Call to help the needy

December 03, 2017

As we begin the Christmas season, we look back at some seasons photos from years gone by. Here we have children meeting Santa Claus in Murray's High Street department store in 1953, as taken by Fred Boyle.

■ Ten years ago

Friday November 30, 2007

Target Echuca is encouraging the community to donate gifts and gift vouchers to the needy to help give the disadvantaged an enjoyable Christmas.

Uniting Care and Target aim to collect more than 130,000 gifts for those in need as part of the SHARE Christmas Gift Appeal launched earlier this month.

Dawn Howie and Adelle Merral of Echuca-Moama Uniting Church, who are overseeing the delivery of gifts donated at Target Echuca, said much help was needed to help less fortunate families in the district.

Most Australians did not know Bernie Banton, but his name will be forever etched in our history.

For those that did not know, Mr Banton rose to prominence in his campaign to raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases.

He worked for one of construction giant James Hardie’s subsidiary companies, manufacturing building products, which included the potentially lethal substance asbestos.

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and the Campaspe Cricket Association is heating up.

The last round of two-day matches before Christmas will see some interesting contests as the halfway mark of the season approaches.

Both Rochester teams are battling it out for third position and will want to win to have a chance at second place and improve their finals prospects.

The grand final re-match between Moama and Echuca, two of the most competitive teams in the competition, should produce some of the best cricket in the association.

■ Thirty years ago

Friday December 4, 1987

Members of Rich River Golf Club gave the green light for a multi million dollar ‘Rich River Sports Colosseum’ on Wednesday night.

Green ‘yes’ tags were waved keenly by about 240 members who attended a 7:30 pm extraordinary meeting at the club.

They have backed a massive project which will provide facilities for 28 sports at Moama.

They were voting on four motions to change Rich River’s Articles of association, allowing the scheme to proceed.

A tall, threatening spectre armed with writing slates and cane cut a swathe through the student-crammed corridors of Echuca South Primary School this week as the bell sounded the beginning of class.

Charging into the classroom complete with academic gown, ‘‘Sir’’ glared down at the surprised grade fives and demanded their attention.

Girls donned pinafored and boys waist high coats and bows as the clock spun back to 1887.

Two rounds remain before the Christmas break and teams will be desperate for wins in the Echuca Cricket Association.

Like last season, it appears the ladder leading into the finals will be extremely close.

Last season only a few points separated first and fifth positions at the end of the home and away season, and this would be the case again this season.

■ Fifty years ago

Friday December 1, 1967

A public education campaign about cancer will be held in Echuca next Thursday afternoon and evening by the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria.

The campaign is being conducted by the Council at the invitation of the Mayor of Echuca, Cr. A. E. Rosendale.

Cr. Rosendale said meetings had been organised so everyone in the municipality could hear experienced speakers and see films about how people can best protect against cancer.

A motorist drove at speeds of 70 to 75 mph along Ogilvie Avenue soon after midnight on October 20, Echuca Police alleged in Echuca Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday.

He was Kenneth Francis Lowrie, 21, of 9 Regent Street, Moama, who appeared on eight charges on Tuesday.

Lowrie was charged with dangerous driving, careless driving, exceeding 50 mph on a highway, speeding through intersections, exceeding 35 mph in Echuca, failing to give right turn signals, excessive exhaust noise and failing to keep to the left on the highway.

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