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Massive Tocumwal market this Saturday

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December 28, 2017

Berrigan Shire employee Mark Moroney cleaning up in Hannah St after last week's storm.

Santa on a tractor for the local farm kids.

Abbie and Emily Owen, Charlie Baldwin, Mia and Laura Owens.

If Christmas wasn’t enough excitement for you, there will be a Foreshore Market this Saturday with lots of post-Christmas bargains.

This is a chance to stock up on things for New Year with more than 200 stalls of many varieties on offer.

This is one of the biggest markets in the region and is not to be missed.

Bob Bowman has stallholders on his waiting list wanting to be in Tocumwal this Saturday, because they know this event between Christmas and New Year is the best and biggest.

And to make it even better, it’s a ‘people only’ market — no dogs allowed by order of the Berrigan Shire.

There are numerous signs at the market declaring ‘No Dogs’.

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Have you had a look in the Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre lately? If you have visitors it might be an idea to update yourself with what’s available in the area.

Tocumwal is a great place from which to take day trips into the hinterland and there are plenty of brochures telling you how to get there, the roads to take and accommodation for overnight stays.

Try to find the ‘Back Roads Gourmets’ brochure for fine foods in the Deniliquin-Moulamein area, and the ‘Info Centre’ is where you book your seat for the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum talks with Bob Brown.

We welcome visitors and tourists to our town and hope that you have a pleasant time and enjoy the events which the volunteers have prepared for you.

Like all small country towns, it’s the volunteers who work so hard to make life better in Tocumwal.

Thank you to all the volunteers who work so hard — Lions, Rotary, the Optimists, the volunteers who run our Op-shops, the volunteers who prepare the churches for services, the people who prepare sports grounds and run events and functions; the SES and Search and Rescue group who we call on at the drop of a hat in times of danger are also volunteers; the wonderfully patient people who volunteer at the Lions Hostel and also help them run their functions; the P&C groups for all three schools, the Swimming Pool and Memorial Hall committees, the Farmers Market supporters, the Foreshore Committee for their markets and restoration work, the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum for saving our heritage, the Pony Club, Chamber of Commerce, Mild to Wild Car Club, the volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Local Health Advisory Committee, Race Club, the sewing/craft groups who do charity works, both fire brigades, and Probus and any other groups who your correspondent may have missed — it is you who make the world go round so nicely in Tocumwal!

Give yourself a big pat on the back because we rely on you so much that often your contribution is overlooked. Many of these volunteers wear more than one hat in our community, too.

Well done to you all for another successful year in Tocumwal.

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Congratulations to the Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce which has made a valiant effort to brighten up our streets with an increase in banners and lights, almost twice as many as there was last year.

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The pre-Christmas storm on December 19 left a path of minor destruction throughout the district.

Trees were blown over and sheds unroofed, but locally we escaped the worst of the damage with one incident of house damage being reported.

It was a busy evening across the Murray Region with volunteers from several units helping out their communities. SES and council work crews were busy most of Wednesday as well, with mopping up and cutting up fallen branches. Thanks for your service — you are a treasure in your community!

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Do you have city visitors over the Christmas school holidays? Give them a special treat with a visit to Old Woperana Working Animal Farm about 12km from town via Lower River Rd.

Mark and Maryanne Ryan run a working farm and animal experience.

Visitors can get up close and personal with most of the animals and watch their antics — Penny the Pig has a huge appetite and is always searching out dog biscuits when Maryanne’s back is turned, and the little donkey Valentino is as sweet as his name.

Opening times during school holidays are Thursdays to Sundays and feeding times are 9.30am and 11am. Bookings are a must, phone 58742035.

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It’s mozzie season again, and with that comes the added risk of a couple of nasty diseases found specifically in the Murray Valley.

Your Local Health Advisory Committee reminds you to check your window and door screens for tears and holes and have them repaired to prevent mosquito entry.

You can also reduce the places mosquitoes can breed — remove stagnant water from pot plants and other containers around your home; avoid going outside unprotected, particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; cover up as much as possible and apply repellent to exposed areas; use netting on baby prams and cots; use over-the-counter sprays within your home, and if camping consider mosquito nets over beds for protection.

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The Rural and Town fire brigades have been working hard to ensure they are prepared and ready to protect lives and property in local communities across Victoria and NSW this fire season. But they can’t do it alone, they need your help.

If you live in an area at risk of grass or bushfire, as we do in Tocumwal, please be aware of local conditions at all times and keep informed by monitoring all advice and warnings issued by authorities.

We’ve already had some very hot weather, with more predicted and the grass and bush is extremely dry. Be informed and stay safe.

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Good old Santa took to the streets with the local fire brigade last Thursday to deliver icy poles and sweets to the children of Tocumwal and to say thank you to the town for its support of ‘the fireys’.

The Owen children were waiting patiently for Santa when your correspondent caught up with the big red truck and flashing lights.

Mia, Laura, Emily and Abbie were very happy to be munching on an icy pole on such a hot day.

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The Clarke family, who have a dairy farm at the intersection of Woolshed and Fullers Roads, are well known for their quirky roadside tableaux.

To mark certain occasions they will place beside their mailbox decorated hay bales, to fit the theme.

As it is Christmas there is a Santa with a difference gracing the gateway. This old chap in red is driving a ‘tractor’ made from hay bales and old tyres as he wishes you a Happy Christmas.

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Remember, if you have any stories you want told about your not-for-profit organisation, special birthdays and anniversaries, ring Anne Jones on 58743424 or email [email protected]

Your correspondent hopes you have had a lovely Christmas and will enjoy the New Year. Thank you for your support in 2017.

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