End of seasons greetings

Team Echo: Front (l-r) general manager Heather Williams, outgoing editor Terra Sword and incoming editor Rachel Scollay. Middle (l-r) receptionist Carly Interlandi-Hepton, accountant Sandra Becker, sales consultant Helen Rigby, journalist Luis Feliu, production manager Meril Fisher and sales consultant Jackie Smith. Rear (l-r) graphic designer Ewan Williams, entertainment writer S Sorrensen, layout guru Andy Gough, journalist Amanda Rankin, graphic designer Kerry Williams, and sales consultant Mark Robinson. Inset: Sales consultant Marilyn Manning-Shah (left) and sports writer Laurie (the Loon) Axtens. Photo by Anne Anderson.

After another successful season tackling the big issues, kicking goals for the local community and adding typos to otherwise perfect copy, Team Echo is taking an end-of-season break to recuperate from square eyes, deadline liver and coffee elbow.

Each year Team Echo gets together for its annual grand final photo so you can see whos responsible for our great goals (and embarrassing fumbles...).

The gals and lads would like to thank our coach, contributors, advertisers, letter writers and readers for your words, your patience, your feedback, and your oranges at half time. We can only produce this locally owned, independent, free weekly newspaper with the help of you, the community, and an ever-growing support crew in the dressing room.

May all our readers and friends have a wonderful festive season filled with love, laughter and happiness.

We are taking a short break and the office will be closed from 5pm today (Thursday, December 21) and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2. The first Echo for 2007 will be distributed on Thursday, January 4.

Peace to all.

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