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So, let’s get started…
Greetings my wonderful Lyons readers! Boy, do I have a lot of information for you this week! Even the other articles in this issue are just what the “Good Newspaper” Doctor prescribed = full of facts, news, links, tips, and reports. I promised you that I would keep you informed of LYONS NEWS, and this week you are getting it in abundance!
Condolences: First, I want to send my condolences to the family of Edith Proctor. We heard that Edith passed away on November 5. She ran an antique store in Lyons a few decades ago, and was among a group of ladies who met over lunch regularly. She continued to stay in touch with the town through the Lyons Recorder’s senior articles, and About Town, and while getting her hair done by Donna! Please send in your memories, and I will be doing an obit on this lovely lady in about a week. LyonsRecorder.firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyons Communications is bringing “fiber internet” to the town in the near future! Watch for communications from them.
RAVE to GRAVE: The final count is not in yet. To learn more about the event, watch the show, and donate to LEAF go to: https://www.leaflyons.org/rave-to-the-grave.html
LYONS SCHOOL FOOTBALL team had their game cancelled last Friday due to COVID-19 concerns. They have played their final Home game for the year, but have one Away Game planned for this weekend, if all goes well. See the “Sports” section on the MENU bar.
DEAD PUMPKINS for PIGS: Donate your half mushy pumpkins (carved or uncarved), to Long Table Farmstead. They feed them to pigs, chickens, and sheep. Please no super nasty moldy ones, but any variety of squash we can recycle into nutritious food for the animals! Just drop them in the baskets at 1164 Apple Valley Rd.
Information on the Lyons Fire department, people, donations and more and the forest closures being lifted across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests with all Stage 3 restrictions rescinded has its own page ===and === the updated Fire Ban in Boulder County has its own page, as they got too long to include here.
The SCHOOL NEWS also got too big to put here, and it has it’s own “NEWS BRIEF” page this week.
CLASSES FOR STRUGGGLING ENTREPENEURS: CSU’s College of Business is launching Pivot Larimer County, a suite of free, faculty-led, workshops and video resources made possible by a $200,000 grant from Larimer County. The County received funding to provide this grant, as well as other programs to support the community, through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. The first available one begins this coming week, so don’t hesitate in checking this out now!
SMALL BUSINESS SHOPPING DAY: The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Shopping Day. We are offering free space in our Thanksgiving week Shopping article to promote something you are offering to the Holiday Shopper. Send us a paragraph and a photograph. (You can also buy an ad for a small price). Contact us for more details.
BOOK AUTHORS: I will be introducing a new column which will preview or review books written by COLORADO writers. If you know of any, send them our way. If you are talented at doing book reviews, and would like to do some for the newspaper, let us know. I currently have three in the works.
SMOKE INHALATION: There was an interesting post on Facebook about someone having trouble breathing and blaming it on the smoke inhalation. First, if you are having trouble breathing, obviously, call your doctor or 911! – that being said, there were all kinds of remedies that were offered, which included: neti pot, herbs, sauna, good herbal lung formulas, nebulizer with glutathione, bentonite clay, and more. I don’t know half of what these things are, so I can’t vouch for them. But the one saying an “exorcism” is a “no” in my books (ha!)
Most people said a good nasal saline rinse will help; simple and cheap. My doctor told me the same thing, instead of prescribing any medicine. Also, don’t forget the humidifier, always helpful in our low humidity in Colorado. I know I wore a mask when I was outside during the peak of the fire, as I could SEE black ash accumulating on my deck and car. But I worry about all the wildlife who were breathing it in.
GIANT HORNETS: Have you been wondering about those two-inch-long hornets from Asia and if we have any in Colorado? Those scary giant hornets were found in Washington state this month, which is not that far from us in Colorado! (compared to Asia). They found a nest that had 500 hornets. After vacuuming out worker hornets, they later found more hidden in the nest with 200 young queens who could have started their own nests! They eradicated those they found. While they are not super harmful to humans (just painful stings), they kill our honeybees in mass. We’ll have to wait till spring to see if any emerge and mate and continue to spread to nearby states.
ROBOT WOLVES: Have you wondered how to get rid of the bears in your yard? A Japanese town has deployed fur-covered robot wolves, with red flashing eyes, in an effort to scare away bears that have become an increasingly dangerous nuisance in the town. They are huge and scary looking, and I think they would give our kids nightmares. Sometimes the solution is worse than the problem!
Now did I take your mind off of COVID-19 for a few minutes? OK, so now, I’ll say a few words about our local terror…
I am working on an extensive article about “all things COVID” which will include a lot of statistics worldwide and links to helpful (US) web sites. But, just to keep you posted on what’s happening THIS WEEK, here are a few notes:
- On November 11th, three companies have announced progress in their COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, BioNTech, and Russia’s Sputnik V. All are around 90 percent effective. They hope to have one or all available by early next year, with essential workers and the most vulnerable getting the first shots.
