Rochy left in the dark

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100 years ago CON­SID­ER­ABLE in­con­ve­nience was caused to a large sec­tion of res­i­dents in the town dur­ing last week­end by the va­garies of the elec­tric light sup­ply.

In some in­stances it was a case of “now you see it and now you don’t,” and in oth­ers it was “don’t” all the time for many nights.

The trou­ble was re­ported to be a short cir­cuit that baf­fled the power house peo­ple to lo­cate.

We were threat­ened to be left with­out power last Fri­day night to get out “The Ir­ri­ga­tor”.

That pub­lic calamity was averted by a tem­po­rary at­tach­ment to a sec­tion that was still all right and alive, and by cut­ting off the por­tion wherein the short cir­cuit was known to ex­ist with­out dis­clos­ing its ex­act lo­ca­tion.

The irate house­hold­ers, who could get no re­sult by con­stant vis­its to the switches, ei­ther never thought of get­ting over the dif­fi­culty by putting a match to their opin­ions about the whole blinkin’ thing as they let them promis­cu­ously fly about, or else they were afraid of ex­plo­sions. The ser­vice has now been re­stored. It was hard luck that it should hap­pen just when we were try­ing to live up to the mis­sion spirit that has per­vaded the town of late. SUC­CESS once again at­tended the lit­tle out­door ef­fort on Satur­day evening in aid of the lo­cal repa­tri­a­tion fund.

The brass band was in at­ten­dance, and the hoop-la stand, shoot­ing gallery, and other at­trac­tions did good busi­ness, more than £6 be­ing taken.

The amount now raised in this way is more than £40, with a clear profit of about £30. “Busi­ness as usual” is the or­der for this evening.

30 years ago AN AP­PLI­CA­TION to open an amuse­ment par­lour in Rochester was re­fused last week by Rochester Shire coun­cil amid con­cern it would be­come a cen­tre for drug traf­fick­ing and cor­rup­tion.

Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to block the ap­pli­ca­tion by Mr Mark Wil­liams, of Rochester, af­ter re­ceiv­ing one writ­ten ob­jec­tion and sev­eral ver­bal ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed amuse­ment par­lour.

Mr Wil­liams ap­plied to coun­cil for per­mis­sion to in­stall video game machines in the Gil­lies St shop that used to house the Rochester TAB agency.

Cr Joy Weller said she was afraid the cen­tre would be used as a base by drug deal­ers.

‘‘It (the cen­tre) would pro­vide an in­creased tar­get for drug push­ers,’’ she said.

Cr Weller also said chil­dren would be wast­ing their pocket money play­ing video games.

She said she was con­cerned about the so­cial val­ues an amuse­ment par­lour would pro­mote in the town.

Cr Bill Leahy de­fended the youth of Rochester.

‘‘There are a lot of fine young peo­ple in this town,’’ he said.

Cr Weller said: ‘‘Yes, and we want to keep them that way.’’

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