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Swarming bees have no home to defend and their only concern at that point is finding a new one.

Don’t panic, call a beekeeper!

Spring is a busy time for beekeepers as this is the time of year when honeybees swarm. Castlemaine beekeeper Daniel BeeShepherd from the Castlemaine Bee...
The team behind No Lights No Lycra (L-R Lucy, Julie, Katie and Karine) invite you to join them to dance in the dark at Westend Hall at 8pm on Friday. Photo: Penny Ryan

Lose yourself to dance

It's Mental Health Week across Mount Alexander Shire and there's no better time to put on your dancing shoes and lose yourself to dance. Join...
Jeremy Forbes, founder of local support network Hope Assistance Local Tradies, says organisations like HALT are vital to connect people to each other in regional areas.

Support networks vital

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals suicide rates are at a 10-year high. The Causes of Death Australia 2017 report, released last...
Castlemaine contemporary artist Leslie Thornton with some of the pieces that will feature in Clocktober.

Do the time warp

When Castlemaine's Leslie Thornton was a schoolboy he lived next door to the school - but was always late. In class the young Leslie would...
Students at Castlemaine Secondary College enjoy last Thursday's Colour Run. Photo: Eve Lamb

Colour runs riot

What better way to celebrate life in all its charm, chaos and occasional confusion than with a riotous celebration of colour. And so it was...
The Historical Mine Shaft Chasers have explored old mines at Kyneton, Castlemaine, Muckleford and further afield.

Kyneton’s underground

The unexpected opening of a long-buried mine shaft in Kyneton has piqued the interest of mine chasers everywhere. The small opening was uncovered on Premier...
Castlemaine artist Mark Dober is pictured with his self-portrait.

Local finalist

Castlemaine artist Mark Dober has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in Western Australia, the third richest...
Foundry Band musicians Mark Anstey and Alison Hanley and filmmaker Leonie Van Eyk with a photograph of the local band.

Help blow the trumpet

Castlemaine's Thompson Foundry Band is blowing its own trumpet by making a movie following its sellout concerts at last year's Castlemaine State Festival. Local filmmaker...
A new $1,056,455 council contract will see Bendigo Regional YMCA Youth Services manage outdoor pools in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Maldon over the next three years.

The splash on our pool contracts

A new $1,056,455 council contract will see Bendigo Regional YMCA Youth Services manage outdoor pools in Castlemaine, Harcourt and Maldon over the next three...
Friends of Lolotoe secretary/treasurer Chris Sertori and The Drying Shed's Linda Newton with examples of the artworks in Manu Feto Chicken Art Show.

Chicken art hatches enterprise

There's something about chicken art. People seem to go just a bit clucking mad about it. "It's just egg-cellent really," said artist Linda Newton, almost deadpan,...
Young Ainsley Nash and Kate Hemphill dressed in farm-themed attire especially for Castlemaine Primary School's Parma for a Farmer lunch on Friday.

Parma charmer

When Castlemaine youngsters Kate Hemphill and Ainsley Nash heard about the impacts of the drought in NSW they decided they'd do something to help. The...
Max O'Sullivan snap kicks towards goal. Photo: Peter Banko

Strong second half downs Magpies

Kyneton produced a strong second half to defeat a plucky Castlemaine by 58 points on Saturday. The match started in some of the toughest conditions...


Radio 88fm to feature

Castlemaine-based seniors radio station Radio 88fm is once again being featured as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival program.

C-DOC this weekend