A second clean up at the Deniliquin general cemetery has been planned for Saturday, October 14 following the success of the first on Sunday.
Over the course of the full-day working bee, more than 40 people offered a helping hand pulling and shovelling weeds which have taken over the general cemetery section.
The clean-up was coordinated by community member Damien Rhook, with support from the Friends of the Cemetery Group, Riverina Funerals, Deniliquin Salvation Army and other community members.
Cheers to Tiges
It’s been a long time between drinks for Richmond in the AFL as they prepare for their first grand final since 1982.
But it’s been a longer time since Tigers die-hard Jim ‘Chummy’ Bartlett had a drink of alcohol.
He gave it up about 20 years ago, but Chummy just might take his first sip of beer in decades this weekend.
‘‘Chummy gave up the drink a long time ago and I remember asking him a while back when he was going to have another drink,’’ fellow Richmond supporter Lindsay Renwick recalls.
‘‘He told me he would have one when Richmond win another flag.
‘‘If the Tiges win I’ll have to bring him a stubby on Monday morning,’’ he said with a laugh.
More on Chummy and Lindsay’s expectations of tomorrow’s game can be found on page 26.
Train rides on Sunday
The Edward River Society of Model Engineers Inc is adding another fun-filled day to the Deniliquin Ute Muster long weekend celebrations, running its miniature train rides at Memorial Park on Sunday.
Weather permitting, passengers will be carried between 10am and 3pm.
Passengers must wear enclosed footwear — thongs and sandals or shoes with open toes are not permitted.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult whilst riding on the train.
Cost is $2 per ride.
Nothing beats a sunny spring day after a long cold winter, however locals did get more than they bargained for last weekend.
Shorts and thongs were dragged from the wardrobe when Saturday’s mercury reached a scorching 36.7°C, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The warm weather just surpassed the former record, which was 35°C on September 30, 2001.
The warm spell did not last long however, with Sunday to Tuesday recording temperatures of a mild 20°C.
And September wasn’t just hot, it was dry too, with the month seeing rainfall of just 4.8mm.
The month was a mere drop or two short of claiming the lowest recorded September rainfall, which was 3.6mm in 1972.
It’s easy to tell when it’s Ute Muster time in Deni — just look at the traffic.
Utes lined Poictiers and Hardinge Sts yesterday as people converged on Muster HQ to purchase last minute tickets or merchandise, just in time for the event.
Headquarters was buzzing with people — most already donning a Ute Muster singlet, shirt or hat — as volunteers scurried to answer phones and serve Musterers.
The festival, dubbed the ‘Party on the Plains’, officially kicks off today.