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Ram Marina's New Paint Booth Celebration E-mail
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November 28, 2015
Graphic Images and Story by Kelli Doll

Come join the celebration at RAM Marina on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Take a tour of Rio Dulce’s first “climate-controlled” yacht painting booth. It is also the second-year anniversary of the Ram Marine Store, featuring West Marine products. ALL your purchases will have a 15% discount on Saturday! There will be FREE food and beverage and then you can dance to the tunes!

Ram Marina has graciously agreed to coordinate this day of celebration to help raise money for the Community Tuition Grant Program in the village of Cayo Quemado. The program provides education grants to needy families, allowing their children to attend middle school and high school. Proceeds from a Silent Auction and Raffle will benefit the program.

Image Since we have Q15,000 in donations and prizes for the Silent Auction and Raffle…you have an opportunity to bid on some very valuable cruising services. You might just walk away with some great raffle prizes, too.

Don’t miss the fun! Check out the exciting new yacht painting booth, and help a good cause at the same time!

For more information and a list of some of the prizes and auction items, click here. For information on the education program, click here.



Happy USA Thanksgiving 2015 E-mail
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Happy USA Thanksgiving 2015! The Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator staff is grateful for all of our readers. Thank you for your support throughout the year!

Sundog's Tom and Elva Wed E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes
Congratulations Tom and Elva
November 20, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

Tom Wyss and Elva Ramirez, owners of the popular local restaurant, The Sundog Café, decided to make it official! They surprised (almost) everyone yesterday, November 19, 2015, by having a small, intimate wedding in Rio Dulce. Being the low-key couple that they are, and not wanting a big party, they returned to the Sundog after the ceremony.

A family member's Facebook photos helped spread the news of their nuptials. One friend ran out quickly for a cake and the staff cooked up some goodies, so they ended up having a bit of a celebration, afterall.

Tom and Elva have been together for nearly six years, and the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator staff, along with the Rio Dulce community, wish them many more years of happiness. A big, wide, brilliant rainbow appeared in the Sundog's vista shortly after their wedding, and that, surely, is a good omen! Felicidades, Tom and Elva!  

A Brilliant Rainbow Appeared - a Sure Sign of a Happy Future
Ugly Boat Contest E-mail
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Design a Paint Job for an UGLY Boat Contest

November 15, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor Image

So, what would you do if you found a great big boat that you loved in every way, except...it was UGLY?!  Well, if you were Kim and Brendan, you would buy it in spite of its aesthetic shortcomings, then hold a contest and invite everyone to come up with a beautiful design for a new paint job! That's exactly what they are doing for their monstrosity sailing vessel, the S/V BerKat.

Kim and Brendan are even putting up a hundred bucks for the artist with the best design. So, to win that US$100, download a copy of a to-scale drawing of the boat here. Get out your box of crayons, or markers, and get those creative juices flowing.

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

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