The town was full of festival-goers over last week through the weekend bringing good music to folks from near and far, and boosting the town’s economy. Besides the lessons, they enjoyed tubing, swimming, playing, jumping, dancing, eating, etc. The downtown area was congested all weekend with hardly a place to park. All enjoyed their stay in Lyons. FolksFest is August 16 through 18.
LYONS CHAMBER SOCIAL IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, at Spirit Hounds, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Dan Siddall as co-host. All members and guests are invited; guests are charged $5. Come one and
all. Support the Chamber. New Chamber President, Julie Waugh, states that JJ Booksh has resigned as President, and that Anne Marie Mikoni of VISAbility is taking time off due to illness in the family; however, things are going strong.
FREE CONCERT-IN-THE-PARK this Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., will feature The Blue Canyon Boys (a world traveled band). Vendors are selling snacks and ice cream, and the Farmer’s Market is featured. Kids and adults are dancing. A real joyful time. Be sure to attend!
THE LIBRARY DISTRICT BOARD IS GATHERING signatures to show the County Commissioners that we support the formation of a library district. Stop by their booth at the Thursday night free concert in Sandstone Park and sign up.
The Larimer and Boulder County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the library district in Lyons, on Thursday, August 29, at 5 p.m., at the Lyons Town Hall, after which they will tour the present library facility. Plan to attend: give your support for a new library facility.
The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5.
THE RED ROCK RAMBLERS SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE will feature Art Tangen of Albuquerque, NM, this Saturday, August 3, on squares and Arlin Sample of Greeley on rounds. Art started calling as a kid in Iowa, and has become popular as he called throughout the United States. Folks will enjoy him. Square dances are held at the Lyons Elementary School gym (4th & Stickney), every Saturday through Labor Day, with a special PLUS dance held on Sunday, September 1.
Square dancers enjoyed the calling of Dan Nordbye of Mesa, Arizona and cueing of David Parker of Parker, last Saturday with out-of-staters from Seattle, and dancers from eighteen Colorado towns. The Merry Mixers Club of Greeley were the hosts. Spectators are invited to stop by and watch the dancing.
If interested in learning to square dance, beginning classes will be held in Longmont every Wednesday, starting September 18, at 6 p.m.
WELCOME BACK LYONS RESIDENTS
We’ve always said that Lyons folks “go out to seek their fortune and then return to Lyons.” Some say “If I ever get out of this town, I will never come back,” but they do. So we want to welcome Michelle Goranson, who has been in Alabama for six years; John Miller, who has been in Longmont. We welcome them back to town.
THE KIDS HISTORY PROGRAM is being conducted this week by Kathleen Spring where the students will learn about early Lyons and settlers. All report a great time. A closing program will be held this Friday at 10 a.m., at the Lyons Redstone Museum. Stop by. This program was partially funded by the Lyons Community Foundation. Our thanks.
HISTORY TALK BY MRS. LAVERN continues next Wednesday, August 7, at 1 p.m., under the shade at the Lyons Redstone Museum. There have been talks on the quarries, the town, the Coffin Top Dam, pioneer families, schools, floods, the sewer plant, Meadow Park, Apple Valley Road, Old South St Vrain, and any topic you are curious about. Come and learn about Lyons!
A GRANT WRITING SEMINAR sponsored by the Lyons Community Foundation will be held at Lyons Valley Village on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m., to tune you in and to answer any questions on the grants, which are due to the LCF on September 8. The LCF is seven years old, and has given $180,000 in grants to non-profits of the Lyons area (school, history, art, sculptures, maintenance and repair, computers, scholarships, endowment, etc.) They are looking into forming a Legacy Fund, where you can will your property or money to the LCF, knowing it will be in good hands and put to good use. We certainly thank this wonderful organization that helps Lyons to be a better place to live.
JULY BIRTHDAYS were celebrated on Friday, July 19, at The Golden Gang. Happy birthday to: Sara Borst - 7/2; Wayne Werner – 7/4 (we are thinking of you, Wayne); Opal Jackson – 7/12; Vance French – 7/4; Don Hunt – 7/16 (we are thinking of you Don); Shirley Werner – 7/16; LaVern Johnson – 7/23; Don Colard – 7/26; and Barb Matthews – 7/29, enjoy another year!
MEALS – EACH TUESDAY, WED., AND FRIDAY 11:30AM – Walt Self Sr Center - donation of $3.25 – Good
MEALS ON WHEELS, - delivered to your door – 5 days a week, if desired - $3.25 each – worth it!
SENIOR MEALS BY AREA CHURCHES – MONDAYS AT 5:30 PM – CALL 303-823-6771 TO VERIFY!
