Ah, spring rains and snow make the flowers bloom! We have had unsettling weather lately, but at least the grass is getting green, and it is a big relief to help squelch the wild fire threat. Snow was all around us last week, so we still expect a lot of cold, damp weather. Enjoy the moisture, though!
THE RTD BUS SCHEDULE CHANGED THIS WEEK: All routes leaving from Lyons Park-n-Ride are: 5:48 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 8 a.m., and 4:47 p.m. Routes leaving from Boulder Transit Center at 7:32 a.m., 4:09 p.m., 5:25 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Commuters are asked to please adjust their schedule to 15 minutes earlier.
This last night, Wednesday, May 18, the Chamber of Commerce social helped Valley Bank and Trust celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Some history: In 1970, Harold Syas had moved from Fort Collins to town and began efforts to start a bank in Lyons. The last Lyons bank had folded in 1933 during the depression. A contingent of excited Lyons residents rode a big bus to Denver for the hearing. However, the effort was turned down as officials from Longmont banks and the City of Longmont protested. But Lyons had persistence and we went again, and this time it was passed.
The office of O. J. Ramey, who sold insurance and real estate (now the Art Bank operated by Tim & Chris Combs) became the Centennial State Bank, and opened its doors in August of 1972. Chris Jeavons was in charge later. In 1982, Centennial State Bank requested a zoning change on land at Park Street and Second Avenue so they could build a new bank building and move from their downtown location. When they did move in 1983, they changed the name to Valley Bank of Lyons. In 1984 a certificate of deposit was paying 10% interest. Valley Bank is now celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving the Lyons community. Our thanks and congratulations!
Also, last night was the High School Awards Night – a night when academic, sports, music, band, and awards are given to high school students as well as scholarships to seniors. Our congratulations.
A HISTORY PROGRAM this Friday, May 20, at the Walt Self Senior Center, noon to 1:30 p.m., to celebrate May as the National History Month. The public is invited to learn of the history of the Lyons area. Call (303) 823-6386 to eat lunch with The Golden Gang at 11 a.m. The program is presented by the Lyons Historical Society with Kathleen Spring in charge.
MAY IS VOLUNTEER MONTH, a time to thank all our volunteers who help keep Lyons the exciting town that it is. From the: Schools, PTO, Booster Club, Senior Center, Parks and Recreation, Town, Garden Club, 9Health Fair, Lyons Historical Society, Museum, etc., and all organizations that are keeping Lyons alive with volunteers, we thank you!
ANNIVERSARIES: Kudos to Victoria Simonsen, Lyons Town Administrator, who has been here a year, and to Dave Cosgrove, Lyons Parks & Recreation Directory, who has been here ten years.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 21, & 22 – LYONS STUDIO TOUR: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., a group exhibit at ohm salon + gallery; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a self-guided studio tour. Get a map at lyonsstudiotour.org (you will enjoy this tour, see great jewelry, and art).
WORK ON CLARIFER: Work on the Carifier Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Come down and help!
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Donnie Mortimer at The Stone Cup, $5. Luscious atmospheric rock-n-roll and old fashioned Americana music.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plant sale at Steamboat Mountain Natural Food Store, fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Botanical Gardens. Stop by!
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 6:30 p.m., Mayama Movement Studio presents “Into the Wild!” – Second Annual Dance Recital. Tickets: adults - $10; children 12 and under - $5. At the Lyons M/Sr. High School. Featuring over 60 dancers from the Lyons community. All are welcome.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2 to 4 p.m., “Campy Cocktail Party” and art at the Stone Cup by Kahlie Sue Pinello.
SUNDAY-MAY 22, 9 a.m. to 1p.m., cheese making class at the Lyons Farmette.
TUESDAY, MAY 24, Lyons Kids Kayaking Club, an 8-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $450 for Lyons residents and $550 for non-residents ($100 less if you have your own kayaking gear). Children must know how to swim. Limited to eight individuals, call (303) 823-8250.
Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.- Spring Music Night for Grades 3, 4, 5. Raffle of class gift baskets, tickets 3 for a $1. Get your tickets now!
Tuesday, May 24, end of year BBQ and New Games Day at lunchtime.
Lyons Middle Senior High
Congratulations to the Lyons baseball team and Coach Kyle Schuyler, they made it to the Districts, but lost to Byers 4-0, who then beat Limon to go to State this weekend. This is a first district play for the Lyons team, and we are proud of them!
STATE TRACK MEET IS THIS WEEKEND – with many Lyons athletes participating at Jeffco Stadium, we wish them luck!
FOOTBALL - May 23, first spring football practice, 3 to 5 p.m., and at 5:15, parents’ meeting in auxilary gym. Spring and summer practices: pre-camp workouts, June 12 through 15, CSU - Pueblo camp.