- As of November 11, Boulder County has 7,316 confirmed cases, with a gain of 220 that day. Colorado has 139,246 cases, with 3,499 gain. (If you go to our page on the new “Orange Level” announcement article for Boulder County, this week, you will see many more statistics showing the dreaded rise from “below the recommended 5% max” to now being around 11% in cases… and more)
- In reports on Tuesday, November 10, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it UPDATED its guidance on coronavirus, stating that wearing a mask not only protects those around you, but it protects you; and it should be worn by everyone when in public or around people outside your household. (Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers)
- CO Gov. Gared Polis has put out multiple messages through various social media and television this past week asking people to join him in an intervention to stop the recent rapid rise in coronavirus cases. “I love you Colorado, but we need to cancel social plans for the next few weeks.” Are you willing to be part of this intervention?
- Reminder, *FREE* COVID-19 testing in Lyons on Fridays, 1:30 to 3 p.m. and continue for the rest of the year. – see FLASH NEWS for more details.
LY-RECORDER WEB PAGE UPDATES:
We have put off asking people to donate or to buy ads in the Lyons Recorder. We wanted to first gain your trust… that we offer great NEWSY NEWS every week. That you can depend on us to inform and entertain you. Now that Thanksgiving is around the corner and we will have almost three months under our belt to prove our worth, we hope that you will join our family and support our endeavors. (Yes, we all know it takes money to run a business, even if it is an online newspaper) Thank you. Lyons Recorder, P O Box 512, Lyons, CO 80540.
- EVENTS CALENDAR: We are updating our “events calendar” page in the Lyons Recorder. Because of the COVID-19 precautions, almost all events have been cancelled, or a few went virtual. If you have an “event” that you would like listed, please write to: events@LyonsRecorder.org.(remember, these are events, not sales or specials)
- PRESS RELEASES should be sent to email@example.com
- ADVERTISEMENTS: We will start to offer “ad” space on the Recorder for the Holidays. Contact us if you would like to advertise your business, or sell a product from your home. We’ll be inexpensive because we want to support “all things Lyons!” Write to LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
- CHRISTMAS ADS: We will offer great specials for those who want to run an ad for one month, between Thanksgiving and Christmas!
- The next step is “Classifieds” and “Marketplace.”
- More later…
- And your Donations are always welcome ~~ please help support your local small town newspaper! (We will be putting a Donation Button online this coming month, for your convenience).
So, articles: this week in the News in Lyons are:
“Results of Presidential Election (and statistics)”
“Boulder County enters Safer-at-Home Phase 3 Orange (details/stats)”
“Veteran’s Day (includes list of 150 names of Lyons Vets)”
“St. Vrain Valley School Fundraiser (virtual Gala and Silent Auction)”
“National Recycle Month (classes, links, tips, and more)”
“Colorado Fire Ban, changes for November (includes ban guidelines)”
“High School Football game, (report by Marcus Richardson)”
“School NEWSY NEWS, for Parents of school age kids (activities; news)”
“NEWSY NEWS about fire departments; people; and fire updates”
Plus “About Town” and “Flash News” and …yours truly “Notes from Your Editor”
= 12 articles in all = more than ever = wow!
Be sure to check out About Town where you can read the NOTES from the Parks and Recreation Dept. meeting (lots of interesting news about the parks and services).
My Message of Care, for the Week:
We’ve been through a lot lately, and it’s time to take a healthy PAUSE ~~ This week the focus is on YOU! Yes, you ~ we often take care of everyone around us, and make ourselves last on the list. YOU have been through a forest fire scare this past month. YOU have been through a rough-and-tumble Election season. YOU have been thrown into a drastically rising COVID-19 predicament that you didn’t cause. YOU have had your daily routines turned upside down at your “place of work” (whether it is an office in the city or the family home). YOU have had to learn new skills (and perhaps teach kids new skills). YOU have had to worry about finances in a way that is unprecedented. YOU have had your health deeply effected (including your sleep).
So, how many blankets is that on top of the Princess’s pea under her bed? You know there’s a little hard rock that you are forced to lay on every day, that you try to ignore because of all those deceptive blankets. Now is the time to remove the irritation.
- Now: Acknowledge that you are important (say it out loud! Repeat it!)
- This Week: Do one really nice small thing.. (just for yourself)
- This Month: Buy yourself a nice gift (that only you decide on)
- This 2020 Year: Plan a nice Day Trip away from the house, family, work etc.
A good way to start is to get out a piece of paper, or computer and just write out a bunch of things… write and write… then go back and chose the best ones. But do it in one sitting.
Aren’t you feeling a bit excited right now? Isn’t your face trying to smile a little? (I know I am!)