New Castle seeks emergency volunteers
New Castle is looking for a few good men – and women.The New Castle Town Council is working to assemble a directory of local residents and companies who could help during emergencies or significant events. Individuals with emergency response training or experience are encouraged to volunteer, but everyone from professionals to new citizens can help.Volunteers and contractors are needed, especially in the areas of medical and EMT services, heavy equipment operation, radio communications, traffic control, logistics, food preparation, and bus or truck driving. Other citizens could be part of a telephone network or walk to distribute flyers.Volunteers will be interviewed and pre-qualified to become part of the team.
In conjunction with the emergency database, the town council also is interested in developing a neighborhood watch program. Residents interested in either the rapid response or neighborhood watch teams may call town hall at 984-2311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Community ThanksgivingYou can put a sense of community in Thanksgiving by attending the 29th annual New Castle Community Thanksgiving dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the New Castle Community Center. The event is sponsored by the New Castle Lions Club, and everyone is invited. The Lions will provide the turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, gravy and drinks. Guests are invited to bring table service and a side dish or dessert. Stephen Piker will provide great piano music.
Speaking about great New Castle holiday events, the New Castle Chamber invites you to kick off this holiday season starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Burning Mountain Park in downtown New Castle. To add lots of holiday charm, the Chamber is asking residents to have Christmas decorations up by 6 p.m. Nov. 30 for the downtown celebration.Check out the chili and chowder cook-off from 6:15-9 p.m. that same night in Ritter Plaza. Vote for your favorite and get a good taste of your friends’ and neighbors’ ideas of red and green chili. Cider and hot chocolate will be served. Bring your own Tums.Chili and chowder applications are available at newcastlechamber.org or call 984-2897.Christmas stuffSanta and free hayrides will be available from 6:30-9 p.m. at the community center.
The Christmas in New Castle Marketplace will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the community center. If you haven’t already snatched up that perfect Christmas gift, here’s a good opportunity.Another good opportunity for local Christmas shopping is the Winter Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Making New Waves, 171 Main St. in New Castle. The event will feature unique jewelry, candles, etched glass, lotions and potions, door prizes, beverages and appetizers.Call 984-3771 for more information.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail email@example.com.
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