August 26, 7 p.m., first game vs Lutheran Parker, plus community BBQ.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT CHANLYNN who will play in the all-state football game in Alamosa on June 11.
Middle School Youth Football Camp (grades 6 through 8), August 4 and 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the high school. (http://lyonssports.org)
JUNE 4 THRU OCTOBER 4, Lyons Redstone Museum (340 High Street), opens daily, June through September. Hours are: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,-Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Sunday. A place to learn of our historic quarry town and its people.
JUNE 3 through-5, Sounds of Lyons concerts, contact Min Tze Wu
JUNE 10 through 12, Lyons Outdoor Games – world-class professional athletes competing; new events including the Dash and Bash 5K trail run, RipBoard events, cruiser bike race, exhibitors, vendors, music, and lots of family activities.
JUNE 24 through 26, Lyons Good Old Days – Starts Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m. Events include: Chamber Beer Garden, carnival, food, street dances, honors at the stage, pancake breakfast, scout garage sale, KidSpace, Sketch-A-Palooza, Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale, classmates get-togethers, programs at the museum to honor classes of 2001s and contractors and self-employed, square dance with Leroy Shade and Dave Guille, 5K River Run, softball tournaments, and more!
GOOD OLD DAYS EVENTS BY THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 1 p.m.-program-Museum to honor Classes of ‘01’s and Contractors & Self-Employed; 2:30pm-Dedication of Stereo View Pictures and the D. W. King “Lyons Birdman” Display, and to thank all who donated
OUR THANKS TO: Lyons Chamber of Commerce (Ellen Hine - Coordinator) for the Celebrate Lyons! Saturday Street Fair, with 28 and more business/organizations taking part. Although cold and rainy, it was a successful day! The goal of the Chamber is to shop locally. Help the town’s economy!
Also thanks to Ed Bruder and all his co-horts for a successful “Aging Well In Lyons” seminar last Saturday. Very informational, and well worth our time to hear the many services for Lyons area aging.
And to the Lyons Town Board and Staff for sponsoring the Lyons Clean-up Day last Saturday, with over 110 loads of “stuff” deposited in the dumpsters and for recycle. A job well done!
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare was presented Sunday evening at the Lyons Elementary playground, by the fifth grade. It was well done and delightful. Thanks to Director Ron Ortega and Producer Debbie Simms. Fifth graders were: Kaitlyn Prater, Owen Grace, Hana Fankhouser, Georgia Barone, Levi Nagy, Madison Johnson, Shannon Isenhart, Nathan Schneider, Hayley Karsel, Nate Christy, Sophia Finoff, Alden Marler, Ixchel Leeuwenburgh, Nathan Radich, Yossi Peyser, Shaeli Herman, Ethan Burton, Alex Wright, William Bennett, Alya Torello, Lauren Bonde, Harriett Jennell, Victor Armendariz and Lianna Hoag; Fairies: Bianca Mesagno, Emma Simonsen, Joni Liquori, Bevyn Osborne, Brook Pineda, Rowena Fennell, Lexi Walker, Macie Parker, Hannah Cremmins, Sophia Powell, Shaeli Herman, Hana Fankhouser, Nathan King, Regina Fuster, Cole Ballard, Evan Reeves, and Sophie Smith.
Two more of our old-time residents passed away last week.
Services for Robert James Phillips (Sept 17, 1933 to May 7, 2011) were held last Thursday, May 12, at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Chapel. Robert was raised in Longmont, married Erma Jean Chankle, who preceded him in death, and Frances (Sanford) Martindale in 1971. Robert and Frances started Phillips Stone Co in 1973, which he operated along Hwy 66 until his death. He enjoyed gun collecting, western movies, western books, trips to Laughlin, NV, and Black Hawk. He is survived by his wife: daughters, Debra Reglin, Roxanne Smith, Lynette Flores: son Joe Phillips; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. He was lovingly called a “great” grandfather. He was buried in the Hygiene Cemetery. Friends may donate to HospiceCare of Boulder or Hygiene Cemetery Assn., c/o Carroll-Lewellen Funeral & Cremation Services. Robert was indeed a friend to all, and will be sadly missed.
Margie Della Saylors, age 80, passed away at her home on May 11. She was born in Beckenridge, and moved to Kansas as a child. She graduated from Bushong High School, and from Emporia State Teachers College. Margie married Dale Saylors on August 20, 1950. They moved to Walden in 1957, to Longmont in 1958, and then to Lyons in 1962. She taught elementary school and later worked in day care from 1962 to l995, was a member of the Foothills Baptist Church, and attended Grace Evengelical Free Church. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery, was a member Lyons Golden Gang, and served as an officer several times. She is survived by her husband, Dale Saylors of Lyons. Services were held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with internment at Lyons Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyons Golden Gang or to Grace Evangelical Free Church and mailed to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Margie was a good friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed.