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Editorial May 25th 2018

Welcome to this week’s editorial, This week is a special one as it is 52 weeks and 52 Volumes … and 1 year, since I launched the First edition of the Beagle Weekender in June 2017 One year ago I decided that Beagle readers should have a weekend edition that covered Art, Community news, Food, Cinema, Music and reading material from commentary and book reviews to local history. Something that could be “thumbed” through that might let you know what is on over the weekend. From the first edition in June 2107 it has continued to develop and with the wonderful contributions by Trevor Moore and Rob Macklin, Norm Moore with his history, and the many others in the community who provide community news, art and food content along with cinema programs and notices of sales, gigs and gatherings the Beagle Weekenders have gone from strength to strength and have become a must read each week for many, both inside and out of the Shire. Today also marks another event that I was honoured to attend having been nominated for the Eurobodalla 2018 Local Hero award. This is National Volunteer Week and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing people within our community who volunteer their time and commit themselves to their community. At the Local Hero Awards ceremony this morning I met with many of the twenty three other nominees and it was a pleasure and privilege to have been able to sit amoung them and to hear their stories. All are quiet achievers, nominated by others who have recognised that these generous men and women give so much of their time to their community for want of no reward and requiring little if any pubic recognition. Well, today was their day!!! and they were all duly recognised for their contributions and, by rights, each and all should have received the award of 2018 Eurobodalla Local Hero, and certainly to those who nominated, they will remain so. There is much quiet reward in being able to give your time or passion to your community. It adds to the warp and weft and, combined with the efforts of all the others in the community who give freely of their time and commitment it becomes the very fabric of the community with countless personal and civic rewards gained that can not be measured by dollars. Today I met many who simply happened into their volunteer roles, by stepping up to be a member of a committee, by being an active participant in a project or an instigator of an idea. All agreed that the many years they had committed had simply happened in the course of enjoying their roles. My appreciation to all of our Beagle readers and the many who nominated me, as a representative of our community focused paper. It was also terrific to hear today the many words of encouragement from those heroes who attended the event letting me know that the Beagle is widely appreciated across their communities.

Until next Lei

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