A little cooler today! This has really been a very hot summer. Last week at 4:30 p.m., it was 103 degrees in Longmont. It was no doubt cooler here in Lyons. We used to say it was ten degrees cooler. We notice most of our lawns could stand a lot of water, but it’s too expensive. We praise those who are spending $300 to $400 a month for a nice green lawn! Get out the fans and the swamp coolers, is all I can tell you.
Lyons History Summer Day Camp is back. This year’s theme is early settlers. There will be a focus on Fort Bent and early Lyons farmers. This is the fourth year for the camp, which is made possible by a Lyons Community foundation Grant. It is open to Lyons area residents, ages six to nine years old, and the cost is $50. It is limited to ten campers. Parents or other
Lyons residents, sixteen years or older, can inquire about volunteering on one of the camp days. It takes place in the town’s history museum from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and is again directed by Kathleen Spring. Deadline to register is Friday, July 26, at noon, but last year there was a waiting list. Call (303) 823-0997 for questions or to register.
NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, it’s the Lyons bi-weekly history talk by LaVern at 1 p.m., under the pine tree at the Lyons Redstone Museum. Come enjoy and learn the history of the area. Pick your topic: families, the schoolhouse (now the museum), the high school, the town, Coffintop Dam, the parks, etc. All interesting; however, we hope to have more folks as time rolls by.
Come and enjoy!
THE LYONS QUARRIES was last week’s subject. The quarries are what founded our town of Lyons, Colorado. Named for Adelaine Lyon, wife of Edward. S. Lyon who came from Putnam Connecticut with six men whom he vowed to find jobs for. One of the men was Wm. O Griffith, an ancestor of the Flora (Dannels) and Wm. Noyes family. They had been to the gold country, Black Hawk and Central City, for gold, which was fizzling out, so they rode back to Boulder. Each day they took a ride trying to find some work. As they came over Red Hill to the South of Lyons, they saw this 160-acre farm belonging to Hiriam and Isabelle Sawyer for sale, which Lyon bought. Being from quarrying country, Lyon noticed the outcropping of sandstone, and that started the Town of Lyons, Colorado. People from near and far heard about the new town, and rushed to get work. The one-room school, built in 1881, had to be expanded in 1885 and a second-story added in 1895 and stabilized with the hallway and restrooms so it wouldn’t sway when the wind blew. Hugh Murphy owned the quarry at the north edge of Lyons, purchased by John Brodie for $10,000 in 1892. The Loukonen’s came in 1890, and the Ohlines in 1970. All north of Lyons. Over 1000 men worked in the quarries, bringing a boom and development to the town of Lyons. Thus sandstone continues to be Lyons mainstay, with tourism second. Quarries being operated now are: Ignacio Vasquez, Raul Vasquez - Blue Mountain Stone, Loukonen, Phillips, Frysig - Western Stone, Buster, Sprague, Tribble, to name a few. The quarrymen were honored as Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days a few years ago, and rightly so. They bring economy to the area. Our thanks to them!
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their July Social at Stone Mountain Lodge on Tuesday evening, with a big crowd attending. Each host (Stone Mountain, Oskar Blues, and the Lyons Historical Society told of their business, and Monique Sawyer-Lang spoke on behalf of the Lyons Community Foundation as business of the month.
THURSDAY, JULY 18, at 6:30 p.m., is the first of the free Thursday Night Sandstone Summer Concerts and Farmers’ Market in Sandstone Park featuring the Celtic music of Sure It Is The Granias. Bring your chair, snacks, buy food from the Farmers’ Market and enjoy. Held each Thursday through August 29.
SATURDAY, JULY 20, the Corner Studios (318 Main Street) will host an art show featuring the work of Ana Maria Boerero and Jan Gustafson, from 5 to 9 p.m. All invited.
SATURDAY, JULY 20, the Red Rock Ramblers square dance will feature popular caller Jerry Junck of Wayne, NE, and Mesa, AZ, at the Lyons Elementary Gym. Bill Holm of Pasceo, WA, formerly from Ft. Collins, is the cuer. Rounds start at 7:30 p.m., and squares are from 8 to 10:15 p.m. A good time is scheduled for all.
A good crowd enjoyed square dancing to Mike Sikorsky of Mesa, AZ, last Saturday with Arlin Sample, the cuer from Greeley. Out-of-state visitors from Gering, Lincoln, and Scottsbluff, NE, Irving TX, Spokane, WA, and Scottsdale and Mesa, AZ. Spectator are welcome to drop in and see what it is all about. You may want to learn. Beginner’s classes start on Wednesday, September 18, at the Longmont Senior Center. Call (303) 823-5925 for information. Several Red Rock Ramblers enjoyed the Barn Dance Sunday afternoon in Berthoud, which consisted of square dancing to Roger Shappell, and a Sloppy Joe dinner, as well as a dance at the Rocky Tops (a singles club in Denver) with Tom Roper. What fun!
