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World Cup viewing opportunities E-mail
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World Cup at Mar Marine
World Cup at Mar Marine
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by Jody Aston

With the World Cup Soccer/Futbol games in Brasil - Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014 now underway, Rio Dulce boaters and residents have several locations to view the big event.

Sundog Café has a new big-screen TV and the channel is set to the World Cup.

They have a schedule on the wall which lists the games and viewing times for the month-long competition. Join friends and root for your favorite team, under the colorful flags of the  participating countries.

Backpackers Hotel is also hosting the games and has a special international menu for the entire month.

While in Rio Dulce, you can enjoy the World Cup with good food and drinks on either side of the bridge.

Other locations include Hotel Catamaran, Mar Marine, Hacienda Tijax, Bruno’s, Vista Rio and more.

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Burnt Key offers mast removal service E-mail
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Maurits and Tom preparing to lift a mast
Maurits and Tom preparing to lift a mast
By Tom Gensemer
Cayo Quemado Sails

A round of cold beverages followed the first mast removal at Burnt Key Marina.  Maurits Groen, one of the owners of the marina and a licensed lifting specialist, designed and built the new crane.

"We've lifted masts down here before" said Maurits, "but never with this much ease or control." 

The new crane is built with an antenna mast and a static 40' post anchored by shrouds.  Tom and Damian of Cayo Quemado Sails and Rigging installed the wire and Dyneema shrouds and the Dyneema boom lift and Sta-set load line.

Up and out -- no problem
Up and out -- no problem

"I've been asking Maurits to build a crane for six months or so." Said Tom.  "It was the one thing I felt really lacking from our rigging work here.  With the mast on the ground, we can provide quicker, safer and higher quality work than is possible hanging in a harness 50' in the air."

The crane reaches 46' off the water allowing removal of most any mast on the river. 

The first mast to be removed was 50' off the water, keel stepped aluminum.  "It was a bit of an anti-climax" admitted Mavis, the other owner of Burnt Key Marina, "we were anticipating something to give problems, but everything went perfect and 20 minutes after Tom hooked the crane up to the mast, it was on the dock"

Burnt Key will provide mast removal and installation services as well as complete rigging overhauls in wire or Dyneema, mast painting, wiring, cleaning, varnish and storage facilities.

 
Music students perform at park E-mail
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Music students from Escuela Mundo Juvenil performed Thusday during a parade across the bridge and a concert at the municipal park.
Music students from Escuela Mundo Juvenil performed Thusday during a parade across the bridge and a concert at the municipal park.
 
The Placencia Marina now open E-mail
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The Placencia Marina - Belize
The Placencia Marina - Belize
If you have cruised through Belize the past couple years, you may have noticed a new breakwater being built north of Placencia Village. 

New managers John and Maxine White (Whitey and Max) are now accepting reservations for all vessels.  

As the only protected marina on the ocean between Mexico and Roatan, ‘The Placencia Marina’ has wide entrances with depths of 23 feet.  It is located 2nm North of False Cay off the Placencia Peninsula.  The North East entrance is located at N16 38’165 W088 19’592.  

The Placencia Marina accommodates yachts of all sizes.  The first stage of this marina development has 30 double slips of 35-50 foot lengths on a floating dock with double slips for catamarans and a fixed pier that can take mega yachts up to 200 feet in length.

Water is now available and fuel can be available upon request. Electricity will be available by the end of this summer. The staff can assist in clearing you and your vessel in to Belize territory (with advance notice).

This destination marina offers more than your average marina.  As part of The Placencia Hotel, marina guests will have access to the swimming pool and restaurants. 

Just down the road is Maya Beach that is home to numerous restaurants and a grocery store. Taxi’s are available to take you to Placencia Village which is located 9 miles south of the Hotel and Marina. 

The Placencia Marina has daily and monthly rates.  Reservations are encouraged and can be made at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or through the main office of the resort +501 533 4111.

To see more of The Placencia Resort complex, visit HERE.

 
Inauguration of a new secondary school E-mail
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Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
On Thursday, May 15, the students from 10 rural villages and their parents celebrated the inauguration of their new secondary school (grades 7-9) with music, food, family, futbol, and visiting Guatemalan dignitaries.

The inauguration was officiated by Julio Escobar, the director of the school, and the Alcalde of Livingston, Vicente Interiano.

All dressed up for the occasion.
All dressed up for the occasion.

Also attending: the governor of Izabal, state and municpal Ministry of Education officials, community leaders, school teachers, and the women of ASOEMPO, the nonprofit organization that founded the school in collaboration with a host of supporters.

