Kyabram Free Press

All shook up

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That earthquake last week created all sorts of experience­s, feelings and emotions, and one Kyabram Traps reader has an interestin­g story to tell.

He was in Melbourne with his better half at the wheel when the earthquake hit, causing a sharp sideways movement of the car. He immediatel­y thought his chauffeur must have dozed off for a second but wasn’t prepared to raise the subject in order to keep the peace.

It wasn’t until they had learnt of the earthquake only a few minutes later on arriving at their destinatio­n that they realised what had happened.

The driver thought the sideways movement of their car at the time the quake hit had been caused by the tyres getting caught in tram tracks.

New friend

Tocumwal’s Norm Brosnan got an expected visit the other day while gardening.

A curious kookaburra decided on an up-close-and-personal introducti­on by landing on his arm.

And he must have reckoned Norm was a good bloke, particular­ly when he offered him a piece of steak because he now makes regular trips to get a pat and treat.

Let it pour

Rain predicted this week will be welcomed, particular­ly by cropping farmers.

As of Monday, Kyabram had received only 20.8mm of rain for the month, which is half the average for September.

The last rainfall of any value was 10.1mm on September 4.

Since Saturday, September 11, when a maximum of 27.3°C was reached — the warmest day this spring — the temperatur­e has topped 20°C only once. That was the 20.6°C recorded last Thursday.

Mall makeover

Shepparton’s Maude St Mall is to get a $13.7 million makeover.

Greater Shepparton City Council has awarded the contract to Jarvis Delaney Contractor­s but the main work on the project won’t start until the new year to avoid disrupting Christmas trading. But preliminar­y works, including demolition work and the developmen­t of a playground in Fraser St, are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Water plant work

The Elmore Water Treatment Plant is undergoing an upgrade to service its 700 residents into the future.

The $750,000 project, which will take several years to complete, will include rehabilita­tion of the water tower.

Thinking outside the box

Nagambie Historical Society wants collectors and those with treasured memorabili­a to keep November 14 in mind.

That’s when the Out of the Box: Collectabl­es and Emphemera Show and Tell will be held at the Nagambie Golf Club.

It will be a chance for collectors to meet other collectors.

The event will run from 11am to 3pm, with lunch available. For more informatio­n phone 0428 263 929 or email nagambiehi­storical@ outlook.com

Full protection

Finley’s Daniel Fitzgerald is well prepared for the magpie swooping season.

Sick of having his bicycle helmet providing minimum protection from attacking birds he decided to do something about it.

He has manufactur­ed an improved version of a helmet, adding linoleum strips for increased neck protection and spiked zip ties protruding at the top for maximum intimidati­on.

He has documented his invention in a video, which has had over 35,000 views on Youtube.

It pays to shop around

Traps reader and petrol price watcher has reported a wide chasm in fuel prices during a trip to Melbourne.

Unleaded petrol was selling as much as $1.66 per litre in some parts of the city and as low as $1.32 at another spot on the same street.

Guess who had the most vehicles lined up to stock up supplies?

On the way home he noticed the Byrneside service station had the same petrol for $1.42, which is the best buy in this area.

Oyster surprise

Echuca’s Judy Dargan feared the worst when she felt a small hard lump in her mouth while devouring an oyster as an entrée.

Judy suspected she has lost a tooth but when she viewed the object discovered it was a pearl.

Intrigued by the find Judy did some investigat­ive work.

She discovered the oysters were farmed in Tasmania, with the distributo­rs claiming they had never heard of anyone finding a pearl in one of their oysters —and they farm thousands of them — and only one in 10,000 will produce a natural pearl.

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Tocumwal’s Norm Brosnan.
Visitor: Tocumwal’s Norm Brosnan.
 ?? ?? Little pearler: Echuca’s Judy Dargan was surprised to find a small pearl in an oyster.
Little pearler: Echuca’s Judy Dargan was surprised to find a small pearl in an oyster.

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