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August 2009

Mannum, South Australia 5238

Mannum Skate Park

Reflections of the Murray River Arnold Gallery – During Sala Festival

Commitment Assured Construction Deferred he Mid Murray Council voted on Friday 17th July to defer decisions regarding the location of the proposed Skate Park until the end of the year to ensure the best possible choice is made for the community. “It is a difficult process in that most people in the community recognise that a Skate Park will be an asset to the township but many are cautious as to where it should be built,” Mayor Ian Mann said. “With these concerns in mind, Council voted to spend the $159,000 grant earmarked for the Skate Park on a variety of other local projects whilst we undertake more consultation and planning investigations,” he said. Council voted to allocate the grant monies to a range of community projects including the region’s boat ramps, a bird sanctuary walking trail at Mannum and a retaining wall at the B o w h i l l C o mmu n i t y


Centre. “At the end of the year, there will be additional funding coming our way and Council will look at the Skate Park project then,” Mayor Mann said. “Between now and the end of the year, Council will have the privilege of time to further consider not only previously identified sites but other sites that have as yet have not been recognised as options,” he said. “Our community needs to know that Council is committed to building a Skate Park , we just want to be sure it will be located in the best place,” he said. “In the meantime, several of our townships will benefit from some attractive projects being undertaken which would normally not have been carried out without additional infrastructure funding,” he said.

Contents Ageing In The Murraylands Calendars & Dates Choristers Corner Church Services Classifieds Letters Out of this World Puzzle Under the Toadstool

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he Murray River will be portrayed photographically during the first South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival Exhibition to be held at the Arnold Gallery at Mannum from 7 - 23 August 2009 featuring the amazing talents of artist and environmental photographer, Shane Strudwick. The SALA Festival is held annually in August around the State and was established in 1998 as an initiative of the A u s tralian Commerc i a l Galleries Association SA Branch to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in South Australia. SALA Festival organizers encourage artists at any level and working in any medium to be part of their annual event, visit Shane Strudwick’s exhibition Yarrum - A Murray River Reflection will take audiences on a journey of exploration in to the heart and soul of Australia’s iconic river from the source to the sea and its widespread surrounding environment displaying its inner beauty and ever


changing landscape. With the name ‘Murray’ mirrored, the exhibition title ‘Yarrum’ expresses the true heart of the images on display reflecting the endless canvas of the Murray River and the outstanding visual and passionate journey the artist will invite visitors to take with him. “Looking past the obvious natural beauty of the Murray, these images aim to highlight a deeper view of this precious river, another dimension. This journey will divulge a world of colour, beauty, depth, texture, diversity, contrast and mystery and will provide audiences with a moment … just to be”, states exhibition artist Shane Strudwick. Shane Strudwick, an artist and environmental photographer, has been photographing the Murray River for the past 4 years capturing both the river and mallee landscapes on a national level. His photographic creativity encapsulates the immense beauty and challenges of our nation’s major water resource. Continued page 3

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his issue is smaller than usual because some sporting groups are in recess, and other contributors missed the deadline. We need your contributions, as we can only publish what we have. Contributions can be sent at any time. Don’t wait until the end of the month. Email is preferred ( or if you wish you can drop them at CHIPS. Please send your stories, poems, reports of your group or club activities, personal anecdotes and memories of Mannum.


Lions Feed Hungry Hatters Dear Editor, Recently I enjoyed a hot Luncheon in the Rowing Club catered for by members of our very own Lion’s Club: Yvonne Walker, Elizabeth Wood, Colin Pym, Wally Hammond and Jim Walker. The meal, for a function of the Murray Darlings Chapter of the Red Hat Society, was first class. The plates were hot, the roast meat was tender and succulent, the vegies were nicely cooked and portions were ample. The service was friendly, efficient and without fuss. Top marks to a top local Service Club – The Lions! Happy Hatter Name supplied

Craft Group Share or Learn New Talents everal years ago a few ladies interested in doing handicrafts formed a craft group that met in the Younghusband Hall. We enjoyed a wide variety of crafts which we taught each other and sometimes had demonstrators come and show us their talents. Many days were enjoyed around an open fire in the winter and in the cool hall in the summer, chatting and working on our crafts. As some people moved into Mannum and others left the district we started holding these days in Mannum on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. We still enjoy an open fire in the winter and cool fans in the summer in the Cottage behind the Uniting Church on Greening Street. If anyone is interested in joining our group we welcome new people to this handicraft group to share our many talents. It only costs $2.00 per session. We start at 10 am, have a shared lunch and finish early afternoon. Please contact Jan Clothier (8569 1827) for more information.


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Letters to the Editor Deadline 21 August 2009 for publication in the September issue

Aged Care Program New Program Coming to Mannum urray Mallee Aged Care Group is pleased to announce that they are soon to expand their HACC Kaleidescape Activities Day Program to Mannum. The program is specifically designed for 65+ years age group and younger persons with disabilities. Murray Mallee Aged Care Group's other HACC Kaleidescape Activity Days are held in Mypolonga, Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. Included in this program are excursions, entertainment and informative guest speakers. A home style cooked two course meal, plus morning tea is included in the cost of $5.00 per day. When: Every third Thursday of the month commencing September 17th, 2009. Where: St Andrews, Anglican Church Hall, Adelaide Road Mannum. Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm For further information please contact: Sharron Cocker HACC Coordinator Murray Mallee Aged Care Group Ph: 8232 2255 (office hours).


Sharron Cocker

his is just a short note to inform you about what has been happening with our Skate Park. At last month’s Council meeting Brett Wallace from Mid Murray Community Support Service presented the proposal for their redevelopment of the old school building and additions which was passed by Council. They have applied for a large grant and will know at the end of July if they were successful. At last weeks Council meeting, Council received a report from Geoff Parsons (Councils Senior Planning Officer) presenting issues with the development of the Skate Park and Community Centre mainly citing issues of overcrowding and interface issues with inadequate buffering from the possible residential development next to it. Different Councillors then had differing views of what should happen next. Council then arranged a special meeting last Friday to discuss the issue. At this meeting Council decided to give the funds from the regional infrastructure grant to the ‘B List’ of projects rather


than the skate park, due to the unlikelihood of that money being used by the end of September. They stated their continued support for the Skate Park and the possibility of an $180,000 grant expected at the end of the year to be used for this purpose. While two Councillors prefer the oval site, the motion currently passed before council is still the old Primary Site. Kerry Yeates is arranging a meeting with the Council planners, Dean Gollan, Brett Wallace and I to redesign plans so they will be acceptable on planning grounds to present to the next Council meeting. Hopefully then we will be ready to go when the funding becomes available at the end of the year. There’s probably not much we can do as a committee at this stage until the site is finally settled on (hopefully next month’s Council meeting) except for perhaps some fundraising. Thank you for your patience and hopefully we can start moving forward soon. Joy Marks

Mannum RSL uesday the 18th August is Long Tan Day or Vietnam Veteran’s Day. A service will be held at the Monument at 1100hrs. This will be followed by light refreshments at the Mannum Community Club. T shirts are still available from the RSL as are the new banners. The next meeting will be on Thursday 20th of August at 1100 hrs at the Community Club.


