Gretna life membership for Ben Rainbird

New Gretna Cricket Club life memberBen Rainbird. GRETNA Cricket Club held its annual dinner and trophy presentation at the Gretna Parish Hall on April 2. The evening was well attended with about 60 members and guests in attendance, with many still going in the early hours of the morning. Ben

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Remembering Betty King

Reg Watson places a bush posy on the grave of Betty King. HISTORIAN and author Reg Watson visited New Norfolk earlier this week to place a tribute on a significant grave at the Back River Chapel. The grave is that of Betty King, believed to be the first white woman

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Celebrated citizens

The faces on the wall at Lees Corner. THE Derwent Valley’s citizens of the year for 2016 will be named at the Australia Day celebrations at the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk later today. Mayor Martyn Evans will make the announcements shortly after noon today. Events on the Esplanade will

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Australia Day honour for Gretna fire chief

GRETNA fire chief Colin Cunningham has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in today’s Australia Day honours list. Mr Cunningham joined the Gretna Fire Brigade as a volunteer firefighter in 1987. A year later his fellow members demonstrated their confidence in his leadership by promoting him to brigade

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Ngaire logs off

Ngaire Glover is farewelled by the Derwent Valley Online Access Centre’s assistant co-ordinator Michael Kitchener. THE longest-serving volunteer at the Derwent Valley Online Access Centre has called it a day after more than 15 years of service. Not only had Ngaire Glover been a volunteer since the centre’s opening in

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Remembering Bobby Butler

AT St Matthews Anglican Church in New Norfolk, a lovely send-off was given to Robert George Butler recently. Born at the New Norfolk Cottage Hospital on December 24, 1942, to James and Winifred Butler, Bob or Bobby as he was known to most grew up at Bushy Park with his

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Vale Ron Miles OAM

LARGER than life for most of his years, well-known New Norfolk sportsman and ex-serviceman Ron Miles has died this week, aged 95. A resident of Corumbene Nursing Home for the last few years, Ron passed away on September 17. He is survived by his wife June and their children Kym

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Queen’s honours for two locals

Ken O’Brien, centre, with his late sister’smedal, surrounded by three of her children. THE Derwent Valley’s first female local government councillor was honoured by Tasmania’s first female governor late last week. On Friday evening Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner presented a posthumous Medal of the Order of Australia for Dorothy

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A minute’s silence for “Whip”

A MINUTE’S silence for the late Gordon “Whip” Collins was observed at the monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council on Thursday night. Mr Collins, who died last week after a short illness, was well regarded in the local community, particularly in sporting circles. More recently, Mr Collins was a

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Conspicuous service recognised

TWO Derwent Valley men were awarded Conspicuous Service Medals in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week. Long-serving Australian Defence Force members Mark Wilson and Jason Jarvis were recognised for their meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army respectively. Warrant Officer Jason Jarvis is the son of Graeme and

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Remembering Dorothy Robinson OAM

The late Dorothy Robinson. THE Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2015 has been described by some as being rather “top heavy” with politicians and councillors, but as always the list includes some quiet achievers who are deserving of the recognition accorded by the Order of Australia. Dorothy Robinson was one

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Farewell Charlie Cawthorn

THE life of former New Norfolk businessman Charlie Cawthorn was celebrated at a largely attended funeral service at St Matthew’s Anglican Church today. Born in 1923, Mr Cawthorn died at New Norfolk last Friday after a lifetime of service to the Derwent Valley community. In addition to running his business

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