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Juggling graduations

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoAnna, Max and Justin Peterson

Brent and Shirley Peterson, who live on their ranch outside New Castle, can breathe a sigh of relief after an extraordinarily busy month. All three of their children graduated this month.

Justin, the oldest, graduated from Rifle High School in 2001 and recently received his fisheries conservation biology degree from CSU. He will begin working for the Colorado Department of Wildlife June 1.

“Working for the Department of Wildlife seems to be something that will be worthwhile,” said Justin. “I’m looking forward to a lot of high-mountain sampling, going to high altitude lakes and determining what fish are in those lakes.”

Anna, the middle child, graduated from Rifle High School in 2004. She graduated summa cum laude from CU with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology. She plans to take some time off and then go to graduate school.

Max is the youngest Peterson. He graduated with the first Coal Ridge High School graduating class last week. He will be attending and playing soccer for Colorado Mountain College. He would like to pursue a career in filmmaking, but he’s not definite about that.

The family juggled time to attend graduations. Max took an advanced placement test the morning of Anna’s biology department graduation, and Brent and Shirley were already in Boulder. Terry Halbert, a loyal family friend, saved the day and took Max to Boulder after the test so he could attend Anna’s department graduation. Justin took his last test at CSU and came down that night so he could go to Anna’s main CU graduation at Folsum Field.

Because Justin’s graduation from CSU was scheduled the same time as Max’s graduation, he skipped his graduation and everybody went to Max’s graduation with a bunch of their relatives who came in for all the festivities.

“We are proud of them all, of course,” said Shirley. “Their optimism and hope for the future is contagious, plus they make us laugh.”

The New Castle Garden Club is sponsoring a container gardening class from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the New Castle Senior Apartments, 201 Castle Valley Blvd. Pat McCarty from the Colorado Extension Service will be providing the informational talk.

The club’s community garden in New Castle will have sections of the garden that can be rented for as little as $15 per season, and they hope to be planting in early June. Contact Debby Puckett at 970-230-0479 for more information.

Don’t forget the laugh-packed, family-friendly Coal Country Feud, to be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the New Castle Community Center. The feud is a New Castle history fundraiser for Burning Mountain Festival. The event includes a spaghetti dinner, homemade pie, coffee, music, museum artifacts and voting for the Burning Mountain Festival T-shirt.

The feud itself is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with competing New Castle Seniors, The Town Council, The New Castle Lions Club and The Town Staff teams, who are intensely studying New Castle history for this hotly contested event.

Come down to the community center and support the people who are a large part of New Castle’s Burning Mountain Festival spirit.

New Castle watering restrictions are now in effect. Residents with odd address numbers may water on odd-numbered days from midnight to 10 am., and from 6 p.m. to midnight, for a total of four hours per day. Even-numbered addresses water on even numbered days.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with local inspirations and news tips, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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