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4th of July Celebration at Mar Marine E-mail
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Mar Marine July 4th 2015
4th of July Celebration at Mar Marine

July 3, 2015

Mar Marine will be celebrating the USA's Independence Day with two special 4th of July dinners. They will have a BBQ Ribs Dinner Special, and a God's Gift Seafood Special, both of which include salad, appetizers, entree, wine, and topped off with a US flag cake!

Sparklers and Poppers will add to the festivities, and the film Slow West will be shown at 6:30. Lancha service will be provided upon request, as usual. Call Mar Marine on radio VHF 68 or phone 7930-5090/1 for more information. Of course, you don't have to be American to enjoy the delicious food!

Jim Cameron of Pana Meats Passes Away E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
 By Jody Aston, Editor
June 29, 2015
UPDATE: A service and all night vigil was held for Jim last night at Lesly's church. Burial will be at the Rio Dulce cemetery this morning, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. 

Jim Cameron of Pana Meats - Chisme archives
Jim Cameron of Pana Meats - from Chisme archives
Jim Cameron, proprietor of Pana Meats and AeroCasillas (Aeropost) mail service passed away Sunday night at the San Jose Hospital in Morales. He is survived by his sister, Cynthia Sieber, from Ohio. He called his friend, Miguel, of Moko Point, last Monday morning requesting assistance. When his condition did not improve, Miguel and Jane, the manager of Bruno’s Hotel (where Jim lived), arranged for an ambulance to take him to the hospital that night.

Jim had been suffering from emphysema and poor health for some time and died from complications of pneumonia. Friends are in the process of contacting his sister and the United States Embassy.

In an honorable gesture, Jim arranged for all his belongings and Pana Meats be given to his employee, Lesly, in the event of his death. Lesly intends to continue operating the shop.

Jim would have been 69 tomorrow, June 30th. We will provide more information when and if it is available.

Black Orchids at Monkey Bay Marina E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
Black Orchid at Monkey Bay
Black Orchid Growing at Monkey Bay Marina

Story and photographs by Jody Aston, Editor
June 22, 2015

Orchid-lovers alert! John at Monkey Bay Marina has been growing some beautiful “black” orchids. Although he claims he’s not much of a grower and his thumb is blacker than the orchid, the blooms of these two plants are proving his thumb is a little greener than he admits.

This species, Prosthechea cochleata, is commonly called the Black Orchid of Belize, because it is the country’s national flower. The name is a bit misleading, as the color is more a deep purple than black, along with colorful strokes of yellow and orange.

This orchid is unusual in a couple of different ways. First, the normal morphology of an orchid looks something like a 5-pointed star, with two petals and three sepals and a lip (labellum) in the middle that hangs down. This flower, though, has the lip on the top, looking sort of like a hood, with the petals and sepals hanging below. Essentially, it’s an upside-down orchid!

The other unusual characteristic is that the flowering season is not limited, as it blooms all year. The Black Orchid is becoming a rarity, due to the destruction of its natural habitat, so we are lucky to have some on the Rio Dulce. If you get a chance, call John and ask if you can drop by Monkey Bay to have a look at this weird and wonderful beauty.


Father's Day in Guatemala 2015 E-mail
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Father's Day at Mar 2015
Mar Marine Offers Special Father's Day Meals

Jody Aston, Editor
June 15, 2015

Father's Day, or Día del Padre, is celebrated on June 17th this year...and every year in Guatemala. Many countries change the dates of holidays to correspond with a weekend, but Guatemala celebrates holidays on the day they originated.

Mar Marine is offering a special Father's Day brunch on Wednesday, the 17th, on the Guatemala date. They will celebrate with another special brunch again on Sunday, the 21st, the third Sunday of June, when the day is celebrated in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico) and many other countries around the world.

There is a popular song often heard on Father's Day in Guatemala, called Mi Querido Viejo, or My Beloved Old (One or Father). A link to a YouTube video of this song, with English subtitles onscreen, is here. The translation is a bit rough, but the sentiment of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds is easily understood. 

Have a look at the graphics and plan to head over to Mar Marine for that special meal. In fact, you can even go both days!

Día del Padre
Día del Padre a Mar Marine - en español

Emy and Veronica's Double Birthday Celebration E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Birthdays
Emy and Veronica
Emy and Veronica, Birthday Twins
Story and Photographs by Jody Aston, Editor
June 14, 2015

Since friends Emy and Veronica share the same birthday, they decided to share a celebration, too! Festivities were held at Nutria Marina on Friday.

