Another week gone by, and Tuesday was the first day of fall. A couple good months of sunshine, but then in November it is usually cold and snowy..So Take Care.
THE 2013 FLOOD: (See About Town September 10 for complete story about the Flood)===It is now 7 years since the drastic flood from Sept. 11-18th, where more than 15 inches of rain poured on this area (from Colorado Springs and past Fort Collins) for two weeks, causing great damage, one death-Gerald Boland-Lyons coach and teacher for 30 years; the demise of 70 homes, and of 200 people having to leave Lyons as their trailers and houses were destroyed. (If the home had insurance they were lucky, and could rebuild; FEMA helped if the home had under 50% damage; otherwise most others took buyout as they could not afford to restore the home themselves. The homes were cleared out down to the 2×4’s, with the contents hauled away..Very sad.
Now after 7 years, we are still Recovering-however Meadow Park (LaVern’s Park), Bohn Park, and the St.Vrain River Park are all or almost complete. Lyons kids will be able to practice ball on the Bohn Park Field (the Little League games will probably remain in Longmont). As we look back, we say: “Lyons has Grit” We have faced adversity and are making it! Thanks to all!
The sign on the east side of “The Fork” was created to commemorate the event..Thanks to all Sally Triutt, Katie Sue Pinnello, Rachel Talent, John King, and all others. We will never forget!!
CoVid – Boulder County had 180 new cases on from Monday’s testing, bringing total to3374; 204 have been hospitalized and1013 have recovered, with death toll still 79; 896 cases in Boulder, 805 in Longmont, 232 in Lafayette, 156 – in Louisville, 45 in Superior, 42 in Erie, six in Lyons, 191 in unincorporated. New cases had grown since CU began with 405 cases. the last four weeks; in the state has been 59,674 positive cases since March, 6845 hospitalized; 1868 deaths. In Boulder county it had gone down, but is up again with 65 cases Sunday; 103 at CU positive tests. We still need to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, stay home, if possible, for another 30 days, according to Gov Polis. The breakdown of ages is: 66 cases 0-9;1059 cases 10-19;1222 cases 20-29; 111 for 80 years and above. Lyons is doing well; still 6 cases reported in Lyons; Everyone is to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Statewide there have been 65.399 positive cases; with 2018 deaths, 7373 hospitalized.
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Message from Lisa LRamsey@townoflyons.com
Thanks to those of you who participated in the Plein Air Painting class this past Tuesday. The weather was perfect. We are hoping for nice weather for the final class of the season scheduled for October 14th. Reserve your spot today!
The Wednesday Walkers exercise group has decided to revert back to our original start time of 9 am. All seniors are welcome for this free class. We meet at the Walt Self parking lot every Wednesday morning at 9am (weather permitting) for a walk to a local park where we do some gentle exercises and stretching before heading back. Join with us for some great conversation and attempted flower identification too. Week of September 26-Oct. 3-Sunday, September 26, try some meditation or attend an online service, Monday, September 27, Enjoy a meal from the River Church-Tuesday, September 28, happy first week of Fall!-
Wednesday, September 29, 9 am, meet at WS for a walk to a local park, and exercises and stretching under big shade trees, Grab a Bistro lunch-
Thursday, October 1, try a new exercise video
Friday, October 2, head by Walt Self to pick up a Lyons Bistro lunch and say HI to Helen
———-SENIOR MEALS- Pick up at Lyons Senior Center
Mondays by the River Church at 5:00-5:30pm. pick up at Lyons Sr Center.
Wednesday & Fridays at noon, $3.00; reserve a day ahead to 303 441 1415
———LYONS FOOD PANTRY is open for pickup each Wednesday, from 3:00-5pm., at the Lyons Community Church by LEAF
(NOTE-LEAF NEEDS MORE SPACE..the Church and Leaf are pursuing using the Church Parsonage, digging the basement larger, etc.)
MISC TOWN NEWS========
From KAREN SELDEN: Waterville Valley, Vt. named a short cross-country ski trail after my dad when he retired from the Forest Service. The trail has since been converted to a group camping area, but for many years, the short loop was known as Bob’s Lookout. The green circle means it was an easy/beginners trail. The sign is almost 3 feet long, I’ll be shipping the sign to Colorado, for our Steamboat house. Despite my fears, this final cleaning of the NH house has been more sweet than bitter. Lots of love and good memories there, and a final farewell. (See last week’s About Town for more info; and see photo at bottom of page of the “sign.”)
VANDALS: “Keep your Eye Out” for someone walking to the parks at night..Lots of vandalism still going on. Call-police desk at 303 441 4111
HOWL EVERY NIGHT AT 8 p.m. -Some folks are still howling against the Virus..not that 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.
BEWARE, BEARS are still around; some with their cubs; They need 20,000 calories a day to get enough food to sleep thru the winter. They are now sleeping in a ditch; running thru our yards and alleys. Also down in the Confluence..Keep an eye out; One-Way Trash has a Bear Dumpster for $70.00; and Western will lend you one; everyone needs one! One was spotted in a tree on Main Street this week.
