Hi Dear Residents of Lyons:
THIRTY YEARS! Wow! Can you believe I have been writing this column for thirty years. I was just a kid! Walt Kinderman, the Editor of the Lyons Recorder at the time (1983), was heckling Virgil Rigdon and the Town Board. Fern Rigdon was writing the news, by hand, each week. She got teed off at Walt and quit. I had been giving my news by phone to Fern and Dorothy Stevens, so I took it on the task. All those news articles would make an
interesting book (volunteer wanted to do so)! Well, anyway, it has been enjoyable to try to tell the new folks how things happened, as we don’t have anything here in town we did not crusade and work for (schools, parks and trails, water, sewer, electricity, paved streets, housing, lights, and against Coffintop Dam, 8000 houses at Dowe Flats, liquor by the school, etc Nothing is free. The Town Boards have been striving to make Lyons a “Better Place to Live” since it was founded by Edward S. Lyon in 1880. However, this is the worst to report, The Colorado Flood of 2013!
Yes, this flood is the worst since 1895, when a flood ruined the south part of town and the main street moved to the north, where it is now. It is hard to realize that we could get that much rain, that things were just “right” they say to make it happen, and thousands are impacted from the Continental Divide to Omaha, where it flows into the Mississippi; 500 miles of devastation.
However, in view of the amount of water (25,000 cubic feet a minute) it is truly a wonder more did not lose their lives! We are lucky in that way. We are left to clean out the mess, to pay for the mess, etc., which is estimated at 43 million in Lyons.
The flood covered 1918 square miles with eight fatalities; they evacuated 5966, 1210 cars, with Hwy 7, 50% damaged; Hwy 34, 85%; Hwy 36, 40%; and Hwy 119, 20% damaged. FEMA says they will help. Let’s hope they do not disappear with the government shutdown!
There are so many sad stories, they are hard to visualize. However, go to the Lyons Post office in Longmont; listening to the folks that lost everything gives you a different prospective on life. Those of us that live on the high side of town have nothing to squawk about.
We have heard some are bad mouthing the town. Whoa! Think how fortunate you are so you can grip! We are so fortunate to have Mayor Julie and Manager Victoria and all staff, helpers, organizations, helping us that it is mind-boggling. They are organized, and come from throughout the nation. They sign up for disasters and when called, go. A group of Baptists attended the Lyons Community Church on Sunday; a square dancer from Pittsburg attended area square dancers. Yes, it is a heartfelt world with willing helpers.
FEMA: You should all sign up with FEMA, if you had to leave your home whether you have damage or not. And it is said that FEMA will not lose its funding. There are thousands of recovery workers in the flood areas throughout the state, each community has its own story and suffering!
THE SAM’S CLUB IN LOUISVILLE with 136,000 square feet now has been designated as the home for the Federal Agency workers. Here they will have lots of room, they will disperse throughout the area and have a cot at night. They have been staying in hotels throughout the area.
CONGRESS ALLOCATED $100 million for state highways impacted by the flood.
IOWA GUARDSMEN are heading west to help Colorado flooding victims. They are leaving from Waterloo, Des Moines, and other cities, and will be stationed in Aurora for about twenty days.
SOME GOOD NEWS: The Lyons Parks & Recreation is planning a Halloween Parade as well as the Christmas Parade (something to brighten our spirits) See a note from Dave below. Yes we do feel bad for the Lyons Parks & Recreation Department after all their years of work on the Parks, and then to have them washed away, and especially the Hains property, where we have been wishing it was the Town’s the past seventy years! It is cheerful to see the green corner in Meadow Park with the playground and new shelter. We are working on a way to restore the Meadow Park Shelter, built in 1935. We hope the State Historical Fund will help. The library also needs emergency money to clean up the five or six inches of water in the building. However, they are happy the flood waters did not quite hit the window sills.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM, the 1881 schoolhouse, received no flood damage, being high on the hill. Good thinking, dear forefathers.
LIONSCREST MANOR is back in operation for weddings, etc. They have their utilities in place, beings they had a well and septic
MEALS ON WHEELS are available to Lyons folks as to where you are. Call (303) 772-0540.
“HERE AND NOW” RADIO: Tim Combs and I, and maybe others, were featured on the Boston Radio Show “Here and Now” asking about the impact of the flood on Lyons, how we are making it, what we are doing, etc. They are supposed to send a DVD. I think they called me because of my age, but I tried to give Lyons a “thumbs up” They are on Radio Station KCFC-AM and are on Mondays through Thursdays, 12 to 2 p.m., on a Denver station. Several heard the interview and listen to the station regularly. They are on 343 stations.
ALL LYONS FOLKS are encouraged to go to the Disaster Center at the Twin Peaks Mall and get supplies-shampoo, toothpaste, etc. that the Salvation Army has brought it, as well as clothes. There are gobs there for the taking. A lot of the services there will be leaving this week; so stop by. The Lyons Table,
FEMA, RED Cross and Salvation Army will still be there, but a lot will leave.
