ABOUT TOWN 10/8/20 #33
Another week gone by …no rain, but cooler.
LYONSRECORDER.ORG: We are happy Kathleen Spring is now the Editor of the lyonsrecorder.org, bringing Lyons news to all of Lyons ….To send her your news, click on LyonsRecorder.email@example.com to send and to www.lyonsrecorder.org to read her news, as well as About Town by LaVern–on Thursdays.
FOR SAFETY–GET YOUR REGULAR FLU SHOT AS WELL AS A SHINGLES SHOT. From your doctor, a pharmacy, … Walgreen’s-(Free flu shot) …it’s a necessity.
THIRTY SEVENTH YEAR! I have been writing this news column every week since October, 1983!! Can you believe it-5 hours or more a day x 52 weeks, x 38 years!! counts up-9620 hours! I started when Fern Rigdon was writing the news, Walt was the paper editor and he kept roasting Virgil Rigdon, who was prominent in the town-on the board, mayor, etc. etc …so Fern quit, and I started …Luckily we have Kathleen writing the “real” news (lyonsrecorder.org) plus Susan putting out her monthly Redstone Review, so all is well.
TV: We see a commercial for John Hickenlooper on TV with Neil Sullivan of the Lyons St. Vrain Market (and Spirit Hound) stating how much Hickenlooper helped Lyons during the flood recovery. The walkway to the Botanic Garden is named “Hickenlooper Way.” He is running against Cory Gardner for a US Senator position.
The fires up Poudre Canyon and on North are still roaring, burning over 100,000 acres. Residents as far away as five miles are ready to evacuate
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 (Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. The flood recovery is still in progress. Restoring the 2nd avenue Bridge is about to start …they are waiting to hear from FEMA if it will be torn down or just repaired. Two hundred Lyons folks are still out-of-town; with six affordable units built and all rented; The Summit Housing is being critiqued which will have 47 units. Lyons is making progress.
COVID-19 is still dangerous; although the cases per day have gone down from 200 a day to no new cases at CU today, and 17 in Boulder County-as of Wednesday, Gov. Polis has declared no clusters of groups, and has allowed 2 to be together at CU for safety. There have been 2739 cases in the county, 208 have been hospitalized, and 1039 have recovered. The death toll remains at 80. 63,230 county residents have been tested with 4.3% returning positive. There have been 2572 cases reported in Boulder, 960 in Longmont, 276 in Lafayette, 191 in Louisville, 65 in Superior, 62 Erie, 5 in Nederland, EIGHT IN LYONS -NO NEW CASES IN LYONS THIS WEEK, and 262 in unincorporated Boulder County; of Colorado’s 5.7 million population, 894,996 have been tested. All are to wear a mask, wash your hands, stay 6′ away, and if possible to STAY-IN!
TOWN OF LYONS – NEWS===========
NO HALLOWEEN PARADE – (DUE TO SAFETY; NO PARADE; HOWEVER THERE WILL BE: a scarecrow contest… Residents and stores can take a picture, and enter the picture by Monday, Oct. 19th at 10:00am. Then it goes online at 3pm and people vote. Voting ends Friday, Oct. 30th at noon. Visit: www.Townoflyons.com/scarecrow: Costume for Contest forms and details (Virtual)
Throughout October, be on the lookout for Halloween Hunts, the haunted courtyard, mighty big pumpkins, and more.
During the summer, the Community Relations and Programs Department hosted: a scavenger hunt, photo contest, the Gratitude Wall, and the Lyons Luminaries. Check out the Summer 2020 video recap at lyonscolorado.com, and follow at www.facebook.com/OfficialLyonsColorado!
THE TOWN OF LYONS appreciates your GRIT, GRACE, AND GRADITUDE, to everyone who participated in the challenges this past summer and who participated in many safer-at-home activities. We look forward to the day when we can all gather TOGETHER again. (Watch the video)
The TOWN OF LYONS will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 5th, on Zoom at 7:00p.m, Due to COVID the town will NOT sponsor the annual popular Halloween parade. and is scrutinizing what will be allowed for Trick or Treating, also what will be allowed for Christmas—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. Virus infections have been spiking from 200 a day now down to 17 today-Wednesday,
TOWN BOARD MEETING: The projects are: 2nd Avenue bridge replacement (waiting for word from FEMA if it will be a replacement or repair; completion of Bohn Park, Stormwater and paving on 4th Avenue, between Main and Boardway, High Street Stormwater Drainage,and St.Vrain Creek Steambank … The town and Lyons volunteers are now picking up the piles of limbs around town and have rented a chipper. Ed Bruder spoke under audience, explaining that his water has been unsuitable for months witch seems to have no recourse; Discussion was held on non-conforming zoning downtown; A public hearing on the town’s code concerning vehicle impoundment, parking and abandoned vehicles and property enforcement; (Ordinance 1088 was passed 5-2 with Miller & Rogan voting against) The town is applying for a DOLA grant for Longs Peak Drive improvements; and will purchase eight Lake McIntosh Reservoir Water Stocks; and sold one share. They discussed he request to connect the town of Lyons Sewer system at 407 Steamboat Valley Road; RV Parking on town’s buy-out lots; and grease trap requirements.
