Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Heather Paulson
Kelley Cox |

Alder Park Trail cleanup

On April 9 in New Castle, a community cleanup was held for the Alder Park Trail. The event was organized by Sylvia Duchscher, age 6, the Duchscher family (father Justin, mother Stacey and brother Soren) and Tom Regan. More than 20 people gave time and picked up trash. About 12 full-size trash bags were filled. The town supplied tools and trash bags while agreeing to haul way the collected garbage. Donuts and coffee were served, and it was a very successful event. Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special thank-you to Sylvia and Tom.

New Castle volunteer recognition event

The Town of New Castle and The River Center hosted the annual Volunteer New Castle Recognition event on April 24. The event is held to honor the hundreds of local volunteers who give their time to support dozens of local needs. The highlight of the event was the naming of the New Castle Volunteer of the year, John Harcourt, an 8-year resident of New Castle. Upon his arrival, John was instrumental in revitalizing the Cub Scout program locally and led it in developing an enormous annual food drive, which collects thousands of pounds of food each year to support the local LIFT-UP operation. John has made a difference in many young lives through these efforts and says his reward is watching each one become a better person. He is also a longtime member of the Volunteer New Castle Committee, manages Mr. T’s annual fishing derby, works with “Color New Castle” efforts to provide flowers in the downtown area, has volunteered with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and teaches a fly fishing class each year, donating the proceeds to the town. He also managed the parade for the town’s 125th anniversary celebration.

For the first time, the celebration also honored a Volunteer Business of the Year, recognizing Elk Creek Mining Company, a local restaurant and bar, for its many volunteer efforts in the community, whether it is food, money, energy or time. Among those efforts are providing items for silent auctions, money for cancer research, providing food for the Senior luncheon at the River Center each month, providing the “Student of the Month” from the local schools with a free meal to recognize and encourage their success. They also cater events for local teachers at cost. They support music programs, sports teams and booster clubs in many ways as well. Owner John Weber and his staff accepted the award on behalf of their business.

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