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Meet and greet town administrator candidates

The public is invited to meet town administrator candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at a free wine and cheese reception at the New Castle Café in beautiful downtown New Castle. Here is your chance to form your opinions about the six town administrator candidates. Call the New Castle Town Hall at 984-2311 with any questions. Also, at the Town election on April 4, voters will choose the Mayor and 3 Councilors to serve 4-year terms. To run for Council, you must be nominated by a petition signed by 15 Town voters. Persons interested in running for office may pick up nomination petitions from the Town Clerk’s Office at 450 West Main St. starting Feb. 13. The signed petitions must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m., March 3.To learn more about the roles of town administrator, town council and the mayor, go to http://www.newcastlecolorado.org.Peach ValleyCSAPeach Valley CSA is a 16-year-old collection of growers who market their produce locally. The benefits of local agriculture are decreased shipping and packaging pollutants, increased food quality and freshness, a heightened sense of community and an education in the farming of healthful produce. Peach Valley CSA is an organic farm located in Silt run by Ken and Gail Kuhns. The farms grows all its produce with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. All weeds are removed from the garden by hand. During the growing season, you can see Ken and Gail and other workers hard at work pulling weeds and tending the fields next to Highway 6&24 between New Castle and Silt.Fruits are sorted into first and second grades. The first grades are given to the shareholders, and the second grades are reserved for cider and sauces.There are two types of membership in Peach Valley CSA, working and paying. In a working membership, members pay for food shares through participation in the growing and packaging processes. Paying members order shares and pick them up at a designated delivery spot. Both choices bring fresh, healthful food to the table and help support local farmers.The spring-summer-autumn share is delivered weekly; the winter share is delivered every two weeks.Produce includes strawberries, onions, herbs and lettuces, eggs, fruits including peaches, pears, apples, plums, vegetables including corn, green beans, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peas and squash.Call 876-2857 for more information about organic farming and the Peach Valley CSA.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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