hotel & Casino, Rum Runners Restaurant, Sunbelt Realty, Tempo Team, Total Car Rental. Thanks to KonTiki Beach Bonaire management and staff for the great food, table service and beverage service. To M.C. Corine Gerharts – a fantastic job as always. On a final note, the Fund Raising Raffle more than reached its target of $2,250 to help the Bonaire Heritage Foundation produce a self-guided “Historical Walking Tour of Rincon” booklet – with a final total of $2,725.00. The remaining funds will be donated to another cultural/ tourism project. Jan Brouwer/press release Contact BONHATA for more information, Telephone: 717-5134, E-mail: info@bonhata.org a new era. In it, a postmenopausal Lillith Moore finds herself still in search of love. A spiritual journey toward a more conscious awareness of life and the many shapes of love unfolds. The Book of Lillith takes us on a celestial magic carpet ride and gives us a glimpse of the meditation on the transformational power of love. For more details visit http:// www.evelinebodymindspirit.com/. In the January 28th edition we published an incorrect phone number for Annemieke Heutinck of the Heart for Bonaire in a story about CPR at Bon Fysio/Bon Bida.. Her correct number is: 786-3727. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. G./L. D. Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami this March, the largest exhibition in the field. When we filled the tank in our compact pickup last week it cost about $75. But only 50 miles south it would have cost about $1. Venezuela’s gasoline is the cheapest in the world , its energy minister said on Sunday. Its cost is $0.03-0.04 per liter ($0.110.15 per gallon). Who am I? Where do I come from? What happens when I die? Why does this happen to me again? Why do I constantly walk into the same wall over and over again? Why me? Why this? Why now? Which one of you has never asked yourself one of these or similar questions? During a theatrical lecture in Dutch Jhanna Houweling, a Dutch actress and public speaker, gives insight into these vital questions in a playful, easy accessible and scientifically based way. At the same time the true cause is discovered of our daily conflicts. It might be that that which we consider unreal turns out to be very real. And vice versa. Visit Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47, on Saturday February 26th and Wednesday, March 2nd at 8 pm and discover how to See with New Eyes! After the break there will be plenty of time to ask your most pressing questions and to discuss the contents of the lecture. Make reservations through Annemiek le Noble: Mob: +599 786 3341 or Email: annemiek@bonairebasics.com Houweling visited Bonaire three years ago with one of her theatrical lectures. She’ll be on the island from February 21 through March 5. For more info: www.levenoftheater.nl or www.bonairebasics.com The Jan Art Gallery has a new location. Jan Art, established in 1998, has been operating in Antriol specializing in paintings of Bonaire by artist Janice Huckaby, a resident since 1991. She will now be bringing her art to Kaya Grandi #14. The new store will have fine art of Bonaire, art supplies for the hobbyist and professionals, and custom framing services for home owners and businesses at this new location. Bonaire author Eveline deBruyn has another book coming out soon, The Book of Lillith. It is set after the first decade of the 21st century, in the midst of a chaotic collective evolutionary moment, the cusp of (Continued from page 2) T he Netherlands’ famed “De 3 Baritons” wowed a sell-out crowd at Plaza Resort Bonaire on Wednesday evening, February 16, with an international medley of songs that would have warmed virtually any audience. Performing in an open-air band stand fronting the sea beneath a brilliant full moon, the baritones were prefaced by Bonaire’s well-loved local group, Tutti Fruity, with a medley of songs of its own. Then, after nearly two hours of full-throated baritone entertainment, both groups joined for a finale in the Papiamentu language to a thunderous audience reception. The “Baritons” began their performance with wonderful baritone Italian operatic arias, shifted quickly to several German romantic selections, saluted the Emerald Isle with a baritone rendition of Danny Boy, belted out the American ballad, Shenandoah, then switched to a couple of Stephen Foster classics, accompanied by Hans Faassen on the keyboard. After intermission, the “Baritons” struck a belated Valentine’s Day chord with romantic tunes from the American 50s song book. For an Antillean audience the highlight of the evening (and possibly the most challenging moments of the concert for the “Baritons”) came at the finale when the visiting Dutchmen joined “Tutti Fruity” to sing locally famed tunes in Papiamentu. “De 3 Baritons” evening was organized by Plaza Resort Bonaire in conjunction with Classical Music Board Bonaire (CMBB). The next CMBB-organized performance will feature acclaimed Venezuelan pianist Ana Karina Alamo in concert at Plaza Resort’s Cacique Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm. Bob Gilmour

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 9 HAVE RESPECT Dear Editor, I would like visitors to pay more attention to the Bonairean traditions and culture. First I’m talking about the tourists who come off their cruise ships, hanging around in the streets and the shops with no decent clothes whatsoever. Almost every day in the Kaya Grandi you see tourists, she in her bikini and he in his swimming shorts. I understand that they are on vacation. It’s warm and it’s the Caribbean, but then again our streets are not a beach or a pool. Most of the shops and supermarkets have rules to put on decent clothing before you can get any service, but we still can stand in the queue behind a diver who just came out of the water with his wet suit still dripping! Second are the tourists who insist on going topless on public beaches. I find that annoying that they have no respect for the local culture. And I don’t care even if it were Pamela Anderson. It’s just a matter of respecting the traditions of the place you are visiting or you live in. Maybe we should point out this to the tourists before they arrive on the island through the TCB website. Khalito G. CANDIDATE’S NIGHT Dear Citizens of Bonaire, On Wednesday, March 2nd, the citizens of Bonaire get to elect a new Island Council which will represent them for the coming four years. This will be the first Island Council to take seat after the so much talked about 1010-10 and the rapid changes taking hold on our Island. A total of five political organizations, each with a plentitude of candidates, are vying for your favor this coming election. My name is Clark Abraham. I am 30 years of age. I was born and raised on Bonaire. I’ve studied Public Administration and I also am a candidate for the coming election for the Democratic Party. In this ample choice of candidates and in this multitude of changes and obstacles coming our way, why would you invest your confidence specifically in me and why should I be honored with your vote? That is the core question I would like to address. There isn’t enough printing space nor would I bore you with all the things we need changed in our society today. The problems within our society are so multiple, broad and deep-rooted that it would take me quite a while to reveal and address them all. I will share with you two core principles that I live by: We can measure development of a society not by its physical development, but by the development of its people; We should not only want, think or talk change, we must BE change; From these two principles I have distilled a multitude of policies and actions that I would love to share and debate with you. It is therefore that I would like to invite you to a meeting at the ‘Sentro di Bario Nort di Saliña’ on Wednesday February 23rd at 18:00, where in a more personal ‘Town Hall’ setting I could give a presentation on my views and be there to answer any of your questions or remarks. This will be an open debate where your points of view are just as or even more important than mine. Hopefully we can meet each other there so together we can debate on the future of our Island. Clark Abraham WHERE HAVE ALL THE LOEMPIAS GONE? Dear Editor: In the old days when ALM used to land in Curaçao prior to coming to Bonaire (maybe), the flight crew and I used to race madly for a stand at the airport that sold the wonderful and magic Loempias. These were not the smaller, greasy, and understuffed ones of today, but the real Antillean Loempia. A fantastic culinary creation of these islands. Does anyone still make these the old way on Bonaire ? Bob Tseng M ost teenager girls don’t grow up with the dream to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, but for 15-year-old Laura Dekker, a love for sailing is in her blood. Born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand, Dekker started sailing at age six and has been drawn to the tranquility of the sport ever since. “I like sailing because it’s really quiet and it’s a good way to travel because you always have your home with you.” Since setting sail from Gibraltar last August, Dekker has been making her way across the Atlantic from Africa and then down into Caribbean waters where she made stops in Sint Maarten and Dominica. On Saturday February 5th, Dekker sailed into Bonaire’s Plaza Marina in the early hours of the morning. Bonaire is a special stop for Dekker, who has made the island one of the few major harbors of her journey. Over the next few weeks, Dekker will spend time catching up on schoolwork and visiting with some of her family members, who will be flying in from The Netherlands to visit her. So far, Dekker has been enjoying the nice weather while she organizes her boat and has also liked watching the local iguanas that live near the docks of the harbor. “They are really beautiful and big, I have already seen a few a half meter long.” While she is on the island, Dekker plans to take advantage of scuba diving Bonaire’s reefs and will also be recording some short nature videos for Sea Shepherd, an organization that is committed to ocean conservation worldwide. Throughout her trip, Dekker will be working closely with Sea Shepherd and plans to meet some of its members when she stops in the Galapagos Islands and Australia. Dekker hopes that through this partnership, she can somehow give back to the oceans she is sailing. Even though it’s early on, Dekker says that she has had a good journey to date, only encountering a few ripped sails along the way. After leaving Bonaire she will sail through the Panama Canal, and eventually on to the Pacific, an area she is looking forward to visiting despite its vast distances. “I know it will be beautiful, but there are lots of rocks and small islands. Its difficult to sail there.” If Dekker does come across any unexpected challenges she is very well equipped. Her 38ft red yacht named “Guppy” has GPS, radar, VHF radio, EPIRB (an emergency radio beacon), a satellite telephone and a satellite tracking system. In fact, Dekker’s father can track her boat’s location at any time via the internet. Dekker has also taken a number of courses, including medical first aid to prepare for her voyage. In order to secure the title of youngest person to sail around the world, Dekker will need to complete her trip by July 2012. Currently, Australian Jessica Watson grabbed that title when she completed her sail in May 2010 at age 16. But there is more than just the title that Dekker wants from this experience. “I want to see a lot of the world, learn more and get a good grounding experience that I will have for the rest of my life.” If anything, Dekker is extremely confident in her sailing abilities and is determined to make her dream come true. “My only advice, not only for young sailors but for people who have a dream and may think that they can’t do it is to just try. If you don’t try you won’t ever know. If you really want something just believe in yourself and do it.” Story & photo by Mallory Smith Editor’s note– After refusing additional interviews on Bonaire following a brief press conference, Miss Deckker flew to The Netherlands to promote her interests at a boat show. FULL DIGITAL SERVICES FUJI MINI-LAB KODAK & FUJI FILM E-6 PROCESSING PASSPORT PHOTOS BATTERIES, CAMERAS FRAMES, PHOTO ALBUMS GREETING CARDS Les Galeries Shopping Center (Bordering the parking lot) 717-5890 Open Hours: M-F 8:30-12, 2-5:30 pm, Sat. 9-12 Laura Dekker on board at the Plaza Resort Marina Downtown tourists Andre/Catharine photo Mallory Smith photo

