Wow first a nice rain, and now a nice BIG snowstorm, and more coming (13” yesterday), which will green the grass, save us from fires, give us drinking water, help the farmers, and is truly worth millions of dollars to all. We are all very thankful.
I have an anniversary coming up; April 23, 1950, F. LaVerne Johnson of Niwot and I were married in the Lyons Methodist Church, with Rev. Albert Wagner presiding. Truly a long time ago. I worked for O. J. Ramey
Insurance and Real Estate, housed on the corner of 4th and Main. Mr. LaVerne worked with Ruth Mary Brodie’s husband, Chet Dunham, doing plastering and stucco. He said he got “plastered” every day. We first lived in the house on High Alley, which belonged to Marilyn Vaughn, then a house on 4th and Park, which belonged to Al Rose (now to Sharon Kelling), then we moved to the former chicken houses (by the cemetery) remodeled from a chicken house into apartments by George Kelling (they are still there). We then bought our home in October, 1957, and have been there ever since.
There have been a lot of changes. The town had about 800 people then; now 2,037. Two big fires changed Main Street (in 1967 the entire northeast corner of Main burned (the drug store, lodge hall, Huss’ Market, the Episcopal church, the old Post Office with apartments above) and in 1975, the south side, which included from the former Bigfoot Liquor Store down to The Barking Dog Cafe. Yes we survived, and Main Street is now buzzing, with sales tax way up. The hot spot then was Marie’s (where South Creek LTD is now located), and now it is Oskar Blue’s. Back then, there were three filling stations in town, and now none. Yes, time goes by.
THURS., APRIL 18, High Street Concert presents The Virginia Luthiers (see article in this edition for details).
FRI., APRIL 19, the Golden Gang celebrates April birthdays for: Stephen Mikesell - April 3; Joy Buster - April 5; and Sharon Brammer - April 10; and all others born in April. Call (303) 823-6771 and have lunch with the April birthdays, followed by the Golden Gang’s monthly meeting at 1 p.m.
SAT., APRIL 20, at 1 p.m., it’s BINGO with the Golden Gang, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Eight games for only $5. Lots of fun and camaraderie.
SAT., APRIL 20, from 7 a.m. to noon it’s Lyons 9HealthFair, at Lyons Middle/High School, 100 McConnell Drive. To check your blood pressure, eyes, mouth, hearing, balance, and more. All persons over eighteen years of age are urged to take part in this wonderful offering.
SUN., APRIL 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house art show by Hinenii, hosted by Sharonah Laemmle at her home on Spring Gulch (one mile up on right, 940 Blue Mountain Road) For more information call (303) 823-6724, or (303) 772-1144. Sharonah has lived in the Lyons area for quite sometime, has belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, and taken part in the area’s art shows. She is moving back to Cincinnati, Ohio, to be close to her grandkids. This gives us all a good opportunity to say “Goodby” to a nice friend. Plan to attend.
SUNDAYS at Rogers Hall, 3 to 4 p.m., through May 12, Intermediate Power Flow Yoga, $17 per class. Register at Town Hall or at wwwtownoflyons.com.
ART SHOW through May. Stop at the Boulder Arts and Craft, 1416 Pearl, Boulder, for Priscilla Cohan’s art show.
CREATIVE WRITING CLASS, Tues. evenings 6 to 7 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center, $5 per session, $10 for all. April 16 – poetry; April 23 -short stories; April 30 - creative journaling. Contact www.townoflyons.com for more information.
LAST WED. of each month, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Active Adult Art & Crafts at the Walt Self Senior Center. Call (303) 823-8250 to register.
SAT., MAY 4, is Lyons Clean Up Day. Clean up your yard, take your “stuff” to the Town Public Works Yard (Second Avenue across from Bohn Park) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to bring utility bill to prove residency.
DISCOUNT DOG DAYS
Discount dog licenses available on Fri.s through the month of April. Get your dog license for the year. First dog - $30 (that’s a $20 discount!); second dog - $20 ($20 discount). All dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination.
LYONS COMMUNITY/METHODIST CHURCH will celebrate its 105th anniversary on Sun., May 5, at 10 a.m. Our congratulations, all invited. We have been notified that our popular Reverend Clair Drews-McNulty has been transferred to the Methodist Church in Breckenridge. She and her family have been in Lyons five years, and it is time to be moved, the conference says. Thanks Clair for being a good, friendly minister to Lyons (starting the food bank, use of Weslyan Hall to various organizations, a monthly dinner to the area seniors, increased Sun. school attendance, and great sermons.)
