MEGA GALLERY: 2014 News review in pictures

MEGA GALLERY: 2014 News review in pictures Wimmera Superintendent Graham Kent, Country Fire Authority state fire investigation co-ordinator Nicole Harvey and Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Maher of the Victorian Police Explosives and Arson Squad at this year’s Horsham Blue Ribbon Committee’s Crime Night. June 2014.
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Katelyn Busbridge as Alice in Holy Trinity Lutheran School’s production of Through the Looking Glass. June 2014.

Entertainer Frank Darling serenades Elva Mackley at Wimmera Health Care Group’s Irish Christmas for Carers at Horsham Golf Club. June 2014.

Horsham College year 12 students Ben Plunkett and Matt De Gruchy sell postcards in Horsham Plaza to raise money for beyondblue. June 2014.

Horsham College year 10 students Holly King, Elly Blakeley and Charlotte White at the Western Victorian Careers Expo. June 2014.

Murtoa’s Rhys Cowper-Schneider enjoys a bike ride with a four-legged friend – but his number of rides could be limited due to muscular dystrophy. June 2014.

Ella Hion, 6, Ella Coustley, 6, Cody Keddie, 6, Kai Newton, 7, Jezmyn Hughes, 7, and Natalie Fox, 7, dress in fluoro and footy colours to support the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation. June 2014.

Mikah and Sarah Hughes, 13, take Shirley Glover on a Grandfriends tour at the Horsham College. June 2014.

Charlotte Cookson, 7, Bailee Norton, 7, and Sienna Cookson, 5, at the Horsham Aquatic Centre pool party. June 2014.

James Henwood and Natasha Eilola in the The Good Young Man. June 2014.

Wimmera crops. June 2014.

Dentist Ross Barnes retires from the industry, but first makes sure his daughter Eve Barnes has her check-up. June 2014.

Alana Finn and her father John Finn count down to the Rock Around The Clock dance festival. June 2014.

Eight-week-old staffy-kelpie-cross Roxy needed a new home. July 2014.

Ben Cordes and Mick Healy catch up at a Rupanyup Victorian No Till Spray workshop. July 2014.

Beulah’s Jonti George will donate 30 centimetres of her hair to create wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment. She crowns Wimmera Against Cancer in Kids trustee Brendan McKinnon with a wig that will look nothing like the ones her hair will create. July 2014.

Gerard Natividad, Adam Harding, Debbie Moar, Halle Brown and Alison Eggleton at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Gerard and Halle are speaking at an exhibition opening. July 2014.

Ray Buckley with his 1942 Harley Davidson USA military police bike. Ray is wearing an Australian MP uniform. July 2014.

Horsham Blood Donor Centre staff Jill Cooper and Tracey O’Callaghan and state manager Maureen Bower take a break during Mrs Cooper’s final day. She has finished after 20 years of service. July 2014.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Horsham’s Frank Henry with a beet western yellow virus display at BCG Grains Research Expo at Birchip. July 2014.

A barn owl surveys the scene in a tree at Horsham Plaza. July 2014.

Sophia Kennedy, 5, enjoys plaster fun at Horsham Plaza for the school holidays. July 2014.

Elder Regina Hood opens NAIDOC week at Dudley Cornell Park with the help of Jandamurra Lauricella, 6, of Dimboola, Jeremy Newell of Horsham and Colby McDonald, 9, of Horsham. July 2014.

Horsham Demons trainer Hugh Avery is hanging up his towel and magic spray after nearly 50 years. July 2014.

Jesse Hinch, left, with Wimmera White Ribbon Committee chairman Justin Amor and Ron Hallam, who are planning to watch football with friends on White Ribbon Night. July 2014.

Pat and Doug Crute have bought the Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge. July 2014.

Millie Humphrey, 7, explores a display at a Grampian Model Railroaders’ exhibition in Stawell. July 2014.

A display at Grampian Model Railroaders’ exhibition in Stawell. July 2014.

Keith Lockwood retires from the Wimmera Mail-Times. July 2014.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School student Maggie Stacey from Sea Lake was in the first camp group to stay at Roses Gap Recreation Centre since the Grampians bushfire in January. Not even wintry weather could keep the students from enjoying the camp. July 2014.

Not even rain could stop Tyrrell College student Axel Mott, from Sea Lake, enjoying camp at Roses Gap Recreation Centre. He was part of the first camp group to stay at the centre since the Grampians bushfire in January. July 2014.

Lucy O’Connor makes hot chocolate at Horsham College. The college’s VCAL team of Melinda Schmidt, Deni Sordello and Staci Dickerson have teamed up with Change It Up program students Lucy O’Connor, Grace Risson and Keziah Freeman to sell hot drinks to college students. July 2014.

Horsham Agricultural Society junior president Dalton Cross, Wimmera Legacy’s Bill McGrath and Horsham Wool’s Rob Nelson encourage wool producers to enter the Horsham Show Fleece Competition and the Wimmera Legacy Fleece Show. July 2014.

Senior Sergeant Brendan Broadbent, Detective Senior Sergeant Terry Hay and Inspector Trevor Ashton welcome the Wimmera’s new crime scene unit. July 2014.

