Flood Victims To Receive Help From Brookfield Residential Community Project and Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley

Every one-time visitor to Brookfield Residential model homes in the Denver area will translate into a $10 donation to the flood recovery efforts in Lyons, Colorado.

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Open Space and Mountain Parks Opens A New Interim Trail on Joder Ranch

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will open a new interim trail on Friday, Sept. 18, that provides bicyclists, equestrians and pedestrians access to the Joder Ranch open space area north of Boulder. The interim trailhead is located west of U.S. Highway 36 opposite the north Neva access road. A map of the trail and trailhead is available at osmp.org. Limited parking for cars, buses, and horse trailers available.
The 1.9-mile trail takes visitors along rolling grasslands into forested foothill communities that stretch across the 335-acre Joder Ranch,

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The second annual VIVA LYONS! festival, a series of community-based events presented by Oskar Blues Brewery, will take place throughout Lyons from Monday, September 7, to Saturday, September 12, as a celebration of the town’s resiliency and recovery from the flood that swept through Lyons and the Front Range in 2013.

Proceeds from VIVA LYONS! events support the Lyons Economic Development Commission’s revolving loan

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A Well Regulated Militia

The Occasional Curmudgeon, Gary L. Moore

There are 404 students in Lyons Middle/Senior High School. In 2015, up until August 1, there had been 204 people killed in mass gunfire shootings (three or more people killed in one shooting) here in the United States. If that average continues, we may expect that about 360 people will die from mass gunfire shootings by year’s end. Or, on a local scale, about 90% of the Lyons Middle/Senior High School population who would have died

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August: Important details

By Joanne Barnard

Welcome Class of 2016 to Life 101 – a series of ten articles that divides the otherwise daunting process of preparing for life after high school into a the monthly “to do” list - giving you one area to concentrate for each month of your senior year. Topics range from gathering information about yourself, preparing for and applying

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Living Without A Safety Net

By Janaki Jane
At LEAF, everyone is welcome to come and ask for help. Middle class or in poverty, everyone occasionally needs some assistance to get through the month. A difference arises, though, when the assistance needed is for thousands of dollars, as opposed to help paying a utility bill or for transportation expenses. Here’s the difference: when a middle class person

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October: The Search

Life 101: Beyond High School for the Class of 2016

By Joanne Barnard

October: The Search

Whether it’s a two or four-year college, a gap year, or a technical/vocational institute, choosing what to do after high school will be one of the biggest decisions a senior can make.

Parts one and two of this ten-part series, that divides the otherwise daunting process of preparing for life after high school into a the monthly “to do” list*, have advice for collecting information about yourself. Spend this month sifting through the plethora of schools and programs to see what

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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! 

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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