Survivor urges support of Mother’s Day Classic

Helen Tucker with grand daughter Indi Lee Edwards. The fifth Ararat Mother’s Day Classic will be held on Sunday at Richardson Oval. Pictured are Phillipa Cairns and Paula Davidson with Sam, Ebony, Bella, Will, Ella, Amy, Navasha, Aleara, Olivia, Mia, Havannah and Kiara.
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ARARAT – Four years ago, Helen Tucker thought life was great.

She had retired a few years earlier from her job as a primary school teacher, which she had loved, and was enjoying travelling, golf, some volunteer work and visiting family and friends.

Helen and her husband Ian were doing some house painting when she felt what she thought was a lump in her right breast.

“I was sure at was only rib bone but had to visit the doctor anyway for some now long forgotten reason, so thought I might as well get it checked out,” Helen said.

“She was certain that that’s what it was too, but as I was due for my regular mammogram in a couple of months’ time anyway, she arranged for me to go earlier.”

Helen said the amazing thing was, a mass had been found in her left breast, not the right, which neither the doctor nor Helen had detected.

“That is why I stress to everyone the importance of regular mammograms because not all lumps will be detected even by the most vigilant,” Helen said.

Helen said life then became a blur of appointments and hospital visits. She had a sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy and was one of the one in six who have to return for further surgery.

A mastectomy followed and she was assured that nothing else was required.

“Life was getting almost back to normal when I was told that the ‘team’ had decided that I should have further treatment!” Helen said.

“I had an absolutely unreasonable terror of the idea of chemotherapy from my earliest days. My father and his siblings had all died suddenly of heart attacks in their forties so I thought that would be my fate and was pretty pleased to have lasted well past that age. That never really frightened me but the decision whether or not to have treatment caused me more worry and stress than the actual diagnosis!

“My mother had a mastectomy at nearly eighty (she is now ninety two and still great), but I had a different type of tumour than hers so heredity was not the cause. After many sleepless nights and changes of mind sense prevailed and I decided I’d better listen to the experts.”

Helen said she met a fantastic group of people along the way.

“The oncology doctors, nurses, volunteers, office staff et cetera were all wonderful,” she said.

“The patients were amazing. They knew what a rough time they would be having in the near future but rarely complained.

“I had chemotherapy and Herceptin, lost my hair and other side effects that are the norm with those things, but on the whole managed to continue my lifestyle as normal as possible with the help of family and friends. I had been due to take on the presidency of Ladies’ Golf at Chalambar when first diagnosed, and was able to fulfil that commitment with the help of the wonderful ladies there.”

Helen said her husband, Ian had been a wonderful support and that she felt sometimes it must be more difficult for the carers that the patient.

Four years later, Helen’s life is back to normal.

She celebrated the end of her treatment with a trip to South America with her sister and became a grandmother late last year.

On Sunday, Helen will be one of hundreds of people touched by breast cancer in the region to participate in the Ararat Mother’s Day Classic.

The money raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and supports research into breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Richardson Oval will be a sea of pink as people participate in either a four-kilometre walk or an eight-kilometre run.

The Mother’s Day Classic caters for all ages and abilities. You can run, walk, push a pram, walk the dog or even take to the track in a scooter or wheelchair.

Now in its fifth year in Ararat, the Mother’s Day Classic is a large, family orientated event.

This year participants can make the most of a coffee van, sausage sizzle and live music from Ararat duo Parso and Dave.

Participants will also be able to purchase an Alannah Hill ‘I (heart) my mum’ T-shirt for $20.

Two hundred T-shirts of various sizes, predominantly toddler and youth sizes, will be available on the day.

The Ararat Mother’s Day Classic begins at 9.30am, with day registration to commence at 8.30am.

Helen urged everyone to get down to Richardson Oval on Sunday to support the initiative.

She said there were so many wonderful support services available to people afflicted with breast cancer.

“We are so lucky to have the expertise of people like Professor George Kannourakis. There are so many different types of cancers and it is so prevalent that probably every reader has, unfortunately, had their own personal experience of some kind either through family or friends,” Helen said.

“We have lost friends too since my experience and I do know how lucky I am. My personal thanks and congratulations go to the organisers of the Mother’s Day Classic for the terrific job they do each year.”

