We continue our weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

British Residents Laid to Rest

Funerals took place at Çatalarık Cemetery this week for two British residents.

On Wednesday Sue Lovett who had lived here for 7 years was buried.

On Thursday Graham Seyfried from Üzümlü was laid to rest.

Both funerals were conducted by David Groom and both were reported in the local press.

Workplace Smoking Ban Complete

It was announced this week that the ban on smoking in enclosed public places has now been put in place in 38,781 workplaces within the province of Muğla.

Those that haven’t instigated a ban are now being checked and fined.

Meanwhile the ‘stop smoking clinics’ that have been set up in all State Hospitals, have had 10,917 people apply for support since they were established.

Rabies Alert

Rabies was found in a goat and dog bitten by a fox in Ören village near Kemer, and the village is now under quarantine.

Apparently the goat was attacked by the fox which was then chased off by a dog who was also bitten.

Some time later the goat and dog both died, and when the local vet performed autopsies, they showed both had died of rabies.

The vet’s conclusion was confirmed by the Veterinary Hospital in Izmir, and authorities began vaccinating animals and residents of the village.

Quarantine signs have been erected at all entrances to the village – the Turkish word for rabies is ‘kuduz’ – and movement of animals to and from the village is forbidden for six months.

Sign Language Course A First for Fethiye

Fethiye Halk Eğitim Merkezi (Adult Education Centre) is offering a sign language course for the first time ever in the town. In total 50 people have started the course which requires attendance twice per week and runs for two months.