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

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Fethiye Police are having a football tournament.

Officially it is a team building exercise, but we bet they are enjoying it.

Local police have organised themselves into six teams, and they are busy playing each other at the rate of three matches per week, which will culminate in a grand final on 10th April.

The champion team will get the cup and medals as part of the annual celebrations for the anniversary of the setting up of Fethiye’s police force.

We’ve forgotten when that is and the local press didn’t say – but no doubt you shall read all about it here when it happens.

Van Quake Victims Learn English to Improve Employment Prospects

Some time ago we told you about the victims of the Van earthquake who are now living in Fethiye, following the loss of their homes.

Well the Halk Eğitim Merkezi is now giving 18 of them free English lessons, in the hope it will increase their chances of finding employment here once the tourist season gets underway.

They have two 3-hour lessons each week, and the 2 women and 16 men in the group are said to be working very hard. We wish them luck.

Fethiye Museum Project To Work with Liverpool Univeristy

The Director of Fethiye Museum, Ibrahim Malkoç, gave a presentation to local politicians and representatives from various official bodies this week, to outline the 150 thousand euro project with which he is involved.

In partnership with Liverpool University, Fethiye Museum plans to open education centres in Seki, Kumluova and Kayaköy to teach local students about their Lycian heritage.

To do this they have been granted funding by the EU and the project will begin shortly.


Falcon Rescue

As we have previously reported, Fethiye’s Animal Sanctuary is not just about rescuing stray cats and dogs.

This week a young falcon that couldn’t fly was brought to the Sanctuary where the resident vet examined the bird, established it had no injuries, but couldn’t fly because its feathers were caked in mud.

The bird was cleaned and will be kept at the Sanctuary until it is able to fly again.

Second Hand Market Grabs Headlines with Wedding Dress Sale

Local press visited the Council’s secondhand market this week – held first Wednesday of each month from 2 – 8pm in the covered market.

Apparently it was very busy and possibly the star buy was a wedding dress, stored in a box for 8 years since its owner wore it on her wedding day, which was sold for 20TL.

The seller said it no longer fitted, and she thought she could help someone who couldn’t afford such a dress by selling it cheaply. And that’s your ‘Ah bless’ moment for this week.