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The Elk Creek footbridge to Riverside School on 7th Street is open. Judy Gordon, who can watch kids going over the bridge from her house, said, “The kids were so happy to finally use the bridge. It takes them off this unsafe corner over here and cuts down on the time it takes them to get to school.” The town will officially name the bridge at a future date and have some kind of ceremony.Local citizens have talked about having a bridge to the school since Castle Valley Ranch was annexed in 1983, according to town administrator Steve Rippy. Serious talk about the bridge began five years ago, when changes in the sewer system required a creek crossing. Combining the two projects made sense. Land on the east side of the creek was donated by Rollie Gordon.The placing of the bridge began several weeks ago, and the bridge opened Feb. 5. It was paid for by the town’s open space and trails tax and sewer fees, and designed by Jeff Simonson of Schmueser Gordon Meyer.Speaking of the Gordon family, Bob Gordon was the master of ceremonies and also bused tables at the Feb. 1 fund-raising dinner for Warren and Shirley Wailes at the New Castle Community Center. The Wailes’ home was destroyed by fire Jan. 14. A crowd of 250 people came out. Pianist Susan Grant played throughout the evening, which gave the event a more elegant ambiance.Door prizes included paintings by local artists, gift certificates from Hogback Pizza, Accents, New Castle Family Fitness Center, other local businesses and the Hot Springs Pool. Way to go, citizens of New Castle!-The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the New Castle Community Center on Monday, Feb. 10, will be chef’s choice soup, chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat bread, cheese and tomato wedge, combo vegetable salad, and a citrus cup.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle news or inspirations to share. Go, Avs!


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