Santa sightings reported around New Castle |

Santa sightings reported around New Castle

Apple Tree Park’s annual visit from Santa, “Santa Around the Park,” begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Anyone wishing to ride the hayride through Mountain Shadows and Apple Tree Park, please meet at the Apple Tree Business Mall at that time.Apple Tree Park is conducting its very own Holiday Home contest for Apple Tree Park residents. Organizers will be cruising the park the evening of Friday, Dec. 23, to take pictures and award prizes to the winners. The first place winner will receive $100 cash, second place wins $50 cash, and the third place winner gets $25 cash. There is no charge to enter. So string those lights and show your Christmas spirit!The New Castle Chamber of Commerce and the town of New Castle are happy to report that the “Eighth Annual Holiday Celebration” on Friday, Dec. 2, was a huge success.Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with “Bell the Elf,” handed out 160 goodie bags. Personal photos with Santa were also offered. Thanks to Alan and Molly Rayne, Bell the Elf, RE/MAX/Home Town Real Estate, Eldon and Connie Thurstin, Robert Gordon Construction, Mr. T’s, and the New Castle Café, who all made this event so much fun for all the families.The First Baptist Church handed out 300 free hot dogs and Ross Talbott shuttled hundreds in the haywagon. Thanks, Ross. What a wonderful Christmas tradition for New Castle families.The Chili Contest raised $396 for the Salvation Army and the United Way. Bob Gordon won first place favorite choice, with his hot red chili made with elk. He received a round of golf, thanks to Lakota Canyon Ranch. Kathy Rada won second place, and was awarded a gift basket from The Picket Fence. Lorene O’Neil took third place and received gifts from Mr.T’s. The Chili committee would also like to thank City Market, Alpine Bank and Patty Ringer for donations of help and support. New Hope Church offered up free hot beverages and cookies to event-goers and their participation was greatly appreciated. The New Castle Chamber would also like to send out a big thank-you to the town of New Castle, and specifically the town’s parks and maintenance departments for assembling the beautiful decorations. If you get a chance, come on down and see all the beautiful Christmas decorations in New Castle.Russell Talbott is also to be thanked for all his work for the Holiday Celebration.Merry Christmas to everyone – treasure every moment with those you love.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle New,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail

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