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Casa Guatemala's 1st Charity Run E-mail
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Cruiser Entrants Having Fun Before the Race Even Started!
November 23, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The weather cooperated last Sunday and Casa Guatemala's First Charity Run turned out to be a lot of fun. Most adults went for the 5K walk and the children were in both the 3K and 5K run. Heather Graham, Director of Casa Guatemala Children's Home, secured many business partners who offered much support, both financially and in personal participation with the event. 

Along with their number, entrants received a very snazzy runner's t-shirt, and samples of Fastnum gel (a much-appreciated spray for sore muscles), Sustenium energy solution/drink, and a couple of packets of Helios vitamin-enriched energy cookies. Each child received a medal, and there were huge trophies and cash prizes for first-place winners in the various categories - men, women, children, etc.

As a warm-up, Heather had a Zumba instructor come from Guatemala City to lead a routine. She skillfully energized the youth, and before long, the adults joined the kids and Casa Guatemala volunteer workers.

In all, eleven cruisers got their running or walking shoes on, plus one editor who used the excuse of needing to drive along the route to get better photographs. Heather also opted to ride, but in the back of a pick-up truck, from where she tossed bags of water to the kids who needed a drink or a good splash. First-place winner Barbara, of SV Red Shoes, kindly donated her winnings back to Casa Guatemala.You'll see a photograph of her making the decision while looking at her handful of quetzales!

Enjoy the photos...and next year we hope to see many more boaters in the race!

The Whole Group - Young and...Mature
Cruisers Join in the Zumba Warm-up

Vickie and Jim Celebrate Anniversary E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Anniversaries
Lots of Love and Laughter at Vickie and Jim's Anniversary Party
November 19,2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Vickie and Jim, on SV Allegro, have spent 44 happy years together! Friends gathered at their house on Saturday to help them celebrate. Some had already gone before the camera appeared, but a good time was had by all! Vickie says she only wishes they had more room to have invited many more of their friends on the rio. Next time!

Results of Bomberos Fundraiser E-mail
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Bomberos Announcing the Grand Prize Winner of the Cow
November 12, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Jim Kenworthy, SV Dreamaway

The  Bomoberos Raffle Fundraiser was a big success! The grand prize winner was Edras Gomez. Bombero and former Captain, Rita Rabre, says he was so excited about winning that he gave another Q500 to the fund. The total raised was over Q11,000, which will cover much of the expense of kitting out the new ambulance. And in case you were wondering, the grand prize cow did not attend in person, but the bomberos had a lovely likeness available for the winner to see before going to the farm to collect her (it was a heiffer). Thanks go to Jim on SV Dreamaway for taking lots of great photographs - click "Read more..." below to see the rest of the photos. 

Little Helper on Tippytoes to Choose a Winning Ticket
Judy and Dana Displaying a Few of the Many Tickets Sold


Halloween - Bloody Good Fun on the Rio E-mail
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Dad's Head on a Plate - Halloween Fun at The Shack!!

November 1, 2017
by Jody Aston,
Editor and Photographer

Rio Dulce survived zombies, beheadings, ninjas, witches and skeletons on Halloween...and even had fun in the process!

Enjoy the photos from various celebrations, including The Sundog Café, Backpackers Hotel and Restaurant, The Shack, and Mar Marine. 





Backpackers' Meal - Baked Bloody Rats in a Nest

Dreamcatcher - New Restaurant on the Rio Dulce E-mail
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Dreamcatcher Eco Lodge and Restaurant

October 16, 2017
By Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

A new restaurant on the rio is creating quite a buzz. Many cruisers have already checked it out and have given it a thumbs-up! The proprietor, Liesl Kirste, contacted the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator with details. The name of the property is “Dreamcatcher Eco Lodge,” and, as the name implies, it is also a small hostel with a dormitorio and tents.

