HOMECOMING is this week with the Lyons football game versus Resurrection Christian. All Lyons alumni are urged to attend. A homecoming King and Queen will be crowned, and there is a Homecoming Dance. All former band members are invited to play with the Lyons band during halftime. There will be a short rehearsal at 6:15 p.m., in the Lyons Band Room to read through the music. Call (823-6311) if you want the music ahead of time or if you need an instrument. Join in the fun!
LYONS HIGH SCHOOL had its first class in 1921 and first graduating class in 1925. Before that the students went to Longmont or Boulder, or didn’t go. Most boarded with a relative to go to school. The first class consisted of four graduates: Ruth Cunningham, who married Ken Brodie, Anna Jean Gordon, who married and lived in Ft. Collins, Dorothea Scanlon, lived in Ft. Collins and later married Carl Howe, of Howe Mortuary, and Dorothea’s brother Robert. The Scanlon home on Main Street now belongs to Debi Stevenson, who gives Japanese and piano lessons.
THE HIGH SCHOOL BAND will play at Oskar Blues on Monday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. All are invited.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB BENEFIT is this Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., in the Oskar Blues Barn in Lyons. The cost is $12 for all-you-can-eat BBQ, pizza, and other goodies, plus have fun with bike people. This is a benefit to raise funds for the mountain bike racing team. All proceeds go to the team. You are invited to clean out your garage and bring any bike parts, clothing, sunglasses, gloves, helmets, etc. Any donation is appreciated. Plan to attend. Call Patrick Bacalia (303) 775-7869 for reservations.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will close for the season this Sunday, Oct. 2. You are urged to visit this week to see the Stereo View Pictures, the D. W. King display, buy a book, “Birth of a Quarry Town-Lyons, Colorado-1800’s,” “Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons, Colorado-1900’s,” or “Piecing a Town Together-The Families of Lyons, Co,” for your winter reading. Thanks to those that kept the museum open to the public daily, June through October: Terri Weir, Katie Hirschfeld, Kathleen Spring, Janet Freeman, and Wanda Janik. Thanks to the Town of Lyons grant for summer employees; Blue Mountain Foundation and the Scientific and Cultural District-SCFD for Museum operation expenses; and all others who helped with fundraisers, and to paid dues and donations to keep the museum going, and to those that donated to the Stereo Views and D. W. King Fund. All much appreciated.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, at 5 p.m., a dinner by the Catholic Community at the Walt Self Senior Center for Lyons area senior citizens. Call (303) 823-6386 to make reservation. A good deed. Thanks to the four area churches: The Catholic Community, Old Stone Church, Lyons Methodist/Community Church and The River for providing a nice dinner to Lyons Seniors every Monday. A free meal helps when you are on a limited income or have to eat alone!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Chamber Networking Social at the Stone Mountain Lodge. Co-sponsored by the Lyons Community Foundation, the Lyons Historical Society, the provisional Rotary Club of greater Lyons of Int’l District 5450, and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew.
HALLOWEEN is just around the corner with lots of excitement for all of Lyons:
THE LYONS GARDEN CLUB will host the third annual chili cook-off on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.at The Stone Cup. This is the same night as the Halloween Parade. Judging will take place at 4:30 and prizes will be awarded for 1st place in the three categories (Red, Green, and Vegetarian). Bowls of chili will be for sale, $5 per bowl and 50 cents for a sample tasting. Application forms to enter your chili will be available at The Stone Cup. Applications along with a $10 entry fee can be mailed to P.O. Box 154. All proceeds will be used for planting and landscaping for the town.
HALLOWEEN PARADE at 6 p.m., October 29, 2011. Line up on 4th Avenue and High Street. The parade, led by the Lyons High Band, will go west on Main, and back on High, and disperse for Trick or Treating at participating Lyons businesses. To be followed by: AN OLD TIME-COMMUNITY DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Lyons Oddfellows Hall. Caller - Chris Kermiet, band - The Lizards. Plan to attend.
VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 1, for school support to raise the state’s income tax from 4.63% to 5%. And the sales tax and use tax from 2.9% TO 3% for the period of 2012 through 2016 income tax years, a period of five years commencing on January 1, 2012. The vote will raise $536.l million dollars for support of the State’s schools.
LON CLARK’S E-MAIL was hacked last week, with an e-mail to all his e-mail list stating: “I am presently in Barcelona, Spain with my ill cousin, who is suffering from surgery to save her life. I am deeply sorry for not calling you before leaving, but she needed family support. I need about $3500 to make necessary arrangements and travel. I will reimburse you in my return”.
