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Arenal Report

The family of Yepi and Rober Sibaja, who died in a landslide Oct. 8, hosted a memorial luncheon after Mass at the Nuevo Arenal Catholic Church Oct. 20. They wished to thank everyone who participated in the heroic effort to rescue Yepi and his son Rober. Yepi’s brother Elkin addressed several hundred people who overflowed the capacity of the church by half.

He cited the overwhelming response of the Gringo community, volunteers who prepared and brought food and drink to the scene, police, emergency medical services, fire department, MOPT, Conavi, and all of the Ticos who left their homes and places of work immediately to help. Beautiful memorial cards featuring photos of Yepi and Rober were given to everyone in remembrance of them.

The Ladies of the Lake October meeting was hosted by Lee and Lahny McCray at their home. The Christmas Bazaar projects are progressing well. Anyone who would like information on how to be a vendor at the Bazaar should contact Ruth Fountaine at Space is limited, so don’t delay in making your reservation.

The Lake Arenal Garden Club will meet at Denyce Parnell’s home at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Denyce is known for her collection of exotic plants, and will conduct a tour of her extensive garden walkways, which feature statuary from several Asian countries.

Patrick Hughes, owner of Nuevo Arenal’s Sunset Grill restaurant, has confirmed the restaurant is closed. A gathering place for Gringos and Ticos alike, its famously well-stocked bar (Absinthe, anyone?) made the Sunset a popular watering hole for relaxation. The Boca Bar on NFL football nights provided fans with good eats throughout the season.

The Sunset Grill also was home to Sushi Master Oz, whose delectable creations delighted the palates of Arenal’s sushi aficionadas. Devotees of his specialty are hopeful that he will remain in the Arenal area after his return from the U.S.

Thanks to Jane Avery for providing information on Ladies of the Lake.

-William & Jean Priest

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