Ah, a hot week gone by, in the upper 90’s, and they think it will be 100 degrees this week! Air conditioning and fans are needed.
JULY 4th was different, with individual fireworks displays all around; the one at the fairgrounds in Loveland was enjoyed by a big crowd sitting in their cars. Although there were complaints about the noise and nervous dogs, it was enjoyable, and reminded us to think of “What is July 4th – our freedom!”
We visited the Open House of the Siegfried Wagner cabin in Allenspark, where he was a U.S. spy during World War II. Many thought he was a spy for Germany, but he was not, and he was given an award for his service to the United States. The retreat cabin is about three miles north of Allenspark and worth stopping to see.
COVID-19 is as vicious as ever. Oldies especially are to stay in; hospitals and ventilators are getting full again. They may have found an antiviral drug for the worst cases. There have been 1,463 cases and 71 deaths in Boulder County; 177 have been hospitalized. Statewide there have been 34,257 probable cases and 1,542 deaths. Take care. Stay in. Although very boring, we don’t want to catch the virus.
FIRE: We are saddened about the house that burned down last Saturday on Quartz Way in Lyons Estates. To help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LYONS TOWN BOARD met on Zoom this week and included: 1. Introduction of Steven Pischke as the interim chief of the Lyons Fire Protection District; 2. Report by Sgt Bill Crist complimenting Crystal White and the new sheriff in overseeing the Parks (The parks will close if over 200 people are present and the parking lot is full. Folks are encouraged to go to Bohn Park which includes a shelter, playground, picnic and grill sites, a bike ramp, and ball field); 3. Discussion of use of parking lots and parking spaces to provide outdoor seating in front of businesses to enhance business; 4. Flood recovery consisting of Second Avenue bridge and Summit Affordable Housing; 5. Review construction of the Apple Valley Water Line Project; 6. Lyons Ditch Company request for a new pipeline; 7. Whether to rezone the Downtown area to R-l Zone, to eliminate having to appear before the Board of Adjustment for each sale or change of lot use; 8. Underground electric line on Second Avenue, and more! (We miss Joseph’s reporting of these meetings.)
INTERIM FIRE CHIEF STEVEN PISCHKE lives in Westminster and is happy to serve as Lyons Fire Chief in the interim. He has served on the Mountain View Fire Protection District, the Vail Fire Department, the North Metro Fire Rescue District, the West Adams County Fire Protection, the Silverthorne Fire Protection District, and the Littleton and Wheat Ridge Districts. Toshen Golias, Lyons Fire Protection District President, said Pischke will continue until the district completes its search for a new fire chief.
THANKS TO: Ben Rodman and crew for cleaning up the parks each day, and to Can’d Aid for cleaning up the St. Vrain River this week. Much appreciated. More volunteers needed!
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is still available virtually for questions and take-outs. Still not considered safe to open physically.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: At Lyons Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings 10am-noon. Bring gloves, tools, and water. Benches for the gardens have been donated in honor of Don and Mary Hunt and from the Lyons Community Foundation and will be installed soon.
MEALS: Thanks to the River Church that will continue to furnish meals on Mondays at 5:15pm, pick up at the Senior center. Call 303 823 6469 if you are new from 4-4:15pm. Available to all.
SENIOR MEALS ARE AVAILABLE for anyone 65 and over for pick up for $3 or a donation on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center parking lot at noon. Call 303 441 1455 the day before to request a meal.
Lyons Community Food Pantry has an important volunteer need for three or four individuals who can “shop” for our Food Pantry once or twice per month on a Tuesday morning. This role involves partnering with another LEAF volunteer and driving the LEAF van to Community Food Share in Louisville to select the food we will distribute the following day. After the food is selected, you will return to LEAF and unload the food at the Pantry. This volunteer must be able to lift 30 – 50 pounds.
GO TO www.leaflyons.org to learn about how to connect to Passport to Freedom on Zoom at 3pm on Thursdays.
SUNDAYS, 9:30 a.m., new pastor Emily Hagan of the Lyons Community Church & Lafayette Methodist Church will present a service on Zoom. Emily is a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree, and is an ordained elder in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served as pastor in Rye, Cañon City, Berthoud, and now at the Lyons Community Church and Lafayette. She has been teaching Wesleyan History and Wesleyan Distinctive at a Pastor Licensing School, and will be serving as a dean. She sits on the Board of Ordained Ministry and is chair of the Peaks new Ministry Council, and Wesleyan Foundation Board at CU. Emily is married to Eric, a kindergarten teacher in Loveland, and has a five year old son, Zac.
To meet Pastor Emily and her family, choose an event below that works for you and contact the host. Numbers will be limited depending on the location to ensure everyone’s safety. If you prefer to attend online, there are several Zoom calls available.
