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Work on Mount Medaris for National Trails Day

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming National Trails Day work day in New Castle, set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The work day, co-sponsored by the Town of New Castle and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will improve sections of the Mount Medaris trail, which climbs the ridge between old town and Castle Valley. Volunteers will be working on trail maintenance and signage issues, as well as repairing an area with bad steps. Participants will receive an RFOV or National Trails Day T-shirt as well as dinner and a chance at prizes.Sign up for the trails day online at, e-mail or call 927-8241.

Coal Country Feud, a New Castle history trivia game, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the New Castle Community Center. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Burning Mountain Festival.The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, homemade pie, coffee, music, face painting, and voting for the Burning Mountain Festival T-shirt.Competing teams will be The New Castle Seniors, The Town Council, The New Castle Lions Club, The Town Staff, The New Castle Chamber, The Bankers, and perhaps a team from The Post Independent if we can get enough people who are quick-on-the-draw to make a team. Teams will be competing for First Place, Best Team Costume, Second-to-Last Place, and the Team that Raises the Most Money. This year, the last-place team will be honored with a pie in the face and community members will bid for their chance to pie the losing team. Feud organizer Clinton Carroll said, “My wife, Jaime, and I have lived here for three months and love New Castle. The community is quiet, diverse, down to earth, and laid back very similar to the town I grew up in Alaska, which is probably why I like it. I am really excited to see how New Castle will grow. Hopefully by having more community events like the Coal Country Feud and Burning Mountain Festival. Events like these bring the community together.”Call Clinton Carroll at (970) 593-2156 if you have any questions or wish to donate to the event.

I hope lots of people treated their moms to a visit at the Mother’s Day Quilt Show last weekend at The Hotel Colorado. From B. Anne Greene’s fabulous huge “Watercolor Trip Around the World” and her approximate 6-inch by 4-inch “One Patch Mini” to Myra Tobias’ “Wild Horses,” with its beautiful insert of horses with metallic thread, to Marilyn Hollenbaugh’s replicated old-timey fabric in her “Quilt for my Grandson” and its horses and stagecoaches, the exhibit was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.Each quilt represented some very human emotion and sense of style. “For Grandma,” by Yvonne Siebert, contained primary hearts representing her grandmother’s children and wonderful embroidered heart representing the grandchildren. In “Space Odyssey” by Joan Lien, a colorful rocket and astronaut catches your attention.The honored quilts and quilt makers were: First Best Interpretation of Theme – Jonne Winters “Cosmos”; Second Best Interpretation of Theme – B’Anne Green “Sawtooth Star”; Third Best Interpretation of Theme – Susan Dodington “Javanese Warriors”; Best Quilting – B’Anne Green “Card Tricks”; Best Embellishment – Yvonne Siebert “Heart Balloons”; Best First Challenge – Yvonne Siebert; Best Creative Use of Design – Myra Bone/Desha Bierbaum “Four-Patch Serenade”; Best Use of Color – Mary Tencza “Day is Done”; First Judge’s Choice – Laura Kendrick “Manny Stars”; Second Judge’s Choice – Kris Wilson “Polly’s Pinwheel”; People’s Choice, First Place Tie – Myra Bone/Desha Bierbaum “Four-Patch Serenade” and Susan Dodington “Javanese Warrior”; and Second Place – Jonne Winter “Cosmos.”

Rifle High School graduation practice will be held today at 9 a.m. Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Graduation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Bears Football Stadium.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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