I HAD A GREAT BIRTHDAY, square danced the night away with Dan Nordbye, calling and Arlin Sample, cueing, with two bouquets, cards, a cake, cookies, banner, signs, and a family dinner the next day. Can’t beat that. I am ever grateful for the years, the good health, and must hang in there to get all my collections taken care of before . . . A gruesome thought to be one of the oldest in town! Wow! Thanks to all for the cards, cookies, bouquets, Letter to the Editor by Carol Devenir, etc. A great day!
CONCERT-IN-THE-PARK continues this Thursday, July 28, with David & Enion Tiller playing, in Sandstone Park, starting at 6:30 p.m. A very enjoyable time for families and friends to bring a snack, blankets, chairs, kids, and enjoy the evening. Next Thursday, August 4, will be The Jaspers.
THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST by the Lyons Golden Gang, will be held this Saturday, July 30, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center on Railroad Avenue. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids, 12 and under. Come all, and support the seniors.
THIS WEEK, July 24 through 27, is the Music Academy at Planet Bluegrass, where folks can immerse themselves in the world of bluegrass. From small classes with world-class musicians, to jamming, songwriting, etc. RockyGrass begins this Thursday, at 10 a.m., through Sunday evening. We will be a busy town. The festival is sold out! We hope these festival goers will park in Bohn Park, which is allocated for them, as a place to park all day and night, without bothering anyone. Thus leaving the parking spots in town for residents and downtown customers! They can ride the shuttle there and back. This has been an ongoing battle the past years, as many festival goers ruin folks’ weekend by squeezing in someone’s driveway and sneaking away for the weekend. At which time you could get towed. Surely, it isn’t too much to ask for them to park in Bohn Park.!
CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS LUNCH
Texas Roadhouse is inviting you and a friend to a FREE* lunch this Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Texas Roadhouse, 2351 Clover Basin Drive in Longmont.
*With a donation of school supplies for Crayons to Calculators in support of the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley.
Monetary donations to the project are also welcomed.
Please select items to donate from the list below: durable new backpack; 2” large binder; colored pencils, pkg of 8; markers, thin; markers washable; rulers; pencil box or pouch; #2 pencils, pens, pkg. of blue or black; college-ruled or wide-ruled spiral notebooks; college-ruled or wide-ruled papers; composition books; glue sticks; glue; 4oz plastic bottle; pink erasers; scissors, blunt tip; scissors, 5” or 7” pointed; highlighters; scientific calculator; watercolors, 8 color pkg; twin pocket portfolio folders.
Come join us for food, fun, and prizes! Please RSVP by July 26 to
or by calling 303-774-1491.
THE RED ROCK RAMBLERS SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE will feature caller Scott Bennett and cuer Ed Glenn. Rounds start at 7:30 p.m., and Squares are from 8 to 10:15 p.m. Out-of-state visitors last Saturday were from Cheyenne, Wyo; Mesa and Scottsdale, Az.; and Spokane, Wa.; and 15 Colorado towns who enjoyed the calling of Dan Nordbye and cueing of Arlin Sample. The Foot’n Fiddle Club of Loveland and the Ponderosa Promenaders of Livermore were the hosts.
SQUARE DANCERS will be dancing at the first ever Denver County Fair at the Stock Show Stage area this Friday, July 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the Larimer County Fair, to promote the beginer lessons that start in September.
ETHEL (DANIELS) MARSHALL, who grew up in Lyons and now lives in Fort Collins, is reported to be doing great at 100.5 years. She lives with a niece, has a caregiver, and enjoys playing Yatzee. Hi to our centurion, Ethel.
You should all visit the clarifer, and see how much progress has been made. It now has a couple of sandstone trees, lots of tile flowers that are being grouted, and they are about to start the blue sky. It is really amazing what Priscilla Cohan and Cathy Rivers and all their helpers have done to this old sewer plant. They still have a long way to go, and invite folks to stop by to help out on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. This project has been slowly progressing over the years, with students, seniors, fellow citizens, etc., all working, and it is starting to show what a great job it will be. If you wish to donate to help with expenses, send to The Clarifer, Box 636, Lyons, CO 80540
A LARGE CROWD ENJOYED THE JULY SOCIAL of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday, hosted by Betsy Burton and Mike Whipp of the Farmette and co-hosts: Birddog Press, Ali Bozeman, and Hutchinson, Black & Cook, LLC (Connie Eyster, Attorney). Gift bags filled with various coupons from area businesses were given to ten or more new residents. Welcome. The next social will be on Thursday, August 25, hosted by Dee’s Accounting and Ralston Bros. Antiques, in the back of Dee’s (the former Lyons Café) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
HELEN OF THE MONTESORRI SCHOOL reports that 30 students are enjoying the summer with painting and art classes, each morning. Thank you, Helen.
