A cold week gone by, with more snow to come. It will be a long winter. However, if it keeps being cold we will have ice skating in Meadow Park, we hope this weekend. We might as well look for something good out of it; we can’t control the weather. The Parks and Recreation have flooded the skating rink twice, and the five inches of water has to freeze. Get ready! The ice rink is enjoyed by
a lot of folks. Skates can be rented at Town Hall, with skating for all! There are even special times for Hockey players. Have fun!
The Lyons Chamber of Commerce says “Buy Local.” Prizes will be given at the end of the month to those who have the most receipts (not money spent), so do your shopping in Lyons. Prizes are $100 - 1st; $50 - 2nd, and $25 - for 3rd with a Chamber gift tote; with five totes given to others through a random drawing.
SANTA WILL STOP IN LYONS this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Gwynne’s Greenhouse. Give your list to Santa, and hope for the best! Gwynne’s has sustainable Christmas trees for sale ranging from 1’ to 14’. These trees are thinned from a plot of land above Jamestown, owned by Lyons residents.
The 7th Annual Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held in the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, on Saturday, December 24, at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken for Higher Ground Ministries.
For more information call The Stone Cup, (303) 823-2345.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15 - 7 p.m., Middle School Drama Performance, Cafetorium.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16 - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., MS Dance, Cafetorium.
SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE CHRISTMAS BREAK FOR 3 WEEKS! This is the last week before school is out, December 19 through Jan. 4, A time to really enjoy the holidays!
SPORTS: The boys basketball defeated Dayspring School (68-58 last Friday) and the girls also won 56-48. Tatiana Raspotnik, Lyons Senior, was listed in the Prep Roundup as scoring 14 points to lead Lyons girls to a win.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Nola Basey, Lyons Junior, who was chosen Honorable mention in BoCo Preps all-region volleyball
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 - is the date folks are to pick up the Food Baskets that they have signed up for, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Lyons Community Church. Thanks to all who provided food and funds for these food baskets, where over forty will be provided. Thanks to Sam Tallent, Higher Ground Ministries; Paula Randazzo, School/Town Interventalist; and Student Activists and all who helped bring and pack the food.
COLORADO DAY OF GIVING was December 6, where they took in $12 million for over 900 non-profit organizations throughout the State.
LET’S START LYONS’ OWN “DAY OF GIVING”
Let’s each give $25 (or more if possible) to a Lyons non-profit that you are connected with. It will help with their projects, and you will “do your good deed for the day.” The non-profits I can think of right now are: Lyons Community Foundation, Box 426; Lyons Parks & Recreation (fireworks) or name your project, Box 49; Lyons Historical Society, dba: Lyons Redstone Museum, Box 9; matching funds to finish Museum Restoration (paint upper panels and point the sandstone) Box 9; Lyons History Video Project, Box 274; Lyons Girl Scouts, Box 1719; Lyons Boy Scouts, 5363 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80503; Lyons Golden Gang, Box 1290; Student Activists, Box 590; D.W. King plaques, Box 9; Lyons Arts and Humanities Council (statues on Main Street), Box 49; and to the Lyons churches: Lyons Community, Foothills Baptist, The River Church, and Old Stone Church, for their many projects. Call (303) 823-5925 with your non-profit.
Or give to special funds to honor Gerald Mack (a bench at the Lyons Depot Library) and Wayne Werner (to enhance the Lyons Fountain in Sandstone Park) Send to Box 49, Lyons, CO.
SANTA’S LETTERS AND GIFTS FROM THE NORTH POLE
Order by December 16 to get your gifts from the North Pole by Christmas. Santa Letter Packages consist of a candy cane, North Pole Christmas mailing tube, a charming Alaska Cuddle Package, or Alaskan gifts of Chocolate, or Polar Bear Smooches. Visit their website at www.SantasLettersAndGifts.com or call toll free 1-866-244-5448. By Pam (Platz) Sattler, a former Lyons resident.
A “L-O-N-G” MEETING
Several members of Lyons Sustainability Group attended the hearing on GMO crops at the County Commissioners’ public hearing last Thursday evening in Longmont. Arriving at 4 p.m., they got to speak at 2:30 a.m., with the meeting lasting until 3:30 a.m. (Lyons folks we heard from were: Coco Gordon, Betsy Burton, and Kathy Carroll, and others). No decision was made, but hundreds spoke for and against! Organic farmers are against it, and it seems that many other farmers are for using the GMO seeds. The big question is if they should allow GMO farming on Boulder County Open Space. A decision to be made by the Boulder County Commissioners.
ACCORDING TO RTD, a bus from Lyons to Longmont has been approved to start in January. This is good news to a lot of Lyons people. Schedule to follow.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
The next Lyons Community Dance at the Lyons Oddfellows Hall at 7 p.m.
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS celebrated last week at the Lyons Golden Gang, were those of: Tom Strasshofer - Dec 1, Aggie Brown - Dec 4, Ken Baker - Dec 7, Diane Briggle - Dec. 9, Tina Wolf - Dec 16, Diane Noble - Dec 19, Ariel Flood - Dec 23, and Judy Smith - Dec 17. They celebrated with a cake and music.