SCAM - don’t send money: Folks are being warned that these letters are scams. DON’T SEND MONEY. It is a jarring episode, and we hope folks have caught on to the scam. ANOTHER SCAM IS A PHONE CALL, which states your loved one is in the hospital. Send money.
IT IS UP TO ALL TO KEEP AN EYE OUT, AND DON’T BELIEVE THESE SCAMS!!!!
THANKS LYONS GARDEN CLUB, who held their Third Annual Appreciation evening Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Lyons Firehouse. Thanks to all these volunteers! The flowers planted and tended in Lyons are beautiful and make drivers slow down and say “Wow.” These flowers remind me of Frisco, which is graced with beautiful planters and hanging baskets. Good job, and we thank you. Donations can be sent to The Lyons Garden Club, Box 154, Lyons, CO.
THE ST. VRAIN PIONEER ASSN. held their 107th meeting and potluck last Sunday at the Hygiene Methodist Fellowship Hall. The oldest present was Maude Biederman of Hover Manor, and the youngest, Lee Ann Powell, the granddaughter of Maude (Moomaw) and Cecil Beasley. The group, which includes families who came to the St. Vrain Valley before 1880, meets once a year.
THE MOOMAW FAMILY came to the area in 1893 in a covered wagon, operated a sawmill in Allenspark for 10 years, and lived in Allenspark in the summer and at a farm north of the Montgomery School in the winter. The Moomaw children were: Mary, Emma, and Jack, who was the first park ranger of the Rocky Mountain National Park from 1920 to 1945. He was also the first climber to make an ascent of the east face of Longs Peak with his wife, Lila Weese, and friends. Owen Spencer and Louise Turner.
HURRICANE IRENE, certainly did monstrous damage to Vermont, the original home of Ray and Dora Babcock. They have received a video of the unbelievable damage. They report that the Babcock farm in Rochester, Vermont, was not damaged, but neighboring Middlebury and Montpelier were heavily damaged. They were very concerned about their daughter-in-law and grandchild, who were in South Carolina during the hurricane.
DAN BALLARD AND HIS SON DAN joined a large motorcycle ride/walk/run at Emily’s Parade on Sunday in memory of Platte Canyon High student Emily Keyes. Keyes was a Platte Canyon High School student on Sept. 27, 2006, when she and several other girls were held hostage by a lone intruder at the school. He killed himself after shooting and killing Keyes. After that tragedy, Emily’s parents, John-Michael and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, established the I Love U Guys Foundation. “I love u guys,” was the last text message Emily sent her family. The nonprofit commemorates her kindness and promotes the protection of youthful joy through education and positive action. A very heartwarming venture. Thanks to all motorcyclists who sponsored this event.
GET WELL MESSAGES go to Kanga Sapan Ripinoche. who had hip surgery last week. He is reported to be doing okay. Send cards to: Box 108, Lyons, CO.
PRAYERS ARE NEEDED FOR: Donna Major, the wife of Paul Major, and the daughter-in-law of Ruth Major of Walsenburg, formerly from Lyons. Donna is suffering from cancer with only a few months to live. Indeed, we say our prayers for Donna and family.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Lucy Perce, who died September 17 at the age of 90 at her home in the Academy in Boulder. Lucy was born in New York City to Max and Rae Kapilow and graduated from Hunter College in 1941. She worked at the War Labor Board in Washington, D.C. and New York City during the war, where she met her husband, Charles Albert Pearce. They married in 1944 and had three daughters. She was active on behalf of local schools in Baldwin, Long Island, and obtained her M.S. in Library Science from Post University. In 1977, the couple retired to a house they built on 12 beautiful acres outside Lyons, and joined their neighbors in protesting the threat of a large granite quarry which wanted to open in the area, proving the blasting would ruin their wells, and the truck traffic, which would come out of the Rock-n-River Curve on the North St. Vrain, was too dangerous. In 1997, she moved to The Academy. Lucy was a treasured mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, mentor, friend, and activist. She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her daughters and families: Peggy (Alan) Frank and Page Jones (Bob Schimke) of California, and Nina (Raymond) Davis of Lyons, Rebecca (Craig) McKinney, granddaughter, and her great grandchildren, Jamie and Susanna McKinney of Edinburgh, Scotland. A memorial reception was held on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Academy in Boulder.