It really felt like 2021 was trying its best to beat 2020 for the worst year trophy. Little did we know the super cell storm event on the second day of 2021 was an indication of what was to come.
It was a trying year for many, especially for Year 12 students, health care workers, business owners, farmers, and everyone who faced personal challenges and experienced loss.
At least the sun cracked open those dark clouds and we still found lots to celebrate as life went on, albeit not always as planned.
As the sun shone on us, so did our indomitable community spirit that kept on sparkling when we needed it most.
How can we forget the long queue of cars lining up all the way from Northparkes Oval to the highway the first day of the pop-up vaccination clinic, or the overwhelming support recently for the opening of the Safe Haven for people experiencing suicidal thoughts or distress.
There are so many heart-warming, inspiring and precious stories in our community and it was a privilege to bring them to you our readers this year.
Thank you to everyone who sent in contributions, and a huge thank you to our advertisers who ensured we remained in print every week.
We are very excited to end the year with a bumper 16-page edition packed with festive stories. Thank you Roxane for your mammoth effort to make this happen!
Wishing you all a peaceful festive season and a wonderful 2022!