This is a weekend of anticipation.
We are hoping for an easing of restrictions with a Sunday announcement of a roadmap out of COVID-19.
As we look to the future, have a read of Matt Currill's compelling interview with Wimmera-raised health and biosecurity expert Dr Rob Grenfell about the ugly truth about the virus.
We'll have live coverage online on Sunday at Premier Daniel Andrews lays out the way forward. Businesses across the Grampians and Wimmeras are hoping for some relief.
The weather is warming up - you may see a few lambs gamboling about - and soon we may be able to hit the road for a change of scenery (silo trail, anybody)
It's Father's Day tomorrow, albeit it one for a COVID-19 era. I won't be able to celebrate with dad, but we'll still get in a Zoom hangout.
And we've all still got time to sort out a few jobs before our "new, new normal" kicks in. Spring clean, check. Batch cook for freezing. Check
This weekend think about getting ready for the fire season. It's a case of making lemonade from a lemon of a situation.
The recent rain has been great - for farmers, for our lawns, for our plants - but it means green is busting out all over. If we leave it too long to trim, cut and mow it will get out of hand. With the dire memories of last fire season still fresh in our minds, CFA's Lindsay Barry spoke to us about how planning was going for bushfires in a COVID-19 world.
There's plenty of change in train, but a key message was to look after and help those around you. The elderly, those you love, those whose mobility might make them a little less handy with a rake or up a ladder.
Fans of football were saddened during the week to learn that AFL great Danny Frawley had been suffering from concussion-related illness CTE when he died last year. We spoke to Wimmera players and coaches about how important it was to take knocks seriously - and the fallout that can come from them. We've had feedback from our readers about how important the topic is - for players young and older.
Our weekly AWWW moments were our spring has sprung gallery and a walk down memory lane to 1980 and the cast of characters that helped propel Imperials-Wonwondah to a drought-breaking premiership.
If you're a fan of podcasts then check out our new series. The growth of Dimboola is front and centre on the first episode, with many people uprooting from the big cities and settling for a quieter life in its suburbs. Our reporter Alex Darling takes us on the journey.
Enjoy your weekend.
Juanita Greville, Acting Editor
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