CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOWN OF LYONS!
To be the 2011 winner of Colorado Public Works projects, plus the “Project of the Year for the State of Colorado” for its Main Street Project; wow!! It is unbelievable.
The award presented last Monday by Tony Huerta, the head of the Public Works Association, was truly a big “feather in Lyons’ cap.” (This is a “can you imagine” topic, and it happened!) WITH PRAISE AND PRIDE TO ALL!
AN EXCITING WEEK IN BASKETBALL!
We hope this weekend will also bring us good luck. Yes, the Lyons teams won their basketball games last Tuesday at Lyons, against Longmont Christian, and again on Friday, against Heritage Christian (Girls 42-39) and (Boys 53-51) both overtime games, and again on Saturday vs. Resurrection Christian (Girls 45-29) and (Boys 68-57). They are now seeded #1 at the Region 7 tournament, which will be played this Friday and Saturday at Stanley Lake High School (Westminster), and must win to go to State on March 10-12. The last time Lyons won the district playoffs was 27 years ago. That was a long time ago. Good Luck, teams!
VOTE FOR LYONS!
This is to remind you to vote several times daily (or as many times as you like, there is not limit) for Lyons at www.liveworkplay2011.com, until April 12. We are competing against 9 larger communities, so it will take a lot of votes to win. Vote! Vote! Vote!
LYONS POPULATION is now 2033 people, that’s a 28.3% increase in ten years when we had 1585. Yes, Lyons is managing to still be the small, friendly, scenic, vivacious town we all love. Firestone had the highest Boulder County increase of 431% and has a population of 10,147; Frederick had a 251% increase with a population of 8679 people, Erie had a 188% increase has a population of 18,135; Mead has a population of 3,405 with a 68.8% increase; Nederland has a population of 1,445 with s 3.7% increase; Niwot has has a population of 4,006 with -3.7% loss. Boulder has a population of 97,385 with a 2.9% increase, and Longmont has a population of 86,270 with 21.3% increase. Colorado has a population of 5,029,196 with a 16.9% increase; Boulder County has a population of 294,567 with a l.l% increase (Boulder and Weld Counties lost population when Broomfield County formed)
GRASSROOTS ST. VRAIN is holding a meeting this Thursday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Avenue, on “More State Cuts to Education Funding - Is it OK?” and “What do the proposed state cuts of $332 million to K-12 Education mean for St. Vrain?” Representatives from each school are asked to attend. Please go!!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO JOSEPH AND LORA OF THE LYONS RECORDER, who are celebrating their first anniversary of running the paper this week. Aren’t we happy that the two of them decided to take the paper over to help spread the news, happenings, and events of our town!! Give them your support and thanks.
THE GOLDEN GANG will celebrate March birthdays this Friday, March 4, with birthdays of: March 2-Carol Lutey, March 3-Marie Baker, March 4-Shirley DeVeny, March 16-Linda Goudelock, March 17-Shawn Arguello, and March 25-Scott Claus, all at the Walt Self Senior Center. Call (303) 823-6386, if you want to join for lunch and the party.
KNICK-KNACKS of all shapes and sizes are needed by the Golden Gang for their Tuesday bingo games. It’s a good time to clean out those small items that fill your drawers; take donations to the senior center.
THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 4, THE STONE CUP - SKEAN DUBH from 7 to 9 p.m. - charge $5. All invited to come and enjoy.
SATURDAY. MARCH 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., Lyons Old-Time Square Dance and Snack Pot-Luck at the Odd Fellows Hall. Cost is $4 – Children/Seniors; $7 - Adults; $15 -families. All ages invited. The caller will be Chris Kermit, and the music by The Prairie Chickens.
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 6 AT THE STONE CUP, and next weekend, March 12 and 13, the Lyons Brownie Scouts #3982 will sell Girl Scout cookies from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Cost per box is $3.50. Stop by, help the scouts. The cookies are yummy. You can’t go wrong!
TUESDAY, MARCH 8 – 7 to 8 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center - Lyons Sustainable Future Commission Workshop to educate the community on improving the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes, and to introduce programs and funding sources to help get started. Featuring speakers from The Center for Resource Conservation, Boulder County’s EnergySmart Service, and Excel Energy. Plan to attend.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, at the Outlaw Saloon; cash bar, live music, food by Taco Don Jose, it’s the Lyons Community Foundation’s Spring Social. Freewill offerings appreciated.
