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POMONA resident Mannie Vassallo will go down in Community Bank history as the 10,000th customer to open an account at one of Cooroy, Marcoola or Tewantin Community Bank Branches. It was simply a case of recently calling into the branch and opening an account for Mannie Vassallo, a well known local who owns Mannie ’s Pizza and Pasta at Pomona. However, the opening of his account was a much more significant event for staff and directors of the local community board. “We knew we were getting close to opening our 10,000th account,” Cooroy Community Bank branch manager, Fiona Hutchings said. “These milestones are really important for our staff, and our company, because they signify that we are moving in the right direction and that we are continuing to grow the business. It also indicates that the people of

Cooroy, Marcoola and Tewantin continue to have faith in our customer service and the products and services that we offer,” Ms. Hutchings said. The branches have collectively donated more than $455,000 to a variety of community groups, organisations and schools since the branches reached profit in 2008. Not bad for three Community Bank branches that only opened their doors with the opening of the Cooroy branch in 2002. As for Mannie, he just loves the idea of belonging to a bank that does so much for the community. “It ’s just great to know that where I bank plays such an important part in our region’s future. It ’s amazing how much time and money the branches have already invested in our communities for all our benefit and I encourage locals to get behind their Community Bank. By doing that it helps build a stronger future for all of us ,” Mr.Vassallo said.

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THE film billed as “the Foremost Western Thriller of the Greatest Western Star” is the attraction at the Fork ’n’ Film night in Pomona’s Majestic Theatre on Thursday, May 26. The film is The Great K & A Train Robbery and the star is the renowned Tom Mix, although his horse Tony, who plays Tony the Wonder Horse, comes a close second in the cast list. The silent Western was described by Variety magazine on its release in 1926 as “probably the fastest picture

in action ever filmed.” Another commentator noted that ”the movie runs a full 18 minutes before the action slows down enough for the viewer to take a breath.” Tom Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix in 1880) made at least 336 films between 1910 and 1935. All but nine were silent features. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar - the “King of Cowboys” when Ronald Reagan and John Wayne were youngsters. Wayne actually worked as a property assistant on The Great K and A Train Robbery and appeared as an extra. The film is based upon the foiling of a train robbery by Dick Gordon as related by author Paul Leicester Ford in a magazine serial first published in 1896. It is notable for its use of breathtaking locations around Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where local residents gathered every day for three weeks to watch Mix and Tony per-

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form their stunts. Mix had taken 55 cast and crew members, along with his family, to Colorado in two Pullman train cars and two special baggage cars. Pomona’s Majestic Theatre, built in 1921, is the world’s only silent movie theatre still being used for its original purpose, with the 1920s experience enhanced by live pipe organ accompaniment. The theatre is owned and operated by the volunteers of Pomona Progress Art Tourism Inc and also presents selected “talkies” and live performances. Silent matinee shows are presented on Tuesdays at 10.30am and Saturdays at 11am, while Thursdays are Fork ‘n’ Film nights with the cafe opening at 6pm and the film starting at 7.30. The meal and movie package is $27 with filmonly seats $15/$12. Bookings 5485 2330. Website, www.the majestictheatre.com.au

WATCH all the action live on the Big Screen at this year’s Pomona King of the Mountain Festival to be held Sunday 24th July 2011. Thanks to Events QLD and Bendigo Bank, The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge will be streamed live to a big screen in Stan Topper Park Pomona. This will be the first time ever that you will see runners take on the most gruelling and historic mountain race in the country. The Festival has many new attractions this year including a new challenge the Zinc Mountain Dash Race. Check out www.kingofthemountain.com.au or contact Terie Wakeham on 5485 1028 for further information on this year’s Festival. Stall Application for the Heritage markets are now open so contact Jim Austin on 5485 0779 to book your space.

MICK and Sarah at the Majestic Auto Centre or the Liberty Service Station in Pomona would like to give a big thank you to all their loyal customers with the support from you over the past five years. They wish you all well. It is with regret they are closing their operation at the service station in the coming months. Grab a bargain as they special out the last of their stock of Mowers, yard equipment and accessories. Plus workshop equipment. Garage Sale 28th May, 2011 on the forecourt Garage Sale: Starts 7am Saturday 28th May 2011 Specials on the Mowers yard equipment and accessories, workshop equipment. In store prices slashed

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