Newcastle Days takes shape

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The bright lights of Broadway are coming to the Lake Boren Park stage this September.

A cast of community members will dance and belt out tunes from various hit musicals in the hourlong “Broadway at Boren” spectacular 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

“It’s some singing, some dancing. Just a variety of whatever talent we happen to get,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison.

“Broadway at Boren” represents the opening act of the city’s expanded 2015 Newcastle Days celebration. Read more

City seeking Newcastle Days parade participants

April 30, 2015

The city of Newcastle will host its annual Newcastle Days celebration Sept. 11-12.

Part of the festival includes a parade through Lake Boren Park opening the event on Saturday, Sept. 12.

This year’s festival coincides with the National Day of Service and Remembrance, so the organizing committee is inviting veterans to participate in the second annual Newcastle Days Parade.

The parade serves as the official kickoff to the Sept. 12 event featuring music, activities, food and more. The exact time of the parade is yet to be determined, though it will likely begin at either 10 or 10:30 a.m., depending on the number of participants. Read more

VFW, Liberty NJROTC get Gordon Shumacher his flag

December 4, 2014

By Kathleen R. Merrill World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

It was a sunny Saturday that a group of Liberty High School students gave up to honor a 91-year-old World War II veteran on his birthday. Read more

USO Happy Hour honors veterans

May 2, 2013

Five years ago, Newcastle resident John Jensen set out to create an event that would let local veterans know that they are appreciated.

It seemed like a no brainer, he said, to simply buy a drink for a person who put his or her life on the line to protect this country’s freedom.

Years later, the Regency Newcastle USO Happy Hour is still going strong, bringing nearly 100 veterans and supportive community members together to celebrate the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed services.

“We started it as a local way to say thank you,” Jensen said. “What we didn’t realize was how appreciative the veterans would be of this very simple recognition.” Read more