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Our Clinical Director, Dr John Rouse will be conducting image guided therapeutic injections on Friday the 3rd March 2017. Call (02) 6862 3399 or drop in your referral to book an appointment. IT ALL ADDS UP TO SOMETHING WONDERFUL... At the official opening of the Community Art Wall were (L-R) Maralyn Nash, Emily Harper, Mayor Ken Keith, Zac Redfern, Cr Bill Jayett, Calvin Matthews, Shellie Buckle, Tynan Matthews, Ella Butler, Jake Maxwell, Ariel Labuschagne and Nathan Aarts.

Art Program A Big Plus For Young Artists

A beautiful thing is never perfect, at least that’s one message from the latest exhibition on the Community Cultural Wall. A raging duck, tranquil sea creatures, and an elaborate space-scape are juxtaposed in the installation on the corner of Clarinda and Church Streets. The vibrant and engaging artworks represent the political and lyrical perspectives of a new generation of artists. Twelve local youths participated in the art program, Journey into Mystery – Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, which was hosted by Parkes Shire Library. Parkes Shire Council’s Manager of Cultural Education and Library Services, Shellie Buckle said the artworks captured what young people were thinking and worrying about. The participants’ inspiration was wideranging; from international politics, the

Parkes Radio Telescope, to the concept of inner-beauty as portrayed in popular culture. Art teacher and art therapist, Maralyn Nash said one of the objectives of the art classes was to connect with young people. “We had many discussions about their vision for the future and these ideas were used to create the art,” she said. “They’re very talented artists. They were a super intelligent group, and they were all very skilled drawers.” Dozens of art lovers of all ages attended the unveiling on Wednesday, which was officially opened by Mayor Ken Keith OAM. The Community Art Wall is a temporary exhibition space, which features community artists, and is part of Council’s Public Art Program, bringing vibrancy to our main street.

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EDITOR’S NOTE... phone l (02) 6344 1846 email l or web l Postal Address PO Box 251 Canowindra NSW 2804 Editorial Maggi Barnard | Editor | 0403 080 085 Raen Fraser | Reporter | 0404 464 106 Advertising Sylvie Maloney | Sales | 0490 517 590 Advertising Deadline Tuesday 4pm if you require design Wednesday 3pm for pre-designed ads Editorial Deadline | Wednesday 10am

MAYORAL NOTES This week our Community Wall was transformed with 12 new artworks by local students. The vibrant pieces, created during an art program, Journey into Mystery – Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, hosted by Parkes Shire Library, was officially launched on Wednesday. I congratulate the young artists for their contributions to our public art scene and encourage everyone to stop at the Community Wall on the corner of Clarinda and Church Streets. Lovers of literature were invited on a blind date this week when Parkes Shire Library hosted Library Lovers’ Day on 14th February. Residents were treated to a selection of new books covered in brown paper with only a few details of the story on the front - a fantastic initiative to reconnect with the library and share the love of books. Council has seen tremendous results from the 20 Million Trees Project, with thousands of native seedlings embracing the heat and germinating. We thank the community members who volunteered their time last year to plant the seedlings as part of an initiative to transform the previously farmed land into an ecological woodland complex to host our native flora and fauna. The first of the Parkes 2030 Community Workshops took place this week, with

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a wonderful turn out at both Alectown and Peak Hill. Thank you to the residents who joined the conversation about the projects that we will develop and deliver over the next 12 years. Next week we will head to Trundle. To register your attendance at any of the workshops, call 6861 2333. If you cannot attend, join the conversation by completing the survey on www.parkes. Keep cool and enjoy your weekend. Yours Faithfully, Cr Ken Keith OAM Mayor of Parkes Shire

