Rain gives us the cold shoul­der dur­ing au­tumn

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June 3, 2008 District res­i­dents had a dry au­tumn this year, with rain­fall only a third of what it was for the same time last year.

The sea­son only pro­duced 38mm of rain in Rochester this year, with the most – 18.8mm – fall­ing in May.

The same pe­riod last year saw 110.9mm of rain­fall in Rochester.

The start of au­tumn pro­duced some high tem­per­a­tures, with the mer­cury climb­ing as high as 40.1 de­grees cel­sius.

The av­er­age day­time tem­per­a­ture for March was 30.3 de­grees.

There was plenty of dif­fer­ence in March’s night tem­per­a­tures.

The top tem­per­a­ture was 24.7 de­grees, while the low­est was 5.4 de­grees. May 31, 1988 Ro­han Hig­gins is a shy, in­tro­verted Rochester teenager whose crav­ing to help teenage can­cer suf­fer­ers like him­self has made him ven­ture out into the com­mu­nity to talk about his dis­ease.

The year 10 St Joseph’s Col­lege stu­dent is mus­ter­ing pub­lic sup­port for the first coun­try Vic­to­rian launch of Can­Teen – the Aus­tralian Teenage Can­cer Pa­tients’ So­ci­ety.

Ro­han has twice suf­fered leukemia — a can­cer that weak­ens the body’s re­sis­tance to dis­ease by throw­ing pro­duc­tion of white blood cells out of kil­ter.

White blood cells are pro­duced in the bone mar­row and at­tack for­eign ma­te­rial in the body, such as bac­te­ria, but leukemia causes them to be­come dis­torted and in­ef­fi­cient at their job.

The body also usu­ally pro­duces ex­ces­sive amounts of these de­fec­tive cells, mean­ing not enough red blood cells are be­ing pro­duced, and the leukemia suf­ferer of­ten be­comes anaemic.

Ro­han said he was off all treat­ment at the mo­ment and has been since he had a re­lapse about three years ago, but the pos­si­bil­ity that the can­cer might re­turn is al­ways there.

“I’m not wor­ried about the thought that this can­cer might come back,” he said. “It’s a pos­si­bil­ity but I put it to the back of my mind and get on with my life.” June 1, 1918 Mr and Mrs C Hansen of Bal­len­della cel­e­brated their sil­ver wed­ding day on Wed­nes­day, June 22 and in­vited a num­ber of friends to spend the evening at their res­i­dence, “Danecroft”, where they also had the plea­sure of meet­ing their son, Sig­naller C. R Hansen, re­cently in­valided home from the front.

The fol­low­ing Fri­day was ac­tu­ally the 25th an­niver­sary of Mr and Ms Hansen’s wed­ding, but Wednes- day was cho­sen for the cel­e­bra­tion for the rea­son that Sig­naller Hansen was un­der or­ders to re­turn to Mel­bourne on that day.

A sump­tu­ous repast was pro­vided, and suf­fice it to say that ev­ery­thing was of the best, not the least of which was a beau­ti­ful sil­ver wed­ding cake, ar­tis­ti­cally iced and dec­o­rated with sil­ver beads.

Af­ter the guests had as­sem­bled at the fes­tive board, Mr Hansen pro­posed the toast of “Our King”.

Mr T Bun­bury pro­posed the “Host and Host­ess”, which was re­ceived with ap­plause.

Mr Bun­bury then per­formed a pleas­ing duty, which had been en­trusted to him by Mr and Mrs Hansen, to present to their sol­dier son a very hand­some gold watch and chain as a gift from his par­ents.

Rochester’s Ran­dom House in its for­mer glory, pic­tured in 1983.

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