HOWEVER, DON’T FORGET MOTHER’S DAY THIS SUNDAY.
It is early this year, being the second Sunday. We all need to remember our mothers. If it wasn’t for her, and, of course, your dad, you wouldn’t be here. My mother, Irene Marie, was a school teacher at the Brantner School, located at the now Adams County fair grounds, when a young man, named Bernie, took a shine to her, while taking his sister to school. Things were hard in those days: no bathrooms, just a path; no water, had to go to the pump then carry it in; no gas for heating, had to chop wood; no washer, had to use the scrub board; no drier, except the sun. We are all spoiled. Be sure to take your mom out for lunch, buy her a corsage, appreciate all she has done for you. Thank her for making you study, make your bed, wash dishes, vacuum, do your wash (in the washer, not so bad, though). Happy Mother’s Day, to all the moms.
The majority of the Lyons Town Board opted to rule and regulate medical marijuana in Lyons, as well as the caregivers. Yours truly (remembering the 100s of people, the students, the two coaches [John Nichols and Mark Roberts], as well as Rev. Mickey Lohr, and his son, a youth minister, that came to the public hearings asking the Board to vote “No” to protect their children) and Ed Bruder voted “NO.”
I am truly not against the sale of medical marijuana to those that need it, however, there are so many getting prescriptions for a little of nothing (a sore throat, a sore arm, etc.) mostly the young, 21 to 40, who will be hooked on it, as well as the school children who are getting it.
True, they are not getting it from the dispensaries, but who is giving it to them? One mother says: “The kids are dopey; they are not themselves anymore; they are quiet and “out-of-it.” The school is going to have education classes on the effects of marijuana and other drugs, and include the affects of alcohol. We hope they all attend.
I do compliment the rest of the Town Board for “giving it a try” in respecting the sick, but I am bewildered especially when most surrounding towns (Loveland, Superior, Longmont, Estes Park) have banned it. I fear that it will give Lyons a bad reputation as the “Pot” town.
Time will tell. One person said that Denver had kept above the depression from the sales of marijuana, so maybe that will help Lyons. At least the local voters can always get up a petition with sixty-five or so signatures and call for a vote.
Chambers Non-Profit Seminars have been well attended. Thanks to the Lyons Chamber Of Commerce for scheduling this and for buying the software. Now, what we need are people with time on their hands, who will write the grant on a commission basis. Grants are truly wonderful, and we all appreciate it. It is nice when folks form foundations so their profits can be shared for a worthy cause.
TUESDAY, MAY 3 – National Teachers Day - a day to honor our local educators and acknowledge the important role they play in society. Tell your teachers “thank you” for what you have learned! A big thank you to the Lyons schools, who again rank in the top 3% of the State! Thanks, teachers and staff!
FRIDAY, MAY 13– 9:30 a.m. - Lyons Economic Development meeting, above The Barking Dog.
8 p.m. - Wildflower Pavilion Concert, $20 in advance; $22 at door; with the Greensky Bluegrass, winners of the 2006 Telluride Band Contest.
SUNDAY, MAY 8 – Lyons Farmette - Permaculture in Africa, 7-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 12 – Indian Peaks Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society Presentation meeting at 7 p.m., with Craig Lee, at University of Colorado Museum, Dinosaur Room.
SATURDAY, MAY 14 - Lyons Outdoor Market Opening Day. Join now - $25, (720) 339-6359.
May 14 – Celebrate Lyons Saturday Street Fair - sidewalk sale on Main and High, by Ellen Hine of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce - $25 to take part and for the publicity. Also, scheduled for Saturday, June 24
May 14 – Spring Clean-up, at the Lyons wastewater treatment facility. Take your “stuff” to the dumpster this day – propf of your residency required.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 – 8 a.m. – Golf “Fore” the Lyons Community Foundation. A fundraiser for the LCF. Get a team of four together, or sign up as an individual. Registration fee includes range balls, breakfast and lunch, and green and cart fees. Ute Creek Golf Course, just east of Lyons on Hwy 66. Call (303) 776-7662 for directions. Register now. Fee is $95 per person or $380 per team of four. Lots of prizes and fun. Call 823-5661 to register, or email
May 18 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce Networking Social at Valley Bank and Trust of Lyons, celebrating their 40th anniversary.
FRI., SAT., & SUN., MAY 20, 21, 22 – Lyons Studio Tour; Friday 6 to 9 p.m. – group exhibit opening at ohm salon + gallery, Sat/Sun - self-guided Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (self-guided tour extending a 12-mile loop, through town and along Apple Valley Road). Work hours on the Clarifer Project 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.
