This week's Photo of the Week was taken by me in San Juan la Laguna. This is one of the murals that are in San Juan. I loved the explosion of color and form that is coming out of the woman's loom and weaving!
If you have any photos you would like to submit for Photo of the Week, please let me know through the Contact Form. Photos of the Week can be anything related to the Lake Atitlan area.
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No special events this week....
Check out the regular weekly listings on the Lake Atitlan Events Calendar,
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Beginning on July 1, the U.S. FACTA regulations take effect. FACTA is the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act. If you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder with a Guatemala bank account, you need to be aware of this. To learn more about FACTA go to: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/FATCA-Information-for-Individuals
Your Guatemala bank must be in compliance with the U.S. government regulations or your funds could be subject to a 30% withholding of funds. So how do you know if you Guatemala bank is in compliance? Go to: http://apps.irs.gov/app/fatcaFfiList/flu.jsf
Enter Guatemala as the country and then click on Search. In the second column click on Financial Institution and it should alphabetize the banks. Is your bank there? Mine wasn't. Banco Agromercantile. Why? I wrote to them to ask. It was because the listing was as of May 23 and they were approved on June 3. So Banco Agromercantil is in compliance. http://www.bam.com.gt/index.php/facta
According to the list, so is: Banco Industrial S.A., Banco Inmobliario, S.A., G&T. If your bank isn't listed, contact your bank. It could be that they are compliant but not yet on the list.
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Maya Traditions Foundation is in need of flower pots for their medicinal plants! If any one in the Lake area has old pots that they are no longer using, they would much appreciate the donation!
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13-1/2 foot boat with 15 horsepower Yamaha motor. Boat in good condition. Motor needs a cover and some small repairs. Great for joy riding with 3 or 4 people or hauling small loads. $400 or 3,000 Quetzales. Contact Jeanne at 5380-6462.
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RECYCLING IN SAN MARCOS, Starting 1 July.
Beginning July 1 San Marcos will be the home of the first NO Waste Grocery and Eco Store for San Marcos residents. Bring all plastic containers, glass jars, wine bottles etc. for recycling.
Please do not throw them in the trash! Wash them, save them and bring them to the San Marcos Holistic Centre located on Calle Unicornio.
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Rainfall in Paxanax for the week of June 23 - 29: 3.95 inches or 10.033 cm.
According to Bill in Nicajsiguan this past May had the most rain in the 10 years he has been recording it.
According to Jeanne Mendez' "unofficial" lake level report, on June 26 the lake was recorded at being at the highest level it was for last year on November 6, 2013. And we still have at least 4 months of rainy season to go.
Here is Jeanne's Lake Level report, 2010-2014.
April 2010 - November 2011: Up 18 feet, 2 inches
Dry Season Nov. 2011 - April 2012: Down 20 inches
Rainy April 2012 - Nov. 2012: Up 33 inches
Dry Season Nov. 2012 - April 27, 2013: Down 25 inches
Rainy April 27 - Nov 6, 2013: Up 45 inches
Dry Season Nov 7, 2013 - April 23, 2104: Down 23 inches
April 24, 2014 - June 26, 2014: Up 23 inches and counting
Total rise since April 2010: Up 20 feet, 10 inches --- and counting.
Click this link to view the Rainfall Report on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/sp.readsheets/d/1b6pM1oRFAZl-UdQzrF7a4XzKMDCb8V36it5Fcj4859I/edit?usp=sharing
*** The Mayan glyph Kawoq symbolizes rain, lightning and thunder, water and air. It also represents the collective consciousness. ***
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