This Saturday, May 29 is the day that our high school graduates have been working toward for thirteen years. Let’s hope the wind doesn’t blow on their special day. All members of the senior class have done well, ten are going to be Valedictorians, with a grade point average of 4.0 and more! We wish you all well, and hope you will report back to us now and then. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the John Johnson Field at Lyons High School. A day to honor these students with family parties, as they go out to prepare for life and to “seek their fortune.” Several of the students have been in school together since kindergarten. We do wish them well! Valedictorians are: Casey Anderson, Katharine Barnard, Julia Carroll, Sydney Drotar, Sterling Bowlick, Katie Hirschfeld, Amanda Newton, Brian Schopen, Madison Watson, Jacob Windsor. Congratulations
HONOR OUR VETERANS
Memorial Day is this Monday, with a long weekend, starting on Friday for the Lyons Town Staff – a day with no pay, but makes a four-day holiday. A day to honor our veterans who gave their lives or their time for us, so we can enjoy the freedom we have! We all know various service men and women that served our county. Let’s say a thank you.
Also, a time to remember our loved ones that have gone before. All contributed and were loved by their families, school, town, and country. We pay tribute to the Lyons pioneers who founded the town and area and helped make Lyons what it is today. Those we remember who passed away lately are: Marjorie Cinnamon, Maxine Gardner, Bob Doseoff, Mark Pederson, Sandy Burke, Coach John Johnson, Roy Ward, Shirley Simkins, Mom Styvenski, Joyce Cox, Claude West, Herbert and Wanda Carter, Tony Ballinger, Terry Trueblood, Minnie Hutchinson, Frances Brackett, are who I can remember. (call 303-823-5925 for others).
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYONS’ TRACK TEAMS, THEY DID WELL AT STATE!
Out of forty 3A teams, the boys’ relay victory sent them to 3rd place in State with 54 points, behind lst place Classical Academy with 91 and 2nd place Faith Christian with 88 points. The Lyons girls placed second in the State with 57 points, behind Classical Academy with 148. Great job, teams! The Lyons girls made some history with their 400 relay (Michelle Hickey, Jesse Montross, Amber Boyington and Rachel Hinker), who broke the Class 3A state meet record in winning their preliminary with a time of 49.90 on Friday, and placed second on Saturday at State.
On Thursday, Melissa Roberts placed fifth in the 3200 meter finals, with Jesse Montross qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles
RECENT PEAK PERFORMANCES went to Ryan Valadez who tossed a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a win over Estes Park.
VISITORS’ CENTER still needs volunteers and funds to answer inquiries of all the travelers that stop April 15 thru September 15. This helps our town economy. Call Dave 303-823-8250 to volunteer and send checks to Box 49, Lyons, CO.
While folks are advertising to get visitors, we have them, but we need someone to steer them uptown to spend their dollars. Help! More in-town tourism is expected this summer, from those taking short trips, driving instead of flying, going for the weekend, visiting local attractions, parks, trails, museums, going fishing, rafting, or hiking for the day. We invite them to stop in Lyons for the day, visit the businesses, the historic district, the museum, the parks, trails, and enjoy Lyons.
“Open your doors for the census and the census will open doors for you” says the Census Bureau, who will be sending a census taker to your home in the next few weeks, if you haven’t filled out a survey. Your participation helps the government determine how more than $400 billion per year is spent on education, transportation, and healthcare. Your count is needed, and will help Lyons in obtaining various grants, social services, county funds, school funds, etc.
June 5 and 6, the summer starts with the Lyons Studio Tour. Over forty artists will exhibit their wares at nineteen different studios, homes, and gardens, from John Loukonen’s on Highway 36, throughout the town, along Apple Valley Road, up the North St. Vrain, Eagle Canyon, and Spring Gulch.
You are invited to pick up a brochure at any Lyons business and take this tour of artworks. There are very interesting and intriguing art pieces at each stop. Go and enjoy.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will open next Saturday, June 5, for the 34th season, and be open daily thru September. The hours are: Mondays thru Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Summer extras will include a kids’ program to be held in July (through a grant from the Lyons Community foundation) as well as viewing of the history interviews on a TV at the museum (a grant from the Colorado-Wyoming Museum Association). The videos are being transferred to DVD’s through a grant from the LCF by volunteers Clark Hogue and Kenyan Waugh.
SOUNDS OF LYONS MUSIC FESTIVAL founded by Mintze Wu will present three concerts: Metamorphosis, Saturday, June 5, at 8 p.m. at Rogers Hall, The Legendary on Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m., at the Lyons Community Church, and on Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m., at the Wildflower Pavilion, presenting Passage: Finding Bach. A great weekend, see you there!
THE GOLF TOURNAMENT sponsored last Wednesday by the Lyons Community Foundation was great! With 26 golfers, enjoying the nice day, the camaraderie, and benefiting the Foundation. A Great Project.
THE HIGH SCHOOL FINE ART AND MUSIC SHOW was held Tuesday evening under direction of Dr. Karen Gregg, Director of Bands; Mrs. Brenda Kyzer, Director of Choirs, and Mrs. Stephanie Busby, Visual Arts, with the Concert Choir and Concert Band as well as the Show Choir and Jazz Band alternating various numbers. Dr Gregg played Concerto in C Major “Allegro” on the bassoon, and Mrs. Kyzer sang “Lullaby for Wyatt” for the graduating seniors (accompanied by Mr. Forsythe).
