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Need additional U.S. passport pages? E-mail
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Imageby Riodenizen

For any U.S. citizen needing additional pages in your passport, here is the current procedure in Guatemala City:

You can fill out the form online before you go to the embassy located at Avenida Reforma 7-01 in zone 10 within walking distance of Las Torres Hotel on Calle 13. The website to do that is https://pptform.state.gov/?Submit2=Complete+Online+%26+Print. The form is ds4085. There is a citizen services gate where you show your passport, then proceed in to the citizen services office where you will go through an airport type screening. They will take your cellphone, and any other bags you might have, and give you a card to reclaim them when you are through. Go directly to the second floor to window #3 if you have applied online.

If you have not applied online there is a computer in that office to use. The form is ds4085. After your application is checked, and you sign it the clerk will direct you to an office right down the corridor, where you submit your form, with your passport, and pay the fee which is $82.00 US or the equivalent in Quetzales. You then return to the room where you submitted your application, and in about 30 minutes they will call your name at window #5, and give you your passport with 24 additional pages. The entire procedure took about 45 minutes, and I had not filled out the form before I went.

 
Rex Taute succumbs to cancer E-mail
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Rex Taite
Rex Taite
Rex Taute, 58, of Cayo Quemado, Rio Dulce recently died of cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a brief hospitalization.

A geologist and professional well digger in New Mexico, Rex was a third generation “dowser” (water witch) who could locate underground water reserves using a variety of tools including willow branches, pendulums, L&Y rods and bobbers.

An easy-going man with a big friendly smile, Rex spent most of his time in Cayo Quemado where he worked on his sailboat s/v Carina and was putting together a water drilling rig to provide potable water for the community.

Rex is survived by his brother Mark of Cayo Quemado along with his daughter Carey, sisters Donna and Laura and his mother Hazel, all in the USA.

 
Parade features cartoon characters E-mail
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Daisy Duck kicks up her heels during a local school's anniversary parade. Click Read More below to see other photos by (Portside) Tom Chittenden
Daisy Duck kicks up her heels during a local school's anniversary parade. Click Read More below to see other photos by (Portside) Tom Chittenden
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Thank You Rio Dulce Community E-mail
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Bomberos Voluntarios meet on Aug. 3, 2014 to formalize receipt of donations from the Rio Dulce Community Fundraiser. Click on "read more" below for more photos.
Bomberos Voluntarios meet on Aug. 3, 2014 to formalize receipt of donations from the Rio Dulce Community Fundraiser. Click on "read more" below for more photos.
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Bomberos shopping spree a success E-mail
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By Kathi Wright
We are very happy to announce that, due to Rita Rabre’s negotiations for the best prices AND some very generous discounts we received from the vendors at the time of purchase, our funds went much farther than expected.  Below is the updated list of items the luncheon fund raising allowed the Bomberos to purchase on
07/30/2014:

Medical Equipment [For Ambulances and Onsite Clinic

1 - O2 Bottle with Regular
1 – O2 Bottle Refill
1 – Backboard with Straps and Head Immobilizer

2 – Pulse Ox Meters
2 – BP Kits

2 – Glucometers Advocate
1 – Splits Kit

3 – Berman Airway Sets
10 – Baby Birth Clamps

1 – Suture Kit with 10 Pieces
1 – Foreign Bodies Pinza

3 – Digital Thermometers
3 – Baby Airway Suction Bulbs

10 – Sutures 3.0
5 - Durapore
1” Rolls
10 – Angiocaths
1 – Alcohol Prep Pads Box

1 – Sterile Birth Kit
10 – Venosets

2 – First Aid Bags [for the Ambulances]
1 – First Aid Bag [for the Onsite Clinic]

10 – Boxes of Latex Gloves
1 – High Intensity Goose Neck Lamp for Suturing

Fire Fighting Gear
5 – Fire Hoods

Storage for Equipment and Office in Fire Station
6 – Locking Storage Units for Equipment

2 – Shelving Units
1 – Locking Cabinet for Office

Materials for Fire Station Improvements Needed
30 – Ceramic Floor Tiles for Onsite Clinic – For Proper Sanitation

Transportation Costs for Purchase of Items in Guatemala City
Covered All Fuel Costs for Transporting Items from
Guatemala City to Rio Dulce

We again want to thank the entire Rio Dulce community for their support of this fund raising effort.  And, we would also like to extend an invitation to come out to the Rio Dulce Fire Station this coming Sunday, August 3rd at 3:30PM to attend the presentation of those items.

 Here is an opportunity to meet Rita and thank her for the great work she has done while Fire Chief…… and also have an opportunity to meet our current fire fighters and the new cadets.  Hope to see you there!

 
s/v For Today destroyed by fire E-mail
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s/v For Today was destroyed by fire this morning (July 31) while at anchor in Nana Juana Bay. Owners Don and Linda apparently were not on board at the onset of the fire but were on s/v Solange which they recently purchased.  Cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Rio Dulce Bomberos and Perenco's large service boat responded to the alarm and managed to douse the flames after the sailboat was towed into shallow water. Photo by Veronica Gutierrez
s/v For Today was destroyed by fire this morning (July 31) while at anchor in Shell Bay. Owners Don and Linda apparently were not on board at the onset of the fire but were on s/v Solange which they recently purchased. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Rio Dulce Bomberos and Perenco's large service boat responded to the alarm and managed to douse the flames after the sailboat was towed into shallow water. Photo by Veronica Gutierrez

Rio Dulce Bomberos and the crew of Perenco's oil field service boat pump water into s/v For Today.
Rio Dulce Bomberos and the crew of Perenco's oil field service boat pump water into s/v For Today.
 

