Lyons Well Represented At Softball Championship

By Bob Gilson
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 14, three caravans departed Colorado. Similar caravans, twenty-two in all, rolled out Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. These caravans carried the players, coaches, and fans of the best softball teams in the region to the USSSA National Championship Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.

Colorado was represented by: Azteca, of Pueblo coached by Ken Ramos; Blaze Fury of Berthoud coached by Sean Lynch; and the Colorado Outlaws coached by Chris Hunnel. Lyons was represented by Abby Liquori, a pitcher and outfielder for the Blaze, and Kate Gilson, a pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder for the Outlaws. 

Pool play on Wednesday and Thursday culminated with the Colorado teams well seeded; the Outlaws ranked ninth, the Blaze sixth, and Azteca first. By virtue of making the top ten, all three Colorado teams were awarded a bye into the second round of elimination play, while the lower twelve teams slugged it out. Azteca and Outlaws met in “winners' bracket” play, with Azteca being victorious. Blaze battled the Elite Heat in “winners' bracket” play, with Elite Heat coming out on top.

Azteca and Elite Heat tangled in “winners' bracket” play, with Azteca showing why it they were ranked number one. This left Azteca one win from the championship, and relaxing at the hotel pool while everyone else attempted to battle their way through the “losers' bracket” with the knowledge that their next loss would end their season.

The Outlaws took the long path through the “losers' bracket,” winning three games in a single day, including a nail biter in extra innings. Their extra innings win set up a showdown with the Blaze. The two teams have faced each other many times in earlier tournaments, and their pre-game warm-ups included knowing glances.

On this day, the Outlaws’ offense proved to be too much for the Blaze to contain.  Emerging from the other half of the “loser’s backer” was the Liberty Venom. The Venom went on an incredible roll, where they eliminated the Outlaws, Elite Heat, and eventually, the highly touted Azteca to claim the championship. So the much anticipated showdown between the Colorado teams came up just short, but all three still made a lasting mark on the tournament: 1) MO - Liberty Venom, 2) CO - Pueblo Azteca, 3) MO - Elite Heat, 4) CO – Outlaws, 5) OK - Young Guns, 6) CO – Blaze.
Three Colorado teams in the top six! Congratulations! You represented Colorado well! 

A Labyrinth Of Peace And Tranquility

An anonymous longtime resident artist has created a tranquil and peaceful labyrinth in a shady glade along the banks of the south fork of the St. Vrain River. According to the artist, “a labyrinth is unicursal,” meaning a path with one way in and one way out; as opposed to a maze, which sometimes has multiple ways in and out, and is designed with dead ends and blind allies for the purpose of confusion.

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Health Tips for the Peak of Summer

By Tim Davis, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, National Disaster Medical System, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The peak of summer is nearly here. The hottest summer temperatures for the Denver and northeast Colorado areas tend to occur from mid-July through mid-August, according to thirty-year averages calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In my twenty-five years as an emergency medicine physician, I’ve seen the catastrophic effect heat can have on health, and many of the people we see

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About Town with LaVern Johnson - July 23, 2015

Another week gone by; a nice one, hot but not a lot of rain. Everything is green and beautiful. It cools off at night here in Colorado. Ah, a great state in which to live.

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What's The Future For Affordable Housing In Lyons?

No New Committee News This Week

By Amy Reinholds

Editor’s Note: Ms. Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission and serves as a liaison to the special housing committee. She has lived in Lyons for eleven years and in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.

Nothing new happened with the Special Housing Committee in the past week. On Monday, July 20, Trustee Dawn Weller gave a report on behalf of chair

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Folk Dancing for Children

Free participatory dance program for children, teens, and their parents. Outside on the plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 6:15 - 7 pm. Tuesdays, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, and August 4. Youngsters learn dances and experience the culture of many countries around the world.

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Blue Mountain County Seat Meeting

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners, County Manager Linda Hoffmann, Assistant County Manager Lorenda Volker, Assistant County Engineer Rust McDaniel, and Emergency Management Director Lori Hodges, as well as several other unconfirmed staff members, are excited about coming to the Blue Mountain community on Tuesday, July 28, at 6:45 p.m., for a “County Seat” meeting.”

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Burning Can Raises $20K For Charities

Oskar Blues Brewery’s 2015 Burning CAN Beer Fest was an epic day for outdoor enthusiasts, craft beer aficionados, adventure sports fans, and live music lovers to soak up the ColoRADo sunshine and revel in good times. Throughout the day, festival goers enjoyed an all-can beer fest, watched the Lyons Outdoor Games, participated in the first-ever Beer Relay, and grooved to free music by the New Orleans based band the Revitalists.

Over 2,000 attendees gathered at Bohn Park in for Burning CAN and the Lyons Outdoor Games. Sixty-five “can-centric” breweries from across the U.S.

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Nancy Reckling, Food Pantry Volunteer Extraordinaire

By Maridy Dandeneau
Running a Food Pantry is like running a small business, but with lots of heart. Nancy Reckling has volunteered- as Co-Director of the Lyons Food Pantry since the fall of 2008. Nancy oversees a successfully operated food pantry providing hundreds of meals a month to the greater Lyons community. 

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