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Happy song JUDITH Crocker is all smiles at the Melbourne Ukulele Kollection’s (MUK) bayside get together. The ukulele playing group began in Aspendale five years ago and is always happy to welcome new members. See story Page 4. Picture: Gary Sissons

Marriage equality’s big ‘yes’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au THE majority of voters across the federal electorate of Isaacs backed same-sex marriage in the marriage equality postal survey in line with the nationwide vote. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced last Wednesday (15 November) that 61.6 per cent of eligible voters across the nation voted for the law to be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry and 38.4 per cent opposed the move. An ABS breakdown of voting showed 65.3 per cent of Isaacs voters voted “yes” and 34.7 per cent voted “no”. The seat of Isaacs is held by Labor MP Mark Dreyfus. The electorate includes Mordialloc, Keysborough, Waterways, Noble Park, Chelsea, Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Edithvale, Bonbeach, Patterson Lakes and Carrum. Mr Dreyfus called the result of the survey “a great day for equality”. “Of course, we already knew that a majority of Australians supported marriage equality and this wasteful

and divisive survey never needed to happen, but I am so pleased that equality has won,” he said. “Of Australia’s 150 federal electorates, 133 voted in favour of marriage equality. I am very pleased to say that the great electorate of Isaacs voted yes by a nearly two to one margin. “I have voted for marriage equality in the Parliament at every opportunity since my election in 2007. It’s been a long campaign and there is only one more step to take.” Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is confident samesex marriage can be legalised in Australia by the end of the year. Some MPs want exemptions put in place to allow businesses and religious groups to be able to refuse to be involved in same-sex marriage wedding ceremonies. “The Australian people have spoken. Let’s get this done. It’s time for the Parliament to vote for marriage equality,” Mr Dreyfus said. The ABS confirmed last week the non-binding postal survey cost taxpayers almost $100 million.

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Seconds for Staikos as mayor Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au KINGSTON has a new mayor after Cr Steve Staikos was elected last week by his councillor peers to the mayoralty. North ward councillor Staikos was elected unopposed last Wednesday evening (15 November) at a public council meeting. It is the second time Cr Staikos will serve a 12-month mayoral term having previously been mayor in 2010, two years after first being elected to council as a councillor in 2008. Cr Staikos succeeds Cr David Eden as mayor. “Over the next 12 months we’ll be working closely with the community to focus strongly on how to protect our local neighbourhoods from the impacts of overdevelopment through a new housing and neighbourhood character strategy and car parking strategy,” Cr Staikos said. At last week’s meeting the new mayor said his day job at the Community Housing Federation of Victoria means he has a goal to improve access to affordable housing in the Kingston area. “I have found working for a small not-for-profit peak body has been a rewarding challenge,” Cr Staikos said. “It has embedded in me a passion for social and affordable housing and given me a wealth of knowledge that I plan to put to good use here in Kingston. “Those of you who know me know that I am deeply committed to grassroots social justice and the Aussie values of fairness and egalitarianism.”

Blaze dumped: Firefighters spray rubbish from a dump truck. Pic: Gary Sissons

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Incoming: New mayor Steve Staikos in the mayoral robes.

He said he would “take full advantage” of looming state and federal elections to argue for funding for major projects. Councillors praised outgoing mayor Cr David Eden. Cr Tamara Barth said he had been

“diligent, thorough and considered” throughout his mayoral term. “You have maintained a real sense of calm and I think sometimes that calm was such a wonderful influence because it was really able to set the tone for some of our meetings,” she said. Cr Eden thanked councillors for their support.

“I don’t think we had any meetings that exploded into chaos or any meetings we had to bring to an end.” Cr Georgina Oxley was elected unopposed as new deputy mayor succeeding Cr Rosemary West in the role reintroduced at Kingston Council last year after several years when there was no deputy mayor.

THE driver of a City of Kingston recycling truck made a quick detour to Regents Park in Aspendale when he noticed smoke billowing from the rear of his truck, 12.17pm, Tuesday 21 November. Arriving in the car park he dumped his load of burning recyclables before calling fire officers. Three Country Fire Authority vehicles from Edithvale and one from Patterson River arrived within minutes. They took an hour to extinguish the fire. Edithvale CFA captain Graham Fountain said the driver doing his normal round “did the right thing” in finding a vacant site away from houses or people. “He saved his truck and went somewhere safe to dump his load, so full credit to the driver,” he said. The cause of the fire is unknown but there “must have been something flammable in the load,” Captain Fountain said. “Residents should be aware not to put anything flammable in their rubbish.”

All change for bus routes through suburbs CHANGES to bus routes may be on the way. The state government says the proposed changes will make travel on buses “simpler and more reliable” but wants to hear from public transport users about the altered routes. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson has urged people who use the following bus services to give feedback on the changes. n Route 705 will be realigned to travel along Boundary Rd, Lower Dandenong Rd, Warren St and White St with an aim to improve access for Parkdale Secondary College students and the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre n Route 708 buses will split into two shorter journeys, with Route 708 realigned to travel between Mordialloc and Chelsea via Wells Rd, making it easier

for passengers to get to Melbourne Cable Park n The new Route 707 will replace the 708 bus route between Hampton and Mordialloc train station, meaning more daytime buses running every 20 minutes to connect with trains n Changes to the Route 857 service will increase coverage to include Chelsea Holiday Park and the BlueCross Gardenia Aged Care facility by realigning the route along Scotch Parade in Chelsea. n Route 858 will be also re-routed in Edithvale to travel along Montrose Avenue and in Chelsea Heights, to replace a section Route 708 buses covered n Route 706 bus services are being discontinued due to low patronage, with passengers on the route within close walking distance to Frankston line trains

at Mordialloc and Chelsea stations “We’re improving bus routes in and around Mordialloc to meet the needs of local passengers as the south east grows,” Mr Richardson said. “These changes will make it faster and easier to get to the park and shops, and better connect locals with trains so they can get where they need to go.” Community drop-in information sessions are being hosted by Public Transport Victoria on Thursday 23 November at Longbeach PLACE, 15 Chelsea Rd, Chelsea at 12-2pm and Monday 27 November at Parkdale Secondary College, West Wing, Warren Rd, Mordialloc at 4-6pm. See getinvolved.ptv.vic.gov.au/mordialloc or call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 for further information.

