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Put in your two-cents’ worth

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

A New Castle municipal election will be held April 6 and two ballot issues will be voted upon. If you have any issues with the vehicle-use tax, speak now or forever hold your peace.

New Castle is accepting “pro” and “con” statements regarding the ballot issue related to vehicle-use tax. Comments must address the specific ballot question and include a signature and an address where the signer is registered to vote. Comments will be accepted by the Town Clerk, 450 West Main Street, P.O. Box 90, New Castle, until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Comments filed by New Castle voters will be summarized by the Town Clerk, printed, and mailed to all registered voters in New Castle between Feb. 22 and March 8.

The other ballot issue concerns allowing town documents to be publicized on the town website, and the striking of “in a local newspaper of general circulation” about the publishing of those documents.

In the election, voters will choose the mayor and three councilors to serve four-year terms. To serve as mayor and on the New Castle Town Council, one must be a registered voter, 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and a town resident for at least 1 year prior to the election.

Persons interested in running for office may download nomination forms from the town website, http://www.newcastlecolorado.org. The petitions need a minimum of 15 signatures by registered voters residing within town limits. The signed petitions must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.

The last day to register to vote is March 8, and ballots will start going out March 19.

Patti’s Main Street Coffee House was packed last Thursday night, full of art lovers anxious to see more of Carmel Waldron’s watercolor paintings. And she did not disappoint. Every square inch in the front room of the restaurant was jam-packed with colorful landscapes, animals, and abstract works. There are definitely many art lovers in New Castle.

It was good to see that Bill’s Ironhorse back-room restaurant was also busy that evening. If you have never been to the Ironhorse, come enjoy a very yummy dinner, and check out the train coming through the wall and all of the dollar bills tacked to the ceiling.

“The idea is to fill the ceiling with memories,” said Bill Pugh. The restaurateur drilled a hole in the end of a broomstick, sticks a tack with a dollar on the end of it, and tacks the money on the ceiling, all while standing on a step stool. Early afternoon, Feb., 17, there were 38 bills on the ceiling, and he planned on tacking up 15 more later in the afternoon. People usually sign and date the bills, or add some other note of remembrance.

What a great use of space in beautiful downtown New Castle.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for his or her acts of kindness? The 21st annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, April 12 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. This event honors those nominees who have unselfishly given of themselves for the betterment of Garfield County citizens. The Humanitarian Awards Dinner is sponsored by the Garfield County Commissioners and the Garfield County Human Services Commission.

It’s easy to nominate anyone who has made a positive difference for others. Download the guidelines and a nomination form from the county website, http://www.garfield-county.com; click on News at the top of the page; and then Humanitarian Awards.

Create a strong nomination by including everything your nominee has done in a humanitarian spirit for Garfield County. Gather all pertinent information about your nominee’s goodness, and get support letters from others who know further information. Each nominee will be individually honored at the Awards Dinner with the information supplied by the nomination. Make it good so the committee may give fair consideration to your nominee.

Past winners of a Humanitarian Award are not eligible for further recognition. A list of previous winners is on the county website.

Nominees will be the guests of the county commissioners and the Human Services Commission. All other attendees will be required to pre-pay by making reservations at The Family Visitor Program. Call 945-1234, extension 17, by April 7. The cost of each dinner is $20. No credit cards will be accepted.

This event is not a fundraiser for the Human Services Commission, nor any of its agencies.

For more information, please call Kay at 618-6689.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a possible mention of a positive local event, news item or inspiration, please e-mail kvasilakis2222@gmail.com or call 618-6689.

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