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Page 10 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 What is the allure of Bonaire for those who sail to the island by sea? Perhaps it is the stunning water world of reef, turtles and fish. Maybe it is the island’s varied terrain of salt flats, hills, saliñas and charming kunukus that is the draw. Possibly it is the genuine friendliness of the Bonairean people. Whatever brings these adventurous voyagers here, the island has qualities that have attracted mariners for centuries. Most come and then leave for other destinations. But for others, the irre sistible charms of Bonaire latch onto them and will not let go. This island becomes their last port of call. Welcome to the Part One of the series, The Sailors Who Never Left…. PART ONE-BOAT YARD OWNER, LELLE DAVIDSSON STILL HAS A LINK TO THE SEA. T here are thousands of nautical miles between dushi Bonaire and Lennart ‘Lelle’ Davidsson’s homeland of Sweden. Lelle spent his childhood learning to sail in cold Scandinavian waters and by the time he reached his mid 20s, the lure of the sea was calling. On October 2, 1992, Davidsson left as part of the crew on Royal Eagle , a 64foot racer/cruiser that was Caribbean bound. His plan was to cruise the islands, bail out in Central America, travel north to San Francisco, perhaps work for a boatyard there, and then return to Sweden in about a year. Unknown to Lelle, that plan began to unravel before the Royal Eagle had even left coastal Europe. In La Palma, Spain, Davidsson met the crew from another Swedish boat, Örnen . Built in 1933, the wooden, 50-foot, two-mast fishing trawler was also headed to the West Indies, albeit at a sea turtle’s pace. The two crews discovered their hometowns were in close proximity and most had mutual friends back home. It was also here that Lelle met Örnen crewmember, Per Magnusson. The two would soon cross paths again. Royal Eagle’s first Caribbean port of call was the French island of Martinique. The boat’s owner took on charters so Lelle and his mates got to see much of the Windward and Leeward islands. Months later in Barbados, they once again ran into the crew from the Örnen . For Davidsson it was like meeting old friends, and he decided to join them on their world voyage. The crew of six sailed south to Grenada-the island of the spicesreveled in the wild Carnival of Trinidad for days where they signed on two more Swedish sailors, and then journeyed westward to the Venezuelan islands of Testigos, Isla de Margarita and Los Roques. It was in March of 1993 when Örnen dropped anchor in Bonaire. “The water was amazing,” recalls Lelle. “We had seen nice water on the other islands, but when I came to Bonaire it was stunning. I remember thinking, ‘Wow! This is clear!’ After four hours in Bonaire (Continued on page 17) Lelle Davidsson Lelle arrived aboard the Örnen A New Reporter Series Begins

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 11 Tens of thousands of nature lovers and divers visit the island of Bonaire each year. An unspoiled jewel in the Dutch Caribbean, home to beautiful wildlife. On December 27, 2010, two divers scuba dove completely around Klein Bonaire to raise money for two of the island’s conservation groups. B onaire residents Leo Hoogenboom and Felix Faassen circumnavigated Klein Bonaire underwater to raise money for environmental organizations STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB). They hope their eco dive contributes to raising awareness for the conservation of Bonaire's nature and its future. With more and more tourists visiting Bonaire each year there is extra stress on the island’s environment, the coral reefs and its inhabitants. If you want to raise awareness you first must make a statement, something that is out of the ordinary, and should take an effort and preferably has never been done before. In early 2010 Hoogenboom and Faassen started talking about doing long duration dives without dive scooters. During one of these conversations they thought, why not circumnavigate Klein Bonaire? And so the idea was born. They coupled the dive to a fundraiser for Bonaire’s two leading organizations working to protect Bonaire’s nature. “We first started measuring a circumnavigation using Google Earth and later made a kayak trip close to the reef with the help of GPS to determine the distance and what the average speed underwater would be. We measured that our dive would be around 11KM. Depending on weather and current conditions we calculated an average of 1 KM/hour and some rest time. This would mean the dive could take between 10 and 16 hours.” they said. The Dive The whole team met up at 3 am on December 27. “At 3:30 am we left the dock at Captain Don’s Habitat, heading for No Name beach, where we would start our dive at 4 am and descended to our max depth of 9m / 30ft. At 4:15 we got the first visit by our support free diver, Deaxo, who would continue to keep visual contact for the entire dive with 15minute intervals. As soon as he would break the surface, he would signal this to the two support scuba divers on the boat, David and Devon, who were standing by to assist. After one hour into the dive we started getting some ambient light, which triggered a lot of the reef inhabitants to wake up. Because we were constantly swimming we switched the tanks about every hour. After 330 minutes we ascended from 9m/30ft to 6m/20ft to minimize our decompression obligation. Where we didn’t have any current pushing us in the right direction, we didn’t have much trouble. When we turned around the northwest corner, however (dive site Carl’s Hill), we got a strong current against us. As we swam clockwise around the island, this was the last section of our dive but proved to be the most challenging as well. At this point, we were over 8 hours into the dive and were both quite tired. To be conservative on our decompression, we switched to oxygen enriched air for the last hour of the dive.” During that last hour, more and more people started to follow them while snorkeling and as they ascended to 3m/10ft. After 620 minutes they finally returned to No Name beach and walked out of the water. Many people were gathered on the beach to welcome them. Leo and Felix had spent over 10 hours underwater. After some well needed rest, the divers headed to a party which started at 8 pm. They thanked the many dedicated volunteers who kept the official Eco Dive booth open, where people were able to get information about the dive, make donations and purchase merchandise, open during the day as well as during the party at night. (Continued on page 17) Hydropack exchange 5 hours into the dive David, Felix, Leo & Devon minutes before the dive

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Page 12 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 I t’s getting harder and harder every year to pick the “Picture Yourself” winners for The Reporter. This last year, 2010, readers remembered to take The Reporter with them – tucked away in suitcases, backpacks and who knows where else. Consequently it showed up in places all over the world last year. There is was with our readers in: Alberta (Canada), Antarctic Peninsula, Arapaho Basi n (Colo), Atlanta (Georgia), Bangkok, Barranquilla (Colombia), DMZ (Korea), Chicago, Dubuque (Iowa), Ely (Nevada), Fiji, Fort Worth (Texas), Haiti, Japan, Koemarket (Netherlands), Las Vegas, Nevada, Nova Scotia (Canada), Philippines, Rocky Mountains (New Mexico), Salem (Massachusetts), San Diego (California), Smokey Mountains, Tennessee and Zambia. Hearty congratulations to the 2010 Bonaire Reporter winners: First Prize goes to the Jake Richter family ensconced on a freezing piece of ground on the Antarctic Peninsula. Not only did they have to worry about freezing to death but they’d remembered to bring along The Reporter on the Zodiac trip to land. ( Bonaire Reporter , March 19-April 9, 2010, issue). Their prize is a complete dinner for four at Pasa Bon Pizza Second Prize goes to Nadine and Murray Rubin who organized an incredible underwater photo with some of their Bonaire neighbors in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. You can see The Reporter underwater, having been treated in some way for its underwater event. ( Bonaire Reporter , August 13-27, 2010, issue). They win a delicious large pizza from Pasa Bon Pizza. Bonaire/Hato – S o a couple of days ago I met Mary Lovie. She introduced herself to me and told me that we were almost neighbors, living in the same bario of Hato. The distance between her residence and my house was about 500 meters at the most. I knew about the house. I had seen a Harley-Davidson parked on the drive way but what I did not know was that she was the proud owner of a Buell singlecylinder motorcycle. Ignorant fool without knowledge I am. I knew about the allAmerican made Buell motorcycles. I knew about the impressive V-twins, but I did not know about the Buell Blast, the 500 cc single cylinder! Shame on me! In the last 36 years I owned more than 30 motorcycles. Most of them we re single cylinders. I am a single-cylinder aficionado and I did not know about the Buell Blast. O.K. I am ignorant and a fool without knowledge. Now, finally, I know a little bit better. The Buell Blast is a singlecylinder 492 cc air cooled overhead valve motorcycle that was produced by the Buell Motorcycle Company from 2000 to 2009. And the frame of Mary Lovie’s Sunfire yellow sprayed Buell Blast reads: “AUG 2009.” Mary and Gary Lovie are from Ontario, Canada. They first visited the island of Bonaire in the year 2000. They fell in love with the island and Gary really liked the underwater world. Mary is a doctor of veterinarian medicine and during their stay of three weeks on the island she got in contact with the Animal Shelter. Then she asked whether she could be of any help working as a volunteer. In the following years Mary and Gary visited the island frequently. Together with two American, two Dutch and another Canadian veterinarian they organized a plan for sterilizing dogs. Anesthetic medicines were imported and in the year 2004 some 300 female dogs were sterilized. It took several years to convince the people of Bonaire and to cure the problem. The problem will probably never be under control but the veterinarians and the Animal Shelter made a lot of progress. Every dog can now be sterilized for free. Mary and Gary liked Bonaire so much that they decided to buy their own property. They bought a neat house in the older neighborhood of Hato. They repainted and refurbished the house. Now it is a pleasant place to live, low on maintenance. One day Gary imported his HarleyDavidson 1550 Electra Glide. The machine was made in 2009. The Electra Glide is completely standard. The bike is painted black and the engine has fuel injection. A very nice bike, completely original. Reliable and a pleasure to ride. Then Gary and Mary decided to buy another motorcycle. In Canada Mary had had some experience with a four-stroke, single-cylinder 250 cc Suzuki. The machine was small and handy but a little bit slow. So they ordered the Buell Blast. This Sunfire Yellow sprayed fun machine is a pleasure to ride. The design goals were: low cost, ease of operation and ease of maintenance. The dry weight of the machine is only 163 kilograms/360 pounds. Engine power is delivered to the rear wheel by an automatically tensioned belt. The valve lifters are hydraulic and selfadjusting. The carburetor has an automatic choke and of course a starter motor is fitted. The engine produces 34 British horsepower at 6500 revs per minute. There is a 5-speed gearbox and because of the two 16 -inch wheels the bike is relatively low, handy and maneuverable. For these reasons hundreds of Buell Blasts are used for Harley-Davidson’s Ride rs Edge New Rider program in the States, a similar course to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ‘s Basic Rider Course, a course to learn how to handle a motorcycle. As mentioned, Mary’s bike is sprayed Sunfire yellow. The frame is sprayed silver and functions as a tank for the engine oil. Front and rear wheels are made of cast alloy and there are two disc brakes. There are Pirelli tubeless tires. Mary’s bike has two handy little saddle bags and a wind screen. The bike only has a jiffy or side stand, no prop stand. A Sylvania H4 halogen sealed beam is mounted in the front between the non-adjustable front fork legs. The dash board is basic: just a speedometer, a digital odometer and an oil pressure indicator. The meter reads: “Buell, a Harley-Davidson comp any.” Mary turns the key of the ignition. The starter motor turns, the oil pressure warning light turns off, the engine starts . “Plop, plop, plop, whahhhh!” This is the unmistakable sound of a big single! In 2009 Erik Buell stopped producing the Blast. A Buell Blast was destroyed in an automotive crusher. Crushed Blast cubes were for sale, available in blue, black and yellow, individually signed and numbered by Erik Buell … Story & photos by J@n Brouwer Mary Lovie, sitting on her brand new Buell Blast with a friend. Next to her bike is another Blast parked. This customized bike is owned by Mary’s friend Nadine. The Richter family with The Reporter in Antarctica– 2010 Picture Yourself Winner The 86rth of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles that ar e “on wheels.” On course for 100+