LYONS IS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT that sells it is own electricity, and is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5-9; along with more than 2000 other providers throughout the Nation. Here are a few tips to save energy and money: Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, insulate house; Clean or changer filters regularly; Wash clothes in cold water; Use energy-efficient light bulbs, Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Saving on your electricity bill by the above.
OCTOBER RECREATION: Go to townoflyons.com/recreation: for: Mediation Basic Workshop, Fitness in the Park, Kid’s Zuma in the Park, Square State Skate Skateboarding Sessions; Plein Air Painting for Seniors.
Visit the Bell of Renewal, by the footbridge at the Botanic Gardens …Thanks to all! & LAHC.
Go to “Senior News” article in Recorder, October 1
The Wednesday Walkers Exercise Group is meeting at 9 am at Walt Self Senior Center.
Monday was the last of the dinners by the River Church which were passed out at the Lyons Senior Center. They will serve breakfast at the River Church on Saturday mornings 8am-12-noon; with a dinner served once a month. Our Thanks to the River Church for all the Monday night meals they have distributed at the Senior Center the past four months. Much appreciated.
Senior meals furnished by the County for $3.00 can be picked up at the Senior Center each Wednesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. Call 303 441 1415 the day ahead to reserve the meal.
CALENDAR FOR SENIORS from Lisa Ramsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Oct. 11th – The fall colors are peaking. Good day for a Sunday drive.
Tues October 13th – Another good day for a drive if you want to avoid the weekend traffic.
Wednesday, October 14th Another Plein Art Class. Register at
Thursday, October 15, Try a new exercise video.
Friday, October 16, Head to Walt Self to pick up a Lyons Bistro lunch and say HI to Helen!
Saturday, October 17-Another week gone by.
LEAF: Go to Leaf’s website to apply for an Emergency Assistance Grant to help those who are suffering due to COVID-19; many stores like Karen’s Hair and Dr. Meckle and others have received help … LEAF is again sponsoring the “Rave to the Grave” fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 30th, virtually. Arthur Lee Land is in charge of the entertainment …Send your donations to LEAF, Box 234, Lyons 80540
Leaf is hosting dinners this month as a fundraiser; contact LEAFLyons@gmail.com for more information. or LeafLyons.org
LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION A large number of Grant Applications were received last month by the LCF for non profit projects for the Lyons area. Send your donations to Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, Co. 80540 to help pay for these grants. They do not have a fundraiser scheduled due to covid.
BINGO HELP IS NEEDED EACH SUNDAY FOR THE MS\HS BINGO …CALL BRIAN- Lyons school Booster Club benefits from it. go@lionsboosterclub., Bingo is at Rainbow Alley in Longmont every Sunday from 1-3pm; with funds raised used for the schools’ extra curricular activities-bus rides, uniforms, etc. etc. Very important. (The M\HS Bingo raises around $80,000 for the year) ===Please check the signup sheet for any Vital spots that need to be filled. These are the spots that we absolutely MUST have filled EVERY week. === in signup.com, for : Banker, Bookkeeper, Registers (Lower at minimum), Floor Sales (Progressives). Floor Sales (Specials). Pickles (minimum of 1 adult and 1 other 14+). from, Brian Brookes, Bingo Operations, Lyons Lions Booster Club===Email: email@example.com, Cell/Text: 303-907-5048
SHOP IN LYONS – DO YOUR SHOPPING AT HOME-HELPS LYONS’ BUSINESSES AND TOWN.;
LYONS SALON & BARBER – 970 744 2111; Karen’s is now open daily(in the old hotel) and Lyons Mane at the shopette is open daily.
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;
DOG GROOMING 10\20\-28 303 823 6260, Vet Clinic – Make appointment
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES MADE: FOR PETS-823 4767; FOR PEOPLE 979 744 1118;
LEAF-Boulder County Housing Helpline 303 441 1206
LAMARIPOSA-Friday Lunch – 11am-3:00pm – $10.00-Stop by
CHANNEL 9 HEALTH FAIR IN LONGMONT – 303 698 3344 #2005; According to Sue Wrattan, Chair, there will be NO Health Fair in Lyons this year (no suitable space)
A-LODGE-FORMERLY ASPEN LEAF MOTEL – Open for business. A discount is given to local residents who bring their family and friends
CHILD CARE & EDUCATION BY JACQUE SHANK-303 823 5020
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 CHANNEL 9 HEALTH FAIR – There is no Health Fair scheduled in Lyons this fall – facilities all too small. Sue Wrattan says “Next Year!”
LYONS PHYSICAL THERAPY will come to your home thru Tele-Health Call 303 823 8813
MENTAL HEALTH MEETINGS, each Thursday at 3pm, on Zoom by Jonaki Jane;
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACCUPUNCTURIST is now open for business 303 775 2940 – Julie Smith
CHUCK WAGON will be playing at the Lyons Den on Oct. 10th – 6pm.
