Today is the first day of spring! Let’s hope we get some rain, as things are really getting dry and there is a lot of fire hazard. We would take a nice spring snow, but not so deep, as in years past. Yes, spring has sprung!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS to the Town of Lyons for receiving the $.1.78 million for East Main and $440.000 for bus routes. How wonderful! Our thanks to all who worked on the grant- Mayor Julie, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, Deputy Clerk Jacque Watson, the Boulder County Commissioners and Staff, area towns, and all others who helped make it possible. That is indeed a lot of money, and the plan is great. We will certainly be the “gateway” to Rocky Mountain National Park. The funds came through DRCOG (federal transpiration funds) under the small town-enhancement category. We note that Boulder lost $2.5 million to Denver in the struggle of vying for the money.
Donald W. King, age 64, passed away from a blood clot on March 6 at the Longmont United Hospital. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1947. His biological mother abandoned him under a tree when he was a baby. He was found by some nuns who took him to an orphanage. When he was 12 years old he was adopted by the beautiful King family from California. When he turned 18, he joined the military and served in Vietnam and Korea. He was in the National Guard in Puerto Rico where he married Ramona Rodriguez. His daughter Ticha was born in May, 1973. She visited her father here in Lyons and remembers, “He showed me all the great things he did with bird studies, the murals, and we hiked through the mountain.” Through the years, D.W. visited her in Chicago and in 2006 in Texas, and he was hoping to attend her college graduation this May. They enjoyed keeping in touch by e-mail. Ticha and her family are forever grateful for the help from his Lyons friends, who are making it possible for them to come to Colorado and to attend his memorial.
THE MEMORIAL will be held at the Lyons Community Church, on Tuesday, March 29, at l p.m., The public is invited to attend to pay tribute to D.W. King, Lyons’ “Birdman,” with snacks to follow. Funds are still needed to send Ticha and her family back to Texas. She is delighted that through your generosity she is able to come to Lyons, get acquainted with D. W. friends, and say farewell to him in the proper way
VOTE FOR LYONS!
Lyons is in the running with nine other Colorado communities for the “Live-Work-Play” award. We have an opportunity to vote as many times as possible at www.liveworkplay2011.com. They say Lyons is in the running, as the program has already received 90,000 votes, hopefully a lot for Lyons. “We may be small, but we are mighty!” We are all encouraged to be on Main Street at 6 a.m., on Monday, April 11, when the Channel 9 morning show films the amenities of the town. The more the better, as we want to make a good showing. All are invited to attend the celebration, on Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., for a dinner (cost $45.00) and celebration at Mile High Stadium, 2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue. Thanks to Oskar Blue for helping provide this cocktail-buffet-reception and epicurean tour of the finalists for the People’s Choice Award. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
While you’re there voting, click on the RSVP button to make and pay for your registration online, or call (303) 455-1000. Meet at the town hall at 4:30 p.m., on April 13, and carpool. See you there!
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 – Lyons Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at La Mariposa at 4 p.m. Free chips, salsa, and snacks will be available, with a cash bar. Owners Rene and Maria Cervantes invite you to La Mariposa. The public is invited to the ribbon cutting.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEEE will hold their regular meeting this Friday, March 25, at 9:30 a.m. above the Barking Dog Café. The committee consists of: Tom Young – Chairman, Joshua Buster - Secretary, John Burk, Jerry Kuban, Gabry Cornell, and Robin Young. (This is the committee that is investigating ideas to enhance the town’s economy. Very interesting, open to the public.
A LYONS OLD-TIME SQUARE DANCE will be held next Saturday, April 2, at the Odd Fellows Hall (4th and High). Eleanor Fahrney is the caller and the Nine Dollar Shawl Band will bring mixers, reels, circles, and squares. Beginners welcome, no partner needed, All dances taught, lots of fun. Charge is $7 – adults, $4 - children and seniors, $15 - family. You will all have a great time. Call (303) 823-0816 for information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Debi Stevenson of the Language Shop and Matsuri Restaurant will host a fundraiser for the victims of the Japan disasters on Sunday, April 17, from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be food, sake, a live auction, a karate demonstration, Taiko drummers, and a karaoke contest. If you’d like to donate good things or services for the auction, please drop them at the Language Shop, 3l4 Main Street, (no large items or furniture, please) Plan to attend.
9HEALTH FAIR, SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH at Lyons M/Sr High School, from 7 a.m. to noon. Screening for: blood pressure, colon cancer, foot screening, blood, and more. Volunteers are needed. Call (303) 823-6190. Plan to attend for your health’s sake.
LYONS DOG PARTY at the dog park – April 16. A place to get your license. There are over 3000 dogs in the Lyons area, but less than 100 have licenses. Help the Town finance the dog park you are all proud of. Also, talk about care of your dog and park and town grounds. The Lyons dog community has started a dog group led by Kat Drake (Oh the irony!) Contact her for more information at (303) 823-6199.
SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR: Lyons Outdoor Games (June 10-13) and Lyons Good Old Days (June 24-26, 5K - River Run. Call (303) 823-8250.
