Come and try ser­vices at your KDHS

Risk pays off, Tony’s Pizza turns 30

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing

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 try­book­ and search KDHS, email info@ky­ 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.

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