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Income Tax. Returns—Notice iB .given elsewhere re income tax returus.

Akaroa Borough Council.—Nominations for tho extraordinary vacancy on the Council close at noon on Friday next, and an election, if necessary, will be held on April 28.

The Weather.—Cold and wintry weather has been experienced on the Peninsula for the last few days. Saturday was a very rough day indeed, and rain and sleet fell most of the day. Yesterday the weather was cold, with showers of rain in the morning. The winter has come early this year, and promises to be a hard one.

Akakoa Football Club's Dance.—The Akaroa Football Club held their annual dance at the Akaroa Boating Club's shed on Friday last, when a very pleasant evening was epent. The wet weather was responsible for a small attendance, but notwithstanding the evening was very enjoyable.

Personal.—Rev. T, Jasper Smyth, for a number of years vicar of tbe Akaroa Parish, has retired from active service in the Christ ohurch DijofSß. However, he has been doing relieving work during the year since he has retired. At present Mr Hnayth is helping' with the work of Archdeacon 1* nsor's parish daring the latter's absence His old Peninsula friends will be pleased to know that Mr Smyth looks exceedingly well and fit.

Eoad-makino, —The proposition to leave all road-making in the hands of the Government is not receiving much support. The various local bodies oonsider that a great deal of waste would occur, as the Govern' ment officials, not being in the pay of the people in the district, would not consider expense. The folly of using inferior material on roads is exemplified in Auckland, where the crumbling scoria is employed. The roads are not satisfactory at all, being worse than those of any other of the large cities', and at the same time the oost of scoria is not much less than that o£ hard metal, which would make good roods,

Wooden Fences for Reserve--.—*-orae time ago it was suggested that in Akaroa rustic fences should be put round the small reserves in the borough. These fences would have tho great advantage of being cheap and be a big saving to the Council. When the, mggestion was made it was declared that the fences were very rough looking and quite unsuitable. In Auckland a large number of the reserves in the city have wooden fences, and there is no doubt they ara m° s ' suitable and picturesque. They look as well as the style of round the Britomart reserve, and the difference in the oost is a big item, It ib a mattter tbat might engoge the 1 attention of the Reserves Committee of the Akaroa Borough Council. I

Robinson's Bay Whahf and Road.—The Akaroa County Chairman (Mr J, D. Bruce), in company with the engineer (Mr T. W Wilkins), and the residents in the special rating area of the Robinson's Bay wharf and road district met last week at Robinson's Bay, and examined the two sites proposed foi? the new wharf, one on the north side and the other on the south side of tho Bay, After a thorough examination and taking soundings, it was decided to keep to the original site on tho south eido ot the Bay. The style of wharf was agreed upon, and tho plans and specifications are now being pre' pared, and will be submitted to the Marine Department as soon as ready. When the Marine Department has approved of the plans and specifications, tenders will be called for the new wharf and road immediately, and the work will be competed with as little delay as possible.

Mrs Co£C is an old age pensioner, An aged dame who has seen brighter days; She grants me permission to mention her, And to publish her quota of praise. A hacking, dry cough was tha bane of her, Which made tho nights hard to endure ; Bat she bids me to say that ebo charmed it away Witb Woode' Great Peppermint Cure,

Naming of Streets.—The naming of t'-« ( main streets of Akaroa has been frequently suggested, and the enamel tablet with the names of the streets have come to hand at last. They will be f rected immediately, and should effect a great improvement in Akaroa, I making the streets look mon up to date.

Pi'.f.oentation - I*'ft week, a presentation of a purse of sovereigns was mado to Mies Davidson, organist of St. Peter's Amrlican Church, Akaroa, from the members of the congregation, in recognition of Miss Davidson's services. Mrs Laing was tbe chief person in instigating the presentation, and the presentation was made to Mis* Davidson by Mrs Laing and Mr W. H. Henning. Akaroa Post Office.—The erection of the Akaroa post office is being continued slowly but surely. All the brick work, which is a large item, and abowa little for the amount | of time spent, is now completed, and the wooden frame of the building is practically up. The Department was wise to 6ave the two fine ribbonwood trees in front of the post oflioe, as they do not interfere with the light, and improve the appearance of the frontage to a very large extent.

Akaroa Vicarage.—The new Akaroa Vicarage, which is being erected on Beach I road, Akaroa, adjacent to the new school, will be up shortly. The building stands out well, and should be an improvement to that quarter of the town. The lower part of the section is untidy looking at present, but when the old fence is removed and the ar>- | proach tidied up the improvement will be a substantial one.

Akaroa Boat-slip. -The erection of a boat Blip at Akaroa, for which the Goverment granted the sum of £50 last year, is being j delayed now owing to the alteration of thei tsite, which is now situated just ontsido the borough boundary. Mr J. D. Bruce, who originally approached the authorities in Wellington on behalf of tho Akaroa launch- | owners and got the grant of. £50 towards the slip, will write to the Marine Department concerning the nlans of the slip immediately, and as the slip will be built outside the borough, the Akaroa County Council will undertake the work, as the Borough Council intend to take no notion in the matter. The boat.Blip is certainly urgently required by the launch owners, and it is hoped that the new slip will be erected before long. Daly's Wharf.—The brass tablet to bo placed on Daly's wharf has come to hand, I and looks very handsome with its black lettering. Tbe inscription is as follows: j —" The foundation stone of this wharf was, laid by the Hon. li. Heaton Rhodes, MP. for the Ellesmere Electorate, on April 8, 1914, G. Armstrong, Mayor. W. P. Wilkins, Eneinoer." The tablet will be put again . immediately on the fencing at the shore end of the wharf. The new wharf, with its two 1 landing stages and picturesque shed, is a ' great advance upon the old tumbledown , structure.

New Bcir.DiNG3 in Akaboa.—The work of: clearing the section in Balguerie Street,, bought by tbe Akaroa butter factory from' Mrs Jeßson, is proceeding apace. Yesterday several walnut trees had to be cut down to make room for the factory. This section of the borough, when the new buildings are up, I will look very prosperous. Private residents who are building should try to put up picturesque houses, sb the general appearance of the town is so much benefitted by new and handsome residences. In the last decade we have got a now bank, a technical school, new school, new post office, new boating sheds and new vicarage besides several handsome residences, and Akaroa residents want to second the local bodies, clubs and firms in their efforts to make the buildings as up-to j date as possible.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4397, 19 May 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4397, 19 May 1914

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