MEMORIAL DAY was a day to honor our military and our loved ones. It was a weekend spent enjoying the graduation of our 67 LHS seniors, the company, and the many graduation parties, as well as enjoying a day off work. All the high school seniors are celebrating the fact they “made” it. The weather was good considering that some areas had snow and rain and the threat, even today, of tornadoes.
This was the largest Lyons High School class ever, with 67. There were 60 students in the class of 1982, and 50 in the class of 1985. With the least amount of graduates being two in 1930 (Merle Bracket and Mildred Carvel). There were five in my class of 1945, with three of us still living (Joan Kelly House -Loveland, Gene Mack - Greeley, and myself, LaVern McConnell - Lyons. Yes, things have certainly changed in the past 80 years. True, there have been a lot of the students graduating from Lyons High, who made a special effort to drive, catch the bus at Hygiene, or carpool to Lyons, to get such a well-rounded education in a small school atmosphere. This is good, as it keeps our enrollment up to be able to offer good academic courses. We do congratulate our seniors, and wish them the best, and thank all the staff for a “job well done”. It was truly intriguing to know that 15 of these students had 4.0 or more and were the valedictorians: Keith Albertson, Amanda Chaney, Harry Crane, Reed Gattmann, Kelly Herbst, Yani Ortega, Zach Pfeifer, Melissa Roberts, Kylee Senesac, Rachel Slauson, Chris Smith, Corbette Tschanz, Sarah Tutor, Jacob Vahlenkamp, and Rachel Wolf, exceeding the seven of last year. Ten of the 15 spoke, each praising one of their teachers, very impressive and well deserved. It was a great day, and we will be hearing the many good things about the Lyons High graduating class of 2011 as the years goes by.
EMPTY-NESTERS: In a small town like ours, a large majority of activity is around the school. When you have kids in school, you are busy, busy, busy. It is sad when they grow up and you become an “empty-nester.” In place of knowing everyone in town, you hardly know anyone. Very gruesome, as it is hard to get acquainted, unless you have kids in school. So, parents, make the most of it and enjoy the years of school, for as the years go by, those kids will grow up and be on their on!
AN ENFORCEMENT OFFICER hired by the town will strictly enforce all park rules and regulations during the summer season. The goal is to deter any increases in less than desirable behavior in parks around town. The officers will be patrolling the downtown area for parking and other violations as well as patrolling the parks to watch the parking and aggression.
THIS WEEKEND IS THE SOUNDS OF LYONS: Here you have the opportunity to go to six concerts-Lyons Valley Village, Bohn Park, Lyons Methodist/Community Church, Rogers Hall, Planet Bluegrass, and The Stone Cup. Cost for all concerts is $40 or $15 for each. You will enjoy the evocative, exhilarating, mesmerizing music of Bach, Biber, Vasks, Britten, Shostakovich, Beethoven, African and Swedish music. It’s music for everyone. Featured on Friday, June 3, is famous singer and banjo player, Jayme Stone. You can purchase your ticket at The Stone Cup. Thanks to MinTze Wu, who has made Sounds of Lyons very enchanting. See you there!
THIS SUNDAY, 11 A.M., free, The Sage Quartet is at The Stone Cup. Sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy the live radio call-in, share stories, swap anecdotes, and enjoy a cozy morning together.
SUMMER IS HERE: THIS WEEKEND, June 4 & 5, the Lyon Redstone Museum, 340 High Street, will be open for the season, daily, through Sunday, Oct. 4. The museum located in the 1881 schoolhouse, depicts a lesson in Lyons history by displays, artifacts, genealogy, and Lyons area books with gift shop and book sale. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come learn about Lyons, “The Quarry Town,” founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyons, who came from Putnam, Connecticut, with six men seeking their fortune. They found the hills formed of pinkish sandstone and started our town of Lyons. Quarrying is still one of the mainstays of the town’s economy.
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION will hold their regular meeting at 6 p.m. next Monday, June 6, at the Town Hall in the Parks & Recreation Dept. meeting room. A few of the points of discussion will be a “splash pad” in Sandstone Park, The Outdoor Games (June 10 through 12), and the Lyons “Good Old Days,” June 23 through 26.
LYONS CHAMBER SOCIAL is next Thursday, June 9, at the Apple Valley Farmstead, a secluded five-acre, century-old farmstead on the North St.Vrain River on legendary Apple Valley Road, owned by Barbara Welke, and co-hosted by Bank of the West, Cemex, and Insurance Frontiers. E-mail your reservation to
or call 303) 823-5215.
