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.

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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.

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