Orange Express: Monday, June 2

7am: Central Western Daily reporter Danielle Cetinski with you for Orange Express this morning, giving you everything you could possibly need to prepare for the day ahead, and maybe just a little bit extra.

If you know something our readers might find useful - a news tip or traffic report - please email it to me on or text it to 0477 308 571.

First off, today's weather...

Very foggy this morning, take care on the roads everyone. Clearing showers are expected, peaking at just 11 degrees from an even chillier six degrees.

Around the central west, Dubbo continues to enjoy mostly sunny weather and much more moderate temperatures, with a top of 17 degrees. Bathurst will also experience clearing showers, peaking at 15 degrees. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Actor Wentworth Miller turns 41 today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Actor Wentworth Miller turns 41 today.

7.15am:Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their special day. Stay warm and dry! 

Celebrities sharing your birthday include Argentinian soccer player Sergio Aguero, 25, actor Juston Long, 35, actor Wentworth Miller and TV personality Wayne Brady, both 41, and the USA's first First Lady, Martha Washington, who was born on this day in 1731.

If you're celebrating your birthday tomorrow, email

7.30am:Let's take a look at what's happening on our roads this morning

Roadwork may be limited today due to the weather, but still be on the lookout for Orange City Council workers in the following areas:

Work is continuing work at the Margaret and Hill Street intersection, with a temporary seal added to the roadway at the intersection

Burrendong Way south from the Council boundary. The first section of the road was sealed last week.

Forest Road preparing underground cabling, a step towards construction of traffic lights for the intersection at the entrance to the Bloomfield Hospital Gates and the new aged care facility.

Contractors will continue to pour concrete for a shared bicycle-pedestrian path from Spring Street to McLachlan Street. That work is expected to take a further two weeks.

Weather permitting, there will be brief delays for drivers in Bulgas Road, where more of the road will be sealed past the Suma Park Dam entryway.

If you know of any accidents on our roads this morning or areas to avoid send a text message to 0477 308 571 or email so we can let others know.

7.45am: What's making headlines in our great city?

The retail industry is not for the faint-hearted, according to the manager of a large Orange store who has been assaulted three times in the past six months after confronting aggressive shoplifters.

Orange's vineyard cellar doors will be hit with a new tax in the 2014-2015 financial year, which came out of the blue and without consultation, according to one Orange vigneron.

Union officials say Electrolux management laughed at them when they tried to discuss postponing the closure of the Orange factory in light of the unrest in Thailand.

8am: Think you used to make the best paper airplanes going? Think again...

8.15am: Looking for something to do today?

It's National Leave the Office Early Day so try to speed through your work today. 

With all that extra free time, you could check out the following groups:

* Bingo to raise funds for Royal Far West at the Hotel Orange from 11am until 1pm.

* Cantar Women's Choir meets at the Church of Christ, Burrendong Way, from 7.30pm to about 9.15pm. New members welcome. Enquiries to Margaret 6369 1333.

* Bowen School's Men Shed operates from 1.30pm to 3pm during the school term.

* Craft with Love (Knitting Group) meets in  Kenna Hall, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Contact Bev on 6360 4743.

* Rotary Club of Orange Calare meets at the Duntryleague Guest House at 12.45pm for 1pm. Contact Michael Cain 0412 398 451.

8.30am: Our photographers were 'snap happy' this weekend ...

HAPPY DAYS: Amy McKenzie and Rachel Lane. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

HAPPY DAYS: Amy McKenzie and Rachel Lane. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

Central Western Daily photographers Steve Gosch and Luke Schuyler busily covered Tamara Dickson's 21st birthday party at Waratahs, Reyne Madden's farewell at the Gladstone Hotel, Boy and the Bear dream tour and the NAB Rotary Ball at Orange Ex-Services Club,  Bears with Guns at the Union Bank, a trivia night at Orange High School, the Girls in Grey at the Civic Theatre and the Pathfinders trivia night at Kenna Hall. Are you in one of our photos? Click here to find out

8.45am: Time to have you say on the issues ...

We want to know what you think would improve conditions for retailers, with one shop manager assaulted three times in the past six months. Have you say say below.

On Friday, we asked you whether fines were expensive enough to deter dog owners from letting their dogs loose in Orange's parks and failing to pick up their droppings. Sixty-one people responded and results were split with 41 per cent believing they were and 59 per cent saying they were not sufficient.

8.45am:Car accident in Orange:

There was a two-car accident at about 8.30 this morning at the roundabout at the intersection of Anson Street and Gardiner Road.

No one was hurt and traffic is now open again.

Click here to find out more and check out our photos.

9am: Thanks for spending the morning on the Orange Express.

Check out our website throughout the day for updates and breaking news and join Matt Findlay tomorrow from 7am for our next morning wrap-up.

Have a great day!


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