This Colorado weather is very unpredictable. Last Tuesday night it was close to zero, and the next day fifty degrees. Wonderful, except we need moisture; lots of snow and rain. It is supposed to snow again next week. It will be worth it to have the water.
SCAMS: Email hacking is becoming more common and everyone should be tipped off when something sounds strange or out-of-line. They are usually asking for money, so take care! As for me, I lost my “sents,” “old-mail,” and “contacts” addresses, but I got my contacts back through “Help.” It also happened to two other folks I know the same week. Beware! DON’T SEND MONEY!
ICE SKATING IN MEADOW PARK IS GOING STRONG, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Skates are available for rent at the Parks & Rec. Department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when Town Hall is open. Call (303) 823-8250 for more information.
Family skating is Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hockey hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No hockey is allowed during family skating hours. Organized hockey is scheduled for Wednesday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. There is no charge, skate at your own risk. Check www.townoflyons.com, or call (303) 823-8250 for more information and the latest skating updates.
KIDS KAYAKING started at the Centennial Pool on Friday, January 18, and the Hunters Education Course begins February 9 through 10, in the Walt Self Senior Center basement. The fee is $10, with a minimum of fifteen participants needed to run the class. Contact (303) 823-8250.
THE LYONS CHAMBER will host the January 30 meeting, at Oskar Blues (downstairs), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. They will celebrate the Chamber’s new office space on Main Street. The Chamber has many new and exciting programs and benefits to offer. It is time to renew your dues for 2013. See you there! Register at: www.lyons-colorado.com.
BEGINNER’S CLASSES AT CROSSFIT Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Try a class FREE. Located next to Dave’s Portable Welding, George’s Towing, and WOW Signs. Visit www.crossfitstvrain.com, for more information.
FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR Wednesday, January 30 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Longmont Assn. of Realtors, 420 Kimbark St., Longmont. Speaker: Debbie Freireich, giving and answering pertinent information about “Untangling Social Security.” Sponsored by Mark Webber of Rocky Mountain Property, Inc. Space is limited, register at www.twinpeaksliving.com.
LYONS COMMUNITY OFFICER APPRECIATION OPEN HOUSE will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Lyons Town Hall (Council Chambers), to say farewell to Boulder County Sgt. Kevin Parker for his years of service to he Lyons Community, and to meet and welcome Sgt. Nick Goldberger, our new Sheriff’s Substation Supervisor. Light refreshments will be provided. The public is invited. Parker has served the Lyons area the past five years, and will be transferred to another position with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. He lives in Berthoud and has a wife and two young sons, who are especially interested in kayaking.
KEEPING BUSINESS HEALTHY will be held at the Longmont United Hospital on Saturday, February 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Assessments and tour, with presentations at 10 a.m.
TIME FOR SCFD-2013: Non-profits who are qualified by the SCFD will be attending the annual workshop at Northglenn Recreation Center on Saturday, February 2, to learn the “ins and outs” of the 2012 reports and the 2013 grants. LaVern Johnson of the Lyons Historical Society and Priscilla Cohan of the Clarifier Project will be attending.
GOLDEN GANG BINGO is held on the third Saturday of each month in the Walt Self Senior Center, at 1 p.m., with eight games for $5, plus snacks and door prizes. A good time for all! See you there on Saturday, February 16.
NO HIGH STREET CONCERT IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY, due to the Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival scheduled February 15 to 17, at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza in Denver, with fifteen bands scheduled to play (Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Look online for tickets, location, lodging, schedule, artists, and vendors.
CORRECTION: The story “Some Schools Show Gains” in last Thursday’s Times-Call misstated nine schools’ performance plan level. The Department of Education uses whichever results are best; the one-year performance framework, or the three-year performance framework, to determine each schools’ plan level. Erie, Lyons, and Niwot Elementary Schools are accredited with distinction. Columbine, Mountain View, and Sanborn Elementary Schools are assigned to performance plans. Rocky Mountain Elementary is assigned to an improvement plan, and Spangler Elementary to a priority improvement plan. While Black Rock Elementary School was accredited with distinction. Congratulations to Lyons Elementary for showing such good standing.
OUR CONGRATS TO OSKAR BLUES BREWERY who reports another year of strong growth, in the tenth year of being the first craft brewer to put its beers into a can (200 others have since followed), as well as the opening of its first out-of-state brewing operation in Brevard, N. C. The company reports a 52 percent increase in sales, with an output to 85,750 barrels, a 46 percent increase over 2011. Oskars has invested more than four million dollars in its Longmont facility, including a new bottling line that can fill 300 cans per minute. Oskars employs about 250 people in all. Owner and founder Dale Katechis was recently named the Ernst & Young 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year for its Mountain Desert Region.
FEBRUARY 13, the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce social, sponsored by the Town of Lyons will be held at the Meadow Park Ice Rink from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with skating and winter fun. A chili (not chilly) bar, Oskar Blues beer, S’mores, hot chocolate and coffee. Skates will be available or bring our own. Wear warm coats, gloves, hats and socks. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Town Hall. Register at www.lyons-colorado.com, include request for skates and skate size with RSVP.
