It is always scary at the museum: scared of having a fire, or scared of having the water in the fire alarm system freeze and ruin our artifacts, etc. I think a fire would be the worst; we can turn the heat up, leave the water running, and check on it daily. So far, (the past 18 years) all has been well!
We put the fire alarm system in the museum in 1986, after the house at Planet Bluegrass (then the Wildflower Farm) had a devastating fire of their historic Griff Evans home. The electric skillet was left on, the cord got hot, and ignited the varnish on the cabinet. The blaze ran up the side of the wall, which was out of control by the time the owner, W. A. Beller, came in the house. All the firemen could do was to spray water in the second-story windows. There was a lot of damage, which has since been repaired by Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass.
The fire set a panic in the Lyons Historical Society, which raised funds (Golda Huss made an afghan for which we held a raffle, plus other fundraisers and donations) for the fire alarm system; $12,000, installed in 1986. The town public works (Herb McConnell and Jim Dougherty) drilled through the marble the museum sits on to put in the trench, and finally got the system in.
The system has smoke alarms and sprinklers throughout the rooms, so if one sprinkler goes off at first, it is designed for more to spray if needed. At the time we were told, “You don’t need the heat on, all will be well.” Well, that February it turned -20 degrees and a little water in the line in the display room froze with water spewing on the displays, needless to say, making a big mess. Therefore we hold our breath through freezing weather and beg for money to help on the heat bill. However, as stated, “It is scary, and we are always anxious to have winter over.” If you would like to donate to the heating bills, send to Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540 Thank you.
MR AND MRS VALENTINE FROM LYONS!
Lyons square dancers, Jim and Bonnie Pardy of Spring Gulch, were crowned King and Queen of the Foot ‘n Fiddle Square Dance Club’s 49th annual Sweetheart Ball in Loveland on Saturday night. They were crowned by Miss Loveland Jamie Felton, and received a crown, corsage, banner, and gifts from the Club as well as the Sweetheart Committee of Loveland.
They had the “luck of the draw,” wherein their ticket was chosen out of all the 18 squares of dancers present, and were highly honored.
The 4-H Hall at the Fairgrounds in Loveland was gaily decorated with hearts, balloons, banners, and flowers for the occasion with a special cake by Gloria Hanson of Loveland. Red was the prominent dress color. It was truly a special occasion. The club will celebrate its 50th Sweetheart ball next year at the same time.
The Pardy’s, who are celebrating their 51st Anniversary this year, are members of the Red Rock Ramblers Summer Club and the Hix ‘n Chix Club of Longmont, learned to square dance in Boulder in 1980 and at one time helped sponsor the Mavericks a “PLUS” club. They took a hiatus because of work, and since they are semi-retired, started dancing again the past four years. They dance in the winter months with the Hix ‘n Chix and help and dance with the Lyons Club during the summer months. They enjoy the Fun, Fellowship, and good Exercise of square dancing.
Congratulations to Jim and Bonnie-Square Dance Sweethearts..
NEXT MONDAY IS VALENTINE’S DAY
A tip-don’t forget your Valentine, the one that puts up with you all day, all week, all year. A box of chocolate and maybe a dinner out will save the day!
THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 11, music continues at The Stone Cup, from 7 to 9 p.m., with David Tiller and Enion Pelta. Charge is $5.
David and Enion have honed their violin-mandolin duet act in the subways of New York City. They perform original as well as Irish, bluegrass, eastern European, and Indian music. It will be a real treat to take a couple hours to hear their music. All invited.
A Songwriters Circle will be on tap Friday, Feb. 18; and KC Grove and the Jaspers on Feb. 25.
This Sat., Feb. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. by The Golden Gang, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Vance French is in charge of the musical program and has some great local musicians lined up. Bring your Valentine. Cost is $8.
February birthdays honored at the Golden Gang were: Jim Tibbits, Marie McCreery, Kunga Gyaltsen, Mike Tovani, Bob Allen, Tommy Noyes, Maxine Harkalis, and Bill Jackson. Happy birthday!
LYONS COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE invites all to an Open House and New Year Celebration Feb. 15, Lyons Glen Community House, 5 to 8 p.m., at 503 2nd Avenue (behind Andrea’s). Come celebrate the new year; win prizes; meet Carol and Julie; and find out what acupuncture can do for you!
JOIN THE LYONS FORK for a “Beer vs Wine” dinner on Thurs., Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., with a five-course menu to which the beer and wine “gurus” will pair a perfect beverage with each course. Designed to be a deliciously fun event that you won’t want to miss. Call for reservations (303) 823-5014.
