22 May 2018

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NEWS DESK

Orange day to honour SES PEOPLE can show appreciation this month for State Emergency Services volunteers who help out during road rescues and storms. Wednesday 23 May is Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day, a nationwide day for Australians to dress in orange to thank SES crews for their assistance in fraught times. SES volunteers across Victoria responded to more than 31,000 requests for help last year, putting in 302,623 hours collectively to respond to emergencies. VICSES operations chief officer Tim Wiebusch said WOW Day “is an important day of appreciation for our volun-

teers who selflessly dedicate their time and skills to helping their communities during their times of greatest need”. “Every day our volunteers are prepared to drop everything and put on their orange overalls to respond to requests for assistance from their local communities,” Mr Wiebusch said. “Wearing orange on 23 May at your workplace, school or wherever you may be, will show appreciation for our volunteers, along with the families and employers that make this support possible.” Messages of thanks to VICSES volunteers can be shared on WOW Day using the hashtags #thankyouSES and #WOWday on Facebook and Twitter.

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First among responders: SES crews often help free trapped drivers and passengers after major car crashes. Picture: Gary Sissons

Author talks about man of letters

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GUEST speaker at the June meeting of the Mornington Peninsula Family History Society Carol Rosenhain will discuss the life and work of James Malcolm Lean, MBE, who she wrote about in The Man Who Held the Nation’s Grief. The book tells the story of the man who had the unenviable task of writing letters of condolence to the parents of Australian soldiers killed in WWI. Formed almost 40 years ago, in 1979, society has compiled an extensive library and resource centre in the Frankston South Recreation Centre, 55 Towerhill Road, Frankston. New members are able to attend a free beginners’ class. Other classes cover various topics to do with family history, including a DNA class. Resources include books, journals, microfiche and microfilm, plus computers with access to Ancestry, Findmypast and the British newspaper archive. President Lynne Emblin said the society’s computers held local, interstate and overseas records. The local history index gave researchers access library records relating to early settlers in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula area. History books published by members include Naming Frankston Streets - The People and Their Stories, Echoes From The Front - Frankston's Avenue of Honour, Langwarrin Settlers and Soldiers and 100 Years In Skye 1850-1950. The library opens at 11.30am Saturdays for research with the a guest speaker at 1.30pm on the first Saturday in February, April, June, August, October and December,. The talks are followed by afternoon tea. Other opening times are 10.30am-2.30pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 2-5pm Sundays. Yearly membership is $45 single, $70 family, or $10 a day.

Pre-loved books PRE-LOVED books are on sale at Mornington Peninsula Shire library branches to celebrate Library and Information Week. Libraries at Hastings, Mornington, Rosebud and Somerville will offer a wide selection of pre-loved books until Saturday 26 May. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Cancer Council. The focus is on raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. They will take the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community.

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COULD you care for a seeing-eye dog? That’s the question to be asked at a seeing-eye puppy and foster carer information evening to be held at Mornington Community Information and Support Centre, 320 Main Street, 6-7pm, Thursday 14 June. Those attending will be able to meet the dogs and hear Vison Australia clients’ stories before deciding whether they can help. Everyone is welcome. For details and to register email SEDAvolunteer@visionaustralia.org or call 1800 037 773.