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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Boulder County Housing Assistance Program Moving To Lottery System

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 and 17, Boulder County will accept applications for distribution of available Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for the first time since 2008. These vouchers provide rental assistance to qualified low-income households to help them obtain safe, decent, and affordable housing. The program currently serves close to seven hundred and twenty low-income households in Boulder County. It is anticipated

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Lyons New Trees, One Hundred Percent Living!

By Ron Gosnell
The new trees planted by volunteers last spring have broken dormancy. In spite of a harsh early freeze last fall that caused some damage, all the new trees are growing.  Way to go, Volunteers!

The first winter after transplant is critical for new tree survival. The top-notch planting care given by the planting teams, and follow-up maintenance by Public Works, Parks and others, helped achieve this welcome result.

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Mayor Enjoys Junket

Mayor John O’Brien was in our nation’s capital Monday evening trying to straighten out the mess that is our federal government. Actually, he was giving a presentation on resiliency, so Mayor Pro-Tem Connie Sullivan wielded the gavel at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting in his stead. In a pre-meeting workshop the Trustees received a presentation from CU-Denver students on municipal campus design concepts (ideas for public works/town hall facilities), and they also had a

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New Mental Health Care Provider In Lyons

By Meg Waters
The practitioners at Lyons Dental, Lyons Chiropractic, and the Milestone Clinic have long worked to maintain the physical health of Lyons residents. More recently, the Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic and Lyons Community Acupuncture have begun offering holistic healthcare alternatives. Stillwater also offers addiction and related counseling services, but many in the community have become concerned over the past few years about the town’s lack of a full-service mental healthcare

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Pay It Forward For Lyons!

Shortly after the earthquakes began in Nepal, Lyons Volunteers thought about ways they could help. While attempting to travel there or sending supplies is impractical, well-placed donations could really be helpful. It did not take long to focus on

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