Liesl managed a restaurant in Guatemala City. She also lived in various places around the world, and acquired diverse culinary skills. One such example is her infusion of squid, or cuttlefish, ink in her freshly made pastas. One cruiser sampled this dish, which is topped with a white wine sauce, and said it was scrumptious!

Freshly-made Pasta Infused with Squid Ink in a White Wine Sauce

There are not a lot of options for non-fish-eating vegetarians, presently, but that may change in the future. On our visit, Liesel quickly put together some hummus to go with the home-made nachos and guacamole. For more information and photos, click "Read more..." below. Image 

Bomberos (Firefighters/EMTs) Raffle E-mail
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October 1, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Is your boat full of water and ready to sink? Call the Bomberos! Having heart palpatations and not sure if it's serious? Call the Bomberos! Need an ambulance? Call the Bomberos! Need a cow...or maybe a duck? Buy a raffle ticket from the Bomberos!

The entire Rio Dulce community, including both local residents and the more transient group of boaters, depends on the Rio Dulce Bomberos. They are highly-trained volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and, literally, lifesavers. Let's show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication by supporting their current fundraiser through the purchase of raffle tickets.

The Grand Prize, a live heiffer, may not be at the top of our wish lists, but here's the deal...if we buy tickets, we can "pass it on."  When purchasing, if we donate our tickets to Pass It On Guatemala charity and one of them is the winner, Pass It On will sell the cow (valued at a minimum of Q3,500) and split the profits with Casa Guatemala Children's home. So, all three organizations win...and you don't have to clean the poop deck on your boat!

The Bomberos were given a vehicle that needs to be transformed into an ambulance. They have to install cabinets, a floor, oxygen tanks, lights and a siren, for starters.

The drawing will be held on Sunday, October 29th, at the public basketball court across from the Bomberos station, under the bridge. It will be held in the afternoon (time TBA) and there will be other prizes awarded, before the Grand Prize. That's where the duck comes into the story - a Muscovy, donated by ace mechanic, Diesel John. We have more details about John and his ducks in a story that will be published later this week.

In the meantime, you can get tickets from Rita Rabre, former fire chief and wife of the current director. You can find her at her place of business, Rita's Office, located on the grounds of Bruno's Marina, 8:00-3:00 M-F, 3067-5321. You can also get them from the Director of Pass It On, Julia Bartlett, of SV Haleiva, at Mar Marine, 4019-6677. Finally, Pass It On will be selling tickets, again, at the next Swap Meet, which will be Sunday, October 15, at Bruno's.

FIRE / EMS3164-7762 
Rita's Personal # She's available to help 24/7 and speaks great English
5715-0926 Claro3067-5321 Tigo

Steve Elliott Selling Bomberos Raffle Tickets for Pass It On at a Swap Meet

Death of Casa Perico's Bruno E-mail
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Bruno, Co-owner of Casa Perico

September 22, 2017
by Peter Kruse
Editor's Note: We are sad to report the passing of long-term Rio Dulce resident and co-owner of Casa Perico Hotel and Restaurant, (Swiss) Bruno. The following information is provided by Peter Kruse. 

El día de ayer falleció nuestro compañero y querido amigo Bruno. Faltan palabras para expresar nuestro dolor. Nos vamos a despedir de Bruno en el cementerio de la aldea La Esmeralda mañana sábado a las 3 pm. Te extrañamos, amigo!!!
Yesterday, our colleague and dear friend Bruno passed away. There are no words to express our sorrow. We will say good bye to him tomorrow Saturday at the cemetery of La Esmeralda at 3 pm. We miss you, amigo!!!
Gestern ist unser Kollege und guter Freund Bruno verstorben. Es gibt keine Worte, unsere Trauer auszudrücken. Morgen, Samstag, um 15:00 Uhr werden wir uns auf dem Friedhof der Ortschaft La Esmeralda von ihm verabschieden. Wir vermissen dich, amigo!!!

