WOE IS ME! My e-mail was hacked today at 7:51 a.m., saying I was in the Philippines and need money! I do have a lot of e-mail addresses and have heard from folks from near and far: even from Austin, Texas; Florida from the American Square Dance Magazine; from the Combined Insurance; from Art Shupe, class of 1937, in Yuma, Arizona; Donald Lyon, the grandson of E. S. Lyon, the founder of our town; from California; etc. all calling to see if I was
okay, and wondering if I was really in the Philippines. I SURELY HOPE NO ONE SENT THESE SCAMMERS ANY MONEY TO GET ME HOME! However, I was glad I was home to answer the many phone calls. I think I have an anti-virus on my computer, but it didn’t work.
They have been announcing such scams in AARP Senior Magazine, trying to tip people off. The worst scam is through the phone when some grandson calls their grandmother that they need money. So watch out! Thanks to all for your calls and concern, I am O.K. DON’T LET THE SCAMMERS WIN.BYSENDING THEM MONEY!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. Well, we made it through Christmas Eve with three services in Town; I tried to make all three, but was hampered by the snow and not having my snow boots. Also, we made it through the New Year, with lots of parties scheduled, but the cold and ice hampered some folks and they stayed home. In the meantime, I was Mayor, with Mayor Julie and Mayor Pro Tem Kirk out of town, but nothing drastic happened to our town of Lyons, Colorado.
Thanks to all that helped make the Christmas a joyous season; those who decorated their homes and the town, held the Christmas Bazaar, and for their donations to the Lyons Historical Society and The Golden Gang, for the wonderful Christmas Parade, the cocoa and snacks, the town’s evening to recognize their volunteers, the Christmas Band and Choir Concerts, the food baskets, etc. I read where the Christmas lights started in 1914 when Mr. Sturgeon’s son was sick and dad put lights on a tree outside. The Civic Center was first decorated in 1919. Thanks to Sturgeon Electric, a well-known electric company.
SO NOW, WE CARRY ON FOR 2013. Let’s hope it will be a good year, bringing us all peace, jobs, happiness, good health, and, of course, a loooooooooonnnnnnnnnng life!
You are invited to the BRONCOS PEP RALLEY this Friday, January 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., to cheer the Broncos on at Sports Authority Field. Join the crowd to cheer the Broncos on for a win! Of course, wear your orange! Against the Baltimore Ravens. Yea Broncos!
According to the TV, it was January 4, 1992 when the Broncos beat the Houston Oilers, 24-23 in the Super Bowl. Dave Treadwell missed one extra point, but was able to try again with 20 seconds left, and the 28 yard field goal, was good! We well remember the excitement during Bronco Playoffs and Super Bowl games during the era of John Elway. We all dressed in orange and had a parade. Ruth Roach was the fanatic. What fun, and we won two super bowls, and lost three others by a long way; embarrassing. Wow, Yea Broncos! Editors note: Ms. LaVern’s memory of these glorious moments in Bronco history may have slightly faded or been distorted by the passage of time. The Broncos couldn’t have played the Oilers in the Super Bowl since they are both in the AFC. The point is, she is a good Bronco fan. Go Broncos! Go LaVern!
A letter from Northern California states, ”My partner and I recently spent five days in Estes Park attending a wedding. We have traveled a great deal, but rarely have we met such spirited, gracious, and friendly people. The adventurous spirit of the people of Estes Park, Lyons, and Nederland is superb! The scenery was beautiful, but what really made the trip were the people, their smiles, their friendly attitude, and a profoundly warm attitude of sharing. We thank you. John and Janet.” (Yes, keep smiling. You can see, it is appreciated!)
THANKS to all who have sent matching funds for the Museum Restoration project. We are now down to sending the deliverable required for the grant and when approved it will go out to bid; then the work should be done this summer. Of course, we are still accepting matching funds and will have garage sales in the spring, etc. So if you have a few extra scheckles, send them to Lyons Historical Society - Matching Funds, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. Thanks to all!
LYONS ECOLOGY BOARD is sponsoring a full-length documentary film about the environmentalist Aldo Leopold, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement, this Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m., at the Lyons Farmette, 4115 Ute Highway. Plan to attend. See you there.
THIS SATURDAY is the High Street Concert, at 8 p.m., at Rogers Hall. An acoustic evening with Grant Farm and Bonnie and the Clydes. Get your ticket from www.HighStreetConcerts.com, for $16, or call (303) 823-6433 for more information.
GOLDEN GANG BINGO is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, at 1 p.m., in the basement of the Walt Self Senior Center. The cost is $5 for eight games. A winner every time. Plan to attend. Lots of fun!
THE LYONS FOOD BANK is sponsoring a 60s Soul dance benefit on Saturday, January 19, titled “Motown and More, 60s Soul Music Community Dance. “It’s a benefit for the Lyons Community Food Bank on Saturday, January 19, 7 to 10 p.m., in Smoking’ Dave’s log cabin, 228 Main Street. Admission: $5 suggested and an item for the food pantry* (all proceeds go to the Pantry) Tickets available at Lyons ReRuns or at the door. (Space is limited.). All ages welcome. For more info, call Annie Mannering at (303) 823-6168. Thanks to our sponsor, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ (15% off drinks, dinner at Dave’s for dance attendees), and to Zach Tucker, Red Wolf Sound. See you there!
