The week that was April 8 – April 14 | photos MAITLAND: Massive crowds flocked to Maitland over the weekend for the country’s biggest celebration of mechanical heritage – Steamfest. Picture: Marina Neil
SCONE: The 2017 Sydney Royal Showgirl Maisie Morrow with runner-up Emma Gorman on stage after the official announcement.
PORT STEPHENS: Siblings Daniel Marquez and Nicole O’Neill, who are behind Tomatoes in Abundance, are opening a store in Medowie, called the Natural food Collective. Pictures: Ellie-Marie Watts
SCONE: Power brekky at St Joseph’s Primary School in Merriwa.
LAKE MACQUARIE: Blake Minto wins the World Boxing Foundation’s vacant Australasian welterweight title in Newcastle. Picture: David Stewart
LAKE MACQUARIE: Les Wakefield, right, and Sam Spiteri, on the job at the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch table outside Coles, in Morisset Square. They’re selling badges and pens until April 24. Picture: David Stewart
PORT STEPHENS: Port Stephens Council says 2017 Sail Port Stephens had significant economic impact.
PORT STEPHENS: Tailor Made Fish Farm for sale, offers up to $6 million accepted. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
CESSNOCK: Kelly Moylan named as Face of Relay at Cessnock Relay for Life 2017
MUSWELLBROOK: Westpac Muswellbrook’s Kym Coulton and Tahnee O’Hallaran cutting the cake in celebration of the bank’s bicentennary.
CESSNOCK: Cessnock councillor Ian Olsen does not want to see more people in the Cessnock area illegally using their sheds as dwellings.
SINGLETON: Mining industry’s exceptional young woman Chloe Piggford pictured at the awards night last week.
DUNGOG: Dungog CommBank staff Sam Rumbel, Branch Manager Karen Hancock and Donna Skinner were all smiles to help a charity which brings smiles to sick children.
DUNGOG: Dungog Festival organisers have planned a special “One Night in Dungog” event.
MUSWELLBROOK: Anne Wright has celebrated her 101st birthday.
LAKE MACQUARIE: Kaz McKenna and Barrie Ridgeway cut the Westpac cake in the Morisset branch on Friday to celebrate the bank’s 200-year anniversary in . Picture: David Stewart
PORT STEPHENS: Whale shark filmed off Port Stephens in likely first for the area.
HUNTER: Luke William John Swain is arrested outside a home in Edinburgh Street at Raymond Terrace on Friday. He has been charged with two counts of armed robbery in company. Picture: NSW Police.
HUNTER: The n Reptile Park welcomes the birth of five healthy dingo puppies. Picture: n Reptile Park
NEWCASTLE: Year three students Mathew Lambkin, Nadia Brownrigg and Keely Graham with preschool community engagement officer Nicole Harrison, who painted the mural on the outdoor ping pong table. Pictures: Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE: Newcastle’s three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic has re-signed for a sixth season with Townsville Fire. Picture: Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE: ‘They suck’: train change couldn’t come fast enough for Hunter commuters fed up with network. Picture: Simone De Peak
HUNTER: Police investigating fatal road accident on Clarence Town Road at Brandy Hill. Picture: Simone De Peak
NEWCASTLE: Words, images and song brought record crowds into Newcastle for the fifth writers festival. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
NEWCASTLE: Juliana Bahr-Thomson appears on Bondi Rescue.
NEWCASTLE: Radiance of the Seas arrives in Newcastle 2017. Picture: Matt Carr
NEWCASTLE: Chol Arou said playing sport lifts his mood. “With any sport there’s mindfulness – when you play you don’t think too much about other stuff, you just focus on the game.” Picture: Jonathan Carroll
NEWCASTLE: South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson said Stacey Day had “an aura” about her when she returned to the field for the first time in two-and-a-half years on Sunday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
MAITLAND: After contracting a rare life-changing virus, Erika Butel-Simoes is grateful for community support she is receiving. Picture: Marina Neil
MAITLAND: Massive crowds flocked to Maitland over the weekend for the country’s biggest celebration of mechanical heritage – Steamfest. Picture: Marina Neil
MAITLAND: Newcastle BMX rider Jayden Brown warming up for the BMX competition at Saturday’s YouthFest. Picture: Max Mason Hubers
MAITLAND: Dragonfly Foods owner Helen Duck at the business’ new location at The Hatch in The Levee. Picture: Marina Neil
MAITLAND: Jonathan Harris and Jaimee Holford with their children, Vienna-Rae and Sadi-Grace outside their burned-out home. Picture: Perry Duffin
MAITLAND: All Abilities Netball competition starts in Maitland for people with disability. Picture: Perry Duffin
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