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  2. : In spectacular Chiriqui Province on the Pacific Ocean is this impressive and quite large Spanish Colonial beach house right in front of the white sands. As you approach the home, down your private drive you pass a manicured lawn surrounded by a tree-filled enclave. Framed by the trees and landscaped gardens with the ocean peeking around the house is this grand home in the Boca Chica Plantation and Club gated community. The interior is... https://www.casasolution.com/listing/impressive-spanish-colonial-beach-house-in-chiriqui/ To go directly to more information, a more complete description and up-to-date pricing on this property, please visit our web site for this property at the link above. Also find hundreds of other Boquete area properties offered by Casa Solution, the Boquete Area Real Estate Leaders. We look forward to being of service. For Reviews of Casa Solution, please click here
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    Please join us for a delicious Christmas Eve Dinner at The Rock Boquete. Tuesday, December 24th from 6 to 9 p.m. Tel: 720-2516 reservations@therockboquete.com www.therockboquete.com
  4. The BCP wouldn't be the same without the support of the wonderful community it serves. A BIG THANK YOU to all who came to our Member Appreciation Party on December 4! For those who are not yet members of the BCP, we'd like to invite you to consider becoming one. You can find out more about all we do for the Boquete community on our FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bcpboquete or our website at http://eventsboquete.org.
  5. The Old Catholic Church of Antioch Diocese of the West The Chapel at Valle Escondido Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama Phone: 011 (507) 6644 4555 Most Reverend Monsignor †Michael J Schamp D.D.Pastor & Presiding Bishop Email: fathermichaelschamp@gmail.com December 1st, 2019 First Sunday of Advent A Message from Father † MichaelToday’s Theme: “A Wake-up Call” Scripture Note The chief function of Advent is to prepare us for Christmas. However, to understand Christmas, we have to start at the beginning— with the history of salvation. People in all cultures, throughout all of recorded history, have attempted to discern what is called “God’s Plan” for the human race. For the Jewish people, the whole of the Old Testament, or, as the people of Jesus’ time called it, “Holy Scripture,” can be understood as a chronology of events and a history of thought concerning “God’s Plan.” If you happened to be part of the group called the “chosen race,” in any particular part of this history, you likely would have seen yourself favored by “God’s Plan.” Those who were not “chosen,” in contrast, were seen as “outcasts,” “barbarians,” “wanton people,” etc. Of course, the absolute truth of the matter is still one of conjecture, from an empirical, rational or scientific point of view. However, we know that virtually nothing concerning the metaphysical realm of religion is completely discernible using empirical means. One’s belief system is contained within a paradigm of “faith,” and as such, cannot be subjected to such qualifications. That brings us to our study of The New Testament, (or, “The Sequel,” as some of my Jewish friends would term it,) and the teachings of our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ. For Christians, God’s Plan for salvation is centered in Christ, and realized through Him. Advent looks back at the promise of His first coming, when that plan was announced in Holy Scripture. It also looks forward to His second coming, when that plan will reach its completefulfillment. And, of course, it celebrates His actual coming, in time, with the feast of Christmas. The First Readings we hear during our Advent Sundays (from Isaiah,) are concerned with the messiah and the messianic times. Isaiah kept the hopes of the people alive in very dark times. In today’s Reading we have the theme of universal peace and salvation (Isaiah 2:1-5.) The Gospel and the Second Reading deal with the Lord’s second coming, which the first Christians believed was imminent (Matthew 24:7-14; Romans 13:11-14.) Both Readings convey a sense of urgency through phrases such as “Wake Up!” “Stay Awake!” and “Stand Ready!” A Wake-Up Call †Paul’s letters addressed the immanency of the End Times (The "Parousia, supposed by many to occur during their lifetime,) with determination. Throughout literature, it has been common for harbingers of “the inevitable” to infuse their writings with immediacy to spur their readers to action. †Paul‘s intention was to discriminate between mere wakefulness and awareness—to alert the people to the importance of “taking themselves to task” for their moral well being; to prepare for their eventual entry into eternity. For most people, some sort of shock, or at least a jolt of some kind, is necessary for that to take place. Usually, most of us awaken from sleep in joyful anticipation; feeling good that we are alive, and thankful to God for the gift of a new day. It is another chance to embark upon some new task we have started or begin something we have been postponing, or repair some damage or neglect in our lives. Other times we may be apathetic about our waking, greeting the new day without enthusiasm. Life may seem monotonous or empty for us. Perhaps we might be unemployed, or recently retired, and we have nothing to which we can look forward. Some of us have even known times when we fear the approach of morning. Perhaps we awaken tearfully, approaching the dawn with apathy or dread. Then we may face daily tasks in a half-hearted manner, going into the day with a very severe handicap. No one has a perfect life—we all have difficulties to face. But what matter is what we make of these challenges. When they seem insurmountable, we should try to change our attitude about them. We know complaining does no good, and some circumstances really are beyond our control. However, our conduct is completely within our power, and makes the difference in our response to any