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By the time most Karameans read this Chronicle edition ‘Christmas in the Park 2009’ will already
be history. The Holiday season is here and the New Year and golden summer days are just over the horizon. Every day more new faces, tourists and visitors, are appearing in Market Cross and around the district. This will be my last article until later in January so I will take the opportunity in these writings to look behind and muse ahead. Here are just a few items to benchmark the year’s flow.

There have been a number of  scheduled meetings dealing with such sundry matters as livestock crossings, coastal reserves, health and well-being, community centre plans, river-ways and flooding.
‘A Day at the Beach’ saw our kids assisting with plantings in the estuary and cleaning up our beaches.
A music video was produced and directed in parade fashion up a stretch of Waverley Street. Many musical artists performed at scheduled venues around the region throughout the year. And the Karamea Community bore the sadness of loss and remembrance at the passing of kinsfolk.

Community projects picked up momentum. The conservation academy initiative made great strides and is now in discussion with a potential tertiary partner. The community centre project is now working with architects toward a more formal plan and a schedule of development. A community website is well under development and should be online early in the new year. Community forums, introduced to address concerns and share ideas, are now a regular calendar item. And the first of what is hoped will be a yearly Volunteers Day Brunch was enjoyed by a large crowd of enthusiastic citizens.

On December 18th a special Movie Night for kids is planned at the RSA. Early in 2010 the rebirth of Knowledge Swap is scheduled, beginning on January 4. Later in January an artist-in-residence will be coming to Karamea. This will coincide with a planned Photographic Competition for all Karameans.
Of course, the ever-popular ‘Beach Day’ is time-tabled to take place in Little Wanganui. And throughout 2010 a variety of talented musical performers and entertainers are scheduled to appear
at venues around the community.

In early February the next Karamea Community Forum will be dedicated to Health and Well-being, with an emphasis on Elderly Care and Lifestyle. More information regarding time, date, venue and agenda will be provided to all by mid-January. Keep an eye out for further details.

Finally, I will use this last submission of the year to wish everyone a wonderful holiday break and
safe summer travels.  Enjoy the golden weather and the company of close family and good friends!

Next Karamea Community Radio Interview:  Dec. 17, Thur., 7:30 PM

This next interview will be the last in the 2009 schedule of chats with local personalities. My presently scheduled interviewees have not yet confirmed, due to travel schedules. Therefore we will all have to wait to see who will be chatting with me next week.  Tune in and have a listen!
Thur. Dec.17, 7:30 PM  107.5 FM

Rick Lucas

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