We congratulate this large group of Art, Band, and Choir students for such an enjoyable evening.
AWARDS NIGHT last Thursday gave the Lyons graduating seniors over $178,000 in scholarship funds to attend various colleges, a truly astounding amount. Over half the students received a GPA of 3.75, and a standing ovation went to retiring math teacher, Alan Pittman, who has taught the Lyons’ students for twenty-five years. Our thanks to Mr. Pittman and congratulations to all.
THE MAY HISTORY PROGRAM held Sunday afternoon at the Lyons Town Hall by the Lyons Historical Society created a lot of interest with the DVD show consisting of pictures from the book “Double Gateway to the Rockies – Lyons, Colorado-1900s” collected by Frank Weaver and compiled by Denise Berg.
“Piecing a Town Together-Families of Lyons, Colorado” was sent on Monday, via the internet, for print by Denise Berg. Consisting of 376 pages of Lyons Pioneer Families and nearly 1000 names in the index, it will be read and re-read by families young and old, and used as a reference for years. Although, some histories are missing, Mr. Weaver spent from 1976 to 1981 collecting information, LaVern spent the fall & winter getting updates, and Denise spent two winters typing and setting up the same. It will be very interesting to all.
Thanks to Denise Berg for finally getting Frank Weaver’s last two books published. He would be mighty proud that his mission was accomplished.
Weaver’s three books: “Lyons-The Quarry Town-1800’s” by Diane Benedict, “Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons, Colorado-1900’s” and “Piecing a Town Together, Families of Lyons, Colorado” each sell for $25 plus $3 each for postage. A must read, for every past and present Lyons resident. The book should be printed and available during the Lyons Good Old Days. Book signing by Denise will be held at the stage on Saturday morning, June 26, from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at the museum the rest of the day, with a dedication program held at 1 p.m., as well as declaring all Lyons pioneer families Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days, with honors and memorials included.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMIE (Siegrist) AND ERIC MAST who announce the birth of a baby boy, Owen Willis, born May 7, 7 lbs.14oz, in Englewood. Grandparents are Scott and Kathy Leiding of Lyons, Mark and Laurie Segriest of Longmont, Debbie and Eric Mast of Niwot, great grandmothers are: Sharon McConnell of Lyons, and Norma Duff of Longmont. Our Congratulations!
CONGRATULATIONS to Tara (Weir) and Derrick Davis of Greeley, for the birth of a son, Alexander Reese, born on Friday, May 21, in the Weld County Hospital in Greeley, weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz. Grandparents are Ernie and Terri Weir of Longmont, and Edie Bailiff of Denver. Great grandparents were Herbert and Linda McConnell, both deceased.He is an heir of Bernie and Irene McConnell, James A. & Bertha McConnell, and John and Catherine Reese, homesteaders of the farm (now Lyons Valley Park), in l862, where the Lyons High School is now located.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stacy (Adams) and Matt Fitzgerald of Longmont for a daughter, Quinn Christine, born on May 21 at 12:24 a.m. at 7 lbs. 13 oz, 20” long. Both parents are graduates of Lyons High. Maternal Grandparents are Gary and Christy Adams of Lyons.
CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Morton, son of James and Ifka Morton, who recently graduated from the West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, Calif. with a degree in pastoral theology in Bible. He will be working with three evangelists in Brevard, North Carolina, and will serve in Africa a few months. Daughter, Sharylen Morton who is attending Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC with classmate, Lindsay Hassberger, whose father operated the Lyons Soda Fountain last fall. Hassberger is a son-in-law of Joe Wedow, the nephew of Harry and Ema Wedow, former owners of the farm now known as Apple Valley Homestead (small world). All of them are helping James at the soda fountain.
Gary and Nell Coffey enjoyed the 50th Wedding Anniversary of his sister and her husband, Lois and Bob Dreher, last weekend in Tucson, Arizona.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ray Thomas, who celebrated his 86th birthday last week with a dinner-out with his family. Daughter, Geneva, had to have surgery on her wrist, putting in a couple of pins: a bad break, which is supposed to heal in six weeks.
We express our sympathy at the death of Chris Jenkins, 93, of Masonville, who died May 16, 2010. He was born in 19l6 in Missouri, and worked as a welder, electrician and machinist. He invented the Chris Cutter: the stone cutter all quarries use to cut the Lyons and other sandstone. He operated the Jenkins Tool Company until his death. He founded the Cee-Jay Tool Company, which he sold, and was located in Loveland.
Jenkins built the warehouse on 5th Avenue, now owned by Robb Boone, which houses several Lyons businesses, such as The Gateway Auto Repair Shop, and others.
Jenkins is survived by his daughter, Mary Ethel Birnbaum, of Overland Park, Kansas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, ex-wife and mother of his children, Ethel Jenkins, second wife, Ardis (Vantine) Jenkins, his sister Loice Tolliver, and daughter Marjorie Augustine.
A memorial service was held May 19, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Loveland. Please view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
Jenkins was honored by the Lyons Historical Society during the 2008 Lyons Good Old Days. Fourteen quarry companies were honored as Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days for contributing to the economy of Lyons and the area since the 1860s. The book “History of the Lyons Sandstone Quarries” by Al Pace was also honored, of which Jenkins had a large part in providing the information. He will be sadly missed.