Timetable changes: Bus services set to be rerouted after feedback. Pic: Gary Sissons




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IT is an instrument that conjures an image of tropical breezes and happy times. The ukulele; quirky and fun, it quickly brings a smile to the faces of those listening to its sound. But this story about ukuleles doesn’t start in a background of white beaches, and Hawaiian shirts. Instead, it starts in an apartment tower in Singapore. When Michael Bell was there visiting his son in 2011, he came across a ukulele group in the apartment tower. People would get together, play uke, and enjoy each other’s company. Inspired, Mr Bell decided to start his own uke group. Melbourne already had a ukulele group, Melbourne Ukulele Kollective (MUK) but they were based in Brunswick, and too far for bayside or peninsula residents to travel to. Luckily for Michael, one of their members, Sue Telfer, was retiring from MUK and agreed to help establish a bayside group. In January 2012, they had their first meeting in Aspendale. With just four members, they began getting together on Thursday nights, playing ukulele and having fun. “Initially it was just all about getting together as like-minded people and playing ukulele,” Mr Bell said. But he had hit on something, and the popularity of his little uke group grew fast. “Now we have around 60 mem-

bers who meet weekly”. So, what is the attraction? “Longbeach Ukes (LUKES) is about getting active. It is about getting off our backsides, and away from our televisions, and involved in something,” said Michael, who is president of the group. “We are open for all ages, and the beauty of it is that even if you can’t play a single chord on the ukulele, you can come along, join in, and learn!”. Mr Bell and gig manager, Rick Nuttall, describe the club as a “shot in the arm”; an enjoyable experience that has grown faster than they expected. “At the start, we just had 10 people sitting around plunking ukes,” Rick said. “But now we have lifted the professionalism of the group. We have had to work on introducing accompanying instruments, harmonies etc to get the sound right”. And it must be working as the uke group is in strong demand. “These days, we are actively pursuing gigs, which is a change that has occurred over the years,” Mr Nuttall said. “We play music festivals, retirement homes, schools; all sorts of other places. We have a core group of uke players that play gigs… not all of our members do”. There is no doubt that the audiences love it. “We played at a nursing home. It was a great gig and everybody had a ball,” Mr Nuttall said. “But at the end, the staff asked us if we could go and visit a 98-year-old resident

in her room. “She was too ill to make it out to the performance, and was disappointed. “We all crowded into her room and gave her a private performance, playing a wartime medley” “Before long, the lady had tears streaming down her face. A little taken aback, we thought we may have done something wrong, but she said no, they were simply tears of joy.” And that probably best sums up Longbeach Ukes; a simple thing that brings joy to both those who play it and those that hear it. “It is always nice to have new people,” Mr Bell said. “We run beginners’ workshops where people can come and learn ukulele for just $10 a lesson.” “And our membership age ranges from people in their twenties to their eighties.” “All of us that have been involved in the journey have found it a rewarding experience; one of fun and fellowship, and just having a great time together as a group.” Longbeach Ukes can be contacted via Michael Bell on 0409 241 947.

Aloha: Meredith East, left in pic, Don East and Judith Crocker are keen ukulele players after joining the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective. Picture: Gary Sissons


25 – 26 NOVEMBER 2017 Upcoming changes to the Frankston line Between November 25–26, works will continue to remove level vel crossings along the Frankston Line, which will affect the way you travel. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you’ll be on your way.

Buses will replace Frankston Line trains • Between Frankston and Carrum stations from 12.45am Saturday aturday 25 November until last service Sunday 26 November. • Extra buses will be provided for patrons travelling to and from the Frankston Festival of Lights on 25 November. Please plan ahead and allow up to an extra 20 minutes’ travel avel time.

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Open day showcases PLACE to be A COMMUNITY centre in Chelsea will host an open day this weekend thanks to a $9500 grant from the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Longbeach PLACE is one of just 21 centres across the nation to receive the grant to host the open day to showcase the workshops and classes the community centre offers all year round. The open day on Saturday (25 November) coincides with Philanthropy Partnerships Week. “To help celebrate, we will have a variety of presentations and workshops on offer to the public, including computer presentations, yoga workshops, creative writing workshops, floristry and many others,” Longbeach PLACE teacher Carrie Ewin said. “These will be delivered by our staff and partner organisations including the Bendigo Bank, Victoria Police, Kingston Libraries and Chelsea PC Support Group.” Carnival games, market stalls, a sausage sizzle and a charity auction will be held on the day. See longbeachplace.org.au/openday or call 9776 1386 for further information about the open day on Saturday 25 November at Longbeach PLACE, 15 Chelsea Rd, Chelsea at 11am-3pm.


Learning hub: Brenda McManus, left, Carrie Ewin, Sandra Kinsella and, front, Jan Garson at Longbeach PLACE community centre. Picture: Gary Sissons

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NEWS DESK Defibs funding SPORTING clubs can apply for grants to buy defibrillators and emergency lifesaving training in the latest round of the state government Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said: “I urge all sport and recreation clubs to consider applying for a defibrillator through this fantastic program, and if they receive one they should register with Ambulance Victoria to ensure the defibrillator is correctly installed and relevant people trained to use it.” The program is a chance for club members to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players and spectators suffering sudden heart attacks get help until paramedics arrive. “We believe defibs should be a standard piece of medical equipment at all sporting clubs to protect the players, volunteers and supporters,” St John Ambulance Victoria CEO Gordon Botwright said. “We understand that clubs struggle to raise the funds to purchase a defib which is why programs such as this are vital for the community.” Grant applications are open until 22 December. See sport.vic.gov.au or call 1300 650 172 for further information.

