IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL, this Thursday, for all schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District. All custodians, teachers, and staff have been working hard to get ready for the students. The students are generally ready to get back to school after a summer of ball, swimming, camps, etc.
ATTENDANCE: The twenty-four hour direct attendance line at Lyons M/Sr is (720) 494-3844; with a call required within two days if the student is going to be absent, or
it will be marked unexcused. A pre-arranged absence requires an absence form if the student will be gone three or more days. In the event of poor attendance or poor academic performance, the Principal may deny the excused absence. M/HS students may receive 50% credit for work completed due to an unexcused absence. Parents may check their students’ attendance on a daily basis by calling (720) 494-3844. The ID # for iPad, iPhone or Droid is FXZDYT
YEARBOOK DISCOUNT will be $55 for High School, $32 for Middle School, and September 6 is the deadline for early discount. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com.
IN THE OLDEN DAYS WE HAD THIS SONG:
School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
Reading and writing and arithmetic,
Talk to the tune of a hickory stick.
You were my girl in calico.
I was your handsome beau.
Your wrote on my slate, “I love you so,”
When we were a couple of kids!
FOLKSFEST is this weekend. Should be exciting with lots of good performers.
Thanks to the efforts of several entities, it seems like more of the festivarians are parking in Bohn Park. However many still clog Main and High Streets so shoppers have no place to park. Those 300-500 cars that park around town should be required to park in Bohn Park, which will help support the beleaguered over budget P&R.
MUSICAL DELIGHTS at The Stone Cup & Kitchen this Friday, August 16, with Shawn Waggoner, from 9 a.m. to noon; Esther Sparks, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 17; on Sunday, August 18, it’s Dan Daniels from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and on Monday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to noon it’s Sarah Caton. Come enjoy!
CONCERT IN THE PARK continues this Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m., featuring Ash & Andria Ganley. Support the vendors: Lyons Dairy Bar, the Food Truck, the Golden Gang’s wine/beer bar, and Farmer’s Market. It is reported that the Golden Gang booth sold $900 worth of beer and wine, with about 50% proceeds to the Golden Gang. You can’t beat that! Even an old fuddy-duddy like me will concede, it is a good moneymaker! That’s the name of the game! What more can you ask for!
THE RED ROCK RAMBLERS will feature Dean Dederman from Norfolk, NE, calling and cueing this Saturday, August 17. Known as “the taller caller,” Dean brings a lot of fun to the dancers. Out-of-state folks were from Seattle and Chevey, Washington and Cheyenne, Wyoming, plus twenty Colorado towns (Red Feather, Livermore, Parker, Akron, Florisant, and close-in towns). They all enjoyed Deborah Carroll and Jon Jones of Arlington, Texas, with Leroy Shade, cueing, last Saturday.
LYONS GOLDEN GANG
Friday, August 16, is birthday celebration day for August: 15 - Rich Wallace; 19 - Anne Marie Brown (deceased, we love you Marie) and Karen Ryan; 28 - Lorraine Self; 30 - Dale Saylors (recently deceased); and 31 - Mary Lou Wallace.
Wednesday, August 21, at 10 a.m.; it’s the Casino Trip.
Thursday, August 22, is Adult Cardio.
Tuesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m., dinner by LDS Church (new provider). Our thanks to LDS, River Church, Catholic Community, Lyons Community Church, and Oskar Blues for providing lunch/dinners for the senior citizens.
PARKS & RECREATION OFFERS
Adult Casino trip is next Wednesday, August 21, with $5 for transportation. Bus fare is free (the $5 is for transportation). Sign up at (303) 823-8250.
Adult Cardio Sculpt Fitness held Thursday, Aug 22, through September 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for adults 18 and older. $10 per class, or $50 for all. There must be a minimum of eight and maximum of twenty people. PLEASE REGISTER NOW TO MAKE
THIS CLASS HAPPEN.
Seated Fitness on Wednesday, August 21, at the Walt Self Community Building, for ages 50+ and it is free. To help maintain your cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility while sitting, with instructor Mary Chase. REGISTER NOW (303) 823-5925.
Active adult game day is held the first Wednesday of every month for games and conversation, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., with September 4, the next meeting date.
Active Adult Arts & Crafts held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., free to all seniors in Lyons area, ages 50 and up. August 28, will feature creating crafts with dried flowers.
FALL CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE begins in September through mid-October. Sign up now, it may not be too late (303) 823-8250.
CLASS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
An invasive plant management class will be held on Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in Lyons Town Hall, with six people minimum, and twenty maximum. Bring your own samples of weeds, with discussion on the meaning of a “weed” and address local concerns, with control methods and being “Garden Smart.” Register at (303) 823-8250.
Tennis classes will be held on Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28. For kids ten and under (ages 5 to 7, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., and ages 8 to 10 from 10 to 11a.m.). Older kids, and High Performance Tournament (ages 11 to 17) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with adult drills/skills (all levels welcome) from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Cost is $6 for 1/2 hour; $12. for 1 hour; and $18 for 1 1/2 hours. Maximum of eight per session.
REGISTER NOW! (303) 823-5925.
