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Mike Wilton Loses Battle with Cancer E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
Mike Wilton of SV Moon Slipper with First Blue Nose Catch
November 9, 2015
By Vickie of S/V Allegro

Our cruising community has lost another colorful character with the passing of Mike Wilton, of S/V Moon Slipper (Kelly Peterson 44). It is with great sadness that we report that Mike died this past Friday afternoon, November 6th, in Edmonton, Canada; succumbing to cancer.

Mike Wilton
Mike and Glenda, his wife of nearly 50 years, spent every hurricane season in the Rio since 2002 and made many friends here as well as in the other parts of the NW Caribbean. Mike was an avid sailor and fish hunter. During the cruising season, the dinner table was seldom without fresh seafood, with hogfish as one of his favorites. During the off-season, you could often find him, in the afternoon, having a cold beer outside of Chiqui's (Tienda Reed's).

Mike Having Fun in Costume
 Mike was kind of a private guy, but you dared not let that twinkle in his eye fool you. He would often have us laughing with his wry sense of humor, funny comments and seemingly out-of-character antics that would have his wife shaking her head. It was always good to be around him and Glenda.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, Glenda, their 3 children, Michael, Shaun and Angela (and their spouses), their 2 grandchildren, Benjamin and Emma, and their granddogs, Stacey and Chester. Mike always spoke well of his family and had their well-being in mind, more than his own, as he fought the good fight against his cancer. 

Mike, we miss you, but we hope there are hogfish in the afterlife! Until we meet again...

U.S. Embassy Message and Semuc Champey Warning E-mail
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November 6, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City has initiated changes in scheduling for services provided to U. S. citizens. Appointments will be required, and scheduled in specific blocks of time, depending on the service required, beginning November 16.

Notarial and Authentication services will be provided by appointment ONLY during morning hours, and Federal Benefits Unit and Social Security Services will be scheduled for afternoon hours ONLY. Be sure to check the Embassy website here for further information and to make appointments here, before heading to Guatemala City.

They also issued a warning to avoid travel to popular tourist area, Semuc Champey. According to the November 3rd Prensa Libre, the  park is currently occupied by demonstrators. There have been reports from travelers on social media group pages of robberies occurring and a general feeling of unrest in a volatile situation.

Amatique Bay Searches for New Marina Manager E-mail
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Amatique Bay Resort and Marina
November 4, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

The beautiful Amatique Bay Resort and Marina is searching for a new marina manager. If you can meet all the requirements and think you can do the job, contact Agustin Estrada by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 5511-1580. Their website can be found here.


Opportunity to join a great team. We are seeking an experienced marina manager that possesses strong skills in tenant relations, maintenance and property management experience. This position will oversee all aspects of marina/dock operations and oversee the leasing of docks, dry docks, etc.

Please read the complete Duties and Requirements prior to submitting your resume. With your resume submission include a cover letter outlining how your experience meets the qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Please include your financial expectations or any other requirements.

Sumpango Giant Kite Festival - One-of-a kind Experience E-mail
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The Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango

October 29, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor
Editor's Note: For those of you presently on the rio, I want to alert you to the opportunity to go to this truly amazing experience. I'm just back from a trip to the USA, and short on time right now, but since the event takes place this weekend, I wanted to post a quick message. Will elaborate and post more photos tomorrow!

Special 3-day Cultural Immersion Tour with Master Barilltereo (Kite-builder) Julio Asturias and Louise Wisechild

Los Barilletes Gigantes, The Giant Kites of Sumpango, is a unique tour. The kites represent a connection between the spirit world of the deceased and the earth. It is a celebration of the Day of the Dead, honoring departed loved ones. Participants stay with a warm and friendly local family, just minutes from the cemetery and soccer field where the kites are presented and flown.

First Night in Sumpango - Flowers for Honoring the Dead

The first night includes a special invitation to a shamanic ceremony, blessing the kites and the departed. There is also a behind-the-scenes trip to see artists who produce the kites putting last minute touches on their creations. The breathtaking exhibition of kites, and the excitement of watching them take flight occurs on Sunday.

Behind-the-scenes with Kite-builders - Last-minute Touches

The world renowned master kite-builder, Julio Asturias, helps you explore your inner creativity with a kite-making workshop, solely for the members of this tour, on Monday. Afterwards, we join his family for lunch at the cemetery, where we put our own kites to the test and see if we can get them airbourne before returning home!

Contact Louis Wisechild at this website: http://www.brightfutureglobaltours.com/3-day-giant-kites.html  

Louise says there is still space for one person, or a couple, on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to be at Sumpango with the Giant Kites. These incredible works of art, in the form of Giant Kites, mosaics of tissue paper, truly must be seen to be appreciated. And the community itself is definitely worth the experience. The tour is limited to 6 people.

