GALLERY: Lest we forget- Remembrance Day coverage

As the sounds ofThe Last Postrang out, Whyalla residents stood in silence to remember those who served in protecting our country.
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Returned servicemen and women laid wreaths at base of the cenotaph at the Memorial Oval gates and the ceremony proceedings was shared between the Whyalla RSL Club and the Whyalla Naval Association.

WE REMEMBER: Poppies and wreaths were laid in tribute at Whyalla’s honour rolls.

REMEMBRANCE: Whyalla RSL Club vice president David Templeton leads the Remembrance Day proceedings.

BENEDICTION: Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock reads the benediction.

SERVICE: Army cadet Caleb Lines bows his head to remember Australia’s fallen soldiers.

TRIBUTE:hyalla RSL Club vice president David Templeton pays tribute to the servicemen and woman who died and suffered in war and armed conflicts.

SYMBOLIC: Les Record places poppies on the memorial wall watched on by Eyre and Western local service area operations inspector Andrew Thiele.

FLAG:Navy Cadets’ able seaman Dylan Crook raises the flag.

MEMORIAL: Wreaths laid at the base of the cenotaph at Whyalla’s Memorial Oval gates.

SUPPORT: Attending the Whyalla Remembrance Day event were Joan Tolson and Whyalla Flinders Legacy Group chairman Geoff Ettridge.

HONOUR: Proudly honouring those who have served our country at the Whyalla Remembrance Day event were Yvonne Bishop and John Peatfield.

ATTENDANCE: Whyalla Naval Association president John Moore and Les Record attending the Whyalla Remembrance Day ceremony.

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Flitcroft leaves rivals a spent Force

ORANGE City Warriors flexed their bowling muscle in their Orange District Cricket Association second-third grade win on Saturday.
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Playing at Max Stewart Oval against Wanderers Force, the Warriors finished their overs on 8-139 with Jason Corby the best on 27.

In response, the Warriors ripped through the Wanderers Force batting line-up to have them all out for 33 in the 17th over.

No Wanderers batsman was able to reach double figures.

Paul Flitcroft was chief destroyer taking 5-25 from his eight overs.

Corby delivered an all-round performance to claim 4-16 from his eight overs.

Nick Cooper took 1-2 from his single over.

An unbeaten century from Luke Wilson helped Cavaliers enjoy a one-wicket win over Centrals.

After watching Centrals finish on 173, Wilson opened the batting and his 104 not out was the key in pushing Cavaliers to 9-177.

Wilson’s century included 16 fours.

Only one other Cavaliers batsman reached double figures as Centrals bowler Roshan Eiseman (4-33) ripped through the top order.

Gladstone scored a seven-wicket win over CYMS at Spring Hill.

CYMS finished their overs on 8-150 with Adam Smith unbeaten on 38.

Ben McAlpine troubled the CYMS batsmen as the Gladstone bowler took 4-18 from six overs.

Tim Lowe (57) and Ray Milner (68no) played key roles in pushing Gladstone to 3-153 and the win.

Nathanael Vazouras had an outstanding game for Kinross Young Guns in their Centenary Cup win over CYMS Fahys.

Vazouras took 3-21 from his 4.4 overs and helped removed CYMS Fahys for 163.

Vazouras then opened the batting for the Young Guns and his unbeaten 107 pushed his side to 3-172 and victory.

Orange City scored an eight-wicket win over CYMS Kellys at Brendon Sturgeon Oval.

CYMS made 7-111 and City was able to reach 113 with eight wickets in hand.

ON THE SPOT: Kinross Young Guns bowler Fletcher Rose watches his delivery to a CYMS Fahys batsman. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1109kennettcrick1

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Teen robs two people

Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with two robberies in Blacktown last week.
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Police said he was picked up in Hebersham and charged with robbing an 84-year-old man at David Lane at 11.30pm last Monday and a 53-year-old man in a car park at Boyd Street at midnight last Tuesday.

Police said the boy and his accomplices assaulted the two men before robbing them of their phones and cash.

Police are also hunting for two men, one armed with a large knife, who held up a fast food outlet owner in a shopping centre at Woodcroft last Wednesday.

The incident took place at 10pm when the owner of the outlet was closing his shop for the night.

