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.By Kaitlin Thals
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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Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
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Echuca-Moama Hockey Club players will take to the hockey grounds in Melbourne for this weekend's Victorian Junior Country Championships.
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Time is running out to nominate local businesses and individuals for the inaugural Kyabram and District Business Awards.
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The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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