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Semana Santa 2015 Safety Plan E-mail
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Rio Dulce Awaits Semana Santa
Rio Dulce Awaits Semana Santa

Safety Plan for Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Information received from Eugenio Gobbato
Translated by Jody Aston with a whole lot of help from Google Translate and Eugenio Gobbato!

Government officials and the Volunteer Firefighters (Bomberos) of Rio Dulce held a meeting on 17 March to establish a contingency safety plan for Holy Week. This is a summary of the results of the meeting.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS will have the following available:

  • 2 ambulances
  • 1 motorcycle
  • 1 car for assistance

The Firefighters will have an emergency post on both sides of the bridge (Fronteras and El Relleno) and at El Castillo in San Felipe. They will be available 8-10 hours per day, from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Rio Dulce Bomberos - Firefighters
Rio Dulce Bomberos - Firefighters

DISETUR - División de Seguridad Turística, or Tourist Safety Division (Created by PNC – Policía Nacional Civil, or National Civil Police) will have 22 staff members working and feature a patrol car and a motorcycle, nothing more. Their points of contact will be:

  • El Castillo in San Felipe      Image
  • The crossing/intersection at the municipal building
  • The small (concrete) mall in front of Banrural
  • From the Litegua Station to the public dock
  • Finca Paraiso
  • The Rio Dulce bridge

s/v Lorelei destroyed by fire E-mail
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Patty and Gary Waid and their two dogs escsaped serious injury when their boat and home s/v Lorelei struck a powerline on the Indian River in Broward County Florida, Friday March 20.
Patty and Gary Waid and their two dogs escaped serious injury when their boat and home s/v Lorelei was struck by an arc from a powerline on the Indian River in Broward County Florida, Friday March 20.
Patricia and Gary Waid of s/v Lorelei, former Rio Dulce boaters now living in Titusville, Florida, narrowly escaped serious injury along with their two dogs Friday March 20 when their boat's mast was struck by an arc from a powerline on the Indian River.

The boat immediately burst into flames. Fortunately, the couple and dogs were rescued by local fishermen.

Patricia was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. Gary is recovering from a long battle with cancer.

Loss of s/vLorelei
Loss of s/v Lorelei

Longtime boating liveboards, Gary and Patricia's sailboat was also their home for many years.

Video HERE .

A fund has been established to help Patti anf Gary here:



Dr. Angel Velasquez – Full-time Veterinarian E-mail
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Dr. Angel Examines Susy
Dr. Angel Examines Susy

Story and Photographs by Jody Aston

Most pet owners on the Rio Dulce know there are two very capable veterinarians who come to Rio Dulce from Guatemala City two or three times a month, Dr. Wer and Dr. Andrade. Many do not realize, however, that we are lucky to have an accomplished veterinarian, Dr. M. V. Angel Velasquez, “Dr. Angel,” who has a full-time practice right on the outskirts of Rio Dulce.

Dr. Angel is experienced in all types of veterinary care and treats farm animals and horses, as well as domestic pets. He is caring and gentle with our beloved furry or feathered friends, and provides a full range of services, including medical exams and consultations, vaccinations, de-worming, dental care, surgeries, hospitalizations, and boarding. He also has a good supply of medications and food products for sale in his clinic.

When Dr. Angel begins the examination, it becomes obvious that he is a competent veterinarian. He thoroughly examines the pet for any signs of problems.

He says there is a high incidence of ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne bacteria, in this area. Commonly called canine hemorrhagic fever, or dog AIDS, it can damage the liver or kidneys, cause anemia and attack the immune system. In severe cases, the dogs can die.





Graveside services held for Diane Collins E-mail
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Burial of Diane Collins of s/v Windbird
Burial of Diane Collins of s/v Windbird
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 7, in Rio Dulce Cemetery for Diane Collins, 63, of s/v Windbird. She was a longtime resident of Rio Dulce.

Diane died March 6, 2015 in a Puerto Barrios hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born in California, she graduated from Cal Tech with a degree in electronic engineering.

She singlehanded her sailboat s/v Windbird  most of the way from California, through the Panama Canal to eventually make her home in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, needing additional crew only for the transit through the canal.

A passionate lover of wildlife, particularly birds, she was known locally as Avian. She was a valued member of the Rio Dulce Chisme-Vindicator staff, serving as webmistress.

Her intellect, computer and electronics knowledge as well as her big smile will be missed by all of her friends.

Surviving include her mother, Alba Moesser of California.


Memorial service March 8 for Jean-Guy Hamel E-mail
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Jean-Guy Hamel
Jean-Guy Hamel
Memorial services for Jean-Guy Hamel, 62, of s/v Cétacé will be held Sunday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Club Nautique de Nicolet 2750 Bas de la Rivière, Nicolet, Quebec.

Jean-Guy’s body was found at an unreported location in Honduras and is now in San Pedro Sula, awaiting autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Messages of sympathy can be given to Danyelle of s/v JPDan at Bruno’s and she will send them to the family.

Info day for Freddy's Friends March 1 E-mail
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The Squashed Pig Who Became The Star of Freddy’s Friends

Freddy and Pam Barcroft
Freddy and Pam Barcroft
By Julia Bartlett

A tiny pig was lying at the side of the road squashed.  I am not exaggerating, he was squashed and we thought dead.   

Then I turned my head and looked back at the sad little body and saw him take a breath.

