Streets around Greater Shepparton are sparkling with Christmas lights and The News took a tour this week to see some of the best. Our Christmas lights feature and map is available in today's News.KAITLIN THALS December 20, 2012 8:59am
Toolamba’s Narelle Argus said you didn’t need to spend a lot of money to decorate the house during Christmas.
The Argus family has creatively dressed their home with festive statues and twinkling lights for about 16 years.
Like many other families in the Goulburn Valley, even though their children have grown up, they continue to join in the festive fun.
‘‘It’s so nice to see people walking past and having a look. We like to sit out on the verandah and watch people go past and have a chat,’’ Mrs Argus said.
‘‘The kids around here love it.’’
There have been many creative additions to the front yard since The News visited last year.
To accompany the homemade timber reindeer, Mrs Argus has constructed a life-size sleigh made from twigs and metal.
‘‘We’ve also put red ‘Merry Christmas’ flags up the driveway, which leads to the rustic Christmas tree,’’ Mrs Argus said.
The rustic tree is made from an old, dead tree which has been jazzed up with metal decorations.
Mrs Argus, husband Ian, and sons Mason, 20, Dylan, 18, and Bailey, 16, spent one weekend hanging Christmas lights and propping up the statues.
Two Nutcracker soldiers stand tall in the front yard. Mrs Argus made those a few years ago from different-sized pot plants, paint and accessories.
‘‘We were a bit concerned after the rain we had the other day, but it all survived.’’
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Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
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A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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