By LaVern Johnson
Another one hundred and twenty-five years gone by.
The Quasquicentennial Celebration went along fine, and we thank all who had a part in it. The old-tyme songs by the Moonspinners (Zeke and Jani Little, Nancy Thorwardson, Bonnie Richards, Sam Miller, and Kate Little) were indeed a hit. Messages from Mayor John O’Brien and
Mayor-Elect Connie Sullivan were filled with encouragement to continue to make an effort on going forward. Everyone was very interested in the formation and incorporation of the town by LaVern, and especially the history of the Loukonen quarries, by great grandsons John and Mike Loukonen. The family started their quarries in 1892 (one hundred and twenty-four years ago) up in Noland, where they still are. They say the red sandstone reaches three hundred feet deep and after one hundred and twenty-four years they have only dug thirty feet!
Deb Anthony read the poems written by Lucy McCain, (a Lyons pioneer and national poet who had several poetry books published) in honor of her son, Gene McCain. Mrs. LaVern read “This Town’s for You and Me,” written by LaVern for Lyons Centennial Celebration (in 1980).
Thanks to Kathleen, Priscilla, and Arielle for taking pictures; we hope to make a brochure advertising the event to pass out this year, and will show the video at the museum and other events. Thanks to Button Rock Bakery of Lyons for the beautifully decorated and delicious cake, and to Jerry my “go-fer son,” who went after supplies, the cake, hauled stuff, cleaned up, etc., and the Lyons Public Works crew for bringing chairs. The envelopes with Ruth Wilson’s sketch and Arielle’s Lyons logo are wonderful. We only had fifty post marked, for April 4, for this program, and will have the balance post marked with the real date of incorporation, April 6, as they could not predate them. They are free to those who attended, and for sale as a Lyons souvenir for $5 each until sold out (includes the program, history, and a page of old-time pictures inside). A great commemorative envelope!
Thanks to Stevie LaRue, who discovered that it was one hundred twenty-five years since Lyons was incorporated, causing us to get in gear and celebrate. The town had one hundred sixty-seven residents in 1891, with one hundred twenty-eight voting for incorporation, and thirty-nine against. We now have a population of one thousand nine hundred and fifty after losing nearly two hundred who were flooded out-of-town.
Thanks to Victoria for arranging the Monday night-before-the-Board celebration, and the Town and Post Office Staff for helping with the commemorative envelope.
It was a great program honoring our Town of Lyons’ 125th (Quasquiecentennial) Anniversary!
Throughout the year History Conversations are being planned, including the history of various old-timers (How you got to Lyons? Why did you move here? Etc.), on the Coffin Top Dam; Town happenings, and more. Stay tuned..
GOOD OLD DAYS
Some of the same program will be given during the 40th Annual Lyons Good Old Days on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m., at the museum and at 6 p.m., at the Raul Vasquez Stage. Mark your calendars to come if possible.
THE LYONS DEPOT tour was well attended. The restoration from the flood is complete, and the building will probably be used for Town offices until the Library District decides whether to add onto that building or build a new facility. Our thanks to Christine Wells, the Library Board, the architect, and contractor for restoring this valuable historic site.
M\SR HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
SPRING BREAK THIS WEEK (APRIL 4-8)
JV Baseball on April 13 is at 3:30 pm.
6th Grade District Track meet on April 15 is now 2 pm.
Monday, April 11-HS Baseball at Liberty Common: Game played at Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay, Ft. Collins.
Tuesday, April 12-State Testing for 6-9th grades
Wednesday, April 13-Late Start Day, HS Period 1 begins at 10:05 am and ALL MS classes begin at 10:05 am ;
State Testing for 8th Grade; MS Track at Westview, 3:30 pm;
JV Track at Twin Peaks Charter School, 3:30 pm.; HS JV Baseball at home vs Denver Academy (no varsity), 3:30 pm. Note time change
for Drivers Ed, 6-9- pm
Thursday, April 14 - State Testing for 6-8th grades.
Friday, April 15 - State Testing for 6-9th Grades;
Juniors, ACT Pre-Administration session, 9:10-10:10 am;
MS 6th Grade District Track Meet at Lyons, 2 pm. Admission Fee; HS Baseball at Kipp Denver, 4 pm, Game West-Bar-Val Wood Park, 150 S. Tejon St., Denver.
Saturday, April 16 - HS Track at Broomfield (BOCO) 8 am; HS Baseball at Denver Christian, 11 am, game played at Brent Mayne Field, 2501 W. Union Ave., Englewood, CO
Sunday, April 17 - Booster Club Bingo 1 pm at Longmont Bingo Alley.
Looking ahead: Thursday, April 14 - Parent meeting for MS & HS students/parents interested in going to Washington DC March 2017, 4 pm with Mr. Deming in Room 21.