Horsham mothers Alison Briggs-Miller and Larissa Riddell have arranged a suitcase rummage to take a stand against the Federal Government’s treatment of asylum seekers. July 2014.

Dave Lamb and Lorraine Hegarty of Wimmera Rockers during a dancing demonstration at Horsham Plaza. July 2014.

Horsham Centre Cinema’s Andrea Marshall promotes a Mrs Brown’s Boys movie night. July 2014.

Horsham Fire Brigade captain Mat Walsh with the brigade’s new tanker. July 2014.

Sarah McFarlane, Jasmine Smith, Mackenzie Goodin, Monique Gellatly, Monique Kinsman, Caitlin Devlin, Rain Rothjen and Rachelle Ough practise for a calisthenics competition. July 2014.

Leroy Ashburn, 10, with poppies knitted and crocheted for Anzac Day. July 2014.

Paramedic Alan Eade speaks at a Horsham ice forum at Wesley Performing Arts Centre. July 2014.

Horsham woman Joan Watts has been caring for several old paintings for about 30 years. The canvas on the left is dated 1899. July 2014.

Ian ‘Rattles’ Rettalack is taking his horse and cart around Australia with his dog Russ, raising money for cancer research. He is pictured just out of Dimboola on his way to Horsham. July 2014.

Ian ‘Rattles’ Rettalack is taking his horse and cart around Australia with his dog Russ, raising money for cancer research. He is pictured just out of Dimboola on his way to Horsham. July 2014.

Russ the dog. July 2014.

Covenant College year nine student Jordan Matters, back, participates in National Schools Tree Day with Laharum Primary School students, from left, Katie Griffiths, 7, Georgie Tyler, 8, and Jovi Hahn, 9. July 2014.

Maurice Rudolph, has donated blood more than 100 times. He was recognised during National Blood Donor Week. July 2014.

Harry, 11, and Will Miller, 13, with their Ram of the Year Hazza. Glenpaen Sheep Stud was affected by bushfires in January and has now won Victorian Ram of the Year at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. July 2014.

Horsham RSL president John Brondsema and Horsham Mayor David Grimble present Vignacourt Youth Embassy’s Lucile Werkin with a memento from the delegation’s visit. July 2014.

Amy Holland, 5, Warracknabeal, waits for the Essendon football players to arrive in Warracknabeal. July 2014

Shirley King of Horsham with a crazy lemon. July 2014

Wimmera Mail-Times journalist Erin McFadden celebrates the newspaper’s Facebook page reaching 7000 likes. July 2014

Aldo Panozzo of Horsham with a weird, dog-like lemon. July 2014

Elaine Zerk and Glenda Schomburgk celebrate their mum Melva Peterson’s 99th birthday in Horsham. July 2014

Gemma Petrilli and Alison Faux are taking over the Dooen Pub. July 2014

Cafe Chickpea owner Lyn Witney-Drum, Business Horsham executive administrator Wendy Mitchell, Cafe Jas owner Sharron Keating and Fig Tree Caffe owner Brad Koenig raise a glass for CafeSmart, which raises money for tackling homelessness through coffee sales. July 2014

Variety Bash entrants Rick Smith and Mick Harris with sponsor Nathan Werner at Horsham’s BP Dimboola Road. July 2014

Optimus Prime takes on The Olde Horsham dinosaur. Beaudy Ellis, 3, and his sister Lacey Ellis, 4, meet the transformer. July 2014

Optimus Prime takes on The Olde Horsham dinosaur. Lacey Ellis, 4, and her mum Nicole Ellis meet the transformer. July 2014

Jake Williams, Dylan Sampson-Lyall, Jackson Trudel and Ben Schmidt’s band Makeshift Believers will plays at the Commercial in Horsham. July 2014

Snow at Mt William. August 2014

Adelaide’s Tessa Wright and Aaron Gilson enjoy the snow at Mt William. August 2014

Halls Gap’s Arlo Hastings, 5, makes the most of snow at Mt William. August 2014

Wimmera Uniting Care housing worker Kara Johnson and housing program leader Sue Martin promote a sleep-out for Homeless Persons’ Week. August 2014

Richard Baum prunes olive trees at Laharum Grove as part of a working bee. August 2014

Group 6 dancers prepare at their Avenue Dance Studio concert rehearsal at Horsham Theatre. August 2014

Marion Seater models at Horsham East Probus Ladies fashion parade at Horsham RSL. August 2014

Liam O’Kane and Hayman Kent as part of The Flying Bookworms at Natimuk Road Kindergarten.

