Another dry week gone by, with a dab of snow this morning. It is supposed to snow a little, but it will not be enough to alleviate the fire danger. We do thank all firefighters for being always on call to go put out the fires. It used to be that they would let the fires burn out, but, they say, there are too many homes in the mountain to do that. The impact of growth!THE D.W. KING FUND STILL NEEDS CONTRIBUTIONS
Thanks to all who donated to the D. W. King Fund. His daughter, Ticha and family arrived by bus last Friday at noon, a 1418 mile ride, taking all day and night Thursday and Friday morning. They stayed with D. W. King’s neighbors, and jumped right into sorting and saving all of his collections: bird and animal drawings, videos, DVDs, valuable papers, etc. They held a garage sale, the proceeds from which will go toward their trip home, dined with the Golden Gang, attended the memorial service, and will go home this weekend.
HOWEVER, WE STILL NEED FUNDS: Send to the D.W. King fund, Box 920, Lyons, CO 80540. Due to all the valuables that D.W. had that his family wanted to save, and counting up the cost of freight cost to send the boxes, they decided to take a U-Haul truck home, it would come out about even, and they will have D.W.’s valuables at their home in McAllen Texas. THEY
STILL NEED $500 TO PAY FOR THEIR TRIP HOME. If you have donated a few dollars toward this cause, you will have a “star in your crown” and will have done your good deed for the month. For you have made one bereaved daughter, Ticha, and her family very happy. As for us, it is heartening to help folks that are having a hard time, especially during a death in the family, and we do thank you sincerely.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LYONS FOLKS
We think it was really great that five of our Lyons folks were honored in the Times Call Community Project. JUL SWANN, owner of the ohm solon + gallery, and chairwoman of the Lyons Arts and Humanities Council; KATHLEEN LEIDING, teacher and Athletic Director at Lyons Middle Senior High School; LAURA MCCONNELL, emergency dispatch; MARK MILLS, former Principal of Middle Senior High School; and REED GATTMAN, Lyons High School student, certified medical technician, and soon to be an Eagle Scout. We are proud to claim you as OURS, and congratulate you all.
VOTE FOR LYONS – VOTE OFTEN – VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
Go to www.liveworkplay2011.com to vote for Lyons. A new exciting awards program to celebrate great places and livable communities in the Denver region. Sponsored by Channel 9, who will be taking video of downtown Lyons at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 11. The award ceremony/dinner is on Wednesday, April 13, at Mile High Stadium, 2027 W. Lower Colfax Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $45, call Town Hall for information and reservations.
THIS SATURDAY, April 2, is the last Old-Time Square Dance and Snack Pot-Luck for the season, held at the Oddfellow Hall, 4th Avenue and High Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. Eleanor Fahrney is caller with Nine Dollar Shawl Band providing music. Fun for all ages. Cost is $4 – kids/seniors, $7 - adults, and $15 - family. A great activity, see you there!
THE PLAY “CRIMES OF THE HEART” at the Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main Street, Longmont, is shown at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sundays, through April 2. Tickets $15 and $17; call (303) 772-5200 or go to www.longmonttheatre.com. Debi Stevenson, Lyons musician and teacher, has been helping with this production. Thanks, Debi.
BREAKFAST WITH THE GOLDEN GANG - Saturday, April 9, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Support the Golden Gang with this fund raiser for Meals on Wheels.
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet on April 14, at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., which opens Monday, April 4. Welcome to new members: Lots of Luv’N Pet Care LLC, Mary Beckstgrom, LaMariposa Restaurant & Margarita House, and Diane Dandeneau Studios, dba Awakened Life Coaching.
ARBOR DAY is officially Friday, April 15, and the Lyons Tree Board and the Parks & Rec Dept., will be holding their annual tree give-away contest, where students write a paper on trees. An assembly will be held on Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m., at the elementary school. Students will receive a Colorado Blue Spruce from the National Arbor Day Foundation for participating in the contest. A representative from the Colorado State Forest Service will present the Town of Lyons with the 2011 Tree City USA Award and give a small presentation on the importance of trees to the environment. The students will plant a tree at the school or in a park. Public is invited.
LYONS VISITORS’ CENTER is scheduled to open Saturday, April 16, to provide the tourist with information about Lyons. Where to eat, what to do, where to shop, good fishing, hiking, trails, picnicking, history, and more. Thanks to Wayne Werner, chief host and his staff of volunteers. The Town has funds to pay for help during the weekends, and the rest will be volunteers. If you like to meet people and tell them about Lyons and the area, call Dave Cosgrove at (303) 823-8250 to volunteer. An enjoyable thing to do!