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Skate Park Committee Report

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ll podiatry appointments are to be made at Mannum Dom Care Office by telephoning Coralie on 8569 0240, weekdays between 8.30am – 4.30pm. Stephanie consults on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Notice of A.G.M. Sunday 23rd August 11am Followed by BBQ Lunch All Welcome 7.30 am. Social Row Come and Try Contact Brian: 8569 1813


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Issue Number 38

Reflections of the Murray River

Mental Musings

Arnold Gallery – During Sala Festival

ood mental health is something we should all want, just like physical health. There are things we can do for ourselves and those around us, which can help or hinder. Did you know a healthy diet and regular exercise are good for our mental health as well as physical? The stigma related to mental illness is no help for anyone and we all need to know that 1 in 5 people from all walks of life will be affected at some stage in their life. This has a ripple effect on family, friends, work or school mates and neighbours. They are all touched in some way so have an open mind. You just don’t know what’s happening near by. You may be able to offer simple practical assistance and make a difference, such as going for a walk or a coffee, any contact; phone calls, cards or emails depending on your style can be a blessing, more than you realise. Mental Health Activity and Resource Centre, 5 Greening Street Mannum. Ph: 8569 1643.


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Spring & Poetry … the perfect mix! SA’s best known, longest running group is coming to Murray Bridge! Sunday September 6th from 2 to 5pm Our Wellbeing Place, Swanport Road (next to Murray Bridge Hospital therapy pool)

A free cultural event including a delicious afternoon tea Local poets, come and read your work at an open microphone event. Bring two copies of any poem you read, it could be selected for inclusion in the next Friendly Street Poets Reader, to be published in January and launched in March 2010 during Writers’ Week, as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Non-readers are very welcome! There will be a door prize, giveaways and Friendly Street Poets’ books at super sale prices. For more details: Read the article on page 13, phone 0428 878 163 or email This free event is funded by a Rural City of Murray Bridge community grant and the State Government through Arts SA.

DISTRICT CHURCH SERVICES For Mannum congregations ANGLICAN 6 Adelaide Road (ph: 8569 2385) Mannum, Sundays 10.30 am

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hane further said, “From the source in the mountains near Mt Kosciusko to the Murray mouth in South Australia, I have experienced the river’s soul and ever changing appearance. This has allowed me to see our threaded borderless connection across Australia and the constantly changing river with stunning diversity and contrast. The Murray sometimes is a perfect mirror ... almost glass. Its gradual journey deepens our cultural and natural connection to the water and land. Rarely found anywhere in the world, the deep, slow waters give us a precious and rare gift.” The SALA festival photographic exhibition at the Arnold Gallery at Mannum Yarrum - A Murray River Reflection will reflect colours like the rainbow of an artist’s palette - deep blues, earthy ochres and the golden yellows. Shane describes his work as, “Pure white like sprinkled diamonds and rich, powerful blacks like a night sky with no moon or stars. At the right time it reflects the wide and vast blue skies that are suspended above while it carves through our harsh semi-arid Australian landscape.” This superb collection of reflection images show scale, form and texture but most


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importantly a message of rare beauty and intrigue. These images study the water as the subject and its relationship with our environment, both natural and man-made. “The Mannum Dock Museum Board and Volunteers are extremely excited to host our first SALA Exhibition. Visitors will experience a truly superb collection of river images which will leave a long lasting impression of Murray River life”, said Jenny Callander, Coordinator of the Mannum Dock Museum. As our precious Murray River faces continuous environmental challenges, take some time to reflect on its beauty and why this resource is vital to our Nation and visit the SALA festival exhibition Yarrum - A Murray River Reflection presented by the Arnold Gallery at the Mannum Dock Museum at Mannum from 7 to 23 August, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 4pm with free admission. The SALA Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art with free admission to all v e n u e s v i s i t For further information contact Jenny Callander at the Mannum Dock Museum on 8569 2733 or email Jenny Callander

PUZZLE ow many words of 4 or more letters can you make with these 9 letters? • Each word must include the letter in the shaded box • One word includes all 9 letters


CATHOLIC Mau Street (ph: 8531 1699) Mannum, Mass: 1st Sunday 9.30 am, all others 8.30 am LUTHERAN 79 Cliff Street (ph: 8569 2863) Mannum, Sundays 9.00 am, Sunday School 9.45 am during school terms. Everyone welcome. RIVER WORD CHRISTIAN CENTRE Greening Street (ph: 8569 1333) Mannum, Sundays 10.00 am


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Red Hatters Queen of the Murray Darlings n Monday 13th July, the made the day a huge success. Heather Godleman Mannum Chapter of the Red Hat Society celebrated the “Reduation” to full red and purple regalia of our founder, ‘Princess Puss in Boots.’ Karyn Baker, recently having turned 50, was crowned Queen of the Murray Darlings, ‘Divalicious Dahloo’, in a colourful ceremony involving much hilarity. E n t h u s i a s m, f u n , a n d friendship are a feature of all Hatter functions, and the “Reduation Day” was no exception. How wonderful it is to have the opportunity to enjoy the second stage of life with ladies of similar ages, and a zest for living it to the fullest. “Thank you” to everyone who


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With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote “The Hokey Pokey”, died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

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Issue Number 38

Musically Speaking

† Choristers Corner † Popular Music and Jazz Part 1

here was a time when popular music and jazz were synonymous. This was during the thirties and into the forties. It was the era of big bands and swing music. There were memorable ‘hits’ throughout the period. Ellington with the Juan Tyzol tune ‘Caravan’. Artie Shaw with Cole Porter’s ‘Begin the Beguine’. Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman and many more were heard on the airwaves and on record. The American film industry through the thirties and forties had provided a rich source of music for jazz musicians and equally rich opportunities for jazz influenced composers; George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Irving Berlin composed for films. Musicians and bands led by Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington also found lucrative work in this field. The beginning of the end of the Jazz Big Bands hey-day began with a recording strike in the USA that started on the 1st of August, 1942. The strike continued for more than two years, and was finally settled in November


1944. During this time, singers backed by choirs were able to make recordings. The big bands found that tastes had changed by the time they were able to record again. In addition a new form of jazz had evolved which became known as bebop. Bebop music had more appeal as entertainment (for listening to) than music for dancing. Post war economics played a part too: big bands were too expensive. Small groups were more attractive to promoters and to live audiences. Returned service personnel were more interested in raising families than spending time and money on a night out dancing. Also, in the US television was beginning to have an impact not just on music but on the film industry too. The Rock and Roll movement, evolving from Rhythm and Blues, would also have a big impact. Still, jazz would survive continuing to give much more popular music. Some of its greatest moments were yet to come. Peter Weir

Mannum Town Choir will resume Rehearsals on Monday 7th September at 3 pm. More details later.