Lachaln Borzeky, Isaac Thomas and Hudson Hobbs enjoy The Flying Bookworms at Natimuk Road Kindergarten. August 2014

Debbie Moar and Adam Harding hang life drawings at Natimuk’s Goat Gallery. August 2014

Penny Stemp, is fostering cat Whisper and her six kittens. She encourages others to take on foster caring as well. August 2014

Horsham Historical Society’s John Francis speaks at the centenary commemoration of the declaration of the First World War. August 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth Games shooter Alethea Sedgman returned to her kindergarten at Natimuk to visit the children, from left, Thomas Penny, Jonty Blair, Milly Patton, Hayley Uebergang, Emma Eubergang, Toby Uebergang and Cooper Grant. Sedgman spoke about the games. August 2014

Mikahl Peters joined in a sleep-out in Horsham’s May Park to raise money andawareness for Homeless Persons’ Week. Wimmera Uniting Care helped 2418 people who were homeless or experiencing homelessness in the 2013-14 financial year. August 2014

Ros Ryan and Robert Isaacson stand in front of the Jane Duff replica cottage at the Duffholme Museum, Mitre. The museum, along with West Wimmera Shire, Horsham Rural City Council and the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Lost in the Bush story. August 2014

Back from left, Murray Minne, Lance Duffield, Mary Zanker, Joan Plowright, front left, Nancy Lodge, Dawn Hobbs, June Jelly and Barbara Ross at the Horsham High School 1940s and 1950s reunion lunch. August 2014

Horsham and Ballarat Relay for Life committee members and Cancer Council Victoria staff take a break during the Western Region Leadership Summit in Horsham. August 2014

Back, Sarah O’Connor, and front, Hannah Tyler perform When I Get You Alone as part of an Avenue Dance Studio concert jazz routine. August 2014

Horsham College students Laura Smith and Lucinda Binney as Tweedledee and Tweedledum enjoy a break from rehearsals on Wednesday. The pair will feature in the college’s production of Alice in Wonderland. August 2014

Cast members of the Horsham College production of Alice in Wonderland, from left; Ryan Morrow as the Mad Hatter, Julia Gasparini as the White Rabbit, Laura Smith as Tweedledee, Lucinda Binney as Tweedledum, Ruby Risson as Alice, Jacob Creasey as the Cheshire Cat, Niketta McDonald as the Caterpillar and Grace Risson as the Queen of Hearts. August 2014

Will Nagorcka checks out his face in a mirror at Holy Trinity Lutheran School. August 2014

Andrew Clark shows off tricks with his dog Bronson. August 2014

Moerkey owner Micheal Moerkek with two of his sculptures made out of keys. August 2014

French students Maxime Tanghe, year 11, Typhaine Lécuyer, year 10, and Laurène Forgeot, year 10, have settled into St Brigid’s College in Horsham during a six-week stay in the Wimmera. August 2014

Joyce Wood with her reserve light bred champion Hamburg silver spaniel at Wimmera Poultry Club show at Horsham Showground. August 2014

Lynne Hutchinson with Jazz during dog scouts at Horsham West Primary School. August 2014

Cate and her brother Tom Dunn. Tom will kayak along the Murray River to raise money for Aurora School for the Deaf and Blind. Cate is profoundly deaf. August 2014

Emily Friedrichsen-Hay with her art exhibition at Redrock Books and Gallery in Horsham. August 2014

French exchange student Max Tanghe will umpire in the AFL International Cup. His host father and brother Kingsley and Seb Dalgleish are in the background. August 2014

Goroke P-12 College student Lucinda Smith at the Jane Duff Found Day commemorations at Mitre. August 2014

Liz Brooks and Louise King with their brain cake as part of a Horsham College science cooking competition. August 2014

Chelsea Ellis and Zara Mills during a Horsham Calisthenics Competition. August 2014

Horsham Cancer Council’s Dawn Hobbs sells items to raise money as part of Daffodil Day in Horsham Plaza. August 2014

Warracknabeal College year 11 students Abby Sleep and Summer Schultz are finalists in the Paper Cuts book trailer and book cover design competition. The pair made a book trailer based on The Hunger Games. August 2014

Horsham’s Lauren Walter in the graceful solo 17 years and over category during Horsham Calisthenics College’s 34th annual country competition. August 2014

Warrnambool woman Leeanne Greer and her 1957 Crusader caravan feature in a vintage caravan rally at Old Dadswell Town. August 2014

Belinda Elliott has her head shot taken during her audition for The Dressmaker by casting director Charlotte Seymour. August 2014

Peter Jelly impresses at The Dressmaker auditions. August 2014

Bailey Eder takes part in a book parade at Ss Michael and John’s Primary School. August 2014

Cathy Grace and Alisha Winfield, 5, join in the book parade at Ss Michael and John’s Primary School. August 2014

Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students Axel Fischer and Hayden Dalgleish transform into Mowgli the Man Cub and King Louie for the school’s production of The Jungle Book. August 2014

Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students Axel Fischer and Hayden Dalgleish transform into Mowgli the Man Cub and King Louie for the school’s production of The Jungle Book. August 2014

Tom Pickering commands the stage as Bagheera in St Brigid’s College’s The Jungle Book production. August 2014

Goroke Men’s Shed’s Eric Denham and other members are restoring a 100-year-old wheelbarrow as part of their activities. August 2014

Thai Basil owners Pawel and Numfon Poplawski at the Horsham store. August 2014

Grampians Edge Caravan Park owners Mick and Maxine Miles and their dog May. August 2014

Jayde McKinnin is all dressed up at the Ss Michael and John’s Primary School book parade. August 2014

Noah Krelle, 11, gets involved during the Race Around Dimboola. August 2014

Meg Carter, 13, Lily Risson, 14, and Tamikah Dockrill, 13, take part in the Mega Music Day at Horsham College. August 2014

Sarah Reichenbach, Rebekah Reichenback and Shelley Potter at the Operation 19:14 event at Sawyer Park, Horsham. August 2014

