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The Loxton News, Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Art and Craft Fair, RSL Hall, Tobruk Terrace
Loxton, 10am to 3pm. Free entry. 25 stalls
of wide variety. Refreshments and hot
soup available. Hosted by Brown’s Well and
Mallee Novita Auxiliary to support kids and
young people living with disability. Enquiries
to Helen on 0427 841 374.
Last time I wrote about medical
myths, and checking your facts.
Today I will explore this further but
first, on behalf of the Loxton Medical
Practice, I would like to recognise
the wonderful service Leon Bradtke
provided to our hospital and community
for over 67 years.
Thank you Leon for your reliable,
prompt, efficient, professional, sensitive
and caring service, which has been
available, without interruption, 24/7, for
at least the 26 years I have been here.
As in my profession, some might
argue, “What’s the big deal?”, “It’s
your job after all!” and “You are well
paid for what you do”, but your pride
of workmanship and dedication to
your calling went well beyond your
commercial interest or obligation.
You have our gratitude and respect. We
wish you a happy retirement. At age 84
you certainly deserve it! (But, where will
I ever find a nut to fit that dodgy ancient
cross threaded bolt without you?).
I was at a wedding recently. In fact, the
marriage of Dr Cheryl Wilson to Warren
Some of you may remember Cheryl, as
she was a PRCC student with us here
in 2008. She now works at Barmera,
as does her man. It was a beautiful
Love was in the air (quite unmistakably)
and the vows and speeches brought
tears to my eyes.
Anyway, at this function, an old mate
was telling me about some medieval
history he had found online, which I
found most intriguing (and which, I
suspect, Leon would enjoy – you see,
there is a thread of logic here).
He reckoned he had discovered that
many people had been buried alive
during the 16th to 19th centuries,
chiefly due to the misdiagnosis of
death, caused by a trance like state
which resulted from acute lead
poisoning – from drinking alcohol out of
People afflicted by this intoxication
were said to appear to be dead for
days and might be buried only to wake
in their coffins. To avoid this, many
coffins were fitted with strings attached
to the occupants toes (hence “toe-
tags”) or hands.
The strings were attached to bells
above ground which could be activated
by the buried if/when they woke up six
feet under. The people above ground
assigned the task of listening for the
bells were called the ‘grave yard shift’
and people saved in this way were said
to be ‘dead ringers’ and, if lucky, ‘saved
by the bell’.
A great, almost irresistible, story! So I
did some further research.
Turns out that virtually all the ‘facts’ he
had learned originated from one source
called ‘Life in the 1500s’ and that this
had been analysed and debunked by
numerous reputable historians and
Indeed the site itself seems to have
modified its rhetoric over time and now
promotes itself as an ‘exploration of
urban myth’ rather than an historical
But like all good urban myths there are
some elements of truth in these tales
necessary to give the story an air of
credibility. It is apparent however, that
a full explanation will spill over into the
next edition – so hold that thought –
and check your facts. Oh, and Leon, a
coffin is the last thing I’ll ever need.
Check your facts
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
for mind, body
0428 151 179
6 Pyap Street, Loxton
LOCAL CLUB NEWS
LOXTON MENS PROBUS
The next meeting of Loxton Men’s Probus
will be held at the Loxton Hotel on Tuesday,
July 18, commencing at 10am.
The guest speaker will be Michael
Wohltmann, discusing the history of German
speaking people interned during World War
I. His book entitled A Future Unlived will be
available for sale at $50.
To become a member of Men’s Probus, call
president Jack Slater on 8584 4752.
Mrs Santini said it was “very
pleasing” to hear council had
made the commitment to
improve the road.
Council’s asset management
co-ordinator Dominic Perre
said the decision to seal the
road was a “good outcome”
for local paramedics, patients
“We had a request from
people from the ambulance
service asking if it could be
sealed and council agreed to
do it,” he said.
He said the first stage of
the seal would hopefully com-
mence later this year.
“We will start by construct-
ing the pavement underneath
probably before Christmas,
because when it heats up that
is when we can do the bitu-
men,” said Mr Perre.
“Since I’ve been (at coun-
cil), we’ve pretty much done
up the road from Taplan to the
start of the aerodrome.
“We got that sealed a few
years ago and the latest project
will complete that circuit.”
by Jane Kuerschner
Former local Bernie
Sharrad says it was an
“incredible opportunity” to
appear on national television
show Shark Tank around 12
Mr Sharrad showcased his sun-
smart invention the CapHat on the
Channel Ten show.
He said while the deals struck
on the show never came to frui-
tion, it was still a worthwhile
“It was incredible exposure and
I would definitely do it again,”
said Mr Sharrad.
“We launched the CapHat
hoodie on the show and we’ve
sold hundreds of them now.
“I sold a couple to someone
in Thursday Island and I never
thought I would reach somewhere
like that. Shark Tank has defi-
nitely helped us reached a bigger
Mr Sharrad said he is continu-
ing to expand the business and is
looking forward to more opportu-
nities for his invention.
“The positives are that 12
months on we’re still going and
still selling, and receiving some
really nice emails with good feed-
back,” he said.
“There was a re-run a few
months ago, so we received some
more sales through that.
“Shark Tank was a huge advert
Mr Sharrad recently launched
the Outback CapHat, which is
designed to fit over a broad-
brimmed hat to provide better
protection from the sun and has
an integrated drop down fly/mid-
To check out the CapHat prod-
ucts head to (caphat.com.au).
Sealing the deal
Former local Bernie Sharrad
pictured wearing the CapHat
at Habel’s Bend recently.
Boost for local projects
Two Riverland war
projects will receive State
Government funding for
The Loxton Museum of
Agricultural Technology and
Loxton RSL sub-branch are
included among 37 recipi-
ents of the latest Anzac Day
Commemoration Fund grants,
released on Friday.
The grants recognise the
contribution of all men and
women who have served
Australia in a time of war,
armed conflict or in peace-
The Loxton Museum’s
funding will be put towards
the second stage of re-assem-
bling an ex RAAF aircraft
hanger, as a display facility
for the region’s progression in
Grant funding will also be
used by the Loxton RSL sub-
branch to create personalised
memorial boards of World
War I veterans, to be dis-
played in the RSL’s memora-
Minister for Veterans’
Affairs Martin Hamilton-
Smith said the Anzac Day
Commemoration Council was
impressed by the standard of
“Whether they’ve come
from a primary school,
regional local government
area or an arts organisation,
they reflect the Anzac spirit,”
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