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April 2011  Issue 100

Happy 100th Anniversary

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INTRODUCTION

 This is the REAL 100th issue of The Akumalian, which got started back in September 2002.  Be advised that all back issues are available on the web site.  And, it has been pointed out that The Akumalian started after the famous Coconut Cabaret (June 2002) so there are no photos or reports on that MMMaaahhh—velllousss Event; some video tapes might be around though, but who has a VHS player these days.
 

MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF

As mentioned above, this is the REAL 100th issue of The Akumalian, and The Staff is just elated that we have lasted this long, and been so accepted and approved of by Akumal’s Extended Global Community.  We need to apologize for being one day late on delivering this issue.

It was just a fortuitous circumstance that the (normal) distribution of the 100th issue should fall on April 1st, April Fool’s Day, and that prompted the “special” issue you saw yesterday.  As you probably guessed, a lot of what was in yesterday’s April Fool’s distribution was done with tongue-in-cheek, and we hope you enjoyed it.

For those of you who might have missed the April Fool's Day edition yesterday, it can be found at April Fool's Day.

In the section WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN, we mention a new publication in Puerto Aventuras, and it would be a gross disservice to the Extended Global Akumal Community if we did not recognize and promote two other local publications, Sac-Be, The Costal Source for Travel in the Riviera Maya, and the CEA Newsletter.  Both publications are also monthlies, and you can go to their web sites to subscribe.  And, do not forget the Akumal Council.

The BIG EVENT of March, besides Robin’s Best Shirt Award, was the CEA Gala Dinner, and these Events were back-to-back in the first week of the month.          

Make sure you read the article on Akumal’s Road Development Project.

  Another element of BIG News is the new FM2s and FM3s, and the process to get them.  This was first uncovered in the Pelican Press of Puerto Aventuras, and then re-done in the January issue of The Akumalian.  There have been some ups and downs with the process, depending on who you speak with, so as a public service to Akumal’s Global Extended Community, The Akumalian is detailing the process, with Form images and recommendations, at FM2 / FM3 Process.  A link has also been set up from the Home Page Menu (left side bar) of The Akumalian. 
 

IMPORTANT APRIL FACTS

Aries March 21-April 20

Taurus April 21-May 20

 April Birthstone: 
   
April's birthstone, the diamond, is remarkably simple in composition, yet stunning in its unique ability to reflect and refract light into vivid flashes of brilliant color.  The ancient Hindus called the Diamond "Vajra," meaning lightening, both because of the sparks of light thrown off by this gem as well as its invincible strength.  The diamond is harder than any other substance on earth. 

April Flower: 
  
The month of April is represented by the daisy.  Daisies have long been associated with innocence.  The large vibrant blooms of the gerbera daisy have made it a favorite among flower lovers.

  

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays and Anniversaries    ¡Feliz cumpleanos!
4          Diane Firth
4          Maggie McKown
7          Holly Batting
7          Seddon Wylde
8          Sam Goby
10        Butch
10        Michelle Bliss
11        Judy James
12        Didiere Jackson
15        Monica Estrada
18        Lucy James
19        Greg Goudy
23        Sharon Wandler
25        Lindsay Firth
27        Gary Sparks
27        Jerry & Lois Radlinsky Anniversary

 There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday before it happens.

 Missed March Birthdays / Anniversary

Nothing we know of.
  

AKUMAL ROAD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT – Read this!

The Akumal Road Development Committee provided The Akumalian with a Q&A interview, and you can find it at Akumal Road Project Q&A.  This is VERY IMPORTANT!
 

APRIL FOOL’S DAY, APRIL 1st

Unlike most of the other non-foolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear.  There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar.  Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.

The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France.  Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25.  The celebration culminated on April 1.  With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

However, communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years.  Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1.  These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general populace.  They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on "fool’s errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.

This harassment evolved, over time, into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April.  The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century.  It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French.  April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

In Scotland, for example, April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days.  The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body.  It is called Taily Day.  The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance.

Mexico's counterpart of April Fool's Day is actually observed on December 28.  Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod.  It eventually evolved into a lighter commemoration involving pranks and trickery.
 

ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, APRIL 1st  

Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
Being April Fool's Day, this one could be "very interesting".