JUNE 9, 6 P.M. – Indian Peaks Chapter Of The Colordo Archaeological Society, holds their first annual IPCAS Potluck Picnic at the Betasso Preserve, Boulder County Open Space. Bring a dish to share. Call Anne Robinson at (720) 890-3944 for more information.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES: The Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons Outdoor Games held next weekend, June 10 through 12, is in its 9th year. The multi-sport competition draws some of the best whitewater kayakers and bikers from near and far as well as a lot of spectators. The weekend includes kayaking, biking events, live music, vendors, canine competition, fly rod demos, etc., with camping available in Meadow Park. The deadline has passed to register as an exhibitor, but you can still be a sponsor; go to www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com. or call (303) 823-8250.
CLASS OF 1971. Donna (Harkalis) Johnson is looking for addresses of the class of 1971 and is planning a class reunion during the Good Old Days. Call her at (303) 772-8434, or Dora Babcock 823-6444.
The class of 1971 consisted of: Alan Babcock, David Babcock, Paul Barton, Sam Broyles, Charlotte Bryan, Don Bunyan, Deborah Howard, Toni Colard, Toni Crane, Dan Crumb, Debbie DeVeny, Lake Dobbins, Coleen Eliasen (dec’d) Colleen Fidler, Susie Fidler, Diana Fischer, Connie George, Pat Gereaux, Paul Goldfain, Donna Harkalis, Nick Harkalis, Barbara Hert (dec’d), Jackie Holtwick, Deborah Johnson, Robbie Kinson, George Leonhard, Monte Parrish, Penny Robb, Rhonda Schroeder, Tom Sherwood, George Sittner, Phyllis Pfeifer, Joyce Weatherford, and Jim Willyard. If you have some addresses, please give them a call!
MONDAY, JULY 25, The Lyons Lions Club will host its 17th annual golf tournament at the Lake Valley Country Club Golf Course. An opportunity to support the Lyons Lions with their numerous contributions to the community, including scholarships, awards, eye care and glasses, highway maintenance, 9Health Fair, and local assistance. The cost if $100 per golfer. Sign up, call Ken at 823-6925 or (303) 709-6022
SAVE YOUR NEWSPAPER PLASTIC BAGS. The Lyons Parks & Rec. park containers are now installed to hold the plastics bags at the dog stations in Lyons parks. Leave your bags at the Parks & Commission, your saving is the town’s saving.
THANKS MARISSA: Marissa Davis of the Lyons Parks & Rec. has re-written the town’s trail brochure; it’s really neat with a colored photo of Meadow Park. This brochures tells people where to walk to enjoy our parks. Starting at the Visitor’s Center, one can walk along Lyons trails to Meadow Park, down 5th Avenue to the South St. Vrain Trail, along the river to the Black Bear Bridge, down the old railroad track to the Lyons sign, over McConnell Bridge along the river back to the Black Bear Bridge and back to the Visitor’s Center. Beautiful, and a little over four miles! Pick up a brochure at the Visitors’ Center, and enjoy your walk!
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE met last Friday and discussed the zoning for the Eastern Corridor. Not wanting to allow the big box stores (Wal-Mart) etc., but still leave it open for a small chain to come. Of course, we all know that the population for these big boxes is the “key”, so we probably do not have to worry. The committee realizes it is important to keep the core business in town. The EDC meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 9:30 a.m., above The Barking Dog Café.
SCHOOL SPORTS: We note in the Boulder Daily Camera of last week, that Athlete of the Week was Rachel Hinker – Lyons Track. The senior won three individual titles at the 2A state meet. She leaped 17 feet 7 1/2 inches in the long jump. She finished the 100-meter dash in 12.05 seconds for a new 2A state meet record, and she grabbed another 2A meet record in the 200 with a time of 25.37. Rachel has a track scholarship at UNC, so we will be keeping an “eye and ear” on her. Congratulations, Rachel!
THE LYONS PRIDE YEARBOOK is certainly outstanding, with beautiful deep colors, telling the history of the class of 2011 at Lyons M/Sr High. The staff were: Anna Marie Strzyz, instructor; editors: Yani Oertega, Rachel Wolfe, and Cameron Finn; with staff: Amanda Chaney, MacKenzie Davis, Rori Pollard, Ryann Finn, Genna Gibson, Jonelle Holst, Kelly Herbst, Marcos Rodriquez, Abby Hughes, Melissa Roberts, Emma Biesiada, and Shaun Wicen.
