Kick up your heels at historical society’s membership potluck |

Kick up your heels at historical society’s membership potluck

The New Castle Historical Society’s membership potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. April 25, at St. John’s Guild Hall. The program will feature Tara Meixell, author of “Silver Heels.” She will be re-enacting the story of a famous dance-hall girl, dubbed Silver Heels, of the mining town Buckskin Joe. During the winter of 1861, smallpox invaded the mining camp, and Silver Heels nursed the sick, cared for the families and buried the dead. Then she mysteriously disappeared.For more information about the membership dinner, call Edna Sample at 625-1614 or Virginia Erickson at 984-2334.A dedicated group formed the New Castle Historical Society early in 1982, with a primary goal of opening a museum. When the town hall moved into their new building on Main Street, the building known as the “Hose House” was turned over for use as a permanent site for historical memorabilia. The building is built of local brick and has been in use since 1893.The building was turned over to the historical society in the summer of 1982, and under the direction of Earl Dawson, men from the Honor Camp and volunteers from the community have worked on the building to get it into the condition in which it is found today.The historical collection has been numbered and cataloged as pieces are donated. The museum needs volunteers to finish cataloging new pieces, cleaning, remodeling and answering visitors’ questions.New Castle Spring Cleanup will be April 11-22. New Castle residents can bring items to the town shop at 200 Kamm Ave. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The maintenance crews cannot accept large appliances, mattresses or box springs, computers, batteries, vehicle parts or tires, motor oil, paint, aerosol cans, chemicals, or construction debris (limbs and brush are acceptable). For more information, call the maintenance department at 984-3855.To get to the shop: From Sixth and Main streets downtown, go south over the railroad tracks, through the gate and turn right. Place items in areas as marked.The first meeting of the Coal Ridge High School Booster Club was Wednesday, April 6. But don’t despair if you would like to be a part of this group. Anne Guettler and the movers and shakers of Coal Ridge would love to have your input and your energy. Call her at 984-0620 to find out when the next meeting is and what you can do to help.LIFT-UP’s New Castle office is down to two volunteers, and they could use a few more. The office is at 126 N. Fourth St., and the hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 945-2005 and ask for Bonnie or Mike if you can help out two days per week.I love the light that comes into my house on a spring morning. Isn’t it great to hear the birds chirping and see the buds forming on the lilacs? Every part of spring is so welcome after a long winter. Kay Vasilakis’ New Castle News column runs every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail Vasilakis’ New Castle News column runs every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail

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