It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. 

This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is in Amsterdam, and she assigned Judy Baxter andBud & Alice Blatner to be the judges to select the “Best Shirt for  April. 

Judy Baxter was the winner for March, and you can see the other photos at Best Shirt Award, March.

                                                

 

AKUMAL COUNCIL RE-VISITED

The Akumal Council is in a suspended sate of animation.

On behalf of the BOD, David Poor wrote, “The Akumal Council meeting was well attended with about 25 people and we were asked to get a "sense of the community" on what to do going forward.  At the meeting, three possible directions for the Akumal Council were identified:

·         Continue the council in its current mode.

·         Keep the council active, but suspending all fiscal operations.

·         Permanently disband the council.

Both at the meeting and with the e-mail responses, the second option was overwhelmingly recommended.  However, there were several who wished that there was the financial support to keep the council going and many who applauded the work done by the council.

Rest assured, however, that the Council is not defunct. In fact, the officers and committee chairs will continue to work for the community - we will just no longer have administrative support and we will no longer be able to directly fund projects.

We will, however, provide whatever support we can for projects by others and we will continue to keep the community informed and aware.

We will continue to have general meetings four times a year and, if there is a need and appropriate funding, we can quickly reactivate the full fiscal status of the organization.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to your continuing participation and discussions on the important challenges facing us going forward.

PS: We need a few hundred dollars to ensure a ‘smooth landing’ and pay all of the Council's outstanding obligations.  Any final contributions to help will be greatly appreciated.
 

SECURITY COURSE / TRAINING

The Akumal Council has made arrangements for the Municipality to provide all owners, property managers, and security personnel with some training on security.

This coming Monday, April 4, the Directorate General of Police, Transit and Fire Tulum will begin the training Security and Property Managers on how to ensure the safety of businesses and homes.  The training will be held at La Buena Vida, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for 5 days, which will be Monday (4th), Wednesday (6th), Friday (8th), Tuesday 12th), and Thursday (14th).

This has been sent to the Akumal Council mailing list, but do not hesitate to send this invitation to whomever you deem appropriate.

Unfortunately, someone needs to go to Tulum to get the instructor each day, since there is no Municipal vehicles available.  Volunteers are eagerly accepted, and they should contact Mary Carmen at Tel. (984)-875-9059.

Hopefully, this will be very beneficial and useful for all participants and the properties they represent.
 

EARTHQUAKE SHIFTED JAPAN 8 FEET  

Earthquake shifts Japan eight feet from previous location

March 12, 2011 1:35 pm PT

 (TheWeatherSpace.com ) -- Reports from agencies say that the Japanquake moved the island eight feet, also affecting the Earth's axis.  Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told TheWeatherSpace.com that one GPS station moved eight feet and that a map from the Geospatial Information Authority is showing the shift is consistent.  Japan has officially moved eight feet from where it once was before the quake.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the quake shifted the planet on its axis by four inches, or ten centimeters.

During the Chile quake in 2009, Earth's rotation also sped up. It is likely this is what happened during the Japan quake as well.
 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN MEXICO IS April 3rd  

In Akumal, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April (the 3rd).  On the last Sunday in October (the 30th ), Akumal falls back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m.  The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time.  Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), and so forth.  The state of Sonora does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Mexico uses three time zones.  Most of the country uses Central Standard Time.
 

MAXIMUM WIND GUST, APRIL 10th

During the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996, an automatic weather station on Barrow Island, Australia, registered a maximum wind gust of 408 km/h (220 kt; 253 mph).  The wind gust was evaluated by the WMO Evaluation Panel who found that the anemometer was mechanically sound and the gust was within statistical probability and ratified the measurement in 2010.  During the cyclone several extreme gusts of greater than 300 km/h (160 kt) were recorded, with a maximum 5 minute mean speed of 176 km/h (95 kt), the extreme gust factor was in the order of 2.27-2.75 times the mean wind speed.  The pattern and scales of the gusts suggests that a mesovortex was embedded in the already strong eyewall of the cyclone.
 

