About Town - May 21, 2015

In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this column is an elected official. Her opinions are hers, and do not necessarily reflect those of the entire Board of Trustees. 

Another week gone by, some nice days, but it’s still raining. We are susceptible to uncomfortable memories, and although the river rose to over 1400 cubic feet per second, it was much, much higher during the flood! True, it is scary, though.

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May History Month Concludes 

By Kathleen Spring
Hardly a person in Lyons is unaffected by the unnerving sound of heavy rain fall. Despite the 100 Year Flood of 2013 having been long gone on the calendar, its impact continues to be felt. The final program of the Lyons Historical Society’s May History Month celebration will honor the stories of the flood survivors. The four part event consists of two new videos, two speakers, two songstresses, and an updating of the existing flood archival exhibit.

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The Flatlands Of Kansas

Roads Traveled with Linda L. Osmundson

The United States opened the Kansas territory for settlement in 1854 amid violence over whether to be a free or slavery state. Finally, Kansas entered the Civil War as a free state. After the war, settlers turned the prairies into productive farmland, and today the state provides corn, wheat, sorghum, and sunflowers for the rest of the country and beyond.

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Gold and Silver for Lyons

By Renée Haip
Each year the Lyons track and field athletes train and compete with the Colorado State Track and Field Championships in clear focus. It is an honor and a privilege for any athlete to qualify for state and making it to the podium (top-nine in each classification) is a significant accomplishment. Across the season, the young men of Lyons looked to be in close competition

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Leroy Robert York

Leroy Robert York, 75, passed away peacefully on May 1, in Pueblo. He was born June 4, 1939 in Waukegan, Illinois to Robert and Amanda (Pritzl) York.  On February 14, 1958 he married Jenny (DeYoung) York in McHenry, Illinois. Roy and his family moved to Lyons, in 1969.

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Stay Calm And Be Prepared

Lyons Prepardness

By Toshen Golias
First, the good news: the threat of wildfire is low right now!
Yep, like a lot of folks, I’m a bit nervous these rainy days, but I’m trying to maintain a stay calm and carry on attitude. I just went out to my workshop, which experienced groundwater flooding in 2013, and got everything up off the floor, just in case. It felt good to take that small

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A Look Back At Lyons Businesses

By Kathleen Spring
Tourists often drive through downtown Lyons and only see a dozen stores, and often complain that the seemingly constant changing of store names must mean an instable economy.  The Lyons Historical Society, in cooperation with the Colorado and Lyons tourism offices, plans to change that perception.  In reality there are more than a hundred businesses that have been open ten years or more.  Spreading the word should bring more shoppers, service seekers, and prospective new businesses to Lyons. 

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About Town - May 14, 2015

In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this column is an elected official. Her opinions are hers, and do not necessarily represent those of the entire Board of Trustees. 

A tumultuous week has gone by, and now the sun is shining. All that rain over several days had us on edge. It was helpful that the Town kept in touch with us with their e-blast,  stating that the water got up to 1460 cubic feet per second with some places overflowing (the floodwaters  of 2013 were up to 30,000 a cubic foot per second).  Stay safe; keep an eye on the warnings.

The Lyons History Video shindig was cancelled due to the storm. They thank all for the silent auction items, and are looking to reschedule

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Botanic Gardens Plant Sale

The Lyons Botanic Gardens will hold their 5th annual fundraising plant sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, behind Steamboat Natural Foods on Main Street. There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, various veggie starts, beautiful hanging baskets, and colorful T-shirts; all at great prices! The plants were all specifically selected because they are hardy, healthy, and will thrive in the local climate.

Lyons Botanic Gardens is still searching for land for their botanic garden in the Lyons area, and they continue to raise funds. The

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