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Anyone who has a pet knows that they are very important members of our families.

New Castle Veterinary Clinic is offering their 14th annual vaccination clinic this week to help keep our pets healthy. Pet owners may call 984-2259 to make appointments during the week, or use the walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Applications for dog licenses are available at the clinic, and may be filled out and taken to Town Hall.



Another way to keep your pets safe is to get them microchipped. Dr. Tori Palmer, New Castle Vet Clinic owner, advises pet owners to take pets to Colorado Animal Rescue Inc. (CARE), located by the Spring Valley CMC, to get microchips inserted into their precious pets. Lost pets with microchips can be identified and returned to the family. The CARE clinic receives a portion of the proceeds from the procedures.

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Phil Shaffer of Spirits of New Castle was blushing as he told the story of the beautiful new stained glass addition to his storefront. Shaffer calls it his “Downtown Beautification.”

Shaffer’s wife, Judy, surprised him with the colorful Christmas present. The Shaffer family, including their son Andy who was visiting from San Francisco, were excited to hang it in Spirit’s storefront window on Christmas Day.

The stained glass piece was crafted by Nannette LeBorgne of Rifle. LeBorgne has worked with Judy Shaffer at Alpine Bank for 12 years, and creates stained glass as a hobby.

“Judy picked out the glass and OKed the design,” said LeBorgne. “It was a fun project to do, and it’s exciting to go up there and see it hanging in the window.”

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United Way of Garfield County is pleased to announce Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight Ski Area on Friday, Jan. 23. This event is sponsored by Sunlight Mountain Resort and Lafarge. Ten dollars gets you a lift ticket, and all proceeds benefit United Way of Garfield County. For more information, please call 945-7491 or United Way at 625-8189.

“It’s worth taking a vacation day to ski for only $10 and help build your community through United Way,” UW executive director Leslie Robinson said.

“And if you don’t ski, it’s still worth donating $10 to catch some rays out on the deck and enjoy the other activities at Sunlight.”

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The deadline to RSVP your dinner reservations for the Garfield County Humanitarian Awards Dinner is Jan. 28. This is a night of hope and joy, truly a night to remember, especially if you know someone who has been nominated. Your presence will make your special person feel validated.

Call 947-8462 and specify if you need a vegetarian entree. The cost of the meal is $20 per person, and the event will be held at the Hotel Colorado on Feb. 2.

” Kay’s column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.


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