The events in Las Animas remind me of the panic in Lyons during the 1960s and 70s, when we were fighting to save our high school. The St. Vrain District was trying to close our Jr/Sr High School and bus our kids to Longmont, and called a meeting in 1967. Ada Lou Hammans was President of the PTO. The Elementary Gym was full (500 or more). We politely listened to them telling us how,“We couldn’t see the forest for the trees; wake up and smell the roses; your kids are missing out on the big school experience,” etc., etc., etc. After which, Ada Lou calmly said, “We have listened to your proposal, and we don’t like it. All those who want our schools to stay in Lyons please stand!” A wave of Lyons area residents stood. Very heartwarming and influential! Now 44 years have passed and Lyons High School is one of the top 3% in the country (see below). Yes, we old school campaigners can certainly relate to Los Animas!
On the February Parent Update, given by Superintendent Don Hadad, we read the following: Lyons Middle/Senior High School once again has been identified by US News & World Report as a Silver Medalist School ranking in the top 3% in the nation and the school band was recently selected to perform at the highly selective Colorado Music Education Awards Conference. Congratulations to all teachers and staff, who have worked hard to keep our school in the top 3%. A real honor!
THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m., above The Barking Dog Café, the Economic Development Commission meets. Come, listen.
GRASSROOTS ST VRAIN is sponsoring a meeting at the Longmont Public Library, next Thurs., March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, on “What do the proposed state cuts of $332 million to K-12 education mean to St.Vrain.” There will also be an update on what has transpired in education funding since the mil levy override and bond in 2008. Being informed and involved is the best way to make a difference in the future of our children’s education. Child care is provided with a reservation.
M/SR HIGH SCHEDULE
Mon., February 28 – HS baseball and track season begins.
The first Lyons baseball game is on Thurs., March 10, at 3:30 p.m., at Resurrection Christian; and Sat., March 12, at home vs Peak to Peak; V, JV-11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The first Track Meet is the RE-lJ meet on Sat., March 12, in Longmont at l0 a.m., with the Lyons Relays on Thursday, March 17, at 3 p.m., with Erie, Broomfield JV, Niwot JV, Strasburg, Platte Canyon, Skyine JV, and Longmont JV.
Tues., March 1, -- 7 p.m. HS Choir Concert, Cafetorium
Wed., March 2 – Late Start Morning; MS Students Activists 3-5:30 p.m; 7 p.m. – MS & HS Band Concert, Cafetorium
LYONS HIGH DRAMA PRESENTS “THE CANTERBURY TALES” or Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus. “Many believe that Chaucer’s literary masterpiece revolutionized English literature. We revolutionized this challenging literature by tossing in a good helping of Monty Python-styled humor” Plan to attend. Fri./Sat., February 25-26 – 7 p.m. Sun., Feb. 27 – 2:30 p.m. – matinee – HS play “Canterbury Tales”
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE: The annual Middle School Spelling Bee was last Wednesday. Students who qualified: 6th grade - Luke Irwin, Miriam Kyzer, CeAnn Udovich, and Earl Walko; 7th grade - Samantha Hamilton, Mira Smith, Vaughan Nagy, and Eva Oakes; 8th grade - Sam Aronson, Mae Baumgartner, Sage Dougherty, and Khang Luu.
AFTER-PROM, the coordinator for this year’s After-Prom is Amy Donnell. The annual event is scheduled for April 23 and runs from midnight to 5 a.m. Junior class parents organize the event, but anyone interested is invited to help. Thanks to the junior parents and students who ran the concession stands during the basketball games.
LYONS SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS HONORED: The Lyons Booster Club recognized all the Lyons senior basketball players and their parents at the last home game of the season. SENIOR BOYS: Colten Hammans, Jesse Fisher, Zach Pfeifer, Chris Boucher, Isaac Cisar, Dugan Tomczak, David Schoenherr, Tommy Olson, Aaron Nichols, and Taylor Keen. SENIOR GIRLS: Corbette Tschanz, Jaicy Sutak, Molly Arp, Rachel Hinker, Kelly Williams, Kylee Senesac, and Maddie Aumiller. SENIOR CHEERLEADERS: Chelsea Hetherington and Abby Hughes.
