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Glass Earth sells up
Glass Earth Gold has sold its
three Central Otago
production sites in the
Maniototo for $1.75 million to
Skevington Contracting, of
Palmerston in North Otago.
Declining global gold prices,
lower than expected on-site
weather conditions and lower
grades of gold per tonne
have been named as factors
for the decision to sell.
Alexandra Museum Board
elections were held last week
at the board s annual
meeting and Michael Rooney
and Tony Jopp, who were up
for re-election by rotation,
were welcomed back.
A new member, Nola
Hambleton, was also elected
to the board. Mrs Hambleton
recently arrived to live in
Alexandra with her husband
Barry, after a long career as
teacher and school principal
all over New Zealand. She
has been a member of the
New Zealand Teachers
Council and Cognition
Research Trust, and in 2002
she was awarded
Membership of the New
Zealand Order of Merit for
services to Education.
A Central Otago pinot noir
swept the awards at the
Romeo Bragato wine show.
Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 won
the champion wine trophy, a
memorial champion wine
gong and a sustainability
trophy. Grapes were grown
by Mark Naismith and judging
panel chairman Olly Masters
said it was one of the
strongest line-ups for years.
There were 495 entries and
the judges awarded 51 gold
medals, 107 silver and 181
bronze medals. A champion
sparkling trophy also went to
Akarua for its rose brut.
Blossom Festival on way
A cheerful reminder that spring is ready to be celebrated
Blossoms: Alexandra Blossom Festival committee chairwoman Clair Higginson,
member Fay Kennedy, secretary Sandra Clark and member Tim Cadogan stand
amongst this year's early blossoms in Earnscleugh.
Trio: Queenstown-based three-piece
harmony group The Sequin Sisters will
be performing as part of the
Alexandra Blossom Festival which
kicks off on September 27.
By CHE BAKER
The blossoms are blooming early
this year which is an ideal
reminder for the community that
the Alexandra Blossom Festival is
only weeks away.
Festival organiser Martin
McPherson said entries to the
event and competitions were
strong, although slightly down on
last year, and 11 competitive
floats, down two from last year,
would be part of the Grand
Procession this year.
Some long-time float builders had
been unable to build a float this
year because of other commit-
ments, Mr McPherson said.
''Its just a reflection of the times
we are living in. People don't lack
enthusiasm for the event they are
just time-short,'' he said.
A feasibility study was being
planned to look into building a
shed which will house floats for
the festival that could be ''refre-
shed and revitalised'' every year.
Committee chairwoman Clair
Higginson said the committee was
in full swing working towards the
festival and from this week would
be meeting weekly to discuss
This year's goal for the committee
was to make sure the festival was
continued to be seen as ''Alex-
andra's iconic festival''.
''Spring is so important to so
many people (living in the area) it
(the festival) has remained,'' she
Today, the Central Otago District
Council will discuss imposing a
liquor ban, as part of the Liquor
Bylaw, in Alexandra, Clyde and
Cromwell from Thursday Sept-
ember 26 to Monday September 30
and allow police to search
containers or vehicles.
Women's museum service acknowledged
By CHE BAKER
Margaret Wilkinson and
Gill Grant were
farewelled from the
board after its annual
meeting last week.
A former Alexandra Museum
Board member, who went on to be
the secretary and president, has
had part of the Central Stories
Museum and Art Gallery named
in her honour.
After more than 30 years of board
involvement, Gillian Grant
officially stepped down last week.
Mrs Grant started on the board in
1981 was president from 1993 to
2010 and secretary from 1983 to 82.
Museum general manager Rac-
hael Welfare said a new part of
the art gallery was named the
Gillian Grant Room in Mrs
Grant's honour. Mrs Grant said
her years working on the board
were a challenge, ''but it was fun''.
When she joined the board the
drive was to promote Central
Otago stories and show how tough
it was for the area's pioneers.
At the time it was a difficult task
because New Zealand was con-
sidered ''too new'' and tied to its
English and Scottish roots, she
But after the board set its sights
on a new building, Central Stories
opened in 2005, replacing the
William Bodkin museum.
The region's records could be
displayed and the aim to promote
the area's stories came about.
''Central Stories is spoken of as
being the envy of other towns and
cities,'' Mrs Grant said.
However ''it still needs a lot of
support'', she said.
She was also invited to become
the museum's next patron, with
Joan Stevens stepping down.
Margaret Wilkinson, who also
stepped down after being on the
board since 1992 and secretary
from 2003 to 06, was also honoured
and received a life membership
for her contribution.
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