From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

Last Saturday, was an outstanding example of what a great community we live in. The day started off with the Little League closing ceremonies at Jubilee Park. I was honored to make the opening words. What a thrill it was to see all those young kids lined up on the ball field to receive their awards. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to have fun, learn new skills, and be outside and couldn’t happen without many volunteer hours. The big surprise was the unveiling of the new backboard sign naming the ball field in honor of volunteer extraordinaire, Roger Brandt. It was a total surprise to him proving we can keep a secret. It is not often you see Roger Brandt speechless! This project would not have happened without the city staff and our public works department who put this all together. Many thanks to Big Dog Fabrication who did the metal work and Dyer Kustoms for the painting of the new sign. After the ceremony our local volunteer Little League organization provided hot dogs for the families, a slip and slide, and dunk tank for the kids’ entertainment. Our wonderful fire department also showed up for the excitement.
And the fun in Jubilee Park didn’t stop there! Our Cave Junction downtown revitalization organization, Main Street Cave Junction (MSCJ), IV Chamber of Commerce, and IVCDO organized a Jubilee Jamboree celebration for the 75th birthday of the City of Cave Junction. There were games, balloon darts, chicken poop bingo, corn hole tournament and tug of war. A highlight was the pie eating contest. Eight brave contestants ate as much Trillium pie as they could in 15 minutes with their hands behind their backs. The very messy winner was Roscoe Grimes. Wild man Grimes made a beautiful three-layer cake which he proceeded to cut with a chainsaw! The birthday day celebration was saved by delicious Trillium bakery cupcakes for all. Thank you, Dan Mancuso, for helping with the cost for Trillium Bakery. Slughaus Audio provided sound for the stage where there was music and storytelling. What a day! There were so many people who made this day possible that I apologize to anyone I left out. It was a joyous day seeing our park filled with kids playing in the playground and running around, and people just relaxing and having fun. All in all, it was a great birthday party to celebrate Cave Junction’s 75th.