Shamanic Ceremony Blessing the Kites and Departed

Canada Thanksgiving Day Feast at Backpackers E-mail
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Cruisers at the Canada Thanksgiving Feast at Backpackers

October 26, 2015
Story and Photographs by Kitty and Jim Kenworthy

Sunday, October 11th, cruisers gathered for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings, at the Backpackers restaurant. Sandy, of SV Bonnie fame, cooked the turkey, dressing, and homemade apple pie. Heather provided beautiful pumpkin pies with whipped cream topping. The dinner, with nearly 40 cruisers in attendance, was a wonderful success. The proceeds from this event all went to support the Casa Guatemala Children's Village, so it was a Thanksgiving in the truest sense of the form.

Heather Serves a Delicious Meal
Turkey and Dressing Prepared by Sandy of SV Bonnie

Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala E-mail
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Lago Atitlan, Solola
October 14, 2015
By Brenda Starr, Roving Reporter

Looking for a way to beat the heat and take a short vacation from life on the Rio? Then pack up your cares, your bags, and don't forget your camera---come to Panajachel.

Panajachel is located on Lake Atitlan in the province of Solola, Guatemala-- just west of Guatemala City. Lake Atitlan is well known for its three volcanoes and some suggest this site is the "eighth wonder of the world." Here you will see spectacular views of the volcanoes whether the skies are blue or whether there is a mist on the mountains.  Temperatures range between 70 to 80 degrees (F) during the day and 55 to 60 (F) at night.

ImagePanajachel, as well as several other small communities, are scattered around Lake Atitlan's  shores. There are numerous Mayan groups who not only live in the Solola province, but are also living throughout the temperate mountain and volcanic regions of central Guatemala. You will see several patches of farmland during your ride to the area and will understand where most of your vegetables come from for this country.

Panajachel's main street in town is Calle Santander. Here you will find most of the restaurants, hotels, bars, and internet cafes, along with a multitude of stalls selling Guatemalan tipico and souvenirs. Several lodgings/hotels are dotted all throughout the village, but if you wish to make special arrangements for lodging beforehand, do a Google search to find something that suits your needs.

Canada Thanksgiving and Embassy Info E-mail
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October 12, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends of Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator! The Embassy of Canada to Guatemala is closed for the holiday today.


General Contact Information from the Embassy website:

Street address:
13 Calle 8-44 Zone 10,
Edificio Edyma Plaza

U.S. Embassy Emergency Information E-mail
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October 8, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor
Editor's note: I'm off having fun with my family and friends in Virginia, and am short on time for writing articles! If you have a story of interest to share (with only one or two photographs)  please send it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Don't have any stories? Then send your favorite photograph of Rio Dulce or a shot of the latest happenings there, and we'll post it on the front page. Muchas gracias, Amigos - see you in a couple of weeks!
ImageDue to technical upgrades, the Embassy will be closed for routine American Citizen Services on Friday, October 9. We will be available for emergency cases only.

Additional information from the U.S. Embassy website regarding emergencies:

Our American Citizen Services Unit telephone number 2326-4000 (from within Guatemala) 011-502-2326-4000 (from the United States) is answered during normal business hours, except Guatemalan and U.S. federal holidays.  Our fax number is 2331-3804 (from within Guatemala) 011-502-2331-3804 (from the United States).

Inquiries regarding American Citizen Services may be emailed to our office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Embassy is located at Avenida Reforma 7-01,  Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala. The American Citizen Services Unit in the Embassy is accessed through the door on 7th Calle.

For emergencies during normal business hours, please call:

2326-4000 (from within Guatemala)
011-502-2326-4000 (from the United States)

For emergencies when the American Citizen Services Unit is closed or after hours, please call:

2331-2354 (from within Guatemala)
011-502-2331-2354 (from the United States)

More emergency information is available from the Department of State, Washington, DC. 


The following is a list of services normally provided by the U.S. Embassy from their website here:

Services Provided by the American Citizen Services Unit

The American Citizen Services Unit assists U.S. citizens with the following:

Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn E-mail
Features - Mystery Duo Reviews the Rio


Mystery Duo Reviews Restaurante Jocelyn on the Rio

September 29, 2015
by The Mystery Duo
Editor's Note: The Mystery Duo strikes again! If you've figured out who they are, drop us a line on the Rio Dulce Chisme Forum here, or send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Image We are well aware of the nice meals available at the surrounding marina restaurants, but, for a change, we wanted to try some of the local Guatemalan restaurants, too. We decided to make this outing on a day that promised to be very hot, and we had a lot of shopping to do. So, we opted to stop by Restaurante Jocelyn for a nice breakfast. That would make breakfast easy, and we could get our shopping done early and be home before the heat of the day.

Bienvenidos a Restaurante Jocelyn

Restaurante Jocelyn is on the town side of the bridge, and next to the municipal launcha dock. This offers the advantage of being accessible by both water and land. There are two buildings, pretty much side by side, each with a Restaurante Jocelyn sign on the roof. It didn’t seem to matter where we sat, so we opted for the building that had no boats in front of it. Tying up the dingy was easy, and we had a beautiful view of the river.

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