ANOTHER WEEK GONE BY. Just a few days until Santa. Thanks Santa who did come during the Christmas Bazaar letting kids tell him their wishes. Santa did a tremendous job both at the Bazaar and the Parade, and passed out little wooden crosses from Ecuador; beautiful. Yes, get ready for Santa.
Cheri Hoffer lead a big group of locals around downtown Lyons to sing Christmas carols, including 14 month old baby Soren. After walking to around 20 homes, they ended up at Pizza 66 to celebrate the fun night. The next opportunity to sing carols will be this Saturday, December 21, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lyons Regional Library, lead by Janaki Jane, and sponsored by Wide Spaces Community Initiative. Other seasonal songs may be sung, and there will be Christmas cookies to decorate
THINGS ARE SLOWING DOWN for next week’s Christmas. Our middle and high school choir concerts featured some beautiful voices. A job well done by students and Ms. Zema! We heard from the Lyons Elementary School programs, and the Middle/High School Band and Choir Concerts; all lovely. (And, our Christmas gift throughout this year is that the School District has the Auditorium fully scheduled for this summer. Much needed. We have been waiting for this for a long time!!)
We have enjoyed two concerts by the High School Jazz Band: SAXAPHONES: Sierra Anderson, Zack Calstrom, Lucia Cronin, Alex Dugan, Hannah Schweiger. TRUMPETS: Cassidy Batts, Charlies Gau, Caleb Hoffmann, Zane Ramey, Jordan Shackelford. TROMBONES: Beck Farrell, Quinn Gregg, Nicholas Parker, Cole Thomas. RHYTHM SECTION: Nick Boggess, guitar; Sam Biostic, percussion; Jordan Brownsberger, percussion; Jordan Valente, bass; Arjen Wynja, piano.
Thank you to the amazing Middle School Student Council for organizing a drive for LEAF’s Food Bank distribution, collecting over 250 items!
Lori Herman, the current athletic secretary and health clerk, will be taking on the new role of Principal’s Secretary. Lori has worked at Lyons Middle Senior High School for over a decade and brings a lot of Lyons knowledge to her new role. Debbie Bustamante, our current Principal’s Secretary, is retiring at the end of this month. She has served our school for over 20 years! Be sure to stop by this week to wish her well!
Winter Break NO SCHOOL: December 23 to 27; December 30 to January 3rd
CHRISTMAS EVEN CHURCH SERVICES are scheduled by all four local churches. The public is welcome. Join the 15th Annual Christmas Eve Service in the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, at 5 p.m., presented by the Higher Ground Ministries. Dress warm! God Bless Us Everyone.
January 1, 2020: Make your New Year’s Resolution. Ones that you can keep and you will be better off if you can keep them.
Yes, we are trying to get ready for the first edition of the Lyons Recorder for 2020. We have a Miscellaneous Tid Bits “About Town” by LaVern, and Senior News by Kathleen Spring already being published every Thursday on the Lyons Recorder Facebook page. They will soon transfer the two columns over to the web page, along with several arts and culture articles lined up; and some Editorial columns. If you have an interesting topic to write about, contact the newspaper, and do it. We need to spread the local news to the public. URGENT NEEDS: (1) someone to write up the Town Board meeting news. The Town hands out a packet that you can follow and take notes on. (2) someone to help with setting up the financial paperwork and (3) someone to advise on how to set up a nonprofit. We all miss the weekly news. Contact email@example.com
LEAF: Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund
Thank you LEAF for rounding up many sponsors and volunteers to provide the makings of delicious Holiday meals, and many hygiene items. Sam Tallent, Higher Grounds Ministries, was out front with his usual truck of hams for everyone, for the 30th year. The Food Bank will be closed the next two Wednesdays. LEAF also arranged for twelve Christmas Elves to deliver 111 gifts all around town on Saturday! Thank you, Lyons, for another wonderful Holiday Giving Tree!
“HERBAL TAI CHI TEA.” The Town Recreation Department is starting a Herbal Healing Arts Class Series. They are taught by a certified Clinical Herbalist. In the first class she will share with you the background of this tea, and how to make it. Ages: 12+ Date: December 21, 2019, 9:30-11:30am; Walt Self building; Fee: $20. (includes 2 gifts you will create) Register at: www.townoflyons.com/Recreation
BEGINNING IN THE NEW YEAR. Trivia returns to Pizza 66 Monday, January 8, 2020 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fun! Ian Phillips will again be the MC. Sponsored by Friends of the Lyons Regional Library. Come early to order food and put together teams of six people, or bring your team. Each event has a fundraising goal.
