Ararat Rats ready for Wimmera elimination clash

Ararat forward Tyler Cronin kicked a game high three goals last weekend against Stawell and will be important to the Rats’ fortunes in Sunday’s elimination final.THE Ararat Rats will compete in Sunday’s do or die clash at Horsham City Oval against the team which helped them qualify for their first Wimmera Football League finals’ series in four years.
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Minyip/Murtoa’s win over reigning premier Dimboola in the final round of the home and away season opened the door to the top five for the Rats and they completed the final piece of the puzzle with a hard fought 10-point victory over rival Stawell.

Joint-coach David Hosking said after 16 rounds of highs and low it is a relief to be featuring in week one of the finals.

“We left it to the absolute last moment and had to rely on other results just to get there, so yes relief is a good word,” he said.

“Given the club has had a lean spell in the last couple of years it is good to make the finals and it is an achievement, but at the end of the day there is no point being there to just make up the numbers.”

That ‘lean spell’ of finals’ appearances stretches back more than 10 years, with only skipper Alan Batchelor and Jake Williamson the remaining senior players of the team that lost the 2010 elimination match.

When it comes to senior finals’ campaigns the Rats have been part of the September action on just three occasions over the past decade 2006, 2008 and 2010 for a return of zero wins, five losses.

To notch up a victory you have to flick back through the record books to the first semi-final of season 2003, where the side smashed Horsham United before falling short of a grand final berth the following week by just two points to arch rival Stawell.

“It is time we improved that record,” Hosking said.

“That is pretty poor when you consider that we are a club from the second biggest town in the league, to have that as our recent finals’ record, is not good enough in anyone’s eyes.”

With only a handful of players in Ararat’s line-up experiencing senior finals football, Hosking said those players will need to lead the way.

However, he is also adamant that the only way his team will defeat the Burras is with 21 contributors.

“The obvious ones are the players that have done it before, the likes of Cosson, Mendes, Batchelor, Williamson and Searle — they know what is required,” he said.

“They are players that I guess have a bit of an X-factor. They also have this type of experience and know what needs to be done.

“What I’d also add to that is that we have some blokes who I reckon have got a real ability to have a major impact in games like this too. Guys like Liam Cavanagh and Brady Miller can perform in big games.”

Burras’ leading scorer Clinton Midgely is coming off the back of an eight goal haul last weekend against Dimboola, however in round 11 Miller held the full forward to just one major.

Hosking believes this match-up will be one of the most important to Ararat’s fortunes on Sunday.

“Anyone who can kick eight goals in a game is obviously pretty dangerous, so if Brady can keep him quiet it is going to go a long way to winning us the game,” he said.

“What it is also going to come down to is how well they restrict our delivery into the forwards and how well we restrict their ability to deliver it into their forwards.

“Whichever team has a midfield that is able and prepared to work hard defensively will have the advantage.”

Ararat and Minyip/Murtoa share one win each for the two previous encounters this season.

The Rats claimed the first scalp in round four with a 19-point win, before the Burras turned the tables seven rounds later with a 58-point victory.

Missing from the round 11 clash was Cavanagh and Beau Cosson to VicCountry duties, while injury/illness struck Mick Fratin and Batchelor early in the contest.

Three out of those four players are fit and firing for Sunday’s match.

“I’m not sure the result would have been different in the second game, but it certainly would have been closer if we had have had all those guys available,” Hosking said.

“I take some comfort from the fact that I know we can beat them, we have done that this season and you hang your hat on that a little bit. We were certainly minus a few key players in the second encounter, so that didn’t help our cause, but we didn’t help it either by kicking ourselves out of the match early with six behinds.”

Hosking said he and Andrew Louder have spent this week drumming into their players the need for intensity from the opening bounce.

If the Rats can replicate their early season form and produce a four quarter effort there is no reason the side can’t progress into week two of the finals.

“Expect the same, but at a higher intensity — that is the point we have made to them during the week, that the basics remain the same,” Hosking said.

“To win in finals you have to be at your best for longer.

“They have just got to go out there and play footy the way Andrew and I know they can.

“They’ve got to be true to themselves, that’s it. Don’t try to be anything you’re not.”