Bargain art sale MENTONE Mordialloc Art Group’s annual art bargain sale will be held at Mentone Activity Hub, 29 Venice St, Mentone from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 9 December, 10am-4pm. Original framed and unframed work in all art mediums will be available for sale for between $10-$250. Handpainted cards will be $4.50 each. See mentone-mordiallocartgroup. org.au or call 9584 6376 for more information.

New drug for Ally and all would be ‘life changer’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au IT took six years for the daughter of Georgia and Stewart Clarke to be diagnosed with a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy and it’s an ordeal the Seaford family hopes other families in future can avoid. The parents first became concerned when daughter Ally, now aged 10, missed important early development milestones, such as crawling, when very young. Mrs Clarke is calling for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to be included in the genetic disorder screening list for newborns. “It would be the best outcome for parents because they wouldn’t go through the trauma of misdiagnosis,” she said. “Ally didn’t crawl and my mum tried to tell me how seriously important crawling is. “I was actually was quite ignorant and unfortunately Ally was misdiagnosed a couple of times, unfortunately.” A new drug Spinraza that alleviates extreme fatigue and lack of muscle strength to do the things other people take for granted — such as being able to walk for more than a short distance — has been approved for sale in Australia this month but it remains out of reach for most families unless it is included in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The drug costs about $500,000 each year to administer three times a year. “Without PBS funding, it’s totally

out of reach for most Australian families,” Mrs Clarke said. “In order for it to change lives and save lives, it would have to be PBS listed.” She said Ally loves playing sports but it has to be managed for safety reasons and fatigue quickly sets in. “The quality of her life would be amazing with that medication.” Spinraza manufacturer Biogen says there are about 800 Australians living with SMA and there is no cure. Noticeable weakness or limited function in limbs, muscle twitches and loss of reflexes can be signs of SMA, graded from type I (severe) to type IV. Ally has type III SMA and Mrs Clarke says she “faces the challenges of invisible disability”. “People sometimes have a go saying ‘you should be helping your mum’ when I’m putting groceries in a bag in the supermarket but Ally would struggle to lift one item into the bag.” Mrs Clarke says families should contact SMA Australia for support. “They are amazing — I don’t think I’ve waited more than 30 minutes for a call back or return email,” she said. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, MP for Flinders, said that under the National Health Act the federal government cannot subsidise the cost of a medicine unless it is recommended by the independent Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. “I have met with several families directly impacted by spinal muscular atrophy and I have seen first hand how it affects those who suffer from it,” he said.

“They will only recommend medicines when they are satisfied about safety and effectiveness.” Mrs Clarke praised Mr Hunt and Dunkley Liberal MP Chris Crewther for being supportive of the family when approached to talk about Ally’s health challenges.

Rare disorder: Georgia and Ally Clarke hope for a brighter future if a drug that helps alleviate symptoms of spinal muscular atrophy is PBS approved. Picture: Gary Sissons


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A YOUNG man was savagely bashed on Mordialloc pier, 5.30pm, Tuesday 14 November. Police were told a number of men about the same age assaulted the 21-year-old, punching and kicking him unconscious, before dragging him to the edge and preparing to throw him over. A young woman screamed and ran to assist – which may have saved him from drowning, police said later. The attackers fled prior to police arriving. Paramedics arrived and treated the Noble Park man who, despite the beating, received only minor injuries.

Pier ‘glassing’ in unprovoked attack DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after another 21-year-old man was bashed and “glassed” with a broken bottle on Mordialloc pier, early evening, Wednesday 18 October. The man, who was with a mate, told police his attacker at first asked for a cigarette before launching a savage assault which included head-butting, punching and kicking. The victim yelled: “What are you doing this for? We haven’t done anything to you.” His attacker then smashed a bottle on the steel railing and used it to stab his victim in the face. Bystanders called 000. The victim received a broken nose, broken teeth, and cuts to his face in the unprovoked attack which forced him to take a week off work to recover. Detective Senior Constable Colin Lavelle, of Kingston CIU, said the attacker was about 17 years old, of Asian appearance, 156cm tall, with shoulder length black hair. He was wearing a cream-coloured beret. CCTV shows him walking past the Bay Hotel and catching a bus in Centreway.

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A FORMER bush walker turned bush poet will have her poetry preserved in print in a project that proves it is never too late to have written work published. Mary Lyons, 87, a former Mt Martha resident and keen walker in the Peninsula Bushwalking Club in the 1980s and 1990s is now mostly confined to a wheelchair at Somercare in Somerville but her love of life living amongst nature is vividly described in her poetry. She worked as a tobacco picker, hop picker and dairy hand. Husband Norm passed on after 54 years of marriage. Family friend Kev Cooper, whose mother also resides at Somercare, said he is gathering the bush poet’s work together to publish in an ebook next year. “My objective is simply to share Mary’s beautiful poetry with the world,” he said. The ebook, called Poetry of the Australian High Country, is written by Lyons from her life experiences living in the Victorian and Tasmanian bush over a 40-year period. Mr Cooper said The Henry Lawson Society poetry and literacy group, based in Kingston and headed by Tony Lambides-Turner, visited Somercare last month to hear readings of the poems. Ms Lyons was inducted as an honorary life member of the Peninsula Bushwalking Club in 1992 by then president Alan Miller. Current club president John Trevillian described Ms Lyons as “a real character with a great love of the bush”. “Mary is a very unassuming character that would never chase the limelight,” Mr Cooper said. “I rate Mary’s poetry works as equal to any of our Australian greats along with the likes of Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, CJ Dennis and Dorothea McKellar.”

