This year we will experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11. And that’s not all, take the last two digits of the year in which you were born, now add the age you will be this year, and the result will be 111 for everyone! Amazing!
Editor’s note: children 11 and under, will only add up to 11, but still pretty cool!
Last week was certainly a busy week, starting on Monday at 5:30 a.m., for the Channel 9, workliveplay program; and again at 6:30 a.m. Was it ever cold, but we were on TV! Then Parks & Recreation Commission met to discuss Arbor Day Celebration (This Friday at 2:00 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School); the Bohn Park Plan, Outdoor Games, (June 10 through 12) Good Old Days, (June 24 through 26), moving the Skateboard Park so the spot can be used for town-visitor parking, and more!); Then to the County Commissioners for the IGA meeting, which was approved (we can now annex Dave Hawkins’ place along Noland Road, Gwynne’s Greenhouse property, and the North Longmont Water Plant); then to the Boulder County Scientific and Cultural interviews for Operating Support for the Lyons Redstone Museum); then to the Boulder County Land Conservation Awards Ceremony where our good friend and fellow square dancer received an award for putting her 129 acres, near Erie, under the Land Conservation Program, and on Wednesday evening to the People’s Choice Award, liveworkplay, celebration. Top vote getter was Vallagio Condos at Inverness, who accumulated several million votes. Although Lyons didn’t win, we had a lot of good publicity, so thanks to all for your vote. To be one of ten top towns to be nominated was indeed an honor! Our thanks to Oskar Blues who had a food booth at the celebration!
9HEALTH FAIR was a great event, with over 480 Lyons area folks checking their health. Our deep thanks to all the sponsors: Lyons Community foundation, Jonelle Tucker-Realtor, and all volunteers. It truly is a wonderful, worthwhile event. Our thanks.
OUR THANKS to all who took their dogs to enjoy the dog party on Saturday, as well as those who attended the Montessori Earth Day and Garage Sale event at Sandstone Park on Sunday, and the Japanese Benefit at Matsuri, with lots of good food, snacks to buy, and a huge amount of items with Debi Stevenson, as auctioneer. All were well attended.
DW KING FUND
Sapan Rinchope-Kunga returned last Wednesday after helping the D. W. King family drive to McAllen, Texas with the U-Haul filled with D. W.’s personal items, and depositing Ticha and family at home. He went by bus to Houston, where he visited his son and daughter and families, and flew home. As of now, we still need funds to help with the medical expense for Ticha, which could not be paid with her Texas Medicaid Card. Donations are appreciated. Send to Box 920, Lyons, Co. 80540
ARBOR DAY is this Friday, 2 p.m., - Lyons Elementary Gym, where winning essay students will receive a tree to plant. There will be a talk on “Trees” by the Forest Service and the students will plant a tree. Parents and friends invited.
THE LYONS HIGH SCHOOL BAND was invited to perform at the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival on Monday, April 18. The band scored high enough at the Regional Festival to be offered an official invitation to perform as the small school invite. Our congratulations!
THE LYONS VISITORS’ CENTER is now open, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, with Wayne Werner and volunteers. If you have a few extra hours a day open, call Dave Cosgrove, Lyons P&R Director, (303) 823-8250 to volunteer.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their April Social at Dave’s Barbeque and Taphouse on Wednesday, with co-hosts: Jonelle Tucker-Realtor, Plumbing & Solar Partners, England Surveying, and Jerry Epstein, with Boulder County-Energy Smart Program. We welcome Dave’s Barbeque, as another great place to eat in Lyons, Colorado! Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons, Co., as a new Chamber member.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 – Acoustic Open Mic: 2 to 4 p.m., at The Stone Cup
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 - Lyons Jr./Sr. Prom, at Lionscrest, with the After-Prom Party at Longmont Recreation Center (Midnight to 4 a.m.)