 
Bomberos benefit raises approx Q20,000 E-mail
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Big turnout for Bomberos benefit
Big turnout for Bomberos benefit -- Jody Aston photo
By Kathi Wright
The Rio Dulce Bomberos and the Fund Raising Committee want to again thank all those who participated and lent their support to our Bomberos Benefit Luncheon on July 19.  

Due to everyone’s efforts, we were able to raise just under Q20,000 from the luncheon. 

And, it has also been reported that other outside donations are still coming in!  Our hearts go out to the Bomberos who are there for our community and this money will, in fact, provide those items that will meet their immediate needs.

And a big thanks to Rita Rabre, our Rio Dulce Fire Chief, who has been diligently working to negotiate prices with multiple vendors for the purchase of the required items.  Due to her efforts, we may be able to drastically increase our purchasing power for the funds raised.

With everyone’s donations and support we most definitely exceeded our expectations!  And we are happy to announce that the Q19,010 collected, will allow us to cover the following purchases needed for the Fire Station Clinic, Ambulance and Firefighters:

 Things we’ll buy:

--       Oxygen Bottle with Regulator

--       Backboard with straps

--      Pulse Ox

--      Blood Pressure kits

--      Glucometers

--       Berman Airway Kits

--      First Aid Bags – Equipped with disposables (gloves, dressings, etc)

--       First Aid Bag – Clinic – Equipped with Nebulization Kit and Suture Kit

--       Clinic Floor

--       Storage lockers

--       Shelves

--       File Cabinet

--       Rappel equipment

--       Firefighter gloves

--       Latex gloves

Rita is traveling to Guatemala City on July 30th for the purchase of the items noted above. 

There will be an official presentation of those purchases to the Fire Station at 4:00PM on Sunday, August 3rd. 

This is an open invitation to the entire community to come out and be part of this presentation and meet our new cadets who will be officially joining the Rio Dulce Bomberos that day!

And on a personal note, we would like to acknowledge and thank Bruno’s for allowing us to utilize their facility and staff, all the local businesses and individuals who made donations to our Silent Auction and Raffle, the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator, the Net and the local radio station who helped advertise our event….. and especially all those friends who also gave so much of their time to plan, organize, solicit donations, pre-sell tickets, provided food donations and those who worked the 19th selling tickets, grilling, serving, announcing, cleaning up ….. and so much more. 

We could not have met our goal without each and every one of you. 

 
Masters Swim Meet Sunday, July 27 E-mail
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ImageLa Asociacion de Natacion Master de Guatemala (the Masters Swimming Association of Guatemala) will host 3 and 6 km swimming competitions this Sunday, July 27, at Castillo San Felipe park.

Categories of competition are based on swimmers ages – from 19 to 24 years old, 25 to 29 years old, 30 to 34 years old and more.

Rio Dulce boaters and residents are welcome to view the event. Entry to Castillo San Felipe can be by water or by vehicles. Entry fees are Q25 for non-residents, Q10 for national adults and Q5 for children.

The entrance fees allow visitors to tour the castillo at no extra cost.

The 3 km competition will be a round trip journey of 1,500 mts marked by buoys. The 6 km will be marked by buoys for two laps.

Registration of athletes starts at 7 am The competition will begin at 8 am and continue through the day.

For the safety of swimmers, support boats, kayacks, and rescue personnel will accompany the competition.

Medals will be given for participation in both rounds. Ttrophies will be awarded to the top three places.

Firearms, knives, alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited from the park.

 
Rio Dulce supports bomberos benefit E-mail
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Who could resist buying raffle tickets from these lovely ladies
Who could resist buying raffle tickets from these lovely ladies?
Story and Photos
by Jody Aston

The fundraiser luncheon for the Rio Dulce Bomberos (firefighters and emergency services), Saturday, July 19,  was a huge success!

Fundraiser chairman, Willy Ditzler, said 150 tickets were sold prior to the event and many more hungry walk-ins came on Saturday.

Everyone enjoyed a tasty meal, while raffle prizes were awarded to lucky recipients with winning numbers. Competitors eagerly waited to find out if their entry was the final winner of the silent auction goods and services.

On behalf of the Rio Dulce Bomberos, Fire Chief Rita Rabre expressed gratitude for the large turnout of people from all over the Rio Dulce area.

Special thanks are extended to the generous donors of the raffle and auction prizes, the organizers, cooks, the numerous helpers involved in this worthy project, and to Bruno's Restaurant and Marina for hosting the event.

View a Youtube video of the photos HERE.

More information, including names of donors, winners, and the total amount raised, will be provided after the final tally.

The food is worth the wait
The food is worth the wait

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