Chloe Redding, 9, and Ryan Ribbons, 10, at Operation 19:14 in Horsham. August 2014

Madeline Castleman, 2, at the Horsham Supported Parents Playgroup. August 2014

Montana Ferguson and Charlotte Wilton at St Arnaud Secondary College’s Relay For Life. September 2014

Chelsea Durwood hitches a ride during St Arnaud Secondary College’s Relay For Life. September 2014

Jenna Hicks and Anika Torney are all dressed up for the St Arnaud Relay For Life. September 2014

Penny Stemp, Carolyn Stow, Lyn Gerdtz, Debbie Delahunty, Wayne Lane and Penny Schwarz with kittens being looked after by Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support. September 2014

Rebecca Sudholz pours ice over Carlie Streeter during the Horsham Amcal Pharmacy ice bucket challenge. September 2014

Former Richmond player Scott Turner is rolling out the Wimmera welcome mat for Richmond supporters travelling to Adelaide for the elimination final. September 2014

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper, Western Highway Action Committee chairman Kevin Erwin and Victorian Transport Association industry services manager Brad Close at the launch of the Western Highway duplication action in Ararat. September 2014

YMCA Father of the Year Marty Knight with his children Zarli, 5, and Archie, 3. September 2014

Young indigenous artist Josh Muir, of Ballarat, with the painting he presented to the Alley Cafe in Horsham. September 2014

Fabian Lauricella and Robyn McDonald will get married at Ebenezer Mission near Antwerp. September 2014

Hettie French plays an original composition for the Wimmera Eisteddfod at Wesley Performing Arts Centre in Horsham. September 2014

Holly Luciani has fun during a at roller disco at Maydale Pavilion. September 2014

Horsham College year 10 students and teachers Ashleigh Miller, Abbey Hobbs, Victoria Potter, Thomas Young, Tamika Sommerville, Lewis Gebert, Zoe Francis and Brandi Galpin are excited to go to China. September 2014

Horsham Patchwork Quilters’ Kaye Hoffman and Wimmera Hospice Care Auxiliary president Lea Crammond with some of the quilts that will be available at the Lyn Bullock Memorial Quilt. September 2014

Renowned musical theatre performer Alex Rathgeber returned to his hometown to help launch the Horsham Town Hall redevelopment’s fundraising campaign. He is standing on what will be the main stage of the complex’s theatre. September 2014

Alison Briggs-Miller will lose her dreadlocks to raise money for Relay For Life. September 2014

Clint King and Felicity Taylor promote Paint the Town Purple. September 2014

Lachie McGinniss will travel to the Western Front with fellow Warracknabeal College students, from front, Bailey Watts and Connor McKenzie; middle, Kiani Stewart, Cleo Lindsay, Rachel Hicks, Lucinda Taylor and Madeline Heeps; back, Maddy Jeffery, teacher Mike Horn and Jack Dean. September 2014

Isabelle Hedt claps hands with her mum Susie Hedt during Grandparents Day at Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Horsham. September 2014

Horsham College year 12 students Colby Neville and Zac Timms during a VCAL expo. September 2014

Glenys Fort, Annabella Fort and Karen Barnes at a purple morning tea at Rene Vivian’s home. September 2014

Former St Kilda players Lenny Hayes, right, and Justin Koschitzke with Lennie Carter,2, in Stawell. September 2014

Taryn Wynd and Georgia McDermott cheer for former St Kilda players Lenny Hayes and Justin Koschitzke during their visit to Stawell. September 2014

Horsham author Nkandu Beltz is ready to launch her latest book I Have The Power. September 2014

Colin Harper, Frank Lee Darling and Jennifer Taylor help Alzheimer’s Australia’s Mary Slater with her presentation at an Alzheimer’s meeting. September 2014

Matt Grace and Brodie King get ready for Milo Cricket. September 2014

Hindmarsh Mayor Rob Gersch with Karen people who became Australian citizens at a ceremony in Nhill. September 2014

Monique Sherwell gets involved in the Ararat North Primary School walkathon and Crazy Hair Day. September 2014

Horsham Primary School’s parents and friends committee president Robyn Pike, Locks Constructions employee and play equipment co-ordinator Adam Spasic and committee secretary Sharon Naylor with some of the community volunteers who helped create a memorial running track for Horsham Primary School student Max Robertson. September 2014

Horsham Primary School students Isabelle Oman, 12, mum Linda Oman, Abigail Oman, 9, Nikita Deckert, 11, and Sharia Eltze, 12, enjoy a picnic on the lastday of term three. September 2014

Horsham’s St Brigid’s College deputy principal Kingsley Dalgleish, year eight student Connor Healey, principal Peter Gutteridge and year seven student Bailey Nelson get into the spirit of things during a Catholic Mission Fete Day at the school. September 2014

Fire-fighters attend after Horsham Lanes and Games catches fire. September 2014

Smoke billows from Horsham Lanes and Games. September 2014

Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Geoff Starick, Colin Hobbs, Bob Gooding and Graham Gellatlyprepare machines for Murtoa’s Big Weekend. September 2014

Horsham Lanes and Games owner Wayne Watkins surveys the damage from a fire that tore through the stadium. September 2014