SHENANIGANS, a small magazine published by the Lyons High School Literary and Art Class, Volume 6, is very interesting, with Editors: Yani Ortega, Rachel Wolfe, and Cameron Finn, with staff: Makenzie Davis, Rori Pollard, Ally Prater, Ryan Finn, and Maggie Smith; advisor: Anna Marie Strzyz. Nearly 30 students wrote an article in the book, such as “Telluride” by Early Ferguson; “I Believe in Tomorrow” by Aaron Nichols; “Brothers All Are We” by Abe Vasquez; “My Grey World, by Jeremy Cornell; to name a few. Cost is $5. Good Job, Students!
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS: Mark your Calendar – June 23 through 26. The 35th annual Lyons “Good Old Days,” Mr/Mrs Good Old Days will be crowned at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the stage, as well as at 1 p.m. at the museum. Folks are encouraged to send in the names of folks who have made their living in the Lyons area as self-employed and in the building trades - contractors, developers, carpentry, repair, plumbing, electrical, cement work, stone masons, plastering, stucco, welding, surveying, real estate, etc.
THANKS FOR THE BIO OF DAVID WECHSLER, of Lyons Portable Welding and we honor him as one of Mr. Good Old Days. “Dave has been welding for 20 years, he is self taught. He started his business, Lyons Portable Welding, in Lyons in 2003. He does all kinds of welding; in the shop and on-site like railings, gates, heavy equipment, fences, art, small repair, basically anything metal. He has welded as far away as Santa Fe, but mainly works in Boulder County. He likes to work locally with Lyons people. His work can be seen all over town from Main Street, to the rock quarries to Planet Bluegrass to the farmers fields. He loves what he does and the Lyons community. His family has been in Lyons for over 100 years. Dave is the husband of Cat, father of two sons, Avery and Mason. He is the son of George and Julie (Bohn) Wechsler (who operated George’s Towing), the grandson of Sherman and Freda Bohn (town electrician for 35 years (1936-1971)) who served on Town Board and was Mayor and for whom Bohn Park is named. Dave is the great grandson of Henry and Mabel Bohn (who operated the Conoco Station for 18 years and was town marshall), and the great great grandson of Philip and Amelia Bohn, who came to Lyons, Colorado in 1892 where he worked in the quarries in Noland; The couple had fifteen children, of which David is a descendant.
A LONG YEAR! Jerry and Debbie Tabor are just now moving back home in Spring Gulch, where their home burned last year, May 26. They were both at work, the neighbors, the Czaloczi’s, called the fire department, but it was too far along. It burned everything, but maybe a pickup load of items. Jerry and Debbie say, “It is nice to be back home” and want to thank the entire community, co-workers, and all for the undivided help they received-in work, benefits, donations, and blessings. They say: It was truly a loooonnngggg year!
A TIP FROM JERRY: make sure your insurance is kept up-to-date, according to inflation, and make sure it covers building code upgrades, as there are many new codes and the older homes are out-dated.
MEALS ON WHEELS ARE AVAILABLE TO AREA SENIORS AND HANDICAPPED. Those who would like a good, balanced meal, should sign up for Meals on Wheels. The cost of $2.75 brings you a good, hot meal delivered to your home by a cheerful driver who drives to the Longmont Senior Center and brings it to you. A very good service all prepared and cheaper than buying groceries and preparing your own. I encourage you to participate in this worthy program . Call Mary Lou 823-6836 to have them delivered.
ATTEND THE GOLDEN GANG. A benefit to Lyons Seniors (55 and up) is a lunch with the Golden Gang, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Held on Tuesday, Wed., and Friday; with the cost also $2.75. For a good time, camaraderie, bingo, program, music, history, etc., attend The Golden Gang.
WIITH SYMPATHY: Bob Alberts, (age 54) the Lyons Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant manager, was killed on May 17, when the plane he was riding in crashed in Wyoming. His company had taken care of Lyons water and wastewater for at least ten years, and he will be sorely missed. Alberts operated the utilities for several area towns. A friendly, sociable, knowledgeable person, who went way before his time. God bless you, Bob!