WHAT A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! That is, all except the weather, which was c-o-l-d!
Christmas came to Lyons last weekend, first with the decorated streets and parks (extra nice this year), then the Bazaar, which was filled with loads of nice gifts, but the crowd was down due to the weather. Then the Golden Gang Craft Fair and chili lunch:
they had lots of crafts and sold out of food. The Lyons Lights Shows were spectacular. Thanks to Kyle Miller and cohorts for bringing this beautiful display of skipping lights and music to Lyons; too bad it couldn’t be left up, but the town could not afford security to guard it from vandals. The Christmas Parade was truly wonderful, with the theme “Silver Bells/Electric Lights’ beautifully displayed, with two bands (Lyons High and Fort Lupton High), lots of kids, floats, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by Christmas songs by the Lyons High Choir and Parade Awards at the Raul Vasquez Stage. Our thanks for the beautiful fireworks - breathtaking. Thanks to The River Church for providing the hot drinks. They served about 800 cups with $98 donated, as well as those who brought and purchased snacks from the Lyons Historical Society booth. The Bazaar continued on through Sunday, with the snow holding off until closing time. Yes, it was truly a great weekend, and our thanks go to Dave, Marissa, and cohorts of the Lyons Parks and Recreation; Merlyn and the library staff; sponsors of the event; Debi Stevenson who brought us a variety of Christmas music on the piano; Mr. and Mrs. Santa; The Quarry Gals, Abbie Liquori and others who sang at the bazaar; and to Geneva Thomas and her door prizes, and to all who brought food and helped to make a lovely weekend. Our thanks!
A BIG THANKS GO TO THE RIVER CHURCH for providing a nice ham dinner to 25 senior citizens Monday evening. Very delicious and much appreciated.
CONGRATULATIONS to Madison Myers and Marcos Rodriguez, who were chosen for the Town of Lyons Community Spirit Award and rode in the Lyons Christmas Parade. They were chosen for their commitment and service to their school and community; they were recognized and honored as outstanding youth in our community, standing out as leaders. Both winners were chosen because they consistently display loyalty to their school, respect to others, service to school and community, and show integrity through their daily actions. Congratulations to both!
YESTERDAY, DECEMBER 7, IS A FATEFUL DAY
Seventy years ago on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into a war that had begun in Europe in 1939. Where were you that day? I was in the eighth grade at the Lyons school where we heard President Roosevelt announce the shocking news! Many of the high school boys immediately joined the service. There was gas rationing, food stamps, shortage of everything, people moving to California to work in the war plants. There was also a war plant in Littleton, where Ardyce Brackett, Floyd Smith, and others worked, and overall patriotism to support the war, and more! A fierce war throughout the world with thousands of lives lost. The USA wasn’t paying much attention to the war in Germany with the Nazis taking over and killing the Jews by the thousands, but it was certainly brought to their attention by the Japanese. We must not get lackadaisical about happenings in other parts of the world. We don’t want it to happen again!
Kids Who Care consists of 20 students who are very involved with community service projects. They have made fleece blankets, motivational posters and cards for children with cancer, prepared and served a “Farm to Table Dinner” to over 30 elderly residents of Lyons, created a “Teacher Appeciation Day,” and prepared Thanksgiving food baskets for local families in need.
LYONS IS BEAUTIFUL!
Lyons Chamber Contest from November 25 to December 31, with prizes to those that have the most receipts ($100 - first place; $50 - second place, and $25 - third place with a Chamber Gift Tote and a Tote given to five others through a random drawing. Buy in Lyons!
THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DEC. 9 AND 10, is the Lyons Community Theater’s first production, The Pony Expresso – a melodrama at 7 p.m., at the Smokin’ Dave’s log cabin. Tickets for $6 can be purchased at ReRuns. Limited to 50 persons an evening. Get your tickets now!
ENVELOPES STILL NEEDED by Debi Stevenson at 314 Main Street, to be used in the upcoming musical, Letters to Santa, written by Debi. Presented at the Longmont Theatre, December 8-9-10 and December 16-17-18. Call (303) 772-5200 for reservations.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, AT THE LIONSCREST MANOR from 9 to 11 a.m.; Santa has agreed to make a special stop for your holiday photo. Cost is $20 per adult, $12 for children (ages 4 to 10), children 3 and under free. A 4 x 6 photo with Santa and digital file download is furnished. Hurry and make your reservations at, http://lionscrestmanor.com’show’showings.htm.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10 – CONCERT HOLIDAY BENEFIT AND FOOD DRIVE, at 7 p.m., at Rogers Hall by High Street Concerts, with KC Groves & Friends, and Dave Ritchey & The Ruined Nation Boys. Cost is $15: with $5 of each ticket going to the Lyons Community Foundation. Tickets are available at www.highstreetconcerts.com, or at The Stone Cup. Bring a canned food item for the Lyons food bank.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, Santa Claus will be at Gwynne’s Gardenshoppe from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring your wish-list and camera.
Donations are being solicited for the Lyons Fireworks and Light Show, as well as to honor Wayne Werner, our ultimate volunteer.
The fountain in Sandstone Park will be enhanced in his honor. Send to Box 49, Lyons, CO. Designate your wishes. (I am sure Wayne was lolling up in heaven watching us put on Christmas without him; keeping track at the restrooms, the parade, the fireworks, and helping us along. Yes, Wayne, we surely missed you!
MORE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Thanks to Lora Gilson, who framed a group of old-time pictures of Lyons in the olden days. A great gift. Also, a Lyons book is a great gift for Christmas: Lyons 1800s, 1900s, Lyons Pioneers, and many more! A good reminder of days gone by, to benefit the Lyons Historical Society. Call (303) 823-5925, or visit The General Store, Lyons ReRuns, or Red Canyon Art Company to purchase one.
LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION will meet on Monday, December 12, at 6 p.m.
THE LYONS ECONOMIC DEV. COMMITTEE will meet this Friday, December 9, at 8:45 a.m., in the meeting room above The Barking Dog.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ARE: Baiba Lennard, CrossFit St. Vrain, Pizza Bar 66, Lyons Dairy Bar, and Peaceful Spirit Massage.
Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m., MS & HS Choir Concert, Cafetorium.
Saturday, December 10, State Cheer Competition, 7:30 a.m., Denver Coliseum.
Monday, December 12, Open House for new 2012-13 students 6 to 7 p.m., school library.
Booster Club meeting 6 to 7 p.m., Conference Room.
Band/Choir Disney MANDATORY meeting, 7 p.m., students and parents required to attend this meeting as per Dr. Gregg.
Wednesday, December 14, Jazz Band @ Oskar Blues, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, MS drama performance, 7 p.m., Cafetorium.
Friday, December 16, MS Dance, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Cafetorium.
WINTER BREAK - Friday, December 16 through Tuesday, January 3.
To Disney World, The High School Band and Choir trip to Orlando, Florida, Thursday through Monday, January 12 to 16. What fun!
KINDNESS FOR KIDS GROUP is taking applications for families of the St. Vrain School District, who are short on funds to buy Christmas gifts and dinner. Apply at www.kindness-for-kids-org, or at Center for People with disabilities, El Comite, GENESIS Program, In Between, Safe Shelter of St. Vain Valley, and OUR Center. To donate toward this program: pick up a gift tag at the giving trees at Twin Peaks Mall and Walmart, or send money. Make checks out to Longmont Community Foundation-Kindness for Kids, 401 Main Street, Suite 102, Longmont, CO 80501, or volunteer at (303) 204-9734. Let’s help every family have a bright and merry Christmas.
LYONS BOOSTER CLUB meeting will be next Monday, December 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school office conference room. All are invited to join Booster Club and their e-mail Blaster: Go to http://lyonsboosterclub.com, and click on Contact Sheet. Pay $10 dues. Booster Club announces Gifts for Christmas: Lionswear: T-shirts - $12, Hodies - $30.
LYONS VISITORS: Barbara Marie (Sjogren) Stedman accompanied her niece to Lyons last week, touring the town. She graduated from Lyons High in 1941. She grew up in the big house in back of the Outlaw Saloon, which was all gardens and raspberries down past the Black Bear Inn. She married Aldro Stedman, also from Lyons, who was killed in the Air Force during WWII. She has a son and three grandchildren. She was looking for someone of the Swift family who may have had a picture that she drew during a Thimble Club reunion held some years ago. The Thimble Club, prominent in 1957, included a group of ladies from the Neighbors of Woodcraft If anyone knows of such a picture (with Marie or Barbara written on the back of it), give us a call (303) 823-5925.
LOU SPIERES is out of the Salida Hospital and is now in Columbine Manor recuperating from a ruptured appendix, where she will probably stay until Christmas. The telephone at Columbine Manor is (710) 539-6112, and the address is 13950 CR 261-H, Nathrop, CO 81236. Get well, Lou!
Elaine Enarson of Pinewood Springs stopped by the Historical Society Booth, stating that her family, Harold and Audrey Anderson, have owned and treasured the 90-acres with cabin ; the “Rowley” place, up the South St. Vrain for many years. The Rowley Cemetery is there. She wants to get in touch with some of the Rowleys (303) 823-5925.
Madison Watson, daughter of Jacque and Peter Watson, has been accepted to the Daniels Business School at DU, where she will start in January. Madison was one of Lyons 2009 Valedictorians, and is a Sophonore at DU. We will be hearing great things about Madison. Congratulations!
BIRTH: Karen Palmer and Abe Keo announce the birth of a baby boy, Karsel James, on October 16, weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz. Grandparents are Brad and Karen Palmer of Lyons. Pharal and John Sorenson, and Long Keo of Longmont. The family lives in Longmont. Our congratulations!
COLEEN SHELINE: A lovely memorial celebration of life was held for Coleen (Drage/Ewy) Sheline Friday at Howe Mortuary. Tributes were given by her children: Leonard, Don, and Leslie, who told of their life in Allenspark (they were poor but didn’t know it), and of all the fun they had hiking, biking, exploring the mines, fishing, hunting, square dancing, helping their folks on the mail route, and more. Penny Robb flew in from San Diego, Vicky Robb and David Carter came from Denver. Sharings were held with stories of Coleen’s days at school, her grandparents having The Parks Café, her parents being the Postmasters in the old building that burned down in 1964, the mail route, her job at the CU School of Music, her volunteering at the Longmont Symphony, her appreciation party, and more! God bless them all!
LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOOR PRIZE WINNERS AT THE BAZAAR
Chuck Keim, Sandra Cottrell, Linda Saccoman, Sharon McConnell, Chelsey Miller, Automax, J. Jackson, P. Berg, Jared, Sandra Walker, Morry Stevens, G. Elizans, Susie Vitale, Mary Smith, Brad Palmer, Amanda Fox, Linda Goranson, D. Ciul, G. Moore, Wm Dickinson, Mary Simms, Becky Nikkle, Olivi Stratton, Peter Watson, Morin Stott, Sue Sprague, S. Hart, Amie Olson, City Chicks, Hazlett, and S. Bussard. Call (303) 823-5925 if you can pick them up. Thanks to all!
Thanks to our saleslady - Geneva!