particular situation. Advent issues a spiritual wake-up call, and has true power to influence our thinking. Unless we are spiritually awake we are only “half living!” In this respect, some people could be seen as little more than “sleepwalkers”—with eyes that do not see, and ears that do not hear. Their minds are narrow and closed; their hearts are hardened. To be awake spiritually means to be open, receptive, vigilant and active. Spirituality is about seeing, hearing and understanding beyond our circumstances. We must, necessarily, reflect and have the will to be wide- awake, not wile away our time in drowsiness. It means we must be attentive to the truths our faith teaches us and others; and to “living in love....” We have two choices: We can be a “watcher,” or a “sleeper.” Sleepers have easy lives...but waste their lives. Although it is much more challenging to be a watcher, it's also infinitely more rewarding. Watchers are awake, alert, concerned, active, interested and caring. In a word, to be a watcher is to be “responsible.” Jesus urges us to stay awake; to be on our guard; to be on the watch. We have nothing to fear, and everything to gain from answering Advent’s wake-up call. On this first Sunday of a new liturgical year, we realize another year has come and gone and we need to get on with our work. We must seize the day, not deferring or neglecting it — for we shall pass through this world but once; therefore any good that we can do, to and for any human being should be done NOW. Towards the Mountain Isaiah’s was a bold dream: he foresaw a time of universal peace in which people would come from all nations to God’s holy mountain and no longer harm one another. There would be no more war or preparing for war. Filled with the knowledge of the Lord, people would walk in His ways. It would be splendid, and some believed it would happen at the first coming of the Christ. Others believed it would be realized only at His second coming, at the end of time. Still others, even today, dismiss whole concept as mere daydreaming. But there were, and are, many who believe in it and pursue it. Even though the vision may only be an improbable goal in a troubled world, nevertheless the dream can shape our lives. The important thing is not to give up the quest or the search--the important thing is “the goal.” Today, humanity is at a crossroads. Technology has given us great power and brought material progress and economic wealth, enabling us to do practically anything--except bring people together in love, and thus make our world a happier and more peaceful place. When the Cold War ended, the world took a gigantic step towards peace. Nonetheless, wherever we go we see divisions among people, in families, communities, cities, countries. Our faith teaches us to believe God sent His only Son into the world to reconcile people with Him and with one another. Therefore, each of us can play a part in breaking down barriers and making peace. We can do this by welcoming others and seeking reconciliation with anyone with whom we have quarreled or fallen out. The work of reconciliation begins with a simple gesture, demanding those who do not normally speak to one another begin to do so. Practicing any kind of “apartheid,” or keeping one’s distance, only exacerbates differences. But we can’t do it without faith in God’s Plan. It can happen by walking in the way of truth, as our Blessed Lord has taught us. God did not leave mankind alone—He sent is beloved Son to inaugurate the new world (the Kingdom of God,) and to accompany us on our journey towards God’s Holy Mountain, which, in the final analysis, means eternal life. May God Richly Bless You! “At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.” ― Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.docxGuide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.mp3
  6. Our local geologist, Dr. Paul Myers, is planning a number of geology activities over the next few months. These will include many field trips, a BCP Tuesday Talk, and, possibly, Geology 101 classes. Further information is below. To register for any of the field trips, or for more information, contact Paul Myers (paul.myers600@gmail.com / 507-6443-9572) or Sara Crocker (saracrocker3@gmail.com / 507-6367-5638). BCP talk Paul Myers will give a BCP talk on February 18th titled "The Geologic Hazards of Living in the Caldera River Valley". He will discuss how to recognize and mitigate the effects of earthquakes, landslides, and super-floods in the Boquete area. This will serve as background for scheduled field trips. Geology field trip schedule #FT1: Boquete local half-day (8:30am-12:30pm) This field trip includes several roadside stops showing how geologic history of the area can be determined by careful study of the landscape and the exposed rocks Dates: January 9, February 5, March 5, or May 13 #FT2: Boquete local full-day (8:30am-2:30pm) This field trip emphasizes features of the landscape that reveal the effects of volcanic eruption, earthquakes, mass wastage (slumps and landslides) and floods in the complex evolution of a river valley on a volcano. Intended for those with prior field trip experience. Dates: January 25, February 22, or April 2 #FT3: Volcan (8:30am-3:00pm) This field trip includes stops at canyons en route, the Baru caldera, and debris avalanche. Dates: March 16, or April 13 (with different stops), May 4 (optional) #FT4: Caldera/Gualaca (8:30am-1:00pm) This field trip includes Caldera petroglyphs and a hot ash flow that may have entered the ocean. Date: March 27 #FT5: Pacific Islands (8:30am-4:00pm) This field trip will be coordinated with a tour operator and will be a boat trip to an island with excellent exposures of older marine sedimentary rocks deposited in a "back-arc" basin (similar to the China Sea). Cost pp to be negotiated. Date: April 30 Geology 101 classes High demand by former field trip participants has led to a plan to offer two 6-hour beginner geology courses each comprising three 2-hour sessions. The venue, dates and times are TBD. Consult News Boquete for further details.