As the global musical repertoire evolves, so does the language used to describe it. A Patella: Accompanied by knee-slapping. Approximatura: A series of notes not intended by the composer, yet played with an “I meant to do that” attitude. Approximento: A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch. Fermantra: A note held over and over and over and over and... Fermoota: A note of dubious value held for indefinite length. Spritzicato: An indication to string instruments to produce a bright and bubbly sound. Tempo Tantrum: What happens when the orchestra does not follow the conductor. Vibratto: Child prodigy son of the concertmaster.

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Mannum History Group here were you when Man walked on the Moon? I was still in our native England, in Tonbridge in Kent, and the footage was beamed live into the lounge in the middle of the night. We woke our 3 and 1 year old sons and sat them on our laps so they could say they had seen it. Can you believe that the original video tapes of that footage have been recorded over? Recently, that then 3 year old visited from San


Francisco - the first time I’d seen him in 2 years. Somehow, since then, the photos I took on my digital camera have been deleted and I can’t find them on the computer. You may have noticed a team of people from Flinders University investigating the location of the old Nellie’s Nursery. The museum is looking for the engine of the ‘Mary Ann’. This follows the discovery

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Mannum Red Cross Wellbeing Nucleus. Discussion Group. Evolved from Mediation, Pastoral Care, Enneagram, Art & Soul Groups. 2nd & 4th Wed 11am-2pm Men’s Group. Socialisation and companionship. $6 for centre based activities including a cooked lunch. Outings are held on a regular basis. Costs may vary on these days. 3rd Wednesday 1:30-3pm Card Afternoon. Bring your cards and participate in a friendly relaxed game of 500, Canasta, Bridge, Whist (the choice is yours!) - Cost $2 (includes afternoon supper) 4th Wed 6:30-9:30pm Men’s Discussion Group. F Ralph on 8569 1264.

of a letter from a descendant of the engineer Scott who worked in the woolshed in Randell’s time and rescued the ‘Mary Ann’ boiler from the river. She wrote to Rod Williams telling him that her father insisted the engine was buried beneath the floor of the Vivian Garage which older residents will remember stood on that site. What would have happened if instead of writing she had emailed him and that email

had been deleted, or the computer thrown away when it was replaced? I fear for the history of the future. We may all disappear into obscurity because of the very technology which is keeping us connected at the moment! I can imagine a future civilization, living on the moon, staring at Earth and saying, “Why did the human race cease to exist in 2009?” Kay Stevenson

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Memories of Mannum Joy Rathjen (nee Fiegert) was born eighty two years ago on the family farm near Cross Roads (about 5 miles east of Mannum across the river), and shares two of her many memories with us in what we hope will be YOUR Memories Of Mannum as we make this a regular column.

y first memory of Mannum is when I was ten years old in 1936. It was the Centenary of South Australia, and all the little schools, including Cross Roads, came into Mannum to celebrate. There were about 13 of us and our teacher, Mr. Noel Vawser who came with us. We all wore costumes, and marched from the punt to the Rec, (The Mary Ann Reserve). It was a big day, and was very exciting for us all. (The State Gazette lists Mr. Vawser’s salary that year as one hundred and ninety nine pounds.) Another memory, which is funny, was when I came to work for Doctor and Mrs Walter Grote in 1943


when I was 17. It was my first job in Mannum. I lived with them and their family in their William Street house which was also the Doctor’s Surgery. I helped with everything; the housework, the children, cooking, washing, ironing, and in the surgery. In those days, bandages were all washed, and rewound around the blade of a knife to get them nice and tight. You slipped the knife out carefully after you rolled them up. I got up in the mornings very early, before everyone, and there was a family called Rosenburg who lived just out on Purnong Road. One of the daughters was married to a

Finnish sailor who was away at sea when she was due to give birth and Mr Rosenburg rode his bike into town and asked me where the Doctor was. I told him that the Doctor was in bed of course. He said that the Doctor must come because his daughter was in labour, so I woke the Doctor who went out, delivered the baby, and

went back to bed. Twice Mr Rosenburg came puffing up William Street on his bicycle to fetch the Doctor for both of his daughter’s babies. After the war, the Finnish sailor begged his wife to go with him to Finland to live with their children, but this never happened. Those are just two of my memories of Mannum.

Dr Walter Grote’s house and surgery, 1943

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Out Of This World

Whistle Toot

Astronomer’s Corner good way to enhance the image we receive through the eyepiece of the telescope can be to use a colour filter. The filter can be as simple as a piece of cellophane or any transparent plastic of different colours. Many cheaply acquired photographic filters can be found and kept with the binoculars or telescope. Filters such as a red or blue filters block out certain frequencies and let in others, which enhance the image we view. Cutting down the light by placing a piece of card with a hole say half the size of the main lens, will give more control when there is too much light or glare. Building many such aperture restricting attachments can add a new dimension to the changing image we see through the lens. Professional filters are available and may be the only way around problems where the protection of the eye from glare is paramount. Many modern ’scopes have filters as an added extra or an added attachable item as it is not always needed for good viewing. In black and white photography a red filter helps to cut down a rust mark on an old photograph and a blue filter helps define a fading image. In a similar way, filters help to enhance the image viewed through the eyepiece; controlling the amount of light makes for a more interesting time at the ’scope. Naturally, the more we control the light with such things as polarising filters, tints of various colours or different density filters the light is revealed to be more than simply white light. Mercury is an evening object in Leo/Virgo, low in the western sky. To the north east, Venus is a morning object near Orion and then in Gemini/ Cancer. Mars is a morning object in Taurus/ Gemini, also to the north east. Jupiter is an evening object in Capricorn, to the east. Saturn is in the north western, evening sky in Leo, just before sunset.


