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DestiNation ImagiNation honors sick brother

Mary Riddile’s eighth-grade DestiNation ImagiNation team at Riverside Middle School, the Riverside DiNamics, has been together for four years. The team has qualified for the state competition three out of those four years. Right before the regional competition this year, one of the team players, Leanna Harju, found out her older brother Phil has leukemia. Phil was airlifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver for at least a month of treatment. In honor of Leanna’s brother, the team painted Phil’s initials on its DestiNation ImagiNation uniforms when the members competed on Saturday, April 2. This competition was special for the team, and the kids dedicated their performance to Phil. They outdid themselves and the six members received a first place, a perfect score, and two extra awards – the Renaissance Award (excellence in engineering) and the da Vinci Award (extreme creativity).Afterwards, the DestiNation ImagiNation regional director presented Leanna with the Spirit of D.I. Award, for her efforts, understanding all that she had been through in the competition. It is very rarely given to an individual; it is usually given to teams. Team coach Mary Riddile and the New Castle Lions Club are organizing fund-raisers to help with Phil’s treatment. The first fund-raiser is a spaghetti dinner, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Kathryn Senor Elementary School. Call Riddile at 984-0636 for more information.Auctioneer Oak Mackey will be on hand to auction off cakes as an additional benefit for Phil and his family. Take a cake home for Mom for Mother’s Day.Phil’s parents, Art and Val Harju, moved to New Castle with their eight kids three years ago. Art works in construction, and Val is a part-time teller at Alpine Bank. “They are very well-liked in our community and because they have helped others so often, the community really wants to return the favor now by way of this benefit,” said New Castle branch Alpine Bank manager Judy Shaffer. “We hope everyone will join us on May 6 for a wonderful dinner and a fun cake auction!”nnnThe friendly doctors, nurses and support staff at Glenwood Medical Associates and New Castle Family Health will join with Valley View Hospital to sponsor the annual Community Health Fair from 7:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Riverside Middle School. The same screenings that were offered at the April 16 Community Health Fair, which was held at Glenwood Medical Associates, will be available to participants.nnnNew Castle resident Ginny Saliman is re-opening her needlework store, Needles & Pins, in Glenwood Springs. It will be at a new location, and she’s also going to offer her original jewelry, art and cross-stitch designs. Watch for more information about the store’s grand re-opening coming soon!nnnThe 15th Annual New Castle Bike Rodeo will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Riverside Middle School. The rodeo will feature a “Rules of the Road” bicycle safety course, a bicycle lottery, free food and beverages, and free helmets and water bottles.This event is sponsored the the New Castle Police Department, local businesses and community members. Donations are welcome. nnnYou may have noticed the construction that began March 23 at the New Castle branch library. The library was first built in 1968. The basement, which housed the Garfield County Library system’s administrative offices, had no ventilation for director of the Garfield County Library System Jaci Spuhler and business manager Mindy Kittay.”We’re trying to make do with an old building,” Spuhler said. “There was no light and no ventilation. It’s an improvement already, it’s wonderful.”The next step will be re-pouring the sidewalk and installing 48-inch high railings.”The construction is due to be complete by the end of the month, with any luck at all,” said Spuhler.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or kvasilakis@postindependent.com.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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