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    Childrens Christmas Party by AACP, held at the BCP ( Boquete Community Playhouse). Mr & Mrs Santa, cartoons movies, cookies, piñatas, brownies, punch, clown face painters, make an angel to take home, and MUCH more! ...for ages 4-13
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    Celebrate with us a Special Christmas night with your friends and famliy🎆🎉..!! December 24th From 6:00pm to 9:30pm Price: Adult $20 + 7% - Child (5-12years) Half price (doesn´t apply other discounts) For reservations call +507 720-2454 - Ext. 301 / +507 6618-0599
  10. Good morning from Nebraska. I am in Virginia and Nebraska for a few weeks catching up with family and friends. Mean while our dedicated crew at the farm in Panama is busy planting and harvesting the largest variety of fresh Certified Organic produce available in Chiriqui, for your dinner table. We sell our products at the Tuesday Morning Market in Boquete and deliver to Dolega and David on Tuesday afternoon. On Thursdays we pick, pack and ship our fresh organic produce and other items to Bocas Del Toro, Panama City and all points in between. Contact me for more information about our shipments to Santiago, Chitre, Las Tablas, Coronado, El Valle and Panama City. Check out our web site at http://www.fincasantamarta.biz/ to place orders for pickup in Boquete on Tuesday,as well as deliveries to Dolega and David and shipping to other destinations in Panama on Thursdays. Email me through the web site with any questions or comments or phone me at my US cell # 540-560-9680. Or you can What’s App Hellen at the farm at 6393-4044 with questions or comments. Here is a list of some of the organic items we grow for you: Kale – 3 varieties, Curley, Dinosaur and Red Russian Fresh Culinary herbs including cilantro, basil (4 varieties), rosemary, thyme, oregano, and others Lemon Grass Cherry Tomatoes Collard Greens Kohlrabi Kohlrabi Leaves Green Beans New Zealand Spinach Daikon Radishes Ensalada mixta (mixed Asian greens) Saute Mixed Greens Bok Choy Manzana Bananas Hot Peppers, Cucumbers Sweet Potatoes – Purple and orange Buttercrunch head lettuce (hydroponic) Green and Purple leaf lettuce (hydroponic) Romaine Lettuce (hydroponic) Mustard Greens Spinach (malabar tropical vine) Dandelion Greens Ginger Galangal Turmeric Limes Organic Coconut Oil – 16 oz. local Free Range Chickens – whole or cut up (near organic – no antibiotics) Chickens livers, gizzards, and necks (near organic – no antibiotics) Free Range chickens eggs (near organic - no antibiotics) Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade - Organic (imported from New Mexico) Epsom Salt Aloe Vera Plants Herb plants Let us know what we can harvest for you. Ron Miller Finca Santa Marta 540-560-9680 USA cell phone Ronald Miller fincasantamarta@me.com
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    Paris is very nice and cold this time of the year. We were caught in a major protest by union workers. The protest was unannounced. 4 out of 5 tours that we booked were cancelled. We did get a nice dinner cruise. So, we have done a lot of walking and eating. All fun days inspite of the protest.
  12. Timoteo is a well known gardener and a regular volunteer at Amigos de Animales spay-neuter clinics.
  13. Bad choice of timing to release this statement which appears highly hypocritical considering current investigations and proceedings in Washington.
