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by Kay VasilakisPost Independent Writer

The entire population of New Castle has been wondering when Fourth Street will be back to normal, especially New Castle Branch Library patrons. Jim Stevens, project coordinator for the Town of New Castle, said, “Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the project has been extended. If the weather cooperates, we hope to have the road paved by the end of November. Everyone has been pretty patient so far, and we appreciate that.”The reconstruction of Fourth Street was designed to enhance parking and aesthetics. An additional tap for a fire hydrant was installed and several valves were moved. Access to the upper part of Fourth Street has been through the alleys from Third and Fifth streets for the duration of the project.The Town of New Castle is planning more street demolition. It is about to start extending the gas, water and sewer lines over the three bridges to the south side of the Colorado River to the River Park Planned Unit Development. This will cause traffic disruptions, including lane closures, but the major portions of the closures will not be scheduled in peak rush hour traffic times.The first of the 153 units of the River Park PUD may be ready for occupancy in January. The units are for-sale condominiums. Phases 1 and 2 are already sold out, and phase 3, just introduced into the market, is selling rapidly. The units come in three basic floor plans, with one bedroom, two bedroom, and two-bedroom den models. “We’re very pleased with the project and the progress to date,” said Jeffery Spanel, one of the managing partners of the development.Craft fairGet a head start on Christmas at the fifth annual Celebrate Fall Craft Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 West Main Street, in beautiful downtown New Castle.Crafters from all over the valley will offer their items including crocheted blankets, scarves, hats and baby items, jewelry, Native American crafters, pottery, bath teas, soaps, lip balms, candles, wood works, paintings. Lunch will be available. Call 984-2646 for more information.CanceledThe solar home open house which was to be held Saturday, Oct. 21, has been canceled.Daylight SavingsDon’t forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday, Oct. 29, for Daylight Savings Time. You’ll get an extra hour of sleep.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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