Sticker of the week

McIvor Times - - RABBIT STEW - 3. 4. 5. 25 years ago The McIvor Times, Jan­uary 29, 1992 50 years ago The McIvor Times, Fe­bru­ary 1, 1967 100 years ago The McIvor Times and Rod­ney Advertiser, Fe­bru­ary 1, 1917 Trivia: un­cle: Fla-Ming psy­cho­an­a­lyst: E

Who left the bag of id­iots open?

Did you know

Anati­dae­pho­bia is the fear that some­where in the world, a duck or a goose is watch­ing you.


Your dad tells you he will pay you $6 an hour for the six sec­onds you take to wash your hands be­fore din­ner. How much did you make for wash­ing your hands?

Silly signs

Seen at a ceme­tery: res­i­dent park­ing.’’

Seen on a nappy chang­ing foldup ta­ble in the con­ve­niences: ‘‘Please re­move your baby be­fore you close this lid.’’ ‘‘Fu­ture

News­pa­per hu­mour

Ac­tual head­line: ‘‘Man dead five years won’t be charged in skip­ping jury duty.’’

Seen in an ad­ver­tise­ment for a fruit shop: ‘‘Spe­cial – Ac­cursed onions of doom 39c/kg.”’’


A word that isn’t ac­tu­ally a word but should be:

‘Beda­to­rial’ (n): A long ram­bling speech made by a young child right be­fore bed­time, de­tail­ing all the rea­sons why they should not or can­not go to bed.

Mys­tery movie

Can you work out the ti­tle of this old Ab­bott and Costello movie from the fol­low­ing clue? ‘Mr Ni­chol­son and the legume sprout.’

Trivia chal­lenge

Which num­ber key on your com­puter key­board is also the $ sign? a. 8, b. 9, c. 4 or d. 5? 2. The acro­nym USB stands for? a. uni­ver­sal seg­mented bus, b. uni­ver­sal se­rial bus, c. uni­lat­eral semi bi­nary or d. uni­form stan­dard build?

What name is given to a pic­to­rial rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a fa­cial ex­pres­sion us­ing letters, numbers and punc­tu­a­tion marks, usu­ally writ­ten to ex­press the sender's mood or feel­ings? a. Emoti­con, b. Fa­cie, c. Imagi­con, or d. Logo?

As of July 2015, which be­came the most re­cent ver­sion of Win­dows for per­sonal com­put­ers? a. Win­dows XP, b. Win­dows 7, c. Win­dows 11, or d. Win­dows 10?

What does DVD stand for? a. Dig­i­tal Video Disc, b. Dig­i­tal Versa- tile Disc, c. Dy­namic Video Disc, or d. Data Vis­ual Dis­play

Recipe of the week

Creamy tuna bake

In­gre­di­ents 2 cups riga­toni pasta 40g but­ter 2 tbsp plain flour 600ml milk Three quar­ters cup grated tasty cheese 1 tbsp Amer­i­can mus­tard 425g can Greenseas Tuna Chunks in Spring­wa­ter, drained 270g Golden Cir­cle corn, drained Half cup Heinz frozen peas Half cup fresh bread­crumbs One quar­ter cup grated parme­san cheese Freshly ground black pep­per and salt, to taste Shaved parme­san, to serve (op­tional) Method 1. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boil­ing wa­ter for 10 min­utes or un­til al dente. Drain. 2. Melt but­ter in a large saucepan. Add flour and cook, stir­ring for one minute. Add milk all at once, whisk­ing con­tin­u­ously to pre­vent lumps. Bring to the boil, re­duce heat and sim­mer un­til thick­ened. Stir in half a cup of the tasty cheese and mus­tard. 3. Com­bine pasta with white sauce, tuna, corn and peas. Spoon the pasta mix­ture into a 2-litre ca­pac­ity bak­ing dish. 4. Com­bine bread­crumbs, re­main­ing tasty cheese and parme­san and sprin­kle over pasta mix­ture. Bake in a pre­heated oven at 180°C for 20 min­utes, or un­til golden. Serve with vegeta­bles or salad. Serves: 6. Source: Greenseas.

The way we were

10 years ago The McIvor Times, Fe­bru­ary 3, 2007 Heath­cote hon­oured its Aus­tralia Day award win­ners at a cer­e­mony at Bar­rack Re­serve on Fri­day. Achiev­ers Sam Con­don, Harold Fraser, Eve­lyn Har­ris, John McGil­livray and David Thomas were se­lected by the Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tee as wor­thy re­cip­i­ents for their com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions over a long pe­riod.

Heath­cote po­lice were dis­mayed to see ex­ten­sive burnout marks on the North­ern Hwy on Mon­day morn­ing. How­ever, no-one con­tacted po­lice to re­port the driving be­hav­iour.

Com­mu­nity con­cerns at doc­tor short­ages and the im­pact of in­creas­ing man­age­ment costs on ser­vice pro­vi­sion at Heath­cote hos­pi­tal will be aired at a public meet­ing in the town on Fe­bru­ary 12.

A public con­sul­ta­tion was con­ducted at Heath­cote last week by the North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment of a Lake Ep­palock Spe­cial Area Plan.

