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Community Briefs

The New Castle annual water report is available on the town website at From the home page go to Departments / Water & Wastewater / Consumer Confidence Report 2012..A tour of the town’s water plant is also posted on the sight.

The family of 7-year-old Jayden Palm has organized a yard sale fundraiser for May 11-13 to help with travel expenses to and from Children’s Hospital in Denver to visit Jayden. The yard sale will take place at 455 Elm Ave. in Rifle, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. It is being organized by the boy’s father, Scott Palm, and stepmother, Caitlin Palm.Jayden is recovering at the Denver hospital, where he was admitted last month after developing a blood clot in his leg. He was also diagnosed with a rare type of staph infection.Donations of items to include in the yard sale are also being accepted. To donate, or for more information, call Caitlin at (970) 456-3663 or Scott at (970) 456-3600.A donation account to help the family with ongoing medical expenses has also been set up at Alpine Bank, account No. 2021344004, under the name of Victor Rung.To learn more about Jayden and his progress, visit his Children’s Hospital CarePage at: carepages/JaydenPalm.

Literacy Outreach needs your help teaching basic literacy skills to adults including basic reading, writing and math to native English speakers and oral English skills to non-native speakers. Volunteers do not need to speak a foreign language or have prior teaching experience, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English and three hours of time per week to work with an adult. Literacy Outreach will provide interested volunteers with more information regarding the requirements and rewards at a volunteer informational session at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Gordon Cooper Library Branch Library or at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.Literacy Outreach is a local nonprofit teaching essential literacy skills to adults one word at a time. Call 970-945-5282 for more information.

The New Castle Cub Scout Pack #221 is hosting a free fishing derby for children ages 3-15 on Saturday, May 12, at Grand River Park. The Fishing Derby, sponsored by Mr. T’s Hardware, in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. for children ages 3-9 and from 2:30-4 p.m. for those 10-15. A limited number of fishing poles will be provided by the DOW, and awards will be given for each age group. Preregistration by Friday, May 11, is required, and can be done online at, by phone at (970) 984-3352, or in person at Mr. T’s Hardware or the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.

Join Jonathan Lowsky, wildlife biologist with Colorado Wildlife Science LLC, and staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy for this look at great blue herons, bald eagles and osprey near the confluence of Cattle Creek and the Roaring Fork River from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. This area is nest heaven for these birds: more than 20 nesting pairs of herons, one pair of bald eagles, and in 2005, the first recorded pair of ospreys fledged an offspring near this site. Tour includes two properties that are off-limits to the public in search of these large avian predators. Meet at Aspen Glen. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope. Registration is required at Call 970-927-1290 with questions.

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