Clinica Esperanza News, Sundae By the Sea Auction

On Sunday, August 21, Peggy’s Clinic holds its Fifth Annual Sundae By The Sea , with auction items available to check out here.

Don’t miss it!!

Event Details:
August 21st 2011, 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Gumbalimba Park

Live Entertainment
$30 advance purchase, $35 at the door
Tickets sold at: Cool Beans Coffee Shop (West Bay), Waves of Art (West End), Clinica Esperanza (Sandy Bay), Genesis Pharmacy (Coxen Hole) and Ace Hardware (French Harbour).
Includes food, drink and entertainment.

From the Clinic itself: “Esperanza’s one-and-only annual fundraiser is here! With your help, this will be another successful event for the clinic.

The need is clear: We operate Clinica Esperanza at a cost of just $10 per patient, but we only charge patients about $4. No one is ever turned away for lack of money. With the opening of the new pediatric inpatient and birthing center, our future costs will be greater.

This year, an online auction will make it possible for friends off-Island who are not able to attend to show their support by bidding. Wherever you are, go to: http://www.roatanauctions.com to bid on many wonderful items donated by many of our supporters both on and off Roatan.

Here’s your chance to go down deep in the Idabel Submarine; stay for a week at several of Roatan’s best accommodations, including Infinity Bay and the Mayan Princess; and enjoy dinners at some of the best eateries on Roatan like Bite on the Beach, Beso’s, and Tong’s. There are a host of many, many other fantastic items, so go check them out and bid as generously as you can.”

Sandy Bay Pirates Beat Gravel Bay’s Kool to Face The Giants

Seven-run ninth inning sends Pirates soaring to victory

BY JEFF STRATTON

A premature celebration

The Kool baseball field in Gravel Bay resembles a grassy knoll, an un-gentle slope, plus one of those cow pastures that’s been over-run by groundhogs. That said, the location — tucked in a gorgeous, palm-lined valley down the Steel Pan Alley road — isn’t without its charm.

But on this field, balls take bounces that aren’t just weird or difficult to field — they seem to defy the laws of physics. Some ground balls just stop, as if caught in a sand trap.

That’s a factor to take into account when playing here, and for Pirates general manager Dave Elmore, it makes it harder for his team, whose home is the less-than-perfect Sandy Bay field. For a master strategist like Elmore, it makes the game much tougher when the fields’s as much a factor as the players or umpires.

But on Sunday afternoon, August 7, it didn’t matter.

Safe!

It was back-and-forth until about the fifth inning, when Kool was up by a couple runs and their boisterous cheering section smelled blood. Every Kool homer was greeted with air-horn blasts, high-fives, blasts from the DJ and screams of delight.

By inning six, Kool took the lead and the Pirates started to unravel. Flustered, they looked ready to fall apart. Then they got their game back, only to promptly lose it again. Their bullpen was silent as another Kool homer gave them a 10-8 lead.

“Yeah,” said one spectator on the scant Pirates-fan side of the field. “Make it interesting.” It was the bottom of the 8th inning, and Kool fans were howling, taunting, heckling, certain of the imminent death of their prey (after all, Kool are the only team all year to beat the Sandy Bay Giants).

Pirates coach and scorekeeper Mark Flanagan said he was feeling “a little tense” about the situation. It was the last inning of the last playoff game between the Pirates and Kool. But Pirates pitcher Cuny Miller, with the bases loaded, struck out the last batter to prevent further carnage.

Then it was the Pirates’ last stand. First a triple from Ross Connor. Then a base hit from Cuny. Game tied. The Pirates let loose and the Kool bench quieted right down. This was the game of the year. This was a contest no one, baseball fan or not, could walk away from.

Then, with only one out separating the Pirates from their last defeat of the year, they rallied for five more runs. “Pile it on!” came shouts from the Pirates’ bench. The entire mood of the afternoon had changed. The Pirates players were like inflated helium balloons, ready to pop or float away. Jittery with nervous energy, one said, “Man, I’m getting drunk tonight!”

“Look at those guys,” said Flanagan, nodding at the Kool outfielders, who were practically crumpled into balls of fear. “They’re dejected. The wind’s out of their sails! They’re gassed out!”

And they were. Cowrie-necklaced Cuny, beyond pumped, shut down Kool quickly. With the bases loaded, no less. With one oddly-hopping bounce into a leather glove, the final anti-climactic out prompted screams and hugs from the Pirates. “Good!” was all Elmore said when asked how he felt.

Jubilant Pirates on the Kool field

The Kool players walked slowly home, alone, beyond defeated. Not used to losing on their own field, and after watching a seven-run ninth-inning rally from the Pirates, their season sadly  finished as the sun set over a ridge on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. The air-horn was silent. The DJ shut down his stuff and packed it up.

The taunting Kool fans didn’t have much to say now.

But the Pirates’ celebration could be short-lived: They now face a best-of-seven matchup with the Giants, the island’s strongest team (I think they’re something like 26-1) and against whom they haven’t had much success.

The Sandy Bay ball field will be the place to be next few weekends, Roatanians.

New Eldon’s: One Less Reason to Drive to French Harbour?

Ooh, the new Eldon’s. Laid out just like the old Eldon’s. No bakery, though (yet). What I did notice on opening day were all the gringos I usually see in French Harbour. Most of them live in West Bay, West End or Sandy Bay, making me wonder if the old Eldon’s will take a hit.

And what of Plaza Mar up on the hill? Will Pachecho’s place suffer? Will competition actually help the consumer?

