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I’ll say right off the top HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! I hope that you and a Loved One can get together for some fun and hugs! You can never get too much love!
I wanted to make this VALENTINE’S DAY ISSUE EXTRA SPECIAL to bring some more love and joy into our World! I’ve been working ten days on it, and am very pleased with all the “heart-oriented articles” that I’ve come up with! Have fun!
On to the weather…We’ve been lucky this year in having a mild LA Nina winter, and the ski resorts are still getting just enough snow to allow skiing. But our luck, or maybe “guilty pleasure” considering we are in a drought, has changed. We have been sitting in our 60+ degree weather while the Midwest, and particularly the East Coast, got blasted with two bad snow storms within a one-week period. A week ago, on Wednesday, it was 67 degrees. The next day it dropped to a tolerable 40 degrees, and it hung around that temp till today. With the arrival here of the Artic Blast, we might get to 30 degrees today, Thursday, but the low tonight is expected to be 5, Friday’s low -2 and Saturdays low -7 degrees (depending on which TV station you watch). This will be the coldest since 2014. Also, the unsteady snow fall and pack has resulted in a large number of deaths due to avalanches, making it the deadliest ski season in 100 plus years.
But it doesn’t stop there. We also had a wild fire threat this past week, combined with high winds. You may have heard about the two grass fires, one in Cherry Creek State Park, and one in Bear Creek, Lakewood, but did you know there was also a small grass fire here in someone’s back yard on Saturday? The man, on Apple Valley Road, put the fire out quickly, while his wife removed the nearby gas cans. —This may be enough to get you to take a walk around your yard to see if it is prepared for any wintertime dangers. The fire department said that because of the high winds, the Cherry Creek fire spread, temporarily, at a rate of four feet per second! Would you be prepared for this?
OK, so all the bad news and scary stuff is DONE here! And, I am happy to announce that we have the most wonderful, positive, helpful, loving issue EVER! For this Valentine’s Day weekend. I had to contact or interview multiple people and businesses to make it happen! Please enjoy! And, Happy Valentine’s Day. We love our Readers! Sending hugs!…..Kathleen
********This is also our five-month anniversary! The last group who helped saved the paper in 2020 published for five months… and we have now completed our five months of publishing on February 1st. My, how time flies when you’re having fun!********
So, let’s get started with the News…
STIMULUS CHECK FOR “GOOD” – Want to help your community? No need for government aid? Why not donate your stimulus check to the Lyons Community Foundation? Visit their website to donate your check at lyonscf.org This is a nationwide phenomenon; NPR has had four different stories this season about communities setting up such donation programs.
PLANT PEAS: People on Lyons Happenings are asking when to plant seeds for peas. The answer was March 15th – or easier to remember St. Patrick’s Day! (March 17th)
DOG PARKS – the latest conversation on Lyons Discussion Facebook is Dog Parks. Most agree that the whole reason for going is to let your dog run free without a lease, and don’t need “voice control.” Some discussed dividing the park into parts. Some felt that the negative feelings posted were only coming up from bad park experiences of this past year, and may be have been influenced by politics and COVID-19.
EARTH SHAKING – UPDATE: Lyons area residents felt the ground shaking a couple of weeks ago, and it has been discovered that CEMEX did a “controlled blast” on that same day.
LYONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMP: the survey sent out to parents came back that they want it! So, it will happen. Parents should watch out for a link to register. Be sure you are signed up for their weekly newsletter. Contact the school office.
SCHOOL – PROJECT LAUNCH: This is a “go ahead” and will happen in June, in the Mead school buildings. Elementary School Kids can strengthen their reading and math skills over the month at this “camp.” Contact the school for more information.
DOG POOP: Greg Lowell would like to remind people: Lyons Municipal Code, Sec. 7-6-80. – Removal of dog excrement. ==It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to permit the dog to deposit or leave any fecal matter on any public property, on private property of another or in any waters. First offense $50 == Second offense $90==Just a reminder …
FREE FOOD FOR TEACHERS AT PTC: Lions Booster Club is purchasing meals from local restaurants for our teachers to enjoy during February’s parent teacher conferences. Our teachers work especially long hours during parent teacher conferences and donated dinners are greatly appreciated. If you are willing to contribute toward parent teacher conference meals, please contact them. CLICK HERE!
