Another week gone by, and wasn’t that a wonderful rain. They say that Lyons had two inches. It certainly helped lessen the fire danger. Yes, fall is right around the corner. The leaves are changing and the elk are bugling. Folks are driving through town to see the fall colors. A drive through Lyons to the Rocky Mountain National Park, then back through Allenspark or down the Big Thompson Canyon is a great trip. We always wonder at the beauty of the area.
THIS FRIDAY, September 23, the Economic Development Committee will hold its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m., in the meeting room above the Barking Dog Café. Everyone is invited.
THIS FRIDAY, Sept. 23, is the Jog-A-Thon at the Lyons Elementary School. It’s their biggest fundraiser ($15,000 to $20,000) of the year, held at the Lyons Elementary School. Call the school office (303) 823-6915 if you have not been contacted to pledge. Let’s help the Lyons Elementary raise needed funds for supplies, trips, assemblies, etc.
ROCK ‘N RIVER presents the 2nd Annual Winefest at Ciatano Winery, this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Music by “Back to the Woods,” food provided by Seb’s Woodfire Pizza, and art by local artists. Admission is free, wine tastings, $5 for 5 varietals.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB BENEFIT
Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., in the Oskar Blues Barn in Lyons. Twelve dollars gets you all-you-can-eat BBQ, pizza, and other goodies, plus lots of fun conversations with nice bike people. This is a benefit to raise funds for our mountain bike racing team. All proceeds go to the team. What else? Clean out the garage of your old mountain bike gear. Anything is welcome: bikes (suitable for a teen to race on; doesn’t need to be fancy but not falling apart) tools, pumps, wheels, tires, parts, clothing, sunglasses, gloves, helmets, etc. Any donation is appreciated! Everyone invited to help this Bike Team! Please RSVP if you know ahead of time if you will be attending. Patrick Bacalis (303) 775-7869.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will close on Sunday, Oct. 2 for the season, being open since the first of June. They have had many an exciting visitors. We invite folks to stop by in the next two weeks to partake of Lyons’ history or buy one of the books on Lyons and the area.
The Stereo View pictures will be moved upstairs so come view them now. The display consists of 20 pictures of Lyons 1900’s; as well as the D. W. King bird collection (new displays) Folks are invited to watch the Video Interviews of any of the 70 Lyons pioneers that have been taken, available at the Museum.
Thanks to all who donated to these causes – enabling the Museum to purchase the stereo views, and to save D.W.’s bird collection (a job well done, and a Big Thank You!)
Stop by in September. The Museum will open June 2, 2012 for the summer season.
Fall is the time when adults can get out to enjoy the amenities of the area, thus the museum, the town’s 1881 school building, saved from the wrecker’s ball in 1977. Visitors from near and far have stopped by. This week the daughter of Lake Dobbins, of Thornton visited. Lake was a member of the Class of 1971, and lives in Broomfield. His daughter was anxious to see her dad’s class picture of 40 years ago. Also, the son of Lu Spieres, from Longmont stepped in. He was interested in Lu’s file while she served as the Lyons Community School director in the 1980’s.
Also visiting, a group from the Alexander Montgomery family, cousins of Lynda (Mrs. Tim Kelling), as well as cousins of the Donald Montgomery family (live east of the Longmont water tank on the Centennial Farm.)
Alexander Montgomery was one of the five Montgomery brothers who came to the area in 1870s, At one time the County was known as Montgomery County. In the 1870s, he married Emma Ferguson and moved to Lyons.
The couple had seven children, one of which was Susan Savannah, Lynda’s grandmother. Susan clerked at The Golden Rule Store and attended beauty school in Lincoln, NE. She first married Wm Murray and later Harry Brown. Their children were Myrtle (who married Robert Scanlon), Imogene Dick (Lynda’s mother) and Mary Jane Krout. Their lovely and historic home on Stickney burned in 1988, due to an electrical fire. The Bill Steele family lives there now. The cousins from Denver and Grand Lake and Lynda’s sister, Lori and husband Jerry, from Longmont, enjoyed finding pictures and articles about their family, as well as buying the Frank Weaver books. They vowed to return to do more research..
