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Locals of all ages were
treated to a free outdoor
movie screening on the
East Terrace lawns on
Kicking off the weekend's
Loxton Mardi Gras celebrations,
the showing of animated flick
Meet The Robinsons attracted a
crowd of around 85 people.
The "great weather and an
equally great location" was the
recipe for success, according to
Mardi Gras Committee chair-
person Peter Magarey.
"The movie night was a late
addition to our program, and as
such it was amazing to see it all
come together in a short space
of time," he said.
"The fact that it was shown
on an LED screen, meaning we
could make the screening earlier
and more family friendly, was
"By all accounts it seems peo-
ple had a wonderful time and it's
something we certainly want to
Mr Magarey thanked organ-
isers of the event, especially
committee members Di Martin
and Tracy Lysne, while "special
praise" went to Steve Hastwell
and Scouts SA for the use of the
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Throughout 2014 there were a total of
365 donations collected from Loxton;
104 in February, 100 in May, 73 in
September and 88 for December.
Mr Button feared cancelling the
Loxton donation stop-off would deter
'beginner' donors and those who were
"There are people here who manage
to just squeeze in time around work to
run down and give blood -- during their
lunch break -- and then head back to
work," he said.
"There are younger people who'd
need their parents to drive them over
and older donors who can't afford to
make an unnecessary trip to Berri -- ,
I'm retired, so it isn't a question of
time, it's a question of travel.
"I know people who donate over in
Berri and they are always booked solid
too, so I don't see how they'll have the
capacity to take on Loxton if they aren't
extending the days they are there."
Loxton was previously struck off the
Riverland itinerary in 2010, resulting in
a "slight reduction" in Loxton donors
according to Mr Sancilo. However, he
highlighted that it was the first major
overhaul of mobile services in 50 years.
"I understand the disappointment of
people, I really do," he said.
"I give thanks to those Loxton people
who have given wonderful donations
over this time and I always believe
that our donors do what's best for
patients. The blood demand situation
has changed -- not just in Australia, but
on an international level."
The Red Cross Blood Service
mobile will be in Berri on Marc 16-17,
followed by visits again in June,
September and December.
The blood bank will also continue to
With front row seats for Friday's outdoor free family movie night in East Terrace, held as part of the
weekend's Mardi Gras celebrations, were (from left) Charlotte, 8, Mikayla, 6, and Rachael Reid, 3,
and Alyssa McKenzie, 8.
-- Emma Walter photos
Drink driver nabbed at North
A Loxton North man was
reported for drink driving
last week, blowing nearly
three times the legal limit.
The 50-year-old, who was
driving a Holden sedan, was
stopped last Thursday at
about 8pm on Balfour Oglivy
Avenue. It was then that he
recorded a blood alcohol read-
ing of 0.134.
Further checks showed that
the man's licence was already
Brothers Trent (left), 8, and Brad Dubrich, 10, settle in for the
screening of Meet The Robinsons on Friday night.
Crime, safety forum
Locals are invited
to a police forum
this month, aimed at
crime and community
safety in Loxton.
The forum will be held
at the Loxton District
Bowling Club and locals
will have the chance to
hear about what police
are currently doing about
crime and community
safety in the area.
The forum will take
place on Wednesday,
March 25, from 7pm to
9pm, with doors opening
can email (Christoper.
any questions prior to the
forum, which will then be
addressed on the night.
Pictured at Sunday's appreciation service are Paul Kaesler (left), who
received a flag bearer award for 2014 on behalf of his parents, 2015 flag
bearers Rob and Joy Ziersch, Loxton Waikerie Deputy Mayor Michael Vowles
and event co-ordinators Aub Mattner and Peter Magarey.
A group of 40 people gathered
at the rotunda in East Terrace
on Sunday to acknowledge the
service of Australia's war nurses
and volunteer firefighters.
The service was held as part of the
weekend's Mardi Gras events.
Presentations were given by Carolyn
Wood on nurses' involvement in
war and a detailed history on Lorna
Fairweather by Merridee Seiboth.
Special mention was made to the role
of volunteer firefighters, with the week-
end coinciding with Red Balloon Day.
Local couple Joy and Rob Ziersch
were recognised with a special award,
in thanks of their years of service to
the region via the Country Fire Service.
"The interest shown by attendees was
tremendous," Mardi Gras Committee
"To recognise these two special
groups of people, who have given so
much, was truly a privilege of the
Service show of appreciation
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