City honors volunteers

January 8, 2013

NEW — 5:05 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013

After a year packed full with successful community events and valuable projects enhancing the neighborhood, the city is honoring all the volunteers who made them happen with a Jan. 30 celebration.

Whether you worked on several events throughout the year, or donated just a few hours, the city wants its volunteers to know that the community wouldn’t be the same without them.

The appreciation event, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, is expected to be filled with treats, fun and a special gift.

In particular, the city thanks the Newcastle Weed Warriors, Newcastle Trails, the  Greater Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Public Works Department for their work throughout the year.

Contact Michael Holly at or 649-4444, ext. 142, to RSVP for the event by Jan. 25.

Chamber hires part-time executive director

January 8, 2013

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013

The Greater Newcastle Chamber of Commerce announced that it has hired Imelda Dulcich as its new part-time executive director, in a statement released today.

The executive director is responsible for implementing the policies of the chamber’s board of directors and administering the approved budget.

Dulcich is also expected to provide more opportunities for Newcastle businesses to market their companies with the addition of a blog to the existing website and a greater presence on the chamber’s social media platforms. Read more

Watch Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel compete for Miss America

January 8, 2013

NEW — 2:05 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013

Newcastle’s own Mandy Schendel, Miss Washington 2012, will head to Las Vegas on Jan. 2 in preparation for the 2013 Miss America competition.

Schendel will be among 53 national finalists who will vie for the Miss America title.

“The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will host the event.

Among the judges for the competition are Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, dancer Cheryl Burke and television host Mary Hart.

More than 300 community members attended a farewell fashion show Dec. 8, where Schendel gave attendees a sneak peek at the fashions she plans to wear for the telecast.

The competition will be televised Jan. 12 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and can be seen at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Learn more about Schendel’s quest for the Miss America title at