Juniors and Seniors taking a Non-Lyons student to Prom need to have their completed permission forms turned in by 3 pm. Forms are in the office.
Saturday, April 23 - Lyons Junior/Senior Prom at Lionscrest Manor 8-11:30 pm
Niwot High School Education Foundation has invited Lyons Middle/Senior parents to the Family Series of Safety Education to protect you from becoming a victim, held at Niwot High School on Tuesday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with the following topics: high school students being victimized by bullying, which can lead to depression and other mental health issues, teasing, peer pressure through social media, sexual harassment, being hurt emotionally, mentally, and physically. Call (303) 651-2550 for a ticket.
LYONS MAIN STREET PROJECT
Monday, April 11, the School Bond Committee will hold their second meeting at 5:30 p.m., where representatives from each district school will meet and ask for a bond issue (with $440 million in requests to be culled down to a $219 million).
Lyons Longevity group meets at Ax and Oar from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for a social time and meal with and Karaoke at 7 p.m., if you wish to stay. It’s a place for senior citizens (55+) to get acquainted with your neighbors. Plan to attend. The gatherings are scheduled for the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Mark your calendar. Our thanks to Ruth Wilson, Coco Gordon, Annie Mannering, and Annie Berman, organizers.
ART SHOW at Lyons Town Hall featuring the work of Betsy Hubner, which will be on view through April. Stop by 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays.
The last High Street Concert will be held on Saturday, April 16, with Bruce Molsky in Rogers Hall at 8 p.m. - Don’t miss this!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 – Christine and Steve Ralston will be honored by Boulder County Business Hall of Fame! The Ralstons have joined three other Lyons residents: Dave Katechis, Marguerite Peoples, and the Loukonen Brothers in the Boulder County Hall of Fame. Christine and Steve (dec’d) will be inducted on Wednesday, April 27, at the Longmont Industrial Center at noon. They will be honored for operating the Ralston Antiques Store on High Street in Lyons, the past forty-two years. Mark your calendar, as you will be able to make reservations for the event ($55 each) soon. Congratulations!
A big crowd attended the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce first social of 2016 last Wednesday evening at Farmer Girl Restaurant, with Chamber President Bronwyn of Lyons Physical Therapy presiding. The Chamber staffs the Visitors Center and is an advocate for Lyons events throughout the State. All businesses and interested individuals are invited to support the Lyons Chamber. Due are: $100 for businesses and $50 individuals. Send to Box 426, Lyons, CO. Your dues are important to the economy of the town. Thanks Chamber for the great directory of Lyons businesses and events, which will be distributed around town and to various Chambers and Visitors’ Centers throughout the state, beckoning folks to “Stop and Shop” and “Spend Time and Dollars” in Lyons, Colorado. Be sure to join the Chamber, a great help to get people to town.
You don’t want to miss the RENAISSANCE ADVENTURE KIDS CAMPS. Two camps will be held in Lyons on August 1 through 5, and August 8 through 12. Each camp will cost $369 and be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.RenaissanceAdventure.com
CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP will be held August 1 to August 5, in Bohn Park. Available for kids 3 to 16 years old, featuring the Challenger Coaching staff. To register visit www.townoflyons.com,
Did your daughter get registered for softball? Register at https://rec.ci.longmont.co.us/ Specify that you want to be on a Lyons Team. The cost is $80 to $106 a year, depending on age group.
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ birthday celebrations will be held on Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center, with all April birthdays and friends invited. The monthly birthday parties will be held on the fourth Friday of each month. Stop by!
CLASSES BY LYONS PARKS & RECREATION
ACTIVE ADULTS 50+ FITNESS CLASS are free every Wednesday starting 10:15 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center with one hour and fifteen minute total body workout every Wednesday. Starting and ending at the Walt Self, the workout includes a thirty minute brisk walk on our back roads, thirty minutes of strength training using tubing, and end with fifteen minutes of balance and flexibility. You can join in/or duck out of the class at any time. Please dress for exercise with layers and bring a water bottle. Call (303) 823-8250 for any questions.
Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church with mental health and other consultants, and pick up your food from Food Bank from 3 to 5 p.m. To apply for Habitat for Humanity housing, contact (303) 682 2485.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, the 9Health Fair is scheduled at Lyons M/S High School, from 8 a.m. to noon.
THANKS TO ELLEN ROSENBURG who brought us the last Old Tyme Dance of the season. A good time was had by all. Thanks Ellen, until next year.
ART CLASSES for the interested artists. Stop by the Western Stars Gallery & Studio for more information.
SENIOR LUNCH at the Walt Self Senior Center. Join the senior lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 11:30 a.m., each week. The cost is a $3.25 donation, and a 24- hour RSVP is appreciated (303) 823- 6771.