The deceased was Tom Fleming, a longtime resident of Castle Valley. He and his family moved to Castle Valley during the early 1990s and he began building a home on Reservoir Lane. He worked a variety of jobs around the county and built his home in his spare time and as income was available. Fleming moved back to Wisconsin several years ago where he and his wife, Deanna King, eventually separated and went their own ways. Fleming moved back to Castle Valley and purchased land on Holyoak Lane where he was going to build a home. He leaves behind two daughters, Jenna and Rosie.
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We have all noticed the construction that is going on along Castle Valley Drive lately. Initially, a contractor for Frontier Communication was laying the underground conduit for a fiber optics line that will run from the top of Rim Shadow Lane to Buchanan Lane. The fiber line will connect to the existing copper lines at the upper end of the valley, which will provide more bandwidth and better service to the upper portions of the valley.
The construction work will also include an upgraded radio in Moab, which is a device that will boost the signal to Bald Mesa on the La Sal Mountains then ultimately to the receiver dish in Castle Valley. A lot of this information is above my pay grade, but according to the contractor on the ground, the new upgrade will result in faster service to the residents of Castle Valley. The upgrade is expected to be completed by mid-December.
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Paula Martin is asking us to “Save the Date” of Wednesday, Oct. 10 for a meet and greet event. She is hosting the event for Kathy Williams, who is running for Grand County School Board District 4, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held at the Martin/Morandi home at 140 Buchanan Lane in Castle Valley. Light refreshments will be served.
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A new organization is forming for the benefit of all women in the Castle Valley area. The group, known as the “Castle Valley Women’s Workshops,” is planning an organizational meeting for Oct. 15. The goal and mission statement of the group is “to tap into the huge pool of talents, skills, and knowledge represented by the women of the Castle Valley area, in order to keep, revive and teach old skills and learn new ones; to foster an attitude of community awareness and help for our special community needs; to give everyone a sense of individual worth, confidence and security; to identify and select mutual needs, goals and resources, and determine solutions with our neighbors; and to accomplish these goals through shared work, ideas and commitment.”
The organizational meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Castle Valley Branch LDS chapel and they will be seeking input from all women in the Castle Valley area, including the Seventh-day Adventist community and the Castleton Road residents. They want to pick the best days and times for their meetings, choose skills and seasonal subjects within the goals of the workshops, identify those who want to make presentations, set up committees to help with meeting preparation, and make other suggestions to ensure the success of the CVWW. They ask people to RSVP to either Cathy Martineau at 259-1619 or Diane Schumaker at 259-8853. There have already been two workshops to learn how to make tamales by Tia Herrera-Montoya and another to make apple cider vinegar by Brandy Gritts.