MT WASHINGTON MARKS “THE BIG WIND”, APRIL 12th

On April 12, 1934, the second highest surface wind measured anywhere on earth was clocked by the staff of the Mount Washington (New Hampshire) Observatory.  This "World Record Wind" of 231 miles per hour has become the stuff of legend, but what is the meaning of that decades-old record?

First and foremost, the World Record Wind is a testimony of the real extremes that can rule on Mount Washington.  Significant cold, abundant snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are a prominent feature of Mount Washington's environment.  Yes, there are colder places, such as Antarctica, and snowier places, such as some peaks in the Cascade Range. However, Mount Washington, a small peak by global standards, really does have weather that can rival some of the most rugged places on earth.  There are days each winter when the combination of life-threatening weather factors on Mount Washington is remarkably similar to weather extremes which have been recorded in the polar regions and on peaks three or four times Mount Washington's height.  The World Record Wind is one benchmark testifying to the mountain's truly severe weather.

 

New Hampshire's Presidential Range includes the highest peaks in the Northeast.  Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet, is the highest in the range, and is the only peak in the Northeastern United States which exceeds 6,000 feet in elevation. 

The Presidential Range forms a ridgeline, about twelve miles in length.  Perhaps the Range's most remarkable feature is its extensive area above treeline, the greatest contiguous alpine area in the United States east of the Mississippi.  Treeline here, which averages about 4,500 feet, is significantly lower than in mountains in the west, thanks to the extreme climatic conditions, including cold temperatures, high winds, and frequent atmospheric icing.  The unusual conditions above treeline have led to a fascinating landscape, seemingly barren, but decorated with low spruce and fir scrub and a variety of alpine plants, whose bright blooming usually occurs in a brief period from mid-June to late July.

In New England it is said, “If you can ski here, you can ski anywhere”.
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS

            Comings:
Visitors in March:

  • Zoe Pargot was in Las Vigas with her parents for nine days.
  • Pat &Cheryl Reagan were in town for awhile.
  • Michael Schwartz flew in for Best Shirt Award.
  • Paul & Dorothy Gauvin (Editor of the Pelican Free Press) were in Akumal for Best Shirt night with friends, Louis & Pat Horner.
  • Hollis Hines, Billy, and George Plamondon are back in Los Primos.
  • Hollis’ daughter, Rachel, was back with Michael and the kids.
  • Ron Stern was here and about for awhile.
  • Diana Harris was also spotted around town.
  • Chris & Bay Haas returned with their kids and grand kids for a great time.
  • Terry & Joelito Datica were also here with the kids for the CEA Gala and Best Shirt.
  • Susan Anderson-Krieg came into town on March 22nd.
  • Steve Guynes was back, working on a couple of legal matters.
  • Janet Bouten and her daughter, Jessie, were back in South Akumal.
  • Larry & Shari Jackson were spotted at La Lunita one night.
  • Wickie Rimell was back in Casa Aurora for a while.
  • Lucy James has returned once again to Akumal.
  • David Richards is here in South Akumal for a short visit.

 Coming in April

  • Stefanie Fredette, albeit without Bob or Ryan, will be visiting Casa Colibri the 1st week
  • Lunda Schwartz will also be in South Akumal the first week of April.

 Goings:

  • Dan and Dave have been back in Philadelphia for a few weeks.
  • Mary Henderson left for Europe and another River Cruise (Amsterdam to Brussels), before moving onto Ireland, on March 30th.

 

EMANCIPATION DAY, APRIL 16th

Emancipation Day is celebrated in various locations in observation generally of the emancipation of slaves.

The District of Columbia Emancipation Act

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.  Passage of this law came 8 1/2 months before President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.  The act brought to a conclusion decades of agitation aimed at ending what antislavery advocates called "the national shame" of slavery in the nation's capital.  It provided for immediate emancipation, compensation to former owners who were loyal to the Union of up to $300 for each freed slave, voluntary colonization of former slaves to locations outside the United States, and payments of up to $100 for each person choosing emigration.  Over the next 9 months, the Board of Commissioners appointed to administer the act approved 930 petitions, completely or in part, from former owners for the freedom of 2,989 former slaves.

Although its combination of emancipation, compensation to owners, and colonization did not serve as a model for the future, the District of Columbia Emancipation Act was an early signal of slavery's death.  In the District itself, African Americans greeted emancipation with great jubilation. For many years afterward, they celebrated Emancipation Day on April 16 with parades and festivals.
    

