THE Bathurst Community Op Shop can still use some community support.
Parade notes that the repairs are going well for the troubled shop, but it is still in need of donations of quality items.
Deputy mayor Bobby Bourke said there is a need for "blankets, sheets and knick-knacks" at the moment.
Any donations can be taken to the op shop, located on Lions Club Drive near the Cooke Hockey Complex.
Volunteers are continuing to operate the store at the rear of the premises and are happy to accept donations and provide assistance to customers.
Interesting way of going green
PARADE took a trip to Sydney over the weekend and was startled, then amused, by something she came across on the drive.
Heading along the Great Western Highway, near Leura, she saw what appeared to be a large hedge approaching in her rear view mirror.
The image gave her quite a shock, so she turned her head quickly to see just what was going on.
She was soon in hysterics as she determined that the 'hedge' was actually a small van covered entirely in green artificial grass.
The van belonged to a florist and was clearly meant to be a unique way of advertising their businesses.
Parade can definitively say she has never come across anything like that while travelling along that particular highway.
Shop now for a chance to win
HAVE you joined in the festive spirit yet?
The Western Advocate's annual Festive Frenzy promotion is a great way to be rewarded for supporting local businesses during the holiday period.
Two winners have been drawn so far and those lucky people have walked away with more than $1000 each in vouchers.
There are two more weekly prize draws left before the major prize draw of the $5000 shopping spree with Harvey Norman, so Parade would encourage everyone to visit one of the participating businesses now for their chance to win.