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The newspaper is overflowing with Holiday news, events, tips, nostalgia, and more! Thanks for your continued support. Enjoy!
So, let’s get started…
This past week, we had Colorado Gives Day where people could donate money to some of their favorite charities in Colorado. There were matching funds attached to many of them, so that you donation went further.
I ended up having the most wonderful experience!
Usually, I decide at the end of the year (1) how much money I have left and (2) who to send donations to. — but this time I was willing to give my donating a head start because of the possibly that it would be matched. My first step was to choose my “regular” charities, but my next step was to choose those groups who were not able to charge admission fees, and they were in desperate circumstances. …So I sent my “tiny donations” to about a dozen groups.
The next day I started getting all kinds of personal messages back stating how they were in desperate need, and every dollar was important – But, I was surprised to get many personal phone calls! I have to admit, they made me, a small-time doner, feel like I had done a great deed.
But let me give you one example that will say it all: it made my heart soar: DENVER ZOO:
On behalf of our staff, volunteers and nearly 3,000 animals, we would like to express our tremendous gratitude for your support this Colorado Gives Day.===Because of you, and the generous match provided by members of Denver Zoo’s Board of Governors, Leadership Council and a group of dedicated donors, ***we were able to raise over $200,000*** for our animals at a time when we needed it most! enough to ***cover 2 MONTHS of groceries*** for our nearly 3,000 animals!
So, please, folks, don’t think that your small donation won’t make a difference! And, if you are doing well, THIS YEAR you can really make a difference in saving some non-profits from perishing.
========CHRISTMAS WEEK EVENTS========
The list of Holiday activities going on THIS coming week was so big that I put the items into a separate article, for easy reference. CLICK HERE.
=====*NEW* LIST OF LYONS ART/GIFT/ANTIQUE/DANCE SHOPS=====CLICK HERE
=====CHURCHES IN LYONS, DIRECTORY (Christmas events)==== CLICK HERE
LIST OF TIPS ON Celebrating the Holidays While Social Distancing: The holidays have always been a special time of the year as families and children look forward to gathering with their loved ones. Due to the pandemic, many may be finding it difficult to come up with fun ways to celebrate without feeling lonely or isolated. TIPS include –shopping –travel (eg, how to cancel)–guests (eg, where people sleep) –decorating –celebrating from a distance (eg, family group “chat” over the internet) –children (eg, start a new tradition) –help the community (eg, sew face masks) –https://www.mymove.com/home-inspiration/covid-19/holidays-during-covid/ Thank you to My Move for making this long list to help us THINK AHEAD for a better non-traditional Holiday celebration.
ICE SKATING: in TOWN of Lyons LMJohnson PARK. = According to the Town Recreation Department: “We are finalizing details for the Ice Rink this week with a goal of opening this weekend if all’s ready to go. Any new information will be posted here by the end of the week:” https://www.townoflyons.com/591/Ice-Skating-at-LaVern-M-Johnson-Park (currently it still says “closed for the season; see you next year” so you will know when it’s 2020 information) You can also check the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLyonsColorado/
WEATHER: Our Favorite Weather Man is back in our area – Greg Berman. He used to live in Lyons, and is now looking for a home in Boulder; he always has interesting and educational comments, with high accuracy, on his web-weather-page: https://www.facebook.com/GregsWeatherTalk He is not ready to commit to doing any regular newspaper articles, but maybe we can convince him to do some “big picture” reports. (whisper in his ear!)
Red Checkered Tablecloth – Italian Food Truck – will be back at the Stone Cup from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, and then =new= will also be at Spirit Hound Distillers on Saturday, December 12, from noon to 7:00 p.m. Ian Taylor looked into the idea of taking “pre-orders” but found too many obstacles, and will not be doing it. (Please mark these days down, as we will not be repeating it every week)
SCULPTURE AWARD: Congrats to Christine Knapp. “I am so honored to learn that my sculpture ‘Pearl of the Ocean’ was selected as a FINALIST in the International ARC Salon! Out of nearly 5,000 entries from artists worldwide, only 1,155 works were selected as finalists to be included in their prestigious catalog.”
