WOW! The most heart-warming event ever just happened during halftime of the Oregon/Auburn Fiesta Bowl, when they brought in the troops from overseas to greet their families. What a surprise and such a wonderful thing to do! Our thanks! Our country is truly filled with kind, good-hearted, caring souls!
ALSO, THE INAUGURATION OF MAYOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER as 42nd Governor, WAS COLD (2 degrees) BUT VERY IMPRESSIVE. Flowers were given to those going out-of-office as well as in-office and to honor Colorado’s 5400 members of the US Service. The new Governor stated: “Our first task and highest priority is ‘Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!’ in all 64 counties of Colorado. We will help all communities to create jobs, from Delores to Douglas, from Mineral to Morgan Counties.” For the closing prayer Rev. Raines had an extra good thought: “Remember that the ones that agree with you all the time and the ones that don’t are not your enemy.” If anyone from Lyons braved the cold to attend this historic event give us a call 303-823-5925
CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA HALL, who was sworn in as Boulder County Coroner, Tuesday morning. A contingency of Lyons friends, family, and the Golden Gang went to the ceremony.
THE STOCK SHOW
It always snows during the Stock Show. Square dancing is scheduled in the activity tent on Jan. 9, 14 and 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with callers Bear Miller, Dave Guille, and Debbie Steinkirchner. A great way to relay the message “Square Dancing is Fun, Fellowship, and Exercise.”
THE CHRISTMAS BREAK IS OVER, so back to activities: School started last Wed., with the Martin Luther King holiday next Monday, January 17. Basketball and wrestling are going strong. Be sure to stop by and support the teams. Lyons senior citizens can get in free, a privilege not available at all St. Vrain High Schools.
Good Luck, Teams.
FOUR-MILE CANYON BENEFIT
I hope all of you remembered to attend the Student Activitist Taco Dinner at the Co-Housing Wednesday night. Yes, those 169 homeowners lost everything, and they will need a lot of help, but can never replace the pictures, mementoes, childhood memories. What a sad thing to have happen!
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated this Friday at the Walt Self Senior Center at noon. Call 303-823-6386 to eat lunch at 11 a.m. Birthday greetings go to: Anita Rodriquez - Jan 1; Mary Hunt – 3; Cathy Rivers -7; Jim and Mac McAbee - Jan 20; Candace Shepard - Jan 16; Diane Duncan - Jan 19; Jesse Oborn - Jan 22; Geneva Thomas - Jan 8; and Ruth Majors - Jan 30.
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING has been postponed to next Tuesday or Wednesday. If interested in attending, call 303-823-8250. On the agenda is: Election of Officers, 2011 Goals and Objectives, Bohn Park Phase 1 Discussion, Lyons Valley River Park Discussion, and Bohn Park Parking Update.
CHAMBER DUES ARE DUE
To join the Chamber download and fill out a membership packet by January 31 to qualify for the drawing of an iPad. All business owners are invited to come to get acquainted with other area businesses.
THE STONE CUP is starting their Winter Concert Series with David Williams on Friday, January 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5. Williams is a 2009 Emmy winner in song writing, and has received over 25 million hits on You-Tube. On Friday, January 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., with Ash Ganley. Cost is $5. Ash has been writing and playing music and lives to play live, record music, and obsess over guitar tone.
MARK YOU CALENDAR
The next High Street concert is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, with Matt Flinner Trio with Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It will be a treat. Get tickets by calling 303-823-6433 or on-line www.highStreetConcerts.com.
The Indian Peaks Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will hold their archaeology discussion group on Thursday, January 27, at 7 p.m., at the Boulder Library Meeting Room. The Topic: The Anasazi Ready. Those interested in Archaeology are invited to attend.
Folks are donating their change in the jars at Re-Runs, Ralston Antiques, the St.Vrain Market, and the Steamboat Mountain Grocery, and with receiving more checks, we are now at $1561. The lady is willing to wait until we get the funds, but not willing to take less. We will keep plugging away, as we need $490 for cards and postage toward the project. Our thanks to all!
THANKS TO TOSH & GARIMA who presented a check for $1111, on l-1-11 to the Lyons Redstone Museum Matching Funds Account for the completion of the restoration work (pointing the sandstone, painting the upper panels, resetting the steps, and some plumbing). Tosh’s employer, Google, will match the funds received for the same amount, thus adding up. The amount of work that had to be deleted due to inflation was $60,000, of which we will need $18,000, with the Lyons Historical share being $6,000. Progress is being made!
THE VISITORS’ CENTER is getting a face-lift, with a paint job, new counters and display racks. The Chamber encourages all businesses to post their brochures in the new displays. The Center opens in April.
All had a great time at the community dance held last Saturday with Pat Tognoni calling, and Poultry in Motion String Band playing. The next dance will be held on Saturday, February 5, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Folks of all ages are invited to attend. The charge is $4 for children and seniors, $7 - adults, and $14 - families. Other dances scheduled are March 5 and April 2.
KEEP AN ‘EYE’ OUT
An overflow crowd attended the mountain lion program “A Beast in the Garden” by David Boren, last Thursday at Rogers Hall. Although the mountain lion is a beautiful animal, they are not to be taken lightly. They stalk their prey, eat the innards, and cover the rest up for future meals. It was a good “word of caution” reminding us that we should all look around when getting out of our cars at night.
Thanks to Monica McGuckin and the Lyon Community Foundation for providing this program, a fund raiser for the LCF, who presented over $35,000 in grants to area non-profits last November.
ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS: The Denver Post announced the Class 1A All-State players. For Lyons: First-team offense: QB-Roland Valadez, Sr. and K-Forrest Donnell, Jr; First-team defense: DL-Matt Chanlynn, Sr; Honorable Mention: QB-Levi Campbell, Jr. and DB-Brysen Daughton, Sr. Our Congratulations.
