San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

Workers are breaking down the severely damaged bridge in Brasilito in order to replace it with a sturdier Bailey bridge, a portable, prefabricated bridge designed for military use.

The annual Beach Challenge, sponsored by Country Day School Guanacaste, is set for tomorrow at Playa Potrero. Kids will participate in an array of physically challenging, fun races, and winners will be recognized individually with awards. Proceeds will be shared among Country Day and other organizations and schools in the community.

The nonprofit group CEPIA is asking for help in sponsoring a child to participate; for information, please contact Laetitia DeWeer at 8301-8282 or 2653-8533.

Congratulations to Playa Flamingo for receiving a 2008 Ecological Blue Flag award. A new committee has been selected for the 2009 Playa Flamingo Blue Flag project, and we look forward to maintaining our Blue Flag status in the future.

In addition to flocks of visitors, Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week, saw some live music performances in our area, including Don Paul at El Castillo, Mario Martín at the Mar y Sol lounge during happy hour and the Banana Kings at the Happy Snapper.

Our sincerest condolences go to June Heesaker for the recent passing of her husband of 40 years, Albert Heesaker, 87. June and Albert were the early pioneers of Surfside/Potrero with the help of their dear friend, Perla, who helped instigate their life in Costa Rica by selling them a lot, sight unseen. They moved to Potrero in 1978, driving down with a trailer in tow with plans for a trailer park. Then the war in Nicaragua happened and folks stopped driving through, so they started renting.

Albert was always busy filling holes in the road and building houses for people. He played softball and taught many to play horseshoes. He had retired from teaching math and physics at age 55 before originally finding Surfside/Potrero on a vacation in 1975.

June and Albert had a wonderful 27 years in Surfside/Potrero. He will be missed.

Babe Hopkins


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