ALL EYES have been on Thailand this week and the heroic rescue of the twelve young footballers caught in the flooded cave overshadowing soccer’s World Cup finals.
Meanwhile JB is off to India at the weekend for the launch of the International Scouts and Guides Fellowship Asia Pacific Foundation to help disadvantaged youth.
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JIM HAYNES is guest speaker at tonight’s Hunters Hill Rotary Club meeting at Gladesville Sporties at 7pm.
He will be speaking about James Squire who was Australia’s first brewer who had his brewery on the shores of the Parramatta River at what is now Putney and where noted Aboriginal Bennelong is buried.
Rotary Club president Michael Parsons says admission is free and all welcome. Inquiries Michael 0410 500 735.
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CHRIS KARAS our longtime TWT Sports Editor heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating 57 hectic and fun filled years with more than half of them at the TWT sports desk. In between times he’s wed Vanessa and is now proud father of Gwennie and Clifford.
Also celebrating tomorrow are Victor Berger and Andy Yung.
Another former longtime TWT member Helen Sallway celebrates Friday as does JB cousin Alysha Lovett Lasaitis wed to Andrew Lasaitis plus Skylar Christi Engisch sister to Immogen and Riley and daughter of Kristy and Christian Engisch turning nine.
Nora Etmekdjian president of West Ryde Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of Yellow Brick Road West Ryde celebrates on Saturday with Artin and former Hunters Hill resident now up the Central Coast Ellis J Hopper faces a small bushfire with better half Sheila on his birthday cake.
Priscilla Hillam celebrates 68 on Saturday while Michael Percillier only son of Doris and Jean Percillier turns 37 in Germany’s Black Forest.
Allan and Jan Wilson celebrate 55 years wedded bliss on Saturday and remember Allan’s dad Harold Wilson who we featured in TWT when he turned 103 with Ryde-Hunters Hill’s Life Education mascot Healthy Harold.
Bill Allen of Sydney ferries fame and author of our special release best selling book “Waiting for the Ferry” celebrates on Sunday with better half Lyn, daughter Joanne and son Scott and families. Lyn is the little girl on the cover of the latest book and launched the Lady Northcott ferry as a seven year old child and forty years later cut the birthday cake. Lady Northcott has since recently been retired.
Bill is in royal company with HRH Prince George turning five on Sunday.
Talking of retirement in royal company is Edna Farlow of Gladesville who retired some little time ago as one of our longest serving and most reliable delivery ladies and we remember her fondly especially as she prepares for another special plenty-one birthday celebrating on Sunday. Have a good one Edna we love you and all at The Weekly Times wish you the best of birthdays ever.
Also celebrating Sunday is Ryde Rotarian Steve Thorp whose better half Julie Thorpe will be assistant Rotary District Governor this year while former TV presenter and Bennelong MP Maxine McKew will turn 65 in Melbourne.
Lachlan Luke Robinson turns eleven Monday son of Gus and Christy Robinson while Linda and Adrian Hallett of Ryde Rotary celebrate 41 years wedded bliss.
Bill Payne one of our favourite locals and a past president of Ryde Rotary Club celebrates another milestone on Tuesday calling on his beloved Val to help him blow out 90 candles on his birthday cake. Puff, puff, Bill. Have a good one.
Diane Webster daughter of another JB favourite and mentor Norman Oates Pacey OAM who with his brother Ronald Edmund Pacey ran F S Pacey and Sons Printers of Ryde and publishers of the Ryde-Eastwood News also celebrates on Tuesday.
Norm for better or worse introduced William McMahon to politics and as MP for Lowe. When Billy became Prime Minister he had a celebration party in Ryde Civic Hall and named Bennelong MP (Sir) John Cramer’s wife Madge a Dame of the British Empire and gave Norm a humble MBE.
Barry Smith long serving General Manager at Hunters Hill Council who has announced his retirement in September this year celebrates next Wednesday in company with Jayden Trent Engisch turning fifteen, Patty Santoso turning 24 and Police Inspector Bill Ainsworth celebrating with his better half Jackie in Brisbane. Happy daze all.
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BUMPER STICKER: Insanity is hereditary – you get from your kids!
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-JOHN F BOOTH