Two snow storms in one week! The first was nice and wet and melted right away and now it is snowing again.
Good for the country. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! We certainly enjoy Daylight Savings Time, giving us longer evenings.
This weekend is the “wearin’ of the green” in honor of all descendants of Ireland. In the early 1800s, many of those who were jailed in Ireland would be sent to Australia. Many Irish came to the United States to escape the yoke of British tyranny, thus we honor them for their perseverance. Most of us have some Irish blood “by golly!” Wear green and celebrate!
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, at 1 p.m., it’s Golden Gang Bingo at the Walt Self Senior Center. Eight games for five dollars. A winner each time. A great time. Plan to attend.
SENIOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES are this Friday. If your birthday is in March, come, eat with the seniors (make reservation at 823-6177). All residents with a 80540 zip code received a fundraiser envelope from the Lyons Golden Gang. Donate to this cause. You will, we hope, be a senior yourself one of these days.
ART SHOW at The Corner Studio (318 Main Street) was postponed until this Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 9 p.m., with Mixed Media by Millicent Kang. Plan to attend.
HIGH STREET CONCERT this Saturday. Bluegrass music that we love is this Saturday night, featuring two young, energetic, and immensely talented quartets! Taarka and New Time Ensemble will be at Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $17 day of show.
SUN., MARCH 17, St. Patrick’s Day; Beth Gadbaw (vocals/drum), Margot Kimmel (harp/vocals), MinTze Wu (fiddle), and Annie Sirotnak (guitar) will be playing traditional Irish music with songs, jigs, and reels, 6 to 9 p.m. at Oskar Blues.
The Lyons Boys Basketball team defeated Union Colony (60-55) and Alexander Dawson (50-34), and placed 5th, but lost to Peyton (53-38) in District Playoffs. Our compliments to the Lions teams who brought good play and excitement to the Lyons fans.
SPRING SPORTS (Baseball and Track) began this Monday, March 11, in spite of the snow. Middle School Track is Monday through Thursday, with coaches Mr. Cande Garcia and Ms. Megan Roberts. The Lyons Relays (weather permitting) with Erie, Broomfield JV, Niwot JV, Strasburg, Skyline JV, Longmont JV, and Lyons is scheduled to be held this Thursday, March 14, at 3 p.m.
NOMINATE YOUR BEST TEACHER
Teacher award nominations are due March 15. The Encore Award program is designed to recognize outstanding educators throughout the District at every school, and at every grade level. Go to website (http://www.efsvv.org) to make your nomination, or pick up a form at the Lyons MS/Sr High School.
LYONS DAIRY BAR will hold a staff training and community feeding on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All food and ice cream for half the price!
COOKING CLASSES, ages 8+, start this Thursday, March 20 - gluten free baking; March 27 - dairy free desserts; April 3 - Mama Ps Italian comfort food. All classes held at Walt Self Senior Center, 6 to 7 p.m., with Linda Pecone.
CASINO TRIP to Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk on Thursday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Free bus ride. There are now thirty reservations made, with room for more. Call (303) 823-8250.
MARK YOUR CALENDER
SAT, APRIL 6, at 7 p.m., Lyons Community Dance at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ Barn with caller Chris Kermit, and live music. The dances on May 5, and June 2, depend on your attendance to pay the bills! Lots of fun; bring your friends and family.
SUN., MAY 5, 105th anniversary of the Lyons Methodist/Community Church.
SUN., MAY 12, Mother’s Day, plan to take your Mom out to lunch. The Lyons Historical Society is sponsoring a buffet lunch at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ Barn, 2 p.m., with presentation of Helen Hunt Jackson by Bonnie Rose Kohl (Lyons former English teacher) with silent auction. Cost $15 per person. Limited seating. Fundraiser for Museum Matching Fund. Tickets will be sold at Re-Runs or send check to: Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO to make reservations.
40TH ANNIVERSARY, Friday, March 8, was the 40th anniversary of a monumental engineering feat that changed the face of Colorado, when the westbound bore of the Eisenhower Tunnel was dedicated and opened. The tunnel is the highest vehicle tunnel in the world, 11,155 feet, which helped speed travel between the Front Range and the Western Slope, eliminating the nine and a half mile drive over Loveland Pass. More than one million vehicles passed through the first five months. Since then, more than 310 million vehicles have traveled through the westbound road.