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 13 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— Are still free Got something to buy or sell? Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE Commercial Ads only $0. 60 per word, for each two-week issue. Call 790-6518 or 790-8988 or email info@bonairereporter.com LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS, Rentals, Property ——————————————— House for Rent— 2 bedroom with airco, bathroom, toilet. Living room, kitchen, front and back porch. Kaya Nikiboku Zuid, $ 850.00/month, call Mary ph: 796 1800 ———————————————Looking for a studio, apartment or house. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ———————————————— Looking to buy a mid-size car. Please email: alexisaura@gmail.com ______________________________ For rent furnished studio apt. Upstairs two bedroom ~ April 01 2011~ Pagabon, excl water and gas, no pets. Incl Wireless and MiTV $ 550. p.m. Same amount Deposit required upfront please call : 795 3456 Kaya Mandolin 2, call 795 3456 ——————————————— Looking for a room with two separated beds and shower from the 20th of February until the 20th of June 2011. I can pay 160 euro per month. It must be near Forma . José Martha Alleleijn email: Jiru@une.ne.t.co Tel: 009 57 4 3014045. ———————————————MISCELLANEOUS ————————————————Antiques and Collectibles Call 795-9760 ——————————————— For Sale Pioneer Receiver/Tuner– Model VSX-D14, 120 watts/channel, w/ Sony 5.1 surround sound speakers, powered woofer: $100. Panasonic DVD player , Model S27: $50. Call 717-2050 ——————————————— For sale: Full automatic washing machine AEG L66840, 1600 rpm, all washing programs, contents 6 kilograms. Machine is bought: July 2nd 2010. Still guarantee left. Almost brand new and in perfect condition. Asking price $1100. For more information call: 717-7851. ———————————————— For Sale : Washing Machine IGNIS 1000T , 230 V for light and medium loads, little used, good condition :$220 Call : 717-5038 ———————————————— WANTED: PADI Divemaster/ Handyman Must be able to drive boats, guide dives, speak English. 5 day work week including weekends and holidays. Job includes filling and handling dive tanks and general resort maintenance work. Call Carib Inn at 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm ———————————————MOVING SALE Glass-top 48" wicker dining room table and 4 chairs $290. Large 56" wicker desk with 6 drawers and upper hutch $375. Samsung 19" computer monitor $75. Blender $10. Desk lamp $10. Drying rack $15. 4' metal step ladder $25. Call 717-2208 ——————————————— For sale: 2 hardly used Panther PRO -XR111 mountain bikes with 21 Shimano Revoshift gears and tires with a special inside protection. $350 each, two for $650. Tel. 796-5591. Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 hans@outdoorbonaire.com www.outdoorbonaire.com For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: www.chinanobobonaire.com ___________________________________ 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (5999 839-1515) Or (5999 Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time We Will Care For Your Home When You Are Away Property Services Bonaire b.v. Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed J@n Brouwer digitalis1956@hotmail.com Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Fri 25 00:44 0.09 ft 07:08 1.02 ft 15:18 0.27 ft 20:06 / 0.21 ft 6:53 18:44 Sat 26 01:29 0.08 ft 07:57 1.01 ft 16:10 0.25 ft 20:58 0.20 ft 6:52 18:44 Sun 27 02:14 0.05 ft 08:44 0.96 ft 17:01 0.21 ft 21:50 0.19 ft 6:52 18:44 Mon 28 02:58 0.02 ft 09:31 0.88 ft 17:51 0.16 ft 22:43 0.19 ft 6:51 18:44 Tue 01 03:44 0.03 ft 10:18 0.78 ft 18:39 0.11 ft 23:40 0.20 ft 6:51 18:45 Wed 02 04:36 0.08 ft 11:05 0.67 ft 19:25 0.05 ft 6:50 18:45 Thu 03 00:40 0.24 ft 05:41 0.13 ft 11:56 0.56 ft 20:05 0.00 ft 6:50 18:45 Fri 04 01:37 0.29 ft 07:08 0.16 ft 12:53 0.45 ft 20:40 0.05 ft New Moon 6:49 18:45 Sat 05 02:24 0.35 ft 08:49 0.15 ft 14:00 0.36 ft 21:08 0.09 ft 6:49 18:45 Sun 06 03:02 0.41 ft 10:20 0.11 ft 15:15 0.30 ft 21:30 0.11 ft 6:48 18:45 Mon 07 03:34 0.48 ft 11:27 0.05 ft 16:24 0.25 ft 21:49 0.13 ft 6:48 18:45 Tue 08 04:05 0.56 ft 12:18 0.02 ft 17:21 0.22 ft 22:09 0.13 ft 6:47 18:45 Wed 09 04:36 0.63 ft 13:01 0.07 ft 18:04 0.19 ft 22:32 0.11 ft 6:46 18:45 Thu 10 05:09 0.70 ft 13:39 0.12 ft 18:36 0.16 ft 23:00 0.08 ft 6:46 18:45 Fri 11 05:44 0.77 ft 14:15 0.15 ft 19:03 0.14 ft 23:35 0.04 ft 6:45 18:46 Atelier José Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek. Local art, mosaics, driftwood and more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m, or call 785-6670 for appointment After decades of innovating Bonaire’s diving Captain Don is applying similar principles to growing plants. Pay him a visit. Meet Bonaire’s Living Legend. Get him to sign his new bookReef Windows 103 Kaminda Lagun ( road to Lagun) (Look for the blue rock and dive flag) Phone: 786-0956 FELMAR Cleaning Services Apartments, Hotels, Houses, Offices & More. Efficient Work, Good References. Tel. 786-0019 Did You Know… . that sea stars do not have brains? T hey may be famous for their ability to regenerate limbs, but a brain doesn’t control this. Instead, they have a complex nervous system and light-sensitive eyespots on the ends of each of their arms. Their nervous system allows them to sense touch, temperature, orientation and changes in the water around them. In addition, the “blood” of sea stars is actually filtered seawater. Considering all the cool things that sea stars do, such as hunting and reproducing, it is amazing to think that they do not have a true, centralized brain. This lack of a brain is true for other echinoderms (the phylum that sea stars are a part of) such as sea urchins, brittle stars, sand dollars, and sea cucumbers. So if anyone ever tells you that you have no brain, you can remind them that there are some really amazing sea creatures that don’t either. Quinn de la Concepcion Quinn de la Concepcion is a junior biology major at Colorado College who hopes to become a physical therapist. She spent this past fall at the CIEE Research Station in

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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaçao. Your first choice for inter-isla nd travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and COMPUTERS City Shop , the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service and in-store financing too. ART & GALLERIES The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and hand made jewelry created by long-time residents Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter. BAKERY & CAFÉ Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries, fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded salad bar and other take-o ut items—at affordable prices. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. CARS AND BIKES De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. CONSTRUCTION Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks a large collection of European quality hardware. Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty DENTURE REPAIR All Denture Lab —for the best denture care by an experienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez. DINING The Brandaris Café is the top-notch, spotless downtown restaurant for local, krioyo and Venezuelan food. Breakfast & Lunch only. Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire’s best. Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz music! 780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above) Lunchroom de Bonairiaan— Breakfast & lunch prepared and served by Stichting Project students under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2. Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, op posite Divi Flamingo. ON & IN THE WATER Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail shops so you always get the best deals and assured of top notch training. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation, above and/or below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria. Captain Don’s Plants, Trees and More sells genuine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens. HEALTH Go Green— Tina Woodley’s new shop, in the building in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life Harmony House— Using science to find the problem. Using natural products to correct the problem . Also Essence range of herbal teas & handmade soaps. At Kaya Papa Cornes 2 Natural Way Health Store— The place where all the hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs from Botika Bona ire, on Kaya Grandi. HOME CARE Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Les Galeries Shopping Center downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services. Full digital services . PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website scubavision.info or YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. And now Yachts! Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. . STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SUPERMARKETS Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selection and lowest prices on the island. (ISLAND) TOURS Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fascinating tour of the island. Contact her via her website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456. You will remember it always. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon. Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are included in the guide. Free! To place and ad call 790-6518, 786-6518 or email laura@bonairenews.com Sunbelt Realty Join this list of Bonaire’s best businesses. Advertise in The Bonaire Reporter, in print and on the Internet RE/MAX Paradise Homes on Kaya Grandi has extensive listings and is backed by the worldwide RE/MAX support.

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 15 E nvironmentalists were glad to see the special care the developers are taking to preserve the native trees around the building site of the Playa Lechi Sea Side Apartments. The ar tists conception (right) shows the native trees gone and imported palms substituted. Under new regulations a permit is necessa ry if old native trees are to be removed. Congratulations for setting a good example. Hettie Holian P. Holian photo Caribbean Homes photo F requent Bonaire visitors, 28 visits at last count, Joan and Alan Zale of Hartsdale, NY hold a copy of The Bonaire Reporter in front of the Pulp Mill Bridge in Weybridge, VT on April 29, 2010. Joan and Alan, who own a condo at Sand Dollar, were visiting Burlington, VT where Joan had gone to school. They also enjoyed some site seeing throughout the state and, like they always do when they trav el, packed a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with them. Vermont has over 100 covered bridges, most built in the 1800s. The one pictured here was built during a time frame of 1808-1820. It was rebuilt in 1980. During their trip Joan and Alan visited and photographed 14 of the bridges. 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 th e newspaper in hand. THE BE ST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter , Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: info@bonairereporter.com.

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Page 16 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local pe ople. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground open every day into the cooler evening hours. Saturdays € Rincon Marshé —8am-2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music. Big Marché first Saturday of the month— www.infobonaire.com/rincon. € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, second Saturday of the month , 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 (NAƒ17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539. € Soldachi Tours—See the real Bonaire and be transported back in time. Learn about the history, culture and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for more information—796-7870. Mondays € Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717 -6435-best island tour value € Meet the Captain Night at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar– Get up close and personal with Bonaire’s dive pioneer. The Captain will autograph your copy of his newest book Reef Windows . Tuesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 6 pm, multi course dinner, $20. Reservations 700-4628. Wednesdays SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 Thursdays €SGB High School Chez Nous Restaurant– 12:30 multi course lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-4628 €Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers) players get together on from 19.00 till 21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater Odulfinuz z/n. Fridays € Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six. Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop, at 701-9660 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Sunday– Creature Feature– John and Suzie Wall of Buddy’s Digital photo center present a multimedia slide presentation about Buddy’s House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080 Monday -Touch the Sea -Dee Scarr, honored as a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding. She presents a unique perspective on critters and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish report, every Monday she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm. Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4931 Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:15 pm— All levels, NAƒ2,50, call Renata at 7965591 to find out the evening’s location. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcom e. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more information call 510-0710. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays , 12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papiamentu, Dutch, Englis h, Sundays, 10am. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am. Children’s club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kralendijk Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon. Bible Study and Pray er meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk. New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario Nord Saliña, Sundays, 10 am. Services in Dutch. 700-0379 . International Bible Church of Bonaire, at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona) Sunday services in English at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at Por's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332. Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol , Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church l ocated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held on Sunday mornings from 10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in English are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/ PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Ca ll 701-9522 for information. Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 donation.) For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , PO Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: info@bonairereporter.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Annie, Stephanie Bennett, J@n Brouwer, Quinn de la Concepcion, Christie Dovale, Felix Faassen, Bob Gilmour, Hettie Holian, Patrick Holian, Leo Hoogenboom , Greta Kooistra, Ed Romano, Mallory Smith Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth Silberie & Georgina Sanchez (Playa), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukke rij, Curaçao ©2010, 2011 The Bonaire Reporter Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter reporter@bonairenews.com Tel:790-6518, 786-6125 /6518 CLOSE-IN EVENTS Karnaval Schedule is on page 20 o Wednesday February 23Town Meeting hosted by candidate Clark Abraham at the ‘Sentro di Bario Nort di Saliña’ at 18:00. See Letters on page 9 Saturday, February 26 Farmers’ Market , 8 am-2 pm. Behind Go Green Natural Shop. Wednesday, March 2 —First local elections on Bonaire the Dutch municipality. March 5 and 6 .Karnaval Grand Marches (see schedule on pg. 20) Sunday, March 13Jong Bonaire Fun Walk & Bike Ride, 6am, at Jong Bonaire March 18 & 19 — BON DOET Day -BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the Oranje Fonds’ NL DOET that brings volunteers and organizations together to learn and benefit from each other. Saturday, April 3 —9th Annual Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon. Start training now! More information in upcoming issues. Cruise Ship Calls -Information provided by the Craft Market Day Date Ship Arrive Leave PAX Cap Fri Feb-25 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Mon Feb-28 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 2 Ships Ventura 0800 1800 3100 Thu Mar-03 Caribbean Princess 1100 2000 3100 Noordam 0800 1700 1918 Fri Mar-04 Grandeur of the Seas 0700 1600 2446 2 ships Emerald Princess 1200 2000 3100 Mon Mar-07 Zuiderdam 0700 1600 1918 Wed Mar-09 Constellation 0800 1600 2034 Line Princess Aida P & O Princess HAL Celebrity Princess HAL Celebrity Thu Mar-10 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess 2 ships Mar 10 -12 The World 0800 2400 500 Residen Sea SunTues Thru Spring Freewinds 0630 2200 150 Scientology Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting Days—usually 10 am until ship departure.

