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New Castle News

Kay Vasilakis

Approximately one year ago, Patty Ringer approached the New Castle Town Council about an idea to promote art in areas frequented by many local residents and visitors to the town.

The town found some funding, and commissioned local sculptor Greg Tonozzi to create a work of art suitable for a planter in beautiful downtown New Castle. Now the town has Art in Public Places.

On Feb. 1, Tonozzi, two men from the New Castle Parks and Recreation department and two men from Rifle Corrections set the “Tiptoe through the Tulips” sculpture in place. The graceful white free-form marble piece sits in its permanent home in the middle stone planter in Mattivi Plaza. It is surrounded by rosebushes that will be in bloom in June.

Tonozzi created the sculpture to be a simple form, to be viewed as a ballerina on her toes.

“It’s a whimsical, fun piece,” said Tonozzi. “I’m very honored to put a piece of my work in New Castle.”

Meanwhile, Patty Ringer is looking for a few good people who would like to help her promote more artwork in public places. She says there are many local down-valley artists, functional artists and craftspeople of all sorts who could make our town a more visually exciting place to be. You can reach her at 984-0445.

One of Town Clerk Lisa Cain’s recipes has been published in the Municipal Clerk’s Cookbook, that’s on sale at Town Hall. It’s for Greek Spaghetti, a recipe handed down from her mother-in-law. Cain says the recipe makes an absolutely delicious dish that will please your family.

There’s a fierce competition brewing for the Spellebration bragging rights in New Castle. Last year, New Castle Town Councilman Dave Schroeder’s team won Literacy Outreach’s Spellebration. This year, Lisa Cain is determined to beat Schroeder’s team.

“If anyone out there would like to help us buy our way to the top, please let me know,” said Lisa Cain.

Teams can buy passes, which allow them to pass on a particularly difficult word, or for the price of two passes, a team can ask someone else to spell the word. Help the town clerk beat out Dave Schroeder’s team. Spellebration’s date is Friday, March 4, in the historic Hotel Colorado. It is a totally fun event that benefits Literacy Outreach. Call Martha at 945-5282 for more information, or to sign up for a team.

Homeowners unite

Castle Valley Ranch home owners interested in Homeowners’ Association issues can sign up for an e-mail communication list through the Homeowners’ Advisory Group. The informal collection of homeowners worked on such issues as keeping dues low and adding trails. Its mission statement and goals are available upon request.

The association is also soliciting co-coordinators of the Homeowners’ Advisory Group. For more information, contact Suzie Romig at 984-0502 or

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” runs every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308, or 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail


– When: Friday, March 4

– Where: Hotel Colorado

– Benefits: Literacy Outreach

– Information: Martha, 945-5282

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