(Thanks to the Catholic Community who served delicious Pizza, salad, and dessert to the Seniors last Monday evening – The River Church will serve this Monday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. All Senior Citizens are invited to come and enjoy.
BINGO – EACH TUESDAY (PRIZES NEEDED—LEAVE AT SENIOR CENTER)
LUNCH AT Oskar Blues – 11:30 am – each first Wednesday FOLLOWED BY Active Adult Game Day from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MOVIE MATINEE – 2nd Wednesday of every month, from 12:30-2:30 pm.
CASINO TRIP Sign up at 303-823-8250 for the next trip scheduled for August 21st. Cost is $5 for transportation, plus your own food and gambling expenses.
SENOR SEATED FITNESS – NEXT CLASS August 21 from 11a.m.
VISITORS AT THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM this past week were: Aaron Keahey of the Don Johnson family; Austin Boone, a Lyons High graduate; Mike and Janet Hannevald of White Lake, MI for their daughter Cassidy’s wedding; Greg Snyder of Loveland to donate old railroad papers; Alison Nacht and children Benjamin and Naomi, who live in the historic house on Seward; Dick and Jim Hile of Sacramento CA whose mother, Rachael Baumgarten, taught school in Lyons from 1930 to 1932; the Vacation Bible School students; Sarah Tutor, a Lyons High graduate who is doing a history project for her college; Tom and Elaine Morgan of Macedon, NY, visiting their new grandson; Charlie Formaro of Des Moines, IA who has a family cabin in Allenspark; Jen Moran of Albuquerque, looking for an article in the paper; Julie Perkins of Lyons, visiting family; Tracy Murphy of Longmont at the quilt store; Sandra and Jacques of Denver and Canon City, children of Merle (Brackett) and Jim McGeorge (Lyons graduates in 1930 and 1934); several Festivarians, and parents of those attending Kids Camp; as well as from Lindenhurst, IL, Euless, TX, Nashville, TN, Seward, AK, Fort Worth, TX, Reston VA, Marionville, MO, Orlando, FL, Eucloe, LA, Moorland, IA, Petoskey, MI, and Madice, OK, besides many area towns. For a tour of the museum to learn Lyons’ area history, stop by. Open daily through September 29.
CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Hinker and Jaicy Sutak who were placed on the University of Northern Colorado dean’s list this last quarter. And to Piper Doering, who was honored at the 2013 American Legion Auxiliary, Colorado Columbine Girls State program held in Gunnison. Approximately two hundred students participated in the session at Western State University from June 9 through 14. Piper ran for mayor, president pro tem, and district attorney. She won the primary election for district attorney, and campaigned. She states she loved Girls State. It was an awesome learning experience. Girls that will be juniors this coming year are encouraged to apply this spring for the 2014 program, through their individual schools.
THANKS TO ALL for the cards, calls, song over the phone, cake, flowers, greetings, etc., for my birthday, and a birthday dinner at Oskars with Chastidee (whose birthday was also July 23) and Matt Bulkovatz with children Peyton, Evan, and Anyka), and Joseph Lekarczyk (whose birthday was July 24). We hope to enjoy another year!
CONGRATS TO DON HADDAD, who has been named the National Superintendent of the Year! Haddad, the Superintendent of the St. Vrain School District, received the award based on three criteria: outstanding achievement, demonstrated belief in continuous improvement, and commitment to collaboration. Several of the district’s achievements included the $16.6 million Race to the Top district grant; the district’s receiving the top score when it received the $3.6 million Invest in Innovation Federal Grant, accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the Medical and Bio Science Academy, and the Leadership Academy. Our congratulations Don Haddad!
DURING THE LYONS “GOOD OLD DAYS” the classes of the ‘03’s were honored. Although from the class of 1933 all are deceased, they were: Leona Andrews (mother to Darlene Thompson and sisters Valene, and Donna; Shirley Brackett, parent to Frankie Phillips, Mike, Earl, and Keith Sanford; Edith Clark, sister to Adelyn Burdick; Bud Hervey, brother to Hazel (he raised pumpkins on the farm that is now Planet Bluegrass); Leonard Loukonen, father to Dean, John, Mike, Kathy, and Linda, who operate the Loukonen Stone Company; Virginia Marshall Brindle, worked in the Lyons Post Office and then moved to White Sands, NM, and has a son David; Evelyn McCoy, married Clair Tabor; and Ila Stevens, sister to Fern Stevens Rigdon.