THEFTS IN LYONS: See our special page for an important messages from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office 2/9/21. Check yuor cars to see if things were stolen. == The list of burglary and theft was getting too long for this “NOTES” page.
GIRL SCOUT Cookies: There are lots of stores in Longmont and Estes that are carrying the cookies, and some Lyons girls are doing it on social media. –You may be interested in this comment from Karen McPherson from Estes Park: “Corporate Safeway is not allowing it because of COVID. Girl Scout Council and Safeway, Walmart, etc. have cooperate contracts. We are not allowed to ask as a troop. It has to be approved by corporate. So, we have been finding other friendly spots this year. Safeway has been a great partner in the past and we are happy to go back when times are more “normal.” Girls and moms are having to HUSTLE this year”
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: You can buy these online this year. Here is the nationwide page for zip code 80540. As of this week, only Longmont girls are listed, but you can keep checking back: It lists various places – like ACE Hardware, several banks, Sam’s Club, a few liquor stores! And more. Various dates throughout February.
NET METERING / SOLAR ENERGY: The Town will have a Workshop as an Agenda Item: Net Metering and Grants for Renewable Projects. See their pages for info, as well as get some background information from our article on the “net metering. The update will include info on the UC Denver Lyons Solar Farm Feasibility Study. The zoom link and call-in information and meeting materials will be posted on Thursday on the Town website .
WELD COUNTY Border Wars — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon sparked a new border war of sorts, Monday, February 1, when he seemingly welcomed the idea of making Weld County a part of Wyoming. Then Colorado Gov. Jared Polis stated that it was his understand that probably more people in Wyoming would like to become part of prosperous Colorado. Weld County, Wyoming? How about Cheyenne, Colorado, instead?
DENTAL PET MONTH: Answer a quiz on the Lyons Vet Facebook page/or go to their web page, and send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org to win a prize!! Winners will be announced on February 26. “We want you to be aware of the main steps you can take care of your pet’s dental hygiene. You can also check our DENTAL CARE WELLNESS PLANS.”
GATEWAY REALTY has a new Sales person! —“Ian Phillips has been an important part of the Lyons community for the last nine years and is probably a very familiar and friendly face to many of you. Having started his life in Colorado as a New York transplant, Ian brings first hand experience on the process of relocating and becoming a first-time home buyer. Whether you’re buying, selling, or curious about the market, Ian is a fantastic resource for all things Lyons. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a positive force join our team!” (PS You can see his “portrait/photo” on the Front page of the Recorder newspaper, right after the list of this week’s articles.)
SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Lyons varsity basketball team lost Tuesday’s away conference game against Highland (Ault, CO) by a score of 60-48. The Lyons varsity basketball team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Highland (Ault, CO) by a score of 90-57.=== The Lyons GIRLS varsity basketball team won Wednesday’s home conference game against Dawson School (Lafayette, CO) by a score of 38-36. ===Lyons’ BOYS basketball stats have been entered for the 75-57 win vs. Heritage Christian on 2/2/21 6:00 PM. The Lyons varsity basketball team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Highland (Ault, CO) by a score of 90-57.=== **IN THE FUTURE** you should go to our SPORTS page. I will try to keep these scores up to date on our February SCHOOL SPORTS page.=== We will soon be getting photos of some games!
FITNESS online –Austin Boone who grew up in Lyons, for 30 years! has an online fitness program, which you can connect to on Facebook. He says, “Hey guys! I wanted to put this out there. I host virtual fitness classes every M,W,&F @10am here on Facebook. They’re low impact chair-based classes perfect for beginners or seniors. Working on chair yoga, balance & flexibility & strength and conditioning. I would love to have y’all in class! Come have fun with us. “ 4Ever Young Fitness (classes are listed under the events section.)