PREP ATHLETE OF THE WEEK is Nola Basey, Lyons Junior. She averaged 17.3 kills and eight blocks for the week. Her best performance came against Resurrection Christian when she registered 19 kills, 15 blocks, and four aces. Basey recently competed in a doubles volleyball tournament in Aspen, playing in the women’s bracket with her mom and playing mixed doubles with her dad, which helped her get ready for the season.
THANKS TO THE LYONS COMMUNITY CHURCH members who served the Lyons Senior Citizens a great dinner on Monday evening at the Walt Self Senior Center. Much appreciated by over twenty-five senior citizens. The dinners for all seniors will be served by a Lyons Church every other Monday at 5 p.m. Call (303) 823-6386 to make reservations.
THE LYONS GOLDEN GANG thanks all who have attended their monthly breakfasts, and report they will be holding a Mexican dinner fundraiser in October. Watch for the announcement.
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their September social last Wednesday evening at the Oddfellows Hall, with sponsors: Lyons Physical Therapy, JJ Booksh-Asnicar, CMT, Lyons Chiropractic Clinic, Lyons Dental, Milestone Family Medicine, Performance Sports Massage, Pilates of Lyons, St. Vrain Pharmacy, and Wink Optical. The Chamber directories are out, and are great. They will be distributed to various Chambers of Commerce, Visitors’ Centers, Lyons businesses, etc. to get the “word” out about Lyons, Colorado, the Gateway to the Rockies. Thanks, Chamber
The Next Chamber Social will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at Stone Mountain Lodge, with co-hosts, Oskar Blues, the Lyons Historical Society/Lyons Redstone Museum, and the Lyons Community Foundation. Held From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All Chamber members are invited to attend.
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION ANNOUNCE the Men’s Thursday night Basketball League from 8:30 to 10 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym, and invite all to participate. Seasonal and drop in rates are available. The League runs on Thursdays through May 17, 2012. No use dates are 9/29, 11/3, 11/24, 12/22, and 12/29. Cost is $70 for the season or $5 per night. Just show up on Thursdays and play.
THE DEVIL DASH 5K will storm Lyons on Oct. 8, with runners navigating a muddy course of pits, nets, rivers, and even fire; all themed after the seven deadly sins.
Devil and angel-costumed runners will climb through 14 man-made and natural obstacles in a sloppy scamper up sodden trails. Sloppy soldiers of Lyons’ Devil Dash can celebrate with live music, food and beer in the Garden of Eden (Bohn Park) and rest well, knowing the event is a zero-waste shindig, with all refuse recycled or composted. Register at: devildash.com. Local civic and sports organizations can raise up to $1000 as a fundraiser for helping. Visit www,/devil/dash,com or www,facebook,com\DevilDash for more information.
A SHELTER HAS BEEN BUILT AT THE DIRT JUMP BIKE PARK to provide shade and a place to picnic. Associated landscaping will be completed soon. Thanks to Parks & Rec. Department.
THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. The entire community is invited to participate in the parade, to be followed by trick or treating at the town businesses, and the first community dance at the Oddfellows Hall. See you there!
RTD ADDS MIDDAY ROUTES to and from Boulder/Lyons: Riders may catch the bus at the Lyons Park and Ride (4th Avenue and Broadway) to go into Boulder at: 5:45 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 11:42 a.m., 1:02 p.m., and 4:47 p.m. The return buses to Lyons from Boulder Transit Center (14th and Walnut) leave at: 7:32 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:25 p.m., and 6:39 p.m. The last ride arrives in Lyons 7:35 p.m. and deadheads back to Boulder Transit Center. Use your Town of Lyons Eco Pass and ride for free!
LYONS WEB SITE is www.townoflyons.com. An exciting site about our town.
