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4th of July parties planned by area marinas E-mail
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  Rio Dulce marinas are getting ready for Fourth of July celebrations with food, fun and fireworks.
  Marinas include Mario's, El Relleno, Texan Bay and Crow Bar.swish
  MARIO'S
     Scheduled events at Mario's include cayuco races and ring toss competition with a cash prize!. The Sweet River Band will be playing two sets of music. Fireworks after sunset.  If you don't want to run the river after dark a free lancha service is available.  
  Mario's will be also offering roast pig.
 Kids 10 and under eat for Q25 and everyone else is Q50.  The menu includes: roasted pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, and watermelon.
  Reservations are recommended.
 
EL RELLENO
  El Relleno Marina will be hosting yet another of its famous (or infamous) dinghy races with all the accompanying festivities, trophies and fireworks.
  The action will start at 4 p.m.

TEXAN BAY
  Mike at Texan Bay is planning a big 4th of July celebration, Texas style, with a lot of great food, cold beer and some dazzling fireworks.
  Let him know if you're interested in joining.
CROW BAR
   The Crow Bar will be firing up its new smoker pit with a lot of chicken, sausage and pork on the grill.
   The event will be combined with a birthday party for Calamity Jane with cake, ice cream and fireworks.
 
Bahia Paraiso Restaurant is upscale, uptown E-mail
Features - Places and Faces

By ENCOR
  Do you sometimes feel like treating yourself extra special?  Maybe you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday, new grandkid, cruising escape date, whatever.  
  When these memorable times make you wish for an out of the ordinary experience, you have choices.

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EXCELLENT FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE
 
  The first in a series of restaurants that are just a tad off the beaten path of our marina restaurant experiences is Bahia Paraiso.  Located in Mansions del Rio, the  big attraction here is the air conditioning! 

   Ha, you think I'm joking?  
 

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Panama denies changes to passport extensions E-mail
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  Panama's Minister of  Tourism Ruben Blades has reportedly denied that the time allowed tourists to stay in the country has been reduced to 30 days, despite contrary reports published in the Chisme-Vindicator.
   He also indicated that the assertion that
Panama now requires vaccinations to allow entry to the country is also false.
(Readers disagree: Check out comments posted on the Lonely Planet forum. http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com ).
   He warned that "unscrupulous people" are circulating rumors through the internet to damage the country.

 
Crow Bar introduces 'slow cooked' barbecue E-mail
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 Crow Bar Marina and Restaurant today unveilsbbq an innovative approach to barbecue, based upon design factors popular in the Texas Hill Country.
  Instead of simply "burning" meat as evidenced at other local restaurants, the above ground pit applies a steady but slow heat to tenderly and gently cook without traumatically searing or scorching the meat fibers, resulting in extremely tender yet thoroughly cooked chicken, pork, sausage and beef, retaining moisture and flavor.
 The carefully engineered pit can be seen (and the results tasted) at the Crow Bar's Friday Flea Market and Calamity Jane Social Hour starting mas o menos at high noon.
  The pit uses selected all-natural blended wood coals instead of noxious propane or carcinogenic charcoal.
 
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Long Boat

 
American Embassy announces office hours E-mail
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(From the American Embassy in Guatemala City:)

 The Embassy is actually open this Friday (Guatemalan Army Day).
  However, it's an administrative processing day in the American Citizens Services Unit, so we can only take emergency cases.  
   The following week (starting July 2), we'll be open every day except Wednesday (the 4th), including Friday morning, July 6th. 
  (Continued)
 
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Foreign cruisers E-mail
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Cruising boats from other countries welcomed to the U.S. 

  (Editor's Note: In light of the new restrictions being placed on U.S. pleasure boaters visiting Central and South America, perhaps we should take a look at how the United States treats visiting boaters from the same countries.
  Please note that the only Central and South American countries that are given reciprocal cruising permits are Argentina and Honduras. Not on the list are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua among many others.
  However, the U.S. charges only $27.50 for the cruising permit and it's valid for one year. There still is the requirement that foreign flagged vessels call in to the U.S. Customs whenever they move from one port to another. That is subject to a $5,000 fine. http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cgov/travel/pleasure_boats/ user_fee/user_fee_decal.xml)
  The following is an excerpt from the US Customs Service site.  See them for additional information.
 
Reporting & Entry  AMERICAN PLEASURE BOATS. The master of any American pleasure boat must report to Customs immediately upon arrival from a foreign port or place and must also report foreign merchandise aboard his/her boat that is subject to duty.

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Leads in national polls E-mail
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 Presidential candidate Colom in Rio Dulce

   Over 1,000 people were on hand Friday to here Guatemalan presidential candidate Alvaro Colom speak at the municipal park.
  Álvaro Colom Caballeros born June 15, 1951 in Guatemala City) is a member of the centre left National Union of Hope (UNE).

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Over 1,000 hear Colom
Colom is the son of Antonio Colom Argueta and Yolanda Caballeros Ferraté, the first being the older brother of Manuel Colom Argueta, a former mayor of Guatemala City. He is the fourth of five brothers. He is also the father of Antonio Colom Szarata, the bass player of Guatemalan rock band Viento en Contra.
After gaining a degree as an industrial engineer at the University of San Carlos (USAC) in just three years, he became a businessman involved in a variety of businesses, and a government civil servant, including being the founding General Director of the Fondo Nacional para la Paz and Vice Minister of the Economy before turning to politics.
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Painting day at Mario's Marina E-mail
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Painting day held at Mario's Marina 

By CINDY s/v Dragonheart
  New owner, Jim Ellis, wanted a change for the look of the Cayuco Club. 
   
Jim and several cruisers put on their thinking caps and decided that a new fun look would do the trick. Marina residents signed up for the big paint day. 

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The Way We Were

  Knowing that people will work for food, Jim offered a free BBQ and threw in 2 days of free slippage! 
 
The painters arrived at 0900 hours primed and ready for work.  Brushes and paint were handed out.  The club had been color coded for ease of painting.  Before you could say Leonardo Da Vinci the old place was taking on a new look. 

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