They took cash from the register before leaving the area.

The men are described as being of Caucasian appearance, 18, one is 190cm tall, thin build wearing a black hooded top, black pants, black shoes and had a black “scream mask” over his face.

The other is described as about 160–170 cm tall, medium build wearing a white hooded top, black pants, white shoes and a black mask.

Bush, building set alight

Firebugs struck again in Blacktown last week despite several warnings given by police and Fire and Rescue Services officers.

Police said in the first incident a resident called the fire brigade after he noticed a bushfire off Doonside Crescent, Doonside at about 3.35pm last Monday.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and there was no damage to nearby properties.

It’s believed the fire was deliberately lit.

In the second incident at 5.30pm last Friday a shed at the rear of a single-storey unit complex at Orwell Street, Blacktown was set alight.

In the third incident at 10.05pm last Saturday someone entered a house under construction in Pollack Street, Blacktown and set fire to the lounge room area.

Neighbours heard a loud explosion and called police and Fire and Rescue Services.

Cars were stolen

A 27-year-old Winston Hill man was arrested last Tuesday and charged with stealing 22 cars in Blacktown and the Central Coast.

A Blacktown police spokesman said they had been looking for him for several weeks.

Armed with knife

Police arrested a 30-year-old man armed with a large knife after a stand-off in Blacktown last Wednesday.

Police said at about 10pm they were called to McClean Street where they found a Blacktown man armed with a large knife.

After negotiations the man released the knife and was arrested without incident or injury to any person.

He was then taken to Blacktown hospital for observation and treatment.

Grievous bodily harm

Police found a 30-year-old man unconscious in the car park of a housing unit at Second Avenue, Blacktown last Tuesday at about 3.20am.

The man had also suffered injuries to his left eye.

Investigations continue.

Goods in custody

A 24-year-old woman was charged with having stolen goods and the possession of drugs in Lalor Park last Tuesday.

Police officers patrolling the area spoke to her after finding her in possession of suspected stolen goods at 2.30pm.

A search revealed drugs and she was arrested and charged.

Security guards attacked

Police arrested five women and a man for attacking security guards in a shopping centre in Blacktown last Wednesday.

Police said the incident occurred when security guards were trying to detain them for suspected drug offences at around 1.45pm.

They were charged with several offences including assault, affray, breach bail and drug matters.

Malicious damage

Police have arrested a man after several cars were damaged and rubbish dumped in the car park of an apartment block in Blacktown last Thursday.

Police allege he was with several people who removed number plates from nine cars and threw rubbish in the car park at First Avenue between 1am and 1.30am.

A 38-year-old Blacktown man was arrested after a resident called police after seeing him lurking around cars at Lander Street on the same day.

Police found him in possession of three mobile phones, two kitchen knives and some tools.

He was charged with having stolen goods, possession of a knife and tool for breaking into a car.

Anyone with information about any of these the cases should call Blacktown police on 96719199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 0r use the Crime Stoppers page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

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Mike is top umpire

Riddell Umpires Association senior coach, Michael O’Keeffe, has been named the Victorian Australian Football Coaches Association Umpire Coach of the Year.
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Michael attended the 26th running of the awards at the MCG on Friday night and took the honour in front of more than 300 guests who had gathered to acknowledge the work of more than 10,000 community coaches in Victoria.

“I was very surprised and extremely honoured,” Michael said, “Although my main focus is to always improve the environment around umpiring, it is nice to receive some individual recognition.”

He also paid tribute to the people around him, including his wife, Rachel, who supported him during the many days of the year dedicated to umpiring.

Nominations were sought from all umpire coaches in the the state. Umpires from the AFL PD program could nominate any umpire from inside and outside their league before the Umpiring Development Department at the VFL made the final decision.

Michael crossed to the RUA from the Northern Football League in 2010 after a very successful career as a field umpire. The school teacher enjoyed a stellar career in the NFL that included umpiring in multiple senior grand finals and felt that it was time to look into another aspect of umpiring.

“I felt I had some of the skills required for coaching,” Michael said.

Michael was selected to be the head coach at the 2012 AFL Under 16 Championships in Sydney, to add to his achievements.

“It was great to coach some of the best young umpires in the country over a week and a half,” Michael said.

