Marjorie Hutchieson’s family mourn loss of loving nanna

Shirley Barrett, left, has been hospitalised after a crash which killed her sister Marjorie Hutchieson, right, this week.
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THE family of a Wangaratta woman who died after a car crash on Wednesday have remembered her as a kind, generous and giving lady.

Marjorie Hutchieson was travelling with three family members when their car slid off the Hume Freeway at Springhurst and hit a tree.

She was seriously injured and died in hospital on Wednesday night.

The road had been covered in ice after a hailstorm at the time of the crash and police said no-one was at fault.

Her son Bobby remembered the 87-year-old mother of seven as a giving person who would be sorely missed.

“In the past 10 or 15 years she spent her time knitting beanies and gloves to send to people overseas,” he said.

“She had bags and bags of them which she used to send to third world countries.

“She was a wonderful lady.”

Mrs Hutchieson had been married to husband Robert, who was driving the car, for 64 years.

They had been travelling with Marjorie’s sister Shirley and her grandson Jeremia, from Queensland, around local attractions when a hailstorm struck about 2.30pm.

“He slowed down from about 105km/h to about 80km/hand as soon as he slowed down the car aquaplaned,” Bobby said.

“The tail spun out and hit the tree.”

Shirley was taken to Wangaratta hospital with serious back injuries and later airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, while Robert was assessed at hospital and released yesterday.

Jeremia was assessed but escaped with only minor injuries.

Phil Hutchieson described his late grandmother as “an absolutely lovely person”.

“She was always helping others,” he said.

“She was kind, loving and loved her knitting.

“You wouldn’t find a better grandmother.”

Pam Hutchieson said her mother-in-law was “more like a mother” to her.

“She was terrific,” she said.

Family members were planning to travel from Queensland to visit Shirley in hospital.

Funeral arrangements have not been made for Marjorie, but she is expected to be farewelled late next week.

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Jenny Podesta draws ire of Twitter after ‘poor comment’ on The Nation

LABOR candidate for Benambra Jennifer Podesta last night drew furore on social media after tweeting a response to the appearance of Federal Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer on Sky News program The Nation.
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Ms O’Dwyer was on the program as a guest alongside Australian Labor Party national president Jenny McAllister.

During their debate Ms Podesta tweeted “Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt”.

The tweet was later deleted but not before it was commented upon and questioned by others on Twitter.

Ms Podesta later tweeted a response: “This was a very poor choice of words brought on by sheer frustration & not a reflection of my respect for all women who enter public life.”

This was a very poor choice of words brought on by sheer frustration & not a reflection of my respect for all women who enter public life

— Jennifer Podesta (@jenpodesta) July 10, 2014The Border Mail the tweet was “an utterly foolish thing to say”.

“It does not reflect what I think about women in public life or the need to have more women on all sides of the debate,” she said. “I sincerely regret the comment.”

Ms Podesta said she had been frustrated by Ms O’Dwyer’s arguments during a heated debate with Ms McAllister.

“I accept people will be disappointed and to those people I apologise,” she said.

“I expect I will be apologising for it for some time.

“It was a foolish, impulsive and thoughtless thing to do.”

@shanebazzi Wow. That’s disturbing. @jenpodesta

— Briony Kidd (@BrionyKidd) July 10, 2014So tell us @jenpodesta how many carbon taxes have you killed off ? Our grandchildren will thank @KellyODwyer#thenation#auspol

— Sir Cory Bernardi (@HerrCoryBernard) July 10, [email protected]@jenpodesta Imagine if Abbott said that!!

— Plunge Punter (@PlungePunter) July 10, 2014“@jenpodesta: Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt. #thenation” wow #classy

— Paul Mossman (@PaulMossman) July 10, 2014Um? RT @jenpodesta Kelly O’Dwyer actually makes me glad there aren’t more female MPs in the govt. #thenation

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We must protect our way of life

CONGRATULATIONS Sumner Berg on your informative letter “Why religions are dangerous” (The Border Mail, July 2).
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Your letter is my sentiment exactly.

I feel if there were no religions in this world, it would be a great deal more peaceful and practical.

The politicians who designed our immigration policies bordered on treason against the Australian people to have done what they fashioned with a “non-discriminatory immigration policy”.

As we will find out very shortly, and these past immigration politicians should stand up and be counted when the penny drops for what they have done.

The US and the United Kingdom found out their mistakes and it cost them a lot.

As stated by Sumner, “which God?”

Keep up the good work and we need more people putting pen to paper if our grandchildren are ever to lead a quiet contented life.

All this points to why we should all be thanking Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison for trying hard to protect our sovereignty and our once great way of life.

— BILL WHITHAM,

Tallangatta

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Beth Docker poised for prima role

Beth Docker is working towards becoming a professional ballerina. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
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BETH Docker knew she wanted to become a professional ballerina at age three.

That dream is now one step closer.

Beth will travel to Belgium in September to take part in an international competition.

Once the competition has finished, she will audition at prestigious ballet schools in Europe in a bid to land a position.

“I just love it because you feel free and happy and you get to act and be whoever you want to be,” she said of the dance style.

“It’s hard work but you have to make it look effortless.”

The 16-year-old ramped up her commitment to ballet earlier this year by moving to the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney after completing year 10 at James Fallon High.

She practises ballet at the Sydney school full-time, six days per week, after spending several years with Murray Youth Ballet in Albury.

“The Murray Youth teachers have helped me to become a full-time student,” Beth said.

“Now my teachers are helping me to progress even further.”

Her mother Kerrie said undertaking year 11 studies and full-time ballet classes was a big commitment.

“It’s a very big load,” she said.

“But she’s really excited.”

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ALBURY-WODONGA BANDITS: Excitement builds for Bandits after weekend turnaround

THE Albury-Wodonga Bandits might be out of the SEABL playoff race but they still have every intention of trying to make sure other teams miss out, too.
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Sitting sixth in the East conference, the Border outfit hopes to upend the fifth-placed Brisbane Spartans tonight and end the Queenslanders’ flickering post-season hopes.

After tonight’s clash at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, the Bandits will hit the road tomorrow to take on the Frankston Blues, another club teetering on the playoff bubble.

Bandits veteran Nick Payne said there has been a noticeably different attitude around the team this week after last Friday’s upset win over the Kilsyth Cobras.

“We’re hanging in there,” Payne said.

“Hopefully we can string a few wins together and wreck some other teams’ seasons.

“It’s just been a completely different vibe, much more relaxed, almost like a sigh of relief because we’ve been working so hard at training.

“Guys are excited again and we’re starting to find some cohesion.

“If we can play defence like that again this week, we’re a great chance in both games.

“Our defence has been our Achilles heel all year so we need to lock down like that again against two good offensive teams.”

One of the big keys to the Bandits’ fortunes will be replacement import Lamar Mallory who has shown some impressive signs of late.

After a settling-in period, the athletic forward-centre has averaged 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over the past four contests.

“Lamar has been doing really well,” Payne said.

“It’s really tough to come into a situation like this.

“But he gives us high energy and a presence around the basket, something we haven’t had a lot of this season.”

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