Horsham fire-fighter James Fidler, middle, and colleagues Mat Walsh and LucasLentsment will compete in the Eureka Climb to raise money for The Alfred hospital’s burns unit. Mr Fidler previously joined in the Melbourne Fire-fighter Stair Climb. September 2014

Neville Thomas and Don Perry will don their finest threads during the Horsham-Natimuk Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. September 2014

Nhill Air Show committee’s Andrew Kube and Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre chairman Rob Lynch prepare for an event to mark a year until the air show. September 2014

Hilda Rogers with her great-grandchildren, from back, Jaidyn Honeyman and Mikaela Murray; middle, Hannah Honeyman and Ben Murray; and front, Olivia Murray. Hilda turned 102 on September 26. September 2014

Nhill’s Pure Indulgence Beauty Therapy owner Ashleigh McEldrew. September 2014

Dusty Schellens joins in a performance of Postcards from Nanna at the Horsham Library. September 2014

Warracknabeal’s Damian Stein at Glen Logan during the Horsham-Natimuk Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. September 2014

Marion Seater takes a look around at the Hospice Quilt Auction. September 2014

Kola Kennedy is looking after seven lambs from two ewes. September

Nell Carter with Mars the dog at Horsham Petstock. September 2014

Pimpinio’s Chase Porter, 4, front, and his family braved wild winds at the opening day of the 136th annual Horsham Show. September 2014

Holly Blackmore, 7, Horsham at the Horsham Show. September 2014

Horsham’s Rachelle Arnott with a letter she received from Premier Denis Napthine in support of her decision to stand up against bullying. October 2014

Horsham East Ladies Probus Club’s Norma Close, front left, with fellow members and guest speaker Kathy Rivett, front right, celebrate Paint the Town Purple week at their meeting. October 2014

Marisa Woolman at her home in Horsham. October 2014

Kaniva College student Daniel Hicks has returned from two weeks at a space camp in Alabama, USA. October 2014

Johnny Young with Jackie Bennett during Victorian Seniors Week. October 2014

Wimmera Mail-Times editor Georgia Bailey, Mail-Times journalist and Horsham and Districts Relay For Life committee member Cass Dalgleish, O’Connors Farm Machinery’s Netta Hobbs, committee member Felicity Taylor and committee chairman Kingsley Dalgleish in front of the Paint the Town Purple display. October 2014

Former hairdresser and Wimmera Uniting Care intake team senior practitioner Cherie Ladlow cuts colleague Alison Briggs-Miller’s dreadlocks as part of a Relay For Life fundraiser. October 2014

Leonie Praetz with Sienna, 9 months. October 2014

Alyssa Wedding, 8, and Shannen Wedding, 12, at the Dimboola Show and Shine. October 2014

Warracknabeal’s Geoff Lovel and Len Hannel check out the cars at the Dimboola Show and Shine. October 2014

Madhu Annathurai, front, Chloe Brennan, Madison Smith, centre, Patrick McGennisken, Will McCulloch and Ethan Heard, middle, and Lara Maybery and Jayde Ellis, back, show off their artwork, which will be displayed at Horsham West Primary School. October 2014

Cassandra Walker and her twins Erin and Isabella, 5 months, were among families participating in a Wimmera Multiple Births Playgroup session at Horsham PrimarySchool’s Rasmussen campus. October 2014

Taw Ner Soe, 13, and Candy Benyo, 14, of Nhill at the town’s annual show. October 2014

Professor Wallace’s Puppets at Nhill Show. October 2014

Mayor David Grimble signs up for the first duck at the Great Wimmera River Duck Race launch. October 2014

Brian Harrison as the Troll in Horsham Arts Council’s What’s New Pussycat? production. October 2014

Brian Harrison as the Troll and Pamela Deckert as Puss work together in Horsham Arts Council’s What’s New Pussycat? production. October 2014

Larissa Riddell, Belinda Elliott, and Amy Anselmi perform a Single Ladies routine during What’s New Pussycat? October 2014

Bradley Bone, 16, of Horsham with Horsham Mayor David Grimble during the Special Olympics torch run through the city. October 2014

Tom O’Dwyer, 12, enjoys a ride at the Dimboola Show. October 2014

Bob Kirsopp, Horsham, enjoys the displays at the Horsham West Primary School art exhibition. October 2014

Jeparit’s Georgia Hutson, 7, makes a friend at the town’s show. October 2014

Coughlin Park Management Committee chairman Brendan Ryan, Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy, Coughlin Park Bowling Club president Judy Bryan, Father Peter Hudson, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty, Horsham Saints Football Netball Club president Roger Sordello and Horsham Saints Cricket Club president Tim Lannen are thrilled Coughlin Park will be upgraded. October 2014

Nati Verj project manager Carolynne Hamdorf stands in the Verj site. October 2014

Federation University Bachelor of Education student Tori Arnott leads Garinja Preschool students Mathilde Gardy, Mahlie Tepper and Scarlett Nicholson on a bear hunt at the university’s Horsham campus on Wednesday. The Bachelor of Education students hosted a play day for preschool-aged children. October 2014

Former Victorian Racing Club chief executive Dale Monteith holds the Melbourne Cup aloft alongside Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mick Robins and Stawell’s clerk of course Hugh O’Sullivan while in Stawell. October 2014