Jacaranda=Ricky Spana, who has been pivotal and an original member of Jacaranda, will take over the reins, and the menu will eventually pivot into another direction (see recent posts on Pilipino Adobo and Korean BBQ). in the meantime, some current favorites; stewed black-eyed peas and peanut butter stew (Domoda) will gladly remain, and for those that it pertains to, everything on the menu is now gluten free.
WESTERN STARS Gallery & Studio is having a Valentine’s Day event on Saturday February 13th.
OSKAR BLUES is now open INSIDE at 50 percent capacity. Go take a look at their recently updated interior. Modernized but still cozy. They are open seven days a week.
DEFINED MOTION Dance Studio & exercise == 2/5/21 – We need your help parents & dancers. We are considering and hoping to reopen SOON. In order for us to best serve our community AND create a program that is sustainable for our business, we need your input. Please fill out this 2 minute survey. It will really help! https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfJMFkGD67…/viewform…
GOOD BYE Wayne & Debbie ANDERSON! – From Spirit Hound: Customers who have spent much time at our distillery or attended any Spirit Hound-sponsored outside events have probably had the pleasure of meeting our Outside Sales & Marketing Director – and business partner – Wayne Anderson… We’re sad to announce that Wayne, along with his family, is leaving us to start a new chapter of life in Georgia. Wayne will be around over the next several months to make the transfer of responsibilities as smooth as possible, so you’ll have a chance to catch him and wish him well on his new adventures. …Wayne has been integral in making Spirit Hound what it is, and we both wish him the best and want to thank him for his loyalty and hard work on behalf of our close-knit distillery. Cheers, Wayne!
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LYONS RESTAURANTS, BAKERIES, MARKETS, GIFT SHOPS: Go to our article this week for a full list of what restaurants, gift shops, etc. are open, and which are having specials.
Support your LOCAL SHOPS and RESTAURANTS!
Don’t forget that you can always buy a Gift Certificate!
That includes for exercise class, massage, oil-change, groceries, haircut, (apothecary) herb-bags, picture framing, haircut, meal, gift shop, floral arrangement, CBC products, quilting material, pet products, and more!
The Stimulus checks were sent out in January. In most cases, the IRS will use the information from your first stimulus payment or your most recent tax return. Didn’t get your stimulus check? – you can go to the web site and see if they sent it. If not (or you didn’t get the full amount) you may be able to get a credit on your 2020 tax return – even if you don’t normally do a tax return: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
PRESIDENTS DAY (formerly George Washington’s Birthday, with Lincoln’s being on the 12th) Who gets President’s Day off? Given that Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday, federal employees get the day off, of course. Many other government and state employees do, too. The courts are closed, as are Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange. Banks are not required to close on the holidays designated by the U.S. Federal Reserve System, but they usually do. All post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered (and all other federal holidays). ==You can always check FLASH NEWS for holidays and closings.==
FILE YOUR 2020 TAXES: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns on Friday, February 12, 2021.
=The state has set aside 1.1 million unemployment applications as possibly being fraudulent. Compare that to 1,043,760 cases that were real! Colorado is far ahead of other states who did not catch the fraud cases.
=If you received a RELIA card in the mail for Unemployment funds, you should cancel it, and contact the state Unemployment Office. Do not just cut it up and throw it away.
=Did You Receive a 1099-G for Unemployment Benefits You Did Not File For=Taxpayers who receive an incorrect 1099-G form for unemployment benefits they did not receive should contact the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) to request a revised Form 1099-G showing they did not receive unemployment benefits. To report that you have received an incorrect/invalid 1099-G to CDLE, complete the Report Invalid 1099-G Form. For more information, visit the CDLE website. Taxpayers should still file an accurate tax return, reporting only the income they received.