THE PONY EXPRESSO-Lyons first Theater presentation last Friday and Sat., was very enjoyable, with an overflow crowd.
Joseph Lekarczyk, playing the villain, and Carmel Ross, playing Fifi Latte (his co-hort), have really missed their calling – they should be on Broadway.
All others were great and suited their parts. Kudos go to the cast: Barney Dreistadt, Lynda Gager, Randy Pollard, Julie Smith, March Marcelin, Gaelan Moore, Robbie Clayton, Eva Oakes, Simone Leonard, Sandi Engelhorn-pianist, and Claire McLean-Signs, and all others who helped received a standing ovation. We thank Georgi and Randy Pollard, who recently moved here from Greeley, for bringing theatre to Lyons. Thanks also go to Smokin’ Dave’s for the space in the quaint Log cabin; Jess Kutrumbos for the posters; Karissa Dreyer for the signs; the Community Church for rehearsal space and props; Lyons Reruns for ticket sales; Lyons Arts and Humanities Council for their support; Craig Powers and Anne O’Brien for encouragement; as well as Lyons Town Hall and Parks and Recreation Dept. Acts during intermission on Friday were by the Quarry Gals (Carmel Ross, Evelyn Leistiko, Pam Maestas, Cindy Moffitt, Marilyn Penn, and Nancy Thorwardson) and on Saturday by Zeke and Jani Little of the Blue Prairie Band.
The Theatre was truly well accepted, and we will be looking for more productions! Our thanks to all!
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at the Lionscrest was very exciting, with many young families attending to have their picture taken with Santa, and, of course, get their wishes in. Two families of four generations were there: Dawn Adele Henley, her mom Lorraine Adele Hallgring (she and her husband Joe recently moved here from Union, NJ along with Dawn’s sister Pamela), Dawn’s daughter Kimberly Adele Malito (she and her husband Jay moved to Lyons from Az. last year), and her grand daughter Lia Adele and grand son Ronin; Marilyn Swenger of Allenspark, her daughter Deborah of Henderson; her granddaughter Jessica Sullivan of Westminster and great granddaughter Lilah Cousin. Also Darlene Thompson, daughter Leona Forsberg, both of Lyons, granddaughter, Shannon, and her daughter of Mead.
THE LYONS ECONOMIC DEV. COMMITTEE held their regular meeting Friday morning with Chairman Tom Douglas presiding. Reports were given on the PCDC and ECC discussions on the Eastern Corridor, the Downtown Main Street meeting they attended in Westminster, (attended by towns from across Colorado, all trying to make an effort to enhance their towns). Discussion was held on the effort to market our town as an exciting place to visit, (what we have, what people can do and see) as well as publicizing and advertising all events by the Town, Chamber, and School.
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT will know in a day or two if they have been chosen to write for the big Go-Co grant. Lyons has been approved as o out of the 63 qualifying applications. Dave Cosgrove is eagerly awaiting the word if we are one of the chosen ones to apply for a 2.5 million River Grant. Go-Co has $18 million to award out of the $163 million in projects applied for.
The sprinkler system being installed in Bohn Park is almost completed, and will save water and time this summer. It will sprinklerthe grass and community garden, be on timers, thus a great savings.
Funds are still needed for the spectacular fireworks shown after the Christmas Parade of Lights. The fireworks cost $8500, with
$6300 taken in. Send donations to “fireworks,” Box 49, Lyons, CO. We want to make sure to have funds for the wonderful parade, Lyons Lights, and fireworks next year.
Again, our thanks to Dave and Marissa and the P&R crew, the Boulder County jail crew, Kyle Miller and crew for the Lyons Lights, to all who helped and participated in the wonderful parade, to the River Church for donating 800 cups of hot chocolate, the Community Church for the chili supper, and to all for bringing such a spectacular event to Lyons.
The decorated homes in Lyons will be judged this Wednesday. It has been noted that “there seems to be more people decorating this year!” Be sure to take a drive around town and outskirts to enjoy the lights.
THANKS AGAIN TO OSKAR BLUES for serving The Golden Gang lunch last Wednesday, and to the Montessori School students for singing Christmas carols. Thanks also to the Lyons Community Church carolers who strolled around town on Tuesday singing Christmas carols.
After seeing the Documentary at the Farmette last Wednesday on the impact plastic bags and the hundreds of plastic items have on the environment, it is mind boggling. The impact plastic has on our streams down to the ocean, we say “take your cloth bag for groceries and quit using so much plastic.” Plastic is made from an oil substance, and never decays.
The fish and birds are suffering and dying, thinking the bright specs of plastic is food, then they die. It is sad what impact the plastic era has had on our environment and wildlife.
