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  2. On August 5th, the new administrator of ASEP, Armando Fuentes Rodriguez, called in the concessionaires EDEMET, EDECHI, y ENSA and told them to pick up their level of service.
  3. I doubt improvement of electrical service will be forthcoming soon, and might get a bit worse. Friends on the coast go hours and sometimes days without power now. That is happening more often...and longer. It is very hot there without a fan nor AC. At least we have a cool climate going for us here.
  4. I agree with Erin and others about “running the gauntlet” not being prudent. Sure there is an alternate route, but why isn’t public safety a high priority?
  5. The last week has been horrible electrical service yet again. Today we are without electrical service from the utility since early this morning. Granted, we do have a generator but it was not designed for continuous use. Plus the cost of fuel to run it is expensive. The situation never improves. Why so often without electrical service here?
  6. Family of the Month Update Diana’s Family It’s gratifying to revisit our clients and to see their progress over the years. Many have either moved up to become financially self-sufficient or have simply moved out of the Buenos Vecinos service area. Diana is an example of someone who did both. She recently reached out to BVB to tell us how life has changed for her and her sons, six year-old Angel and eight year-old Bryan. When they first became Buenos Vecinos recipients in 2015 they were renting a 10 x 12 room from a family who paid her $10 a day to clean their house. Even with a meager monthly contribution from the boys’ father, she was barely able to pay the modest rent and other monthly living expenses. As sometimes happens, concerned neighbors referred her to BVB volunteers who vet our prospective clients, and she was quickly accepted. However, Diana’s greatest challenge was Angel’s medical condition and accompanying expenses. Born with a severe cleft palate and lip, he had feeding and sleeping problems, frequent ear infections and asthma. He wore a small green palate protection device at home or, when away from home, a tape over his lip to hide the defect from curious stares. At that time, as seen in the photo on the left, four year-old Bryan was learning how to make funny faces and two year-old Angel was already becoming self-conscious around cameras. In 2016 a doctor at the local medical clinic helped Diana contact Operation Smile, an international medical charity based in Virginia. They provide free surgeries in developing countries for young adults and children requiring maxillofacial reconstruction. After a series of three incremental surgeries and a year and a half of speech therapy, Angel is on his way to a complete recovery. His appearance and health have dramatically improved as you can see in the photo on the right. Diana and the boys now live in a house that she shares with another single mom. She has a full-time housekeeping job in a nearby hotel. Both boys are doing well in school, although Bryan has needed some help learning to read. Diana is proud that she can now support her family and looks forward to a better future for them all. She has never forgotten how BVB helped her family eat during a difficult time in their lives. She wants our donors to know how grateful she has been for their help. How to Help If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It’s important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase of food for out clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $400 a year or a little more than $33 a month, you become a Coconut Foundation Member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  7. Family of the Month Update Diana’s Family It’s gratifying to revisit our clients and to see their progress over the years. Many have either moved up to become financially self-sufficient or have simply moved out of the Buenos Vecinos service area. Diana is an example of someone who did both. She recently reached out to BVB to tell us how life has changed for her and her sons, six year-old Angel and eight year-old Bryan. When they first became Buenos Vecinos recipients in 2015 they were renting a 10 x 12 room from a family who paid her $10 a day to clean their house. Even with a meager monthly contribution from the boys’ father, she was barely able to pay the modest rent and other monthly living expenses. As sometimes happens, concerned neighbors referred her to BVB volunteers who vet our prospective clients, and she was quickly accepted. However, Diana’s greatest challenge was Angel’s medical condition and accompanying expenses. Born with a severe cleft palate and lip, he had feeding and sleeping problems, frequent ear infections and asthma. He wore a small green palate protection device at home or, when away from home, a tape over his lip to hide the defect from curious stares. At that time, as seen in the photo on the left, four year-old Bryan was learning how to make funny faces and two year-old Angel was already becoming self-conscious around cameras. In 2016 a doctor at the local medical clinic helped Diana contact Operation Smile, an international medical charity based in Virginia. They provide free surgeries in developing countries for young adults and children requiring maxillofacial reconstruction. After a series of three incremental surgeries and a year and a half of speech therapy, Angel is on his way to a complete recovery. His appearance and health have dramatically improved as you can see in the photo on the right. Diana and the boys now live in a house that she shares with another single mom. She has a full-time housekeeping job in a nearby hotel. Both boys are doing well in school, although Bryan has needed some help learning to read. Diana is proud that she can now support her family and looks forward to a better future for them all. She has never forgotten how BVB helped her family eat during a difficult time in their lives. She wants our donors to know how grateful she has been for their help. How to Help If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It’s important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase of food for out clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $400 a year or a little more than $33 a month, you become a Coconut Foundation Member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  8. Saturday night after the BCP musical review program we drove the restaurant row route and noticed five vehicles parked in the yellow curb section. Sunday mid morning there were three cars parked there. (One grey pick-up is a “regular” that we’ve seen several times). None on Saturday or Sunday had tickets. Glad Big Tickets are appearing taped to windows because cars illegally parked here can be a scary drive home when car doors suddenly open or individuals casually step out of their vehicle without checking for on-coming traffic on crowded road.
