We have taken a look back at some of the stories that piqued your interest as readers of the Braidwood Times in 2016.
Tourists and locals turned out in droves for the annual Airing of the Quilts and the all-new Garlic Fiesta, with samplers displayed from balconies throughout the town.
The Majors Creek Festival was another popular drawcard, with about 1800 people getting along and enjoying a (mostly) sunny weekend with a range of acts mixing folk, blues and country.
The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council proposed cutting pool hours in the east of the shire drastically for the 2016/17 summer season. The Braidwood pool will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm until February 28; Bungendore, Monday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm until February 28; and Captains Flat, Monday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm until January 29.
In April, a police chase ended in Braidwood with the arrest of a 51-year-old suspected of murder after a 24-hour pursuit, taking a wrong turn into lower Wallace Street and running into a dead end.
The Braidwood Swim Club, a community facility since 1968, was concerned it might have to close if it could not fill its committee. President Janene Hindmarsh pleaded for the importance of kids being “water-wise”.
The ‘Garlicious Grown’ company won gold in the Pantry Goods Section at the Australian Food Awards in Melbourne, which celebrates excellence and recognises the best producers of fine food in Australia.
A NSW registered B-Double truck came unstuck on the Araluen Road eight kilometres east of the eponymous township. The driver was not hurt in the accident.
Braidwood’s historic theatre would get a refurbishment courtesy of a NSW Government grant, announced on location by the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro.
A big wet across the region saw the “fifth-highest June daily rain in 96 years,” said the Times weather correspondent, Roger Hosking. Many roads were cut and formal classes at the Central School were suspended with so many staff and students away.
And the town’s 140th Show had it all: hoofs, horns, beaks, paws, tomatoes, jams, jellies, baking, craft, art, food, and bright sunshine.
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