About Town by LaVern Johnson

Issue #28, September 10, 2020

Another week gone by.  A few rains which helped.  It will soon be 7 years (Sept. 11, 2013) since the big FLOOD:  Send me your flood story.  This is one event in our lives we cannot or don’t want to forget..$70,000,000 in damage, and not done yet-2nd Avenue Bridge and Bohn Park,  The death of our longtime teacher and coach, Gerald Boland, and more!!  send to lavern921@aol.com, 
303 823 5925,

CoVid – Boulder County had 8 new cases on Monday, bringing total to 2324; 196 have been hospitalized and 913 have recovered, with death toll still 79; 846 cases in Boulder, 755 in Longmont, 212 in Lafayette, 136 – in Louisville, 40 in Superior, 37 in Erie, six in Lyons, 171 in unincorporated. New cases have fallen the last four week; in the state has been 55,341 cases since March, 6845 hospitalized; 1846 deaths. In Boulder county it had gone down, there were 5 less cases today than Sunday; We still need to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, stay home, if possible. The breakdown of ages is: 55 cases 0-9; 242 cases 10-19; 758 cases 20-29; 106 for 80 years and above.

Lyons is doing well; still 6 cases reported in Lyons; However they say there are less cases each week. Everyone is to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Statewide there have been 57,77 positive cases; with 1946 deaths, 7053 hospitalized.

VANDALS: We ask all to keep an “eye” for people walking to the Rocky Botanic Garden and parks at night.. There is continued vandalism. Call the Sheriff. 303 441 4111.

HOWL EVERY NIGHT AT 8 p.m. against the Virus..More people are howling–not that it does any good, but it makes us feel better; gets the clogged air out of our lungs, HOWL AGAINST THE VIRUS: In my area, we have the neighbors and kids also Howling. MASKS $10.00 – Donna Jo Dees Smith on Facebook

BEWARE, BEARS are still around; some with their dubs; sleeping in a ditch; running thru your yards and alleys. Also down in the Confluence..Keep an eye out; They will usually go away if not bothered. One-Way Trash has a Bear Dumpster for $70.00; and Western will lend you one; everyone needs one! Also a Mountain Lion killed Ruth Wilson’s pet cat this past week

+++++++++++MUSEUM NEWS++++++++++++++
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is still open virtually (not safe to open with virus spikes) and is making research, scrapbooks, displays, scanning, and Past Perfect, long-needed-to-do jobs; awaiting until people will feel safe. Thanks to the Museum team who has a Virtual tour of 40 Artifacts – go to www.LyonsRedstoneMuseum.com. Also click on to the Lyons Historic District On-line Tour to CLIO -A map attached will guide your drive-by tour with the History on-line.

You will love the extensive Lyons Cemetery virtual tour, where you can drive around to find the tombstone with history on-line. (Over 60 attended last year’s Cemetery tour..this year it is being brought to you on-line==watch for the link. )

FUNDS ARE NEEDED. Thanks to those who sent funds for the Museum Operations, having to be closed due to the virus; with no sales, but ongoing expenses of utilities and supplies.-amounting to around $10,000 a year, $6500 for Utilities, $1500-for Ins. $3500 for office and other .expenses. Donations are needed, Send to Lyons Historical society, PO Box 9, Lyons, Colorado, 80540 (Tax Deductible)

The LYONS HISTORIC COMMISSION will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8th (the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. It will be zoom. More Commission members are needed. there are three commission members: Priscilla Cohan, Mike Donohoe, and Rachael Nelson; with Yani Jones (Town Historic Preservationist) and Paul Glasgow (Community Development Director), and Hollie Rogin (Board Representative). Officers are Pres./Chair- Rachel Nelson, Vice Chair-Priscilla Cohan, and Yani as temporary Secretary. One of their projects is a Tour of the historic downtown; also, tourist brochures, and to look into the designation of historic buildings and sections of town.
****Four more commission members are being solicited. contact RJones@townoflyons.com**** Help preserve our town’s history; the historic buildings and more!

CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS: Fireworks on Labor Day is cancelled in Black Hawk due to bringing big crowds and CoVid

TO LYONS MUSICIANS: (We love your music,brightens our day.

SNAKES\MICE – Call Donna 303 618 0357 who will come get them. People are being overwhelmed with Mice. There is a good mouse poison at Clark’s Hardware. Thanks to Matt Hughey for his class on….Rattlesnakes, much appreciated by dog owners.

LYONS SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE, SUNDAYS 1-4PM; Sandstone Park. Contact Cathy Rivers for updates.

LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Grant Applications due Sept. 11th lyonscf.org; Must have a 50l(3)c status.. Electronic submission; (Volunteers to serve on the grants committee welcomed)

Z TRIP VOUCHER PROGRAM- To help those “in need” of transportation, between Lyons and Boulder or Lyons and Longmont, Vouchers are valid Monday to Friday, from 5am to 7pm. contact Lisa at 303 823 6622 x30 Register at lramsey@townoflyons.com

WANTED INFORMATION from those who remembers the Caboose located on the empty lot on Main Street.; Who put it there What was it used for, how long was it there, etc. etc. Thank you. send to lavern921@aol.com 303 823 5925.

WEED POSSE = correction 9/6 = 9 am to 11am during the hot summer months, and when it cools down at 10 am on Thursdays (only). Bring gloves, hat, heavy shoes, tools. Different location each time. See Facebook for news.


LYONS SALON & BARBER – 970 744 2111
LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY (TAKE OUT) Mons & Thurs 10AM-4:00pm; Tues\Wed 12-6:00pm; Sat. 9:00-12:00, 303 823 5165 Call for appointment to come in.
YOGA – Saturdays – 9am – yoga online
WESTERN STARS open 10am-6pm, Mons Thursday, 303 747 3828;

+++++++++TOWN OF LYONS+++++++++++++++++++
THE LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 14th at 6pm, on Zoom. with update on flood recovery projects (parks).Trails, Pick up, etc. \

The TOWN OF LYONS will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. on Zoom at 7:00p.m,

TOWN PARKS: All Lyons Parks are closed to picnickers and groups; Camping, RVs, the trail system and access the river, but gatherings, picnicking, pop-ups, and congregating along the river is not permitted with the exception of shelter and camping. Playgrounds remain open to 10 people at a time== go to www.townoflyons.com/shelters . The staff is researching if they can charge for an entry fee for walk-ins since they have received Federal funding in grants;

TOWN PROJECTS: The 2nd Avenue Bridge Project is to begin in September-Replacement with pending bids=== St. Vrain Creek Streambank Stabilized; High Street Storm Water Drainage improvement

Monday, Sept 7, great day for a picnic, it’s national “Eat Outside Day”
Tuesday, Sept 8 , Town Board meeting at 7pm-on zoom
Wednesday, Sept 9, 8:30am, SENIORS meet at WS for a walk to a local park, and exercises and stretching under big shade trees;
Thursday, Sept. 10th – It’s VJ Day for WWII, thank a veteran for serving for us.
Friday, Sept 11th, Seniors stop by Walt Self to pick up your reserved Lyons Bistro lunch
Saturday, Sept 12th-Take a day off.
Sunday, Sept 6 – Try some meditation
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE – Register with lramsey@townoflyons.com for:
Kayak Rental Program, Spray Skirt Rentals; Walkers Exercises Group for Seniors; Fitness in the Park; Plein Air Painting (for seniors 60+); Women’s Mountain Biking Fall Class; Ultimate X Circuit Training, Kids” Zumbo in the Park; Kids’ Mountain Biking; Meditation Basics Workshop
=====MEALS: Thanks to the River Church for the great meals they serve the public on Monday evenings. extended thru August. (if new, call 823 6469 at 5pm) We are checking if the meals will continue in September.
=====SENIOR MEALS: are available Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 for $3.00. Age 60+ Reserve the day before by 1 pm at 303 441 1415, put on by the Boulder County Aging Council.
=====FOOD PANTRY is open on Wednesdays at the Community church for outside pickup. They have produce, bread, milk, eggs, high quality protein, snacks, staples, and flowers! 3;00 – 5:00 p.m.; brought by LEAF
===== A video brought to you by Physical Therapists “Bob and Brad” is available.=== Here is another good balance video brought to you by Physical Therapists “Bob and Brad”. They have a many videos online.
=====The LIONS BOOSTER CLUB will NOT hold their Sunday bingo games until the threat of the virus is over. —They wish to thank the Executive Board, Parent Representatives, and Bingo Leadership for serving the past year.:

==== TID BITS:====
Last Wednesday, August 26th, was National Dog Day! Everyone loves their dogs – lots of companionship!

Horseback ride by Sara Hart and family on Apple Valley Road..

The St. Vrain Pioneer Association, who is celebrating their 116th year, has cancelled their annual Potluck dinner at Hygiene ME Church, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27th due to the virus.

NOW IN TOWN: A flock of turkeys are now wondering around town. About 40 have been on Apple Valley Road..Strange creatures.

