A beautiful week gone by; the weather is great, the leaves are beautiful, the tourists are flowing up to the Rocky Mountains, and Main Street is full of visitors. What more can we ask for?
DO YOU BELIEVE IT, I have been writing this column every week for The Lyons Recorder since October of 1983. Twenty-nine years! Trying to bring the goings-on of Lyons, Colorado to all. To bring the history about how things got here or didn’t to all you new folks, such as: the Lyons High School (we fought from 1948 to 1970 to get our high school, and are keeping an “eye” on them. Both our elementary and middle/high schools are accredited, and the high school is in the top 5% of the nation. Yes, it was worth it.
For Meadow Park, for Bohn Park, for the town sewer (1964), for street paving (1970), against a topless bar at what is now the River Church, for saving the Depot-Library (1973), for the saving the 1881 schoolhouse for the museum (1977), fighting against the Coffintop Dam (proposed to be 1/2 mile up the South St. Vrain, and holding 400 acre feet of water, or 38 billion gallons right above our town), fighting against 8000 homes proposed for Dowe Flats and flagpoled to Lyons, against liquor within 500 feet of the school, against marijuana, etc. Yes, this little quiet farm girl has become a crusader for Lyons. True, I have collected enemies, and antagonized a few friends along the way, but you don’t get anywhere sitting home watching TV. Such is life! Well, time to write my news for another week I hope you enjoy.
I used to give my news to reporters Fern Rigdon, wife of Mayor, Virgil. Walt Kinderman, then editor, who had run a political paper in Denver, would give Virgil and the Board a regular weekly roasting. Fern felt it was the last straw, and quit reporting the news. Therefore, I then took it on writing it and taking it up town during the wee hours (lots of skunks out at night) so I am ever grateful for the email.
The Economic Development Commission will hold their regular meeting this Friday morning above The Barking Dog Cafe.
The Lyons Parks and Recreation will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. The Parks & Rec. Commission made a presentation to the Town Board Monday evening about a River Park grant. The conceptual plan is due October 15. GOCO has set aside $18 million for river projects throughout the State. The Commission also plans to pursue funds for the purchase of the 10 acres near the dog park, revamp the tennis/basketball/pickle ball court, and pursue a grant for implementation of the Bohn Park Plan, which includes a ballfield, irrigation system, shelter, etc. The P&R have the matching funds, and want to try to obtain funds from GOCO. The board encouraged the plan, but is concerned about funds to maintain the projects once completed.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS to be celebrated by the Lyons Golden Gang are: Dora Babcock and Karen Self - Oct. 4, David Agee - Oct. 6, Kathleen Spring - Oct 9, Josie Rios - Oct. 15, Lori Matthews - Oct. 24, and Jean Mendez - Oct. 26.
A MEXICAN DINNER is scheduled by The Lyons Golden Gang for Saturday, October 15, 6 to 8 p.m. $10 for Adults, $5 for children. Mark your calendar. See you there!
THE DEVIL DASH 5K will be held this Saturday, October 8, in Bohn Park, with runners navigating mud pits, nets, rivers, and fire all themed after the seven deadly sins. Local civic and sports organizations can raise up to $1000 for volunteering to help out. Visit www/devil/dash.com, or www,facebook,com/DevilDash for more information.
BOULDER COUNTY PARKS AND OPEN SPACE conducted a prescribed burn on the Hall Ranch on October 5. The burn is approximately 66 acres in size and located near the Nelson Loop Trail. This is a management tool to reduce tree density and surface fuel loadings.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Chamber Networking Social at 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, A good way to get acquainted with area businesses.
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. Judging will take place at 4:30 p.m., 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 taste. Application forms will be available at the Stone Cup in order to enter your chili. 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, October 29, at 6 p.m. Line up on 4th Avenue and High Street. The parade, led by the Lyons High School Band, will go west on Main, and back on High, and then disperse for Trick or Treating at the Lyons businesses. Followed by
FIRST OLD TIME-COMMUNITY DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Lyons Oddfellows Hall. Caller - Chris Kermiet, Band - Lizards. PLAN TO ATTEND.
RICK HAMMANS, School Board member, gave a presentation on the need to pass Proposition 103, to give Colorado schools more funding. The cuts are fierce, and this Proposal will bolster the schools for good education. PROPOSITION 103 IS A PROPOSAL 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, for a period of five years commencing on January 1, 2012. The vote will raise $536.l million dollars for support of the State’s school.
Hammans is a Lyons graduate, retired from the State of Colorado Education Dept., and lives in the area. He is the only candidate who has opposition in the November 1 election. His opponent is Arnold Hanuman. Hammans is striving to establish stable funding and to stop the downward slide of resources, build on achievement gains at every level, and continue to close the achievement gap. SO VOTE, VOTE, FOR RICK HAMMANS ON NOV. 1.
SCHOOL PEAK PERFORMERS
Shannon Gilman and Maddie Wallace received a Times Call Peak Performance Award in Volleyball and Softball last week. Maddie doubled, tripled, and drove in four runs against Skyline, winning the game 17-1. Shannon got the most hits and kills to win the vollyball game.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is the recipient of a $3500 grant from the Colorado Questers group, to re-set the steps and sidewalks at the museum. The members will present the check this Thursday. Their Motto is, “This Place Matters.”
