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  1. My wife is Gwen Chan Burton, author of "New Worlds for the Deaf" ( a history of the Lakeside School for the Deaf, as it was then known, in Jocotepec in the 1980s). She was director of the school for many years and has worked with hearing aids for more than forty years. It is not at all unusual for audiologists operating their own clinics to have a close association with a particular brand. Oticon, based in Denmark, is one of the world's top brands in terms of research, manufacturing, quality and reliability. Quite rightly, Dr Flores - who by the way speaks fluent English - is completely up front in his advertising about the brand he works with, unlike many of his competitors. If you do decide to see Dr. Flores, please report back how it goes.
  2. Highly recommended by my wife is fully licensed audiologist Dr Carlos Alonso Flores, Chapala MED Libramiento Chapala-Ajijic, 132-Int21 Plaza Interlago (376) 766 5126 / 4435
  3. An historical tidbit from 80 years ago. ~ Rainfall in Ajijic in totaled 196.13 cm (77") in 1941, with measurable rainfall on 102 days. Now, that must have been WET! For some (limited) evidence of average annual precipitation trends around the lake for the period 1920-2008, please see Fig 7.1 of Geo-Mexico.
  4. David was one of a kind and this is a very big loss to the community. Our sincerest condolences to Michael and all the family, Tony/Gwen
  5. Update: A friend of Michael Eager (La Nueva Posada Ajijic) lived next door to the Hotel Anita during his childhood and has positively identified the images of Hotel Laguna as Hotel Anita. It remains unclear whether the hotel was ever formally called Hotel Laguna or whether this was just the photographer's choice of caption. - A huge THANK-YOU to all who responded to this thread and for your ideas, suggestions and support. Happy New Year!
  6. Thanks, Alfa - I have sent you a PM; I appreciate your help. Happy New Year!
  7. Thanks to all who have responded. Your help is appreciated. A couple of readers elsewhere have suggested that Hotel Laguna was one of the names used for the property better known as Quinta Mi Retiro (aka Hotel del General), which was located between the Old Posada Ajijic and La Nueva Posada. I think this is probably correct but would still be interested if anyone is able to confirm this (or recognizes any of the people drinking in the bar).
  8. ajijicbound - Thank you for adding the link to my blog post about Jacques Van Belle, the photographer of the image I'm asking about. Though relatively little is known about him, he certainly took some interesting photos of Ajijic. As for the photo I posted, I'm still hoping that someone can provide me some additional clues to confirm that "Hotel Laguna" really was the name at one time for the (old) Posada Ajijic. Was that what the Posada bar looked like back in the day? Whether it was or not, can anyone recognize any the people sitting in the bar?
  9. I need your help please. Can anyone tell me anything the Hotel Laguna, Ajijic? The photo is by Belgian photographer Jacques Van Belle and dates from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Any and all information about the Hotel Laguna appreciated. Thanks!
  10. A federal program for Magic Towns is definitely still in place, as shown by this official publication of the basics in the Diario Oficial de la Federacón in March 2020: https://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5588815&fecha=10/03/2020 Whether or not Ajijic being awarded Magic Town status (if that is what does indeed happen) is a good thing or a not-so-good thing is an entirely different matter.
  11. Believe it or not,his surname actually is "Stong" - see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Todd_Stong
  12. Yes, Pete, but - on the bright side - MexConnect will finally have the comments feature we wanted 15 years ago! So there will be many new opportunities for you to comment and respond. Stay well, TB.
  13. Just to clarify - only the forums on MexConnect are being "disbanded." The bulk of MexConnect.com (currently 3700 articles and 8000+ photos) is being relocated to a brand-new platform. We are making good progress with the move and will be launching the new platform within the next few weeks. Thanks!
  14. I am sorry to report that Jan Dunlap - aka "Big Mama" - passed away yesterday at her home in North Hills, California. I don't know any more at this time but will update this post when I learn more. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Michael, her family, and her extended family and friends.
  15. Delighted to know that La Troje is still being recommended. It is only of only three or four restaurants I deemed worthy of inclusion in my "Western Mexico: A Traveler's Treasury" ~ even in its first edition 25 years ago! (And it remains in the 4th edition, published a few years ago). And the other restaurants in the book? Well, that would be telling... Enjoy your Mazamitla trip and meal.
  16. Yes, indeed, Islander - I love the Sybille Bedford description - she was at Lake Chapala in 1946 (same year as Parmenter visited). And, yes, it was popularly called the Ho Chi Minh Trail by many, even two or three decades later. Those were the days!
  17. Yes, JayBearII, the "rerouting" of the Chapala-Ajijic-Joco road was (I think) completed in about 1952 or so, when the entire road was upgraded. That is also the time when rerouting chopped 6km off the Guadalajara-Chapala highway, establishing (ignoring minor recent modifications) its current route.
  18. Parts of the Guadalajara-Chapala "highway" may have been cobbled in 1910, but my understanding is that it was not until 1933 when the entire road was cobblestones. As Islander indicates, virtually all the road was paved by 1938. For an account of driving from Chapala to Ajijic in the mid-1940s, see http://lakechapalaartists.com/?p=5104 for a description by Ross Parmenter in 1946.
  19. Actually, it appears to be an issue with their hosting organization or server, since other people are also unable to access the site from Canada. I have informed the Reporter... and will report back when I have any further news.
  20. I've still been unable to access the Reporter website (from my home on Vancouver Island, Canada), even after trying different browsers and different computers. If anyone is experiencing a similar issue, please let me know since it might help narrow down the possibilities.I've already tried resetting DNS settings etc, but nothing so far has worked. Note that this is the only site I've had problems accessing and I've been accessing dozens of new sites a day over the past month. Thanks.
  21. Thanks, guys; for responding so fast, and for the helpful suggestions. I'll report back when I've fixed whatever it is that is causing the issue.
  22. Hello and Happy New Year to everyone. I've been unable to access the Guadalajara website for several weeks and wonder if anyone else is experiencing anything similar? (And, yes, I have paid my subscription!). The URL I am trying is http://www.theguadalajarareporter.net/ Thanks, Tony
  23. Thank you, all those who attended, for being such an attentive and appreciative audience. Best wishes to all, TB.
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