*Pantry items needed: Cereal, canned beans (pinto, refried, black, baked, etc.), baking mixes (Bisques type, pancake, cornbread), honey, peanut butter, low sodium/low fat soups, vegetarian/vegan items, gluten free items, personal hygiene items (shampoo/conditioner, razors, lotion, soap, toilet paper), household cleaning products (dish soap, cleansers, sponges), laundry products.
JANUARY 25, 7:15 p.m. Heroes Behind The Badge Program, a documentary film recounting the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Held at Life Bridge Church, 10345 Ute Highway, Longmont. Tickets $15 online-http://coput.org/HBTB_L, or $20 at the door. All invited to attend.
LYONS COMMUNITY DANCE last Saturday had over 100 dancers, the biggest crowd ever. Since Oskar Blues Barn is going to be changed into a distillery, the dance is moving to Smokin’ Dave’s Barn, on Saturday, February. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Plan to attend.
LYONS M/SRHIGH SCHOOL NEWS
LYONS BASKETBALL: Friday, January 11, vs, Front Range Christian, Boys away at 4, 5:15, 6:30 p.m., Girls at home. Next Tuesday, January 15, vs. Highland, Boys home, Girls away. Next Friday, January 17, vs. Frontier Academy, Boys away, Girls home.
LYONS HIGH WRESTLING: This Thursday, January 10, vs. Estes Park at home at 6:30 p.m.; Friday January 11, at Valley, Saturday, January 12, the Boulder Invitational at Niwot 9 a.m.
SPORTS: Kudos to twins Will and Jon Hickman on the Lyons wrestling squad, who were featured in the Times Call last week. Lyons finished 12th out of 21 teams at the Bennett invite last weekend. Will Hickman, led the Lions (6th at 106) , and Jon (4th at 170) and David Plute (3rd at 285) Our congratulations.
Winter sports are starting: To get their scores go to BoCoPreps.com, which serves all prep sports in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Finn of Lyons High School who was named Student of the Month for December by the Twin Peaks Rotary Club. And kudos to Kyle Miller, Lyons Public Works Director for being featured in the Times Call in “Making our Community Work, 365 days a year.” Formerly a sheriff’s deputy, he is doing a great job here in Lyons! Congratulations Kyle!
FEATURED in Outstanding Events in 2012 by the Longmont Times Call is: “Running Roberts Stars at Lyons, stating: “Lyons freshman phenomenon Paul Roberts burst onto the prep cross country scene with a state title and quickly established himself as one of the state’s top distance runners regardless of classification. How many titles will he win during track season in the spring and what records might fall as his promising career continues to unfold?”
BEAUTIFUL LYONS AREA/COLORADO SCENES are found on Veronika Gaia’s website: http://www.peacemakersart.com. Veronika is from Connecticut and really appreciates our beautiful Colorado scenery. Check them out. Breathtaking!
YOUR 2013 ECO-PASS can be applied for at Lyons Town Hall, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bring along a photo ID and a copy of a current utility bill. A free pass on the RTD is valuable.
CHRISTMAS VISITORS have been here for the holidays and gone back to work or school. My grandkids, Randall, came from Duke at Durham, South Carolina, and Audrey from University of San Diego. Meredith Wicks from Washington, D.C., Anna Little from New York City, Katie from Montana, and the Percival’s grandmother from Texas, and more (give me a call 303-823-5925). We are also awaiting word of Nathan Daniels, son of David and Linda Daniels and husband of Chelsea Adams Daniels to be home from Afghanistan, and their son, Chad, is also overseas
We are saddened at the deaths of our good friends: Jane Williams, who died in a car accident, just minutes after leaving their family Christmas party, and Bobby Soenksen, our good neighbor, from up the street.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SCOTT MASON was held at the Lyons Community/Methodist Church, Tuesday at 4 p.m. Scott, a builder in Lyons for many years, was known for the beauty and intricate aspects of the homes he built with care and as a labor of love. Moving to Lyons in 1989, he built several homes on 1st Avenue, many at Lyons Park Estates, and many others around town often taking advantage of the Lyons sandstone to enhance his projects.
He had a great love for history and had worked on the renovation of the Old Burlington Hotel on Main Street.
Mason died of an aneurism while driving himself to the doctor in Boulder on Sunday. He is predeceased by his mother, Phyllis Mason, and is survived by his father Irvin Mason, friend Laurel McKown, son Wesley, brother Eric, sister Lark, and several nieces and nephews. He was a great developer for the town and was appreciated for following the town’s rules and regulation.
The memorial service, with Reverend Sam Tallent presiding, was filled with friends who were shocked at the suddenness of his death. Tallent spoke about how much he enjoyed having coffee with Scott almost daily at The Stone Cup. Tributes were given by Nick Angelo, who was Mayor and Trustee during the many years Scott was involved with the town, Janie and Zeke Little, church members who stated Scott did work at the church and donated two spiritual pictures that hang on the wall; Ms. LaVern Johnson, who vouched for his integrity and honesty with the town while a builder and developer, and gave tribute to Scott for making the town a better place to live; Mark Browning, who purchased one of the homes on 1st Avenue, stated it was made “just so;” with several friends who vouched for how likeable a person he was; the many friends of his son, Wesley, who declared his dad to be his best friend, and from his sister and nieces, and others. Yes, everyone was saddened that such a good man was taken from our midst so quickly at the age of 62 years.
He will be missed by all.