Town Staff takes the trophy in the Coal Country Feud |

Town Staff takes the trophy in the Coal Country Feud

Knowing your New Castle historical facts pays off. Having New Castle natives on the team helps, too.The Town Staff, Town Council, Seniors, New Castle Chamber, and the Garfield Re-2 School District were the teams competing in the Coal Country Feud on Saturday, May 14 at the New Castle Community Center. At least one native or longtime New Castle resident was a part of each team. The feud, a competition based on New Castle historical questions, raises funds to support the town’s Burning Mountain Festival. The competition was decided by the very last question, which was “What former mayor attended eighth grade in St. John’s Episcopal Church?” Town Staff team member Steve Rippy conferred with team members and then correctly answered, “John Ritter.” Rippy and team member Jeff Simonson are both New Castle natives. Other team members included Jim Stevens, Mindy Gulliksen and Chris Sadler. The winning team was excited it beat the dreaded Council team, and the Council team couldn’t believe it had been beaten.The New Castle Town Staff team is now savoring its win over Town Council in the 2005 Coal Country Feud. Town Council won the event trophy last year, making this year’s championship even more sweet for the staff. “We said we’d do it, and we did,” said New Castle town clerk Lisa Cain about the hotly contested Coal Country Feud. “We beat Town Council. Having New Castle natives Steve Rippy (town administrator) and Jeff Simonson (town engineer) on the team helped immensely.” She continued, “We silenced them, momentarily.” “We’re glad we won, and we hope to keep the trophy next year,” Cain added. “We were glad to help raise the record breaking amount for Burning Mountain Festival.”The event raised $4,450 in pledges. Ten percent will be given to town projects, and the rest will support the festival which is held every year in July.”We’ll hopefully have a good Burning Mountain Festival this year,” said event organizer Judy Gordon. “All Re-2 schools have been invited to participate in the Burning Mountain Parade.”Lions on the linksThe Lions clubs of Silt and New Castle are teaming up for the second annual Lions at Lakota Charity Golf outing June 3 at the Lakota Canyon Golf Course. This event is a four-person team scramble limited to the first 72 golfers. The cost is $110 per person or $400 per team. Lunch and beverages will be provided after the tournament, as well as prizes. The golf outing is a benefit for local vision care, scholarships for area youth and community needs. For information about golfing or sponsoring a hole, call Peggy Cox at 876-2902.Burning Mountain PageantThe registration deadline for the 2005 Burning Mountain Pageant is June 10. The event is open to all girls ages 6 to 18 attending New Castle schools, or those residing in New Castle. Registration forms and packets are available at Creekside Hair, New Castle Town Hall or the Apple Tree Park Office. For more information, call Karen Wood at 984-3625.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail

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