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New Castle Lions are busy helping others

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoThe New Castle Lions Club sponsor Tori Palmer and the newest New Castle Lion, Jan Greco.

The New Castle Lions Club recently welcomed its newest member, Jan Greco, to the pride. Jan is an energetic mother of five daughters, and has lived in NC for 1 1/2 years. She enjoys volunteering.

“I grew up with the idea that if you see something you don’t like, don’t criticize, do something; if you see someone who needs help, get up and help them.”

Judy Shaffer thinks destiny brought Jan to the New Castle Lions Club, and is grateful for her volunteerism.

The local Lions just completed vision screenings for all the kindergarten classes at the two New Castle elementary schools. Two teams of Lions used digital screening cameras to test over 100 kindergartners. Of that 100 children tested, 10 children’s test results indicated the need for additional testing for near and far-sightedness, lazy eye, etc.

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Now the Lions are gearing up for a busy spring. Lions members will provide lots of good food at the annual Elk Creek Elementary school carnival to be held Friday, May 1. And more New Castle Lions will help set up and volunteer at the annual Valley View Hospital Health Fair set for May 1 and 2.

Chartered in 1999, the New Castle Lions serve their community in many ways. For information on how to join this active community organization, please go to

The third annual Earth Day Expo 2009 will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at New Castle Community Center in beautiful downtown New Castle. It’s a free educational, family event. Call Suzie at 984-0502 for more information.

Before or after the Earth Day Expo, head out from 2-7 p.m. to the open house at Dwyers Greens and Flowers, 4730 County Road 335, by Apple Tree Park. Live music and refreshments catered by Big Mama, and great specials on plants, will help you get in the mood for spring planting.

For more information, go to

Nancy Vance and Rose Rauman have combined their businesses to provide New Castle and the Silt areas with fresh flowers and gifts all in one convenient location ” 742 W. Main Street in New Castle.

Country Rose Boutique’s location is formerly the popular Picket Fence, 742 W. Main St. in New Castle. Call 984-3550 for unique gifts and tanning. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Clean out your closets! Help the Coal Ridge High School National Honor Society by bringing in your used semi-formal or formal dresses to the school’s main office by Friday, April 3. These dresses will be sold at 75-80 percent off the original purchase price. Proceeds will be used for gift certificates for the “A Dream Come True” raffle, which will go toward a dinner out in Glenwood Springs, a manicure or pedicure, a free up-do for prom, or two corsages for some lucky girl and her date.

This raffle will be drawn at the actual dress sale from 7-8:30 p.m. April 3 at Coal Ridge High School.

For more information, call Craig Park, Coal Ridge National Honor Society advisor, at 665-6738.

Canyon Cleaners has offered to clean used formals.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a local news tip or inspiration, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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