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Peninsula exhibitors win at Royal Easter Show
Flying fox colony established near the Everglades
Sandstone steps to be installed on coastal walk
Free morning activities
Fox bait warning
New president for community group
Rotary presents Opera proceeds
Council website lists 60 Peninsula projects
Council waits for details while Woy Woy channel silts up
Rotary provides early morning tea and biscuits
Medals reunited with family
Association life member dies
Volunteer lifesavers carry out double rescue
Application for adult shop in Woy Woy
Beach erosion and shoaling addressed at Patonga
Identified for temporary protection
Council adopts coastal management plan
Roads to be included in council condition assessment
Townhouses proposed for Ettalong
Ridge walk is featured
Comment wanted on planning notice changes
Independent members appointed
Council webcast to continue
Dry month after a wet start
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NBN so poor telephone connections are lost
Sewerage and water is overpriced
Another tree goes with a developer-friendly decision
Dawn service special at Patonga
Wrong colour
We deserve our fair share
Where is the evidence for sustainability?
Is letterhead next in displacement operetta?
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Coast Shelter starts awareness campaign
Rotary club back campaign for palliative care facility
Retirement village commemorates Anzac Day
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School to celebrate Star Wars Day
Suiting up for science at Empire Bay
Pacific Island group performs
Dance group selected
Easter hat parade
Students and staff attend Anzac march
Students join veterans
Students in Anzac ceremony
Naplan advice at Ettalong
New teacher at Woy Woy South
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Coach is confident of successful season
Woy Woy players selected for Barcelona tour
Silver medals for aquatic rescue

Dawn service special at Patonga

This year's Anzac Day dawn service in Patonga was rather special.

It is a special place in a picturesque setting, and the service began with the bright morning star and a sliver of a reclining new moon hovering above.

In contrast to the pomp and circumstance of larger commemorations, Patonga has an informal but touching way of presenting its tributes.

During the ceremony, Mr Charlie Sproule brought the meaning close to home when he acknowledged one by one the names of locals listed on the war memorial who served their country.

Together with Mr John Twiner, these two gentlemen, both veterans of the second World War and recently celebrating their 90th birthdays, have organised the ceremony for many, many years.

Reluctantly, Mr Sproule is stepping down from this role.

Towards the end of the ceremony, after the kookaburras as if on cue, displayed a chorus of raucous laughter, Mr Twiner asked if any present would like to say something.

There was a poignant pause before a young girl stepped forward and gave thanks to those who had given their lives for us.

I would like to add to that pause with this letter of acknowledgement to these two gentlemen on behalf of the people of Patonga.

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