LIVE: Party Pics, November 19

LIVE: Party Pics, November 19 Back row, Sam Dempster, of South Maitland, and Alex Hawken, of Lorn. Front row, Caitlin Thorssell, of Louth Park, Amy Bright, of Vacy, and Bonnie Thorssell, of Gresford at at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil
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Stephanie Ward, of East Maitland, Danielle Sangster, of Raworth, and Emma Donnan, of Metford at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Adam Edwards, of Maryland, Joel Evans, of Wallsend, and Amy Evans, of Aberglasslyn at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Jodie Rinkin, of Telarah, Leah Maddison, of Beresfield, and Renae Witney, of Rutherford at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Emma Jackson, Rebecca Hill and Nicole Carbines, all of East Maitland at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Piper Newton, of Aberglasslyn, and Michelle Nolan, of Thornton at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Sharon Turnbull, of Aberglasslyn, Megan Edwards, of Maryland, and Andrew Turnbull, of Aberglasslyn at King Bill IV, Maitland on November 14. Pics: Marina Neil

Naomi Bull, of Elermore Vale, Gail Boyle, of Merewether, and Sheridan Weber, of Metford at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

Amy Nelson, of South Australia, Lauren Thomas, of Mayfield East, and Jemma Williams, of Merewether at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

Mitch Tisdell, of Mayfield, and ChrisNelson, of Adelaide at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

Jake and Juanita Rowe, of Brisbane at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

Adam Edwards, of Maryland, Joel Evans, of Wallsend, and Amy Evans, of Aberglasslyn at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

Kirk Rowe and Claire Brookman, both of Adamstown at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

Hannah Lyon, of Cooks Hill, and Sarah Handley, of Wickham at The Grain Store on November 15. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

Jono Ross and Gus Berenyi, both of Newcastle having drinks at the Lucky on November 6. Pic: Simone De Peak.

Dan Slocombe, of Newcastle, and Jeff Kidd, of Gerringong having a drink at the Lucky on November 6.Pic: Simone De Peak.

Matt Enright and Will Vickery, both of Carrington having a drink at the Lucky on November 6.Pic: Simone De Peak.

James Lavender, of Maryville, and James Croft, of Waratah having a drink at the Lucky on November 6.Pic: Simone De Peak.

Brenden Lowbridge, of Carey Bay, Scott Bissaker, of Aberglasslyn, and Glen Bissaker, of Cameron Park having a drink at the Lucky on November 6.Pic: Simone De Peak.

Rebekah Sims and her brother Lincoln Sims, both of Wallsend, having a drink at the Lucky on November 6. Pic: Simone De Peak.

Steve Webb and Emily Clarke, both of Kotara having a drink at the Lucky on November 6. Pic: Simone De Peak.

Garry Ryan, Gary Norford and Nicole Perrin, of the Central Coast at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Louise Smith and Kane and Brent Condie, all of Newcastle at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Kylie Larter and Tim Purvis, of Mulbring at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Samantha Goodchild and Charmaine Lodge, of Abermain at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Melissa Attwood and Megan Wells, of Kearsley at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Carolyn Brown, Melissa Ryan and Katie Smith, all of Sydney at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Min Marsh, of Condra, Queensland, and Todd Marsh, of Mulbring at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Shelly Reid and Tracey Sloan, of the Central Coast at a Day on the Green where Jimmy Barnes played with the Living End on November 8. Pic: Dean Osland.

