Another week gone by; a dry one, and we need rain (not too much) or snow. I have faith we will get some spring snows, so here’s hoping.
The Town Board candidates forum last Wednesday was very well attended, with Craig Ferguson, President of the Chamber of Commerce, greeting folks and Joseph Lekarczyk, the moderator. Each candidate talked briefly about themselves and their desires for the board, answered many questions, and seemed well suited for the challenge. A big question was the
shooting range just over the ridge from the Lyons Valley Park neighborhood; several were against it, some want to hear more, etc. It would seem that the county has other land available, with 90,000 acres or more of open space that they might find someplace away from people! I understand that the Lyons Town Board could accept or reject it based on language in the IGA. Will it bring more business and tax revenue to Lyons, or more anxiety about guns? This is the present issue!
The mail-in ballot election for Trustee positions is on Tuesday, April 3. The ballots were mailed out this week. I received mine in the mail yesterday. We will vote on a TABOR question; to be able to spend any sales tax taken in above our regular amount to spend for high-speed internet; a tax on lodging (occupation) tax; whether to increase the Mayor and Town Board term limits from three terms of two years, to four terms (a total of eight years before term-limited), and for six Trustee positions. (Mike Karavas, Juli Waugh, Jocelyn Farrell, Wendy Miller, Mark Browning, Barney Dreistadt, or Gary McCrumb). Mayor Connie Sullivan is running unopposed.
Lyons M/Sr. students joined other schools across the country for the nationwide walkout Wednesday morning for seventeen minutes of quiet (remembering the seventeen students killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting). They hope to spur our elected officials to get some common sense legislation passed in order to control these tragedies!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY (this Saturday) is a time to honor our Irish ancestors. We are all proud to be Irish (means a go-getter, fiery temper, lots on the ball!) Go, go, go!
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
The Lyons Area Chamber Social will be at 5:30 p.m., at the Festivarie Inn, on Main Street. All businesses are urged to attend to discuss Lyons’ economy, ways to enhance your business, etc. WE urge all to pay your yearly dues, $100 per business.
GRASS ROOTS OF ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Two members of the St. Vrain District’s Grassroots committee made a presentation before the Lyons Booster Club Tuesday evening, telling about Initiative #93. They are promoting to go before the voters to get more funds for the state’s schools. They will need to gather 96,000 signature on petitions. We can all help. The amount of funds for schools has diminished over $600 per pupil in recent years, placing a burden on all districts. More later.
Can you believe it? The Lyons Booster Club raised $95,000 this past year from their weekly Bingo games, concessions, etc. to further the support for our Lyons M/Sr Students.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15 - MS & HS chess club; baseball at home vs. Clear Creek, 3 p.m. Varsity then JV.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 -Baseball plays Platte Valley HS at 11 a.m., at 700 Clark Street in Kersey. Varsity then JV. Bus leaves at 8:45 a.m. HS: track meet at Windsor High School. Bus leaves at 6:15 a.m. 7 a.m., vaulters weigh in.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18 - Booster Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley in Longmont.
YEAR BOOKS are now on sale at a reduced price of $65 for high school, and $35 for middle school. Contact Anne Strazaz
at Lyons High (303) 823-6631.
LYONS HIGH BASEBALL has started. Lyons is expected to go to State playoffs again this year with Coach Ken Rosales. Last year they were 19-4 overall; 8-1 Class 2A District 7 (won mile High League and made state Semifinals) Returning starters are: Keegan Bean-Sr; David Brett-Jr; Austen Clark-Sr; Leif Klopsen-Sr; Justin Lear-Sr; Joe McCain-Sr; Evan Reeves-Sr. Others to watch: Colton Bashor-So;
THE LYONS PARKS & REC COMMISSION held their monthly meeting with a report on: a disc golf court on 404-buyout land; a chess board in Sandstone Park; Bohn Park Phase 1, to be completed soon (they may hold a tour during the Lyons Good Old Days on June 30); the ball field to be open for fall ball; pursue the rebuild of small trail between the river at edge of South St. Vrain Trail; and the upcoming 100% design and bid on Lyons Valley River Park. All of Lyons is happy the parks are recovering, and will soon be open.
WINTER RECREATION SCHEDULE is out, go online or pick up a recreation brochure at Town hall.
OPEN BASKETBALL every Thursday through April 26, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., in the LES gym. Closed March 29 for spring break.
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ book club on the third Thursday of each month at the Walt Self Senior Center from noon to 2 p.m. It's free; pre-register at (303) 823-8250. All are welcome.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – Hunter Education Course; register at (303) 823-8250.
THURSDAYS – World Instrument and Art Classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., upstairs in the Walt Self building through May. Taught by Julie Adair, $8 drop in fee.
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ free art class on Tuesday, April 10, from l0 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self building; Crafting for folks who enjoy making useful items. RSVP at (303) 823-8250.