Pheobe Allen, year 9, Georgia Lowe, year 9, Casey Hovey, year 7, and Melanie Koop, year 8, show off their vocal skills in the Goroke College band. October 2014

Horsham’s Ethan McRae dazzles on piano at Horsham Music Academy’s schools music showcase. October 2014

Horsham Harley-Davidson’s Trevor Papst. October 2014

Horsham’s Jack Keddie, 8, and Nicholas Fischer, 8, at Little Athletics. October 2014

Horsham’s Max Bunworth, 7, at Little Athletics. October 2014

Ambulance Victoria Horsham Auxiliary president Paul Burton, Wimmera Masonic Lodge co-ordinator Philip Nicks and Horsham East Rotary Club immediate past president Jenny Reid, with several of the people who donated towards the $160,000 aeromedical transfer station at Horsham Aerodrome. October 2014

Matthew Velthuis hams it up during St Brigid’s College year 12 students’ muck-up day assembly. October 2014

Robyn McLean is ready to take part in the Horsham Zombie Shuffle. October 2014

Grade three student Hunter Campey, 9, soaks it up during a Ss Michael and John’s Primary School Mission Day fete. October 2014

Joy Wheaton of Nhill with some of the flowers on disply at the Stawell Show. October 2014

Jessica Addicoat of Geelong, Nathan Tepper of Murtoa, Carly Westaway of Melbourne, Aaron Tepper of Murtoa, Amy Hodge of Murtoa, Matthew Tepper of Melbourne and Katelyn Tepper of Murtoa enjoy Rupanyup’s Barley Banquet. October 2014

Mary White, Jess Kent and Steph Giles, all of Bendigo, kick back at the Barley Banquet at Rupanyup. October 2014

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty, Horsham Mayor David Grimble, Horsham Islamic Welfare Association member Mohammad Islam, president Mahabubur Mollah, guest Abdullah Sicha, association member Jeramie Williams and Islam Council of Victoria vice-president Bayram Aktepe at the opening of the Horsham Islamic Welfare Association mosque. October 2014

Residents rally for more water for Lake Toolondo. October 2014

Janine English plants a pink lady with other breast cancer survivors for AustralianBreast Cancer Day. October 2014

One Horsham bypass group member Lance Trigg with one of the ‘Bypass Here?’ signs that will be put along VicRoads’ preferred route for the city’s bypass. October 2014

Liam Robertson as Conroy Crudd and Lara Bowman as Darla Miller in the Horsham West Primary School musical production The Clueless Case. October 2014

David Goodluck has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is waiting for a lung transplant. October 2014

Horsham’s St Brigid’s College VCE students Mikayla McAuliffe, Taylor Besford, Madeline Wood and Mikaela Turvey celebrate the end of the English exam. October 2014

Mo Bro Kieran Ryan and Mo Sistas Ashleigh Dark, left, and Lauren Iseppi are participating in Movember . Mr Ryan launched The Wimmera’s Movember Project and has called on residents to join the initiative. October 2014

From left, Holy Trinity Lutheran School’s Sophie Pietsch, Sophie McLellan, Makai Smith and Cella Atherton join in an aerobics clinic. October 2014

Horsham’s Lisa Argall, Horsham Target staff Carly Sharp and Trudi Weir and Wimmera Health Care Group McGrath breast care nurse Wendy Crafter celebrate a morning tea at Target. The event raised money for the McGrath Foundation. October 2014

Haven’s Katrina Wilkie, 10, gets to meet clydesdales, with support from clydesdale groom Lisa Morey. October 2014

Residents show their passion at a One Horsham bypass public meeting. October 2014

Pimpinio’s Glen and Carmen Munro and Horsham’s Sarah Jolley and Kris Bertram relax at the Horsham Cup. October 2014

Horsham’s Belinda Nurse and Jessica Russell show their style at Horsham Cup. October 2014

Ballarat’s John and Georgia Cirak perform during the Horsham Rockers annual dance weekend at Horsham Plaza. November 2014

Michael Timms and Alayna Toporzisek as their alter egos Buzz Lightyear and Woody during The Dancers Zone end-of-year concert. November 2014

Andrew Harrison, Teagan Muir, Aunty Hazel McDonald, Jandamurra Lauricella, Lachie Marks and Max Coleman get ready for the Wimmera River Challenge. November 2014

Horsham School of Dance ballet group two dancers, from back left, Charlotte Maher, Lucy Hudson, Grace Hermans, Zoe Brennan, Tiani Grosser, Jaya Meadows and Claire James; and front, Maddie Carracher, Lily Charity, Bella Carr, Ava Jackson, Mikayla Kilpatrick and Miranda Pike prepare for their concert. November 2014

Dancers head to the stage during the Horsham School of Dance concert rehearsals. November 2014

Holy Trinity Lutheran School student Nathan Rokebrand shows his human-powered vehicle skills ahead of a Maryborough RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge later this month. November 2014

Bill Stewart with grandson Avery Hawkins, 3, enjoy Melbourne Cup Day at the Victoria Hotel in Horsham. November 2014

Maralyn Thornley, Cathy Bamford and Barb Blake enjoy Melbourne Cup Day at the Victoria Hotel in Horsham. November 2014

