Reunion #3: Waranga News turns 30

Sunday morning a week ago it was time to head home to Rushworth for reunion #3, the 30th birthday of the Waranga News.

Rather than try to contain the history of the paper in a couple of lines, I will just post this page Mary Jo put together for the 30th birthday edition of the paper:

History of the Waranga News. Click to englarge.

History of the Waranga News. Click to englarge.

People who have worked on the paper over the years and their family (including a lot of Fortunas) and friends got together for lunch and story-telling, disputes over the details of history and a lot of “wow, you got old” moments.

Bob making a speech. MJ awaiting her turn.

Bob making a speech. MJ awaiting her turn.

Winner of short story competition, Jess McLean

Winner of the commemorative short story competition, Jess McLean

Workers past and present celebrate with a birthday cake

Workers past and present celebrate with a birthday cake

Jess with her monstor pram on the way to the Waranga News office (carrying three children with ease!)

Jess with her monster pram on the way to the Waranga News office (carrying three children with ease!)

Abby working on the next edition of the paper

Abby working on the next edition of the paper

The lunch on offer that day was truly spectacular. Pork on a spit with salads and potatoes followed by cheesecake, fruit flan and the ultimate Aussie dessert….pavlova. I couldn’t have asked for a more delicious, more appropriate country meal for my return to Rushworth.

I spent the following week in Rushworth, sleeping in, pottering about the house and sitting by the fire. I will post some photos from the week later, but right now I need to warm up my toes…it’s soooo cold in Melbourne (and I think I’m getting a cold…)

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