SEE OUR ARTICLE next week .==on Colorado’s ECONOMIC OUTLOOK, And the USA – Wages, Unemployment, Rescue Plan, and Grants == Filing Your Income Tax NEWS == when will we get back to our normal economy; what’s the Outlook? == and more
CLASSES OR EVENTS:
Go to FLASH NEWS for more activities and deadlines.
repeat: LIBRARY – Register for their first Annual Winter Reading Program. Win prizes! Open to adults and kids. Winter Reading Program: Warm up to Great Books
repeat: LEAF MENTAL WELLNESS on ZOOM – On HOLD –See Rebecca Major, OUR Center, for assistance: email@example.com.
repeat: BLOOD DRIVE: February 12th. To those who donated last time, we can donate again on the 12th. Times are 10:00 to 2:15 p.m. but they will have another person this time so we can go longer if we have people to fill the slots. The site already has the times to make appointments to donate. Thank you for helping to save lives!
Repeat: PICKLEBALL in LYONS: Heather Petrarca Saunders: “Want to play some Pickleball. Come join us on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Bohn Park Tennis Court– contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. We had three people last week. I have extra paddles if needed. We are beginners. We laugh as much as we play. If it’s super windy we just go for a walk in the park. Come join us.”
ICE SKATING RINK NEWS:========
It is back open due to below freezing temperatures! – NOTE: the ice skate rentals will be FREE on Presidents’ Day. Kids still need to have the forms signed by a guardian. Volunteers from LEAF will be offering hot chocolate so please consider a donation. The Parks are also looking for people to volunteer to help clean the surface. *KIDS* — Holiday Weekend — Ice skate rentals will be open on Saturday, Feb 13th from noon to 4 pm, and closed for rentals on Sunday. As a special treat for all the kids out of school on Monday, they have changed the Family/Recreation Skating hours to include noon – 2 pm and possibly longer. They hope to keep the website up to date on these special matters: check the website for updated hours . Dr. Joe Meckle is helping to prepare and clean the ice; and he could use some volunteer help.
TOWN RECREATION PROGRAMS: Go to this page to see activities being offered by the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department: https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs It is best to contact the Town for information as the web pages are updated infrequently. It says the ice skate classes are full.
See February 4th NEW article on everything COVID in Lyons, Boulder & Larimer County, and the state of Colorado – easy access, at your finger tips to all the news – I have gathered it from the various state’s web pages and news organizations to save you time
- The new Phase1B2 and 3 chart – who gets the vaccine
- The new COLOR Phase chart (going from orange to yellow)
- Boulder County statistics/facts
- Applying for 5-Star status
Colorado numbers continue to slowly decline. Lyons remains at 68 cases (2 more).
repeat: BOULDER COUNTY gets approved for FIVE STAR Program, which means approved restaurants can move to “Yellow” restrictions, and soon to “Blue.”
repeat: AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE: President Biden has ordered that the health care plans reopen their enrollment period, particularly for those who may need health care during the pandemic. You can now sign up for insurance from February 15 to May 15, 2021.
TRAVEL/FEDERAL MASKS LAWS: As of Jan. 20, persons in all federal buildings or on federal lands must wear masks and social distance. The CDC issued orders Feb. 3 for the same on planes, trains, buses, taxis, ride shares and the like. Refusal is a violation of federal law. Those under two years of age, or with certain disabilities will be excused.
It has been one year since the first death in the United States due to COVID-19. I am gathering information for our March issue to cover the “one year since the US closed down due to COVID-19” in the voices of three local residents. (If you want to contribute, please contact the LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com)
Some of the NEW INFORMATION that I have added this week to our February COVID article:
2/8/21: It is now estimated that the variant may be doubling cases every ten days. There are 60 cases in the state of Colorado.
CASES IN CHILDREN: 2/8/21: There is a ten percent increase of confirmed cases in children.
ONE SHOT VACCINE: 2/8/21: Johnson & Johnson have already started making doses of their vaccine, and anticipate that they will have 100 million doses by the end of June. Experts state that it appears that the FDA may be able to approve this vaccine by the end of February.
GET A VACCINE IN LYONS? == The Town of Lyons sent out feelers to see if Lyons seniors (& those with two major health conditions) would like to see the vaccine being given in Lyons. As of today 2/11/21, Lisa says she has got enough responses to push forward to try and get vaccinations done in Lyons. Do not write her at this time, as she will be out of the office for a week.
