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BEACONSFIELD Upper Primary School was the scene of a crime earlier this month – but there was no shortage of detectives ready to catch the crooks.
As part of the Year 5/6 forensic science unit, teachers set up a fictional crime scene in the school stadium complete with various pieces of taped off evidence.
The situation involved the theft of the teachers’ laptops, with the perpetrators demanding that two staff members be handed over in return for them.
Two real life police officers joined the investigation, ready to answer the questions of the young detectives.
Teacher Rebecca Johnson thanked Victoria Police for their participation in the day.
“The kids were in awe as they got to ask these everyday heroes questions about their job,” she said.
“We couldn’t have been more appreciative of Victoria Police for the friendly and approachable members that came out to speak to our kids.”
TONIGHT (Tuesday) Tooradin’s famous fishy restaurant Wings and Fins will take to the screen for the first episode of Channel Nine’s new culinary series, Hotplate.
The seafood restaurant located at the Tooradin airport prides itself on its fresh Flinders Island crayfish.
Now, head chef Lozz and owner/manager Nols have also taken centre stage.
Nols, a bank manager of 25 years turned restaurateur, has been dubbed ‘Australia’s fussiest eater’ but said filming the show was a ‘fantastic experience’.
The exposure is already filling tables and leading to selfies with fans.
“People were under the impression Wings and Fins had closed down, but even with the ads (for the TV show) we have gone from Saturday night bookings of 13 people to being booked out most weekends – but it hasn’t been all about the series, a lot of blood sweat and tears over two and a half years has gone into it,” Nols said.
After managing the Caldermeade Farm Cafe for more than four years, Nols bought the seafood restaurant and set about building its reputation once more.
“When I took over Wings and Fins needed a lot of money spent on it in the kitchen and on the cray tanks and I didn’t have much left to spend on fixing up the front of house – But now (post filming) we’re looking pretty swish,” she said.
Labelled as a fussy, unadventurous eater, Nols stands by that brand and said she really did wish she had an airline sick bag at one meal.
“We haven’t seen any episodes at all, but from the ads ‘Australia’s fussiest eater’ is me and I don’t have a problem with it. So many Aussies are going to relate to me because offal is awful!” she laughed.
But admitted the reality TV show has made her try new delicacies.
“If I don’t like it I’m not going to eat it – I didn’t try the chicken heart but had the tiniest little bit of the brains, because I had my head chef sitting next to me saying I had to try it!”
Premiering tonight (Tueday), Nols is cooking a roast dinner for her family and friends at home before sitting down to watch her very own big blue eyes flutter on the big screen.
“My daughters think it’s great, they’re just sorry they didn’t get my blue eyes when they see them on the TV,” she laughed.
To snag a table at Wings and Finns call: 5998 3600 and be sure to order a Nols simple palate special – she recommends the no frills Flinders Island crayfish and the Nolzy stuffed chicken breast.
NINE presidents will take the reins at Rotary Club of Narre Warren throughout the year ahead.
President-elect Bruce Armstrong suffered a heart attack just days before the club’s changeover dinner on 24 June and was unable to take on the role in his weakened state.
So at the rescheduled event at Kilgerron Restaurant in Narre Warren South last Wednesday 22 July, outgoing president Lyn Pickering held onto the presidential collar.
She’ll lead the club for the next month before other past presidents take turns at the helm.
Phillip McMillan, Tim Fisher, Roger McGill, Steve Shutt, Tim Carswell, Roger Hall, Richard Edwards and Ian Pickering all put up their hands to help out.
“We decided it would take more than one person to replace Bruce,” Ms Pickering said.
District governor Merv Williams, accompanied by his wife Christine, said the club had to nominate just one person as president for Rotary International purposes.
“I think it might throw their database out otherwise!” he said.
So he handed the collar back to Lyn Pickering.
“There’s a great deal of energy in this club and you are to be congratulated,” Mr Williams said.
He also spoke about the year ahead in Rotary and encouraged the club to adapt to changing times and reach out to new members.
Mr Williams then assisted in inducting Moses Adepoju into the Rotary Club of Narre Warren.
Alongside Mr Adepoju were his wife Christianah and two of his five children, 21-year-old twin sons Kenny and Tai.
He moved to Australia 33 years ago and has a PhD in counselling.
“Our age level has gone down but our IQ level has gone up a lot,” Ms Pickering said.
Mr Adepoju said he was honoured to be inducted.
“I pledge to do my best to serve the community that’s given so much to me and my family,” he said.
Instead of presenting flowers to Ms Williams as is customary, Ms Pickering presented her with a cheque for $500 to go towards Rotarians Against Malaria’s project in the Solomon Islands.
Ms Williams told the club that mosquitos were the world’s deadliest animal, causing 725,000 people to die each year.
HIS last wish was granted with a big cheer and a round of applause as the Emerson School welcomed their new four-wheeled friend.
President of the Lions Club of Greater Dandneong for 15 years and a passionate fundraiser, Ken Daff made sure an all-abilities bus would be bought with the money he and his fellow Lions had been raising since 1999.
Club member and friend Deidre Cameron had worked alongside Ken for more than 14 years and said the bus was a wonderful achievement for everyone involved.
“The bus is something the school really needed and it was Ken’s last wish,” Deidre said.
Together Ken and Deidre turned the Lonsdale Street Lions Opportunity Shop into a book shop and had been saving every penny for something really special.