ENDANGERED FISH RELEASED INTO LYONS AREA POND as part of SVVSD partnership. Tuesday afternoon, a mission to release young Northern redbelly dace fish back into the wild.  Zach Heil, of Lyons M\Sr High was one of seven students who cheered as the 3 to 4 centimeter silver-colored fish made their way from a plastic bag into the cool water, abundant with green algae and surrounded by open space dotted with wildflowers.  The release was part of the project partnership formed by the School District, Colo. Parks & Wildlife, Boulder County P&Open space and the Ocean First Institute.  About 50 St Vrain Students have been learning about the fish since March; The adult fish spawned seven times this summer leading to the creation of 1000 to 2000 young fish,The Lyons fish found a new home on property owned by Lyons resident Matt Rooney, whose daughter, Maya, is a student and involved in the project. The students develop skills and gain knowledge, as well as find ways to become creative and ethical designers of problems they face day-to-day.  The young fish will remain in the pond where they will grown to maturity-roughly 2 inches in size, and next summer will be released into Webster Pond and eventually the St. Vrain River. 

=================SCHOOL NEWS==========
Send me any special school news activities! lavern921@aol.com
SCHOOLS: All seems to be going o.k. with the school on virtual..

BACK TO SCHOOL night at the M\Sr High was held asynchronous Thursday, Sept. 3rd, which included a document to line to each teacher’s class to learn about that specific course I-PAD Insurance can be purchased thru Sept. 8th  
SPORTS: Several fall school sports have been delayed to March with State Playoffs in May-football, soccer, girls volleyball.
Cross country with Mark Roberts, instructor, started August 10th and Softball with new coach Julie Vasquez started August 12 Games are: 8\25 at Sterling; Aug. 27th – Eaton lost to Lyons-7-0; (wear mask; bring own chairs-bleachers are closed; limit 175 people; Softball brings Hannah Schweiger and Sophomore Brooklyn Enny returnees; alongside pitchers Gylian Hay and Shantel Koester. Lyons has a solid core to be a tough team in 2020. ****

Basketball, Spirit and Wrestling are scheduled to start January 4th; Football – Feb. 22; Volleyball-March 1st; and Baseball and Track-April 26th.

Office hours of M\Sr High is 8:00a.m. to 3:00 pm.Phone 303 823 6631; Attendance (x45608) Registrar-(x45609) Meals are $3.50 from 11:00-12:30; Breakfast-$1.50 ATTENDANCE:   Call Angela Rittenhouse, Attendance Clerk, 720 494 3844, if you will miss school.

TECH ISSUES – call 303 823 631 if you need Tech Help information; 
St. Vrain Valley, Boulder Valley, and Adams County schools are furnishing a free meal to all children under 18 years of age.  Also see the Lyons Recorder article on the Gov. Polis announcements about $10 wi-fi for all low-income students!

In the St. Vrain Valley, A curbside school breakfast and lunch meal distribution is offered from 11a.m. to 12:30 pm. Monday thru Friday; (Pickup is at the Md\Sr High from 9 to 12pm, or 4 to 6 pm 

WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS: if you are interested in knowing what is going on at our schools? The “opening” rules, or “lunch” plans, or SPORTS!!! ===you can see the precautions taken /and/ the list of the WEEKLY!! newsletters on this page: (sign up and get it in your email box weekly!)

THE LYONS GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM IS PLAYING REGULARLY. They won over Eaton 7-0 last Thursday, but lost to University 10-7 on Tuesday.
Home games scheduled at 4:00 pm are: Tuesday, 9\8\20-vs Brush; 9\10\20-Lyons vs Strasburg; 9\20\20-Lyons vs Resurrection Christian; and
10-1-20-Friday, vs Valley – Senior Recognition. (Take your own chair; mask; social distance-You cannot sit on the bleachers. Maximum capacity-175 people.
The Team members are: Brooklyn Enny-So-#1, Samy Koester-Fr-#2, Berkley Andrist-Jr-#3, Shantel Koester-Sr-#4.
Marcella Mitchell-Fr-#5, Emerson Maldari-Fr-#6, Maeve Moran-Vanderhoeven-Jr-#7, Avery Joy-Sr-#8.Raeana Ortiz-So-#9, Hannah Schweiger-Sr-#10, Jaz Enny-Sr-#11, Cora Hicks-Fr-#12, Gyli Hay-Jr-#13
CROSS COUNTRY — MS school Meet was held this Tuesday-9\2\20; at Silver Creek
AT LYONS: THIS FRIDAY, 9\4\20- 6:00PM-Varsity Boys and 7:00pm-Varsity girls.===There will be no spectators allowed on school property at the cross country meets due to the spectator limit.
Cross country meets hosted at Lyons will be live streamed, if possible. the Link will be posted.

CONSTRUCTION FOR THE LONG AWAITED FOR MS\SR HIGH AUDITORIUM is about to begin. Thru the years, it seemed all High
Schools had an auditorium except Lyons, a school bond that include same was finally included in the 2016 bond Issue. Good News!!

