VOTE FOR LYONS
Downtown Lyons vies for the Denver Regional Council of Government’s People’s Choice Award, and needs lots of votes. Get on that computer any hour a day and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! The address is www.liveworkplay2011.com. A real plus for little Lyons to be nominated, and it would be the greatest to win. Lyons has been nominated for the rejuvenated Main Street and is vying against nine other, and bigger, finalists, so it will take a lot of votes. Like the computer? This can be your thing to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, through April 13. Support the Town of Lyons for the “Live Work Play” People’s Choice Award.
YOUTH CORPS has announced that applications for the Boulder County Youth Corps are available for County youths to work this summer on county jobs. Contact www.bouldercounty.org/youthcorps. Last summer 170 youth had eight weeks of employment. The group works on leveling ground, moving rock, and working on trails. The Youth Corps are paid minimum wage of $7.36 an hour, and will receive a raise of 25-cents an hour the second year, and are eligible for a $100 bonus if they complete the summer.
THURSDAY, FEB. 17, at 7 p.m. – Join the Boulder Opera Theatre Singers at the Longmont Theatre, 513 Street, for a free program of opera and music. Directed by Assistant Professor of Voice Leigh Holman from the Choral Department of the College of Music. Door open at 6:30 p.m. Free.
THIS SUNDAY, February 20 – Lyons Transition Town Event with the Introduction to Permaculture, Pollinators, and Polyculture, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Lyons Town Hall, showing the new Willow Way movie followed by Q&A. http:ZiaParker.com/blog/pc. All invited.
MONDAY, FEB. 21, is President’s Day. No school, banks and Town Hall closed. The Weed, Tree, and Landscaping Commission will meet. If interested call Garima Fairfax at (303) 823-5203. This group oversees the town’s trees, weeds, and landscaping, either to repair or add to. They are looking into a spot to plant a botanical garden. We wish them luck.
TUESDAY, FEB. 22 – 6 p.m. – Workshop between the Lyons Town Board and the Planning Commission.
CHAMBER DUES ARE DUE – To get in on the drawing for the iPod, send in your dues to Box 426, or on the web by Feb. 23.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 – Lyons Community Dance at the Odd Fellows Hall, from 7 to 10 p.m,, with Chris Kermit calling and Poultry in Motion playing the music. Charge: $4 for kids and seniors; $7 for adults; and $15 for families. Bring snacks to share; all ages welcome.
LYONS MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
THIS THURSDAY, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., is Parents Update Meeting with the School and District Administration, telling how the Lyons Students are doing. All parents are urged to attend.
WED., FEB. 23 - Middle School Spelling Bee, 1 p.m. - Cafetorium; Middle School Student Activists, 3 to 5 p.m., Art Room.
FRI., FEB. 25 - Middle School reading interviews, 8 to 11a.m. at Middle School.
FRI., SAT, SUN - High School Play Performance, “The Canterbury Tale – Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All performances in the Cafetorium.
MON, FEB 28 – Patriot League Honor Choir at Erie High; High School Baseball & Track season begins
TUES, MAR 1 - High School Choir Concert, 7 p.m., Cafetorium
RACHEL HINKER, Lyons senior, has signed with a verbal commitment to run track for the UNC track team. Our congratulations.
BETHANY BATES of Lyons took second place in the 200-yard freestyle at the Class 4A State swimming championships in Loveland last weekend. Bethany swims for Silver Creek. Her time was an impressive 2:04:35, losing in a touch by .02 seconds. She was also on the senior team, with Kenni Sterns and Taryn Stewart in their last race as Raptors, in the 400-yard freestyle relay team. The team will compete one last time, as they will travel to a US swimming sectional championship in Seattle, where they will compete in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Bethany has been a great swimmer through her high school years. Our congratulations!
LAUREN BARNARD of Lyons has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall of 2010 semester at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. To qualify for the Dean’s list at Pacific, a student has to achieve a term grade point average of 3.70 on a 4.00 scale and complete 12 or more graded hours.
DEXTER TOMCZAK Lyons High School 2009 graduate has been named to the 2010 fall semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Roll: at the University of Wyoming. The honor roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade-point average, if enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades. Our Congratulations.
Thanks to all who contributed to the Stereo View pictures of 1900s Lyons, which will be on display at the Lyons Redstone Museum this summer. We have picked up the jars, to relieve the counter space, and certainly want to thank all who put up with the jars. We are almost at our goal of $2000 (the cash price) but still need to recoup the expense of $496 - for printing and postage expense. Thanks to the businesses who had a jar in their store: Steamboat Mountain Foods, Ralston’s Antiques, Lyons Pharmacy, St.Vrain Market, ReRuns, Barking Dog, Red Canyon Art Co, and Oskar Blues. Thanks to Kathleen Spring who was in charge. We appreciate your help, as that is really a lot of money in such down times! If you would like to donate, send to Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO, 80540.
