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Author: Ron morgan

Lest We Forget – we will remember them

Sgt. Bea Alcoze of Ft. Worth, Texas, with his canine companion along Burma Road, as part of the Mars Task Force in Ho-Pong, Vietnam. And I have seen that there is added remembrance for those military personnel who lost their lives in other theatres of war since the major wars eg Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts to which we have sent personnel. For those who returned home after the major wars, many  were emotionally, mentally or physically traumatized and faced huge problems re-adjusting to life back home. Many situations had changed considerably while they were away and...

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Don was a maritime legend and early game fishing charter skipper

A celebration of Don’s incredible life was held on 6 August, 2019 at the rooms of Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club. Earlier his funeral was held at Katikati but as Don had resided in the Mercury Bay area for many years and was a life member of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, it was fitting to recognise his lifetime achievements at Whitianga as well. Don and his family first moved to the area to a farm at Opito Bay. Don and his sister Sylvie attended Kuaotunu School on horseback every day, which must have been some challenge. Living so close to the sea, a lifetime affinity was assured with...

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Some interesting boat names

In the days when long distance travel required boarding a boat, you might say, “I’m setting sail tomorrow on the Mayflower.” There’s only one Mayflower and everyone knew where to find it. Historically, boat crews were traditionally male. Captains knew the importance of creating an emotional bond between his ship and his crew, and the vessel a feminine name helped instill those feelings of connection. There always seems to be a story about how a boat got its name. There will be so many boats in Mercury Bay Harbour this coming weekend – over 490 of them, here to be part of the Kubota Classic,...

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