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR “support page” Facebook “Adopt a Senior” ==The page was created to give Lyons high school seniors a quick message of support during these trying times of COVID-19. Family members, friends or relatives can post the names of seniors, and then someone can “adopt” them – for a one time “cheer!” or a few. – Some suggested items are letters, gift cards, greeting cards, or a small gift basket. You will be notified of that teen’s favorite things, colors, likes etc.; such as, where they may be planning to go to college, or what they will study. This is to encourage them, and help them feel special and appreciated. You can send something now and/or when they graduate. Most of the students’ names posted “up for adoption” do not know they are on the list, and will be surprised. All the details are on the Facebook page, or contact Jennifer Lane Ward (There are currently 116 members.)
LYONS SCHOOL CHOIR WINTER CONCERT: December 21, Monday, 7 p.m. = Thanks to everyone who contributed photos for the Virtual Choir Concert VIDEO! You won’t want to miss the little tribute to all the ways Lyons has come together this year. Watch out for the health care support signs, thank you’s to firefighters, and more. “It shows how much this town has pulled together this year,” said Allison Zema, M.M., voice music and drama teacher. Here is a link to the Lyons Middle/Senior You-Tube page, as the video and link are not set up yet.
Lyons Chamber of Commerce has a “flip book” that gives product details of about a dozen stores in town, who are members. Click on the arrows to “turn the pages.” Support local stores!
SMALL BIZ GRANT: Coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Boulder County eligible for $500 in PPE, cleaning supplies, and to-go food containers. See Lyons Recorder article for details. First come-first serve!
SECOND AVENUE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION=Please No peds! No golf carts! No bikes! It is an active construction site. The bridge demolish and removal began this week, December 14.
MICE – It looks like the hordes of mice are gone. Many homeowners said that they caught 50 to 100 mice this year. It seems that the unusually large number of pine cones this year was feeding them. Some people got the wires in their cars nibbled on. Plus, the 10-20 degree nights may have had an influence in their disappearance. One resident, Gary, in Pinewood Springs said he caught 161 as of November 21! And, he has only caught two since then.
*BONUS GOOD NEWS* Northern Colorado: VINDEKET FOODS REACHED MILESTONE; 1M POUNDS OF FOOD RESCUED This September, it reached a major milestone: Since opening in 2017, they have rescued more than one million pounds of food from the trash! This is made possible by the generosity of their donors and the tireless work of volunteers, who show up for scheduled pickups as well as last-minute loads. Working together, they keep food out of the dumpster and in the hands of our community members. www.vindeketfoods.org
LYONS DEN Restaurant: This past weekend, the owners tried to bring together a 1,000 person rally to support their freedom to fully open their restaurant. It got cancelled Saturday. There was a small crowd Sunday mid-day, and the 5 p.m. rally was a dud. Western Stars, which is adjacent to them suffered some lost of business, but locals made an effort to stop by. Postings on Facebook started to lean more heavily toward supporting those businesses that were following the COVID-19 guidelines. There will be a more detailed report next week, after the Town Board of Trustee rules on whether to remove its business license.
Colorado – Good News and Bad News —
Good News: The first vaccines have been approved and are being administered in Colorado. Health care workers who are exposed to those with coronavirus are the first in line. == Thanks to all your efforts in staying home as much as possible and wearing face masks, the number of hospitalizations has decreased to 1,513 as of Sunday, with a 10 percent seven-day average. ==The number of cases is also the lowest since November 2, with 2,600 new cases.
The Bad News is that the death rate is going up, with 54 average number of deaths per day. The majority is in nursing homes, and those 75 years of age and older.
Lyons – as of December 10 – in three days Lyons gained three more cases: 51. ==As of December 14, it is 53.
The United States reached another record: 300,000 deaths.==CALIFORNIA, LA County, at “catastrophic” COVID-19 levels, with 13,815 new cases, 3,850 hospitalized. as of Friday. They have ordered six semi trucks for temporary holds of deceased persons. ==NEW YORK CITY Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday warned that the city could soon be facing a “full shutdown” and that the city needed to “get ready” for such an event — as COVID-19 numbers rise. This goes beyond stopping indoor dining.
Pfizer-made vaccines arrived in Colorado this week, and are being administered to First Responder health care workers; nursing home elders are next. The FDA issued emergency use authorization for a quick covid-test, and it will be on shelves in January, costing about $30.