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$971k facelift for Capalaba College

CAPALABA State College will undergo a major spruce up after receiving $971,407 from the state government for school maintenance projects.
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Capalaba MP Steve Davies says Capalaba State College will receive $971,000 for repairs and maintenance programs.

It was the largest one-off allocation under the final round of the three-year School Maintenance Backlog grants scheme.

In the first round, the school received $160,000 and $390,000 in the second round.

The total for all Capalaba electorate schools this round is about $1.6million.

Capalaba MP Steve Davies said the money would be used to give the school a much-needed facelift and denied it was pork-barrelling in the lead up to next year’s state election.

He said the college was earmarked for increases to maintenance funding before the 2012 election.

“Of the final $100million under this program, Capalaba State College received nearly $1million – so it’s a great outcome for the school which desperately needed repair work,” he said.

The college will use the money to fix broken doors, windows, drains, downpipes,paint rooms, and make the school safer.

The Newman Government allocated $300million to the school maintenance program when it took office in 2012 and so far $200million has been spent.

Alexandra Hills State High School will get $294,409, Alexandra Hills State School $52,376, Birkdale South State School: $52514; Birkdale State School: $51,405; Coolnwynpin State School: $51,238; Hilliards State School: $53585 and Vienna Woods State School: $48,770.

In the electorate of Redlands, seven schools will share in $591,454 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.

Victoria Point State High School received $243,400, the largest slice of the funding.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said the money allowed schools to use local tradespeople to carry out the maintenance.

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Students’ art then, now and beyond

Aris Ioannou-Marsh and other students from Elonera Montessori High School will show works in the Then, Now, Beyond exhibition. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN Young artist Aris Ioannou-Marsh has learned a lot about art in the last two years.
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The fruits of the year 12 student’s labour will be clear to see in Then, Now, Beyond – a student exhibition at Red Point Gallery in Port Kembla, showcasing work from Elonera Montessori High School.

A candidate for the visual arts course in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Ioannou-Marsh is required to curate an exhibition of artwork produced in his senior years which allows him to experience the processes of art-making, exhibiting and to become actively involved in the art world.

This led to Then, Now, Beyond – which opens on Friday, August 29, from 6.30pm at Red Point’s premises at 100 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla, and runs until September 5.

Ioannou-Marsh’s work on display includes watercolours, photography and video.

“I have really enjoyed the process of creating a large body of work over the past two years, which explores themes concerning the self and sense of place,” he said.

“Working freely with these themes has allowed me to experiment with various techniques and materials and create a multi-dimensional and multi-thematic collection of works.”

Selected works from other high school students will be exhibited along with exceptional works by year 11 visual art students Miles Myjavec and Marianne Gillespie.

The students have been working under the instruction of Sharon Loney and Kathryn Orton.

Art teacher Ms Orton said the school in Mount Ousley was tremendously proud of this inaugural event.

“The range of processes on display in the exhibition include drawing, collage, papier mache, mixed media, digital arts and multi-media films show the students’ inventive explorations into art making and self-expression. Everyone is welcome to come and see this exciting, creative beginning,” she said.

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Full steam ahead for train visit

Tickets are selling out fast for a trip on an age-old steam train that will roll into Gunnedah tomorrow.
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The locomotive 3642 will leave Werris Creek at 8.20am and travel through Breeza, Curlewis, Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri, before turning around for the return trip.

There are limited seats left on the Werris Creek to Narrabri route, apart from the section between Boggabri and Narrabri which has already sold out.

The train will arrive in Gunnedah at 9.43am.

There is plenty of availability on the return leg from Narrabri to Werris Creek.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Transport Heritage NSW spokesperson David Bennett said.

“Clearly there’s an appetite for transport heritage in regional NSW.

“This is just spurring our belief we need to do more of these events around NSW.”

If you miss out on a train ride around Gunnedah, there is the opportunity for shorter trips between Tamworth and Kootingal on the weekend.

The steam train will operate four round trips, taking an hour each on Saturday and Sunday.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson will flag off the first train at the Tamworth station at 11.15am on Saturday.

