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10 years ago The McIvor Times, Novem­ber

19, 2008 Po­ten­tial tourism strate­gies were dis­cussed at Heath­cote Tourism and De­vel­op­ment's (HTD) work­ing din­ner last Tues­day night. About 50 peo­ple gath­ered at Heath­cote Golf Club to brain­storm ways to in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers and spend­ing.

Heath­cote was trans­ported back in time on Satur­day night when the McIvor Neigh­bour­hood House Royal Mas­quer­ade Ball was held … Debu­tantes were Karen Sharp, Meryl Grant, Mer­i­lyn Lus­combe, Linda Doak, Dei­dre McClure, San­dra Slat­ter, Janet Baker, He­len Grif­fin, Jenny Ryan, Lyn Hough, Tracey Mas­tro, Agatha Oldricks, Vivi­enne Ar­nett-Dun­lop and Heather Zakrzewski.

Heath­cote po­lice have wel­comed a new mem­ber to their team. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ja­son Peers was strug­gling to op­er­ate the fax ma­chine on Wednes­day, but oth­er­wise seemed to be adapt­ing well to his new en­vi­ron­ment.

The Heath­cote Ju­nior Fire Bri­gade team opened the sea­son with some fan­tas­tic runs at the Kerang demo on Sun­day. The un­der 17 team of Dal­las Mid­dle­ton, Stephanie Wearne, Jay McIvor and Chelsea Wearne started the year where they left off at the state demo in Fe­bru­ary, with a win in the first event of the day. The side took home the Y cou­pling for four com­peti­tors, with a speedy time of 8.85 sec­onds…

25 years ago

The McIvor Times, Novem­ber

17, 1993 The Cam­paspe Re-em­ploy­ment En­ter­prise Ac­tion Com­mit­tee has suf­fered a body blow, last week, when the Pya­long Shire Coun­cil de­cided to cease its in­put to the project.

The old Heath­cote Court House has been given a new lease of life fol­low­ing an agree­ment be­tween the McIvor His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the shire and the McIvor Cot­tage In­dus­try Co-op. The re­cently formed co-op has tourism set firmly in its sights, and sees it­self as pro­vid­ing a venue and means for artists and crafts­peo­ple of the district to sell their cre­ations … The His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety also has a dis­play of old pho­tos of the district and in­tends to set up a small mu­seum with the many old arte­facts and other items its mem­bers have col­lected.

A Plan­ning Ap­pli­ca­tion for a trail bike re­cre­ation park near Toolleen has been re­fused by McIvor Shire Coun­cil.

The straw­berry ven­dor is back in town, trad­ing in ap­par­ent con­tra­ven­tion to the McIvor Shire Coun­cils new lo­cal law ban­ning such en­ter­prises in town­ship zones.

This Satur­day the town of Heath­cote and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side will set the scene for a duel be­tween top race teams, vy­ing to win the fi­nal round of the Vic­to­rian Mo­tor­sport Rally Cham­pi­onship.

50 years ago

The McIvor Times, Novem­ber

19, 1968 Keen ob­ser­va­tion by a lo­cal farmer re­turn­ing home af­ter the S.C.A. Film Night on Wednes­day last, could have pre­vented tragedy, when he saw smoke and flames com­ing from the rear of Mr Reg El­lis’ house. The oc­cu­pants were quickly alerted. Prompt ac­tion by the lo­cal fire bri­gade and helpers ex­tin­guished the blaze with only mi­nor dam­age be­ing done to the kitchen.

At a re­cent meet­ing of McIvor Coun­cil, the State School Com­mit­tee re­quested in­stal­la­tion of bus shel­ters for school chil­dren.

The 34th an­nual schools sports were held on Fri­day, 8th Novem­ber, with Coster­field tak­ing out the hon­ors.

100 years ago

The McIvor Times & Rod­ney Ad­ver­tiser, Novem­ber 21, 1918

Ad­van­tage was taken of the Heath­cote Show, which was held last week, to in­vite Mr and Mrs R. E. An­drews to come back to Heath­cote from Avoca, where Mr An­drews has been trans­ferred, for the pur­pose of mak­ing them a pre­sen­ta­tion. This was con­sid­ered a right and proper thing by their friends in Heath­cote and the district sur­round­ing, as dur­ing their res­i­dence here they have proved them­selves to be cit­i­zens of the most valu­able kind … Dur­ing his six years' term as man­ager of the Heath­cote branch of the Bank of Vic­to­ria, Mr An­drews proved him­self to be a most oblig­ing and ever cour­te­ous bank man­ager.

As he is re­lin­quish­ing pig breed­ing, Mr James Pam­menter has for sale one pedi­greed boar, 2 years old; three pedi­greed sows and eight slips.

The mon­ster pro­ces­sion ar­ranged for the pur­pose of fur­ther cel­e­brat­ing the glo­ri­ous vic­tory achieved by the Al­lies even­tu­ated on Satur­day night, when a large num­ber of per­sons in fancy cos­tumes marched up and down­the street singing, etc.

Coster­field: Right through­out the British Em­pire the great­est pitch of en­thu­si­as­tic, yet ex­pec­tant re­lief was ex­pounded on Fri­day the 8th inst, when the glo­ri­ous news that peace had been pro­claimed was re­ceived. Here in Coster­field, the fact that the good tid­ings were not of­fi­cially con­firmed was over­looked, and even if a bit pre­ma­ture, we started our cel­e­bra­tions straight away, and were even more keyed up with the greater joy to come, when such con­fir­ma­tion would be to hand. Work at the mines and all other con­cerns im­me­di­ately ceased, whis­tles blew, joy bells pealed, and an al­to­gether splen­did med­ley of joy­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions en­sued. On Satur­day a grand pic­nic was held … The evening was spent in the form of a prom­e­nade con­cert … On Sun­day night a com­bined thanks­giv­ing ser­vice was con­ducted in the hall … an­other gath­er­ing was held on Tues­day af­ter­noon, fol­lowed by an­other prom­e­nade con­cert in the hall at night. A huge bon­fire was lighted, and the fire­works, which al­ways make such a good fin­ish to such an oc­ca­sion were greatly en­joyed.

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