12/15/20 Global cases top 70 million, just two weeks after reaching 60 million. (73,573,455 Dec. 16) More than 1.58 million people have died of the disease. ==Italy overtakes UK for most cases. 1,825,775; (adding +19,902 in one day), and Deaths 64,036 ==Germany closed shops (a lockdown) from Wednesday, December 15 to at least January 10 due to coronavirus increases—nearly a 1,000 deaths a day. ==England:: UK health minister Matt Hancock says the new variant of Covid-19 may be responsible for the ‘faster spread’ of the virus in south east England at the moment, compared to other parts of the country.==Sweden’s strategy to try “herd immunity,” with no government mandated restrictions, failed horribly, and now the worse hit are those in elder care.
THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES
In case you missed these essential articles from last week:
==COVID-19 SECOND WAVE – information and links
==SHOP LOCAL – discounts & special Holiday products
==DENVER CHRISTMAS, DAY TRIP – fabulous Light Displays and activities in December.
==A Victorian Christmas — annual “Christmas Greeting to Town People, from its Local Businesses”
==Senior News: monthly column .
==PHOTO Spread = photos of the Holiday lights
==UPDATED Community Resource Page
==Artists Struggling in Lyons (including musicians, art/gift/antique stores, dance studio) This is a follow up from the September article, and which stores have decided to close till spring, or change their operations, and if any formal Arts or Business groups in town have helped them.
==LIST of those art/gift/antique stores, etc. — with days/hours, or when they will re-open
==LEAF – Three big events this month: to feed the hungry, get gifts for the underprivileged, and raise funds through a live music (virtual) program
==Lyons Community Foundation, an update on what they have done this year, and a call out for donations
==Lyons Comm. Foundation LIST of Scholarships available
==Saving Grandma’s Recipes: a heartfelt article about gathering up old family recipes in a book; and recommendations for you to do the same over the Holidays. (great old photos and two recipes!)
==Christmas WEEK events, activities, tips, church services, and more.
==FLASH NEWS — general events and deadlines, listed by date
==About Town — weekly column by LaVern Johnson of snippets of Town news.
==NOTES from Your Editor — that’s me! You are reading it right now! thanks.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
Many Lyons residents know the long and hard journey that happens after a major disaster hits their home. This week I am focusing our attention on the homeowners in the two largest forest fires to hit Colorado in its history.
The Cameron Peak fire had 208,913 acres destroyed (contained December 2). 469 total structures impacted: 224 homes destroyed/ 4 homes damaged; 220 outbuildings destroyed.
The East Troublesome fire burned 193,812 Acres. Between October 20 to 23, the size of the fire exploded from 18,550 acres to 187,964 (contained November 30). A preliminary estimate of 366 residences; 214 outbuildings and commercial structures were destroyed or damaged.
I am not listing “support” web sites, as Lyons residents were not personally affected. This is a list of local Colorado groups that you can make a donation to:
The Denver Channel.com – Channel 7 “Gives”– you can donate to each one of these THREE individually, or you can go to the Ch7 web page and make one donation to be split between them, with no fee deducted==United Way of Larimer Co/Cameron Peak Fire Fund// Community Foundation of Boulder County: 2020 Fires Relief // Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund.
== Community Foundation of Northern Colorado == The group got $2 million + during CO Gives Day. = $28,000 was donated to the NoCoFires Fund that will be matched — becoming $56,000 by Bohemian Foundation once we raise $250,000. Also gave to Secret Santa for 600 kids in N.CO == by donating to this group, they distribute funds to dozens of entities needing funding.
== Granby Mt. Center – health, housing, hunger and more. They bought necessities for the fire victims, with money received, like work boots.
== Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund = 100% of donations to the Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund will support the needs of Grand County residents who have been evacuated, displaced, or have lost their homes during the Grand County wildfires.
== United Way of Larimer County – indicate: Cameron Peak Fire Response Fund. They are committing $50,000 in grant support through the Community Emergency & Response Fund. Your gift will keep hundreds of families in their homes this holiday season! Give today: https://impact.uwaylc.org/ResponseFund
******Larimer County DONATION Center: (970) 413-3109 ACSdisaster@rmcsda.org Located at the Outlet at Loveland, near Carter’s or Chocolate Factory, Loveland. Donations 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.//residents can shop there from 8 to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Dec. 24 & 25. Last Day to donate: Dec. 23 / Last Day to Shop: Dec.28. For Community members evacuated due to the wildfires. ******