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FYI

FYI

What an interesting month this is becoming!  Most of the snowbirds are gone on repatriation flights or got earlier ones, the beaches are empty as people from Merida are being asked not to come as the beaches are closed!  Bars are closed as are many restaurants.  Take out is available. From Kitty and it is well said!! Our federal government has so far responded much the same as the US – lots of talk about financial relief to businesses but very little action on stopping the spread of the virus.  Fortunately, state and local governments have been extremely pro-active far in advance of the virus’ arrival in Yucatan.  There have been only a dozen or so confirmed cases in Merida, all tested, isolated and under treatment.  Bars, cantinas, discos, gyms and other gathering places have been closed.  Concerts, sporting events, etc. all cancelled until at least April 20th.  Restaurants can stay open but  can only seat half their usual capacity to provide social distancing and must close at 10:00 p.m.  Classes were suspended on March 20th, adding an additional 2 weeks to the Semana Santa spring break.  So far, no mandatory shelter-in-place has been ordered but streets are almost empty of pedestrians and vehicle traffic is virtually non-existent. It is Sunday afternoon as I write this and there is not a soul on the beach in Progreso, whereas on most Sundays many local families would be enjoying this simple and free pleasure.  It feels like the calm before the storm but people here are taking the threat very seriously and staying at home, at least until April 20th when...
Bingo Season

Bingo Season

Addendment to Feb.26th report from Lorraine! OMG…as you know Wednesday’s Bingo was the very best ever!  It was “electric” with the confusion of moving…that feeling continued throughout the afternoon.  Folks luved being crammed into a smaller space as all the smiles & laughter was contagious.  Everyone was so generous!  It was a magical afternoon. The last bingo was on March 11 th due to the covid 19 virus.  Many folks were planning to leave earlier than anticipated and to be safe the March 25th bingo was cancelled.  It was a great season!    Thanks to an average of 38 players, 26200 pesos was raised for the Food Bank and there were enough beans and rice donated to fill the dispensas for the 3 month season. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful...
This and That Sale

This and That Sale

Our day at Crocodiles restaurant selling trash that became treasure to others, yielded a whopping $12,500. pesos for the Chicxulub Food Bank! A group of 17 ladies and several of their men got together to collect, sort, price and sell various household and clothing items, along with a small bake sale to raise funds for a project always near and dear to many of us! It was a great fun day with lots of camaraderie!! So save your “stuff” and Watch for us again next...
San Joachim Nursing Home

San Joachim Nursing Home

Mens’ Maintenance Group The bedrooms looks good, and will likely not need a second coat. So we’ll concentrate this week on painting the back courtyard yellow. There is a small office near our bodega, a section of the main hallway ceiling area, and the lower interior courtyard walls that need sealing and preparing for painting too. The back area looks really clean now, and the biggest pile of garbage has been hauled away by the town. Ixmael has started construction of the columns for the garbage area roof, and we may be able to place the main beam and joists this week. Our work season is drawing to a close. I am leaving on Mon, March 23, and a few others are leaving somewhere before or about that time.  We can discuss when we might have a last breakfast together, and what day will be our last. We’ll be giving the back courtyard area and the small medical office a second coat of paint this week. Placing the joists, beams and ceiling blocks on the garbage area roof is on the list and the back yard cleanup will continue. Prepping the lower courtyard garden area, and painting the front courtyard sitting area are possible chores as well. Tues March 17, 2020 will be our last day. After we have finished work that morning we’ll clean up and head to La Antigua Restaurant, calle 21 and calle 60, for a wrapup brunch between 10:30 and 11:00. I’ll reserve a table for us.It’s our last day of work at the Albergue this Tuesday. A few of us will be helping with...
Special Donation

Special Donation

Every donation is special and much appreciated. I hope I tell you how much the Food Bank is very appreciative of all you do. The Food Bank received a generous donation from a company in Chuburna, Emerald Coast Solar in Chuburna.  If in the market for solar panels give them a look. I received this email in my email box and I must say it knocked me for a loop!! “Hi Sharon  My name is Jo-Anne Hugh and I am with Emerald Coast Solar. We do solar installs throughout all of our beach communities. Whenever we finish an install, we make a donation to a charity within that community on behalf of our client. We also hold a customer appreciation dinner every year and raise some money there also, which we split amongst our charities. With that being said, I have some money for you – $4,575.00 pesos. I thought this might be a good time to get it to you.  Please let me know what you would like me to do with the money.” “We feel it is important as a company based here at the beach (we are in Chuburna), that we give back to the beach communities that support us.” Needless to say I responded very quickly and once self-isolation is done we will get...
English Class Andres Quinta Roo

English Class Andres Quinta Roo

What a wonderful experience we all are having again at Andres Quintana Roo Primary School in Chicxulub! For at least 10 years, snowbirds and expats have volunteered their time with the  afternoon students in grades 3 through 6, their Teachers, and the Directora, to promote and provide introductory English instruction one hour a week over 10 weeks from mid January through to the end of March. The curriculum at each grade level includes words and phrases for meeting and greeting people, family and friends. It builds year to year to include simple sentences such as ‘I have’, ‘I do not have’, ‘I can’, ‘I cannot’, ‘do you have’ etc. As well, the students get some practice in counting in English. The program is mostly oral. The students are encouraged to talk, talk, talk – to their teachers and to each other – through games and singing.The goal of the programme is to have the students become comfortable hearing andspeaking simple English words and phrases so that they may greet visitors to their pueblo and as a support for their future endeavours in the work force. This year, the students brainstormed with their classroom teachers to prepare thank you cards, in English, for us. They were all special and touching! Thank you, one and all, for this happy, productive, successful...