Bill Faux and Lesley Stanton at Horsham Cancer Group Melbourne Cup lunch. November 2014

Ss Michael and John’s Primary School RACV Energy Breakthrough team members with their new uniforms. November 2014

Lubeck’s Darcy Schultz tries Adrian Christian’s speedway car at Horsham Mitre 10’s opening. November 2014

TV personality Scott Cam at the Horsham Mitre 10 opening. November 2014

Sienna Smith of Essendon and Timothy Day of Nagambie team up in a mixed double sculls at the 127th Dimboola Regatta. Rowers came from throughout Victoria and South Australia for the meet. November 2014

Lauren Jakobi, Romy Meadows and Amity Aitken perform in the Horsham School of Dance annual concert. November 2014

Ruby Hickmott, Georgie Schwarz and Ella Brennan demonstrate their talents during the Horsham School of Dance annual concert. November 2014

McKenzie Creek woodturner Brendan Stemp is having an exhibition of his work at Redrock Books and Gallery in Horsham. November 2014

Horsham’s Ss Michael and John’s Primary School captains Sam O’Connor and Madeline Arnel lay a wreath at Horsham’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Sawyer Park. Wimmera residents gathered to pay their respects to past and present Australian servicemen and women at services across the region. November 2014

Lance Clayton pays his respects at Horsham’s Remembrance Day ceremony. November 2014

Elaine Driller, Kim van Buuren and Kerry Nichols tempt Holy Trinity Lutheran School business manager Garry Wallace with German honey cakes, ready for Christmas. November 2014

Shell Questacon Science Show student Jesse Jorgensen-Price uses liquid nitrogen to shrivel a balloon at her old high school, St Brigid’s College, in Horsham. November 2014

Saxon Hobbs helps create an explosion during a Questacon Science Circus show at St Brigid’s College in Horsham. November 2014

Luv-A-Duck chief executive Ron Jenkins. November 2014

Fiona Welsh and Lindy Muller ‘unyarn’ an elephant in the Wimmera Uniting Care foyer. November 2014

Horsham College teacher Daniel Garner is going to teach wearing a dress on Friday as a fundraiser for underprivileged girls overseas. Students Bethany Horton, Zara Burford, Amy Harding and Laura Hill like his style. November 2014

Horsham Primary School grade three student Bethany Arnup plays with a giant chess set during a break from class. November 2014

Horsham’s Lee O’Grady and Ailish Heard, 9, enjoy some quality time together at the Move4Life in Horsham. November 2014

Horsham’s Cade Dodson, 12, and dad Chris Dodson cool off after the Move4Life fun run and walk at Sawyer Park in Horsham on Saturday. About 150 people joined in the annual the event. November 2014

Gillian Francis, with her husband John, are set to release their two-volume, 800-page book on Anzac Day, 2015. November 2014

Jacob Williams receives barley at Moore Bulk Storage. November 2014

The Wimmera’s Movember Project, an initiative of Stawell’s Kieran Ryan, has raised more than $18,000 for men’s health initiatives in its inaugural year. November 2014

Arlene McDonald, Ian Ballinger, Cyril Carracher and Heather Macdonald warm up before COPD yoga session at Sunnyside Lutheran Retirement Village. November 2014

Kayla Kelm practises on the balance beam ahead of Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club’s annual invitational competition. November 2014

Venantia Mukantare and Hui Qin Si visit Dot Mintern at Kurrajong Lodge. November 2014

Horsham Hub’s female adult migrant students, from left, Venantia Mukantare, Mu Po, Tukta U-Buabon, Pukz Prathuang, Sajide Maqbool, Bina Hastings, Mar Htay, Ingrid Riese, Hui Qin Si, Xiu Fang, Leela Kunumthaip and Ivy Wang at Wimmera Health Care Group’s Kurrajong Lodge. November 2014

A family of ducks has taken up residence at Horsham Golf Course. November 2014

Horsham College students join in the city’s annual White Ribbon Walk Against Violence. A record crowd participated in this year’s event. November 2014

Natimuk’s Tiff Cardnell completes a routine during a Natimuk Gymnastic Club competition. November 2014

Edenhope’s Stuart Jennings shows visitors how it’s done at Edenhope Show’s prime lamb shearing competition. November 2014

Tom Halls in a Fr!sk performance of Contra at Natimuk. November 2014

Bailey Drewry congratulates Nick Williamson on his 414mm catfish in the inaugural Wimmera Mail-Times Dimboola Fishing Classic. November 2014

Phil Colquhoun and Bruce Donnelly enjoy the scenery during the inaugural Wimmera Mail-Times Dimboola Fishing Classic. November 2014

Leading Senior Constables Linda McLennan and Liz Joyce make a stand against violence against women on White Ribbon Day. November 2014

John Aisbett and his Harley-Davidson with Peter Rudge and his scooter, prepare for the 15th Salvation Army Charity and Toy Ride. November 2014

Horsham Apex Club 15 members Nathan Werner and Tim Batchelor and Horsham Cyclery’s Damien Cook present Justin Ellis a new bike after the one he won at the Horsham Show was stolen. November 2014

Vectis farmer Vaughn Maroske believes the end of the 2014 season is more like hunting than harvesting. November 2014

