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    Welcome to the newsletter of Boquete Health and Hospice Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Meet the Board In February Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation elected a new board. David Wulf- President, Merl Will-Wallace-Vice-President, Linda Sanchez-Secretary and Laurie Collier-Treasurer. Bev Tyler is the administrator of BHHF. The board held a retreat in March to formulate the goals of the organization for 2017. The goals include plans to create more community awareness of the services provided by BHHF, expand the volunteer base, reach out with services to more people in the Panamanian and expat community and to have a health fair later in the year. 2017 Volunteer Training On February 17, 20 and 22, thirteen members of the community made the choice of taking the Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation training. The training consists of an overview of all the requirements, information and skills needed to help our community with health issues. Some of the topics include: Explanation of services, discussion of grief and death and dying Presentations about comfort care, medications used in Panama Communication skills that include how a team is put together for a case, caring for the caregiver and final directives. For almost a decade BHHF has been helping the community by providing support for patients and caregivers when there is a serious illness, an injury, after surgery, or if the patient is dying. We also provide a blood donor list and loan durable goods such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, walkers and other medical equipment. It takes a caring heart and dedication to become a volunteer of BHHF. Be watching for the announcements for future volunteer training sessions. New Website Boquete Health and Hospice has a new website. Be sure to check it out. http://www.boquetehealth.org/ We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/ Blood Pressure Monitoring Boquete Health and Hospice offers free Blood Pressure monitoring every Tuesday at the BCP Market between 9 and noon. Stop by and let our retired professional nurses monitor your BP on a regular basis and try to answer your health questions. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: 507.6781.9250 Blood Donor Program: 507.6590.2000 E-mail: boquetehospice@gmail.com E-mail: boquetehealth@gmail.com Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. Copyright © 2017 , All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: boquetehealth@gmail.com Unsubscribe | View in browser
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    To the community of gardeners and friends of the Boquete Library: We write from Finca Tangara to thank you all for your patronage this year. Two plant sales at the Library, many visits to our farm for plants and compost, and invitations to consult at your gardens earned a grand total of $3401 for the Library's Endowment Fund. We, along with the Library Board, thank you for your patronage. All best wishes, Peter Sterling and Sally Zigmond
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    Whatever happens with Martinelli is relevant to Panama, IMHO.
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    Exactly. There are many needs in our community, and many organizations have been established to address them. Duplication of effort dissipates support and participation rather than enhances it. I see this as an ongoing problem. Rather than supporting existing groups, too many people see the need to create their own. As to having a good relationship with the police, I know of no one who had a better relationship with the police than Marion Clamp.
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    This was just posted on Chiriqui Chatter. It appears that Don Ray and his wife are moving to the US and we are losing one of the areas most kindhearted and helpful men that the expat community has known. This is truly sad news and a great loss for the community. I wish Don and his wife Lilliam all the best. --- The David Warden Position For the U.S. Embassy is Available April 21, 2017Panama Journal With this post I am announcing that the David Warden position for the U.S. Embassy in Panama is available to be filled. Lilliam and I are going to move to the U.S. I resigned my position as Warden effective today. If you have an interest in filling this position, please email the America Citizen Services at the following email address (Panama-ACS@state.gov) and they will explain the duties and responsibilities. I will no longer be posting the Embassy notices. I encourage you to sign up with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) and you will receive all communications directly from the Embassy.
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    Don has shared, in private, "a reason" with me. I'm not sure it is the whole thing but guys, being U.S. Warden in David has just got to be soul sucking. Maybe he needs to reduce and reflect. Whatever, everyone needs to understand what he did and who he represented. Time for a new beginning for everyone I think. I wish him well.
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    I don't believe Don Ray has ever done anything "abruptly". He is a meticulous planner. I don't believe he owes anyone a reason. The most important question is who will step up to handle warden duties with his departure?
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    I think Joni said it best, Dan: They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot I have been reading Don Ray's blogs daily for over a decade, first from when he was in Boquete and later when he moved to David. I do not know of anyone who has done more for the expats in Chiriqui with no thought of reward. Lee Zeltzer and others have written blogs that at times have been helpful to a few but there was usually a revenue stream connected, and none of those people were boots on the ground when expats needed help. There were helplines around but all they did was try to dispatch local authorities who may or may not have been helpful. If Don Ray got a call from the embassy, he went. I think it is also proper to mention the amount of help Lilliam has been in these cases, too. She and Don Ray are the complete deal and their departure will leave a big void for someone to fill. jim
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    I am well aware that not everyone was a Don Ray fan. Most everyone has their detractors whether they admit it or not. I am well aware of mine, they remind me often! The bigger point here was that there is a large group of expats moving out of Panama. While the short term residents are missed, it is the longer term residents that the community has come to rely on that will be the biggest impact. I fear for the next expat that needs the type of help Marion Clamp and others received. As the saying goes, you do not know what you have until it is gone. Then again the optimist says: you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives. Moving on... appreciating what I have... and waiting for what comes...
