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Father's Day in Guatemala 2015 E-mail
Features - History and Culture

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 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.

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Maya Community in Need E-mail
The News - Latest News

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
The News - Latest News

June 4, 2015

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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
The News - Latest News
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!

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Ram Marine Store Now Offers Weekly Specials E-mail
The News - Latest News

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.

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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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Links to Information on Current Events E-mail
The News - Latest News

Protest at National Palace - Photo by Jose Zamora on Twitter
Crowd at Protest at National Palace - Photo by Jose Zamora on Twitter

Editor, Jody Aston
May 19, 2015

For readers not presently in Guatemala, coverage of recent news here may be slim to nonexistent in your locations...and there have been some unprecedented events which we feel warrant attention. The Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator will not report first-hand on these events, but we will give a brief synopsis and offer some links that will help interested readers follow the stories.

The entire Guatemala judicial system and political scene has come into question. People from all walks of life in Guatemala have joined together to demand an end to governmental corruption.

Two major protest marches were staged in Guatemala City and across the country. An estimated 30,000 people gathered in the courtyard in front of the National Palace for both. It is worth noting that these events were peaceful in nature, which is a tribute to the dignity and spirit of the Guatemalan people.

The first resulted in the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti, for her alleged involvement in a customs (Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria, or SAT) scam operation.

The second, held this past Saturday, May 16, called for the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, himself. These are revolutionary times as people demand justice and an end to the existing runaway corruption of government officials.

This is not a statement of support nor opposition by the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator to the principals involved in these articles, but merely a passing on of information, due to the historic nature of recent events. 

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Living Ashore in Rio Dulce E-mail
Features - Lifestyles

ImageStory and Photographs
by Staff Reporter encor

May 11, 2015

Recognizing that many of our readers are looking at the beautiful Rio Dulce as a place to keep their yacht safe during hurricane season, I will continue with this missive for any that may think of this area as a good place to ‘land.’ 

Let me begin by informing you that a boat has been my only home for over 30 years.  And those years have many fabulous memories (as well as scary recalls). 

When I reached this paradise, I thought it might be for 3-6 months, as that is the time I asked for as my vacation. HAHA. GUATEMALA SUCKED ME IN. (I always want to change the name to GUATELINDA as there is nothing MALA about it.)

Seriously, the people I met, whether locals or cruisers, just made this area feel right. Gotta go with those gut feelings sometimes. 

Little by little, I came to realize how special this place was, and without consciously making the decision to remain, the months, then the years just flew by. Now, jump ahead 20 years, if you can imagine.

After too many years of neglect, due to other commitments, this floating home needed some serious TLC.

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A hard decision was made easier when a good friend offered his private dock for making needed repairs (luvya, Jorge). There was also a house available to store our “stuff” as we emptied our lockers, and a bed that didn't rock was strange and took some getting used to. The other tough adjustment was not having the beautiful rio at my back (or front) door. I was more than a hundred feet up a hill and back from the shore line.

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Oh yeah, that other thing, of having too much space. I had to walk to find stuff, instead of just reaching across and digging under a berth. OMG, changes to deal with. 

But life can surprise one, and today was a different experience. Instead of having someone go up the mast for whatever needed doing, I had a local worker going up trees to trim the noisy bombs falling on the roof.

ImageSure, laugh, but a 5-pound breadfruit falling on a metal roof in the middle of the night is not conducive to a good night’s sleep. 

If you haven’t noticed, most locals have a great sense of humour. Like when the “jefe” gave me his price for getting this job done, and I offered 50. He said “dollars?” We had a good chuckle, and arrived at a decent price. 

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Happy Mother's Day E-mail
The News - Latest News

May 10, 2015

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