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Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn E-mail
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Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn on the Rio

September 29, 2015
by The Mystery Duo
Editor's Note: The Mystery Duo strikes again! If you've figured out who they are, drop us a line on the Rio Dulce Chisme Forum here, or send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Image We are well aware of the nice meals available at the surrounding marina restaurants, but, for a change, we wanted to try some of the local Guatemalan restaurants, too. We decided to make this outing on a day that promised to be very hot, and we had a lot of shopping to do. So, we opted to stop by Restaurante Jocelyn for a nice breakfast. That would make breakfast easy, and we could get our shopping done early and be home before the heat of the day.

Bienvenidos a Restaurante Jocelyn

Restaurante Jocelyn is on the town side of the bridge, and next to the municipal launcha dock. This offers the advantage of being accessible by both water and land. There are two buildings, pretty much side by side, each with a Restaurante Jocelyn sign on the roof. It didn’t seem to matter where we sat, so we opted for the building that had no boats in front of it. Tying up the dingy was easy, and we had a beautiful view of the river.

Bus and Lancha Timetables E-mail
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Rio Dulce Colectivo Lancha Ticket Office at the Public Dock (Muelle)

September 21, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor, and Peter Kruse

Do you have a hard time remembering when the colectivo lancha goes to Livingston...or did you ever wake up in the wee hours of the morning and drag yourself to the Litegua bus station for the 3:00 a.m. trip to Guatemala City, only to discover that you chose the one day of the week that the bus does NOT make that trip? Well, the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator is here to help!

Peter Kruse did a bit of sleuthing and got all the Rio Dulce bus schedules sorted out. He made flyers of the information to post in Casa Perico and Sundog Café, then kindly passed them on to the Chisme. He has schedules for Litegua's Rio Dulce to Guatemala City, and Fuente Del Norte's timetables for Rio Dulce to Flores/Peten, San Pedro Sula, and San Salvador. You will find those posted below. Thanks, Peter, for doing all the work for us!

The Public Docks (Muelle) in Livingston
The Public Docks (Muelle) in Livingston

The hours for the colectivo lancha to and from Livingston are also provided. Note that the round-trip ticket has a reduced price, but only if you leave and return on the same day (retorno mismo dia). We will keep this information updated, and make it a permanent page for easy reference...just click on the new topic, Timetables, on the menu bar to the left.

Colectivo Lancha from Rio Dulce to Livingston Ticket Details

Results of Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 2015 E-mail
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Willyserves his Chili
Willy Serves His First-prize Winning Chili!

by Jody Aston, Editor, and additional photos from Lori Shea
September 14, 2015

Thanks to generous contributions of donations, personal time and energy, and the great Rio Dulce Community spirit, our Chili Cook-off Fundraiser was a big success! Attendees won numerous raffle prizes and silent auction items, filled their bellies with chili and hotdogs, laughed with their friends and new acquaintances, while amassing a hefty sum in the fundraising pot.

Organizer Kathi Wright by Lori Shea
This year's donation will be split between the Centro de Salud health clinic and the recovery fund for our neighbors in the recently flooded village of Sumach. Organizers are still waiting for a few receipts, but estimate the profit available for donation is Q10,873.

Former fire chief, Rita Rabre, is negotiating prices for items on the "wish list" and will be in charge of distribution of funds. Organizers Willy Ditzler, of SV Lorelei, and Kathi Wright are grateful to the many supporters of the event and will provide a list of donors and volunteers for a future story. Our thanks go to the two of them and the other committee members for skillful planning and organization, and to Lori Shea for her outstanding bi-lingual presentation of the raffle prizes.

Willy's chili came out on top, winning first place over other entrants, such as "Varmit" and "Texas Outlaw." Two of the cheeky judges, Tom Allen and Emy Bartula, posted this entry as their choice for winner:

Cheeky Judges Voted This Chili Entry as the Winner
It was all part of the fun in our crazy, caring Rio Dulce community! Enjoy more photos below.

Roy Field, of SV Avion, Passes Away E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
Death of Roy Field
Roy Field, of SV Avion Passed Away Sept. 7th
We are sad to report that a member of the Rio Dulce and Caribbean sailing community, Roy Leon Field, passed away Monday morning, September 7, 2015.

We do not have details of Roy's death, other than his wish was to be cremated, with his ashes spread at sea. Mike and Lilo, of Brooksy Point Yacht Club in Roatan, said they will fulfill that wish and sail Roy’s boat, SV Avion, out to sea for a final cruise.

Roy was a quiet, friendly man. He was often found engaged in interesting conversation at Bruno’s, and a few times, he even participated in our International Pub Trivia Quiz nights. He will be missed by many Rio Dulce friends.