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Being found to be in ‘breach’ of Kingston Council’s councillor code of conduct over a statement on a pre-election flyer was a miscarriage of justice (“Councillor ‘breached’ conduct code”, The News 1/11/17). I refused to apologise and voted to make the reports public so people could see that what I said about Cr Geoff Gledhill was true and that his complaint was petty and repressive. Sixteen of 17 statements in his complaints were found not to be in breach of council’s code. I provided evidence of repeated votes by Crs Gledhill and Ron Brownlees that would have allowed virtually all of Kingston’s privately-owned Green Wedge to be carved up for subdivision, had they been implemented. The arbiter dismissed this evidence. Cr Gledhill complained about other statements in my flyer about himself and Cr Brownlees found not to be in breach: their threats to “the two-storey height limit for developments west of the railway line by voting to proceed with a planning amendment to allow four-storey development on the Mentone Hotel site”; their initial opposition to the four-storey height limit in Mentone Shopping Centre; their votes to hand the Mordialloc Masonic Hall to the private sector and to sell the Collins Street depot, urgently needed for parkland. He also objected to my comment that majority councillors had undermined council policy discouraging two-storey developments in backyards in incremental change areas. These statements all support the point on which I was allegedly in breach. Cr Gledhill had plenty of time to rebut them before the election if he thought they were wrong but chose not to do so. Cr Gledhill’s complaints were designed to suppress any criticism of his performance by other councillors even at election time. Cr Rosemary West, Central ward

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The state government is planning to construct the Mornington Peninsula Freeway from Dingley Village to connect with Springvale Rd. Waterways and Aspendale residents will be affected by the visual impact of an elevated four-lane freeway as well as the non-stop traffic noise 24 hours a day. The visual impact of a large structure, a four-lane elevated roadway raised at key points in a flat landscape will be clearly seen from residential settings. This will have devastating effect on Waterways wetlands and Aspendale Gardens residents as the road crosses Mordialloc Creek before joining Springvale Rd. Although there is much angst about the impact that rail under road level crossing removals will have on the RAMSAR listed Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, there is not the same concern about threats to Waterways wetlands which were recently the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Restoration Practice by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. These wetlands were also featured on the ABC’s Garden program as a successful example of the use of wetlands in the restoration of degraded land. The Waterways wetlands contain three matters of national environmental significance (MNES). Plant removal must be referred to the Commonwealth Environmental protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC) before action is taken. The MNES which apply to Waterways wetlands are wetlands of international importance, nationally threatened species, ecological communities and migratory species. Clearly, Waterways wetlands are too important to be sacrificed in the insatiable demand for freeways rather the Victorian government should be proudly protective of two nationally significant wetlands which must be held in trust for the enjoyment of future generations. Mary Rimington, secretary, Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc

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bottleneck at Dingley. Yet if Mr Richardson runs true to form, he may give it to them. He is minimising any policy differences with the Liberals, thus depriving voters of the choice. To ease congestion, the state government should complete the planned extension of the Westall Bypass to channel the South Eastern traffic more directly onto the Monash Freeway and keep it out of Kingston. Thanks to pressure from Mr Richardson, embattled in the marginal seat of Mordialloc, the Mordialloc Bypass has replaced the Westall Bypass as the government’s priority. There is no funding for the Westall Bypass extension, which runs through less marginal seats. Far better still to spend the money on a public transport system that allows commuters to leave their cars at home. And leave the birds, the residents and the parkgoers in peace. Trevor Shewan, president, Kingston Ratepayers’ Association

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Tyabb soldier returns home wounded Compiled by Brodie Cowburn AMONGST the names in the last list of returning wounded soldiers we are pleased to see that of Private A. E. Hollier, of Tyabb. *** WE regret to have to record the death of Pte. A. J. Dent, at the front. Word was received by the mother of deceased a few days ago of the sad event, and general sympathy is expressed for the bereaved friends. Mr H. Purdy has also been notified that his son has been wounded in the face, though the extent of the injury is not stated. Both lads were well known in Frankston and generally liked. *** A MEETING of the supporters of the reinforcements referendum will be held in the Mechanics’ Institute, Frankston, on Tuesday evening next, for the purpose of forming a committee in furtherance of the successful carrying out of the referendum. As the time is very limited prior to the referendum being taken, it is necessary, if anything useful is to be done, to commence at once. *** THE Somerville branch of the Red Cross Society assisted by the residents of the district are entertaining the returned wounded soldiers on Saturday Dec 1st. The Langwarrin band will play selections during the day, and all are invited to come and give the boys a cheer. *** ON Friday last flags were flying at half mast when it became known

that Pte D. Henderson was reported killed in action. *** DEATH NOTICE ON the 16th October, in France, Private Alfred James Dent, the beloved and only son of Mrs Dent, of Frankston and loving brother of Mrs Alf C Hill, and Mrs F Scarborough, and Annie. We pictured your safe returning, Alf. We longed to clasp your hand but God has postponed our meeting. It will be in a better land. He died a hero - One of the best. *** A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday next Nov 26th 8pm. in the Mechanics’ Hall. Business—Election of office bearers for Cool Stores, and other. All interested are invited. Important. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold an extensive clearing sale of the whole of the furnishings of a 14 roomed residence, on account of Mrs A. S. Panter (who has sold her property), on Wednesday next, at their mart, Bay street. *** A VERY pretty wedding took place on the 7th November, at the Mornington Junction Presbyterian Church. The bridegroom was Walter Ernest John Scott, late of the 39th Battalion in the A.I.F. only living, son of the late Henry Charles Scott and Mrs J. A. Hurndell, Mornington Junction. The bride, Violet Edith Wilson, second eldest daughter of the late

Charles Wilson of Moorooduc and Mrs James Male of Mornington Junction. The ceremony was performed by the Rev G. Carson of Balaclava, late of Mornington. The bride was charmingly dressed in cream crepe de Chine, with the usual veil and orange blossom arranged in a cap effect, and she carried a bouquet of roses, carnations and maidenhair fern. She was given away by her stepfather and was attended by two little bridesmaids (step sisters of the bride) dressed in embroided voil, and carried pink bouquets with pink streamers. *** THE annual meeting of the Western Port Parochial Council was held in Holy Trinity School Room, on Saturday last, November 17th. Captain Chaplain Croker of Caulfield Hospital, gave a very interesting account of the work the church league of soldiers’ friends is doing for the men in khaki. His Grace the Archbishop also spoke of the good work being done. At 12.30 the delegates adjourned for lunch which had been provided by the ladies of Holy Trinity and was all that could be desired. *** AN evening was held in the Seaford Hall on Wednesday, 21st September to “Welcome Home” two of the local boys, Privates W. Martin and A Mathewson, who have been returned to us wounded. The hall was packed and many were unable to get a seat.