A BENEFIT for Lori and Jesse Vasquez is being held this Sunday, July 21, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Daniels’ home, at 1009 Steamboat Valley Road, with all invited. Lori is battling pancreatic cancer and needs financial help to offset the burden of past, present, and future expenses. There will be several vendors, raffles, silent auction, and a bake sale. Vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds. Come, one and all, We can all pitch in and help in this way. See you there!
MEALS EACH TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY 11:30 A.M. at the Walt Self Sir Center; donation of $3.25.
MEALS ON WHEELS, delivered to your door five days a week, if desired; $3.25 each. Worth it!
SENIOR MEALS BY AREA CHURCHES, Mondays at 5:30 p.m., call (303) 823- 6771 to verify!
BINGO EACH TUESDAY (Prizes needed, leave at the Senior Center).
LUNCH AT OSKAR BLUES the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30, followed by Active Adult Game Day from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
INTERGENERATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS for Lyons seniors and youth 4 to 10 years old held on Wednesdays, July 24, and October 23, from 2:45 to 4 p.m., at Walt Self Community Building. Make crafts together.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE DAY at the Walt Self Building, Tuesday, July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. A time to inform folks what is available through County programs, on food, insurance, low-Income, housing, etc. Designed to help all seniors answer any questions. Plan to attend to gather this available information.
ADULT ARTS & CRAFTS on the fourth Wednesday, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free, ages 50 and up.
MONTHLY MOVIE MATINEE on the second Wednesday of every month, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ACTIVE ADULT CASINO TRIP on Wednesday, July 24, and August 21, $5 for transportation. Sign up at (303) 823-8250.
SENIOR SEATED FITNESS next class on Wednesday, August 21, at 11 a.m.
ALL CLASSES OFFERED BY LYONS PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT. PARTICIPATE, DON’T LET THEM BE CANCELLED!
KIDS KAYAKING GUPPY PROGRAM for ages 6 to 12, to ensure a “fun” and “positive” introduction to kayaking. With four two-hour classes once a week for four weeks, beginning July 10 through July 31. Classes held on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and cost of $90 for residents and $150 for non-residents. Call (303) 823-8250 now!
CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE is open for registration, held on Monday nights beginning August 19 and ending October 14. The team fee is $300, with a player fee of $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Registration ends August 1, or until league is filled. Fun for all!
BEGINNER BMX SKILLS CLINIC for ages 5 and up. With classes on July 21, and August 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lyons Dirt Jump Bike Park. Cost is $45 per class. Register at (303) 823-8250.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING CLINIC for teens and adults 13+, for advanced bike skills and off road riding and bike set up. Classes build confidence. Held July 21, and August 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Lyons Dirt Jump Bike Park, register at (303) 823-8250.
MOMMY AND ME FITNESS CLASS held July 24 through August 10 on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., in Sandstone Park. $10 per class, or $70 for all sessions. Minimum of four needed and maximum of twenty. Provides a combined program of exercises to keep bodies strong. All moms and kids invited.
NEXT WEEK IS THE ROCKYGRASS FESTIVAL
The parks are filling up, the town is filling up, the streets and driveways will be filling up. Although we love the festivals, the people, the sales tax, the music, the town fails to require that the festival goers park in Bohn Park, which is provided for them for only $5 for three days plus, a free shuttle. Enough said. Enjoy the festival. It only lasts a few days!
THE LIBRARY DISTRICT is making progress. The committee has visited both County Commissions (Boulder and Larimer), who have scheduled a joint public meeting in Lyons the end of August, with their vote the first part of September, to form the district. The vote for 5.74 mills is scheduled for the November 5 ballot, with all Lyons areas: Spring Gulch, Apple Valley, Lyons Estates, Longmont Dam Road, to be included in the vote. This will bring us a much needed library and community space. Property taxes will go up around $10 per month for a $200,000 valued home, from which we can forego a hamburger or cup of coffee a week to get this new facility. We should all give serious consideration to vote “YES” to fund.
MONDAY, JULY 30, is the Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament at Lake Valley Golf Course. Register now with Lon Clark at Clark’s Hardware or Ken Cinnamon (303) 823-5925. A fundraiser for the Lyons Lions Club. All invited.
THE LYONS SHUTTLE continues to be popular. Catch it in Lyons at the park-n-ride at Fourth and Broadway, or at the Boulder Transit Center at 14th and Canyon Streets, or along the way, almost hourly on weekends (Friday evening and up to twelve hours a day Saturdays and Sundays through August 31). Time tables are available on the town of Lyons website, www.townoflyons.com.
