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Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

If you wrote that let­ter to Santa and put it in the spe­cial Santa Box at the Tocumwal Post Office you should be re­ceiv­ing your re­ply about now.

If you did not get pen to pa­per ask­ing for all the things you want for Christ­mas you might like to talk to Santa in per­son.

He will be with the Tocumwal Town Fire Brigade as they do their Christ­mas Lolly Run this Fri­day start­ing about 5pm.

They will have all the bells and whis­tles and flash­ing lights go­ing to add to the fun, so when you hear all the noise it won’t be the ice cream van but it will be Santa and his fire­fight­ing first re­spon­der mates hav­ing the time of their lives.

The Tocumwal pool is open for busi­ness for a cou­ple of weeks and it is look­ing beau­ti­fully clean and tidy and the wa­ter is very invit­ing.

You can buy a sea­son’s ticket which, if you make reg­u­lar trips to swim, works out to be much cheaper than buy­ing daily tick­ets and that same fam­ily ticket can be used for all Ber­ri­gan Shire pools.

Your Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee would like to wish you a very happy and safe Christ­mas and New Year.

One way you can make it a safe Christ­mas is by ob­serv­ing strict food han­dling, serv­ing and stor­ing rules dur­ing the sum­mer, when most cases of food re­lated ill­nesses oc­cur.

Raw meat, poul­try, fish and raw veg­eta­bles can con­tain large amounts of bac­te­ria that can read­ily con­tam­i­nate other foods if not stored cor­rectly or han­dled care­fully.

Check that your re­frig­er­a­tors are chilled be­low five de­grees and that they are not over stocked or opened too of­ten.

If you are un­sure of the qual­ity of any food, re­mem­ber the old say­ing ‘‘if in doubt, throw it out’’.

The Farmer’s Mar­ket had an­other fine and sunny day on the Tocumwal Fore­shore on De­cem­ber 17.

There was an in­crease in stall hold­ers fo­cus­ing mainly on the fine fresh foods that we know and have come to ex­pect.

The big break­fast did not let us down with that yummy ba­con and egg roll washed down by golden Murray River or­ange juice.

A new ad­di­tion to the mar­ket is the sub sec­tion known as the ar­ti­sans mar­ket and one out­stand­ing stall fea­tured items made from re­cy­cled cor­ru­gated iron and barbed wire.

The pret­ti­est pieces were the white ducks which would be a lovely fea­ture in a gar­den. We have had a tame pet duck at the mar­ket be­fore but these chaps weren’t go­ing any­where, be­ing firmly skew­ered into the ground.

There will be an­other Farmer’s Mar­ket in a month’s time — same venue, same start­ing time 8am.

See you there mak­ing con­nec­tions and meet­ing friends

There will be an­other reg­u­lar Fore­shore Mar­ket on De­cem­ber 31 to mark the end of 2016.

Bob Bow­man has been down on his knees, pray­ing for fine weather for this spec­tac­u­lar mar­ket, which will have over 200 stall­hold­ers vy­ing for your trade.

You are re­minded that the Fore­shore Mar­kets, by or­der of the Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil, are dog free due to the large crowds who at­tend and the safety of peo­ple.

Then on Jan­uary 7 you will see a Fore­shore Mar­ket with a twist — a Twi­light Mar­ket with a film night to fol­low. More about that next week.

The Mild 2 Wild Car Club is hav­ing a Road Cruise Night on Jan­uary 13 trav­el­ling from Fin­ley to Tocumwal.

Their aim is to meet in the main street of Fin­ley at 6.30pm and take a leisurely cruise down the Newell Hwy to the Tocumwal Fore­shore where there will be a yummy bar­be­cue.

For those from the south, meet at the Fore­shore at 6pm to drive to Fin­ley then back for your re­ward. Ev­ery­one wel­come.

All the schools have bro­ken up for Christ­mas and won’t be go­ing back un­til the end of Jan­uary with some hav­ing pupil free days to start off the 2017 school year.

The kids have had a busy last cou­ple of weeks with the Preschool hav­ing grad­u­a­tion of their four year-old class, the Sa­cred Heart stu­dents go­ing wind­surf­ing on Lake Mul­wala and en­joy­ing Grad­u­a­tion Din­ner and Pre­sen­ta­tion Night, and the Pub­lic School hav­ing swim­ming lessons and their Grad­u­a­tion Din­ner and Pre­sen­ta­tion night.

Hol­i­days mean the pres­ence of ex­cited kids on our streets and side­walks, so please show some pa­tience as you in­ter­act with them.

A re­minder that there will be Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions in our churches this week­end, with Christ­mas Day fall­ing on Sun­day.

The Angli­can Par­ish of Fin­ley/Tocumwal will have a Christ­mas Eve ser­vice in Fin­ley at 6.30pm and a Christ­mas Day ser­vice at 7am, and there will be a Christ­mas Day ser­vice in Tocumwal at 8.30am Sun­day.

The Tocumwal Pres­by­te­rian ser­vice on Christ­mas Day will be at 8am and the Tocumwal Unit­ing Church will meet at 9am for their cel­e­bra­tions.

The Catholic Par­ish of Fin­ley and Tocumwal will have Mass on Satur­day and Sun­day.

In Fin­ley there will be a Chil­dren’s Mass at 6pm and in Tocumwal a Mass at 8pm.

On Sun­day, Tocumwal will have Christ­mas Mass at 8.30am and in Fin­ley it will be at the usual time of 10.15am.

Alan and Jill Bar­nett were farewelled by a large gath­er­ing of friends and cus­tomers on De­cem­ber 15 as they re­tired af­ter 37 years in Tocumwal.

Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce and Tocumwal Ro­tary Club hosted the evening with a coun­try style high tea of scones and sand­wiches.

A short re­sume of the con­tri­bu­tion the Bar­netts have made to our com­mu­nity was fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion of a beau­ti­ful glass plat­ter made by Cy­do­nia Glass and in­scribed with the river and a street map of Tocumwal, plus Jill and Alan’s names across the top. A truly unique re­minder of their time in Tocumwal.

Both the Bar­netts will be missed, Jill espe­cially for her scrip­ture and swim­ming pool ef­forts and Alan for his lis­ten­ing to band mu­sic as he dis­pensed our med­i­ca­tions.

The cou­ple have moved to Rosanna to be closer to their adult daugh­ters and other fam­ily and to band con­certs.

Rob Crow & Co Real Es­tate owner Rob Crow (back, left) and sales agent Chris Philpot with (front, from left) se­nior prop­erty man­ager Meaghan Mol­nar, sales ad­min­is­tra­tion and ac­counts Mell Crowe and prop­erty man­ager Robyn Ely.

Jill and Alan Bar­nett and Kerry Davies hold­ing the glass plat­ter the Bar­netts were given as a farewell gift.

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