Another week gone by with only 54 days till spring. We are fortunate to live in Colorado, where the sun shines 98% of the day! Andrew Forsberg is going to Berkeley College of Music in Boston where they havesix feet of snow, and he luckily has only a few blocks to walk. That is why so many people move to Colorado.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOCIAL was Tuesday night. Chamber dues are due this week to get in on the drawing for an iPad. New Chamber members this month are: The Upholstery Shop, Lyons Youth Baseball Softball Association, Classic Arts & Collectable, and Plumbing & Solar Partners
THIS THURSDAY, January 27, at 7 p.m., at La Mariposa, friends and family of Geneva Thomas are invited to her birthday party; she says she is “thirty and holding” (64 years). This is a time to thank Geneva for her continual help and caring, and to get re-acquainted with La Mariposa, which is now open after a year of remodeling. Geneva, who worked at Moffit’s Nursing Home and Andrea’s, married Andy Sabados and lived in Dacono. Andy worked at a foundry in Denver and died in 1976. Geneva is kind hearted, friendly, and helpful to all. She is a member of the Golden Gang, attends the Lyons Community Church, helps the Historical Society, to name just a few. She is well known about town as she and her little dog, Mickey, take their regular walks around town and the parks. Come help Geneva celebrate her birthday!
FRIDAY, January 28 is more music at The Stone Cup, with Ash Ganley, from 7 to 9 p.m., which will be a real treat. Ganley is one of the area’s most talented and popular singer/songwriters. The Charge is $5 per person.
Bonnie and The Clydes will perform next Friday, February 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. The band is upbeat and bristling with talent. The combination creates a wild freedom that few performers possess. Cost is $5. Plan to attend.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CATHY RIVERS, who has an article and photos in the new winter issue of Boulder County Home & Garden Magazine, entitled “Beyond Biege”. You can see it on her website at www.colorworks7.com. Her business is entitled RiversColorworks+Design. A nice article.
We need to pay attention to Rev. Mickey Lahr and his co-horts about kids and marijuana, as well as the state rules and regulations and those of the town. Also, as to where the kids are getting marijuana and what it will do to them in the long run. They are not getting it from the dispensaries as they are too regulated. However, the authorities are keeping an “eye” on the caregivers that can grow their own. There doesn’t seem to be many rules for them! A great concern!
We are inching closer each week as folks donate to the Stereo Views photographs of 1900s Lyons by Ed Tangen of Boulder. Tangen was a photographer throughout the area in the early 1900s, including the Frontier Days in Wyoming, photos of Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and yes, even Lyons. It will be an intriguing display in the museum. Donations are still needed. Send to Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540 or drop in the jars at: The St. Vrain Pharmacy, the Barking Dog, Oskar Blues, St Vrain Market, and Steamboat Mountain Natural Food Store.
MEALS ON WHEELS
The Golden Gang is soliciting for folks (seniors or disabled) that need a good square meal delivered to them five days a week at $2.75 a day. Bill Martin, John Loukonen, Wayne Werner, Lisa Limoge, and Lori Matthews are the volunteer drivers who bring the meals for those at home ,as well as to the senior center. Besides getting a good meal, you get the camaraderie of other seniors who play bingo, music, sing-a-longs, special parties and programs, and more. If you are over 55 years of age, home alone (or bring your spouse), join the Meals on Wheels and/or the Golden Gang; it will brighten your day!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the next Community Dance on Saturday, February 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Oddfellow Hall, with Pat Togoni calling and Two Thin Dimes playing. A night of fun for folks of all ages.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYONS CONCERT BAND who held a concert last Wednesday to feature the songs they will play Thursday in Colorado Springs. The 60 band students will be guests of the Colorado Music Educators Association’s annual conference. The Lyons Band is one of four groups selected to perform at the CMEA, considered to be one of the highest honors in Colorado for a school music ensemble.