The 3642 locomotive was used from the 1920s to 1969 to transport passengers between Newcastle and Sydney.

The North West journey will allow passengers to step into the world of steam train travel and enjoy the ride in age-old carriages that were handcrafted in an era long gone.

The train journey is part of an initiative of Transport Heritage NSW – a not-for-profit, member-based organisation incorporating the activities of the former NSW Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM), Trainworks Ltd and the Office of Rail Heritage with responsibilities for transport heritage in NSW, supported by the NSW government.

Given the success of the ticket sales in the North West, Transport Heritage NSW is planning more events for regional areas next year.

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MY LIFE CHANGE: Keeping stress levels under control is critical

IT’S hard to avoid anxiety and stress in the modern lifestyle.
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It’s the levels that can be a problem. A small amount of stress is good for most people. It keeps us alert, involved in life and provides some challenges. Life with no stress would soon become boring.

The problem for most of us is how to handle stress so that we can benefit from the challenges without having it overwhelm us. We are all aware of the dangers of too much stress or anxiety – it’s bad for both our mental and physical health.

The good news is that there are a number of techniques that we can use to help us control our stress levels, so that we can enjoy the excitement and challenges without being overcome by the pressure. Here are a few simple techniques that most of us can use.

(1) Be aware if you’re stressed;

And be prepared to do something about it. Just ignoring it is a really bad idea.

(2) Mix with positive people;

Think about your circle of friends. Do they encourage a positive outlook or do they bring out the worst in you. If it’s the latter, perhaps you should spend more of your time with people who inspire your good qualities.

(3) Be optimistic;

We are living in one of the best places in the world and we have lots to be thankful for. Instead of focussing on what’s wrong with you and everyone else, think about all the good things going on around us. It’s about developing a positive outlook.

(4) Turn off the TV;

While it’s important to be informed about local and world events, if we are constantly bombarded with stories of violence, conflict and bad behaviour, it takes a toll on our nervous system. Long hours in front of the TV generally means little time for exercise or mental stimulation. We need both.

(5) Write it down;

Identifying what makes you anxious and then writing it down can help you control those negative inner voices. Unhelpful thinking patterns are habits and habits can be changed, if we work at it. By writing down your negative thoughts which cause anxiety, you can look at them rationally and decide that they shouldn’t be causing you all this angst. Remember you can change your unhelpful thinking patterns.

(5) Develop the habit of relaxing;

Find ways to take time out and relax. It could be long walks, regular exercise, good books, yoga classes or get into the habit of meditating. Whatever works for you. Do it as a regular part of your routine.

This article is an extract from our book The Rest of your life – How to make it as good as you want.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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SNEAK PEEK: What’s in tomorrow’s Muswellbrook Chronicle

HERE is a sneak peek of what’s in tomorrow’s Muswellbrook Chronicle.
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BIG OCCASION: Muswellbrook Rugby Club president Tim Pike (second from right) with Heelers, from left, Ben Hoffman, Brad Smith and Will Harvey, who are primed for tomorrow’s major semi-final at Highbrook Park.

From news to sport, social to community, we’ve got it covered.

Planting the idea

LOCAL green thumbs will be delighted to hear plans for a Muswellbrook community garden are growing by the day.

Not end of line just yet

MUSWELLBROOK residents stood united alongside locals from Scone, Aberdeen and Denman at the Save Our Rail rally in Newcastle last week.

Black Coal Cup still smash hit

THE Black Coal Cup battled the elements and the current economic climate but still came out on top at the Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.

Youth services at your fingertips

THE search for information about youth services in the Upper Hunter has been simplified thanks to a collaborative effort between Muswellbrook Shire Council, Upper Hunter Community Services (UHCS) and BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal.

George Smith rolls up his sleeves to lend a hand

DURING the recent National Blood Donor Week, Red Cross encouraged people to donate blood. However, it was also a great time to also acknowledge those who have been dedicated to donation for decades.

Supporters will lift Denman Devils

TOUGH-as-teak Denman Devils forward Ben Hagan believes a big support base will lift the side in Sunday’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand final.

Juniors flying Muswellbrook flag

THE Muswellbrook Rams under-18s will fly the local flag for the club in this weekend’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand finals.

