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THE Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band performed a concert at the Town Hall earlier this month entitled Northam Answers the Call.
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In the words of a local resident, “that was the best and most interesting and certainly the most emotional concert they had ever been to”.

In tune: The Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band perform at the Northam Town Hall on October 19 as part of the Northam Answers the Call concert.

The two directors of the band, Peter Hind and Phil Robertson, contrived to link all the pieces performed into a story which reflected both the glories and the tragedies of two World Wars.

The concert on October 19 featured in its first section music from the period of World War I.

This section also featured the Northam branch of Sing Australia who gave rousing renditions of some of the old trench songs of the period accompanied by the band.

The second section featured music of the 1920s and 30s followed by the third section featuring music from 1939-45.

Memorial: A wreath left at the concert.

Themes from films such as The Longest Day and The Dambusters provided the right atmosphere for the comments which interspersed the performances.

The final section was the dedication service.

Members of the audience paid their respects to the fallen by laying wreaths in front of the simple memorial which graced the front of the stage.

The band played a selection of appropriate music which included Sunset, The Water is Wide and a superb version of the hymn Abide With Me which featured the Last Post played as a counter melody to the hymn.

The audience was asked not to applaud and the concert finished on a fine point of reflection with the band sitting motionless with their heads bowed.

The Northam Shire Council was thanked for sponsoring the event and the audience for its enthusiastic support of the performers.

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NORTHAM Scout Group has invited anyone associated with scouting in Northam, past and present, to a centenary celebration and reunion.
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Scout leaders, section and committee members, Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers (Senior Scouts), Rovers, parents and families associated with scouting in Northam since 1914 are invited to a group reunion and centenary celebration to be held at Northam Recreation Centre on November 16, from 2pm-4pm.

The Scout Group will have memorabilia and a photo display on the day.

People are also encouraged to bring mementos and photos for display on the day.

The group will be sharing stories with afternoon tea.

The event is supported by the Shire of Northam.

Group leader Ms Abbott said some past members have started sharing their experiences and involvement with scouting in Northam and it is very exciting to be able to meet up with as many people as possible and remember their important contributions to young people in scouting.

“Past youth members are also looking forward to meeting up with past mates,” she said.

For more information, contact Amanda Abbott, Northam Scout Group, on 0409 206 607. To register your attendance visit northamscoutventenary. eventbrite. com.au.

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MALEBO Magic is the great local hope in today’s $8000 Sunraysia Daily Mallee Cup at Sandilong Park.
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Making magic: Colette Cooper with Malebo Magic yesterday. The Mildura trainer hopes her charge can be victorious in today’s Sunraysia Mallee Cup at Mildura’s Sandilong Park. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The eight-year-old gelding is gunning for a second straight local win, following his triumph ain the Pooncarie Cup a month ago.

Trainer Colette Cooper said her horse was enjoying a rich vein of form and was optimistic conditions would favour him today.

“He’s fit and well and has had a bit of a let-up since he won at Pooncarie,” she said.

Seven of Malebo Magic’s 12 career wins have been over 1400 metres – today’s distance.

The horse will be ridden by Stawell jockey Marc Munday who has managed nine wins from 105 starts over the past 12 months.

Cooper, who has trained horses for 12 years, is aiming to replicate past Cup Day glories at Sandilong Park.

“I did win about four years ago,” she said.

“I think it helps local racing to have a local here so I’m hoping to get another win.”

Malebo Magic could face tough competition though, should the bookies’ favourite Empress Zakynthos make it out of the barriers.

The bay mare from the stables of Hamilton trainer Ron Daniel hasn’t run since a trial at Tatura in December last year.

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READ THE STORY: No phone zone
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The area you are phoning has been disconnected – for most of a week.

You wouldn’t hear that in Sydney.

But the 100 residents of Tooraweenah, near Gilgandra, have been frustrated by repeated phone failures last week. They say their landline phones were cut off during daylight hours. Businesses could not use EFTPOS and people were running out of cash.

And, like vast chunks of the 250,000 square kilometres around it, Tooraweenah has poor, if any, mobile reception.

So, how do you phone Telstra to complain? You can’t. You also can’t eat if you can’t get cash to buy food or even buy petrol to drive to “civilisation” in a nearby town.

Telstra says there was one outage for 30 hours from Friday at 2.30pm because of a hardware fault, which has since been fixed.

It did not comment on claimed problems earlier in the week.

Residents say phones were failing intermittently for a week.

Lines dropped out as the days heated up and came back in cooler night air. Some claim they reported problems but saw no technicians or vans racing to help.

Whatever the cause, a situation like this would never be tolerated in the big city.

What if someone had a medical crisis or needed an ambulance, fire services, police?

The country shouldn’t have to tolerate it, either.

The government and all phone suppliers must ensure this never happens anywhere again.

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