Anyone involved in a big way at this level of football puts in a lot of hours which cuts into family time. Fortunately Michael was able to balance his dedication to umpiring with time as a part-time stay-at-home dad to make up for the weekend work on the field.

Michael has used some of his spare time at home to help take the RUA to the next level. Video self assessment was introduced this year with umpires who officiated in a game that was filmed. Umpires watched their games to assess free kicks that were paid, not paid and their position before discussing their critique with their coaches.

Regular umpires sessions include watching videos and assessing all areas such as free kicks, positioning, communication with players and other umpires.

This initiative has been on the back of participating in an extended interleague program, sending umpires to Cairns and doing half-panel matches with the Ballarat Football League umpires. Billy Mitchell also conducted additional training sessions at Salesian College in Rupertswood and boundary coach, Cam Black, introduced a four-boundary umpire system into senior matches. These were added this year on top of a solid coaching program.

“I am sure that the public don’t always agree, however if you compare our top umpires to other leagues, we punch well above our weight,” Michael said, “However there is always room for improvement.”

“We are in a good place at the moment. We have grown our group over the last four years and we continue to improve. The Riddell Umpires have much respect amongst the umpiring community and I think that is a good reflection on the work that we are doing.”

The future is looking bright for the Riddell Umpires. They are looking to recruit more female umpires and improve the standard across the board to match the introduction of new teams joining the competition next year. They will continue to build their professionalism and will launch their new website on December 1 to enable the community to interact more with what they are doing. If you’re interest in umpiring next year, you’re welcome to express your interest early by contacting general manager, Glen Shilling, on 0408 507 293.

Michael O’Keeffe with wife Rachel after winning the award as the AFCA Umpire’s Coach of the year.

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Rain forces Riverstone’s Remembrance Day service indoors

The rain caused the Remembrance Day service at Riverstone Parade to be moved to the Riverstone RSL Sub-branch hall at Market Street today.
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It was originally planned for Riverstone Parade to be closed to traffic for an hour to allow about 100 former servicemen, women and residents to remember the fallen.

This was necessary as the RSL Cenotaph is located at Riverstone Parade, one of the busiest roads in the town’s CBD.

Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on November 11 in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

This year is the 95th anniversary of the armistice on November 11 which ended the First World War, as well as the 20th anniversary of the reinterment of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Memory.

Members of Riverstone-Schofield RSL Sub-branch led by president Richard Lawford assembled at the hall with representatives from the army and police as well as MP Kevin Conolly for one minute’s silence and a wreath-laying ceremony.

Members and friends of Blacktown RSL Club also observed Remembrance Day at their Cenotaph in Second Avenue at the same time.

They assembled outside the club at 10.30am before the wreath laying ceremony.

Riverstone RSL trustee Ronald Regan and Sub-branch president Richard Lawford leading the service. Photo: Gene Ramirez

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Volunteers needed

OURCARE services need more volunteers like Ron and Shirley Bendiech.
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They are both on the meals on wheels roster, Ron takes clients to medical appointments and Shirley is a bus assistant.

And once a month they team up to do the Saturday morning shopping trip.

“Ron drives the bus and Shirley is the bus assistant,” Ourcare volunteer co-ordinator, Leanne Cooke, explained.

“We rely heavily on volunteers to provide our services to the most vulnerable members of the community.”

Ourcare is a non-for profit organisation and assist the aged and disabled live independently and most importantly safely.

Ms Cooke said the increase in demand for their services, in particularly meal deliveries, taking clients to medical appointments and the town bus run means they need more volunteers.

“It only takes about an hour out of our day to deliver the meals,” Shirley said.

“I really enjoy giving back, you never know one day we might all need this service and if we don’t volunteer now then it may not exist then – that would be a real shame.”

Ron said it is not only about delivering the meals.

“Sometimes we are the only people they may see during the day,” he said.

“If someone does not answer the door then we check around the back if we don’t get an answer then we contact Ourcare.”

He also enjoys chatting to clients when transporting them to medical appointments.

“We have never had a volunteer leave because they don’t enjoy it. It’s only because they are no longer physically able to do it, leave town or return to work,” Ms Cooke said.

