Show enjoys dry run in the cold
October 5, 1918 Rochester Show IN FINE weather, although there was an unusually cold snap in the air for this time of year, the 39th annual exhibition of the Rochester A and P Association took place on Wednesday last. Although there have been better shows and bigger crowds in years gone by, the exhibition was well up to the average standard. The number of exhibits (about 800) and the gate receipts (about 90 pounds) compared favorably with last year.
Mr J E Humphris, who shouldered the duties of secretary for the first time, is to be congratulated upon the creditable accomplishment of a big job. He was well supported by Mr J L Worner (president) Messrs JA M’Naught and M J Tehan (vicepresidents) and the committee. Though slight errors and omissions occurred here and there, there was no serious interference with the smooth running of the show. Judges appeared to give general satisfaction, stewards were attentive to their duties, and everything passed off most happily.
The Brass Band and numerous side shows gave a holiday tone and appearance to the proceedings. The band’s selections, under the baton of Mr J Scully, were much appreciated. The entertainment committee in connection with the Repatriation Fund took full advantage of the opportunity, and with a hoop-la netted a sum of 15 pound 10/-, which amount was supplemented to the extent of 27/from the shooting gallery and other sources.
The exhibition of spinning wool direct from the fleece given by Miss Langley and Miss Boyd (two Red Cross workers from Bendigo) attracted a good deal of notice, and held the attention of alternating knots of spectators all day long.
The ladies of the local Red Cross Society had charge of the temperature booth, but as the day was cold the business done was not extraordinary. One rather amusing reminder that it was a ‘‘dry’’ show was given. A customer for a soda at the temperature booth had taken the precaution to provide himself with a ‘‘stick’’, which he drew from his breast pocket and placed in the glass before drinking. If a policeman had nosed along and smelt the dregs in that glass it would have been a suspicious circumstance for the fair booth-holders but, of course, the services of the police were not needed that day, and the prediction that ‘‘drink would be brought in and dead marines would litter the ground’’, remained unfulfilled in regard to the latter objection, any how. The single instance of the pocket flask is all the ‘bringing in’ that we heard of, and not a soul with a ‘‘wibbly-wobbly’’ carriage was noticed even at eventide.
The show of 1918 was therefore a record, and the experience is worthy of repetition. October 4, 1988 Shire’s Elmore trees decision is unpopular THE Elmore Progress Association is disappointed Huntly Shire Council has decided to allow trees which were earmarked for removal from Elmore’s Cardwell St to remain standing.
EPA president Bill Comer last week said the decision to uproot the trees had been made for the betterment of the town after talks between townspeople, the State Electricity Commission and Huntly Shire Council.
‘‘The decision was made for the beautification of the street and town,’’ he said.
Council decided last month to allow the trees to remain after the licensee of the Victoria Hotel, Mr Max Crellin, protested when a council work crew arrived to start removing the trees.
Mr Comer said he was concerned about what would happen to the trees if Mr Crellin left the hotel.
‘‘Who’s going to look after them in a few years after he’s gone?’’
Council last month adopted a recommendation made by its shire manager, Mr Daryl Griffiths, that the trees in Cardwell St next to Mr Crellin’s hotel be left standing, but the rest of the trees earmarked be removed.
The recommendation asked Mr Crellin to agree in writing by September 30 to pay the cost of trimming the trees.
Mr Crellin told Campaspe News he would pay the cost. October 7, 2008 Night of crime IT WAS a night of senseless vandalism in Rochester on Thursday night as offenders, believed to be children, ran amok.
Two fires were reported among the vandalism.
Rochester Fire Brigade and Roches- ter police attended a fire at Rochester Primary School early in the evening.
The offenders had lit up some plastic in the school grounds, but neighbours noticed the fire soon after it was started and put it out.
The second fire was in the toilet block in Moore St overnight.
Police said the offenders pulled all of the toilet paper off the rolls, put it in the sink and set it alight.
As the sinks are stainless steel, the fire only caused about $200 damage.
However, Senior Constable Gary Atkins of Rochester police said the outcome could have been different.
Campaspe Shires’s Cr Murray McDonald said he was disappointed with the vandalism, which comes only weeks after a spate of vandalism to Echuca’s toilets.
‘‘It’s a continuing problem,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a cost not only to the shire, but the entire community, because they’re the ones that pay in the long run.
‘‘It’s very disappointing.’’