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    Thank you, Doug and Jo, for all your work on this Healthcare Resources program. I believe this information is helpful and at times very necessary when we have a medical problem. Good job!
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    Well, inquiring minds, here's the answer. Following a recommendation by my friend Joyce who used to live in David we went to Mezcla Gourmet for a wonderful breakfast. I knew this place was great for lunch (super hamburgers) but didn't realize they were also open for breakfast. Had an omelet and the biggest hoholdre (spelling?) I've ever seen. It was great. Mezcla Gourmet is on the old David-Boquete road, on the left side when going to Boquete. Past the mosque and diagonal to the used car lot.
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    IMO, CL is the better site in the region/Province. It is very informative and offers insight not found on other sites. GREAT JOB!!
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    Thank you John for posting this excellent video. I understood that you were drawing a parallel that U.S. citizens could relate to.
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    Opal, Jimmie and Julian, three of our most recent rescues! For the cost of one ugly sweater, you can help to make make a huge difference in the life of animals like these. Please consider making a donation to our Holiday Fund Drive. Your donation will provide medical care and food for animals who would otherwise suffer. 100% of your donation goes directly to their care, as we have no administrative costs. Without you, these successes would not be possible. Remember, ARF is the only community based, all-volunteer- non-profit animal rescue organization in the Boquete area. https://www.gofundme.com/ARF2017
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    I am glad and very thankful for Rodney Direct. IMO an excellent program with great service and a reasonable price.
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    Marcelyn and I made reservations for this event at the Oasis for last evening. We arrived a bit early in order to get a convenient parking spot, and then waited in our vehicle for a few minutes before going into the restaurant. It was beginning to rain as we entered. The bottom line is that it was very good food and the usual outstanding service by the Oasis staff. Anayansi greeted us as we were being seated at a table for two. Then the buffet food service was opened, and there was quite a selection. The only thing we could fault for the entire evening was that we ate too much. Kudos to Anayansi and her staff. This event was obviously well planned and executed. Even the heavy rainfall and the faint aroma of a wood burning fireplace in the gazebo area added to the ambiance. This was a class act. Thank you, Sra Anayansi.
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    7:00 a.m. MONDAY - Still no picnic
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    ARF's December Report includes our survey results. Since it's longer than usual, it is attached as a pdf. I neglected to add a hyperlink to the craigslist story to the PDF. Please read the post here: https://www.littlethings.com/craigslist-dog-cat-aids-moving/ Thank you for all your support! ARF is the only community based, all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue group in the Boquete, Panama area. www.arf-boquete.com December Newsletter.pdf
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    We shouldn't get too excited about this yet. The smallest of the three "seismic shoots" has been completed, meaning the other two much larger ones are not yet complete. GX Technology Co will now start to process the raw data it collected from the ships conducting the survey. That is not a simple task and it often can take several months to analyze and convert the raw geophone data into a 3D picture of rock formations below the seabed. After that, they will try to sell licenses to the data to companies capable of drilling offshore. There is certainly a possibility that the data will show nothing at all worth risking the tens of millions of dollars required to drill a single exploratory well. But it's definitely a story to follow in the upcoming months.
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    I didn't know Mezcla had breakfast either. Great news because we enjoy them for lunch!
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    I like and appreciate CL Postings are helpful and informative about happenings in Panama (especially in this area) and I really like that we can ask questions and other members supply answers. Examples: glasses and flu shot data. I agree GREAT JOB!!