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Rats thrash Diggers

Ararat onballers Aaron Williams (left) and Jake Williamson try to beat Horsham RSL Diggers’ opponent, Timothy Eldridge to the ball.WFL – The Ararat Rats have kick started their Wimmera Football League season, downing Horsham RSL Diggers by a massive 107 points.
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The Rats produced their most consistent performance this year, however the first win of 2012 was soured by more injuries to star players.

Onballer Lachie Malloy broke his arm in the second half of the match, while vice captain Jake Williamson suffered a heavy knock to his right glute muscle.

Since winning Ararat’s 2010 senior best and fairest award, Malloy has only managed seven matches in the red and white due to a series of serious injuries.

“He hasn’t had much luck the poor bugger, he was just beginning to find his feet again and was getting his hands to the footy a bit more,” Rats’ coach Scott Turner said.

“Before he came off his hardness at the ball was terrific.”

Turner said the club was exploring several options for Malloy in the hope of seeing him return to the field later in the year.

“Hopefully he isn’t out for too long, I guess it will depend on which path he takes. The footy club has a duty of care and we will make sure he is looked after,” he said.

“Jake’s injury was just a corky-strain type problem. He was feeling alright at recovery (on Sunday) so I’m hoping he’ll be right for Nhill.”

Both Malloy and Williamson were active in the first half of Saturday’s match, with Williamson scoring Ararat’s first two goals within the first 10 minutes.

In the absence of Turner, Aaron Searle was asked to step up in the forward line and responded perfectly with two majors in the opening term.

The Rats continued to build on their three goal lead going into the second quarter, with the Diggers’ simple skill errors proving costly.

Aaron McKinnis got the first goal of the quarter courtesy of a free kick for high contact, while Brendon Lovell and Jake Robinson provided plenty of drive down the wings for Ararat.

Horsham managed to work its way into the match, creating several scoring opportunities, but was unable to capitalise.

During the second quarter the Rats were able to lock the ball in their forward half, but also found scoring hard to come by.

The game opened up in the second half, with Ararat kicking six majors to one in the third term.

Searle and Williamson added more goals to their growing tally, while Nick Maddison was performing well in defence.

Turner said ruckman Dan Vearing was instrumental in creating opportunities for the Rats’ onballers.

“Dan’s work rate was impressive, he got first hands to the ball which allowed first use for our small blokes. We’ve been rotating him and Tom Rowe off the bench and it has been working really well,” he said.

The lights were turned on at Alexandra Oval in the final quarter and Ararat’s forwards continued to shine bright.

The Rats saved their best until last, with a nine goal blitz pleasing Turner.

The coach said there were plenty of positives in all areas of the ground.

“I think the biggest improvement was our ability to handle the ball, particularly in the backline,” he said.

“(Brad) Harricks, (Brett) Dowie and Maddison were all really tight nit, which allowed Bernie (Peoples) and young Jake Harman to get free and run.

“Our ground suits that run off the back line and Nhill’s does as well, so we’ll be looking for more of the same this week.

“Wilba (Aaron Williams) and Williamson’s awareness to win the ball through the midfield was great, and that allowed good delivery into the forward line for Searle (six goals), Mick Fratin (three), and McKinnis (three).

“The win has been coming for a while now, we have played patches of good footy for the past month in both the practise matches and the first couple of games of the season. This was our most consistent performance, so it is a relief to get the four points.”

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Dogs claw their way to victory

MDFL – SM&W Rovers have clinched a nail-biting one point win in round four of the Mininera and District Football League.
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The Bulldogs edged out Glenthompson-Dunkeld in a frantic final quarter, which saw the lead change several times during the closing stages.

“The lead was chopping and changing and I think that was one of the biggest problems, neither team could score consecutive goals,” SM&W Rovers’ coach Rhys Cahir said.

“A close win is better than a close loss, but we were probably lucky to have our noses in front in the end, we made hard work of it.”

The Rams got the early jump on the Bulldogs, taking a 20-point lead into quarter time.

Cahir said his team struggled early in the midfield, before working its way into the match.

“They started really well,” he said.

“They won the stoppages in the middle and it took us a little while to get going.”

The Bulldogs clawed their way back into the match in the second quarter, kicking 2.5 to 0.2.

Matthew Irving (four goals) and Lee Marshall (three) were proving a handful for Glenthompson-Dunkeld’s backmen, while Tim Cleeland and Daniel Currie were important across the half-back line.

Not much could separate the two sides in the second half, with SM&W Rovers hitting the lead for the first time in the third term, before the Rams wrestled it back.

