Another week gone by. Here it is May already, however, the trees are beautiful, flowers are blooming, it’s getting warmer, but we still have to watch out for snow! Some years ago we had three feet on May 7.    

Mothers’ Day is this Sunday. Don’t forget your mom. You would be zilch without her. All mothers are special, and, of course, grandmothers, too. 

A time to appreciate your teachers who are striving to give you the best education ever so you can be a self-sustaining citizen throughout your life! We do admire all teachers; they go to college, take special courses through their teaching career, teach for twenty to twenty-five years before retiring, and all for our kids. Who has been your favorite teacher? My favorite teacher, Beth Ford, taught business in Lyons from 1940 to 1993. Her students included me as well as my sons, Jerry and Ron. She is now 102 years old and lives in Canyon City, close to her son Bob and family. She is still good of memory and has a big email list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); send her an email and tell you still remember her. She was strict and made you toe the mark, which was good, as we learned. Thanks, Beth!

Wow! That was truly a wonderful tribute for me Monday night at the Town Hall for fifty years of helping the town with parks, history, etc. Thank you all! A memory that will never be forgotten. 

Thanks to Mayor Connie, and all the Board members for passing the resolution to rename Meadow Park, the LaVern M. Johnson Park. And to Debbie and Victoria, who told me of the idea a few weeks back. An to the special entertainment committee: a ballad by Joseph, photos by Tamara Haddad, Priscilla Cohan, Julie Van Domelen, and Dr Liz Erley, plus over $1600 of donations for the Lyons Historical Society from many Lyons businesses and private citizens, and a special chair engraved Mrs. LaVern’s chair, and decorated by Kahlie Sue Pinello with pictures on the back. Also, the beautifully decorated pink flamingos “flock” by the Girl Scout Troop 3982 and Lyons Garden Club. 

How wonderful; I was weak kneed and almost speechless. Almost. The large crowd also stood outside, which included Mark Mills, former Lyons M/Sr. High Principal, Carol Beam, of the County’s Restoration Department, and more. Square dancers came from the Denver and Northeast Councils. Also, members of the Chamber, cohorts from the museum, Pastor Emily and her family from the Community Church, Debbie Tabor from my 1960's Sunday School class, members of the Damn Concerned Citizens Committee, members of the Parks & Rec. Commission past and present, Dr. Mathew Brett, who keeps me going, former Mayors John O’Brien and Julie Van Domelen, my sons, Jerry and Ron, and granddaughter, Audrey, a law student at DU who will work for the Colorado Municipal League this summer, and my niece Rosamond Sullivan, and many friends, neighbors, and more. How wonderful!

A big crowd at the reception afterward in the newly restored Depot building enjoyed the beautifully decorated cake by Button Rock Bakery, and a tribute by son Jerry. Thanks to all those who helped serve and clean up, and the many photographers recording Lyons history.
A night to remember! My thanks to all! 
Now back to reality.

We note that Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill that amends the language in the ballot question concerning SCFD that will go before the voters in November. The SCFD is a taxing district that funds 270 museums, art, culture, and theatre in seven counties. The sales tax, one cent for every ten dollars, sunsets every twelve years. The large entities: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, Art Museum, Botanic Gardens, and Center for Performing Arts receive two thirds of the funding with the rest distributed to smaller organizations, such as the Lyons Historical Society. LaVern Johnson and Priscilla Cohan of the Lyons Redstone Museum had their interview with SCFD for their 2017 funding. They received $4297 in 2016.  Your tax dollars at work!

Todd McBroom of Boulder County is warning that the Spring run off may cause flooding. You can pickup sandbags to fill at the Boulder County/State work facility at 5210 St. Vain Road.

You can drop them off at her nursery on Highland Drive. A good way to use them, and worth knowing, instead of our throwing them away!

LINDA HUBBARD’S BENEFIT is this Saturday, May 7, starting at 3 p.m., at Planet Bluegrass. There will be a spaghetti dinner served. The cost $20. A large silent auction is being organized. Help Linda, who needs $60,000 to rebuild her home in the Confluence Neighborhood. The line up of the live music is: 3 to 3:30 - KC and Jake; 3:30 to 4 - Good Manners: 4 to 4:15 - Thom Bishop; 4:30 to 5:15 Dan Siddall and Band; 5:30 to 6:15 - Billy Shaddox; 6:30 to end - Davellie 

MAY  HISTORY MONTH continues across the nation. Various events are being held throughout Boulder. Go to Boulder County’s website for a brochure. 

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM opened last weekend to celebrate May History Month, and will be open each weekend through May. A special reception on Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will feature the fifty pieces of art in the museum, by twelve artists. A nice display with beautiful art work. Stop by!
Museum visitors this past weekend were Mystie Brackett, helping to frame the pictures; Nnemia Campbell, a college student doing research on flood impact on Seniors, and others from Highland Ranch and the Lyons area. We welcome you.

THE NEXT SENIOR HAPPY HOUR will be held at the Ax & Oar Restaurant on Wednesday May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a ten percent discount for seniors.

THE COMMUNITY GARAGE is Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to noon, and on Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. it’s the Town cleanup day. Most types of materials, except hazardous materials can be dropped off, with an added cost for electronic waste. Mattresses, tires, scrap metal will be recycled. Lightly used household items will be donated to a non-profit. Branches and yard waste are accepted. Glass, cans, bottles, and paper are to be taken to the recycle bins, as usual.

June 3 and 4, is the Second Annual Lyons Film Festival. A great schedule is available.  Plan to attend.
Sunday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., is the Shakespeare Play by the fifth grade at Lyons Elementary School on the playground The Director is James Hart. All are invited.

A great brochure of summer activities sponsored by the Lyons Parks & Recreation Department is available online at:, or pick up on at Town Hall. Be sure to participate, we need you to keep these classes going!  Call (303) 823-8250 for more information.

