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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Loxton Mardi Gras celebrates 60 years with a
Gala Dinner at the Loxton Hotel, 6.30pm for
7pm start. Guest speaker Russell Ebert. $50 per
person. Tickets from Aub Mattner on 8584 7061.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Scouts SA Family barbeque from 6.30pm at the
rotunda, East Terrace, Loxton. This is followed by a
free family film screening of Oddball commencing
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
The Loxton Mardi Gras begins with street
activities at 9am, followed by the parade
which commences on Drabsch Street and East
Terrace at 10.45am. The event's crowning of the
ambassadors will take place at the rotunda from
Loxton's Nippy's Gift will take place at the Loxton
Football Oval from 5pm to 10pm. Free entry.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26
The Loxton Mardi Gras presents the Mardi Gras
Appreciation Service at the rotunda from 8.30am.
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The Loxton Hotel's Melanie
Cranmer was crowned the runner-
up Apprentice of the Year at the
Riverland and Mallee Vocational
Awards on Friday night.
Cousins Cody Milne and Casey Cocks
took out the 2016 apprentice and trainee
of the year awards respectively before a
crowd of about 250 people -- around 50
more than last year -- at the Berri Hotel.
Melanie, who also was the commercial
cookery industry award winner, said she
was "very happy with the result".
"I'm very grateful that I even got the
opportunity to go into it," she said.
"I've always loved cooking and wanted
to do it, so it's great that I get to do some-
thing I love for a job.
"I love making things for other people...
and making them happy with my food.
"I was hoping but I wasn't expecting
Cindy's Hair and Beauty apprentice
Chernoa Morrow won School-based
Apprentice of the Year, Bonney Lodge
Nursing Home trainee Tayla Kingham
took out School-based Trainee of the Year
and Waikerie's Erica Austria was crowned
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Student of the Year.
Berri Rotary Club secretary and joint
award co-ordinator Bruce Richardson said
it "felt fantastic" to reward the efforts of
young people in the region.
"Although we had a few less finalists this
year, we have had more support," he said.
"It was great to see an increase in atten-
dance numbers Friday night.
"The Vocational Awards ceremony gets
better and better every year.
"The support we get from the employers
and sponsors is incredible."
Mr Richardson encouraged other appren-
tices and trainees to apply with the pro-
gram next year.
"These awards help to build the nomi-
nees' self-esteem and confidence," he said.
"To go through the process they have
to complete an application form and then
there is an interview process -- teaching
them new skills."
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
attended the award ceremony and congrat-
ulated everyone involved with the event.
"The 2017 Riverland and Mallee
Vocational Awards held on Friday night
were another wonderful example of the
community support for our apprentices,
trainees and vocational students and it was
fantastic to see families and employers
attending to acknowledge all of the win-
ners, finalists and nominees," he said.
"Apprentices and trainees are extremely
important to the region and utilising their
skills is critical for the region's future
MAIN AWARD WINNERS
Apprentice of the Year: Winner Cody Milne
(Riverland Data Security), runner-up: Melanie
Cranmer (Loxton Community Hotel Motel);
Trainee of the Year: Winner Casey Cocks
(Pure Skin Beauty and Spa), runner-up: Mark
Featherston (Tim Whetstone MP); School-
based Apprentice of the Year: Winner Chernoa
Morrow (Cindy's Hair and Beauty), runner-up:
Braydon Eckermann (G.J. Dix Engineering);
School-based Trainee of the Year: Winner
Tayla Kingham (Bonney Lodge Nursing Home),
runner-up: Emma Ziegler (Illalangi Gourmet
Foods); VET student of the Year: Winner Erica
Austria (Waikerie High School), runner-up: Chloe
Warrick (Loxton High School).
Automotive: Mark Pickering (Gibbs Auto and
Electrical); Building and construction: William
Carr (Prestige Kitchens and Cabinets); Electrical:
Keenan Wilksch (Statewide Group Training, host-
ed by Central Irrigation Trust); Commercial cook-
ery: Melanie Cranmer (Loxton Community Hotel
Motel); Data and voice communications: Cody
Milne (Riverland Data Security); Hairdressing:
Jacquline Goldfinch (Cindy's Hair and Beauty).
Well-known local grain growing
company Bulla Burra is a finalist in a
national 'farmer of the year' competition.
The Gladigau and Schaefer families -- which
make up Bulla Burra -- are one of three finalists
in the 'cropping farmer of the year' category
of The Weekly Times Coles Farmer of the Year
Bulla Burra is one of 18 finalists across all
six categories and will be vying for both their
category award, and the overall 'farmer of the
year' award at a special ceremony in Melbourne
this Friday night.
Bulla Burra, national finalists
Arnold Brothers produce top drop at beer fest
A local drop has found success in
Mannum, winning first prize in a
hotel's beer and cider festival recently.
The Arnold Brothers' Lemon Cooler placed
first for favourite drink as picked by attendees
at the Pretoria Hotel's Beer and Cider Fest
and was up against some well-known brands.
Pressman's Cider, Sidewood Apple Cider,
Wild Yak Pacific Ale and Brooklyn Lager
The Pyap citrus growers launched the prod-
uct last year to value add to their lemon and
at a beer
HIGH SCHOOL CANTEEN ROSTER
(Starting time is 10.15am)
Mon, Feb 20: D. Stone
Tues, Feb 21: R. Meale
Wed, Feb 22: R. Knowles
Thurs, Feb 23: J. Fogden
Fri, Feb 24: H. Badran
The Loxton Hotel's Melanie Cranmer was named runner-up apprentice of the year and
overall winner in the cookery industry category at the Riverland and Mallee Vocational
Awards on Friday night. She is pictured with 5RM's Trevor Scott.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
to the chef
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