Another week gone by; it's the middle of June, hot weather during the day, but cool nights. That is why we live in Colorado! The beautiful green scenery is now turning brown, and susceptible to fire. Take care, no cigarettes, sparks, etc. 

A skimmer, or a device which secretly collects your debit or credit card information, was found on a gas pump at the Diamond Shamrock gas station in Lyons (4206 Ute Hwy). If you used a debit or credit card at a gas pump at the Diamond Shamrock between May 15 and June 6, we encourage you to review your bank and credit card statements to see if there is any suspicious activity. If you believe you may have been a victim of identity theft associated with this incident, please contact the Boulder County Sheriff's Office dispatch at (303) 441-4444. The associated case number to give is: 18-3216.

FREE CONCERTS in Sandstone Park begin this week on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., with Halden Woodford & the Hi*Beams. Next week it's Joe Kuckla & Irons in the Fire. It's always good music!

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOCIAL will be held on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m., at Western Stars Gallery and the Quarry (former Outlaw Restaurant and Bar).

Come, hear the report on the tourism grant, the Good Old Days, etc. Craig Fergunson, President; Mike Porter is Administrator, and there will be a review of the Chamber’s doings. Pay your dues. Get in on the excitement.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 the Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance Club starts their 60th season of Saturday Square Dancing at the Lyons Elementary School Gym. Rounds begin at 7 p.m., and Squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This is a free dance compliments of Rick and Rose Renz who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The caller and cuer will be Mike Hogan of Omaha, NE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 – Father’s Day Brunch at Stone Mountain Lodge, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all invited, music will be included. The cost is $25 per person, of which a percentage will be donated to the Lyons Community Foundation. Take your father and/or grandfather out for brunch.

FATHERS DAY is a day to honor the men in our family: fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, fathers-in-laws, and thank them for all they do to support you. They give you housing, food, transportation, care, someone to play and converse with, someone who is wise and someone who has “been there and done that.” My Dad, Bernie LaVern McConnell, was a hard working farmer and dairyman. All of us six McConnell kids helped on the farm and milked cows morning and night, while he hauled hay to the truck farmers at Welby (now Commerce City). It was hard to make a living being a farmer on the land which is now Lyons Valley Park. It was sold in 1962 for development, annexed to the town in 1976, with the first house built in 1992. It was the only place out-of-the-floodplain for the high school we had been fighting for since 1948, and it was indeed a celebration when the school bond was passed for Lyons M/Sr High in 1970. We had a two-day celebration in February of 1974 when it was built and opened. My folks moved to 310 Main Street, and after my mother’s death in a car wreck, my Dad moved to the Mack Farm on Apple Valley Road, passing away in 1987. Yes he, as well as all dads, was a great Dad.  

THE 67TH STATE SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION was held last weekend at the Crown Plaza Hotel at DIA with over 500 dancers enjoying the weekend. The 2019 State Festival will be held on June 14 to 16, at the Marriott Hotel in Pueblo. Mark your calendars!

Thanks to the Catholic Community for providing the seniors with delicious burritos and yummy desert last Monday evening at the Walt Self Senior Center. On Monday, June 16, the dinner will be hosted by the Lyons Community Church.  All seniors are invited. Stop by at 5:30 p.m. A potluck will be held on the fourth Monday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m.

Free exercise classes for seniors (ages 50+) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self.

Lyons Bistro Lunches are every Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self. The cost is $3 for seniors 60 yrs+. Must call (303) 441-1415 by noon day before to assure an accurate count.  

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is now opened daily. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors this past week were: Donna Bruce of Longmont, a member of the Goss family, as well as out-of-state visitors from St. Joseph, MO; San Diego, CA; Athens, GA; Chicago, IL; Salt Lake City, UT; and several area towns.   

Garage Sale “stuff” (no electronics) can be left at 306 Evans Street (leave on the patio). This is a fundraiser for Lyons Redstone Museum. To be held weekends throughout the summer.

 BEARS are out and roaming around town. They have been spotted up on Fifth Avenue, in Apple Valley, and out on the Old South St. Vrain Road. Keep your food stuffs locked up; your windows and doors locked, etc.

BEES are now swarming, so keep an eye out. Go on the web for Northern Colorado Bees, or call Nick Harkalis locally at (303) 823-6984 to come capture and remove the swarm. SAVE THE BEES!

SHINGLES SHOT - It is time for me to remind you again to get your shingles shot. It is a terrible, itchy, burning ailment.

There is a free monthly Non-Narcotic Care Pop Up Clinic held on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m., at the National Guard Armory (1512 N Main Street) Longmont. With available therapies: acupuncture, cranio sacral therapy, and healing touch therapy, also for pain, PTSD, and sleep disorders. Veterans needed to keep this service going.
Cassie King is slowly recovering from her surgery. Send food by calling (303) 823-5335 for pick up.
Sonny Smith, of 310 Evans Street, is home after knee replacement, and would appreciate food for two persons. Help, help. Drop by, or call him at Vance’s (303) 502-4513. Thank you.

LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS is coming right up on Saturday, June 30. Be sure to stop by for the 5K run, car show, kids' games, music throughout the day and night in Sandstone Park, class reunions, corn hole tournament, history programs at the museum, to honor the 2018 graduates from pioneer families:  Keegan Bean (Brodie/Davies family); Ethan Burton (Austin family); Shaeli Herman (Steele family); Joseph McCain (McCain/Freeman family); Raven Moe (French family), as well as Mr./Mrs. Good Old Days, the class of 1968 (their 50th class reunion), and three longtime businesses: Donna Boone – the Hair Company; Dr. Joseph Meckle - Lyons Chiropractor; and Raul Vasquez - Blue Mountain Stone. All are invited. Followed by music in the park and the Chamber beer tent until 10:30 p.m.

