YEA TO THE TOWN OF LYONS, which was featured in the Nebraska Power Pool November News. With before and after photos, it states, “The $1.2 million streetscape project transformed the downtown area of Lyons, Colorado.” The nonprofit membership organization Downtown Colorado, Inc., recently awarded the Town a Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence - Best Public Space Project. Town
representatives, including Mayor Julie Van Domelen, accepted the award at a dinner and award ceremony in Glenwood Springs in September. The $1.2 million streetscape project was funded by various local, state, and federal agencies, including funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package. Others attending were: Jacque Watson, Director of the Economic Development, and Ed Bruder, Town Board member. Our congratulations to all!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! We hope it doesn’t snow too much this holiday, so you will make it there and back. Through the years, we remember of many folks who have been stuck in the eastern part of the state. Coming home from Iowa and getting stuck in Limon with their car filled with blown snow. Quite a traumatic experience, so watch the weather.
Yes, it is time to say thanks for all the things we have: family, friends, a place to live, food, utilities, clothing, we hope a job, and if we are really down and out the Lyons Community food bank. The Thanksgiving baskets were distributed last Friday, giving enough for a nice Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. In Lyons, you should contact Sam Tallent of The Stone Cup, who is gathering food and monetary donations for Christmas baskets. If you know you will be without food, get your name in. Donations of cash are needed to purchase the fresh food (meats, fruits, vegetables, breads) and canned goods are also needed. Drop offs can be made at The Stone Cup. Sgt. KevinParker states that toys and gift donations for Boulder County Children’s Christmas Crusade can be dropped of at the Lyon Substation at Town Hall.
OHM SALON + GALLERY presents “Nothing Rhymes with Orange” this Saturday, November 27, from 5 to 9 p.m., at 441 Main Street. Phone 720-220-0311. Plan to attend.
ANNUAL LYONS HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, Saturday & Sunday, December 3 and 4.
This major fundraiser for the library features holiday gifts made by Colorado crafters and artisans, one of the few HANDCRAFT-ONLY fairs to survive in the region. Held at the Lyons Elementary School Gym, the Depot Library Holiday Bazaar has become a tradition with a representation of crafts available at no other shows in the areas. We will enjoy Debbie Stevenson’s music on the keyboard and Santa will be present on Saturday 2-4pm, and more! Do your Christmas shopping at the over 40 booths of homemade items. See you there!
THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is soliciting for baked goods for their booth at the Christmas Bazaar, such as: candy, pop corn balls, cakes, pies, cupcakes, brownies, and more. Call 303-823-5925 for pickup.
Their booth will feature Lyons books – great Christmas gifts: The Birth of a Quarry Town-Lyons, Colorado-1800’s, “Double Gateway to the Rockies” (town and school history), and “Piecing a Town Together-Families of Lyons,” as well as other books, DVD’s on Lyons sandstone, geology, and what to see and do in Lyons, History of the Lyons Cemetery, and a list of Lyons High graduates (1925-thru 2010) and more. All for sale at the Bazaar!
BAR-N-DANCE OLD-TIME SQUARE DANCE, December 7. No experience or partner required! Live old-time string band! All dances taught! Come on out and get yer hoedown! WHEN: Tuesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. WHO: Pat Tognoni calls with Two Thin Dimes & Friends. WHERE: Oskar Blues COST: $5 suggested donation
PERMACULTURE 101 - LYONS WORKSHOP SERIES Co-sponsored by Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation, Transition Town Lyons, and Water Mark of Lyons Permaculture: December 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We begin each session at Walt Self downstairs meeting room, then proceed for hands-on at JenLo Farm next door to Stonebridge farm on Rte 66. For registration and more information contact: Coco Gordon,
VACANCIES ON TOWN BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is having a Fundraiser to buy the 20 Stereo Views of Lyons 1900’s, a unique collection of old-time Lyons pictures, that would enhance the picture collection at the Lyons Redstone Museum. Help! Help! Help! Checks, large and small, are much appreciated to puchase this “once in a lifetime” collection of old-time Lyons. Send to Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540 (tax-deductible). A flier with a sample of the Stereo Views has been provided by the owner to show at the Holiday Bazaar, where you can also donate to this great cause. Thank you!