UPCOMING TOWN EVENTS
Thurs., Feb. 10, 6 p.m., - Trees, Weeds, & Landscaping Commission; 7 p.m.,- Sustainable Future Committee; Fri., Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.,- EDC meeting-above Barking Dog; Mon. Feb. 14, 7 p.m.,- PCDC workshop; Wed. Feb. 16, 6 p.m.,- Lyons Parks & Recreation Meeting; Wed. Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m.,-Municipal Court; 7 p.m. DRCOG Public Hearing; Monday, Feb. 21-Town Hall Closed-President’s Day; Tues., Feb. 22, 6 p.m., BOT/PCDC Workshop; 7 p.m. Regular BOT meeting.
LYONS ECONOMIC GARDENING GROUP WORKSHOP is scheduled for Feb. 22, at the Lyons Community Church, 350 Main St.. The workshop will be on Microfinance, put on by the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute, which provides learning, lending, and coaching to grow community entrepreneurs who build businesses to advance along the pathway to self-sufficiency and self work. The RMMFI’s brand combines affordable and approachable business support services and flexible microloans to help individuals turn a good idea into an income generating business. All are welcome.
LYONS CHAMBER NETWORKING SOCIAL on Wed., Feb. 23, at Sushi Matsuri, 432 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m., with co-sponsors: Lyons Properties, Inc. - Pam Solman, and Sushi Matsuri - Taka,Yumi, and Rio Sueyoshi. RSVP by Feb. 22 via e-mail or call (303) 823-5215.
We note in the Boulder County Business Report for December, there were two foreclosures in Lyons; one in Allenspark; seven in Erie; 13 in Lafayette; 44 in Longmont; three in Louisville; three in Nederland; three in Ward; 19 in Broomfield; and 19 in Boulder for a total of 115 for December, 2010. Let’s hope things turn around soon.
The Longmont Theatre, 513 Main Street, Longmont is hosting a free opera, next Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m., by the CU-Boulder Opera Theatre Singers, sponsored by the Choral Department in the College of Music. Doors are open at 6:30 for general admission seating. No tickets required. Part of the CU at the Longmont Public Library series. All are invited.
LYONS TRANSITION TOWN EVENT (Introduction to Permaculture, Pollinators, and Polyculture) will be held on Sunday, Feb. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Lyons Town Hall, showcasing the new Willow Way movie with Q & A session. All are invited. Website: http://ziaparker.com/blog/pc/
Congratulations to Melissa Roberts, LHS senior, who signed a Letter-of-Intent to run cross country and track at Adams State College next school year, and to Jaicy Sutak, who scored 19 points to lead the Lions to a 52-42 win over University last Friday.
The School District is hosting Parent Update Meetings where school and district officials will provide information about school performance, programming developments, and the Colorado Department of Education’s school performance framework reports throughout the district. The meeting for Lyons is next Thurs., Feb. 17 at the Lyons Middle Senior High School, at 6 p.m. All parents urged to attend.
UPDATE ON CHAD HAAKONSON by Tyra Sutak
Chad had his surgery the day after the fundraiser. He’s on his third week of chemo and radiation treatments, and although it’s starting to get a little more painful and draining on him, he’s still a super tough guy. If you saw him, you wouldn’t know that he had cancer. He’s still all smiles and up to his old tricks. Good Luck, Chad.
BINGO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Booster Club’s next meeting is scheduled for next Wed., Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m., at the Lyons Middle Senior High School conference room.
A GIRL, Emily Irene, was born Dec. 30, at Longmont United Hospital to Daniel and Laura Meyers. Grandparents are LeRoy and Deloris Meyers, David Gortron and Bridget and Danny Henkle, all of Longmont. Great-grandparent is Bobby Pearson of Longmont.
WITH SYMPATHY to Cherine (Bill) Steel of Lyons at the death of her father Glen “Pep” Peppler, age 82, of Longmont, who passed away Feb. 3. He was born in Loveland and moved to Longmont to farm in the area for many years. He married Valdean Brown in 1947. He was a salesman at Hajek Chevrolet for over 50 years, selling approximately 20,000 vehicles, and won numerous sales awards. He is survived by his wife of 63 years; other daughters: Bonita (Scott) Ekx, Marci (Ron) Warenbourg, and son Glen (Rachelle) Peppler, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Calvary Church in Longmont on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Front Range Christian Fellowship Building fund, l0667 Parkridge Ave., Longmont, CO 80504. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.