MONDAY WAS MEMORIAL DAY: a time of flags, programs, memorials, gatherings at the cemeteries to say a word to our loved ones who have gone before us, and to reminisce about the days gone by and about the fun we had. A time to say, “We miss them!” A time to say a “thank you” to those in the service; to those who have lost their lives protecting us, and we
bow our heads in thanks.
TO SAN DIEGO
I hated to, but I had to miss the 2013 Lyons graduation ceremony to attend the college graduation of my granddaughter, Audrey Johnson, who was among the 1700 graduates of University of San Diego, where she received a Degree in Political Science and History. She will now study to enter a law school (the more studying, the higher grade, and the better law school they say). Graduation was held in the school gym, with the reception outside. Good luck, Audrey!
San Diego is always full of flowers, around the 70s for a temperature, and not much smog. A good place to live. It is a big city with lots of history (and you know I feel about history): Old Town, Sea World, Sea Lions, Cabillaro statue (the founder of the city), and more. An exciting time for the LaVerne Johnson family; sons Jerry, Ron and wife, Cindy, and children Trevor, Audrey, and Randall, who flew in from Duke University to attend the graduation, and then caught a flight to Philadelphia to see the NCAA championship lacrosse game between Duke - 16 and Syracuse - 7. So all was well!
The Town was full over the weekend with folks wishing our sixty Lyons High graduates congratulations, and to send them on their way to the trials, tribulations, and joys of “Life.” Wasn’t the slide show great showing us how cute they were when they were little, and what handsome folks they turned out to be! Although a small high school in the district, the class boasts big accomplishments earning over $619,000 in scholarships. The class included all-stars and state champions in academics, athletics and music. Graduation was the best with sixteen Co-Valedictorians: Jacob Anderson, Dana Arling, Lucille Banta, Nola Basey, Amber Boyington, Jared Burton, Emily Garcia, Joelle Holst, Kayce Johnson, Maia Lang, Kelsey Miner, Hazel Myers, Emily Puzo, Olivia Raspotnik, Hayley Theriault, and Zachary Tucker. Each graduate greeted the crowd of well-wishers and presented a rose to their parents. A wonderful day! The day was spent visiting parties, and all went well. We wish you each a successful life, and don’t forget your old hometown and school.
Let’s stop a minute to say a thank you to all the teachers and staff at our schools; each one benefits your student in some way, to give them opportunities needed to have a successful life in academics, sports, and/or music. And another thanks to the voters who said “Yes” to the Bond Issue Override Tax last November, a big boost for all our schools. WE CERTAINLY SAY A BIG “THANK YOU” TO ALL!
We know that honey bees are dying off, and no one knows why. If you see a swarm of bees, call John King, who has property up in Apple Valley. John and cohorts were saving a swarm of bees last week outside the St. Vrain Market. Thanks, John.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES this weekend, Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, in Bohn Park and Sandstone Park. Lots of fun, big crowds, and the Burning Can Beer Festival. Games start at 4 p.m., on Friday, May 31, with a free live concert by Dumpstaphunk in Bohn Park, sponsored by Oscar Blues. Events on Saturday from 8 a.m., through 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan to attend.
THURSDAYS, through June 27, from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Lyons 5K River Run group training with David Seldon. Increase your enjoyment of running. Advice includes workouts, running form, how to peak, race strategy, and nutrition advice. Call (303) 823-8250 for more information.
SAT./SUN., JUNE 1 & 2; SAT./SUN., JUNE 8 & 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more garage sales by the Lyons Historical Society for the museum matching funds (306 Evans Street). Bring your “stuff” and help out this museum restoration cause. Call (303) 823-5925 for more information.
YARD SALES at the Walt Self Senior Center have started on Saturdays, at 10 a.m. Stop by. Donate your items to the seniors. Raffle items are needed for their Bingo games during the Saturday of the Lyons Good Old Days. All kinds of items are appreciated. Leave at Walt Self Senior Center.
ROCKIES VS. DODGERS GAME. Sunday, June 2, at 2:10 p.m. Free transportation provided.
TWO CASINO TRIPS to the Reserve Casino in Central City. Cost of ride is $5, sign up at (303) 823-8250, Adriana Blacker at Lyons Parks & Rec.
THE LYONS DEPOT LIBRARY DISTRICT held their second public meeting on Wednesday, May 29, at Lyons Valley Village Community House with visioning session for Library/Community Center Project. Items of discussion: programming and services, site and building options, and facility needs/wants. Babysitting and light refreshments were provided. Visit the “resources section” at their website, www.theheartoflyons.org. A good crowd attended the last meeting to listen to the benefits of a new library with community rooms for various events and meetings. There is a lot of interest in forming a library district, and many feel the need of more space such as for: the High Street Concerts, the community square dances, various scouting rooms, etc. The vote to form a district with a Mill Levy will be held in November. Call Laura Richardson for more information at: (303) 485-1730, or (720) 771-6998.
THURSDAY, MAY 30, at 7 p.m., as History Month winds down, we invite you to attend, the Louisville’s Jefferson Place Neighborhood Program at the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, at 9 a.m., the annual Boulder County Historic Preservation Forum, at the Goodhue Farmhouse, 2005 112th Street, Broomfield. All historians invited.
ALUMNI CLASSES OF LYONS HIGH are encouraged to hold their class reunions during the Lyons Good Old Days. A way to meet your classmates, with dancing, eating, and fun.
Alumni classes honored are: 1933, 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, is the deadline for businesses to take your cards to the Bank of West or Lyons Dental for the new Lyons residents bags, giving them a bag full of goodies! Welcome, new residents! Thanks to: Barb Welke - Apple Valley Farmstead; Jayne Rhode - Bank of the West; Cheri Hoffer - Canine Campovers; Karyn Burke Whitcome, and Christy Crosser - Lyons Dental.