SUNDAY, APRIL 24 – Community Easter Service – 11 a.m., Planet Bluegrass – Easter egg hunt and potluck, Kids Concert with Randy Kaplan. Donation will go to the Higher Ground Ministries for the Japan Disaster. Need donated, filled (no chocolate please) plastic Easter eggs. Bring to The Stone Cup on Friday and Saturday.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, LYONS FARMETTE – Backyard Composting Workshop – 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center, with Susan Meisner from Boulder County Resource Conservation and Dan Matsch form EcoCycle. For more information www.farmettepdc.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 1 – A Taste of Pearl – 2 to 6 p.m. – at Pearl Street Mall Businesses in Boulder, with food and Colorado wines, including Lyons’ own Ciatano Winery. Some proceeds will benefit Emergency Family Assistance.
SATURDAY, MAY 14 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Clean Up Day! All Lyons residents are invited to haul your “stuff” to the Public Works dumpsters. Take a utility bill to prove your residency in town.
SATURDAY, MAY 14 – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Aging Well In Lyons” summit, Lyons Elementary School gym, with a workshop by various County aging services. 9:30 a.m. - welcome by Mayor Julie Von Domelen; panel discussions (9:45 to11 a.m.) with State Senator Jeanne Nicholson, Keith Carr-Boulder County Services, and “What to do in our town-Lyons, Colorado”-LaVern Johnson, 11 to 11:30 a.m.- Congressman Jared Polis; complimentary lunch with public officials; 12:30-1:45 p.m. - Round Table Discussions, and 1:45-3 p.m.- Presentations from Round table discussions. All persons are urged to attend to find out what is available in our area for all who are aging.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS
Sponsors are needed to help on the expense of Lyons Good Old Days on High Street, (call (303) 823-8250). A weekend of Lyons’ celebration with ball tournaments, pancake breakfast, Boy Scout garage sale, street dances Friday and Saturday 8 to 11 p.m., Square Dance at the Elementary Gym, Saturday with Dave Guille and LeRoy Shade; Chamber Beer Tent, Food; 9 p.m. Friday – Honor Lyons Alumni-Classes of 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011 and all Lyons Contractors as Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days, Saturday Kidspace; Classmates Reception-11:30 to 1 p.m.,& music at the tent; l p.m. – Program at museum: Honoring “all Lyons self-employed and contractors” who helped make Lyons what it is today.
Museum Open House – Sat & Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m., - 5K Run, and more.
The Golden Gang celebrated April birthdays last Friday : Nadine Allen, Tom Slauson, Joy Buster, Esther Leum, Sharon Branmmer, and Steve Mikesell. They had a birthday cake and songs by Vance French and Geneva Thomas.
Sharon Brammer returned last week from a trip to Rye, New York, with a Boulder High Classmate, Ellen Chavez to celebrate their birthdays. They took a taxi, train, double decker tour bus, and subway. Saw the Grand Central Station, and took a ferry to Ellis Island, to the back of Statue of Liberty. They went to a dinner theatre and saw a wonderful play”Singing in the Rain”. They also visited Ground Zero & the tribute to firefighters-a whole wall of names and bronze sculptures! Very moving! The two ladies stayed with a classmate, MaryLou Chavez, who also graduated from Boulder High. Although it rained the entire time, they had Lots of Fun! They say: “Time went too fast and they would like to go back at a slower pace!”
Mark and Pam Browning of Austin, Texas, and soon to be of Lyons, Colorado, were in town over the weekend. To participate in the 9Health Fair, and visit her sister in Estes Park. A couple eager to help us here in Lyons. Their move in getting closer each day!
Josh Meckel, 2000 Lyons graduate, and son of Dr. Joe Meckel, has graduated from the Chiropractic School in Florida, and is home for a few days. His two sisters, Carly-Class of 2002 and Jennie-Class of 2005, are attending the same school and will soon be Chiropractors.
Dr. Joe says it is gratifying to have them graduate to be self-sustaining doctors. We congratulate all the Meckel family, as Dr. Joe has been straightening out our bones for the past 25 years!
