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It was standing room only April 22 at the Silt Family Medical Center, with generous people supporting art and cultural education. The Second Annual Student Art Auction brought in a whopping $4,270, raised from purchases of ten pieces of art and bottles of wine. The proceeds go directly back to the school’s art and cultural programs.The Roy Moore Elementary parent’s association, RMEPA, sponsored the event in grand style. Professional auctioneer Carl Murray squeezed every penny from the bidders and made the auction quite entertaining. Two generous couples purchased pieces of artwork and gave them away, one to one of the artist’s moms, and one to Chris Balch, the retiring art teacher who helped create this annual event. Last year, Diane Branstetter of the Silt Family Medical Center attended the auction and walked away with nothing but the determination to be a successful bidder the next time around. Well, not only was she the highest bidder for the multi-hand piece of artwork created by five Roy Moore artists, she hosted the event at her facility.Branstetter said, “It’s a fabulous thing that they did. This particular piece I bid on, it just touched me as healing/helping/community hands, and that’s why I wanted it. I bought it personally and am donating it to the Medical Center. Cora Wettlin, one of the girls who made it, her mother is a nurse at Valley View Hospital, and her family comes to our clinic. I’m going to hang it on the small wall in the reception area, and put some kind of commemorative plaque underneath it.”Local businesses donated lots of food and wine to make this festivity a success. Elmer Suds in New Castle donated two cases of wine. Alpine Bank donated $150 towards the teachers’ collection for the purchase of the art. Safeway, Miner’s Claim Restaurant, Country Florist, Ornamental Iron, Columbine Liquor, Rocky Mountain Liquors, and John’s Liquors also contributed to the auction.A very big pat on the back to RMEPA and Cindy Scholl, Karren Valenteen, Linda Claussen, and the Silt Family Medical Center for another successful Student Art Auction.Are you interested in participating as a vendor at this year’s Burning Mountain Festival? The powers that be are accepting food and retail vendor applications. The annual festival, sponsored by the New Castle chamber, will be held Saturday, July 19. A limited number of spots are available and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Janet Godon at 984-0764, or send your name and address to 720 Ginseng Road in New Castle.-The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the New Castle Community Center will be turkey with chunky vegetables, creamy coleslaw, chilled fruit, and an herb biscuit.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle news to share.


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