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: The representative states to businesses: Don't be skiddish of a loan; it is cheap interest, will get you back on your feet, and available. You do not have to qualify as to finances, if your business is good, and all things required by a bank. They are there to help you out!
VOLUNTEERS are asked to document your hours. This helps the town get recovery money.
WE TIP OUR HATS TO: Lyons Fire Protection District, the County, State, DOLA, SBA, Kids Playground, the Lyons booth at the Disaster Assistance Center, and Volunteers everywhere. With so much help, we will make it!
FACEBOOK: Look under Lyons Happenings on Facebook, here you will hear from your friends, the helpers, those who want to help, the Town, etc. Very nice to hear from all, and your needs. (However, I need a FaceBook Lesson?)
TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, STAFF, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS. All seems to be going well. With the same classes, same teachers, same kids. Wonderful.
TO ALL: Church Organizations, Red Cross, Salvation Army (meals available at the Twin Peaks Mall, and Lyons Post Office for all) Cleaning supplies available at the Disaster Center.
Check with Verizon Phone and CenturyLink, for a reduction in rates.
LANDLORDS: We should have a heart and let you skip the rent. After all we can’t rent it anyway, and your tenant has to pay rent at another place!
HAIR DOS: Donna Marie French Nelson will do free hairdos (on Lyons Happenings-Facebook) We want your phone Donna Marie call (303) 877-6359.
COLORADO WATER CONSERVATION BOARD Flood Protection Program (303) 866-4474, cwcb.state.co.us;
CAUTION: Watch for lead based paint. Get a test kit from Home Depot.
WATCH FOR SCAMMERS: The guards are doing a good job, it is hard to get in if you do not have a Lyons identification. Thanks, guards!
VISIT BOULDERCOUNTY.ORG for Bus Passes and Taxi Voucher; Emergency Management, Closures and Cancellation, Debris Removal, Drinking Water Safety, Food Safety, General Health and Safety, Indoor Air Quality, Report Damage, Septic Systems, Sewage Cleanup.
VOLUNTEERS: If you want to volunteer the mucking out effort sign up with Team Rubicon at Home Depot parking lot, here they will put you on a team and keep track of your hours and you can help night and day. Thanks to Holly Hoffman of Englewood, who slept all night in her vehicle, to make donations and come work? She had to be rescued at the check point, but made it. Thanks Holly I am sure there are lots more. Thanks all!
VOLUNTEER GROUPS: Boots: Jen LaFollette (at Sandstone Park); Clothes: Re-Runs, Disaster Assistance Center, Our Center, Patagonia; Restore your Photos: call Mimi Elmore.
SAVE YOUR PICTURES OF THE FLOOD: Bob Gilson of the Lyons Recorder, and the Lyons Redstone Museum are gathering as many picture as possible of the flood, FOR HISTORY’S SAKE!!
HELP CLEANING: Go to Team Rubicon at Home Depot parking lot. Baptist, Life Bridge, other churches
FOR HOUSING HELPERS: 23865 Baseline Road in Boulder, (303) 545-6000, or www.housinghelpers.com.
STONE MOUNTAIN LODGE will have rental units as soon as they get their road repaired.
GIVE FUNDS: The town is trying to find someone to take charge of the donations: (303) 823-6622, ask for Jacque. Thanks to the Rocky Tops Square Dance Club of Denver, a generous donation. Designate it if you wish, and send to Box 49, Lyons, Co. 80540 or Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, who has collected over $250,000 so far. Also, MusicCares www.grammy.org; The Front Range Christian School (who we beat in football) generously collected $2,600; the Strasburg girls softball brought in heaps of clothing; take what you need at the Twin Peaks Mall. Zazzle has a Lyons Fundraiser of t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons http://www.Zazzle.com; Boulder County Arts is collecting, Mintze Wu has scheduled a concert at the Boulder Methodist Church, on Sunday, Oct. 12; at 2 to 5 p.m., with all Lyons musicians..
THE LYONS CHAMBER IS SEEKING HELP FOR THE LYONS BUSINESSES with several Federal, State, County agencies helping out.
BUSINESSES CAN APPLY to: John O’Brien for the Lyons REVOLVING LOAN FUND,
SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION makes home loans at (800) 659-2955; business loans at
LYONS DAMAGE IS SO EXTENSIVE ($43 MILLION) It is hard for us to realize that other communities are severely impacted, but we are far from alone in this catastrophe. The townspeople of Jamestown evacuated to Niwot High School, where many stayed for several days. They too, have no utilities.
LONGMONT: The damage is estimated to be $148.6 million.
