LYONS VISITORS’ CENTER has been open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September, and is scheduled to close on Sunday, October 3. However, it could be open on weekends through October, if donations suffice. $400 is needed to keep it open. Send to Box 49, Lyons, CO. Tourists are pouring through town. Let’s invite them to stop.
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE meets each Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Lyons Town Hall. Ideas are being considered to encourage business, be more business friendly, ways to get more sales tax, etc. Your inpute is welcome. Plan to attend.
Victoria Simonsen, Lyons Town Administrator, and Jacque Watson, Lyons Economic Development Coordinator, will visit the various businesses about town for suggestions of what the town can do to help the businesses.
THE BAR-B-Q IS ON! Thanks to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, who have been feeding the Lyons football fans for a special picnic the past 15 years. Serving at 4 p.m. at the John “Jet” Johnson Field at the Lyons HS and it’s free if you buy a ticket to the football game vs Highland at 7 p.m.
During the week the students wore hats or Hawaiian shirts. During the game, a Homecoming King and Queen will be chosen. This is a time to remember your days in Lyons High, your graduation, your football years, your teachers, what fun you had in school, and the years since then. See you there!
JOG-A-THON this Friday, at the Lyons Elementary School. The top fundraiser for the school, which furnishes funds for supplies, improvements, activities, speakers, etc. Each student will collect pledges for the laps they run around the course. Bronwyn Muldoon is the chairman. Contact the school if you haven’t been contacted by a student to help out with this worthy cause. In the past, they have taken in as much as $20,000, but last year it was down to $l6,000. Imagine what that amount does for our Lyons kids. Call 823.5915 to pledge.
LYONS 2ND ANNUAL “TOUR DE COOPS,” Sunday, September 26, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a self guided tour to view 10 chicken coops in Lyons. Look for the map and participating coops on www.LyonsFarmette.com. It is fun!
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM lessons will continue at The Outlaw this Sunday, September 26 from 2 to 5 p.m., with Anita Rodriquez instructor. Yes, it is fun, a way to while away your afternoon, and catch up with those that play several nights a week. All invited. Stop by.
AMENDMENTS 60, 61, AND PROPOSITION 101 are of great concern to all town governments, libraries, museums, districts (school, fire, recreation, etc.), and we ask you to all vote “NO” on them. The St. Vrain School District will lose $l46 million in one year! How can they operate?? As to towns, the consensus of the Colorado Municipal League is that all Colorado cities and towns will lose about 50% of their revenue!!! Devastating. Of course, I can see folks wanting to save money, but we have to be able to operate and keep afloat!! The School District “Grassroots” group is distributing yard signs. Call 303-823-5925 for one if your home is in a good location for all to see.
Amendment 60 will cut school funding in Colorado by more than $1 billion with no credible way to replace that money. Amendment 61 makes it impossible for governments to borrow money for critical projects like roads, infrastructure, airports, hospitals, etc. Proposition 101 will slash transportation funding by more than 25 percent, which will further cripple the ability of state and local governments to do even basic repairs to our roads and bridges. Forget about any new construction. That just won’t happen if 101 passes. The Boulder Daily Camera states: “Do not be fooled by overly simplistic and totally misleading promises. These extremist measures are out to decimate critical government services and infrastructure”. An interesting fact is of the 27 Republican members in the Colorado State House, 23 have signed a letter of opposition to the measures. It is a clear signal those measures are too extreme for Colorado. Vote against 60, 61, and 101 to protect our economic future!
THE CLARIFER is soliciting for volunteers to help put the tile on the massive old sewer plant, which will be declared the “state of art” when finished. A huge project of several years by Priscilla Cohan, Cathy Rivers and friends. They have painted and glazed 1200 tiles, found hundreds of pieces of pottery, but need hundreds more – especially blue for the sky. They are making great progress gluing the tiles on, into trails, trees, flowers, etc. Very intriguing. Scheduled workdays are: Sundays, 10 a.m to noon, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by, lend a hand!
The scoundrels that are lurking around at night doing vandalism will soon be caught. There are several leads as to who they are. The Museum is especially interested in catching them and has an offer of $100 reward so they can recoup the $600 damage done to the museum door (however, luckily they didn’t get in) and signs. To vandalize the clarifier is unspeakable! Lyons residents, if you see a group of three or four boys hanging around doing mischief at the school, the town facilities, the museum, in your neighborhood, it’s no doubt they are up to no good, Call 911. We will catch them, yet!