THE LYONS LIONS CLUB has scheduled their annual golf tournament fundraiser to be held in August at the Lake Valley Country Club. They are soliciting golfers and sponsors. Pick up an application at Clark’s Hardware.

Davie Schenhuer, Brian Grubb, Brent Hammans, Sage Wynga, Joe Clark, Rusty Burks, Diana Sims, Laura (Leiding) Jueschke, Brayden Jueschke, (Happy Heart Day), David Blattner, Mike Austin; Sally Austin (her 76th), Diana Sims, Janet Freeman, Connie Burkhardt, Faith Myers, Tonya Reed Epperly, Chuck Glidewell, Kim Harrison, Rachel Bashor, Kirk Udovich, Sara Hart, Eric Geist, Craig Borie, Austin Myers, Savannah DeSantis, Emily Gosnell Igalashi, Doug Stahl.

Casey and Tatiana Wadlow (twenty years), and Jennifer Roberts and Robert Lee.

Wendy Miller’s son has contacted a serious virus. He has had a high fever and vomiting and been in the Children’s Hospital. Get well soon Ronin.

John Fahlstrom, a 1989 LHS alum, was a guest of Donna Harkalis at the Lyons senior dinner last week, and this week we are sad to report that his 13 year old nephew was hit and killed by a car in Loveland, while the driver was under the influence. We are very saddened for your loss John.

Grave side services for Clark “Jim” Newman, age 98, who passed away on January 25, 2018 will be held at the Lyons Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, June 17. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend. Clark was married to Helen Jamison of Lyons, who passed away in 1996. He was the father of Pam, Clark, and John, and the grandfather to four, and great grandfather to two.

Clark was a steady visitor at the Lyons Cemetery to pay respects to his wife Helen, who was the great granddaughter of Alfred and Catherine Jamison who moved to Lyons about 1890. Alfred was a stonecutter, and built his home on 14 acres with many apple trees (now owned by Ron and Monica McGuckin), on Apple Valley Road. Alfred died in 1930. Their son, John, learned telegraphy at the Lyons Depot and worked for the railroad for 47 years. He married Anna Wilcox (the first teacher of the Lyons School District #47. They had one daughter, Helen Roberta, who married Jim Newman and lived in Denver. All were school teachers. Jamison retired after 47 years at Lafayette and Lyons and lived on Apple Valley.

They are all buried in the Lyons Cemetery, and Clark visited at least once a month since his wife died in 1996. He worked for United Airlines, flying airplanes of all types, gardening, and the outdoors. His family states that he “circled the airport, lowered the flaps and landing gear, and made a smooth landing at 98 years old, and has put on a new set of wings. His wife would say,” Well, it is about time you got here.” He was a staunch supporter of the Lyons Redstone Museum. We express our sympathy. Cards can be sent to: The Clark Newman family, 1039 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206

Berene (McConnell) Sullivan, my older sister, at age 93 passed away last Wednesday from a lung ailment. Although warned of the seriousness by the doctors several months ago, it was still unexpected.  Her service will be held on Thursday, June 21, at the Crist Mortuary (3395 Penrose Place, off the Diagonal across from the Boulder Cemetery), with visitation from 3 to 4 p.m., and the service at 5 p.m.  Berene (named from father Bernie “Ber” and mother Irene “ene,” was born to Bernie and Irene McConnell May 21, 1925. Her siblings are: LaVern Johnson, Violet Betz (deceased in 2006), Herbert McConnell (deceased on 1995), Sharon McConnell, and Byron McConnell all of Lyons. (More obituary to follow).

D-DAY, was June 6, 1944, where Rick and Tony Hammans' uncle Robert Hammans perished 74 years ago in the waters off Omaha Beach, when the 741st Armored Battalion of which 27 of the 29 tanks swamped and sank. The loss of these tanks was the major reason why the battle on the beach was so difficult and behind schedule. Now archaeologists are trying to recover some of the tanks. The D-Day invasion was the turning point of the WWII that gave the United States and its allies a foothold in Western Europe during WWII and changed the course of the Nazi-occupied France. These so-called duplex drive tanks were launched from landing craft four kilometers from the beach. Fitted with large canvas skirts around upper portion of the vehicle, the tanks were designed to float low in the water; appearing to the enemy as nothing more menacing than a rubber boat. The tanks were intended to operate in seas with a one-foot swell, however on the day of the invasion the waves rose six feet. The high seas swamped 27 of these special tanks sending them to the sea floor. The archaeologists say, “There resting on the seafloor we saw the machines, some upright, some on their sides, and several with turrets detached and lying close by.” The history is that the tanks were sent into the sea 6000 yards out, as planned, but in a decision which didn’t take the conditions into consideration. The landing craft carrying them were drifting away from the target beach forcing them in high waves, where they tipped over.  Given the weather/sea conditions on D-Day and the clumsiness of the tanks, it is little wonder that the 741st met the fate it did, but that they launched at all is a testament to the courage and determination of Allied troops in the face of daunting odds and grave danger. The Allies’ bravery changed the war. Our thanks to Robert Hammans and all others who perished on that day.

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