The fourth quarter saw a stunning performance from Nick Byrne in the Bulldogs’ defence, while the onballers were able to get critical clearances thanks to the tap work of ruckman Jonathan Box.

“Nick was terrific again, this is only his third or fourth game back from a year off so it has been a great effort,” Cahir said.

The coach said the hard fought win has put an injury cloud over some of SM&W Rovers’ players.

“There is possibly a couple of injuries, there are definitely a few sore bodies, but I won’t know the full extend until later in the week,” he said.

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Moyston-Willaura made it four from four with a comprehensive victory over Wickliffe-Lake Bolac by 127 points.

The Pumas had plenty of fire-power up forward, with Jeremy Cronin continuing his stellar form with five majors, Pete Butler (four) enjoyed his time in front of the goals, and Aaron Pianta and Leo Bell both booted three.

Trent Fiscalini racked up the possessions through the midfield and across half back to be named best afield, while Josh Bywater held his own in a tough ruck duel with Magpies’ coach Brad Keilar.

Keilar also spent time in the forward line for Wickliffe-Lake Bolac and was the team’s only multiple goal kicker with two.

Joseph Higgins, Simon Rogers, Thomas Gibson were all named in the Magpies best.

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Hawkesdale-Macarthur ended Ararat’s winning streak with a 18.13 (121) to 11.9 (75) win.

Ararat led for much of the first half, with Benjamin Birch-Burton (five goals) and Richard O’Connell (three) the two focal points in attack.

Defenders Aaron Jenkins and Nathan Wemyss did their best throughout the day to limit the opportunities of Hawkesdale-Macarthur’s big men, while through the centre Jamie Elder and Ashley Leggett won their fair share of the ball.

Ararat appeared to be well in the contest at three quarter time, trailing by only nine points, however the visitors failed to score a goal in the final quarter to be completely outclassed by Hawkesdale-Macarthur.

Daniel O’Connell was Ararat’s best.

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Tatyoon recorded one of the biggest wins in the club’s history, downing Great Western by 300 points.

The Hawks had 13 individual goal kickers, with Ross Panther (11 goals) and Steven Nicholson (9) the most lively up forward.

Playing at Great Western Recreational Reserve, the away team piled on a massive 46 goals in the win.

Great Western went into the match against the reigning premier severally undermanned, with 11 regular senior players missing from the line up.

Backman Ben Newson and Hugh Matheson were the Lions best players in the scoreless defeat, while Arthur Armstrong, Tyler Cronin, Tim McDougall and Andrew Maconachie were among Tatyoon’s best players.

The big victory gives the Hawks a healthy percentage and cements the sides position on top of the Mininera and District Football League ladder.

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The final match of the round saw Lismore-Derrinallum register its first win of the season against Woorndoo-Mortlake, 23.14 (152) to 12.10 (82).

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Ararat footballers named in interleague squads

WFL – A number of Ararat Rats players have been named in the initial Wimmera Football League Interleague squads to take on the Mallee Football League later this month.
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Alan Batchelor, Aaron Williams, Lachie Malloy, Jake Williamson and Jake Robinson are among the 53 players named in the initial squad for the clash, which will take place on May 26 at Hopetoun.

Cuts will be be made after tomorrow night’s training session at Horsham City Oval.

The Wimmera Football League’s initial under 17 and under 14 squads have also been announced.

Ararat footballers named in the preliminary under 17 squad include Jake Robinson, Luke Todd, Zach Louder, James Laidlaw, Aaron Neil, John Butler and Mitchell Cronin, while the initial under 14 squad includes Tom Williamson, Tom Louder, Patrick Bell, Riley Taylor, Declan Roberts, Chris Wilson and Tom Mills.

Clubs nominated players for the initial teams, which will be reduced after tomorrow night’s training session at Coughlin Park, Horsham.

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Local talent on show at Ararat harness meeting

Racing returns to the Russell T White Raceway tomorrow night.ARARAT – A strong and competitive eight race card will again provide patrons with some selection challenges at Ararat tomorrow night, although there is a good range of local content and talent in most events.
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The first event at 6.30pm for CO class pacers will see Jayson Finnis drive Mister Seelster, the likely favourite, from the front row draw. The local chances in this event are the Tony Bond-prepared Don’t Be Silly Mia and the Kerryn Manning-driven Strong As Arma.