Colorado numbers continue to slowly decline. Let’s hope that SuperBowl parties do not cause a resurgence! If you attended one, please remain quarantined for 10 days. Lyons remains at 68 cases, an increase of two.
|Tested Positive or considered Probable for COVID-19, to date*
|Hospitalized due to COVID-19, to date
|Deceased with COVID-19*
|New cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days
(Here is a great list of links to sign up at for vaccine information – provided by Boulder County https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/vaccines/).
THIS WEEK’S 12 ARTICLES
THE FOUR ARTICLES ARE NEW *EACH* MONTH
THESE WILL be UPDATED throughout the month, as MAJOR news is heard:
All have been updated with news, as of 2/8/21
==High School Spring SPORTS – We’ve updated this–
==High School NEWS, all ages – We’ve updated this
==Town Board Meetings – Feb. 1st Board of Trustees –updated: Parks &Rec
==COVID News – details on vaccines, Phase 1B2, Boulder County info, and more.—We’ve updated this
==Poet Amanda Gordon, who recited her original poems at the Inauguration and the Super Poet gave a recital at Colorado University-Boulder 2018 “Conference on World Affairs” annual event, and this is information about it and links. I just HAD to publish a POEM for Valentine’s Day. Let me count the ways I love them! …Enjoy!
==LEO teen volunteer Club has struggled to find things to help nonprofits, as they were turned away from many places this past year due to COVID concerns. But they managed to do several great things … We want to give them THANKS from the HEART for all their hard work. Check out their list! (and the officers’ names) They do this OUTSIDE of the school! On their own time.
==Get your shopping and dinner needs done in Lyons for VALENTINE’s DAY – I tried to contact all the *LYONS* restaurants and stores to see who was open, and I noted “specials.” I can’t guarantee I got them all, but there are some neat dinners and bakery items ready for you to share with your LOVED ONES. All of the restaurants are now open!
==PERSON on the STREET (formerly Man on the Street): Our question this month is– if and how do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s a lovely combination of joy and avoidance! See how some of your neighbors SHOW THEIR LOVE.
==RETURN OF THE LETTERMAN JACKET: a HEARTFELT story of how one athletic found a tattered and dirty letterman jacket that was lost in the Great Flood of 2013, and knew that some other athlete would be sad about it. I interviewed Jaimie about her lost-and-found story..
==TWO HEART SCULPTURES: Lyons has two metal art sculptures on loan, which are soon ending their exhibition period. Learn about the artist who loves to make big public art, and “HEART” sculptures, and other messages of love.
==CUTE ANIMALS: Greenwood Rehabilitation Center has been rescuing dozens of wild animals that were brought in by Lyons residents each year. Learn about their history, the wildlife stories, and opportunities for you to intern. Who doesn’t LOVE to see cute baby animals? Check it out.
==CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE is the #1 Killer of Women—much more than all the cancers combined! Here are some facts and tips. It’s time women put their HEART HEALTH first; but you can’t help yourself if you don’t know the signs of illness.
==FLASH NEWS — general events and deadlines, classes, meetings, etc. listed by date.
==ABOUT TOWN — weekly column by LaVern Johnson of snippets of Town news.
==NOTES from Your Editor — behind the scenes news, business updates, personal notes, classes, caring messages, and more…
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
a few suggestions for those people who plan to donate their stimulus checks or other funds but are new to charitable giving:
- Make your gift for general operating support rather than a specific program. That allows the organization’s leaders to decide how to use the money themselves.
- Give locally or hyper-locally. You can better identify need priorities in cities or neighborhoods you’re familiar with.
- Before donating, check an organization’s credibility with a quick search on Guidestar.
- Support pop-up fundraising efforts in your neighborhood like food drives or mutual aid networks.
Meanwhile, a Boulder County GoFundMe is collecting stimulus money and redistributing it to undocumented immigrants and has raised more than $337,000 since it launched on April 5. The fundraiser will remain open for the length of time that people are still receiving stimulus checks. The money will be disbursed equally among a group of local organizations like Sanctuary DMV, Many Languages One Voice, LaColectiVA, Justice for Muslims Collective and Restaurant Opportunities Center DC.
Take Care of Yourself! See you next week!
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