Party Girl Emy
Party Girl Emy

Emy is well-known around the rio, as she is a long-term resident of Rio Dulce and one of the founding Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator "staph" members. Veronica is newer to the area, and is the girlfriend of our beloved floundering founder, retired editor, Roy.

Emy has quite a few years on Veronica, but no one would guess by the way she partied!

The barbecue was fired up and produced good food, the rain never made good on it's threats, and the double-your-pleasure birthday party was enjoyed by all...although the chisme (not yet vindicated) is that there were a few bruises and hangovers the next day.


Maya Community in Need E-mail
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Community in Need with Concrete Blocks
Community Members Stack Ram Marina's Gift of Concrete Blocks

by Jody Aston, Editor
June 10, 2010

Last month, Ram Marina received a letter from a community of Maya Q’eqchí villages (aldeas in Spanish) on the Rio Dulce requesting help with a new project. They are in desperate need of a clinic for first aid and health emergencies. They said they are a poor community and can not afford trips to urban areas for help when emergencies arise. A child died recently for that very reason.

Richard Monstein, of Ram Marina, donated half the concrete blocks that were on their list of desired materials. They still need 90 bags of cement, 40 sheets of 12-foot lamina, and another 450 concrete blocks to construct the clinic.

If any other businesses or individuals within the Rio Dulce community would like to donate, Karen de Lopez, at Ram, 7930-5408, can connect you with Alfredo Cuz Tiul, the representative of the indigenous pueblos, called Communidad Organizada Maya Q’eqchí. This project will Imagehelp five aldeas: La Ensenada Puntarenas, Brisas Cuatro Cayos, Quebrada Castulo, Cimaroncitos and Creek Cástulo.

We're After Your Blood! E-mail
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June 4, 2015


We want to alert the Rio Dulce Community to a friend in need. Many of you know Steve, a former manager of Bruno’s. He was taken to the hospital in Puerto Barrios last night, after being discovered dazed and incoherent, and was in critical condition. His friends thought maybe he had a stroke, but it turned out that Steve is anemic and had not been taking his medications, nor eating properly for some time.

John Brandes (Captain John) talked to Steve on the phone and had this to say, “They have him stabilized, he sounded good and understood where he was and what was happening. He said they are going to keep him there for a week under observation and give additional transfusions each day however they need blood donors. They will not accept money for blood, it has to be donors. “

If you are aged 18-55, please consider donating blood. Any blood type is accepted. Steve has already had four transfusions, which need to be replaced. He will also be getting more transfusions this week, so any and all who can give blood, please do. Donors need to be at the hospital at 7:00 a.m. and must not eat for several hours beforehand. Steve’s full name is registered as Esteban Guevara.

If you need transportation, Capt. John and his wife, Elvi, are arranging it for tomorrow morning. Steve’s friend, Tim, said transportation is leaving Bruno's at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 5) to Puerto Barrios. Another run may occur on Saturday.

For more information contact Tim at 5342-1155 or Capt. John at 5732-0219. Cash donations to help Steve with other expenses can be left at Capt. John's office at Bruno's. For updates, follow the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator Forum here.

USA Memorial Day Celebration E-mail
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Memorial Day 2015
Friends Celebrate USA Memorial Day
Photography by Mikey da Wrench
May 30, 2015

Friends from the USA gathered at the Bum Bum Rum on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day. Mikey da Wrench photographed what looked like a fun day!


Ram Marine Store Now Offers Weekly Specials E-mail
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Ram Marina From the Dock
Ram Marina and Yacht Club from the Dock

NOTE: Don't forget to check the first of Ram Marina's new weekly specials!
Story and photographs by Editor, Jody Aston
May 25, 2015

Ram Marina and Yacht Club is happy to announce their Marine Store will be offering weekly specials, starting Sunday, May 31st. Each week they will give discounts on six items. All six will be offered at the same price as West Marine online, which means Rio Dulce customers will not have to pay "Cost, Insurance and Freight," or CIF, for shipping.


The Marine Store is located upstairs, above the convenience store and restaurant at Ram Marina. Arriving from the dock, the stairway entrance can be seen to the right of the building. It is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the phone number is 7930-5408 ext. 116. Come in and check out the large inventory of West Marine products.

This week's specials are listed below. In the coming weeks, you will be able to click on the Ram Marine Store ad on the front page, and be taken to the Special Offers page of the Ram Marina and Yacht Club website.


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