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If you think we're running a little late this month, you are correct. Our publisher, Lydia Linton Pontius, lost her dad on August 7. It was unexpected, though he was 89 years young—still driving and dating.

John H. Linton
John Harvey Linton (1920–2010) died early Saturday morning at his home in Winterville, N.C. Mr. Linton was an exceptional man, even for his generation. Born and raised in Kinston, N.C., he attended Marion Military Academy in Alabama before receiving a congressional appointment to West Point. Upon graduating, Lieutenant Linton learned to fly fighter planes and flew for the Army Air Corp in the Pacific Theater during WW II. (watch this video of Mr. Linton talking about escorting Gary Cooper and starlets from Australia to New Guinea.) Following the war, Captain, Major, then Lt. Colonel Linton served in various positions in the U.S. and Germany while starting a family. After leaving the military, he worked for IBM in New York and then moved to New England before moving back home to North Carolina as a professor of computer sciences at two different universities. "Back home," John met his future wife, Nan, with whom he would spend 22 years traveling the world.

The sadness of losing John/dad is more than offset by our memories, and by the kindnesses and stories of all the people we heard from who knew this wonderful man. He will be missed, and, more importantly, he will be remembered.

What's New

Turtle Update – New turtles are on the move! As of last week, CEA has protected 203 sea turtle nests here in Akumal this season, and wished "buen viaje" to 1,331 new sea turtle hatchlings! We still have quite a ways to go this season, but the little guys are off to a great start! :) Thanks for helping us be there for them!

Women In Wellness Retreat is approaching soon, and you won't want to miss some of the great events they have planned. Check out the updated schedule and RSVP. There is limited space at La Selva Mariposa for that weekend part of the retreat, a perfect short get away for locals. Many of the presenters are offering free admission to their workshops or classes in exchange for taking your class for free. This means if you teach a pilate class and the yoga instructor attends for free, then you, the pilate instructor, can take her yoga class for free. What a great way to try new things and meet new people.

Come meet up with Marco, Heather and Ulf in the south of Italy of Extreme Control Watersports in Tulum. They will be kiting, partying, and enjoying the sun, food and wine in Calabria for the month of August. If you are looking for a cool place to go on holiday to learn or master your kiteboarding skills, join them in Italy! Contact them for accommodations and lessons! And Check out this video!

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New Video
Xamach Dos video

Xamach Dos video – Xamach Dos's very own Dan Hazard's daughter, Sam, made a great video that will inspire all of us to check out this hideaway in Sian Ka'an.

Dive Tip of the Month
turtles mating

A rainy day can be a great day to scuba dive. If there is thunder and lightning, it is a good idea to get out of the water, and turbid water may force us to dive another day. On the other hand, if it is just cloudy and/or raining, underwater may be the most fun place to be! The beach or the Maya ruins may not be that much fun in the rain, but getting a little wet on the way to and from the dive site does not change much when you plan to spend most of your time underwater. If the air is chilly from the rain, then add a wet suit to help keep you warm and enjoy your rainy day ... underwater! Read Turtle Love.

Make every dive count when you Dive with Natalie and Ivan.

Of Special Interest
Mari Pintkowski

Pedaling Toward Fifty – On May 25, 2002, Lou and I gathered together with our friends and family on the beach in Galveston, Texas, where we released live butterflies as a symbol of a new beginning, and shared the vows we wrote to one another. The sea and the world around us has been a passion for us as a couple, so we concluded our ceremony with an exchange of "gifts of nature" and these words, while all the while one of the released butterflies sat perched on Lou's shirt pocket over his heart.


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Soliman Bay & Tankah

Casa Amor Del Sol – Romantic Bed & Breakfast with 2 ocean-view suites, large private terraces with bar & fridge, pool, rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and ocean & jungle views. Full breakfast served daily.


Casa Buena Fortuna – You can rent our 2-bedroom house that sleeps four, right across the road from the best beach on the Riviera Maya, Xcacel Beach. This house has a very large private yard with a big shady palapa. The beach has crystal-clear blue water, a sandy bottom, and is also a turtle nesting sanctuary.

Advertiser News
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August 2010 - #31

Community News

running on Akumal beach

Hekab Be Summer Program – Our summer program this year focused on the theme of "win health"! During the program, participating children were able to learn a lot about eating right, the nutritional values that contribute to improved health, and how the body works. The activities that the children participated in were varied and fun, for both the kids and library staff.


There is a new reverend in town! One of our local residents of Akumal has just added a new service to his long list. Many of you know him as the "car guy" or the "pirate." Most of you refer to him as Redbeard. Well, now you can refer to him as Reverend Redbeard! Yes, it is true! He is an officially ordained minister. He will be available to perform weddings, baptisms and funerals. He will be specializing in the less-traditional ceremonies, such as: underwater ceremonies, alternative unions and, of course, the free-spirited barefoot beach weddings. If the occasion requires, he will be able to put on a nice pair of pants, shirt and shoes for those with a more conservative style. However, his specialty/style will be to cater to those with adventure and creativity.

Puerto Aventuras
child in Puerto Aventuras

Anat Kah Newsletter – Greetings to all of our friends and neighbors from Puerto Aventuras! It's hard to believe that summer is almost over. Before August passes us by, we wanted to update you on some of our recent activities and events, and let you know about a few projects in the works in Puerto Aventuras.


To adopt a kitten from Coco's Cat Rescue, you will be asked to give a donation of 250 pesos. This includes the spay/neuter of the kitten. You also will be asked to bring a copy of your ID and proof of where you live. In addition, we will ask you to fill out the adoption form and ask you some questions. We do all we can to ensure that the kittens are going to the best of homes!

Cross-border adoptions are very easy. We sort out all the paperwork and can help find a "mule" if you are unable to take the kitten home yourself. You will be responsible for paying the flight fee and the adoption fee of 250 pesos.

Costa Maya Living advertisement

Peanut Pet Shelter needs your help and it only takes a few seconds each day to vote in their Shelter Challenge. You only have until August 22.

Calendar of Events

November 1-8 – The WaterART certifications will coincide with the Second Annual Women In Wellness. Here is a look at this year's schedule of events. VIP tickets will be available for all events, or you can attend part of the week. Contact Just Imagine Vacations for more information.

November 1-8The Second Annual Women In Wellness Event is going to be bigger and better this year. Just Imagine Vacations, Inc. is putting the final touches on the schedule. If you are interested in participating as a presenter or workshop leader, please contact Lydia this month. Get a sneak peak of some of the events! Registration is required, via e-mail in advance or in person at Lol-Ha November 1 from 4-7PM. We are encouraging locals to join in, and you should treat yourself to some really fun events. After all, it is low season—relax and do something nice for yourself. Or check it out on Facebook.

November 21 – Second Annual Taste of Playa is scheduled. Mark your calendar; it is going to be delicious.

December 5 & 6Extreme Control invites you to the Tulúm Sports Festival! They will have Kite Boarding, Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, Kayaking, music and a ton of fun!!!!

REMINDER: If you have any events coming up in 2010, please send us the information so we can get it posted on our Events Calendar.

Make your own Special Event any night by having a Romantic Dinner for two on the beach at Lol-Ha.

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