We have something in common this week: we survived the hottest day on record in Parkes! According to the Weatherzone website the temperature reached 45.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The previous highest temperature was in 2004 with 44. And just to confuse our internal thermostats, Sunday night almost recorded the lowest temperature for February with 8.8 degrees Celsius – the lowest temperature was recorded in 1998 with 6 degrees Celsius. There has been reports that similar conditions and hot temperatures were experienced in 1939. If anyone has a story from that period, please let us know. We hope everybody took care to look after elderly neighbours and relatives, as well as animals during the heat. It is not yet over we are getting close to 40 again today. So please stay vigilant, especially when working with machinery that can spark a bush fire. We start our new Bush Telegraph column on page 7 today for the communities of Trundle, Tullamore, Tottenham and Bogan Gate. Thank you to everyone who sent us contributions. We hope you felt some love on Valentine’s Day. Take time this weekend to feel grateful for the love you have in your life and how it makes you feel truly alive. I received a special gift from my garden on Valentine’s Day – a cactus (Echinopsis oxygona) that blooms only for one day, once a year! Enjoy Issue 50! Maggi Barnard Editor


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THUMBS UP To people picking up rubbish in the streets.

THUMBS DOWN To the hoons who treat our roads like a rally race course late at night.

THUMBS DOWN To cat-head thorns that puncture bicycle tyres.

THUMBS UP To the Parkes Pool cooling us down during the heatwave!

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QUESTION of the week als and beginner band are on Tuesdays at the Music Room (above Pool Complex) in Dalton Street at 7pm during school terms. Contact the Music Director, Duncan Clement on 0405 035 164.

The CWA Parkes Branch are at the back (L-R) Naiomi Cox, Coral Barber, Jasmine Cole, Ann Olson and Pam White. In front are Alice Milne (President), Bonny Absalom (Secretary), and Dorothy McDonald (Treasurer).

Parkes CWA: While the Parkes branch was pleased to receive the award for Most New Members at the last State Conference, the focus this year is on encouraging greater representation of young women from high school and tertiary ages in joining a progressive community-based group. The CWA provides opportunities for the improvement of self-confidence through supported community engagement, representation at public functions or guidance in public speaking. This can be as easy as helping on a street stall, attending workshops on cheese making or meeting new people. The CWA offers monetary support to local projects like Care West, Parkes Women’s Refuge, Rural Scholarships and Regional Public Speaking. If you are interested in supporting women’s health, education, agriculture, environment, international and cultural awareness through the CWA, bring your friends or women in your family and contact Alice Milne on 6862 3522 or call into the Pink Orchid Florist. The CWA Parkes Branch meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Pink Orchid Florist. Give music a go: The Parkes Shire Concert Band welcomes all community members who used to play an instrument or want to learn to play, to join them. Rehears-

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ANZAC Competition: The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, is inviting students from the Central West to participate in his popular ANZAC Day writing competition. “Each year (this being the seventh), I produce a commemorative booklet about ANZAC Day, which is distributed to every household in the electorate. A highlight for many is the ANZAC writing competition for students.” The Minister wrote to more than 120 primary and high schools in the electorate encouraging students to contribute an original piece on “ANZAC Day in the Riverina and Central West”. Two winners will be chosen from each quarter of the electorate. Entries must be received by the Wagga Wagga electorate office by Monday, 6th March. Coffee with a Cop: Everybody is invited to join the officers from Lachlan Local Area Command on Thursday, 23rd February at 10am at at Café’n’Ate, 249 Clarinda Street for a coffee. Contact Senior Constable Daniel Greef with questions on 6862 9999.

Karen Ebsworth, a Narromine-based artist doing traditional Aboriginal designs, was at the Parkes Upmarkets for the first time on Sunday with her art work.


What is the most romantic thing you’ve done?

Janine Hando and Jeff Page: Jeff proposed on Valentine’s Day nine years ago, while we were out for dinner, and we were married in eight weeks! I didn’t want to give him the chance to change his mind.

Kirsty and Steven Vickers: He surprised me with this meal tonight! There are so many romantic moments to choose from, although proposing at the Blue mountains was pretty romantic.

Crystal and Ron Spindler: Last year we went on a cruise to Hawaii for our 38th wedding anniversary, it was an 18-day cruise and we spent a week there. We’re already planning our 40th anniversary.