Mark and Christine Boys’ home at 6:30pm on July 9; (Mlboys1@yahoo.com)
Zoom, July 16th, 9:00am; (for link, go to: email@example.com)
Jani and Zeke Little’s home at 6:30pm on July 23; (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deb Tabor hosting Zoom at 1 on July 27; (email@example.com); and
Monica and Ron McGukin’s at 6:30 on August 6 (Monica_mcgukin@yahoo.com)
LYONS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION will be held at 9:00a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the school’s athletic field with six guests allowed per student. All graduates and guests must register with the district before the ceremony. Graduates will sit with their guests on the field with each group 12 feet apart. All must wear face coverings. They are not allowed to congregate before or after the ceremony on district property. There will be no practices held. The event will be live-streamed.
APPLE VALLEY CRAFT FAIR AND CRAPFEST – Todd & Becky Jacobson’s, 2136 Apple Valley Road on August 10 from 9 to 3. Vendors call 303 823 0421. Stop by.
LYONS LIONS CLUB’s annual charitable fundraiser golf tournament is on August 3 (with safety measures following COVID-19 rules). This is the club’s only fundraiser and supports scholarships for Lyons students and eyeglasses for Lyons residents. Visit www.lyonslionsclub.com for more information. Hole sponsors and players are needed.
Twenty area folks protested for Black Lives Matter on Sunday, organized by Lyons Social Justice.
Sally Austin Keene is hosting her Grandma Days this week, where most of her 33 grandchildren and some great grandchildren converse to get acquainted with each other and with Grandma. Lots of fun! Sally is asking who remembers Harry Young, the well driller in the 1960’s, who drilled their well on credit. She would like to thank his heirs. She has had water, thanks to him, these past 47 years. Call 303 823 6172 if you have any info.
Thanks to Monique Sawyer-Lang of the Redstone Museum who wrote in the Recorder last week about teacher Evelyn Moore and her poetry. Mrs. Moore, also an artist, lived on High Street with her sister, Mary Wilson, and taught in Lyons from 1941 until 1949 when she retired. She was a member of the Lyons Methodist Church and active in the Women’s Society. She painted as a hobby and was a member of the Longmont Artists Guild.
LYONS HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS: Go to Facebook to Lyons Historical Artifacts Public Group to see pages and pictures of Lyons History shared by Todd Jacobson. You will enjoy.
Thanks to Laura Neal and Lisa West for painting the hallway of the Lyons Elementary School!
Fourteen youth enjoyed the Vacation Bible School last week at the Lyons Community church. Thanks to all.
BIRTH: Malcolm Scott Kelly to E Kelly
ENGAGEMENT: Madeline Keen and Luke Cangilla. Our congratulations!
MARRIED: Stephanie Jacobson and Philip Laney were married recently in Breckenridge.
ANNIVERSARY: Congratulations to Connie (George) and Dick Prather married 47 years, living in De Beque.
GET WELL WISHES to:
Ian Brighton’s dad, who is 84, and is recovering from the virus;
Mary Beckstrom recovering from a hip replacement;
Jerry Tabor from an eye operation; and
Lisa Roybal Vasquez is asking for prayers for all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Thea and Rhey twins of Steve Readmond, now of Los Angeles; Blaine Eastwood, Arthur (Curley) Ohline (dec’d) -Georgina Minto’s father; Maxine Harkalis’ brother; Linda England, Julie Waugh, Ruth Wilson, Sprout Riley, Judy Ford, Judy Wagner Morgan, Lori Locks, Lisa Sobieniak, Craig Ferguson, Sharon Jones, Harry Dix, Owen Grace, Scott Botis, Gilbran Sunfield, Petti Seifts Pezo; Jesus Vasquez, and to Phil Backup, 99, living in Washington state, father of Linda Backup.
Sad news from Jen LaFollette AKA Jen “LaLove” that her sweet mom, Ann Low, passed away two weeks ago. Send a card to PO BOX 25. Because of the current health situation there will not be a formal service for Ann until it seems safe to do so.
Ann Patricia Low (Mammy) November 20, 1937 – June 26, 2020. Ann was born in London, England. In 1998, she settled in Lyons. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer, and son-in-law, Joe La Follette of Lyons, Colorado. A daughter Samantha Löw and son-in-law Michael Shannon of Homer, Alaska; grandchildren: Wyatt La Follette, Ty La Follette, Chance La Follette, Emmet Sweeney, and Liam Sweeney, all residing in Colorado, and her sister, Jean Hart, and nieces Deborah and Sue, all residing in England.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a memorial donation to Tru Community Care, the hospice organization that was integral in helping Jenny care for Ann in the last months and for whom Ann had an abundance of appreciation and love. https://www.trucare.org/product/donation/