Denver Botanic Gardens Tour: The Town of Lyons Parks & Recreation Department is offering a trip for seniors to get a guided tour of this year’s special exhibition at the Botanic Gardens. The exposition features about twenty sculptures by Colorado artists. We will take the guided tour, which will be about an hour and then will have lunch at a choice of one of their two cafés. Lunch prices range from $5 to $10, or you can bring your own lunch and find a space around the gardens to enjoy. Everyone will have some time to explore the gardens on their own as well. Persons attending will be responsible for the cost of admission, which is $14 per person, as well as for any food and beverage costs. For more information or to sign up, please contact the Parks & Rec. Department. Age: Any, Fee: Admission $14, Lunch $5-$10, Date: September 12, Day/Time: Thursday 9:30 a.m., Location: Meet at Walt Self Building, Instructor: Adriana Blacker, Class Size: 10 Minimum, 17 Maximum. Register (303) 823-8250.
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will be the guests of the Red Rock Ramblers on Saturday, August 24, (as Chamber’s Night Out) to show that the square dancers have had a big impact on the economy of Lyons: advertising the town, shopping, eating, camping for the last fifty-five years, in a fun-filled way. Other guest are also welcome to drop in, have a snack, sit and enjoy the calling of vivacious Dee Dee Dougherty, and the cueing of Becky Evans. 7:30 to 10:15 p.m., with introductions at 9 p.m.
LAVERN’S HISTORY LECTURES will continue at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, August 21, with Mrs. LaVern telling her life’s story in Lyons, Colorado. What she did as a kid, working for O.J. Ramey Ins. & Real Estate, marrying a “LaVerne”, having two sons, and all her crusades. This is LaVern 2.0. Stop by. (It will probably be held inside. Come in and enjoy)
OUR THANKS TO KATHLEEN SPRING for conducting the Kids’ History Program last week. She received a complimentary letter saying so from Mom Lisa Hassin.
“While it's all still fresh in my head I wanted to reflect on Taino and my experience of the Lyons History Summer Day Camp 2013, On the last day of camp I asked Taino on a scale of 1 to 10 how he would rate the camp. He said it was a 100. I feel this experience gave us a connection to the museum and to Lyons that we have been missing for seven years living here. It should be required learning for all residents because it helps us appreciate where we live and gives us a great appreciation for the contributions of those who have come before us. My son clearly has gained a sense of pride and awareness that did not exist one week ago. I cherished his interactions with the older generations and the stories and patience they gave the children, I feel far more invested in the mission and longevity of the Redstone Museum. Taino cherished every minute and will be passing down his knowledge to older and younger generations. It has moved us to start thinking as a family about the present lives of the surviving Ute tribe and we are eager to learn more. Thank you for being a catalyst for greater curiosity in Colorado history. I couldn’t say enough. Thank you!
OUR THANKS TO OSKAR BLUES, all area firefighters, and all who attended the benefit last Saturday, with donated funds going to the Lyons Fire Protection District. It is indeed a pleasure to show our support for these volunteers, who risk life and limb for all. Another Firefighter Appreciation night is this Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 10 p.m., at the 29th Street Mall, in Boulder. All are invited.
UPCOMING: The Corner Studios will hold a series of adult workshop this fall, starting on September 14. Go to http://thecornerstudios.squarespace.com/adults/ for more information.
MAYAMA DANCE is now enrolling for adult, children, and toddler classes at mayamastudio.com.
ROCK ‘N RIVER RESORT offers you a tasting of five fine wines, and offers a unique Colorado experience, with stocked trout ponds, premium Colorado wines, and a massage. www.rocknriver.com
LYONS CHAMBER September social will be held on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Stillwater Healing Arts (Third Avenue and High Street), co-hosted by local health care providers Lyons Physical Therapy and JJBooksh-Asnicar. Guests are invited with a $5 donation
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is open daily through September 29, with Terri Weir, Kathleen Spring, and Ann Miller as hosts. Kept open one extra month during school, so the classes can take a tour. You will enjoy the history of the Lyons area in displays, photographs, and genealogy, or else!
THE B-STRONG bike race stopped in Sandstone Park last Saturday, August 10, with an estimate of 300 to 400 riders stopping throughout the day. The B-Strong ride benefits the Boulder Community Hospital and the George Karl Foundation.
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION held their regular meeting on Monday evening, announcing that all special events held this past summer had been a success, with more to come, and that they are seeking more ways to help their beleagued budget.
The uproar about their budget proved to be that the special items did not get into this year’s budget, and that $47,000 was spent on unexpected capital improvements (truck, pump, caved in well) to keep the department going. Present plans are to cut expenses by ten percent and to put that money into a Capital Contingency Fund, and to seek various ways to increase revenue: a recreation district, sales tax, property tax, increase user fees on camping, parking, picnickers, events, and to have more special events! We may be down, but are not out!
Purchase of the Hains property in Meadow Park is progressing, with public hearings to be held as to the use of it. Right now, it is a valued property to our Park. In the olden days, (sixty-five years ago), a house started up in our Meadow Park. We said, “That is our park, you can’t build a house there!”