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News from the Mannum Dock Museum

espite the cold, wet, windy weather the Museum has been well patronised especially during the school holidays. Changes to the displays and exhibits are still a work in progress as the volunteer committee works through the processes needed to meet all the requirements of council. One of the proposed changes in the pipeline is the creation of a working blacksmith shop at the Museum. If there is anyone in the community who would like to be involved or can help in any way, please contact Jenny Callander at the Museum (Ph: 8569 2733 or Email: The Gallery currently has an exhibition of photographs of the Paddle Boat Era. During August, through participation in the SA Living Artists’ Festival the Gallery will have on show a display of beautiful river theme photographs. During July the ever popular PS Marion travelled upstream to Swan Reach during the coldest week of the year, but good food, beverage and company ensured the passengers were kept warm and entertained. From all reports a good time was had by all. Working bees have resulted in fresh coats of paint on the PS Marion and in the Gallery and wood loaded for the Rockford Dinner cruises, both


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of which are fully booked. Volunteering at the Museum and on the PS Marion keeps these vital community and tourist attractions on the go. One of our regular volunteers is Ron Collins. Ron has been busy sorting out old photos and books in the compactus storage area, has helped with painting in the Randall’s Steam Works, and has donned

Ron Collins (centre foreground)

his boiler suit and helped on the PS Marion. Ron is currently in hospital and is missed by all his friends at the Museum. We wish him a speedy recovery. Volunteering can be as involving as one’s commitments allows, it is good fun, interesting and essential. Enquiries to the Mannum Dock Museum on 8569 2733 or visit the website: Jenny Callander

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Mannum Agricultural Society Edited Extracts From the Minutes of the AGM he renaming of the showground dining hall to Schache Hall honours a name synonymous with Mannum Shows. From Murray’s father to all members of the family, both male and female, there has been outstanding commitment to the community through their varied involvement. Thanks to Mayor Ian Mann for the naming ceremony and to Murray for cutting the ribbon on the day of the Show. A very successful 2009 show resulted in an increase of over 45% in gate takings, 20% increase in show entries and an


increase in overall donations of 45%. It was good to see the conveners hard work increased sponsorship, and the outstanding support of the Mannum residents and local businesses. The following were elected. President: Geoff Skein Vice Presidents: Stephen Vivian, Chris Herbig, Gary Keane Show Secretary: Terese Reeves Treasurer: Sharon Stewart Committee Members: Irene Lovell, Jennipher Vivian, Elizabeth Wood, Berrie Skein. Murray Schache (Public Officer) and Immediate Past President, is ex officio to the committee.

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Community Notice HELP WANTED Friday Night 24th July 2009 The new Walking Trail Interpretive Signs were stolen and damaged. Any information from the community would be appreciated. The Arnold Walk No. 1 sign was stolen from the Showground gates on North Terrace, Mannum. The Arnold Walk No.4 sign was seriously damaged and ripped off its frame on King George Street at the corner of Arnold Street. Friends of Mannum Walking Trails have spent hundreds of volunteer hours developing the walking trail project. To have it destroyed within a week of being installed is very disappointing. Please contact Judy Johnson 8569 2237, Mannum Police or Mid Murray Council IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION about this. Would community members please help us in the future by reporting suspicious activity?

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Elders Mannum Property Management

roperty Management is no longer just about collecting the rent. There are many laws which relate to managing an investment property which vary from State to State. Laws are there to protect both Landlords and Tenants, therefore a thorough knowledge and understanding of these laws is paramount to protect all parties. We at Elders Mannum highly recommend to current and potential investors that they employ the services of a qualified and experienced Property

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“Treasures of Asia” A Birthday Cruise

or the past 37 years I have been desperate to ‘one day’ go on a cruise again. My family emigrated to Australia on board the “P&O Arcadia” in 1972, and it was 4 weeks of absolute heaven for a 13 year old, who had never ventured farther overseas than the Isle of Wight. So when my husband Roger suggested that we go on the Sun Princess, to celebrate my 50th birthday, the cruise was booked before he had even finished talking! My parents had done the same cruise last year, and within 3 weeks of getting home they had booked to go again, they loved it so much. So it was with much anticipation that we boarded the “Sun Princess” in Fremantle on the 3rd July, heading for 5 ports in Asia. We went exploring as soon as we had finished unpacking, and with 14 decks to explore it took a while to get our bearings. We had a choice of eating at a set time for dinner in the beautiful Marquis dining room (we had already booked for the early seating at 5.45pm, in preference to the late seating of 7.45pm), or passengers could go at any time of the day or night for food in the Horizons buffet restaurant on the 14th deck - it was open 24 hours a day! Of course the first couple of days we did eat well (and who wouldn’t, the food was fantastic, and free!) so we set ourselves the challenge of not


using the lifts at all, by climbing the stairs we hoped to counteract our over-indulgence! Our cabin was on deck 8, and breakfast every morning was on deck 14, so we did our best to get a good workout! We had an inside cabin, so no porthole or balcony, but it was roomy and comfortable, and we really only went there to sleep, so the money saved came in handy when it was time to shop. We had 6 days at sea before getting to our first port, so plenty of time to relax, and enjoy all the fun and activities on board. There is a theatre on board, and the shows (song and dance) were extremely professional and entertaining. In the stern there is a cocktail lounge that hosted a different show every night, you could play bingo or join in quiz shows and game shows, there were art auctions held every 4 days, there is a library on board, high tea in the dining room every day, and of course lots of places to relax with a drink. I tried working my way through the cocktail menu but didn’t get far, there were too many choices! My ‘special’ birthday was on day 4, and it was very self-indulgent, I had a lovely massage, a haircut, high tea in the afternoon, followed by cocktails on the top deck, and a bottle of Moet with dinner. Very nice! Our first port of call on day 7 was Penang, and we chose to do

a Heritage walking tour of Georgetown, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was a very hot, humid day, but our walking guide did an excellent job, and the old parts of Georgetown are fascinating. The afternoon finished at a beautiful Victorian era Chinese mansion for high tea (more food!) The second port we visited was Phuket (Thailand), where we had been before, so we headed for Phuket town to do some shopping. Day 9 we had a day on the main island of Langkawi, off the coast of Malaysia. Here we did some duty free shopping (definitely the cheapest place. I bought my favourite Bombay Sapphire gin, a litre bottle, for $15.00). Next stop was Kuala Lumpur (although the ship docks at Port Kelang, it is a 1½ hour drive to the city). We went on a tour, visited the historic areas of KL and some of its markets, but not as much fun as Penang. Our final port (and a favourite) was Singapore. Roger ended up being my ‘bag man’. I bought 5 pairs of shoes (Empress Imelda eat your heart out!) lots of clothes, earrings, etc, etc. Had a ball! We used the MRT (underground trains) to get around, that was so easy, and cheap and of course spotlessly clean and modern, as is all of Singapore (nothing like our poor old rail system). We were pretty worn out after