If anyone has information to share regarding Roy’s death, please contact the editor at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will be happy to provide an update.

Guatemala President Resigned and In Jail E-mail
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Pres. Maldonado
Interim President Maldonado_AP Photo-Moises Castillo

by Jody Aston, Editor
September 5, 2015 

The Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator is not the type publication to cover ‘hard’ news in Guatemala, and political coverage is best left to the people of Guatemala. Recent events, however, are historic in nature and, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the unprecedented news of the past week. As we stated in our Links to Information on Current Events  on May 19, 2015, this is not a statement of support nor opposition by the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator, but merely a passing on of information.

Guatemalan President Otto Peréz Molina resigned at midnight Wednesday, September 2, 2015, amid a corruption scandal and after months of peaceful protests calling for his resignation. Here are links to English-language coverage from various sources:

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina resigns - 3 September 2015 – from BBC:


Guatemala Swears In New Leader As Ex-President Is Ordered to Jail – 3 September 2015 – from Wall Street Journal:



Rio Dulce Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 2015 E-mail
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TODAY's the DAY!!! Come join the fun and support a great cause!!


August 28, 2015

Come join the fun at the Rio Dulce Community Fundraiser. This year we are having a Chili Cook-off Competition! It will be held at Bruno's Marina on September 7, 2015. More information to follow soon!

As promised, more information. Update: Sunday August 30, 2015

Monday, August 31st is the last day for contestant cooks to sign up for the chili competition. Peggy is handling the sign-up and Q100 entry fee collections. Call Kathi Wright 5321-9197 if you need help finding Peggy. At this time, there are 8 competitors entered. 

The chili judges will start at 12 Noon with their tasting and voting.  The award of judges trophies should be done by 1 PM.  Tickets go on sale to the public at 1 PM [for chili, hot dogs & raffle]. Guests pay Q5 per sample and there will be a 5 ticket minimum. The portions are one ladle in a 10 oz. cup. Tickets are submitted to each competitor for each sample. Once the sampling is winding down or completed, tickets will be tallied for the award of the Blue Ribbon for the “People’s Choice” to the competitor who has the most tickets.

Fiesta for Children of the Sumach Flood E-mail
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Children of Sumach Line up for Food
Children of Sumach Eagerly Line up for Food

by Jody Aston, Editor
August 19, 2015

Over one hundred victims of the recent flooding in Sumach, on Lake Izabal, were sheltered in the vacant new mercado building on the Fronteras side of Rio Dulce. Many community members rallied round to help them adjust to their temporary living quarters. For instance, Oscar Lopez and Kim Neilson, local and temporary residents, respectively, from the other side of the bridge, organized the entire El Relleno community to cook a hot meal for everyone in the shelter. It was a huge success and apparently, the food was delicious. You can see Julia Bartlett's photos of the occasion on the Rio Dulce Net Facebook page here.

Karen Lopez
Karen de Lopez of Ram Marina Provided Lunch

In addition to the relief provided by Guatemala government agencies, such as CONRED, numerous loads of supplies were purchased and delivered from Rio Dulce. Thanks to many generous donations from the Rio Dulce community, we have been able to offer a great deal of support to the affected communities. Heather Graham, of Casa Guatemala, and Karen de Lopez of Ram Marina, have been instrumental in getting deliveries organized, and Julia Bartlett, and Rita Rabre, among many others, have devoted considerable time to collecting donations and acquiring needed items for the displaced.

There was concern for the children being away from school and stuck in a big concrete building surrounded by a barren parking lot. Karen de Lopez planned a temporary school while they were in the shelter, and I arranged games and fun activities for them.

Much to our surprise, and delight, on Monday, the day we were to begin, we discovered that all but 13 of the people in the shelter had returned to their homes in Sumach. So, Karen, with her 100 sandwiches and other goodies, and I, with my piñatas and other playthings, along with my friend, Yveth Orellano and her daughter, Dailyn, switched gears and headed to Sumach.

The new shelter in Sumach
Letter of Gratitude from Annie Richey E-mail
Features - Places and Faces
August 15, 2015
By Jody Aston, Editor, and Annie Shambo Richey

Annie Richey
Many of you know Annie Richey, who lived in Cayo Quemado with Tom Gensemer, of Cayo Quemado Sails and Rigging. While she was on the rio, Annie established a wonderful foundation called GirlsEmpo, or in Spanish, ASOEMPO (Asociación Empoderamiento), to empower young girls in the Livingston area to improve their lives. She and a young local woman, Sonia Lemus, founded a secondary school, attended by more than 100 children from ten rural indigenous communities – half of them girls. They even provide schoolboats, which serve as ‘bus’ transportation so all children can get to the school. They also created and continue to operate a community-based girls club, where over 50 girls can learn, play and develop self-confidence. Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator carried a story about this work that you can read here.