MOMMY (CARETAKER) & BABY/TODDLER FITNESS CLASS on Mondays through May from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Walt Self building basement. $5 per class.
Hey Lyons, girls softball is almost here! Sign up now through the below link with Longmont Recreation. Practices will begin the first week of April, with games beginning in May. All practices are held right here in Lyons! There will be 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U teams. Come join the fun. (https://rec.ci.longmont.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=e7e4bf03-219d-03a7-e811-1a)
SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Open house for the LAHC's Spring Art Show at Lyons Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Always a great time!
SATURDAY, APRIL 7
The Old Tyme Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. Come one and all. Fun for all ages. Help Ellen Rosenberg, founder, celebrate the 20th year of bringing these active dances to Lyons. Chris Kermit will be calling, and music provided by Poultry in Motion. See you there!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 – High School Awards night
SATURDAY, MAY 26 LHS graduation.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – Clean Up Day. Residents can take trash, appliances, etc., to the Town's public works yard on Second Avenue. A small fee will be charged, but you can get rid of that trash!
SUNDAY, MAY 20 - Community Garage Sale held in Sandstone Park and throughout the town.
JUNE 1 & 2 – Lyons Outdoor Games.
JUNE 30 – Lyons' Good Old Days celebration with games; we hope a breakfast; maybe a tour of Bohn Park; a history program; honoring Lyons 2018 graduates who are of pioneer families; and honoring the Class of 1968 as Mr/Mrs Good Old Days. There will also be live music, a beer garden, class reunions, and of course, square dancing! Mark those calendars.
JULY 11 TO 15 – Rocky Mountain Old Time Festival at the Parrish Ranch just outside of Berthoud. Camping, music, & dancing. Yee Ha!
THANK YOU LYONS 4-H CLUB
We want to give a Belated Thank You to the Lyons 4-H Club, who gaily decorated our tables with Valentine’s for our Monday February meal. Thank you all!
CONGRATULATIONS to Marissa Casey, who will be studying in Paris next fall! She is a student at CU.
Amy Moffitt, a former Lyons resident, is now the owner of Meraki Hair Studio in Crofton, Maryland. She is a certifiedKemon colorist, and hairstylist. Our congratulations.
Cassie Waters is seeking clothes (sizes 10-girls, and 16-18 ladies) for her Aunt Joan, whose house burned last week in the Bennett area. Cassie is Don Johnson’s sister. Folks can leave items at the ReRuns for them to pick up, and will notify us where else we can help. Our thanks.
BREAKFAST at the River Church every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited, all are welcome.
GARDEN IN A BOX
Gardens consist of 14 to 30 water-saving perennial plants that come with pre-planned planting instructions. A variety of garden types are offered starting at $84. Visit www.townoflyons.com/gardeninabox,
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
National Business Day at the State Capitol 11a.m. to 1p.m.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, MARCH 23-25
Lyons International Film Fest at Pizza 66 and Rogers Hall.
DONATE to the Janet Orback scholarship fund to honor longtime cemetery and town volunteer. Send donations to Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, CO 80540. The scholarship will be given out during the LHS Awards Night in May.
Keith William McGuire and Katherine Glenna Atchison of Lyons were married on January 29. Our congratulations.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stephanie Kurland, Deb Simms, Roxanne Martindale Smith, Tiffany Steakley, Sandi McLaughlin Rodriquez, Caleb Roberts, Aileen Hayden, Tyra Sutak, Rebecca Svilar, Linda Daniels, Sam Talent, Annyca Stone, Madeline Keen, Stacy Lee, and Scarlett Vasquez.
Just when you think all is calm and peaceful in Lyons, someone steals the tools and supplies out of a rental house being repair at 107 Park. You have to lock things up and many times, even that doesn’t work. Neighbors need to be aware, and call 911 to catch them.
Mick Svilar passed away on March 10th, Arrangements are pending. Mick was 77, born Aug. 2, 1940 in Jamestown, Co. He is survived by sons: Randy, Rodney, Dan; and preceded in death by his wife, Jean (Ohline) and son Tim. He was a longtime Lyons resident, and coached boys and girls baseball, to name a few. More information in next week's paper.
SOME INTERESTING HISTORY
We note that Nederland has a working historic steam shovel that was originally found in North Gilpin County and has a history of being used to build the Panama Canal! It was featured on the History Channel. The Nederland Historical Society has been restoring the steam shovel, but has run out of funding and resources to continue.
They are now offering it to Central City and the Gilpin Historical Society. It can be landmarked as a national monument. There are only three remaining in the world; one in Costa Rica that does not run, one in Montana that is in pieces, and this one, which still works. The Gilpin Historical Society has the funds to cover most of the $15K cost to safely move the machine to Central City. The Central City town board exuberantly directed their staff to investigate the costs, possible locations, and to acquire the steam shovel. A great little story on history. Good luck from the Lyons Historical Society. The Gilpin Historical Society is like Lyons restoring and operating an old schoolhouse as a museum!