Seine Bight Village, April 16, 2005
Seine Bight Village boys win national primary school basketball championship

The St. Alphonsus Primary School boys of Seine Bight in the Stann Creek district won the 2005 National Primary School Basketball championships hosted by the National Sports council at the multipurpose sports complex in Punta Gorda Town, on Friday and Saturday. The Seine Bight boys won the championship final 41-25 against the Wesley Upper Primary School boys of Belize City.

The Louisiana Government School boys of Orange Walk Town won the consolation game for third place 27-2 against the St. Paul Anglican School boys of the Corozal District

The Seine Bight boys reached the finals by knocking out the Toledo boys 27-22 in their second game on Saturday morning. They advanced to the finals when they knocked out the Orange Walk boys 27-24 in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

The Belize City boys reached the finals by winning their first game of the tournament against the Seine Bight boys 23-19, and then lost to the Toledo boys 25-27 in their second game on Friday. The Belize City boys advanced to the finals by knocking out the Corozal boys 42-8 in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

The Orange Walk boys had reached the semifinals by winning their first game of the tournament 21-20 against St. Jude school boys of Camalote Village in the Cayo District and they took out the Corozal boys 25-18 in their second game on Friday.

The Corozal boys had reached the semifinals by eliminating the Camalote boys 21-17.

The 2003 Most Valuable player Rouchelle Guzman presented the Most Valuable Player award to Joel Augustine of St. Alphonsus School in the closing ceremonies after the last game.

Confirmation In Seine Bight

April, 2004

     On March 22nd 2004, 50 young boys & girls were Confirmed at the Confirmation Mass held at St. Alphonsus R.C. School. Confirmation Mass was held by Bishop Dorrick Wright , Fr.Chris & Fr.Dominic, with Lay Ministers Mrs Alejandra Cacho J.P & Mrs Dora Williams in attendance.

National Garifuna Council Convention Held In Seine Bight Village

April, 2004

By Lola

     On March 5th-7th 2004, the National Garifuna Council (NGC) held their convention in Seine Bight. The assemblage was hosted at Seine Bight’s St. Alphonsus R.C. School.
     The conference was well attended with representatives from Dangriga, Hopkins, Georgetown, Libertad, Belize City, San Pedro, Barranco and, of course, Seine Bight. A son of the soil, Fr. Lazarus Augustine, gave the thanksgiving mass.
     Some of the subjects discussed about were Education and the Garifuna Dictionary; land expansion; social issue such as AIDS; and topics of interest concerning the Garifuna Spirituality such as life after death and the Lemesi Lida Garifuna (Garifuna mass booklet).
     Crafts such as the Ruguma (wowla), a basket strainer used in the making of ereba (cassava bread), were in display, among other things.
     In the election of officers, Mr. Mike Polonio of the Belize City Branch of the NGC was elected as the new National President. The retiring President was Mr. Augustine Flores of the Dangriga branch. Elected Vice President was Mr. Matthew Marinez of the Belize City branch; Secretary Ms. Mary Castillo of the Hopkins branch; Treasurer Ms. Dativa Martinez of the Belize City branch. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Principal Mrs. Venancia Flores.

T H A N K  Y O U

April, 2004

Thank you to Seine Bight’s
St. Alphonsus School.
By Lola

     A word of thanks needs to be given to the Principal, staff and students of Seine Bight’s St. Alphonsus R.C. School for the wonderful cleanup job they did on Wednesday March 3rd and Thursday March 4th, 2004.
     The entire school from Infant 1 to Standard 6, participated in the general cleanup. The grounds were spotless and sparkling and ready or the National Garifuna Council Convention which was on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March. Principal Mrs. Venancia Flores must be commended for her leadership in the cleanup campaign, and the willingness of her staff and students to undertake this disagreeable chore must be applauded. Again, we thank you.

* Indicate that person was member of the previous village council.


Seine Bight Village Council Elections 2004

Results for the Seine Bight Village Council are as follows:
Chairman - Raymond Ogaldez. Councilors - Pauline Alvarez, Sheridan Valerio, Errol Ramos, Byron Castillo, Aaron Zuniga, & Floyd Palacio

Gold Rush At Courts!

posted (April 20, 2004)

Last year Courts Belize Limited gave away $150,000 in their 'Mega Bucks Spin to Win' promotion.

This year the furniture and electrical retail giant is upping the ante to $200,000. Along with the new prize money there is a new promotion and also a new spokesman.

Their gold rush draw which comes with a side of lights, cameras, and dancers was held this morning at their main store. 5 names were chosen and Courts Public Relations officer Parvene Hamilton explains which one will get the money.

Parvene Hamilton, Courts Public Relations Officer
"Gold Rush is kind of a follow-up from the mega bucks last year except it is more glamour, more glitz, Las Vegas style. We are doing a brand new show with brand new prizes, and more money of course."

"It works just like the mega-bucks except we pick 5 winners instead of 1 and out of those 5 customers on the day of the show one will spin to win the money while others spin for prizes of up to $500. So all 5 customers that we picked today are winners, they will walk away with something."