“Pam, that animal is still alive,” I said.

My heart sank.  We were going to have to put him down, he was so hurt. 

In those days I didn't know Pam Barcroft so well and what she did was unexpected. 

She got off her horse, gave me the reins and ever so gently eased the little creature into her arms, blood, mud and all. 

Then cradling him next her and talking softly to him she walked slowly back to the ranch with us following.

Freddy's first day
Freddy's first day
Once back there, Pam examined him and found his injuries were horrific. 

He had obviously been hit by a vehicle and left for dead. 

His jaw looked broken.  He was swollen and bruised all over and couldn't even lift his head.

Pam injected him with a painkiller first, then antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory for the spinal damage, subcutaneous rehydration fluid and vitamins and poured noni juice over his wounds. She did everything she could think of as he lay in the shade in a grassy pen. 

Then she stepped back and studied him. “That’s all we can do,” she said, “it’s up to him now. Let’s ride.”

Cruising in Belize - Part 1 E-mail
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Monkey River Town to Placencia
Monkey River Town to Placencia
(Editor's Note: It's been quite a while since we've published Denny's informative articles on Cruising in Belize so, since there are many new cruisers in the area, we've decided to reprint Denny's articles. Enjoy!)

By Dennis Gulck
Denny’s Beach

This is my first post dealing with the profusion of marine parks in Belize.  Please note that I am a conservationist at heart, and it is not that I object to the idea of marine parks, but rather that I don’t like to pay money to anchor behind a caye. (For a larger version of the map, click HERE .)

Frankly, I can’t afford it and I am sure that there are many cruisers who feel the same about shelling out hard cash to pay to anchor.  

The reef has been decimated by the fishing fleets from Sarteneja, Belize City, and Honduras.  If you could have seen the reef as I did in the mid seventies, you would understand where I am coming from. 

The last time I went to the southern cayes with my two sons I was shocked to see the reef......broken, bleached, and without fish.  I felt sorry for the boys even though they were thrilled to see the few trunkfish and one small barracuda that we saw the first day.  Those cayes used to be loaded with fish as the fishing fleet did not have to travel that far to fill their ice boxes.

Valentine's Day massage specials by Adriana E-mail
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Adriana Gobbato offers therapeutic professional massages
Adriana Gobbato offers therapeutic professional massages
Article by encor
Photos by Julia Bartlett

Great news for anyone wondering what to give their sweetheart for the upcoming Valentine Day, Sat., Feb 14.

This cronista had a most enjoyable one hour session recently with the extremely talented Adriana, and highly recommend her skills as a therapeutic massage professional. 

Many of you already know Adriana as the daughter of Eugenio at Tijax, or as a gifted artist who has taught watercolor painting here on the river.  She was schooled in these healing and wellness techniques while living in Spain, but has not actively pursued them until recently.  

Relaxing & Therapeutic Massage is a full-body massage intended to calm the nervous system, reduce emotional and physical stress, and release muscular tension. A great option to choose, if you just want to chill out, be pampered and spoiled, when you need to unwind and take a break from life's stresses.

It is relaxing and invigorating increasing circulation and improving muscle flexibility. You will have a long, luxurious massage which will use all kinds of techniques including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to side, with various deep tissue trigger points and energy healing techniques on those areas experiencing specific pain, tightness or blockages, depending on your needs.

Whether it is to provide relief from pain, release of tension, reduction of stress or simply to relax and feel your best, the addition of energy work promotes a deeper sense of relaxation and well-being. 

Located in the round building at Mar Marine
Located in the round building at Mar Marine
She works her magic in the little round structure just by the office at Mar Marine.  

Adriana certainly knows which pressure/reflexology points to address,  and she is also skilled in Reiki, developed in Japan and commonly known as the system of universal energy of life.

For Valentine’s Day, she is offering some special prices, for just the sweetheart, or a couples package.  A limited number available, and if you book by Feb.14, you can schedule your appointment for another date.   

Her special price for couples is $60, It can even be two girlfriends.

For reservation/appt, call Adriana at 4887-8348. You can also book thru Mar Marine  7930-5090

You can learn more about Adriana Gobbato on Facebook or linkedin.

Marlene will be announcing her Valentine menu soon,  why not make it a MARvelous day?

Fuego Volcano eruptions close airport E-mail
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Volcanic eruptions at Fuego close airport

and raise alert level to Orange*

ImageDue to increased volcanic activity at Fuego Volcano, CONRED (the Guatemalan government agency responsible for monitoring volcanic activity), has raisedGuatemala’s alert status to ORANGE for the entire country.

Eruptive activity at Fuego increased during the afternoon today, February 7th.

CONRED reports pyroclastic flows including high temperature emissions of moderate and strong force, with significant ash falling in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, Escuintla and Chimaltenango departments.

The eruption, which began this morning, has intensified in the last hours, according to the

National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology INSIVUMEH.

In addition, PROATUR, the Guatemalan tourist assistance program, has informed us that due to the eruption, La Aurora international airport has closed its operations until further notice.

For continued updates on volcanic activity, residents and travelers are advised to monitor the CONRED website at:  http://conred.gob.gt/.  Guatemala’s tourism agency INGUAT also has additional information for travelers at: http://www.inguat.gob.gt/.

All U.S. citizens should review their emergency preparedness and keep on hand emergency phone numbers, including the Guatemalan CONRED 24 hour hotline 1566.

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