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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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    “Statistical information” should be available on various information channels, and on a timely basis IMO.
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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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    Well it's been a busy month in Boquete with Panama's Patriotic Holidays. More is to come. Our mayor announced the last two weeks of the month including this weekend will be filled with many cultural events. Beginning this Friday or Saturday at 5 P.M. in the main park, we gringos have named Central Park located across from the Restaurante Baru. There will be of Tipico Folkloric Dancing groups from all over the country and from other Latin American countries with the women in their Polleras (traje tipico). This is not to be missed! Another event taking place this weekend on Sunday Boquete's own Cabalgata (horse parade) riding down main street and to top it off hundreds of bands marching in Boquete town probably happening on the 29th. which is Independence Day from Spain. Wow! How exciting is this. Remember to do all your shopping in the morning before 10 A.M. as there will be much traffic going into Bajo Boquete and in town, as well driving out of Bajo Boquete early evening and later. Enjoy Panama and it's culture.
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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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    Mamie's class is great. I'm trying to get back in shape after a couple of surgeries and this class is just what I needed. There are people in the class that are both above and below my fitness level and it all works. Terrific class Mamie!
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    7:00 a.m. MONDAY - Still no picnic
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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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    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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    We gave José Abraham Quintero a call and scheduled a car wash and wax. That all happened yesterday. Since he did not know the area where we live, he parked in town and then I picked him and his co-worker (Juan) up for the ride to El Santuario. After a cup of coffee, their work began about 8:15AM, and they finally finished about 2:00PM. We provided lunch for both of them, along with our housekeeper. That is our normal procedure, and so they were included in lunch Bottom line is that their work was far beyond detailing. A total "restoration" of our 2007 Toyota Fortuner. There wasn't one square inch of the vehicle's surfaces that wasn't touched by them. And the inside was not only cleaned, but the upholstery parts were shampooed. We are very pleased with their work and will bring them back for maintenance waxing, etc. Here is a STRONG recommendation. If you want your car pampered, then these are the guys to do it. They bring all the tools and equipment and supplies. We provided only the water and electricity, and a very dirty car. Neither José nor Juan speak any English, but they arranged for a friend to help us through the initial communications via a telephone call.
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    It seems like it's been a long time since we've seen any public updates from either of the entities handling emergency incident reports, specifically Alto Al Crimen and Rodny Direct. Any statistics on the number and nature of calls received and the type of response that was required? Is the incidence of local criminal activity up or down, etc.?
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    I believe it’s called the Alto Dorado strip mall.
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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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    Nevermind ..... I found the correct link .... http://www.natureair.com/ THANKS
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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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    I always recommend Optica Lopez behind the F Sur Super 99 store in David. The optometrist speaks English and is very honest about telling you if you need a prescription change. They also have frames other than the designer expensive ones.
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    Marcelyn and I dined last evening at the newly opened Butcher Chophouse, which is located on "restaurant row" here in Boquete, next door to Retro Gusto. It was a wonderful experience. The owners indicated that they had opened just a few days earlier. When we arrived there was only one other patron. Our timing was very good. The service was excellent, with all of the staff with whom we interacted speaking English. The menu includes domestic steaks, US steaks, Nicaraguan (surprise!) steaks, and Argentinian steaks -- your choice. Since we do not consume much, we ended up ordering a single entree, and we selected a US rib eye with a baked potato side and a grilled asparagus side, plus our drinks. Service was prompt, and obviously well-trained; e.g., when the steak knives were brought out they were meticulous about the proper placement on the table. While waiting for our food to be prepared, more patrons started arriving. It wasn't quite a full house, but likely was going to be after our departure. When the food arrived, it was a very nice presentation, obviously a large cut of beef (larger than we had expected), hot, and prepared exactly as we had requested. This was a very nice dining experience, with a warm and inviting ambiance. We definitely plan to return to the Butcher Chophouse. We understand hours of operation are 5:30PM to 10:00PM. This looks like another successful eatery by the same owners of A Pizza, Ottos Parmagiana, and Retro Gusto. We wish them continuing great success. Here are some pictures, not very good (iPhone only, as we had not planned to take pictures and thus did not bring our camera). First, a general view of the dining area, with the bar at the far right. Entrance to the Butcher Chophouse is in the upper right of this shot behind a wall. Here is the menu. Not easily readable, but maybe you can see what the selections are. Here is a shot of the kitchen area. Note the wood burning ovens (multiple ovens). And a departing shot with Marcelyn and the owner.
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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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    Come and meet Jimmie and his friends Vito and Buddy! They're waiting for their new homes!
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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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    On Monday while driving the speed limit on the Boquete Highway going to David vehicles passed me at a very high speed. I was driving at the speed limit give or take 5 mph. So I started to count them. By the time I got to David well over 20 vehicles passed me at a very excessive speed! But let's crack down on vehicle paperwork. I understand there is money to be made there but really, where on Earth is their priorities?
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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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    Noticed this example of a good deed today by a member of the PN. A bag full of documents and money belonging to an expat was found by a Police during his rounds in Dolega. Lt. Espinosa later looked for the man and returned it. The cash can be seen in the photo.
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    The party just keeps on going. This is the biggest and most well organized Independence Day(s) celebration I can remember. Possibly due to more support from the ATP Tourism Authority than in previous years. Many more photos and videos here: https://www.facebook.com/lujamluz?hc_ref=ARRjG6VLEZPQQqB6H3oUdfNfx1KtLi-j-4getgFVrtWXYp90ITuZPr8I-mwhtMqLxWU&fref=nf
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    Boxing: finding a way out of poverty The country of Roberto Durán is still a boxing academy. In Panama City, in Curundú, in a place where a hangar used to be, the “Pedro Alcazar, the rocker” gym now stands. There, underpriviledged youths from areas of the isthmus’ capital come to take a step towards progress daily, through boxing. “There can be a world champion among them because they are poor and they are hungry to get out of poverty,” says Carlos Cruz, a retired boxer who won 37 fights in his career and who today is dedicated to training boxers. “We do not have money but the little that we have we share with them to give them their ticket, to feed them,” says Rigoberto Garibaldi, who now as a coach claims to be the only international medalist in Panamanian amateur boxing. Curundú’s gym is visited by boxing promoters from Colombia, Nicaragua and the United States for being considered a boxing academy.
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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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    Here are some photos by William Espinosa of the huge homecoming celebration for the young achiever. Wow! more at this link: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1970326393224279&id=1762511227339131
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    Oh No! Wet sheets! I hate when that happens! Beats living in Syria!
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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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    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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    Senor Gyros is a Restaurant located in Bajo Boquete. Senor gyros is under new ownership and now offers a wide variety of new dishes, including Sushi, excellent meat cuts, our famous greek gyros and much more! We are installing the only Golf Simulator in Chiriqui! Stop by today and see the new developments! OPEN TUESDAY TO SUNDAY - 11:00AM TO 8:00PM
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    That's a long planned outage without notice. Both my garage door and my gate operate by electricity. With some difficulty, it's possible to bypass both, but they're hard to reset once power is restored. As it happens, it was no big deal because I had no plans outside the house today, but I can't help noting that they have my email address because they send my bill by email every month. It seems to me it would have been easy to notify customers via email so they could plan ahead.
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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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    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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