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There are some people who are born with an adventurous spirit. Just such a person moved to New Castle from Los Angeles in 1978, and is embarking on the next chapter of her life ” in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

“I don’t have a job, I’m just going on an adventure and I’ll see where I land,” said Mary Asa-Power as she was packing up the last of her belongings. “This is all I’m taking,” she said as she pointed to one large suitcase and two smaller bags containing summer clothes, one jacket and one sweatshirt, an umbrella, and foul-weather gear. In November, St. Thomas rainfall measured 14 inches in five days.

The adventurer visited St. Thomas for a week in October, staying with a woman she’d only talked to on the phone. Asa-Power will be rooming with her, which “could be a good thing, or a not-so-good thing,” she said, laughing.

About 35 of her closest friends attended a going-away party for Asa-Power on Feb. 15 at OZ, The Artists’ Workshop. “It was a lot of fun, good food, friends and John Noel played island music,” she said. “One thing that’s made it easy for me is that so many people have been excited for me. My kids are real excited because they know they’ve got a pretty cool place to visit. I’d love to be working down there and run into someone I know from New Castle.”

Asa-Power has job opportunities she’s going to explore, but she’s not worried about getting a job because she’s always ready for fun, to take a risk, and to discover something new. She has been a cook for a hunting camp and been on a four-member crew that sailed from San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands.

Close friend Jim Kalmon is accompanying her to St. Thomas and will return to the area shortly. Power said appreciatively, “I couldn’t have done this without him.”

“This is something everyone dreams of doing, and she’s doing it,” said Kalmon. He helped build a shed to hold most of her earthly possessions, and is giving a home to her elderly “half-beagle, half-whatever” dog, Rollie.

“I plan to thrive, and not just survive,” she declared. Anyone who knows her knows she will do just that.


New Castle citizens are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Town Hall to discuss the Alder Park Phase III-Wetlands Experience grant application. Twelve enhancements have been built into the project, including the construction of wetland-quality ponds, creation of fishing positions and an ‘aquatic window’ to view fish in their water environment, and establishing shallow pools and water features for children.

Project Coordinator Jim Stevens is asking for letters of support from organizations by Feb. 28, addressed to the Great Outdoors Colorado and the Department of Wildlife. Attend the meeting to gather the information you need to write an informed support letter.

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

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