HIGH STREET CONCERT was full and overflowing last Saturday with folks listening to KC Groves and Friends and Dave Richey & the Ruined Nation Boys. Besides such great music, they brought a big stack of food for the Lyons Food Bank, and $5 from each ticket to the Lyons Community Foundation. Special thanks to sponsors: The Stone Cup, Airshow, Steve Remmert Group, Swingfingers Recording Studios, Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, Pizza Bar 66, The Lyons Recorder, Longmont Times-Call, The Boulder Weekly, Redstone Review, KGNU, KUNC, KRFC, and Redstone Radio, as well as Crist, Goodspeed, and Planet Bluegrass.
The next concert will be held on January 14, 2012, featuring Brother Mule with Patrick Detlefs and Friends. The next concert after that is Saturday March 10, 2011 with Spring Creek and Blue Canyon Boys. Get tickets at www.highstreetconcerts.com.
GOOD NEWS OLD SQUARE DANCERS NEVER DIE..THEY JUST TWIRL AWAY
No doubt you noticed that article about Virgil Harms of Paoli being Mayor for 50 years. A town of 50 people between Holyoke and Haxtun by the Nebraska border. It states that Harms and his wife, Eloise, go many miles to a square dance, even to Mexico. Let me state they travel once or twice a summer to the Red Rock Ramblers in Lyons. He seems to be keeping Paoli in tow the past 50 years, at age 84. Happy dancing, to Virgil and Eloise!
LYONS BOYS MAKE GOOD
We hear from Jacob and Lenson Pellouchoud, Lyons graduates in 2001 and 2004. Lenson earned a degree from Brown University and is now at Stanford studying for a Degree in Material Science, and Jacob, who earned his degree from Colorado University, works at First Bank in Boulder, and is about to buy a condo. Congratulations to them.
Their mom and dad, Dorothy and James Pellouchoud, started and operate the Steamboat Mountain Foods in Lyons.
I just received an from e-mail my granddaughter, Audrey Johnson. She has arrived in Ft. Lauderdale. from her “Semester At Sea” voyage, where she toured the world in 111 days. Wow! What a great opportunity! There were 700 on the Cruise Ship, with several from the University of San Diego where she attends. We are envious, Audrey!
Ray Thomas is home from the hospital, where he is now holding his own and able to walk around. He rides a stationary bicycle many miles a day to regain strength in his legs. Send him a card to Box 434, Lyons.
Lu Spieres, former Lyons Community School director is now home from the Salida Hospital after a ruptured appendix. She is slowly improving. Send her a card: 13950 261-H, Nathrop, CO 81236.
Priscilla Cohan had her pottery for sale at the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder last weekend. She reports that sales were okay.
OBITUARY FOR ESTHER J. LEUM, 90, of Greeley, formerly of Longmont, died December 6, at North Colorado Medical Center Hospice.
Esther was born April 7, 1921 in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, the daughter of Emil John and Hilda Josephine (Rundahl) Berg. On August 22, 1945 she married Ralph Elmer Leum in Coon Valley, Wisconsin.
The couple made their home in Westby and Oak Creek, Wisconsin until moving to Colorado in 1976. The couple lived in Craig, Lyons, and Boulder, before moving to Longmont in 1984. Esther moved to Greeley in 2010.
Esther was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and with her husband was active with the Sons of Norway.
The Leum’s moved to Lyons from Craig, Colorado, to become Lyons Public Works Director in the 1970s, then worked at Lake of the Pines Water/Wastewater Department before retiring to Longmont.
With Ralph playing fiddle, banjo, hammered dulcimer and harmonica, and Esther on mandolin and autoharp, the couple played “Scandinavian and Old Time Country Western Music” with the Rocky Mountain Players for many years. They also played with the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, the Tri-City Senior Sizzlers, and the Lyons Golden Gang.
The couple also entertained at Nursing Homes and the OUR Center. Survivors include her sons Richard (Nancy) Leum, Tampa, FL; John Leum, Florence, S.C; her daughter Helen (David) Ramirez, Greeley; and many grand and great-grandchildren. Esther was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister Helen Klum.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Petersen officiating. Burial was in Westby, Wisconsin. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 15th Avenue, Longmont, CO. 80501
We pay tribute to Ralph and Esther Leum for all the years they gave to Lyons - in work, music, and volunteering.
LAURENCE ROE, Age 82,of Lyons, died Dec. 12, 2011 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at the Lyons Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.
Laurence was the son of Laurence and Clovice Miller Roe, whose family arrived in Boulder County in 1924, and moved to Lyons from Allenspark in 1950. He married Lois Snider Shaw, daughter of Iona Snider. They had three sons: Laurence, Lloyd “Gus”, and Eddie, and have seven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
MARTHA JOAN RITTER MORTON of Lyons, died at Columbine West on December 9, 2011. She was 84 years old. She was born and raised in Fort Collins, where she graduated from Ft Collins High School in 1945 and Colorado A&M in 1949. She married Ronald D. Morgon in 1983 and moved to Lyons. She traveled to every state, all of the Canadian provinces, and 63 countries. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Allnutt Drake Chapel in Fort Collins. Contributions may be given in her honor to Pathways Hospice, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Ft. Collins, CO. 80526 or visit www.allnut.com.