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Ram Marina Paint Booth Opening and Fundraiser E-mail
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A Big Turn-out for Ram Marina's Paint Booth Opening and Fundraiser

January 26, 2016
by Guest Reporter and Event Co-organizer, Kathi Wright
Photograhs by Chris Stanley
Editor's Note: Readers may have noticed that I've been a little slow changing the front page lately. I've had issues with my eyes and had to limit my time on the computer. They are on the mend, now, so we'll be back up to speed soon! Kelli Doll and Kathi Wright, the organizers of the fundraiser, have had this story with the results since the end of December and patiently waited for me to publish it. Enjoy! For a slideshow of more photographs - lots of the attendees and raffle winners - click on my Flickr album here.

It was a rainy Saturday, but once again, the Rio Dulce community came out in large numbers for a celebration and to help a good cause. 

On December 5, 2015, more than 160 hardy folks donned their rain gear and turned out to celebrate RAM Marina’s Grand Opening of the only Yacht Painting Booth in

The Paint Booth is Ready for a Tall Mast!
Central America and the 2nd Anniversary of their West Marine store. While the guests were at it, they also graciously extended their generosity and supported the students of the rural village of Cayo Quemado by participating in the tuition fundraiser – a silent auction and raffle – that was held as part of RAM’s event.

A big THANK YOU goes out from the Cayo Quemado Community Tuition Grant Program to RAM Marina’s management, who provided the venue, all the free food and drinks along with a 15% discount on marine products the day of the event. We also give a big thanks to RAM Marina’s staff for all their hard work to prepare the facility for the day.

The Program would also like to thank the many local businesses and individuals who donated products and services for the auction and raffle. Although the majority of donations stemmed from local businesses, additional cash contributions from some tremendously kind cruisers and local residents also boosted the fundraiser’s success. In total, the Program raised Q16,344!

Kelli with Some of the Students Her Program Benefits

New French Restaurant Opens in Rio Dulce E-mail
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Paris Cafe Owner, Christian, 2nd from left, and chef Jean Claude, 2nd from right, with Staff
January 16, 2016
Story and Photographs by encor, “Staph” Reporter


It sure seems like our little town of Rio Dulce is getting some class. As you walk up the street, you have most likely noticed the ongoing construction projects. One we have been keeping an eye on is now finished and open for business. Yes, it’s the Paris Cafe, a most unique structure on Main Street. It is the tallest, newest, and only glass-fronted building. You can’t miss it. Especially with the sign advertising “Air Conditioned” on the front doors. YES, REALLY. All those times you complain about how hot it is when you go shopping? Now you have a place to enter and just chill (we used to use the banks for that).


Paris Cafe with a 4-story View From the Rooftop Bar
Don Ingram, of SV For Today, Passes Away E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Deaths
Don Ingram, of SV For Today
January 11, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor 

Don Ingram first came to the Rio Dulce in 2009. He sailed in and out over the years and made many friends on the river. He and his wife, Linda Kersey, were making last-minute repairs before taking their boat, SV For Today, on a new adventure.

Don and His Beloved Goldie
Don had some health problems recently, and he went in a hospital in Guatemala City for treatment of an ulcer. The operation appeared to be successful, however, at 3:00 a.m. on January 6, he succumbed to a heart attack. Linda was with him and made the necessary arrangements. His body will be returned to the United States on Tuesday, January 12.

Don loved to tell stories and he had a lot of interesting ones to offer. He especially enjoyed telling of his childhood, being born to a young Native American woman, his time living in Russia, and stories about sailing and his life in the Armed Forces. He was proud of his service to his country, and will be honored with a military funeral.

A Casa Guatemala Christmas Story E-mail
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In the light of a beautiful full moon, Santa's sleigh heads to Casa Guatemala
December 29, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

Once upon a time, in the jungles along the river called the Rio Dulce, there was a home especially built for children. The home still exists today, and provides food, education, and healthcare to over 300 children. Its name is Casa Guatemala. Over time, many families who lived in nearby villages with very little resources, brought their children to the home, so they could also be educated and have healthy little bodies. This means that at Christmas time, Santa has about 600 children for whom he must provide a bit of holiday cheer! He gets lots of help from the Executive Director, Heather Graham, the 35 teachers and staff, as well as many volunteers and donors from all over the world. Another volunteer who definitely deserves a quiet mention is Jim Kenworthy, of SV Dream Away. Shhhhh! The night would not have been possible without his help and "Ho, ho, ho." This is the story of this year's magical Christmas Eve celebration that all these people helped create.