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 17 C onsider a hemisphere map where dengue occurs, and you will see that Bonaire is only one of many countries or islands with this problem. It is generally agreed that dengue has been here for about 12-15 years, but, as usual, very difficult (maybe impossible?) to get any statistics out of the necessary government departments. What really concerns me is, firstly, that we have visitors to Bonaire on a weekly basis, and very few of them are aware of dengue. They contract the dengue virus, feel like hell, sometimes end up at a doctor or hospital, are often told “it’s just the flu,” or are sent for a blood test (which takes 5 days), and if dengue is confirmed they are told “there is no treatment except taking paracetamol.” They eventually go back home with less than fond memories of Bonaire. Secondly, for us living on Bonaire (and who have had dengue) the misconceptions about standing water, the mosquito and when it will bite you, the symptoms of the fever and the danger of contracting dengue a second or a third time should be a government driven project EVERY DENGUE SEASON. This is done in so many countries with dengue, and governments go as far as issuing fines to those people caught with standing water that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. No, I am not suggesting issuing fines on Bonaire, but I am urging each and every person on this island to know the facts about dengue, and to act on it. I believe that the mis-information about dengue from government level down, will keep dengue on Bonaire and will continue to wreak havoc during every rainy season! It is not rocket science to realize that, because of the lack of treatment, the number of confirmed dengue cases (usually only when dengue has been confirmed by a blood test), is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have had dengue once, do you know what the effects would be should you get dengue a second or a third time? If you are shrugging your shoulders and think it un-important to know, all I can say to you is that ignorance is far more powerful than logic. Some of us are more susceptible to the infection than others, and this can be tested for through a urine sample. We can, before and during the “dengue season,” with very small changes to our lifestyle, minimize our risk. I will go as far as saying I believe we can safeguard ourselves COMPLETELY against the risk. We need a dedicated dengue task force, with a dengue call centre, testing people for susceptibility, to educate and to dispel myths. We can be in control and make our lives and the time visitors spend here far more pleasant. Visitors will not stop coming here because of dengue. Do people stop visiting areas with yellow fever, malaria, Lyme disease etc.? Research has been ongoing for many years to develop a vaccine against dengue. Don’t hold your breath. Each one of us can be a part of eradicating dengue. World climate changes are affecting the dengue mosquito. This problem is not going to go away. Stephanie Bennett DENGUE DILEMMA Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs, minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bonaire she continued her studies in the UK and now researches Bonaire health issues. She is the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center Because of generous donations of Captain Don’s Habitat and Rum Runners, 100% of drink ticket sales was forwarded to Eco Dive Bonaire. Of course the whole dive was only possible with the help of many individuals and businesses. The eco divers thanked Captain Don’s Habitat, Rum Runners, BonPhoto, Hoogenboom Kaag, Royal van Lent, BonFysio/BonBida, Flamingo Communications, Magic Print, Woodwind , vd Wansem, Go Green, Deaxo Croes, David Ray, Devon Clarke, Buz Smith, Bruce Schnaak, Zsuzsanna Pusztai, Elsmarie Beukeboom, Din Domacassé, Ron Gijzen, Sean Paton, Mabel Nava, Tina Lindeken, Hans & Magreet Faassen, Aad & Meta Dommisse, Dee Pederson, Djodjo Hilgers, Anne Zaat, Barbel Heusinkveld, Laura Stefani, Luca Bottura and of course everyone who donated to Eco Dive Bonaire 2010 and supported us with motivating words and/or their presence. by Felix Faassen & Leo Hoogenboom Credits: Photos Suzsanna Pusztai (Bon Photo Bonaire) underwater and Bruce Schnaak topside. Eco Dive (Continued from page 11) Felix & Leo surfacing after 620 minutes , 10 hours plus though, I said, ‘Let’s go.’ The place was too clean and too expensive. The islands before were much different. By then, I only had $500 in my pocket and couldn’t afford Bonaire for long. But the rest of the crew wanted to stay.” Days later, two of the Swedes met a local construction boss. He was in desperate need of workers to build a house in Belnem. The news was brought back to Örnen and the crew voted unanimously to do the six-month job. Work permits were arranged for over the weekend with Frits Goedgedrag, later to become governor of the Netherlands Antilles, signing the documents. “Our group had an interesting set of skills. The crew consisted of a former Volvo test driver (Per Magnusson), a mechanic, an explosives expert, a postman, a bus driver and a chef. The chef and I were the only ones with actual construction experience. Let’s just say that the first months, making the foundation of the house, was our ‘school’ for the team. We went on from there.” The sailors-turned-construction workers resided on Örnen during the project and frequented the bars at Karl’s and Mona Lisa Restaurant during their time off. They also played football (soccer) and arranged for a match in the Kralendijk stadium against a group of Dutch electricians with whom they had worked. It was Holland vs. Sweden. Lelle does not recall who won that game, only that both teams had plenty to drink before and after the competition. The house was completed in eight months and the crew then waited for a weather window for passage to the Panama Canal. It was time to continue their world journey. When Örnen finally departed, only five Swedes were aboard. One sailor had met a Dutch girl on Bonaire. They later wed and moved to Sweden. Another met an Ecuadorian girl. They were wed aboard the Örnen in a ceremony complete with a priest. The couple later left Bonaire and joined the crew in Panama. The third Swede to remain on island was Lelle. He too had also met a Dutch lady, Inge Berben, who had peaked his interest. Plus, the young seaman was not finished sailing the Caribbean. “I joined the local Sunfish sailors club on Bonaire. It was much more active back then. I also windsurfed and was crew for some big races in Puerto Rico and the Trinidad-Tobago Race Week. One year we won our class in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.” Davidsson continued to do small construction jobs specializing in window installations and traveled to work sites by bicycle. For nearly two years, he lived aboard a 28-foot sailboat that he had purchased from a Frenchman who had given up the cruising life. And then serendipity struck. “There was a 46-foot teak sailboat that went aground on the south point of Bonaire. Both masts were damaged and there was a 1.5 square meter hole in the side. I went there to give advice on how to get the boat shipped to Curaçao for repair. But after looking at it, I decided I could fix it myself. I had changed planks in oak boats when I was 12 years old together with my uncle. So why not repair the boat myself? No one was doing yacht repair on Bonaire at that time.” Marine repair became Lelle’s expertise and in 1997 he began Navegante, a boat repair and service company that still exists today. “That’s the nice thing about life,” reflects Lelle. “Everything offers opportunities.” One of those opportunities was meeting Inge Berben. They are married now and have an eight year old daughter, Sanne, and a five year old son, Luca. And what was the fate of the Örnen , the boat that delivered Lelle to Bonaire? The old ketch completed its world voyage, but by the time it entered Swedish waters only two of the original crew were on board. Per Magnusson had sailed as far as Australia when his money ran out. He had enough left to fly home to Sweden. Per returned to work at Volvo as an engineer, but he longed for the island life. Eventually, he returned to Bonaire in 2008 and became partners with Lelle in Navegante. “I still miss the sailing life,” explains Lelle. “Once you start a business, vacation time is very limited. When I see a sailor swinging in a hammock on his boat in the bay, I’m jealous. But I’m a long term thinker and one day it will be my turn again to have my time on the water.” Story & photos by Patrick Holian Patrick Holian is a writer and film journalist living on Bonaire . (Continued from page 10) Bon Quiz ( from page 7 ) Q) Which Land House is this? Who inaugurated the renovations, in what year? A) It’s Land House Karpata. Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands inaugurated the renovated buildings in 1981. Puzzle on page 7

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Page 18 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Kaya Liberador Simon-Bolivar #22, Next to Jong Bonaire Open for Breakfast and Lunch From 6:30 am Mon.-Saturday; Email: BrandarisCafe@gmail.com Relax in a cozy atmosphere Authentic Local (Krioyo) and Venezuelan dishes…. Specials every day —-T ake Away too 717-4596 Bonaire is a dry island full of cacti and baked earth and yet this rainy season has been tremendous. I had thought it was all over but today it's raining again. It's not quite cats and dogs but this morning's drizzle is a good thing. This, dear reader, is not because it will nourish the trees that feed the parrots (Loras) or serve some other much needed ecological purpose but because it means I can do nothing other than hide away indoors and finally share another wondrous tale of all things parrots. And so without further ado; before the sun breaks through; or I mention that like any good Hollywood blockbuster this story of joy, happiness, sadness and hope is based (loosely) on a true story; lets get to the story: I t was a sunny day and Mrs. Python like most Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot ladies had had a busy few months. She quite frankly wanted nothing more than to sit in a calabash tree on a hillside, take it easy and enjoy the view. First there had been the nest prospecting over which Mr. and Mrs. Python had nearly fallen out, and this was before the breeding season had even begun. This is because instead of wanting to enthusiastically view all the possible nest sites with his loved one Mr. Python had offered to sit and wait so that Mrs. Python could continue doing her perusing without dragging him along. That of course, as any lady parrot would appreciate, is not the point, because at any moment she might want his opinion on a particular nest. And so it was that together they looked at all the available options in the area before Mrs. Python finally decided they would do best to go back and settle on the first nest she had looked at. One must point out that we highly disciplined and conservative conservationists of course do not normally anthropomorphize and name the parrots we are here to serve. With the exception of Monty whom at this point in the story is not even an egg yet, these names are entirely fictitious. After a short but colorful period of nest/ home improvement, copious copulation and bit of warfare with the neighbors that any good Amazon parrot would have been proud of, Mrs. Python was getting clucky. In a process that can best be described by any Mr. Parrot as eye watering, Mrs. Python went about the business of laying her clutch of eggs. In a little over a week she had produced four beautiful white eggs, by which point Mrs. Python was ever so grateful to not be a kiwi. The kiwi of course dear reader, lays the largest egg in relation to it's body size of any bird. Next was incubation which Mrs. Python has always said is a bit like a month of sailing, that is: mostly boring with a few passing moments of terror. Warming eggs, warming eggs, warming eggs, "is that an introduced mammalian predator (cat) I hear climbing the nest tree about to come and eat me", "ah, no", warming eggs, warming eggs, warming eggs. But soon enough incubation concluded and four tiny pink bundles of joy emerged, one of which would later become known as Monty. Over the next two months Mr. and Mrs. Python nurtured their wonderful chicks. The chicks themselves made a marvelous transition from helpless, eyeless, little pink things to stunning and sleek fledglings, doing all that growing with such incredible efficiency. Monty was loved by his family. His parents were generous with food but also with discipline as is so rarely the case these days, and so he and his siblings were neither cantankerous nor tempestuous young parrots. Even during the brief starvation period that Mr. and Mrs. Python had enforced in order to draw their young family out of their nest, the chicks maintained their good manners. And so one by one the young Pythons emerged and entered the big wide world. If the last 3 months had been a strain for Mrs. Python then those first weeks when the chicks were fledging would be at a least a strain and a half, if not two strains. She and Mr. Python found themselves flying up and down their happy little valley in endless search and rescue missions as they tried to locate their various offspring. Over time the fledglings' proficiency improved and they made fewer and fewer crash landings into random trees. It was at this time, when the youngest of their four had been out of the nest two weeks, when Mrs. Python herself was doing the wanting of nothing more, with which we started this story. It was a sunny day and Mrs. Python decided the time had come when her new family was ready to venture into the local village where juicy mangos and other exotic fruits were to be found on garden trees, where once there had been a diverse range of Bonairean trees. Together Mr. and Mrs. Python and their offspring and the neighbors and their offspring flew south in a more or less orderly flock. Before crashing into a mango tree the group first alighted on a haphazard collection of telegraph wires where all could be counted and accounted for. Thankfully the Pythons and the neighbors had all made it. The parents felt relief and satisfaction. The young fledglings cavorted and screamed with their excitement even though they weren't the least bit interested in the juicy mangos, for they were still being fed by their parents. Suddenly the parrots became aware of a strange animal beneath them on the ground. The parents realized with horror there was danger and they took their turn to scream, urging they young families to fly. Before he could open his wings poor Monty had been knocked about the head with a big stick and he fell from the wire to the ground. Photos & story by Sam Williams Clearly Monty hasn't yet had his second chance. Worry not, dear reader. The concluding part of this incredible story will be regaled in the next Bonaire Reporter , but for now the story ends on this sad cliff hanger (and that last bit really is true). Conservationist Sam Williams has been involved with Bonaire's loras for over 7 years and he recently founded of Echo. Find out more www.echobonaire.org Don’t Gamble With Your Advertising Reach more readers than any other Bonaire paper– Delivered to Hotels and Shops plus Thousands More Readers On the Internet Call Laura at 786-6518 / 790-6518 Email: Laura@bonairenews.com Y ou can now get yourself a limited edition Echo T-shirt and help this fledgling conservation foundation to take off! Various men's and women's sizes are available at Chat n Browse (Sand Dollar). All sizes are $25 with proceeds going to Echo. They are a vision of ecological clothing: made from 100% organic cotton, manufactured using sustainable energy, ethically production (no child labor; Fare Wear Foundation), 89% smaller Carbon footprint than normal T shirts and colored using azo free dyes. Young lora fledglings cavorting and screaming with excitement T shirt designer Cherryl Rutherford modeling the Echo T-shirt

