2012 IN REVIEW – MAY
May 2, 2012 Poppy ritual continues It’s April 25 and he fastens his medals to the left side of his jacket; just above the breast, a ritual he has followed for close to 76 years.
He marches the New Zealand flag into the Tirau War Memorial Hall, the same hall in which he, as a young man, saw real Anzac soldiers pay tribute to their fallen comrades.
He stands the flag near the Tirau District Roll of Honour, a board that pays tribute to all the men of Tirau who fought during both great wars, a board which also bears his name.
Ninety- one- year- old Stewart Gray sits thoughtfully in the pew reserved for war veterans; with the 90 or so members of the public who attend the Anzac day ceremony, Mr Stewart will pray with them, sing with them and appeal to God to save the Queen. May 9, 2012 Chin off to start therapy Father of six, Christian Vano is one step closer to realising his goal of being able to walk again when he starts at the Reactivate Centre in Te Awamutu tomorrow, thanks to you, the community.
Mr Vano featured in the South Waikato News two weeks ago needing to raise $24,000 to pay for a spot at The Reactivate Centre, which specialises in spinal cord injury and does intensive therapy to improve mobility.
Mr Vano has been paralysed from the waist down for close to two years after a tumour was removed from his spine.
In December 2011, Mr Vano started to get sensation back in his left leg. ‘‘It was an amazing feeling. I could tense my left leg, after not having any feeling for so long; I can’t describe it.’’ May 16, 2012 Winifred talks up life Turning 100 is a giant milestone but what do you do when you turn 101 years old? Have your first radio interview, of course.
Tokoroa’s oldest resident, Winifred Baggaley, giggled behind the microphone before participating in her first on-air interview at Raukawa FM last week.
May 23, 2012 Radio spend questioned Raukawa FM general manager Wendy Biddle has questioned the $37,000 paid by South Waikato District Council to Tokoroa Classic Hits, a radio station managed by Deputy Mayor Jenny Shattock.
During last week’s long-term plan 2012-22 hearings Mrs Biddle delivered her verbal submission calling for Raukawa FM to receive equal treatment to Tokoroa Classic Hits.
Mrs Biddle said Raukawa FM was ready to promote the district to its 15,000 listenership. ‘