This week, on Monday, June 6, marked the 72nd anniversary of “D-Day” the invasion of Normandy where thousands of allied soldiers were killed, but it was the turning point of WWII in Europe. We thank those brave men, and all veterans. If it wasn’t for them, we would not be “America the Beautiful.”
Correction: Lyons area boys who died in WWII were: Robert Humans, Jack Kelly, and Ardor Stedman. Barry Thomas and Mickey Hawkins were killed in Viet Nam. They gave their lives for us. Gone but not forgotten.
SIGN UP FOR SUMMER RECREATION!
Programs start this week through the Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation. Check out all of the details of each program on the recreation brochure online www.townoflyons.com.
Kids Recreational Team Sports on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. A fun way for kids 8 to 12 to get out and have fun in the evenings.
Kids Running Club Mondays and Wednesdays mornings at 9 to 10 a.m.
Teen Yoga on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center basement.
Tennis camp starts June 13 to 17, Mon/Wed/Fri in the morning at the Bohn tennis court.
Jump Bunch kids camps start this Thursday.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE for adults on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., no experience necessary, just a desire to have fun!
Call (303) 823-8250 for any questions or to register. So far none of these classes have reached the minimum amount needed to run the class, so please don't hesitate to sign up if you are interested!
THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – The first Sandstone Park concert at 6:30 p.m., at the Raul Vasquez Stage with AKA Laser Bunny. Bring a potluck dish for the picnic with the Longevity group and enjoy the evening.
MONDAY, JUNE 13 – Parks & Rec. meeting at 6 p.m., at Town Hall. Update on Meadow/LaVern’s Park; update on design of Bohn Park; report on Lyons Good Old Days; and more. Public invited,
SATURDAY, JUNE 18 – First dance of the Red Rock Ramblers 58th Summer Saturday Square Dances with Mike Hogan from Omaha, Nebraska, calling and cueing, Held at the Lyons Elementary gym, Rounds at 7:30 p.m., squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. Square dances are held every Saturday through Labor Day with a “Plus Special Dance” held on Sunday, September 4, followed by a tour of Meadow/LaVern’s Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 – History conversations with Don Montgomery (age 97) at the Walt Self Senior Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. His family came to Lyons/Montgomery area in 1867. Come; hear Don tell about his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Charley who raised him; his large family of siblings; his own family of six girls and their connection with Lyons, and more. Ask him questions. He is full of knowledge, and it will be interesting. You will want to hear him. The public is invited, See you there!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 - Free Bird Walk with Davis from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Heil Valley/Picture Rock Trail parking lot (Red Gulch Road). Enjoy a walk on Old South St. Vrain Road in Lyons learning about all of the native birds.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30 – Last Thursday Art Walk will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Plan to attend. You will enjoy a stroll around Lyons businesses and stop by the Lyons Redstone Museum.
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM
The museum is open daily through October 2. Take a tour of Lyons’ history. An interesting place to bring your out-of-town visitors. Visitors this past week were the Wing family siblings (having a family reunion): Ruth Ann Hodgson of Longmont; Marilyn Echoed of Gresham, OR; Norman of Houston; Kenneth of Loveland; and Hilda of Palos Verdes, CA, Other visitors from San Jose, CA; Redwood and Orono, MN; Eagle, NE; Miami, FL; Reston, VA; Ottawa, Canada; and Corvallis, OR; besides visitors from the area.
THE COLT artifacts were featured in last week’s Lyons Recorder, and we provide this history, of the famed W. A. (Grandpa) Colt (1856-1955): W. A. Colt was born in New York, and lived in Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas. He became partners in the construction business with his father, J. B. Colt,, and uncle in 1879.They built one hundred miles of railroad in Arkansas, as well as the Missouri Pacific Railway from Kansas to Pueblo. He was Mayor of Las Animas, CO, and in construction in 1887 with his father and brother-in-law, J. B. Colt and Sons,.