Edenhope-Apsley and North Ballarat Rebels product Oscar McDonald with his parents Cath and Paul on their family farm at Charam, near Edenhope. McDonald was drafted by Melbourne with pick 53 in the AFL national draft. November 2014

The next Member for Lowan Emma Kealy and her husband Tim O’Donnell cast their votes at Horsham CWA Hall. November 2014

Mick the Magician wows the crowd at the Kannamaroo festival celebrations in Firebrace Street, Horsham. November 2014

Emily Preston enjoys the Kannamaroo in Horsham. November 2014

Exchange students Raquel Bicalho, Brazil, and Ignacia Perez, Chile, at the Kannamaroo. November 2014

Mason Scott, 8, shows his skills at the Kannamaroo festival in Firebrace Street, Horsham. November 2014

Archie Bond delivers the winning duck to shore after the Great Wimmera River Duck Race. November 2014

Jung Tigers and Noradjuha-Toolondo players and umpire Darren Chesterfield remember Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes during 63 seconds of silence. November 2014

Horsham Rural City Council enforcement officer Garry Kennett showcases the new EasyPark app for Horsham’s parking meters. December 2014

Horsham West Primary School student Claudia Lopez-O’Donnell, Holy Trinity Lutheran School student Jasmine Gould, and Ss Michael and John’s Primary School student Harriet Overman practise for Horsham’s Carols by Candlelight. December 2014

Horsham Dressage rider Geoff Hammond has received a life membership with Riding for the Disabled Association. Mr Hammond has been involved with the association for more than 30 years. December 2014

Horsham West Primary School students with artwork made from five-cent pieces for Movember. December 2014

Cate Dunn, Kali Roberts, Jess Hernon, Evie Wallace and Nia Harrison sign songs at the Makers Gallery Christmas Market to raise money for Tom Dunn, who is kayaking along the Murray River. December 2014

A group heads off on a five-night horse trek from Kaniva to Propadollah. December 2014

Jonno, Peter and Sally Hicks try to get Santa down from a tree after a storm blew him down from his post at the North Pole. December 2014

Brock Lynch sings at Horsham’s Carols by Candlelight. December 2014

Madison Hornsby, 6, at Horsham’s Carols by Candlelight. December 2014

Children sing on stage together as part of the Horsham Carols by Candlelight event. December 2014

Neeve Kelly, Wynter James and Ella Dowling at the Horsham Carols by Candlelight. December 2014

Horsham Carols by Candlelight. December 2014

Horsham Highway Patrol’s Alan Perry is warning drivers to be safe on the region’s roads during the Christmas period, when police will be out in force. December 2014

The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham speaks about her book to more than 100 guests at Horsham Library. December 2014

The Wimmera Mail-Times, Horsham Plaza Christmas Lights Competition winner – 23 Tucker Street, Horsham. December 2014

Wimmera war widows Dawn Scott and Val Witney with Santa and his helper at a Wimmera Legacy Christmas lunch. December 2014

The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham and producer Sue Maslin hang out on set at Jung on Wednesday. Ham has watched Maslin and her team bring her book to life through film. December 2014

Wimmera extras involved in the footy team in The Dressmaker. December 2014

Wimmera extras wait on the side during the shooting of a scene for The Dressmaker at Jung. December 2014

The Dressmaker crew on set at Jung. December 2014

Nuccia Isaacson and Sue Winfield with Santa at a Relay for Life market in Horsham. December 2014

Haven Primary School’s grade three and four class with the creations they made during Christmas festivities at the school. December 2014

Wimpak grain marketing head Todd Krahe with a new processing plant for cleaning pulses at Minyip. The plant is the only one of its kind in Australia. December 2014

Horsham Flying Club will host national championships in 2015. Arnold Niewand gets ready. December 2014

Sisters Grace, 7, and Bridget Bales, 9, get ready for school holiday art fun at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. December 2014

Wimmera snake catcher Jason Stephens with a black-headed python. December 2014

Emma Nikkerud, Chelase Hawkes and Lisa Groennou relax at the Santa Day Races in Horsham. December 2014

Kevin Walsh and his grandson Ethan Worthy get into the Christmas spirit at the Santa Day Races in Horsham. December 2014

Toby Walter does his take on Santa Claus at the Santa Day Races in Horsham. December 2014

Brittany Klemm, Georgia Hoskins, Elisabeth Craig, Kylie Hermans, Jasmine Shaw and Lauren Walter frock up for Horsham’s Santa Day Races. December 2014

Horsham Plaza centre manager Allison Roberts presents a $500 gift card to Christmas Lights Competition winners Megan and Lachie Grantham. December 2014

Horsham’s Peter Both has grown his beard all year to raise money for Life Education Australia. He will shave it off on New Year’s Eve. December 2014

Nhill’s Blake Miller wakeboards at Picnic Bend, Dimboola. December 2014

Jenna Warrick takes advantage of the warm weather at Green Lake. December 2014

Grace Strickland, Kayla Brumby and Fiona Hodder ready for some fun on the water at Green Lake. December 2014

Edna Wollin of Horsham steps out into cool and blustery conditions during a walk along the Wimmera River in Horsham. December 2014

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