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January 10, 2018

Nicholas Hodson, Cr Leigh Wilson, celebrant Tracie Kyne and Ash Watson from REDHS. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Doug Watson, Val O’Rielly, Lorraine Haines, Damian Drum MP, Margaret Harley and Janine Watson.

Campaspe local law officers Tim McCornick and David Muir. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Brydie Lawford from Colbinabbin took out the Heathcote and District League A grade best and fairest

Sticky celebration: Joe Atley (right) celebrates the win with team mate Matthew White after his debut performance. PHOTO: Getty Images

Danny Kepa and Colleen Curran are collecting bras for Torres Straight Islands. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Gina Spizzica - 17yo has started the first Rochester Relay For Life team in honor of her dad Tony Spizzica who died last year. Photo by Luke Hemer.

(From left) Ex static display chairman Glenn Trewick guides Rochester Secondary College students Ella McPhee, Abbey Blow and Zara Myers through the pegging process.

Charlie Holmberg, Nash Hayes and Morgan Boyack pose with art going on display for the expo.

Rochester Secondary College year seven team at the School Sports Victoria state netball finals in Melbourne.

From left, SES recruits Michael Banfield, Ash Cunnington and Peter Werner.

Leading senior contable Shane Weeks. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Wayfinding signs are popping up across Rochester.

JULY

Atley shines as Port overpowers Eagles

WESTERN Australia is as far away as you can go to play football — but it’s a trip Joseph Atley would be happy to make again and again. It was his AFL debut. His team had an upset win. His family was there to watch it all, and in the rooms afterwards to share their son’s, and the team’s euphoria. Joseph admitted running out in front of more than 30,000 fans was a far cry from playing in front of parked cars and a few mates at Moon Oval or a few thousand in the SANFL.

Just one bra can go so far...

FOR most Australian women having a bra is such a part of life they can’t wait to get home and get it off. For our neighbours on the Torres Strait Islands the price of this clothing necessity puts the comfort of a bra during the day out of reach. And for the third year running one Lockington family wants your old or unused bras for less fortunate Torres Strait Islander women. Lee Curran, her mother Colleen and her niece Karen have been collecting unwanted bras and sending them to small communities. ‘‘It is great to see a small community helping out other small communities across the world,’’ Lee said.

‘I’m living for Dad and I’m living for myself too’

‘‘LIFE goes on — so live for me now.’’ That was what Gina Spizzica’s father, Tony, told her before he died after a battle with oesophageal cancer in November. And that is exactly what she has been doing in what has been the toughest eight months of her life. ‘‘It was kind of his life motto, and as well as living for him I have been living for myself, too,’’ Gina said. ‘‘It has been really tough but I just kept myself busy and kept up with my schooling, which is what Dad would have wanted. I’ve just been crawling through.’’

AUGUST

Putting the heat back into history

ROCHESTER Historical and Pioneer Society members are nice and warm this winter thanks to a federal government grant. The society was given a federal government volunteer grant to install a split system air conditioner. The society’s John Foster said the visit from the federal member for Murray, Damian Drum, was enjoyed by all. ‘‘He came and had morning tea with us and congratulated us on obtaining the federal grant,’’ he said. ‘‘We showed him all the historical items and images we have and he was very interested in all of it. All in all we had a really good day and it is nice to be warm during the winter months in that very cold old building.’’ The historical complex on High St combines the restored Common School, built in 1874, and the Salvation Army Hall, built in 1926. The complex is used by the society for displays and the storage of local heritage items of historical value.

Parking inspectors hit Rochy

CAMPASPE Shire parking inspectors have made their way to Rochester and tickets are being issued. No longer can you park all day in Gillies St and get away with it. Rochester Business Network president Glenda Nichol said Rochester has had it easy for a long time. ‘‘It is just what we have done forever — parked wherever we want for as long as we want,’’ she said. ‘‘We don’t read the two hour parking signs and just park there regardless. We have been lucky not to have been given tickets all these years.’’ Mrs Nichol said with the closure of the Murray Goulburn factory looming the community should be actively making sure tourists can access the businesses here.

