Yes, Good Old Days seemed to be very successful this year! Thanks to Dave and Marissa for heading the effort and all who worked to make it a great weekend. The weather was with us, although warm, that’s still better than rain.
The softball tournament created a lot of excitement, and seemed to get over earlier than ever. The street dances were well attended with good music and nice evenings. There was a loooooooonnnnnng line at the Chamber’s beer tent. The carnival made money, which was good. They had a lot of great rides that all enjoyed. The food and ice cream were good. Several members of the classes of 1971, 81, 91, and 2001 were on hand, and had their class reunions in Meadow Park and Oskar Blues Barn. The scout garage sale was great, with lots of bargains. The 5K run had over 500 people, with several high finishers from the Lyons area, including the Roberts’ (LHS Track and Field Coach) family.
Sketch-A-Palooza was more than successful, needing 250 to set the record, they had 372, and would have had more, but they ran out of “Sketchs.” We all sketched Steamboat Mountain, some did great, others needed lots of practice. We need to appoint Clark and Jeff as our publicity chair, the event was on several TV stations, in all the newspapers, etc. Most times, it is impossible to get any “free” publicity for Lyons and our events, but they did it! Our thanks, it was a wonderful event.
THE GERALD MACK family received the Coveted Book Award from the Lyons Depot Library. Ms. LaVern Johnson and Librarian Merlyn Williams paid tribute to Gerald, as did his family, friends, and neighbors at the memorial held to remember Gerald’s help with the library board, crime stoppers, PTO, Boy Scouts, 4-H, etc. Funds donated will be used for a sandstone bench in his honor (send to Box 49, Lyons, CO). Family members attending were his brother, Gene, with wife Joan of Greeley (Gene is the minister at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont); sons Vince, of Galeton, and Adam, of Windsor, and their families, and a host of friends and neighbors. A nice tribute to remember Gerald Mack and his many attributes.
THE BOOK AND BAKE SALE AT THE LIBRARY seemed to go over well.
STEREO VIEWS: Nick Schneider of Lyons, who contributed to the purchase of the Stereo Views and donated the viewer, explained how the viewer worked with the collection of twenty Lyons 1900’s pictures taken by Ed Tangen, a famous Boulder photographer in that day; as well as nine 1940-50’s post cards of Lyons. Betty Newby, historic writer for the Times Call, donated toward the reprints, and Kathleen Spring did the framing. The society thanked all who donated toward the prized collection, which is now on display in the Lyons Redstone Museum. Stop by.
THE D. W. KING DISPLAY, Lyons birdman, was dedicated to the museum, and will also be on display. It consists of a large collection of pictures of regional birds and predators, brochures, various computer discs on his studies. Thanks to all who donated to pay for his daughter, Ticha, and family’s trip to Lyons and back to McAllen, Texas, or helped in any way.
Folks are invited to the Lyons Redstone Museum to view the displays on the Ramey family, the Minnie Hutchinson display, the StereoViews, D. W. King display, among all others. The museum is open daily through September, and also has books for sale on the Lyons area, as well as “antique” books and a gift shop. Thanks go to helpers: Robert Jones, Jerry Johnson, Kathleen Spring, Terri Weir, Katie Hirschfeld, LaVern Johnson, Nick Schneider, Lora Gilson, Jacque Watson, Marissa Davis and Dave Cosgrove of Lyons Parks & Recreation, and all others who contributed to the displays or helped in any way.
Visiting old time families were: Jack Evert, son of Helen (Scanlon) and Mick Everett; Anna and Irene Lowe (daughters of Howard and Nellie (Kincaid) Lowe, from Canon City and Denver; Doris (Smith) and Mike Sanford and grandson, Levi, son of Shirley (Brackett) and Lyman Sanford and Floyd and Hannah Smith; Maxine (Ohline) Harkalis, Daughter Rhonda French, and grandson, Matt; David and Caroline (Gilreath) Brodie, son of Chet & Marshall Brodie of Brodie Quarries; Don Colard, son of Art & Annie Colard (Lyons 1907) Katie Hirschfeld – of the Perdue, Hirschfeld families; LaVern Johnson and Terri Weir of the Reese\McConnell families, and Ginger Johnson, wife of Coach John Johnson, Lyons History teacher and Football and Wrestling Coach, 1972-1994, to name a few;
THE NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC at Meadow Park was quiet and peaceful for a time of rest and relaxation, with the feeling, the Good Old Days are nice to have and nice to have over early in the season. Our thanks to The Lyons Recorder.