TAX DAY UNITED STATES, APRIL 18th

       If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who wait until the last minute to file your taxes, make a note:  The IRS recently announced that the due date for 2010 individual federal income tax returns will be Monday, April 18, 2011.

Traditionally, Tax Day falls on April 15 unless that day happens to be on a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday. In 2011, April 15 meets none of those criteria -- it falls on a Friday, and there's no federal holiday that day.

So what's the deal?

In 2011, Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15, a day earlier than normal, since April 16 falls on a Saturday.  Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act.  The Act, which was "for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia," freed 3,100 slaves in the District, making DC residents the "first freed" by the federal government.  In 2005, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia.

In observance of the DC holiday, Tax Day will be moved forward one business day, this year landing it on Monday, April 18.  That's the date your form has to be either submitted electronically or postmarked by for your tax return to be considered timely filed by the IRS.

Don't be fooled into believing that the day moves all individual federal income tax deadlines forward.  The overseas exception due date will still be June 15, 2011.  However, individual federal income tax returns on a "normal" extension will be due on Monday, Oct.17, 2011; that's because Oct. 15, 2011, (the regular extension due date) falls on a Saturday.
 

FULL MOON, APRIL 18th

The Full Pink Moon is on April 18, 03:44am AST.

The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.  Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and -- among coastal Maya tribes -- the Full Fish Moon, when the barracuda swam inland to the cenotes to spawn.  This is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full Moon of the spring season.  The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed six days later on Sunday, April 24. 
  

PATRIOT’S DAY, APRIL 19th

Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans' Day are four distinctly American tributes to liberties, freedom and democracy, commemorated by a holiday in the United States.

Then there is Patriots' Day.  For New Englanders, Patriots' Day remains the quintessential observance: the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolutionary War with skirmishes between British troops and the Minute Men of Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, and preceded by Paul Revere's famous Midnight Ride.

The events of more than two centuries ago in April 1775, now commemorated as the Patriots' Day holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, marked a turning point in the long struggle between England and her American colonies. In a march of protest and petition, which turned into revolution and independence, the fighting on April 19, 1775 foreshadowed the rebellious action of the American colonies in ultimately creating a new nation, the United States of America.  Originally celebrated on April 19, Patriots' Day was moved to the third Monday of April in 1969.

For runners, Patriots' Day has become synonymous with the Boston Marathon or, as locals often refer to the day, Marathon Monday.   While "the shot heard 'round the world" continues to reverberate in re-enactments of the historic events, the sound of gunfire also will ring clearly in Hopkinton this Patriots' Day to signal the start of the 112th Boston Marathon and to recall the ideals of the American Revolution.  

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon.  In 2011 more than 25,000 runners, cheered on by 500,000 spectators, are expected to participate as the Boston Marathon celebrates its 115th anniversary.  

The Boston area is a uniquely and profoundly American locale; there's no better venue and no better occasion than the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day to showcase the spirit.  And then there’s the Red Sox.

Every year, on the third Monday in April, the Red Sox play host to the only morning game on the entire Major League Baseball schedule.  The annual 11:05 a.m. game at Fenway Park is part of the festivities of Patriots’ Day, a federally recognized holiday in Massachusetts.  The Boston Red Sox are playing the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
 

LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER, APRIL 21 - 22

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is named after the constellation Lyra, as the meteors appear to be falling from the constellation.  The debris that forms the Lyrid shower is dust from the comet C/1861 G1, known as Thatcher.

This year, the Lyrid Meteor Shower will begin around April 16th and will continue through April 26th.  The Lyrids will peak the night of April 21st through the morning of the 22nd.  Other meteor showers, the Pi Puppids and Gamma Virginids will be active during the Lyrids peak, though you are unlikely to see anything from them unless you have a telescope as they are much smaller showers more suitable to expert astronomers.

The Lyrid shower typically produces between 10 and 20 meteors per hour. While this is a relatively small shower compared to other annual showers, it is still significant.  The Lyrids tend to leave an obvious dust trail that will be visible for a few seconds.  Also, in the past, the Lyrids have been known to suddenly produce up to 100 meteors in one hour.  The reason for this is unknown.  Whether or not the Lyrids will turn from a shower into a storm in not predicted; we will just have to watch and see.

