Show en­joys dry run in the cold

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Oc­to­ber 5, 1918 Rochester Show IN FINE weather, al­though there was an un­usu­ally cold snap in the air for this time of year, the 39th an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion of the Rochester A and P As­so­ci­a­tion took place on Wednes­day last. Al­though there have been bet­ter shows and big­ger crowds in years gone by, the ex­hi­bi­tion was well up to the av­er­age stan­dard. The num­ber of ex­hibits (about 800) and the gate re­ceipts (about 90 pounds) com­pared fa­vor­ably with last year.

Mr J E Humphris, who shoul­dered the du­ties of sec­re­tary for the first time, is to be con­grat­u­lated upon the cred­itable ac­com­plish­ment of a big job. He was well sup­ported by Mr J L Worner (pres­i­dent) Messrs JA M’Naught and M J Te­han (vi­cepres­i­dents) and the com­mit­tee. Though slight er­rors and omis­sions oc­curred here and there, there was no se­ri­ous in­ter­fer­ence with the smooth run­ning of the show. Judges ap­peared to give gen­eral sat­is­fac­tion, stew­ards were at­ten­tive to their du­ties, and ev­ery­thing passed off most hap­pily.

The Brass Band and nu­mer­ous side shows gave a hol­i­day tone and ap­pear­ance to the pro­ceed­ings. The band’s se­lec­tions, un­der the ba­ton of Mr J Scully, were much ap­pre­ci­ated. The en­ter­tain­ment com­mit­tee in con­nec­tion with the Repa­tri­a­tion Fund took full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity, and with a hoop-la net­ted a sum of 15 pound 10/-, which amount was sup­ple­mented to the ex­tent of 27/from the shoot­ing gallery and other sources.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of spin­ning wool di­rect from the fleece given by Miss Lan­g­ley and Miss Boyd (two Red Cross work­ers from Bendigo) at­tracted a good deal of no­tice, and held the at­ten­tion of al­ter­nat­ing knots of spec­ta­tors all day long.

The ladies of the lo­cal Red Cross So­ci­ety had charge of the tem­per­a­ture booth, but as the day was cold the busi­ness done was not ex­tra­or­di­nary. One rather amus­ing re­minder that it was a ‘‘dry’’ show was given. A cus­tomer for a soda at the tem­per­a­ture booth had taken the pre­cau­tion to pro­vide him­self with a ‘‘stick’’, which he drew from his breast pocket and placed in the glass be­fore drink­ing. If a po­lice­man had nosed along and smelt the dregs in that glass it would have been a sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stance for the fair booth-hold­ers but, of course, the services of the po­lice were not needed that day, and the pre­dic­tion that ‘‘drink would be brought in and dead marines would lit­ter the ground’’, re­mained un­ful­filled in re­gard to the lat­ter ob­jec­tion, any how. The sin­gle in­stance of the pocket flask is all the ‘bring­ing in’ that we heard of, and not a soul with a ‘‘wib­bly-wob­bly’’ car­riage was no­ticed even at even­tide.

The show of 1918 was there­fore a record, and the ex­pe­ri­ence is wor­thy of repetition. Oc­to­ber 4, 1988 Shire’s El­more trees de­ci­sion is un­pop­u­lar THE El­more Progress As­so­ci­a­tion is dis­ap­pointed Huntly Shire Coun­cil has de­cided to al­low trees which were ear­marked for re­moval from El­more’s Card­well St to re­main stand­ing.

EPA pres­i­dent Bill Comer last week said the de­ci­sion to up­root the trees had been made for the bet­ter­ment of the town after talks be­tween towns­peo­ple, the State Elec­tric­ity Com­mis­sion and Huntly Shire Coun­cil.

‘‘The de­ci­sion was made for the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the street and town,’’ he said.

Coun­cil de­cided last month to al­low the trees to re­main after the li­censee of the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, Mr Max Crellin, protested when a coun­cil work crew ar­rived to start re­mov­ing the trees.

Mr Comer said he was con­cerned about what would hap­pen to the trees if Mr Crellin left the ho­tel.

‘‘Who’s go­ing to look after them in a few years after he’s gone?’’

Coun­cil last month adopted a rec­om­men­da­tion made by its shire man­ager, Mr Daryl Grif­fiths, that the trees in Card­well St next to Mr Crellin’s ho­tel be left stand­ing, but the rest of the trees ear­marked be re­moved.

The rec­om­men­da­tion asked Mr Crellin to agree in writ­ing by Septem­ber 30 to pay the cost of trim­ming the trees.

Mr Crellin told Cam­paspe News he would pay the cost. Oc­to­ber 7, 2008 Night of crime IT WAS a night of sense­less van­dal­ism in Rochester on Thurs­day night as of­fend­ers, be­lieved to be chil­dren, ran amok.

Two fires were re­ported among the van­dal­ism.

Rochester Fire Brigade and Roches- ter po­lice at­tended a fire at Rochester Pri­mary School early in the evening.

The of­fend­ers had lit up some plas­tic in the school grounds, but neigh­bours no­ticed the fire soon after it was started and put it out.

The sec­ond fire was in the toi­let block in Moore St overnight.

Po­lice said the of­fend­ers pulled all of the toi­let pa­per off the rolls, put it in the sink and set it alight.

As the sinks are stain­less steel, the fire only caused about $200 dam­age.

How­ever, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Gary Atkins of Rochester po­lice said the out­come could have been dif­fer­ent.

Cam­paspe Shires’s Cr Mur­ray McDon­ald said he was dis­ap­pointed with the van­dal­ism, which comes only weeks after a spate of van­dal­ism to Echuca’s toi­lets.

‘‘It’s a con­tin­u­ing prob­lem,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a cost not only to the shire, but the en­tire com­mu­nity, be­cause they’re the ones that pay in the long run.

‘‘It’s very dis­ap­point­ing.’’

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