If there ever is an emergency in town, or timely news needing to be distributed, you can trust the Lyons Recorder to put it online immediately.
Are you expecting me to talk about the weather now? Well, the good news is that we had one big snowfall last Thursday (DIA got 9.6″ and Englewood was tops at 16″, while Lyons area got 4″) that brought us back up to the normal totals for February. Now, for the next week, it will be in the 60s! So that will all melt away.
But what I really want to talk about is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of COVID in COLORADO! Yes, it was March 5th that the first case was reported. It was a man in his 30s who was skiing on vacation in Summit County. About 10 days later, the state and nation began to shut down its businesses and more.
We are living through “historic times.” Therefore, I am devoting half of each issue in the month of March to stories and reports about how COVID affected people in Lyons. I’ve been working long hours to line this up, and am glad to report that I have found 26 people to write about their area of expertise or matters under their supervision! I have an INDEX page that lists all the reports and articles, which LINKS will be updated each week. You can bookmark it so that you will know how to tap into them. About a third are personal stories, and two-thirds are factual reports. (We are still open to residents submitting their most memorable personal COVID-events of 2020, whether its two sentences or two paragraphs! write to LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com)
I am anxious to share with you this surprising fact: When I first started doing this, I expected that the articles would be full of doom and gloom. OK, that happened. But what EQUALLY happened was that each story also had positive anecdotes about what people spent their time doing. Some learned to rock climb, or started doing weekly hikes with their family, or learned to bake, and more. All connected more deeply with either family, friends, fellow-employees, customers, dorm room people, fellow campers, and more. One fellow even met his true love! Many learned to take that dreaded step and reach out for help. Organizations, like town government, service groups, commissions and more turned out to not be so stiff and regulated, but they found new ways to deliver old and new services. Bonding activities took place in town, like the making of face masks, and yowling at night to thank medical workers.
Free vaccine testing came to Lyons back yard, and there are plans to try and bring vaccine distribution here too. There was about a two-month period where almost every senior complained about not being able to get one, and then within the last couple of weeks, the majority seem to have gotten at least their first one. The Town has moved into the Yellow color phase, with businesses now opening up to 50 percent capacity. The last couple of weeks seem to show sudden big leaps of progress. It will still take till summer to have the majority of the population vaccinated and for the economy and social life to look close to normal. Wear your masks and social distance till then! We can see the end, let’s not mess it up. Between the variant questions and the numbers that dropped so rapidly now plateauing and even showing a slight rise, it’s worth keeping up the COVID-habits!
Let’s get to the news…
TOWN of LYONS – NEWS=====
==ICE RINK closed for season. Due to warming temperatures and inconsistent ice, the ice rink has closed for the rest of the season. About this time of year, the sun gets high enough above the cliffs that it melts the ice in the afternoons and creates a bumpy, difficult surface to skate on when it refreezes.
==First Town-wide ANNUAL REPORT, 2020 Year in Review. The Town of Lyons has created a new annual report. This report provides one way of assessing whether elected officials and Town staff are faithfully carrying out their role as good stewards of Town resources. For 2020 the report was spearheaded by Trustee Lowell and contains reports from Town departments, boards and commissions, affiliated districts and other Lyons-area organizations covering the period January 1 to December 31, 2020, as well as plans for fiscal year 2021. Town Hall has 20 hard copies or you may view it online.
You will recall that I did a similar report last spring on all the Boards and Commissions. That is available year-round by going to Community Resources.
==TOWN ONLINE BILL PAYMENT: The Town’s online bill payment option saves you time and gives you more flexibility in how you pay your bill. It’s fast, easy, and secure, eliminating the need to write a check or find a stamp each month. Going paperless will also help reduce the costs and resources of printing and mailing bills each month. Make the switch today! To set up paperless, visit https://www.townoflyons.com/onlinebilling
Town of Lyons JOB OPENINGS:
Seasonal Parks Maintenance Worker Town of Lyons Parks and Public Works
Complete job descriptions are available upon request or at www.townoflyons.com.
