LOCAL AND GENERAL.
About 350 gallons of milk aro being taken to the Wainui Factory each day, which is a little more than was supplied at this time Inst year. Jt is anticipated that the output for the season will be 38 tons, which will b» three tons less thanl&st year. The factory has done much better than was anticipated at the beginning of the season and during the dry spell it was feared they would have to close down. The supply we nt down to 200 gallons per day. Considering there are only ten suppliers the factory has done well this year.
Mr J. H. McDonald is leaving Wainui shortly to take up Evangelistic work at Ashburton. Mr McDonald is chairman of the school committee, and has taken a keen interest in all local matters for some years.
The death at Rapaki on Thursday last of . Mrs W. Barrett, fifth daughter of Mr T. Tikao, caused much sorrow in th» pa. Mrs Barrett, with a number of her Maori friends, had for many years past ably assisted in charitable and patriotic functions, and the large number of people who attended the funeral on Sunday was a taattnony to her popularity. Representatives of various tribes of both Islands were present at the tangi, and Mr Tikao received many messages of condolence, including one from the Hon. T. Parata, M.L.C., and one from Mr C. Parata, M.P.. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. H. Purchas, of Governor's Bay, who, in a short address, made eulogistic reference to the many qualities that had characterised Mrs Barrett's life.
In tho Oddfellows' Hall on Thursday evening, a public send-off will be tendered to Mr A. Gray. The people of tho town and district are cordially invited to be present. The committee responsible for the function will be glad if the ladies will each bring some small contribution to the supper table. In the afternoon of the same day the past and present pupils of the Secondary Department will take formal leave of Mr Gray. They will asemble at the Main School at 2.30 p.m., where, a little later, Mrs Hall invites them to take afternoon tea with the School Committee, the Committeemen's wives, and the staff.
On Tuesday afternoon the members of the Akaroa Lawn Tennis Club met at the Kowhai Tea Rooms to bid farewell to Miss Martha Vangioni, who has acted as Hon. Sec. to the Club for a number of years. Miss Vangioni has always been a fine player and an excellent sport, and the club members wished to entertain her on the occasion of her approaching wedding. Mrs Riches, on behalf of the Club presented Miss Vangioni with a handsome cake stand and voiced the club's appreciation of her services. All present wished her every hapiness in her wedded life, and drank her health with musical honours. Miss Vangioni thanked them all heartily, and said she would
take as keen an interest as ever in the club's welfare. Mr A. Goodwin who attended the Akaroa County Council's meeting on Saturday last in connection with the Lake Coleridge scheme, congratulated the Council upon the improvement they had made to the corner at the bottom of Barry's Bay hill. He said he hoped the Wairewa County Council would soon improve the two bad corners on the hill road coming out of Little River below Messrs Keenan's house. He said a few days before he had narrowly missed runnirig into a milk cart on one of these corners and unless everyone kept strictly to the rule of the road there were bound to be accidents. The cost of improving the corners would not be great and he was srlad the Wairewa County Council intended to improve them. A very severe thunderstorm was experienced on Banks Peninsula on Friday evening. A southerly storm accompanied by thunder and lightning struck Akaroa at about 5 p.m., dust flying in all directions and darl: threatening clouds making it almost dark. The first storm seemed to pass over Akaroa directly and settle in the direction of Pigeon Bay and Okains. In an hour's time the thunder had got louder and the lightning very brilliant, besider heavy showers of rain falling and lasting for short periods. The storm continued until after eight o'clock, the thunder claps beinji very loud and the lightning* circling round the hills, the most brilliant that has been seen for a number ol years. The rainfall in Pigeon Bay was three-quarters of an inch and ir j Akaroa a little over half an inch. There were also some heavy shower? | of hail in different parts of th' | district. • The rule of the road was the sub- ; ject of some discussion at the Akarot County Council meeting on Saturday. ; Mr Godwin mentioned that he had; narrowly escaped a collision with a milk cart on the Little River road coming round a corner on its wrong side. The Akaroa County by-law stated that a person in chargo of a horse or vehicle could motion a motor to pass on the right or wrong side as he desired, but Mr Goodwin considered the rule of the road should be kept under nil circumstances. As it was now horsemen and vehicles kept on their wrong side and the car drivers did not know whether they would go over to their right side because they did not signal what they intended to do. Ir. rounding corners it was especially necesary for horses, vehicles, cars, 01 anything else to keep to their right side. If this were always done there would be litle fear of accidentt occuring on the roads
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3531, 28 March 1916