These seniors have worked hard and brought a lot of great games to Lyons the past four years. We honor and thank them, and wish them the best!
APPLE VALLEY HOMESTEAD, located at 1342 Apple Valley Road (two houses past the old Sisk Ranch) owned by Robin Young and Nancy Liquori, the City Chicks ladies who own the old Shoppette (Lyons Village Central) ,is offering real farm stuff for all to enjoy: they offer garden plots, interaction with llamas, dairy goats, chickens, and ducks. Their goal is to create and offer an environment that is family friendly/kid-centric.
The Garden Plots are $l.50 a square foot, which includes plant-ready, water, manure, and the most stunning views of Steamboat Mountain. Call to reserve a spot before they are all gone. Other amenities or offerings are seasonal farm stand, fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, dairy goat shares-milk, cheese, soap, llama-fiber, manure, catering, special events, and commercial kitchen rental.
The ladies are planning to offer kid programs, camps, campouts, hikes, and fun, to learn about nature and farming, for an informational summer.
(Do not get this Apple Valley Homestead mixed up with the Apple Valley Farmstead (the wedding place owned by Barbara Welke, at 416 Apple Valley Road, which is on the first curve of Apple Valley whereas the Homestead is two houses past the second curve). Robin and Nancy say: “Come and enjoy the Experience.”
It may be too late for you to see the movie “The King’s Speech” before Sunday’s Academy Awards, but go if you can. It is a heartwarming movie of King George (played by Colin Firth) and his struggle to over come his stammer. Stephen Rea, who plays the speech therapist, Leonard Logue, should also win an award. A heart warming show about real life. I vote for it to win the Academy Award!
A LYONS BOTANICAL GARDEN is in the wind! We have an ambitious group of green-thumbers, who call themselves the TWEEDS-meaning Trees and Weeds, and they have as their goal a 5-10 acre Lyons Botanical Garden.
They (Garima Fairfax, Chris Todd, Diane Andrew, and Larry Cohan) are a branch (no pun intended) of the Weed, Tree, and Landscaping Committee, and will be seeking funds through grants and donations from other gardeners and friends to get them started. They are looking at some town land, or seeking a donation of land from an individual. So, if you have a “weed patch” that’s too hard to keep mowed, give Garima a call at (303) 823-5203, it may become a botanical garden. Let’s give encouragement to this new town group.
Congratulations to Robert Edward Ruthrauff and Sara Margaret Borst, who were married on December 24.
Congratulations to Ray and Melva Mason of Boulder, who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of two sons: Rick and John, and four grandchildren: Tina (Mason) Payne, who is married to Steve, the Principal at Erie High School, and Wendy (Mason) Parker, a Lyons Elementary School teacher, as well as Kelly Davis and Michelle Russum.
Their five great grandchildren are: Lauren Murphy Payne, Nick and Alex Parker, and Stevi Jo and Jake Davis. Ray retired from Boulder County after 29 years, and Melva retired from Neodata Services after 34 years. Ray is now a volunteer at the Boulder Elks Club, and Melva is into antiques. The couple will celebrate with a family dinner.
SCOUTING 100TH ANNIVERSARY
February 8, 2011 was the 100th anniversary for Boy Scouts of America. Around the world, more than 28 million people in 160 countries are involved in scouting organizations. In 1908, a Chicago newspaperman named William D. Royce was guided through a dense London fog by a young British Boy Scout. He would not accept a reward, stating that performing good deeds was a central part of being a scout. Royce met with Lord Baden-Powell, founder of scouting in England, to bring Boy Scouts to America in 1911. The Boy Scouts of America have more than 2.8 million youth members in groups that include Cub Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Sea Scouts. A new 44 cent Scouting Stamp depicts one scout backpacking and the silhouette of another surveying the landscape. It represents the spirit of Scouting and its focus on outdoor adventure. Scouting brings a lot of adventures to young people they would not have otherwise. My boys were in scouts under Ron Hilton, Gerald Boland, Henri Kinson, and Bob Kendall, who took them on many canoeing trips, a campout in zero weather in Nederland for their Klondike Campout, etc. Before them, we remember Paul Endres, Frank McCurdy, and Floyd Smith as scout leaders. A wonderful organization, bringing out the best in the boys. Scouting is still prevalent in Lyons.