I hope you all had a happy Fourth of July! It was a nice day; things were quiet in Lyons, as people were looking for some place with music! However, fireworks shows were all around us: Longmont, Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Nederland, Estes Park, etc. From Boston and Macy’s on TV, yes, the Fourth of July is a special holiday where we think of our freedom, of our veterans who gave of their time and lives to fight for us, and the many wars and struggles to keep us free. God bless America!

At his griping, and my urging, a “revived and renewed” Good Old Days celebration is pending for next year’s 41st celebration, June 23, 24, and 25. A meeting was held Wednesday at the Ax & Oar. People who would like to see various events revived will have the opportunity to pitch in, volunteer, and make it happen. Yes, folks have said they would like to see a parade, kids’ parade, pet and doll parade, carnival, medallion hunt, pancake breakfast, loggers’ rodeo, horseshoe pitching, vintage baseball, amateur dog show, the Legendary Ladies, hay bales, Mayama dancers, pirate ship, eating contests, black powder shoot, beard & mustache contest, bag pipes, power squat and lift contests, talent show, craft booths, seniors on motorcycles, food booths, the Lyons Polar Bears, kickball tourney, mud tug-of-war, softball tournament, cake walk, and more. There are truly a lot of possibilities. The question is: “Will those who want it, help out and do it?”

 When Good Old Days started in 1976, the Chamber of Commerce was the nucleus, and each organization ran its various event, even keeping the money for its coffers. The Historical Society operated the flea market and craft fair and had up to ninety booths. The money we made was used for the matching funds for the restoration of the exterior of the museum. The craft fair and flea market were lost in the dust of Bohn Park, and the hot pavement of High Street.
The Parks and Rec. Department was not even formed until 1985, however, as the years have gone by, most organizations have, “let the Parks & Rec. do it!” Yes, we want to hear from all those who are willing to volunteer to make Good Old Days bigger and better!

A few very interested skateboarders met last week to go over the design of a new skateboard park. There is $300,000 for a new 8000 square foot park, with $150,000 more needed for one of 12,000 square feet. There will be a review and fundraising if the larger one is decided on. This will be one of the best in the west. I am contending we go for the larger one. We won’t be sorry. Kids and parents can pitch in to raise money, and it can happen. Skateboarding will be in Bohn Park by the dirt bike park, making it a special playground for the bikers. Stay tuned.

The next round of public meetings will be on the Apple Valley area. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, at the River Church at 5:30 p.m. Here, Housing Coordinator Matt Mosely and the design folks will go over all the buildable land, the utilities, annexing into Lyons, etc.
The purpose of these meetings (Eastern Corridor, South-County Road 69, and now Apple Valley) is for the residents to see “What is in the future for Lyons with annexations and housing?”  There have been some interesting meetings, and yes there is potential land, but some very costly numbers for utilities, and the property owners have to be willing to sell with that in mind. A developer has to have money for such; however some affordable housing may be possible where the Town can get financing. That is in the future. Stay tuned.

Our thanks to the Town of Lyons, Boulder County, and the State of Colorado for finally getting the stop light at Highway 66/36 and McConnell Drive in operation. Yes, it is a relief when people are walking across the highway to the school, U-Pump-It, etc. Our thanks.

Quasquicentennial commemorative envelopes are for sale at the Lyons Redstone Museum, Box 9, Lyons, and CO. Or call (303) 823-5925. These envelopes mark the 125th anniversary of Lyons’ incorporation. The cost is $5, or $7 if mailed (while supplies last). Also, for sale are: Lyons pins, key chains, bumper stickers, and flashlights - $5 your choice. Drop by.

is this Thursday, 6:30 p.m., in Sandstone Park with Bonnie & the Clydes playing. There have been big crowds enjoying these free concerts with food trucks, farmers’ market and more! Bring your chair, snacks, and enjoy, dance, sing, etc.  Welcome to Our Lindy lady of Littleton, sister of Sandy, who accompanied Ken and Sandy to the Longevity potluck. 

