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Grackle, Grackle, Grackle E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala

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Hello. I am Rufus.

February 24, 2017
by...Rufus

Hello.  I am Rufus.  I will tell you a little about myself including how I got my name but first we need to get some things straight before we go any further.  I am not a raven or a crow.  Those birds are bigger than me and I sure don’t want to ruffle their feathers.  Nor am I a grooved-bill ani with a funky down-turned beak.   I am certainly not one of those pesky little melodious blackbirds you have probably heard around here.  What’s up with that name anyway?  It just sounds like squawking to me!

I am a grackle.  A Mexican grackle or a great-tailed grackle to be exact and since I am a dominate male my feathers are a beautiful iridescent black with a purple-blue sheen when I ruffle them.  Some know me as a keel or boat-tailed grackle because I fold and hold my tail-feathers vertically and that’s okay with me, particularly if it is sailor folks calling me that, but actually boat-tailed grackles are a different species and our ranges only overlap in coastal Texas and Louisiana.  There are eight other species of us but none of them mess with us great-tails when we allow them to mingle with us. (Click "Read More..." below.)

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Bus Timetables Updated E-mail
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February 14, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

To see the timetables, click on the photo above, which is now linked to them. After this is replaced by another front-page story, remember you can always access the schedules by clicking the "Timetables" button at the bottom of the menu bar on the left!

 
Cayo Quemado Ladies 6th Anniv. Celebration E-mail
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February 14, 2017
 
Swiss Alpenhorns at Casa Perico E-mail
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Alpenhorn Musicians at Casa Perico Prop the Instruments on Their Shoulders as They Talk
January 31, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

International Trivia participants were treated to a special, impromptu concert after their quiz game last Thursday. A group of Swiss Alpenhorn players were touring the Rio Dulce, and quite naturally, ended up at the Swiss-owned Hotel Casa Perico, the venue for Trivia that night.

The organizer, a Swiss expat now living in Guatemala, said it is not a professional group and they had only played together a few times in the last week. The members met online and he invited them to Guatemala. He joked that traveling from Europe to Guatemala is hard enough, but imagine bringing an alpenhorn along with you on the flight! If you're curious how they did it, the darker horns (made of carbon fiber) break apart into several pieces, to about 2 1/2 feet, and fit into a case for transport. The more traditional wooden horns are made of mountain spruce, from the Swiss Alps. As the spruces grow on the steep hillsides, natural forces create a curvature at the base. After the trees are cut in half, hollowed out and smoothed, the halves are glued and wrapped tightly together with birch rattan. (Story continued and more photos below - click "Read more...").

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Traditional Wooden Alpenhorns, Decorated and Bearing the Swiss Flag

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Weaving Workshop by Doris Florig E-mail
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Doris Gives Instruction to Star Student, Kyla
 
February 9, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Doris Florig, of SV Magic, recently introduced her woven art to the Rio Dulce community. First, she presented a slideshow, Weaving an Adventure, about how her 40 years practicing the art of weaving intertwine with her sailing adventures. Doris does not make functional pieces, but rather, creates beautiful works of art, in the form of fiber murals and sculptures. Seeing photos of her life-sized mountain goat, complete with a rocky cliff and trees, it boggles the mind how she produces such unique pieces. When not sailing, she and her husband, Dennis Clancy, live in Wyoming. She gains much inspiration from the surrounding environment of the nearby Grand Teton National Park.

After the slide presentation, Doris held a workshop at Tortugal Marina. Excited participants worked through initial fears and learned how to construct a basic piece, using the aboriginal New Zealand finger-weaving technique called Tanika.

For more information, see Doris's web page here. (Click "Read more..." below for more photographs.)

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Weaving Class Participants at Tortugal Marina

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Cruisers Explore the Rio Dulce Area E-mail
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Claudia, Claudius, Deb and Chuck on the El Estor Waterfront with Neytiri and Flying Fish in the Background
January 19, 2017
by Deb Eldridge, SV Neytiri

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El Rio Salsa - The Sauce River
Two boats, Neytiri, a Privilege 435 out of the U.S., and Flying Fish, a BaltiCat out of Germany headed out under the bridge at around 1:30 p.m. on the ninth, just after a cold front came through. The weather was starting to clear but rain was possible almost every day. The Neytiri crew, then a monohull called Sanity, did a ten-day lap of Lago Izabal in 1995; and it was a first trip to the lake for Flying Fish. We wanted to revisit the legendary Denny’s Beach from old memories. The Denny’s Beach anchorage and restaurant were both empty; but the restaurant was open, and we had a good meal. The wind picked up in the evening and the anchorage got rough, giving us good reason to tighten up halyards, close locker doors, and secure rolling things.  Because of the conditions, we had no problem deciding to head to El Estor after a champagne birthday brunch, courtesy of Flying Fish. (Click "Read more..." below for continuation.)

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Hanging Bridge at Q’eqchi

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Boatwork Recommendations E-mail
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Rony, on the right, and His Employee Taking Measurements on SV Angel Eyes.
January 8, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Some cruisers on the Rio Dulce have had boatwork done recently (imagine that!) and were very pleased with the workmanship. In fact, they were such satisfied customers they contacted the Rio Dulce Chisme wanting to make their recommendations known to the boating community. 

Rick (Smitty) and Nancy contracted Rony, of Rio Dulce Canvas, to make a dinghy cover and then a boat cover for SV Angel Eyes. The quality of work was excellent, as was the professionalism with which it was done. Smitty and Nancy were especially impressed that Rony showed up when he said he would, or called to let them know if he was not going to make an appointment for some reason.

Judy and Woody were also pleased with the work done on their catamaran, SV Lapis. They had a hard bimini made and installed by another local worker, Oskar. Again, the quality was top-notch and Oskar is a hard-working, polite young man who does general boatwork, gel coating, anti-fouling, etc., in addition to fiberglass work like on the bimini.

Contact information is as follows: Rio Dulce Canvas, 5723-9848 or 5218-7858, and email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Oskar can be reached at 4931-3183. The phone numbers have been included on the Rio Dulce Chisme menu item "Rio Phone Numbers," found on the left side of the front page.

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Oskar, with Happy Customer, Woody, of SV Lapis

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New Year's Eve Celebration at Casa Perico E-mail
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Happy New Year from Thomas, Woody, Heather-waving, and Uli!
January 2, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator wishes a wonderful 2017 to all our readers and supporters! Here are a few photos of revelers celebrating the new year at Casa Perico. (Click "Read more..." for more photos)

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Look who is back on the rio! Looking good, Miguel! Bo has been a good friend through the healing process.

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Results of Dec. 3rd Fundraiser at Ram Marina E-mail
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Party in the RAM Marina Paint Booth!
 
December 27, 2016
by Kelli Doll, Founder, Community Tuition Grant Program of Cayo Quemado
Photography by Chris Stanley and Jody Aston (and Jason's drone!)

Another Huge Success!!!

On Saturday, December 3rd RAM Marina celebrated the 1st anniversary of their Yacht Paint Booth and the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the RAM Marine Store. The community came out in even larger numbers than last year – and great feedback!  Everyone appreciated the free lunch and drinks and enjoyed the day’s activities with their friends, and many took advantage of the 15% discount on West Marine products. (More results and lots of photos - click "Read more...:" below)

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Enjoying Food and Friends

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