FAREWELL PAULA, “It’s been good to know you.” A party to honor Paula Randazzo, the town/school/county interventionalist was held by the The Golden Gang last Wednesday. Vance French sang several songs including the Golden Gang song he wrote. There were several tributes by members to Paula for the work and help she has done with the seniors and the Middle/Senior High School youth throughout the last five years. Paula has accepted a similar position with Boulder Valley School District.
SOLD OUT & LOTS OF FUN
Over $550, and many cans of food was donated last Saturday evening at the Motown Dance at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ Cabin to benefit the Lyons Food Pantry. Over thirty-five area families receive food from the pantry, so the money and food were more than welcome. A great time was had by all. Thanks to Anne Mannering, Cathy Rivers, Lynette DeSano, and Zack Tucker for the sound system and music, and to Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ for the space. They promise another such dance.
OUR THANKS to the Lyons Community Church for the delicious roast beef dinner last Monday evening served to members of The Golden Gang. The Catholic Community will serve the dinner next Monday at 5 p.m. All Lyons area senior citizens are invited to join the dinners, as well as The Golden Gang, which meet at the Walt Self Senior Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 11;30 a.m. The lunch meals cost $3.20 each. Good food, programs, and lots of commradarie. The seniors need small knick-knacks for their door prizes. Leave at the Senior Center.
GET WELL PRAYERS GO TO JIMMY SCOTT, the son of Alice Thomas, who suffered two strokes this past week. He is single, age 66, and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Alice and Ray Thomas, who are spending the winter in Texas, report he is in serious condition and asks for your prayers.
My youngest grandson was awarded a Leadership Scholarship from the Air Force ROTC program at Duke University on Monday, which includes tuition at Duke for all four years. The award is based on his Detachment Commander’s decision. Randall, a freshman at Duke, joins twenty other boys at bivouacs every morning at 5:30 a.m., besides his load of studies. Best wishes to Randall and all other students who manage to make good in such intense competition. We are proud of your accomplishments!
LYONS VISITORS recently were Jim Clark Newman and his son, Clark, from Denver. Clark, the husband of Helen Jamison, visits Lyons and the cemetery regularly to honor his wife, who passed away in 1995. Helen, the daughter of Anne Wilcox and John Jamison, grew up in Lyons. Her mother, Anne, was one of the first teachers in the Lyons school (shown in a picture at the museum when the 1881 schoolhouse was only one room).
The Weaver book, “Double Gateway to the Rockies,” states (Page 183) “In the fall of 1900 the crowded condition of the school drew the attention of Mr. Knight, editor of the Lyons Recorder. In the first three grades there were 96 scholars for the new teacher, Miss Anne B. Wilcox, and in the upper grades there were 52 scholars for the new principal, S. W. Shenefield. To relieve crowding, a room was set up in the Mountain View Hotel on 4th and Seward, for the 2nd and 3rd graders, with a new teacher, Miss Tillie Anderson (this building was moved to main street in two sections, and is now Ferg’s Inn). In 190l, the regular school election was held and a vote on the school tax with a 15 mill levy passed”
The grandfather, Alfred, came from McPherson, Kansas to operate a sawmill in Left Hand Canyon. In 1876 he married Catherine Hedges and they moved to Lyons about 1890 where he worked as a stonecutter in the quarries. His brother, Tom, and half-brother leased a quarry in 1894. They built a home on Old Apple Valley Road on 14 acres with many apple trees. Alfred died of stonecutters consumption. His wife died in 1930 and both are buried in the Lyons Cemetery.
Their children were: John, Ralph, Grace, Frank, Percy, Mary, Sara, William/Fred, and Katherine. Three of the children died in July of 1890 of diphtheria: Frank, age 7, died on July 10; Mary. age 5, died on July 15, and Ralph, age 11, died on July 22; Grace married David Simeon Rich, a bookkeeper at Murphy’s Quarries and a town trustee. Sarah married John Plowman Cheney, who worked for the railroad. William/Fred, born in 1890, died of a self-inflicted gun shot on July 26, 1913 at the age of 23. He had lost a leg from an injury when he was 13. Katherine married Lon Parker, who worked for the telephone company in Boulder.
John was born in 1877 and came to Lyons with his family in 1890. He learned telegraphy at the Lyons Depot and worked for the railroad forty-seven years. He married Anne Bassett Wilcox in 1902, a teacher at the Lyons school. They had one daughter, Helen Roberta (1919-1996) who married Jim Clark Newman. Jamison retired from the railroad in Lafayette, April, 1947, and moved to the family home on Old Apple Valley Road, where Ron and Monica McGuckin now live. He was an expert at fly-fishing, drove a stage between Lyons and Estes Park, and worked at The Golden Rule Store. John died in 1962, Anna died in 1958. Their daughter, Helen, and Jim Clark Newman had thee children, John and Clark (twins) and Pam, all were school teachers. They grew up in Brighton, and Jim Clark now resides with his son Clark in Denver. His twin passed away in 1995. It was nice to have Jim Clark, now age 93, and his son Clark visit, to catch up on Lyons where his wife, Helen, and her parents and grandparents are all buried.