5 days ashore in different ports, but managed to stay up that night past midnight: Michael Jackson died while we were away, and the disco put on a special tribute night for him, so we partied until the early hours. The next day I started to feel a bit queasy, and I am sure it wasn’t from too much champagne the night before! The weather had started to turn a bit, and we had some pretty high seas. Within the next two days the swell had picked up to about 9 metres at its worst (at the same time the port of Fremantle, where we were heading back to, was closed because of the rough weather). So after two days of rough weather it was a visit to the sick bay for me, and an injection to stop the motion sickness. That did help, but I must admit I didn’t enjoy the return trip half as much. But once home I soon put that behind me, and now, my parents are off enjoying their next cruise (they left last Sunday for a 23 day cruise, again on board the Sun Princess, this time visiting Borneo, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as parts of Asia) and I am so jealous! The cruise lived up to all my expectations, it was just the perfect way to have a very relaxing, pampered holiday how better to celebrate one’s 50th birthday! Karyn Baker

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riendly Street Poets have held poetry readings in Adelaide for 34 years. Now SA’s best known, longest running group is coming to Murray Bridge! On Sunday September 6th, 2 - 5pm they’ll be at Our Wellbeing Place in Swanport Road (next to Murray Bridge Hospital’s therapy pool). Local poets can read their work at an open microphone event. Bring TWO copies of the poem you read and it will be considered for inclusion in the next Friendly Street Poets Reader, to be published in January and launched in March 2010 during Writers’ Week, as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Non-readers are very welcome! Local award-winning poet Max Merckenschlager will launch ‘Legacy’, his first published book of poetry, read from the book and provide a few free CDs. There will be a door prize, giveaways and Friendly Street Poets’ books at super sale prices. The FREE cultural event, funded by the Rural City of Murray Bridge and Arts SA includes a delicious afternoon tea. Enjoy one of the first activities leading up to Murray Bridge’s 2010 Regional Year of Culture. Friendly Street Poets want to make this a regular event, providing publishing opportunities for our regional country poets. They are committed to a long-term relationship with the Murray Bridge & District community. Make Sunday September 6th the successful start to a new literary relationship! Come along and enjoy the afternoon. Inform your friends and encourage their involvement. Phone 042 887 8163 or email


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No Kidding Part Two

he van ate kilometres and arrowed towards the west, shafting between lightly timbered country and rusting fences. “My country, my barefoot country,” Martin mused. “… the morning scent of bimblebox … leaves glistening with dew then turning sideways to the sun as heat-ripples make a jigsaw of the horizon… midday crunch of horses’ hooves and red dust rising from the ewes shambling in to drink … windmills stark and still, awaiting evening’s cooling breeze … the shuddering, the high-pitched protests as they lift artesian water to the tanks.” He blinked hard and flexed fingers on the wheel. “Goats. Blasted goats!” Martin honked the horn. But they didn’t run far. “Awake boys? We’ll stop at the next rest area, OK?” “About time! We’re starving.” yawned Kelly. “Goats, boy! See Brady? That one’s got two babies, Dad. Gee they’re cute. Could we get one, Dad? They’re all along the road edge.” “Wow, Dad! Could we get one? Could we?” Brady pleaded. “They’re pests. Bad as rabbits. Mightn’t breed as fast, but just as bad,” grumbled Martin. “Rest stop coming up.” Martin slowed the van and pulled in to the loop. “Hey, this is like a park Dad. All the trees are pruned up - just like Mum’s bottlebrush trees out the front. Does the Nyngan gardener come all the way out here Dad,” asked Kelly. “No,” Martin shook his


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head. “He gets some local help.” “What locals Dad? I don’t see anyone.” “Goats, boys. In summer when there’s nothing to eat at ground level, they go for the trees. Even climb them when it gets really tough.” “What’s for lunch? Can we have pizzas, Dad,” asked Brady. “Pizza tender kid if you can catch one boys,” snorted Martin. “Eat a baby goat! No way!” both exclaimed. After some baked bean sandwiches, the boys took off up the creek. They scrambled through the fence, as all kids do, eagerly stubbing toes into the red sand, looking for precious stones. Martin finished

cleaning up in the van and stuck his head out. It was too quiet. Where were they? A squeal pierced the stillness and a dozen apostle birds darted from the scrub. Two terrified boys crashed after them. “A monster’s chasing us,” yelled Brady. “A smelly old goat with horns like wheelbarrow h a n d l e s ! ” e x c l a i me d white-faced Kelly. “Yeh, the old fellas stink alright. But you shouldn’t trespass into other people’s land, sons. Next time, billy might catch you. Into the van. We have a long way to go yet.” To be continued Jacqui Merckenschlager

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Under The Toadstool “Parkeing” at the Moon

rguably, West Australians, - and I was one for 31 years - are among the nation’s most parochial. We liked to pretend that the portion of Australia to the east of WA’s long border hardly existed. The large time difference remains an ongoing problem, underlying many secession movements, while debates about daylight saving continue too. One of the many absurdities of life on the Cocos Keeling Islands, which are Australian Territories in the Indian Ocean, was the daily ritual of watching the 6 pm nightly news beamed from Sydney, at 2pm in the afternoon because of the four hour time difference! But I digress. Many WA residents, admitted vaguely that they were ‘refugees from over there,’ meaning the Eastern States and like refugees, appeared to suffer from either deliberate or inexplicable amnesia regarding their eastern states roots. So, like politics and religion, the topic of origins was best avoided, unless of course, one was WA born. On occasions like moon landings or other great things however, it can be advantageous to admit one’s ties or connections, however vague or tenuous, to a particular place. It is a bit like “I danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced with the Prince of Wales” sort of thing. A bit of magic moon dust clings to people by association. Thus it was, that 40 years ago, when earth’s intrepid space travellers first stepped onto our Moon, some of the residents in the small north-west coastal town of

Carnarvon, suddenly and surprisingly remembered THEIR connections to PARKES in NSW. Quite remarkably, somebody remembered that their dear old neighbour in Perth came from Parkes, and wonder of wonders, somebody’s daughter had just moved to Parkes that very week! Somebody even admitted to getting married in Parkes ten years earlier. It had almost become O.K. to know exactly where Parkes was, and produce the atlas to find Parkes for those who didn’t know! There was excitement in the air at the Tracking Station too. Parkes was the password. The ageing Carnarvon Tracking Station’s glory days were all but gone.( Its strategic role had diminished while the controversial US Alice Springs Facility rose.) Although disappointed at not being involved in this NASA Space Mission as a kind of valedictory, the Staff at the old Station were philosophic. Basking in the reflected glory of their virtual neighbour in NSW (Parkes), they arranged a direct link to Carnarvon to capture the drama of this day. Parkes relayed messages, astronaut’s responses and Houston Control proceedings that were beamed across the continent. Emotions and spirits were high. People remembered student study trips and sessions long ago at Parkes, and there were anecdotes told that day which revealed much closer relationships with those Eastern States, than Carnarvon ever knew, before the Eagle landed.


