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New Castle honors volunteers

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorad

“This is a time to recognize and really honor our volunteers,” said New Castle Recreation Department Director Bryan Vashus. “It would be impossible for the rec department to exist without our volunteers. We just couldn’t do it. Some of our volunteers help out in more than one sport. It’s just amazing to me, that so many people do so much for our kids.”The New Castle Recreation Department will be holding its third annual Volunteer Appreciation and Sports Award Ceremony from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3, at Coal Ridge High School. Tickets can be purchased at the New Castle Community Center, call 984-3352. The semi-formal event’s guest speaker will be New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin.An outstanding player from each sport, boy and girl, sixth grade and up will be named. The nominees are nominated by the coaches. The outstanding players are not always the best athletes, but players who are coachable, committed, and who display sportsmanship.An Ambassador Award to one youth is also awarded. This individual is involved throughout the community as well as involved in sports.The rec department will recognize all its 71 volunteers, and honor one outstanding volunteer adult per sport, including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and wrestling. Then it will honor the Volunteer of the Year.All proceeds from the event benefit “Your Friends For Life,” who support, nurture, and encourage cancer patients from Rifle to Aspen. “In the past two years, we’ve had three volunteers who had cancer and passed away,” said Vashus. “This year, the rec department has decided to host this event to raise funds to help various local groups that help in the fight against cancer. Your Friends For Life is a branch of the 24 Hours of Aspen Foundation, which cooks meals, mows lawns, and does practical stuff for cancer patients, caregivers and their family members.” Nominees attend the event as guests. Ticket prices for friends and extended family are $10 each, which includes delicious desserts prepared by The Friends for Life and the New Castle Lions Club.Angel Tree still flyingThanks to the generosity of New Castle residents, the LIFT-UP Angel Tree program has been saved! Betty Arthur is so happy – she had 11 calls on the last day to save the program. Sandy Bunts of New Castle has been named the New Castle Angel Tree coordinator, and she will have has lots of help.”We’re relieved and happy we get to keep the Angel Tree program going for the children in New Castle,” said Betty. “We’ve had probably 15 registrations so far, last year we had 52 families. And we’re always ready to help people in needing assistance with food.”Registration for the Angel Tree program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays until Nov. 9 at the old Baptist church on Fourth Street next to the museum. Registration for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes is happening at the same time as registration for the Angel Tree program.Look for the Christmas trees with the angels on them, which will be placed after Thanksgiving.Veterans Day CelebrationThe public is invited to the eighth annual Veterans Day Celebration at Riverside Middle School at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Veterans are invited to wear uniforms and sign in at 1 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be offered in the school library following the ceremony.For more information or to RSVP, please call Karen at 984-2265, Marcee at 984-2530 or Marty at 625-7800.Daylight SavingsDon’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night or Sunday morning. We get an extra hour’s sleep! Yahoo!Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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