Marley Smith will marry Heather Beffert, on June 25. Marley is a 2004 Lyons High Graduate, and a UNC Bachelor of Science graduate. Heather is from Cheyenne. They met while attending UNC. Heather has a Bachelor of Science Degree from UNC. They attend Palmer, School of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa., and will graduate next February. They will open a chiropractic business together in Cheyenne. Marley will be specializing in sports injuries and Heather in pediatrics and obstetrics. They were engaged last June 25 on a hot air balloon ride, while back in town during Lyons Good Old Days. They will be married at a ranch in Cheyenne.
Marley is the son of Pam Barnes, who is excited to call Heather her daughter-in-law.
What is this world coming to? The sick need marijuana for their pain, but it ends up the youth are getting it and are stoned and maybe on it for life. It is indeed a turmoil, and should be sensibly regulated by the State and Federal governments, but it isn’t. Instead it is “them” against each other, with the Town Board having to try to come to some sensible terms to regulate it. However, a caregiver can grow it in their homes, which is supposed to be for the patient, who needs it, but who regulates them? The youth are getting it somewhere! Coaches and youth leaders are pleading against it; the sick are pleading for it! Is there a peaceful solution? Will a ballot issue help? Another public hearing will be held on Monday, May 2, 7 p.m. at the Lyons Town Hall. Public invited to express your thoughts.
On April 23, 1950, I was married to Mr. LaVerne (F. LaVerne Johnson) of Niwot, at the Lyons Methodist Church, with friends and family. We met during the war at the Victory Dance held weekly across from the Boulder Court House with Della Sullivan Orchestra playing. He said: “What’s your name? I said “LaVern,” his was LaVerne, too (of the pioneer family of Catherine Johnson who came from Sweden with her two sons to homesteaded near Niwot, west of IBM in 1864). He said he married me to see if I was telling the truth. He moved to Lyons, where I worked for O. J. Ramey Real Estate and Insurance and taught Sunday school (1945-1980). Mr. LaVerne was a Masonry Contractor (plaster and stucco) with Paul Endres and Chet Dunham (Ruth Mary Brodie’s husband). They stuccoed and plastered most of the homes in Lyons during those days (1947-1980) Mr. LaVerne was on the Town Board from 1982, when he got on to damn Coffintop Dam, until his death, 12/97. I then served on the Town Board from 10/98 through 06; was term limited for 4 years, and am on again. We started the Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance in 1958, 53 years ago, and are still “squaring ‘em up”, with lots of fun and fellowship. We went through the years of kids (Jerry and Ron) in school (1958-1973), sports, fighting for our school, etc. (It is sad when your become an empty-nester after all that excitement). We are proud of what Lyons has become, “we have been there, done that.” Yes, a great life, full of memories of a little Lyons farm girl, raised on the farm where the High School and Lyons Valley Park are, and I am still here. LaVern (McConnell) Johnson.
Clara Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Schell, March 10, 1921 – April 11, 2011
Betty Schell, 90, of Longmont, died at Hospice Care Center in Louisville, from heart failure. Betty was born in Longmont to Pearson and Elsie Totten. She attended Montgomery School and Lyons High School, graduating in 1938. She especially enjoyed playing basketball. In June 1942, she married Robert (Bob) Joseph Hauck and in 1944 their son, Robert James Hauck, was born. Bob was killed November 14, 1944, fighting during WWII in France. In October 1945, she married Peter John Schell. To that marriage was born Carl Michael, Mary Kathleen, Deborah Ann, Kathleen Mary, and Kenneth John.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia Ostrander of Boulder; son Robert (Joann) Hauck of Mackay, Idaho; her sister-in-law, Barbara Totten of Alo, Arizona and her granddaughter Stacie Dawn Wooley of Longmont. Additionally, she is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands; her companion of later years, Milt Fitje; her children Carl, Michael, Mary, Deborah, Kathleen and Kenneth; her siblings Fred Totten, Meryl Chance, Melba Totten, and Clarence Totten. Cremation is under the care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.