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    Boquete has a free online community information forum for the exchange of ideas, the posting of questions, and the sharing of local information. Chiriqui.Life (CL) has been in operation a bit more than two years and has over 1,500 registered members. It is becoming the preeminent information resource for those who want to receive unbiased (non-commercial) information -- the real story about life in Boquete and the surrounding areas. The information is posted by those who live and work in the region, and thus are "in the know". Chiriqui.Life (www.chiriqui.life) is devoted not to world affairs or gossip or political carping, but rather to discussions of life in Panama and Chiriqui in general, and Boquete in particular. Among its members are many Boquete veterans, long-time residents who possess a historical perspective and deep understanding of the issues we all face. The knowledge they have to share is invaluable to all residents, especially to those who are new or are assessing whether to move to Panama. Even if you have lived here for a long time, Chiriqui.Life can keep you informed of ongoing activities and special events through its “upcoming events” panel. That is because it has a sophisticated community calendar channel on which registered members can post information about their activities and events. Chiriqui.Life is locally owned and administered. It is completely free of sponsored ads, which means that you get information that is not biased toward a paying sponsor. Its primary goal is to bring the community together through the exchange of information and discussion of issues related to Boquete and Panama. Share your information and bring your questions to www.chiriqui.life. Sign up and join your neighbors and friends, Marcelyn Jandreau and Bud Huber Sole owners and administrators, and full-time Boquete Residents email: support@chiriqui.life P.S., It is suggested that first-time visitors to the website click on the "Activity > All Activity" link to view the latest discussions. If you need to research a specific issue or begin a discussion, utilize the forum categories, or try out the sophisticated search functionality on the website. P.P.S., We also recommend that you review our "Welcome Aboard" message at http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/11-welcome-aboard/.
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    Karl and Liz welcomed me to Boquete in June and helped me make some vital connections. Even before I arrived, he answered many emailed questions and offered to meet me and show me around. I was impressed by his generosity and willingness to welcome a newcomer. He struck me as someone who "walked the talk." I had been looking forward to his return from San Diego. Liz, I offer my condolences to you. - Ken Kimsey (a.k.a., Bookdude53)
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    In Boquete, the best typico breakfasts are at Central Park Cafe, imo.
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    Exactly -- Olga's in el Alto is in the El Dorado strip mall at the end. Olga's in Bajo Boquete is actually named Punto del Encuentro but everybody calls it Olga's. Olga gives free hugs to all her customers.
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    I like “...good and so CHEAP...”, but have no idea where/who “Olga’s at Alto” is. Please clarify.
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    Agree. Well organized and great communication.
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    It is too bad the AAC org fell apart. Kudos to Bob and Tom for trying to keep it going.
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    Agree with 2Sailors. Bring on the aspirin. My head hurts. I didn’t need or want a history of the AAC group. IMO Gregory could benefit by taking an effective writing skills course. He is trying to be nice, but writes from a defensive posture. When I see such writing style (some people call it spin) I wonder about the real story behind the rosy picture that he paints. To my way of thinking this lengthy diatribe is telling us the one sentence that I quoted here. AAC is shutting down. Rodney Direct is providing his helpline service (and doing a good job from what I hear) and is graciously providing complementary services to the now former AAC subscribers. I think that is what Gregory is saying. It now seems as if Gregory is going into the health insurance brokerage business, but I am not clear on that. My thinking is that AAC did not have a good business plan and it eventually caught up with that group. I wish all of those involved in these activities all the best. Our community has benefited and grown. And it had to be a lot of time and energy expended over these past several years. And now we move on, but with Rodney filling the lead position.
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    As an important piece of our preparation to become expats in Panama (January is just around the corner!) is research x 10 + boots on the ground. After several visits to Panama and the Chiriquí area, we chose to focus on those things important to us AND became aware of those things that may not be so comfortable in comparison to our lifestyle in the states. Once we determined that nothing was a show stopper, we put the move plan into place. Realize that not many go to this length of prep because it is easier to just believe what you read because you want to believe what you read. Once we are there, time will tell but we are not at all worried. We find problem solving fun... and recognize that not all people think the way we do. I agree with the statements above that attitude is 99% of being happy. That includes developing patience, which neither of our careers nurtured. Interesting to note that as we traveled through Panama, Mexico and several other possible retirement locales, we seemed to pick up a set of different lenses through which to view our current lifestyle in Los Angeles. Go anywhere in L.A. these days and see, using one of those different lenses, the same or worse issues you will find in any 2nd or 3rd world country. We relate to what Mary T states above. Lest I start a rant on unequal distribution of wealth and get political.... I'll stop here. Thanks to many of you that contribute this board, we feel well prepared for this next chapter.
