Come and try services at your KDHS
Risk pays off, Tony’s Pizza turns 30
KYABRAM District Health has a few questions for you.
Do you want to learn more about the mums and bubs group?
Would you like information on volunteering at KDHS?
Do you want to know what NDIS services are available?
Would you like to learn how to stay healthy as you get older?
Do you need some help to improve your health now?
Do you want some information on dementia?
Do you want to talk to someone about Sheridan Aged Care – including respite services?
Would you like to know more about the services that Rumbalara provide?
Come along to the Health Expo on Thursday, October 11 between 10am and 3pm at KDHS where staff will be available to talk to you and answer your questions. There will also be information on the services provided at KDHS.
There are free information and come and try sessions: ■ 10am – Amy will talk to you about Healthy Eating ■ 10.30am – Come and Try Dance Therapy with Heather. Dance Therapy is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Dance therapy can be used for stress reduction and mood management. ■ 11am – Dementia Australia will provide a brief overview of “what is dementia”, signs and symptoms of dementia, and aims to provide information about Dementia Australia services in our area and how to access them. ■ 12pm – Come and Try Strength and Balance with Emma and Rochelle. Strength and Balance classes improve muscle strength, improve mobility and balance, and help to increase energy levels ■ 1pm – Loretta will tell you why it is important to have an Advance Care Plan, and how you prepare one. ■ 1.30pm – presentation by Rumbalara
Bookings are essential from trybooking.com and search KDHS, email email@example.com or call 5857 0250.
This is a great opportunity to learn what health services are available in Kyabram. WHEN Tony’s Pizza opened its doors for the first time at 4.30pm on October 7, 1988, Debbie Patterson had $300 — her last pay cheque from a job at Safeway in Shepparton — divided into $1 and $2 notes.
She put the money into the float and hoped for the best.
Mrs Patterson can’t remember who bought the first Tony’s pizza but she will never forget the excitement of that first night.
‘‘I just thought, ‘God I hope this works’,’’ Mrs Patterson said.
‘‘But we opened the doors and we were sold out by 8pm. They were waiting out the door trying to get in.’’
On Sunday the Kyabram business will turn 30 with Mrs Patterson — who opened the store alongside her former husband Tony Varapodio, and current owner Rob Vigliaturo — both there to celebrate the anniversary.
Mr Vigliaturo, originally from Tatura, started working at Tony’s Pizza when he was 21-years-old, following a stint delivering pizzas for Dial-a-Dino’s in Shepparton as a teenager, where he met Mrs Patterson (who returned to the store a few months ago) and Mr Varapodio.
In 1992 he bought the business from his two employers with some help from his father, Pasquale, and has run it ever since.
‘‘I said to myself I’d only do it for five years but the town has just been so good to me – there are such great people in the community,’’ Mr Vigliaturo said.
‘‘To both be working here after 30 years I think is very special. Debbie has been a great friend over the years, and I treat her like my own sister.
‘‘I’m grateful for the way she taught me everything, and of course she was the one who employed me at the start – I’m still here in business thanks to her.’’
Over time some famous members of Kyabram’s “football factory” have enjoyed a Tony’s pizza, including Garry Lyon, Kayne Pettifer, and Brett Deledio, but Mr Vigliaturo said working during town’s Kamikaze Balls of the late 1980s and early 1990s was his fondest memory.
‘‘They were always very challenging, rewarding and exciting weekends for us, because you’d probably get about 3000 people coming to Kyabram for this ball and they’d want plenty of pizza afterwards,’’ he said.
‘‘We’d have to make pastry two or three times just to keep up.’’
And with the 30th anniversary around the corner, Mrs Patterson said she likes to spare a few moments here and there reflecting on all the people who have enjoyed working and eating at Tony’s Pizza over the years.
‘‘Quite often Rob and I will be waiting to cut the pizzas up and we’ll just look at the cheese bubbling in the oven …it’s something you never get sick of because people love the product,’’ Mrs Patterson said.
‘‘It’s been good, and 30 years on, it’s certainly a journey.’’
Tony’s Pizza is at 276 Allan St and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30pm until late.
Monique Walsh, Debbie Patterson, Courtney Allan, Rob Vigliaturo, Loanie Vigliaturo and Rapata Biddle-Maitland.