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LOCAL LOVE BLOOMING SWEET

Local produce has been the winner this Valentine’s Day, with customers buying up big at rose farms around the region. Customer numbers have been up on 20-17 with the day falling on a more favourable Wednesday for florists than last year’s Tuesday. Growers say the day before is always the busiest, but peak sales hit late this afternoon. The red roses were the obvious choice, but strawberries also made an appearance for a crimson favourite. But the real sweet spot came in the traditional chocolates- the love heart variety the real cream of the crop.

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COAST FAREWELLS FORMER LABOR MP GRANT MCBRIDE

Tributes are flowing for former Member for The Entrance Grant McBride, who passed away last night, following a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was elected in 1992 and held the seat until his retirement in 2011, also serving as Minister for the Central Coast and an electorate officer to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. In a statement, current Member for the Entrance, David Mehan, said Mr McBride made a lasting contribution to the region’s development and will be sorely missed. He was 68-years-old. (no audio)

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