A number of local trainers are well represented in race two, the Ararat Tyre Service Trotters Handicap. Arthur Lasgis has My Greekkalesa, the Terry Young trained Strapperama is a strong chance and Warren Bird’s Gingimrick is also well in the race.

The Ararat RSL 3YO Trot is race three and goes without any local content. Two runners appear to have the best chances, those being Mosquito Spur and the Ellen Tormey-driven Loveyougoodboy.

The Mackay Jewellers 3YO Pace has the last start winner In The Frame Lombo, trained locally by Brooke Hansen, Jamie Stewart’s Whatta Avenue and Kerryn Manning’s Atombob. All three are capable of taking this event out.

Jamie Stewart has a further winning prospect with Shards of Ice in the Eastick Homes Pace. Another local with great winning prospects is Kerryn Manning’s Well Hereshoping NZ.

Michelle Manning has Tomorrowsanothaday in the Wayne McKinnis Pace and all though an outsider in the event it is not without a placing chance.Brooke Hansen also has Longtan Tigerman entered with Leroy O’Brien in the sulky.

There are a number of horses with local connections in the main event of the night, the Laurie Mayfield-Smith Pace, named after a close friend of Milton McKinnis who is a gallops’ trainer in Queensland.

Kerryn Manning has the best chance with the pole horse Princeofthieves, Peter Manning has Mica Pink engaged, Jerry Marshall prepared by Terry Croton is a consistent performer and the Tracey Collins-prepared Franco Newsman NZ is also engaged

The final event for the evening will be the Lyal Eales Stores 2YO Pace which will see the Brooke Hanson-trained Bonus Time commence its racing career. Kerryn Manning will have a further starter in Sammysluck.

A good night’s racing is expected. Deb’s Diner will be providing the usual quality meals and the $1,250 travel voucher is again on offer.

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Go ahead for church development

St Mary’s Parish priest, Fr Brendan Davey outside the Church of Immaculate Conception, which will be redeveloped.ARARAT – St Mary’s Church is set to be redeveloped after Ararat Rural City Council approved a planning application to build an extension onto the rear of the building.
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St Mary’s Church, otherwise known as the Church of Immaculate Conception, is a prominent Ararat landmark located in Barkly Street and is part of an overall religious and education precinct associated with Marian College.

It currently has a small meeting room and external toilets and the redevelopment is designed to provide a large space for church meetings and functions associated with the church, including funerals, weddings and services.

The 320 square metre extension will include a function room, toilets, kitchen and an outdoor area which will provide for an entry courtyard into the new building.

The original building underwent substantial alterations to the rear of the structure in 1982, which included extension to the entry, altar and sacristy. This was constructed with a bluestone concrete mix tilt panel which followed the form and roof lines of the original building.

The interior of the church was also refurbished after fire caused more than $1 million damage in April 2007, including damage to the altar and organ.

The design of the redevelopment is intended to be sympathetic to the existing church, which is single storey in height and has traditional gabled roofs, rendered block work in bluestone colour and simple colourbond corrugated roofing.

Because both St Mary’s Church and Marian College have individual heritage overlays, the planning application was referred to a heritage advisor, who was both a registered architect and approved Heritage Victoria consultant

The heritage advisor stated visual integrity should be maintained and that in their opinion, the proposal could not have been recommended for approval.

The advisor was concerned the proposal as originally designed did not respect the surrounding buildings or the existing church.

These concerns were communicated to the applicant in several pre application meetings. In response to these concerns the applicant made a number of changes to the development from the initial designs including gabbled roofs, separation from the bluestone church and courtyard entry, which respond positively to the heritage values.

Council’s planning manager, Neil Manning addressed Council’s April meeting to explain why Council’s planning officers decided to go against the heritage advisor’s recommendations.

“The issue is around how we as council officers address these sorts of heritage issues and we believe in this particular case, even though the heritage advisor gave a strong recommendation that it should not happen in this particular matter, we feel as officers that this is the most appropriate way forward and because the main reason for that is that it won’t have a great impact and we believe that far outweighs the negatives,” he said.

In a report to council, Mr Manning stated that while the proposal would involve a significant change to the character and architectural integrity of the existing church, it would also allow for the ongoing religious and community use of the site.

He said the proposal was respectful of the site and on balance a permit should be issued.

Cr John Cunningham said the matter was a fantastic example to the Ararat and district community of the important role of heritage overlays.