Colt had three wives. His daughter, Mary, married Frank Filly in 1914. It was called the “giddy-up” wedding (Colt and Filly) The Filly's live in Denver and keep in touch with the Lyons Historical Society. In 1905 there was a double wedding, where W. A. married Jennie Lowe and W. A. Jr, married Hazel Louise Fye, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1922 they built the road over Wolf Creek Pass, and nine miles of highway over Independence Pass. In 1929, at the age of 73, W. A. Colt and Sons built the Trail Ridge Road for $500,000, which included seventeen miles of highway with ten miles above timberline and it took four years to build. From 1935-1937 he built the North St Vain road to Welch Resort, the Foothills Highway, and his home on Apple Valley road in 1933 (now owned by the Rickman's).
W. A. Colt, Jr., moved to Lyons in 1935. He and wife Louise lived on up the road (where Todd and Becky Jacobson) now live. They had a daughter Betty, who married Arthur E. Miller, and had two sons, Jim (Wm. A Colt) and David. Jim graduated from Lyons in 1940. He lived in Longmont, and died at age 73, on December 20, 1984. He had two daughters and four grandchildren. David graduated in 1943 and lived in Marshall, Indiana. He died recently.
W. A. Colt was the contractor for the Foothills Highway, the Trail Ridge Road, and the North St. Vain Road. Many monuments remain to honor this great man. He was known as "The Sage of the Rocky Mountain Region.” On his five acres he built fish rearing ponds, and planted flowers and fruit trees, and 10,000 walnut trees in the area. He died at the age of 99 in March of 1955. His wife Jenny passed away in 1954. His son passed away Jan. 1954.
We are proud of having W. A. Colt's fainting couch housed in the Lyons Redstone Museum. Stop by and see the exhibits.
Several businesses have posted they need workers this summer. If you are looking for a job, contact: Visability, Smokin’ Dave's, The Fork, Ax and Oar, Gwynne’s Greenhouse, Julie’s Thai Kitchen and more.
Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church with mental health and other consultants. Pick up your food from Food Bank from 3:30 to 5 p.m. LEAF needs the following items: canned tomato products, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and paper towels, and Kleenex. Bring to the Lyons Community Church on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ART BOX (523 5th Avenue and the light at Broadway) on the following Salon dates: Stylist Salon #11 Saturday, June 18, Stylist Salon #12 Last Thursday July 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Stylist Salon #13 Last Thursday August 26, (design, begin wrap-up & plan the finale), Stylista Salon #14 Last Thursday September 29, (last design and finish), Stylist Salon #15 October day/time TBD (finale fashion show + paparazzi; snacks and tea provided by Coco Gordon).
SQUARE DANCING is cueing up for the summer. Over four hundred dancers attended the 61st State Convention at Mesa College in Grand Junction on Friday through Sunday, June 3 to 5.
WOOL SWEATERS ARE NEEDED for Block to Blanket Heritage Event. Spring cleaning? Don’t throw away the wool sweaters you didn’t wear all winter. Instead, donate them to Block to Blanket, an intergenerational community craft event sponsored by the Lyons Historical Society Heritage Fair on Saturday, June 25. For Block to Blanket, community members of all ages will turn up cycled 100% wool sweaters into a warm and colorful blanket to be raffled as a benefit for the Lyons Redstone Museum. Leave sweaters at the museum weekends.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AGAIN. This time for the 40th annual Lyons Good Old Days celebration to will be held in Sandstone Park on Saturday, June 25. Attractions include a 5K run, Car Show, Avid 4 Adventure kayaking tank for kids, Airborne Games (obstacle course, slide, water balls) the Chamber beer tent, Wilderness Institute of Pioneer Living skills and games (panning for gold, tomahawks, rope making, crafts and games), museum open house, live music and dance performance, dramatic play, food trucks, class reunions, history programs, and more!
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ birthday celebration will be held Friday, June 24 , at 1 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center with all June birthdays and friends invited. The birthday parties are held on the fourth Friday of each month. Stop by. Have some cake and eat it too!
All seniors are invited to the potluck picnic at Sandstone Park on Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m., to eat and enjoy the first Summer Sandstone Concert. You are all invited. Bring your chair.
LYONS PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
KIDS KAYAK CLUB, ages 7 to 16 at Centennial Pool in Longmont is up and running. Check the P&R for the next dates.