It’s all or nothing: Heelers

IT’S what local rugby dreams are made of. Tomorrow, at Highbrook Park, neighbouring clubs Muswellbrook Heelers and Singleton Bulls go head-to head in not one, but two, major semi-finals.

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The week that was in the central west | Photos PARKES: There was plenty of fun to be had at this week’s Parkes Show.
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ORANGE: It took almost three years of community lobbying, but intervention from Roads Minister Duncan Gay has led to a speed reduction on The Escort Way.

CANOWINDRA: Children and staff at Canowindra Preschool celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite characters every day last week.

ORANGE: Spring Terrace Public School students celebrated Environment Week on Wednesday with the knowledge their spring vegetables will have an extra helping hand this year. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

FORBES: The 2012 Western Districts Exhibit, winner of the People’s Choice Award, for the Sydney Royal Easter Show now has a permanent home on the wall of the Spotlight building.

ORANGE: Willa and Shaun Arantz catch up with Sydney Weekender’s Bec and Jason Stevens. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0806racine6

COWRA: While growing corn is “good for the soul”, Cowra district farmer Ed Fagan, “Mulyan”, says getting the right variety to suit not only your market, but also growing conditions, pays dividends.

ORANGE: Andrew Lennard says he has had enough of burnt-out vehicles being left in suburban streets for weeks, only to have them leave a black mark on the road when they’re towed. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0821sgbowen1

BLAYNEY: Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.

ORANGE: Python handler Maggie Morris, Mackenzie Schmich, ISHKA store manager Ivana Jovanovic and Andi Ferrito at ISHKA’s grand opening on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0823iska2

GRENFELL: Former Grenfell resident Wayne Heathcote with his daughter Sarah (a ride volunteer) and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the Pollie Pedal Ride last year.

PARKES: Nicole Tolhurst has continued a family tradition by being named Miss Parkes Showgirl.

ORANGE: THE Orange Civic Theatre was a flurry of colour, curled hair and tiny shoes on Sunday for the first day of the City of Orange Eisteddfod’s dance sections. Abe Hutchings and Summer Furner enjoyed their afternoon dancing as circus performers at the City of Orange Eisteddfod yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH. 0824sheis1

COWRA: With a packed room and laughter all round, the official launch of the ‘Driving Miss Jacy’ appeal has been described as a resounding success, raising more than $6000.

FORBES: A former Forbes son has been awarded a bravery medal for saving two children from a burning house.

BATHURST: Bathurst Lions Club members David Morris, Graham Webster, Marilyn Warren, Member for Calare John Cobb, Val Kelly, Peter Johnson, Barbara Andrews, Sylvia Morris and Ian Warren at the handover of the new set of flags at Berry Park. 082114plions

DUBBO: Save Playmates Cottage subcommittee chairwoman Virginia Morley and Dubbo City Councillor Ben Shields at the childcare centre yesterday after Dubbo City Council voted to make urgent representations to the state government about the centre’s future. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale kicked off in Dubbo on Tuesday. Pictured is show judge, Rod Kent from Kurrajong Park Merino Stud, Delungra, NSW with Shaun Kopp from Towalba Stud, Peak Hill, NSW. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

DUBBO: The Red Cross held their annual Big Cake Bake at Dubbo to raise funds for the organisation. Pictured is Tina Herning-Anforth, Karsha Lane and Julie Warren with some of the cakes and muffins for sale.Photo: LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job. Probationary Constable Greg Lynch, Acting Sergeant Daniel Tagg and Probationary Constable Shane Allen outside Dubbo Police Station. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

OBERON: Oberon Public School students celebrating Children’s Book Week.

BATHURST: Five men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, yesterday were left shaken after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

BATHURST: It seems nostalgia for rail travel is alive and well after a large crowd turned out at Bathurst Railway Station on Sunday morning to ride the rails on a rare vintage 1920 diesel rail motor.

BATHURST: Local squash devotee David Fuller at Panthers Bathurst yesterday thrilled at the thought of the all-glass court, which will take centre stage in coming weeks for the Australian Masters tournament.

