Cook up a storm next month

COOKERY: Whyalla Show Society cookery convener Pat Donoghue is getting ready for the competitive sections this year.
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Novice pastry chefs and cake cookers are gearing up for the Whyalla Show competitive sections.

Covering a vast array of cooking, from cakes, buns, breads, marshmellows, biscuits, sausage rolls and pasties, cookery convener Pat Donoghue insists there is something for everyone.

With a total of 67 categories, Mrs Donoghue was incredibly busy last year, but said she would love to see even more entries for 2014.

Mrs Donoghue said the cookery section usually saw a lot of entries from schools around Whyalla.

“A lot of pre school, primary school and high school students enter both the sweets and savories,” Mrs Donoghue said.

“We did pretty well with the entries last year.”

Although the basketball stadium at Jubilee Park was bursting with entries, Mrs Donoghue said the cookery committee would love to see those who had not entered, give it a go.

For juniors, entering costs just 30 cents per item while to enter in open class costs 50 cents per item.

“We have many returning regulars each year, would be good to see new people cook something up and have a go,” she said.

Mrs Donoghue said entrants were judged on many different elements, from the uniform size, whether there were tray marks, whether or not it was raw inside, but the judges only ever eat a small amount if necessary.

This year the Country Women’s Association, alongside Lauke Scone Mix, is sponsoring a scone section competition.

The scones entered in this section must be savoury, and the winner will go on to compete at the Adelaide show.

The Whyalla Show Society will be in Westland Shopping Centre on Friday, August 8 to accept all registrations from 10am until 5pm.

All entries must be brought to Jubilee Park on Thursday, August 14 before out of town judges survey the items on Friday, August 15.

On Saturday, the cookery is displayed and on Sunday items are to be collected.

LIST OF OVERALL COMPETITIVESECTIONS:Arranged flowersArtCake decoratingChildren’s gardenCookeryCrafts and hobbiesCut flowersDecorative painting and folkartHandspinning and weavingHome brewHorses in actionJams, preserves and eggsJunior crafts and hobbiesNeedlework and dressmakingPhotographyPot plantsPoultryScrapbooking and papercraftShow pigeonsVegetables and fruitWoolcraftThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Late penalty floors Rams

The Yass Rams fell agonisingly short of claiming the Boots ‘N’ All Cup for the third year in succession. Photo: Tom Johnson.Saturday’s 16-15 loss to Cooma was a step in the right direction, according to Yass Rams captain Ben Patrick.
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Despite another loss, which makes so many in a row Patrick has “stopped counting”, the skipper was singing the team’s praises.

“It was the best we’ve played this year; I was really happy with how we went,” the scrum-half told the Tribune.

The injury crisis has been well documented but Patrick says their luck is turning around.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve finally got our whole back-line back and we should get a few forwards back in the next couple of weeks, which will help with our go-forward,” he said.

“We’re in equal fourth I think with Cooma now, so we need to beat RMC this weekend and then get some momentum.”

The Rams came within a couple of minutes of victory at Victoria Park but Cooma snatched the game away with a late penalty goal. It ends Yass’ recent success in the Boots ‘N’ All Cup between the two sides, with the Rams winning the previous two clashes.

As a result Yass now trails Cooma in the Gordon Litchfield Wool sponsored Boots ‘N’ All Cup by eight wins to four, since its inception in 2001.

“There’s a good rivalry there, we get on well with the Cooma blokes and have the same sort of culture,” Patrick explained.

“So yeah it’s great that we can do this and that Litchfield Wool gets behind it.”

The second-grade enjoyed a good win, with a number of their players returning from first-grade call-ups.

“They played really well; they had their strongest team for a few weeks thanks to that flow-on effect of our players coming back from injury,” Patrick said.

The two sides now take on the Royal Military College at Victoria Park on Saturday.

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Fundraiser for little Aria, battling Spinal Muscular Atrophy

SPECIAL GIRL: Aria Manderson.While most 13-month-old babies are happily crawling and learning to walk, every day is a battle for little Aria Manderson.
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Diagnosed in February with a rare, potentially terminal genetic disorder known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the Cessnock girl has been in and out of hospital since she was three months old.