BOULDER: $48.9 Million. Most highways are still closed. A caravan of 144 cars were allowed down through Stagecoach Trail and through Spring Gulch (the first time in 100 years), then was closed. They are working on a way to keep this open. PINEWOOD SPRINGS and ESTES PARK people have to go around Trail Ridge Road or on Hwy 7 to Gold Hill, a distance of 65 miles, and what about Big Elk Meadows?
THANKS to Oskar Blues who still provided the seniors with their first Wednesday luncheon, and the Longmont Senior Center for lunch last week.
WHILE AWAY FROM HOME, we found a herd of deer munching on the grass, as if to say “we are keeping an eye out for you.” Thanks to Andrea Marshall for the pictures, they seemed to be the only ones in town.
SOME GOOD NEWS: Jake Pellouchoud is marrying Katie Liebel on October 1, in San Clemente, California. They are going to Germany for their honeymoon. They live in Boulder, where he works at 1st Bank, and Katie teaches school. Jake graduated from Lyons High School in 2001. He is the son of Jim and Dorothy Pellouchoud.
THE CLARIFER came through the flood unscathed. Wasn’t than lucky? That is the old sewer plant, replaced thirty years ago. Yea, Priscilla and Cathy and cohorts! To think the usable plant got so much damage, just one hundred feet away!
LYONS FOOTBALL: We were looking around for the football game, when they said Recht Field, we thought it was at Boulder High, but it was held at Front Range Christian in Littleton. Lori Herman, mom of Beau, says “It was cold and rained the entire game, but our defense was strong and kept FRC from scoring in the second half. We won 14 to 13! It was a good game.” Sorry I missed it, when you don’t have kids in school you miss out!
THE NEXT FOOTBALL GAME is in Nederaland this Saturday at 1 p.m. Watch for the directions, as there will no doubt be a different route.
HOMECOMING GAME: Saturday, October 12, vs. Platte Canyon at 6 p.m. (Longmont HS - Everly Montgomery field). The dance is scheduled for Friday, October 11.
LYONS X-C: At the Cross-Country Titan Invitational in Fountain last Saturday, Sophomore Paul Roberts led the pack and was uncontested while breaking the tape with a time of 15.59. He was followed by teammate Marcel Such ten seconds later. Others that scored were Joel Such, Matt Dillon, Heath Fesenmeyer. Lyons boys came in third with 101 points, Miriam Roberts, Sierra Tucker, and Jena Anderson ran for the girls. They didn’t have enough members to qualify in the team standings. Congratulations teams.
ST. VRAIN PIONEERS ASSOCIATION had their annual potluck at the Hygiene Community Hall for Pioneers of the St. Vrain Valley (Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties) last Sunday, with Lee Ann Powell (a descendant of the Beasley) as President; Judy Dayhoff (of the Gould family) as Secretary.
GERALD BOLAND: The Celebration of Life Service for Gerald Boland will be held on Friday, October 11, at 2 p.m. Here is a time to honor this fine coach and teacher. See you there?
Contributions may be made to the Lyons Community Foundation, c/o Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman St., Longmont. Please share your thoughts, memories, and condolences at www.howemortuary.com
RAY AND JUDY ECKER: I attended the memorial Service for Ray and Judy (Lowe) Ecker, good friends of the Lyons Redstone Museum, held in the Rose Chapel, Tower of memories, Tower at the Olinger Mortuary in Denver on Saturday.
Judy (age 76) was the daughter of George and Reba Lowe, and granddaughter of Rosina and James Lowe who were pioneers of Lyons, coming to Lyons from England in December, 1896 with a team to haul their furniture and themselves. They moved to Steamboat Villa, their ranch on the St.Vrain. He farmed and Rosina operated a resort. She had cabins and writers came each summer. The ranch was sold November 1916 to Thomas M. Freeman of Nebraska. (This is the May Freeman house, Jack and Rose Kelly, Velma Salter, Al Musser, and now ?), the stately two story home on Apple Valley Road with the stone pillars (the third curve on the West side).
Rosina an active member of the Congregational Church (now The Old Stone Church). She worked at the Chautauqua as a pastry cook, and he on the new road to Estes Park in the 1930’s. They had three boys: Alfred Pete, who worked for the Union Pacific all his life; Reuben and George. Rosina was with the “World Savings” of Lyons in those days, loaning money for folks to buy houses, go into business, etc. O. J. Ramey was the middleman; negotiating the loan and collecting, for a fee of $25. (1920-50) James died in 1923 and Rosina in 1952.
Judy and Ray were noted as a sweet couple, the second marriage for both, married in 1987, liked to travel and fish, and were both sickly. A lot of folks knew them and we, at the museum, enjoyed their yearly visits. Judy was so interested in her heritage that she helped at the museum several days through the years. Judy was born June 29, 1941 in Denver. She has a sister Catherine and brother-in-law Steven Schmidt of Lakewood, a son Todd Bedsaul of Denver, and several cousins. Ray has two sons: Mark of Wrentham MA, and Cary of Duvall, WA. God Bless them all.