The New Harmonies concert at the Parkes Services Club last Sunday was a sell out! The community concert was a huge success with performances by the Parkes Shire Concert Band, Tapestry, the Parkes Community Choir, Parkes Public and Middleton school choirs, Lachlan Regional Orchestra and the Forbes Town & District Band. “It was a wonderful collaboration for all the groups involved,” said one of the organisers. Special thanks to Parkes Services Club, Sue and Jim Connors and all participants. Raffle won by Jeanette MacGregor.
What exciting things do you have lined up for this long weekend?
Helen and Callum Rowbotham: We’re off to Broken Hill for a family reunion on Corey, my husband’s side. About 46 adults and 12 kids will be coming from everywhere and all meeting together for a great catch-up.
Dooley Thomson: I’ll kick back around the fire on Friday evening, have a few beers and a bit of a dance no doubt. Probably head to the races on Saturday, get my 1970s Woodstock on and head to the footy to watch the Spacies smash the Swampies.
Alex and Marty Sammut-Paul: We’ll be running around with Alex to all the shows at the Parkes M&D for Shrek Junior. We are so excited!
PARKES LIBRARY IS ON THE MOVE!
The big news is that during June/July Parkes Library is going to pack up and move to a temporary location in Clarinda Street for one year. The present library space is about to undergo extensive renovations and expansion. Stay tuned for further details.
TO THE MOON AND BACK ART WORKSHOPS
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June
Midday – 4pm
Cost: $20 per student
Regional Arts NSW and Parkes Shire Library invite 12 to 17-year-old students to a weekend art workshop in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Parkes’ role in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Experienced local artist Leanne Wilson will lead the workshops and participants will produce a canvas artwork which will be displayed at a public exhibition during the anniversary celebrations. Places are strictly limited, book early to secure a place. Bookings and payment at Parkes Library.
AUTHOR TALK AND AUTHOR WORKSHOP – AMANDA HAMPSON
Wednesday 19 June
Author Workshop: 10am – Midday
Author Talk: 6 – 7pm
Amanda Hampson grew up in rural New Zealand. She spent her early twenties travelling, finally settling in Australia in 1979 where she now lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In researching her upcoming novel, Sixty Summers, Amanda embarked on a European trip retracing her own youthful journey from the 1970s. She is the author of two non-fiction books, numerous articles and novels The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road, The French Perfumer and The Yellow Villa. Bookings required due to limited places at Parkes Library, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6861 2309.
Peak Hill – First Wednesday of every month @ 6pm
Parkes – Last Wednesday of every month @ 3pm or Last Thursday of every month @ 6pm
After a very cold week mother nature blessed us with some sunshine for another great round of netball last Saturday.
The young players are showing some great skills with the ball and around the court, as well as learning new techniques and strategies to further develop their game.
We take a break this weekend, but be ready for some more fun when we restart on Saturday, 15h June with Crazy Sock and Hair day.
Remember to dress up as there will be special rewards for the following:
• Best dressed Net player
• Best dressed Set player
• Best dressed Go team
• Best dressed Division 1 team
Results of Round 7:
• Tigers 53 defeat Panthers 5 (MVP: Stella Neville and Lucy Macgregor)
• Wildcats 17 defeat Pumas 16 (MVP: Katie Dunford and Lillie Fyer)
• Wildcats 13 defeat Tigers 8 (MVP: Edie Seaman and Savannah Latu)
• Pumas 12 defeat Panthers 4 (MVP Connie Fryer and Charlotte Moon)
The BEST Carrot Cake
An easy to make cake using carrots on special at Cunningham’s IGA this week!
For the cake:
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
• 4 large eggs room temperature
• 1½ cups light brown sugar
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 3 cups grated carrots
For the icing:
• 227g cream cheese at room temperature
• ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
• 2 cups icing sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the carrot cake:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray two 22cm round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the grated carrots and mix until combined.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk or rubber spatula until just combined, making sure not to over mix.
5. Pour the batter evenly between both cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack, and cool in the pans for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from the pans and return to the wire rack.
To make the cream cheese icing:
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and mix for about 30 seconds-1 minute until well combined and smooth. Add the icing sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until fully combined.
To assemble the cake:
Place one of the cakes on a cake stand, top with a little over 1/2 cup of the frosting, and smooth it out into one even layer. Place the other cake on top and use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake. Top with pecans or other toppings of choice if desired.
The pleasant weather on Tuesday following a day of cold and rain saw two games of bowls played. In triples Frances Charlton, Maureen Miller and Jan McPhee defeated Di Howell, Merilyn Rodgers and Kim Evans in a well-fought game.
