FROM THE AR­CHIVES

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 two se­nior sa­mar­i­tans recog­nised at national level, a fire ban in place fol­low­ing dry con­di­tions and lo­cal gy

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10 years ago National awards for se­nior sa­mar­i­tans Novem­ber 12, 2003 Two South Waikato res­i­dents have been awarded re­gional Age Con­cern New Zealand Se­nior Achiev­ers awards for their out­stand­ing vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity they live in.

Arthur Ed­monds, of Pu­taruru, has been awarded a gold medal – one of only six awarded through­out New Zealand – and Joyce Nick­alls, from Toko­roa, has been awarded a sil­ver medal.

Mr Ed­monds has been in­volved with dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity projects for many years.

He has a great tal­ent for or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tees and deal­ing with govern­ment de­part­ments, and was the co­founder of Se­niorNet in Pu­taruru.

He is cur­rently work­ing on a lo­cal health ini­tia­tive scheme.

Mrs Nick­alls has been a pony club vol­un­teer for the last 40 years re­gion­ally and lo­cally.

She is a long-serv­ing mem­ber of the Toko­roa Gar­den­ing Club and has been known to vol­un­teer to prune roses for any­one with health prob­lems.

She pro­vides trans­port for peo­ple un­able to at­tend church ser­vices and help to those less for­tu­nate.

Mrs Nick­alls has been known to ar­rive on peo­ple’s doorsteps with bak­ing in times of need.

Mr Ed­monds will be trav­el­ling down to Govern­ment House to re­ceive his award next week.

25 years ago Fire ban in area Fe­bru­ary 4, 1988 Drought con­di­tions in South Waikato have forced the place­ment of a fire ban in Toko­roa Ru­ral Fire area.

And Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade chief Graeme Pen­nell con­firmed this morn­ing that he had fol­lowed suit.

The fire ban, which af­fects all solid fuel fires ex­cept some bar­be­cues, comes in the wake of a drought which has lasted since Boxing Day last year.

Since then there has been just one plus 10mm fall – on the sec­ond day of the new year.

Ru­ral fire chief Brian Eley told the News this morn­ing that it would re­quire a 15mm fall of rain be­fore the present ban could be re­viewed.

The ban doesn’t ex­tend to bar­be­cues at the NZFP recre­ation zones at Ohakuri and Whaka­maru – the only two still open to the pub­lic in the area.

50 years ago Gym­nasts with­out

head­quar­ters Fe­bru­ary 28, 1963 The Toko­roa Gym­na­sium Club is an­other group that has been re­fused use of the Me­mo­rial Hall this year.

Un­til the youth club, to which it is af­fil­i­ated, is fin­ished, the gym­nasts will not be prop­erly func­tional.

In the win­ter of 1961, 30 chil­dren aged be­tween 7 and 12 years old and ap­prox­i­mately 12 high school boys took part in the club ac­tiv­i­ties.

BANNED: John Warena, for­est pa­trol­man with New Zealand For­est Prod­ucts, will be busy this week erect­ing for­est clo­sure signs around the dis­trict as a re­sult of the dry­ness in the for­est and the ex­treme fire dan­ger at the mo­ment.

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