Major Conder, Officer Commanding Langwarrin Camp, made a capital chairman. Several of the Langwarrin boys assisted in the programme which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Supper was catered for by the Ladies, after which those who danced were well catered for until 12.30. *** RESIDENTS of Frankston and district will be sorry to learn that “The Hermit”’ has been removed to the Melbourne Hospital. On Sunday last, Dr Maxwell, hearing that the old-man was ill, visited the camp and found him suffering from heart trouble. John Maddox, who was formerly a sea captain, has lived a life practically cut off from the outside world, in a secluded spot, about two miles from Frankston, for the past twelve years. His unique and picturesque abode has been admired by hundreds of visitors to Frankston from whom he refuses to accept money, preferring to work for his food. Since the above was in type we learn that “The Hermit” died at the Homoepathic Hospital on Friday morning last. The body will be brought to Frankston today and buried in Frankston cemetery on Sunday afternoon. *** A DISTURBANCE took place at Frankston on Saturday evening last, when a crowd of weekend visitors arrived by the train. They proceeded to stroll down the

main street in a disorderly fashion, laughing and calling out boisterously, when Constable Ryan remonstrated with them. On them not taking any notice, the constable decided to arrest one of the worst behaved, and while on the way to the lockup, several of his companions attempted to effect a rescue. The policeman warned them to desist, but one of them followed to the police station, and as he would not go away when requested, Ryan went to arrest him also. In the ensuing struggle the first offender, it is alleged, viciously attacked the constable, who was kicked, struck about the face and body, and knocked violently against the fence. He retaliated, however, fought with his prisoner, and finally handcuffed the other man, and lodged them both in the cells. *** ON Saturday night a novelty night was run by the Social Club and proved very successful, a great number of costumes being worn. The prize winners were, ladies: Miss E. Unthank; gents: Mr Twyford. A number of visitors from Mornington were present and all enjoyed the evening. *** THIS week a large number of local residents are on the Island after mutton bird eggs. A good trip should result. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 24 November 1917

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The Russians Have Invaded My Toaster By Stuart McCullough IT happens rarely. Having to buy a new toaster is something you only do because the old one has somehow come to grief. No one decides they need a flashier appliance in which to make their breakfast. Toasters are the ultimate quiet achiever. For days, weeks and then years on end, they spit out high-quality produce until one day, without warning, they don’t. Our toaster had served us well. Perhaps weakened by a lifetime of multigrain, the lever broke. Let me say right up front that I regard this as so much more than just a run of the mill mechanical failure. It’s betrayal, pure and simple. Appliances ought to live forever. In fact, I’m sure they used to. I’m certain that the video recorder once used by my great great great great grandparents back on the farm in Ireland still works an absolute treat and it’s only because you can’t buy a three hour VHS cassette to save yourself in this day and age that I no longer use it. Appliances, by rights, should be immortal. I don’t want to have to buy a toaster every few years because the one I bought can’t hack it in the real world. It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I, personally, think it goes much, much further than that. Breakfast is the bedrock of humanity. Do you think there’d be a United Nations if breakfast didn’t exist? Not a chance. Einstein would never had developed the Theory of Relativity without a bowl of Wheetbix. Odds are, he’d still stumbling around in his pyjamas


and scratching himself, were it not for breakfast. No breakfast means no music and no art. There just wouldn’t be a sufficient cause to get out of bed. Without it, we’re all lost. It was obvious that we needed a new toaster. And quickly. But because buying a toaster is something you only ever do as a matter of necessity, there’s always some major advance in toaster technology to wrap your head

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around. Last time, it was ‘crumpet control’. It sounded almost Orwellian. I’ll admit that, despite some initial skepticism, I’ve grown to love ‘crumpet control’. It got to the point that, if offered crumpets, I would demand to know if ‘crumpet control’ had been used, and refuse to eat the results if the answer was anything other than affirmative. So it was that a pointless extravagance became indispensible.

I arrived home from work to find the old toaster gone – presumably to the Big Breakfast in the sky – and a new, shiny toaster in its place. The first thing I noticed was that there was no lever to press to make the bread go down. It was a ‘button only’ affair. Making toast is an art that has now entered the twenty-first century. While some might think it was about time, for me it seemed like too much, too fast. I simply wasn’t ready for my breakfast to enter the digital age. For me, toast is a reminder of a simpler time. Despite my reluctance, I was curious. What could my new-age supertoaster do that the old one couldn’t? After syncing my emails to the crumb tray and hooking it up to the wi-fi so that I can get my breakfast started while still in bed simply by sending an email, I was dazzled by the bank of glowing buttons. Not only did it have a ‘crumpet control’ function, it also had a ‘fruit bread’ button. This, presumably, is to once and for all put an end to the phenomenon we’ve all suffered at some point whereby you set fire to your fruit bread because you forgot to lower the setting. It was always such an exciting moment. Another step forward, another tradition gone. It also had a button labeled ‘a little bit more’. The idea being that if your toast is not quite to your liking, you can send it back for a little more time without the risk of it becoming horribly burnt, its identity only ascertainably by way of its dental records. Wonders would never cease.

