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This year’s Burning Mountain Festival will honor the 40th anniversary of the last graduating class of New Castle High School. The Class of 1963 was the largest class to graduate from the school, and eighteen or nineteen of those 21 graduates will be coming back to New Castle for a reunion. They will be honored as grand marshals of the Burning Mountain Parade. Lawrence W. St. John will also be in attendance and ride on the class float in the parade. In 1949, St. John’s first teaching job was as a teacher in the Garfield County School District No. 16. From 1954 through 1960, he was superintendent in that district. He became superintendent of schools in New Castle in 1960, and in 1963 he served as the curriculum coordinator and assistant superintendent for Garfield Re-2.St. John was superintendent of the Grand Valley School District from 1975 through 1985, was the former mayor of Grand Valley, was named Colorado Superintendent of the Year in 1981, and the L.W. St. John Middle School was named after him in 1983. He currently lives in Grand Junction.Bob Gordon was president of the Class of 1963, Dave Parker was the vice president, Jeanette Sample (Davidson) was secretary, Ronnie Halbert was treasurer, and Mr. Rodney Winn was the sponsor. Twenty-two girls, ages 6-18, will be competing in this year’s Burning Mountain Pageant on July 17, with the theme of “Dancing divas through the decades .” The pageant will also feature a royalty reunion of past royalty. For more information, or if former royalty have not been contacted, please call Karen Wood at 984-2305.Artphest will be held once again at the New Castle Community Center. An open house will be held from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 17. Artphest is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A Children’s Corner will display “anything kids want to display,” said Sharon Yoast, original Art Guild member and Artphest participant. Call Bryan Vashus to register for these tournaments: softball, July 11 and 12; basketball, July 18; and skateboard, July 18. Ask about details for a horseshoe pitching and volleyball tournament.The Beer Garden will be open from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19.Two pancake breakfasts are offered: Saturday, July 19, sponsored by the New Castle Ambulance, and Sunday, July 20, by the 4H Club. Both breakfasts will be at the New Castle Community Center. The Taste of New Castle is Friday night, featuring City Market, Garcia’s Productos de Mexico, the New Castle SuperBowl and New Castle Caf.The chamber booth will be in the new Weller Building, where Burning Mountain T-shirts and prints of this year’s painting of the former New Castle High School can be purchased. The charming painting is the second rendering of New Castle buildings done by local artist Jane Lee.Miss Piggy update: Miss Piggy returned to New Castle on Monday after a rejuvenation treatment at an out-of-town spa. She’s never looked so good! Kiss-N-Squeal candidate Keith Lambert and I will be the beneficiaries of a luncheon barbecue fund-raiser at the Burning Mountain Credit Union in Rifle on July 16. Y’all come!-I’m very saddened to report that Irene Frigge, a bundle of energy and the creator of the Burning Mountain Festival Bed Race, died in Denver from complications from pneumonia. Everyone who knew her will long remember Irene’s exuberance for the festival.-The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the New Castle Community Center on Monday, July 14, will be spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian green beans, fruit salad mix, hot garlic bread, and an ice cream bar.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle area news to share.


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