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Veterans to be honored at Coal Ridge

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Coal Ridge High School cheerleaders didn’t think it had to be Veterans Day to honor veterans and military personnel, and wanted to fire up the school spirit. Coal Ridge High School cheerleading coach Jill Hamrick and the Titan cheerleaders have been working on a patriotic routine to honor veterans and current military at half-time of this Friday’s basketball game.

Hamrick and the cheerleaders ” Nadine Chavez, Katie Sulki, Anna King, Jacklyn Aelio, Maggie Sheriff, Lisa King, Lecero Aveli, Jaylene Morton and Jolyn Egan ” thought this would be a great way contribute a lasting positive memory to local veterans. They are excited to be performing their routine to the powerful “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, and have been perfecting their special routine for three weeks.

“We’re always trying to do something different during our half-time shows,” said Hamrick.

The entire student body is being encouraged to wear red, white and blue on Friday, in support of the patriotic effort.

There will be a sign-in table for the vets and current military, and a special seating section in the gym. The veterans and current military will be acknowledged en masse at the beginning of the half-time show. All vets and current military personnel are invited, and they do not have to be a member of a service organization, such as the VFW or American Legion. The admission for the game is free for veterans and current military personnel.

The game starts at 7 p.m. in the Coal Ridge High School gymnasium. The Titans play the Aspen Skiers.

“I think that all our vets and active duty military personnel will appreciate the effort of the cheerleaders at Coal Ridge to honor all of them for their service,” said John Getty Jr., Vice Commander of the Rifle American Legion. “A lot has changed since the dark days of the 60s and 70s regarding how the people in our military are perceived. Regardless of how one views the mission they have been sent on, we can still be extremely proud of the job these patriots perform every day. Any time a group of young people want to show their appreciation for those who have or are serving their country, it’s worth the time and effort and will be appreciated very much.”

Craft workshops

The New Castle Branch Library is offering adult craft workshops during the months of February, March and April. Why not get out of the house and learn something new, or learn new tips on crafts you already enjoy?

A beginners’ basketweaving workshop is planned for Feb. 2, you can use those skills for a more advanced basketweaving class Feb. 23.

Mark your calendars for the March 1 Ukrainian Eggs workshop with Jaci Spuhler. Participants will take home a dyed egg made with their very own hands. This activity is a great way to get in touch with your creative talents, and Jaci is a very patient and experienced teacher. You will get inspired and you will have fun.

Ann Honchell of the library is also planning a scrapbooking event for sometime in April.

Humanitarian award nominee

Arrick Peck, son of Daniel and Kaaren Peck of New Castle, is one of the nominees who will be honored at the Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Arrick, 16, is home-schooled and also attends Yampah Mountain High School. He is a Young Adult Ski Patroller at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Can’t wait …

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure looking forward to the spring, hearing the birds, and smelling my lilacs.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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