It’s as though they were determined to take all the skill out of making toast. Frankly, it’s the kids I feel sorry for – if confronted with a regular, run of the mill toaster, some of them wouldn’t know where to start. At first it was glorious. But then, something went wrong. Lights started to flash. A beeping sound that suggested attack was imminent began emanating from the bottom. Worst still, the steel claws that held the bread in place as it tanned itself delicately to become toast, refused to release their grip. In effect, my breakfast was hostage to an appliance. It was, without doubt, an unmitigated disaster. It made no sense. In this day and age, there’s no way something so fancy could be defective on day one. There’s only one plausible explanation – Russian hackers. Clearly, the KGB has hacked its way into my toaster and set loose some kind of virus or malware or, I don’t know, the ghost of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. It’s typical of Putin. First the Ukraine. Now my toaster. There’s nothing else to do other than to go completely off the grid and make my breakfast under the veil of secrecy by starting a small fire in the backyard and using a coat hanger to warm the bread. Then again, I might be overacting. I tend to do that when I’m hungry. I should compose myself – perhaps a short song or half an album – before boiling the kettle and having something to eat. Crumpets would be ideal. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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BLUES AT THE BRIARS BACK FOR 2018 Fresh off the back of 2017’s epic festival, Blues At The Briars returns on February 24 for its sixth celebration of blues and roots music on the Peninsula. A combination of great music, amazing food and wine, and a dedicated children’s area make this day a must in everyone’s calendar. The Peninsula’s best kept secret keeps delivering in the amazing rural setting of the historic Briars homestead and surrounds. Bring a chair or a picnic rug and soak up the landscape and vibe while listening to the best bands from Australia and abroad. February’s festival is shaping to be the best yet. A.J. Ghent (USA) constructs an indie rock sound howling from the church to the blues. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and rootsy, fusing blues, funk, R and B, hip hop and dream pop into a genre he likes to call neo blues. Z Star Delta (UK), described as the love child of Jimmy Hendrix and Nina Simone, takes you on a personal and spiritual journey to experience her intense magic. Come and experience her live at the Briars. Blues At The Briars are also proud to announce the triumphant return of the best boogie pianist on the planet, Ben Waters (UK) joined by Derek Nash the best Sax player going around. Derek is regarded as one of the UK’s most prominent and versatile saxophonists, playing with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues orchestra since 2004, performing live with artists such as Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and many more. Along with many more homegrown bands and artists from around the country, this line up will be awesome. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and website www. bluesatthebriars.com for more artist announcements coming soon.

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The Kangas crush Magpies PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully LANGWARRIN sits at the top of the MPCA Provincial ladder after crushing Crib Point by nine wickets on Saturday. A half century to Taylor Smith and centuries to Andy Johnson and Matt Prosser saw the Kangaroos reach 1/284, in reply to Crib Point’s total of 162. Prosser played a typically patient innings opening the batting, hitting five

boundaries in his 101, while Johnson was the aggressor, hitting nine fours and three sixes in a dominant display. Baxter’s woes continued on Saturday, humiliated by old foe Peninsula Old Boys. Chasing 212 for victory and resuming at 1/4 with Daniel Warwick already in the sheds, Baxter never recovered, rolled for just 101. It’s hard to remember the last time that Baxter has performed so badly for a prolonged period of time. Justin Bridgeman top scored for

the visitors with 27, while Joe Rule opened with 23. Chris Brittain was out for three and Dale Irving for 13. Since opening the season with a ton, Brittain just hasn’t been able to find his mojo. Irving has struggled with the bat all season, as has Warwick. No such problems for the Old Boys, who sit equal top. Tom Shayler was sharp with the ball, snaring 4/23 from 11 overs, while Eivion Bowen took 2/11 and Jon Forrest 2/10.

Baxter was rolled in just the 46th over. Pearcedale smashed Sorrento, as expected. Sorrento made just 98 in its first innings and Pearcedale kicked off day two of the clash at 1/60. Chris Dew went on to make 76 and Will Kennedy 81, while Jarryd Herbert picked up 36 and Kaine Smith 35. The Dales batted for 94 overs and finished on 6/283, a smashing victory. Mt Eliza also made light work of Mornington, eventually.

Resuming at 2/50 and chasing 144 for victory, there were some anxious moments for the Mounties before Lyle House (36) ensured his team claimed victory. At one stage Mt Eliza was 6/132 after losing 3/8, including Justin Grant (27) and Keith Biggs (67). However, House saw his side get the result before Nick Baron (71) and Rob Maskiell (44no) had some party time at the end to help their side to 289, a 150-run victory.

Sharks win a thriller PENINSULA

By IT Gully GUN Flinders batsman Tom Clements single-handedly won his team the match against Delacombe Park on Saturday after scoring a monster century. With his side in some early trouble at 2/5, chasing the Parkers 237, Clements took control of the situation, faced 224 balls, banged eight fours and six sixes and finished unbeaten in the 80th over on 151. While teammates continued to fall around him, Clements took it upon himself to win his team the match. Skipper Neil Barfuss hung around for 29 balls and made 29 and Brennan Gillies hit 22. Other than Will Tuck with 11, not one other Flinders player made it into double figures. The Sharks got over the line in the dying balls of the game, winning by just one run, 238 to 237. Pines claimed a stirring victory over Red Hill, winning by 15 runs. Red Hill resumed on day two on their home deck at 1/13, chasing Pines modest total of 166. Andrew Mock (60) and Riley Shaw (20) resumed at the crease and added

26 runs to the overnight total before the wheels began to fall off. Simon Dart was bowled by Harley Parker for one and when Brent Martin was out a short time later, the Hillmen were up against it. At 5/52, Pines’ bowlers were up to the task and eventually bowled out the opposition for 151. Alex Coad was again the pick of the bowlers for Pines with 5/47 off 20.3 overs, while Nick Wilcox bowled 28 overs and finished with 2/66. Long Island wasn’t able to reach the lofty heights of Main Ridge, falling 42 runs short of the total. Chasing 261 for victory, the Islanders were bowled out for 218. Daniel Heyne top scored for the Islanders with 40 while skipper Aaron Paxton hit 38. Luke Collins was the best of the Ridge bowlers with 4/70, while Oliver McEnroe snared 2/45. Moorooduc made light work of Somerville, winning by 82 runs. The Eagles resumed at 3/22, chasing 210. Brenton Alp top scored for the Eagles with 56 while Bailey White was next best with 44.

