We continue our weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area for week ending 9th June 2012.

Schools Out For Summer!

Turkish schools closed during the week and the education system is now on holiday until September 17th.

This means Turkish families will be taking to the roads, and you will notice an increase in traffic in general, and possibly traffic chaos in downtown Fethiye.

However, for the 34,577 students who are now free for three months, traffic implications are no doubt the least of their problems.

Fethiye Marks World Environment Day

Last week was Environment Week in Turkey, with Tuesday, 5th June being ‘World Environment Day’.

To mark that day local dignitaries laid wreaths at the Atatürk Memorial adjacent to the Kordon, and one wreath even featured a Turkish flag created entirely from recycled materials.

Later in the day the Belediye’s Environment Manager and her team visited the Tuesday Market to hand out cloth bags and aprons (also made from 100% recycled materials) – apparently they were out of stock in 5 minutes.

Brits Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The local press also took note of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when they attended the Cocktail Party held at Belcekız Beach Club and hosted by the Honorary Consul.

A liquidambar orientalis (perhaps better known by its Turkish name ‘günlük’) tree, was planted in memory of the event, and apparently a very good time was had by all.

Fruitless Efforts

Tomato growers called in the press this week to report their financial woes as the wholesale price fell to a mere 30 kuruş per kilo.

Of course there is the annual glut, and growers are spending the whole day at the wholesale market, often with the produce in full sun, so by the end of the day they have crates full of over-ripe tomatoes, which they have no choice but to sell to the tomato puree factories for the aforementioned 30 kuruş per kilo.

Apparently that kg price translates to 1TL for a shallow wooden crate and, according to a spokesman for the local growers association, they need to make 3 – 4 TL per crate to turn a profit.

And Finally……..

And a 58-year-old Iranian paraglider lost control of his parachute shortly after take off from Babadağ, and fell 30m on to rocks, breaking bones in one his legs.

Seems like barely a week goes by this season without a solo paraglider having an accident.