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    I buy my hamburger from Palacio. It's about $3/pound. I like it because they grind fat in with it so it tastes more like what you get in the U.S. Most Panama hamburger has a funny, indescribable taste but I think it's because the beef is too lean. By the way, the butcher there has trained in the U.S. and will cut U.S. type cuts (e.g. chuck roast) if ordered in advance. His name is Sr. Alexandro and his phones are 730-3746 and 6969-1420.
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    The US Ambassador at the town hall meeting that was here in Boquete. He also stated" Should a US citizen have an issue with re entry into Panama via the airport to contact the Embassy at 317-5000, as it is manned 24/7. At least that's what I understood him to say.
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    Recently some people in Panama has started doing comments that panamanians have become xenophobic. That is not true. Panama is a melting pot and we have embrace very well good things of the differente cultures and foreign living in our country. I would like to share with you a video about a long time forgotten rythm in Panama. Very popular in the 60's. It was Calypso music. It came from afro caribean people that came to Panama to help in building the canal and never returned back to their original countries and embrace this little piece of land called Panama as their new homes. Most of those afro caribeans stayed in places like Colon City, Bocas del Toro and Rio Abajo area in Panama City. I want to share with you some little aspects of our culture. This way you could understand more what is Panama and what it is being panamanian. I listened this music when I was a little kid. Now thanks to You Tube and somebody who upload it I can listen it again. I do enjoy this music.... it is part of our multicultural country. I hope you enjoy this calypso song. The lyrics is very funny. It is sang in a heavy accented caribbean english. I cant grab all the words but I do my best. Oh God..... how much I love this little country. With imperfections and virtues..... but I love it, unconditionally. Give me your feedback. What do you think? Do you like me being sharing post about our culture?
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    Just wanting to understand what is really going on here. Infrequently, but seemingly at a growing rate as of recent times, some restaurant staff are now telling me when we are taking care of the bill for our food service that "the law doesn't allow us to put tips on the credit card; tips must be in cash". My understanding of the law (including the new law from earlier this year) is that tips cannot be automatically put on a bill by the restaurant, but nothing to the effect of barring customers from voluntarily putting a tip on the credit card charge slip. (And the credit card processing centers seem to validate my understanding, otherwise why would there be the ability to do such on the credit card transaction?) So what is really going on here? I'm an inquisitive guy who just likes to understand things.
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    Keith is correct. In the places where I have friends that work as waiters and waitresses, they do not get any of the tips that go on a credit card. Management simply does not take the time and effort to tabulate and pull out the tip amounts, then distribute them. Give them your credit card and tell the waiter/waitress you will be leaving your tip in cash... and you will see a big smile. The other thing you are likely seeing is the common misunderstanding of the law. The education and explanation of laws to restaurant employees is somewhat poor. Compound the problem with the English / Spanish barrier and it is easy to see how this happens. Management tells the staff that they cannot include tips on the bill (because that would make it appear mandatory), and that gets understood as you can't put tips on the credit card slip. The employees then hate credit card users as they are unlikely to get a tip that goes in their pocket. Another little known fact is that waiter/waitresses work a 48 hour week (6 days) as that is considered full time in Panama. They do not receive overtime or extra pay for working that 6th day, so you may understand when they look a bit tired.
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    You folks are so helpful! Thanks a bunch!
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    Fort San Lorenzo, Colón Province, Panama. Built by Spain after Christopher Columbus discovered the Chagres River in 1502 on his fourth and final voyage. John R Hampton NotSereyus Productions
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    This is an effort to help keep kids on the straight and narrow. Mayor of BOQUETE SUPPORTS TRAINING DAY AT SCHOOL OCTAVIO LÓPEZ PASCAL With the support of the mayor of Boquete and the City Council, the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) regional of Chiriqui, held today Thursday an important training session at the educational center Octavio López Pascal in Los Naranjos de Boquete. This training was carried out to students, teachers and parents and provided talks of values, Adversarial Criminal System, bullying, among others, and also discussed some situations that must parents must be involved with regard to the care and education of children. The training was provided to the children of the school with the purpose of delivering to society good members who follow their dreams because it is the only way to avoid the punishment as a child, cultivating their values, stressed the Director of MIDES, Anayansi Diaz. The training workshops are also held in San Felix, Dolega, Baru, Alanje, Divala, and now in the district Boqueteno, with the above-mentioned training also work was carried out in the gardens of the educational center and it will be replicated at the Secondary School Benigno Tomás Argote, stressed the Director of MIDES Anayansi Diaz. Public Relations Department
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    Suspicious ..of duplication of efforts. Why? Because we have an existing Vecinos Vigilante program with a Police representative in our neighbourhood as do 158 others in Chiriqui. Members of the expat community previously established the Alto Al Crimen and RodnyDirect reporting services, as well as an organization to help families of Police. Are those groups supporting this effort?