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FRESH OFF THE PRESS… Beth Thomas with copies of her debut novel called Remember Oradour – Souviens Toi. The novel is historical fiction, telling of the true events in a charming little French village in the 1940s

Haunting History Behind Beth’s Debut Novel

Travel can be a life changing experience, and this was certainly the case for Beth Thomas; the ruined village of Oradour-surGlane in the heart of France and its incomprehensible war-time history ultimately inspired her first novel. “The story kept coming back to me. It was like the voices from the past wanted the story to be told,” Beth said. Beth is an education consultant and tutor, and although she has been teaching essaylevel writing, this was her first attempt at creative writing since the short stories she wrote in teachers’ college. “The story was already there, it was a matter of sitting down and putting it on paper. It was like turning on a tap – once I sat down and started, it all just came flowing out.” Beth spent two years writing, which also involved extensive research into both history and French culture. “I had masses and masses of notes and research. I would find facts I hadn’t known

before, and they just slotted into the story perfectly,” she said. “It took a lot of research to really gain an understanding of another culture.” Completing a manuscript is a triumph in itself, but many would suggest that finding a publisher is equally arduous. Prolific authors Stephen King and JK Rowling openly discuss their many rejections. In contrast Beth’s first correspondence from a publisher was an acceptance letter – a remarkable achievement for a debut novel and testament to her talent. “When I first wrote it I didn’t care if I was published. Once it was written I thought I’d see what would happen, and I sent it to a few publishers.” Six weeks later she had a book deal. “I’m still overwhelmed myself,” she said. The book will be launched locally at The Little Theatre on Bogan Street at 4:00pm on 11th March. By Raen Fraser

A new service connects local jobseekers and employers without any stress. Jobs In The Central West is a convenient and simple way to advertise staff vacancies, or find that perfect position. Looking for a work is often stressful and demanding. Completing applications and preparing for interviews can certainly take its toll. On the employer’s side of the equation, hiring is also a source of work-place stress, especially if a position is vacant. The business has to carry the additional workload until the position is filled, and navigate the pitfalls of the hiring process - all on top of the day to day running of the business. Larger companies have dedicated HR departments, and others might opt to use a recruitment agency. But many smaller businesses simply find it easier to deal with the process themselves, saving both money and time. Attracting suitable applicants is the biggest challenge for local businesses. Jobs In The Central West takes a lot of the stress out of the process. This new service operates on Facebook thus allowing employers to reach more people via social media. With 15 million Facebook users in Australia, it really is the tool of choice for easy advertising. There are already nearly 1,500 likes on the page, with the numbers climbing every week. Jobseekers can instantly see positions vacant ads in their feed, or even be tagged by a mate. What’s more, it’s local – so there’s no trawling through national ads. Jobseekers can “like” the page, and instantly see locally advertised jobs. Advertisers get a great package, and a one-stop, cost effective solution. For more information contact or call 6344 1846.

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Trash & Treasure Trails

Autumn is the perfect time to hold a garage sale, and The Parkes Phoenix is here to help. With the kids settled back into school there’s time to sort through all that stuff that has accumulated over the year. Outgrown toys and bikes, upgraded appliances, unneeded furniture and random bric-a-brac clutters up the house. So take the opportunity to streamline while the year is still young. Garage sales are an easy way to transform trash into treasure. For the seller, it’s a great way to convert clutter into cash. For

the bargain hunters, it’s a treasure trove of hidden gems. Garage sales have other benefits too. Selling unwanted items eases the burden on the environment, allowing people to reuse and recycle goods, keeping them out of landfill. What to do? First collect all the unwanted items from your house, and figure out a price. A general guide is to ask 25 to 35% of what it cost new. Clothes generally sell for about 5 to 10% of the original cost. Place any free items towards the back, so buyers see your priced items first. Make

sure you have enough change and plastic bags to give to buyers. The most important step in planning is to advertise. Handmade signs and flyers can be distributed around town, but a more efficient way is to advertise in the Phoenix Trash & Treasure Trails, letting our more than 2, 000 readers know where to bag a bargain. You can advertise garage sales, or just a few items. For more information or a quote contact Sylvie Maloney on 0490 517 590 or email

Living and Lifestyle Is Your Family Free Time Used Up By Screen Time?

