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Talk Like A Pirate Day Thursday E-mail
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Portside Tom
Portside Tom
Tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 18 will be"International Talk Like A Pirate Day", according to local pirate Portside Tom.
 
Tom will be swashbuckling around Rio Dulce streets and favorite grog dens most of the day, ending up perhaps at Bruno's for happy hour.
 
He proclaims:
 
International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Tom attracting (or attacking) a fair wench
Tom attracting (or attacking) a fair wench

So practice yer sayin’ ye and thee and ahoy, and avast and all that thar pirate talk.

And if ye be wearin’ yer best pirate garb ye might be findin’ it much easier to get on board wif’ yer ol’shipmates.

An’ who knows, someone might buy ye a drink.


 
Guatemala Independence Day E-mail
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RAM Marina Independence Day Special E-mail
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RAM Marina Independence Day Special
RAM Marina Independence Day Special
 
Mayan Hide-away E-mail
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Jim Dyer
Jim Dyer
Jim Dyer's Song for Rio Dulce

By Jody Aston and
 Julia Bartlett

Julia Bartlett passed along these song lyrics written by Jim Dyer. He is setting it to music, and hopefully, will play it for us on his ukelele when he and his wife, Donna, return to
Rio Dulce! In a few short lines, Jim touches on many aspects of life here on the Sweet River, in a most enchanting way.

By Jim Dyer
21 August 2014

We sailed down the coast south of Mexico
and behind the mountains where the storms can’t go

Down through the canyon walls wild and steep
rushes sweet water through the gorge so deep

The sweet water starts up in Lago Isabel
where bars and marinas treat the Gringos so well

I'm going back to that ancient hide-away
To that boater’s paradise called the Rio Dulce

Back in those hills that the secrets lie in
are the ruins and the mysteries of the Mayan

Twenty years gone since the gunships overhead
But many Mayan elders still mourn their dead

Of the genocide now little is said
Where once walked fear Gringos roam instead

I am going back to that ancient hide-away
and I've sold my boat so now I can stay

As the launchas and dinghys criss-cross the lake
the little dugouts bounce around in their wake

Away from the lake among the villagers
poverty and sickness are still the dangers

They evicted farmers up at El Estor
so nickel can be mined as it was before

But I am going back to that ancient hide-away
Cause it’s still paradise in the Rio Dulce

 
Local boatbuilder crafting “flying boat” E-mail
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Casey's Flying Boat under construction
Casey's Flying Boat under construction
Casey Brooks is building an amphibian airplane at his boatshop down in Cayo Quemado.

The plane is of course built of wood as is his boat “ Retriever” that he built in the 1970’s and sailed around the world.

The inspiration for the seaplane came from having to bash into the winds and waves of El Golfete when going home for the night from Rio Dulce/Fronteras.

“ Gee wouldn’t it be nice to just fly up to town, land on the water and taxi into someplace like Bruno’s or Vista Rio- go shopping and then fly back down.”

Casey lives right on the water, has a big woodworking shop and builds and maintains boats there. He has also built three houses in that area, including the bright yellow “Tower House” that looks suspiciously like an airplane control tower.

The design of the plane dates from 1957. Retriever was designed in 1962.

The wonderful wooden boat Alani was designed in 1959 … and of course Casey had a ’57 Chevy when he was a kid.  " I like old cars, old houses, old boats, old airplanes, old trains, old hand tools.”

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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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