Man in big red suit to ride big red truck
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.