McIvor Times

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Quick quip

I’ve been trying to organise a hide and seek tournament for some time, but it’s not easy … Good players are hard to find.

Did you know?

On August 26, 2013, all 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia failed their university entrance examinatio­n!

Funny signs

Seen outside the Indian Hills Community Center, Colorado, USA: “Saw a baguette at the zoo … it was bread in captivity.”

Seen outside someone’s house in the US: “Due to Corona Virus we are self-isolating. No one may enter except Ryan Reynolds, Kim Quintero, Thor & those firefighte­r guys holding puppies who are in that calendar.”

Brain Tester

Can you identify a common phrase from the following rebus?

MEREPEAT Newspaper Humour

Seen in the classified­s: “Rattle snake, 4 months old, good plaything for kids 10 yrs to 80 yrs. 6.5 H.P. go-cart $795. Will hold till Xmas. Also, chainsaw…”

Actual headline: “Making irritable bowl syndrome less irritating.”

Trivia Challenge

1. Which star of the Home Alone movies turns 39 today? a. Macaulay Culkin, b. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, c. Hayden Christense­n, or d. Elijah Wood.

2. Which tennis tournament was broadcast for the first time in colour on this day in 1955? a. Wimbledon, b. US Open, c. French Open, or d. Davis Cup.

3. The British Motor Corporatio­n introduced which car on this day in 1959? a. RollsRoyce Phantom, b. Morris Mini-Minor, c. McLaren F1, or d. Aston Martin DB5.

4. What hit song did the Beatles release on this day in 1968? a. Hey Jude, b. Love Me Do, c. All My Loving, or d. She Loves You.

5. Voyager 2 took photos of which planet’s moon, Titan, on this day in 1984? a. Jupiter, b. Neptune, c. Saturn, or d. Uranus.

Funny Business

A collection of funny business names:

‘Bank, Rupp & Baroque’ – Attorneys at Law in Tallahasse­e, Florida, USA.

‘Luna Sea Inn’ – Motel in Bluefields, Jamaica.

Wacky World

A selection of weird and wacky town/village names throughout the world:

New Hampshire, USA: Dummer, Center Sandwich.

Mystery Movie

Can you decipher the title of a sci-fi movie, originally released in 1968, from the following clue?

Celestial body of the Anthropoid­s.

The way we were 10 YEARS AGO

A Heathcote business owner is warning district residents to be on the lookout for fake $50 notes after one of them was used at his business. Heathcote Newsagency owner Wayne McKay said the fake note was used on Friday or Saturday.

In what is becoming a common sight, Shakespear­e St in Heathcote was closed due to flooding once again this week.

The familiar face of Vanessa McLachlan will be a more permanent feature of the City of Greater Bendigo service centre in Heathcote from now on … Vanessa recently obtained an ongoing position at the office after completing a 12-month traineeshi­p with CoGB.

Hayden Nielsen won the men’s 36-hole JG Mill Cup at Axedale Golf Club recently with scores of 72 and 69.

A petition has been organised to try to convince officials to switch the Heathcote and District Football League under 17s division to under 18, giving players an extra year in the junior league.

Heathcote is just one win away from going back-to-back in the Heathcote and District Football League after accounting for Elmore by 36 points in Saturday’s second semi-final at Toolleen.

25 YEARS AGO

Heathcote’s football and netball teams made it a clean sweep in the first semi-finals played at Toolleen on Saturday … Heathcote had teams in five of the seven finals matches, with the seniors, reserves and under 17s football teams, and the A and C grade netball teams all making the grand final.

A 20 per cent rate cut is a key element of the City of Greater Bendigo’s first budget released this week. A unique viticultur­e training course has begun in Heathcote. Twelve jobseekers, most from the Heathcote area, began the course at the Heathcote Guide Hall on Monday.

Two Bendigo architects visited Heathcote last week to do preliminar­y drawings of a tourist informatio­n centre for the town.

The old Pyalong shire office is well and truly a place for the people of the district, after opening this month as the Pyalong Community Centre. Visitors from the Combined Caravan Club in Melbourne saw the sights of Heathcote at the weekend, under the guidance of the Heathcote Chamber of Commerce tourism committee. Committee secretary Ernie Edsall organised a bus tour for the club members…

McIvor Health and Community Services is offering a Pre-kinder program for three- and four-year olds.

Toolleen farmer Ewan McRobert is the new regional representa­tive on the Victorian Farmers Federation general council. Heathcote’s Commercial Hotel defeated the Heathcote Hotel in the grand final of the pool competitio­n at Tooborac last week.

50 YEARS AGO

McIvor Shire councillor­s were thrown into a state of confusion at the August meeting of council when the Shire Secretary (Mr. D. Maxwell) read correspond­ence from the Minister for Local Government (Mr. Hamer) which compels councillor­s to disclose pecuniary interests and to withdraw prior to discussion.

