A lot going on in New Castle
The Town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber are sponsoring a Volunteer Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16, at Riverside School, 804 West Main Street. The public is invited and will be able to visit with representatives of the many nonprofit organizations in the New Castle community to get information and ideas about joining in with the community’s volunteer efforts. Whether it’s serving on town council, coaching a youth sports team, joining the Lions Club or the Chamber, building hiking trails, or any number of other interests, these organizations can use your talents. Visit with organizations including the Boy Scouts, Burning Mountain Festival Committee, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, CMC Senior Programs, Envision New Castle, Friends of the New Castle Library, The Garden School, New Castle Lions Club, New Castle Historical Society, Westcare Ambulance Service, and others. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.The Town of New Castle invites the public to attend a farewell party for New Castle Town Administrator Steve Rippy. Coffee and dessert will be provided at the event, which is from 7-9 p.m. March 2, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 West Main Street. Please RSVP by Feb. 17 to New Castle Town Hall, at 984-2311.Getting involved in a local nonprofit is a very rewarding experience and is a great way to make good use of your time. Plus, you can meet other big-hearted people who may just live around the corner and you don’t even know it. The Advocate Safehouse Project and domestic violence victims need your help, and are taking applications for the next training to begin in April. Your understanding and support can help victims through a difficult time. As an advocate, volunteers choose their shifts and will always have staff support while covering the helpline. Free training prepares volunteers to respond to calls received by the Advocate Safehouse Project’s 24-hour Help Line. Bilingual Spanish/English volunteers are greatly needed. Please call Julia at 945-2632 ext.104 for more information.Don’t forget the Peach Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm meeting. The meeting is from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at Ken and Gail Kuhns’ house, located at 3465 Peach Valley Road. The CSA grows all its produce without chemical fertilizers or pesticides or genetic engineering, and all weeds are removed by hand. The benefits of this farming method include decreased shipping and packaging pollutants, increased food quality and freshness, and an education in the farming of healthful produce.Some of the items available at Peach Valley CSA are strawberries, herbs and lettuces, onions, corn, beans, tomatoes, potaoes, squash, fruit and eggs.The contact number is 876-2850.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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