Aus­tralia Day was of­fi­cially cel­e­brated in Heath­cote last Satur­day morn­ing when about 150 peo­ple gath­ered in front of the McIvor Shire Cham­bers for a bar­be­cue spon­sored by the coun­cil and the lo­cal Apex Club. Shire pres­i­dent Cr Peter Dale made the citizen of the year award pre­sen­ta­tions, firstly to the young citizen of the year, Joanne McAfee and citizen of the year, Mrs Ruby Els­bury.

The restora­tion work at the Bar­rack Re­serve oval has ap­peared to run into fur­ther prob­lems fol­low­ing the McIvor Shire Coun­cil meet­ing last week. The is­sue came to a head fol­low­ing the tabling of a let­ter from the pres­i­dent of the Heath­cote Swim­ming Pool com­plain­ing about the lev­els of dust be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced at the pool on windy days.

A mar­ried cou­ple from South Heath­cote have been charged with julie.thomp­son@mcivor­

theft fol­low­ing the al­leged at­tempt to steal a bun­dle of news­pa­pers from out­side the Heath­cote newsagency last week.

The Heath­cote Hos­pi­tal Board of Man­age­ment has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new day care co­or­di­na­tor to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by the res­ig­na­tion of Mrs Lyn Suich.

TA large and en­thu­si­as­tic at­ten­dance of over 50 foot­ball fol­low­ers at­tended the public meet­ing in the RSL foyer last Fri­day evening. Mr Alan Smith was elected the first pres­i­dent of the newly formed club and Mr Syd Wick­ham was elected sec­re­tary. Mr Barry Height moved that one foot­ball club be formed in Heath­cote; this was sec­onded by Mr Will Man­ton and car­ried with thun­der­ous ap­plause. Cr Jack McDon­ald said he was against the for­ma­tion of one club and a lot of those who were against the one club were miss­ing tonight, but as the de­ci­sion was now made to have one club in Heath­cote he wished it well. Fi­nally, it was all sorted and St Kilda colours of red, white and black are to be worn.

Lo­cal bowlers also had their hour of tri­umph dur­ing the hol­i­day week­end. The crack team of Tom Barri (skip­per), Ron Parker (third), Tony Pan­grazio (se­cond) and Pat McMa­hon (leader), won the Kil­more open tour­na­ment af­ter a play-off from a Broad­ford team.

At the Heath­cote sta­tion yards on Mon­day af­ter­noon last, a truck and ten­der (coal-car) were de­railed dur­ing shunt­ing op­er­a­tions. They did not in any way in­ter­fere with the pas­sen­ger train which ar­rived at Bendigo on time. A re­lief train and gang was despatched to the scene from Bendigo and the work of lift­ing the truck and ten­der on to the line was car­ried out ex­pe­di­tiously.

Coster­field can claim con­nec­tion with another VC hero. Res­i­dents are pleased to no­tice in some of Syd­ney’s lead­ing dailies that Bomber A L Reid, son of Mr and Mrs A L Reid, of Ruther­glen and Coster­field, has been suc­cess­ful in at­tain­ing that hon­our. He won his cross for re­pelling a counter at­tack till sup­ports ar­rived, at one of the fa­mous Somne en­gage­ments. Be­sides the VC he has achieved a DCM and is a King's Sergeant. On Thurs­day evening last, a sad drowning fa­tal­ity oc­curred at Meadow Val­ley Creek, when a 10-yearold boy lost his life whilst fish­ing.

The Knowsley State School is start­ing the new year well for the school pa­tri­otic fund with four ‘‘queens’’, namely, Miss Myra Har­rop, ‘Queen of In­dus­try’; Miss Linz Evans, ‘Queen of Peace’; Miss An­nie Hunter, ‘Queen of Char­ity’; and Miss Iris Chitts, ‘Queen of Rail­ways’.

Have a laugh

Vin­cent Van Gogh’s fam­ily tree: His dizzy aunt: Verti Gogh. The brother who ate prunes: Gotta Gogh. The brother who worked at a con­ve­nience store: Stop N Gogh. The grand­fa­ther from Yu­goslavia: U Gogh. The cousin from Illi­nois: Chi Ca Gogh. His ma­gi­cian un­cle: Where-diddy Gogh. His Mex­i­can cousin: Ami Gogh. The Mex­i­can cousin’s Amer­i­can half-brother: Gring Gogh. The con­sti­pated un­cle: Can’t Gogh. The ball­room-danc­ing aunt: Tang Gogh. The bird-lover Gogh. His nephew Gogh. The fruit-lov­ing cousin: Man Gogh. An aunt who taught pos­i­tive think­ing: Way-to Gogh. The lit­tle bouncy nephew: Poe Gogh.. A sis­ter who loved to disco: Go Gogh. And his niece who trav­els the coun­try in a van: Win­nie Bay Gogh.

Quote of the week

‘‘To worry is the worst way of pre­dict­ing what will hap­pen next. It achieves noth­ing while con­sum­ing a lot of your time and en­ergy. Let things un­ravel and trust in your abil­ity to over­come what­ever comes your way.’’ - Dodin­sky.


Brain­teaser: 1 cent. Mys­tery movie: Jack and the Beanstalk.

1. c. 4; 2. b. Uni­ver­sal se­rial bus; 3. a. Emoti­con; 4. d. Win­dows 10; 5. b. Dig­i­tal Ver­sa­tile Disc.

A group of young women are pic­tured here as­sem­bled in front of the Methodist Par­son­age, with the church ad­join­ing, in Heath­cote dur­ing the early 1900s. Photo from

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