SMA is the biggest killer of children under two years old in Australia with nearly 700 deaths a year.

There is very little funding for the condition in Australia, but stem cell treatment is available in China, India, the USA, Switzerland and Germ­any.

The disorder affects the nerves that control muscle movement, resulting in messages not being sent from the spinal cord to the muscles.

The disease will progressively degrade the muscles and eventually begin to affect the heart and lungs.

Aria’s parents, Melanie Werdmuller and Michael Manderson, manage her care on their own with some family help, but her specialised treatment is becoming beyond their means.

Her medical fundraising is supervised by Lions Australia; and Aria’s grandmother, Michelle Bowen is coordinating a fundraising effort to support the family with her at-home care.

“We are seeking assistance for every day needs such as expenses for constant medical care and specialist treatment, travel, mobility equipment, breathing assistance equipment and we are currently in touch with specialists worldwide to find treatments that will help her and give her a good quality of life,” Michelle said.

A beautiful, loving, happy baby girl with a magical smile, Aria can smile, laugh, sing and talk – but she cannot move her legs, torso, shoulders, or body.

She has breathing difficulties, her temperature has to be constantly monitored and she has to be protected from germs and disease.

“Aria is really bright and although I’m sure she knows she is different, she is a very happy baby with a beautiful personality,” Michelle said.

As Aria has a very low immune system, the home must be kept hospital clean and at a constant temperature.

She has breathing assistance equipment, suction equipment, oxygen and a feeding tube, and must have constant physiotherapy, pulmonary percussion, massage and position changes to ensure liquid does not pool in her chest.

But she happily tolerates all this, her grandmother says.

“She loves games and funny sounds. She loves cartoons and adores music. She sings along to many songs,” Michelle said.

“She gets very excited when Kaida (her six-year-old sister) or her Daddy come home or if we visit.

“She communicates a great deal with her eyes. She will stare at what she wants and prattle away to tell you.”

In March, Aria was in John Hunter Hospital in a medically-induced coma after she suffered a collapsed lung, then cardiac arrest.

Much to the surprise of her medical team, she miraculously pulled through.

Aria recently celebrated her first birthday which Michelle said was a “profound joy” for the family.

Their next goal is to take Aria overseas for stem cell treatment.

“If we had a cord blood bank in Australia, SMA babies could be treated here and most could be saved,” she said.

A benefit day to support Aria’s family will be held at the Bellbird Hotel this Sunday from 2pm to 9pm, with live music, markets and raffles.

Local acts including Eye On You, Pam and LesGully, Tim Usher and Mick White will perform.

Donations can also be made online here.

Eye On You will play at the fundraiser for Aria at the Bellbird Hotel on Sunday, July 20.

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Triathlon protest threat

BIKES AT THE KEYS: The Challenge Forster Triathlon will be held in November. GREAT Lakes Council has confirmed the Challenge Forster triathlon will still go ahead in N​ovember despite Pacific Palms residents threatening to protest over planned road closures.
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A community consultation was held on Monday June 30 between council, Challenge Forster event organiser Elite Energy’s CEO Mark Emerton, NSW Police representatives and about 18 residents from the Pacific Palms area.

The meeting was held after last year’s Challenge copped widespread criticism from residents, particularly those in the Forster Keys and Pacific Palms areas, over road closures which resulted in increased traffic delays in the Forster CBD.

Council’s director of engineering Ron Hartley said council and Elite Energy decided to make some significant changes to this year’s event in the hope that it will run more smoothly.

Changes include the relocation of bike turnarounds. The bike leg will start at Forster Keys, with the first turnaround point now at Tarbuck Bay, the second at Blueys Beach and the leg finishing in the Forster township.

Mr Hartley said another change is having the two smaller events, the enticer and the sprint, on the Saturday morning and the main Challenge event on the Sunday morning.

He said the fastest finish time of the bike leg with the new turnarounds is predicted to be about 8.45am with the slowest time predicted to finish about 10.36am.