Dave and Melanie Austin, of Speers Point, with Kristin Clulow, of Mayfield, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Michaella and Gina Mead, of Kotara, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Katharine and Pauline Kennedy, of Adamstown, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Renae and 11-year-old Makenzie Brown, of Bolton Point, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Kath McPhillips and Nick Serras, both of Newcastle East, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Kerrie Hile, of Dungog, and Alan Maurer, of Rathmines, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Helen Best, of Hamilton, Lyndall Halpin, of Hamilton South, and Gabby Hussain, of Merewether Heights, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Blake, 17, and Lilli Kingdom, 14, of Farley, were at the Tap Pack show at Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Ryan McLean, of Waratah West, and Nathan Sansom, of Maryland, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Tegan Perry, of Branxton, and Heidi Skwarek, of New Lambton, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Sarah and Mitch Leask, of Adamstown, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Amy Law, of Merewether, and Hayley Edwards, of Maryland, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Tim Possible and Sara Gestier, both of Lambton, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Bryce Wood, of Lambton, and Brett Martin, of Waratah West, were at the BlueJuice show at the Bar On The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Jennifer and Jarrod Pryor, with India Nowak, all of Macquarie Hills, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Caitlin Stuchbury, of Nelson Bay, Jacqueline Smith, of Dudley, and Madi Bradshaw, of Mallabula, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Amanda Kerslake and Natasha Kennedy, both of Killarney Vale, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Stuart Auld, of Wickham, and Jill Auld, of Lithgow, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Mark Mileham and Olenka Motyka, both of Valentine, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Daniel Hartshorn and Sophie Cox, both of Newcastle East, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Connie Murphy, of Daragan, Fallon Francis-Bresac, of Wickham, and Kirrilee Trapp, of Clarence, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Gabriel Zalcman and Rebecca Williams, both of Islington, were at The Cat Empire show at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

James Martin, of Maryville, Acadia Lyons, of Birmingham Gardens, and Mitchell McLeod, of North Lambton, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Abby Clifton and Stephen Young, both of Cooks Hill, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Slingshot co-founder Trent Bagnall, Kyle Loades, of the NRMA, Craig Lambert, Slingshot co-founder, and Michael Pastega, of the NRMA, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Wayde Christie, of Charlestown, Leevi Graham, of Mayfield, Mike Keirnan, of Merewether, and Mark Kentwell, of Newcastle, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kristy Williams, of Mount Hutton, and Steph Hinds, of Fletcher, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ross Taggart, of New Lambton Heights, and Brad Wilson, of Cooks Hill, were at the Slingshot Jump Start event at Sparke Helmore’s Honeysuckle offices on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle (L-R) Royce Brown of Stockton, Brenda Briggs of Stockton, Melissa Wooton of Georgetown, Mark Alcock of Georgetown.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle – (L-R) -Michael Haviland of Hamilton South, Lynette Mansfield of Kotara South, Joanne Haviland of Hamilton South.

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – (l-r) Leslie Duggan and Lisette Studdert [both East Maitland ].

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – shows (l-r) Ryan Spiteri and Sarah Wisniewski of Wollombi.

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – shows (l-r) Annelise and Michelle Tommerup from Wangi Wangi.

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – shows l-r Keith and Christa Akers of Highfields.

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – shows (l-r) Frances Munt [Mayfield] Rod Noble [Hamilton] , Suzanne Nagy-Warwick and Paul Warwick [both of New Lambton].

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle , Jess Edwards and Quentin Sneath, of Seaham.

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle – shows l-r Colin Kirk and Bridgette Lerew, both of Singleton.

John Good, of France, Esthel Julien, of Quebec in Canada, Jean Calmen, of France, Bec de Ryter, of Newcastle, and Jean Roaul, of France, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Sarah Gow, of Merewether, with Dave Carter and Steph Baker, both of Maitland, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Sonya and Phil Fisher, of Kahibah, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Carly and Rob John, of Lambton, with Sam and Sue McGowan, of Brisbane, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Shaye Moss, of Newcastle East, with Dana Williams and Penny Anderson, both of Merewether, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Karen and Warren Foy, of New Lambton, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anne Elliott, of Sydney, and Will Spence, of Newcastle, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ben Mullen, of East Maitland, Jarrod Barrie, of Valentine, Craig Browning, of The Junction, Damien Parker, of Waratah, and Chris Histon, of Valentine, were enjoying the long weekend at the Grain Store on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Kate Gilbert and Michelle Kent, both of Merewether, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Linda Dunlop and Karen Ansen, both of Buff Point, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Chris Hills, of Garden Suburb, and Anna Milat, of Cardiff, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Kristy Lobley and Teila Morrison, both of Medowie, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Brenden Walsh, of Fingal Bay, and Simonne Irvine, of Anna Bay, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Jill Roan, of Kotara, and Megan Cox, of Waratah, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Sam Waine, of Nelson Bay, Priscilla Salvestro, of Redhead, Fiona Richards, of Cooks Hill, and Mel Bates, of Adamstown, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rhiannon Williams, of Cameron Park, and Erin Benson, of Belmont North, were at the Missy Higgins show at the Civic Theatre on Friday, October 3. Picture: Simone De Peak

