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Steve Rippy will be the moderator for the New Castle Candidate and Issue Forum to be held from 7-9 p.m. tonight, March 9, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 West Main St. The event is sponsored by the Town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber of Commerce. The candidates will be on hand to answer questions and give attendees a bit of insight into their local political views. Frank Breslin and Pam Bunn are the mayoral candidates. Greg Russi, Art Riddile, Charlie Ringer and Bruce Leland are the candidates for three town council seats.Time will be allotted for a discussion of the ballot issue on financing development of a community park, planned to be built without increasing taxes, east of Kathryn Senor Elementary School in Castle Valley Ranch.Senior Luncheon has movedThe New Castle Senior Luncheon has changed locations and is now being held at noon on Mondays at the New Castle Valley Ranch Senior Housing facility, located at 201 Castle Valley Boulevard. The first senior meal was held March 6 in the facility’s community room.Members of the Senior Housing Committee are to be commended for their diligence to get this senior housing facility built. The committee consisted of Bob Gordon, Harry Mussell, Deb Stewart, Margot Eicher, Virginia Erickson, Pastor Charles Jones, and Judy Shaffer, with town staffer Jim Stevens lending his skills to the project.Deb Stewart, who has been affiliated with the Colorado Mountain College Senior Programs since 1994 and CMC itself since September 12, 1977, will be “roasted” from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Lucy Huntley Center at the CMC Blake Center, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Deb has given her soul to the program and gone above and beyond in her service to the older citizens of Garfield County. If you know her or she helped you or an older person you know, come honor Deb Stewart on March 24.Gwen Stephenson will be taking Deb’s place, and has big shoes to fill. “She’s a beautiful, tall lovely lady. We’re lucky to have her,” said Betty Hollenbaugh, Senior Programs volunteer.Free vision screeningsThere will be free vision screenings for children 1-5 years old from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9-11 at the Garfield County Social Services Building, 195 W. 14th St., Rifle (across from City Market). The Rifle Lions Club is sponsoring these screenings. For more information or to make an appointment, call 625-0876 or 625-8382. Talent showCoal Ridge will host its first talent show at 7 p.m. March 9 in the school’s main gymnasium. Family tickets cost $10, adults are $5, students are $3 and children under 5 get in for free. The whole community is invited to join in the fun and the beginning of a tradition of Titan talent. For more information, contact student council co-sponsor Carrie Wieder at cwieder@garfieldre2.k12.co.us or at 625-6734.”New Castle News” is published every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, call Kay Vasilakis at 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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