“We provide all volunteers with an orientation and the only requirement is that they are over 18 years of age.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Leanne Cooke on 02 6571 23300 to arrange an interview.

VOLUNTEERS: Ron and Shirley Bendeich have supported Ourcare Services as volunteers and encourage others to do the same.

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Selwood, Tudor in long battle

COOL weather prevented the Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club from holding their first triathlon of the season as planned.
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It was decided to remove the swim leg from the event at Lake Canobolas, but this didn’t deter the almost 100 participants.

In the long external event, Dave Selwood was first across the finish line in one hour, four minutes and 24 seconds.

Phil Tudor, who is almost twice as old as Selwood, pushed his younger rival all the way and finished just over a minute behind (1:05.27) in second.

Jacob Evans, enjoying his first season of triathlon, was third in 1:07.07.

The women played out a great battle in the long external event.

Janet Martin led early before Jess Richards passed her on the bike.

Martin came back in the run to finish first in 1:09.26, beating out Richards (1:10.20) and a fast-finishing Estelle Dean (1:10.30).

Dean had the fastest 5km run of the women in 21 minutes.

In the mid external event, Jack Bilton (36.09) was first across the line and Marnie Lenehan (39.59) was the first female.

Tom Tudor (27.18) was fastest in the short external race, and Alicia Ross (27.56) was the first female home.

Millie Lenehan (26.53) was the first person home in the short internal race and Blair Ward (30.20) was the first male.

Arthur Locke was the fastest in the junior race in 10.33, while Sophie Martin (11.53) was the first female home.

The OCTC’s next event is the Cowra Inter-Club on Sunday, December 1.

PUTTING IN: Luke Tuckwell charges ahead. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1110tri2

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Fleurieu Peninsula cleans up at South Australian Tourism Awards

The Fleurieu Peninsula’s appeal as a great place to visithas been bolstered with four accolades at the South Australian Tourism Awards.
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Announcedon Friday, November 8 in Adelaide, Narnu Farm, Surf & Sun SouthAustralia, The Australasian Circa 1958 and Alexandrina Council took home majorawards.

NarnuFarm received the best Standard Accommodation accolade and was inducted in theHall of Fame for the same award.

Goolwa’sThe Australasian Circa 1858 received the best Hosted Accommodation award, and Alexandrina Council received the LocalGovernment Award for tourism.

Luke Talbot-Male of Surf & Sun Australia was “absolutely shocked, honoured andexcited” to accept the best Adventure Tourism award for the business.

“It is a real honour and we are very humbled to win such an award. The South Australian Tourism Industry is a great industry to be a part ofand it is fantastic for the great team at Surf & Sun to be recognised andawarded as South Australia’s best adventure tourism business,“ he said.

“We can’t wait torepresent South Australia in the National Awards next year in Sydney.”

On top of the majorawards, another fifteengold,silver and bronze medals were awarded to Fleurieu Peninsula’s tourism operatorsfor their high standard of entries in their respective categories.

South Australian TourismIndustry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook congratulated all FleurieuPeninsula winners and medallists.

“With so many outstanding SouthAustralian tourism experiences on offer, it’s tremendous to acknowledge andcelebrate excellence in the industry,” he said.

The SouthAustralian Tourism Awards are the pinnacle of excellence within the tourismindustry, rewarding innovation and fostering better business practices bysetting benchmarks for all tourism operators to aspire to.

The awardsare judged in accordance with a strict set of rules and criteria, and winnerswill represent the State at the Qantas Australian Tourism AwardsinSydney in February 2014.

See the fulllist of winners across the Fleurieubelow:

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Adventure Tourism:

Surf & Sun South Australia

Hosted Accommodation:

The Australasian Circa 1858

Standard Accommodation Hall of Fame and Winner:

Narnu Farm

Local Government Award forTourism:

Alexandrina Council

MEDALLISTS

Festivals & Events: Silver

2013 City of Onkaparinga Jayco Stage 5& Associated Events

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Festivals & Events:Bronze

Beachside Food and Wine Festival

Gorgeous Festival

Visitor Information andServices:Silver

Goolwa Visitor Information Centre

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu VisitorInformation Centre

Tour &/or TransportOperator: Bronze

Wine Diva Tours

Tourism Restaurants &Catering Services: Gold

Leonards Mill

Tourism Wineries,Distilleries and Breweries: Bronze

Primo Estate Cellar Door

Woodstock Estate

Tourist & Caravan Parks: Gold

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park

Standard Accommodation: Silver

Beach Huts Middleton

Deluxe Accommodation: Silver

Strath Motel

New TourismDevelopment: Bronze

Off Piste 4WD Tours

Local Government Award forTourism: Silver

City of Onkaparinga

Vin Keneally and Sarah Hirsch of Narnu Farm accepted the award for best Standard Accommodation at the South Australian Tourism Awards on Friday, November 8.

