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Features - Photographs from Around the Rio

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Cayo Quemado/Texan Bay Photograph by Johnny Aaram

June 23, 2016
Photographs by Johnny Aaram, "Teacher John," & Steph Morton

This week we have our third group of lovely photographs from Johhn Aaram. Once again, he beautifully captures the Rio Dulce culture and landscape.

We are pleased, also, to have a gorgeous photograph sent to us by "Teacher John." He says he took this when he was teaching at Casa Guatemala in September 2011. He calls it an all-blue rainbow.

Steph Morton was up early for a misty morning on the rio. Take a look at her magical photograph that we used in the banner.

Thanks, Johnny, Teacher John, and Steph! The Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator would LOVE to have more photographs of Rio Dulce (or elsewhere in Guatemala) from our readers!! I will reduce the size to fit our website - just send me what you've got!  Send to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Sunset at Casa Guatemala by Teacher John

 

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Magda Moves On E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes
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Friends Gather for Magda's Adios Party at Sundog
June 12, 2016
by Jody Aston
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After winning hearts all over the rio, our Polish friend, Magda, is moving on to a new adventure. Adios parties were held at The Shack and then at Sundog Café.

As Guatemala, and especially Rio Dulce, has a way of getting into one's system, we have a feeling she will be back one day. In the meantime, we wish her safe travels, warm new friendships, and loads of fun experiences.

Feliz Viaje!

 

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Shell Marinas Offers Immediate Propane Tank Refills E-mail
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Shell Marinas Offers Immediate Propane Refill Service
June 4, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Photographer

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Empty Tanks are Weighed Before and After Filling
Most cruisers are familiar with the sputtering sound of an empty propane gas cylinder - usually at an inopportune time like attempting to boil water for morning coffee. Added to the disappointment, getting propane tanks refilled in Rio Dulce has always been a 3-7 day wait. Thanks to a new service provided by Shell Marinas, however, there will be no more waiting!

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Inspecting the Tank
Pull up to the Shell Station dock, and give your tank to the employees. You can sit at a table by the cashier and enjoy a drink (and the beautiful view of the rio) while they take the empty for an immediate refill at the rear of the property. You may also want to make use of the adjacent ATM/Cajero.

 

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Pass It On Charity Auction - A Big Success E-mail
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Eager Bidders Await the Start of the Auction
May 29, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Photographer 

The Pass It On Charity Auction held at Mar Marine on Sunday, May 22, was a resounding success! Founder and Director of Pass It On Guatemala, Julia Bartlett, cleaned out the storage room chocked full of donations from the Rio Dulce community, and declared that everything must go! Boaters and locals, alike, joined in the fun bargaining. Mar Marine owner, Marlene, auctioneer extraordinaire, skillfully squeezed out every quetzal possible for the benefit of the charity. Happy bidders went home with an armful of goodies. 

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Julia Bartlett, Founding Director of Pass It On, Surveys the Many Items Up for Bid

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Mar Marine Guest Chef Meals E-mail
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May 25, 2016 
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Linda Kersey 
 

Mar Marine served the first of its new special meals yesterday and it was a big hit! Debbie (SV Plucky Lady), a skillful chef with many years experience in France and Belgium, offered her expertise to initiate additions to Mar's menu. Diners enjoyed diverse and delicious appetizer 'tapas' consisting of a layered tuna salad, olives, and Camembert cheese melts. The entree was a French specialty, Beef Bourguignon, accompanied by Potatoes Dauphinoise, creamed cauliflower and courgettes (zucchini), and a tomato and cucumber salad. 

ImageVarious tasty specials will continue to be offered, indefinitely, every Tuesday and Thursday for lunch and dinner. The cost is a very reasonable Q50, which includes one drink (soda, wine or beer) and either an appetizer or a dessert, depending on the menu for the day. Call on 68, after the morning Cruiser's Net, to reserve a place at the table. Tired of rice and beans? Try adding a gourmet delight to your dining experience!


 
Refugio Dulce, The Sweet Refuge E-mail
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Residents of Refugio Dulce in the Palapa
 
May 20, 2016
by Kitty Kenworthy
Photography by Jim Kenworthy

Thanks to the kind hearts and generosity of many people on the Rio, the lovely old folks in the Refugio Dulce home for abandoned elders are enjoying some of the bare comforts and dignity we all take for granted.

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Water Well Under Construction
Just after this last Christmas, Denny Gluck of Denny’s Beach Resort (http://dennysbeach.com/) popped in to see how the old folks were doing. He was shocked by the apathy and blank faces. He immediately went out and bought a big TV and some festive fare for the coming New Year. The old folks didn't have aids to help them out into the palapa, where the TV had to be installed, so Denny carried them out watch it. Thus having run somewhat low on funds, after providing many of the basic necessities out of his own pocket, Denny contacted his good friend Roy, on m/v Steel Magnolia, who suggested that Denny contact Pass It On, and there he found some of the help he desperately needed. 

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Pass It On Charity Auction E-mail
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Tropical Trees in the Springtime E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
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Too Beautiful Not to Share (even though the bike-riding friend was told it would not be on Chisme)! Oops-sorry!
May 18, 2016
By Jody Aston, Editor
 
Think we don’t have spring in the tropics? Guess again! The Rio Dulce has been alive with color for the past month. True, there are not many flower gardens in the area - certainly nothing like the herbaceous borders one would see in Europe, but living in a tropical climate has taught us to look UP! This time of year, towering trees are our bearers of floral saffron yellows, flaming oranges, rosy pinks and indigos, all in harmony with azure skies.

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Jacaranda and Tabebuia rosea

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Casa Guatemala's New Guest House E-mail
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Angie, Founding Director of Casa Guatemala, and Hostess of Their New Guest House in Guatemala City
Casa Guatemala Now Hosts Angie’s Guest House in Guatemala City
May 11, 2016
Story by Roving Reporter Kitty Kenworthty
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy
With an UPDATE by Director, Heather Graham

What a delight!! We had visited the Casa Guatemala House offices in Zone 10 in Guatemala City on a previous occasion, but this time we were honored to be the very first guests in the brand new and beautiful ‘Angie’s Guest House,’ in the downstairs of the building. Photos do not do justice to the lovely accommodations and the charming hostess.

So much cozier than a hotel, the guest house offers not only lovely bedrooms, but also a warm and welcoming dining room and a communal kitchen with everything one needs to cook and eat at home. Free Internet and TV with English DVDs are available for the asking, and there is free parking for guests.

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The Front Bedroom
  

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