Weird, though: when I went back on Saturday, they were out of long-lasting boxed milk (Entera), Sula cheese (their Gouda and Edam are my favorites) and frozen pie crusts (just to name a few). And what happened to those Natura’s refried red beans with chorizo?

I guess if you’ve lived here long enough, you realize that when you see stuff you like at the store, buy as much as you can.

Roatanians Back Home After Ordeal

Here’s a link to a story about the six men who were stranded in the Caribbean after their boat, Miss Janice, capsized en route from the Cayman Islands to Roatan on July 17.

They spent the next nine days (yes, you read that correctly) on an inflatable raft before being rescued by an oil tanker. Then that tanker couldn’t get them to Houston for more than week, so they stayed on the ship nearly as long as they were in the water.

Roatan New Times hopes to bring you an exclusive interview with Ted Woods and Michael Garcia, now safely back on the rock after flying home from Houston.

The surnames of the Cayman men clearly illustrate the connection between our islands — two Welcomes and an Ebanks!

 

RIP Kandy Hyde

Sometimes, the fragility of life is shoved in our faces, and the injustice of someone so young being ripped away feels like a dagger plunged in the heart.

From what Facebook shows today, Kandy Hyde was one of those true noble souls who touched many, many lives and showed incredible bravery in the face of adversity. An FB post from her a week or so showed how tough she was.

I wasn’t lucky enough to have known Kandy. But I do know she fought hard. I know she’s left behind a husband and two young children. Our hearts goes out to them, and all of her friends and family, many of whom I do know.

 

 

 

Serious Taxi Accident in Sandy Bay

Not sure of the circumstances. On the New Times site (which will be live soon, I swear!) I promised a blog with a photo called “Taxi of the Week” — in fun. This didn’t look like fun at all. In fact, the ambulance with sirens on racing to the scene and the injured people (at least one of whom was treated at Clinica Esperanza) makes this decidedly not a taxi driver doing something nutty worth poking fun at — this was serious.

The accident was across the road from Melvin’s house in Sandy Bay, just after the turn-off to the beach. The taxi was apparently heading east when it left the road and landed against the base of the wooden house near the old Sandy Bay sign.

Here is a better pic, courtesy of Ashley Harrell, a friend and colleague who is on Roatan taking Spanish lessons so she can go work for the Tico Times in Costa Rica. How cool is that?

Coke-filled Sub Busted off Honduran Coast

Almost seven tons of coke were brought to Florida last week.

They were seized in a submarine caught by the Coast Guard after being spotted off the coast of Gracias a Dios.

According to a story on bbc.com, a C-130 fixed-wing aircraft first spotted the self-propelled semi-submersible close to the water’s surface on July 13.

A Coast Guard cutter was called to intercept the vessel, after US Customs and Border Protection crews also noticed it.

The sub-smugglers jumped into life rafts after pulling a valve inside the craft to sink it with the narcotics on board, Coast Guard Lt Patrick Montgomery told the BBC.

“This is the biggest blow to drug trafficking” in the country’s history, armed forces General Rene Osorio told reporters.

Honduran authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard had discovered 2.8 tons of cocaine through Thursday in initial searches of the wreckage, located at a depth of 36 meters (118 feet) off the country’s eastern coast, Osorio said, adding that another 4.5 tons were found on Friday.

Coast Guard crews took the vessel’s five crew members into custody and were able to retrieve a small portion of the cocaine before the vessel sank.

Osorio said Washington has asked that the seized drugs and the four crew members of the semi-submersible craft arrested two weeks ago – a Honduran and three Colombians, all unindentified – be turned over to them for prosecution in the United States.

But Osorio said his country’s Foreign Ministry will request that the Honduran be tried in his homeland.

“The Coast Guard is always on the lookout for anything that looks suspicious in the water, and that definitely includes 15,000 pounds of drugs,”  Montgomery said.

These semi-submersibles — usually built in Colombian jungles and sent through Pacific waters — occasionally get nabbed. This is the first one caught near Roatan.

Welsh Support Team Helps SOL in Sandy Bay

Outlook Expeditions Hooks Up With SOL Foundation for Good Deeds in Sandy Bay

BY JEFF STRATTON

Monday, August 1, a group of Welshmen and Welshwomen got their hands dirty in Sandy Bay.

Volunteers from Outlook Expeditions worked on a gorgeous mural near the AKR road by the beach, transforming a cinderblock wall into a colorful pastiche of images made from thrown-away bottle caps (which our island has no shortage of, btw). Very cool to see discarded trash turned into art.

Outlook Expeditions, which sends students from Wales all over the world to learn from and help others, is in Honduras to work and play.

Today they were working, helping Dave Elmore from SOL create a giant mural that he estimates will take a year to finish. The work is painstaking, and it’s pretty rough there working with cement in the hot sun, but it was great to see a community project take shape.

Outlook takes Welsh students all over the world, teaching them environmental awareness and responsible travel ethics. Not bad things to be down with on Roatan.

Up near the road, by the basketball courts, SOL member Mark Flanagan was working with other (some quite sunburnt) O/E volunteers constructing a recycling bin for plastic bottles and cans.

The bottles are filled with sand and used, essentially, as bricks — making the bottles a building material instead of part of a landfill. When finished, it will function as a collection/sorting point: bottles in good shape will be used to build walls (and maybe, eventually, homes) and cans will be separated and sold.

Pretty cool idea: using trash to build stuff and beautify the community.