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"Preventive measures to reduce the risk of fire in forest and rural areas in view of the new protection against fire season 2023".

In view of the new protection against fire season 2023 and to avoid fires in forest and rural areas, farmers, breeders of animals as well as all residents of the Municipality of Skopelos island are requested to clean their plots and farms to avoid spreading of fire

We inform you that from 01 - 05 - 2023 to 31 - 10 - 2023 due to increased risk, any work that involves machinery that can get hot and cause flames and burning of leaves in forests, woodlands, grasslands and agricultural lands is strictly prohibited, in accordance with Fire Regulation 9 / 2021

It should be pointed out that during the protection against fire season, the burning of materials on agricultural land is only allowed after a permit issued in accordance with the above 9 / 2021 Fire Regulation. Violators are prosecuted and punished according to the applicable provisions. 

The Civil Protection of the Municipality of Skopelos

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This might be a long shot but this bracelet was lost around Skopelos town. A grandmother gave it to her granddaughter. It is very precious to her. Please call +30 6955 715 279 if you found it. 

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Greek unions call 24-hour national strike on Thursday over Tempi train crash

The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE), representing private sector employee unions, has called a 24-hour strike on Thursday (March 16), it said during its congress on Sunday.

GSEE, which is wrapping up its four-day annual congress, will also hold a rally at Syntagma Square for 11:00 am the same day with the motto “All lives matter”.

“For all workers of Greece, the in-depth investigation and the attribution of accountability, as well as the implementation of measures to prevent having to mourn over lost human lives, is a key demand by society and will be the focus of our strike action,” it said in a statement on Sunday

It added that responsibilities of governments and the systematic undermining of railroad infrastructure also highlights the loss of lives of employees who died at work accidents in recent years.

“For the Federation, the three basic questions that should directly be answered are as follows: How did we get to this tragedy? Who is responsible? How can we prevent it from happening again?,” it said.

The train is a means of travel that “mostly serves the transport of workers, young people, poor people, and people with low or non-existent income. The state has an obligation, if nothing else, to guarantee basic things: safety in travel and high-quality service,” GSEE underlined

On Saturday evening, the federation of public sector employees (ADEDY) also called a 24-hour strike on Thursday, March 16, over the deadly Tempi train collision accident.

The national strike will affect public entitities and services.

In a statement over the strike, ADEDY demanded that those who are truly guilty over the train accident should be found and made accountable, while the privatizations and the operation of public services on private business criteria, which puts profit over people, should end.

“The Tempi crime will not be covered up. We demand the life we deserve, a life with contemporary rights, and a better future for us and our children,” a statement said.

Source: amna.gr

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Snow and no snow

Waking up this morning we discovered that it had snowed, as predicted, but fortunately not enough to cut us off from Skopelos town.

In our area, the Raches Glyfoneri area, the wind was blowing hard and the temperature stayed above zero with the result that a lot of snow dispersed and melted. We might get another blast later today and on the mountains like Palouki and Delphi the snow will, likely, remain longer.

Yesterday we had a long(ish) electricity cut and one very small one this morning. Wood lies ready for the fire place…

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So far winter on Skopelos has consisted of days with a lot of wind and some periods of rain.

This video is from a couple of days ago.

And then there was yesterday. A glorious afternoon on Limnonari beach and on the way back a view to Amarandos and Evia with snow topped mountains.

On the other side of the island Mount Athos with snow can be seen. Are we in for some snow too? The next days ahead will show is, as it always does.

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Two men were brave enough today and jumped into the water to catch the cross. At exactly 12 all the priests, from the church communities in Skopelos town, were finally present and the ceremony was held.

A lot of people were around and dressed up to the nines!

After the cross was caught the harbor police sounded their horns and everybody on the quay walked towards the coffeeplaces or a taverna to socialize further…

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I cherish that we live on such a beautiful island. An island where most people know each other. Where people come together, in big numbers when times are hard. Where the saying; να χαίρεσε την οικογενεία σου (cherish your family) is said by so many people these days.

I cherish the fact that these days grown up children walk around the villages on the island and sing traditional Christmas songs for us. I cherish the communication between the readers of this blog and me. I cherish you! Merry Christmas and I hope that whatever you wish for, big or small, in 2023, will come true!! Daphne

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This Sunday the 18th of December Elios and Glossa will organize their Christmas bazaar with many surprises.

Please go and enjoy the festivities and by buying something from the bazaar you support many good causes in the villages.

Elios starts at 15.30 hours and Glossa at 16.00 hours. Meeting point, the main squares of the villages.

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On Sunday the 30st of October a big group walked from Pirgos to Panormos in glorious weather. This is a beautiful walk!

Sunday 20th of November

This Sundays walk will begin with a gathering at the Ancient Asklepeion Temple at 10.30am.

It is a little beyond the Muses restaurant.

The scramblers will make their way up through Mili hamlet and with a bit of a climb reach AG Marina spring. Muriel will spread out the blue checked table cover to receive a shared picnic.

The Scramblers will then continue their walk along the ridge taking in the beautiful view of Skopelos town and beyond. The route then is all downhill taking them back to the starting point and a town coffee for those who want to discuss next weeks ramble.

All are welcome to join the group for this Sunday scramble. If there are any questions contact Muriel on 6983010118.

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How to keep going

In the last eleven years I have written about Skopelos on this blog. For some years I wrote with two other writers and now alone for quite some years. In the beginning I had the feeling I should report about all things that happen here. Later, I understood that that is not possible and that it is not necessary. It is not always important to get the news or information on time but it is important and nice that you get it.

You, the readers of Skopelosnews have always be appreciative of what I wrote, how I wrote and when. I never felt pressure.

I write about Skopelos but I also have a life here with my family. I have my work and all the other things I fill my life with. I have my ups and downs, like everybody else and I have written about that too in the past. It is part of life, I know that. The last couple of years a lot of things have happened in the world and and it is sometimes hard to write about this island whilst there is so much else going on. It is hard to stay positive sometimes.

Skopelos is also changing and I want to grasp what is changing and write about it but at the moment it is hard. It remains the island I love and all of you love. To express it in words is difficult at the moment and that is why I have not written for a while.

For now I will post from time to time announcements like the Skopelos Scramblers until I find the words again. Daphne

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