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Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Page 19 A lthough there are many bright objects in the heavens in early evening, three of the brightest are there for you to enjoy right now. One of them holds the distinction of being the brightest star visible from Earth, other than our Sun , and the other is the biggest, and almost the brightest, planet in our solar system. And of course you know all about the Moon . Let me show you: About an hour after sunset this week face west. Shining brilliantly not far above the horizon is the biggest of all the planets, Jupiter, which will set about an hour after the Sun, so get out early to catch it. Then turn and look into the southeast where you will see the brightest constellation of them all, Orion the hunter . Two bright stars mark his shoulders, two bright stars mark his knees and three not quite as bright stars equally spaced in a row mark his belt. And if you shoot an imaginary arrow through Orion's belt down to his left you will see a dazzling star which literally outshines all the star s in the heavens as seen from Earth, the star Sirius which marks the nose of Orion's faithful companion, Canis Major , the great dog. In fact we can make a very nice stick figure of a dog by drawing lines between Canis Major's stars with Sirius marking his nose. Now although Sirius is nicknamed the “ dog star,” I personally prefer the name the ancient Egyptians gave it, the “ Soul of Isis.” But whatever name it has enjoyed for the past several thousand years, it is still the brightest and most jewel-like star we can see. But there's a catch here because even though Sirius is the brightest star we can see with the naked eye it is by no means intrinsically the brightest. It only appears to be the brightest because it is so close to us. In fact, it is the fifth closest star to planet Earth, not quite nine light years away which, a lthough nearby cosmically speaking, is still over half a million times farther away from us than our closest star the Sun. And we can see many stars which are hundreds of times larger than Sirius, like Orion's red shoulder star, Betelgeuse. Even so Sirius makes our own star, the Sun, look rather puny by comparison because while our Sun is almost one million miles in diameter, Sirius is almost twice as wide. And while our Sun burns a relatively cool 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit at its surface, Sirius blazes a fierce 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it shine 25 times brighter than our Sun. Wow! Thank heaven it isn't as close to us as our Sun or we'd all have to wear sunglasses to get to sleep at night. At any rate, if you watch Sirius when it is close to the horizon it will look even more dazzling than when it's up high. In fact it will flash and sparkle and change brilliant colors like a cosmic jewel unlike any other star in the heavens. So get outside to see Jupiter in the west after sunset and then turn to the southeast and enjoy Sirius the dog star and the ancient soul of Isis. It will dazzle you!. Ed Romano *to find it... just look up Hair Affair We do our best to make your hair and makeup wishes come true!! You can also come in for facials and facial waxing . We use and sell L’Oreal products Is your plan to marry on the island? We can make you beautiful and stay beautiful for your happiest day. Personal attention by Janneke Appointment by tel: 717-5990 or just walk in. Downtown, near the waterfront next to Little Havana Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop AFFORDABLE NetTech N.V.info@NetTech.an www.NetTech.an Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer!Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Bonaire’s Official Web Site Developer Jupiter and the Brightest Star in the Night Sky Aries (March 20 ,April 20) : You are valuing your privacy more than ever, dear Aries. You are certainly more withdrawn than usual, taking extra time to rest and reflect. This is necessary right now, and if you don't do it on your own, the cosmos might force you to do so! Nevertheless, friends are mostly supportive. Coming to the aid of a partner feels good now, as does being in on a special secret. Taurus (April 20 ,May 21) : Work is demanding this month, dear Taurus, but also very rewarding. Friends are especially helpful and enjoyable to be around. You are likely to find that by networking and paying attention to people in the same career field as you, or to those with similar interests, you are able to come up with some excellent ideas for your own life. Gemini (May 21 ,June 21) : Career and professional matters are strong, rewarding, and exciting this month, dear Gemini. While you cannot say your career is carefree these days, as challenges are also part of the experience, you are bound to find many opportunities to grow and develop on a professional level this month and beyond. Cancer (June 22 ,July 22) : Plenty of career developments are in the works, dear Cancer, as you take the time to re-assess your professional life and responsibilities. In March and April, matters will begin to move quickly, with a raise a definite possibility; but now is the time for analysis rath er than action. Love has been tricky recently, and continues to baffle you in February. Leo (July 23 ,August 23) : Your popularity runs high this month, dear Leo, even though you continue to keep some emotional distance. Those close to you, however, are likely to sense that you are not as enthusiastic and direct as usual, but it's a necessary period in which you take a step back and analyze what works for you and what doesn't. Virgo (August 23 ,September 23) : February is an excellent month for your relationships, dear Virgo. You are especially willing to please, and partners (or potential ones) are attentive and romantic. Your openness to partnering and tolerance of others are qualities that will help improve your relationships many times over this year. O pportunities to connect and for a happy, productive relationship are abundant. Libra (September 23 ,October 23) : While life has been filled with pressures and perhaps setbacks for many of you recently, dear Libra, the first three weeks of February bring great opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. Romantic new beginnings are possible, but keep your eye out for deception or selfdeception. Complications with a partner or friend continue this month, and the only thing to do now is to give them space. If you find that you're only going through the motions, let time pass before making any decisions. Scorpio (October 23 ,November 22) : Challenges with work continue and are unlikely to clear up until mid-March, dear Scorpio. While some of you are encountering difficult circumstances on the job, most of you are experiencing loss of enthusiasm within. You might be going through the motions for the time being. You are sure to regain energy and zeal, as well as a se nse of direction, next month. Sagittarius (November 22 ,December 21) : You are paying much more attention to personal matters than you are to professional and social endeavors these days, dear Sagittarius. The focus is on your feelings, intuition, and comfort rather than what the rest of the world expects of you. The first two weeks of February are exceptionally busy for paperwork, errands, learning, and intellectual projects. Family and those close to home are especially helpful to you in February. A friend might be disapproving or difficult, but pay attention--he or she might have a good point. Capricorn (December 21 ,January 20) : A strong focus on practical matters this month keeps your mind on security and comfort matters for the most part, dear Capricorn. At the same time, you have so many ideas for the future that it's hard to settle on just one. This is not the best month for presenting or implementing your ideas, however, because they require more work, refinement, and thought. Aquarius (January 20 ,February 19) : February is a strong month for finances and personal possessions for you, dear Aquarius.. Others are really in your corner this month, paying you much attenti on. While relationship problems are still part of your life, those of you involved in casual relationships are finding many opportunities to enjoy yourselves and singles are not lacking for attention, either. This is a strong period for creative projects and endeavors. Pisces (Februar y 19 ,March 20) : February starts slowly but quickly picks up speed midway through, dear Pisces, when you'll experience lots of activity and attention. Gifts, refunds, or reba tes may be forthcoming now. Although it's a strong time for career and business opportunities in general, there are some snags to deal with when it comes to work schedules. You might also be losing some enthusiasm for work, and going through the motions, which should change by midMarch. By Annie Check CARIB INN First. Great Prices –Great Stock Scuba Sales Repair Replacement New Gear Accessories Always Great Values Dive gear specials CARIB INN Since 1980 PADI 5 STAR GOLD PALM 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily (next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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Page 20 Bonaire ReporterFeb. 25-Mar. 11, 2011 Winners: Prens i Pancho Ganadó: Jurviel Silberie Prens Luna Johnrith Anthony Pancho solo 1e Finalista: Yordan Pourier Prins Sabi Henbertico Winklaar Pancho Bobo Reina Infantil: Ganadó: Irlenska Martinus 1e Finalista Monixarantxa Margarita 2o Finalista Marialuisa Troncon Trahe Karnavalesko Original: Irlenska Martinus Trahe Karnavalesko Luhoso: Irlenska Martinus Reina Popular: Irlenska Martinus Reina Amistat: Monixarantxa Margarita Reina Hubenil: Ganadó: Sue-Jani Winklaar 1e Finalista Shardeily Winklaar 2o Finalista Arsheline Martis Trahe Karnavalesko Original: Sue-Jani Winklaar Trahe Karnavalesko Luhoso: Shardely Winklaar Reina Popular: Shardely Winklaar Reina Amistat: Sue-Jani Winklaar Top winners in the 2011 childrens’ Queen, Prince and Pancho competition with the event’s organizers