“HOLIDAY” SQUARE DANCE THIS SATURDAY JULY 2, will feature popular caller, Tom Roper and cuer-LeRoy Shade, at the Lyons Elementary School gym, 4th Avenue and Stickney. Rounds start at 7:30 p.m., and squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. A large crowd enjoyed dancing to Dave Guille and LeRoy Shade last Saturday, with visitors from: Axtell, Nebraska (caller Marshall Poole); Columbus, Ohio; Spokane, Washington; Belle Fourche, South Dakota; the Wonder Yonders Camping Club who were hosts, from the Cheyenne/Laramie/Casper area, and from twenty-seven Colorado towns. Spectators interested in learning Modern Western Square Dancing this fall are welcome. Nell and Gary Coffey hosted the Wonder Yonder picnic on Friday evening. They camped in Longmont, as Lyons doesn’t have enough camping spots.
HISTORY PROGRAMS AT MUSEUM: Make Note – History Day Camp, Week Of July 11, is for kids 11 to 13 years old, and the week of July 25 is for kids 6 to 10 years old. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the kids do interactive activities at the Redstone Museum including a daily craft, and enjoy nutritious snacks. This year the kids will learn about the Native Americans, old time music and instruments, sandstone art, and go on a treasure hunt. The program is sponsored by the Lyons Historical Society, with the support of a Lyons Community Foundation grant for “history education” of Lyons children. The cost will be only $50 per Lyons child. Each camp has one opening for a volunteer adult assistant. Contact camp director Kathleen Spring for more information at (303) 823-0997, or sign up at the Lyons Redstone Museum.
MONDAY, JULY 25, LYONS LIONS CLUB 17th Annual Golf Tournament at the Lake Valley Country Club Golf Course between Lyons and Boulder. The cost is $100 per golfer. All proceeds go to the Lyons Lions Club philanthropic activities. Call (303) 823-6925 or (303) 709-6022 to register. Limited to 32 teams.
THE GOLDEN GANG PLANS TO SURVIVE: At a meeting of the Lyons Golden Gang last Saturday, the feeling among the members was to keep going, by paying Mary Lou Wallace, as meals and Meals-on-Wheels coordinator, and to try to do the rest with volunteers. Officers are: President - Beverly Haley, Vice President - Sandy Cottrell, Secretary - Karen Self, and Treasurer - Lora Gilson. They will vote at their next meeting. Trustee Ed Bruder is the BOT liaison. The Golden Gang has meals, meetings, programs, bingo, and music on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center. Call Mary Lou Wallace at (303) 823-6386 to make reservations for lunch and/or to volunteer. All seniors are invited to join The Golden Gang for a good meal, camaraderie, special activities, health advice, etc.
LYONS ECONOMIC GARDENING GROUP (LEGG) offers a full range of economic tools to members of the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit LEGG (latest hint: IRS mileage rate is now $ .55 1/2 cent per mile). Add your business listing to Google Places for free (97% of consumers search for local businesses online).
CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS
It is time to donate to this year’s Crayons to Calculators school supply program. Bring a backpack with needed supplies, or donate loose school supplies for students in need in the St.Vrain Valley. Collections sites are: Daily Times-Call, Longmont Super Walmarts, St. Vrain Valley Credit Union, J. C. Penny, and Longmont United Hospital. The goal is to provide approximately 8,000 backpacks to the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley students. Volunteers are needed to sort and organize the supplies. Visit the Crayons to Calculators website for more information.
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO BRYSEN DAUGHTON, LHS Graduate, who received the Dick Connor A.C.E. Award last Thursday at a special luncheon at The Denver Post. The award honors former Denver Post sportswriter Dick Conner, who died in 1992, after an illustrious career. A longtime columnist, who hadn’t missed a Super Bowl, and took a personal interest in Colorado high school sports. The Denver Post offers the Dick Connor A.C.E. (Adversity Conquered through Excellence Award) which is presented annually to a high school senior who has overcome a handicap, hardship or tragedy to excel in sports. The winner must have exhibited courage, resolve, leadership and citizenship.