The swift and bright Lyrid meteors disintegrate after hitting our atmosphere at a moderate speed of 29.8 miles per second.  

This year, the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower around midnight on the 21st of April.  When the moon sets allowing a darker sky, more meteors will become visible.  The best time for viewing them will be before the sun rises on the 22nd.  If you are able to view the shower from a "dark" area, you will see more meteors.

On April 22nd, you should set up while facing east.  Around 3:00am, the shower show will really begin, and you should look directly up.  You will not need a telescope to view the shower, though if you have one you will be able to see more meteors and their trails in greater detail.
 

EARTH DAY, APRIL 22th 

Earth Day 2011, April 22, will mark the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.

 By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

 I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.

After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?

            I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events: "Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."

 The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated and it is now observed each year by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. Senator Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist in the U.S. Senate, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. He modeled it on the highly effective Vietnam War protests of the time.

 Check out the CEA web site at www.ceakumal.org and watch for the CEA Newsletter for up-to-date information on the Earth Day Programs CEA is organizing.
 

WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?

AKUMAL

          Local’s Discount at La Buena Vida
Here is a FLASH for you.  During the month of April, La Buena Vida is giving the locals a 35% DISCOUNT OFF ALL FOOD & HAPPY HOUR PRICES, ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT.  There is a printed Happy Hour Menu, and it can be found at La Buena Vida Happy Hour Menu.  The new well tequila is José Quervo Gold.

How does the waiter know I am ‘local’? I hear you ask.
When the waiter comes to the table, or when you order from the bar, tell them that you live in Akumal and where.  When the check comes, you will have to sign and print your name and where you live.  The managers and the staff will get to know you, not a problem. 

See you at La Buena Vida for local’s Happy Hour!

PEMEX Is Coming to Akumal – WHEN?????
  
This brief article was published one year ago this month, and now you cannot even see the sign!!

That’s right.  Construction has not commenced, but there is a sign on the pueblo side of the highway, just to the south of the bridge.  They are looking for a few good sleight-of-hand attendants.

 St. Patrick’s Day at the Beach Bar
   
Laura and the staff made an effort to help celebrate this holiday in a fashion reminiscent of “Tio” Mulgrew, and it turned into quite an Event with lots of attendees at the Lol Ha Pub. .  There was a lot of ‘wearin’ of the green,” and the ‘Mad Hatters’ were off on an Irish Pub Crawl. See more pictures at St Patty's Day Photo Gallery.

 Super Chomak’s New Facade
This has been reported in the past, but the Staff Photographer just got a good clear shot of it.

 

 

 North Akumal Stops Bus Traffic
   
North Akumal has come to a solution on how to stop the busses and vans from using the road to take tourists to the Yal-Ku Lagoon.  They have posted two signs at the entrance to North Akumal.  One is at the first curve across from the entrance to Las Casitas, and the second one is at the next curve, by Las Casitas’ tennis court.

As you can see from the sign, buses and vans are banned, the speed limit is set at 30 kph, and there is no parking on the road.

 Curling Comes to Akumal
  
Last month’s story on “The Basics of Curling” sparked a lot of interest from the Extended Global Akumal Community, especially the Canadians – Linda Mulgrew in particular – that the Tim Horton’s Brier had some of its top curlers come to Akumal for an in-depth presentation and demonstration on the beach at Las Casitas.

The first photo shows Grace Woolgar demonstrating the proper position for throwing a stone, Emily and Linda Mulgrew show the best sweeping technique, especially when there is sand on the ice, or in this case, ice on the sand.

The second photo, Mathew joins his sister Emily as a sweeper as the stone moves closer to the water’s edge.

Even Ivan Arcila is a big curling fan, and here he is watching the Brier in Calgary a couple of years ago.

 

 

 

Local South Akumal Beach Dog Comes to the Rescue
      
This story has been reported by Judy Baxter.