LYONS COMMUNITY Foundation: A large number of Grant Applications were received. Last Friday by the LCF for non profit projects for the Lyons area. Send your donations to Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, Co. 80540 (tax deductible)
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 email@example.com
LYONS BOTANIC GARDEN: uses volunteers on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 9-11 am. Goes to 10-12 noon in cooler weather.
WEED POSSEE: needs volunteers, to work at different locations each Thursday, from 9-11 am. Goes to 10-12 noon in cooler weather. Contact Cathy Rivers for the current location.
LEAF – Group MENTAL HEALTH 3pm, on ZOOM, free, Thursdays
THE ST. VRAIN PIONEER MEETING usually held at the Hygiene Methodist Church has been cancelled due to the virus…scheduled for this Sunday. The St. Vrain Valley Pioneer Association was formed June 30,. 2004; The first meeting was held at the Dickens Opera House. Annual meetings have been held since and have been meeting at the Hygiene Methodist Church. To qualify some of your family should have come to the St, Vrain Valley before 1880; The current officers are: President-Ken Sherman; Secretary-Treasurer-Carolyn Sherman, and Memorial Secretary-Inez Sawdey For More information contact Inez Sawdey, 7770 Weld Co Road, Longmont, Co. 80504
CHANNEL 9 HEALTH FAIR IN Boulder: https://www.9healthfair.org/
LEAF: Go to Leaf’s website for to apply for an Emergency Assistance Grant to help those who are suffering due to COVID-19.
High School football this fall is on the brink of being permitted; Stay tuned. Basketball, Spirit and Wrestling are scheduled to start January 4th; Volleyball-March 1st; and Baseball and Track-April 26th.
BINGO HELP IS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY FOR THE MS\HS BINGO.. CALL BRIAN- (Tigeryell91#gmail.com) go@lionsboosterclub., Bingo is at Rainbow Alley every Sunday from 1-3pm; with funds raised used for the schools’ extracurricular activities-bus rides, uniforms, etc. etc. Very important. (The M\HS Bingo raises around $80,000 for the year for school necessities-take your turn..help out..your students all benefit)
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 6311 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 M\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 A TOP CONTENDER TO GO TO STATE PLAYOFFS.. They won over Sterling 10-5 on Monday; with two home runs. They have done very well and have two home games: Monday, 9\29\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. They are one of the top State Contenders. Julie Vasquez is the coach;
Lyons Cross Country have done well; with both the girls and boys winning last fall. Quinn Gregg will go for her second straight state individual title for the Girls..with the help of Hannah Thomas and Katie Roberts, For this year, the boys lost their champion Isaac Roberts as well as Simon Stone and Jordan Shackelford, but have the return of Cole Thomas, Arjen Wyjna and Code Shiver to help the out. Good Luck Boys.
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE LONG AWAITED FOR MS\SR HIGH AUDITORIUM has begun. A dream of Lyons band, choir, drama clubs and all other gatherings, 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!! (Although it cuts the parking…it will be worth it!)
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS – Parents are to upgrade the Immunizations of their students. go to Richelle Brown, Health Clerk 303 823 6631.
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THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM has conceded that it was unsafe for the Museum to open this season, and it is still open virtually (not safe to open with 4-100 virus spikes a day) Staff are doing research, making scrapbooks, displays, scanning, and Past Perfect, long-needed-to-do jobs; awaiting until people will feel safe for visitors. Go to www.LyonsRedstoneMuseum.com for virtual tours.
Ted and Kay Laws, now of Montrose, Co., visited the Museum with a trunk of W. A. Colt’s. They lived in the Colt home in the 1970’s, and admired W.A. Colt for his knowledge of his road building. The Rickeman’s now live in the Colt two-story house on Apple Valley Road.(more later)
FUNDS ARE NEEDED. Thanks to those who have 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)
ANNUAL MUSEUM BROCHURE is finally to be mailed to Lyons constituents, alumni, past and present residents, museum visitors and friends to let you know what we are up to–our new displays, and on-line, upcoming displays, grants received, and Museum happenings, of which we could not open this past season due to the virus, but hope to start in 2021 with May weekends, then daily thru September.
The LYONS HISTORIC COMMISSION meets the second Wednesday, of each month at 5:30 pm on Zoom. Present members Rachael Nelson, Pres; Priscilla Cohan-Vice President, and Mike Donohoe; with Yani Jones (Town Historic Preservationist & secretary), Paul Glasgow (Community Development Director), and Hollie Rogin (Board Representative). The group is discussing a Brochure for a Tour of the historic downtown; and will look into the designation of historic buildings and sections of town.
Four more commission members are needed, contact RJones@townoflyons.com**** Help preserve our town’s history; the historic buildings and more!
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COMMISSIONS/BOARDS: You are encouraged to sever on a Board or Commission, which meet once a month as advisory to the Town of Lyons Commission and Boards pages for more information and an application.