PHOTOGRAPHY ART SHOW last Saturday was well attended, featuring Ed Bruder’s award winning photographs, and several other exhibits, with very informative films, sponsored by the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission. A great show. Our thanks.
THANKS to Oskar Blues for a pizza lunch to the seniors last Wednesday, and to the Lyons Community Church dinner to be held at 5:30 p.m., this Monday, March 18. Mmmmmmmmm.
B I N G O!
A very exciting evening of Bingo was held last Friday at the Lyons Elementary School, with free games and hot dogs, and paying for raffle tickets for the enormous and filled baskets made by each class. There was also face painting, and yummy bingo prizes. Thanks to all the helpers for this great fundraiser. The Lyons PTO will sponsor their annual silent auction and meal held at Oskar Blue’s on April 20. Mark your calendar.
LYONS PARKS & REC. COMMISSION held their monthly meeting on Monday evening, with Eric Ashley of Lyons making a presentation, asking to sponsor the “Mettle Mane Race” in Lyons, on September 28. With races through obstacle courses, for various ages. Sounds exciting.
OTHER OUTDOOR EVENTS we can all join will be The Shape Diva Dash, Races for Women, on May 4, and the popular Devil Dash on September 14.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES are scheduled for May 31 and June 1, with lots of new water sports being scheduled.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS, held June 28 to June 30, will be moved back to Bohn Park to give room and safety to more carnival rides. Here they will join Kids Space, the softball tournaments, the beer tent, Friday and Saturday dances. Lyons Historical Society welcoming ceremony will be held Friday, at the dance at 9:15 p.m., and at the Lyons Redstone Museum Saturday, at 1 p.m., to welcome all Lyons pioneer families, graduating seniors of pioneer families, Lyons alumni classes 1933, 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, and 2013, and as Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days will recognize all long-time (20 years and more) organizations: Lyons Lions Club, Lyons Elementary School PTO, Lions Booster Club, Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dance, Lyons Garden Club, Lyons Boy Scouts, Dam Concerned Citizens, and others, as well as to thank those who donated to the Museum Matching Fund. The 5K River Run will be held on Sunday at 8 a.m., June 30, with the start and finish in Sandstone Park.
Your ideas for events for Good Old Days are welcome. Talk to Dave Cosgrove (303) 823-8250. The Parks and Recreation Department are getting a good response to their activity brochure, with another one out for summer. See Dave Cosgrove, at Lyons Parks & Recreation if you want to suggest or run a program this summer. They will schedule you in. Each program is participant driven, if they have enough sign up to pay for the instructor. Look over the program and join. Gets you out and about and is good exercise.
GET WELL WISHES GO TO: Analais Wyppler who has suffered a broken collarbone from a fall, and Carol Devenir who had another heart surgery and is already much improved.
CLASS OF 1970: several members of the Class of 1970: Jerry Tabor, Jerry Johnson, Calvin Schilling of Lyons, Dan Belg of Cheyenne, Bonnie Clark Detwiler and Debbie Colard Schneider of Longmont visited Classmate Jimmy Moore in Frederick last Sunday. He is suffering from diabetes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAXINE
A surprise birthday party was held for Maxine (Ohline) Harkalis last Sunday at the Walt Self Senior Center. After much persuasion, her family: Rhonda French, Donna Johnson, and Nick, finally got her there, which was filled with forty family and friends wishing her the best. She also received phone calls from her son, Doug, who lives in Nevada, and from some cousins.
Maxine is the granddaughter of Olaf and Anna who came to Colorado from Sweden in 1890. laf worked on the Moffat Railroad and Corona Pass. He settled in Noland in 1900 where he set up a blacksmith shop to sharpen the quarry tools and to shoe horses. Anna operated the Nebraska Boarding House in Noland. They bought Beech Hill in 1907 and started the Ohline Quarries, which included many acres in the Beech Hill, Blue Mountain, and Noland area.
Maxine is the daughter of Arthur and Golda (Brown) Ohline, who ranched and operated the stone quarries. Her mother, Golda, came to Lyons on the train in 1917 with her family Hugh and Clara Belle Brown. Her siblings were Oscar, Helen King, Lloyd, Laura Belle, Lola, Betty, Donald, and Naomi. Maxine grew up in the big house on the quarries north of Lyons, and her mother drove she and siblings, Arthur (Curley) Jr, Jean, Jane, and Pat to school each day from Noland. Five miles on a very bad road, but finally purchased a house on Reese Street.
