That was a great rain Saturday evening, and nice to have. Luckily there was not much hail or a tornado with it. We lucked out. I hear over TV that the roofers swarmed into Windsor and Erie on Sunday morning, all trying to get the most jobs. By the signs around town, about two-dozen roofing companies swarmed into Lyons last month, each telling you “they are the best.” How do we know! According to the TV, you should get three bids for replacing your roof, do not pay ahead, and make sure you get a good job.
Tuesday was National Night Out with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office holding their annual crime and
drug prevention, with a free BBQ, live country music, K9 demonstration, victim advocates, Lyons Fire Department, and Boulder County Parks & Open Space Mounted Patrol. We hope all enjoyed the evening. Thanks to all.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE was held for the 37th anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood on July 31. That day eleven inches of rain poured down on the Big Thompson, east of Estes Park, raising the river nineteen feet, destroying homes and businesses, taking a restaurant, and washing away most of US 34 to the canyon’s mouth, and claiming one hundred forty-four victims. A real tragedy, and why we “keep an eye” on the sky and the rain at this time of the year.
Watch out for bats. One will swoop into your house as you go in. Don’t handle them, or let them bite you. You have to take a seroes of painful rabies shots. Take care. Cat and Dave Oehlman of the Welch Resort (owners of Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ) have had many bats around their property. Beware!
This Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m., is the next CONCERT-IN-THE-PARK, with Colorado Bluegrass Band. Come and enjoy! Last week a huge crowd enjoyed the Blue Canyon Boys, with vendors running out of items, and the Farmer’s Market very popular. This week the Golden Gang will be serving beer and wine. Hoping to make $300 a night for the “Meals on Wheel” program, which furnishes the lunch four days a week. This old “FUDDY DUDDY” was the only Town Board member that voted against it. It is hard for me to visualize the senior citizens serving liquor with two hundred kids playing around the park enjoying the music, for a few dollars. In my day that was a “no-no.” How times have changed! I would rather pass a hat, and save the kids! Next Thursday, August 15, Ash and Andrea Ganley will perform. Come one, come all!
THE RED ROCK RAMBLERS SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE will feature Deborah Carroll and Jon Jones, callers from Arlington, Texas and Leroy Shade, cuer of Commerce City, at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Rounds at 7:30 p.m., squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. All square dancers invited. Out-of-state visitors who enjoyed Art Tangen and Arlin Sample last week were from: Seattle, Fort Worth, and Greenspring, Florida, and twenty-two Colorado towns. The hosts were the Foot ‘n Fiddle Club from Loveland.
THE LYONS PARKS & REC. COMMISSION will hold their monthly meeting this Monday, August 12, at 6 p.m., with the purchase of Hains property, a GO-CO grant for land acquisition (Hains property), review of goals and priorities, Comp Plan implementation, and the mid-year budget adjustments all on the agenda. The public is invited to attend.
KID ART CLASSES at The Corner Studios (318 Main Street) begin on August 19 (every Monday until November 11), if there is no school, a holiday for instance, there is no art. A walking shuttle from LES will be offered, the children enjoyed walking last year and please have them bring a snack (no starving artists). The class has extended hours this year: 2:35 to 4:35 p.m., giving parents a bit more time.
The class is offered as an eleven-week series for $200 (a 10% sibling discount will apply). The class is not a punch card system, sorry if your child misses a session there is no make up available.
All are invited to shop at the COMMA WORKSHOP where quilting and storytelling come home. Held in back of Ferg’s Inn (the old hotel) daily, 349 Main. This is the final time to order your sheets, pillowcases, and towel, autographed by authors.
LYONS CHAMBER held their August social at Spirit Hounds, with Dan Siddall as co-host. Wayne Anderson told of his journey to the distillery and Dan of his Real Estate business. Nancy Arp, long-time operator of Nancy’s Child Care, told about her business “loving all those kids.” Joycelyn Fankhouser, won the Richardo’s coffee liquor. The are medical businesses will serve as hosts next month on High Street, with the Town of Lyons being the featured business.
LaVern Johnson of the Red Rock Ramblers invited the Chamber and public to a “Chamber’s Night Out” at the square dance on Saturday, August 24, from 8 to 10 p.m., with introductions at 9 p.m. This is in appreciation of all the square dancers enhancing the town’s economy during the past fifty-five years. Members are invited to walk in, sit, have a snack, and enjoy the dancing. Dee Dee Dougherty, a vivacious caller from Minnesota and Arizona, and Becky Evans, the cuer from Erie, will be featured for the evening.
LYONS GOLDEN GANG BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE: Dan Ballard – Pres., Rich Wallace, Karen Ryan - Secretary, Shirley DeVeny, Anita Rodriguez - Vice President, Holly Beck - Treasurer, and Steve Mikesell.
A LARGE CROWD ATTENDED the Festival of Higher Awareness last Sunday, on Apple Valley Road, with a day of music, healing practitioners, indigenous elders, vendors, therapy, and food to benefit Tierra Sagrada, the Sacred Earth Foundation. Quite a peaceful day
A COLORADO VIDEO COMPANY will be in town the next few months, doing a video of the Lyons area, its businesses, amenites, and its history. A great opportunity to publicize our town, and we ask for your cooperation.
LYONS HIGH SCHOOL placed fourth in the seventh annual BoCoPreps.com. Cup, won by Holy Family. The standings are determined by a points system in which up to 100 points are awarded based on how far a team advances in the post season. Based only on team outcomes, not individual. Each school’s final number of points it earned by the number of sports it participate in.