Alex Frew and Lauren Lambert, of Waratah, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Oliver Parkinson, of Holmesville, and Madeline Rouse, of Wangi Wangi, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Monica Lawman, of Toronto, Scott Turnbull, of Rathmines, and Brendan Kaczer, of Toronto, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kacey Taylor, of San Remo, and Jayde Baker, of Blue Haven, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Isabel Chopping, of Charlestown, and Amber Travers, of Teralba, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Emily Clark, of Martins Creek, and Sophie Clark, of Lovedale, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Adam McKay, of Padstow, and Tahenie Lucena, of Riverwood, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Brendan Lowe and Ashley Thomson, of North Lambton, were at the Ball Park Music show at the Bar on The Hill on Thursday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Anna O’Shea, of Mayfield, and Amy Davis, of The Hill, were out for Friday night drinks at the Lass O’Gowrie. Picture: Ryan Osland

Rachel Brain, of Charlestown , Beth Hanrahan, of Mayfield, and Gracie Harding, of Mayfield, were out for Friday night drinks at the Lass O’Gowrie. Picture: Ryan Osland

Will Hogan, of Gorokan, and Kalani Katsoolis, of Wickham, were out for Friday night drinks at the Lass O’Gowrie. Picture: Ryan Osland

Paul Godfrey and Alison Vanderlely, of Mayfield, were out for Friday night drinks at the Lass O’Gowrie. Picture: Ryan Osland

Lawrence Mooney show at Civic Playhouse Newcastle, (l-r) Matt and Naomie Durie from Merewether.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle – (L-R) -Michael Haviland of Hamilton South, Lynette Mansfield of Kotara South, Joanne Haviland of Hamilton South.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle (L-R ) John and Brook Morris of Speers Point.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle – L-R – Peter Riters of Rankin Park, Kristy Byrne-Riters of Rankin Park, Dana Cooper of New Lambton Heights, Shane Hirst of New Lambton Heights .

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle – L-R – Nick and Tina Santone of Lambton.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle (L-R) Chevalyn Taylor of Hamilton, Selena Braumann of Georgetown.

Sunnyboys at Panthers Newcastle – L-R – Paul and Sue Mortimer of Stockton.

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Blessing all those loyal best friends

TWO OF US: Kerrie Drew and Rilie will be among the crowd at Sunday’s blessing of the animals at All Saints’ Cathedral. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 093014zblessingAll creatures great and small will gather on the lawns of All Saints’ Cathedral on Sunday morning for theannual blessing of the animals.
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All Saints’ Cathedral Dean, The Very Reverend Anne Wentzel, said the blessing is held in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi, who loved all creatures.

The first blessing of theanimals was held three years ago and has proved popular with the people of Bathurst.

For the first time last year, Catholic Cathedral Dean, Father Pat O’Regan, joined with Dean Wentzel in blessing each of the animals as they were presented, making itsomething of an ecumenical event.

“Father O’Regan will come down again to help me with the sprinkling,” Dean Wentzel said.

“People really care for their animals, and they become such true companions that they love to bring them along to be blessed.”

