Coal Ridge freshman revved about new car |

Coal Ridge freshman revved about new car

Luke Maznio had a strategy all thought out for winning the drawing for a car at a Coal Ridge High School dance on Saturday night, April 1. Apparently, the strategy worked, because the car is his.Luke is a freshman at Coal Ridge, and doesn’t have his license yet, but he and his buddies sit in the car and dream about when he’ll be able to use it. He has his permit, and will get his license Oct. 31. “He did get his first job and is saving his money to trick out his car,” said Luke’s mother, Mo Maznio. “We would like to thank Karen Wood for giving this opportunity for the kids at Coal Ridge, and Modern Classic Motors for donating the car.”Karen Wood, president of the LEO Club Youth Project dreamed up the idea of a drawing for a car at the dance. The 1997 Ford Aspire was donated by the sales manager of Modern Classic Motors in Grand Junction. All proceeds will benefit the community as the LEO Club performs a variety of community service projects in New Castle. LIFT-UP’s new locationNew Castle LIFT-UP has moved to the Grand River Baptist Church basement, and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, please call 984-2115.For all you green-thumbsThe Glenwood Springs Downtown Market will present a “Spring Has Spring” garden symposium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Springs Theatre. Dan Johnson has worked in the green industry for more than 25 years. He designs and maintains the majority of the Denver Botanic Garden’s native and xeric gardens. The topic he will speak to is Water-Wise Gardening, including a list of favorite low/no-water use plants.Nicola Ripley has 18 years of experience in the field of alpine ecology. She is a full-time staff member of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Her presentation on Alpine Gardening will cover basic alpines for the beginning rock gardener and will briefly go over aspects of rock gardening.Victoria Rule is a co-owner of Willow Bend Iris Farm, which is one of the leading vendors of award-winning, world-class irises. Her topic is Irises for the Rocky Mountain Climate, and she will share how iris and day lilies thrive under the Colorado sun.Jerome Osentowski, founder and director of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, has identified centenarian fruit trees and trees that have proven themselves able to thrive at this altitude. His presentation will be Heritage Fruit Tree Survey, and he will speak on the need for input from many people to buy and plant the cuttings from old trees that have been grafted onto new sturdy root stock.The cost of the symposium is $35 per person, and refreshments will be provided. Call Jan Harr at 618-7842 to have a brochure/registration form sent to you. Don’t put it off, because the organizers have only 280 seats to fill.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, call 945-8515, ext. 513 or by e-mail at

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