==The LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION == monthly meeting Monday evening with President Ian Brighton, Town Rep. Dave Cosgrove; LaVern Johnon-Honorary Member. Present were: , Chis Cope, Claudine Kean, Vernonika Gaia, Randy Pollard, and J Sietz.. Items discussed were: Bohn Park is done, so the youth can have their first ball practice this Friday; Lyons Valley River Park is completed with a year warranty for plant replacement to 2021; The aeration system is being upped to get ride of the Algae in the ponds; More tent and RV spaces are needed with the Staff to look over buyout properties to find space for more RV’s; The 2021 budget includes improving trails and encourage parking on 2nd Avenue for the Black Bear Hole to help eliminate parking in the residential area; approved the townhomes on Carter Drive (affordable housing) revisit the Eastern St. Vrain Corridor trail. The 4th Avenue Bridge is also a priority with Safe Routes to School funds and have applied for a GoCo grant. The next meeting well be on Monday Oct. 13th at 6pm.
==The TOWN OF LYONS BOARD OF TRUSTEES == regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 21st on Zoom at 7:00p.m, The Town is scrutinizing if it is safe to hold the Halloween parade, as well as the Christmas Parade, and fireworks. which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5th, as well as the Christmas Bazaar, to be Sat & Sunday, Dec. 5th & 6th. (34 of the vendors want the Bazaar to continue; however, they have to check the social distancing. Town projects are: 2nd Avenue bridge replacement; completion of Bohn Park, Stormwater and paving on 4th Avenue, between Main and Broadway, High Street Stormwater Drainage, and St.Vrain Creek Steamboat. Lauren Glick of the Arts council gave a detailed report of the Belle of Renewal; the various sculptors around Lyons and showed a video of their accomplishments. Janaki Jane was appointed on the Commission. Al Caplain gave a detailed report of Lyons water and sewer. The board approved a share of water for 617 1st Avenue which after weeks of researching Lyons water shares, they have decided that parcel would have been included in the water shares purchased in the 1970’s. A new wood chipper will be included in the 2021 budget. Thanks to the Lyons volunteers who will help get rid of the branches from the last snowstorm. A discussion on living permanently in RV; of using an extension cord, etc., of which they stated is not allowed.
THE 44TH ANNUAL LYONS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR is also under scrutiny, if it safe to hold. 34 of the vendors say they would like to hold it; but have to get permission as to how many can attended at one time. They are discussing holding it in a tent outside, just allowing so many people an hour, and etc. Stay tuned.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Barbara McKenna, Cindy LaFollette Jacobson, Tanya Data, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Michael Brighton, Asa Ansinger, Ian Brighton, Jennifer Gorman Carule; Tracy Pierce, Donna Lee, Theo Pangilman, Amanda Klipple Meth, Annie Sirotaniak, Darrell Hesselius, Kim Davis, Heather (Ballinger) Christiansen, Audrey Grace Johnson, Paul Fjeld, Cristy Hoffman, Parker Dowse, Garrett Geist, Hadassah Jane Schmitt, Kristi Brockman, Maurine Glidewell, Trinity Loukonen, Andrew Roberts. Kristine Bruckner,
OBITUARY- Word has been received at the death of Patricia Kinson, Age 92, who lived in Mexico, with son, Roby She retired from her many years of teaching Kindergarten at Lyons Elementary. The Kinson’s moved to Lyons in the 1964, when the Lyons area were in deep campaigning to keep the Lyons M\Sr High here in Lyons. Henri served on the St, Vrain School Board for 16 years, and was replaced by Dana Crumb. The two men are fondly remembered and are called the “white knights of the Lyons Schools.” The school board was intent on closing the Lyons Schools for being too small. They attended hundreds of meetings, served on the School Board, and helped the Lyons populace save the school, for which a bond issue was passed for it in 1970; with it being completed and moved into February 1974. A truly great accomplishment for all of Lyons. AGAIN, THANKS TO ALL!
The Kinson’s came from Illinois where they operated Shelley’s cottages. He taught at Baseline Jr. High; They had purchased a lot in Mexico to retire on, but Henri died in 1993, and was not able to fulfill his dream. However, his wife Pat and son, Roby, have lived there and enjoyed Mexico since. Pat had been failing the last few months and died in her sleep.
She is survived by sons: Henri Ro (Class of 1970) wife, and several adopted children of Georgia; Roby (Class of 1971) of Mexico; and Bill (Class if 1975) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several grandchildren. There has been a cremation. A service will be held next summer at the family plot in Illinois. We express our sympathy. Send condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
OBITUARY: It has been reported that Steve Secrest of Denver has died. Steve was the 2nd son of Lloyd and Betty Secrest, and graduated from Lyons High in 1968. He is survived by brothers: Willard of Florida, Gary of New Mexico, and Mike of Denver, and several nieces and nephews. Sending our condolences.
This is an unedited social news column by LaVern Johnson, who has been doing this since 1983. You can submit corrections to the LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com or directly to LaVern at email@example.com