Sunday, 7 December 2014

Symons Contracting's 50th

Last Friday, Doug & Mary Symons and family celebrated Symons Contracting's 50th anniversary. Friends and associates joined in to mark the milestone at the workshop which was the perfect venue for the evening. Decorations were provided by the Western Southland Floral Art Club. Here are a few photos from the festivities.

New diggers ready for duty.

Doug & Mary Symons
Mary and Doug and the grandkids.

It's great that a local family has remained in business for so long. Here's to the next 50 years.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Rubber Duck Race

Look for the rubber duck and registration sheet at local businesses on Main Street.
The Otautau Street Party is fast approaching and preparations are well in hand. One of the newest events is a rubber duck race on the Otautau Stream organised by the Otautau Lions for Otautau United. People can register at the Main Street Cafe, SuperValue, Farmlands and other places on Main Street. Only $5 and it promises to be a lot of fun! The race will be around 7:30 pm, 12 Dec, at either the walking bridge or railway bridge. The finish line is the Main Street bridge, and people will be on hand with butterfly nets to catch the ducks as they cross the line. Be sure to register as soon as you can so you can race your duck. Prizes include a kayak, BBQ, Christmas hamper and more.

RD1 Building Progress

With a little less rain, a lot more progress is being made on the RD1 building on Main Street. The foundation is in, and the steel framing is up.
Corner view showing the front of the building on the left, and side of building facing Main Street.
Side view facing Main Street.
Back side of the building view from Rochdale and Queen Streets. The Catholic Church in the background.
It's been great watching the construction day by day. The future is looking good.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Lydia's and Rory's in the Making?

After a few cancellations due to bad weather last month, the Western Zone Primary School Golf Tournament was all go on the 18th of November at the Otautau Golf Club. Five schools came to practice skills and compete for golfing glory.  Any one of them could be a Lydia Ko or Rory McIlroy in the making but I think most were just happy to be outside enjoying a full day of golf.

It was a fine, sunny morning, and the kids were rarin' to go, but first they happily posed for team photos.

The Heddon Bush junior team
The Heddon Bush senior team
The Winton team
The Otautau team
The Drummond team
The Waiau team
Half of the teams played a few holes of golf while the other half practiced at various skill stations. One of the stations was the Chuck and Putt which provided a few challenges as it was harder than it looked. Three competitors chucked a ball each onto the putting green, and wherever it landed is where they had to take their putt from.

Good chucking form
Preparing to putt against each other
Good composure.
Nearby, the Snag Golf station always provided a challenge. The player had to hit a snag ball at a target. The person holding the target could not move their feet but could move the target to get the ball.
Hand-eye co-ordination for both players.
Just about to snag it.
Driver practice was also on the schedule.
Eyes on the ball.
A good full swing and still tracking the ball.
Meanwhile the other kids were heading out to play a few holes of golf.
With golf bags in tow, heading out to play.
After lunch they switched places so that by the day's end all got to practice specific skills as well as play golf in a competitive setting.

And who won?

1st - Drummond 1(Matt Hal, Ollie Stevens, Alex Doyle, Brenna Gibbs)
2nd - Drummond 2 (Partrick Marron, Nicholas McLeish, Courtney Laughton, Emma Freemans)
3rd - Winton 2 (Rachel Alexander, Ollie Waldrom, Lochie Earland, Jogs Milne)
4th - Waiau 1 (Ben Egerton, Emma Howden, Cameron Johnston, Sam Unahi)

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