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Heating up

Hotter than hell is returning to the York on Lilydale and this year features the infamous ska band Area-7. Next to The Living End (at...

Dinghy donation helps disabled

A new sailing boat is making it more accessible for people with a disability to go sailing on Lillydale Lake. The boat was donated to...

Mechanics Institute secures lasting legacy in Emerald

A generous donation by the Emerald Mechanics Institute to the Emerald Library is one of the largest in the region and will have ongoing...

TRY it out

Youth Mentoring Initiative ‘Try Mentoring’ is seeing a shortage of volunteers in the Dandenong Ranges, and leaders say they need your help. Try Mentoring connects...

Fight for the hills

Upper Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade’s Black Saturday ordeal actually started on the Friday. Captain Peter Smith said one of his trucks was already away on...

Suds and snags for CFA

 Mount Evelyn Fire Brigade volunteers washed cars for cash on Australia Day. The fund-raiser at Mount Evelyn Fast Fuel has become a 26 January tradition,...

Belgrave Survival Day

 Belgrave Survival Day again provided an alternative way to mark 26 January. For the 12th year, the event celebrated the survival of indigenous culture on...

Every RSL wants a Betty

Montrose’s Betty Crittenden has been a dedicated Mount Evelyn RSL sub-branch member for more than 35 years. Yarra Ranges Council applauded her efforts with a...

Trevor’s lifetime of service

Ever been to the Monbulk Police Station? You have Trevor Ricketts to thank. The 86-year-old served as the town’s Business and Traders Association president when the...

Robyn plays her part

“I’m a very small part of a group.” Robyn Speering, Yarra Ranges Council’s Environmentalist of the Year, is every bit the typical humble award recipient. The...

Celebrating our best

 Australia Day is a great opportunity to celebrate those who’ve made outstanding contributions to our communities. And this year there was no shortage of Yarra...

OAM for skiing stalwart

The first time Raoul Picot came to Mt Baw Baw was with the scouts in mid-1955. “I first skied at Mt Baw Baw back...

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Search is on for pen pal participants

Elderly residents within the Dandenong Ranges are being encouraged to get involved in a pen pal initiative with local primary school students. The Hills Hub...