Barbara & Norman Herzberg are a wonderful couple who return to South Akumal each year, where they rent Nancy & Crayton Walker's condo at Seven Seas.  Barbara walks with a cane and was walking on the beach going towards Punta Sur one recent day.  Feeling very secure and with the help of her magic cane, she attempted that rocky patch there.  Poppy (Poopy the white dog from Scott Smith’s casita) was following along with her during her outing.  Anyway, Barbara falls and hurts herself.  She can't get up.  She is all alone except for Poppy's company and just doesn't know what to do.  Then Poppy takes off.  Poor Barbara is feeling so helpless.  Well a short while later Poppy is back with two big Swedes.  They are nice big strong men that help Barbara up and escort her back to Seven Seas.  And the lady of the hour, Poppy, is trailing behind.  They tell Barbara that the dog was making the biggest fuss, so they followed her.

Arriving back at her condo the first words out of Barbara's mouth are, "Norman, get that dog the best treat you can find!"  So Barbara and Poppy have since been carrying on a kind of love affair.  Poppy visits them when they are here and seems to know when they are here.

Hearing a story like this makes the nuisance factor of beach dogs seem rather small.
 

Akumal Medical Center
   
Yes, there is a 24-hour Akumal Medical Center and Ambulance Service, and it is over in the pueblo.  Go into the pueblo and over the hill to the 1st intersection after the Police Station.  The Akumal Medical Center is on the left hand side of the road, right on the corner, and it is staffed by Dr. Nestor Mendoza Gutierez.

This is a relatively new – just about one month – facility that is a good size, and it is fronted by a Drugstore (Farmacia).  Dr. Nestor has limited equipment, but what he does have is brand new, aqnd more is coming.  He reports that he will have 24-hour ambulance service right there at the Center, and he expects to have the ambulance around the first part of May.

The telephone numbers for consultation are (984)-875-9090 and (984)-875-9393.  Cell phone numbers are (984)-806-4616 and (984)-876-2250. 

The e-mail is akumalmedicalcenter@hotmail.com  

CEA Re-cycling Cart
   
Lo and behold, CEA has a little motor scooter/wagon that goes around to the different sections of Akumal and picks up re-cycables, like plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, tin, metals, and batteries.  CEA is not collecting organics yet, but they are working on it.

And, he even comes to South Akumal, and the reported pick-up days are Tuesday and Saturday.

This makes it real easy to recycle those items.  Just bundle them up and leave them on the curb for pick-up.

PEMEX Signs
IF Akumal did have a PEMEX gas station, you might see these signs there.  The next time to get gas, make sure the attendants see you closely observing these signs and taking notes.

  

PUERTO AVENTURAS

 Plug Pulled on Pelican Press
  
Please be advised that the very popular and informative Pelican Press of Puerto Aventuras has had the plug pulled by its investors.  But the Editor, Paul Gauvin, has revived the publication as the Pelican Free Press.

 

PASSOVER APRIL 19th – 25th  

Passover (Hebrew, Yiddish: פֶּסַח, Pesach, Tiberian: pɛsaħ, Israeli: Pesah, Pesakh, Yiddish: Peysekh) is a Jewish and Samaritan holy day and festival commemorating God sparing the Israelites when he killed the first born of Egypt, and is followed by the seven day Feast of the Unleavened Bread commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of the Israelites from slavery.

Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan (equivalent to March and April in Gregorian calendar), the full moon of that month, the first month of the Hebrew calendar's festival year according to the Hebrew Bible.

In the story of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of firstborn sons.  However, the Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb, and upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term "passover".  When Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is also called חַג הַמַּצּוֹת (Chag HaMatzot), "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread".  Matza (unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday.  This bread that is flat and unrisen is called Matzo.

Together with Shavuot ("Pentecost") and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrim festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire Jewish populace historically made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.  Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.
 

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 24th 

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.  Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross.  As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.  Through his death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

In Western Christianity, Easter marks the ending of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

 The Annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
   
On Easter Sunday, you have the opportunity to see Easter bonnets to the New York City extreme as "paraders" wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets.  The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade.  The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

When and Where is the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Akumal?       There’s plenty of time to organize something.
 

EASTER IN MEXICO

For Mexico, Easter is a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week - Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday).  For most Mexicans, this 2 week period is THE time of year for vacation; good time to not be on the highways - just stay put and enjoy Akumal during this holiday season.