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    Julio at Optica Lopez. Professional, friendly, technically proficient.
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    Avocado Trees Any time one chooses to grow a plant outside it's native zone, one takes a chance. If you prefer production over a particular flavor, then stick to whatever variety is commonly grown in the climate you live in. The Hass avocado was born in California along the coast, so that is the best climate for the tree. Panama's rainy season can be a problem! When you dig the hole for the tree, make it double wide and when you replace the soil around the tree, make sure that it is at least 1/3rd sand. Remember that the california soil is volcanic and sandy. While avocados like sufficient water, they need very good drainage. Planting on a slight slope is probably a good idea. The article below takes up the topic well. or How to Care for Hass Avocado Trees By Dale Devries; Updated September 21, 2017 There are over 500 varieties of avocados grown and the Hass is the most common now in the United States.. They have a dark green, almost black skin when ripe that is easily peeled to reveal the smooth green fruit. Care for these trees is minimal and the trees start bearing fruit as early as their second year. The root systems are quite extensive and will kill other plants within 20 feet of the tree. Water the tree, soaking the soil, and wait until the top of the soil is dry before watering again. The frequency will depend on the weather. Hot dry air may cause you to water every day, while you may not need to water at all during a rainy season. Place a top dressing of compost on the soil over the roots in the spring and summer of the first year. This will create a better draining soil plus place nutrients into the soil while the tree is too young for fertilizer. Apply a 2-inch deep layer of mulch over the soil in a 2-foot diameter around the trunk of the tree in the spring. Keep the mulch at least 6 inches away from the trunk itself. The mulch will not only help to retain moisture but will also keep the area weed and grass free. Begin to fertilize the tree in the second spring. Use a balanced fruit-tree fertilizer and apply in spring, early summer, late summer and late winter. Spray the tree with a chelated foliar spray of trace elements containing iron if the tree has yellow leaves. This is an iron deficiency that is common among avocado trees and is easily corrected. (Roher, up the street from Romero's, has some excellent foliar sprays.) Please always feel free to ask questions. I want your tree to produce! grayriverfarms@yahoo.com
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    Charles Schwab rocks! Great service! https://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account
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    For this our final clinic for 2017, see the details at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/111th.html There are so many people to thank and recognize, starting of course with our volunteers, donors, and Dr. Andres Tello, without whom none of this would be possible. We thank you, we love you, and we hope to see you all again next year. Thank you for showing up, setting up, staying late, bringing food, and being there to help us with our mission. Thank you all for a very good year! We will have a short break, and then the next clinic will be on January 21, 2018. -------------------------------------------- Yippeee! In the recent nation-wide "Heros For Panama" contest, there were 7 very worthwhile nominees, but Pat Chan, founder of Spay Panama won this most prestigious award...and a check for $20,000! Chan won with nearly 50% of the total votes cast. Chan's Spay Panama group has sterilized over 145,000 dogs and cats as of last week. We are so proud of Pat Chan and her loyal volunteers who do so much for so little. In addition, Pat Chan has been the inspiration for several local spay/neuter clinics being initiated around Panama. She was certainly MY inspiration to begin the clinics in Volcan! Congratulations and BIG HUGS to Pat Chan and the entire Spay Panama group! ---------------------------------------------- My heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful group in Volcan. We ARE making a difference! Dottie
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    Hello Boquete Community. Did you know that ARF is currently the only community based, all volunteer, non-profit group solely dedicated to the rescue, foster and adoption of animals in the Boquete area? While there are other amazing individuals and groups helping to improve the lives of animals, ARF’s mission has always been to focus on rescuing, fostering and adopting animals. We rely on the kindness of volunteers for hands on help and from the community to fund our operating expenses. We have reached a point in our journey where we need to take a look at our successes and our challenges and strategize for the future. Our mission of ensuring the well-being of the animals is our number one priority and, whether you foster, adopt, donate or volunteer or simply attend our fund-raising events, we rely on you to help make the world a better place for the animals in our community With this in mind, please take a few moments to complete this survey so that we can better understand what we are getting right and where we may need to make changes. Your feedback will be extremely valuable to us. The survey should take you less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The survey will be active until December 1. Thank you for your continuing support. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ARF_Boquete
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    Did not know that. Wonder how accurate 8000 driving partners are? Let's say they work 3 shifts, that is 2000 or so cars and drivers for Uber on the street. Even 1000 is not right. That would mean you should get an Uber driver anywhere in the city limits to you in 10 seconds!
