yet have the security of our troops protecting us. Honor them as they keep the U.S.A. safe. Many from Lyons have served their country, and some have died. Those from Lyons that have lost their lives that I can remember are: Jack Kelly, Aldro Steadman, Kenneth Stetson, Barry Thomas, Robert Hammans, and Mickey Hawkins.
It is also a time to remember our loved ones that have passed. Our parents, grandparents, siblings, mates, friends, and all who have gone to their great reward. This weekend is a time to remember, join in the Memorial Day Boulder Bolder Run, as well as to enjoy a few days off. Let us think how lucky we are here in Lyons.
THE RAIN was nice, but scary that it would not quit. It was about to cause some flooding, when it stopped for a day or two Be sure to keep out of gullies or canyons, during rainy weather. High water can come rolling down on you unexpectedly. However, thanks to the rain, which certainly changed those brown pastures to green fields! You can’t control the weather.
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION will meet above The Barking Dog, this Friday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. If interested in boosting the economy of Lyons, you can apply for the vacant position, by writing a letter to Mayor Julie Van Domelen, Box 49, Lyons, CO.
CLASS NIGHT for the Lyons Seniors will be held this Friday at the Lyons High School at 7 p.m., with music by the band and choirs, a guest speaker, and the ever-popular senior slide show. The Pioneer Awards to graduating seniors whose families have been in the area over 50 years (Zachary Brodie, Bryson Daughton, Colton Hammans, Kylee Rae Senesac, Jaicy Sutak, Dugan Tomczak, and Abraham Vasquez) has been changed, and will be presented during the Lyons Good Old Days, Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m., at the Lyons Redstone Museum. The program will also include honoring Mr/Mrs Good Old Days (those of the building trades who have served the Lyons area (1881 to 2011); High School Classes of 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011; and dedication of the Lyons Stereo Views (Lyons 1900’s) and the D. W. King display. All are invited to attend. Brian McDivitt, a Lyons teacher who is retiring was recognized by Principal Gregory Winger. McDivitt taught for 37 years.
NO RAIN THIS SATURDAY!
We hope it doesn’t rain this Saturday, which is graduation morning for our 67 graduates from Lyons High, at 10 a.m. at the John Johnson Field. There are 15 Valedictorians! Can you imagine so many students getting a 4.0 grade average! We are all proud of our graduates, so we’ll see you there!
AWARDS NIGHT FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL was last Wednesday, a time to announce the many academic, athletic, band, choir, fitness, college, and service academy scholarships to the Lyons graduates, amounting to over $1,000,000! We were all proud when Reed Gattman received his appointment to the Air Force Academy! Lyons High School has certainly done well. We are ever proud of the students and thank the staff for their hard work, bringing Lyons High to one of the top 3% of high schools in the nation!
THE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL held last Tuesday evening consisted of: a great display of art work in the hallway under the direction of Stephanie Busby, the Visual Arts Director, and an outstanding concert by the Lyons High Band and Choir, under Dr. Karen Gregg, Director of Bands and Mrs. Brenda Kyzer, Director of Choirs. Soloists featured in Jazz Band were: Bill Woods (bagpipes); Harry Crane (bass); Grayson Gibson (guitar); Maddie Doering (piano); and Ethan Pomeroy (bass).
The Korean piece “Inchon” by the Jazz Band, featured a train ride. Special guest was Andrew Forsberg, former band student now in college. It was all truly wonderful! Lyons is so fortunate to have suchtalented instructors and students. Our thanks.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., $5 to hear Tyler Grant at The Stone Cup. A national flatpicking champion and multi-instrumentalist. Grant is internationally recognized and with two solo albums. Plan to attend.
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic at The Stone Cup. Sign up starts at 1:30 p.m. Diane Dandeneau serves as host.
TROUT FISHING at the Rock N’ River Resort. Here you can fish, catch a trout, clean it, and grill it. They provide the equipment and license. This was very popular some years ago, and is being revived!
SUMMER IS HERE
The Lyons Redstone Museum will open next Friday, June 3, and be open daily, through Sunday, Oct. 4. Hours are: Monday through Saturday. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Hosts will be: Terri Weir, Katie Hirschfeld, and Kathleen Spring. Throughout the summer two Kid Camps will be held, the Stereo Views and D. W. King’s Bird pictures will be on display, as well as other displays and genealogy. Stop by to learn the history of the Lyons area.
SOUNDS OF LYONS, under the direction of Lyons resident MinTze Wu, a fabulous and well-known violinist from Taiwan, will be held next weekend, June 3 through 5, with six fabulous concerts. Concerts are held at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., everyday, and music will be heard from every corner of Lyons, from Rogers Hall to Bohn Park, and from The Stone Cup Cafe to the Wildflower Pavilion. Limited passes are available for $40 for all evening concerts. Tickets and passes are now on sale at The Stone Cup and online at www.soundsoflyons.com You will certainly enjoy the evocative, exhilarating, mesmerizing music by Bach, Biber, Vasks, Britten, Shostakovich, Beethoven, plus African and Swedish numbers as well. Music for everyone! Plan to attend! Visit http://soundsoflyons.wordpress.com/.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYONS BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK TEAMS! Both took State! The boys with 88 points (2nd was Wray with 59 points); and the girls with 116 points (2nd was Akron with 102 points). We certainly congratulate them for being #1 with over 40 Class 2A schools. That is phenomenal! Kudos to Rachel Hinker who broke the state record in 200 and 100 meter dashes; Forrest Donnell, who placed 2nd in 100 and 200 meters, and lst in long jump; to track coach Mark Roberts and his staff, and to all others! We are proud of you!
