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Shaggy Show
Tom Staggard, June 01st, 2017

Shaggy Show

With community members gearing themselves for another cold winter, one of the most cold tolerant land mammals on Earth is ready to tackle the cool Hills climate as part of a celebration of all things Scottish. Famous for their long haired coats and large curved horns, Highland cattle are more commonly found in areas known for cold wintry conditions such as Canada, Norway and of course their native home, the Scottish Highlands. Despite being associated with these climates, the... Read Article

Teen angst: there are resources available to parents
Lucy Robinson, May 25th, 2017

Teen angst: there are resources available to parents

Every generation faces its challenges but social media, cyber-bullying and smartphone addiction are some the parents of today’s teenagers probably never had to navigate. Cornerstone College has added a new resource for parents seeking to better understand what might be going on in their teenage children’s lives, partnering with the multimedia platform SchoolTV. Free monthly editions - that are emailed to parents - cover topics like cyber safety, underage drinking and sexting, equipping parents with fact sheets, video... Read Article

Acoustic fun: Cafe is 'university' for novice performers
Lucy Robinson, May 18th, 2017

Acoustic fun: Cafe is 'university' for novice performers

Around 5pm on the first Sunday of each month, excitement starts to build in a Balhannah cafe. As patrons gather for dinner, a member of the audience will step up to the mic. They could be 13 or 70, singing folk or pop, and playing almost any instrument. Whether they’re a seasoned performer or it’s their first public appearance, they’ve got an open-minded audience’s attention and fifteen minutes to shine. This was the vision of Lobethal resident Bob Molloy when... Read Article

Mushtastic: Edible beauties being grown locally
Melina Scarfo, May 11th, 2017

Mushtastic: Edible beauties being grown locally

A self-taught mushroom expert is helping other home gardeners cultivate mushrooms – in buckets. Lobethal’s Wayne Slape has been experimenting with alternative mushroom growing techniques for over a decade. Through his online business Forestspiral, Wayne offers everything needed to set up a mushroom farm, from pre-made mushroom kits to specific grain spawns. It has taken him years of gathering information from books, online forums, and through his own experiments to develop a way to grow oyster and shiitake mushrooms. “I... Read Article

Judgement Day: Langhorne Creek's best go under the microscope
Melina Scarfo, May 04th, 2017

Judgement Day: Langhorne Creek's best go under the microscope

It’s winemakers’ time to shine at this year’s Langhorne Creek Wine Show. One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Langhorne Creek is known for producing red wine grapes which thrive in the area’s ideal growing conditions. In the 1860s Frank Potts planted the first grapes in the district at the now heritage listed Bleasdale Winery, marking the beginning of the region’s proud and long history of family owned and run vineyards. The Langhorne Creek Wine Show recognises the best wines... Read Article

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