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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
 
CV Yacht Sales becomes SeaKist Yacht Sales E-mail
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SeaKist Yacht Sales -- from left, front row,  Diana (ads/websites), Chris S., Emy, back row,Roy, Julia, Kelli, Chris W.
SeaKist Yacht Sales -- from left, front row, Diana (ads/websites), Chris S., Emy, back row, Roy, Julia, Kelli, Chris W.
With the very recent and huge improvements for the Rio Dulce in the foreign vessel cruising permit rules, RAM’s West Marine store, Nana Juana’s boatyard, Abel’s propeller repair and balancing shop, etc., it can be easily imagined that the Rio is poised for a substantial growth of demand for marine-related services.

Believing in this increased potential, Chris Stanley and Kelli Doll of SeaKist Services S.A. have taken steps to grow their business interests along with it.

Chris wrote of their latest efforts, “I was recently invited to join CV Yacht Sales as a broker, and it wasn’t long before Kelli and I recognized the opportunity and timing for this brokerage to develop into a first-class, professional service for the Rio Dulce.

CVYS owner, Roy, decided that new blood might best be applied to the proposed ideas, so with a change of hands SeaKist Yacht Sales was born.

Now, with a brokerage subscription to YachtWorld.com, our selling clients have the best resource available for international advertising!  Offering a properly priced and marketed yacht for sale here in the Rio is every bit a superior alternative to the real expense and bother of bringing it to sell in the States.
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Town Hall Meeting Wed. at Catamaran E-mail
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ImageThe U.S. Embassy will be at Catamaran Marina Wednesday, May 7 at 9 am for their annual 'town hall meeting".

Very informational about the goings on in Guatemala and what the US Embassy can do for US Citizens here.

The meeting usually has list of doctor's and veterinarian's in Guatemala City and surrounding areas, and info on renewing visa's and avoiding certain hotspots in Guatemala.

 
Milwaukee tools now at Pintorsa E-mail
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Pintorsa manager Dariz Solis de Ramirez and her assistant Alejandro Morales.
Pintorsa manager Dariz Solis de Ramirez and her assistant Alejandro Morales.
 By Julia Bartlett
When Pintorsa first opened seven years ago it was where we went for metal fittings, especially stainless ones, and marine paints and varnishes. 

There were fewer businesses servicing the marine market back then and it was a relief to know that I was going to walk out with nuts and bolts I needed without chasing all over the Rio, perhaps in vain.

When I needed a certain shade of Transocean marine paint they ordered it in for me from the City, and two days later I had it. 

But apart from the wonderful selection of metal fittings and marine paints and varnishes that was about it.

A full line of Milwaukee power tools
A full line of Milwaukee power tools

However, some good news, Pintorsa is now stocking Milwaukee’s sparkling new range of heavy duty power tools alongside Sherwin Williams paints in endless shades, Transocean and Sur marine paints and varnishes, Johnson cutlass bearings, their huge range of stainless and other metal fixings and all the products like epoxy, thinners, acetone, fillers and wood stains. 

The list goes on and if they haven’t got it there’s a lot that’s just a phone call away and nothing is too much trouble for the charming manager Dariz Solis de Ramirez and her assistant Alejandro Morales.

I also like being able to drive my launch literally up to the door to shop and load up, especially when things heat up around here. 

Pintorsa is located at the far right corner of the "concrete mall" across the street from BanRural. Contact them at 7930 5874 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Chicas de Vista Rio at Denny's Beach E-mail
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Oh, well, somebody's got to do it. Here's a few of the Vista Rio chicas enjoying a trip to Denny's Beach with the ol' editor/manager. Great time.
Oh, well, somebody's got to do it. Here's a few of the Vista Rio chicas enjoying a trip to Denny's Beach with the ol' editor/manager. Great time.
 
Richard "Chink" mourned by Rio E-mail
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Richard
Richard
By Roy McNett
Editor

One of the first things an aspiring newspaper reporter learns to do is to write obituaries.

That’s because an obituary essentially contains all the key elements of any newspaper article – the “who, what, when, where, why and how”.

It used to be that on most major daily newspapers that the so-called “cub” reporter was first assigned to the obituary desk where he/she was under the flinty eyed scrutiny of the city editor – then of course the managing editor, then the editor, then the publisher, then the readers.

If he/she could write a correct obituary, then there might be other, more interesting, assignments – like the police beat, city hall, commissioners court, features and so on.

Richard -- we'll all miss you
Richard -- we'll all miss you

(Please note that I’m writing about print journalism, not talking-head televised “journalism”, Have no idea where those folks got their training, if any).

Anyway, in over 30 plus years in the newspaper business I’ve written a lot of obituaries.

Never liked the job.

Still don’t.

And I really, really don’t like having to write this one about our friend Richard.

So I’m going to keep it simple and keep out the 5 W’s and the How.

Richard – known by many as “Chink”, “Chief”, “Ricardo Cabeza” (think about it and you’ll figure it out) and Presidente de Pendejos – is gone.

He was discovered dead a couple of days ago in his bungalow at Willy & Lorena’s Marina here in Rio Dulce.

And we don’t need the details here.

He was a man of many complexions with a lot of wit, humor and advice – he could have you laughing hard during a happy hour bar session or slack jawed astounded by some new insult that he might have just created especially for you, if you happened to rub him the wrong way – particularly later in the evening when his lower lip started to protrude and his eyes got a bit glassy.

He would tell it like it is – “imagine that”.

And he might growl, scowl, spit on the floor – then flash that big grin of his to let you know that it is all just BS, afterall.

Richard was one of my best friends on the Rio – and of many, many others here.

Tip a long neck Victoria beer for Richard (it had better be good and cold or he’ll give the waitress hell for it), spill a bit on the floor in his honor, and let's keep him happy and grinning in our memories.

 
Meeting to discuss changes for nav permits E-mail
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Owners and legal representatives of Rio Dulce marinas are invited to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the customs office in Santo Tomas to discuss policy changes concerning visiting boaters’ extensions to their navigation permits.

The meeting will be held at Salones del Centro de Formacion Portuaria de Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Barrios in front of the catholic church of Santo Tomas.

For more information, contact Lic. Vidal Florian, administrador aduana Santo Tomas at 7960 0359 or visit these topics on the Rio Dulce Forum by Capt. John Brandes in English HERE and in Spanish HERE .

 
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