“Ken had a vision for the op-shop to become a bookshop and we worked our butts off to transform it – Ken and my husband carted books every day before and after work to get it up and running and with a wonderful group of volunteers we had the bookshop for at least 10 years and together we brought up our grandchildren there,” she said.
With close to $30,000 saved up Deidre, Ken and Emerson School lower school principal Diane Wright agreed on a bus and on Friday 24 July that dream came true.
“I made a promise to Ken that we would do the bus and that’s why I went to Lions Clubs International Foundation for more funding otherwise we would probably still be fundraising,” Deidre said.
Lions International matched their amount and together more than $54,000 went towards the Toyota mini-bus.
School principal John Mooney said the bus was an extraordinary gift and had already been put to good use transporting students between the schools two campuses and off-campus excursions.
“The generosity of the Lions Club will have a direct impact of enabling students with additional needs to access learning opportunities that they otherwise would not have been able to participate in – we are eternally grateful for this,” Mr Mooney said.
The bus has been customised in memory of Ken and his dedication to the Greater Dandenong Lions Club.
“We wanted that detail because it was Ken’s last donation and there are so many people in the area that knew Ken and they’ll now know that his wish was fulfilled,” Deidre said.
BOOMERS Football club held on for a 1-0 win over Wodonga Diamonds in this week’s round of senior men’s soccer.
In other games TCW defeated St Pat’s 2-0; Albury United defeated Melrose FC 4-3; Myrtleford defeated Albury Hotspurs 4-0 and Wangaratta defeated Albury City FC 2-1; Albury Heart had the bye.
In other grades: Senior Women: St Pat’s FC 13 d T.C.W. 0; Albury United 2 drew with Melrose FC; Albury City FC 1 d Wangaratta 0; Myrtleford 3 d Albury Hotspurs 0; Wodonga Diamonds 3 drew with Boomers F.C.
Reserve women: Melrose FC 2 d Albury United 1; Wodonga Heart 13 d Benalla 1; Albury City FC 4 d Wangaratta 1; Wodonga Diamonds v Albury Hotspurs Black Game deferred; St Pat’s FC had the bye as did Albury Hotspurs Gold.
Reserve men: Albury United 7 d Melrose FC 1; T.C.W. 4 d St Pat’s FC 0; Benalla 7 d Wodonga Heart 2; Myrtleford 5 d Albury Hotspurs 0; Wangaratta 3 d Albury City FC 0; Wodonga Diamonds 4 d Boomers F.C. 2.
MOUNTAIN District Christian School has become the first school nationally to commit to a novel Planet Ark-driven renewable energies program.
In a conscious effort to reduce the school’s carbon footprint, the school has teamed up with the environmental organisation to install a 20kw solar panel system on its gym roof.
The joint scheme is a (PPA) power purchase agreement, whereby the school receives the panels free but Planet Ark sells electricity to the school at a reduced cost.
The panels will be gifted to the school in 15 years’ time.
The school’s business manager Tony Drummond said the initiative would benefit the school for years to come.
He added the project was part of the school’s commitment to the environment.
“We’ve completed a few similar initiatives,” he said.
“Recently the school changed every light to LED, which cost the school $40,000, but will pay for itself in five to six years,” he said.
“We’ve reduced our waste by 60 per cent, and have chooks and worm farms.”
The school officially unveiled the program yesterday before a host of dignitaries, including Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino, chief executive officer of Planet Ark Paul Klymenko and Yarra Ranges councillor Jim Child.
Also present was Research and Technical manager at Planet Ark Dr Sean O’Malley.
During the event, there were speeches and the unveiling of a plaque in front of the guests and the Year 9 Environmental Science class, as well as school staff, board members and parents.
AS A survivor of Gallipoli and the Western Front in WWI, Warburton auctioneer Hebert Thomas, knew what awaited the returned service men and women of WWII.
After being demobilised in Melbourne after the war, Herbert Ernest Bennett Thomas took a trip to Warburton.
He loved the place, and three months later returned with his wife to commence a new life, and a new real estate and auction business.
Speaking at the Warburton RSL’s 70th anniversary dinner on Friday 17 July, his nephew Keith Thomas said it was not at all surprising that in 1945 his uncle saw the need for the development of a local sub-branch of what was then the Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Association – now the RSL.
HEB, who died in 1963, was elected first president, and Keith is also a past president.
The small timber RSL building on the banks of theYarra River was packed for the lunch to celebrate 70 years of service to returned service men and women, and to the wider community.
Guest speaker, RSL state vice-president Major George Logan RFD, spoke of the events and circumstances that led to the formation of the RSSAA in the wake of WWI.
Quoting newspaper articles of the 1939-’45 war era, he touched on the economy, rationing, the baby boom, six-o’clock closing of pubs, and the changes that the war meant for women.
On a more serious note, Major Logan said the horrors of war impacted on the entire population.
“They impacted in ways that were absolutely appalling, and the RSL, in no small way, helped the Diggers and their families, to cope with the tragedies of war,” he said.
“We neither knew nor accepted that the experiences of war continued to impact upon our lives.”
He said conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are now better understood.
“What was not known then was just what it was, or how it would remain with us over many years.”
He said over the years the RSL has been able to help veterans and their families through tough times.
“You all, better than me, understand just what role this Warburton RSL, through their members, played in those tough times and for this you would all be very, very proud,” he said.
“You have done a great job, and this nation is proud of you.”
Warburton RSL president, Jamie Thomas, said the sub-branch was pleased to be reviving the foundation lunch, which he said would become an annual event.