Coal Country Feud teams get competitive |

Coal Country Feud teams get competitive

The much anticipated second Coal Country Feud is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and the teams are studying like crazy. “We all know they (New Castle Town Council) cheated last year, and we’re not going to let them cheat this year,” said Town Clerk Lisa Cain. “We want them all to be worried.””Dave Schroeder’s the one to fear, but the senior citizens are really the ones to watch out for; they’re going out to win this thing,” countered Judy Gordon, event organizer and wife of town councilman Bob Gordon. “A lot of the seniors were in the audience last year and were correcting young whippersnappers’ answers and making notes. Scherry Simonson put together a senior team this year. They’ve got good memories and they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeves.” Town Council, Town Administration, New Castle Chamber, New Castle Lions Club, Senior Citizens, and the Re-2 School District are the teams competing in the Coal Country Feud. At the May 3 Town Council meeting, council members bragged about how much money they have raised. The team that raises the most money for the feud receives a gift, and that apparently is another thing to brag about within the feuding entities. Boy Scout Troop 223 will host a dinner before the feud, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a burger or a hot dog and support the scouts. Musician John Adams will provide entertainment during the dinner hour.Organizers will give away several door prizes during the competition. A $1 admission at the door gets you a piece of pie and coffee, and enters you into to the door prize drawing.Feud proceeds, except for proceeds from the Boy Scout dinner, benefit Burning Mountain Festival. Ten percent of the proceeds will also go to the new Veterans Memorial.

Speaking of the Veterans Memorial, the town has put final touches on a request for proposals for artistic services to create the new monument. The proposals are available at Town Hall. Possible local artists have been identified, but additional artists are asked to submit RFPs. The deadline for submission is Sept. 30. There are several criteria, including a sketch, photo, or model of the artistic vision. The town hopes to award a contract by January of 2006. Pick up the RFP from Lisa Cain, town clerk. Questions: Steve Rippy or Dave Schroeder, Historical Preservation Committee chair.

British actress Elizabeth Mansfield will present a one-woman dramatic performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle. Titled “The Uninvited,” Mansfield’s presentation is an unaccompanied performance piece, telling the extraordinary stories of refugees and exiles from all over the world. Poems, writings and testimonies are woven into songs – Spanish, Yiddish, Filipino, Farsi, Bosnian – and sung both in the original language and in English translation. New Castle diva Linda Colby is the event coordinator. Light refreshments will be served. Admission to the event is on a donation basis. For more information, call 984-0419.

Remember the spaghetti fund-raiser and cake auction for Phil Harju at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Kathryn Senor Elementary School. Phil, the son of Val and Art Harju, of New Castle, recently found out he has leukemia.Cakes and other donated items will be auctioned off by a professional auctioneer. Tickets at the door are $5 per person or $20 per family.The entire Town of New Castle is behind this fund-raiser for Phil, who is a freshman at Rifle High School. Be there or be square!Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail

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