LYONS M/SR SCHOOL
THURSDAY, March 3, 7 p.m., - MS choir info-cert, in the Cafetorium
FRIDAY, March 4, NO SCHOOL; girls and boys regional basketball at Stanley Lake High School in Westminster
MONDAY, March 7, 7 p.m., HS jazz band at Oskar Blues
MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 7 thru 11, MS track signup at the office.
LETTERS OF SUPPORT are being solicited by the Lyons Historical Society, which is applying for another grant from the State Historical Fund to complete the Rehabilitation of the Lyons Redstone Museum. Due to inflation, $60,000 of restoration items had to be deleted in the 2009 project, thus this grant. The 2009 project paid for a new roof, shingles, cupola, insulation, re-vamped 44 windows, and painted the gable/doors at a total cost of $l54,728; with $93,272 paid for by the SHF grant and matching funds of $60,728, with $20,185 paid by the Town of Lyons (saved thru the past 5 years); $17,865 paid by the St. Vrain Valley School District, and $28, 599 paid by the Lyons Historical Society, which was raised from sponsoring the Art/Craft Fairs at the Lyons Good Old Days, fundraisers, and donations.
We now have to re-apply to finish the job of: pointing the sandstone, painting the upper panels, resetting the steps and a slab of sidewalk, some sewer work, and landscaping. These grants are: hard to fill out, harder to get, and hardest to make sure that all goes well and it is done in time. So we would appreciate your sending a letter of support telling of your connection/interest in the museum (maybe you went to school there), volunteer, connection to Lyons, etc., and asking that the grant be funded. A submittal is due today, March1, where they will advise us as to the grant needs, which is due April 1, to help us compete for the funds. Address your letter to: State Historical Fund, Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Suite 400, Denver, Colorado, 80202, but send it to Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540 to go with the Grant Application. Thank you.
NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 11, Wildflower Pavilion, 7 p.m., doors open & bon fire, 8 p.m., show with Girlyman. Irresistible blend of acoustic, Americana, and rock.
Tickets $15 in advance and $l7 at door. For tickets or more information, go to http://www.wildflowerpavilion.com
LYONS PERMACULTURE 101 will be held on Saturdays, March 12 and April 9, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m. Meet at the Walt Self Senior Center, downstairs, and carpool to Jen-Lo Farm, east of Lyons, across from the Cemex. The workshop March 12 will consist of first garden seeding steps; the April 9, mushroom spawn. Permaculture Certified Instructors are Coco Gordon and Jennifer Murnan. All workshops are open to the public.
LYONS CHAMBER MARCH SOCIAL, Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Gwynne’s Greenhouse, with the Lyons Garden Club as co-hosts, for St. Patrick’s Day, so wear your green. Thanks to Sushi Matsuri and Pam Solman of Lyons Properties, Inc., for hosting the February Social. Cameron Stone from Cam’s Cable won the iPAD. He is a new member and was attending his first social. Send your Chamber dues to www.lyons_chamber.com, or Box 426.
9 HEALTH FAIR will be held in Lyons on Saturday, April 16, at the Lyons M/Sr High.
Two hundred volunteers are needed, please call (303) 698-3799 or (303)823-6190. This is the third season of Lyons’ own Health Fair. Over 400 received their health screening last year! Mark your calendar.
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREW FORSBERG, who was on the Dean’s List this past quarter at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Andrew was a top musician at Lyons High, and we congratulate him.
We hear the Lyons 6th grade girls’ basketball team is one of the top teams in club basketball. A fast-paced game with hundreds of teams, played on Sunday afternoons throughout the Denver area. Darren Christiansen is the coach. We will get their names and hope they go on to become Champions!
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS are scheduled for June 24-26, and will again be held on High Street, with a special effort made to accommodate the High Street businesses who are impacted by the street being shut off. The bandstand will be moved further to the East; parking spots will be saved for the physical therapy and veterinary offices, and we hope carnival-goers will visit Ralston’s and The White Lion. The rides will be along 4th Avenue, and the KidSpace on the elementary school playground.
THE LYONS MUSEUM will hold an “Open House” both Saturday and Sunday. A special program is scheduled for 1 p.m., and honored as Mr./Mrs. Good Old Days will be ALL LYONS CONTRACTORS (those who have made their living serving the community by being self-employed). This includes all those of the past, present, living, and deceased. E-mail us (
) those you know to be named on a plaque in the museum.
Activities mentioned are: Beer tent - Lyons Chamber of Commerce, lots of music, garage sale, art show, pancake breakfast - at Lyons Firehouse, softball tournaments - by Manny Vasquez, and a street dance at the stage on Friday/ Saturday nights.