“The heritage overlay in this situation has caused our planning officers to look most diligently at the impact of the extension on the building and that’s what should happen with buildings of this ilk,” he said.

“I think that what we’ve got is an excellent result… Often people think when there’s a heritage overlay that means you can’t touch it – This proves you can. As long as you do it sympathetically and it’s done in co-operation with council officers.

“In my opinion, there’s no detriment to the heritage of the building. It is a practical one and I think that’s very important that we look at things in a practical way.”

Cr Colin McKenzie said it was also important to consider the changing role of churches in communities.

“There’s still the role for the main church body where large religious services are held, but every area that’s developing, they need these smaller rooms where small groups and individuals can meet with the clergy in comfortable chairs and comfortable facilities,” he said.

Council voted unanimously to approve the planning permit, subject to a number of conditions.

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Bendigo swimmers sizzle at state titles

A MEDAL bonanza at the Victorian Country Short Course Championships has many Bendigo swimmers set for some top results at the state age titles later this month.
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Bendigo East and Bendigo Hawks swimming clubs picked up 27 medals and numerous personal bests between them at the country championships in Wangaratta at the weekend.

Both clubs finished inside the top 10 country clubs in the state.

Despite five team members pulling out of the event because of illness, Bendigo East’s 18 swimmers helped themselves to 16 medals and finished seventh overall.

A star of the future, Callum King dominated the 14-15 boys age group, with four gold and three silver medals.

King won the 100m individual medley and butterfly, plus the 200m freestyle and individual medley.

The all-rounder’s silver medals were won in the 100m backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Rebecca Holmes splashed her way to gold in the 16-17-year-old girls’ 100m butterfly, was runner-up in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and took bronze in the 100m individual medley.

Isabella Symons also had a great meet, winning two silver (100m individual medley and 100m backstroke) and two bronze medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly in the 12-13 girls’ age group.

Cameron Jordan, 10, got his first podium finish when he took bronze in the 11-and-under 50m breaststroke, while Chelsea Beale and Matthew Slot were other strong performers.

“There was quite a few gold, silver and bronze and swimmers swimming for the first time at that level achieved quite a few PBs, so I’m very pleased with the results,” Bendigo East head coach Tony Rodda said.

“We were seventh overall, so that was a good result. We were hoping for a higher finish, but unfortunately we had five of our swimmers come down with an illness prior to the meet, which made it very hard.

“We had 23 qualify for country, the majority of those would’ve qualified for state titles. It’s good for the club going forward.”

Meanwhile, Bendigo Hawks Aquatic had its best team performance since amalgamating from the Bendigo and Eaglehawk swimming clubs late last year.

The Hawks didn’t medal at the country long course championships in Bendigo in January, but head coach Ash Wain has inspired his swimmers to greater heights since taking over just before the long course titles.

Up-and-coming superfish Olivia Wright won three gold – in the 50m butterfly, backstroke and 100m individual medley – and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke in the 11-and-under girls’ age group.

Nikayla Spofforth took gold in the 50m breaststroke, making it two Hawks’ team-mates on the podium in the 11 girls.

Callum Maloney won the most individual medals of any Bendigo swimmer, taking five in the boys’ 11-and-under division.

Maloney won silver in the 100m individual medley, freestyle and 50m breaststroke, plus bronze in the 50m butterfly and freestyle.

Senior men’s swimmer Ryan Dessans swam an impressive 100m breaststroke to take bronze.

“Out of 49 swims we had 45 PBs, so the team raced really well all weekend,” Wain said.

“We didn’t pick up any medals at our first country’s in January and we picked up 11 this time. We only took away 12 swimmers, so it was a pretty good strike rate.

“We’ve got a very good team that’s building there and we put in 110 per cent.

“They’re committed to their goals, they want to achieve something for themselves and also something for the club.”

Bendigo East and Bendigo Hawks swimmers will be training hard in the coming weeks ahead of the state titles beginning at the end of this month.

Bendigo East’s Rebecca Holmes, Cameron Jordan, Isabella Symons and Callum King. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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Let us entertain you!

Leanne McCready as Rose, director Suellen Blackie and Daryl Lowerson, as Herbie, rehearse for the forthcoming Ararat Musical Comedy Society production of Gypsy. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT – The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd, the back stage dramas, the highs and lows of theatre, are all celebrated in Ararat Musical Comedy Society’s 2012 production of Gypsy.
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Set in the 1920s, Gypsy revolves around the quintessential ‘stage mother’ Rose and her daughters Louise and the younger (and in Rose’s eyes more talented) June.

