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New Castle shows its true colors

Kay Vasilakis

Driving through beautiful downtown New Castle this summer, you might have noticed glorious pots of flowers decorating storefronts. This display was inspired by the Color New Castle contest, in which businesses competed to be named the most colorful of the bunch.Color New Castle contest winners were: splashiest floral, Making Waves; most innovative, Hearth and Home; and people’s choice, New Castle Café. Lakota Canyon Ranch, Castle Valley Development, Village Homes and City Market were sponsors for the free concert by the Rock Dogs, and provided free ice cream and the awards to the local businesses. Six participants competed in the Pet Look-Alike Contest. Bob Gordon was the announcer, and judges were Tori Palmer, Julie Schwab, Rhonda Bellanus, Beth Byerlie and Lori Raymond of High Tails, and Laurie Nathe of Tender Loving Care Pet Services. Winners in the pet contest were Jewel in the highest-jump-for-a-small-dog category; Cowboy won the highest jump for a large dog; Wingnut, a yellow Lab, won the longest tongue; Stella and Charlie Ringer won the best-pet-look-alike category; Misty won for best dressed; and “Noodle” won the sitting-pretty category. The entire Color New Castle event was made possible through the cooperation of the town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber.Ratajczak sees Pope Benedict XVI Elizabeth Ratajczak, daughter of Halina and Zdzislaw (Jesse) Ratajczak of New Castle, was among 12 teens from the St. Stephen’s Youth Group and hundreds of thousands of Mass of World Youth Day participants who traveled to Cologne, Germany, to see Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, Aug. 21. After the Mass of World Youth Day, the St. Stephen’s Youth Group left Germany by train to visit Paris. They will return to the Roaring Fork Valley late Thursday evening.Three years ago, Elizabeth and a youth group from Rangely traveled to Canada to see Pope John Paul II.Elizabeth and her family have lived in New Castle for two years. Her parents own and operate the New Castle Subway near City Market. Elizabeth attended eighth grade at New Castle Middle School, and will be a junior at Glenwood Springs High School this fall.Alpine Bank celebrates anniversary on FridayAlpine Bank New Castle’s Ninth Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Day will be observed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The day includes doughnuts and coffee in the morning, root beer floats in the afternoon, drawings for prizes, and windshield washing in the drive-up.Customers can register for prizes all week.”Our first nine years of serving the New Castle community has fairly flown by!” said branch manager Judy Shaffer. “All of us at Alpine invite the community to stop in on Friday to enjoy some refreshments and register for prizes. Most of all, we want to say thanks for doing business with us.”Picket Fence is 1 onSaturdayDon’t forget The Picket Fence’s one-year-anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Proprietress Judy Gordon is offering a $100 gift certificate drawing. The contact number is 984-3550.Kay Vasilakis’ New Castle News column runs every other week. Please contact her with news tips and inspirations, 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail

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