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Town council honors armed forces during meetings

Post Independent Writer

New Castle Town Council is stepping up their appreciation of citizens by recognizing local individuals serving in the U.S. armed forces at a special time during Town Council meetings. Mayor Bill Wentzel recognizes nominated individuals in attendance and presents a certificate extending the community’s appreciation for service to the country. This practice will continue as long as U.S. armed forces are deployed in conflicts. Nominations can be submitted by family or friends to town administrator Steve Rippy.The New Castle Police Department is available to do free vacation security checks of town residences or businesses when owners are out of town. Stop by the police department at Town Hall to fill out a form, and feel safer while you are away.New Castle’s newest retailer, The Picket Fence, was closed for a week during the holidays, but will re-open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, with 50 percent off all Christmas decorations and ornaments. Owner Judy Gordon will have other clearance items as well. She’s looking forward to offering exciting new inventory, including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter items. The phone number for the Picket Fence is 984-3550.New Castle Family Fitness raised $1,500 for the Aspen chapter of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation during November’s “Exercise with a Purpose” fund-raiser for breast cancer.”We had a great time working for a great cause,” said New Castle Family Fitness Personal Trainer Jennifer Harbottle. “It was our pleasure to participate in this fund-raiser to fight breast cancer.”The Fitness Center reminds everyone to start the New Year off right by getting fit. Cathy and the Fitness Center’s great personal training staff are offering a boxing class called “TKO” starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The facility has added seven new pieces of strength and cardio equipment in the last year. Complimentary childcare is available for everyone’s convenience, and New Castle Family Fitness is proud of its service and cleanliness. Call New Castle Family Fitness at 984-3200 for more information or a complete list of all classes.Don’t forget to complete your nomination forms for the 16th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards and send them in by Jan. 7 to: Humanitarian Service Awards committee, c/o Kate Somsel-Longmore, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; or e-mail to: klongmore@coloradomtn.edu; or fax to 947-8488. Nomination forms are in recent issues of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Or you can contact me at the numbers below, and I’ll get you a nomination form. It’s that important. For more information, please call Nancy Reinisch at 945-8503, ext. 3336.The awards dinner is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, at the Hotel Colorado. All nominees receive recognition and a certificate for their selfless service to the community. Everyone who attends leaves with a new gratitude for the wonderful people who live here.May everyone have a safe and prosperous New Year!Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call either 984-2308 or 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call either 984-2308 or 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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