ARBOR DAY CEREMONIES at Lyons Elementary School, 2 p.m., with a speaker from the Department of Wildlife. Trees will be given to LES essay award winners. A day to learn the value of trees.
HIGH STREET CONCERTS
Thanks to Annie Sirotniak and the volunteers of High Street Concerts for a good winter of great music. All concerts were very delightful with great talent. It is nice that Lyons is on their route. The final show of the season included the talented Lyons residents, Sally Van Meter and Caleb Roberts, followed by Bruce Molsky, the fiddler, who was out-of-this-world! The concerts will be back for their ninth season next October.
It is very thrilling to get grants, which are all very competitive. Most grants that non-profits receive are from foundations or taxes, devised to help the non-profits. Thanks to Priscilla Cohan and yours truly, we took the SCFD grant to the Boulder Commission Chambers in time, on Monday. These funds go toward operating supplies and include utilities, history programs, filing, tours of the museum, Lyons area books, etc. at the Lyons Redstone Museum, A big help to keep the museum open to the public. The museum will be open daily, Saturday, June 4, through Saturday, October 1. Stop by!
SCFD Funds come from 1/10th of 1% sales tax collected in seven metro counties, for scientific, historic, and cultural events. Each county receives what it takes in from the tax, and awards the funds to nonprofit organizations, such as museums, theatres, symphonies, etc. Thanks to them for all their help.
LETTERS OF SUPPORT are still being solicited by the Lyons Historical Society for a preservation grant from the State Historical Fund. The funds will finish the museum rehabilitation work (pointing the sandstone with an antique rounded tool, painting the upper steel panels, resetting the sidewalk and steps, plumbing and landscaping).
Write to the State Historical Fund, Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80201, and send to the Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO 00540. We will be notified in August. Our thanks.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
This was the day to appreciate the story of women who were ground-breakers, and who from the early 1900’s, made a difference in the lives we live today. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. They picketed in front of the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote, and were jailed. At the end of the first night, they were barely alive, from 40 prison guards wielding clubs, and with their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.”
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, and left her hanging for the night. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed, and knocked her out cold. The guards grabbed, dragged, beat, choked, slammed, pinched, twisted, and kicked the women on November 15, 1917, when the warden at a workhouse in
Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. For weeks, they only had water from an open pail, their food was colorless slop, and infested with worms. When Alice Paul embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her. She was tortured for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
This was truly the day to thank these women, who got our rights after years of hard fought battle. 2011 is the 82nd anniversary in the United States and of the Persons Case in Canada, which finally declared women to be persons! Women, enjoy your rights.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their March Social at Gwynne’s Greenhouse with the Lyons Garden Club as co-hosts. A most appropriate place as we start our spring gardening.
Gwynne purchased the property in 1990, and has made lots of improvements. The Greenhouse is well known throughout the area for it’s wonderful plants, as well as giving employment to several area residents who love the outside work. Gwynne has made donations of plants and her expertise at planting to the Garden Club, the Town’s flowerbeds, and many others. The Garden Club can see the tips of green as their daffodils are coming up. Thank you all.
We note that Trey Mullen led CU in the men’s hammer throw, placing third with a throw of 172’ 03” at the Potts Invitational track meet last Friday.
CAN YOU IMAGINE?
They say the revenue taken in by the Colorado casinos dipped 3%, from $58.7 million taken in last February, to $57.2 million taken in 2011!! It is hard to fathom, that there are so many gambling in those three towns-Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, and Central City. This is where the Go-Co funds come from that we apply to for parks and trails, so the word is “Go Gamble” if you choose.
Congratulations to Greg and Sara Plavidal on Apple Valley Road for a son, Edward Wesley Plavidal born on March 11, at 4:19 a.m., He weighed 8 lbs 12 ounces and was 21.25 inches in length. Grandparents are: Kathy and Dennis Mallon of Indianapolis; Ferdinand and Linda Plavidal of Houston, Texas; and Charles and Kathy Harris of Niles, Mich. Sara used to work at Bank of the West in Lyons.
We are sad to announce the death of Jerry Lane Leiding, who passed away on March 15, at his home in Hamilton, Montana. He was born January 30, 1942, to Junior and Eleanor Leiding, in Hendley, NE. He attended school in Hendley and Beaver City, and moved to Lyons where he graduated from high school. He operated the L & L Tree Service in Lyons. In 1974 the family moved to St. Anthony, Idaho, and lost their home and members of their family in the Teton Dam Disaster in 1976. He first married Ardith Lawrence and had two children, and later married Heidi Strait. They moved to Boise, Idaho in 1989, where he operated his own tree service, and he moved to Hamilton in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Heidi of Hamilton, his son, Mark (Anglia) of Kansas City and their sons, his daughter, Kristine (Richard) and their sons of Victoria, MN, his sisters Colleen Tyler and Clara Baxter, both of Boise, and their families. The family request donations be sent in memory of Jerry to a cancer research center of your choice. A celebration of life is planned for this summer.
GET WELL WISHES to Ray Thomas, Sr., who is recuperating at the Life Care Center.