The Society can apply for funding to paint the steel panels on the upper-story this November. Our thanks to this ambitious group of historians.
LYONS JAZZ BAND performed at Oskar Blues Monday evening. The band also played at Band Night at Montgomery Stadium on Wednesday evening.
LYONS GARDEN CLUB
They held their Third Annual Appreciation Night last Tuesday Evening. Showing appreciation to the over 40 volunteers who have made Lyons a place of beauty. Our thanks.
THANKS RIVER CHURCH
Reverend Mickey and congregation sponsored a delicious meal for 35 seniors on Monday. This is very much appreciated by area seniors. Call (303) 823-6386 for reservations.
THE MOUNAIN BIKE RACE CLUB of 17 students and parents sponsored a delicious meal at Oskar Blues Barn last Thursday evening, raising funds to help them with expenses. The club, the only one in the St.Vrain Valley School District, bikes along trails and valleys throughout the state, having attended meets in Nathrop, Steamboat Springs, Granby, and the Black Forest area. Sounds exciting. Thanks to all!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OSKAR BLUES who won two silver and one bronze medal for their Dale’s Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last weekend.
THANKS, LYONS FARMETTE
The Lyons Farmette offered free flowers to the public on Wednesday. They are happy to share their zinnias, cosmos, delphiniums, hyssop and more with the public. Their last market of the season was also last Wednesday, providing wonderful veggies and herbs to all.
Lu Speires, now of Nathrop, Colorado, (she was Lyons‘ Elementary and Commnity School Director from 1976 to 1986), called to say “Hi” to her Lyons friends. She was glad her son Tim of Longmont had stopped by the museum. Lu started the F. LaVerne Johnson Scholarship in 1997 ($500 awarded to a Lyons High School Senior).
Another call came from Leona Dias of Denver, the granddaughter of William Hubbell, who came to Colorado in 1882 by covered wagon and settled in Lyons in 1888, where he bought an interest in the Lyons-Estes Park Stage Line, followed by his son William Henry who married Rose Funkhouser. They had three daughters, Ida Ellen, (dec’d); Leona Lillian, age 100, in March and Wanda Gauthier, age 91. The two ladies live together, and are both active. Their home in Lyons is on Evans Street, where Marguerite Peoples and family lived. They gave their history interview to Kathleen Spring last year.
Happy Birthday to granddaughter, Audrey Johnson, who turned 21 this month. She is on Semester at Sea, and was in Capetown, Africa. Her parents, Ron and Cynthia of Niwot, traveled to Capetown to help her celebrate. She is having an experience of a lifetime.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATHLEEN SPRING – lady about town, who packed up bag and baggage in 1998 and moved to Colorado from Dearborn, Michigan. She immediately became involved in Towns of Lyons and Estes Park, She is a writer, belongs to two poetry clubs, gives Rocky Mountain Retreats at her home in Pinewood Springs in the summer, is a reporter for the senior news, started Minnie’s Red Hat Club, runs the Lyons History Video Project, is the program director for the Lyons Golden Gang (lining up trips), has helped the Lyons Historical Society with computer expertise, and has been hostess at the Lyons Redstone Museum the past two summers. It is a joy to have someone come from the east to take interest in the town, helping and advertising and promoting the town of Lyons. Thanks, Kathleen.
We wish to congratulate Kate and Peter Zalzal of Lyons for a daughter, Nora Jone, born on September 3, at the Boulder Community Hospital.
Jack Evert, son of Helen (class of 1928) and W. K. Evert, recently traveled to Virginia to visit his first cousins, Michael J and David Scanlon, sons of Robert Scanlon, who send greetings to “their hometown where their roots are deep.” All are the grandsons of Michael J & Lee Scanlon, who operated the Lyons Golden Rule Store in Lyons from 1888 until his death in 194l. The store was located where the Outdoor Market is located. It burned down when Leonard Lyons, the son of Edward S. Lyons, took a lantern to the basement, as the lights had gone out due to coal oil leaking, which exploded, killing Leonard on December 5, 1905. The Scanlons’ had seven children, with several having their ashes scattered under an old pine tree on Steamboat Mountain. The Scanlon family had a large part in the settlement of Lyons: mayor, treasurer, leader of the Democratic Party, charter member of the Woodmen of the World, on the school board, and was postmaster, to name a few.
WATCH OUT FOR WILD ANIMALS
There seems to a surplus of mountain lions and bear around our area. A deer’s carcass has been carried along Lyons River Trail. Mountain lions are killing chickens, dogs, and cats in Lyons and Apple Valley. They say the critters usually keep out of sight, but it is probably good if you “keep an eye out” when you come home. Georgina (Ohline) and Keith Minto (formerly of Lyons) who now live near Carter Lake, have had several llamas and alpacas killed on their farm, and have purchased two Akbash puppies to serve as guard dogs.