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New Castle spring cleanup

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Is your garage stuffed with junk from the early 80s? New Castle’s annual spring cleanup takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, starting May 7. New Castle residents may bring tree limbs and other large items to the town shop west of downtown New Castle at 200 Kamm Avenue, located south over the railroad tracks. Enter the gate and turn right. But you can’t bring everything to the town shop. Items not acceptable are large appliances, mattresses, box springs, computer equipment, vehicle parts and batteries, motor oil, paint, aerosol cans, chemicals, other hazardous wastes, and construction debris. For details, please contact New Castle acting maintenance supervisor Bob Byram at 984-3855.

More details of the 2007 Burning Mountain Festival are coming in. The theme of this year’s Burning Mountain Festival will be “A Family Affair.” Harley and Janet Rippy (and their extended family) have agreed to be this year’s parade Grand Marshals. the parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Harley’s vintage John Deere heavy equipment has appeared in many Burning Mountain Festival parades.

Get to know your New Castle chamber members. The Garden School is hosting a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at 5033 County Road 335. Please call Dennie Talbott at 984-0760 with any questions. Refreshments will be served.

The following was sent to me by Officer Julynn Saunders of the New Castle Police Department:”The pedestrian always has the right of way, right? Not exactly. Colorado State Law specifically addresses rights-of-way for both drivers and pedestrians.”Drivers are reminded that they are required by law to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk. A driver must also yield to a pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection when another vehicle has stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross the roadway. “In New Castle, the penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a summons into court, with the potential to lose four points from your license. The penalty for passing another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian is $50 (plus a $10 surcharge) and the potential to lose three points from your license.”Pedestrians are liable under the law, also. Even at a marked crosswalk, a pedestrian is prohibited from running, riding a bicycle, or walking into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The penalty for doing so is $35 (plus a $10 surcharge). Under the same law, pedestrians are required to yield to vehicles when not crossing the roadway at an intersection.”The New Castle Police Department would like to remind citizens using the roadways that safety should be a first consideration for everyone.”

It’s not too late to join the Lakota Ladies Golf League, and they’d like to see you at the shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. next Monday. For further information, please call the Pro Shop at 984-9700 or Robin at 379-1740.

Families interested in doing something extra nice for Mom on Mother’s Day may consider taking her to the Mother’s Day Quilt Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Mother’s Day), May 13, at The Hotel Colorado. This year’s challenge title is “Beyond Tradition.” Show attendees may vote for their favorite quilt in the People’s Choice category. Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with timely New Castle news and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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