TOWN NEWS, General=====
==THANKS FOR MEAL TRAIN. == From Kelly Hilferty, Pinewood Springs: Hello everyone, I was on a break from Facebook but I wanted to say thank you to all of the people that reached out and brought the most delicious and wonderful foods, and sent notes and healing vibes…you are the literal reason I didn’t starve or fall apart over the past few weeks.==I honestly can never thank this community enough for the unexpected support after we tragically lost Don Perry Corn last month.==I am humbled and grateful.==I have a Dutch oven and a beautiful ceramic bowl that belong to some of you…they’re washed and ready to come home where they belong, please let me know where to drop them off, I can do it Monday after work
==DO YOU PAY FOR CHORES? == POPULAR Post on Facebook this week: How much do you pay a 15 year old for doing household chores. The responses went from minimum wage, to “they get room and board.” Many suggested talking with the child to explain “you’re part of the family,” and you do certain things, like keep your room clean and put your plates in the kitchen sink as part of that. Many agreed to that extra chores could be paid for. I didn’t see anyone talk about “weekly allowances.” One person said to pay them $25/hour and then charge them for rent, laundry service, taxi service, private chef and waitress, etc. Should they get paid for walking the dog if it’s their dog? Should it depend on if it’s quality work?
MOXIE Bread Co – it’s all abuzz that Moxie’s will be bringing its extensive bread menu to Lyons, and will be located in the old bike shop building on Main Street. It sounds like they will open in spring. It is believed that they bake their bread in Lafayette for their Boulder store, so they will probably do the same for Lyons.—It sells heirloom grain breads, and is Colorado owned. We’ll print more when they open. It will be great place to visit for a lunch in the park – bread at Moxie’s and butter at LaCreme! And a bottle of French wine!
==MINI DIORAMAS – no payment – just fun
THE STONE CUP: Join the Picture Portal Project! Everyone is invited! Build a diorama – it can be anything you choose – a collection of favorite things, a miniature room or landscape, a painted scene, whatever you fancy! Then, drop it off at the Stone Cup on Friday or Saturday, March 19 or 20, 8am-1pm. We’ll hang them up and folks can stop by and take a look through the month of April.
==LYONS COMMUNITY FARM PLANNING (Vasilena Smith) we are planning a socially distanced public community meeting on Saturday, March 6th, at 2 p.m., to share and brainstorm about the Lyons Community Farm Project. If you are interested, come join us! —“We are also trying to get a sense of how many folks in our community would be interested in doing a Lyons-based 6-month Permaculture Design Certification Course. If you are interested in such a thing, let me know!” You can get more info on the Lyons Community Farm Facebook page.
==FIRST PLACE AWARDS– I’m excited to say that I and the Lyons Recorder have won at least one FIRST PLACE award for piece(s) of journalism done in year 2020! – I will receive more information on it (along with judges’ comments) toward the end of March, and will share that with you! (member of Colorado Press Women, National Press Women Writers, Society of Professional Journalists)…. Kathleen Spring
==LIBRARY DEADLINE: MARCH 15 is the last day to enter info on the books you read over the Winter, as part of the Library’s Winter Reading program. – see FLASH News for more details, or the most recent LIBRARY monthly report next week. Or go to their web page.
NEWS OUTSIDE of LYONS=====
==BOULDER — Alfalfa’s Market will shutter its flagship store, after 38 years due to COVID-19 losses. It was an early market that switched to whole foods. The Longmont store will remain open.
==DENVER — Dierks Bentley’s fifth restaurant will open in Denver late this year after a groundbreaking this week. … located at the site of the former Lodo’s Bar and Grill, across from Coors Field.
==COMPOSTING FACILITY — Erie’s town board has formally requested the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners to withdraw plans for a proposed composting facility.
==CROCS — Casual footwear maker Crocs Inc. had its best sales year ever in 2020. Nurses loved their shoes!
