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Junior talents return to Howe Park

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Young aces from across Singleton made their way through the gates of the Howe Park Tennis Club for the return of the junior competition this evening.

Club officials were overwhelmed by the attendance.

“We had 20 kids show up tonight and it was the first competition since Covid so I was pretty stoked with how many we had show up here,” club coach Mitchell Ryan explained.

When asked what advice he had to offer the kids following their recent hiatus?

“Just have fun,” he concluded.

“It doesn’t matter how much you win or lose, its all about improvement and each time you come back you’ll get better and better.”

HRT Weekly Update

Hunter River Times Weekly Update, 21 October 2020

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In this Hunter River Times weekly update, the voice of the Hunter Di Sneddon urges the community to buy local this Christmas. Local athlete Emily Lambkin wins the NSW Strongman competition and people are encouraged to support Legacy Australia which helps care for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

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Garden brings joy to generations

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BY JEM ANSHAW

Many of us struggled to find something to do during the periods of isolation, but not Beryl and Jim Hartin of Muswellbrook.

Their love of gardening has had the opportunity to bloom since they moved into the home they built themselves 58 years ago.

From the vegetable patch that has fed many neighbours and friends, to the flowers that entice birds and bees there is always something to do according to Beryl and Jim.

Beryl and Jim Hartin love nothing more than sharing their garden with family, including great granddaughters Addison (3) and Isla (1) Hartin.

“It’s keeping us healthy, especially this year when we haven’t been able to go anywhere,” Beryl said.

“We just love it.”

For a time there was a pool in the yard but it has since been removed and replaced with a fernery, and the playroom used by the couples four children is now a sewing room with a picturesque outlook.

They have planted large trees to give birds somewhere to nest and they enjoy spending afternoons sitting amongst them listening and watching the wildlife.

On any given evening Beryl and Jim can be found pottering around in the yard where they are often joined by their great granddaughters who live next door.

There is no other way to describe their yard than as a labour of love, but they would not have it any other way.

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House fire in Muswellbrook

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Emergency services were called to a house fire in Muswellbrook on Friday morning.

Members from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook and the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen were called at 5:54am, arriving shortly afterward to find a house alight.

“On arrival, we found large amounts of smoke and flames issuing from a house alight and got to work,” a Muswellbrook firefighter explained.

“Crews in breathing apparatus entered the house to confirm there were no occupants and extinguish the fire.

“The house has been fully destroyed internally as a result of the fire.”

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