SATURDAY, JULY 9, the Red Rock Ramblers Saturday Square Dance will feature ever-popular Mike Sikorsky of Mesa, AZ as caller, and Marlin Sample of Greeley as cuer. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Stop by. A large crowd enjoyed the four callers of Mountain Magic for their Fourth of July Square Dance (the callers were: Bear Miller of Denver, Roger Chappell of Ft. Collins, Jeff Palmer and Debbie Steinhauser of Colorado Springs, as well as Ed Glenn of Louisville doing the cueing. The special dance brought a lot of fun and enjoyment to the large crowd, from Cheyenne, Laramie, Moab, and twenty-four Colorado towns. The Foot ‘n Fiddle Club of Loveland was the hosts. All folks are invited to stop by. Beginning lessons start in September in Longmont. Walk in and enjoy. Jerry Junck is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, with Dan Nordbye on July 23 (celebrating Mrs. LaVern’s birthday). All are invited for birthday cake on that night!

SUNDAY, JULY 10 at the Lyons Community Church, Lay Leader Mark Boyes will fill in as Pastor, with Pastor Emily Kitzler, the new minister, officiating the following Sunday, July 17. Take note; the service time has been changed back to 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 13, the Berthoud Historical Society will host its second of four summer concerts held at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum's Pioneer Courtyard (224 Mountain Avenue in Berthoud). Songwriter and instrumentalist Dave Tamkin will entertain listeners with his animated vocals and humorous stories. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and music begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. Food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the mission and operation of the Berthoud Historical Society.

Lyons Longevity will have a presentation from the Boulder County Sheriff's office at their next “happy hour” on Wednesday July 13. It will include topics like senior fraud and assault. They meet at the Ax & Oar from 5 to 7 p.m., and the presentation will be at 6 p.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the second annual Home Town Hoe Down at River Bend to benefit the Lyons Community Foundation on Sunday, July 24, starting at 3 p.m. Music provided by Joe Kukula, old-time square dancing by Ellen Rosenberg and her band.  A demo of modern western square dancing by the Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dance at 5 p.m., followed by dinner by Smokin’ Dave’s from 5:30 p.m. A great evening for $25 per person as a fundraiser by the LCF. They’re raising money to gift to local non-profits. Plan to attend!

The next free Tree Walk of the Lyons Walking Arboretum is scheduled for Monday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m. They’ll meet at the corner of the Third Avenue and Railroad Avenue (next to the Post Office). The walk, led by Garima Fairfax, will take about an hour and a half, and will end up at Steamboat Mountain Foods.

The Lyons Lions Club’s annual benefit golf tournament takes place on Monday, August 1 at the Lake Valley Golf Course. Teams are asked to register with Lon Clark of Clark’s Hardware.

The cost is $100 per person. It is a benefit of the Lions Club.

REGISTER NOW for Kids’ History Camp to be held August 1 through August 6, at the Lyons Redstone Museum.  The camp has five openings at $50 per child, and will be held each morning, from 9 a.m. to noon.  A program for parents and friends will be held on Friday morning. Lots of excitement. Call (303) 823-5271. Kathleen Spring is the Director.

Challenge soccer will be held from August 4 to August 8, in Bohn Park. Available for 3 to 16 year olds, featuring the Challenger coaching staff. Visit www.townoflyon.com.
Friendship bracelet making, teen yoga, hunter education course – call (303) 823-8250 if interested.

Two camps held in Lyons, August 1 through 5; and August 8 through 12. The cost $369 per week, and held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Register at www.RenaissanceAventure.com

Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church, pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available.

It is reported there are big bull snakes in the dog park, however the bull snakes are the ones that keep the rattlers out. Remember the hill to the south is “Rattlesnake Mountain.”  Keep an eye out!

Years ago, Robert Colard, son of Mary and Clair Colard was killed in a car accident leaving a wife and two daughters, Jane and Wendy. As the years went by the girls grew up; Jane, now Daniels, lives in Longmont with four children, and Wendy, who settled in Victor and drove a school bus, died in a car accident last year. It is nice to renew acquaintances with Lyons kids in our past.

Monique Sawyer-Lang and husband Steve attended a wedding in Conifer and were sad to have missed the Good Old Days
Our kudos to Gwynne of Gwynne’s Gardens/Greenhouse who was featured for her beautiful flowers in the Colorado Home and Real Estate Magazine, well as the Friday Magazine. Stop by and enjoy. You can make your own bouquet.