Screen time is the time you spend each day using devices with screens like TVs, video consoles, smartphones and tablets. There are benefits and risks to screen time, so a healthy family lifestyle includes limits on daily screen time. Child development experts recommend limiting children’s daily screen time as real life interactions with you and others are much better for your child’s wellbeing, learning and development. • children under 18 months should avoid screen time, other than video-chatting • children aged 18 months to two years can watch or use high-quality programs or apps if adults watch or play with them to help them understand what they’re seeing • children aged 2-5 years should have no more than one hour a day of screen time with adults watching or playing with them • children aged 6 years and older should

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have consistent limits on screen time. These limits are about making sure your child enjoys lots of healthy, fun activities – both with and without screens. Limits mean looking at the time your children spend on screens and making sure it doesn’t get in the way of sleep and activities that are good for their development, such as physical play, reading, drawing and social time. Limits don’t mean you should stop your child from watching TV or playing video games. These guidelines aim to help you manage your family’s media use. A good way is by creating a family media plan. Your plan could cover things like screen-free areas in your house, screen-free times, and programs and apps that are OK for your children to use. Television, movies, video games and the

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“Our goal is to demystify the afterlife, break down the barriers. Show people that our loved ones in the spirit world are never more than a thought away.” Australia’s number one husband and wife psychic team will amaze you with their outstanding mediumship. Ezio was voted Australian Psychic of the Year in 2012, and Michelle was Australian Psychic of the Year in 2015. They have a weekly column in That’s Life Magazine. See them at the Parkes Services Club on Thursday, 23rd March.

THE SUPREME BALLADIST OF THE HORSE From an early career as a jumps jockey, Banjo Paterson wrote with passion about the sport of racing and became perhaps Australia’s greatest writer on racing and its characters. Saturday, 25th February offers you the perfect change to combine poetry and horse racing at the Turfcare NSW $30,000 Banjo Paterson Cup at Towac Park in Orange.

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BUSH Telegraph provoking talk about diabetes, and Esther spoke about the role Diabetes NSW can play in helping people. Dr Madhu and her assistant Emma Dargin did some blood glucose tests on willing people. The visitors enjoyed a delicious morning tea after getting good glucose results. CWA Bogan Gate was pleased to make a generous donation to Diabetes NSW from the morning tea and Christmas party. At the CWA Morning Tea last week were (L-R) Ros Edwards, Dr Madhu Velagala, Hilda McPherson, Marion McIntyre, Esther Krizmancic and Emma Dargin.


People travelled from all over to attend the Diabetes Awareness Morning Tea held by CWA members at the Bogan Gate Hall last week. President Marion McIntyre welcomed the 30 visitors from Parkes, Forbes, Trundle and Bogan Gate, and extended a special welcome to Dr Madhu Velagala from Dubbo and Esther Krizmancic from Sydney representing Diabetes NSW. Dr Madhu gave an interesting and thought

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The Trundle Royal Far West (RFW) Sunshine Club has offered a vital service to the community for 77 years. The Trundle Op Shop supports Trundle Central School in providing the Come & See speech and language programs for students with speech problems. After students have been individually assessed at the RFW Head Office in Manly, they can utilise the programs in Trundle with trained staff to save parents the long trip to Sydney for treatment. The Trundle branch also support other functions and events support of the Royal

Far West. All money raised goes directly to the children’s services. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Op Shop at 1pm. New members are welcome, or if you would like to support them the Old Time Dance is on Sunday, 5th March at the Memorial Hall from 2 to 6pm. By Robyn Whitson