WHEE, I just FINISHED the SCFD 2010 report, and two days early, which always takes a lot of time and care, to knuckle down to get the yearly report to the SCFD Denver State Office by Feb. 15 as well as to the IRS. Next is the grant application-due March 21.
LYONS HIGH SCHOOL BOASTS SVVSD’S BEST GRADUATION RATE
We are proud of the Lyons Middle Senior High, with Lyons having the record with 90.6 of the students graduating from high school. In the year of 2008/09 out of 53 students, 48 graduated, with a 90.6% record, and in the year of 2009/10, out of 53 students, 52 graduated with of 98.1%. Niwot was second with 93.1%; Silver Creek next with 90.4. Our congratulations to Lyons High Students.
KYLEE SENESAC, Lyons Girls Basketball, finished with a team high 17 points, including five 3-pointers and four steals in a 61-34 huge win over Weld Central last week. Jaicy Sutak complimented her teammate with 15 points.
THE LYONS BOYS UPSET THE WELD COUNTY REBELS 52-47, with Chris Boucher scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against the eighth-ranked team. Zach Pfeifer added 13 points for the Lions and Colton Hammans chipped in with several crucial free throws.
THIS WEEKEND WILL START THE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS, where Lyons will play in the 2A League. We trust their experience playing in the 3A/2A Patriot League gave them good experience. As of last week, the Lyons boys ranked tenth, and the girls seventh in the State. Good luck teams.
VALENTINE’S DAY was royally celebrated at the Lyons Golden Gang’s second annual party last Saturday evening, with a lot of delicious dessert, and many love songs by: Terri Nelson (a harpist from Longmont), Zeke and Jani Little, The Quarry Gals (Pam Maestas, Nancy Thorwardson, Cindy Moffitt, Evelyn Leistiko, Marilyn Penn, Baiba Leonard, Cherrie Ramsdell-Speich, and Carmel Ross), and Vance French.
The Valentine decorations and door prizes were enjoyed by all. Vance French was in charge of the music program, and Donna Cole the door prizes. The whole Gang brought the desserts and served as hosts. A great time!
Don and Mary Hunt were crowned Valentine King and Queen. The couple celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary last December. They lived in Lyons for four years in the 1970s, and from 1990-2008 when they moved to Longmont to be closer to their doctor and church. The couple has been members of the Golden Gang since 1996.
JIM AND BONNY PARDY, Lyons square dancers, have found sudden fame among area square dancers for being declared King and Queen of the Loveland’s Sweetheart Ball last Saturday evening. They state, “They are highly honored and having a lot of fun!”
PACE SETTERS: LAVERN JOHNSON and over 100 Pacesetters of Boulder County (1985-2011) were guests of honor of the Boulder Daily Camera at the annual dinner at the Millennium Harvest House on Wednesday.
Johnson received the Community Service Award in 1993, and is still at it! The new Pacesetters were chosen for their hard work and perseverance in Education, Environment, Community Service, Arts and Entertainment, Science and Medicine. The highlight of the day was honoring the Four Mile fire fighters from Sunshine, Gold Hill, Sugar Loaf, and Four Mile Fire Protection District as the joint recipients of the Community Service Award for working to defend their own homes and those of their neighbors in the face of the voracious fire that burned 6000 acres and 169 homes last Labor Day. The fire fighters work and train all year and respond to emergencies for their community.
We learn from Noel Wellborn (Class of 69, now living in Johnstown) who attended Dean Brown’s birthday party, that he is in charge of the Little Dribblers, who came to a Lyons High basketball game before Christmas and performed at half time. Since retiring from his job with the Bureau of Reclamation, Noel has been leading this group. He has 20 to 50 youth participating and performing throughout Colorado. At lot of you may have seen them. Noel states several Lyons kids have taken part through the years. A worthy and enjoyable activity for kids. Noel and his parents, Red and Ruth lived at the Longmont water plant on Apple Valley Road. His father has passed away and his mother now lives in Longmont. Thanks Noel.
ODE TO COACH JOHN JOHNSON
Last Valentine’s Day our illustrious ex-coach, John Johnson, passed away. He had just celebrated his 72nd birthday, and had been ill for sometime. It was sad, as he had always been so ambitious and caring. The Lyons school honored him at the last Lyons football game, with several of his former players who had won the State Championship games in 1974 and 1987 in attendance. The field is rightfully named John “Jet” Johnson Field in his honor. Besides football, track, and wrestling, he was the best history teacher ever, and will long be remembered.