Another week gone by. Another one where we are to STAY HOME and hope the virus dies down. Don’t be close to anyone; don’t give it to anyone. Keep your distance. Spray you newspaper, your credit card, your car keys, post office keys, your shoes, your clothes. It may be several more months. In spite of it all, there are some people protesting the shut down. Scary. Do they think they won’t get it? It is dreary to stay home, but . . .
This Friday is May Day, the day of spring flowers. In the olden days, a boy would leave a bouquet, knock on the girl’s door, and run away. She would run after him and give him a kiss. (Those were the “Good ‘ol Days.”)
The Spanish Flu in 1918 had let up and then came back with a vengeance. According to the newspaper at that time, Longmont, which had 5,500 residents, had 1% die (included were my husband’s older sister and brother, Hazel & David). Very sad all our lives. National estimates were that 675,000 died. STAY HOME, STAY SAFE!
School news: The usual awards night has been cancelled, but certificates for awards and scholarships will be announced and sent to the students by mail. Graduation is being planned for Saturday, July 26, if all is well. They may livestream the Senior Night video, as well as the eighth grade graduation video.
Locker contents can be picked up in early June. Fee refunds will be sent by the school district. Webex meeting for Juniors and Seniors will be available. Go to Lyons Happenings for photos and quotes from Andrea Smith, Principal.
Still some yearbooks available. To order, go to: jostensyearbooks.com high school or middle school ordering line. Mondays someone is at school to answer questions.
Redstone Cyclery at Fourth and Main was broken into Friday night. Someone broke the window and stole items. Sad, during this trying time.
From the Town of Lyons: Due to COVID-19, there is now more of a need for alternative transportation than ever. Vouchers for the zTrip taxi service are good for a one-way ride between Lyons and Boulder or Lyons and Longmont (either direction) on weekdays from 5am-7pm. While any Lyons area resident is welcome to apply for vouchers, the top priority is for those in financial need. Vouchers will be available at Town Hall on Mondays from 9am-11am and at the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) food pantry on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Vouchers are also available through your local caseworker with the Outreach United Resource (OUR) Center (303-772-5529) and the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA – 303-441-3570). Please call or email one of the contacts below to answer a short questionnaire to receive your vouchers. Additionally, please reach out with any questions or concerns to Lisa Ramsey, information below:
–Lisa Ramsey, town of Lyons, firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-823-6622 x30
–Lory Barton, LEAF, email@example.com; 720-864-4309
–Lynette Anderson, BCAAA, firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-823-9016 (previous contacts only)
–Rebecca Major, OUR Center, email@example.com; 303-525-3106 (previous contacts only)
Help in Lyons—
Senior lunches Wednesdays and Fridays. Pick up at Walt Self parking lot from 12 – 1p.m. Charge is $3 for seniors; $8.25 for anyone under 60. Call on Tuesday or Thursday to order for the following day. 303-441-1415.
Monday dinners for seniors and other high-risk folks provided by the River Church. Call 303-823-6469 between 4-6p.m. on Mondays for pick up at the church or at Walt Self or for delivery to your home.
Looking for work: for Lawn work: 720-837-9591 – Abernathy boys and Luis Vasquez – 303-947-0641; for Construction-303-823-2467.
Mark your calendars: the Town is planning the Concerts in the Park this summer – every Thursday, at 6:30 from June 11 into August; and the Lyons Good Old Day on Sat. June 27. The Lyons Redstone Museum will honor the graduates of Lyons pioneers who have been in the area 40 years and more, the Alumni of the Classes ending in 0; and the Class of 1970-on their 50th Class Reunion.
Remember to go outside at 8pm and howl every night to show your support and gratitude to all the helpers who are making it possible for us to stay safely at home.
LEAF is collecting funds to help the many Lyons musicians who have been unable to play for pay. Send your donation to LEAF Box 324, Lyons.
Robyn Sloan won first place in the Trail Camper Winter Video Contest. Our congratulations. (See Robyn’s videos on Lyons Happenings of the animals that go along on her property up Stone Mountain.)
Geoff is back playing his bag pipes on Sunday mornings. Thanks to all who donated to the repair.
Thanks for the evening of 78 Music Club-5 by “Take Down the Door,” a virtual concert last Sunday evening. Very enjoyable.
Thanks to all who helped in any way to build the six Habitat for Humanity houses that are now completed and the families moved in. Wonderful to bring these folks back to Lyons.
Happy birthday to: Jasmine Lok, Leann Stover, Lisa Malito, Kate Little, Piper McCall, Jodi Bashor, Kristine Smock, Joleen Hutton, Josh Maurer, Stephen Readmond, Duane Goodwin, Pearl Haddad, Landon Stetson, and Pearl Vega.
Tid bits –
Ahh, April 23 would have been my seventieth wedding anniversary. I married F. LaVerne Johnson at the Lyons Methodist Church in 1950 with Pastor Albert J. Wagner. Our soloist was Margaret McCain and our pianist was Thelma Friend.
We had an old station wagon and drove to California. The car vapor locked at Idaho Springs, but we got it going. Coming home, it did it again, and my brother Herb had to tow us home. We lived in Al Rose’s home (now Sharon Kelling’s) then to the chicken houses. Then had our house at 306 Evans remodeled in 1954, and been there ever since. At the time, I worked for O. J. Ramey Real Estate and Insurance and did income taxes (before the days of computers).
Mr. Laverne grew up on a farm west of Niwot. He had rheumatic fever in high school, but they still tried to draft him. After the war he worked for Chet Dunhan, Paul Endres, Jim Rains, and Elmer Stollens in the stucco and plaster business (many homes were built after the war). He used to say that he “got plastered everyday!” He served on the sewer board when the sewer went in in 1964, and was on the Town board of trustees from 1982 until his death in 1998. We have two sons, Jerry and Ron, and three grandkids. He was also a crusader for the school, paving the streets, against Coffintop Dam and the Syntex Waste Dump. Many good memories in 70 years.
We express our sympathy to Mark and Pam Browning who celebrated the 104th birthday of Pam’s grandmother in Texas and she died the next day.
Miles L. (Mike) Sanford of the Mead area died on April 14, 2020 at his home. He was 84 years old. He was born August 11, 1935 in Ryderwood, Washington and moved to Lyons at age three. Parents were Lyman Sanford and Shirley Brackett Sanford. He graduated from Lyons High School and was in the Air National Guard. He married Doris Smith in Lyons in 1955 and had two children; son, David and daughter, Jody. They moved to Mead in 1959. He worked for the State of Colorado Highway Department for 39 years and then went to work for Agfinity (Co-op). He was on the Mead Town Board, was the Mayor of Mead, and a volunteer fireman. He was a 4-H Leader, and loved to fish and hunt. He belonged to the TGIF bowling league and bowled regularly until his illness prevented him from bowling. He loved making people laugh with jokes and teasing. He enjoyed his cows and other livestock that he had over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jody, grandson Levi, two brothers Earl and Keith. Survivors include his wife Doris, son David (Anita), grandsons: Donny (Tabatha) Miller, Shane Sanford, Michael (Ashley) Sanford, sister Frances Phillips, step-brother Dan (Sharon) Eliasen, step-sister Bessie Rule, seven great-grandchildren, Uncle Francis (Peggy) Brackett, nieces, nephews, cousins, Lori Campbell-Miller, Blake Miller & Ashley Cavanaugh. A memorial service will be held later.