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Mannum Combined Probus Club t the June meeting our guest speaker was Brian Hoffmann from Murray Bridge. Brian spoke about his three months teaching experience in Kabul, Afghanistan. Brian taught in the school as an extra teacher. There were eleven different nationalities in the class of 25 students. He certainly had a great experience in a troubled country. He also showed slides of different parts of the rugged country. You cannot help but


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realise what a lucky and wonderful country we have in Australia. For the July meeting, Henry Lucas, a Probus member, showed us a comprehensive DVD of his journey in the Icelandic countries, near the Arctic Circle. It was obviously a really interesting trip. Three visiting members from Murray Bridge Probus Club extended us an invitation to travel on a trip to Blight (NSW) next May with Meningie and

Murray Bridge members. We also welcomed into membership two new members Bev and Max Greer. Two other visitors, Joyleen Rosenzweig and Mirlene Bond, signed-up to become members of the Probus Club. On August 3rd a coach load of members will be travelling to The Pryers On The Fleurieu, on the Victor Harbor Road between McLaren Vale and Mount Compass, to enjoy their special brand of entertainment. This is

our second trip to see this very good show. After the show we will drive on to Middleton for lunch. On August 25th some members will be travelling to Lameroo to visit the Lameroo Probus Club, on an inter-zone visit. Feel free to come and join us in our happy Combined Probus Club in Mannum. Trevor Frahn



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Watawieh Yorlye A Red Hatter’s Story

ate last month myself, H.R.H. (Happy Red Hatter) Baroness Butterfly, and Lady Runamuk of the Murray Darlings, were given the opportunity to go to Norfolk Island for a week, with about 70 other like minded ladies from New Zealand, WA, Queensland, Victoria, NSW and ACT to join the Norfolk Islander’s newly formed chapter “The Purple Passions”. Most of us arrived on Saturday to be greeted by Queen Shirl the Pearl and some of her ladies. Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia, 1600 km NE of Sydney and measuring 8 km x 5 km. It is a volcanic outcrop formed 3 million years ago. About 1800 people live permanently on N.I. and enjoy a subtropical climate. English and Norfolkese are the languages spoken. What a colourful sight - 80 purple clad, red hatted ladies were walking,


driving or being bussed around the island. Most of us were doing what Red Hatters do best, shopping and talking, by mid afternoon on Saturday and it was non-stop after that. We had at least one Red Hat function organized each day and sometimes as many as three. We did everything from informal and formal dinners, champagne beach parties, liqueur tastings, mini golf, walks in rainforests, bus tours to boat trips - glass bottom (the boat not ours). We did a Street Parade with motorbikes, troop carriers and sports cars - locals and tourists lined both sides of the street to watch. We had cocktails and canapes and pj parties. We had a night as a convict and saw Wonderland by Night. We had breakfast bush walks and progressive dinners in local homes where the owners gave us interesting

stories of their history and families and life on the island, as well as delicious food. We saw a re-enactment of the Mutiny on the Bounty (with a sailing ship, tropical island and wharfs of London) played by local actors. We saw a Queen crowned, a postage stamp launched and we met the local Chief Minister, Andre Nobbs. The many friendly locals we met treated us as guests not tourists. Best of all, we met lots of lovely red-hatted ladies, formed new friendships, danced and laughed a lot and had a few tears when we finally had to leave it all behind. Thanks Red Hatters for another new and fun experience. PS. “Watawieh Yorlye” means “Hello, how are you?” in Norfolkese. Jo Norman (Baroness Butterfly)

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. “Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday.” Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager. Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall - pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.” She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?” The bank manager looks back at her and says... “It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

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An Australian Adventure Vivian Garner (Weathering the weather.) e got the expected January rain - and the January floods. Edgar came home early from work in Tamworth the day the rains began in earnest. His boss sent him home before the roads got cut and told him to expect three days stuck in the Creek. Which he got. The good news was flood pay was part of the pay package. The rain was short but intense and the main street had water running in at the back of the shops and out the front everything had been put up in anticipation. I realised that white ants (termites) were not the only reason the houses were all up on stumps. Regan sat in the front porch watching the rain streaming down the windows and puddling in the yard. Finally he announced, “If this keeps up I’m putting on my swimmers.” School holidays went from Christmas to the end of January. February was a scorcher. The fashion was dresses that hung from the shoulder, nothing with a waistline. I wasn’t long


following the fashion and it was much cooler. The kids were very careful to wear their hats and on really hot days they wet them under a tap before heading out. Which explained why terry towelling was the preferred hat material. Waking up cold came as a rude shock. A cold snap in March chilled the house overnight and I couldn’t get warm. The kids were happily off to school and if I had had enough sense to go outside I might have thawed out in the brilliant sunshine. But I stubbornly tried to keep to my usual routine of snatching a bit of reading time early in the day. Every cold morning I froze. The house was set up with lots of ventilation but cold wasn’t catered for. There was a kitchen wood stove that also heated our hot water and I put it on every morning. We hadn’t bothered before because the water came through the tap at just the right shower temperature on 40E C days. There was also a pitiful little metal fireplace in one

corner that literally held only a few sticks. You could see daylight where the flooring met the walls so that did no good at all. Neither it nor the kitchen stove made any difference to the rest of the house. I missed central heating. None of my friends seemed to be suffering. Finally I asked what I was doing wrong. My friend Daphne was visiting and she soon put me straight. She looked well groomed as usual in a pleated tartan skirt and a sweater. Then she showed me. Under the sweater she wore a favourite ladies garment called a ‘spencer’. All wool. Under her stylish red leggings she had a pair of Roy’s long underwear. We were not in Sydney and the slopes and ranges were considered cold by coastal standards. I was simply not dressing for the conditions. And I had to expect to change to something lighter as the day progressed. I found my sweaters and slacks and adopted a layered look. They weren’t as warm as

the pure wool my neighbours were wearing but it helped. The cold came and went. Afternoons were always beautiful; we bought an electric heater for watching TV at night and got out the extra blankets. I decided I had discovered the reason for fewer divorces in great grandma’s day. The prospect of crawling alone between those icy sheets took the heat out of an argument, I can tell you. The bathroom heater was an absolute necessity but first man up had to turn it on, which resulted in many a reluctant stay-a-bed. Once out, there was no recourse and it was mostly my turn as Esther insisted on her regular 6:30 wake up. She went back to bed after dry pants and a drink. I had not mastered lighting the kitchen fire without smoke everywhere so I had my choice of choking or freezing. Terra Lea took to wearing leotards, knee socks and her parka over her flannelette pajamas. I started keeping a diary. To be continued