THE ARTPHARM is looking for donations to get them through December, and while they wait for the non-profit 501(c)3 paperwork to go through. Contact Sonny at the store for more information.
Remember to renew your ECO passes. It takes about a week to get a renewed card. The Lyons EcoPass provides residents with free use of any RTD bus and light rail services. Everything you need to know https://www.townoflyons.com/415/EcoPass To apply for a new pass, you must bring certain proofs of residency ID to Town Hall, To renew, you can fill out the form online, and pay online.
LYONS PARADE FLOAT WINNERS
This year’s theme: Winter Wonderland
2019 Float Winners
- Marching Division: Tree Rex
- Motorized Division: Spirit Hound Distillers
- Band Division: Lyons High School
- Youth Division: Girls Softball
- Horse Division: Marching Horses of Lyons
- Float Division: DandyLyons Brigade
- Other Division: Lyons Polar Bear Club
- Best Representation of Theme: KG Enterprises
- Best Use of Lights: Lyons Community Foundation
- Overall Parade Winner: Defined Motion & Laura Levy at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury
Congratulations to this year’s winners! See you next year!
Deb Anthony, town clerk for 22 years, enjoyed her big retirement party last Friday. It was nice, with lots of decorations and food. You still have time to drop off a card or say farewell to her this coming week. Mayor Connie Sullivan and Administrator Victoria Simonsen, and Sergeant Bill Crist, Lyons deputy, gave tributes. She will likely have to volunteer or go traveling!
Jim and Bonny‘s three grandchildren from Florida have moved to this area and be here for Christmas.
Pam Browning‘s grandmother is 103, spry and very sharp. She uses her walker for safety. Happy Birthday!
Peter Baumgardner was here last week. He sailed from Newfoundland, down the coast, to Florida and on Burma. He certainly is enjoying his retirement!
We remember, Cheron and Gerald Boland, Lyons longtime teachers, who would have celebrated their 60th Anniversary on August 2nd.
Patty Ayala‘s mom has been visiting her and has enjoyed the Lyons holidays.
Bonita Yoder is trying to install a water heater in her house. She has made some progress, and she has starting going to many Senior Center events. Hang in there Bonita. She was a flood victim and is doing the repairs on her own.
Ann Hall and Jacob Adriaan Leeuwenburgh plan to visit his parents in Holland this Winter. They, along with mom Marcia Hall, put together a Love Lyons float for this year’s parade.
Larry Quinn and Linda Backup and family are enjoying the holidays skiing near Silverthorne, where their cabin is. They have had 22 inches of snow in recent weeks. They will be having family and friends over for Christmas. Happy birthday to Linda. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year.
Lauren Simms, daughter of Steve and Debbie Simms, who received an Engineering degree with a minor in Criminal Justice from UNC last Saturday morning, will be working in Broomfield. Her brother Mitch is here from college in Washington, where he is a senior. and will graduate this June.
OBITUARY – JERRY RIBBLE
We were very saddened at the death of long-time resident Jerry Ribble, age 75, who in recent months had moved from his apartment in the Walt Self apartments to an assisted living home in Boulder. He had hoped to live in Texas with his daughter Samantha and family, when his illness became worse. We extend our Sympathy.
Jerry Ribble was the son of Keith and Jackie (Peterson) Ribble, the brother of Arden Kelling and Bob Ribble. The father to Samanthia, Joe and Jerry. He graduated from Lyons in 1964; his classsmates were: David Goranson, Pamela Goranson, Virginia Hirschfeld, Lawrence Jackman, Linda Johnson, Nicholas Lenarz, Thomas McDowell, Judith Morgan, Nancy Pigeon (deceased) Thomas Robb (deceased), Raleigh Schilling, Thomas Smaller, David Tortten, Russell Tow (deceased), Terry Trueblood (deceased) and Noel Wellborn. He suffered severe disabilities from a motorcycle accident in the 1970’s.
The service at The River Church was overflowing with friends and relatives giving condolences to his relatives. Memorial funds can be sent to the Lyons Historical Society, P.O. Box 9, Lyons, Co. 80540 for an engraved plaque in his honor.