  9. https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/fourth-bridge-builders-cited-to-clear-fog-over-progress
  10. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/one-dead-one-badly-hurt-in-patrol-launch-collision
  11. Hello everyone ! DogCamp's first (ever) Venta de Patio will be held Sunday, September 15th, 9 AM at El Cacho Gimnasio. This Venta will help pay for the many expenses of rescuing abused & abandoned animals in 2019 and for the purchase of our very own facility. Please help DogCamp by bringing your gently used items to our tent at the BCP Tuesday Market THIS TUESDAY, August 13th, 9 AM to Noon. If you have large items you need picked up OR, if you would like to help with our Venta, Please contact us at dogcampboquete@gmail.com 6965-9423 / 6415-1531 (Phone Calls & WhatsApp)
  12. Please come by and support our many products by purchasing Esmeralda coffee, delicious coffee liqueur, and organic avocados. And please donate to the drive to put new shoes on all the children at Casa Esperanza. Thank you Boquete for your generosity. -- Laura G. Daniel, QEP, CPEA President, 2019-20, Club Rotario de Boquete (504) 582-4167 (US office) (409) 933-3020 (home office) 011-(507) 6670-0764 (Panama Mobile) or (WhatsApp
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    DogCamp's first ever HUGE Venta de Patio will be held Sunday, September 15th, 9 AM at El Cacho Gimnasio. The purpose of this fundraiser is to pay for the many expenses of rescuing abused and abandoned animals in 2019 AND for the purchase of our own facility. Please bring your gently used items for this Venta to DogCamp's Tent at the BCP Tuesday Market OR contact us for pick up. We are grateful for your generous donations and volunteer service ! Without your support, we could not continue rescuing and enhancing the lives of our canine community !
  14. Update on driving up.... "the gauntlet...restaurant row".... Tonight, for the 1st time in awhile I took a chance on driving directly up to my turn off towards the Panamonte. I wondered how the Yellow Curbs were faring in deterring people from parking... Hurrah!! There were 3 cars (spaced out ..2 in front of one bar and 1 in front of another) They ALL had Big Tickets taped to their driver's side windows! This is just about safety, folks... so glad we can now get through with out being "doored" or hitting someone.
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  17. AMIGOS DE ANIMALES SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC CLINIC: Sunday August 25, 2019 WHERE: Animales Clinic in Alto Boquete TO VOLUNTEER: contact Alicia at akcleavenger@hotmail.com please let me know if you can come in the morning, afternoon, or all day. TO PRE-REGISTER: go to our website at aadab.org and click on the “register here” button. Completion of this form will generate an online registration. You will be contacted by WhatsApp, email, or phone to confirm the registration, and to provide you with a confirmation number which you will need to bring to the clinic. This will not generate an "appointment" - the clinic is first come, first served. This form is in both English and Spanish. Animales is looking for a few good men (or women!). We are looking for some people who are comfortable with handling animals when weighing them in and moving them from station to station. This will be a very full and busy clinic. Many of our regular volunteers are away so if you have not been in a while or are new, this will be a good one to work. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know. As always, we are asking that anyone who can, to please bring a dish to share for our clinic lunch – chocolate is always appreciated for afternoon pick-me-up!! Trivia is back at Animales! Join us on Tuesday night August 27 for an evening of fun and questions. Doors open at 5, the games begin at 6. If you are interested in working with us in the kitchen and bar or preparing food, please let me know. Thank you!
  18. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panamas-500th-anniversary-2-million-historical-gaffe
  19. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/animal-lovers-head-to-face-president-cortizo
  20. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/conservationists-battle-to-protect-turtle-eggs-from-smugglers
  21. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/four-murdered-in-separate-black-friday-incidents
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