Council creates special award to thank community volunteer
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on an award for Peg Duffy, a local hero and dogs attacking school children.
10 years ago Award just for Peggy
March 14, 2001 When word got out that Peg Duffy was leaving Tokoroa, the South Waikato District Council decided to create an award just for her.
Mrs Duffy, 79, was the first recipient of the South Waikato District Council Community Service and De facto Kiwi Award when a presentation was made at a council meeting on Thursday.
The award was made to acknowledge the numerous voluntary roles Mrs Duffy, who has retained her British citizenship, has done during her 33 years in Tokoroa.
Next Monday she heads to England, where she will live in southeast London to be closer to her seven children, 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mrs Duffy, who ‘‘loves Tokoroa’’ said it would be very difficult to leave as she had accumulated so many friends in the town.
The national secretary/treasurer of the Kings Empire Veterans, she has also sat on the Tokoroa RSA executive.and South Waikato branch of the POWs.
25 years ago Tokoroa man hero in Putaruru fire
March 25, 1986 A fire gutted a Putaruru furniture factor on Saturday – but the owner still has furniture to sell because of the quick action of a Tokoroa man.
Leo Junger was waiting at a bus stop for his transport home from work about 4.45pm when he saw smoke coming from the roof of the Tirau Street premises housing a joinery factory and showrooms of Ray Watkins Ltd, a company producing kauri furniture.
He raised the alarm, then kicked in the front door and began hauling out some of the furniture from the showroom.
With the help of about 50 other people, all of the $50,000 worth of furniture and most of the office files were saved from fire and water damage.
Mr Junger said he didn’t give any real thought to the danger of entering a burning building.
‘‘The flames were in the ceiling and I just thought the owner would appreciate me getting the furniture out,’’ he said.
50 years ago Five children at Central School bitten by dogs
March 30, 1961 Five children at the Central School were bitten by dogs in the school grounds on the one day.
Mr M O’Donnell, headmaster at the school told a meeting of the ParentTeacher Association last week.
This problem is causing concern to parents and members of the staff and definite action is being sought from the county council to abate the cause.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Peg Duffy is awarded for her humble work.