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Help build Colorow Trail on Saturday

If you’re looking to direct your efforts towards a good cause, make plans to participate in the Colorow Trail Work Day on Saturday, June 5. The trail is north of New Castle, and volunteers will be working on the east leg of the loop.

Organizers are asking for volunteers 14 and older, and that each minor be accompanied by one adult volunteer.

Tools, leadership and after-work pizza will be provided. Pre-registered volunteers will receive a free National Trails Day T-shirt.



Volunteers should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.; be prepared to work until approximately 4 p.m.; bring their own sturdy work shoes, gloves, water and sack lunch; and leave dogs at home.

To sign up, please call Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at (877) 662-5220, e-mail rfov@sopris.net, or call Suzie at 984-0502.



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Families wanting a more party atmosphere on Saturday can come to the New Castle Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. for the 2004 Bike Safety Rodeo and New Castle Plaza Block Party.

A bike safety and skills course will be set up in the parking lot, with prizes for all participants, and drawings for bikes and helmets. The New Castle Police Department is sponsoring the bike rodeo.

The food and fun for this event is provided by plaza merchants Alpine Bank, New Castle Family Health, Subway, New Castle Family Fitness, Elmer Suds, Hong’s Garden, Castle Valley Children’s Clinic, City Market, and New Castle SuperBowl.

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Sixth Street resident Glenn Wysocki won the Burning Mountain Poster Contest, coordinated by the New Castle Art Guild and sponsored by the New Castle Chamber. His design will appear on Burning Mountain T-shirts.

Wysocki also designed the logo for the Hogback Hustle 5K Race T-shirts. The race will be at 8:30 a.m. on July 10, and all proceeds benefit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Call Eileen at 984-9705 for more details.

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The Pick-n-Fiddle Contest is coming back to Burning Mountain Day, Saturday, July 17. The contest will have several categories with cash prizes. Applications are available at Making Waves or the New Castle branch of Alpine Bank, or at newcastlechamber.org. Check out the Web site, sponsored and designed by Dennis Bradley, for the festival event schedule.

A new event for this year’s festival is the Coal Country Karaoke contest, sponsored by 99.1 KMTS and New Star Karaoke. The contest will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the park. Call Karen at 984-3625 for more information.

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While cycling through downtown New Castle, Glenwood Springs resident Bill Lockwood noticed Ritter Plaza needed a little color.

Lockwood recently passed his master gardener class through the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and needs 25 more hours to become certified as a master gardener.

He took initiative and asked Patty Ringer at OZ, the Artists’ Workshop, about the plaza. Ringer indicated she and other volunteers have been struggling to keep the area weeded and watered.

Lockwood obtained help from Donna Fassi, a business consultant, to draw up eight pages of city landscape guidelines.

Lockwood took soil samples from eight different projects in the New Castle area, and talked to New Castle town project coordinator Jim Stevens, who agreed that improvements to Ritter Plaza would get the most bang for the buck.

Lockwood’s plans for Ritter Plaza include plantings of poppy mallow, a 6-inch, magenta-colored plant. CSU designated the native perennials to be “select” plants. Lockwood will be back in the fall, and until then, master gardeners Martin and Peggy Dieter of Glenwood Springs will help out with the plaza this summer.

“Ritter Plaza is unique to my eyes in this area,” Lockwood said. “It is a sheltering site with a two-story brick wall to the west and a one-story wall to the east. And it has the largest apricot tree I’ve ever seen to the south.”

Citizens are asked to help out with weeding and watering to help keep Ritter Plaza picturesque. Please contact Patty Ringer at 984-0445.

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Don’t forget the annual Castle Valley Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit area park improvements.

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Girls 6-18 living in New Castle or attending New Castle schools may participate in the Burning Mountain Pageant. The deadline to register is June 10. Call Karen at 984-3625 for more information.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.


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