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15 Jun 2020
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On-demand commuter bus service stops abruptly
Council resists campaign for soap in public toilets
Keep coral trees, says shade tree group
Ownership mistake discovered
Registered clubs re-open to limited numbers of patrons
Her own teeth, a sense of humour and an able body
Landcare group seeks answers about damaged trees
Parking meters removed from implementation plan
Proposed swimming pool removal prompts action
Hardy's Bay hall re-roofed
Closing date extended for comment on facilities policy
'Play space' strategy online soon
Library offers select and collect service
Economic strategy to be open for public comment
Holstein elected to fire management committees
Local picnic spots miss out on Council listing
Safety concerns recorded for Peninsula schools
John Della Bosca honoured for service to public health
Friendship led to career seeking social justice
Peninsula more vulnerable than average to job losses
Check for unclaimed money, says Crouch
Council and national park campsites reopen
Umina PCYC plans to resume classes
Coronavirus puts damper on 70th birthday celebrations
Designs wanted
Peninsula records low rainfall in wettest month
Mutu St upgrade was needed
Exhaust all public transport and current parking options
Council's parking essay must make us all tremble
Planning Statement raises two queries
Issues keep circulating on planner merry-go-round
Planning vacuum fails to consider flooding
Principal asks that children wear helmets
Woy Woy school is yet to reopen to parents and carers
New plan for Year 5 opportunity class
Digital scoreboard installed at Woy Woy oval
Roosters expect to field three teams this season
Netball association frustrated by lack of clear guidelines
Charity bowls expected to resume soon
Leisure Centre re-opens for exercise
Pretty Beach tennis court reopens
Real estate interest led to local development

Her own teeth, a sense of humour and an able body

She might be 100 years old, but Ms Bessie Smith of Ettalong still has all her own teeth, a wicked sense of humour and an able body, according to granddaughter Ms Beth Pupovac.

"Her mind is not what it once was, but dementia has allowed her to sail through recent times, oblivious to the happenings of the world and remain her happy and positive self," Ms Pupovac said.

"She is truly the most remarkable woman, loved by all who know her."

Bessie "Betty" Eileen Smith (nee Gibson) was born on June 9, 1920, growing up at Ryde alongside sisters Noreen and Janette, both of whom have predeceased her.

She has lived through turbulent times, including the Great Depression and World War II.

"She lost her younger sister, Janette, who died age 17, and six years later lost her mother too," Ms Pupovac said.

"Despite many of the trials nan faced, she has always spoken very fondly of her life and the memories of these times.

"She was an avid traveller and saw much of the world, choosing to travel overseas with a friend as opposed to focusing on 'settling down and starting a family' like so many other women during this time.

"She married Mr Claude Sargent Smith on her 36th birthday."

Mr Smith died in 2001 at the age of 85.

"Nan has always been interested in sports.

"She grew up watching sports with her Dad, played tennis with her husband Claude and as a couple they went dancing every Saturday night until they were in their 80s," Ms Pupovac said.

"Her life and health tips have always been: Take deep breaths, lie flat on your back at some point during the day, sit quietly and never skip dessert or a cup of tea."

In 2010, Mrs Smith relocated to Ettalong, where she still lives with her only child, daughter Ms Claudia McLeod, and her son-in-law, Mr Bill McLeod.

She has four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.

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