Another week gone by! Only one month until school. We hope everyone got to do something exciting this summer.
The opening free concert in the park was postponed due to rain. The only rain of the week, and had to be on that day and time. Plan to attend this Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., in Sandstone Park. A great concert is in store with the Danny Shafer Band, plus the Farmer’s Market and food truck. The Blue Canyon Boys will be featured on Thursday, August 1.
HISTORY CAMP for children ages five to twelve years old will start next week (Monday, July 29) at the Redstone Museum. They report a lot of fun and learnin’. Register now by calling (303) 823-0997. Registrations closes this week, Friday, July 26.
THE RED ROCK RAMBLERS SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE will feature Dan Nordbye, a popular square dance caller from Mesa, Arizona, and David Parker of Centennial as the cuer, this Saturday, July 27, at the Lyons Elementary School gym, with rounds at 7:30 p.m., and squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m.
A large crowd enjoyed dancing to Bill Holm, of Pascoe, WA, and Jerry Junck of Wayne, NE, last Saturday, with out-of-country dancers Joe and Moni Kohler of Manheim, Germany, as well as others from Cheyenne and Laramie, WY, Mesa, AZ, Spokane, WA, and Utah, not to mention those from eighteen Colorado towns. Several other additional callers and cuers were on hand: Arlin and Linda Sample of Greeley, Steve and Diane of Cheyenne, Bob Gaunt of Denver, Steve Hodder of Laramie, and Dave and Bev Ruz of Longmont. The Scootbacks brought a cake to celebrate Mrs. LaVern’s birthday. Thanks to all!
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE met at Stone Mountain Lodge with Oskar Blues and the Lyons Historical Society as co-host. Each host business gave an explanation of their business, and Monique Sawyer-Lang, of the Lyons Community Foundation explained that they have given $180,000 to Lyons area non-profit organizations since the foundation’s formation seven years ago. A wonderful help to the Lyons area to make it a better place to live. Thanks LCF. The next Chamber Social will be at Spirit Hounds on Thursday, August 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Dan Siddall Real Estate, and Spice of Life, as co-hosts.
A GRANT WRITING SEMINAR is being sponsored by the LCF on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. All those applying for grants are urged to attend to be briefed about grants.
The benefit for Lori and Jesse Vasquez was well attended with a great outpouring of compassion for Lori, held Sunday, at the Dave Daniels Home, at 1009 Steamboat Valley Road. Lori is battling pancreatic cancer and the financial help will offset some of the burden of past, present, and future expenses. There were a lot of great silent auction prizes, and all went well. It is heartening to know that friends will pitch in in times of trouble. Thanks to Gena (Daniels) Dunn and co-horts!
Over forty people enjoyed the casino trip last Wednesday. Sign up at (30) 823-8250 for the next trip scheduled for Wednesday, August 21. The cost is $5 for transportation, plus your own food and gambling expenses.
FALL ADULT 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 player fee of $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Registration ends Thursday, August 1, or when league is filled. Fun for all!
I am sure you have all had a two or three hour wait to get your drivers’ license. It’s very exasperating, and to top it all off, you have to bring a utility or gas bill that shows your physical address, or they send you home. We forget over a five-year period what we had to go through. Through the years I have seen various write-ups about it in the Times Call, and I surely agree. There are just too many people in the area for the few employees they have at the License Bureau. I guess we should ignore the bad, and be glad we got it!
THE LIBRARY DISTRICT is making progress. The committee has visited both County Commissions, who have scheduled a joint public meeting in Lyons at the end of August, with their decision due the first part of September, as to whether or not to put the formation of a district on the November ballot. The vote for 5.74 mills is scheduled for November 5th, with all Lyons areas (Spring Gulch, Apple Valley, Lyons Estates, Longmont Dam Road, to be included in the district. This will bring us a much needed library and community space. Property tax will go up around $12 a month for a $200,000 valued home, which we can offset by foregoing a hamburger or cup of coffee a week to get this new facility. We should all give serious consideration and vote “YES” to fund this prize library.
MONDAY, JULY 30, is the Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament at Lake Valley Golf Course. Register now with Lon Clark at Clarks’ Hardware, or Ken Cinnamon at (303) 823-6925. It’s a fundraiser for the Lyons Lions Club. All are invited.
CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP will be held August 5 through 9, at the Bohn Park Multi-Purpose Field. For ages 3 to 16 years. All camps feature Challenger coaching staff, a shirt, soccer ball, post, individual skills evaluation, and more. Register at (303) 823-8250.
THE FREE LYONS SHUTTLE continues to be popular. Catch it in Lyons at the park-n-ride at 4th 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
VISITORS AT THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM this past week have been Andrea Anthony of Ponte Vedra, FL, the granddaughter of Donald Spencer, who graduated from Lyons High School in 1928; his brother Beverly, graduated in 1927. They were the sons of Walter and Emma Spencer, who purchased The Lyons Recorder from C. N. Brust; he operated the paper for eleven years and sold to C. R. Spencer (no relation). Also visiting were Dr. Tom and Susan Kay Smith of Longview, TX, who are visiting Mark and Pam Browning, Mike and Janet Hannervald of White Lake, MI, here for a wedding, Greg Snyder from Loveland here to donate old railroad papers, Andrea Ganley to research Welch Resort & Billings history, Alison Nacht, who lives in a historic house on Seward, as well as visitors from Illinois, Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona, and Tennessee, besides visitors from Lyons and several other Colorado towns. The museum is open daily through September 29. Stop by.
Of interest is the fact that the first recorded paper had only one issue in June, 1889, published by H. N. Morey as an advertisement for his store. Followed by The Lyons News published by Carrie Lyon in 1890. There was also the Lyons Topic with E. R. Lollar as publisher. The Longs’s Peak Rustler was published by Ben Durr from 1890-1891. Followed by the Lyons Herald published by W. H. Phelps n 1899 on Fridays. Then, H. C. Knight, the first editor and publisher of The Lyons Recorder in June, 1900, and was printed on Thursdays. Former owners were George Nelson, F. E. Holmes, L. T. Hortcorn, and M. W. Downie. Frank Pulver, Beverly Spencer-1941; then Royal Young-November, 194l. Beverly Spencer again-November, 1941-March, 1943, at which time it closed. With no Lyons newspaper, until 1968 when Ada Lou Hammans and family started it. Since then have been Jack Branscome, Walt Kinderman-1981-2000, when he sold to a Chicago Company, which sold to the Wamsley’s of Berthoud, who sold it to Joseph Lekarczyk and Lora Gilson, present owners, since 2010.
Amy Moffitt and baby Leah are visitng her parents, Cindy and Pete Moffitt this week. What a sweet baby, and what proud grandparents.
Louise Gibson Hall of Denver called to say “Greetings.” Her family, Dewitt and Ida lived up the South until 1942, when they moved to Boulder where she graduated in 1945. Her parents, brother Howard, as well as her husband are all deceased. She has a son and daughter that live close by. She wishes to say “Hi” to all that remember her.
We welcome Katie Grasso and Nicholas D’Oreangelis, who recently moved to Lyons from New Jersey and are staying with his aunt and uncle, Bev and Rich Taylor. Katie and Nicholas are both graduates of Rutgers University, she with a degree in Women’s Gender, and he in Environmental Policy. They are hoping to find work and settle here.
Visiting their parents Ron and Cindy Johnson, of Niwot, over the summer are my grandkids, Audrey of San Diego and Randall of Durham, North Carolina, taking breaks from college.
We say farewell to Shirley Werner, who wished us all farewell in a letter recently, as she has moved to a small apartment in Longmont, with less driving. Shirley and Wayne moved to Lyons over twenty years ago, built their home in Lyons Park Estates, and enjoyed being a part of our community. After Wayne passed away suddenly last year, Shirley could not handle the large house or driving. We wish her well.
Gary and Nell Coffey took their RV to the Buffalo Stampede in Grand Lake over the weekend, and enjoyed square dancing to Dave Guille, and celebrating the town’s yearly festival.
A memorial service for Dennis Vanatta of Apple Valley will be held this Sunday, July 28, at 9:30 a.m.
Dennis was the webmaster of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce for many years, and will be sadly missed. He conducted spiritual retreats, led men’s groups, and wrote music. He has three children, Wonder, Nupree, and Trulane, and six grandchildren.