From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a month since my last letter. I returned from my “once in a lifetime” European river cruise with my daughter Cara, who lives in Australia. We started in Amsterdam, Netherlands and traveled on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through Germany and Austria and ended in Budapest Hungary. We stopped in 12 different cities and had at least one excursion at each site.
Also, in Amsterdam we took a train ride south to Delft to visit Cara’s uncle who teaches at the university. All in all, we had an amazing, fun and educational time. It was a little hard parting. I don’t get to see Cara very often. It is a long, expensive trip to Australia, and I have only been there once when I took her to nursing school in Townsville over 10 years ago. I hope in the next year or two I can visit her there.
Although I really like traveling and seeing new places, it is still good to be home. I am grateful that I live in such a beautiful place where a lot of good, interesting people live. I spent some time catching up on the local news by reading all the back issues of the I.V. News I missed. We are very lucky to have a hometown newspaper. Every small-town mayor I have talked to is envious that we still have a local newspaper. It is inspiring to read about the many amazing volunteers and organizations that work in our community and help to make this a great place to live. We have good teachers in our schools, and I enjoyed reading about the young people graduating that have achieved great things and are ready to spread their wings and hope to go even higher. Many kudos to all the people and organizations who care about our parks and public areas and are willing to spend their time to help keep them clean.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jubilee Park is the celebration for the city of Cave Junction’s 75th birthday sponsored by Main Steet Cave Junction and the I.V. Chamber of Commerce. Bring your chairs, blanket and picnic lunch. Play games in the morning, listen to live music at noon, and cheer on the pie eating contest at 2 p.m. sponsored by Trillium Bakery and the Illinois Valley News. It’s going to be a fun day. I will be there, and we can catch up.