Students at Work on their Computers
Annie no longer lives on the Rio Dulce but is still on the Executive Board and very involved in the operation and development of GirlsEmpo. She wrote a letter, recently, thanking the many generous supporters and donors from Rio Dulce and from abroad, for the donation of computers and equipment, and the construction of a new building to house a computer classroom at the school in Livingston.

We are sharing Annie’s letter here, interspersed with photographs of the opening day celebration, and students hard at work on their new computers.


Muchísimas gracias for the generous support of all those who helped bring to reality the new computer classroom in our middle school INEB Barra de Lámpara, Improving the lives of and opening opportunities for more than 120 adolescent girls and boys and their families from 10 rural communities!

For your generous donation of funds for the computers, the generator and improvement of the building, thank you Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation of Rochester, NY (the primary funder), Michele Richey (my mom),  and The municipality of Livingston.

For donation of funds to pay the computer teacher, thank you Luis Xol (who is running for alcalde de Livingston, and is from Lagunitas Salvador, one of the 10 villages), and Barbara Jenks (Tom’s mom).

To the local businesses who donated services, we give special recognition for their help in improving the lives of children and families here on the Rio Dulce. Thanks toTom Gensemer at Cayo Quemado Sails & Rigging – for coordinating the shipment and safe delivery of the computers to the school; Karen de Lopez, and RAM Marina for the safe storage of the computers until we had a good weather window to get them downriver, and Jose Guzman of Transcargo Shipping for the safe shipment and the super discount on the shipping charges to get the computers from Miami to Rio Dulce, and Jody Aston of Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator.

Flood Damage Fundraiser and How You Can Help E-mail
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Rio Sumach
Helping Hands in the Rio Sumach Flood
August 10, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

This is a follow-up on our recent article, Serious Flood Damage on Lake Izabal. We will provide an update on the situation later, but first, we would like to announce a FUNDRAISING EVENT that was already being planned for a local charity when the flooding in the Lake Izabal area occurred. Willy Ditzler, on SV Lorelei, and Kathi Wright, along with a team of committee members, had committed to providing donations from the event to the Centro de Salud (Health Center) which offers 10 free clinics locally. The focus has shifted to the new emergency, however, and will now split the proceeds between that worthy cause and the flood disaster relief. From organizer Kathi Wright:

Planning Phase Started for the 2015 Rio Dulce Community Fundraiser

This year’s event will be raising money for the local free clinics under the Centro de Salud. These ten free clinics support our community and are in desperate need of our help. The committee has met with the doctor in charge and has obtained a list of what will most benefit these various facilities.

2015 Chili Cook-Off and Raffle/Silent Auction

Monday, September 7th

At Bruno’s Marina

 We hope to experience the same support from our community that we received last year and are now looking for:

·               ~donations of new or gently used items from individuals for our raffle/silent auction,

·               ~donations of products or services from local businesses for our raffle/silent auction,

·               ~competitors in our Chili Cook-Off to make their favorite brand of chili,

·               ~volunteers who can work this year’s event, and

·               ~lots and lots of people to come out and enjoy the day and raise money for our community!

If you want to participate or have any questions, please contact Kathi Wright at 5321-9197.

As usual, the Rio Dulce community, both resident and transient, has been kind-hearted and generous in donating supplies and cash donations for relief efforts. More is needed, and there have been inquiries from many asking how they can donate money from afar.

We attempted to set up a PayPal method, but it is too difficult (impossible) to withdraw the funds while in Guatemala. Withdrawals can only be made from a USA bank account. Then, to make wire transfers from the bank account, it would cost US$45 to send any amount from $1 to $5,000. This is in addition to the percentage charged by PayPal for the transaction. In short, it’s not viable.

To transfer money from personal accounts in the United States to Guatemala, many expats use XOOM (pronounced zoom), a reliable money transfer service. It is, by far, the cheapest method available. They charge a flat rate of US$4.99 for any amount up to $2,999. It is simple to sign on, and the funds are easily obtained as cash pickups or bank deposits to Guatemala accounts. If anyone is interested in using this method, contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will give you the bank account number to use to receive the transfer. We will provide complete information on how your money is used, and if possible, will even provide photographs. https://www.xoom.com/money-transfer Note: Xoom only accepts transfers from US-based bank accounts and credit/debit cards.

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