Annette Spychalla and son from Boston, are visiting her parents, Ken and Alice, this week. She went to a college back East and met her husband from there.
Congratulations to Gerald and Cheron Boland on their 54th anniversary, which they celebrated listening to their son, Brent and band “Watertower” at the Laramie County Fair and holding a family BBQ. The Bolands met at UNC, she from Steamboat Springs and he from Greeley. Lyons was their first and only teaching spot. He coached boys basketball, and taught in the High School and Elementary, and Cheron taught fourth grade and was a Spanish teacher throughout the district. They have three children, Holly Stetson, Amy Hoh, and Brent, and four grandchildren. Congratulations.
Bob Urquidi and wife, Laurel, formerly of the Lyons Valley Bank, will lead a Mormons teen group (ages 14 to 18 years) on a journey through Wyoming, in memory of the pioneers who died. In preparation for the trek, August 5 through 8, the Lyons church hosted a “Ready to Roll” Pioneer Day Celebration, featuring activities the youth will do during the trek, such as tomahawk throwing, Dutchoven cooking, square dancing and cart-pulling. A great learning experience.
CONGRATULATIONS to Dexter James Tomczak, a 2012 graduate of Lyons High School, for being named to the University of Wyoming spring semester Dean’s list and the Dean’s freshman roll for 2012-13 academic year.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sharron Sue (Lawley) and Gary L. Stratton who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, July 5. They were married in the Catholic church in Idaho Springs in 1963. Gary retired in 2005 after forty-two years as a meat cutter, and Sharron still works part time at Precise Cables, where she has been more than twenty years. They have two sons: Gary “Skip” Stratton II of Longmont, and Matt Stratton and his wife, Kayleen of Loveland. They have four grandchildren: Kayla, Joel, Madeline, and Kalvin. The coupled celebrated with a road trip to Washington and Oregon in their 1955 Chevy and have a Hawaiian vacation planned.
Tim and Lynda Kelling of Third Avenue, moved to Longmont this week, to have less yard to take care of. We will miss them. Tim has lived in Lyons since he was seven years old and Lynda, was raised in Denver. Her grandparents were Harry and Susie Brown. Her mother, Imogene Brown, was a 1938 graduate of Lyons High. Her father was Victor Dick, whose father operated a movie theater on Main Street in the early days. Tim Kettling, the youngest child of George and Katherine Kelling, who moved from Fleming, CO, remodeled the chicken coops by the cemetery into small apartments in the 1950s. George was a pharmacist at the Lyons Drug Store and Kate worked for O.J. Ramey Real Estate and Insurance. Tim was a whiz basketball player and a 1962 graduate of Lyons, attended college, and was Lyons’ teacher and boys and girls basketball coach in the 1970-80s, taking the girls team to state four times. Lynda was a teacher at Lyons and Westview. Their daughter Tara, 1989 graduate, and a super athlete, lives in Mead with her husband Tray Shehee and children: Tray Drew Jr, and Timbre Lynn. Yes, it was sad to see that moving truck take them out-of-town. We will miss them.
However, we are happy to announce Kenyon and Juli Waugh, and two daughters, of the Lyons Dairy Bar purchased the stately home, built by Leo and Ora Niner, who operated the St. Vrain Lumber Yard from 1928 until sold to the Waltermeiers in 1951, and later by Clarence and Martha Morton. George and Katherine Kelling then purchased the home, and later owned by Tim and Lynda.
THE LOVE BUG IS GOING AROUND
Bill Martin has returned from Texas with his bride, Barbara Nusaitais of San Juan Texas. They got acquainted on-line, then met at Village Inn in Loveland as she visited her son. They are at home south of Lyons. We congratulate them!
DALE SAILORS, age 85, died August 2. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
DAN R. ELWOOD, 48, died July 30. He was born October 22, 1964 to Farrren and Arlene Elwood. Dan grew up in Lyons, and went to school here from kindergarten through 12th grade. He enjoyed playing in numerous little league sports. One of his highlights in life was spending time with his son Daniel, as well as hunting and watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos. He was preceded in death by his Uncle Bob Bachy, grandparents Ray and Mary Cink, and grandfather Leonard Elwood. He is survived by his son, Daniel of Longmont, parents Farren and Arlene Elwood of McCall Lake, ofsister Tammy Crowell (Rick) of Mead, nephew Kyle, grandmother Helen Cottrill of Greeley, Aunt Darlene Bachy of Lyons, cousins Bob Bachy Jr and Dennis Bachy both of Lyons, and other relatives. Services were held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel ,Saturday, August 3. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
CHARLES M. HEVENOR of Horizon Drive, Lyons, age 72, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on Saturday, July 27. He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering, and spent most of his career with Gerber Scientific, Inc., of Connecticut, and was named in over twenty-five patents. He retired as president in 2001. He moved to Lyons in 2009. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of thirty-six years, two sons from Denver and Fort Collins. Services were held last Sunday, August 4, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Contributions can be made to Mystic and Noank Library or Keawala’I Congregational Church.
AND FINALLY, WITH SYMPATHY TO Andrew Peter Jones (Phaedra), and Riley Matthew Jones, both of Lyons, whose father, Rich Jones of Highland Drive, passed away on June 29. He was an organic apple grower and dog lover. A lifelong Boulder County resident, whose family established Jones Drug in Boulder in 1902. He spent his time sharing his apples and painting, building, sculpting and wood carving in his barn. He is remembered for his sense of humor, fearlessness, strength, and dedication. He is survived by his wife, Colleen, two sons of Lyons, and daughter, Kelsey Jones Derail of Seattle.