Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cerro Punta/Volcan December Town Hall Meeting Canceled

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The Cerro Punta/Volcan Town Meeting will be *CANCELLED*** for December.

The scheduled date for the December Town Meeting, December 8, is the same date as the Mother’s Day holiday in Panama. Mother’s Day is purportedly the second most observed holiday in Panama. Town Meeting believes that it would be better to cancel our normally scheduled meeting in order that others can observe this day safely and avoid any extra travel due to this observance.

Our next meeting is thus scheduled for January 12, 2011 at our venue, Restaurante Polineth (Paul’s) in Volcan. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with discussion following the presentation. For your calendar, Town Meetings are always held on the second Wednesday of the month.

For this scheduled meeting, we will discuss the recently passed *Tax Treaty and Agreement *between Panama and the United States. This tax treaty is one of the most important changes made in Panama in the past several years. It effectively ends the era of privacy in banking and asset holding for U.S. citizens in Panama which may very well lead to capital flight to other countries. Conversely, Panama leaders, eager to put a more positive spin on this Treaty, state that it will bring more capital investment into the country despite their loss of sovereignty of their banking system. We will again, invite an IRS agent from the U.S. Embassy, to discuss the new tax treaty.

Consequently, among other *News Topics* is the announcement that the U. S. Government has begun initial control of the Internet.

The Department of Homeland Security has already seized over 75 internet websites without Fifth Amendment *due process or proper trial*. The web domains were simply seized for “copyright violations,” and a posted Department of Justice logo placed on the closed web site.

With a broad application of regulatory language regarding “copyright violations,” any website could be eventually be targeted as government powers are further expanded to include other “infractions.”

We will discuss further details of this and other current *News Topics**. * ** Town Meeting wishes to take this opportunity to wish everyone a pleasant and blessed Holiday Season and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2011 New Year.

If you have any questions, or wish further information, please contact William Lipton at 771-2686 or email William at

*P.S.* *CRIME ALERT:* A young man was murdered in Paso Ancho four days ago at 7:30 PM on the Cerro Punta road from Volcan.

A Thanksgiving Story

As this year draws to an end it brings with it the opportunity to give thanks for all of our blessings. It allows us to tell the ones we love that they are loved. And if we are fortunate enough, it provides us the opportunity to do something nice for others we may not even know.

For my friend Tom McCormack, everyday is thanksgiving day and everyday is a day that he uses to try to make someone else’s lives a little better. I have known Tom for several years now and I continue to be amazed at the time he spends, the energy he exerts and blessings he brings to others. He feels he is fully compensated when he receives a simple smile from a child or a hug from a parent whose child has been helped.

A week ago Tom called me and asked if I could help him with some photos and videos he wanted to package. He is working to see if he can obtain help, from the Shriners Hospital for Children, for a child he had found needing assistance.

I said I would help him and went and picked up the photos and videos so I could record them on a DVD for him. When I saw the photos, I could not keep a lump from creeping up into my throat.

I told Tom, I would be interested in talking to the little girl and her mother so that more awareness would be made of the needs here in Panama. Tom asked for permission for me to visit the family. Tom and I went to their house on November 25th (Thanksgiving Day in the US).

Let me introduce you to Sissi.

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Christmas for the Kids

I received the following email related to helping children in the Children’s Hospital.

Dear Friends,

Last year G and I decided that we wanted to do something for the sick children in the children’s hospital here in David. We approached the people at the hospital and got a count of the poorest children on the wards and made up baskets for them.

We included some essentials like tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, socks and other things they would need for a long stay in the hospital. We also put toys, games and a small amount of sweets(the hospital staff helped us out with what they could have). We negotiated with local merchants and got some pretty good deals on items they would need. With just under $250.00 we were able to distribute 52 baskets to some really happy kids.

This year we are asking all our friends if they would like to participate. We are going to try to reach as many children as we can because the wards have a lot more children this year.

If you are interested please email me ( by Dec. 5th with the amount you would like to give and we can arrange for pickup or meet with you.

We will post pictures of this years “Christmas for Kids” after Christmas. If anyone requires a full accounting of where their donation went we will be glad to supply it upon request.

Thanks So Much,
Steve,G and Christian Hendrickson
Email address –

Lots Going On

I have been busy and have several photo stories to post, but haven’t had the time to do it yet. I will soon. I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that December brings a higher rate of crime and it is wise to be extra careful.

I was at DoIt Center the other day just as the Police were loading an individual into their police wagon for trying to commit robbery.

Be extra careful this time of year when you remove money from the ATMs. Do it only in the daytime and never in an area that is not well lighted.

Don’t leave your car parked with a large amount of Christmas packages visible in the windows.

Be more observant of strangers in your residential area and notify the police if you are worried. In our area there has been an individual on a bicycle that has approached two people saying he was interested in some work such as cleaning around the building. He asked one lady if he could come in and use the bathroom. It was later learned that he is a well known thief.

Never open the door to talk to anyone you do not know (especially this time of year). It is always wise to practice safety, but this time of year deserves a little extra caution.

Are You Feeling Stressed

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is always stressful to me. With Mother’s Day coming up, Lilliam’s birthday, then Christmas and then after the first of the year work on taxes. Well I have some good news for you. I found a new stress remover and it will help solve several of my problems and maybe some of yours.

Back in December of 2008, I researched the therapeutic massage offerings in David. A good massage always brightens my day and it definitely removes stress. It was a tough assignment I had given myself back then, but somebody had to do it. 🙂

A few months ago I happened to be in a store in David that makes signs. At that time there were two women wanting to have a poster made for their new beauty salon. As they were describing their offerings that needed to appear on the sign, I heard “massage”.

That perked up my ears and I asked where it was going to be located. Well today, I went by the K&D salon. It is located around the corner from MicroTechnology, a block down from Super Baru on the InterAmerican Highway.

The two ladies that run the salon are Kenia Rios and Doris Sanchez, both formally with Enma’s Salon.
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You Have An Opportunity To Assist A College Student

I received the following email with a request for assistance:

Hi Don!
Please, could you post this on your website? This is part of a college project I’m working on as part of my internship. My internship is held at a local cable tv, internet, and phone company, that’s why most of the questions are related to that. My project includes especifically non-spanish speakers currently residing/living in Panama, which is why I need non-spanish speakers currently residing in Panama to fill out this survey for me.

Here are the questions:
1. Do you know spanish? (YES/NO)
2. Birthplace:
3. Are you currently residing in Panama? (yes/no):
4. From 1 to 5 (5-most difficult and 1-least difficult), what’s the range of difficulty when it comes to understanding the products and services offered by different companies?
5. What aspects do you think should be taken into consideration for non-spanish speakers?
6. Do you have cable tv, internet and phone services at home? If yes, mention which ones. (yes/no) (Mention which ones).
7. Which of these services I just mentioned would you like to have more information?
8. Who’s your Cable TV provider?
9. Who’s your internet provider?
10. Who’s your local phone provider (home phone)?
11. Comments or Suggestions?

You can either send me the answers to or simply click on this link ( ) and answer.

Thanks Mr. Don! and for all of you who are willing to answer my questions, thanks in advance.