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Mountain Mailbag

Edited by Donna Daniels

New baby

Nick and Susan Ferpes of New Castle welcomed Madalyn Elizabeth on April 29. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. She joins brother Jake, 7; Taylor, 6; and Nicole, 3.

The amazing maze

The amazing maize maze in New Castle is changing shape this year. Owner and maze master Charles Ryden plans a spider web. This fun and educational experience for the whole family will be open from Aug. 15, or whenever the corn is tall enough, till Nov. 1. There are questions about agriculture in each corner and the right answer points to the right way to go. Prizes are also hidden in the maze. There will also be a Halloween Party this year. Admission is six kernels of corn for adults and four for children (each kernel is $1). School groups are welcome. For more information call the Rydens at 984-2190.

Teacher of the Year

The Colorado Department of Education is accepting nominations for Colorado Teacher of the Year for 2004. Anyone can submit a nomination, and they must be received by the CDE by Sept. 5. The teacher must be in an active career in a state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The winner automatically becomes the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. For an application or more information, call Jody Ohmert Nordbye at 303-866-6937 or go to

Cowan graduates

Army Pvt. Evan G. Cowan has graduated from One Station Unit Training at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga.

He is the son of Caren and Mark Cowan of Parachute and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 2001.

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