Stop by on 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. 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 40th Annual Lyons Good Old Days to be held in Sandstone Park on Saturday, June 25, with kid games, climbing wall, kayaking tank, and games. Plus history programs at the Lyons Redstone Museum, class reunions, honoring members of Lyons 2016 graduating classes who are of pioneer families, and a   Quasquiecentennial program. Not to mention live music and Chamber beer tent. The class of 1991 is holding their 25th reunion on Friday, June 24, at Oskar Blues with Brett Boland’s band, The Watchtower, playing. Stop by and see these classmates: Tim Alm, Jacob Anderson, Carla Austin, David Befus, Jason Befus, Jason Brown, Travis Carter, Jason Christiansen, Melissa Derksen, Sondra Dulany, Patience Elkins, Jerry Elsberry, Laura Frank, Todd Gates, Brett Gray. Brian Hepp, Jeffery Kloosterman, Eric Kofford, Kami Lee, Matthew Martinez, Heather Orback, Crystal Randall, Samantha Ribble, Holly Roe, Jason Roe, Bill Street, Elizabeth Stermer, Nicole Woodaz, Michael Yeager, and Sherri York. Spread the word.

AN OPEN HOUSE for the Lyons Redstone Museum on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. You will all be receiving an annual newsletter from the Lyons Historical Society, dba Lyons Redstone Museum, which tells of the activates the past year and goings on for this year.  Thanks to Kathleen Spring, Lora Gilson, the Town, Post Office, Mailing Solutions, for getting us on bulk mail to provide such a classy newsletter. Yes, we are always begging for donations, garage sale items, volunteers to clip, file, and scan, to make crafts, baked food and candy for the Christmas bazaar, do history events and projects, etc. Send us your donations to Box 9 Lyons, CO. Our big project for this year is to transcribe the seventy history videos of Lyons pioneers into a book!  Thank you.

LYONS PREPAREDNESS GROUP invites interested persons to their monthly meetings, where they are teaching folks in Lyons six islands to be prepared for the next flood or disaster.  Call Tosh at (720) 965-8604 for more information.

Thursday, May 5 - Calculus AP Exam for Lyons students.
Friday, May 6 – Baseball game away with Front Range Christian played at All Star Park. US History AP Exam. 
Saturday, May 7 – Makeup baseball game at home with Denver Christian at 4 p.m. (Senior Day). All could change depending on weather! HS Track  Mile High League at Longmont High. Meet begins at 9 a.m.
Sunday, May 8 - Mother’s Day Booster Club Bingo. Team 1 Volunteers.
HS Parent PROM note: We send thanks to The Lionscrest Manor who has provided their beautiful venue at no cost to the Junior Class for the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom held on April 23.  This is the 22nd year of their generosity! 

Correction on CEMEX and the County IGA; the Open Space agreement is limited to the Dowe Flats Quarry, and not all of CEMEX property.

THE FORK is celebrating their sixth year this weekend. Starting this Thursday at 5 p.m.  Stop by. Mothers’ Day at the Fork will feature the music of Emilyn Ingles and Bill Houston from 7 to 9 p.m.

Nikki Stetson and Lucas Knapton on their wedding held on Friday evening at the Shupe Farm with a reception held at a Barn in Loveland. Beautiful wedding. Both are school teachers. More later.

THE LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION entertained the “givers” to their foundation last week at Oskar Blues, with Dave Cosgrove of Lyons Parks and Recreation and Steve Beck relating the importance of LCF to their organization.  LCF has raised over $100,000 this past year for Flood Recovery and over thirty-five organizational grants helping to do their good deeds.  Monique Sawyer-Lang, President, was Mistress of Ceremonies. Our thanks.
Lia Malito had a very happy thirteenth birthday last Wednesday with being on Channel 9, a party at her home, and leading the pledge of allegiance at the Town Board meeting on Monday.  A Wonderful birthday for Lia!

Kathleen Spring attended the Colorado-Wyoming Museum Association last weekend, and found it very valuable as to museum working. More later.

THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their April social at the Town Hall with the Economic Development Commission relating their efforts to advertise Lyons and its businesses. They have a new brochure and post cards, and the new Lyons directory. They encourage all businesses to send $100 for dues, and individuals $50 to get your business in on the advertising efforts on Lyons. Box 436, Lyons.

THREE EAGLETS have been seen in a next at the top of Meadow Park. The most ever!  And they survived the construction in Meadow Park. All is well!

GET WELL WISHES go to Larry Quinn, who had some corrective back surgery. He said that it helped. He has been suffering sciatica. Very painful. And to Mike Ward, who lives in Texas, and is suffering from Melanoma. He is in rehab. 

FAREWELL to Linda and Ken Stacy who have moved to Stamford, NE, and to Carrie Gonzales (from the Honey Store) who has moved back home to Omaha (being flooded out and no where to go), and to Peter and Nancy Van Domelen, (parents of Julie) who have are moving to a new home in Gunbarrel to be closer to their daughters. A sad exodus for Lyons. We will miss you all!
The remembrance for Chris Anthony was held at Oskar Blues last Sunday afternoon. The event was well attended with relatives and friends. He was in the class of 1995, which had forty-one members. Chris was known as a top basketball player. We miss you Chris.
We pay tribute also to Roy York, who passed away four years ago. He operated the Lyons Tire Shop. 

It is with a sad heart that I post that former Lyons resident Jim Martin has passed away. All the Martins grew up in Lyons and called it their home always.
Judy Smith of Lyons passed away last week. She live up in Spring Gulch for the past several years and is survived by a son. Another son passed away some twenty years ago.  Judi’s memorial is scheduled for Sunday, June 12.

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