==CANNABIS Market had a 48 percent increase in sales.
==LONGMONT Library Building Remains Closed the Public: The reopening of the Longmont Public Library has been delayed for completion of the structural repairs, installation of the carpeting.
==LARIMER COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS LOANS due to FIRE DAMAGE: can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. The deadline to apply for property damage is April 16, and the deadline for economic injury is November 23.====For assistance, call 1-800-659-2955, or email the SBA at FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov
==NEW SUPER FAST INTERNET == The first STARLINK has arrived and been installed in a few homes in Pinewood Springs. I’ll post some facts in next week’s news.
====Colorado legislators to introduce a new plastic pollution bill this month. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which will be introduced by Representatives Lisa Cutter and Alex Valdez and Senator Julie Gonzales, addresses some of the worst plastics in our state: polystyrene (a.k.a. Styrofoam) and plastic carry-out bags.
====CO State lawmakers are working on a Bill that would help pay for wildfire relief and prevention. $78 billion.
==There is a push to create a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps. == The Bill establishes a $9 billion fund for qualified land and conservation corps to increase job training and hiring specifically for jobs in the woods, helping to restore public lands. The Bill would provide funds to support a natural resource management and conservation workforce and bolster wildfire prevention and preparedness.
==ELECTIONS = Bill #1 is a long awaited bill that touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting, and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance. == There is a big controversy over the Republicans introducing around 250 bills, in the past couple of weeks, in the state legislatures which would limit voting rights, such as limiting paper ballot voting, and only allowing voting on Election Tuesday.
==It passed in the House, and is now in the Senate
==Moderate Democrats aided in getting the $15 minimum wage dropped; it is too complicated to deal with now, since the Stimulus efforts are essential to be passed quickly.
==Moderate Democrats put limits on the Stimulus payments
==Republicans insist on having the entire Stimulus Bill read out loud. This will delay the negotiations and payments to the public and cities.
==President Biden has agreed to all changes so far.
· $1,400 stimulus checks for eligible individuals
· $400 weekly unemployment benefit through September
· $3,000 per child tax credit
· $70B to increase vaccine & testing capabilities
· $30B for rental assistance; eviction moratorium & forbearance through Sept
· $440B for small businesses & communities/cities
See our NEW MARCH “COVID NEWS” — MONTHLY article.
Throughout the month, look for the words “UPDATE”
— Easy access, at your finger tips, all the latest news which I have gathered from the various Colorado State’s web pages and news organizations to save you time.
==This includes a new break down as to what the COLOR CHART means
And the new 3B.1.
NEWS: The big news is that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has received emergency approval, and Colorado will be getting 45,000 of them this Friday, March 5. Merck pharmaceutical will be joining J&J to make them, which has upped the date that ALL Americans can get their vaccine. Initially it was predicted to happen by the end of July, but it is now moved up to the end of April/or/May.
COLORADO cases and deaths have rapidly dropped in the past month. They have now plateaued, and some minor increases have shown.
Free COVID TESTING continues in Lyons.
VACCINE UPDATE: 2/24/21
This young computer expert developed a search engine jsut for vaccines in the Front Range! Easy and free! https://vaccine-finder.nickm.org/?fbclid=IwAR2wwFV-0kIRydWhTziNPk2QrdsrYypilBDNoCJkJO6fKXYYUzxPVy_Bx14
CLASSES / ACTIVITES
===WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH – We will have a NEW ARTICLE EACH WEEK.== (1) how the “WHM month” got started; special events/talks about women in history (two of them have to do with World War II) and (2) about local organizations who support the saving and promoting of women’s achievements, and (3) two national organizations/museums in Washington, D.C. (4) series of books done on Boulder County history, and historic homes in Boulder.