Rochester police officer opens up about 25 years on the force

SHANE Weeks knows the power of a handshake. Because the Rochester police Leading Senior Constable has always, and will continue to, shake the hand of all offenders he interviews. The simple act he believes goes a long way. ‘‘It is all about making the offender feel comfortable,’’ he said. ‘‘It is just something I do and it is about making the accused offender feel like if they are being falsely accused that you are there to find out the truth.’’

Volunteers ready for anything

ROCHESTER’S SES is a giving business. Through the hard work of its members it shines a light over the township in times of need. The roster of volunteers has continued to grow in the past year, with three members added to it. ‘‘Being able to assist the community while also getting involved in it is something being in the SES can provide very well,’’ SES member Ash Cunnington said. ‘‘It is very enjoyable work to do and they are very flexible with how much work you do for them so you can go as deep as you want in that sense.’’ Ash, who has been with the service since September, has been able to excel and push himself through the work while also managing to get a job through his involvement in the service.

Demons too good

COLBINABBIN Netball Club A grade will have to use its second chance after going down to White Hills at Lockington Reserve in Saturday’s second semi-final. Colbo were very slow off the mark after several weeks off which allowed White Hills to get a jump on them. It wasn’t until halfway through the match that Colbo switched on, but it was too late as the Demons were too strong, taking out the win 55-36. Best on went to Holly Guerra for her efforts all game, both in defence and attack.

SEPTEMBER

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

SUPPORTERS of same sex marriage have urged Rochester to vote with love. With the postal plebiscite expected to arrive in letterboxes across the country later this year, residents have come out in support of the yes vote. And the no. Rochester’s Nicholas Hodson said growing up in a country town as a gay man was brutal. ‘‘I was bullied in high school, bashed and called every homophobic derogative term under the sun,’’ he said. ‘‘Even coming out later it was still really difficult. Even the fact that I liked netball more than football was something that was really hard.’’

Laying the ground work for three fantastic field days

THE PEGS were out in force in preparation for the 54th Elmore Field Days to be held at the Elmore Events Centre from October 3 to 5. Around 70 volunteers marked out areas for the event, which is shaping up to be one of the largest ever. ‘‘We have a full line-up of around 700 exhibitors for this year and there’s even a waiting list of businesses who want a spot on the grounds that we simply can’t fit with the amount of exhibitors we have on board,’’ said chairman of static display Scott Nichol.

Show for young at art

OLSH Primary School in Elmore will be heaving with activity tomorrow night when its Chevie Centre is filled with art. The community is invited to come along and see the works made by the kids from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, with a barbecue dinner provided on the night from 6pm. ‘‘They have loved the challenges of working with wood especially, and they are keen to showcase their work to the community,’’ expo organiser and teacher Denise Nihill said. ‘‘They have been working on three different sections over the term focusing on sculpture, woodwork and digital technology.’’

The signs are good

YOU will never get lost in Rochester’s streets again thanks to new wayfinding signs being erected across town. The project, run by Campaspe Shire, is currently seeing signs installed at three locations across our town at a cost of $20,000. Regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said the signs are part of council’s Wayfinding Strategy implementation, adopted by council in October 2013.

Year sevens do school proud

ROCHESTER Secondary College’s year seven netball team went all the way to Melbourne on Monday, September 11, for the School Sports Victoria state netball finals. Rochester’s netball side made its way through to the state final having won the Loddon Mallee regional finals this August at Echuca and District Netball Association. They played off against three other year seven teams, who had also won their respective regions, in their pool. The first game was against Hazel Glen College, which saw Rochester come out on top by eight goals, 19-11. The second game had them playing Maribyrnong College, a sport specialist school, and they managed to fight back from a seven-goal deficit at half time to lose by only three goals, 14-17.

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