The second Grease and Oil Change Workshop will be held in Trundle on Thursday, 9th March with a variety of inspiring speakers covering all things related to health and well being, specifically geared towards small farming communities. Everyone is welcome for breakfast from 7.30am at the Trundle Golf Club. This year’s speakers are from Dubbo, Wantabadgery, Condobolin, Forbes and Parkes. It is a fantastic chance to take time to give yourself a once over health check, catch up with friends and learn some new tips and tricks to keep on top of your game. To RSVP, contact Cherie Stitt on 0411 057 745 or

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Direct from Las Vegas following individual successful seasons in Legends in Concert, Dean Simmons as Garth Brooks, Kim Simmons as Shania Twain and Adam D Tucker as Tim McGraw are Cowboys and Angels. Dean Simmons, also known as Garth Guy is endorsed by the man himself Garth Brooks. This trio is the epitome of the Modern Country sound.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR COOL: 1. Turn your car around so most of the sunlight hits the back of your car. 2. If possible, park in the shade. 3. Invest in a cooling seat cover, or buy a car with customised cooling seats. 4. Blast the air conditioner or invest in a remote start, which will cool your car down faster. 5. There are many opinions on whether the colour of your car and tinted windows help to keep your car cooler – you might have your preferences.

FAIRY TALE BACKYARD Bill and Beth Thomas built a castle in the sky. Their private palace is constructed on a scissor lift, which rises up above the rooftops where they can drink tea amidst the turrets and take in the view. It’s an enchantingly romantic feature in their garden, and most definitely a one-of-a-kind.


BUSH TUCKER Ingredients • 2 - 4 ducks; nashi pears, apricots, sweet apple and onion for stuffing • 2-4 oven bags, for each oven bag: • 100ml olive oil; 1/2 cup (125ml) water; 1 cube of chicken stock; 2 bay leaves; 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs; 3 tablespoons soy sauce; salt and cracked pepper; 2 cloves crushed unpeeled garlic; good pinch of oregano; 1 teaspoon each of garlic black bean paste and chilli paste, and a pork spare rib (optional) Directions 1. When cleaning the bird, make sure you trim it at the joints to prevent bones making holes in oven bag. Place each duck in a large pot filled with salty water to cover for half an hour to wash. 2. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C. 3. Stuff each duck with the fruit and onion. Mix the oven bag ingredients together and place in each bag. Place the ducks in the bags and seal. 4. Cook for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 110-120 degrees C, and cook for another 3 to 4 hours. Make small hole in oven bag (to vent) near the tied end so the bag can be lifted to turn ducks over.

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Rooms, Cladding, Patios & Carports (BL83737C) As on TV. Ph 6341 3122 Layer Pullets, Commercial Crossbreds, Vaccinated. 10 wk(Isa Brown) $16.50. 12 wk (Black, Red, White) $17.50. Available Friday 24th Feb from Landmark Parkes at 8am 6862 2844 or Walkers AG n Vet Forbes at 9am 6852 1333. Phone to order. Brian Larkin Poultry. Monster Garage Sale Canassist will be holding a Monster Garage Sale on Friday 24th February 4.30-6.30pm and Saturday 25th February from 8am at the Parkes Showground. The early bird catches the worm/bargain. Find a worm sticker and get that item half price. Lots of new stock plenty of furniture lamingtons and a raffle. PARKES PHYSIOPHERAPY Linda Reilly APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist 25 Clarinda Street Parkes Ph: 6862 5005 GO FISHING WITH JEFFS WORMS $5 per punnet. Ph 0478 671 984 AGISTMENT WANTED Long term Agistment wanted for Cattle. Call 0439 029 204. WINE BARRELS FOR SALE Half wine barrels $130 each Full wine barrels $250 each Ph: Parkes Brick & Pavers 6862 2253


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Maralyn Nash How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like about living here? I returned to Parkes in late 2015 after living in Sydney for many years. I enjoy the peace and quiet and being part of a small, friendly community. Where do you work and what do you enjoy about your work? I work for myself as a freelance artist and art therapist, and I enjoy inspiring people to be creative. What do you do to unwind after work or on weekends? I enjoy yoga, zumba dance classes and gym. What are you really good at? I’m really good at connecting with people. If you could have a super power, what would it be? If I could have a super power I would effectively help all people who really need it irrespective of their racial, cultural or religious backgrounds. What is your pet hate? My pet hate is racial, cultural and religious intolerance. Tell us about your best holiday ever. My best holiday ever was my adventurous travels to India, Africa and the Greek Islands.

