2013 The Year in Review

Editor’s note: In order that Lora and I, and all our wonderful volunteer contributors can enjoy some uninterrupted time off to be with our family and friends during this holiday season, we will publish our annual two-part “Year In Review” edition on Thursday, December 26, 2013 and Thursday, January 2, 2014.

On behalf of everyone connected to The Lyons Recorder, we wish you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year!

The Flood
There are events in a person’s life, which make such an indelible impact and impression that from that point forward a line is drawn in their personal sand. The September flood in Lyons was such an event for the entire community. I suspect

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BCAA Awards Grants to Local Artist

The following individual artists and arts organizations in Boulder County received $1,500 - $3,000 grants from the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists, a fund of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and administrated by the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA). Grants from this fund were awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. This fund was established in October 2013; not surprisingly, the predominant theme of grant requests pertained to flood related challenges.
• Gary McCrumb, Lyons
• Jennifer Lesea-Ames, Lafayette
• Nancy Nagel, Longmont
• Emma Hardy, Jamestown
• Brian Mullins, Eldorado Springs
• Priscilla Cohan, Lyons
• Helander Dance Theater, Boulder
• Deborah Haynes, Jamestown
• Open Arts, Boulder
• Annette Coleman, Boulder
BCAA is proud to administrate the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists. In her article for the Spring 2013 Community Foundation newsletter, Jamie Sladky, Martha Kate’s assistant and very close friend says, “Martha Kate’s passion for life

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McConnell Bridge is Now Open

McConnell Bridge in Lyons is now open for public use. The two-way bridge is the second access to and from Lyons Valley Park, in southeast Lyons. McConnell Bridge sustained extensive damage in the September flood and has been closed since then. Full,  temporary access has been established as of Monday, December 23.

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New Beginnings in 2014

Dear Lyons Community,

As we approach the end of 2013 and look forward to new beginnings in 2014, I reflect on all that has happened to Lyons this year.

The flood brought a new awareness to the meaning of giving, helping, and supporting those around us. September 11,

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Lyons Spirit

Dear Lyons Community,
We wish to send our thanks to the people of Lyons for the reception of our book, "Bertha Saves the Day." It is not often ideas, circumstances, and timing join to ignite a story, but that certainly happened at the holiday bazaar.  Upon reflection,

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Mountain Strong

After the devastating September floods, Gary and Kris Hazelton of Estes Park, came up with a design for a T-shirt. They approached Ron Shumate and Tim Buck of Trail Ridge Printing in Estes Park, and an idea was born, “Mountain Strong.”

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“Flood Rum” Fundraiser At Spirit Hound

This Friday, December 20, is the Spirit Hound “Rum Release Party!” This is a momentous event for the distillery, seeing as this particular barrel of rum was, undamaged in the distillery during the flood. Now bottled and labeled as “Flood Rum,”

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Lyons Gets GOCO Grant

The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board last week awarded the Town of Lyons a $227,500 grant  to help defray the purchase price of 1.5 acres of privately owned land, formerly owned by the Hains family, located in Meadow Park. A

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Marriott Hotels of Longmont Giving The Gift Of Lyons

The Marriott Hotels of Longmont recently hosted a holiday lunch for their top clients with a unique and positive spin on it. Instead of doing the typical corporate gift giving, they purchased gift certificates and items from the local Lyons’ business

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