Tuesday December 26 2017
News Wind and falling branch cause of fire By Georgia O’Connor-Harding SEVERE WIND and a falling branch caused a powerpole to catch fire in Leeston last week. The Leeston Volunteer Fire Brigade was called out to the fire at Lochheads Rd at about 4.30pm last Tuesday. Chief fire officer Lloyd Clausen said a severe southerly wind change caused a branch to break off a tree which fell across powerlines and caught fire. The branch then fell to the ground causing a small grass fire which burnt back towards the base of the pole. Mr Clausen said while the power pole wasn’t badly damaged, it was replaced by an Orion contractor. The replacement of the pole briefly caused a power outage along the road.
Doggone good calendars •From page 1 Hank is one of 12 dogs the trust is currently trying to rehome. In a bid to continue rehoming abandoned dogs, the trust has teamed up with Community Energy Action to create the 2018 calendar. The calendar’s message this year focuses on raising awareness for the rescuing and re-homing of abandoned dogs and educate people about energy efficiency. “It is a combined effort that has gone down very well. Some dogs just do not cope with cold weather,” Mrs Howard said. The trust has been producing calendars since about 2011. Funds raised go towards the operation of the rescue centre. “We have always had huge support from the community but this year we were sponsored by CEA. They have done a fantastic job,” Mrs Howard said. Dogwatch is a charitable trust which rescues and re-homes dogs and puppies which have ended up in the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri pounds. After a seven day holding period the council becomes the legal owner and either re-homes the dog or puts it down.
If no one claims the dogs, Dogwatch is contacted and if it has kennel space dogs are taken into its care. •Calendars are available for purchase online at www. cea.co.nz/dogs or from Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust at its adoption centre on 230 Dyers Rd and the CEA at 299 Tuam St.
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TREASURED: Gus (above), Micah (left), as well as Honey and Cruise will feature in the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust calendar next year.
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