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WHAT’S ON @ The Library Artist Gavin Coote Exhibit Parkes Library is hosting an exhibition from western NSW artist Gavin Coote next month. Contemporary artist Gavin is a journalist in a country town, but that’s just half of what he gets up to. He has always integrated some form of creativity into his life, having spent his early years drawing tractors, harvesters and windmills that dotted the landscape of the farm where he spent the first half of his childhood. His quirky and surreal paintings go on exhibition at Parkes Library on Monday, 27th February, with an official opening on Friday, 3rd March at 6pm. Please RSVP on 6861 2309 if you would like to attend and have a beer and talk art with Gavin. The exhibition runs until Friday, 24th March 2017. Invite your Grandparents! Seniors Week is 6th to 11th March. To celebrate Parkes Library is inviting you to bring a grandparent or elderly friend to Rhyme Time on Tuesday, 7th March at 10.15am and Friday, 10th March at 11am or Story Time on Wednesday, 8th March at 10.30am Parkes Library Book Club The Parkes Library Book Club meets on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month when some lively discussion takes place as we focus on a different book each time. Our Book Club run on a simple formula: gather people, pick a book, read it and get together to discuss! Come join us from 3 to 4pm, last Wednesday of the month – 22nd February or 6 to 7pm, last Thursday of the month – 23rd February. February’s book is The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers. She visited Parkes Library last year. For further information call Parkes Library on 6861 2309.

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Banjo Patterson Australian Poetry Festival in Orange. For more information visit

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18 Feb 21 Feb 22 Feb 23 Feb Tony Fisher of Parkes has retired and is happy to be doing his stained glass designs full time – a hobby he’s been doing for 30 years, and teaching for 16 years. He is in the process of changing his business name to Ynot Fiisher Glass. He is also working on a commission for the new village chapel at Southern Cross Village.

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The Ikon provided the perfect setting for a quiet Valentine’s dinner for Denver Leongson and Sheridyn Bicket

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Angelique and Scott Thomson celebrated Valentine’s Day with a romantic meal at the Ikon.

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Big Ride 4 Parkinson’s. Hundres of bikers will set out for the 469km Big Ride from Sydney to Parkes via Mudgee. Arriving in Parkes at 4pm. Join the Angry Anderson gig at the Cambridge Hotel. All proceeds to Parkinson’s NSW. Parkes High School Open Day. Years 5 – 6 information sessione 6 – 6:30pm; tours of the school 6:30 – 8pm. Everyone is welcome. Cowboys and Angels, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. To book visit Cowboys and Angels, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. To book visit Coffee with a Cop from 10 to 11:30am at Café “n”Ate (249 Clarinda Street). No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know officers in your neighbourhood. Local Government Touch Football Carnival at Cheney Park. Celebrating 25 years. Competition also open to teams comprising Australian and Local Government, allied organisations and their families. Visit Facebook to enter. Banjo Paterson Cup, Towac Park Orange. Gates open from 12noon General Admission $10. For more info contact Racing Orange on 0448 149 282 or visit Living with Arthritis Education from 10am to 12 pm at Assemblies of God Hall, Rees Ave. Speaker is Pam Symonds from Neighbourhood Central. All people living with Arthritis and their friends/carers are welcome. Cost: Gold Coin donation. For information contact Sandra 6863 4904. Artful 8 Exhibition at the old IGA building in Canowindra from 10am - 4pm, except Saturday the 4th it will stay open later to cater for guests at the canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner. Trundle Royal Far West Sunshine Club Old Time Dance at the Trundle Memorial Hall from 2 - 6pm. Heaps of prizes for children too. Contact Robyn Whitson on 6892 1006. Canowindra Phoenix International Women’s Day Event, 6.30pm at The Old Vic Inn with guest speaker Karlie Irwin of Pay It Forward Orange. Book your ticket at The Phoenix Office or phone 6344 1846. Dyslexia Drive – Free 90 minute seminar from 7 – 8:30pm at the Parkes Services Club. Speakers: The Parent Perspective Marianne Mullally and The Dyslexic Perspective, Tom Mullally. Register online at register or call 9436 3766. International Women’s Day. Quota International of Parkes invites you to a chicken and prawn luncheon at the Parkes Services Club. Tickets $30, available from Absolutely Hair. Bingo at the Trundle Golf Club at 10am.