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    Not sure why similar parades with marching bands, military personnel, policemen, firemen, schools, children, baton twillers and thousands of happy citizens all celebrating on a day set out to mark their independence is demeaning to anyone. It was titled "4th of July" with quotation marks to associate it with patriotic public gatherings which is common to the US and Panama and many people understand the celebratory nature of that expression. Did not assume that some people would take it literally since the video is clearly labelled Dia de la Independencia in Spanish.
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    Hi Keith, today my vehicle was impounded at the Caldera check point. My drivers license was expired and I totally have no problem with paying the boleta. I just spaced out about being up to snuff with my drivers license, because we just returned from out of the country and I had not realized it had expired in July, What I do not get was that they towed the car to David. My husband or a friend could have driven the car home. We live in El Frances. I went straight down to David to pay the boleta and renewed my drivers license. The boleta was $50. The police officer had told me it would be $25. To get the car out of the compound was $185. Is there a list of tarifs for the offences? Or does the police not know what the fines are? Or do they make them up as they go? What has the vehicle to do with my expired license? The car is registered in my husbands name, all paper work up to snuff.( they did not even look at it) If the car would have no insurance or expired placa I could understand. I was done paying the fine and get a new license in under 3 hours. I could have picked the car up where it was parked at the Caldera junction. But the officer E.Rios (an older guy) told me it is the law and he cannnot change that. He was somewhat condescending. Where does it say that they can seize the car when the license is expired? In my humble opinion I think the impounding of the vehicles is a scam in most cases. Do you have any insights you could please share??? Kind regards( the impounded) Susanne Preuss
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    Today Bill had to go to the gas station to get weed eater gas for the garden guy. Just south of the Plaza San Fransisco there was a 18 wheel hauler cab in a yard against a tree with a bloody driver scratching his head standing there. it just happened. He was apparently coming from Boquete . Ended up on the east side of the road. (So he had apparently crossed the middle of the road.) Might have clipped the edge of the divider and lost control. Boy now you have to keep your eyes peeled not only on your side of the road but as well for trucks aimed at you from the other side !
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    I can’t buy your logic on this one, Keith. If someone is fined for having an expired license or expired insurance, he’ll be more likely to keep his license and insurance up to date, but I doubt that it’ll change other behaviors like speeding and running stop signs.
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    Thanks, Siempre. I think mine as out of date anyway as I’m pretty sure it predated 2007. I’ll check Mandarin. I wonder why they don’t have them at Sertracen. I guess that would make too much sense?
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    Dennis, I share your concern. I want the transitos on effective patrol, so I or you will have lessened risk of meeting up with an out of control speeder, drunk or cellphone user. Having them stationed at the Caldera checkpoint certainly doesn't help with any of these serious dangers. However they do save money on gasoline, tires, depreciation and vehicle maintenance while being out of the weather under the overpass, making the department's budget look better, as an expense reduction.
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    Recently the many volunteers for Amigos de Animales, the local spay/neuter clinic mounted a campaign to encourage folks to vote in the nation-wide "Heros For Panama" contest. There were 7 very worthwhile nominees. It was just announced last night that Pat Chan, founder of Spay Panama and the inspiration for the local spay/neuter clinic won this most prestigious award. Chan won with nearly 50% of the total votes cast. Chan's Spay Panama group has neutered over 145,000 animals as of last week. We are so proud of Pat Chan and her loyal volunteers who do so much for so little. An inspiration to us all. News.boquete was informed of the win by Sharon Bailey-Bok, former Boquete resident and Animales volunteer now living in Panama City with her husband Curtis Bok.
