September Celebrations continue

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 34            September 18, 2003

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Belizean people never miss an opportunity to celebrate, so September must be the best month of the year. The celebrations continued last week with many activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

    A Spelling Bee Contest was held on Tuesday, September 9th, 2003. Only three of San Pedro's primary schools participated, much to the dismay of the coordinators, Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero and his wife, Vice Principal Rosario Guerrero of the SP Roman Catholic School.

    Six children, two from each school, did their very best to spell the words pronounced by Teacher Oscar Vidal. The judges comprised of a representative from each of the participating schools: Lydia's Institute of Fine Education (LIFE), New Horizons Academy and the San Pedro Roman Catholic School.

    Finally, after several rounds of competition, first place and $100 worth of prizes were awarded to Judith Azueta of the SP Roman Catholic School. Receiving second place in the competition and $75 in prizes was Cynthia Murillo of New Horizons Academy. For third place, too many ties between two contestants forced the judges to declare that the $50 prizes be given to both Pedro Ash of New Horizons and Rocio Ruiz of LIFE.

    Through this medium, the San Pedro Town Council wishes to thank all the schools and children who participated. Since this type of activity only serves to educate and prepare students for future competition, the SPTC hopes to see a much better turnout for next year's contest.

    On Wednesday, September 10th, the town turned out in their finest red, white and blue for St. George's Caye Day, and the official coronation of Miss San Pedro 2003-2004 Tatiana Rivero. After the carnival parade, special treats were distributed to all the children attending, followed by a lively "jump up" with music provided by Daddy's Happiness.

     A Children's Talent Show held Friday, September 12th, delighted everyone who gathered at Central Park. Special prizes, consisting of toys and school materials, were distributed to all who participated in the entertainment.

     On Saturday, September 13th, rain showers cut short the beautiful dance presentations performed by the San Pedro Dance Company in honor of September celebrations. Disappointing too, was the cancellation of the family and sporting events scheduled for last Sunday at Boca del Rio Park. On a positive note, it was stated by the SPTC that these activities would take place following the Independence Day Parade this Sunday. It was also noted that Monday's Youth Festival was rescheduled for another night during the week.

     September Celebrations culminate this weekend with the following entertainment:

Saturday, September 20th, 2003 11:00 a.m. to noon - Flag Raising Ceremony; 6:00 p.m. - Block Party begins; 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Presentations by local dance groups; 11:15 p.m. - Arrival of Justices of the Peace and Business Banners; 11:30 p.m. - Arrival of Belize Defense Force and Torch Bearers; 12:00 a.m. - Midnight "Grito" by Mayoress Elsa Paz; and 12:05 a.m. - Fireworks. Block Party continues with music provided by Reef Radio and Lichi's Box.

     Sunday, September 21st, 2003 - Independence Day 11:30 a.m. - Arrival of Queens; 11:40 a.m. - Arrival of the PUP Standard Bearer; 11:45 a.m. - Arrival of Mayor and SP Town Councilors; 11:50 a.m. - Arrival of the Belize Rural South Area Representative; and 12:30 p.m. - Parade begins; followed by a beach party and music, courtesy of Daddy's Happiness.

     Following Independence Day Parade on Sunday, prizes will be awarded for the top three Best Floats and for the Best Organized Float. The San Pedro Town Council extends a special invitation to all island residents and visitors to join in this year's September Celebrations. Come celebrate Belize - "Proud and Strong at 22!"
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