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Torches, Lanterns and Drums to
Celebrate 190 Years of Independence

Thousands of students are expected to take to the streets to celebrate Costa Rica's 190 years of independence. Starting on the 13th of September, the torch will be lit on the border of Penas Blancas at 10 am, thus commencing the cross country tour.

Samara On September 14 at 7 am students will tour the village center with the torch, and at 6 pm lanterns will be lit. On the15th a civic ceremony will be held at the school followed by a parade.

Nosara September 14, students of Serapio Lopez will collect the torch at the intersection of Santa Marta and deliver it to the Nosara highschool. At 6 pm, the light will take a classic route. The grand parade will be on September 15, early in the morning where all the participating schools in the area with bands, cheerleaders and school flags.

Nicoya The torch will make its journey through Nicoya on September 14 at 6 am, leaving the Recaredo Briceño park at 6 pm. All schools will sing the national anthem followed by a lantern parade. The parade begins at the park and tours the main streets of Nicoya. 15 school bands will take part in the parade.



More Community News

Neighbors pitch in to improve road in Samara

Fourteen Samara businesses and neighbors along the road to El Lagarto restaurant decided it was time to do something about flooding and drainage problems along that road. Laura Ellington of Intercultura reported that the neighbors collected 550,000 colones ($1100) to repair the road, with the promise that the municipality will later contribute up to 4 million colones ($8000) for further improvements. 

Potable Water Promised to Beach Community of Pelada

The Federal Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) delivered a promise to the residents inhabiting the portion of the Ostional refuge in Pelada. For years the residents of the small beach community living in the 200 meter refuge zone have relied on well water that is often found to be unfit for drinking.

Dedicated to Education
Samara School’s New Director Explains Her Philosophy of Education

She has always loved to be surrounded by children. That’s why Maria Luisa Villarreal Muñoz chose to pursue a career in education. Now, 14 years into her career, she has been promoted to Director of the school in Samara, assuming the new post on August 10.

Lofty Plans for Carrillo's New Catholic Church

Puerto Carrillo has a new church, large with a high vaulted ceiling and arched windows along each side. The entrance is huge, opening to a vast space that leads to the altar which is elevated with wooden lecterns and the appropriate chair for the Bishop.

Downtown Nosara With New Curb

Now rainwater has a course to follow in downtown Nosara. The new 500-meter long curb and gutter stretch from the soccer field to the Rancho Tico restaurant, with a cost of over 10 million colones.

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