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From Your Local Member School Pride Asset Program - Local Schools Receive Grants hree schools within the Schubert Electorate, Cambrai Area School, Mannum Community College and Williamstown Primary School have been successful in receiving grants from the School Pride Asset Program. The grant money will be utilised to improve and maintain the schools current facilities. All three schools received funding to upgrade paved areas and asphalt courts in the schools. Cambrai Area School received $60,000, Mannum Community College received $130,000 and Williamstown Primary School received $123,000. Member for Schubert, Mr Ivan Venning said that it was great the three schools received the grants and was especially pleased that Williamstown


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Ageing in the Murraylands with Millie ear MMs, “Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!”, is Barbara Johnson’s recipe. Melody Beattie with “The Language of Letting Go” is more subdued. Both tell their bittersweet stories of heartache and survival as they sought to both help and let go of people dear to their hearts. This month’s Mag brings the voice of an Aussie bloke, a veteran, plumber, leader of community groups, now a “I know I’m silly but I’m not stupid” 90-year-old to the topic of letting go when a loved one leaves a relationship, mentally and then physically. While Bill describes himself as a “Relinquished” Carer, he might just as easily use the term “RelinquishING Carer”. Women who have given children for adoption prefer ‘relinquishing’ as it reflects that the leaving and the remembering never end. So, too, the impact of being a full-time carer for someone who is dependent. Do read and reflect on his story, printed on page 22. I think


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it has something to say to everyone. For other carers, it offers encouragement to hang onto your sense of humour and make it a priority to keep your own life in balance, however insignificant those opportunities might seem. You do need to take care of your own mental and physical wellbeing. For people receiving care, maybe some opportunities to share Bill’s story will arise. I would just so much appreciate hearing from someone in that situation. How do you cope? Do please contact me via the Mannum Mag, and help others by sharing your story. For the rest of us, here’s another reminder to be gentle, non-judgmental, compassionate, generous, listening members of our community. Millie

Sillie Millie says: After his speech, the conference leader came and told Bill that Bronwyn Bishop wanted to meet the “Religious Carer”. You should have seen Bill’s face when he heard that!

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The Relinquished Carer’s Role This is an edited version of a talk given by Bill Heath to the Alzheimer’s Association. His wife, Evelyn, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1990 when she noticed lapses in concentration while playing the organ. He cared for her at home until she had a stroke in 1998. She died in 2005.


n being asked to share about this topic, I have at long last found the explanation of why I hate being alone. The eldest of 6 children; playing team sports; a large church youth group; Army service with showering in the company of at least a dozen, toileting with up to 2 score and eating with 100; returning to live for a time with in-laws, a wife and child. I have happily adapted to being with others. Is it any wonder that I do not cope as well in situations of aloneness. That is the word which expresses best for me the Relinquished Carer’s Role. Regardless of the type or duration of being relieved of the caring responsibility, this is only a part of the equation, more important are the demands in making that time vacuum meaningful, interesting and thereby beneficial. At first, it was a few hours at a time while Evelyn was with a Careworker through Community Options, then at Day Care and later the Mobile Dementia group. Finally the weeks when she was in residential respite. The Community Options was fantastic. Residential Respite for both of us, a disaster. However, all in all these experiences prepared me for what was to eventuate. Well, at least to a degree. On reflection I am convinced that I coped much better with my caring role than the traumas of being a Relinquished Carer. A stroke about 3 years ago terminated my full time caring role. 7 weeks in the RAH, most of the time seeking to arrange accommodation somewhere, then fortunately being admitted to the nursing section of the home where years of Day Care and occasional Residential Respite had been provided. This has been a real bonus. After years of caring for a wonderful ‘mate’, I was compelled to go solo. 50+ years of fantastic companionship came to an abrupt end, and at best I was ill prepared. Persistent loneliness is devastating. Unsolicited advice, exasperating. Seeking to adjust, challenging. Partial success, encouraging. As I have implied, words alone are inadequate to describe the Page 22

implications of aloneness. One has to “be there” in the vacuum to understand the desolation. I wonder if the experience is more difficult when the quality of the relationship is so fantastic. Maybe this could give some clues to what I am trying to convey. Before the stroke, on most mornings about 10a.m. we shared a cup of tea and biscuit. By then the conversation was almost entirely my responsibility. The response either a nod, a smile, or a shake of the head. We sat opposite, and the extending of a leg under the table was invariably accepted with pleasure. My wife always appreciated her cuppa, and I considered the ritual as essential. It was a vastly different proposition after the stroke. It was not the same when on my own. The same brand of tea tasted quite different. Are taste buds controlled by the mind? Laugh if you want. My wife’s favourite towel is still hanging on the bathroom door. Cashmere Bouquet soap is in the holders (incidentally, it is the brand used at the Nursing Home). Certain photos are in evidence, and I attempt to emulate her style of cooking. Regular visits for me are essential. I am now receiving great satisfaction by taking “my girl” in a wheelchair around the avenues of Royston Park and Joslin, occasionally passing the house where she attended for piano tuition, and Toowoomba House where I was born. Unsolicited Advice. If I had to pay I would be bankrupt. I accept that it is some people’s way of expressing concern. Just months after the stroke, a sister-in-law told me to sell “our” house and get a small unit. The home I went into as a 3 year old. The place where I had personally made so many improvements. I was trying to come to terms with enough grief without that. Several others have asked, “Why do you visit so often when you indicate there is so little by way of obvious response? Surely you do not try and talk to her?” If only they knew. There are (thankfully) the few who

are not prepared to accept the short answer. The Adjustment. I am extremely thankful that about 20 years ago I attended a WEA course on “Planning for Retirement”. The first of a panel of lecturers laid the foundation of a philosophy which has helped tremendously. He surprised in the introduction by saying the title was at fault. His own experience illustrated what he was implying. He planned on retirement a wider scope of reading and at least an extra round of golf each week. Six months before the special day, he was diagnosed as having glaucoma. Prepare. Planning can bring disappointment and stress. Is prepare not another way of emphasizing, go with the flow? I continue to brain-storm the options, hoping to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. Not always successfully, but when it is possible, it’s extremely satisfying. The degree of sanity I display is enhanced by my interest in non-fiction reading, and enjoyment of classical music. I am a Mozart fan, and appreciate Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn. Each week at least one letter goes to a daughter in Darwin. Plus, more importantly, I try in a small way to emulate my 20th century idol, Martin Luther King Jr. One of his pertinent statements: “every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” My involvement with the Respite