LYONS HISTORIC DISTRICT
Take a drive-by tour of the town’s historic district, including a brochure that tells the history of fifteen old sandstone buildings that make up Lyons’ Historical District. Brochures available at Lyons Visitors’ Center or Lyons Redstone Museum.
SENIOR OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED!
Call (303) 823-6771 if you are willing to help out the senior community. Meeting once a month.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM (340 High Street) opens this weekend, Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. We will be open daily through the end of September. Learn the history of the Lyons area: its quarries, how the town was started, the various displays and genealogy, and look up your files that include: when you were born, graduated, anything special in your life. You will enjoy spending an hour or two at the town’s 1881 schoolhouse, now the museum. Stop by. For information: www.lyonsredstonemuseum; (303) 823-5271; (303) 823-5925.
The Town’s old schoolhouse was built in 1881, with one room. Later the second room had to be built, and soon the students were “squeezed in like sardines” and the upper story was built. The building was destined to be torn down in 1976, and was rescued by the Lyons Historical Society, the Town of Lyons, and the St. Vrain School District, who have a three-way lease to save the building. Thus preservation grants have been awarded and matching funds raised to keep it in good condition. We are proud of our accomplishment of saving the old school and restoring it into a museum. Stop By!
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, at 2 p.m., a benefit spaghetti dinner for Joleen Hutton , at The Outlaw Saloon (160 Main Street). The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under (children under 5 years old are free). With a raffle and silent auction. All invited. Advance tickets appreciated. Call Kathy Boone (303) 775-9556. Other sponsors are: Teresa Ribble, Deanna Johnson, Casey King, and Jodie Eggerling, and Pam Maestas. Live music by T. Moody. All invited.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, Summer Kids Kayaking Classes held in Meadow Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4 through July 11, 5 to 7 p.m. The class is $390 for Lyons residents and $500 for non-residents. Must have at least five kids to hold the class, and class size is limited. A “Guppy Program” maybe offered later in the summer.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, Hershey’s Track & Field Games held for children ages 9 to 14, at 3:30 p.m., at the Lyons High School Track. The event is free. Each meet includes basic running, jumping, and throwing events. Preregister at Lyons Parks & Rec (303) 823-8250. Bring track shoes, hat, and water bottle. Visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com. An event held for over thirty years to put fun into fitness for kids.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 8, & 9, it’s the L.A.W.! It’s the Lyons Art Walk weekend. Planned events: downtown sculptors, reception at Town Hall art show; local theatre and dance performances; screenings of local films; art/dance activities for kid's, arts and crafts exhibits, historical museum opening; local business sales. Ellen Hine is coordinator.
“Confetti” is the theme for the Town Hall art show on that Friday evening, June 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., bring a colorful dish to share; assorted drinks will be on hand; musicians wishing to play are invited. Plan to attend.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, BINGO with the Golden Gang at 1 p.m. at Walt Self Senior Center. Eight games for only $5. Plan to attend for fun and games!
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 15 & 16, Sounds of Lyons with MinTze Wu. Held at Rogers Hall and the Lyons Community Church, with two free events at Bohn Park on June 15, consisting of “Music on Canvas” and “Music on River.”
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, is the next Chamber Social, to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Longmont with a joint meeting with the Longmont Chamber. Plan to attend.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, OUR 55TH YEAR!
The first summer square dance hosted by the Red Rock Ramblers in the Lyons Elementary School gym, Rounds begin at 7 p.m., with squares at 8 p.m. (with Mike Hogan of Omaha Nebraska calling). Modern Western Square Dance every Saturday through Labor Day. Fun and fellowship (participants have to know how to square dance at these dances).
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 29, & 30, it’s Lyons 38th annual Good Old Day Celebration, returning to Bohn Park. Starts at 5 p.m., on Friday, June 28. Softball tournament, food, beer tent, carnival rides, and more!
MY OLD TRUCK
Well, I sold my old 1966 green Dodge pickup to James Morton, which now graces his other old vehicle collection on the hill, on the left, just as you go across the river up the North. Mr. LaVerne’s dad bought that old pickup, new, in 1966. He used it for farming near Niwot, and since 1976, used by me, mostly in the summer. Yes, everyone knew who was wheeling around in it. No doubt it will be fixed up and painted. Glad to turn it over to a responsible collector. Thanks, James.
DONALD ALAN JOHNSON, age 56, passed away with an apparent heart attack last Saturday, May 18, at his home, while puttering around in his shop; with Dee in the house cooking dinner! Oh no! Not my good friend, Don, I just saw him onthe 15th at the Lyons Chamber of Commerce meeting. Don and Dee (York) married eighteen years ago in the State of Washington, each had two kids. They moved back to Dee’s hometown of Lyons. Their kids have grown, and now they are grandparents. Don was a handy man of all sorts of construction; Dee operates Double D Accounting. A terrible thing to happen to a nice, energetic young man with many plans. His service was held Monday, May 27, at The River Church followed by a potluck dinner for the big crowd of friends and family. We will all think of you, Don. God love you! A memorial garden will be grown in front of Double D Accounting (the former Lyons Café) to remind all as they pass of Don. We express our sympathy to all. Send memorials to Dee, at Box 706, Lyons, CO.
OTHERS: MELVIN E BOEHNER, age 94, of Lyons, died May 17. Graveside Internment, 11 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
JEAN SOENKSEN, age 75, died on May 22, at Longmont United Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby last winter, and is survived by her son, Steve, two sisters, and one brother. Family services will be held later. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.