Ongoing The Parkes Branch of the Red Cross’s room opens today and every Friday thereafter from 10am to 4pm for the public to enjoy morning or afternoon tea or lunch for $5. Ongoing Parkes Torch Bearers for Legacy meets every third Monday of the month at 10:30am at the Parkes Services Club. Everyone welcome. Contact Magaret Cherry on Cherry 6862 4789 for more information.

Cammay Hall and Duncan Thorpe enjoyed a sunset meal at the Ikon Bar for Valentine’s Day.

Topical Trivia answer: Answer: b) crow Note: To create the plural, the Wiradjuri repeat the word. Thus Wagga Wagga means the place of many crows.

Fine dining with fresh fish, chicken and a range of steaks and toppings to make your mouth water. You are invited to join us for a meal in our restaurant. Bookings Essential 10-16 Bogan St, Parkes NSW 2870 Phone 6862 3000

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Members of 23 Platoon and comrades of Dougie Powter and Glen Bartholomew at the National Servicemen’s Day Memorial Service held in Orange on Sunday. They are (L-R) Joe Borg, Liverpool; Mick Mulhall, Molong; Col Moss, Orange; John Zammit, North Avoca; Lionel Whaley, Orange; Max Hassan, Dubbo; Terry Knowles, Parkes; and Charlie Buttergeig, Ulladulla.

Comrades Commemorate 50th Anniversary

The annual National Servicemen’s Day Memorial Service was held in Newman Park, Orange on Sunday. Members of 23 Platoon and comrades of Parkes National Serviceman Dougie Powter and Lismore National Serviceman Glen Bartholomew, travelled to Orange to pay their respects and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deaths of their two fallen mates in Vietnam in 1967. Both Dougie and Glen did basic training in 23 Platoon, E Company, 1 Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka from 29th September 1965 to 16th December 1965. At the 2006 National Servicemen’s Day Memorial Service in Orange, 23 Platoon laid a plaque commemorating their two comrades’ sacrifice in Vietnam. Members of 23 Platoon has attended every National Servicemen’s Day Memorial Service in Orange since.

On 29th September, 23 Platoon will commemorate 50 years since the end of their two-year National Service Commitment. By Terry Knowles

The 23 Platoon plaque on the National Servicemen’s Memorial in Newman Park, Orange.

Now that the income tax year is more than half over, tax time will soon be upon us. What better time to get organised and manage your finances. There are many tools that you can use to manage your finances. In the age of smartphones and tablets there are also many apps that you can use. The mydeductions tool in the ATO app is useful for sole traders and individual taxpayers. If you are an individual taxpayer you can take photographs of your receipts, and record your work-related expenses, including work-related motor vehicle trips. Sole traders can record both their income and expenses in the app. You can then share your records into a spreadsheet and email to your tax agent. If you are using business accounting software in the cloud such as xero, MYOB, Reckon or essentials, you can download your app and issue invoices to your customers from your smartphone or tablet. Some of these accounting apps will let you take a photograph of a receipt and upload it to your accounting package. Having your customers information at your fingertips can be invaluable. If you are serious about saving money there are a number of budgeting apps that can help you keep track of your expenses. The Best Budget app lets you create income and expense budgets and track your progress. You might be surprised to find out how much you are actually spending when you start keeping records, every cup of coffee counts. Remember if you use an app - just make sure you back-up your device. By Samantha Bennett

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WIN A DOUBLE PASS To see the show at either Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Wednesday 22nd February or Bathurst Memorial Centre, Thursday 23rd February. Enter online via our website for your chance to win.