Action group, and a much greater time-consuming responsibility on the Eastern Carers’ Support Board of Management bring interest, challenge, satisfaction and, yes, enjoyment. Please do not be misguided into believing I am always on top of things. However I do modestly believe I experience more highs than lows. One real “battle ground” was to accept what was for me, sheer disappointment in the type of responses displayed by some members of our family. Wanting to remember their mother as she “was”. An only sister claiming the same reason for not visiting. I was feeling too much anger and disappointment for my own good, so surrendered to them the right to “do their own thing”. The other was an even more difficult dilemma. Did I, in the light of our marriage vows, have the right to a relationship? Was I denying the love that I claimed for my wife? Do I suppress my perceived needs? In situations like this, I cynically believe one is damned if one does, and damned if one does not. Only this last week I read in Catherine Cookson’s autobiography; “If your heart tells you it is right, do it. If the head should try and interfere, tell it to mind its own business”. The life of A Relinquished Carer is at least an interesting one. Bill Heath




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August Market /Trash ‘n Treasure Mannum Showgrounds Date: Sunday 2nd Time: 9:00am–2:00pm Cost: Free Admission Contact: Irene Lovell 8569 2541 Sites Available SALA Arnold Gallery. Showcase of local, river–related photographs by local photographers, during the Festival. Date: 7th–23rd Time: Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm Sat & Sun: 10am–4pm Contact: Jenny Callander, Mannum Dock Museum 8569 2733 Captain Arnold The River Drawn Exhibition Arnold Gallery Date: Wednesday 26th onwards Time: Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm Sat & Sun: 10am–4pm Contact: Jenny Callander, Mannum Dock Museum 8569 2733 September Market/Trash ‘n Treasure Mannum Showgrounds Date: Sunday 6th Time: 9.00am–2.00pm Cost: Free Admission Contact: Irene Lovell 8569 2541 Sites Available Australian International Pedal Prix Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge Date: Thur 17th–Sun 20th Cost: $10, Child (under 10) Free Contact: Andrew McLachlan 8357 1978 2009 Australian Quad Motocross Championship Monato Motocross Track Date: Sat 19th–Sun 20th Time: 9am–6pm Cost: $10, Child (under 16) Free Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Show 2009 Murray Bridge Showgrounds Date: Sat 26th–Sun 27th Time: 8am–9pm Cost: Adults $10, Concession $8, Child (5 to 14) $5 Contact: 8531 0248 Mindarie-Halidon Cup Halidon ( Karoonda Alawoona Road) A Picnic Day. The “Melbourne Cup” of the Mallee. Bus from Mannum. Date: Sunday 27th Contact: 8578 7015

Leave the details of regular meetings at the CHIPS Office or e-mail to: Monthly 1st Monday 9:45am Combined Probus, Mannum Club 1st Tuesday 7:30pm Show Committee, Showground 1st Wednesday 2:00pm Mannum Mag Committee, Showground. Ph. 8569 2385 2nd Wednesday 9:00am Shared Stitches of Mannum Quilting Group. Ph. 8569 1035 3rd Tuesday pm Palmer Card Day, Lutheran Hall Palmer. Ph. 8532 2255 7:30pm Neighbourhood Watch, Senior Citizens Centre 3rd Thursday 11:00am RSL, Mannum Community Club 4th Thursday 7:30pm Progress Association, Mannum Community College Staff room. All welcome. Last Monday 1:30pm Hospital Auxiliary, Meeting Room, Esmerelda Street Weekly Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00–3:00 The Hall, 5 Greening Street, Mannum. Ph. 8569 1643 Monday 3:00pm Mannum Town Choir, Uniting Church hall. In recess until Monday 7th September. Ph. 8569 2295 Tuesday & Friday 8:30am Walkie Talkies, Lions Den, Show Ground Other Alternate Fridays 1:30pm Senior Citizens Club, Senior Cit. Rooms (Rear of Leisure Centre). Ph. 85692795 2nd & 4th Tuesday 10:00am Craft Group. Uniting Church Cottage. Ph. 85691827.

2009 PUBLICATION DEADLINES Friday (12 noon) For Publication in August 21 September Issue 39 September 25 October Issue 40 October 23 November Issue 41 Email: Telephone: 85692295 (Elf), 85698112 (Denise) Drop in to: 39 Randell Street, Mannum SA 5238 (a mailbox kindly provided by MMCSS/CHIPS) Email facilities provided by Broadband Anywhere

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Monday Art Classes with Evelyn. 12 noon-3 pm. MYOB. On demand, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Tuesday Starting Out on Your Computer. Start 7/7/09, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Belly Dancing at the Mannum Community Club, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm. Wednesday Getting the Most Out of Your Computer. Start 8/7/09, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Getting the Most Out of the Internet. On demand, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Digital Story Telling. On demand, 9:00 am-12 noon. Thursday Knit-In Group. 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. Community Art. 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Friday Cooking with Native Ingredients. Adult Literacy and Numeracy. On demand.

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Mannum School Community Library School Term Times School Holidays Mon, Thur, Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon, Tue, Wed (am), Thur, Fri: Tue: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Wed: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Wed (pm): 04:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sat: 9:30 am - 12 noon Sat: 10:00 am - 12 noon Closed Sunday and Public Holidays. Further information: 8569 2005

Mannum Leisure Centre Monday Spin Bike and Boxing Circuit Ladies Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am Tai Chi (advanced) 11:00-12 noon Tai Chi (beginners) 3:30-5:30 pm Junior Basketball 6:00-7:00 pm Spin Bike Classes 6:15-7:15 pm J u n i o r N a t i o n a l Karate 7:00-10:00 pm M i x e d S q u a s h Competition 7:30-8:45 pm S e n i o r N a t i o n a l Karate Wednesday 10:00-12 noon Carpet Bowls 12:30-4:30 pm Card Games 5.45- 6.30pm Pilates 6:30-7:30 pm Kickboxercise See note below Soccer Thursday 9:30-10:30 am Mannum Movers gentle exercise class 6:30-7:30 pm Men’s Boxing Circuit See note below Soccer Note: Junior and Senior Soccer Wednesday, Thursday evenings. Contact Centre for times. Friday 10:00 am-10:00 pm Seniors & Friends Cards & Games Saturday 9:00-11:00 am-Gym-squash Squash courts, gym, and cardio room are available during opening hours. Opening Hours Mornings Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00 am - 12 noon Tue, Thur: 6:00 am - 12 noon Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Afternoons Reopening at 3:00 pm, closing at the end of the sporting program or activity. Stadium and Clubroom available for hire for functions on weekends. Further information: 8569 0185 Pam Cutjar, Centre Manager 6:00-8:00 pm

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Mannum Mag Issue 38 August 2009  

Local community news magazine for Mannum, South Australia, and surrounding district.