HERITAGE FAIR last weekend at the Lyons Redstone Museum was enjoyed by all. The program now available on the DVD’s of Lyons pioneers was shown on a television. Thanks to Kathleen Spring who received grants from the Colorado-Wyoming Museum Association and the Lyons Community Foundation, and volunteers Clark Hodge and Kenyon Waugh, who transferred the videos onto DVDS, and made this unique program possible.. Folks are invited to visit the museum and watch the DVDs, or purchase one: $20 until October 1, and $24.95 thereafter.
Call 303-823-0997. This is a program of the Lyons History Video Project, with 70 interviews of Lyons pioneers available. A Great History lesson.
STOP AT THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM
The 33rd season of the Lyons Redstone Museum (1881 schoolhouse) is coming to a close, next weekend Oct. 1-3. If the Visitors’ Center is open during the weekends in October, an effort will be made to find volunteers to keep the museum, also. The museum had an influx of more visitors this past summer, with many new Lyons residents learning the history of the Lyons area, and descendants of past residents “seeking their heritage.” The Lyons Redstone museum programs this season included: a Kids’ program (thanks to the Lyons Community Foundation); honoring of all Lyons pioneers during the Good Old Days; a dedication of Frank Weaver’s book, “Lyons, the Quarry town-1800” compiled by Diane Benedict; and “Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons 1900’s” and “Piecing a Town together-Families of Lyons, Colorado” by Denise Berg. A special thanks goes to Robert Jones who repaired the museum’s doorbell, fixed the TV desk, and helped paint the museum signs. A true friend! The museum is open daily, June through October 3. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Stop by!
OUR THANKS TO THE BLUE MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION
The Lyons Historical Society is the recipient of a $1000 grant from the Blue Mountain Foundation, a technology company based in Lyons and Golden. The grant goes toward “operating support”, which includes the utilities, insurance, maintenance, and repair of the museum, which total $5000 a year. This is indeed a great help to the Historical Society. Sincere thanks!
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their September Social at Lyons Physical Therapy with eleven medical businesses as hosts. Each was introduced by JJ Booksh, C of C Vice President, and told the services they provide. Tina Schooler and Buttercream Bakery, catered the delicious food. The October Social will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at the Loukonen Stone Yard, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Chamber has made a change of procedure for announcements; anyone wanting an announcement made, must contact Jane Rhode 823.9800 by Monday of that week, send in your announcement, which will be read at the meeting. An announcement to the webmaster has to be in by Friday to:
, which is sent to all Chamber members.
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About Town – Part II
BENEFIT CONCERT: THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BOULDER presents the “Fourmile Canyon Revival” to benefit the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund on Saturday, October 9, at First Bank Center in Broomfield. The Concert will feature several well known bands. Tickets to “Fourmile Canyon Revival” will be $60 and on sale at www.KBCO.com or www.Tickethorse.com. You can donate online: click “Donate now” and designate your gift to the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief fund, or send to 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302.
LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
We were all busy getting our grant applications into the Lyons Community Foundation last week. The Foundation is looking for folks to serve on the Grant Review Committee.
Our praises to this group who have worked hard to raise funds to disburse to worthy causes for the Lyons area, consisting of many very unique and wonderful projects.
The Lyons Garden Club is soliciting funds for daffodils, of which they will plant thousands. Send funds to Sue Wratton, Box l54, Lyons, CO. Our thanks to this group of ambitious folks, who have made Lyons beautiful this summer with their flowers and plants throughout the town. I have always loved Frisco, Colorado, for their plants and hanging baskets in the summer, and now Lyons joins the “beautiful” towns.
DOUBLE D ACCOUNTING AND TAX SERVICE, Owner Diane (York) Johnson is setting up business in the Lyons Café Building on High Street, where she will have more room for her Tax and Accounting Customers. Her daughter, Casey, works with her, and husband, Don, is making the improvements. We wish her the best!