LYONS HISTORY PROGRAM is progressing this week, with those in attendance learning about Lyons pioneer families, Native American Indians, and the olden-days. Thanks to Kathleen Spring, instructor and the Lyons Community Foundation for funding same. It is great for these students to learn about the town’s history.
PLANET BLUEGRASS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, STATING
“While a number of music festivals are struggling in a down economy, Colorado has three bluegrass festivals that are selling out. And one small mountain town, Lyons, Colorado, is becoming the Nashville of the Rockies. In the 1990s, Planet Bluegrass, which produces the Telluride Festival, acquired riverside property north of Boulder in the town of Lyons. Planet Bluegrass began hosting two additional festivals there; the traditionalist Rockygrass Festival and songwriter-friendly Folks Festival. Over the years, musicians and fans have come to Lyons for the festivals, fallen in love with the place, and ended up settling there, eventually turning the town of 2,000 into a kind of roots-music artists’ colony. According to K.C.Groves (instrumentalist) who states: ‘You can find music happening in people’s living rooms almost every night of the week in Lyons.’ She has lived in Lyons for 11 years, and hosts a popular Tuesday night bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues.”
BOULDER COUNTY CELEBRATES ITS 150TH YEAR
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Boulder County, folks are invited to stop at any or all of the twenty-four museums in the County and pick up a passport guide, which describes the museums and their locations. As you visit the museums, your passport guide will be stamped, and you can enter a special raffle. If you visit five museums earn one entry; 10 to 14 stamps earn two entries, and 15 or more stamps earn three entries, All passports need to be returned by October 31.
The prize drawing will take place on November 1, the County’s Sesquicentennial Day. The Lyons Redstone Museum is part of the celebration, where the Passport Guides will be available.
We are trying to get the busy Lyons girls who are in Washington, D.C. together to talk about their old hometown. Amy Moffitt, daughter of Steve and Cindy Moffitt, works as a beauty operator; Meredith Wicks, the daughter of Madeline Wicks of Lyons Elementary School, works at the United Nations Foundation for US Congressman, Timothy Wirth; and Audrey Johnson, granddaughter of Mrs. LaVern, is working as an intern for an attorney under a University of San Diego program. Doesn’t that sound exciting to us!
AMY MOFITT has been in Maryland the past four years. She enrolled in the Graham Webb International Academy of Hair in Arlington, and graduated in June, 2008; she has a cosmetology license in Virginia, Maryland, and Colorado. She works in a salon spa in Crofton, MD, and is a certified color educator for a color company. For the past two years she has been head high school volleyball coach and has coached an 18’s club team in the winter. She states she still plays on a women’s team from September to April. She lives in Annapolis near the water, and loves it, although the summers are hot and with no blue sky, she misses the mountains. Nice to hear from you, Amy.
My great-nephew, BRAYDEN JUESCHKE is a spirited teenager, who graduated from Grand Junction High School in May. He is the son of Laura (Leiding, class of 1984) and Joseph Jueschke, the brother of Morgan, the grandson of Sharon McConnell of Lyons, and Jim Leiding of Grand Junction, and the Jueschke’s of Denver, the nephew of Scott Leiding, and the grandnephew of: Berene Sullivan, LaVern Johnson, Byron McConnell. It is wonderful what the medical field has done for heart transplant patients. We hope Brayden keeps on “keeping on” as he goes to Mesa College to study criminal justice. Good luck Brayden.
DAN BELG, class of 1970, visited classmates in Lyons last Thursday. He and his wife moved to Cheyenne about five years ago. Their daughter is overseas in the military and his sisters, Debbie and Patricia, both live near Berthoud.
