Ear to the ground

Ah, the cruel irony. A Byron Bay couple were extremely pleased to read a delightful letter dropped into their letterbox by a group of schoolies, who spent last week in the house next door, along the lines of thanking them for allowing them to share their beautiful town with them. There were other nice things written as well and the Byron Bay couple were really chuffed. But they weren't happy that they had to actually pick the letter from the remains of their letterbox, apparently smashed by another group of schoolies after the letter was dropped.

Should be a rather boisterous, even robust, Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in the Bay at the Lord Byron Resort tomorrow. The last brekky of the year will feature a panel comprising author Di Morrissey, comic Mandy Nolan, Byron Mayor, Jan Barham, fruit and vegologist Ed Ahern and coffee guru, Dale Potts. The Scout doesn't know if the gig is booked out or not, but give Gayle Cue a call on 66872681 and see if you can get a seat. It's $25 a head for chamber members and $28 for non-mem- bers.

The Scout made a return to big time cricket last Friday in a twilight game at the Rec Ground - only because one team was short and The Scout was waved down as he was driving past the ground. Anyway, he made a lightning three runs for his side and made a pretty big impression later with the ball - his solitary over treated with contempt and cost, oh, somewhere around 18 runs or so. The Scout thinks there may have been a maiden ball in there somewhere.

December 24 is a deadline not only for Christmas wish lists, but it's also the closing date for nominations for the shire's 2005 Australia Day awards.

Categories include citizen (adult and junior) sports achiever and community event of the year. The simple nomination forms are available from Byron Shire council. With so many dedicated citizens making things happen in the shire there should be no shortage of nomi- nations.

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