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And, like all the other adoptees at the Bonaire Animal Shelter, Susie is in excellent
health and is social. She's had her exam by the vet, worming, shots and sterilization.
All that is included in the dog adoption fee of $75. That also included the ID chip. A
terrific deal and you can't go wrong with a Shelter dog. They are "known quanti-
ties."
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm
and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. A lot of time goes into keeping the Shelter's website
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years old, past the sometimes destructive
puppy stage, but still young enough for
training to live with your lifestyle. Susie
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(Continued from page 10)
though, I said, 'Let's go.' The place was
too clean and too expensive. The islands
before were much different. By then, I
only had $500 in my pocket and couldn't
afford Bonaire for long. But the rest of
the crew wanted to stay."
Days later, two of the Swedes met a
local construction boss. He was in desper-
ate need of workers to build a house in
Belnem. The news was brought back to
Ornen and the crew voted unanimously to
do the six-month job. Work permits were
arranged for over the weekend with Frits
Goedgedrag, later to become governor of
the Netherlands Antilles, signing the docu-
ments.
"Our group had an interesting set of
skills. The crew consisted of a former
Volvo test driver (Per Magnusson), a me-
chanic, an explosives expert, a postman, a
bus driver and a chef. The chef and I were
the only ones with actual construction
experience. Let's just say that the first
months, making the foundation of the
house, was our 'school' for the team. We
went on from there."
The sailors-tumed-construction workers
resided on Omen during the project and
frequented the bars at Karl's and Mona
Lisa Restaurant during their time off.
They also played football (soccer) and
arranged for a match in the Kralendijk
stadium against a group of Dutch electri-
cians with whom they had worked. It was
Holland vs. Sweden. Lelle does not recall
who won that game, only that both teams
had plenty to drink before and after the
competition.
The house was completed in eight
months and the crew then waited for a
weather window for passage to the Pa-
nama Canal. It was time to continue their
world journey. When Omen finally de-
parted, only five Swedes were aboard.
One sailor had met a Dutch girl on Bon-
aire. They later wed and moved to Swe-
den. Another met an Ecuadorian girl.
They were wed aboard the Omen in a
ceremony complete with a priest. The
couple later left Bonaire and joined the
crew in Panama. The third Swede to re-
main on island was Lelle. He too had also
met a Dutch lady, Inge Berben, who had
peaked his interest. Plus, the young sea-
man was not finished sailing the Carib-
bean.
"I joined the local Sunfish sailors club
on Bonaire. It was much more active back
then. I also windsurfed and was crew for
some big races in Puerto Rico and the
Trinidad-Tobago Race Week. One year


Eco Dive (Continuedfrom page 11)
Because of generous donations of Captain
Don's Habitat and Rum Runners, 100% of
drink ticket sales was forwarded to Eco
Dive Bonaire.
Of course the whole dive was only pos-
sible with the help of many individuals
and businesses. The eco divers thanked
Captain Don's Habitat, Rum Runners,
BonPhoto, Hoogenboom Kaag, Royal van
Lent, BonFysio/BonBida, Flamingo Com-
munications, Magic Print, Woodwind, vd
Wansem, Go Green, Deaxo Croes, David
Ray, Devon Clarke, Buz Smith, Bruce
Schnaak, Zsuzsanna Pusztai, Elsmarie
Beukeboom, Din Domacass6, Ron Gijzen,
Sean Paton, Mabel Nava, Tina Lindeken,
Hans & Magreet Faassen, Aad & Meta
Dommisse, Dee Pederson, Djodjo Hilgers,
Anne Zaat, Barbel Heusinkveld, Laura
Stefani, Luca Bottura and of course every-
one who donated to Eco Dive Bonaire


we won our class in the St. Maarten Hei-
neken Regatta."
Davidsson continued to do small con-
struction jobs specializing in window in-
stallations and traveled to work sites by
bicycle. For nearly two years, he lived
aboard a 28-foot sailboat that he had pur-
chased from a Frenchman who had given
up the cruising life. And then serendipity
struck.
"There was a 46-foot teak sailboat that
went aground on the south point of Bon-
aire. Both masts were damaged and there
was a 1.5 square meter hole in the side. I
went there to give advice on how to get
the boat shipped to Curagao for repair.
But after looking at it, I decided I could
fix it myself. I had changed planks in oak
boats when I was 12 years old together
with my uncle. So why not repair the boat
myself? No one was doing yacht repair on
Bonaire at that time."
Marine repair became Lelle's expertise
and in 1997 he began Navegante, a boat
repair and service company that still exists
today. "That's the nice thing about life,"
reflects Lelle. "Everything offers opportu-
nities."
One of those opportunities was meeting
Inge Berben. They are married now and
have an eight year old daughter, Sanne,
and a five year old son, Luca.
And what was the fate of the Omen, the
boat that delivered Lelle to Bonaire? The
old ketch completed its world voyage, but
by the time it entered Swedish waters only
two of the original crew were on board.
Per Magnusson had sailed as far as Aus-
tralia when his money ran out. He had
enough left to fly home to Sweden. Per
returned to work at Volvo as an engineer,
but he longed for the island life. Eventu-
ally, he returned to Bonaire in 2008 and
became partners with Lelle in Navegante.
"I still miss the sailing life," explains
Lelle. "Once you start a business, vacation
time is very limited. When I see a sailor
swinging in a hammock on his boat in the
bay, I'm jealous. But I'm a long term
thinker and one day it will be my turn
again to have my time on the water."E
Story & photos
by Patrick Ho-
lian


Patrick Holian
is a writer and
film journalist
living on Bon-
aire.



2010 and supported us with motivating
words and/or their presence. 0 by Felix
Faassen & Leo Hoogenboom
Credits: Photos Suzsanna Pusztai (Bon Photo
Bonaire) underwater and Bruce Schnaak topside.


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Felix & Leo surfacing after
620 minutes, 10 hours plus


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DENGUE DILEMMA


consider a hemisphere
map where dengue
occurs, and you will see that
Bonaire is only one of many
countries or islands with this
problem. It is generally
agreed that dengue has been
here for about 12-15 years, but, as usual,
very difficult (maybe impossible?) to get
any statistics out of the necessary govern-
ment departments.
What really concerns me is, firstly, that we
have visitors to Bonaire on a weekly basis,
and very few of them are aware of dengue.
They contract the dengue virus, feel like
hell, sometimes end up at a doctor or hospi-
tal, are often told "it's just the flu," or are
sent for a blood test (which takes 5 days),
and if dengue is confirmed they are told
"there is no treatment except taking
paracetamol." They eventually go back
home with less than fond memories of Bon-
aire.
Secondly, for us living on Bonaire (and
who have had dengue) the misconceptions
about standing water, the mosquito and
when it will bite you, the symptoms of the
fever and the danger of contracting dengue a
second or a third time should be a govern-
ment driven project EVERY DENGUE
SEASON. This is done in so many coun-
tries with dengue, and governments go as far
as issuing fines to those people caught with
standing water that could be a breeding
ground for mosquitoes. No, I am not sug-
gesting issuing fines on Bonaire, but I am
urging each and every person on this island
to know the facts about dengue, and to act
on it. I believe that the mis-information
about dengue from government level down,
will keep dengue on Bonaire and will con-
tinue to wreak havoc during every rainy
season!
It is not rocket science to realize that, be-
cause of the lack of treatment, the number of
confirmed dengue cases (usually only when
dengue has been confirmed by a blood test),
is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have had
dengue once, do you know what the effects
would be should you get dengue a second or
a third time? If you are shrugging your
shoulders and think it un-important to know,
all I can say to you is that ignorance is far
more powerful than logic.


Some of us are more susceptible to the
... - " infection than others, and this can be tested
for through a urine sample. We can, before
S and during the "dengue season," with very
- small changes to our lifestyle, minimize our
risk. I will go as far as saying I believe we
can safeguard ourselves COMPLETELY
against the risk.
We need a dedicated dengue task force,
with a dengue call centre, testing people for
susceptibility, to educate and to dispel
myths. We can be in control and make our
lives and the time visitors spend here far
more pleasant. Visitors will not stop coming
here because of dengue. Do people stop


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visiting areas with yellow fever, malaria,
Lyme disease etc.? Research has been ongo-
ing for many years to develop a vaccine
against dengue. Don't hold your breath.
Each one of us can be a part of eradicating
dengue. r
World climate changes
are affecting the dengue
mosquito. This problem
is not going to go away.
* Stephanie
Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in Cape
Town, South Africa, where she studied herbs,
minerals and nutrition. Before moving to Bon-
aire she continued her studies in the UK and
now researches Bonaire health issues. She is
the owner of the Essence Nutritional Center



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Tens of thousands ofnature lov-
ers and divers visit the island of
Bonaire each year. An unspoiled
jewel in the Dutch Caribbean,
home to beautiful wildlife. On De-
cember 27, 2010, two divers scuba
dove completely around Klein Bon-
aire to raise money for two of the
island's conservation groups.

B onaire residents Leo
Hoogenboom and Felix
Faassen circumnavigated Klein
Bonaire underwater to raise money
for environmental organizations
STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB). They hope their
eco dive contributes to raising
awareness for the conservation of
Bonaire's nature and its future.
With more and more tourists
visiting Bonaire each year there is
extra stress on the island's environ-
ment, the coral reefs and its inhabi-
tants. If you want to raise aware-
ness you first must make a state-
ment, something that is out of the
ordinary, and should take an effort
and preferably has never been done
before.
In early 2010 Hoogenboom and
Faassen started talking about doing
long duration dives without dive
scooters. During one of these con-
versations they thought, why not
circumnavigate Klein Bonaire?
And so the idea was bor. They
coupled the dive to a fundraiser for
Bonaire's two leading organiza-
tions working to protect Bonaire's


nature.
"We first started measuring a
circumnavigation using Google
Earth and later made a kayak trip
close to the reef with the help of
GPS to determine the distance and
what the average speed underwater
would be. We measured that our
dive would be around 11KM. De-
pending on weather and current
conditions we calculated an aver-
age of 1 KM/hour and some rest
time. This would mean the dive
could take between 10 and 16
hours." they said.
The Dive
The whole team met up at 3 am
on December 27. "At 3:30 am we
left the dock at Captain Don's
Habitat, heading for No Name
beach, where we would start our
dive at 4 am and descended to our
max depth of 9m / 30ft. At 4:15 we
got the first visit by our support
free diver, Deaxo, who would con-
tinue to keep visual contact for the
entire dive with 15minute inter-
vals. As soon as he would break
the surface, he would signal this to
the two support scuba divers on the
boat, David and Devon, who were
standing by to assist. After one
hour into the dive we started get-
ting some ambient light, which
triggered a lot of the reef inhabi-
tants to wake up. Because we were
constantly swimming we switched
the tanks about every hour.
After 330 minutes we ascended
from 9m/30ft to 6m/20ft to mini-


mize our decompression obliga-
tion.
Where we didn't have any cur-
rent pushing us in the right direc-
tion, we didn't have much trouble.
When we turned around the
northwest comer, however (dive
site Carl's Hill), we got a strong
current against us. As we swam
clockwise around the island, this
was the last section of our dive but
proved to be the most challenging
as well. At this point, we were over
8 hours into the dive and were both
quite tired.
To be conservative on our de-
compression, we switched to oxy-
gen enriched air for the last hour of
the dive."
During that last hour, more and
more people started to follow them
while snorkeling and as they as-
cended to 3m/10ft.
After 620 minutes they finally
returned to No Name beach and
walked out of the water. Many
people were gathered on the beach
to welcome them. Leo and Felix
had spent over 10 hours underwa-
ter.
After some well needed rest, the
divers headed to a party which
started at 8 pm. They thanked the
many dedicated volunteers who
kept the official Eco Dive booth
open, where people were able to
get information about the dive,
make donations and purchase mer-
chandise, open during the day as
well as during the party at night.


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f you did not
receive your
voting card by mail
go to window 1 at a I
the Civil Registry
.1 .. i. 1i,-;,,.. Bring your sedula for
verification of your ID. You do
NOT have to take a number. Just
go to window 1.