OHM GALLERY exhibited a lot of great artwork and pottery by Bruce Campbell (who paints on tin and salvaged material, making large unique paintings), by Priscilla Cohan (who featured her pottery and pictures), Abby Martin Sivy (whose paintings were of torn paper painting), and the painted guitars by Kahlie Sue Pinello. All unique and interesting. Stop by during this month and see the exhibits. Thanks Jul.
MARK BROWNING of Austin, Texas, is anxiously counting the weeks for his retirement from the Justice Dept., and is really anxious to move to Lyons next August. His wife, Pam, has been here in the “cooler” weather the past month, helping the Lyons Garden Club. He and his daughter visited “cool” Lyons last weekend.
MICHAEL AUSTIN (class of 1983) now of Libertyville, IL, and manager of high-tech company, was in Lyons last week with a corps of engineers from China. They are looking into electric buses from Lyons to Boulder, as an enterprise for Lyons, and a savings to bus riders. Mike says he always liked to investigate the power of batteries; heard about the company in China, which has the support of Warren Buffett, and contacted them. Who knows it might materialize as a great enterprise for the Town. Mike, the oldest child of Loyd and Sally Austin, was always ambitious. While in high school he worked at the Lyons Redstone Museum, clipping and filing papers. He graduated from BYU, and started working in Atlanta. This might be “another Lyons boy, makes good!”
For several years, we have had a July Birthday Club and meet once a year, usually at Addie White’s home to enjoy our birthdays. They were: Icibinda Bloomfield, Golda Ohline, Beulah Sulser, Maxine Gardner, Frances Thomas, Wanda Griffith, and others, including Addie’s Prospect Street neighbors: Betty Moores, Charlie and Marjorie Cinnamon, Aleta and Noel Wood, Willard and Leonard Trevarton, and Zeb and Ica Gustin. A great time was had by all!
Last Saturday, several members of the Class of 1981 visited the museum, the new Lyons High School, partied at the quarry (their old stomping ground), and had a picnic. Dee York was in charge of arrangements. More later.
Museum visitors this year have been from near and far, relatives and friends, a lot of Lyons residents and tourists. Of interest to all is the visit of Shirley Larson Kuhlman of Denver, whose grandfather built the wood archway, the “Gateway to the Rockies” sign in 1934. Also visiting were Margot (Parsons) Scharpf of Placerville, CA, whose grandfather, Loren Jenkins owned a creamery in Lyons, and Glen and Lois Spaur, Class of 1941 to name a few. Several have come to look up their family’s genealogy, to see the stereo view pictures, and D W. King displays. Bring your visitors to visit the Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High, open daily through Sunday, Oct. 4.
MONTH OF FLOODS
We note that July 31, 1976, was the Big Thompson Flood, where nearly 200 people drowned, from a big cloudburst east of Estes Park with 11 inches of rain. We also note that July 15, 1982, was the Lawn Lake Flood above Estes Park, that broke an 800 acre foot dam, and flooded downtown Estes Park, causing the death of four campers. This was the flood that aroused the Town of Lyons, whose residents rushed down to the Lyons Town hall, and demanded that they fight the proposed Coffintop Dam, which would have been 400 feet high, holding 38 billion gallons of water, in fractured sandstone, just one-half mile above Lyons, up the South St.Vrain. Mr. LaVerne who had been elected in April to “damn the dam” made the motion, Virgil Rigdon was town Mayor, and they hired Vince Porecca, Town Planner, who with the Dam Concerned Citizens traveled to all the water meetings throughout the State of Colorado.
Finally with Dean and Elaine Readmond traveling to the American Rivers Association and visiting U.S. Congressman Timothy Wirth and U.S. Representative, David Skaggs, (through their protests), the Colorado Water and Power Authority paid for a $1,000,000 study of the St. Vrain Basin, and found Coffintop Dam to be the #10 best site, instead of #1. Thus was the beginning of the demise of the Coffintop Dam which would have been hovering over the Town of Lyons. However, the City of Longmont is still doing due diligence on the site, and the water rights, and we need to keep a close eye so it won’t rear its ugly head again. A scarey situation.
We are sorry to learn that the Ward County Museum in Minot, North Dakota, was damaged due to floodwaters, where over 4000 homes were flooded. The North Dakota State Fair had to be cancelled due to the floodwaters. Joan (Mack) Hagen states it has been a serious situation. A lot of the collections in the museum were moved to the upper story, but much of the old farm machinery was under water. The floods in that area are worse than ever.