A walk in the Park: Flinders had little trouble chasing down Delacombe Park’s total of 237 from the previous week. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Blues claim unlikely victory Not enough: Despite rolling Seaford for just 139 the previous week, Rosebud fell short in the run chase. Picture: Andrew Hurst


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By IT Gully HASTINGS defended its miserly total of 119 against Baden Powell on Saturday, winning by more than 50 runs. The Braves were always going to start the day in some trouble, resuming at 4/23, however, things didn’t improve any. Bryce Kellerman with 15 was the only remaining Baden Powell batsman to score double figures, as the home side slumped to 64. The Blues went to the crease again and batted another 51 overs, slumping to 5/72. It was enough to pick up a muchneeded win for the Blues. Rye was back to its old ways with the bat on Saturday, thrashed by Mt Martha. The Reds were defending 226 and Rye was resuming at 1/8. The Demons lasted just 56 overs and were bowled out for 97. Josh Gana made a third of the runs, scoring 31, while Matt Whelan was trapped in front for 11.

Rhys Whitling opened the bowling for the Reds and claimed 4/22, while Kyle Bendle bowled 17.2 overs for a return of 3/22. Rosebud wasn’t able to get the 139 runs required for victory against Seaford. The Buds resumed at 0/3 on their home deck, chasing just 138. Billy Quigley (20), Jason Mathers (24) and Pete Doughty (25) all got starts, however, none of them were able to have enough impact to carry their side over the line. Chris Cleef bowled 29 overs for a return of 3/40 and Matt Herbert claimed 3/7 from 11.5 overs. Dean Polson also took 2/22 off 12 and Dale Christie 2/35 off 23. Heatherhill was no match for Seaford Tigers, belted by more than 100 runs. Defending 8/262, the Tigers rolled the Hills for just 145 in 70.4 overs. Gun junior Liam O’Halloran was a star with the ball for the Tigers, claiming 5/28 off 10 overs, while Ash Mills snared 2/41 off 20 overs.


Saints whacked SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BALNARRING won yet another match in MPCA Sub District on Saturday, however, the ladder leaders will not be able to claim the points, or, not yet. The Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association stripped Balnarring of all of their points for claiming they played an unregistered player, Mitch Klienig. Klienig was registered with the club, however, was permitted out to Ivanhoe last season for the final three games of the year. Knowing Mitch Klienig was in fact registered, Balnarring CC was not aware that it required a permit from Ivanhoe back to their club. Rather than communicate and use common sense, the MPCA simply stripped the Saint’s points and provided them with the opportunity to appeal. Balnarring has contested the pennant committee ruling and has asked that they revisit their decision. They have contested this on the grounds that “due process was not followed in accordance with senior playing rule 17 (b), under powers and responsibilities of the pennant committee which states (b) the pennant Committee shall determine appeals against refusals of clearances and applications for match permits. All permit applications

must be submitted in writing and must have been submitted to the player’s club. Such applications must be made on the appropriate form”. There was no permit application submitted in writing to the Balnarring Cricket Club at any point by the MPCA. Balnarring CC has stated that it “certainly would not have played an ineligible player had the MPCA protocol been adhered to.” Surely common sense from the MPCA will prevail here. Simply admit that the process was not followed and give back Balnarring the points they deserve. On the park, Balnarring punished Ballam Park by more than 100 runs. Defending 9/324, the Saints rolled the Knights for 207. Stu Plunkett top scored for the Knights with 65 while Ben King continued his dominant form with the ball, claiming 5/70. Dromana tried valiantly to get the 248 runs required to beat Tootgarook, however, finished 13 runs short. Jaryd Millington picked up 4/51 for Toot while Kierran Voelkl (78) and Zac Klan (73) were the run getters for the Hoppers. In other matches, Carrum was rolled for 101 chasing Tyabb’s 7/246, Boneo beat Skye by seven runs, 2017 to 200 and Frankston YCW was too strong for Carrum Downs, scoring 204 in reply to Carrum Downs’ 177.

Call to include new clubs MPNFL

By Toe Punt A WORKING party representing the majority of Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League clubs has called on AFL South East to look at existing clubs within the area to introduce a third division in 2019. The working party, which includes John Coburn (Frankston YCW), Mick Dunne (Mt Eliza) and Chris Sharman (Frankston Bombers), met with AFLSE boss John Anderson last week. The working party believes that non MPNFL clubs operating from within the traditional Mornington Peninsula area should be the clubs used to expand the MPNFL competition into three divisions. These clubs include South Mornington, Peninsula Old Boys, Skye, Carrum and Frankston Dolphins, while other clubs could also be targeted, including Chelsea Heights and Lyndhurst. However, despite the large majority of MPNFL clubs opposing the new structure for 2019, AFLSE remains steadfast in its plan to bring in South East Football Netball League (SEFNL) clubs into the three division competition. In 2019, AFLSE has documented that Division One will be made up of the top seven teams of the 2018 MPNFL Division One, as well as the top three SEFNL clubs. Division Two will comprise the remaining three 2018 MPNFL Division One clubs, the top

five MPNFL Division Two clubs and the fourth and fifth-placed SEFNL clubs. Division Three will comprise of the remaining seven 2018 MPNFL Division two teams and the bottom three SEFNL teams. Promotion-relegation will then begin between these three competitions. This resolution remains in force despite the fact that the final report into the Senior Football Competition Review still not being tabled. It also remains in place despite the fact that the majority of the current MPNFL Clubs are opposed to any involvement with SEFNL Clubs. It remains clear that AFLSE agenda is to include SEFNL clubs in any competition, given this is the area of jurisdiction for the AFL region. It’s not about what is best for the MPNFL, it’s about what is the easiest form of governance in the region for the AFL. Surely the working party’s suggestion of creating a third division, made up of clubs already within the MPNFL region, makes more sense to ensure a competitive, sustainable solution. At the meeting, the working party was also told by Mr Anderson that clubs would be required to sign their AFL affiliation agreement before December 1, or they would not be covered by player insurance and would not be able to participate in season 2018 in the AFLSE competition. This is despite the fact that clubs have not been affiliated since the AFLSE came into power a couple of seasons ago.