TOWN OF LYONS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS for 2013
Park Street from the Black Bear Hole Parking Lot to Third Avenue, including alleys south of Park Street; Third Avenue from High Street to Old Main, Ewald Street and alley from Ewald to Prospect Street, Longs Peak Avenue, McConnell Drive, and Second Avenue in Lyons Valley Park and near the Middle/High School. You may be impacted, but will be glad when it is done.
THE ECONOMIC DEV. COMMITTEE has changed its meetings to the first and third Thursdays of the month, at 8:30 a.m., in the Lyons Town Hall. All are invited to attend to discuss enhancing the economy of the Lyons area. Those on the committee are: Barney Dreistadt, Coco Gordon - Sustainability Committee, Jacque Watson - Econmic Development Director, Mayor Julie Van Domelen, Karen Ekblad, Kenyon Waugh, LaVern Johnson - P&R Liaison, Lou Thackston, Mike Percival, Neil Sullivan - Chamber liaison, Steve Beck, and Victoria Simonson - Town Administrator, and John O’Brien - Chairman.
ALL-REGION BASEBALL honors included Honorable Mention - Heath Fesenmeyer, Jr., Utility,
CONGRATULATIONS to Johnathan Baisley and Nathanael Romig of Lyons, who have been placed on the University of Northern Colorado honor roll.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM had some interesting visitors this past week from: Casa Grande, AZ, Oakland, CA, Cincinnati, OH, Renton, WA, Greenwell Springs, CA,(friends of Ellen Rosenberg), Arlington, TX, Yorkville, IL, Newigton, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Austin, TX, and several who live in Lyons, or were on vacation, including Carol Burkle who used to work at Lyons Elementary School, Kathie Woostrman of Juneau, AL (the Dutcher family, who lived on Reese Street from 1962 to 1974), Billie Andrew and Eric Williams of Renton, WA, descendants of Alfred Alf, who was pastor of the Congregational Church in 1930’s (remembered by yours truly at Sunday School). The museum is open daily, June through September. Stop by.
HONEYBEES, a vital part of the ecosystem, have been disappearing over the last several years. They do not find dead bees; they just seem to be gone. Thus the movie last Friday evening at Stonebridge Farm, held by the Lyons Ecology Board, really gave us all something to think about. Where have the bees gone? What caused their demise? What can we do? Beekeepers have gone throughout the nation, one crop to the other, with semi-trucks full of bee hives to pollinate the crops. Some owned 50,000 hives. Most found their hives all gone, their business gone as well. After years of experimenting and research, the cause seems to be the pesticides. The ongoing spray for the millions of bugs that attack the crops, thus spraying by airplanes over the heartland, and all. When we see some honeybees, rejoice, and don’t spray with DDT or the like; they say to use vinegar. We must save the bees to save ourselves. Thanks Ecology Board for the very educational movie on honeybees!
THE DENVER BEES Organization presents “Beekeeping Basics in their Summer Program Series, 2 to 3 p.m., free, at 1490 E Alameda Parkway, go to www.auroralibrary.org, if interested.
DE-SNAKING YOUR DOG
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vance French served cake and ice cream at his home for his birthday last Sunday. Vance came to Lyons several years ago from Texas, and has enjoyed his stay in Lyons participating with the Golden Gang, Boulder Sr. Citizens, Lyons ME Church, and more, and many have enjoyed his varied songs with their history. Happy birthday, Vance.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL
Yours truly - July, 23, (celebrating this Saturday at the Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance), Joseph Lekarczyk and Olivia Cope - July 24, and Chasttidee Bulkovatz, and more. All this week. Enjoy. Stay alive! We don’t like the alternative!
After a forty-year career as a pre-eminent Texas periodontist, Dr. Tom Smith of Longview and his wife, Susan Kay Smith, chose Lyons as the place to celebrate his recent retirement. They are visiting Dr. Smith’s niece, Pam Browning, to enjoy Colorado’s cool air and mountains. Dr. Smith, a member of the Texas Board of Dental Examiners, is a well-known East Texas periodontal expert. He decided to trade an active practice for scaled-back hours after a long-awaited trip to Lyons and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Dustin Lee Hirschfeld and Malena Alyssa Bohn, of Lyons, married May 25. Billy Allen McVeigh and Barbara Dell Matthews, of Lyons, were married May 9. Our congratulations!
The new Catholic Church “St. Francis of Assisi “ was filled with friends and family to say farewell to our good friend and neighbor, Frank Namesnik, who had a massive heart attack while at a reunion in Warren, Ohio. The family moved to the Lyons area with IBM in 1977, built a home on Dakota Ridge Road, raised their four children, David, of Ft. Collins, Jeffrey of Loveland, Cynthia of Highlands Ranch, and Kimberly of Moorpark, CA, with wife, Carole, an area schoolteacher. They took part in school events and sports, Lions Club, hunting, etc. A scholarship fund will be set up in his honor. We are saddened by his death, and grateful they moved to Lyons. Share condolences at RememberingCo.us.