Monday was April Fool’s Day however, the weather was not fooling when it was so great Easter Sunday. We hope all enjoyed Easter. The Fire District’s Easter egg hunt with Mr. Bunny was great with lots of kids and lots of prizes. Churches were filled with worshipers happy that the Lord “arose” so many years ago to save us from our sins, and give us something to “look” to at all times. And then, of course, more Easter egg hunts, brunches, dinners with our loved ones, a ride to the hills, games, picnics, etc. An enjoyable day!
I was sad to see the Duke Blue Devils go down in defeat to Louisville, but they were in the Elite Eight, and huge accomplishment of all those college teams. Only four teams left, then the championship!
ALL THIS WEEK IS SPRING BREAK, and we hope everyone has a great time. Sandy and Lucy Banta are traveling to Washington state to check out colleges. Others are going afar to Cancun, Mexico, some to grandparents, etc. A well-earned vacation for students, teachers, and all! See you all back-to-school next Monday, April 8.
I AM MAYOR this Thursday through Sunday, so all of you be on your best behavior. Mayor Julie and Mayor Pro-Tem Kirk Uvodich are away (but not together), and the next one in line is me. I never really wanted to be Mayor, but maybe I’ll make it “Square Dance Weekend!”
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR INCOME TAXES DONE!
April 15 is just a week away, and Uncle Sam will “get you!” He needs your money more than ever, so pay, pay, pay. I do admire folks like Dee York Johnson and her staff and other income tax preparers for their knowledge and patience. In 1947, I started working on the corner of 4th and Main for O. J. Ramey Real Estate and Insurance, as the first of 1948, I was sent to the back room, with typewriter and an old adding machine and income taxes! He advised me and we went to CSU once a year for a workshop. Thus began my career (no computers; carbon paper then an old copier that took white and pine paper and fluid) as an income tax preparer (1948 to 2005) Whee, what a lot of figures. Now I do very few, letting Dee do them. They are challenging, and Uncle Sam is always looking over your shoulder. However, no one ever went to jail for tax invasion under my watch, and time marches on. The worst was when Vern Price and all the landowners sold their land to the Cement Plant in 1962, on installment with no stated interest. The IRS agent came to visit all to add in that interest! Now CEMEX is forty years old, and has provided jobs for many area families.
THE GOLDEN GANG enjoyed Zeke and Jani Little’s old tunes last Friday as an Easter treat. Dinner on Monday evening by The River Church, and lunch on Wednesday at Oskar Blues. Thanks to all!
All seniors are invited, call (303) 823-6177 to register.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., an open house of Priscilla Cohan’s pottery at the Boulder Arts and Craft (1416 Pearl Street, Boulder) through May. All are invited.
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. – Booster Club meeting
Tuesday, April 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. – HS Cheer Tryout Clinic
Wednesday April 10, 10:05 a.m. – Late Start Morning
Thursday, April 11, - MS Advanced Band to CBA Contest
Monday, April 15, from 3 to 4 p.m., – HS Cheer Tryout
Tuesday, April 16, In coming 6th grade orientation; 1:15 to 2:50 p.m.
Friday, April 19, HS Jazz Band at UNC Jazz Festival
Saturday, April 20, 9Health Fair, 7 a.m. to noon at the Lyons M/Sr School
Saturday, April 27, Junior/Senior Prom at Lionscrest Manor 8 p.m. to midnight (after prom at North Boulder Rec Center; 12-4:00a.m.).
Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., - HS Jazz Band at Oskar Blues
COMMUNITY OLD-TIME DANCE is this Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Smokin’ Dave’s Barn. Come one and all. Kids/seniors - $5, adults - $10, families - $20. With Permit playing, you will have a great time. A big crowd needed to make expenses. Lots of fun! Since I will be Mayor, I decree that everyone MUST come!
MONDAY, APRIL 8, at 6 p.m., Lyons Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting folks with ideas and questions for Lyons Good Old Day. Also, all folks interested in a raising funds for a kids’ water feature are invited to attend.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 is the birthday party at the Golden Gang at noon. Mark your calendars.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Open House Art Showing on Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sharonah Laemmie’s “Hinenl Art.” Sharonah is an art therapist, member of the Chamber, and friend to many, is moving to Columbus, Ohio, to be near her grandparents, and is welcoming all to come to her open house to say farewell and to her and her art. More later.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, at noon with the Golden Gang at the Walt Self Senior Center, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office will talk about making wills. Public invited.
ACTIVITIES AT WALT SELF SENIOR CENTER
Every Monday through May 20 – A Matter Of Balance
Monday, April 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Co-existing with bears
Monday, April 15, dinner at 5:30 p.m., served by Lyons Community Church
Thursday, April 18, 10 to noon – movie
Wednesday, April 24, 9 to 10 a.m. - Seated Fitness
Friday, April 19, April birthdays and Board meeting
Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. – Bingo
Friday, April 26, Noon – movie
APRIL BIRTHDAYS at the Golden Gang are: Stephen Mikesell - April 3; Joy Buster - April 5; Sharon Brammer - April 10.
