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Kirk Edward Cochran and Shannon Marie Madrigal
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Celebrating 100 years

Join us as we honor Wanda Richardson-Speck at an open house to celebrate her 100th birthday. The open house will be hosted by the United Methodist Women of the Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in the Lovell Building at 200 E. Fourth St. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Wanda will be 100 years old on Aug. 6. She was born in Norris, Illinois, and resided in Canton, Illinois until she moved to live with relatives and attend Rifle High School. She has many fond memories of her family in Illinois and her life in Rifle.

Wanda spent the early years of her marriage to Harry Richardson, frequently traveling north with her husband on his work as a sheepshearer. They lived in a camper he had built on the back of their pick-up. Wanda washed Harry’s canvas sheep-shearing clothing by hand daily and spread it on rocks to dry. During this time they built their first house together at the top of First Street. They returned to this first home at the end of each shearing season.

Later, Harry went to work at the Rifle Creek Fish Hatchery. Together, they built their second house on the Fifth Street hill next to what was then the United Methodist Church’s parsonage.

When Rifle still had a JC Penney’s store on Third Street — where the Garfield County Clerk’s office is now — Wanda enjoyed working in the men’s department.

Wanda was a faithful volunteer at E. Dene Moore Care Center for 30 years, where she served coffee and made the residents lives more enjoyable. She now resides at E. Dene Care Center and appreciates these lovely facilities available to people in the Rifle area.

Help make Wanda’s 100th year memorable by greeting her at the open house. No gifts, please, but cards would be appreciated.

Madrigal-Cochran wedding

Mike and Janel Madrigal of Rifle are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter, Shannon Marie Madrigal, to Kirk Edward Cochran, son of George and Terri Cochran of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Shannon and Kirk were united in marriage on May 9, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock, Colorado, with Father Brad Noonan and Deacon John Keyser, the bride’s godfather, presiding.

Shannon graduated from Rifle High School and University of Denver College of Law earning a Juris Doctor. Kirk is a Rocky Mountain High School graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Colorado State University. The couple reside in the Denver area.

New Castle wins baseball championship

Congratulations to the New Castle baseball team on winning the rec league baseball championship (8-10 year-old division) Thursday, July 24.


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