Byrsen Daughton, of Lyons, was honored at a lunch with Denver Post personnel, his family, school personnel, and Connors’s widow, Mary Kay Connor-Spieler. Brysen overcome a severe injury to his kidney in October, 2008, when his team won a football game 14 to 13 on the road against Denver Lutheran to virtually secure the Class 1A Metro North league football championship. He had taken a hit at his left side, which caused a lot of concern by all. Daughton received a $2,000 scholarship from the Denver Post and a copy of Connor’s book of columns. Brysen will attend the University of Wyoming. He earned a varsity letter in Wrestling, Football, and Track, and was an All Conference linebacker in football in 2009 and 10, and was All Conference in wrestling in 2011
OUR CONDOLENCES: We are sad to note that the “Ruth House” at the Frisco Museum was burglarized and set fire last Sunday night, with several artifacts, jewelry, women’s clothing, and other historic articles missing. The firemen used as little water as possible to keep from damaging the artifacts, but the exterior was saved, along with many of the exhibits that include clothing and a hat collection. This is sad that someone would try to destroy the town’s history. Is the Lyons Redstone Museum secure and protected?
We never know what will come up next, but last August 17, two boys cut the heavy metal lathe on the east door of the museum and hacked off the padlock. Two girls were lookouts, when a downtown worker walking home called police. As yet, the perps haven’t been caught to reimburse the museum for the $600 loss. We are ever grateful they were unable to break in. Thanks to the Town of Lyons Insurance Company, who installed security lights on the east and north ends of the museum, that should give more protection! The museum is the area’s history, and is a repository for historic artifacts, pictures, and genealogy, and should be saved and protected at all cost.
Amy Moffit, who is a beautician in Washington, DC, flew home to attend the reunion of her class of 2001. The class met at Oskar Blues barn on Saturday evening.
Tom Sherwood (class of 1971) and wife, Connie, stopped in on Friday evening at Good Old Days on their way to a wedding in Estes Park. Donna Harkalis Johnson is gathering addresses of the class for a reunion in September.
Steve and Donna Mullen have moved to LaVeta, CO with his company Foresee Consulting business changed to
. They are planning on building a home on some acreage there. Good Luck!
FAREWELL TO MARGUERITE PEOPLES:
Age 97, owner and operator of the Lyons Café (aka the Pie Place), from 1962 to June, 2010. A lovely graveside service was held in her honor at the Lyons Cemetery on Monday morning, with great-grandsons, Sterling Bowlick on the saxaphone and Rance Clayton on the guitar playing special pieces for their great-grandmother. Granddaughter Peggy who lives in Oklahoma and was unable to attend sent a poem. Her daughter Agnes Burk read some of her clippings. Chaplain Nancy Niero of Namaste Hospice, officiated, with pallbearers: Sterling Bowlick, Derek Steakle, Andrew Sparks, Stefin Woolever, Serena Koester, and Christine Sparks. Honorary Pallbearer-Kayla Barkley. Roses from Lyons Floral Arts to family members paid tribute to Marguerite. Several friends, co-horts, and family members gave tributes to the “Grand Lady of Lyons,” who operated The Lyons Café over forty-seven years. We will all miss her.
ARLYCE (ELIASON) LAFOLLETTE passed away on Sunday, she was a l963 graduate of Lyons High School, married Marion (Chalk) Lafollette, and have three children: Rebekah, class of 1983; Allen, class of 1985; and Joe, class of 1990. She courageously fought MS since a young age, with the help of her dedicated family. She was always willing to help where she could, donating live plants to the Lyons Historical Society, the Golden Gang, and other groups for fundraisers. We pay tribute to Arleigh and family for their efforts in trying to overcome the dreaded disease.
CORRECTION: Visiting the Bolkovatz family (Matt, Chastidee, sons Peyton and Evan) last week were his parents, Joel and Lillian, Bolkovatz, from Crown Point, Indiana.