July 18 is Miss Piggy Day in New Castle
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Town of New Castle has officially proclaimed Friday, July 18, to be Miss Piggy Day in New Castle. The mayor and Town Council members are supporting a “spirit of eccentricity” with this official proclamation.Miss Piggy is the Vasilakis family’s pink vintage Volkswagen. She will sport a snout, ears and tail in the Burning Mountain Festival Parade, the Live Remote at True Value on July 24, and other special events. Miss Piggy is helping me promote my Kiss-N-Squeal campaign for YouthZone.The Kiss-N-Squeal fund-raising effort is an annual event to raise money for YouthZone, a local organization which helps youth become more responsible, civic-minded citizens, and helps to keep them out of the criminal justice system. The Kiss-N-Squeal candidates collect “votes” ($1 = 1 vote). At the finale at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood on Aug. 6, whoever has the most votes wins the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kiss a real, live pig. I believe in YouthZone, and I want to kiss that pig!The Kiss-N-Squeal Contest is a no-rules event. Candidates have been known to use their wits to steal a special pig (NOT Miss Piggy!) from one location and place it inconveniently somewhere else. Candidates can use whatever methods they can devise to get the votes they need, and I’m using mine!A Pig Squealing Contest has been planned for Miss Piggy Day, right after the coronation of the Miss Burning Mountain Royalty in Burning Mountain Park, at approximately 7:15 p.m. Participants should be prepared to squeal. You don’t need to bring a pig, but if you’ve got one, that will make the contest even that much more interesting. There is a $1 fee per squeal, with all donations counted as votes for my campaign. The most creative squeal, the most realistic squeal, and the best squeal will win a prize.Supporters can contact me with their donations, or fill up the cuter-than-cute piggy banks at New Castle Family Fitness, Town Hall, New Castle Caf, and other possible locations, until Aug. 5. Be sure and specify the donation is for the Kay Vasilakis campaign.-Potential volunteers and seasoned volunteers are encouraged to sign up to help with this year’s Burning Mountain Festival. Here’s your chance to meet energetic new people and be a vital part of our town’s most visible event. Taking one or two shifts could really help out event organizers, and you still have lots of time to participate in your favorite festival activities, including the Pig Squealing Contest. Parade applications are available by contacting either Raquel Duran or Robin Burkett at New Castle Family Health, 820 Castle Valley Blvd., Suite 210, New Castle. Or call Raquel at 984-3661 or Robin at 984-0261.-New Castle Branch Library’s summer reading coordinator Diane Webster said that on June 25, 174 kids and moms packed the New Castle Community Center for the summer reading program. The library took a break for the Fourth of July week, but the next session on July 9 is sure to be a hit. Local artist Diane Seabrook will be demonstrating the art of painting. The program is free for all children.The library encourages kids to read 20 minutes per day and keep track of their reading time in a “Pilot’s Log.” Logs are returned to the library when 140 minutes have been entered. Top readers receive awards at the end of the eight-week program.Citizens may submit naming possibilities for a new 1.3-mile trail extending into BLM land north of New Castle. The trail is a project of the town, the Bureau of Land Management, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and local citizen volunteers.To submit possible names, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 984-0502. Citizens wanting to get involved may attend the next meeting at 6 p.m. on July 22 at Town Hall. Donations and volunteer prizes are being accepted for the workday planned for Saturday, Sept. 20.-Ross Talbott and Apple Tree Park will be presenting another spectacular fireworks display on the Fourth of July at dusk or approximately 9:30 p.m. Thanks, Ross!-The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon on Monday, July 7, at the New Castle Community Center will be salmon casserole with sauce, peas with pearl onions, stewed tomatoes, rye roll, and strawberries and bananas.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle area news to share. Oink! Oink! Oink! When you see a pink VW, you’ll know I’m around. Help me kiss that pig!
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