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Collapse Issue 450 - 30 Jul 2018Issue 450 - 30 Jul 2018
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Where have all the flowers gone?
The Whitfields celebrate 60 years of marriage
Ettalong channel dredging starts - or does it?
Tesch calls for outreach resources for homelessness
Food drive sees Mary Mac's stocked well into spring
Koolewong reserve carpark closed
Residents meet with council over Umina oval security
CCTV installed free of charge
Council calls failed wharf applications 'excellent'
Wharf upgrade rejected
Pathway and amenities applications rejected
Association objects to 150m long metal fence
Two-storey units may replace end-of-life fibro house
Proposal to replace single dwelling with three units
Wales to consult client before meeting residents
Peninsula flooding to be studied
Tidal baths inspection may lead to remedial work
Committee will focus on waters around the Peninsula
Car park to built near Dark Corner boat ramp
Emergency dredging has taken too long - Tesch
Ferry services may start in four weeks, says association
Plan shows dredging as government responsibility
Council acts on dune erosion
Tesch seeks submissions on disability scheme
Ettalong home park has bake-off
Fire brigade benefits from bar sale
Fire near Blackwall Mountain
Renovations for retirement village
Presbyterian church receives heritage grant
Probus club receives grant
Mentoring program for young men starts in Woy Woy
Rotary clubs join to raise money for drought areas
Latest exchange student is from Denmark
Commendation for Bouddi architect
Belinda Neal fights party expulsion
Free English classes at church
Man charged over Killcare break-ins
Lions donate trauma teddies
Spike Milligan exhibition opens at library
Woytopia to be held again in October
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Negative response, yet the trend continues
Pleas ignored by indolent council
Discovering the truth about disabled parking
Kerb and gutter in my lifetime?
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Wagstaffe art show to be held in September
Children hold market at Killcare
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Two students given early entry to university
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Fun Friends program at Umina
Students learn about micro-organisms
Cross country placings
Umina school plans open day
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Five selected for pool rescue team
Woy Woy topples Gosford in rugby union
Soccer club holds fundraiser
Successful weekend at pool rescue championships
Junior clubs travel to Cardiff
Local clubs in winners' circle
Bowler receives long-service award
Charity bowlers raise $995

The Whitfields celebrate 60 years of marriage

Long-time Woy Woy residents, Mr and Mrs Keith and Joan Whitfield, have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in July.

The Whitfield's grew up and met in Ryde, became childhood sweethearts and married on July 11, 1958.

They had three daughters and moved their family to Woy Woy in 1964, building a modest home and planting a native garden.

The couple still live in the same family home and the garden has won several awards in the local garden competitions.

Mr Whitfield has had a history of service to the Central Coast.

He worked in the Post Office in Woy Woy for over 40 years, served as an alderman for the Gosford Council as well as deputy mayor.

Mr Whitfield was an instrumental figure in saving Riley's Island from development as well as saving Woy Woy Library from being demolished.

He was an announcer on a local over 50's Radio Station as well as an amateur actor in various local stage shows.

Mrs Whitfield managed a corner store with her brother-in-law at Booker Bay, then went on to manage local fashion and jewellery stores as well as provide book keeping services.

They raised three girls all of whom have successful careers.

One is a lawyer, one a counsellor and the other a teacher.

The pair celebrated their 60th anniversary at Saddles Restaurant, Mt White, with their family, friends and the original members of their wedding party - all bar one who sadly died a few weeks prior.

When asked what makes a happy and long marriage, Mrs Whitfield said: "Having love in home with your children, being loyal to each other despite your ups and downs."

Mr Whitfield said the key to a long-lasting marriage was realising that no marriage will ever be perfect and that accepting the bad with the good was the true test of commitment.

"I find it unbelievable that some persons who have discussed long marriages report they never had a cross word, marriages were made in heaven - but so were storms and tempest.

"Good and bad days are to be expected.

"One of the blessings of marriage is companionship and like-thinking so we have enjoyed the ride," he said.

The Whitfield's have received cards and well wishes from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Governor General and his wife, as well as Member for Warringah Mr Tony Abbott.

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