EVERYONE WAS TAPPING THEIR TOES to the marimba music and songs by the 3rd, 4th, 5th graders last Thursday evening, under direction of music teacher Mr. Wasowski. The marimbas take a lot of coordination and cooperation to play together, to start and stop at the same time! It was amazing. Winners of the class baskets were announced.
Principal Kepler thanked those who had worked hard to raise $12,000 at the silent auction and dinner last month at the Oskar Blues barn and over $1500 on the raffle, used for school projects to help all the students.
LYONS HISTORY PROGRAM, held last Friday at the Walt Self Senior Center by Kathleen Spring, Lyons Video Interviewer, was well attended. We heard from Kathleen about the history of Lyons, centered around the sandstone quarries which started in Noland, Colorado (a town of 800 residents, homesteaded by Efram C. Cox in 1887, and plotted in 1890 and survived until 1918).
Maxine (Ohline) Harkalis, whose grandparents Olaf and Anna Ohline started the quarries north of Lyons on Beech Hill in 1900, spoke about Anna operating the Nebraska Boarding House in Noland; about her parents, Art and Golda (Brown) Ohline, who raised their family at the quarry, with her mother driving her on the rutted roads three miles to school; of her meeting, husband, Pete Harkalis of Erie, who worked at the Ohline quarries, and later laid sandstone (Pete built the archway at the Lyons Elementary School). Maxine and Pete raised their family (Doug, Rhonda, Donna, and Nick) in Lyons. She has several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is involved with the Lyons Historical Society, the Lyons History Video Project, and The Lyons Golden Gang for which she has offered a drive to many of them.
Don Colard told of his life on the ranch, now the Spring Gulch subdivision, outside of Lyons, and how he used to be in the rodeos; how when the handsome Colard boys came to town on their horses, all the girls took notice; and the years he served in the South Pacific (1942-1945) during WW II. The ranch was started by his grandparents, Honora and Eleanor Colard, who owned the Rowell place, which they sold to son Arthur and Annie who homesteaded on their nearby ranch in 1918. They had twelve children: Eleanor, Clair, Leonard, Vern, Don, Raymond, Inez, Thelma, Roy, Gerald, and Leon. The older children attended the Silver Dale School (which was destroyed by an arsonist in 1942). Don, age 94, told about his work on the ranch, and still works on land he owns there. He lives in Lyons, and for years enjoyed playing his guitar and harmonica with various bands, and for the Lyons Golden Gang. Thanks Kathleen, Maxine, and Don.
THE STUDIO TOUR was well attended. Folks could go to more than 20 places. We really do have a lot of talented folks in town! Also, work at the clarifer progressed with Priscilla Cohan and Cathy Rivers in charge. All say it was a great weekend.
GOOD OLD DAYS: A tribute will be given to honor Gerald Mack during the Lyons Good Old Days, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Lyons Depot Library. An opportunity to celebrate the life of Gerald who volunteered for years in Scouts, PTO, Sunday School, 4-H, Baseball, and Library Board. He was involved in the last round of plans for a new library. We all honor Gerald for all the years he has given to Lyons. Plan to attend.
GOOD NEWS: Thanks to the Lyons Recorder, who will sponsor a Lyons Old-Time Neighborhood Picnic on Sunday, June 26, during Good Old Days in Meadow Park, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is BYOE (bring your own everything) and enjoy! Mark your calendar.
GET WELL WISHES TO: Geneva Thomas, Janet Freeman, Marilou Wallace, and Anne Marie Brown who have been under the weather lately.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ray Thomas, who enjoyed dinner with his daughter Geneva, son Ray, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Bea last Sunday in celebration. We hope he has many more birthdays.
TID BITS: Hello to Agnes Burk who now lives in Washington state near son, Rusty, daughter-in-law Lani, and their three children. Agnes, the longtime helper, then operator,of the Lyons Café is here staying with her mom, Marguerite Peoples, while her sister June and husband Charley Stacy are in Oklahoma attending graduations. We miss Agnes and the Lyons Cafe, and thank her for all the years she made those good pancakes, hamburgers, etc., which she operated for 47 years. Oh, for the good old days! Agnes’ family have all dispersed from Lyons. Her husband Charlie passed away last fall in Washington; daughter Sandy is deceased, and her grandsons Forest and Sterling Bowling are in college; daughter Kathy, who worked at the Café at the last and made those good pies, has moved to North Carolina with husband, Tom Lindley, and their sons; and daughter Diane Current and family live in Alaska. We wish them well.
Charlotte and Dale Dey of Springfield, Illinois visited their daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Lloyd Banta and grandchildren, Ben and Lucille, last week to attend the graduation of grandson, Ben Banta, from Universal High (a charter school under Silver Creek High).