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Frederick McCubbin''s granddaughter Kathleen Rangan signing the mural

Our D-Day pilot

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday 6 June, the Mount Evelyn RSL remembered former member Ralph Proctor.

He flew a Stirling on the morning of D-Day that towed a glider full of British paratroopers into France.

Ralph’s collection can be seen in the museum at Mont de Lancey Historic Homestead in Wandin North.

Morning tea thanks

Jenny Smith from Le Pine Funerals Healesville thanked everyone who attended the business’s recent Biggest Morning Tea, which raised $936 to help with life-saving work in cancer research, prevention and support.

She looks forward to many joining her again next year for what is now a very successful annual event.

Photos unearthed

Birmingham Primary has found previously unseen photos of the Mount Evelyn school’s well-known mural of Frederick McCubbin’s painting Down on His Luck.

The mural was mounted on the side of a portable being used as Mr Gibb’s performing arts room in 1996.

That portable is long gone but the mural remains at the back of the main building.

Local artist and sign-writer David Monks painted the mural with help from students.

Frederick McCubbin’s granddaughter Kathleen Rangan signed the mural.

Sign of the times

Mail team members have had a good giggle of late at some humorous sandwich board signs around the hills and valley.

One of our favourites from the past week was outside a Montrose vet and read: “You can’t tell me what to do. You’re not my cat.”

Another in Healesville, “My wife says I never listen to her, or something like that”, brought a smile to our morning coffee run.

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Food for thought

A winter food appeal will support local charities like the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA), Coles says.

Yarra Valley residents can support the supermarket’s fund-raising appeal for food rescue organisation SecondBite until 2 July, to deliver meals to people doing it tough this winter.

Yarra Valley stores have donated the equivalent of more than 500,000 meals to local charities like the HICSA since partnering with SecondBite.