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"New Castle News"Kay Vasilakis

While flipping through the channels late one night, I accidentally hit some numbers that weren’t programmed. Up came the Food Network! I kept the channel on so when I woke up in the morning, I would know I hadn’t been dreaming.Yes, dear folks of New Castle, if you have what Comcast refers to as expanded basic service, you now have four extra channels, without an extra charge! The company has added channel 35, Outdoor Life Network; channel 55, the Hallmark Channel; channel 58, the Food Network; and channel 59, the Golf Channel.I called Comcast to see if this was a new promotion. The representative told me New Castle has more channels as a result of last year’s fiber optics upgrade, and assured me we wouldn’t be paying any more for the additional channels.New Castle is now accepting letters of interest from residents wishing to serve on Town Council. To serve on council, you must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of New Castle for at least one year. Council members receive $50 for each regular and special council meeting they attend. Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The person appointed will serve until April 2008.The Town is also looking to fill a planning and zoning commission vacancy. The Commission reviews the Town master plan, reviews regulations and various land use applications, and makes recommendations to Council.Members of the commission serve without compensation. The commission’s regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month, and workshop meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The person appointed to the commission will serve until April 2008.For more information, contact Town Clerk Lisa Cain at Town Hall, e-mail: Lisa@newcastlecolorado.org, telephone: 984-2311.From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12, Jaci Spuhler will be conducting a fascinating Ukrainian egg decorating classes at the New Castle Library.Ukrainian egg decorating is a folk art using a hot-wax process to dye eggs. It has been practiced in Ukraine for centuries and is a celebration of spring and Easter. Traditionally, the eggs are dyed during Holy Week and presented for blessing at the Easter Mass. It takes two to three hours to complete one chicken egg, while goose and ostrich eggs take at least an hour longer. Eggs can be blown out after being decorated and presented as gifts.If you would like to attend this class and wow your friends and family with a really classy egg, call the library at 984-2346. The cost is $3 at the door.The Humanitarian Awards are Monday, Feb. 7, at the Hotel Colorado. Call Kate at 947-8462 for information.Kay Vasilakis’ column,”New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308, or 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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