HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m., there will be pumpkin carving at the Walt Self Senior Center, for kids of all ages, sponsored by GAP everything will be provided.
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 pumpkin carving at the Oddfellows Hall, 3 to 5 p.m.
Chili Cookoff Fundraiser at the Stone Cup ($10.00 to enter); judging at 4:30 p.m. with first, second, and third place prizes awarded. Sponsored by the Lyons Garden Club. Bowls of chili will be sold at $5 or 25¢ for a taste. All proceeds will be used for planting and landscaping in town.
THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE will be at 6 p.m. (don’t be late). Line-up starts at 4th Avenue & High Street at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to dress up and join the crowd. Followed by trick or treating downtown, with a costume contest and old time square dance at the Oddfellows Hall, with Chris Kermiet calling and Poultry in Motion providing music from 7 to 10 p.m., with a snack potluck (for all ages, no dancing experience is needed). Join in on the fun!
Thousands of bulbs were planted last weekend around town. Wow, this spring, Lyons will be beautiful! If you haven’t donated to this great cause, send your check now to the Lyons Garden Club, Box 154, Lyons (tax exempt).
VOTE FOR LYONS’ EMMA HALL FOR CORONER
Emma Hall, although she says she is young, will make a good coroner for Boulder County, and needs our vote. Raised in Lyons, the daughter of John and Marcia Hall, Emma has an interesting and unique occupation, studying deaths. She says she can do it, and I believe her. Give her your vote!
VOTE ‘NO’ ON AMENDMENTS 60, 61, AND 101
These are the “Bad, Ugly, & Disastrous” amendments. They say they will save you money, but will put 72,000 people out of work, cut out funding for museums, libraries, teachers, city and town functions, cut funding for all towns, cities, districts, and generally cause a disaster for Colorado. WE MUST DEFEAT THESE THREE UGLY AMENDMENTS. VOTE NO! NO! NO!
LAST GAME OF SEASON VOLLEYBALL THIS THURSDAY, in Lyons vs Platte Valley. Games are at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Playoffs will soon begin. Lyons in the top of their league, will play Byers at home this Friday. They will then play the winners in other leagues; some very tough, and will really have a fight on their hands to win State, but they can do it! Good luck.
Thanks to the team and Lyons Lions coaches: John Nichols, Bill Blick, Gib Dolezal, Aaron Lambertson, Jeff Paulson, Bob Blair, and Josh Johnson.
We wish to thank the Lyons cheerleaders for leading the cheers at each home game: Captains: Abby Hughes, Taylor Birt, and Chelsie Hetherington; others: Madison Myers, Emma Biesiada, Sierra Bailey-Peterson, Rachel Bashor, Lexie Lints, Erin Kurland, Allison Harris, Melissa Jansen, and Emily Garcia.
MUSIC AT THE STONE CUP
This Friday, October 22, Ashley Ganley, 7 to 9 p.m. $5 charge
Next Friday, October 29, Beth Wood, 7 to 9 p.m. $10 charge
All are invited.
LYONS COMMUNITY FUND GALA EVENT will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the Lionscrest Manor. This is the “place-to-go,” as funds from the foundation will be awarded to fifteen or so applicants in the Lyons community to “do-their-special-project.” How exciting! Various non-profits have applied, such as: The Lyons Historical Society, Lyons Video Project, Lyons Golden Gang, several school programs, and more. A tribute to this foundation, to the committee, and to those who gave to make this great event so successful, and such a benefit for the Lyons community.
THANKS LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for featuring the Lyons Redstone Museum on your invitation card. It is indeed an honor. The museum is the town’s old schoolhouse, built in 1881, and saved from the wrecking ball by the Lyons Historical Society, the Town of Lyons, and the St. Vrain Valley School District in 1977. Designated to be the town museum and opened in November, 1979. The museum just completed its 33rd year of serving the public daily, June through September, publishing various books and videos on the town, its families, quarries etc. Our thanks! An honor, indeed.
THE 34TH HOLIDAY BAZAAR has been announced by the Lyons Depot Library to be held Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday DEC. 3, at the Lyons Elementary gym, featuring handmade crafts for Christmas gifts, food, and Santa. Call Merlyn at 303-823-5165 for a booth, and be sure to do your Christmas shopping at the Bazaar.