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    This is the first sponsored meeting held by the group of officers of the Boquete National Police to promote the Vecinos Vigilantes Program. Our Neighborhood Watch Program will be ramping up and widening in ways we have all hoped for. We are having a meeting of all minds to solicit ideas, enlist help, ensure support, and successfully reach a goal we have all hoped to attain. Please attend this upcoming meeting and invite your neighbors and friends from your own community as well as different communities. We want to expand and cover thoroughly all of the residents of the District of Boquete. Our Boquete National Police Force is behind this momentum and expansion. They want ALL in the District of Boquete to be proactive for their own safety. We are our own best weapon. We are the first line of defense before things escalate. We are the eyes of our communities and also its ears. We need to work closely and securely with our Boquete National Police. Their primary goal is our safety and together we can all enjoy a safe Boquete. Meeting to be held at the Feria grounds in Boquete beginning at 3:00PM.
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    3 Workers Injured in Boiler Explosion in Baru Monday 24 April 2017 - 4:30 pm Elmer Quintero Cedeño Elmer.quintero@elsiglo.com An explosion in a boiler of Extradora del Baru S. A. EBASA* left three workers burned, in the district of Baru, Chiriqui Province. Burns received the workers were from steam, the product of the explosion of one of the boiler. Injured are Geronimo Castle, of 30 years, Barnabas Enrique González Castillo, 28 years, and Jesus Tello of 29 years of age. http://elsiglo.com.pa/cronica-roja/tres-quemados-explosion-chiriqui/23997880 * EBASA operates a Palm Oil extraction operation.
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    I checked out the new Super X-Tra store on Monday. It's way bigger than El Rey with more "hard goods" and better prices -- especially on dairy products. It seemed to be very well stocked with lots of employees and a huge selection of almost everything. It's located on the south side of the Pan American highway (left side while going to Price Smart).
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    When Penny mentioned this sad news to me this morning at BCP, my heart just sank. Jim and Amelia were very involved in and committed to our special community. We were saddened when they announced they were returning to the US. For some unknown reason this morning, my second thought was a recollection of the first time I visited with them in their home. It had a stunning, hugely panoramic view of Bajo Boquete. And then I realized the correlation between that panoramic view and Amelia's (and Jim's) approach to life -- it was to look at every challenge as an opportunity, but act only after seeing the whole picture, not just through a peephole. RIP Dear Amelia.
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    Don went the extra mile for every case he assisted with. He'd dive into his personal savings if necessary. Countless hours at bedsides, in homes in transports....on and on it went non-stop. . Offering his private home space for relatives of injured...think about that? I doubt there is anybody that can fill those big shoes. I sure hope so. For Don, a good rest and peace would be a wonderful thing. For him to enjoy life as a retired man with his wife, would be a blessing. God knows he so deserves it ! God speed Don....you will be so missed here but never forgotten. Alison and Bill BTW. I remember first meeting Don. Bill and I just had gotten off the boat as it were, some 10 years ago. . We were in Super Baru and bumped into Don, and struck up a conversation. He never boasted his position or person during the chat but did hand us his card and told us if we needed anything he'd be happy to help. What a heck of a guy that man ! Really...consider that. Just a 100% nice guy. Man, we'll miss him here.
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    From what I can tell, being a warden is demanding position, especially when dealing with a subset of the population who thinks the warden should solve any and all problems. While it's an honor to be named as a warden, it's certainly not an honorary position.
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    Maybe he's just tired. Wouldn't you be? He has always gone over and beyond for people in trouble.
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    I'm usually not a fan of facebook but this morning I went to Lori's facebook page and she responded immediately. I might have to change my opinion of facebook
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    I suppose Chiriqui Chatter is coming to an end, as well. Unfortunate.