Fri., April 19, HS Jazz Band at UNC Jazz Festival.
Tues., April 30, at 7:30 p.m., HS Jazz Band at Oskar Blues.
CONGRATULATIONS to Logan Watson, Lyons baseball (Honored by Daily Times Call), who hit a home run and doubled twice for the Lions in a recent ball game against Jefferson Academy. Lyons lost 8-5.
LYONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S annual benefit dinner and live/silent auction by LES PTO at Oskar Blues basement, on Sat., April 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A great fundraiser with fun and mystery. All invited.
LYONS RECREATION EVENTS
Adult Summer Coed Softball, register now (must have six teams to form a league).
Thurs. Night Basketball at Lyons Elementary gym, 8:30 to10 p.m. All welcome.
Fall Prevention Class, April 1 through May 28.
Adult Cardio Sculpt, Thurs., April 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Walt Self Senior Center.
Kids Eat Healthy - Feel Great! Fri., April 19, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Seated Fitness, Wed., April 24, noon at Walt Self Senior Center.
Old-Time Community Square Dance, Sat., May 4, in Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ log cabin from 7 to 10 p.m.
Jump Bunch Sports & Fitness Camps, held in July
Child Pottery Class, starts Tues., May 7.
River Run Training Group, on Thurs., May 16 through June 27, from 6:15 to 7 p.m., $80 per person, minimum of five participants needed.
For more information or to register for any of these activities, visit www.townoflyons.com, or call (303) 823- 58250.
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON, Sun., May 12, 2 p.m., at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ log cabin (see details in Kathleen Spring’s article in this edition).
MORE PARTICIPATION NEEDED
Lyons Parks & Rec. Brochure, be sure to keep your first Parks & Rec. Brochure on hand for all the offerings, and be sure to participate as much as possible. The brochure, brought to you semi-annually is to keep you “in tune” with the Lyons goings-on. Plan to stay busy with Lyons activities. The Town is offering many events, check up on a Challenger Soccer Camp, Summer Kids Kayaking, MLB Pitch, Hit & Run, Arbor Day, Raptor Education Program, etc.
KIDS WATER FEATURE is back on the books. The long-awaited kids water feature (a place for kids to get cool, splash around, play, and have fun) is back on the books, with Dave Cosgrove offering to help write a mini-grant to Go-Colorado this year, and a group of young mothers, who have worked on the plans before (headed by Chastidee Bulkovatz) and have vowed to raise the matching funds (around $8,000). We hope you will help with the cause to get this much needed project as soon as possible!
Since 17% of Lyons population (347) is under five years old, the Lyons Parks & Recreation Commission have decided this is a project they would like to do ASAP to provide fun for this large group of small children. An organizational meeting in May is planned, with folks asked to update their e-mail list to parents, relatives, and friends, for a start. A benefit dinner with silent auction, kids garage sale, a mailing, and the e-mail “Donations” list have been discussed. More later. Stay tuned. We need your help to make this a reality!
LYONS ART WALK WEEKEND, Fri., Sat., and Sun., June 7, 8, and 9. To include introduction of downtown sculptures, reception at Town Hall Art Show, local theatre and dance performances, screenings of locally produced films, art, demos, and activities for kids, art events and exhibits throughout the town, museum open house, promotions and sales. Contact:
, to participate.
SAT. AND SUN., JUNE 15 & 16, Sounds of Lyons, with Min Tze Wu. Presenting wonderful music throughout Lyons parks, churches, etc. Stay tuned.
SAT., JUNE 22, First square dance of our 55th season, held at the Lyons Elementary Gym, 4th and Stickney, 7:30 - rounds; 8 to 10:15 – squares, with popular caller Mike Hogan of Omaha, Nebraska. Great callers and cuers every Sat. through Labor Day. All modern western square dancers invited to attend. (303) 823-5925.
CHAMBER DUES are due April 30, to get in the next directory, where all businesses that join are featured. Send your dues now to Box 546, Lyons, CO.