,The cost of parking at Fla-
mingo Airport has dropped by
10.5%, motivated by the conver-
sion from guilders to dollars.
Rates in the Short Term lot:
First 5 minutes free
Next 5 -30 minutes = $ 0.50
Next 30-60 minutes = $ 0.50
After that it's $1/hour

"Amstelveen /
Caribbean - KLM "
will add 2,600
seats per week to
and from the Car- "' 1
ibbean beginning iK M
with the 2011 win- -
ter timetable on October 30 this
year. In addition, KLM will intro-
duce direct flights from that date to
Quito in Ecuador and Guayaquil.
Say goodbye to the Bonaire-
Quito flight. It lasted years longer
than originally expected because
of the delayed introduction of the
777s. Bonaire still has daily
flights to The Netherlands.
In summary:
- 4 times a week B 747-400 Am-
sterdam-Curacao-Amsterdam on
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Saturday.
- 3 times per week B 747-400 Am-
sterdam-St. Maarten-Curagao-
Amsterdam on Tuesday, Friday
and Sunday.
- 2 times weekly MD-11 Amster-
dam-Bonaire-Curacao-
Amsterdam on Monday and
Saturday.
- 5 times weekly MD-11 Amster-
dam-Aruba-Bonaire-Amsterdam
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day, Friday and Sunday.
A Boeing 747-400 has a capacity
of 415 passengers and 285 passen-
gers on an MD 11.

IPartido pro Hustisia & Un-
ion (PHU) will soon institute
proceedings against the Govern-


ment and the
SVB of the
BES islands, .
in which the
Court will be -' -
asked to order
these two entities to raise the level
of the AOV (Retirement Pension)
to the level of the Dutch state pen-
sion (the increase being about
150%)) within a period of five
years.

,THE HAGUE-Nature parks
in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba need Dutch financial assis-
tance to cover operational costs.
St. Eustatius especially is in dire
straits, Dutch Caribbean Nature
Alliance DCNA Executive Direc-
tor Kalli de Meyer told the Dutch
Second Chamber last week.
The nature foundations need
about �200,000 each to cover the
annual operational cost. That is a
small amount for The Netherlands,
but impossible to come up with
this kind of money, said De
Meyer.

,THE HAGUE--Member of the
Dutch Parliament Wassila Hachchi
of the democratic D66 party wants
to know why thereare problems
with delivering mail in Bonaire,
St. Eustatius and Saba. Mail
problems in Bonaire? No stamps?
No postal code? Really?


,The Dutch Royal Navy's new
station ship for the Dutch Carib-
bean, Hr. Ms. Rotterdam, arrived
in Curagao's harbor with the nec-
essary ceremonial activity and
exchange of official salutes last
week. The amphibious transport
vessel is equipped with a Westland
Lynx helicopter and three inshore


boats. The ship can quickly land
relief personnel and take on
evacuees in case of a natural
disaster on one of the six islands.
It also has a drinking water pro-
ducing facility

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0Bonaire notary Maarten
Maartense gave a $1,000 do-
nation to Fundashon FORMA
which works on educating peo-
ple to higher levels of compe-
tence. Research has shown that
24% of the island's population
can't read or write well enough
to be able to go through life com-
pletely on their own. The money
is intended for a special course
where such people can be taught
to get their driver's license, the
theoretical part of which some-
times contains complicated sen-
tences. This would help many of
them find work. In the photo
Marie Craane of FORMA ac-
cepts the gift from Martin.
0The website of the King-
dom Services Department for
the Dutch Caribbean
(Rijksdienst Caribisch Neder-
land (RCN)
www.RiiksdienstCN. com is
now available in three lan-
guages: Dutch Papiamentu
and English.
Through the website RCN of-
fers the residents of Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba the opportu-
nity to gain information about
the Dutch government and the
various policy areas, it said in a
statement to the media.
The website has information
about the tasks carried out in the
Dutch Caribbean by the Dutch
government and changes that are
taking place in the interest of
island residents.
The website has information
regarding the various depart-


ments, RCN vacancies, public
events and news releases.
People can also call the toll-
free information line 08008
101010, which is available on
weekdays from 1:30 to 5 pm.
RCN also has its own Facebook
page.

PThere's a new name for the
Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba Coastguard, says the
Dutch Ministry of Defense. The
new official name: Dutch Car-
ibbean Coast Guard. A name
change was inevitable, because
the Netherlands Antilles were
dissolved last year

)One of the consequences of
the new status of the islands as
special Dutch entities is the
separation of churches and the
local governments. This has
resulted in a end of government
subsidies for churches. Mem-
ber of Parliament Cynthia Or-
tega-Martijn explained that
churches on the islands were
not familiar with the principle
of voluntary contribution.
The MP wants the minister to
draft a transitional arrangement
for the churches so they have
time to look for alternative
sources of income. There was
also a similar arrangement in
the 1980s for churches in The
Netherlands when the financial
separation between church and
state was put in place.

)Bonaire's Commissioner
of Economic Affairs and Tour-
ism Elvis Tjin Asjoe will strive
for more cruise ship visitors, or
at least maintain the number
since many local businesses
benefit from them. According to
the TCB the island currently gets
about 230,000 cruise ship visi-
tors annually.
The commissioner wants to
continue the cooperation agree-
ments made between the ABC
islands in this area during a tri-
partite consultation on Aruba.
Bonaire will participate in the
(Continued on page 8)


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Local Elections-Parties 3
Animal Shelter Volunteers Party 6
Farmers' Market 7
Karate Builds Character 7
Bonhata Awards 8
Three Baritones Concert 8
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Candidates Night (ClarkAbraham), Loem-
pias?) 9
Sailing Teen Laura Dekker 9
Sailors Who Never Left (new series):
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Eco-Dive around Klein (cover story) 11
Picture YourselfWinners 12
Responsible Development-Trees 15
Little Monty's 2r Chance 18
HotNewT-Shirt 18
Kameval Schedule 20
Queen, Prince and Pancho Wnners 20

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Pet of the Week"Susie" 6
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So a couple of
days ago I met
Mary Lovie. She
introduced herself to
me and told me that
we were almost
neighbors, living in
the same bario of
Hato. The distance
between her resi-
dence and my house
was about 500 me-
ters at the most. I
knew about the
house. I had seen a
Harley-Davidson
parked on the drive
way but what I did
not know was that


Mary Lovie, sitting on her brand new Buell Blast with a
friend. Next to her bike is another Blast parked.
This customized bike is owned by Mary's friend Nadine.


she was the proud owner of a Buell single-
cylinder motorcycle. Ignorant fool without
knowledge I am. I knew about the all-
American made Buell motorcycles. I knew
about the impressive V-twins, but I did not
know about the Buell Blast, the 500 cc
single cylinder! Shame on me! In the last
36 years I owned more than 30 motorcy-
cles. Most of them were single cylinders. I
am a single-cylinder aficionado and I did
not know about the Buell Blast.
O.K. I am ignorant and a fool without
knowledge. Now, finally, I know a little
bit better. The Buell Blast is a single-
cylinder 492 cc air cooled overhead valve
motorcycle that was produced by the Buell
Motorcycle Company from 2000 to 2009.
And the frame of Mary Lovie's Sunfire
yellow sprayed Buell Blast reads: "AUG
2009."
Mary and Gary Lovie are from Ontario,
Canada. They first visited the island of
Bonaire in the year 2000. They fell in love
with the island and Gary really liked the
underwater world. Mary is a doctor of
veterinarian medicine and during their stay
of three weeks on the island she got in
contact with the Animal Shelter. Then she
asked whether she could be of any help
working as a volunteer.
In the following years Mary and Gary
visited the island frequently. Together with
two American, two Dutch and another
Canadian veterinarian they organized a
plan for sterilizing dogs. Anesthetic medi-
cines were imported and in the year 2004
some 300 female dogs were sterilized. It


took several years to convince the people
of Bonaire and to cure the problem. The
problem will probably never be under con-
trol but the veterinarians and the Animal
Shelter made a lot of progress. Every dog
can now be sterilized for free.
Mary and Gary liked Bonaire so much
that they decided to buy their own prop-
erty. They bought a neat house in the older
neighborhood of Hato. They repainted and
refurbished the house. Now it is a pleasant
place to live, low on maintenance.
One day Gary imported his Harley-
Davidson 1550 Electra Glide. The ma-
chine was made in 2009. The Electra Glide
is completely standard. The bike is painted
black and the engine has fuel injection. A
very nice bike, completely original. Reli-
able and a pleasure to ride.
Then Gary and Mary decided to buy
another motorcycle. In Canada Mary had
had some experience with a four-stroke,
single-cylinder 250 cc Suzuki. The ma-
chine was small and handy but a little bit
slow. So they ordered the Buell Blast. This
Sunfire Yellow sprayed fun machine is a
pleasure to ride. The design goals were:
low cost, ease of operation and ease of
maintenance. The dry weight of the ma-
chine is only 163 kilograms/360 pounds.
Engine power is delivered to the rear
wheel by an automatically tensioned belt.
The valve lifters are hydraulic and self-
adjusting. The carburetor has an automatic
choke and of course a starter motor is fit-
ted. The engine produces 34 British horse-
power at 6500 revs per minute. There is a


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5-speed gearbox and because of the two 16
-inch wheels the bike is relatively low,
handy and maneuverable. For these rea-
sons hundreds of Buell Blasts are used for
Harley-Davidson's Riders Edge New Rider
program in the States, a similar course to
the Motorcycle Safety Foundation 's Basic
Rider Course, a course to learn how to
handle a motorcycle.
As mentioned, Mary's bike is sprayed
Sunfire yellow. The frame is sprayed silver
and functions as a tank for the engine oil.
Front and rear wheels are made of cast
alloy and there are two disc brakes. There
are Pirelli tubeless tires. Mary's bike has
two handy little saddle bags and a wind
screen. The bike only has a jiffy or side
stand, no prop stand. A Sylvania H4 halo-
gen sealed beam is mounted in the front
between the non-adjustable front fork legs.


