Notes from your editor, October 1
Highlights of this week’s issue & friendly chatter
Here we are starting our second month of publication of the New Lyons Recorder! Our readership is already 25 percent higher than it has been all year. “You love us. You really love us!” Thanks so much for showing you like weekly news.
So, let’s get started…
On the technical side, my Tech support and I are taking a week off. It’s hard to keep up the pace of both doing the journalism side and the technical side of a paper, and we are putting some time into “outside work”… raking pine cones, doing small repair projects, transplanting foliage, trimming dead wood, and more.
With the weather going from weeks around 90 degrees to finally dropping to around 70 degrees this week, we can get all that outside work done without sweating! We beat 2002’s all-time record for the greatest number of days at 90 degrees or more on September 19; that equals 74 days (the average in Colorado is 43 per year). And, we still continued to experience a couple more 90’s. This week we’ll enjoy temps around 70 degrees, which is more typical September weather. Lyons was lucky this summer and was on the outer edge of the severe drought areas marked on the maps.
THIS ISSUE: Our articles this week are all reports and inspiring messages.
Janaki Jane, Wide Spaces Initiative, Lyons, has an inspiring article “Kindness” talks about how we should be more kind to both ourselves and others. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder to pause before speaking… or typing.
Tribute: There is no need for our small town paper to list all the accomplishments and/or quotes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But it would not be right to let her legacy go unmentioned here. I have taken brief essays from the people who spoke at her Lyons Vigil and am presenting them to you to use in looking more deeply at your life’s experiences and skills and how you can create an additional, perhaps life-changing, goal.
If you read last week’s Fire Protection article early, please go back to it. Additional information on what you can do (a list) to protect your homes from fire damage has been added.
I’ve added a new page: SCHOOL NEWS. It is an accumulation of all the “notes, letters, announcements, etc.” that took place between September 1 and October 1. It also has a Directory of important school phone numbers, and more. Check it out! The highlight is the girls’ softball team winning notes.(If you are a local teacher or parent, we would love to talk to you about doing weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly articles). “In the works” is an article on softball and on cross country by coach Marcus Richardson!
The Flash News page’s Voting 2020 information has gotten so large that we are giving it its own page. It will be updated during October and November, as needed. One bit of news is that anyone in Colorado can now track their ballot from the day it is mailed out to the day it is counted. There are about 20 links to every question you can think of, such as what’s the deadline to register online versus in person.
We have a great report from the Lyons Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, with some lovely photos.
This month’s Senior News contains the usual list of local meals, and scam warnings, info on a caregivers virtual class, and an outdoor art class, four sections on wonderful “stay-at-home entertainment,” and three sections on “health care and wellness.” It’ll take you all day to get through them!
Fall Photo Spread: The drought does not seem to have a strong effect on our trees turning colors. We got some wonderful photos submitted to our “casual contest” of “Falling in Love with Fall.” The next one will be in about two months, with winter photographs.
EVENT NEWS: – always check Flash News for events and dates.
There will be no Channel 9 Health Fair in Lyons this year, due to health precautions, and no fitting space to have it in. But there will be one in Boulder on October 18, for half a day.
The annual Halloween LEAF fundraiser will be virtual, and include music.
The Lyons Film Festival opening day screening last Friday went well, with a full house and everyone following COVID-19 guidelines. Jackie Brennan pushed to get a “live showing” in Lyons, because it has special meaning in her heart. The Colorado Film Productions started in Lyons, and now it has film festivals in Nederland, Longmont and Niwot.
Normally I love the excitement of attending a live showing of dozens of films, but with COVID-19 lurking, I can settle for watching them on my computer over the month of October, on my own time schedule. Support your local entrepreneurs!
The Census has been extended to October 30, which was the original deadline date. A federal court ruled that the Administration’s change of date to September 30 was illegal. Census workers will still be coming out to re-verify some information. Lyons, Allenspark and Pinewood Springs have a 99% completion rate! Congrats to you all! To complete Census data online: My2020census.gov (Illegal immigrants can fill out the form and not be in any danger from the law.)
The Cameron Peak fire was joined by the Mullen Fire in northern Colorado, and with the winds this past weekend, it was burning hot, and more evacuations were announced. Saturday and Sunday night, and again all day Wednesday, Lyons area skies were filled with smoke, and you could smell it inside the house.
The Cameron fire is now the third largest forest fire in Colorado recorded history. It is 125,000 acres and 26 percent contained as of Wednesday, September 30.
In other grim news, the new global count of coronavirus DEATHS has now reached one million; and the United States has the most cases in the world. Don’t let your vigil down; protect yourself and others!
Congratulations go out to Lyons High School Girls Softball team, and their coach Julie Vasquez. They are currently ranked number one in the state!
Stay well, and stay informed! Keep reading the Lyons Recorder!
See you next week! Kathleen Spring, Your Editor
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