Rose has her girls on stage from before their 10th birthdays through to their early 20s. They play the Vaudeville circuit around the United States in the early 1920s – a time of post war relaxation and more much sought after entertainment in various forms!

Along the girls’ journey, mapped by their mother, many characters are met, including Herbie, their manager, who wishes to marry Rose, June’s sweetheart Tulsa (one of the boys from their act) and many others required to run, and perform at, Vaudeville clubs.

When the girls are older and things have not gone the way Rose wanted, they end up accidentally booked into a Burlesque club.

From this Louise becomes the infamous ‘Gypsy Rose Lee’ – borrowing her mother’s name and shortening her own – who barely ever removed more than a shoulder strap or glove.

The show features a variety of well known songs, including the three hits, Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming up Roses and Wherever We Go, Whatever We Do, as well as If Momma was Married and You Gotta Get a Gimmick, while big dance numbers are also a feature of the show.

The production features a cast of 30, including children, teenagers and adults, with Leanne McCready returning to the stage as Rose and Daryl Lowerson featuring as Herbie.

Rose’s daughters will be played by Indigo Whiting and Rachel McCready (the young Louise and June) making their debut in a large production and Society newcomer Tamara Brand and Maddi Dalgleish (as the older Louise and June).

Other cast members include: Grant Johnson, James Hartwich, Peter Hannan, Ian McCready, Mich Blackie, Jodie Holwell, Daryl Chaplin, Doug Koschel, Maree Fraser, Rhys Sheffield, Sheena Braddick, Chloe Dunmore, Meg Blackie, Peter Chaplin, Alex Lavery, Marni Stacpoole, Jae Pinniger, Caleb Robinson, Sam Pilgrim, Daniel McCready, Emma McCready, Connor Sheffield, Libby Johnston and Geraldine McKinnis.

Gypsy will be staged at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on June 22, 23, 24 (matinee), 29 and 30.

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Ararat pipers win at championships

The successful pipers Robyn McInnes, John Cavanagh and Annie Reid. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT – Three talented Ararat pipers have competed at the Australian Pipe Band Championship with great success.
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Annie Reid, Robyn McInnes and John Cavanagh, formerly from the City of Ararat Pipe Band, played with the University of Ballarat Pipe Band which won the grade four level at the national championships in Ballarat.

A total of 43 bands from across Australasia competed over the two days of competition, with judges coming from Australia, Scotland, Canada and Northern Ireland.

The University of Ballarat defeated 15 other bands, from around Australia, Singapore and New Zealand, in the grade four division.

The band came fourth at the previous Australian championship held in Queensland in 2010, while it won the Victorian Championship in 2011 and 2012, along with several other competition successes in the last two years.

The Australian Pipe Band Championships have been running since 1961.

In its inaugural year Mr Cavanagh was a member of the Ararat and District Pipe Band, which came third in the grade three level.

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Moyston garden flourishing

Jason Ferguson (right) from Reece Plumbing presents Moyston Primary School principal Anthony Cain and students Lachie and Jasmine with a water pump. Picture: PETER PICKERINGMOYSTON – Moyston Primary School has accepted a generous donation from Ararat’s Reece Plumbing which will benefit the school’s community garden.
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Reece donated and helped install a water pump for the school’s rain water tank, which will be used to dispense water to the garden.

Moyston Primary School principal Anthony Cain said the school was very grateful for the expensive item.

“A big thank you to Reece Plumbing,” he said.

“The water pump has got to be worth at least a few 100 dollars, so it is really helpful and Reece have been very supportive of the school community.”

Mr Cain said the school garden had been running since early in term four last year and has been embraced by both students and parents.

“The student have been really good with it and the parents have been receptive in getting in and lending a hand,” he said.

“There is a roster on who waters the garden and everyone has been great in following that.”

The garden has now been incorporated into Moyston Primary School’s curriculum, with an emphasis on sustainable and healthy living.

The students are growing everything from strawberries, which Mr Cain said have been a big hit, to carrots, onions and cauliflower.

The fruit and vegetables grown are used in cooking classes which are held once a week, along with eggs from the school’s chickens.

“Students also used the lettuce and other produce grown in the garden for a salad served at the community dinner we had recently,” Mr Cain said.

More pictures – See page 14

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