Help plan a Veterans Memorial |

Help plan a Veterans Memorial

New Castle’s Historical Preservation Commission is conducting a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 16, at Town Hall for design suggestions and other input of a new town of New Castle Veterans Memorial project. Several suggestions ranging from the small town traditional soldier statue or cannon, to a more extensive area for meditation and reflection, have already been considered.The proposed location of the future memorial is Ritter Plaza. Stone, bronze, or other materials suited to outdoor exposure would be used, and constructed according to the selected artist’s design.Once a general idea has been agreed upon by the commission, it will be presented to local sculptors Grant Ballin, Bernie Boettcher, Jeremy Dean Russell, and Greg Tonozzi for their artistic concepts and details.Those eligible to be honored on the memorial would be deceased veterans who lived in the New Castle area at any time in their lives. The commission believes it currently has about 150 veterans, from the Civil War to present, and room for additional names in future years.The project is expected to begin in the next couple of years and take two to three years to complete. Organizers will be looking for some means of funding for the project.The Historic Preservation Commission meets quarterly to monthly on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are posted through Town Hall. Congratulations to The New Castle Diner, who took first place honors in the Chili Cook-Off during the Holiday Celebration at Ritter Plaza on Dec. 3. There was a tie for second place, which went to Melissa Williams of New Castle Family Health, and Bob Gordon’s Moose Chili. Third place went to Elk Creek Mining Company. Be sure and take a couple minutes to appreciate the Christmas beauty at Burning Mountain Park. The new permanent Holiday Tree complements the festively decorated gazebo, and the bronze miner statue adds to the spirit of it all.Devin’s Tonsorial Barber Shop has come to beautiful downtown New Castle. Located on the corner of Main and Fifth streets where former beauty shops trimmed local locks, proprietress Devin Green specializes in men’s haircutting with over 20 years in the industry. Green also offers shaves by appointment only.Green worked at King’s Barbering Salon in Glenwood Springs for ten years, and before that she owned a shop on Sunset Boulevard in California. “I learned the craft from my father, who still cuts hair in Las Vegas,” said Green. Barbers are a rarity, and that’s why I like it. I think there are only five of us left in this valley.”Devin’s Tonsorial Barber Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m Saturdays. Hours may be expanded as soon as Green can hire someone who wants to cut men’s hair. Please call 984-0585 for an appointment or to inquire about barbering. Walk-ins are also welcome.If you would like to honor someone who has given unselfishly for the betterment of the community, seriously consider that special person for the 16th Annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards. Look for nomination forms in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, or call me at the number below and I’ll get a nomination form directly to you. You’ll be glad you took a few minutes to acknowledge someone’s good deeds. The Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Hotel Colorado is a night all nominees will proudly remember for the rest of their lives.May the Christmas Spirit fill your holiday, and may you find the true meaning of this wonderful season. Hug your kids and grandkids a little tighter. Merry Christmas, everyone.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

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