Festive cheer in Ky
Kyabram boasts a lot of unsung heroes and heroines and the Ky Yarn Bombers group is one them.
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Their members’ stunning work which was on display at the Memorial Gates on Armistice Day was a real highlight and added a lot to the occasion.
Their current mission is decorating Allan St for the festive season and their efforts to date have been turning heads again.
You are a credit to your town girls.
Early present with Lotto win
Nice early Christmas present for a Tatura couple in the early hours of last Sunday week.
It was 5am when checking and double checking their Tattslotto numbers that they became convinced they had a share of the first prize in draw 4417.
That share was $657,275.
Plans to buy new cars has now been ticked off the bucket list for the couple who have been buying their tickets at the same agency for over 20 years.
Moulamein redfin generates attention
Our Moulamein mate China Gibson is a bit worried about a catch in the town’s lake.
A very large healthy redfin.
China said it was great news for anglers, but not so good for the native fish populations in the lake.
‘‘They (redfin) will eat anything, including smaller redfin, as well as the native fish, so we really don’t want them in there.’’
China said it was the first redfin caught in the artificial lake since it was drained in the early 2000s and naturally he’s a bit mystified how it got there.
‘‘No floodwaters can get in it because it is elevated so you would think someone has put it in there,” China said.
‘‘Even when it was drained there were no redfin, only natives — yellow belly, cod and catfish.
‘‘Only time will tell now if it’s got any family or rellies in the lake.”
Interesting read by Andrew Rule in a Herald Sun feature last Saturday on the death of former policeman Les O’Hagan who served at Benalla, Shepparton and Euroa during a decorated career in the force.
A big burly Englishman, O’Hagan rose to the rank of superintendent.
He had a blunt, sharp wit which he used when he apprehended a brash young man, whose father was a QC, for breaking off young plane trees in St Kilda Rd.
“Do you know who my father is,’’ the brash young man sneered when getting a dressing down from O’Hagan.
To which O’Hagan replied ‘‘why don’t you ask your mother.’’
His calming influence and bravery won him two valour awards, one in a siege at Euroa in 1982.
He left the force in1986 and has spent the latter years of his life on a station in Queensland where he recently passed away just after his 95th birthday.
Be aware of snakes
There has been reports of cats being bitten by snakes in Kyabram over the past week.
Prompt action in one case saved the moggie’s life as he was able to get veterinary treatment within minutes of being bitten.
November rain stats
Kyabram’s November rainfall got a late boost last week with 12.6mm recorded in the 24-hour period up to 9am last Saturday.
It took the November total to 26.8mm.
The long-term average for November is 35.5mm.
Kyabram has now received 393mm for the year.
Since Thursday of last week, the mercury has not risen above 30℃.
ARIA winners heading to Deni
ARIA award-winning band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard band is heading for Deniliquin Play On The Plains festival next March.
There is a strong local connection as the band features former Deni man Michael Cavanagh and some mates.
Another headline act will also be Deni flavoured with The Carp Factory and its local artists Sid Pearn, Will Keech and Sam Young locked into appear.
These two bands will be in elite company joining Baker Boy, Northeast Party House, Alex Lahey and Kita Alexander on the roster.
Stats released by the Wangaratta Police Service area, which includes the Moira Shire, on the Melbourne Cup weekend were alarming.
Some 96 motorists were booked for speeding, one clocked at 169km/h.
Four drug drivers and three disqualified drivers were also apprehended and others booked on other charges.
It wasn’t actually ‘‘She’s Apples’’ on the Goulburn Valley Hwy early last week.
A truck carrying apples and a four-wheel drive collided on the Shepparton-Katamatite Rd.
Two trailers on the truck rolled and deposited a sea of apples and the road closed for some time while a clean-up was carried out, but fortunately no-one was seriously injured.
Freemason’s long history
Not a bad record.
Earlier this month the Seymour Masonic Centre celebrated 140 years of existence in the town.
The Freemasons presence in Seymour dates back to 1883 with the first ever meeting conducted in the town’s iconic Royal Mail Hotel.
DID YOU KNOW …
1. Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
2. African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.
3. There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India.
4. A house fly lives only 14 days.
‘‘For heaven’s sake. You’d reckon it would be safe to leave your vehicle in a church carpark on a Sunday morning ... well, apparently not ... anyway, I got three phones, two wallets and a laptop.’’