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS – Parents are to upgrade the Immunizations of their students. go to Richelle Brown, Health Clerk 303 823 6631.

===================END OF SCHOOL NEWS==============
PIZZA BAR 66 == “2 years ago today, 2 hard-working Wisconsin boys, embarked on a dream to open their 2nd restaurant together. We’ve had many highs and some lows, but the DREAM is still ALIVE and WELL! These are extremely difficult and unprecedented times, but the support of friends, family and the AMAZING Lyons community has allowed us to persevere. We love you all and can’t thank you all enough for your support”

BIRTH: Henry James was born to Morgan (Jueschke) and Tyler Tansley of Memphis, Tenn, on August 26th. The grandson of Laura (Leiding) and Joseph Jueschke of Colorado Spriongs, Co; great grandson of Jim and Ida Leiding of Grand Junction, and Sharon McConnell of Lyons. Our congratulations!

HAPPENINGS: A car hit Carrie Davis’ house in Raton, New Mexico..Luckily noone was hurt.
Connie Burton’s family were neighbors of the Osmund’s when she was a kid.
Emily Walker spent a month with her sister at Doore County, Wisconsin; Ralph Hernstein visited his family

RETIRING: Brett Berring. husband to Heidi Dobbs, is retiring from his Military Career.

GET WELL – to Gary McCrumb – still having surgery after a car hit his motorcycle a year ago!
Keith Minto, husband to Georginna Ohline Minto, had surgery and a blood clot. Send your prayers.

ANNIVERSARY: CONGRATULATIONS: Ian Phillips of the Pizza 66th 1 year anniversary.
Baiba and Michael Lennard – their 32nd year;
Donna (Morris) and Ron Reynolds – their 60th year;

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jen Wengard, Dennis Miller, Diane Jones Forsberg, Beth Kendall Del Duca, Ken Cinnamon, Melissa Boone Hall; Pat Journaey, Nina Davis, Melissa Dirkson Brakel, Dawson Kelly, Deb Anthony, Kelly (McConnell) Duff; Lori Aguilar Mathern, Real Ann Goodwin-90 years old; Amelia, 8 year old daughter of Trisha Gereaux; to Kingley Grace -2 year old daughter of Drew and Jenn Hirschfeld now of Firestone;

A 90th year Birthday party was held in Casper, Wyoming for Lindsey Abernathy, mother Pam Maestas -four generations were present.

THIS IS SQUARE DANCE MONTH – Time to do-si-do; swing your partner, four ladies chain, etc. (However, due to social distancing square
dancing is enpass until they get a vaccine.)

THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR scheduled for Sat and Sunday, Dec. 5th & 6th is under review as to : Whether to have it; cut the number of vendors
cut the of the crowd; have it outdoors; have it under a heated tent; weighing if people will come… send your thoughts to lramsey@townoflyons.com

THANKS TO THOSE WHO attended the Rocky Botanic Garden fundraiser, where they collected $250.00, to be used for plants and supplies. Due to the Virus they were unable to have their annual plant sale. Send donations to Box 613, Lyons, Co. 80540. (Correction 9/6:) The group weeds and plants on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9am to 11am during the hot weather, and 10am when it cools down.

THANKS TO the Lyons Parks and Recreation Commission, and various groups for helping to clean up the Park and Trails. 42 individual sandals were picked up along the 2nd Avenue Trail, some still from the flood or lost kayaking or tubing. Take your family or a group or individual, and a trash bag, gloves, and sturdy shoes and go any time anywhere in the Lyons Parks. Our Thanks to you.

My JULY & AUGUST column have been posted on Lyons Facebook page “About Town by LaVern Johnson”. We will try – In the coming weeks – to post the columns here; but, if you wish to see them in the meantime go take a look. Thanks to Kathleen Spring for setting up the Facebook page for me!
This is an unedited social news column by LaVern Johnson, who has been doing this since 1983. You can submit corrections to the Lyons Recorder email or directly to LaVern at lavern921@aol.com

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Community columnist for the Lyons Recorder. My philosophy is that if you want it, you gotta do it and take who’ll help you.


  1. Hi, Lavern- So glad to see your column in the Recorder again!
    Couple notes: I am not the contact for LYONS SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE.
    Also, the Botanic Gardens uses volunteers on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 9-11 am. Goes to 10-12 in cooler weather.
    The Weed Posse needs volunteers, to work at different locations each Thursday, from 9-11 am. Goes to 10-12 in cooler weather.

  2. Very interesting article!. It is great that Lyons has this information on what is going on in the town! You are an amazing lady, Laverne!

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