Home' The Loxton News : December 17th 2014 Contents 4 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It's great to see there are still honest
people out there.
My faith in humanity has been restored.
I lost my purse in Loxton on Monday, at
the worst possible time of the year.
But before I had a chance to start cancel-
ling cards, it was handed in to the Berri
Police Station with contents intact -- albeit
a little worse for wear having been driven
over a few times.
Thank you so much Michael for your
honesty. You made my day. Heidi Setchell
Well it has started. Kittens and cats are
being dumped all over the Riverland.
There's nowhere for them to go.
Maybe now you will wake up and realise
that the Moorook Animal Shelter served
everybody for over 20 years.
So brace yourself, the Riverland will
be famous for its homeless cat and kitten
Spirit of Christmas
As I look back at the last 30 years of
Christmas Wonderland I am amazed
at myself, at how it has all evolved over
the years and the amount of hours and
volunteers who have helped to create this
Each year requires new displays and the
renovation of ones in need.
This year, after 20 years, Bethlehem
was repainted and new figures painted by
the very talented Jan Wagner, with help
from the other Christmas lights painters.
This helps to bring to life the real meaning
of Christmas and why we celebrate each
Where's Wally has been around for 21
years and remains a great challenge for
young and old.
The introduction of LED lights (less
power, brighter), longer lasting lights and
new lights and displays imported from
China, bring in our 30th year.
I especially thank the Loxton Community
Centre for the new fountain feature, the
Loxton Mardi Gras for the cactus lights, the
Loxton Apex Club for their old fire engine
and the continuing financial support from
the District Council of Loxton Waikerie,
and Dorothea and the late Aubry Schrapel.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped set
up this year, as well as the Loxton Scouts
and Madec. Dismantling is on New Year's
Day from 8am.
Being also chairman of the Loxton
Christmas Lights committee, I see the
amount of work that our secretary Pat
West puts into our organisation each year
and the great committee we have to work
with, the talented painters who paint for
Santa's Walk and others who organise
the Christmas Tree Festival, Craft Fair,
Light Up Day, Singing Christmas Tree and
Community Carols. These all add to the
Christmas spirit in our town.
Our committee is in need of a publicity
officer. If you have a talent in that area, we
would love to have you join us.
If you want more information, check
out the website (loxtonlights.com) or the
Facebook pages 'Christmas Wonderland
Loxton' and 'Loxton Lights'.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas and
happy new year.
Christmas Wonderland creator
Loxton Christmas Lights chairman
Iwrite to you in my capacity as the CEO of
Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, a
charity dedicated to reducing drowning
and turning everyday people into everyday
We want to highlight to Loxton News
readers that there is now a significant
and growing issue in relation to drowning
among older people in Australia.
Royal Life Saving has just released new
research. It shows that in the past 10 years,
1072 people aged 50 years and over died
as a result of drowning during the period
2002-03 to 2011-12.
This is extremely concerning. It repre-
sents 36 per cent of all drowning deaths
that have taken place in Australia during
Alcohol was known to be involved in 37
per cent of all drowning deaths amongst
people aged 50-plus. Older men are three
times more likely to drown than women.
Inland waterways -- rivers, creeks, lakes
and dams -- actually account for the biggest
proportion of drowning deaths amongst
To lose a parent or grandparent to drown-
ing is an absolute tragedy. We ask all com-
munities to help us with this issue. Similar
efforts that have been successful in reduc-
ing child drowning now have to be applied
to stop drownings in people over the age
People need to act responsibly around
water and avoid any behaviour that may
increase the risk of drowning.
Be aware of your limitations. Carefully
consider the impact of any medical condi-
tions you may have. Never mix alcohol
Always wear a lifejacket and learn life-
On a practical basis we ask people to
talk with their parents and grandparents
and have 'the talk' about these issues. This
could, literally, save a life.
We urge readers to get more information
by going to the website (royallifesaving.
Chief executive officer
Royal Life Saving Society of Australia
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Wednesday, December 17, 1964
Loxton man Malcolm Woon has won a silver
medal in a state hairdressing competition.
Loxton had a strong win of 46 shots over Moorook
in Saturday's first division bowls matches.
40 years ago
Wednesday, December 18, 1974
Steady progress is being made on construction of
a swimming pool at the Brown's Well Area School.
The number of registered unemployed in the
Riverland has more than doubled in the past year
to 186 males and 115 females.
30 years ago
Wednesday, December 19, 1984
Over 2000 marijuana plants of varying sizes
were found on two adjoining properties in the
Moorook area on Friday.
Bowlers had to work hard in Riverland A grade
cricket on Saturday with the batting sides each
topping 200 runs in all three matches.
20 years ago
Wednesday, December 14, 1994
Kelly Loffler was the Loxton High School's
Australian Vintage Chinner Memorial prizewinner
Over 70 local grade 7 students visited Canberra
10 years ago
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Australian hockey start Grant Schubert was
honoured with a formal community celebration of
his Olympic gold medal winning achievement at
Loxton's annual Wine and Food Festival.
Farmers across the district are expecting to
recommence their cereal harvest later this week,
after rains had brought reaping to a standstill.
FROM THE BIBLE...
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same
Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the
same Lord. There are different kinds of working,
but the same God works all of them in.
-- 1 Corinthians 12:46-6 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Three generations of Rudigers: Paul
Alfred, Reginald Percy and baby
Paul Andrew. Paul senior came from
Moculta to Loxton for employment in
1914, later helping construct Lock 4. In
1921, he married Thusnelda (Nelda)
Rosenburg in Loxton's St Petri. Nelda
was one of seven girls in her family.
Paul and Nelda's family included Pauline
Margaret (in 1922), Robert (1923 -- died
of whooping cough in 1924), Felix
(1925), Juan (1930), Dudley (1931) and
'Reg' (1935). In February 1926 a fire
destroyed most of the Rudiger farm.
They lost stables, sheds, machinery and
haystacks, but thankfully, no lives. Later,
in 1939, after Nelda's mother Pauline
died, the Rudigers moved into her father
Carl's home located on their current
farm. In 1959, Reg and Marjorie's (nee
Schutz) upcoming marriage prompted
the building of a new home for Reg's
parents, in Laffer Street. Later, when
Paul junior married Briony Maple, Reg
and Marj 'followed suit' and purchased
a home in Loxton. Today, as third
generation farmers, Paul and Briony
continue to work the Rudiger farm.
-- Brycen Rudiger photo
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MATT Benson looks as if he has got his
mojo back. Well done and congratulations
Matt on winning Tuesday's A grade Monash
criterium last week. The pressure's now
well and truly on the other cyclists. In
addition, Matt has just managed to double
the probability of him winning the next
criterium. Don't look behind you, Matt.
Give me a game of non-competitive tiddly-
winks any day.
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