Reporting the news is what we do, but sometimes it can seem like all you read online and see on television is negative.
So, in an effort to try to brighten your day, we've started a project to put together a 'Good News Diary' full of the most positive stories and comments from the Lithgow communityevery week.
If you've got some good news share it with us.
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Some positive news from the Lithgow community this week.
Lithgow Hospital kiosk ladies
Rebecca de Winter met the lovely Doreen and Jean in the Lithgow Hospital kiosk last week.
Doreen is 85 and has been volunteering here and at the old hospital for 50 years. Jean has been volunteering for 10 years.
They are open again and would love to see you down here Monday to Friday 9.30-1.30.
Please come by and support them.
Positive business experiences
Tanya Slaven took to Facebook to mention how she believed that people are "to quick to take to Facebook to shame local businesses" and started a conversation of positive experiences locals have had while shopping in the local area.
Here are some the responses:
"Positive Side: A young man left his backpack in a Taxi, it had his wallet containing some cash, credit cards and licence.
He was overjoyed to get it back intact."
- Peter Flynn
"I went to the new juice bar yesterday and had a peach & mango smoothie, it was delicious. Marcus & Co do a great coffee and bacon and egg roll for $10 too."
- Miranda Elliot
"I received excellent service from Harvey Norman Lithgow. Shopped for my laptop over the phone and the young man went above and beyond to set it up for me and make sure it met my needs and budget. Was very impressed."
- Tanya Slaven
"The people running the Stihl shop on Main St are all really lovely too! They have a cute puppy running around."
- Miranda Elliot
"Now I know this is a big business but Woolworths in Lithgow are amazing with their online service. My husband has had cancer so with Covid we have been doing online shopping. The delivery people are so nice and the service has been wonderful."
- Judith Harding
"Foodworks Portland great little shop and friendly service."
- Tanya Robertson
Moo gives a helping hand
Mandy Moo from It's What Moo Does is known for upcycling items and helping out others in need.
Almost a year ago she was invited to go down on a Fire Relief Donation Run with the Country and City Ute Club to the township of Willawarrin.
Recently she went with the Ute club back to Willawarrin and made them a 'Friendship Towns Bench Seat' and installed it.
In a Facebook post Mandy wrote:
"This October Long weekend we did just that [a friendship bench], delivered and installed and already in use.
"Thank you Willawarrin for having us again and we look forward to seeing you again.
"Thank you Kaitoz for help with the sanding and stripping of all the old layers of lacquer.
"A BIG thank you all round to everyone that has had an input in getting the bench ready, there and installed."
A new furry friend
Collits Inn located down Hartley Vale Road has welcomed a new family and guardian dog.
They took to Facebook to welcome their new 15 week old great pyrenees female dog and have put a call out for names.
If you think you have a name that would suit this cutie then head to the Collits Inn Facebook page!
The Reverend has a sense of humour
You might've seen something a little different on the Hoskins Church notice board as you're driving past.
Reverend Matt Trounce seems to have that footy finals fever and while god shows no favoritism Rev Trounce does, and he's going for the Parramatta Eels.
Rydal Show Society have taken part in the 'No Show Scarecrow', a campaign designed by the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW to support show societies around the state who had to cancel their 2020 shows due to COVID-19.
Meadow Flat Public School also joined in on the initiative, making two scarecrows for the 'No Show Scarecrow' project.
In a Facebook post Rydal Show Society wrote:
"Big thanks to the teachers and students at Meadow Flat Public School for making 2 beautiful scarecrows for our #noshowscarecrow project.
"We always look forward to Meadow Flat students exhibiting at our show.
"We were lucky that our show went ahead in 2020 but felt for our neighbours in Lithgow who had to cancel their show the week before it was to be held."
Positive comments from the Lithgow Mercury Facebook page
"I am moving to a house cheaper."
"I am going to have a kindness project in town."
"Not this week but last Wednesday. Had a new baby and there was 3 absolutely amazing midwifes at Lithgow hospital who I cannot fault! Credit to their work!"
- Renae Young
"Rainbow Serpent by artist, Bob Sutor, is up on the Wollemi Bakery wall, just spectacular!"
- Kathleen Compton
"'Out on a Limb' put up new installations this week."
- Jannine Smith
"We made a fairy garden at work today with the kids."
- Kerrie Lovegrove
"My Daughter was home for her Birthday... that was pretty good!"
- Stuart Charlton
"The beautiful crocheted flowers at Pioneer Park top end of Main Street."
- Susan Giokaris
"Lithgow Tidy Towns koala art installation."
- Kathleen Compton
The Lithgow Mercury's top good news stories
Lithgow's Chris Sharp earns a rare achievement for his work keeping us safe
It couldn't have gone to a nicer bloke.
Chris Sharp AFSM was one of eight NSW Rural Fire Service members to be recognised for his commitment to the community as part of the annual Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2020.
He received the NSW RFS Australian Fire Service Medal for his work helping train fire fighters around the Western region.
A doll collectors dream; Portland woman to display over 500 dolls in exhibition
For some people, having dolls in the house is unnerving, but for Portland resident and doll collector Kaylin Caddis she loves it.
Having grown up in a household with four older brothers, Kaylin said her parents must have been fairly excited when she was born.
Her mother started collecting dolls in 1949 when she was born, and then used to show them.
Portland Central students artwork selected for major art exhibitions across NSW
Portland Central students Mackenzie Robertson and Olivia Evans have had their artworks selected for two major awards in the NSW Operation Art Exhibition.
Sydney Trains win customer service award at Australasian Rail Industry Awards
Sydney Trains took out the customer service award at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards last week.
They won the award for maintaining essential services and keeping the public informed in the wake of bushfires that ravaged part of the Blue Mountains rail line in December.
Get to know your local fire fighters; The small but active Portland RFS
Portland RFS may only have 30 members but they are one of the most active brigades in the Lithgow District Area.
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