In a pairs game Rosemary Mitchell and Liz Byrne defeated Carol Reed and Marja Iffland/Brenda Davies when being 20-20 on end 20, they won with two shots on the last end.
Gwenda Carty, Maree Grant and Pat Cooney played in the CWD Triples in Canowindra in cold, rainy conditions but
were unsuccessful in the final.
Next week, 11th June will be a shared lunch for a special birthday. Please bring a plate of savoury food.
Nominations for the Club Championship Triples are open. Next Trading Table will be held on 18th June. On 29th June a CWD Mixed Pairs competition will be held so get your nomination in by 12th June. $7 per person as per normal CWD games.
To play social bowls ring Table Selectors Betsy Johnstone and Marja Iffland between 9am and 9.30am. Social Robyn Morgan. Visitors and new players welcome.
By Rosemary Mitchell
Much tougher penalties for drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol were introduced last week.
Drivers caught drink driving will receive a $561 fine and immediate three-month licence suspension, even if they are a first time or low-range offender.
Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Belinda Coe said: “Driving with the presence of drugs or alcohol in your system is not only illegal, it’s extremely dangerous and puts your life and the lives of all other road users at risk. This reform will ensure offenders receive swift and certain penalties to help protect all road users.”
Western Region Traffic Tactician, Inspector Ben Macfarlane said alcohol was one of the major factors in crashes that kill or injure people on NSW roads. “The 0.05 blood alcohol limit has been in place for almost 38 years. If you are caught drink driving, there is no excuse,” he said. “If you have an illegal level of alcohol in your bloodstream or have used illegal drugs, you can expect to be caught and charged by police.”
The latest change is one in a wave of drink and drug driving reforms introduced since July last year, aimed at reducing the number of crashes and fatalities. These include the extension of Mobile Drug Testing with the inclusion of testing for cocaine.
In about 50 days on 21st July it will be 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the Moon and the human race took its first steps onto another world.
Australia, and in particular Parkes, played a key role in communicating with the Apollo 11 spacecraft, tracking it, and sharing news of this ‘giant leap’ to 600 million people around the world via the technology and teams at NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek, and CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope and Tidbinbilla tracking stations near Canberra. CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has worked with NASA for almost 60 years as its official ‘cooperating agency’ in Australia.
CSIRO is supporting many events in the lead-up to the anniversary.
One highlight will be open days at the Parkes radio telescope, the world famous ‘Dish’, over the weekend of 20th and 21st July when thousands of visitors are expected with former staff that supported the Apollo 11 telecast.
CSIRO has a 75-year history in the space sector that includes tracking spacecraft exploring our Solar System, Earth observation analytics, managing complex facilities, processing big data and supporting manufacturing supply chains.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Parkes’ role in the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, Regional Arts NSW and Parkes Shire Library will host a weekend art workshop for 12 to 17-year-olds.
Experienced local artist Leanne Wilson will lead the workshops and participants will produce a canvas artwork which will be displayed at a public exhibition during the anniversary celebrations.
As places are strictly limited, make sure to book early to secure a place. Bookings and payment ($20 per student) to be made at Parkes Library. The workshop will run from midday to 4pm on 22nd and 23rd June.
Kerryn Jones returned to Parkes after 38 years to be closer to family. Little did she know she would end up Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services.
“I am thrilled to be in this role,” said Kerrynin her new office at the Parkes Library.
“I am on a steep learning curve as I have alot to learn in the library area, but I’m lucky to have a very strong team here and in the other libraries at Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore.”
Kerryn left Parkes to attend Sydney University where she completed a degree in education, and worked in Sydney for about 18 years before she moved to Adelaide where she lectured at the university and TAFE. She tasted small town living again moving to Roxby Downs for three years. She returned to Adelaide to work with the Education Department, and in December last year she and her sister decided to move back to Parkes.
Initially she thought her biggest challenge was to start a garden at her newly bought house, but her new position is going to stretch her even more.
Apart from learning about library services, she will have to oversee the library expansion project, as well as moving the whole collection and all the library services to a new location during construction.
“It is a really exciting project flowing from consultation with community groups. The library is a fabulous community service and has excellent programs, but space was a limitation. With the expansion project completed by the middle of next year, we will be able to grow and respond better to community needs.”
Kerryn envisions the new space to become a hub for culture, education and library services offering lifelong learning to the community.
She is looking forward to connecting with all the cultural groups in Parkes to use the new space to its full potential.One thing Kerryn does not need to work on is her love of reading. “I have a wide taste for fiction and non-fiction, and especially Australian literature, as well as Australian movies and music.”
After a little bit of thought she did confess that the classic To Kill A Mockingbird was one of her favourite books of all time though.
By Maggi Barnard