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.’’
Country Fire Authority units are at the scene of a fire on Leithen St in Shepparton this afternoon.
Mulwala Thirds full forward Gus McMillan kicked his 100th goal for the season on Saturday.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
The Queensland Fruit Fly was discussed a Murray Shire meeting on Tuesday afternoon - with plans being made for two public forums.
The Rochester Mural Festival will feature murals similar to ones displayed in Sheffield, Tasmania.
Girgarre Primary School students relate what the best book is they have read and why.
Moving ceremony on a cold Seymour night.
A commemorative plaque to mark 100 years of Berrigan Red Cross has been unveiled outside the Berrigan RSL Club.
Lillian King has celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by family members and friends.
Tocumwal defeated in Picola and District Football Netball League seniors action on Saturday, with Strathmerton taking a convincing win.
An announcement of NSW Government support for the re-opening of the Deniliquin Abattoir was made in Deniliquin this afternoon.
A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
She has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and Benalla residents have rallied to raise money to pay for Poppy's ongoing surgical treatment.
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