THANKS TO BETTY NEWBY, HISTORIC WRITER FOR THE LONGMONT TIMES CALL who featured Lyons’ Weaver books, compiled by Frank Weaver (1976-1981) and finally finished by Diane Benedict and Denise Berg, which are available for Christmas and other gifts. Call 303-823-5925 or find them at the Lyons Redstone Museum, the Boulder Country General Store, the White Lion, and Re-Runs, as well as at the Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 4 and 5.
THE LYONS CHEERLEADERS traveled to Strasburg last Friday to the Patriot League Competition. The Cheerleaders are: Captains- Abby Hughes, Taylor Burt, and Chelsea Hetherington. Cheer Squad-Madison Myers, Emma Biesiada, Rachel Bashor, Erin Kurland, Emily Garcia, Allison Harris, Melissa Jansen, Lexie Lints, Madison Myers, and Sierra Bailey-Peterson. Coaches: Beth Stall & Emily Forsberg. I trust they did well.
Dora and Ray Babcock accompanied their daughter, Sandra, to U.S. Marine Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, last weekend. They visited their grandson, Jerry and his wife Terry and their new great grandchild Elias, who was three months old on the 23. The proud great grandparents say he is a “cute little one.”
Grandson Jerry has been in Iraq two times and Afghanistan once, and will not be sent oversees for another 18 months. Elias is the Babcock’s 5th great grandchild.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHRIS COMBS who celebrated his 39th birthday last Friday with the LIPS poetry club. Wow, it would be nice to be so young! I am trying to remember what I was doing when 39! Probably the most spectacular happening about that time was the passing of the 1970 school bond that gave Lyons a new high school on our old farm (Reese/McConnell farm), and although the farm had been sold to developer Joe Ernie in 1962, nothing was started until 1971. We fought for that school since 1948, so it was truly a great victory! My boys were in the old High School, almost ready to go out and “seek their fortunes,” and Chris was born!!
Happy birthday to Chris, who is operating the Art Warehouse, while his dad, Tim, is spending time operating the Boulder County General Store in Hygiene!
THANK YOU APRIL VERCH BAND and Tyler Grant, as special guest, who royally entertained a sellout crowd at the first winter High Street Concert. It was outstanding. Tyler and his fiancé have moved here, and he is keeping busy playing and singing in the area. He was the 2003 Rocky Grass and the 2008 National Flatpicking champion and tours with the Drew Emmit Band and the Emmit/Nershi bands.
THE NEXT HIGH STREET CONCERT will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. with Honey Don’t , and Swing State. Contact www.HighStreetConcerts.com, or get tickets at The Stone Cup!
THANKS TO THE GOLDEN GANG for the scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, held Friday evening. A good crowd attended and enjoyed music by The Quarry Gals, Jani and Zeke Little, and a final somber song by Vance French.
THANKS FOR THE PIE SALE held at The Stone Cup as a benefit fundraiser for the Christmas Parade of Lights. There were a lot of delicious pies, and good proceeds.
We are greatly saddened at the untimely death of Ben Haskew,who leaves a wife and four small children. The Longmont Church of Christ was filled with many scouts from Troop 77, family, and friends from out-of-state. Lyons classmates honored Ben for the years he has given and for his scout work. They presented an American flag to daughter, Rachel. A very sad and moving celebration of life to a young man. His brother Jake, and family came from Austria where he is involved in church work, his cousins from Orange, Texas, and good friends from Austin to name a few. Our sympathy.
KEITH SANFORD, age 69, who had been ill a while passed away. We all know Keith, who grew up in Lyons and had worked at the Lyons, Cemetery for many years. He was the youngest child of Shirley (Brackett) and Lyman Sanford, brother to Earl, Mike, and Frankie Phillips, and cousin to all the Brackett siblings. We will greatly miss Keith!
MARY LOU COLARD, AGE 75, died Nov. 18 at the Boulder Hospital. She was the widow of Leon Colard and mother to Rhonda, Cindy, and Terry. Lou had lived in the Lyons (Colard Ranch/Spring Gulch area) since marrying Leon, and had taken part in her kids and grandchildren’s activities. She was truly a great mom and grandmother and will be sadly missed.
DR. PAT WHERRY, the son of Dr Harry Wherry, succumbed to melanoma at age 59. The family doctor of many Lyons families in his own practice after taking over his father’s patients. He will be sadly missed.