The Town of Lyons was founded in 1880 for its reddish sandstone, that has been sent throughout the world for its stability, sturdy nature, and is used for sidewalks, paving, flowerboxes, decorative walls, buildings, memorials, etc. The town was founded by E. S. Lyon, who with six men came from Putnam, Connecticut, to find employment. They had been to the gold boom towns of Black Hawk and Central City, which were fizzling out. Lyon and his men rode on horseback out of Boulder each day to find some work. They came across the red hill to the south; saw that a 160-acre farm owned by Isabelle and Hiriam Sawyer was for sale, and bought it. Lyon noticed the outcropping of the sandstone, went back to Connecticut for financing and his family, and started the town. The schoolhouse (now the Lyons Redstone Museum) was one of the first buildings. Then the Old Stone Church, Frank’s Meat Market (now The Fork), the General Store (now Ralston’s Antiques), the dynamite building (now open for gifts on weekends), the depot, (now the library).
The first subdivision was the Putnam Plat, located from Stickney to Reese between 4th and 5th Avenues, which has 75’ wide lots instead of 50’. Putnam and Lyon got into a lawsuit and Mr. Lyon left Lyons in 1915, never to return. His son, Leonard Lyon, was killed in the fire at the Golden Rule store on December 5, 1905 (the electricity had gone out and he went down with a lantern to see why; coal oil was dripping, and he was killed at 7:10 p.m. We have his pocket watch stating the time in the museum). His grandson, Donald Lyon, just died and there are no Lyon decendants to carry on the name, as Donald’s son died some years ago from cancer. Leonard married Alice Sousa and built a home on Apple Valley Road, now owned by Tony Ballinger. Lillie Lyon married T.J. Thorn, the first principal of the Lyons school, and operated the health resort that is now Stone Mountain Lodge. She died of tuberculosis, which was a common disease in those days. Mabel married Verl Schilling, and settled in Walden, their granddaughter, Luella Lindquist lives in Longmont. Luella is the curator at the Hover Home. Edward Raymond was in the U. S. Merchant Marines. Ida Beth married Russell Crowder and lived in Walden. Their daughter, Karen Hakonson, also lives in Longmont.
As the town grew, because of more stores, a school, the old stone church, etc., as they
heard about this “new” town of Lyons, Colorado! Thus, we are surviving in our beautiful town, where there is music, good restaurants, a lot of shops, parks, trails, the museum, the best of schools, and more! Thanks to Edward S. Lyon, we love our town!
DENNIS VANATTA: A very moving ceremony for our good friend, Dennis Vanatta, was held at his “retreat” on Apple Valley Road last Sunday morning. Held by his significant other, Anisha, and words from good friends and co-horts, we heard a lot abut Dennis that we didn’t know. How he played the saxophone, was in the Rhythm-Airs Band, played at the Jitney Dance, was a gardener, a computer and web whiz, and all. Children scattered rose petals as we reminisced our thoughts of Dennis. How they held hospice, and he ate nothing for sixty-seven days before his death; wanting to be the real transition of his spirit from his body. He was a Tibitan monk with a very touching philosophy. God bless you Dennis.
JOHN GORDON, passed away July 5. He was in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in Fort Collins. He was born to D. G. and May (McGraw) Gordon of Denver. He graduated from Lackland Air Force Academy, San Antonio, as a paratrooper in 1951. He continued to skydive recreationally well into his 70’s, clocking over 10,000 jumps in his lifetime. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and an honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, camping, professional bull riding, sky diving, and skiing. He taught ski school and was director of the ski patrol at Hidden Valley Ski Area in Estes Park and another area outside of Leadville. He taught until 2013. He traveled the world extensively. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, and is survived by his sister, Gloria Getty of California, his children, Jen Juneau of Estes Park, John Reid “Junior” of Lyons, his grandchildren Brandi, Michaela, J’Lyn and Dylan, and a great-grandson Sawyer of Estes park. A “celebration of life” Bar-B-Q was held at his residence in Lyons on Saturday, July 13.
Contributions can be made to The Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., 133 S Van Gordon Street, Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228. “May you free fall through the skies, tear up the slopes and ride endless roads for eternity.”
JACK W. EVERT (81) passed away at Hope West Hospice, in Grand Junction, on July 10. He was preceded in death by “the love of his life” Bettye S. Evert. He is survived by three children, and five grandchildren. Jack was raised in Lyons, the son of Helen (Scanlon) and Mick Evart, the grandson of MJ and Leona Scanlon, who operated the Golden Rule Store in Lyons, from 1899 to 1941.
Jack resided most of his life in Evergreen. There will be a golf tournament in his honor, at the Homestead Golf Course, in Lakewood, on Friday, August 16, at 1 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Mt. Evans Hospice in Evergreen, or Hope West Hospice, in Grand Junction.