Another great week of beautiful fall weather. Let’s enjoy it as long as we can. Last year we had a freeze the at end of September, and the big snow the end of October, that flooded the basement of the Lyons Soda Fountain! I have seen the time when it snowed on Labor Day, so you never know.THE “BAD” AMENDMENTS WERE explained by Sandy Banta of the Lyons Town Board at Wednesday’s “Meet the Board,” stating, if passed, the State and its people will have no money to operate towns, cities, schools, or districts. She stated that if passed, the Lyons Schools could well be in jeopardy, as small school cost more per pupil. She urged everyone to vote “NO” on Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101.
TWENTY-NINE YEARS has slipped by with yours truly, writing the weekly Lyons “Tid Bits.” Wow, that sounds like a long time, but it has quickly passed. I hope it is still interesting, as I try to bring you the happenings and the history of the area.
All new folks think the amenities that we enjoy just dropped out of the sky, but I can’t think of anything we have, or protested against, that didn’t take a crusade. From saving the High School, to getting lights for the football field, trying for a Recreation District that would include a swimming pool, damning Coffintop Dam, protesting 8000 houses at Dowe Flats on the hazardous waste dump, preventing a quarry from bringing a semi load of rock through town every six minutes, six days a week, for 30 years, a topless bar, liquor sales within 500 feet of the school, just to name a few. Yes, I need to write a book to get it all this down in black and white.
THE LYONS OUTDOOR MARKET close for the season Saturday, Oct. 9. Matt and Susan report a good season and wish to thank all the vendors and buyers for participating. It was reported that Pam Solomon of the Lyons Realty had purchased the large chair from Colorado Picnic Tables to use for advertising.
HALLOWEEN is right around the corner, and the Golden Gang and GAP program are sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving contest at the Walt Self Senior Center on Thursday, October 28, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., with everything, including the pumpkins, furnished. The pumpkins come from a good crop grown at the Community Garden by Coco Gordon. All kids are invited.
THE HALLOWEEN PARADE is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, followed by trick-or-treating at the businesses, buggy rides, and a spook house by the Boy Scouts in Meadow Park. There will also be mask making, Bongo the Balloon Man, the Old-Time Community Dance and Costume Contest. Get your Costume ready.
WORD IS OUT on the Christmas Parade of Lights, with the theme “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.” The parade is scheduled promptly at 6:30 p.m., and is limited to 75 entries.
Throwing candy is not allowed, nor is dressing up like Santa. The parade will be followed by caroling at the Raul Vasquez Stage and fireworks. The Historical Society will sell their snacks, hot chocolate, and coffee at the Visitors’ Center.
The light show will be back, as well as the 35th Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Lyons Elementary School on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. Mark your calendar.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM closed its 33rd summer season last Sunday with a lot more visitors than usual. Was it the sale of Frank Weaver’s books, the kids program, the DVD of Lyons pioneers, a poor economy where people were staying closer to home, an influx of Lyons area visitors, help at the Visitors’ Center, more interest in Lyons history, the restoration of the old schoolhouse built in 1881, or…whatever? It was interesting to have them. Thanks to summer employees and those who filled in: Randall Johnson - set the computer up for scanning the articles; Katie Hirschfield – filing; Kathleen Spring (who came from Michigan ten years ago, and is interested in Lyons history for her pioneer video interviews, and hopes to publish a book) - worked on displays and led the kids’ history program; Janet Freeman (always a cheerful, willing helper, who came to the Lyons area in 1983 from Chicago) - for filing, and fill-ins; Audrey Johnson; and Wanda Janik. Also, thanks to all others that helped make it a good year.
THANKS TO THE TOWN OF LYONS for the grant, which pays for summer employees to keep the museum open daily, June thru September. Thanks to the school district who takes care of the landscaping and lawn. Thanks to the members of the Lyons Historical Society who pay the rest of the expense through fundraisers, sales, and grants for its operation, (the Scientific and Cultural District and Blue Mountain Foundation).
Grants from the Lyons Community Foundation made the kids’ history program, and from the Colorado and Wyoming Museum Association (CWAM) which funded the History DVD Project. So all was well. The museum is scheduled to open June 2, 2011. Folks can call 303-823-5925 for more information.
THE CHAMBER has been very active of late with “Meet the Town Officials” last Wednesday; very interesting and well attended. They are putting out a monthly letter, distributing the new Lyons First Directory, and have a representative on the Economic Development Committee. Sandy Banta is the Town Liaison to the Chamber.
THE INDIAN PEAKS CHAPTER of the Colorado Archaeological Society will hold their presentation meeting in Newcastle, Wyoming. The topic: Whoop-up Canyon – dating, fire damage, and finished photogrammetry.
CONGRATULATIONS to Dale and Margie Saylors who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 20. They were married in Buslong, Kansas and moved to Colorado in 1958.
Dale was involved in farming and Margie was an elementary school teacher. Dale was on the Lyons Police Force for several years and was a Boulder County Deputy Sheriff. He retired from North American Van Lines and assisted Margie with day care. The couple reside in Lyons and are members of The Lyons Golden Gang.
CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Woods of Lyons High School, who was recognized as the “Student of the Month” for September by the Longmont Rotary Club.
THE NFL PUNT, PASS, & KICK
Lyons winners were: age 10-11 – Victor Armendariz, 12-13 - Tanner Torello, 14-15 - Bowe Herman and Zach Hoar. They will compete in a sectional competition held at Longmont High School on October 17, and the winners from that competition will go to the regional competition at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Charlene and Gerald Schubert of St. Petersburg, Florida, visited Lyons last Wednesday. A descendant of Arthur Montgomery, she looked up cousins Lynda Kelling and Donald Montgomery. She remembers Lynda’s grandparents, Susie and Harry Brown. The couple was thrilled with the information on the Montgomery/Brown families in the new books “Piecing a Town Together - Families of Lyons, Colo.”
We express our sympathy to the family of Vera Marie (Harden) Lewis, of Biloxi, MS, who passed away on Tuesday, September 14, in Gulfport, MS. She was a loving wife and devoted mother who will be sadly missed. She was 71 years old and lost a four-year battle with cancer. She was a registered nurse and retired in 1996.
She was born in Denver to Joseph and Permilia Reed, who were married in Lyons, November 9, 1882. He drove a team of horses and delivered freight. The family lived on a farm (the Byron Smith farm on the corner of Highway 66 and Hygiene road) between Lyons and Hygiene, where they grew fruits and vegetables, which they sold to the local stores. They had five children. Their daughter, Vera Isabelle married George Harden, and their daughter, Vera Marie Harden married Jake Lewis in Denver, in 1955. They settled in Biloxi, MS, Services were held on Saturday, September 18, in Biloxi. Memories may be shared at www.riemannfamily.