THE LYONS MIDDLE/SENIOR HIGH AUTUMN BAND CONCERT was held last Wednesday, with Dr. Karen Gregg and Ms. Kristine Beasley, Directors. The Beginning Middle School Band with 19 members and only seven weeks practice, played Aura Lee, Old McDonald Had a Band, Ode to Joy, and Hard Rock Blues. The Middle School Advanced Band with 49 members played Mozart, Games (Hopscotch, Jump Rope, Capture the Flag) and Afterburn. The High School Concert Band with 58 members played: Tricycle, Nissan Derma (from Tornado), Prelude and Fugato in F Minor, and the High School Jazz Band with 15 members played Pennsylvania 6-5000, Undecided, and La Noche del Burrito Picante. A very delightful program.
The High School Band, ranked one of the top three bands in the sate, will perform at the State Band Workshop soon and they just played in the St. Vain School District Concert, and at Oscar Blues on Tuesday night.
LAVERN JOHNSON AND KATHLEEN SPRING attended the SCFD Gala event at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder for the presentation of the checks to 88 non-profit organizations, dispersing $558,000 for 2011’s grant period. The Lyons Historical Society received $2250, which is designated for museum general operating support - utilities, maintenance, repairs, telephone, fire, phone, etc. which usually total around $l3,000, so it is indeed a big help.
The Town of Lyons issues a grant to pay summer employees, FICA, and insurance to keep the museum open throughout the summer. Other funds come from the Blue Mountain Foundation, sales, dues, donations, and other fundraisers to keep the museum going.
The museum is soliciting for funds to purchase the 1890’s collection of twenty Stereo View photographs taken by famous photographer Ed Tangen of Boulder, and nine 1940-1950’s post cards; total cost of $2200. This is a unique collection, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We hope you will help us out! Checks can be sent to Lyons Historical Society (Stereo Views), Box 9, Lyons, Colorado. We have three months to purchase this collection, and if not met, the donors will be refunded. Helps us purchase this unique collection. Our thanks.
If you ever get a chance to visit Nashville, go! It is a big, active city, with gobs of country music. We left on a Thursday, with four days filled with activity and returned home on Tuesday, and managed to get in on most of the excitement: a trip to the Jack Daniels Plantation at Lynchburg, (where they make that 100 proof burbon-$50 a bottle), a bus trip to Night Lights and Honky-Tonks (downtown where there are mostly bars with country bands, record shops, and museums); a tour of the city and Home of the Stars,;the Grand Old Opry celebrating their 85th anniversary with Dolly Parton; two cruises on the Colonel Jackson Showboat-with lunch & show and dinner and show; a Civil War tour of Franklin, TN where 6000 Confederate soldiers were killed in five hours; the Canton Plantation, and the Cemetery; and topped off by visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame; the old Opry House-Raynam Auditorium; and a show depicting The King – Elvis, and his songs. Whee, that was truly an experience of a lifetime!
Nashville had a 15” rain on May 3, which ruined the Grand Old Opry and the 2200 room Opry Hotel, Opry Mills-their Mall, 2200 homes, and more, but with thousands of volunteers and millions of (Federal and Insurance) dollars they are recovering. The Grand Old Opry re-opened on September 27, so we were fortunate to get tickets. We indeed had our excitement for the year!
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their October social at the Loukonen Brothers Stone Co. with a large crowd enjoying Mike Loukonen’s prize winning chili and fixing‘s (Mike’s chili won at the Boulder County Fair this past year).
Family patriarch John K Loukonen was born in Finland in 1848, emigrated first to Canada, then Leadville, and arrived in the Lyons area in 1890 with his brother, sister, and three sons. He worked in the stone quarries. It was his son, John Jr. at about age 17, who purchased 120 acres at Beech Hill, in 1895, and started his own quarry. The sandstone from that quarry can be found all over the world. Thanks to the Loukonen family for hosting this event.
A daughter, Taylor Mae, was born to Jacob and Coleen (Sidall) Dickes of Lyons, on Sunday, October 10, at the Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. and 20” in length. Grandparents are: Dan and Kathy Siddall, and Eugene Dickes, all of Lyons, and Debbie Arato of Erie. Our Congratulations.
Congratulations to Hugh Edwin Whicker II and Erin A. Lee of Lyons, who were married August 21, and to Scott Matthew Ferrenberg and Aksha May Faist, who were married August 14.