  14. https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/environment-panamas-chance-to-shine-on-world-stage
  15. https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/us-visa-crackdown-on-corrupt-latin-american-officials
  16. Please support your hard working local businesses by voting for your favorite restaurants, service providers and businesses, in the 3rd annual Best of Boquete People's Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in February. Please vote by December 31st. Vote now: https://bestofboquete.formstack.com/forms/2019 View the 2018 Awards Ceremony Videos: Part 1: Part 2: Margie Brooke AllAboutBoquete.com Boquete Concierge Best of Boquete 6607-4060
  17. Greetings to the Boquete Community from Milky Way Creamery! Many of you already know us from the BCP Tuesday market where we have offered our goat dairy products for over 5 years. For those of you who we haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting, Milky Way is farmstead goat dairy and creamery right here in Boquete. Although the goats are our main focus, we also have other animals, as well as some vegetables and ornamental plants. Over the years, we’ve had fantastic results with our veggies and flowers by using a fertilizer that we've been producing ever since we started raising goats. Right now we’re offering it to the rest of the community. It's a beautiful time of year to be spending time outside, and this fertilizer will help retain soil moisture now that the weather is drier. Our organic fertilizer is made using a mixture of fully composted (black soil), partially composted, and raw goat, duck, chicken, and green manure. The result is a mixture that's teeming with beneficial microorganisms that can support the growth of your plants for 6+ months. You can grow directly on it, or you can use it as the perfect soil amendment for your raised bed and potting mixes. The 50 lb. bag is $10. Piero will be in the Plaza San Francisco parking lot on Wednesday, December 11th, between 10:45-11:30 A.M., ready to load up your vehicle. He will be parked underneath the trees across the street on the south side of the plaza. You will see our red Toyota SUV as you turn off the main road. Also, if that time or place is not convenient for you, please feel free to call or write, as we may be able to make alternate arrangements. Finally, if you are interested in purchasing a carload of bags (10-16), we offer complimentary delivery within the Boquete area. In the past, we have been fortunate enough to sell out, so if you are interested in purchasing a bag, we recommend that you reserve ahead of time via email at milkywaycreamery@gmail.com, or by contacting Piero at 6481-6397. We’d be happy to let you know if we still have any bags available before you head out the door, and we’d also gladly answer any other questions that you may have! Pictures are below, as are a few testimonials. Best wishes, Piero and Adriane “We have known Piero for several years and are quite impressed with his operation. Personally we love his goat milk and cheeses. We also utilize his composted manure to help grow our worms for their organic worm casing fertilizer. We feel he produces an excellent product and would encourage others to try it.” Ron Miller Finca Santa Marta I am an avid gardener and have used Piero's goat berries for the last 2 years. I usually spread them in early rainy season. The growth, vibrancy, health and flower production is fantastic. Far superior to anything I have used on the gardens in the 14 years I have lived here. Victoria Lee Appenzeller The Hacienda Bed and Breakfast “Piero's goat manure is a great addition to my organic garden. I've never had such great veggies in my life. Very rich in nutrients! I am very pleased and would recommend it to anyone who wants a super healthy garden.” Eric Christensen “Piero’s goat manure really makes a strong difference with my organic veggies, especially the carrots, cucumbers & tomatoes…It’s also extremely convenient & affordable for the results it produces.” Harreson R Mayers
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    December 8th, 2019: 2nd Sunday of Advent This Week's Theme: "Prepare the Way of the Lord" Advent continues with our continuing path toward the miracle of the Christ Event--Christmas! Come join us for Music, Scripture, the Holy Eucharist and Christian Fellowship!
  19. In a beautiful area of Volcancito tucked up against a natural setting of fine homes is this quality house for sale. It is located at the end of a street in an exclusive enclave in an ideal microclimate as well as a very lovely setting about 12 minutes from downtown Boquete. A great feature is a large outdoor terrace that is essentially an extension of the beautiful great room. Lush semi-tropical vegetation make this a perfect place for quiet relaxation. Mature tropical trees and the adjacent pretty wilderness area make for great natural beauty here as well as a great variety of colorful birds. The home also has... https://www.casasolution.com/listing/outstanding-residence-plus-dance-exercise-studio-in-desirable-los-pinos-volcancito-boquete-panama-neighborhood/ To go directly to more information, a more complete description and up-to-date pricing on this property, please visit our web site for this property at the link above. Also find hundreds of other Boquete area properties offered by Casa Solution, the Boquete Area Real Estate Leaders. We look forward to being of service. For Reviews of Casa Solution, please click here
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