Another week gone by, and with about 10 inches of snow. We need the moisture, and it hasn’t been too cold. A real spring snow, which will make the flowers bloom.
Good news to all: The Lyons Town Board voted for the Summit affordable housing plan Monday night, and called It a “job well done” after years of dealing with the flood, serving on housing committees, a failed vote for 60 units in Bohn Park, and now 22 units to be built, and later 11 homes. Mayor Connie thanked everyone for their help in the long process (since the flood of Sept. 2013), and hopes several who lost their homes during the flood will come back to Lyons. Application to rent the units will be forthcoming.
We had Easter with no Sunday school programs or church services, but several churches had sermons broadcast online and some on Zoom. Many families had an Easter egg hunt. This is the time to thank the Lyons firemen and fireflies for the many years they furnished and hid eggs for Lyons. We have been taking it for granted!
This has been another scary week! Over 25,000 Americans have died with the virus, including 290 Coloradans. We should all be staying home to avoid getting it. Especially “oldies” over 60, and especially those with some ailments. What a weird world we live in.
Thanks to all who are helping throughout the world, the state, the town. They say we will make it, but don’t know how soon. Through the years, various other viruses have gone through, but nothing so deadly since the Spanish Flu of 1918. So thanks to all those working to keep us safe, to prevent the spread of the virus and to keep us in groceries–firemen, sheriffs, Town employees, teachers, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMTs, grocery store and pharmacy employees. They are trying to save the populace.
Thanks to all for the food–school lunches, restaurants with take-out, Meals on Wheels, St. Vrain Market, LEAF pantry, and others. Thanks to all who are making masks, including Amanda Anderson, Rebecca Hayden, Monique Sawyer-Lang, and more, and to Larry Webster, Re-Runs and others for the material. Elastic, thread, and material are needed. Leave at 251 Park Street #2.
Seniors: Thanks to The River Church for the seniors’ lunch last Monday, and for the breakfast cooked on Saturday mornings by Manna. Seniors can also reserve a lunch by calling 303-441-1415 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $3 to be delivered on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon at the Walt Self parking lot.
Thanks to the schools who turn on their field lights on Fridays at 8pm, honoring the athletes. They ask that we all put up decorations, and don’t forget the big HOWL every night at 8pm to show solidarity and to thank all our brave first responders. We hear the schools online are going quite well, with 80% of the students getting their lessons on computer. Our thanks to the teachers and staff for keeping the learning going.
The Parks & Rec Commission met virtually on Monday evening. The flood recovery report noted that Phase #1 of Bohn Park is almost finished with the skateboard park and bike track almost done and Phase #2 with ball fields and irrigation pump house to be finished soon. Also the St. Vrain River Park is finished and has been seeded, and the Second Street Bridge is scheduled. Folks are welcome in the parks where there is room for physical distancing. The playgrounds are closed due to the virus. The Parks & Rec office building, built in the eastern corridor, will be finished soon. The Commission meets at 6pm on the second Monday of each month.
Reminders: One-half of our property tax was due March 2, with the second half due June 15. Those paying in full should have their payments in by April 30.
Shingles shots: It has been awhile since I reminded seniors to get a shingles shot, to prevent a dreaded pain and itch throughout your body, sometimes only in the face or around the waist. Don’t forget. Take care of this dread.
Snakes: It is time for the snakes to wake up and start crawling around. Beware. Keep your eye out, especially at the M/HS field and on L Hill, also known as Rattlesnake Mountain. Well named. Snakes will be crawling around yards and trails; however most are not poisonous.
Keep your eyes and ears out to hear the music of the ice cream truck who buzzes around town now and then.
Happy Birthday: Forrest Bowlick, Sarah Smith, Fia Fineoff, Clovis Mogos, 10 month birthday for Weston (Bubba) Knapton (son of Nikki Stetson Knapton), Eric Kelly, Cheron Boland, Jessie Hesslius (daughter of Teresa and Richard Hesslieus, granddaughter of Loretta Richman) and the 87th birthday of Marlin Rickeman, father of Christine.
Congratulations: Brianna Vasquez and Israel Salas for the birth of a baby girl, Lillie.
Hi from Ruth Wilson in St. Croix with her son.
Remembering: Mark Bates, 10 years since he passed, son of Patricia and Steve Bates.
ZOOM: Some of you have been familiar with Zoom, but it is new and intriguing to me and, since the virus, it has become necessary and common. We even had square dancing thru Zoom with a caller in Ft. Morgan and one in Denver, and dancers in Loveland, Conifer, Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, Columbus (Ohio), Cheyenne, and Loveland. It was fun seeing and hearing each other even if we can’t dance together. They say “Old dancers never die they just twirl away!” (There is no square dancing due to the virus, but this will do for a while!)
Coronavirus: We express our sympathy to Lyons resident, Steve Beck, who lost two Italian friends to the coronavirus–teammate Faust Marinoni, age 66, on the Bergamo Lions in Bergamo, Italy team from 1987-1997, and team owner, Italo Pilenga, age 83. Nearly 21,000 have died of the virus in Italy. Steve was a former University of Colorado safety who graduated from CU in 1987 as a star running back. After living in Italy, he accepted an offer from Pilenga to work in his Crocs shoe factory and live there the year round, which he did for several years. Following retirement, Beck moved back to the U. S., but had returned to Italy many times to see Pilenga and his former teammates. Their deaths have had a big impact on Beck and his teammates. He states, “COVID-19 is changing the world. It spread quickly in Italy as the first thing they do is kiss each other on the check. That is the romance of their whole culture.” We express our sympathy.