ALL ROADS lead to Eastwood this Saturday for the 33rd annualGranny Smith Festival which this year celebrates the 150th anniversary of thecreation of the famous green apple named after Maria Ann “Granny” Smith andgrown on her Eastwood farm by a fluke of nature. Promises to be a great day.Hope to see you there. 

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DHON ARMOUR of Gladesville Hair will celebrate 60 years continuous service at  Gladesville and Ryde next year and seems my comment of his retirement last week was somewhat premature as Mark Twain once famously said about his death notice in the newspaper.

Dhon’s wife Gina nearly had a heart attack wondering what she would do with  him if he was home all the time! Rest easy Gina! Just a JB boo boo.

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DOROTHY GOLDSWORTHY of West Ryde heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating 104 Golden Years tomorrow. Sons Colin and Barry will celebrate the milestone with relatives and friends as usual at Sydney Rowers Club Abbotsford.

Dorothy was born at Bulli and her family roots trace back to John Hawdon who arrived in Sydney in 1828 on he ship “Caroline” with his wife, two sons and some stud cattle.

Dorothy met William “Bill” Goldsworthy a school boy swimming champion from  Balmain and they married and set up home at 7 Wattle Street West Ryde and had three children Carole,  Colin and Barry. Bill’s brother John Goldsworthy lived next door at number 9. They were both Balmain Tigers tragics and manned the doors at Leichhardt Oval for many years.

Today Dorothy has eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. 

Her secret for longevity? Eat at last five vegetables a day, drink lots of water and abstain from smoking and alcohol.

A proud and generous woman Dorothy is a real fighter who never gives up. Sadly Bill passed away in 2008 but Dorothy still encourages her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with words of encouragement to grow, learn and succeed.

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 Dalton Garden Ryde resident Audrey Gordon celebrates 97 today while Lucile Richard parties on a more modest 23 today.

Mary Burge was not too well last birthday so hope all is better tomorrow for her 87th and it must be near Granny Smith Festival time coz our former apple pie baking champion Sylvana Carrett of North Ryde RSL Club fame always entered the prizewinner which we all competed for at the auction to follow for charity near her birthday which this year is tomorrow.

Maureen Morris, sister of Stephen Sim of Northside Radio FM 99.3 fame who was  a judge of our TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest and announcer this Saturday at the Festival, also celebrates today along with Zara Elizabeth Sanders turning eleven and Dorothy Goldsworthy 104.

Kristy Lange will celebrate tomorrow with family and friends including Mum Narelle, sisters  Chantelle, Kristy, Danielle and brother Brandon.

Cristina Penedo of MCP Strata Management Eastwood celebrates Friday same day as Joan Bruce former secretary of Ryde Womens Bowling Club and Richard Jack formerly of Eastwood Shopping Centre.

David Brian Rich formerly of Ryde turns 44 on Granny Smith Festival Day Saturday same day as Leone Barrow faces 52 candles on her birthday cake while jeweller Ian Thomas Tetlow McKee and his child bride of West Ryde celebrate a Diamond wedding anniversary plus two. That should be worth something Ilma! 

Lara Kirstyn McCulkin favourite granddaughter of her late Poppy Charlie Phillips of Ryde turns fifteen on Sunday while former Balmain Tigers great footballer john Owens notches up 57.  

Louise Patricia Butler daughter of JB Godson Reece Butler and Janette and granddaughter of Beverley Butler and the late Harry Butler of Ryde and niece of Brett turns 36 on Monday.

 Three more very distinguished local ladies also celebrate birthdays on Monday. They are Zorika Kaye-Smith right hand of Lane Cove MP and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, Kalma McLellan of Ryde Rotary Club who next year will have the coveted title of Rotary District Governor and Helen Crouch former director of North Ryde Community Aid and now in a new executive role as Community Development Officer at Stryder formerly known as Ryde Hunters Hill  Community Transport..   

Jessica Teasdale a former TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest Grand Finalist turns 21 on Tuesday same day as Charmaine Gillanders celebrates with her Mum and friends and George Nathan Karas nephew of TWT Sports Editor Uncle Chris Karas turns 23 while Ruth and Siegi Haas celebrate 25 yeas wedded bliss in Vienna with offspring Lucas and Judith who have both had six months stints in Sydney with their Nonna and JB.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Ryde Rotary’s Ashley Peake turns 98 next Wednesday same day as Colonel Blimp.  Happy daze all.

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BUMPER STICKER: Closer you come – slower I go.

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Keep Smiling!