BATHURST: Pat Cox and Juanita Morcom busily prepare serves of steak diane in Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels kitchen yesterday. Meals from the Bathurst kitchen are distributed across the Central West. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Pet owners celebrated World Dog Day this week. This photos was submitted by Steven Paterson.

BATHURST: The 69th Bathurst Eisteddfod started this week. Hundreds of students will take to the stage over the next three weeks.

BREWARRINA: Emergency services were called to a fire that destroyed two buildings in Brewarrina on Sunday night. Photo KATHERINE MATTS.

COBAR: The town of Cobar stopped to celebrate and commemorate firefighter Daniel Howard, a man described as a local hero. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Farr St Pius X Primary School kindergarten student displaying the affects of pollution on the Macquarie River with Dubbo City Council stormwater education officer Karen Hagan. Photo LOUISE DONGES.

DUBBO: The Orana Local Area Command’s newest police recruits have spent their first day on the job.

MUDGEE: Country star Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers packed Parklands Resort on Friday night.

MUDGEE: Delegates from some of the state’s 110 Mobile Children’s Services are in Mudgee this week to attend the Mobile Children’s Service Association of NSW conference.

MUDGEE: Mudgee Running Festival participant Ray James talks to master of ceremonies Robbie Palmer after completing his 189th marathon on Sunday. PHOTO DARREN SNYDER

MUDGEE: Sally Nott buying goods from Jan Robson and Jean Kelly at the Daffodil Day stall.

MUDGEE: Stepping Out in Mudgee presented its first concert last Sunday, with hit songs, mash-ups, acting and dancing from Mudgee’s young talents.

OBERON: Charges have been laid against an elderly man who allegedly tried to take control of an aircraft near Oberon on Monday.

WELLINGTON: Wellington Christian School students and staff held a day of prayer for Iraq. Students and staff gathered coins to form a coin trail in the shape of the Arabic letter at the beginning of the word Nazarene, the term for Christians in Iraq.

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Queanbeyan Whites’ HP Momsen kicks point-scoring award

Queanbeyan Whites player HP Momsen.HE may have missed four crucial penalty goals in the John I Dent Cup grand final, but Queanbeyan Whites winger HP Momsen was still happy in contributing 97 points for his men during the season.
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Last Friday night he won the Gus Vallance Memorial Trophy for the competition’s highest points scorer at the MacDougall Medal awards ceremony in Canberra, in just his second season at the Whites.

Momsen said he put himself under too much pressure in the grand final, and along with a niggling groin injury, could not kick at his best.

“I let my confidence down, but I’ll put my head up, and I look forward to next season,” he said.

“But my rugby’s definitely improved. I’m only 20 years old, and I enjoy Australia and Queanbeyan,” he said.

Momsen hopes to continue his good form next season, and make the Canberra Vikings National Rugby Championship side.

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Father’s Day challenge to sort the best from the rest

Stephen and Kaitlyn Rutledge start practising for the challenge.This year at the Woodstock Show there will be a competition to determine who the world’s greatest dad really is.
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The competition starts at 1pm, with participants to meet in the show’s town square.

Alison Rutledge is excited about the event.

“It is the first year of the challenge, so we are hoping every dad on the grounds has a go,” she said.

The challenge will be undertaken in teams of two, a father and their child, however all competitors must be five or over.

“Twist dads arm, and have a go in the name of fun,” Mrs Rutledge said.

The challenge will include demonstrations of the father’s ability to undertake domestic chores.

“There will be one event where the children will have to shave their father’s faces and another where he will have to dress as fast as he can, with his team mate helping him,” she said.

The fastest team to complete all of the activities, to the marked standard will win the challenge.

“An adjudicator will decide whether you meet standards of domestic bliss, if not you may have to complete the activity again until you get it right,” Mrs Rutledge said.

The challenge has no entry free.

“It will be free entertainment for the crowd,” she said.

“If it does take off we will put it in every show.”

There are tasty treats and cash prizes for the father and child teams who perform best.

If you think your dad is the best, or know of a dad who may fit this title then tell them to head on down and take on the Dad of the Day Challenge.

The Dad of the Day Challenge is sponsored by Elders Insurance, Cowra.

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