■Ten Years Ago
May 9, 2008
There was no shortage of tears or applause after the powerful Life After Death driver education program at St Joseph’s College this week.
Year 11 and 12 students heard a confronting account of one family’s heartbreak after two separate car crashes changed life as they knew it forever.
‘‘It’s a tough talk. We put ourselves through it time after time in an endeavour to make sure it doesn’t happen to you and your family,’’ John Maher told the group.
Mr Maher was seriously injured in a car crash, which claimed the life of the 18-year-old driver of the other car, in 1993.
Tasmanian migrants are making their way across Bass Strait to spend winter in Echuca district backyards.
The welcome visitors are Tasmanian silvereyes, which eat garden insects and are some the most effective controllers of aphids among birds.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife has developed the Backyard Buddies program to provide tips on how to make backyards a safe and inviting place for birds like the silvereye.
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders suffered their first loss for the soccer season by going down 2-3 — but against the very strong Epsom side at home on Sunday.
The game was tight throughout and could have gone either way as both sides created many chances.
After a slow start, the Raiders began to take control with O’Sullivan and Hargreaves prominent.
■Thirty Years Ago
May 9, 1988
The skippers of Echuca’s vessels met recently to discuss the increasingly confusing situation on the Murray River at Echuca.
The meeting was convened by the Maritime Services Board which recognised the need to amalgamate the skippers Echuca waters.
MSB Special Duties Officer for the Murray, terry Somerville, said there was a need for the Qualified Masters (skippers) of vessels in the Port vicinity to get together to sort out ‘‘small conflicts involving navigation.’’
An Echuca City Councillor has clashed with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) over the local Government Bill.
Cr Lindsay Hurn has accused the Association of not acting in the best interests of Victoria’s municipalities (including Echuca) over the bill.
The Echuca City Council paid about $10,000 a year to the MAV, yet Cr Hurn claimed the association had not obtained satisfactory legal advice on the bill.
In a game which neither inspired the players or spectators, Echuca defeated Seymour by 42 points at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The determined but undermanned Seymour team took the match right up to Echuca and it wasn’t until the last quarter when Echuca’s running players finally found some space that the Bombers kicked away.
■Fifty Years Ago
May 10, 1968
Night training flights from the Echuca aerodrome were commenced by members of the Kyabram Aero Club last night.
The night flights will become a regular feature of the club’s training program although they will be limited to some extent through there being no facilities for re-fuelling except by hand at the aerodrome.
A member of the club, Mr. J. Chenhalls, said yesterday that night flights from the aerodrome were to have been commenced last year but all of the necessary equipment was not then available.
A special colour film, ‘‘One in 20,000’’ will be screened in the Paramount Theatre on Sunday night at 8 o’clock.
The subject is lung cancer and is the story of a young journalist’s fight for life.
It features Dr. Osschner, an American expert on lung cancer who gives frank facts about the disease and the possibilities of becoming afflicted.
A spectacular last quarter in which they kicked 7.3 to Sandhurst’s 2.2 on Saturday saw Echuca return to the winning list and issue a warning to all other Bendigo League teams that they will again be a force in this season’s fight for premiership honours.
It was easily Echuca’s best performance of the season and even though they were outplayed in the early stages of the game but showed great fighting spirit to get the right on top of the opposition from half way through the third term.