On Friday at 9 p.m,. on the stage, a program to honor all classes of the “01’s” and Mr./Mrs. Good Old Days, and all contractors. Saturday at 8 a.m., - Fun Run; Saturday at 7:30 to 10 p.m., Square Dance at the Lyons Elementary School gym, hosted by the Red Rock Ramblers, with Dave Guille - caller and LeRoy Shade - cuer.
A PARADE? Will require some ambitious group to sponsor it, get the entries, and raise the funds to pay the Sheriff’s Deputies to manage the traffic. Call Dave or Marissa at (303) 823-8250 if interested.
This will be the 35th year of Lyons “Good Old Days,” a time for CLASS REUNONS, being planned by several classes and to honor high school classes of the 01’s: 1921, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91, & 01. Classmate reunions Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., - Reception Tent; 1 p.m., - program at museum. Plan to see your classmates at the Lyons Good Old Days!
The STEREO VIEWS will be displayed at the museum with a special thank you to all who donated to this collection of twenty pictures of Lyons during the l900s by photograher Ed Tangen, of Boulder. Funds are still to put them in framed pictures, but thanks to all who donated to purchase them! Send donations to Box 9.
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION met last Wednesday, with several folks present interested in the dog park, getting more dogs’ licensed, and to have some dog activities.
Kat Drake of Happy Wags Dog Care, wants to see dog ownership education, license requirements, pet cleanup, etiquette, etc. Dog licensing will be held on May 14, in conjunction with the town clean-up day, with maybe an “open house” at the dog park, and maybe the formation of a dog committee to promote dog needs and care.
A discussion was held on revenue for Parks & Rec, which includes paid parking at Bohn Park, more ball fields for use and tournaments (the various leagues were invited to the next meeting to tell of their needs 6 p.m., on March 14), and looking into a sales tax to help fund the parks, as $90,000 was cut from the 2011 budget.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAXINE HARKALIS
Twenty-nine friends and relatives helped Maxine (Ohline) Harkalis celebrate her birthday last Sunday. She says she is “39 and holding,” and she was happy to receive a greeting from various friends we all know: John Fahlstrom, a 1989 Lyons graduate, Mildred Keevauver of Grand Junction, Alice Cumberford Walker of Idaho (Class of 1938), Jean Coalson of Pennsylvania, her cousin, Larry and Donna Brown of South Carolina, Phyllis Thompson of Lafayette, and Beverly Haley of Longmont, all former residents. Maxine had a great day. May you have many more!
THE CANTERBURY TALES (or Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus) by the Lyons High School was great, with Sandi Engelhorn and Teresa Hoffman, directors.
Thanks to Town Trustee Ed Bruder, who bought tickets for, and provided Girl Scout Cookies to the members of The Golden Gang. The Tales were: ACT ONE: Prologue to the Prologue, Prologue, the Knight’s Tale, the Parson’s Tale, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, Medieval Jeopardy, the Pardoner’s Tale. ACT TWO: Prologue, The Nun’s and Priest’s Tale, The Cook’s Tale, The King Larry Show, The Friar’s Tale, (all cute and funny)
Students who participated were: Duncan Touzjian, Abe Vasquez, Jeremy Cornell, Jose Rivera, Ethan Pomeroy, Nola Basey, Abby Hughes, Claire Jarolimek, Rachel Bashor, Amber Boyington, Alex Mills, Ryan Darenberg, Ryan Finn, Jonathan Roberts, Aaron Nichols, Amanda Chaney, Yani Ortega, Marcos Rodriguez, Jeffrey Boxrud, Amber Boyington. Several had more than one part, and it was very enjoyable. Thanks to all!
SALLY (ENDRES) STAMBAUGH, who has been staying with her granddaughter in Commerce City, has returned to her home in Alma, Nebraska. She enjoyed seeing several of her Lyons friends while here.
We express our sympathy at the death of John Robert “Bob” Shupe, of Broomfield, who passed away February 22, at age 81. He was the son of Frank and Elsie Shupe, and the brother of Don Shupe (Lyons High class of 1937 - deceased) and Art Shupe (class of 1937) of Yuma. Bob graduated from Longmont in 1947, and married Lorraine Johnson. He is survived by his second wife, Dorothy, seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held last Saturday. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
AND TO THE FAMILY OF ROBERT L. DEKKER of Estes Park, who passed way on February 18. He was born in Haxtun and graduated from Estes Park High School in 1946. He had a long career in Estes Park, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and mayor, as well as on many agencies and organizations. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Bonnie (Morris) Dekker. He is survived by his daughter Debbie Harpole, Lillian Szydlo. Memorial services were held last Friday in Estes Park. Send condolences at www.allnutt.com.