Ralph at the Farmer’s Market need jars …drop them by …4th and Broadway
KAREN’S HAIR SHOP is now open daily. – back of old hotel.
MEAL TRAIN FOR Ashlynn, Nell & Lib Alona, who suffered a bad accident;
SCHOOL OFFICE INFO: ATTENDANCE: TECH ISSUES — FREE MEALS–IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS===Go to the new “School News” page in the Lyons Recorder
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YEA, LYONS SOFTBALL. THE LYONS GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM IS A TOP CONTENDER TO GO TO STATE PLAYOFFS … They won over Valley on Friday, (A walk-in was held by the students, escorted by the firemen and police from the Morman Church to the School to honor the Softball team. The first game of the Playoffs, was Tuesday with a win of 7-0 vs Weld Central. Their next game is This Thursday at Home vs Brush. They have done very well- If they keep winning they will go to State in Aurora. 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; Grandparents Robb and Cathy Boone, now of north of Cheyenne, Wyo., have been attending these games.
YEA: Bohn Park is open for Softball, and the Lyons Girls were the first to practice on it …After 7 years …they made it. Thanks to all! There will be practicing on the field, but the Little League games remain being played in Longmont.
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.
MISCELLANEOUS TOWN NEWS=============
Keep your Eye” out for someone walking to the parks at night …Lots of vandalism still going on. Call-303 441 4111
HOWL EVERY NIGHT AT 8 p.m. -Many of us are still howling against the Virus ….More people are howling–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. MASKS $10.00 – Donna Jo Dees Smith on Facebook
BEWARE ALONG OLD SOUTH ROAD for Mountain Lions. This is a tip warning all walkers and bikers along the Old South Road to watch for Mountain Lions. 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 and are 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!
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH – 1-4PM, Ongoing weekly peaceful demonstration in Sandstone Park by Lyons Social Justice Committee. Register to vote. Send Max Jacobs an e-mail by Facebook if you want to speak.
The Lyons Community Church invites all to attend Church on Sunday, Oct 18th, at lpm, at an outside location. Mark your calendar.
Lia Malito is collecting for the Lyons Fire Fund “Go fund me” on Facebook;-send to Leaf Box 324, Lyons, Co.
Thanks to those who helped report (thanks Clay Dusel) and to fight the fire at Hwy 66\36-a storage unit in back of the Art Store.
THE LYONS CHAMBER is honoring Jenna Brook-Lyons Beautician operating “The Lyons Mane” in the shoppette the past 20 years, and Connie McGuire of the Lyons Redstone Gallery for the past 14 years. OUR THANKS.
Thanks to those who had a Neighborhood Food Drive for LEAF: Al Schwartz, Blake Booth, Eva Lennart, Audrey Batck, Will Lennert, and Mark Boys.
A German Company filmed Bella LeCreme Restaurant last week, showing her use of Butter; it will be on German TV soon
Willis Horn is operating a cupcake company …Call him, 303 823 6770
SNAKES \MICE – Call Donna 303 618 0357 Will come get them. People are being overwhelmed with Mice. An e-mail says to get spring traps instead of mouse poison which is bad for other creatures.Thanks to Matt Hughey for his class on….Rattlesnakes, much appreciated by dog owners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to those who volunteer at the Botanic Gardens as well as the Weed Posse, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 9-11 am. Goes to 10-12 in cooler weather.
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) 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 of the 15 sandstone buildings that are designated as a Historic District, now 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==The Museum’s newest virtual exhibit: https://virmuze.com/m/lyons-redstone-museum/x/stories-from-the-lyons-cemetery/, in our in our social media presence and website and will be sending information in our annual brochure, Redstone Review, as well as to Town Hall, ANFRM, and Boulder Heritage Roundtable.
Also a brochure and on-line of Sally Colt’s wedding dress is pending. (wife of W. A. Colt, who built the Trail Ridge Road, Highway to Estes Park, Foothills Highway; the dam near Colorado Springs, and etc. ) She article on the W.A. Colt family this week in the Recorder.
Thanks to my neighbor, who brought me a bouquet of beautiful red mums, It truly made my day (ones does get weary of staying in; going for a walk, social distancing, etc …dreary, but we don’t want to catch the virus.) This is the time that good thoughts and kindness helps!
HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Teegan-Johnson Moore; Cristy Hoffman, Parker Dowse, Cheryl Maureaux, Deb Tabor, Tricia Schultz Marde; Vaughn Nagy, Wade Tabor, Wanda Jusfezyk, Rev. Emily Kintzel, Mickel Houghton, Doris Debacker, Holly Taylor, Holly Beck, Abel Kincaid, Betsy Monteith, and Marilyn Penn
Happy Birthday to my granddaughter Audrey, who celebrated last week at a family dinner. Audrey graduated from Niwot, then from San Diego University and from DU Law School last May.. She works for a law firm in Centennial, who has Timnath, Colorado, as their client. (Timnath is the top developer of new homes of the State. It is a few miles east of Fort Collins)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Ian & Theresa Brighton
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