THE LAST THURSDAY ART STROLL seemed very successful, with several groups of people walking around town, enjoying the art, the dinner at the Stone Cup, and the Concert-in-the-Park. Over fifty people enjoyed the Camera Obscura presentation at the Lyons Redstone Museum by Steve Lang. Yes, it was fascinating to learn that over one hundred years ago people were taking pictures. Steve will set it up again sometime this summer. Stay tuned. The next Last Thursday Art Stroll is on July 28, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. 

THE GIVING TREE ART SHOW Saturday night at the Lyons Town hall was very enjoyable, with music, poetry, snacks, etc. Stop by Town Hall, when open, and enjoy this art show by Lyons area artists. 

Our congratulations to John and Sara Hart for a daughter, Alice Willow Hart born last week. Also to Gary and Sue Secrest of Los Alamos, NM, former residents of Lyons, who announced a new baby granddaughter. And to Casey and Brandon Vasquez, who announced the birth of Gabriel last week. 

Anne and Greg (Stormy) Berman, the weather man, who are selling their home on the cliff overlooking Planet Bluegrass and has employment in Manitou Springs. We will miss them both; his cheery weather reports; their daily power walks around Lyons, etc. I am sure they will miss our smiling faces, but “duty calls.”

Also, we will miss Dave and Jenny Locke, who are moving to Lake Valley (next to the golf course). Although it’s just ten miles from Lyons, Dave had to resign from the PCDC.  Thanks for everything Dave. Lake Valley is located at the Left Hand Reservoir on Highway 36, between Lyons and Boulder. It was started by the Loukonen brothers, and has become a haven for golfers. Dave has been a golfing member for several years. He and Jenny have two daughters, Jenny (was a singer in New York City) and Sara (out on her own). Dave was the Lyons Town manager in 1997, and came “knocking” on my door with Jim Dougherty on Monday, December 1, 1997, after Mr. Laverne, coming home from Louisville, went unconscious driving home, west of the Hygiene turnoff. He luckily veered to the fence in our 1983 Ford pickup and being followed by a County Sheriff was given CPR immediately, taken to the hospital unconscious, and died on December 7. A trying time. One you don’t think you can make it out of, but we did. You never know what will happen. Woe is me.

We are very lucky to have Rocky Mountain National Park at our doorway, and the most beautiful Trail Ridge Road into Grand Lake, then over Berthoud Pass and back home!  How lucky can we get! 

Found in the collections of Jack Moomaw (area’s first ranger of Rocky Mountain National Park) is a July 4, 1974 Lyons Recorder with very interesting information. The park fee with Vaughn Carter; Mayor Sherman Bohn, Vigil Rigdon, and the Trustees set up Ordnance 290 in which the Town could purchase new land for parks by collecting $100 with each building permit for new construction of family residential units. That the Town had public service electricity through the City of Longmont; that kids were throwing rocks on the River Bend; that a large billboard hanging on the Texaco Service Station, across from the present Smoking Dave’s Restaurant, was ordered torn down; that the Town would pay for the reserve officers for the Fourth of July celebration instead of the Chamber of Commerce; that Janet Schroeder (19) daughter of Calvin Schroeder was injured in a single-car accident by Lucky 7, that Lyons High School boys: Neil  Crumb, Jim Johnson, and Rick Hammans helped sod the football field for the first game;  that Dutch’s Girls (women’s team coached by Dutch Davies) won against Eventide 15-5 with a grand slam by Sandy Barton, and Vickie Nelson as pitcher; that Pat Fidler held a twirling class for girls second grade and up; that Carol (Robb) and Dennis Klippel operated a fruit/vegetable stand called Klippel’s Kornucopia; that Carol J. Moores was Town Clerk; that Lyons had a Fourth of July celebration with a pancake feed at the firehouse, parade, carnival in (then) Meadow Park, games at the firehouse, a buffalo BBQ in (then) Meadow Park ($3 a plate by Chamber of Commerce); that the Harmony Hill Club met with Christine McColl, Valma Salter, and Ruby Roberts;  that Georgia Ohline became engaged to PFC Michael Dean Shedd;  and that Melissa Temple and Richard Bonacquista were married on Saturday, June 22. Yes, lots of interesting news, forty-two years ago. And I remember it all, just like it was yesterday!

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