Friday, 25 September 2020


Father's Day was first celebrated in the United States 110 years ago after Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, sat in church listening to a Mother's Day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Her mother had died in childbirth and William, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the new-born and his other five children.

Friday last week was a special day for Whitianga resident and Mercury Bay Aero Club member, Des Gyde, when he celebrated 50 years since his first solo flight on 25 August 1970. “I was 16 years and four days old when I went solo,” says Des. “My family was living in Hamilton at the time. The flight would have happened on the day of my 16th birthday, but the weather didn’t play ball.”

Less than ideal weather conditions last week kept most boats off the water. However, for those who did manage to get out, snapper fishing remained productive. Some nice fish were caught around Red Mercury and Korapuki Islands.

Thames-Coromandel District Council mayor, Sandra Goudie and Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair Warwick Brooks, officially opened Tairua’s newly upgraded wastewater treatment plant on Hinemoa Terrace last Thursday.

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