THE LYONS HIGH BAND will perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel on, January 27, at 11:45 a.m. at International Center North. It will be a day trip. They will leave early, have lunch, perform, and have a group dinner in Colorado Springs before coming home. Contact Band Director, Karen Gregg, for chaperones, needs, and ticket cost for parents.
LaVern Johnson and Priscilla Cohan attended the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Workshop at the Northglenn Recreation Theatre last Saturday morning, where they learned the new ins and outs of the upcoming grant reports for 2011. Lyons has been receiving funds since 1990 for Parks & Recreation projects, the Community Dance, the Concerts-in-the-Park, KidSpace, the Video Project, and Operating Support for the Lyons Redstone Museum, which received $2250 for the Year of 2011. Through the years (1990 to 2011) Lyons has received a total of $105, 391 from fund. We can all be proud that l/10 of one percent from each penny goes toward the SCFD grants, which develop the cultural events throughout the seven metro counties.
Many were alarmed when they saw that Steve and Donna Mullen had sold their home on 4th Avenue, thinking they were moving. However, the Mullens said all their children are out-on-their own, and they don’t need a four-bedroom home. They are hoping to purchase a smaller home in the area.
Lisa and David Sangelo and children Noah and Casey of Reese Street enjoyed a twelve-day visit from her sister Michelle, brother-in-law Charlie Hogue, and children Lucinda and Theode, from Perth, Australia. They enjoyed Christmas, visiting the Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, and loved the Town of Lyons.
Christmas at the Dean and Elaine Readmonds this year was a first-time-ever-family Christmas-reunion, held at son, Ron’s and Andria’s new home on the Old St. Vrain Road. Ron and Andria and children recently moved from Berthoud, and purchased the Shoeneman property nearby. Their children are Alyssa, 9th grade at Niwot, and Curtis, 6th grade at Lyons. Also, son Stephen and his family came from Los Angeles where he works in the film industry, including his wife Laurie and sons Roy, eight, and Rocket, two and a half years, and identical twin girls, Thea and Rheya, born on the 4th of July 2010. A wonderful family gathering. The little twins are already TV Stars, appearing on this season’s Desperate Housewives! They report a wonderful time!
Wayne and Shirley Werner have returned from the Chicago area, where they visited their son Scott and wife and their one-year old grandson, who live in Mundelin, and their daughter Kathy and family that includes three sons, who live in Huntly, IL.
Wayne and Shirley, who used to square dance with Frankie Lane in Estes Park, purchased land at Lyons Estates over 20 years ago, built their house, and moved to Lyons from Libertyville, IL. We have enjoyed having them in the many community activities of Lyons. Wayne is the ultimate volunteer: with the Visitors’ Center, the Lions Club, closing and opening the Skateboard Park, and the Lyons Fitness Center, to name a few. Shirley is involved with The Golden Gang. Again, we welcome them to Lyons!
Mark and Pam Browning of Austin, Texas, will be back in Lyons this weekend. They are getting anxious to move to their home in Lyons. They now can say, “Next year.” An eager couple to help us all. Hurry!
A talk with Judy MacDonald at the Red Canyon Art Company, finds that their twins Abbie and Sean, who graduated from Lyons High in 1993, are now overseas on student visas. Sean is in New Zealand, doing a Web for the Town of Telluride, CO and Abby is working in Australia.
The LaVern Johnson family had a belated Christmas in Niwot with son Ron and family. Daughter Audrey, and a classmate from Chicago left the next day for Oxford University in England, where they are taking a spring class. They will return to the University of San Diego at the end of January.
Mark Webber and his brother have returned from Tucson, Arizona, where they went to move their mother to a new home in Broomfield. Their father passed away recently.
REPORTING ON CHUCK CULLUM’S PLANE CRASH
The National Transportation Safety Board’s website details the initial investigation, but it could be months before the cause of the crash is determined. Chuck Cullum, who died in the plane crash on Dec. 27, was not in contact with the air traffic controllers until he encountered problems. He took off from the Boulder Municipal Airport at 1:23 p.m. and radioed to air traffic controllers at 2:34 p.m. that he was losing elevation control at Carter Lake.
We are saddened at the death of our good friend, Shirley Phipps Johnson, who grew up here in a home where The Bloomfield Place is now. Born to Henly and Bertha Phipps, Shirley had a brother, Barney, who passed away in 1993. She graduated from Lyons in 1958 and worked at the Moffitts’ Nursing Home for many years. Shirley married Troy Leonard in 1962 and had a son, Danny, who lives in Longmont. She later married LeRoy Johnson. Shirley always had her heart in Lyons, her hometown. She was a friendly, beloved person. We will surely miss her.
Our good friend, Delois Colcleasure, age 67, passed away. She was a Boulder classmate of Sharon Brammer and sister to Dick Vinzenz, formerly of Lyons, now of Lake Havasu, AZ. Dee volunteered and attended The Lyons Golden Gang. We will miss her.
Sherri Vidaurri, age 73, died suddenly at her home in Frederick. She was an aunt of the six Loukonen children: Dean, John, Ken, Mike, Katherine Dorothy, and Cynthia; a sister of Dorothy Burk, who married Leonard Loukonen of Loukonen Stone Company, in 1945; the granddaughter of Frank and Carrie Burke. She was raised west of Niwot and a neighbor of Mr. LaVerne, the son of Ardner & Ethel Johnson.
Visitation is Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Carroll-Lewellan Mortuary in Longmont. Services held at 10 a.m. at the Frederick Catholic Church on Friday, January 14.