Santa and his helpers arrive at the Casa Guatemala dock...
...and are greeted with a song by all the children eagerly awaiting his arrival.
A Christmas tree was decorated by the children. Dinosaurs, Crocodiles, Mr. Potato Head, and even Bert and Ernie were all there at the nativity.

Merry Christmas 2015!! E-mail
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December 25, 2015

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator! Santa appeared on the rio last night, as he made his way down to Casa Guatemala to make 600 children very happy!!

Santa Steers His Sleigh Down the Rio Dulce Under a Full Moon

Untimely Death of Steve Stucko, S/V Tarka E-mail
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Steve Stucko of S/V Tarka
December 22, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor 

It is with a sad heart that we report the sudden death of a beloved sailor on the Rio Dulce, Steve Stucko, of SV Tarka, at Tortugal Marina. His son, Bradley Stucko, wrote a beautiful tribute on Steve’s Facebook page and we think this is all anyone needs to know:

Dear, friends and family, 

I know everyone has a lot of questions about the man, the legend, and my hero, Steve Stucko. 

He has left us on the night of December 21st 2015. 

He passed from a random and un-flamboyant accident (He called it). No it wasn't scuba diving the Keys, sky diving in formation, riding downhill MTB’s at winter park , ice racing motor cycles, fighting fires, or traveling the world. No, he was sitting at the dinner table, undoubtably sharing one of his many stories from an amazing life with some friends down in the Rio. 

Steve & Wife, Kathie, with Winnings from Int'l Pub Trivia Quiz

Fortunately we can rest a little easier knowing there was a doctor present, everything that could have been done was, and he didn’t suffer. 

I have so much more to say about how this man impacted my life, but the words escape me for now.

I ask that you send your love but try to withhold bombarding his close friends and family with questions regarding his passing.

Feliz Navidad from Casa Guatemala E-mail
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Counting Down the Days till Christmas!
December 16, 2015
by Heather Graham, Director of Casa Guatemala

It may be hot and sunny here in Rio Dulce, but it is indeed, beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have our annual Toy Drive up and running in all the local marinas and the Cruiser Community is as always, extremely generous in ensuring that all of the children will have a magical experience at Casa Guatemala!

This Saturday will be our second annual Christmas Concert as part of our Vacation Program. It is a chance for the kids to perform the songs and skits they have been working on before having a nice lunch and a visit from Santa! For many of the kids in our Summer School program, this will be the only chance to celebrate since their villages are too far away to join us for our big celebration on the night of Christmas Eve. Some of them have never experienced Christmas before and so they are all very excited to have a chance to meet Santa and receive their very own gift! Our friends in the area are invited to join us Saturday, December 19th from 10:00 am on to share in the festivities!

Read all about the Christmas Eve celebration and other interesting stories on Casa Guatemala's newsletter here. If the Season of Giving moves you to support the children at the home financially, you'll also read how you can donate!

The Books, Booze and Breakfast Club E-mail
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Beth, Jerie, Linda and Kitty Enjoy the Booze with Their Books at Breakfast
December 14, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor 
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy and Jody Aston 

The cruising life is full of advantages, but there is one drawback that Kitty and Jim Kenworthy recently discussed with Jody Aston; there are no bookstores at sea! Local marinas and restaurants often have “take one, leave one” shelves, but one rarely finds specific books from their reading lists.

Kitty and Jim initiated a successful new “Book Exchange” topic for the morning Cruiser’s Net, and it became evident that there are many readers on the rio. Although not a sailor, Jody has the same problem finding desired books, simply living in Rio Dulce. She suggested it might also be fun to start a (loosely structured) book club…and the three of them were off and running with the idea!

The first get-together was on November 7 at Backpacker’s Hotel and Restaurant. “Head straight over to Backpacker’s right after the morning Net” set the time. Casa Guatemala/Backpacker’s Director, Heather Graham, suggested serving Mimosas – the champagne and orange juice delight, and the Books, Booze and Breakfast Club was born!

Isn't Heather the Cutest Little Photobomber, Ever?

Ram Marina Celebration and School Fundraiser E-mail
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Ram Marina Owner, Richard Monstein, and Pam, of SV Pamela Ann - the Happy Winner of the Haul-out Silent Auction

December 6, 2015
by Jody Aston, Editor

Ram Marina's new paint booth celebration and school fundraiser was a big success yesterday! Here's a tease - more to follow!

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