A special and emotional piece “Chase the Morning Sun” they played was inspired by a 5-year-old girl, Lauren Thornton, who has leukemia. Her mother is in the same book club as Lyons band director, Dr. Karen Gregg. Ohio composer, Clint Needham, was commissioned to write the piece in Lawrence honor through the efforts of the book club, the school band’s discretionary fund and Clark Hodge (a music enthusiast from Lyons).
CONGRATULATIONS JACOB VAHLENKAMP, Lyons High Senior who was recently honored by the Twin Peaks Rotary Club as “Student of the Month” for January. A nice honor.
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION held their monthly meeting last Wednesday evening, with members: Mary Chase, Pam Barnes, Art Karsel, Reed Farr, Veronika Gaia, new member Adam Swartz, LaVern Johnson - Board Liaison, and Dave Cosgrove – Director of Lyons Parks & Recreation. On the agenda was election of officers: Mary Chase – Chair, Reed Farr - Vice Chair, and Dawn Weller - Secretary.
Priorities for the future are: Bohn Park parking, dog park completion (shelter and water), apply for grant to build an adult ball field and revamp the Lyons multi-use court for tennis and volleyball, move the park hosts RV to a quieter spot, a Frisbee golf course, look for ways to increase the revenue stream, and restore the Lyons River Park (the ponds near McConnell Bridge). The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 8, at 6 p.m.
THE LYONS ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL invited former members of the council to a potluck dinner held at the home of John and Sally King. The council is being revitalized with new and ambitious members. They hope to be able to provide more sculptures around town, promote art and culture (including music and theatre), sponsor classes, and help make Lyons a “place to visit.” Priscilla Cohan, of the Lyons Confluence of Arts and Mintze Wu of the Sounds of Lyons are applying for a 50l (3)c status where, through a collaborative effort, they and the LAHC can apply to non-profit foundations for funding. Sandy Banta is the Town Board Liaison. Board members are: Jul Swan - Chair, Monica McGuckin, Anne O’Brien, John King, Jacob Leeuwenburgh, MintzeWu, and Zoe Schneider. We will be hearing more good news from the LAHC.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JERRY TABOR, who was royally surprised last Saturday evening by his family (wife – Debbie, daughter –Tara and her husband Richard McGirl and their children Hannah and Natalie, and son Wade and his recent bride Chrissy) for his 60th birthday at the Longmont Moose Club. Gary and Sandy Secrest came from Los Alamos to pay tribute, and classmates, Larry Roe, Jerry Johnson, Debbie (Colard) Schneider, and Dennis Maurer also attended to wish him a happy birthday, as did many other friends and relatives. It was indeed time to cheer Jerry up, as he and Debbie had a rough year (a car accident, which involved a trip to the hospital, followed by the house fire where they lost all but a pickup load of their belongings and prized collections). However, Jerry was still smiling as the partygoers paid tribute to a good pal.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GARY SECREST, Lyons Class of 69, who will retire on January 31 after working for the Los Alamos Laboratories for thirty years. Gary is the third son of Lyons longtime barber (1950-1991) Lloyd (l920-1992) and Betty Secrest (1926-1997), who worked at the Lyons Café for many years. The Secrest boys, Willard, Gary, and Michael brought fame to Lyons High sports in the 1960-70’s. Gary has always had his heart in Lyons, his hometown, and we wish them the best. A Lyons boy who has done good!
CONGRATULATIONS to Ron and Carolyn Weese of Loveland, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday with an open house. They met in high school, when her dad’s jeep broke down in Lyons. Ron is the son of Norville and Carolyn (Hammans) Weese, and the great grandson of Christopher Columbus and Malinda Jane Weese, pioneers of the Lyons-Hygiene area who homesteaded 160 acres around McCall, including Rabbit Mountain in 1859.
We express our sympathy at the death of Marjorie Y. Ucker (Rower) who passed away on Dec. 24, at her home in Longmont. She was born in 1937 in Pontiac, Michigan. She married James Ucker in 1959 and she worked for Western Electric Manufacturing, and in 1979 transferred to Colorado, continuing with the company for 34 years. She moved to Longmont in 1983. Services were held at Howe Mortuary in Longmont on December 30. Donations may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.