CHALLENGER SOCCER will be held August 1 through 5 at Bohn Park. Available for 3 to 16 year olds, featuring the Challenger coaching staff. To register visit www.townoflyons.com,
RENAISSANCE ADVENTURE KIDS CAMPS, two camps held in Lyons, August 1 to 5; and 8 to 12. Each camp will cost $369 and be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.RenaissanceAdventure.com (Not sponsored by Town of Lyons Recreation).
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS Cross-Country athletes. The All-Region Team by BoCo Preps, under Honorable Mention are: Brenna Kuskie (Jr,), Sierra Tucker (Sr.), and Ceann Udovich (Jr.). Paul Roberts (Sr,) was voted First Team by the Denver Post. For baseball, Justin Lear (So,) was named Honorable Mention.
THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY BBQ is scheduled for Friday, September 23. Lyons will be hosting Yuma for volleyball and football that night. Please note this is NOT the first home game! It is actually the third home game this year. Homecoming will be against Estes Park on October 7.
School offices are closed for the summer from June 7 to August 1. Thanks to the staff: Kathy Slausen, Anne Cizar, Lori Herman of LHS and Maddie Wicks, and Kim Doering of LES.
THE SCHOOL BOND went before the St. Vrain Valley School Board Wednesday, June 8, to vote on Plan A ($260 million) or Plan B ($240 million), which will provide new schools, additions, repairs, maintenance, and for Lyons High a new auditorium, additional classrooms for Lyon Elementary. STAY TUNED.
A surprise 50th birthday party was held for Laura (Leiding) Jueschke in Grand Junction last Saturday evening with many relatives converging for the surprise. Classmate Theresa (Richmond) Hessilius and husband, Darrell, from Dallas, Texas, were there. Happy birthday Laura!
LYONS VISITORS at the museum and the Reese/McConnell Farm (Now Lyons Valley Park) last Sunday were cousins, Laura Templeman of Corvallis, Oregon and daughter Devon of Denver and Mary Mussell of Ottawa Ontario Canada.
The ladies and the Lyons McConnells are third cousins. Hugh McConnell, great-grandfather of the Lyons McConnells was born in Ireland in 1829. The family came to Ontario, Canada and his brother John McConnell was born in 1838. Huge II (what would you expect, they are from Ireland) married Emily McCann in Ontario, Canada in 1870 and moved to Morristown, New York, later to Cranberry, New York, and built the dam controlling the water (of which they are celebrating the quascentennial of the dam in 2017. His two sons, James A. and William, came to Lyons, Colorado, and operated a lime kiln behind what is now the Lyons U-Pump-It. James Albert McConnell married Bertha Reese, my grandmother. Hugh McConnell's brother, John McConnell were Mary’s ancestors, who have always lived in Canada.
Both ladies are into McConnell genealogy, and found each other. Exciting to have historians in the family. Very interesting and especially to find more relatives!
The “Women Who Light the Community” gala sponsored by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday. Thanks to all for nominating me for this honor. Yes, I have been busy the past seventy years with Town, schools, the museum, a dam, a hazardous waste dump, Town Board, Parks & Recreation, square dancing, and columnist for the Lyons Recorder. You name it, and I probably have been in on it. These past seventy years. Time does fly. Thanks to all!
THE LYONS FILM FESTIVAL proved to be well attended, with over fifty films shown throughout the weekend. Brought to Lyons by Jake Fink, with assistants Janet Asbury and Sharon Brenner; giving those making film an opportunity to show them. Plans are already being made for next year.
THE LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES WERE GREAT!
Thanks to Dave Cosgrove and Rebecca Louzan, their staff, and all the volunteers. All went well. The Burning Can Festival with over fifty craft brewer was popular. Proceeds went to CAN’d Aid grants for businesses.
Thanks to the RETREET volunteers who provided and planted trees in the Confluence and Apple Valley area last weekend. A great help indeed!
This Saturday, June 12, there will be a Celebration of Life memorial service for Judi P Smith, at 1 p.m., at Howe Mortuary (439 Coffman Street) in Longmont. Donations can be made in her name to: The Wildlife Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53, Keansburg, CO 80643. (www.wildanimalsancutary.org.). Share condolences at www.howemortuary.com.