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    I heard she got about 49% of all votes cast. This is a great victory for the local Amigos de Animales who promoted voting for Pat Chan.
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    What a day to wash all the bedding. I've got a nice clean and dry mattress pad, wet sheets in the dryer and a half washed comforter in the washer.
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    We would like some blue candles, to match my mood. I suspect Gas Natural Fenosa doesn’t even know where El Santuario is located so I best not get too depressed if I don’t get my candles. Seriously, does passing out candles mean they expect a long outage? Our service has been out since about 2:15 PM today, and it was another ugly outage. By that I mean ups and down with heavy hammering of our appliances. As I was headed to the garage to take us off the grid then all power went away. My posting on Monday was correct. The restoration two days ago was only temporary. Tell my again why I enjoy living here...... And where are my candles?
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    Me too, Bud. Me too. As John Hampton has said, Thomas Edison is turning over in his grave. Reliable electricity just isn't that hard in this day and age. I still don't understand why the government doesn't demand better service from UF, a power monopoly.
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    Alejandro is also the recipient of $10,000, and I believe, a trip to Israel to represent Panama in a global competition.
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    It's not clear to me what the speed of Japanese trains has to do with China potentially constructing a railway in Panama. In any case, I doubt the issue is of much importance to Panamanians, for whom punctuality is not a pressing issue.
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    This story has hit the Panamanian media today. TVN-2 has it as their headline. As stated, it's really about a Brazilian con-man with international connections who operated in Panama before fleeing. It wasn't just Trump Tower the guy was peddling to his questionable contacts, his real estate firm was the hottest brokerage in the City when the condo boom was in full swing. Panama was well known as a laundromat for years.
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    This beautiful ocelot, an endangered species here, was hit by a vehicle near Las Lomas de David. Prompt action by Bomberos got him to Clinica Veterinaria St. Francis where he was treated and turned over to Mi Ambiente officials for recuperation before being released.
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    What a cute animal. Appreciate those Bomberos.😀
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    Traveling thru the Caldera checkpoint last Friday we noticed six officers stopping cars in all lanes (both directions) checking for proper vehicle paperwork, especially drivers license and current insurance. Seven cars were pulled off the roadway where one female was crying, two other people talking on cell phones. Not a happy scene. There probably are many reasons for it, but this time the police were not their usual friendly personalities. Could be related to the recent assassination of two officers on guard duty. We later were told by a knowledgeable gringo that one owner (another gringo) didn’t have his cedula and no current car insurance paperwork, but he did have his driver license. His vehicle was seized. He paid a $750 fine to get back his car. He had the required documents, but just not on his person or in the vehicle at the time he was stopped. The lesson to take away from this experience is to be absolutely certain that you have all required documentation in your car while driving.
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    View this email in your browser Amigos de Animales November Newsletter October Clinic Report On Sunday October 29, Amigos de Animales spayed or neutered 257 animals, 111 dogs and 146 cats. It was a long day, but we had 7 wonderful vets and many great volunteers working and we wrapped up around 5 pm. Back in our old location, we could not have done that many animals in one day - our record there was about 157 and we would have been working well into the night. On many nights we did not close up until after 8 pm. 257 is still not our record - in January of 2014 it was 258 at the school at Los Naranjos. That was a day! But this year was still one for the records, having sterilized 1918 animals in 2017 and bringing our total to 13,196 since 2005. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another clinic year, the close of the third in our new facility. We could not have done it without the generous donations by our old friends Jerry and Carole Loveless and Rob and Betty Eyehorn, who enabled us to make the bold move into property ownership and construction of the building that is the Ruby McKenzie Clinic. There are so many people to thank and recognize, starting of course with our volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible. We thank you, we love you, and we hope to see you all again next year. Thank you for showing up, setting up, staying late, bringing food, and being there to help us with our mission. Thank you also to the vets, the best ever, starting with Dra. Chely, profiled her. Wwe could not do it without her. Dr. Tello told us last year he was retiring, but he still managed to work at many of our clinics this year. We were happy to see Dr. Cesar back with us - he had missed several clinics due to illness. And to all the vets who work tirelessly every month to ensure the health and livability of our community: Dr. Virgilio, Dr. Manuel, Dr. Ricardo, Dra. Amanda, Dr. Aaron – thank you for your hard work and dedication. We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Linda Faris to Amigos de Animales. She has been a calm and steady presence in the Recovery area all year, and we are so grateful to her. She has taught us so much about animal care and how to safely help the animals entrusted to us. Many thanks to Heidi and Mike at Mike’s Global Grill. Every month they have donated pizzas for the vets and it is so appreciated. Thanks as well to Rodrigo Marciaq who brings us fresh lettuce from his greenhouses for a healthy addition to our lunches. Thanks to Magaly Bustamante, our appointment secretary, who set up our reservations and deals calmly with all the chaos on Sunday mornings. Thank you to our collectors, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals of our community and the surrounding areas. Thank you all for a very good year! The next clinic will be Sunday, January 28 Financial Update Oct 2017 Income Clinic Income 2,860.00 Donations 249.90 Interest Income 70.40 Membership 115.00 Total Income 3,295.69 Expense Building Repairs/Maint 181.83 Clinic Supplies 235.74 Laundry 107.50 Food/Kitchen Supplies 18.64 Medical 993.90 Phone Card / Internet 25.00 Salary - Clinic Coord. 260.00 Utilities 41.10 Tax 17.50 Vet Services 2608.00 Total Expense 4994.86 Net Income (Loss) (1699.17) Meet Dra. Chely By Ruby McKenzie, Founder We want to recognize and applaud the efforts of our local veterinarian, Dra. Tomasa Itzel Castillo M., or Dra. Chely as we all call her. She received her veterinary degree “Medico Veterinario" in Brazil from the Universidad Federal de Santa Maria in the late 1990’s and her post graduate degree in 2001. Panama had not fully developed a program for vets, so those interested had to go to other countries for their degrees. Her post graduate (Master’s) degree is in “epidemiologic” which is the advanced study of diseases, such as rabies in cows or a fungal outbreak in a defined population, affecting large groups of animals. After all, she lived in Chiriqui where there were a lot of cows! She opened her “office” for business in 2001. Actually it was just inside her living room in a sectioned off area with an exam table. Finally in 2004, she was able to build the office beside her house which we now visit. Dra. Chely began working with Amigos de los Animales before we were officially formed. She was at the first sterilization clinic in 2005, when 21 animals were sterilized, and since then has only missed one clinic through 2017. She is basically a very shy and humble person. She does not like to operate at the clinics (no public display for her!) but she surely knows how to mix our anesthesia cocktail and to inject animals with it at our clinics. She has been a mainstay for all of us. She did not start out as a “small” animal vet, but she certainly became one! She responded to our needs beyond all expectations! Through all of this, she is a single mother of one. Jonny, her son, was just chosen to do his post graduate work in Spain on a full-ride scholarship - only one of two in all of Chiriqui Province to be selected (and only 15 in all of Panama). Dra. Chely, is a compassionate, talented vet, a very good and tireless friend of Animales and a very proud, supportive Mom. Thank you, Dra. Chely Castillo for all that you do for all of us! Don’t delay, make your reservations for the January clinic! As you can see from our monthly financial report, we care for many animals each month, but the cost of medications, anesthesia, supplies, etc. far outweigh the income we generate from payment for our services. We never turn away an animal, regardless of the owner's ability to pay. We also have several great Collectors who gather animals from Boquete, Dolega, David and beyond and bring them to our clinic for neutering or spaying. Please help us continue to care for the health and well-being of Chiriqui's animals by making a donation of any size! DONATE NOW F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
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    In my latest email edition of Best Places in the World to Retire, I note and applaud the following article by Mr. Bolotin. Those considering a move abroad deserve to know what they will be up against. Let's give credit where it's due. https://bestplacesintheworldtoretire.com/stories/story/the-top-7-worst-things-about-living-in-mexico
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