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Celebrate a century with Pete

Pete Mattivi’s 100th birthday is today, Sept. 8. The entire town is invited to a big shindig from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Burning Mountain Park to celebrate the life of this icon who was a Garfield County commissioner and served several terms as New Castle’s mayor.Entertainment will be provided by a live band, “Heart of the Rockies.” Cake, ice cream, and beverages will be served. Cards are welcome, but no gifts, please. The event is sponsored by Pete’s daughter, Pam Bunn, and the New Castle Café. Come on down and wish more happy birthdays to a man who has been such a prominent force in our little town.

Come celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, by helping Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers complete construction through BLM land of the Colorow Trail above New Castle. Local citizens and other volunteers started building this three-mile loop trail in 2003, and help is needed to finish trail construction. This moderate hiking trail and difficult mountain biking trail travels through piñon and junipers and includes a spur trail to a terrific overlook above New Castle and the Colorado River Valley.Trails day volunteers will receive rewards such as a dinner, a T-shirt and chances at prizes such as Lakota Canyon golf passes. Tools, materials and leadership are provided, and the work is suitable for children 14 years and older. The project starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m. For questions or to volunteer, contact Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at 927-8241, rfov@sopris.net or via online registration at http://www.rfov.org.

New Castle voters will be asked to allow the town of New Castle to borrow up to $800,000 for the development of a central park campus on a 10-acre parcel east of Kathryn Senor Elementary School.The ballot question on Nov. 1 would not increase taxes, but would allow the town to obtain a 20-year note to borrow from existing and future sales tax revenues.Passing of the bond issue would create passive park areas and a multi-use field for adult as well as youth activities. Picnic shelters, landscaping, a natural amphitheater area and a trail system are planned for the first phase.The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 3. Voter registration forms are available at Town Hall, the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Glenwood, or on-line at http://www.sos.state.co.us/ pubs/elections.Work begins this fall on the final stages of improvements at Alder Park, located in Castle Valley Ranch.Contractors, volunteer citizens, Eagle Scout candidates and Lions Club members will be adding foot bridges, constructing trails, planting trees and enhancing wetlands. The project includes the creation of two fishing ponds connected by a small waterfall. The half-acre ponds will be stocked for summer fishing by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.Trails will connect the Kay Williams playground area on the west to the ponds and soccer fields, and finally to Kathryn Senor Elementary on the east.Volunteers are needed for workdays. Contact Jim Stevens at Town Hall or jim@newcastlecolorado.org.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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