Father O’Regan loved being a part of the blessing of the animals, saying he thought it was just marvellous.

“I know how much comfort and strength and joy pets can bring to people,” he said.

Dean Wentzel said while dogs are probably the best represented group, people also bring along their cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, lambs, goats and ferrets.

“Last year we even had a snail,” she said.

“They are all terribly well-behaved.”

The blessing of the animals will take place at 9am sharp, and will be followed by a Choral Eucharist service at 10am.

Dean Wentzel said the early 9am start will give pet owners time to take their animals home after the blessing and return to the cathedral if they wish to attend the Choral Eucharist.

She said October 4 is the feast day for Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Woman charged in police operation: Whalan

A woman has been charged following a police operation at Whalan today.
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A man and woman attended a home on Madang Street on Wednesday night where theyallegedly threatened the occupants with a firearm.

The pair allegedly demanded money from a woman, 28, and man, 34,before they fireda shot into the television.

They then allegedly kidnapped the woman and stole her vehicle before releasing her unharmed a short time later.

Mount Druitt Police were alerted andcommenced inquiries.

Today, Mount Druitt police along with officers from the Tactical Operations Unit and State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad executed a search warrant at a home on Goroka Street.

They located and seized a number of items, including a bullet cartridge, a bike and clothing.

A woman, 26,was arrested at the home andwas charged with take and detain person with intent to obtain advantage; and use offensive weapon to commit indictable offence.

She was refused bail to appear at Mount Druitt Local Court tomorrow (Friday,October 3).

Detectives are continuing their inquiries in an attempt to locate the man involved.

Police urge anyone with informationto call Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000

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Panther plot thickens

The photograph that Jeff and Ruth Gulson took of the animal on their property. Photo: Jeff and Ruth GulsonLONG-time Eastgrove resident and avid history buff Kevin Shepherd says it’s no surprise panthers are being sighted around the district.
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He maintained the Americans had panthers as mascots at the HMAS Albatross Naval Base near Nowra during the Second World War.

“After the war, when the Americans were departing, they released the panthers into the Shoalhaven gully, not far from the Base,” he said.

“That’s a true story and I reckon they’ve just bred up from there.”

He was speaking following Wednesday’s Goulburn Post report that local couple Jeff and Ruth Gulson had seen a panther-like animal from their Long St home last Sunday.

Some 30 to 40 years ago, Mr Shepherd said he visited Frederick Wells, who lived in the bush near Bungonia, on the edge of the Shoalhaven Gorge. Mr Wells told him that he’d found some strange manure he’d never seen before and sent it off to Taronga Zoo for analysis.

The experts couldn’t identify its origin but said it was from “some kind of wild animal.”

Terry Heatherington, manager at the Royal Australian Navy Air Arm Museum at HMAS Albatross Nowra, was unable to confirm or deny that panthers or pumas were kept as mascots by United States Service personnel stationed in Nowra during World War Two.

He said he was aware of the rumours having lived in the district for a considerable time but had seen nothing to support the suggestion that the service personnel had mascots or that they had been released into the bush at the end of the war.

He had heard of the reported sightings of large black cat like creatures in the Kangaroo Valley.

The Windellama newsletter in 2008 also detailed recent panther or puma sightings in the area.

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Toyota Yaris Review: still a solid first choice for a first car

Toyota Yaris Ascent. Picture: LACHLAN BENCETHE face has changed but what people like about the Toyota Yaris remains the same.
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Toyota has updated its popular choice for first car buyers (and their parents), without messing too much with a formula which has worked so well.

It looks fresh inside and out and has some important additions across the entire line-up but it is still essentially a Yaris. For those who want to play it safe – cue our first car buyers, or the parents who might be handing over the cash – it is an attractive proposition.

There have been some changes which are worth mentioning, particularly with the new entry-level grade, the Yaris Ascent.

Toyota Yaris Review: still a solid first choice for a first car Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

Toyota Yaris. Pictures: LACHLAN BENCE

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