MAY IS HISTORY MONTH
May 4, has been declared National History Day with a celebration held at DU, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., where judging will be held on kids’ essays from throughout the state. Help us appreciate our history - family, town, state, and country. The Lyons Historical Society is sponsoring a historic talk & BBQ lunch at Smokin’ Dave's BBQ on Mother’s Day, May 12, at 2 p.m. Bonnie Kohl, Lyons’ former English teacher, will portray Helen Hunt Jackson, advocate for American Indians. Cost is $15, with silent auction. Proceeds go toward museum matching funds.
MUSEUM MATCHING FUNDS
The Fourmile Fire on Labor Day of 2010, burned 349 homes, including Margaret Hansen’s and Pat Minnier (historic architect and contractor) of the 2009 Lyons Redstone Museum project, which did the project in. In the fire, Margaret lost her drawings, computer, and all, and had to give up the job. Thus, we have to start over, hire a new historic architect at 10% of the project ($7129), and raise the matching funds! The State Historical grant is $54,148, and we have to raise the difference! Therefore more fundraisers are being scheduled.
THANKS TO THE “SWINGING SENIORS” from Longmont Recreation Center, who sang old songs and played miscellaneous instruments last Fri. at the Golden Gang. Wonderful (see picture & story in this edition).
Thanks to the Ecology Commission, who sponsored the Raptor Education Program at the Lyons Elementary School last Fri.. It was a wonderful program, and so enjoyed by all the students. The Raptor Education Foundation from Denver brought in an owl, burrowing owl, eagle, falcon, and others and told us how they survive. They were all well trained, and flew from one person to the other. This program honored Arbor Day, where we are to renew our care for our trees, and wildlife. Thanks to all!
DEMOCRACY DAY was celebrated by the St. Vrain Valley School District on Tues., April 16, with Sandy Banta and daughter Lucy attending. The day consisted of a multi-communty, multi-school events devoted to students wrestling with local issues, using local leaders as resources. Local leaders shared their expertise with students participating in a day of grappling with local government issues. A day well spent.
Patti Martillaro of Spring Gulch has had to join the ranks of being hacked. We received an e-mail from our “hacking” buddy, who is trying to “squeeze” money out of all her e-mail list that Patti was in the Manila, Philippines for a short vacation, was mugged and robbed at the park of the hotel. All cash, credit cards, and cell phones were stolen, but they still have their lives and passports. They wanted a short loan of $2,000.
Yes, there have been enough people getting hacked, that I am sure no one has sent money. Just ignore the pleas, and maybe they will catch on that we are not dummies and will not send money!
LYONS' RESIDENT HAS EXCITING LIFE
Connie Burton Burkhart of Lyons met her long-time friend Marie Osmond at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Highlands Ranch earlier this month, talking over old times, while Marie signed her new book, “The Key Is Love.” Connie and Marie grew up together in the San Fernando Valley in California, and have kept in touch all these years.
Marie is famous for her singing, and together with her brother Donny, she was a young co-host of the 1970’s show, “Donny and Marie,” where Connie worked side by side with Marie behind the scenes, and sometimes on camera too. Currently Osmond lives in Las Vegas, where she and her brother perform at the Flamingo hotel, when she is not in Los Angeles filming her new talk show, “Marie.”
Connie’s mother, Marge Burton, who still live in California sees Osmond regularly. Connie loves to see Marie when she is in Colorado, and they talked a lot about Lyons this visit. Connie is hoping to have Marie come and see our wonderful town someday. Connie had Marie signed a photo for Greig at the Barking Dog Cafe, so ask to see it sometime when you stop in for coffee!
Connie and her four children, including Jesse Fisher, who is attending CU, and Austin Fisher who works at Smokin’ Dave’s, have lived in Lyons the past six years. They lived in Boulder for ten years before that. She works for Edward Jones Investments, and is “The Dinosaur Lady” who provides programs on dinosaurs for schools, libraries and children’s parties. The family spends the summer camping at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, where Connie is an instructor in metal art, geology, and part of the crew working in the Hayden dinosaur quarry where the oldest dinosaurs in North America are being unearthed. A seasoned performer and singer/songwriter herself, she is also in the process of writing a book about her years growing up in the shadow of a celebrity, and the journey she took to find herself within the whirlwind of “Osmondmania.” For more information about Connie, feel free to visit her websites, thedinosaurlady.com or sunflowercanyon.com.