"To get into the Gold Rush all you have to do is shop at Courts. For very $50 you spend, you get one ticket for a chance to spin and once your name is selected to spin. All you have to do is shop and you get a chance."

The five customers who will get a chance to win on Saturday are Sharon Martinez from Seine Bight village, Carmelita Fuentes from Cayo, along with Faye Pollard, Ensworth Tzul, and Gary Garcia all from the city.

MONDAY, February 9, 2004
Clarence Guzman (aka Hurki - Hurcules) Ex-BDF Dead
Seine Bight Family Says It's Murder!

The Police Department is tonight also being asked tough questions after the death of 38-year-old Clarence Guzman. Guzman was detained sometime in January for a bike theft.

The story gets fuzzy after that since the family says police cuffed him and took him to the Rockview Mental hospital where he was confined until his death. The police say Guzman was only questioned for the bike theft and that he was never arrested.

It's two different stories but one sudden death, Keith Swift went looking for answers.

Keith Swift Reporting,
This 38 year-old ex-BDF Soldier Clarence Guzman is dead. His family believes he was murdered.

Felix Palacio, Nephew of Deceased
"Deh people kill dah man. That dah it. They kill dah man"

Keith Swift,

Felix Palacio,
Who? Now a can't point finger but they killed him.

The KHMH did consider the death of 38-year-old Clarence Guzman strange so they ordered a post mortem. The results? He died of sinusitis, which is a medical condition so there was no foul play. The family however still has questions such as why he was at Rockview when he had no previous mental condition.

Felix Palacio,
"I noh know if they took him to police station. It had to be there I think but I noh know if they took him to prison first and then Rockview."

Keith Swift,
"Why take him to Rockview?"

Felix Palacio.
"And he noh crazy at all. He noh crazy. Deh just do whe they mi wah do."

The police are not saying if Guzman was ever in their custody. The Rockview Mental Hospital says he was referred by the police and they told us today that they don't know why since he had no mental condition. The only straight answer we got was from the KHMH's Pathologist Dr. Hugh Sanchez. He performed the post mortem.

Dr. Hugh Sanchez, KHMH's Pathologist
"At the time of the post mortem, there was no external evidence of injury, trauma, or disease so I have no evidence to suggest that he was beaten or traumatized. The only thing we found was that the brain was swollen and it oozed pus from the frontal lobe."

But that sane voice of medical wisdom does little to allay the emotions of this family who mourning this sudden loss and looking for justice.

Felix Palacio,
"I angry yes! I noh only angry, I mad about it."

"Whe we could do? We poor! When Zabaneh son got killed by the Gurkhas they got justice cause they got money but we poor. So whe we could expect?"

And this family says they are not expecting much - just the answers.

Guzman will be buried in his native village of Seine Bight village tomorrow.

Monday, January 26, 2004


Seine Bight Preschool Update

Donations for Preschool - straight from the Lumalali SeinnBiedi Newsletter
      Seine Bight Village is without a preschool. In the past, the old hurricane shelter was the location of the preschool however it has been deemed unsafe. The first steps in a formal education are very important.
     We need donations in the form of either a pre-standing building or the material and labor necessary to construct a building.  Our children are our greatest resource.

     All interest parties may call Barbara Bediko at 503-3060 or contact Steve Christensen at 523-3184 or email:

Monday, December 15, 2003

Seine Bight woman wins $40,000

A woman from Seine Bight Village in the Stann Creek District is forty thousand dollars richer tonight following some good luck in the latest Courts Megabucks spin. The name of Julia Ariola was drawn last week from thousands of Courts customers and on Saturday she took her turn at the wheel at the store's main branch in Belize City.

(Julia spins and wins $40,000)

Julio Ariola, $40,000 Courts Megabucks Winner
"First, I think I have to build a lee house. Before that I wah get ready for Christmas first, after that build a lee house, share some with mi family, and the rest dah bank if any change left."

Ariola works in the housekeeping department of The Inn at Robert's Grove. She keeps the full forty grand, as Courts pays all the taxes. The final and largest Megabucks draw for a possible seventy-five thousand dollars will be held on January fifth, with the spin taking place on January tenth.

Punta Gorda, November 29, 2003
St. Alphonsus’ girls win 5th National Primary Schools Volleyball championship title
The St. Alphonsus Primary School girls of Seine Bight are five time repeat national champions of primary schools volleyball, after they triumphed over the Toledo girls in the finals of the national primary schools volleyball championships held at the Toledo Sports complex in Punta Gorda Town last Friday and Saturday.

In the girls’ finals the St. Alphonsus girls emerged victorious over the girls of Silver Creek government school in the Toledo district, winning 25-12, 25-18 in straight sets.

The St. Alphonsus girls had won their opening match, also against the Silver Creek girls, in straight sets 25-20, 25-14, and progressed to defeat the St. John Vianney School girls of Belize District easily in straight sets, 25-9, 25-11 and also triumphed over the Chapel School girls of Orange Walk

After losing their first match, the Silver Creek advanced undefeated in their other matches as they too triumphed over the St. John Vianney School girls of Belize District in straight sets, 25-20, 25-14 and toughed it out against the Immaculate Conception R.C. School girls of Bullet Tree, Cayo district in the best of three sets. The Bullet Tree girls won the first set 25-15, but the Silver Creek girls prevailed 25-13 and 19-17 in the next two sets.

