New Castle resident receives CU honor for her father |

New Castle resident receives CU honor for her father

New Castle resident Mary Metzger accepted an award inducting her father, Dallas Ward, into the University of Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 17th in Lafayette and Boulder. Mr. Ward was inducted along with eight others.

Mr. Ward was the head football coach at CU from 1948-1959, and stayed on in its athletic department until 1975.

The event included a cocktail party and an induction of the nine inductees at The Omni Hotel in Lafayette. They were all seated in the C Club suites during the CU versus KSU football game and were presented at halftime Sat. Oct. 20 on Folsom Field.

Mary’s husband, Larry, one sister and a brother and their spouses were present for the festivities. Everybody is a CU graduate except for Larry, but he’s from Boulder and they don’t give him a hard time. Two of Ward’s granddaughters were also there.

Mary said, “It was indeed an honor to have been asked to accept it for my father. I think I was asked because I am still an avid CU football fan. Dad loved being a football coach and is known for his integrity on and off the field. Two of his players, Bill Lamont and Monte Briddle, live in the valley.”

Tired of your old, torn-up phone books?

The volunteer New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee will team with the New Castle Post Office and Dex phone books to offer an in-town recycling collection for outdated phone books. Collection bins will be located inside the New Castle Post Office lobby from Nov. 6 to 20, and volunteers will take them to Cacaloco Compost at the South Canyon Landfill for composting. The Glenwood Springs recycling center also accepts phone books.

To get involved in any of the varied efforts of the Environmental Advisory Committee, contact Suzie at 984-0502.

The New Castle Garden Club will host a Harvest Social from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Oz Studio, 331 W. Main St. in beautiful downtown New Castle.

This social event is slated to thank the club’s sponsors and presenters for the year.

Snacks, beverages and door prizes will be provided.

The club is in the midst of a membership drive. Everyone is invited to visit with garden club members, see displays of the 2008 projects, and hear about the club’s dreams for 2009.

The 2009 dreams are to grow the club with more members and to meet more members’ needs through education and interesting and fun activities, which include working to install a backdrop and finishing the pathway to lead visitors into the downtown SmartScape. Using the community garden to its fullest extent, helping the New Castle community become sustainable, providing educational opportunities for adults and children, and the production of The SmartScape information booklet, are other projects for 2009.

The New Castle Chamber will have a Business After Hours event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, hosted by the Country Rose Boutique, located at 742 W. Main Street. Rose Ramann will be the hostess, and appetizers will be catered by Aspen Cornucopia.

Due to public demand, the Stitchers in Thyme stitch club has added another meeting time, from 10 a.m. to noon the first Friday of each month at the New Castle Library. The group still meets from 6-8 p.m. third Thursdays at the library.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a news tip or local inspiration, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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