Semana Santa celebrates the last days of the Christ's life, and Pascua is the celebration of the Christ's Resurrection.  It is also the release from the sacrifices of Lent.

In many communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection.  In some communities, flagellation and/or real crucifixion is included.  The enactments are often wondrously staged, costumed and acted, with participants preparing for their roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa.
 

MEXICO TO BE WORLD’S 5th MOST POPULAR DESTINATION

Mexico is already ranked as the10th Most Popular Tourist Destination in the world, based on the number of annual visitors to the country and the amount of revenue that is generated.

Early in March, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon announced plans for his country to become the world’s 5th most popular tourist destination by the year 2018.  This announcement comes just weeks after declaring 2011 to be the “year of tourism” and on the heels of their new advertising campaign started last year, “Mexico, the place you thought you knew”.  According to the World Tourism Organization, the country is already ranked 10th in the world, based on the number of annual visitors to the country and the amount of revenue that is generated.  Other contenders on the list include the US, France, China and Italy.

To bolster Mexico’s efforts to hit the number five slot, Calderon has outlined 10 strategic steps and 100 points of action, including advances in infrastructure via the construction of additional airports, highways and sea ports. In fact, flight service into and out of Mexico has already increased at a number of US airports, especially to popular tourist destinations like Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Calderon is also encouraging Mexican travel agencies, resorts and tour companies to more aggressively promote Mexico as the perfect vacation destination, in part by diversifying the vacation packages that are offered, infusing them with higher quality options and a wider variety of activities and destinations to choose from. “Mexico is much more than having better beaches,” Calderon said.

In 2010, official figures showed more than 22 million foreign tourists visited Mexico, with more than six million dollars US generated as a result. 
 

ARBOR DAY, APRIL 29th  

Arbor Day (from the Latin feminine noun arbor, simply meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. 

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.  It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan.  Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture.  But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.

Morton (photo, right) felt that Nebraska's landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees.  He set an example himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm and he urged his neighbors to follow suit.  Morton's real opportunity, though, arrived when he became a member of Nebraska's state board of agriculture.  He proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees.  Nebraska's first Arbor Day was an amazing success.  More than one million trees were planted.  A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April 22nd to coincide with Morton's birthday.

In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days.  Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate.  (State Arbor Days) At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day.  Arbor Day is also now celebrated in other countries including Australia.  Variations are celebrated as 'Greening Week' of Japan, 'The New Year's Days of Trees' in Israel, 'The Tree-loving Week' of Korea, 'The Reforestation Week' of Yugoslavia, 'The Students' Afforestation Day' of Iceland and 'The National Festival of Tree Planting' in India.  Julius Sterling Morton would be proud.  Sometimes one good idea can make a real difference.

For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future.  Inspect your trees.  Note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation.  Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection.  Take a trip to your local nursery to see what's available and to get new ideas.  Walk around your neighborhood.  Are there any public areas where tree planting or tree maintenance might make a real difference to your community?  Talk with your neighbors.  Find out what their opinions are.  And, oh yes, plant a tree.

Mexico’s National Tree Day is on the 2nd Thursday of July.

 

EL DIA DEL NINO, APRIL 30th    

El Día de los Niños Celebrating Young Americans is a gift from the Latino community to all children.  Many nations throughout the world, and especially within the Western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children—who represent the hope and dreams of every community.

A growing number of cities, schools, libraries, museums, churches and other community organizations are embracing this celebration by planning activities and events that:
 • Are fun and exciting
• Center around children’s interests
• Develop skills
• Instill confidence
• Capture children’s dreams and hopes
• Involve families and community
• Reflect cultural diversity
• Inspire and empower new generations of achievers
• Create advocacy for children’s issues
• Engage civic leaders, media, sponsors and volunteers

                                

EVENTS

Once again, Robin’s Best Shirt Award, was not the only “Event” of the March.  Check these other ones out too.

 CEA Gala Dinner, March 3, 2011

Robin's Best Shirt Award, March 4, 2011

SteveC’s Birthday. March 8, 2011: not really an “event” per se and no biggie

St Patty’s Day, March 17, 2011

 Plus, the Akumal Road Development Project

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