Maxine married Pete Harkalis, a stone mason who did the sandstone archway, and much of the beautiful stonework around Lyons. He passed away in 1993. Maxine says she is “69 and holding.” She can tell you about the “Good Old Days” here in Lyons. Through the years she has been involved in the Rebekah Lodge, the Jr. Lodge, various PTO’s, the Golden Gang, the History Video Project, to name a few. We wish her many more years.
The March Choir Concerts at the Lyons M/HS were held last week.
HS CONCERT CHOIR MEMBERS ARE: Marissa Casey, Zachery Danduran, Brad Griffey, Jack Gambrell, Kyreija Lamothe, Erika Rivera, Olivia Vasquez, Bayley Winter, and Megan Wissman.
SHOW CHOIR: Leah Carroll, Austen Fankhouser, Marisha Hoag, Clair Jarolimek, Abbie Liquori, Courtney Molz, Emily Puzo, Nola Basey, Amber Boyington, Maizie Grace, Anna Vahlenkamp, Megan Wissman, and Madison Wright.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR: Angela Balsamo, Sofie Collins, Halina Cope, Maya Cornell, Hana Fankhouser, Rowena Fennell-McCrillis, Shaeli Herman, Hope Housley, Hayley Karsel, Maddi Maguire, Myah McDonald, Bianca Mesagno, Melissa Romero, Lauren Bonde, Emma Clark, Maia Corsale, Jacqueline Hiebert, Devan Isenhart, Madison Johnson, Ava McCall, Kaitlyn Prater, Victor Armendariz, Cole Ballard, David Brett, Ethan Burton, Nick Eaton, Jake Laurienti, Tanner Torello, Ciprianoo Santos, Destiny Rodefer, Sydney Skaggs, Sophie Smith, Madeline Weekley, Grace Simonsen, Alya Torello, Cara Valentine, and Evan Reeves.
SOLOISTS: Jake Laurienti, Evan Reeves, Maddi Maguire, Rowenna Fennell-McCrillis, Main Corsale, Cara Valentine, Zachary Danduran, Jack Gambrell, Kyreija Lamothe, Bayley Winter, Amber Boyington, Leah Carroll, Austen Fankhouser, and Maddie Wright.
The Singing Valentines were a big hit! “I’m Yours” - Nola Basey, Claire Jarolimek, Megan Wissman, and Maddie Wright; and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” - Amber Boyington, Leah Carroll, Austin Fankhouser, and Emily Puzo; and “Silly Love Songs” - Maizie Grace, Marisha Hoag, Abbie Liquori, Courtnery Molz, and Anna Vahlenkamp. The Valentines Sang aspecial song to Director Victoria Bailey, as a special thanks, and to Accompanist Abbey Madry. A great concert!
We express our sympathy at the death of Virginia Robbins, age 75, of Boulder, formerly from Lyons. No service will be held. Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Virginia lived in Lyons for several years, living in the trailer court. She was interested in the town and helping the library. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
We note the death of Carolyn McKenna Angle, in Illinois, at age 87. Carolyn was a teacher and married to Dr. McKenna, District Superintendent, during the days when Lyons was fighting to keep our high school. McKenna instigated open classrooms, which eventually turned back to regular rooms. He was for small schools and helped Lyons save our high school. He, Dan Crumb (Lyons School Board Representative), and Mayor Virgil presided at the Lyons High School Dedication in Feburary, 1974. McKenna died in 2005, and Carolyn married her high school boyfriend and moved back to Illinois. We remember Carolyn as a gracious lady. She operated a children’s bookstore and was a dedicated teacher. The service was held on March 2, at the Dakota Community Presbyterian Church in Dakota, Illinois. Donations can be made to OUR Center at ourcenter.org-Longmont.
Patricia M. Jones, age 84, passed away March 6, at the McCaslin family homestead south of Hygiene. Her parents were Wilder D “Ted” and Ethel McCaslin. She married William Rex “Buck” Jones in 1951, the son of Herbert J. and Lucille “Kincaid” Jones, who grew up in Lyons. Patricia was a substitute teacher and secretary for the James and Davis and Downing Ditches, and the first woman Director of the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District for twenty-two years, following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, who were both Boulder County Commissioners. McCaslin Boulevard was named for them. The McCaslin farm, located on 75th and St.Vrain Road, has been designated as a Centennial Farm. Survivors are sons, Matthew and Andrew and daughter P. Jane Jones Wagner, and three grandchildren. There was no service at her request. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.howemortuary.com.