The annual changeover dinner of the Heathcote Apex Club was held at the Brian Boru Hotel, Bendigo, on a recent Friday night, with James McKenzie-McHarg being installed as president. At the last meeting of Pyalong Shire Council, Cr. John Ryan was appointed President-elect, to take office next month.

Tooborac were virtually “slaughtere­d” in the H.D.F.L. preliminar­y final at Rushworth on Saturday when they failed to put up any resistance to an improved Elmore side and they were defeated 30-13-193 to 5-5-35.

125 YEARS AGO

There were four tenders received for the constructi­on of the dam at the racecourse, the lowest being that of Mr. W. Parkinson, which was accepted.

Now that the contractor­s are fencing the ground, we shall soon be in possession of a racecourse worthy of this district… On Saturday morning last there was found within the precincts of the Court House a shoe and hose, which from their very good state of repair evidently have not been discarded by their owner. Had they been on the sea shore or bank of a river they would have establishe­d strong suspicion that something was wrong, but being discovered in such a common public place as near the door of the Clerk of Courts office, not the slightest suspicion can be attached to their presence there, and consequent­ly the public do not deem it necessary to make very extensive enquiries as to their ownership. The Sergeant would, neverthele­ss, be glad if the owner would turn up and claim them. He will of course require the necessary conclusive proof of ownership.

On Tuesday evening a conversazi­one was held at the shire hall on the occasion of the visit of his Lordship the Bishop of Melbourne. There was a large attendance of the members of the church, and the hall was suitably and artistical­ly decorated for the occasion. Graytown: Some evil disposed person recently devoted his nocturnal amusement to cutting wire fences. It is to be hoped should such nefarious practice continue that the perpetrato­r may be detected, for however disagreeab­le people may make themselves he must be a very poor creature that can only find consolatio­n from a wire fence.

The Shire Hall on Wednesday evening presented a gay and animated appearance on the occasion of the celebratio­n by a ball of the anniversar­y of the local branch of the Hibernian Australasi­an Catholic Benefit Society… A concert was given at the Shire Hall on Friday August 23rd, for the purpose of introducin­g Miss Maude Harvie, whose intentions are to reside in this district, with a view of giving instructio­n in vocal music…

A sad accident happened in Long Gully on Monday last, which resulted in the death of an old miner and identity of this district, named James Forsythe, aged 72 years. The deceased, who is a native of Derry, Ireland, has been mining in Long Gully for the past 4 years. By the magisteria­l inquiry held at the Ben Nevis Hotel, it will be seen that deceased was killed by a fall

of earth whilst working in a claim.

Quote of the Week

“Sometimes everything hits you all at once. You lose a relationsh­ip, change jobs, old friends go, and new ones come. It’s up one day and down the next. You have it all together on Monday and by Thursday you don’t have a clue. Life is one big wave, all we can do is flow, grow and adapt.”

- Sylvester McNutt.

Have a laugh

Elmer’s father noticed him walk past carrying a lantern. “Where ya going boy?” he asked. Elmer smiled and replied, “I’m goin’ a-courtin’ Peggy-Sue.” His father sighed and said, “When I went a-courtin’, I didn’t need me no dang lantern.”“Sure Pa,” Elmer replied. “But look what ya got!”

Answers

Brain Tester: Repeat after me.

Trivia: 1. a. Macaulay Culkin, 2. d. Davis Cup, 3. b. Morris Mini-Minor, 4. a. Hey Jude, 5. c. Saturn.

Mystery Movie: Planet of the Apes.

 ?? ?? Knowsley’s Queen of the Railways Miss Iris Chitts (pictured centre), with Marie Bennett and Velerene Chitts. Iris was awarded the title of Queen of the Railwaus after raising the incredible sum of £90 for patriotic funds – the highest amount raised by the contestant­s. A surprise presentati­on took place during a social evening held on September 5, 1917 at the Knowsley Assembly Hall, during which Iris’s parents were gifted a silver fruit bowl inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Chitts - By their friends at Derrinal.’ This photo was submitted by Keith Kilner, whose wife’s late grandfathe­r Charles Chitts was stationmas­ter at Knowsley and Derrinal back then.
Knowsley’s Queen of the Railways Miss Iris Chitts (pictured centre), with Marie Bennett and Velerene Chitts. Iris was awarded the title of Queen of the Railwaus after raising the incredible sum of £90 for patriotic funds – the highest amount raised by the contestant­s. A surprise presentati­on took place during a social evening held on September 5, 1917 at the Knowsley Assembly Hall, during which Iris’s parents were gifted a silver fruit bowl inscribed ‘Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Chitts - By their friends at Derrinal.’ This photo was submitted by Keith Kilner, whose wife’s late grandfathe­r Charles Chitts was stationmas­ter at Knowsley and Derrinal back then.

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