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Puffing Billy (back) marked the end of the minute''s silence in Emerald with one of the trademark sounds of the hills.
The statue of the unknown soldier (front) was the topic of a moving speech from the Emerald Secondary College school captains.
A District Remembers
MASSIVE crowds have gathered around the district to pay their dawn tributes to Australia’s Anzacs. At the Pakenham service, Major Guy Warnock addres... Read More »
RAAF Squadron Leader, Jamie Braden and Captain Glenn Mitchell, front, with Councillor Fiona McAllister, Rohan Saric-Skewes, George Perini, Maddie Wilson and Healesville RSL commemorations officer  Bob Gannaway at this morning's Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: JESSE GRAHAM
Thousands rise early for Anzac tribute
THOUSANDS of residents have braved rainy weather this morning to attend Anzac Day dawn services around the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs. Healesville RS... Read More »
Tim Parker, left, pictured with wife Lara - has been sacked as Casey Cavaliers Big V women's coach effective immediately. 124585 Picture: JARROD POTTER
Cavs axe coach
CASEY Cavaliers are on the hunt for a new Big V women’s team coach after the Casey Basketball Association severed ties with Tim Parker. Citing a bre... Read More »
Parkmore Pirates celebrate a hard-fought victory in its South East Juniors Youth Girls debut. 137847 Pictures: JARROD POTTER
Pirates set the pace in debut game
THE only thing Parkmore Pirates Youth Girls football team really needs to work on is learning the club song. The Royal Blues were sensational in their... Read More »
Aryana Rusmussen, 5, from Warwick will march in her first Anzac Day parade on Saturday. She is pictured at the Leslie Park Cenotaph. 138007 Picture: TERRY WEST
Bush to battle
TENS of thousands of people will march though major cities on Anzac Day but there is nothing more enduring than the legend of the region’s country s... Read More »
Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre in Springvale South. 137952 Picture: GARY SISSONS
Islamic centre closes after “false accusations“
AL-FURQAN Islamic Centre in Springvale South has announced its immediate closure due to “harassment, pressure and false accusations”. In a stateme... Read More »
From left, Pam Priest (with a 1916 letter from her grandmother's uncle, written at the Somme, France, and also with a cartridge he collected from the beach at Gallipoli), Kim Parry (from the Royal Australian Navy holding medals belonging to his grandfather Roy Parry, 27th Battalion, H Company, 2nd Division AIF), Ken Wardley (with his father Frederick Wardley's medals) and Roger Boness (RSL president).137612 Picture: ROB CAREW
Gallipoli to take the lead
MOUNT Evelyn’s Gallipoli soldier descendants will be front and centre on Anzac Day, with the RSL announcing the relatives of Diggers will head up th... Read More »