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s/v Panacea explodes, Richard hospitalized, Updated E-mail
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s/v Panacea was totally destroyed and  sunk early this morning from an apparent propane explosion at Vista Rio .Owner Richard Munttzing was transported to Guatemala City via helicopter after suffering severe burns and possible other injuries. Other boats in the marina were also damaged, including the m/v Steel Magnolia which had windows and doors blown out. Click Read More below for more photos by Tom Allen.
s/v Panacea was totally destroyed and sunk early this morning from an apparent propane explosion at Vista Rio .Owner Richard Muntzing was transported to Guatemala City via helicopter after suffering severe burns and possible other injuries. Other boats in the marina were also damaged, including the m/v Steel Magnolia which had windows and doors blown out. Click Read More below for more photos by Tom Allen.

Updated with more photos by Lesley Morresey-Taylor.

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Rio Dulce mourns George D. Morgan E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths

George Morgan
George Morgan
By encor
Our favorite pharaoh, George the fearless, passed away on Dec.31.  He was at home in his beloved Bum Bum Rum, and smiling now that he was pain free.

As his friends know, George had fought the nasty cancers until he was ready to let go.

His son, Michael and supreme caregiver Sherrie were with him at the end.

He was a long time river liver, coming in on his vessel, s/v Morgan Manor from Long Beach, Ca. in the early 90's.  As a former firechief and paramedic, George contributed, without asking, his time and knowledge to help so many people. 

And with his never failing smile and genuine wit that made one glad to know him.

Along the way, George sold his boat and built Restaurante Rosita's in la Bacadilla.  That building eventually became his home, and got renamed the Bum Bum Rum. 

He built a few docks for his friends and a huge workshop to keep up with his many projects, always something new going on with him.

Old phrase, "they broke the mold" was never more apt.

George left us more memories in his writings, here is just one.  More will eventually be posted on his FaceBook page:

OF DEATH AND DYING

Pharoah George
Pharoah George

Is death the end

And something to fear?

Or is it the beginning

of something dear?

The problem is that no one knows.

And because of this, let's just suppose

That if life is over

When we die,

Then all we can do

Is try and cry.

George's wishes were to be cremated, which is happening in Guate City.

When Michael and Sherrie return with his cremains, there will be a memorial celebration of his life, where all his friends can gather and tell the multitude of George Stories that make him a legend and primo Rio Character.

Rest in Peace, my Pharaoh.

 

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RAM Marina West Marine store open E-mail
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RAM Marina employees and family at the grand opening of the new West Marine store, located above the convenience store.
RAM Marina employees and family at the grand opening of the new West Marine store, located above the convenience store.
Story and photos
by encor

All the community, not just boaters, enjoyed the gala grand opening of the West Marine store at RAM marine. 
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Possibly a handful forgot to come over, but the ones who made it enjoyed a genuine open house on Friday, Dec. 27.   The dinghy parking is one indication of the crowd, and that's only the ones who arrived by water. 
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Good job, Richard and Karen (we know who does all the work ). 
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The store is well stocked, with more goodies on the way.  The manager is a familiar face to all who know Jessica, formerly with BAM bank.

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Interesting musical treat, we don't hear live sax very often.  Thanks for that, as well as the scrumptious  variety of snacks and the free flowing open bar. 
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Located upstairs, over the tienda, offering a wonderful view to help you decide what else you forgot on your shopping list. Check it out when you have something that you couldn't find at the swap meets.  You won't be disappointed.

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Grand opening of West Marine at RAM Marina E-mail
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West Marine grand opening gala Friday at RAM Marina & Yacht Club
West Marine grand opening gala Friday at RAM Marina & Yacht Club
The Rio Dulce boating community and residents are invited to attend a gala grand opening of RAM Marina & Yacht Club’s new West Marine store this Friday, Dec. 27.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will include an open bar, free buffet and professional saxophone live music.

The West Marine store will be the first fully authorized Product Location in Central America, according to RAM owner Maricela Monstein.

RAM Marina & Yacht Club urges the Rio Dulce boaters to come enjoy the event and see the extensive product line and services now available.

 
Casa Guatemala Christmas 2013 E-mail
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Santa at Casa Guatemala
Santa at Casa Guatemala
By Heather Graham
As we move into December, we here at Casa
Guatemala have started our preparations for our annual Christmas Celebration! 

If you are new to the river, then you might not know about the tradition of the toy drive that is held for the children at Casa Guatemala. Each year Casa Guatemala hosts a huge Christmas party for the orphanage and the surrounding Mayan villages on the evening of December 24th.

As always, we expect more than 600 children to come on Christmas Eve for a magical night of toys, turkey, and tamales with Santa!