SATURDAY, April 16, the 9Health Fair, 7 a.m. to noon, with low-cost screenings for blood, oral, vision, hearing, colon cancer, dental and more (you must fast for 12 hours before your blood screening). To volunteer call Jennifer Huda (303) 823-6190. Sponsored by the Lyons Community Foundation and Jonelle Tucker, Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Realty - (303) 902-6250.
BENEFIT FOR JAPAN on sunday, April 17 – 3 to 8 p.m., At Matsuri Restaurant, 432 Main, in Lyons. A live auction will be held. Auction items can be left with Debi Stevenson at The Language Shop, (303) 823-9175. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this benefit.
SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for this summer events: the Lyons Outdoor Games – June 12 through 14; the 2011 River Run 5K - on Sunday, June 26, at 8 a.m., and “Good Old Days” - June 24 through 26.
CALLING ALL SENIORS
May 14 is scheduled to be a “Senior Summit” for the senior citizens of the Lyons area, held at the Lyons Elementary School gym, from 10 a.m. to noon. The summit will consist of various activities and information that the County and other agencies offer to area senior citizens, such as health, county help, our senior center, fire rescue, guest speakers, an invite to The Golden Gang lunches and other activities. This is a great opportunity for all seniors to get acquainted. Plan to attend. You will be glad you did!
LYONS STUDIO TOUR will be held on May 21 & 22, where Lyons artists will display their work at their homes and studios around Lyons. An opportunity for everyone to see and buy this splendid artwork. Mark your calendars.
STATE HISTORICAL FUND GRANTS are due this Friday – a real chore to get them in line and sent in. These are for the preservation of historic sites throughout the State and are very competitive. So wish us luck! We wish to thank those who sent a letter of support, and all others that helped with this monstrous job. Grant applications we know of are: Lyons Historical Society, dba Lyons Redstone Museum, to complete the restoration of the museum (pointing the sandstone, painting the upper steel panels, replace and level sidewalks, reset the steps, and some landscaping to keep the water from running under the building). Ken Cinnamon and the Hygiene Cemetery Association filed a grant to complete the restoration of the Dunkard Church, to include the windows, floors, and miscellaneous restoration. Carol Beam of Boulder County for funds to continue to restore the Cardinal Mine near Nederland, and Historic Boulder for funds to restore the Barker House, which they recently secured. Word will be reported in August, with work to begin in October.
A GOOD CROWD showed up at La Mariposa for their grand opening and ribbon cutting by the Lyons Chamber Of Commerce last Thursday afternoon. Lots of excitement with the Mariachi band. We wish them the best of luck!
THE OHM SALON + GALLERY presented the guitar art of Kahlie Sue Pinello last Saturday evening with a big crowd attending. Kahlie had her collection for sale at the Telluride Festival. Very unique art!
Casey Wadlow, general manager of the Spring Hill Suites in Longmont was named the select service general manager of the year for 2010. Wadlow is a 2001 graduate of Lyons High where he was a top athlete.
Jonelle Tucker, with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Boulder, received the “Rising Star” Award recognizing exceptional sales production in 2010, her first full year as a real estate professional.
Of Interest to all, we note that the 25 lions that came to the wildlife sanctuary in Keenesburg, from Bolivia, are doing well. Many of us remember that the owner, Pat Craig and family, started his wildlife sanctuary on 53rd street, near Dowe Flats, just behind Gene & Lynn McCain’s residence.
We note in the Boulder Camera that one of the utility companies listed is: Town of Lyons with 1272 customers. Yes, Lyons runs its own power company.
GET WELL WISHES to Abe Vasquez, a Lyons High Junior, who has been hospitalized. All came out well, and he (Abe a talented singer and actor in Lyons high school productions, besides being an honor student) is back in school.
WELCOME home to Ray Thomas, who is out of the hospital and seems to be doing well.
One hundred years ago, 146 factory workers, mostly young women, lost their lives in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. That fire changed the attitudes of the American public, and the policies of the government. Out of it would come a series of reforms that we now take for granted: fire safety, building codes, factory and health codes. But still today some workplaces are not safe. These days we should all have smoke alarms, and folks who sleep in the upper-story of their homes should have a fire-ladder, (bought at any hardware store) hooks onto the window sill.