A DOCTOR who describes Leeton as "being in his blood" has returned to the town for a brief visit to work as a locum.
Dr Howard Goldenberg has been working at Leeton Family Clinic since last Monday while Dr Bernie Haasbroek is on leave.
The last time he visited Leeton was five years ago when he held a launch for his book My Father's Compass.
The book tells the story of Dr Goldenberg's father, who was a doctor in Leeton from 1942 to 1955.
"Now I guess I'm sort of following in his footsteps by working here for 10 days, even if it is only for a short time," he said.
"A lot of people still remember my father ... I have some very fond memories of Leeton.
"He was a pioneer of some sorts ... he wasn't just a doctor as he owned an olive farm and picking plant at Stony Point.
"I've met the people that run that today, so it's been really good to do that and filling in some gaps of our family history here."
Dr Goldenberg said he had many fond memories of Leeton and always enjoys
coming back to the town where he spent his early years.
"I feel more alive and happier in country towns," he said.
"It's really quite heart-warming that people still remember my father ... it's quite an honour.
"I've really missed Leeton."
Dr Goldenberg has various published works, with
My Father's Compass
having a strong Leeton flavour.
Apart from working during his brief stay in town, he has been running, writing, catching up with residents and visiting places such as the Roxy Theatre.
"It's a very interesting community," Dr Goldenberg said.
"There are a lot of good people here ... I tend to become quite sentimental when I visit Leeton."
Visit www.howardgoldenberg.com to read his blog.