BALMY DARLING… The Lachlan Dragons in action at Sydney’s Darling Harbour in the Chinese New Year regatta held last weekend.

Lachlan Dragons Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Lachlan Dragons competed at Sydney’s Darling Harbour last weekend in the Chinese New Year regatta. Fourteen paddlers made the annual trip to compete in the premier mixed and women’s races. They were be joined by the Orange based Pinnacle Dragons to fill the boat. First timers Mary Laksito, Liz Mitchell, Chris Kronenberg, Bev Pengilly and Ainslie Toole were joined by old hands Warren Edwards, Donna Edwards, Beth Thomas, Bill Thomas, Robyn Stephens, Neil Stephens, Deb Abela, Deb Tooley and Deb Churchill. Although the team didn’t gain a place in any of the finals, the squad performed brilliantly in a balmy 39 degrees Celsius. They finished five of the seven races in sub one minute time for the 200m events. Next month the Lachlan Dragons will compete in the Canberra regatta, once

Parkes Women’s Bowling Club Notes Club Championship Singles: Gwenda Carty def Cherie Frame and Liz Byrne def Pat Cooney. Line up for the second round to be played on or before 21st February: Rhona Went v Gwenda Carty, marker Cherie Frame; Liz Byrne v Robyn Morgan; marker Pat Cooney; Umpire Keith MacRae. Nominations for the CWD Singles are now open and close 3rd March. They will be played at our club on 3rd, 4th and 5th April. A new monthly point scoring competition will commence next week.

again combining with Colour City Orange paddlers in the mixed team. Six Lachlan Dragon club members have gained selection in the Western Region team. They will compete at NSW Championships on 26th March in Penrith. Congratulations to Helen Rowbotham, Claire Davis, Carmen Stephens, Beth Thomas, Rochelle Smith and Warren Edwards. Beth has been appointed manager for the squad. They have been training hard over weekends at waterways around the Central West. Paddling continues twice per week, leaving from the new boat shed on Lake Forbes: Thursdays at 5.45pm and Sunday mornings at 8.15am. Anyone who wants to see what dragon boating is all about, you are welcome to come along. By Chris Sweeney

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Jake Hodge, who has been in terrific form of late, playing from the rough last weekend.

Three Up, One Down In Pennants The Parkes Golf Club maintained its solid start to the Central West Golf Association’s Pennants series with three of the club’s sides recording convincing victories over Cowra last Sunday on a very hot and windy Bathurst Golf course. The Division 1 side continued its winning way with a solid 3 and 2 victory. Justin Sutton, Mitch McGlashan and Robert Hey recorded victories, while Peter Dixon and Joey Van Opynen put up a courageous effort in going down narrowly. Despite losing narrowly to Bathurst 3 and 2 in the first round, the Division 2 side bounced back with a convincing 4 and 1 win over arch rivals Forbes. Both Tim Burke

and Phil Barnard remained undefeated, while Steve Edmonds and Denis Howard also recorded convincing wins. Tom Casey suffered a narrow loss. The talented no. 3 side completely upstaged Cowra with a convincing 4 and 1 victory with Colin Barker, Tony Hendry, Richard Hutchison and Peter Bristol all winning. Jake Hodge suffered his first loss. The no. 4 side suffered a whitewash loss, however hey have vowed to bounce back in this weekend’s clash with Duntryleague. The third round will be played on Sunday against Duntryleague at Cowra Golf Club. The Division 1 side has a bye this week. By Paul Thomas

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