Crusader Homes is king of the castle

The Crusader Homes team with their trophy. LOCAL business Crusader Homes has another trophy to add to its collection after being named Small Employer of the Year at the Tasmanian Training Awards last night. Recently accredited as an Employer of Choice, this is the second time the family-owned business has

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Council’s tribute to Barry Lathey

Madge Lathey, centre, with family members and councillors Martyn Evans, left, and Ben Shaw, back right. TRIBUTE was paid to a former long-serving Derwent Valley councillor and deputy mayor at the start of last month’s meeting. Mayor Ben Shaw called on former mayor Martyn Evans to speak about the late

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Farewell to Squizzy Taylor

Noel Taylor in his playing days. CONCLUDING the special series of articles by Steve Balmforth, remembering three local identities who have passed away in recent months: George Menzie, Noel Taylor and Brenda Triffitt. Today’s final installment recalls the life and sporting career of Noel Taylor, who was a friend and

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Remembering Brenda Triffitt

Brenda Triffitt. CONTINUING the special series of articles by Steve Balmforth, remembering three local identities who have passed away in recent months: George Menzie, Noel Taylor and Brenda Triffitt. Earlier this week we had the life story of George Menzie. Today’s feature recalls the life of Brenda Triffitt, to be

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Stalwarts of the Valley remembered

George Menzie. IN recent months the Derwent Valley has lost a number of well-known local identities, including George Menzie, Noel Taylor and Brenda Triffitt, all of whom played important roles in the local community. The local links of these three in particular are synonymous with a close-knit community like the

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Queen’s honour for local nurse

Kerry Reid-Searl with one of herPup-Ed mannequins. A NURSE whose ground-breaking teaching methods are used around the world was recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Kerry Reid-Searl has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her  significant service to nurse education. Professor Reid-Searl grew

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Farewell to Edna “Gillem” Reid

Edna “Gillem” Reid in 1996 with her painting Garden of Cosmos. THE life of New Norfolk artist Edna “Gillem” Reid will be celebrated and fondly remembered at her funeral at St Matthew’s Anglican Church on Monday. Originally from New South Wales, Mrs Reid moved to New Norfolk as a girl

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Fond farewell to the Valley’s ‘Old MacDonald’

“Old MacDonald” Keith Clark on the front page of theDerwent Valley Gazette in 1996. A FUNERAL will be held on Monday for the man known to a generation of children as the Derwent Valley’s “Old MacDonald.” Keith Clark, originally from Ellendale, passed away at his home at Macquarie Plains on

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The remarkable life of Tony Hazi

Tony Hazi as a young man. A LARGE gathering of family and friends attended the funeral service of long-time New Norfolk resident Antal (Tony) Hazi late last month. Conducted by local celebrant Rodney Bester at Graham Family Funerals in New Town, the service celebrated a remarkable journey that started with

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Harris brothers still remembered after 100 years

Rose and Kevin Harwick with their daughter Jackie Slyp andmaster chainsaw carver Eddie Freeman in front of the newsculptures at Magra this morning. TREE carvings in memory of two Derwent Valley soldiers were unveiled at Magra this morning. The result of several years’ work, the memorial pays tribute to brothers

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Citizens of the Year for 2019

Alesha Moles and Martyn Evans FORMER Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans has been named the local Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2019. The award was announced by mayor Ben Shaw at the local Australia Day celebration at the Derwent Esplanade on Saturday. Councillor Shaw said Mr Evans had

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Australia Day honour for Phil Pyke

GRANTON resident Phil Pyke has today been named as one of several Tasmanians who will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Mr Pyke, previously of Lachlan, has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the community. A member of the Lachlan Fire

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