Luke and Jane Talbot-Male accepted the award for best Adventure Tourism on the night.

Miranda Lang accepted the best Hosted Accommodation award for The Australasian Circa 1858.

Alexandrina Council’s Peter Dinning and Tanya Mitchell accept the award for Local Government Award for Tourism.

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Hall of Fame for Thea

WHEN Jack and Thea Fleming decided to move from South Africa to Australia there was only going to be one destination.
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With a daughter and grandchildren living in Singleton, Singleton was always going to be their new place of residence.

After they arrived here in 1997, both quickly became involved in the community but it was Thea who was recently surprised after she was inducted into the Wambo Coal Hall of Fame.

The award was largely in recognition of her willingness to share her love and talent for art with anyone, from the very young to those who live with a disability.

Thea was an accomplished artist in South Africa and was a member of the Water Colour Society, the Pastel Society of South Africa, Brush and Chisel Society and the Miniature Art Society of South Africa.

Once she and Jack had unpacked their suitcases Thea immediately involved herself with the art community on a voluntary basis.

She exhibited at the Singleton Art Prize run by the Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter and has assisted with the hanging of the paintings in each show since 1997.

She, together with fellow artist, Trish Patterson have been colourfully referred to over the years as the ‘serial hangers’ for their long term involvement in what is a specialist and time consuming task.

Thea became involved with teaching art on a voluntary basis at Singleton Public School providing a weekly session of art lessons to all the junior school students. She developed her own program introducing them to the works of old masters and other famous artists.

Examples include the Leonardo da Vinci lesson when students emulated the famous artist by pinning their art paper under their desk and lying on their backs to paint.

Thea was co-opted onto the art committee of the Singleton Parents Committee of the school which for many years organised a very successful show. She arranged for visiting artists to hold workshops at the shows in addition to participating herself.

Thea used her contacts at the Singleton Masonic Lodge to arrange for the donation of a digital camera for Singleton Public School Support Unit for the use of staff when teaching.

For five years, she also voluntarily taught art on a weekly basis at Hunter Valley Grammar School.

When the Kosovo refugees were living in Singleton in 1999 at the Lone Pine Barracks, Thea volunteered to assist the local Red Cross branch and organised weekly remedial art classes for the duration of their stay.

In 2001, Thea was asked to assist at Witmore Enterprises as a volunteer teaching art to clients.

She continues to do so, attending every Tuesday morning for the past 12 years.

It is a role she continues to do and one she finds great satisfaction from.

Thea is an active member of the Singleton Tidy Towns Committee and became involved in the Adopt-a-Spot program in 1998.

She still participates on a regular basis and often tells the story of a man who asked her what she was doing while gathering litter in George Street.

“I told him I was doing community service and he thought I was paying penance for a crime and asked me what I was ‘in’ for,” Thea said.

“I told him murder and he ran like the wind,” Thea laughed.

She partnered with Singleton Public Library to provide several workshops during the Singleton Arts Festival, during which she donated her time.

She also supports her husband, Jack, who is a member of the Lions Club of Singleton, helping with the local Driver Reviver Scheme, Lions Book Fair, raffles and catering.

Thea has donated many paintings to not-for-profit organisations throughout Singleton that have been offered as prizes or auctioned and have raised thousands of dollars for charity.

Thea was overwhelmed to be named Singleton’s Citizen of the Year in 2003 and this latest accolade came as an equal surprise but at the same time, so very much deserved.

MUCH DESERVED: Wambo Coal Hall general manager Peter Baker, hall of fame inductee Thea Fleming and Mayor John Martin at the Wambo Coal Hall of Fame presentation.

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