He said by spreading the event over two days it will enable organisers to get the bikes off the course much earlier in the morning and open the course up to residents in the Pacific Palms area.

“Most of the changes to the event happened before the meeting so the main thing was to let people know what the changes were and see if there were opportunities for change,” he said.

“Several alternatives were suggested involving the relocation of the triathlon to Tuncurry or central Forster, including the closure of the Wallis Lake bridge.

“But the suggestions would have a far greater impact on many more residents so the suggestions were discounted.

“The use of The Lakes Way between Forster and Pacific Palms is already approved and on that basis is firm.

“Substantial improvements have been made to the previously used route.

“We understand the frustrations of residents with last year’s event and council has tried to minimise the impact on residents.”

The event attracted just over 1,200 competitors last year, bringing in about 2,500 spectators and generated close to $750,000 in accommodation alone for the region.

David Shaw, who lives in Pacific Palms and operates Forster Pacific Palms Real Estate, was one of the 18 residents who attended the June 30 meeting.

He believes the new changes will not make a positive difference to businesses and residents in the Pacific Palms area.

“We’re (residents) not against the triathlon we’re against the road closures because it affects our business severely,” he said.

“I know the reality, 10.30am turns into 12.30pm. I will have to close my business for the day.

“Yes the event brings financial benefit but to a small amount of business in Forster and Tuncurry, no one else.

“At the end of the day there’s no business out here that benefits from having all their roads closed.”

Mr Shaw said he has since written to council with a suggestion to move the first bike turnaround to the Pacific Palms Recreational Club instead of Tarbuck Bay.

“It’s an easy solution and won’t affect anyone locally only people going back into Forster,” he said.

Mr Shaw says if the road closures remain the same then he and other residents in the Palms will be forced to take action on the day of the event.

“We’re going to protest because we’re sick of all the road closures. There’s no other option at the moment. I’d just like to see council actually consult with people about it.”

Mr Hartley, who was not at the meeting, says council will consider all suggestions raised on the night. He also said there was still an opportunity for people to write to council if they had any concerns about the changes to the event.

The Challenge Forster Triathlon will be held in November.

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No salt or sugar for centenarian

POPULAR CENTENARIAN: Ivy Ravell surrounded by gifts and cards at her home in Forster for her 100th birthday. She still lives at home where she cooks and gardens regularly. IVY Ravell is living proof that if you exercise daily, eat right and have a positive outlook, you will have a long and satisfying life.
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You would never guess it but the avid lawn bowler turned 100 last Monday.

Ivy may be legally blind but that hasn’t stopped her. She still lives in the same home her late husband George built, walks to the shops and potters in her garden on a regular basis.

The popular centenarian celebrated with close family – her son Denis and his wife and her daughter Pam on Monday. A party was also held on Saturday with extended family at the Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club.

As a much-loved member of the Forster Bowling Club, her friends also held a lunch for her on Thursday.

Ivy has lived in Forster for most of her life having only lived away for five years when she moved to Sydney and the Hunter region.

She credits her long life to “sheer luck,” staying active and not eating salt or sugar.

“I think it’s just been sheer good luck, I don’t feel 100 at all,” she said.

“I don’t eat salt or sugar. I occasionally have a glass of red wine and I like a glass of black beer in the summertime.

“I walk a lot and I used to play a lot of tennis but I had to give that up when my eye sight went so I took up bowls.”

Ivy has been a dedicated bowler ever since her husband persuaded her to give it a go.

She was still playing up until around Christmas but had to have a break after having an operation on her foot.

“But I’m going to have another try when the weather warms up,” she insists.

Ivy’s daughter Pam says she has never known her mum not to be an active person.

“She’s always been sporty. She was playing tennis well into her 70s and she’s still a member of a walking group.”

Pam describes her mother as a warm-hearted person who is always looking out for others.

“She’s been a fantastic mum,” she said.

“She’s a very caring woman. When I was sick she would race off and do my shopping for me and if any of the bowls ladies were in hospital she would always go and visit them.

“She has always been well liked by everyone.”

Ivy has seven grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

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