Otago Daily Times Soldiers who started fire still welcome 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 The welcome mat remains out on a farm near Middlemarch to the soldiers who accidentally started a fire on a windy night. Party time in Middlemarch 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Strath Taieri Lions Club members Steve Marshall (left) and Jock Frew prepare a barbecue to feed revellers at the street party. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The Strath Taieri Lions Club are holding a street party in the town on Sunday. Waiting for improvements 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE A project to improve a Mosgiel intersection has stalled. Clydesdales to pull antique plough 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Sean Leslie and Casey Rae, both of Middlemarch, guide Clydesdale horses Nugget (left) and Anna at the Waimea Plains ploughing match in Southland on October 7. PHOTOS: KATIE SUTHERLAND A steel plough forged in Mosgiel more than a century ago will feature behind a pack of Clydesdales in Midd... Project launched to laud excellence 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Launching the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board project Celebrating Local Excellence today areboard chairwoman Sarah Davie-Nitis (left) and board deputy chairwoman and project leader Joy Davis, at the Taieri Plains Lookout. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE A call has been made for nominations to reco... Councillor to run half marathon for charity 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Councillor Aaron Hawkins will tackle the Queenstown half marathon to raise funds for Lifeline. PHOTO: SUPPLIED He may come from "a long line of prop forwards'' and he used to get puffed pushing a pram, but Dunedin City councillor Aaron Hawkins is putting his body on the line for Life... New book calls for action against 'the invading sea' 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Dunedin environmental advocate and author Neville Peat kayaking on Otago Harbour. PHOTO: STAR FILES Dunedin author and environmental advocate Neville Peat offers "a reality check and a call to action'' in his new book The Invading Sea. EQC backing earthquake-risk research project 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Dunedin, with its beautiful old buildings and unreinforced masonry could be more at risk than people think, an earthquake expert warns. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY A research project in Dunedin has been given nearly $70,000 to reveal the potential for earthquakes on ``quiet'' fault lines which... Funding boost 'represents huge opportunity' for cause 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Members of Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group gather atop the peninsula recently. PHOTO: CRAIG MCKENZIE The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group has welcomed the recent $4.33million funding boost for Predator Free Dunedin, saying it "represents a huge opportunity''. Heavy bags barrier to walking, cycling 2018-10-21T04:30:00.000000000+13:00 Dunedin teenagers Marcus (left) and Catherine Davidson (18) display the large and heavy backpacks they carry to and from school each day. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD Dunedin adolescents are carrying an average of 5.6kg to and from school each day in their school bags.