Merry Christmas !
Merry Christmas !

The boating community plays a large part in the success of the festivities. We are grateful for the hundreds of toys, goods, andfood that are donated each year from our friends here on the River.

We will be placing drop boxes at the participating marinas and you can always drop off any donations at Hotel Backpackers and our La Granja de los Niños store. 

Santa's sleigh
Santa's sleigh

 If you want a donation box for your marina, please just let me know! We will have them around the community until Dec 22nd and will receive donations at Backpackers until the 24th.  You can also check out our latest newsletter for more information on our work and how to help.

We will be preparing a special meal of roast turkey and pork for the children and hundreds of tamales for everyone. 

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New tourism police boat for Rio Dulce E-mail
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A new patrol boat for Policia de Tourismo was presented to local officers Monday at Mansion del Rio
A new patrol boat for Policia de Tourismo was presented to local officers Monday at Mansion del Rio
Rio Dulce residents and boaters will soon be seeing a new patrol boat on the river.

In a ceremony Monday, Dec. 16 at Mansion del Rio, Oficial Noe Gonzales Prera presented the patrol boat to the Policia de Tourismo (Tourism Police Department).

The boat was donated by the the Israeli Embassy  through the offices of Uri Roitman of Nana Juana .

The motor was donated by Mayor Vicente Interiano and the municipality of Fronteras, Izabal.

Equipping and repair of the boat was donated by Richard Monstein of RAM Marina and final painting and detail work was provided by Abel Ramirez and Juan Abel Ramirez of  Astillero Magdalena (Abel’s Boatyard).

Planning is underway for funding of gasoline for the patrol craft which should be operational for the upcoming holiday season.

In case of  emergencies it is best to  call DISETUR.. 

Number:  Officer Prera (Jefe) 5551 3867

The number for the tourism police station  is 3033 8175

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Yveth (Jenny) Orellana graduates E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Graduations

Congratulations, Yveth !
Congratulations, Yveth !
Story and photos
by Jody Aston

If you happen to see Yveth (Jenny) Orellana around the rio, be sure to tell her congratulations!

After several years of hard work, Yveth recently graduated from La Escuela Mundo Juvenil.

Family and friends joined Yveth at the ceremony, and, in a heartfelt, emotional speech, she thanked them for their support.

Congratulations and well done, Yveth!

Click Read More below for more photos by Jody Aston

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Brooksy Point caters to cruisers E-mail
Features - Places and Faces

Happy faces at Brooksy Point Yacht Club in Roatan
Happy faces at Brooksy Point Yacht Club in Roatan
By Jessica Rothman
If you are looking for a place to stay in Roatan, there is a gem of a little marina you may not have heard about.

Brooksy Point Yacht Club in Roatan, Honduras is owned and operated by Mike and Lilo. Unlike the other local marinas on Roatan that are part of large hotels and resorts, Brooksy Point is a small yacht club with a friendly family atmosphere.

Brooksy is the only yacht club/marina on the island that serves cruisers exclusively.

Mike and Lilo are cruisers themselves. They landed in Roatan and decided to stay. They saw and experienced such a gap in the services they needed as cruisers, that they decided to create the yacht club.

Brooksy Point -- a gem of a little marina
Brooksy Point -- a gem of a little marina

That was three years ago and they’ve never looked back. The word is spreading about the great service, fun activities, and reasonable prices. This year they expect to be busier than ever.

When we arrived at Brooksy, highly recommended by a cruising friend, we were immediately impressed when Mike came out in his dinghy to guide us into the harbor.

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Guatemala Christmas: posadas, celebrations E-mail
Features - History and Culture

(Editor's Note: Here's another of Valeria's articles to get you into a Guatemalan Christmas spirit. Thanks again, Valeria !)

By VALERIA CEREZO MACK 

Now that we have burned the devil (read How To Burn The Devil story) and the Christmas season is in gear, a new series of events and traditions take place.

ImageOne is the posadas and the other one is the celebration of the Virgen de Guadalupe.
 

The memories of the sounds and images of the posadas are well rooted in my head. When I think about them I get an echo.

Asking for posada means that you are looking for a place to spend the night, (I think you know where I’m going with this), and so what this tradition is about is to recreate the journey of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to spend the night on their way to reach Jerusalem where Jesus was to be born.

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VALERIA

Family and friends gather to build and decorate the anda. Anda is a wooden platform used to carry religious images on your shoulders.

So, Joseph and Mary get all dressed up in nice clothes, sometimes using very fine materials and sometimes using typical garments. The anda is decorated with flowers and foliage, crepe paper, candles or any other materials to make beautiful and worthy of such honor of carrying Jesus’ mom and dad.

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