Another week gone by, and all celebrated Memorial Day–honoring all veterans, and especially those who were killed in the wars. Nowadays you have to join to be in the service, but during WWII, men were drafted, and the draft board took everyone who was not 4-F (disabled or otherwise unfit for military service) or considered essential stateside. For several years they used a lottery to determine when conscripts had to serve. We have many veterans who we praise, and thank them for their service to our country. Memorial Day is also a time to honor our loved ones, those who have gone on before. Thanks to Dave Orback, caretaker of the Lyons Cemetery. All was cleaned up and beautiful with bouquets.
We went on a cemetery tour to show my family grave sites of their relatives buried In Lyons, Hygiene, Niwot, Boulder, and Brighton. You should do the same. Someone in the family should pass this information along as the generations go by. Especially since so many folks come from somewhere else.
Coronavirus: Everyone is asked to stay in, as you are “safer at home.” Wear a mask if you are out and about. You could still give or get the virus.
Thanks to the Manna Cafe of the River Church for offering a meal to everyone on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meals are free or whatever you can donate. See their Facebook page for more information.
Music: Thanks to all the musicians who have serenaded our town with such good music. Since they have no income you are asked to help them by sending funds to LEAF, Box 324, Lyons, marked “Music.”
Volunteers welcome: The Botanic Garden folks are back working. Stop by and help them on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Garden is at Fourth and Prospect Streets.
Town of Lyons Board of Trustees meetings are online at 7pm, the first and third Mondays of each month, and emergency meetings as called. Visit townoflyons.com/livestream to “attend” the meetings and to make public comments.
Bears are back: Be sure that your trash and compost are bear-proof. If bears find food one time, they will come back for more, and are likely to stay close to town, thus losing their fear of people. Bears can be aggressive, and you need to look around when coming home at night. If they repeat coming back they might have to be euthanized.
Free sprinkler inspection is available through the non-profit, water-saving organization Resource Central. Call them at 303-999-3820 or go to: resourcescentral.org to learn more and to schedule an appointment to check your sprinklers for water savings. Consultations last about ninety minutes and could save you many dollars on your water bill. Appointments are limited, so call soon.
Thanks to the Lyons Arts and Humanities Council for the new public art installation near 440 Main Street entitled “Here and Now” by Charlotte Zink. Visit the townoflyons.com/LAHC to see more of the public art around town.
Schools: School is now officially out for the season, with hopes of opening this fall. Thanks to the teachers for putting the classes online and to the students who diligently went online for their lessons. Amazing how well it worked! Thanks also to those who worked to provide lunch at the schools during this pandemic, and to the staff who continued to work. Some staff will be at the schools until June 9.
Senior class activities were heartwarming. A procession of cars drove around town for high school graduates on Thursday evening and for fifth graders on Friday evening, with a lot of spectators greeting them.
Awards and scholarships have been presented to the students and will be announced in the Redstone Review and the Lyons Recorder.
There will be a plant sale at Long Table Farmstead, 1164 Apple Valley Road, on Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with organic and heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flower starts for sale. Social distancing will be observed, and please wear a mask. No cash will be accepted. Local check or Venmo only. Stop by and help support a local farm.
Lyons’ Redstone Museum will open virtually on June 1 during the week to answer questions on local history. The Museum will be open daily through October 4 once the governor gives the OK. All visitors will be required to wear a mask.
Lyons Good Old Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, is canceled. Class reunions are postponed. The kids’ history camp and the Lyons Outdoor Games have also been canceled.
Happy birthday to: Darlene Thompson, Barbara Noyes, and Ray Thomas. A family party was held to celebrate Ray’s 95th birthday. Ray moved here from Texas in 1960 and built on the corner of Third and Park. The home was destroyed by the September 2013 flood. Thomas was a general carpenter and worked on the museum, built houses, and made repairs. Due to the flood he now lives in Mead. Send a card to 13556 Horse Shoe Dr., Mead, CO, 80542.
Births: Born on May 22, Jackson Ray Brandt to Ashley and Travis Brandt. He is the great grandson of Rhonda (Harkalis) French and the fourth great-great grandchild of Maxine Harkalis. He is welcomed home by his sister Cassandra. A fifth generation. Our congratulations.
With sympathy to the families of Dick Ralston and Genie (Johnson) Hapwood. Our condolences.