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Celebrate freedom in New Castle

By Kay VasilakisThe 27th annual Freedom Celebration, a non-alcoholic event, will kickoff at noon July 4 at Apple Tree Park with the flag raising ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 221 and Cub Scout Pack 221. Then the afternoon kicks into high gear with fun and games for everyone. Kids can get a ride in the genuine 1941 firetruck engine and enjoy bump-n-jump and plenty of water fun all day. “Ol’ Facefull” is back by popular demand, so bring a towel and extra clothes. Live entertainment will begin about 5:30 p.m. and continue until around 9:30, when the fireworks show will begin. The Western Slope Stompers and the New Hope Praise Band will be performing, as well as a group from New Creation Church. Featured performers are “Fleeting Moment,” a bluegrass group from Montrose. From their beginnings as a family band, Fleeting Moment has always focused on family-oriented bluegrass. They will be performing with special guest James Weatherly, banjo player from Lonesome Traveler Bluegrass Band, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and then again from 8:30 p.m. until the fireworks begin. The old timers will once again enjoy the “What’s It Contest”. Anyone who has an unusual and antique item, please bring it to Martha at Apple Tree Community. Anyone can enter the contest. There will be a prize for the one who gets the most answers correct. Fireworks start at dusk, thanks once again to Ross Talbott. Re-enacted gunfight and more at Burning Mountain FestivalA gunfight re-enactment will be played out on Main Street at high noon Saturday, July 15, during the Burning Mountain Festival. Who will be the gunslingers? Who will be the only one left standing? See for yourself, as well as plenty of other interesting happenings, at this year’s festival. The Taste of New Castle brings New Castle’s culinary creations to Burning Mountain Park at 6 p.m. Friday, July 14. The highlight of the evening is John Adams’ performance, to start at 7 p.m.The Burning Mountain Festival T-shirt contest was won by James “Rabbitt” Thomas, who submitted a simple wagon wheel design for the Spirit of the Old West theme.Help fund ministry expensesKate Newton-Cromwell, daughter of Nancy Newton and Rich Cromwell, of Silt, recently graduated from Northern Arizona University. She is moving to Eugene, Ore., in August to intern with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Oregon. Kate needs to raise support to fund ministry expenses. If you can help Kate and encourage her in her quest for Christian witness on campus, please contact her at (970) 379-5197 or by e-mail at kate.newtoncromwell@gmail.com.Fire restrictionsExtremely dry weather conditions have made the fire danger in New Castle and surrounding areas dangerously high. The town of New Castle has temporarily banned open-burning fires and the use, sale and possession of all fireworks.Propane, gas or charcoal barbecues are still allowed.Smoking is not allowed unless you are in an enclosed vehicle or building, or outside in an area clear of all flammable material for at least three feet in diameter.The fire and fireworks ban is in effect until Nov. 1, 2006.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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