Crossing celebrates 25 years

Serving up egg and ham pie with chips, carrots and peas are volunteers Midge Watson, Pauline Ward and Kerry Gray.

The Crossing Drop In Centre Drouin will celebrate 25 years of serving the community with a special afternoon tea on Friday from 1pm until 4pm. The centre name originated from its original location on the former Ampol service station site,

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Ficifolia Festival under threat

Ficifolia Festival president Vin Bibby says the 30th anniversary event is in serious danger of not being staging after no nominations for committee office bearer positions were received at the recent annual general meeting.

People power is needed to save Drouin’s annual Ficifolia Festival. The 30th annual festival in 2018 may not eventuate if community members don’t stand up and help. President Vin Bibby said it would be sad to see the festival cancelled,

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Couple sleep through brazen burglary

Two diamond rings valued at $40,000 were stolen from a Drouin house while the occupants were asleep on Saturday night.

Two diamond rings valued at $40,000 were stolen from a Drouin house while the occupants were asleep on Saturday night. Offenders also stole the couple’s 2016 Ford Ranger utility, valued at about $45,000. Baw Baw CIU detectives said three youths

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Gulls land Gazette Cup

At the presentation of the Warragul and Drouin Gazette Cup to Warragul Football Netball Club are (from left) A grade and head netball coach Lexie Riley, senior netball coordinator Jessie Gleeson, senior football coach Steve Kidd, club president Chris Blackwood and Drouin president Chris Soumilas.

Warragul’s wins in all four football and two netball games on Sunday landed it the Warragul and Drouin Gazette Cup for the first time since 2009. Drouin had prevailed the last 14 times the clubs had met. The older heads

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Jim turns 90

Caption: Jim Smethurst cuts a cake made to resemble one of his prize-winning jersey bulls on his 90th birthday next to wife Doris.

  Drouin resident Jim Smethurst recently celebrated his 90th birthday with about 100 people on Sunday, April 23. Jim marked the milestone birthday with his wife Doris, many of his family members as well as members of the local community.

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Thousands commemorate Anzac Day

Wearing medals with pride at the Drouin Anzac Day service are (from left) Russell and Irene Dawson, and Frank Grant.

Wet and windy weather did not deter thousands of people from commemorating Anzac Day throughout West Gippsland on Tuesday. In Warragul more than 1000 people attended a wet dawn service and hundreds also attended the morning service. RSL president Noel

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Big footy wins

Young Warragul star Nathan Paredes, one of the Gulls' leading lights again in the clash against Drouin on Sunday, finds some space to break clear.

There were plenty of blow-outs in the three district leagues at the weekend. Neighbourhood rivals Drouin and Warragul in Gippsland League, Mid Gippsland premiership contenders Yinnar and Newborough and the Morwell East and Thorpdale clash as well as Ellinbank and

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Ficifolia Festival has plenty to tempt

Enjoying the gala dinner for the launch of the Ficifolia Festival are Beryl and Debbie Tyson.

The popular Drouin Ficifolia Festival was launched with a gala dinner at Drouin Football Clubrooms on Saturday night. Festival committee president Rhona Hendrick said the success of the festival was the result of work over many years by volunteers. She

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Baw Baw celebrates all things Australian

Lewis Neale shows his true colours during the Australia Day celebrations at Trafalgar.

More than 100 people gathered at Trafalgar Public Hall for an Australia Day breakfast on Tuesday, where Mark Judd and Troy Oates were awarded citizen and young citizen of the year respectively. Baw Baw Shire Crs Peter Kostos, Murray Cook

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Hallora dominates

Jack Caddy was Drouin’s best bowler in division five, returning the figures of 3/23 from 12 overs.

Ball dominated bat at the Hallora Recreation Reserve on Saturday, but it was the Kangaroos who emerged on top at the end of day one of proceedings, having already claimed a decisive first-innings win over Bunyip. Having sent the Bulls

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