9HEALTH FAIR, Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Lyons M/Sr High School. All urged to attend.
LYONS ELEMENTARY Dinner and Silent Auction at Oskar Blues, Saturday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
TUESDAY APRIL 23, is the Lyons Chamber’s April social at Rock ‘n River to greet the new owners from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse as co-host. Carpooling is suggested. Door prizes are Ricardo’s Spirits, and a drawing for mic time. Monica McGuckin of The Lyons Mercantile is speaking on April 23. All businesses and individuals are invited to join the Chamber, a great way to get acquainted in the town of Lyons, and to help advertise what we have here, to shop here, to live here. (Business cards and favors are needed for more welcome bags. Take to Lyons Dental Care or the Bank of the West.
SUNDAY, MAY 12, a Mothers’ Day luncheon at Smokin’Dave’s Barn at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Lyons Historical Society, with Bonnie Kohn portraying Helen Hunt Jackson. A place for the entire family to take your Mom, enjoy a great lunch, and a nice program. Tickets will be sold at ReRuns. Call (303) 823-0997, or (303) 823-5925 for reservation. Limited to 60 persons.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS is coming June 28 through 30, and will be held in Bohn Park, with more room for the carnival rides, etc. There will be a KidSpace by the River Church, a welcomng program on Friday, June 28, at 9:15 p.m., at the dance (to welcome all pioneers, all volunteers of old-time organizations, all classes of the 1933, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93, 2003, and 2013) and to thank those that donated to the museum restoration project.
KUDOS go to Bowie Herman, Lyons baseball, who went three of four at the dish, scoring a run and knocking in another in Lyons baseball, and to Paul Roberts for his win in track (see article in this edition).
RAY BABCOCK, a WWII veteran was certainly happy when someone turned his cap in at King Soopers Market. Ray had laid his cap on a chair while getting his blood pressure checked, and forgot it. On it he has his many veteran pins, which are precious only to him. Luckily someone saw it in the paper and returned it. The Babcock family came from Vermont, he worked on a farm and was drafted into the Army. He went into aviation, he enlisted into the Army Air Corps, and was sent to Italy, where he flew on six missions. His plane was shot out from under him, luckily his parachute opened in the knick of time, and a Bavarian farmer captured him and he was a “guest” of the Third Reich for four months. Returning home he married Dora and went to his new post in Spokane. With three children (all graduates of LHS - Alan and David, class of 1971 and Sandra, class of 1979), he moved to Lyons and his job at IBM. The Babcocks have been married over 60 years, have five grandkids and eight great grandkids, and are enjoying their retirement. The enjoy jeeping and activities with the Golden Gang.
Ray and Alice Thomas area back from Vernon, Texas, hoping the spend the spring and summer in Lyons. However, the altitude gets to Alice, and she often has to go back home. Yes a big differecet from 500 feet to 5500 feet in altitude. Welcome.
SCHOOL DISTRICT GROWTH
I was disturbed by the article on growth in the St. Vrain Valley School District, and why Lyons was not included? Lyons has the most children five and under of any town in Colorado. A whopping 17% of our population is under five years old. The Elementary School is getting more crowded by day. Surely the District should consider some improvement for all these kids. We realize a new bond issue cannot be voted on for five years, but WE
NEED TO LET THEM KNOW OF OUR GROWTH AND NEEDS. Right now Mayor Julie who attends a Mayors’ meeting monthly at the School District is “putting the word in,” and states they met with Rick Ring (School District Buildings Director). Although five years is a long way off, we need to continually let the School District know our needs. A big need at the Lyons M/Sr School is an auditorium (we are the only high school that does not have an auditorium), giving up our chances for the Lyons Elementary improvement years ago. No, we cannot sit on our laurels and let them pass-us-by!
There are still many Lyons school crusaders who campaigned for our high school from 1948 until 1970, when they finally passed a bond issue including the Lyons Jr/Sr High School. It was scheduled last, but it was built. We had a two-day ground breaking, and a three-day open house, and, yes we got the message to them. We helped get Board members from the outlying areas: Lyons (Hal Hall, EC Carter, Dana Crumb, and Henri Kinson) from Erie (Wade Carlson) from Niwot (LeRoy Schaegel) and thus the high schools in Frederick, Niwot, Skyline, and finally after forty years at Mead! It was no easy task, BUT WE WON. Since 1974, we have had to defend our small high and are now the envy of area high schools with our being in the top 5% of all schools. BE AWARE, FROM ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOL CRUSADERS!
A new Board policy is a safe and disciplined learning environment with District wide standards on student attire to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, improve school order, and safety. Students should not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive to the classroom environment. Considered violations are: clothing, symbols, words, slogans, patches, drugs, tobacco, weapons, attitude, violence, behavior, obsene, profane, vulgar, lewd, language, threats, harassment, etc. that are considered offensive. Individual standards will be required.
A memorial for Jim Moores to be held at the Dickens Barn, this Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m. Moores, who succumbed after a long bout of diabetes, leaves his love Debra, his sister, Carol, his father Jim, several uncles and nieces and newphews. We express our sympathy.