The dash board is basic: just a speedome-
ter, a digital odometer and an oil pressure
indicator. The meter reads: "Buell, a
Harley-Davidson company." Mary turns
the key of the ignition. The starter motor
turns, the oil pressure warning light turns
off, the engine starts. "Plop, plop, plop,
whahhhh!" This is the unmistakable sound
of a big single!
In 2009 Erik Buell stopped producing the
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automotive crusher.
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Little Monty's Second Chance


Bonaire is a dry islandfull of cacti and
baked earth and yet this rainy season has
been tremendous. I had thought it was all
over but today it's raining again. It's not
quite cats and dogs but this morning's driz-
zle is a good thing. This, dear reader, is not
because it will nourish the trees that feed
the parrots (Loras) or serve some other
much needed ecological purpose but be-
cause it means I can do nothing other than
hide away indoors and finally share another
wondrous tale of all things parrots. And so
withoutfurther ado; before the sun breaks
through; or I mention that like any good
Hollywood blockbuster this story ofjoy,
happiness, sadness and hope is based
(loosely) on a true story; lets get to the
story:

t was a sunny day and Mrs. Python like
most Yellow-shouldered Amazon Par-
rot ladies had had a busy few months. She
quite frankly wanted nothing more than to
sit in a calabash tree on a hillside, take it
easy and enjoy the view. First there had
been the nest prospecting over which Mr.
and Mrs. Python had nearly fallen out, and
this was before the breeding season had
even begun. This is because instead of want-
ing to enthusiastically view all the possible
nest sites with his loved one Mr. Python had
offered to sit and wait so that Mrs. Python
could continue doing her perusing without
dragging him along. That of course, as any
lady parrot would appreciate, is not the
point, because at any moment she might
want his opinion on a particular nest. And so
it was that together they looked at all the
available options in the area before Mrs.
Python finally decided they would do best to
go back and settle on the first nest she had
looked at. One must point out that we highly
disciplined and conservative conservation-
ists of course do not normally anthropomor-
phize and name the parrots we are here to
serve. With the exception of Monty whom
at this point in the story is not even an egg
yet, these names are entirely fictitious.
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home improvement, copious copulation and
bit of warfare with the neighbors that any
good Amazon parrot would have been proud
of, Mrs. Python was getting clucky. In a
process that can best be described by any
Mr. Parrot as eye watering, Mrs. Python
went about the business of laying her clutch
of eggs. In a little over a week she had pro-
duced four beautiful white eggs, by which
point Mrs. Python was ever so grateful to
not be a kiwi. The kiwi of course dear
reader, lays the largest egg in relation to it's
body size of any bird.
Next was incubation which Mrs. Python
has always said is a bit like a month of sail-
ing, that is: mostly boring with a few pass-
ing moments of terror. Warming eggs,
warming eggs, warming eggs, "is that an
introduced mammalian predator (cat) I hear
climbing the nest tree about to come and eat
me", "ah, no", warming eggs, warming eggs,
warming eggs. But soon enough incubation
concluded and four tiny pink bundles of joy
emerged, one of which would later become
known as Monty.
Over the next two months Mr. and Mrs.
Python nurtured their wonderful chicks. The
chicks themselves made a marvelous transi-
tion from helpless, eyeless, little pink things
to stunning and sleek fledglings, doing all
that growing with such incredible effi-
ciency. Monty was loved by his family. His
parents were generous with food but also
with discipline as is so rarely the case these
days, and so he and his siblings were neither
cantankerous nor tempestuous young par-
rots. Even during the brief starvation period
that Mr. and Mrs. Python had enforced in
order to draw their young family out of their
nest, the chicks maintained their good man-
ners. And so one by one the young Pythons
emerged and entered the big wide world. If
the last 3 months had been a strain for Mrs.
Python then those first weeks when the
chicks were fledging would be at a least a
strain and a half, if not two strains. She and
Mr. Python found themselves flying up and
down their happy little valley in endless
search and rescue missions as they tried to
locate their various offspring. Over time the
fledglings' proficiency improved and they
made fewer and fewer crash landings into
random trees. It was at this time, when the
youngest of their four had been out of the
nest two weeks, when Mrs. Python herself
was doing the wanting of nothing more,
with which we started this story.
It was a sunny day and Mrs. Python de-
cided the time had come when her new fam-
ily was ready to venture into the local vil-
lage where juicy mangos and other exotic


fruits were to be found on garden trees,
where once there had been a diverse range
of Bonairean trees. Together Mr. and Mrs.
Python and their offspring and the
neighbors and their offspring flew south in
a more or less orderly flock. Before crash-
ing into a mango tree the group first
alighted on a haphazard collection of tele-
graph wires where all could be counted and
accounted for. Thankfully the Pythons and
the neighbors had all made it. The parents
felt relief and satisfaction. The young fledg-
lings cavorted and screamed with their ex-
citement even though they weren't the least
bit interested in the juicy mangos, for they
were still being fed by their parents. Sud-
denly the parrots became aware of a strange
animal beneath them on the ground. The
parents realized with horror there was dan-
ger and they took their turn to scream, urg-
ing they young families to fly. Before he
could open his wings poor Monty had been
knocked about the head with a big stick and
he fell from the wire to the ground. U
Photos & story by Sam Williams
Clearly Monty hasn't yet had his second
chance. Worry not, dear reader. The con-
cluding part of this incredible story will be
regaled in the next Bonaire Reporter, but
for now the story ends on this sad cliff
hanger (and that last bit really is true).


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There are thousands of nautical miles
between dushi Bonaire and Lennart
'Lelle' Davidsson's homeland of Sweden.
Lelle spent his childhood learning to sail in
cold Scandinavian waters and by the time he
reached his mid 20s, the lure of the sea was
calling. On October 2, 1992, Davidsson left
as part of the crew on Royal Eagle, a 64-
foot racer/cruiser that was Caribbean bound.
His plan was to cruise the islands, bail out
in Central America, travel north to San
Francisco, perhaps work for a boatyard
there, and then return to Sweden in about a
year. Unknown to Lelle, that plan began to


unravel before the Royal Eagle had even left Royal Eagle 's first Caribbean port of call
coastal Europe. In La Palma, Spain, was the French island of Martinique. The
Davidsson met the crew from another boat's owner took on charters so Lelle and
Swedish boat, Omen. Built in 1933, the his mates got to see much of the Windward
wooden, 50-foot, two-mast fishing trawler and Leeward islands. Months later in Bar-
was also headed to the West Indies, albeit at bados, they once again ran into the crew
a sea turtle's pace. The two crews discov- from the Omen. For Davidsson it was like
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imity and most had mutual friends back them on their world voyage. The crew of
home. It was also here that Lelle met Omen six sailed south to Grenada-the island of the
crewmember, Per Magnusson. The two spices- reveled in the wild Carnival of Trini-
would soon cross paths again, dad for days where they signed on two more


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Jupiter and the Brightest Star in the Night Sky


A although there
are many bright
objects in the heavens
in early evening, three
of the brightest are
there for you to enjoy
right now. One of
them holds the distinc-
tion of being the
brightest star visible
from Earth, other than
our Sun, and the other
is the biggest, and al-
most the brightest,
planet in our solar sys-
tem. And of course
you know all about the Moon. Let me
show you:
About an hour after sunset this week
face west. Shining brilliantly not far
above the horizon is the biggest of all
the planets, Jupiter, which will set
about an hour after the Sun, so get out
early to catch it. Then turn and look into
the southeast where you will see the
brightest constellation of them all,
Orion the hunter. Two bright stars
mark his shoulders, two bright stars
mark his knees and three not quite as
bright stars equally spaced in a row
mark his belt.
And if you shoot an imaginary arrow
through Orion's belt down to his left you
will see a dazzling star which literally
outshines all the stars in the heavens as
seen from Earth, the star Sirius which
marks the nose of Orion's faithful com-
panion, Canis Major, the great dog. In
fact we can make a very nice stick fig-
ure of a dog by drawing lines between
Canis Major's stars with Sirius marking
his nose. Now although Sirius is nick-
named the "dog star," I personally pre-
fer the name the ancient Egyptians gave
it, the "Soul of Isis." But whatever
name it has enjoyed for the past several
thousand years, it is still the brightest
and most jewel-like star we can see.
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intrinsically the brightest. It only ap-
pears to be the brightest because it is so
close to us. In fact, it is the fifth closest
star to planet Earth, not quite nine light
years away which, although nearby cos-
mically speaking, is still over half a
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our closest star the Sun. And we can see
many stars which are hundreds of times
larger than Sirius, like Orion's red
shoulder star, Betelgeuse.
Even so Sirius makes our own star, the
Sun, look rather puny by comparison
because while our Sun is almost one
million miles in diameter, Sirius is al-
most twice as wide. And while our Sun
burns a relatively cool 10,000 degrees
Fahrenheit at its surface, Sirius blazes a
fierce 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which
makes it shine 25 times brighter than
our Sun. Wow! Thank heaven it isn't as
close to us as our Sun or we'd all have to
wear sunglasses to get to sleep at night.
At any rate, if you watch Sirius when
it is close to the horizon it will look
even more dazzling than when it's up
high. In fact it will flash and sparkle and
change brilliant colors like a cosmic
jewel unlike any other star in the heav-
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west after sunset and then turn to the
southeast and enjoy Sirius the dog star
and the ancient soul of Isis. It will daz-
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Taurus (April 20 ,May 21) : Work is de-
manding this month, dear Taurus, but also
very rewarding. Friends are especially helpful
and enjoyable to be around. You are likely to
find that by networking and paying attention
to people in the same career field as you, or to
those with similar interests, you are able to
come up with some excellent ideas for your
own life.
Gemini (May 21 .June 21) : Career and
professional matters are strong, rewarding,
and exciting this month, dear Gemini. While
you cannot say your career is carefree these
days, as challenges are also part of the experi-
ence, you are bound to find many opportuni-
ties to grow and develop on a professional
level this month and beyond.
Cancer (June 22 .July 22) : Plenty of ca-
reer developments are in the works, dear Can-
cer, as you take the time to re-assess your
professional life and responsibilities. In March
and April, matters will begin to move quickly,
with a raise a definite possibility; but now is
the time for analysis rather than action. Love
has been tricky recently, and continues to
baffle you in February.
Leo (July 23 .August 23) : Your popularity
runs high this month, dear Leo, even though
you continue to keep some emotional distance.
Those close to you, however, are likely to
sense that you are not as enthusiastic and di-
rect as usual, but it's a necessary period in
which you take a step back and analyze what
works for you and what doesn't.
Virgo (August 23 .September 23) : Febru-
ary is an excellent month for your relation-
ships, dear Virgo. You are especially willing
to please, and partners (or potential ones) are
attentive and romantic. Your openness to part-
nering and tolerance of others are qualities
that will help improve your relationships many
times over this year. Opportunities to connect
and for a happy, productive relationship are
abundant.
Libra (September 23 .October 23) : While
life has been filled with pressures and perhaps
setbacks for many of you recently, dear Libra,
the first three weeks of February bring great
opportunities for recreation and enjoyment.
Romantic new beginnings are possible, but
keep your eye out for deception or self-
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friend continue this month, and the only thing
to do now is to give them space. If you find
that you're only going through the motions, let
time pass before making any decisions.
Scorpio (October 23 .November 22) :
Challenges with work continue and are
unlikely to clear up until mid-March, dear
Scorpio. While some of you are encountering
difficult circumstances on the job, most of you
are experiencing loss of enthusiasm within.
You might be going through the motions for
the time being. You are sure to regain energy
and zeal, as well as a sense of direction, next
month.
Sagittarius (November 22 .December 21) :
You are paying much more attention to per-
sonal matters than you are to professional and
social endeavors these days, dear Sagittarius.
The focus is on your feelings, intuition, and
comfort rather than what the rest of the world
expects of you. The first two weeks of Febru-
ary are exceptionally busy for paperwork,
errands, learning, and intellectual projects.
Family and those close to home are especially
helpful to you in February. A friend might be
disapproving or difficult, but pay attention--he
or she might have a good point.
Capricorn (December 21 .January 20) : A
strong focus on practical matters this month
keeps your mind on security and comfort mat-
ters for the most part, dear Capricorn. At the
same time, you have so many ideas for the
future that it's hard to settle on just one. This is
not the best month for presenting or imple-
menting your ideas, however, because they
require more work, refinement, and thought.
Aquarius (January 20 ,February 19):
February is a strong month for finances and
personal possessions for you, dear Aquarius..
Others are really in your comer this month,
paying you much attention. While relationship
problems are still part of your life, those of
you involved in casual relationships are find-
ing many opportunities to enjoy yourselves
and singles are not lacking for attention, ei-
ther. This is a strong period for creative pro-
jects and endeavors.
Pisces (February 19 .March 20) : February
starts slowly but quickly picks up speed mid-
way through, dear Pisces, when
you'll experience lots of activity and attention.
Gifts, refunds, or rebates may be forthcoming
now. Although it's a strong time for career and
business opportunities in general, there are
some snags to deal with when it comes to
work schedules. You might also be losing
some enthusiasm for work, and going through
the motions, which should change by mid-
March. By Annie




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