The Bullet Tree girls triumphed over the Corozal girls 25-12, 25-14, and won third place when they defeated the Chapel School girls of Orange Walk, 25-22, 25-18 in straight sets.

The Chapel School girls had also triumphed over the Corozal girls, winning the first set 25-18. The Corozal girls recovered to take the second set 25-21, but the Chapel School girls prevailed in the final set 17-15.

In the awards ceremony which followed the final game, Trisha Brooks of St. Alphonsus swept the awards, winning Best Server, Best Blocker, Best Attacker and the Most Valuable Player Award. Her teammate Marsha Guzman won Best Setter.

Belize City, November 3rd 2003
Nadia Crowned Miss Garifuna Belize City
19 year old Nadia Palacio reigned supreme at the 2003 Miss Garifuna Belize City. Her fellow competitors, Aleisha Castillo and Carla Flores took second and third place respectively.

Miss Garifuna Belize City 2003 was held at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall before a packed crowd.

Nadia Palacio competed for the NATIONAL title of Miss Garifuna Belize 2003 in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District and ran away with that title too.

Seine Bank Executive
Marion Palacio

October Personality
New Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Belize Appointed.

Seine Bight Village, Sunday, August 17, 2003
Seine Bight Day Bright & Cheery
The sleepy village of Seine Bight in the Stann Creek District located a mere six miles up the Placencia peninsula from the popular tourist destination, Placencia, was abuzz with activity this weekend. The reason for all the hustle and bustle was the celebration of “Seine Bight Day”, an annual tradition for five years now. Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson and his family attended the festivities Saturday and took part in the merry-making.

The predominately Garifuna community was engulfed in a festive mood from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. Cultural cuisine was found everywhere; hudut, darasa, seri, and all variety of “idle” food were to be had for a reasonable price. Naturally, besides Garifuna dishes, other Belizean food favorites were available to entice the taste buds of festival-goers. Those included sumptuous barbecue, tamales, burgers and the ubiquitous rice-n-beans.

In addition to all the Seine Bight residents attending the shindig, many folks from neighboring Placencia came for day and night fun-n-games. Many family members and friends from all over Belize also descended upon Seine Bight to partake of the festivities. There was even a chartered bus from the Garifuna village of Georgetown that came for the two-day event. Linda Augustine, the current Miss Yurumein, traveled from Belize City to her native village to bask in her beloved Garifuna culture. She observed that the people of Seine Bight have not forgotten their roots and still in many circumstances communicate in their traditional Garifuna tongue. She said that she is energized by the immersion of culture.

Even though Village Chairman Lennox Williams and his crew encountered a few snafus and had to modify their original schedule of events, the community created its own entertainment and activities in a joyous, ad hoc manner.

After all was said and done Seine Bight Day proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, the community knows how to profile its attributes and party hardy.


Seine Bight-born policeman
shoots himself in Placencia

by Kimberly King

BELIZE CITY, Tues. Feb. 18, 2003

Fed up with facing family problems at home, Police Constable Bernard Valerio turned his police service revolver on himself after his wife refused to let him inside their home last Saturday morning.

His colleagues at the Independence Police Station found him lying near his back door, at his home in Placencia, with a single bullet lodged in the right temple. He had used his police-assigned .38 service revolver to take his life.

His colleagues described him as being a jovial and comical person. But he became a changed man after he and his common-law-wife, Verna Ferrill, recently began having domestic problems.

One of his colleagues told the newspaper that for the past months Valerio’s and Ferrill’s relationship had been on the rocks, and that had led him to start drinking.

He would leave the station in Independence and go out drinking at local bars with other colleagues. He would then go home drunk, and then he and his wife would start quarrelling and fighting,” said his colleague.

According to a colleague who was the last person to see him alive, on Valentine’s Day Valerio invited a few other officers out to a local bar in Seine Bight, which is about five miles from his home in Placencia. He reportedly left Independence earlier Valentine’s Day and took the hour- long drive to Seine Bight.

While they were at the bar, said his colleague, Valerio repeatedly expressed his frustration with his wife. And, like many times before, he warned that he would take his life. They, however, did not take him seriously that morning.

Valerio went home from Seine Bight around 3:00 Saturday morning. According to his colleague, Valerio was drunk when he left Seine Bight and returned home to Placencia. His drunken state was the first thing his wife noticed when he started knocking loudly on the front door. His wife had refused to open the door for him, said the colleague. Valerio then went knocking on the back door. She again declined to answer.

His wife was inside with his four children, who were awakened by the ruckus their father was making outside. Then they heard a gunshot, and then found Valerio outside, with the gun clenched in his right hand.

Thirty-nine-year-old P.C. Valerio joined the Police Department when he was only nineteen years old. He will be laid to rest in his home village of Seine Bight tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday.

Benjamin E. Palacio

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