I'm Baaaaack! E-mail
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There once was an editor named Jody      Image

Who loved writing news for the Boaties.

But, again, she broke her arm

And third time’s no charm,

So, chance for writing was remote-y!

September 21, 2017
By Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

I prefer the “fly-on-the-wall” style of reporting and don’t like to make the story about me, but I do feel the need to explain why the Rio Dulce Chisme’s front page has gone bare for way too long! When I visited the U.S. last month, I obviously had an infection in my arm and went to a Patient First doctor, who sent me to a hospital emergency room, whose doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. Whew! Turned out that it was, indeed, infected, but had also shifted and the bones had broken apart again. All agreed that it was the crummy state of my bones, and was caused through no fault of my own, nor the work of my Guatemalan doc. Although it was bum news, it was rather reassuring to have second and third opinions saying that my doctor in Guatemala City had used advanced medical procedures and done an excellent job! Yay for Dr. Raúl Hodelin!! Back home in Guatemala, I’ve gotten it all taken care of…again! So, sorry for the absence of news, especially while there’s been so much of it! P.S. Maybe you would like to join the Chisme “Staph!”

First, let me extend heartfelt condolences to those in true pain…of mind, heart and body, due to the phenomenal degree of natural disasters around the world. Cruisers in Rio Dulce have enjoyed the people and diverse cultures of the islands of the Caribbean, on up to the islands and coastlines of the United States. The extent of loss and damage in these areas from recent hurricanes is unfathomable. Of course, not only are residents and indigenous people suffering, but the cruising community is also adversely affected. Through the Rio Dulce Chisme Forum and other social media, Rio Dulce cruisers are reporting the status and whereabouts of themselves and their vessels. Hearing from you is a great relief, so please keep it up.

On top of that, and with no advance notice, Mexico has been hit with two major earthquakes in two weeks. While the first was a higher magnitude (and closer to Guatemala), it affected a less-populated area than the second, which was a direct hit on Mexico City. Our hearts break for our neighbors across Guatemala’s western border.

News organizations and social media are covering these events (and also the wildfires raging across western USA). Along with sad tales and horrifying videos, heartwarming stories are surfacing of compassion and goodwill being extended to loved ones and strangers, alike. This is the best kind of news, and we hope to hear more of it. Much love to all and, as they say in Mexico, “Vaya con Diós.”

There are lots of good things happening on the rio now, so those stories come next!

American Embassy Warning-Protests in Guatemala E-mail
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Palacio Nacional in Guatemala City

August 28, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The American Embassy has issued a security message for Guatemala, which is posted below. Due to recent events, there is a likelihood of protests and many traffic delays. Anyone planning a trip to Guatemala City this week may want to postpone travel plans until more information is available.

Briefly, the reason for the probability of protests is because, over the weekend, President Jimmy Morales declared the lead investigator of the United Nations anti-corruption panel (CICIG) persona non grata (no longer permitted in the country). The president is being investigated on corruption charges, and this was done to expel the head of the investigation. The Guatemala Constitutional Court blocked the order, however, and the government is described as being in a state of chaos.

Many people are calling on the president to resign, as happened two years ago with the former president and vice-president, who were both imprisoned (and remain so) shortly after their resignation. At the time, thousands of protestors gathered in the square in front of the Palacio Nacional every weekend, for several months.

If interested, here are links to two articles, in English: New York Times  and The Guardian

United States Embassy Guatemala, Guatemala City
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 
Protests within Guatemala
August 27, 2017

The following message provides information for U.S. Citizens regarding protests in Guatemala. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know, as soon as possible.  We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community.  Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), fax (2331-3804), or telephone (2326-4000) if you have any questions. 

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is monitoring press reports on current and planned protests within Guatemala.  Protests may cause significant traffic issues.  The U.S. Embassy will be open for business on Monday, August 28, 2017, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when necessary.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala, at +502-2326-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +502-2331-2354.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).




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