Southern 80 on course for record

January 13, 2018

Residents of the Illoura Village nursing home in 1970. Photo supplied by Anne Dodd, whose grandmother Annie O'Sullivan is second from the right.

■ Ten years ago

January 11, 2008

The countdown has started, it is only a month to the 2008 Club Marine Southern 80 and entries have closed.

More than 480 entries have been received and, with the invitational classes to be finalised, the entries look like reaching a record 500, with last year’s event reaching 482.

The event will see Australia’s best water ski racers converge on Echuca-Moama from February 8 to 10.

Rich River Relay for Life and Echuca Specialist School have benefited from a Work for the Dole program, each receiving a trailer built by job seekers as part of the metal works activity.

Job seekers skilled in welding yesterday presented the trailers, which were built over 26 weeks.

The activity was sponsored by Campaspe College of Adult Education and Hume Employment Service, with materials provided by several local businesses.

Volunteer firefighters with Echuca Urban Fire Brigade can forget the concept of a quiet weekend.

Records for 2007 show Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays were the busiest days of the week for the brigade.

Afternoon naps could never be counted on, with 2pm to 4pm the most likely time for a call-out.

The brigade was called out 212 times last year, slightly less often than in 2006 when it turned out 236 times.

■ Thirty years ago

January 11, 1988

A car stolen from Echuca’s Northern Way Caravan Park has been found in Gunbower creek.

The 1973 Holden sedan, which belonged to park resident Mr Ronald Lee, was discovered on Friday, Echuca CIB reported this morning.

The car went missing sometime between New Year’s Day and Friday. Police are investigating the theft.

Several elderly Echuca people are living in fear and torment because of their neighbours dog.

One senior citizen phoned the Riv recently to say that she and her elderly neighbours were being driven crazy by a noisy dog in the neighbourhood.

‘‘With it’s yapping, it’s driving the elderly people mad,’’ she said.

Outstanding young Rich River golfer, Andrea Thwaites, has been selected in the Victorian Junior under 21 side.

Andrea, 20, travelled to Edenhope in South Australia on Saturday and yesterday played in a stableford round.

Today is a practice round and tomorrow sh will represent Victoria in the interstate series championship.

■ Fifty years ago

January 10, 1968

Echuca residents have been using water at the rate of 425 gallons per person per day, with industries using an estimated 320,000 gallons per day, the Waterworks trust was told on Monday night.

The information was continued in a report prepared by the engineer, Mr. L. S. Robertson.

The report indicated that the total output on a peak day was 3.43 million gallons, plus a tower draw down of 50,000 gallons.

Approximately five miles of copper wire from the Railways telephone system along the Echuca-balranald line was stolen by thieves during the weekend.

The wire was stolen from near the Bunnaloo rail crossing and it is valued at more than $250.

Another section of the line was also cut ready for rolling but the thieves were apparently disturbed and the wire was left on the ground.

Echuca junior tennis player, Margaret Yeaman reached the finals of the two events in which she competed at the inter-regional tennis championships at Wangaratta on Sunday.

In the singles final, she was beaten 5-6, 6-1, 6-0 by Valda Vagg of Yarrawonga in a high standard match.

She was the best player on the court in the under 19 years doubles in which she teamed with Lorel Tonkin of Kyabram.

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