===SENIOR FITNESS online – “4ever Young Fitness” – Starting March 1, they will be moving their virtual classes to ZOOM and offering monthly membership pricing. That includes unlimited classes with access to recordings. – Drop-in classes are available. The classes are $5 for drop in or monthly $40 unlimited classes and access to recordings for the month. Those who pay monthly can go to a “private group page on Facebook” where the recordings will be posted.
ZOOM ID 7027879905 – Payment received by cash APP: $austin11boone — Venmo or PayPal. User name: Austin11Boone – These classes are put on by a past 30-year resident of Lyons.
===ROCKY MT NATIONAL PARK no longer allows in person = phone = email = fax camping reservations as of March 1st. All are online.
===OUTDOOR SPORTS: The state has given variances for: ROCKIES (Opener April 1) 12,500 fans // RED ROCKS 2,500 attendees // NUGGETS AVS – none because they are indoors. // SCHOOLS allow baseball, rack & field, lacrosse, starts first week of May thru mid-June. If you make the playoffs, some are concerned that they cannot attend sports camps, or get summer jobs.
This Week’s 12 Articles 3/4/21
==WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH
We will have a series of articles – ONE EACH WEEK – to introduce you to groups and museums that honor Women’s History.
* We start THIS WEEK with the general information about the month, and a list of “talks.” 3/4
* Next is the Women’s Hall of Fame, Colorado. 3/11
* Third is the Women’s History Museum, a building to be constructed in Washington, D.C. 3/18
* Boulder history books written by two women 3/25
COVID-19 ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY – All Lyons related Articles! —
We have 24 articles or reports lined up = 6 each week!!!!
Half will be serious reports / and half will be personal stories.
PLUS our normal Monthly COVID-19 summary & tips & links article.
PLUS an easy to use “INDEX” page that lists all the articles, gives a description, and provides a link.
==INDEX page, with details about this week’s articles and the month of March
==Poem about the 1918 Pandemic
==A teen’s life during the pandemic
==A university student’s life during the pandemic
==A mom of 3 kids/ life during the pandemic
==PIONEER FAMILY – Two of our longest living residents are reported on. ==Maxine celebrated 92 years. ==Vernon, 94 years, sadly passed away.
==Town of Lyons has filed a lawsuit against Honeywell regarding the Wastewater contract and construction failures
==Town Annual Report / Find out what your government did for you over the year 2020. (links to details)
==FLASH NEWS — general events and deadlines, classes, meetings, etc. listed by date.== This included details on things like classes, not just the dates.
==ABOUT TOWN — weekly column by LaVern Johnson of snippets of Town news.
==NOTES from Your Editor — behind the scenes news, business updates, personal notes, town news, caring messages, and more…
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
Please take some time on Friday, March 5, to silently meditate or pray for the 500,000 people who have passed away this year from COVID-19. And, to also send Good Wishes to the people who suffered from the virus, but are now recovered.
March 5, Friday, 6:30p.m. – Join Governor Jared Polis on all CO TV stations for a prayer and moment of silence for Coloradans who have died of COVID-19. This date officially marks when the first case was verified in CO.
And, also to the First Responders, and Medical Personnel, and Essential Workers for their dedication to the job, and helping to make our lives easier. (If you are reading this after March 5th, please chose a day and time to reflect on this Message of Thanks and Good Wishes). ~~ Here are some samples of words to invocate courage, and evoke thanks to the essential workers.
God, you lend your strength to all those who are there for us in times of crisis, fear, and hurt. You give courage to the first responders who continue to do this important work they are called to do, looking beyond the risk for the sake of those who need your help and protection.Grant that first responders everywhere may “Be strong and courageous…not be afraid…not be discouraged.
I send prayers and comfort to those Medical responders who are running towards the danger, help the victims and offer them comfort, be with those families who will be impacted by this emergency.I recognize and thank those who on every shift are prepared and ready for whatever comes. Give them the ability to stand strong and to be filled with courage.
Thank you for being steady readers of the Lyons Recorder. We hope you benefit from our articles each week, and have some fun, too! ………..Your Editor, Kathleen
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