FRIDAY, MAY 20 – Celebrate History Month Of May, at the Walt Self Senior Center with The Golden Gang, Noon to 1:30 p.m., program by three Lyons historians. Presented by the Lyons Historical Society. You can have lunch with The Golden Gang by calling (303) 823-6386. Cost $2.75.
SATURDAY, MAY 21 – “Campy Cocktail Party” 2 to 4 p.m., and art opening at The Stone Cup, with Kahlie Sue Pinello’s Guitar Art, to help kick off the Lyons Art Walk.
7 to 10 p.m. , Rue CD Release Party/Japan Fundraiser at The Stone Cup, $20 - tickets at door; 50% goes to Japan relief efforts.
LYONS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOULDER COUNTY HALL OF FAME dinner and awards was last week, that includes Leonard and Reino Loukonen inducted in 1997 for their sandstone quarries since 1895, and Marguerite Peoples inducted in 2006 for operating the Lyons Café for 42 years
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
Mary Chase, Chair, and Reed Farr, Vice Chair, related to the Lyons Town Board the progress of the Lyons Parks & Recreation Department throughout the year: sought funding opportunities to support operation and maintenance needs, completed all maintenance and capital improvements on Raul Vasquez Stage lighting, repairs to Meadow Park Shelter, Sandstone Park fountain, Visitor Center planter, Bohn Park parking lot construction, off-leash dog park with shelter/irrigation/landscaping/fountain, and Lyons Whitewater Park upgrades and repairs. And submitted their plans for the on-coming year. They discussed a water spray park in Sandstone Park for the young kids (from a mini-grant), and revamping the tennis court, and another ball field, from a Go-Colorado grant.
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. A Call to Nuclear Guardianship will sponsor Robert Del Tredici, photographer, for a program: “Born Again - Denial & Eternal Recurring Surprise in Nuclear Waste Management,” and “Poison Fire” with Lindy Lyman, Jeremiah Moore, and others.
FRIDAY – May 6 at 7 p.m. Drama Performance – Cafetorium, and SATURDAY, MAY 7, at 2 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 10 – 7 p.m. HS Jazz Band at Oskar Blues
FRIDAY, MAY 13 – MS Spring Dance 3 to 4:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 – High School Awards Night
We are saddened by so many of our good friends passing away:
Everitt Simkins, who passed away in Colorado Springs on April 26 at the age of 86. He married Shirley Bohn, June 4, 1950, at the Lyons Methodist Church. She passed away in April, 2010 and was the sister to Julie Wechsler of Lyons. He was the son of Eugene and Myrtle Simkins, worked at the St. Vrain Lumber Yard, and then worked on airplane maintenance at several airports. He and Shirley had five children, eighteen grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. His service was held on Saturday,
April 30, with Julie Wechsler, her daughter Judy Horn, and her family attending the graveside service at the Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Gerald Mack, age 82, died at the Longmont Hospital on April 28. We are surely going to miss Gerald. He was one of Lyons oldtimers, and a true friend to all. He graduated in 1947 with: Frank Barber, Raymond Calvert, Gerald Colard, Richard Hall, Richard Kelly, Charlotte McFadden, and Phyllis Phelps, who have all passed away. Classmates Joseph Campbell of Lyons and Bobby House of Loveland are still living.
Gerald started the Mack Subdivison (all those houses along Antelope Road) from his father’s farm. He raised chickens, apples, cattle, etc. in the late l940’s. He was an old bachelor until he caught the eye of Becky Coalson, a waitress in Thornton, where he stopped to eat regularly while driving his truck. The couple had three boys, Vince, Joel, and Adam, all State wrestlers. Through their days he was into church, Sunday school, scouts, 4-H, camping, tubing, PTO, everything. As they grew up, his grandkids were into wrestling, so he went there. He was on the Library Board for many years and interested in trying to form a Library District. If we ever get one, I hope we can name it the Gerald Mack Library. He helped at the Christmas Bazaar at least 20 years. I always said: “We all need a Gerald Mack!” Yes, he was cheerful, friendly, helpful, and would give you the shirt off his back. Gerald will be truly missed.
Also, two square dancers have passed away: Ed Cady, age 77, a veterinarian from Covina, Ca, and Ft. Collins, from a skiing accident. And Eva Hoover, age 56, of Cheyenne, who leaves 10 children, ages 10 and up, after a bout with cancer. We express our sympathy.