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    I'm bummed. Big shoes to fill ! Alison
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    They are only teaching English speakers. One of the methods of learning involves Baroque music. I just hope the students don't go Baroque trying to learn. Perhaps there is some hypnosis involved also. http://www.garyascott.com/catalog/ecuador-spanish-course
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    They say you will be able to put a few Spanish sentences together, using only the infinitive of the verbs. That is probably true, but I doubt they could understand anything said back to them. This seems to be for people with 0 Spanish, just to give them a jump start - a pretty expensive jump start.
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    Difficulties locating the Tribunal Electoral might be due to the signage, which is small. The office is beside Repuestos Elimar and directly behind Sugar and Spice ..which, if judging by waistbands, nobody seems to have a problem finding.
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    This is the International Living of language schools, it appears. Anyone who has studied a foreign language knows that it is impossible to acquire a new language in three days. My advice is not to waste whatever money it may cost.
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    Keith Good!! It it interesting to know that you visited that forgotten place in Panama City. I do criticize our governments... all in general. That looks like sometimes is more important for them to do big infrastructure projects than protect our cultural heritage. Afro Antilleans have influenced our panamanian culture more of what some people here think. Dance, songs, poetry, cuisine, even language...
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    Hello Gordon: Panamanians criticize ourselves very hard. It is our way to express that there are some changes we would like to see and we need to do. We usually make jokes of ourselves and some traits of our culture. Regarding criticism panamanians, specially educated people, accept without any problem constructive criticism. Said in a very good tone and way. Also generalizing is not good at all. I know that some people become mad when critics come in a comparative way like: "mine is better than yours". Social Media.... well those are other things. Remember that some people behave so mean in social media and do there what they wont be able to do in person or public. For me good and well intentioned critics should be done with care. It is like when you have to give some criticism comments to an employee: attack the issue not the person. Panamanians asking foreign to leave the country.... well, it is very common, specially lately with all the problems with the venezuelans. I guess people are tired of hearing to much complains from people who are living here, making money here, eating here but talking bad about eveything and everybody in a very constant way in a country that opened its arms to them. Regarding colombians. They were the first wave of immigrants in Panama. They came here since 1985. When the guerrilla was very hard in their country and the drug cartels from Medellin and Cali created terror in Colombia. A lot of professionals came to live and work in Panama. But panamanians never had bad attitudes to colombians. We share almost 80 years of being part of that country after we got our independence from Spain. Colombians, in general never complain, or at least do criticize in a very educated way. In general colombians are people with good manners, hardworking and very smart. But when the criminals and drug related people from Colombia started to come to Panama then later hitmans or sicarios came to commit murders and crimes never seen in Panama like kidnapping, killing mafia style, torture, etc and teaching our local maleantes those new ways of criminal activities. Things changed but not in general to all colombians but only to those bad colombians and people started to complain that Panama should ask for visas to all Colombians coming to Panama. To separate good people from bad people. I cant say the same about the venezuelans. That is another story that has its genesis about 4 years ago with constant attacks to panamanians in the streets, in the business, in the public spaces, etc that burst in a general protest of panamanians against a group of inadapted venezuelan people that came here with bad attitudes that some people cant stand. We have a large italian community, a large spaniard community and a large US community and there hasnt being any problem with all of them. I think if we leave the water come to a rest and level this will pass quietly but if the attacks continue.... well things could go of control. Now our main sport or activity in social media is to criticize the actual government. Everyday there is a lot of jokes, memes, cartoons, comments and gossips about our president, the first lady and all the members of the cabinet. Roger.
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    As I recall, Vecinos Vigilantes was an initiative of neighborhood leaders and was and is neighborhood based. The police joined the effort, at least the publicity effort, but I'm not aware of any role they had in starting it.
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    It's not the Vecinos Vigilantes that has been around a while and that the neighborhood signs represent. And I find it hard to believe that the police initiated this on their on.
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    So, what is the question in this post? Is it directions to the beef and pork stores? Has anybody answered those questions. If not, here goes: Both stores are on the south side of the Inter-American. To get to La Casa del Cerdo you turn at the road by the Swiss Plaza and go through about 6 stop signs. You will see the satellite dish storage facility on the left and the pork store on the right. The best beef store is called Palacio. You turn on the street between the Via Rapida (Cochez) and DK auto. Go a couple of blocks and you will see the lime green Hotel Palacio on the left. Go through that intersection and the beef store is on the immediate left.
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    If that was the case, the Policia Nacional would be sending out a signed official communication. This logo is from a Mexican blog. http://denunciauruapanvg.blogspot.com/2017/01/ayudemos-localizarlas.html What do others think?
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    Curious why you are bringing in US political crap into this news feed? Better still, onto this website? I come here to get away from that crap and you stick it back into my face.