Beck, McLeod flag five-year plan for Baxter SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie A CLOSER relationship with new NPL outfit Langwarrin could be the springboard which catapults Baxter into State 2 South-East. That’s the target that new Baxter gaffer Francis Beck and director of coaching Billy McLeod have set in an ambitious five-year plan for the State 4 South club. “We’re looking at two promotions in five years,” said Beck. “If we can do it then we’d call that success. “We’re not ready to be a State 1 club yet and you have to move up then consolidate but we think that what we are aiming for is achievable.” Baxter’s generosity in allowing Langwarrin to hold NPL trials at Baxter Park recently while council work on Lawton Park took place spawned talks between Beck and Langy technical director Stephen Fisher about closer ties between the clubs. Enter Langy assistant coach Ronnie Whitton who had guided the club’s reserves to a title triumph last season and his discussions with Beck led to five Langy players training with Baxter last Thursday with the possibility that more will follow. “I told Langwarrin that if all these guys are interested in staying together then I’ve got the team for them,” said Beck. However there is a fly in the ointment in the form of Skye United coach Billy Armour, a former Langy player of the year who has met with Langy president John Heskins to facilitate the capture of Langy players now surplus to NPL requirements. The five Langy players who trained with Baxter are goalkeeper James Foster, striker Mitch Blake, defender Tim Lee and midfielders Matt Morgan and Jordan Redburn. Blake and Redburn are due to train with Skye this week before deciding where to play next season. Other newcomers to Baxter training were defender Joe Iline from Doveton, midfielder Jack Morgan from Hampton Park United and forward Isaak Barr from Peninsula Strikers.

Baxter boss: New head coach Francis Beck has an ambitious five-year plan.

Mornington duo Sam Luxford and Luke Strohhecker are due to train at Baxter Park this Thursday. Beck, who turns 35 next month, is in his first senior coaching role. He was born in Canberra and played junior soccer at Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Belconnen Blue Devils before playing with Wollongong Wolves in the national youth league. He moved to Melbourne in 2008 to be closer to his wife’s family and it was a chance meeting with current Southern United junior coach John Meades that led him to Baxter Park. He’s been a jack-of-all-trades at Baxter having been in goal and played as sweeper, in central midfield and up front.

“I pretty much played down the spine because once you’re out wide there’s too much running involved,” quipped Beck. While lamenting the loss of Frank Ntim and Matt Owens to retirement he was delighted to scotch rumours that had Owen Kilner and Mark Pagliarulo also leaving the first team squad, Kilner rumoured to be heading overseas while Pagliarulo was another on Armour’s radar. “Owen’s definitely staying and ‘Pags’ is going nowhere,” said Beck. However doubts remain over the ability of star striker Liam Kilner to overcome a debilitating back injury. Mornington’s campaign to win an NPL spot has gathered impetus with news that it has clinched the signing

of English striker Max Etheridge. The 27-year-old hitman has already had a successful stint here with Morwell Pegasus, Bentleigh Greens and Kingston City and is expected to return to Melbourne later next month. Etheridge has been on the books of Evo-Stik League South West Division outfit Swindon Supermarine. “We actually contacted Max midway through last season when we heard he was keen to come back,” said Mornington boss Adam Jamieson. “After losing Ryan (Paczkowski) he’s a fantastic signing for us.” The man who wants to be known as the pied piper of the peninsula has been at it again and has lured another two English players to Centenary Park. Former English pro and Peninsula Strikers head coach Andy O’Dell confirmed last weekend that he has clinched the signatures of Nicky McNamara and Josh Howell. McNamara, 28 next month, spent four years with Hull City and had a loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons before O’Dell brought him to Fawkner. McNamara also played with Port Melbourne before returning to England. Howell, 21, has been on Scunthorpe’s books and is a tall left-footed defender. Both players are due to arrived in Melbourne in mid-February. Langwarrin will step up its preparation for its inaugural NPL season by taking on Box Hill United’s seniors and under-20s at Lawton Park on Saturday 2 December. On Saturday 9 December Langwarrin will play Kingston City’s seniors and under-20s at Lawton Park. On Sunday 17 September Langwarrin will take on South Melbourne’s seniors and the curtain raiser will be between Langy’s under-20s and Skye United. Kick-off times will be announced later. A number of triallists were on show last Saturday morning at Lawton Park as Langy gaffer Gus Macleod goes about his task of building a senior

squad for the 2018 season. Young midfielder Darcy Powlik was impressive. He is a former Murray United player who joined Eastern Lions midway through last season. Experienced defender Luke Burgess is another triallist. He has had a stint with South Springvale and joined Whittlesea Ranges from Dandenong City last June. The decision as to which two visa players will be signed for next season will be left for as long as possible with Connor Belger and Paul Speed not due to return from England until early January. Big George Whiteoak will hold talks with Casey Comets this week and seems certain to move while Comets continue to be linked with gun striker Liam Baxter. Southern United is licking its lips at the prospect of moving into its new administrative and training base in Wedge Road, Carrum Downs in 2018. The facility is part of a $7.5 million upgrade of Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve which includes a floodlit multiuser synthetic pitch and a pavilion with dressing rooms, a first-aid room, three referees rooms, kitchen, social area, administration office, meeting room and four storage areas. The project is on track for completion next March. Skye United has retained the services of veteran coach Billy Rae who will again assist Armour with the senior squad and will also coach one of the club’s junior sides. Meanwhile Frankston Pines is in mourning following the death of Campbell Tervit last weekend. Tervit was a long-standing Pines fan and former junior secretary whose Scottish brogue gave a distinctive edge to his vocal support and left the opposition and match officials in no doubt as to which side he followed. “Campbell was a very loyal man, a great Pines man,” said former club president and life member Alan Hodkinson. Tervit was 76 and died following a long illness. He is survived by his wife Rita, their daughter Heather, step-daughter Beverley and sons Michael and Brian.

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