Olympic medal­list re­vis­its home

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 plans for a water park, in­di­vid­u­als per­form­ing well at the Street Rod­ders Na­tional cham­pi­onships, and the arr

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10 years ago, Jan­uary 23, 2002, Olympian backs plans for Pu­taruru water park

For­mer Pu­taruru woman and Olympic marathon medal­list Lor­raine Moller said she was go­ing to drink as much water as she could on a re­turn visit to her home town last week.

Lor­raine said the water fea­ture was a real as­set to the town and would help the town flour­ish.

‘‘It’s go­ing to come into its own and peo­ple will re­alise what a spe­cial place it is.

‘‘I think that, as the world gets more pol­luted, places that of­fer clean air, clean water and a friendly com­mu­nity be­come more and more pre­cious.’’ While she was in town Lor­raine met South Waikato Mayor Gor­don Blake, Coun­cil­lor Norm Barker, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices Sue Arthur and Pride in Pu­taruru man­ager Mel Em­bling to dis­cuss the pro­posed Pu­taruru Water Park.

‘‘The water park will bring new en­ergy to the town,’’ Lor­raine said. 25 years ago, Fe­bru­ary 3, 1987, Street rod­ders reap re­wards

Toko­roa mem­bers of the Street Rod­ders In­cor­po­rated reaped the re­wards at the Street Rod­ders Na­tional cham­pi­onships held in Hamil­ton on Jan­uary 24 and 25.

Nel­son Scant­ier, who was tipped to do well at the cham­pi­onships, lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions by win­ning two ti­tles with his 1934 Chev.

Scant­ier took out the prizes for best com­mer­cial de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle, and the open class best up­hol­stery.

As Scant­ier is an up­hol­stery by trade, the lat­ter came as no sur­prise! John and Jen­nifer Beale, how­ever, were very sur­prised and ‘‘very pleased’’ when their 1934 Ford Sedan was nom­i­nated third or­der’s choice over­all. 50 years ago, June 14, 1962 Win­ter is here

Af­ter one of the long­est sum­mers or many years, win­ter made its im­pact on Toko­roa dur­ing the week­end.

On Sun­day there was a sheet of heavy frost over the ground and ice formed, lit­er­ally, on the in­side of win­dows on the shel­tered sides of houses.

Mon­day gave ev­ery in­di­ca­tion that the frost was even more se­vere.

Heavy ice and hoar formed on the panes of cars left out­side overnight.

Un­for­tu­nately, it is im­pos­si­ble to find the frost in­ten­sity. For­est Prod­ucts’ ther­mome­ters broke down un­der the sud­den strain.

PLANS: Lor­raine Moller and South Waikato Mayor Gor­don Blake look over the plans for the Pu­taruru water fea­ture.

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