However, the land was part of the Miller/Boyes farm that included Planet Bluegrass, the Riverside Trailer Court, and extended into “our” Meadow Park. It was always a dream, but little did we imagine that the Town of Lyons would ever obtain this beautiful piece of property! It is truly a “dream come true.” In 1978, the fore-thinking P&R board was formed with: Barry Johnson, LaVern Johnson, Farren Elwood, Gerald Boland, Mark Youngheim, and Dale Billings which promoted a $.50 a square foot park fee on new housing; thus the Capital Improvements Fund to be used for such, as well as matching funds. The P&R is applying for an Acquisition Grant from Go-Co to help purchase the Hains property. The Parks & Recreation Commission members are: LaVern Johnson, Board Liaison; Dave Cosgrove, Director; Mary Chase, Chair; Reed Farr, Vice Chair; Veronica Gaia, Secretary; and members Art Karsel, AJ Schwartz, Pam Barnes, and Doug Stahl. The next meeting will be Monday, September 9, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room at Town Hall.
When you figured there are nine hundred houses in Lyons, plus outbuildings, that is a terrible amount of damage, caused by the Friday, June 28, (Good Old Days) hail storm at $,8000 a house, or thereabouts! Wow. It will take many years of paying $600 to $1,200 a year insurance to recoup that amount.
BRANSON ON THE ROAD at the Boulder Theatre was enjoyed by many Lyonites last Tuesday evening. That old Country Western music was toe tapping. “Yippee, ky ya a.” All music lovers should visit Branson (another music town).
HISTORY OF THE SCANLON FAMILY
Jack Evert (who recently passed away, see obituary in my 08/01/13 column) was one of the few first cousins left of the Scanlon family, who were very prominent in the formation of our town. Born in 1866, and after his brother died of consumption, a family doctor in Connecticut advised Michael to move to Colorado where the climate was more favorable. In 1881, at the age of twenty-one, he took the train for Denver.
With the aid of J. L. Brice, a friend he met in Denver, they started a store, Scanlon & Brice, in Lyons in 1889. They first operated out of a tent with $300 of notions. The store later became the Lyons Golden Rule Store, located on the north side and the west end of Lyons Main Street. (which is still the vacant lot east of The Fork) The building was enlarged as the years passed and the family lived in apartments on the second floor. M. J., (Micheal) was Mayor in 1899.
He married Leona Elizabeth Capson in 1891. She was born at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Jane Capan. They had seven children. Leona, a daughter, was born in 1894, and attended high school in Ft. Collins and finishing school in Philadelphia in 1920. She married George Dunbar of Hartford, Connecticut. They operated an armored car service in Connecticut, where Bob Scanlon and Jack’s parents worked at one time. The Dunbars had four children. Margaret graduated from Lyons Grade School and Ft. Collins High School She married C. A. Garret; who operated a fruit and vegetable business from Denver, through Lyons to Estes.
Jack born in 1900, graduated from a high school in Denver. He was a mail carrier in Denver and California. He married Margaret Newby of Lyons and they had a son, John, who lives in Texas. Donald Wm was born in 1902 and went to high school in Boulder. He worked at his father’s store and later moved to Hartford. Robert was born in 1905; he was in the first graduating class of Lyons High School in 1925. He worked for the armored car service in Connecticut, and had two sons (Donald, recently deceased, and Michael of Virginia.)
Bob moved back to Lyons in the 1950s after his wife died. He married Leona Murray, a daughter of Susie Brown. He was very active in the Lyons Historical Society and died in the 1980s. Dorothea was born in 1907; she graduated in the first Lyons High Class in 1925, with her brother Bob, Ruth Cunningham, and Anna Jean Gordon. She married Robert Tremble and later married Carl Howe, son of Albert and Lura Howe of the Howe Mortuaries. Helen was born in 1911; She graduated from Lyons High in 1928, and married W. K. (Mickey) Evert of Longmont. They had one son, Jack Evert, who died last month. His three children are: Michael Kip, Kelli Joan, and Gina Strawn. The Everts work for the armored car service for several years, but moved back to the Estes Park area.
In 1905, there was an explosion in the store where Leonard C Lyon died, and the store was destroyed by fire. The family then lived at 314 Main Street (the 3rd house from 3rd Avenue, recently owned by Debbie Stevenson). M. J. maintained a gym in his store, where friends and family could box. He was of Irish descent. He served on many town offices including Treasurer in 1891 to 1896, and Mayor 1899, leader of the Democratic Party, and charter members of the Woodsmen of the World, on the school board, and was the postmaster. He frequently hiked to a favorite spot on Steamboat Mountain early in the morning where he could watch the sun rise, and sit under a favorite pine tree and read. It was at this spot where his ashes were scattered after his death in 1941, as well as those of Mrs. Scanlon, and several other members of the Scanlon family.
We pay tribute to the Scanlon family for their contribution to our town of Lyons, Colorado.
We will greatly miss the visits of Jack Evert, who was a regular visitor of the Lyons Redstone Museum and town once or twice a year. He talked of the Good Old Days, and he loved it as the town grew.