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Jean Brown, of New Castle, is justifiably proud of her daughter, Whitney (Brown) Cotton. Whitney is a 2001 Rifle High School graduate and received her Registered Nurse, BSN license in May, as well as being commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force at the same time. Whitneys husband, Jeremy, is also a second lieutenant in the Air Force, and was stationed at the Columbus Air Force base in Columbus, Miss. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Whitney and her husband spent weeks volunteering at Red Cross missions in Columbus, helping evacuees from the Biloxi-area hospitals.After that intense learning experience, Whitney was sent to the Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs at the end of September, where she has been stationed for active duty.They were both so happy to help and not just watch everything on television, said Whitneys mother. Im so so proud of my daughter and her husband. Shes a people person, and shes always loved to help people any way she can.Coal Ridge ClassicSixty-six golfers on 17 teams participated in the first-ever Coal Ridge Classic Golf Tournament on Oct. 14. They experienced absolutely gorgeous weather and fabulous conditions at the Lakota Canyon Golf course. won the distinction of being the first place team of the first Coal Ridge Classic Golf Tournament. They walked away with bragging rights and Coal Ridge Titan hats. Second and third place winners (whose names escaped the memory of event organizers) walked away with rounds of golf, compliments of Lakota.The Town of New Castle team Mayor Bill Wentzel, Town Administrator Steve Rippy, Steve Boat and Jeff Simonson won absolutely nothing, but they had a lot of fun.Jody Manera won the womens longest drive and the womens closest to the pin competition. Rock Leonard won the mens longest drive competition.The award for the team with the highest score went to Rain for Rent, which won coffee mugs filled with car wash items donated by John Savage. Scott Zevin, the Coal Ridge High School golf team coach, was part of the CRHS team along with Kyle Simonson, Zach Lyon and Zack Mekis. Zevin also provided entertainment during the silent auction and barbecue. Part of the fun of the tournament included Hole 18, which was a trash-can tee. Each member of each team was required to stand in the trash can to tee off. Hole 12 was an opposite-hand tee box, and each golfer was required to use an opposite-hand club to tee off.New Castle Family Fitness donated one-month passes to winners of the longest drive and the closest to the pin competition. Sponsors were unbelievable. Many thanks go out to them, they made the day a huge success, event organizer Brenda Simonson said. The silent auction raised quite a lot of money as well, including rounds of golf at Aspen Glen to an airplane ride donated by John Savage, chocolate baskets, wine baskets, and a football game-day basket. It was a perfect day for the tournament, Simonson said. The Booster club parents are on fire; they are a fantastic group of parents. They are excited about their school and the students that attend. We felt great community support.Harvest DazeRiverside Middle Schools eighth Annual Harvest Daze event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed for storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts and more. If you can set up, clean up, or run a session, please call Cami at 625-7823 or Riverside at 625-7800.Fall craft fairGet a head start on the holidays at the fourth annual Celebrate Fall Craft Fair. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the New Castle Community Center in beautiful downtown New Castle.Crafters from all over the valley will be presenting their wares, ranging from crochet blankets, scarves, hats, baby items, jewelry, Native American crafts, pottery and more.Stamping and scrappingLocal scrappers and stampers have something to get excited about. There will be a New Castle Stamp & Scrap event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the New Castle Community Center. Info: Jessica, 319-6620 or Vasilakis column, New Castle news, appears every other Thursday.

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