Helmet with benefits: George Paterson has fitted lights and a camera to his bike helmet to alert and monitor motorists.

Cyclist shines a light for safety

IT would be a rare day when George Paterson could walk along the streets of Rye or pull up at the back beach for a surf check without being recognised. A long time businessman in Frankston and on the...
Leafing through history: Author Lyn Duclos has written a children’s book about Norfolk Island’s history from the perspective of a lone pine tree. Picture: Gary Sissons

Giving voice to a silent witness

A LONE pine tree has inspired Chelsea author Lyn Duclos to ensure the history of Norfolk Island, a remote Australian island in the South Pacific Ocean, is remembered for generations to come. Her new ...
Shooting success: A Mt Eliza business has asked secondary college student Jack Ahern to make a commercial video following a short documentary he filmed and edited about boxer Ron Smith. Picture: Yanni

Boxing a way to peace, happiness

TO some, boxing may seem a strange road to travel in search of peace. But that is exactly the destination where the lessons in life handed out by boxing trainer Ron Smith can lead. The Mt Eliza-based...
Kokoda bound: Nurse Emily Vagg will help PNG villagers on trek.

Emily on track to help Kokoda villagers

CARING for others is not just Emily Vagg’s job, it’s a passion. The 31-year-old Peninsula Health nurse is heading off to Papua New Guinea next month to spread the word about health education to isola...
Fond memories: Melissa Jane has written snd recorded a birthday song to ease the pain and appreciate memories of a lost loved one. Picture: Peter King

Song of hope born from grief

AT an early age Melissa Jane found solace in poetry. In more recent years she found herself penning songs. But it was not until she experienced a personal tragedy that the words and music fused into ...
Top achiever: Volunteer IT teacher Carrie Ewin enjoys showing seniors how to use modern technology. Picture: Gary Sissons

Premier award for IT guru

A CHAMPION effort by Longbeach PLACE teacher Carrie Ewin has seen the 25 year old receive an Outstanding Youth Volunteer award as part of this year’s Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Ms Ewin has...
Back home: Kevin Johnson is president of Menzies Caring for Kids, the organisation that provided a home for him and his brother when their parents split 59 years ago. Picture: Keith Platt

Former ‘graduate’ back home to help

By TONY MURRELL NEWLY elected Menzies Caring for Kids president Kevin Johnson wants to improve opportunities for children and young adults living in care. He knows how they feel and how Menzies can h...
Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Georges McKail at one of the studios at Beach Lane in Carrum. The management consultant is launching a creative space for entrepreneurial start-ups. Picture: Gary Sissons

Lane way to new business way

DECADES working at the corporate coalface have had a lasting impact on management consultant Georges McKail. The businessman has decided to look at working life beyond the daily grind, although coffe...
Founder: Ace Body Corporate Management CEO Stephen Raff has tackled the ever changing world of property management over  two decades in business. Picture: Gary Sissons

The lighter side of strata living

IT can be a stressful work life being a strata manager. Tenants and apartment owners don’t call unless something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed, preferably quickly. But Stephen Raff, CEO of Mor...
GRAHAM Perkin

The men who remade the news

By David Harrisson THE Melbourne Press Club last week commemorated the death of Graham Perkin, one of Australia’s great journalists, 40 years ago. He was vitally alive in that room for the many who w...