AN ERA GONE BY
We miss The Lyons Café. Marguerite People, owner, bought Bea’s Café on Main Street in 1962, moved to High Street, where The Lyons Physical Therapy is now, and purchased the present location, where they have offered delicious food and ESPECIALLY PIES since then. Marguerite, age 96, retired, daughters June and Agnes wore out, grandkids, Kathy has moved to South Carolina, and great grandkid worked there in the summer but are off to college. We sing praises to owners (Marguerite and family) for over 40 years of serving the community, and wish them well.
Happy birthday to Coco Gordon, a lady about town, who celebrated her 72nd birthday with an “Open House” last Thursday evening. We wish her many more. Coco is on the Lyons and State Sustainability Committees, and has traveled to several conventions on the topic. She moved here from New York some years ago, and has sponsored many unique events: Umbrella parade and Poetry Club, to name a couple. Happy birthday, Coco.
Gary and Nell Coffey enjoyed a weekend outing in Leadville with the Ghost Town Club, where they visited Colorado Mountain College and the famous Hayden Ranch, which the college owns. They also took a mine tour, where they went 600 feet down in a lift (Why do they call it a lift, if you are going down?). A lot of history in the Leadville area, a former silver mining town. .
Donna Vanderheiden from Whidbey Island, Washington is visiting her daughter and family of Lyons, Sheila Freehill-Hirt and husband Dave Hirt and daughter Lilly. Welcome.
Dr Joe Meckle, Lyons Chiropractor, has returned from Buffalo, NY after celebrating his father’s 90th birthday. He states his parents, Don and Mary are doing well, and consider Lyons a “Paradise.” Also, that his three children are all enrolled in chiropractic school in Daytona, Florida. Josh will graduate in March, and Jenny and Carly just started. Carly recently transferred from the Colorado National Guard to the Florida National Guard. Her group was recently activated and she will deploy for the fourth time. Dr. Joe is always an inspiration to talk to. He feels Lyons is “the best”, and appreciates the town, the school, his customers, and friends to the utmost! He has operated the Lyons Chiropractic Clinic since graduating 26 years ago, and is now operating out of his home.
THINKING OF YOU
We are sad to report that Ronald DeVeny is in failing health and now in Hospice. Ron and Shirley are old-timers in Lyons, moving here when their children Debbie and Dennis were small. Ron worked at a print shop in Boulder and also in Lyons. He broke his femur bone last year, and has had complications since. God Bless.
GET WELL WISHES to Tim Englert of Lafayette, whose wife Jeannie passed away three years ago. Jeannie was an activist from Durango who moved to Lafayette to crusade against the Animas-LaPlata Dam at Cortez. She became a friend of the Dam Concerned Citizens here in Lyons, who were fighting against Coffintop dam at the time. Tim recently re-married. On the day of his wedding reception, Tim ended up in the hospital with pancreatitis. Tim has been a good friend of the Lyons Historical Society, attended the dedication of the rehabilitation of the museum last year, and visited me in the hospital when I broke my femur. I hear he is doing okay.
A lot of local historians attended the memorial service of Martha Clevenger, age 59, who died of cancer last week. She was the curator of the Longmont Museum when the new museum opened in 2002. She shaped exhibits and programs to portray Longmont’s history. She will be sadly missed by all.
Many SQUARE DANCERS attended the memorial service for Roger House, age 76, member of the Hix ‘n Chix Club of Longmont, who died in his sleep on a fishing trip in Wyoming, and for Dale Wood, of nearby Tiny Town, a member of the Rocky Tops Club, who died of cancer. Both gentlemen regularly attended the Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dances here in Lyons for several years.
LESTER “LES” BARTON FORD, age 94, passed away September 8, at the Peaks Care Center in Longmont. He was born in 1915 in Prosper, Texas, and grew up ranching in west Texas. He served in the US Army Air Corps, and moved to Colorado from New Mexico in 1954. He ran the American legion Post #32 and managed the Elks Lodge #1055 in Longmont a number of years. He was a heavy equipment operator, and helped with water tunnels and the Moffitt Tunnel. He was preceded in death by his wife Velma, and his brother Martin. He is survived by sons: Mart Ford of Longmont, Rod Ford of Denver, and daughter Becky Case of Ranier, Oregon, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Services were held on Sept.15 at the Howe Mortuary Chapel. Military honors were provided by the United States Air Force and the American Legion Post #32. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6857 Paiute Ave., Niwot, CO 80503.