107TH ANNUAL POTLUCK AND MEETING of the St.Vrain Pioneer Association will be held this Sunday, September 25, at the Hygiene Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Registration is at 1 p.m., followed by dinner, and a program about Boulder County Pioneer Women. All members of pioneer families who came to the area before 1880 are invited to attend.
ALLENSPARK HISTORY TOUR will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, by Edie DeWeese. Come and enjoy a tour of Allenspark, a quaint mountain town established in 1897 along the scenic Peak-to-Peak Highway. Meet at the Estes Park Museum at 10 a.m., and return by early afternoon. The cost is $15 for Estes Park Museum members and $20 for non-members. Call (970) 577-3761.
LYONS ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL reports a lot of action among the over 70 Lyons artists, in sponsoring the Fall Art Show at the Lyons Town Hall last Saturday evening, as well as the Plein Air art show held last Saturday at the Lyons Farmette.
At the Monday BOT meeting, the Board formed a special “Cultural” section in their budget. The LAHC are raising funds to get more sculptures on Main Street, have more art shows, theatre, etc. Things are happening with the LAHC. Town Board member Sandy Banta is the liaison.
THE LYONS GOLDEN GANG meets at noon for a meal on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; cost is $2.75. All seniors are invited to join in by calling (303) 823-6386. This Friday they will enjoy “Jokes and Songs” by Don Hunt, and next Friday, September 30, will be “Songs on Keyboard” by Donna Cole. Bingo is held every Tuesday. Knick-knacks are needed for bingo prizes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COCO GORDON
Coco hosted her 73rd birthday party at her home last Friday evening, where she enjoyed snacks, gifts, a birthday cake. Several friends, one from New York City, came to celebrate. Coco lives on 5th Avenue and enjoys being in the heart of activities, close to the store, the library, and town hall. She is an officer of the National Sustainability Committee and member of the Lyons Sustainable Commission. Coming from the heart of New York City, she has her home filled with her mom’s antiques, and is enjoying life to the fullest. She left Saturday for San Diego, to visit her 99 year old mother, who is doing well. Best Wishes, Coco.
Cindy (Platz) Montgomery announces the engagement of her daughter, Katie, to Jake Becker, who is originally from Wisconsin, but grew up in Longmont, attended school in Lyons since elementary, and graduated in the same class as Katie, in 2006.
The couple both attended Western State on track scholarships, but Jake only stayed one year and then joined the Navy, He is stationed at Camp Pendleton and is a corpsman. Jake is due to go out on a MEU, which is on a ship with Marines, this November and will be gone six months. Katie works at a bank in San Clemente.
Wedding plans are for next summer at the River Church in Lyons. Her brothers are Scott, who graduated last December from Pima as an x-ray technician and is working at Swedish Hospital in Denver, and Brent, who is a truck truck driver and has a daughter, Emily Rae, who is 15 months old. He is engaged to Kelly Siemsen,
John and Sue Ann Frysig of Lyons are the grandparents. Our congratulations!
We express our sympathy to the family of James Paul Vantine, Jr., age 48, who passed away suddenly at his home on September 12. He was born October 28, 1963 to James Paul Vantine and Barbara Polomski on a U. S. Navel Base in Newfoundland, Canada. He was raised both in Jewett City, CT and Lyons, and graduated from Griswold High School in Connecticut. He permanently relocated to Lyons in 1993, and has been a steady employee of Boone’s Excavating Co. Tony Hammans, a co-worker, gave the eulogy, and other friends and family members related their many memories. Jim is survived by his parents in Connecticut, his two children Kimberly (Jonathan) Trinidad of Longmont, and James Paul Vantine III, of Arlington, VA; three siblings, Kathleen Scott, Gregory Vantine, and Jeffery Vantine all of Connecticut, several aunts and uncles: Barbara (Larry) Webster; Bill (Lola-deceased) Boone, Margaret (Don) Mercer all of Lyons, many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Colorado and Connecticut. Cremation was entrusted to Howe Mortuary. The services were held at The River Church in Lyons, on Saturday morning. We express our sympathy.