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August 2009

Feature Article

Meeting Ajijic's Mayor

By Herbert W. Piekow

As a journalist I have interviewed at least 30 subjects. This story about Ajijic's busy delegado (mayor) was the most difficult to complete. It wasn't because of any language barrier; Señor Anselmo Avalos Rochin speaks good English. Time passed as our interview was repeatedly rescheduled, due to Anselmo's packed schedule.

The building containing the office of the delegado is both beautiful and welcoming; it sits two blocks south of the carretera, just across Calle Colón from Ajijic's attractive, clean art-filled plaza. From his office Anselmo can survey the constant activity on the plaza and keep his fingers on the pulse of the heart of the community. You'll know the building as soon as you see it. One side of the two-story building features a hand-painted mural honoring the area's fishermen and on the other side is a stunning painted scene portraying Ajijic's pre-Hispanic inhabitants offering praise and thanksgiving for the abundance and beauty of life along Mexico's largest lake.

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