“I visited several villages last year and was overwhelmed by the number of children who just wanted to go to school—there were so many who had graduated 6th grade but had no way to go on to 7th grade. It really tugs at the heart,” says Annie Richey, first mate of s/v Emma and founder of ASOEMPO (Asociación Empoderamiento) <http://asoempo.org/>.

“Let’s get these kids in school, that was our idea. In January, we launched this school with the village of Barra de Lámpara and we started running two school buses. 116 kids from 10 villages enrolled, half of them girls.”

Within two months of opening, the school was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a public institute and within 5 months, government funding of all five teachers has been committed for the 2015 year. “Gracias a Dios,” says one mother, “we have education for our children and their children tomorrow.”

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Mar Marine offers full service for boaters E-mail
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Mar Marine Yacht Club - Rio Dulce
Mar Marine Yacht Club - Rio Dulce
Mar Marine Yacht Club – Full Service Marina, Hotel & Restaurant, is a favorite point of “stop and departure” for  boaters in and near the Guatemalan Caribbean.

The marina offers premium services for power boats and sailboats, within the beautiful surroundings of the Rio Dulce National Park, Guatemala – Central America.

Mar Marine offers an excellent value in marina hospitality, repair and maintenance services (fiberglass & mechanics department, carpentry, upholstery, detailing, etc.) at competitive prices with top of the line customer service only comparable with the best marinas in Central America, Panama, Bay Islands in Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico.

Restaurant, hotel, & marina
Restaurant, hotel, & marina

Mar Marine is conveniently located in Rio Dulce, a hurricane-free, fresh water and out of this world wonder of the Central American Caribbean in Guatemala.

Management of Mar Marine notes, ‘Also, we have have the most complete support for boating activities and for all of your marine needs. Both sailors and power boaters have anunforgettable experience at Mar Marine Yacht Club! Come visit us!”

*Coordinates are :* 15˚ 39' 20.37" N - 88˚ 58' 46.43" W

Contact them at 502 7930 5090 // 5091. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit their website at www.marmarine.com

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Fundraiser planned for bomberos E-mail
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Willy serves up his secret-recipe hamburgers
Willy serves up his secret-recipe hamburgers
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by Jody Aston

Willy, on S/V Lorelei, is organizing a fundraising event for the Rio Dulce bomberos (the Fire Department).

Not wanting to compete with the World Cup Football, it will be held on July 19, 2014.  Willy and Guy, on S/V Hipsway, have been collaborating on a super-duper hamburger to be served at the fundraiser.

Believing they have mastered the perfect recipe, they had a trial run today at Bruno's Marina and lucky friends were invited to a hamburger tasting. All agreed their mix of secret ingredients was a delicious success!

Keep the date in mind, and watch here for more details, closer to the time.

Raffle prizes, auction donations, and offers to help with the event would be greatly appreciated. Organizers can be reached through the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator forum and email service.

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Rio Dulce celebrates Mother's Day E-mail
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Mother's Day dinner at Backpackers
Mother's Day dinner at Backpackers
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by Jody Aston

Backpackers offered a variety of special meals last night to celebrate Mother's Day, or Dia de la Madre, as they say here in Guatemala.

The food was delicious and there was music and dancing afterwards, to work off all the calories just eaten!

If you were not able to go last night, no problema! They are still serving the specials today. For more information go HERE :

Mar Marine also has a special Mother's Day menu. Last night's dinner was combined with movie night and they played the recently released film, Son of God. They, too, will be serving the specials all day today.

Shake your booty mom
Shake your booty mom

The schools around Rio Dulce usually have extensive celebratory programs to honor mothers on Dia de la Madre. In San Felipe, Colegio San Francisco students worked diligently on art work,  poems and songs for several weeks leading up to their program on Friday.

They proudly displayed their artistic endeavors and explained that the materials used were mostlyrecycled goods--aluminum bottle caps and crushed egg shells. We have a lot of talented young artists in the making, on the rio, as well as good conservationists!

Even those who are not mothers, themselves, have had at least one connection to a mother, so the staff of the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator wishes ALL a Happy Mother's Day!

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U.S. Embassy town hall meeting E-mail
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There was a good exchange of information and multiple handouts that one could choose From at the U.S. Embassy’s town hall meeting May 7 at Hotel Catamaran.  There were 6 reps from the Embassy.  The American Legion was also not here this year. Photo by John Payne
There was a good exchange of information and multiple handouts that one could choose From at the U.S. Embassy’s town hall meeting May 7 at Hotel Catamaran. There were 6 reps from the Embassy. The American Legion was also not here this year. Photo by John Payne
 
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