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March is the snowiest month of the year in Colorado, so it’s no wonder that it seems to be a part of every conversation, including here in my “Notes.” For a few days, several weathercasters predicted three or seven feet of snow in the Lyons to Estes Park area. The Front Range was the bullseye of a massive storm coming off of California’s coastline. So, when we got one day of snow instead of three, and that amounted to about two feet of snow, it was a bit of a letdown… oh, that’s all?! But then the next day on TV, they said it was the 4th worst snow storm in Colorado’s history! So, it goes to show you that you can scare someone so bad with a prediction that when the real “disaster” hits, it can look wimpy in comparison.
Pinewood Springs also experienced a black out, with electricity going out Sunday, and coming back on Monday. The folks had fun cooking on camper stoves, fireplaces, inside wood burning stoves and wood heaters. Some boiled water for tea or coffee. Most “meals” were just soup or a baked potato wrapped in foil, but, boy, they were the best tasting meals! Ha! (SEE the beautiful “snow” PHOTOS in this week’s Photo Spread).
Let’s get to the news…
====ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS: Yesterday was the annual party day when people dress up with some green, whether they are Irish or not. It’s a good day to pull out that bottle of Irish whiskey, or go to a bar and savor some green beer. Geoff Nic connected with Michael Moore at Pizza Bar 66 on Tuesdays and swiftly arranged for a casual band get together on Thursday night. Geoff brought his familiar, loved bagpipes, and the night couldn’t have been merrier. The last-minute arrangement still brought in a big crowd, but allowed for social distancing.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Lyons Library’s new children’s librarian. Miss Becki has two new story times this week and resident leprechaun Miss BJ will help kids find that pot of gold after they make their rainbow craft. (see this week’s monthly article about the library, written by Bill Palmer, for more library hijinks. There is an “author talk” Thursday night at 7 p.m.).
====SPRING EQUINOX = March 20, Saturday night into Sunday. Start spring off with hope and joy. The first day of spring is also known as the vernal equinox. Spring and fall begin at an equinox, while summer and winter begin at a solstice. At the equinox, the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, and the northern and southern hemispheres receive about equal amounts of the Sun’s rays.
- Stillwater Healing Arts is opening their nature garden for a meditative walk (& door prizes) during normal hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday
- Walk the Lyons Labrynith on the Spring Equinox, Sunday, March 21, located off Highway 7, near the under-highway bridge over the St. Vrain River.
====EXTENDED DEADLINE TO FILE 1040: The traditional filing deadline on April 15 will be delayed again this year. You’ll have until May 17th. Note, that, as of today, the State of Colorado has not extended its deadline yet. The IRS will provide more guidance in the coming days. It delayed the deadline to give taxpayers as well as the department itself more breathing room to cope with changes brought on by the pandemic
===COMMUNITY FARM PROJECT: On March 6th, a small, enthusiastic group of community members got together in Bohn Park to discuss the Lyons Community Farm Project. Organizer Vasi Smith said, “We explored different ideas and walked through some of the lands which we plan to apply to lease from the town. The main projects we have chosen to work on right now are…
1) A six-month long, one-weekend a month, Permaculture Certification Design Course, taught by experts. A generous sliding scale and payment plans are ways we are trying make this accessible to all who are interested.
2) Finding the ideal piece of land to grow some vegetables and other crops for the community.
3) Creating a community food forest with fruit trees, nut trees, herbs, and other food crops.
4) Exploring how we can start an outdoor Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market for the Lyons Community.
It is not too late to join us at all! We welcome everyone who is interested to participate and discuss what we are striving to do, any ideas you may have, or expertise you can contribute. You can find us on the Lyons Community Farm Project Facebook page. We will post future meetings there. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-442-1368.
BINGO – The Booster Club Bingo is happening again, on Sundays, in Longmont. ===Here’s the “new news” === They currently allow up to 100 players. “We had 77 yesterday which was a good turn-out. They have completely remodeled the Bingo Hall and it looks amazing! They are extremely strict with COVID protocol. Each player has their own table (family members can sit together), everyone wears masks, and when not seated every player must stay 6 feet apart. It has never been cleaner!”……..President Alison
BOOSTER CLUB ELECTION: the Booster Club is looking for a new President; and Vice President (the current one runs the Bingo, and this is a 2nd position added). Many thanks to Alison Jennings who is stepping down after five years of excellent, caring service!
PTO ELECTION: Chastidee Cook Bolkovatz is stepping down as President. Our thanks for the great leadership and long hours that she devoted to the organization. The Lyons Elementary School’s PTO Election will be held on April 20th.
PTO BASKETS: They are looking for donations to auction off for their fundraiser. You can go to their Facebook page for a lot of information, or contact Chastidee Bolkovatz. email@example.com (720) 335-3158
====CHURCHES = I have updated the page for the Lyons Churches, and inserted their “Easter Week” services (day, time, online or in person, etc.) link.
====USPO – I’ve been reading bits of the postings on the Estes Park Facebook page, and the outrageous stories they tell about the terrible service they get from their post office, mainly having to do with delivery of boxes. It would shock you. I could fill whole pages with the problems experienced. We are so lucky to have a smooth-running post office, with friendly efficient desk clerks. Give them a smile and a friendly thank you!
====HIGHWAY 36 CONSTRUCTION – between Lyons and Estes Park – GOOD NEWS! The majority of this project is complete with a few small punch list items that will be completed this spring. The majority of the remaining work will take place off the road and not affect traffic, however there will be a few single lane closures needed.
====FOOD PANTRY: I heard that it opened, like normal, on Wednesday, despite the snow storm and many driveways still blocked! Thanks to all those who dug out to help out. Thanks to John and Vanessa Lamb who helped dig out the Pantry’s van!
TOWN of LYONS – NEWS=====
Town of Lyons JOB OPENINGS: one more– Town Finance person is leaving. Complete job descriptions are available upon request or at www.townoflyons.com. The town is also looking for instructors for classes, which will probably all be outdoors.
GOLF CART – TOWN RULES – Mark Browning want to remind us of the rules: Lyons Mun. Code 8-3-10(b): “(9)No person shall operate a golf car or LSEV on a Town-owned or maintained trail, except as permitted and posted by the Town.(10)The operator of a golf car or LSEV must hold a valid driver’s license.” Chris Cope is correct: the only Town trail on which golf carts are permitted is the trail along Hwy 66 between Black Bear Hole and McConnell Dr.
PET LICENSE: Returning a lost pet to its owner is so easy when they are wearing their current Town of Lyons Dog License and an Identification tag. Get your dogs licensed during discount dog days in April. The Town of Lyons offers discounts on dog licenses during the month of April. Visit www.townoflyons.com/dog download the application and place it, along with proof of rabies vaccination and the necessary fees in the utility drop box in front of Town Hall.== 2021 Dog Licensing Cost Information: 1st dog license: $30.00…but with discount it is $20.00. 2nd and additional dog license: $20.00… but with discount it is $10.00.== Note: The town will need proof of your dog’s current rabies vaccination, so be sure to bring an extra copy for the town to keep.
BUSINESS LICENSE: Business license fees were cut to $25 from $50 for 2021 to help local businesses deal with ongoing Covid issues. A business license is required from all salesmen who bring wares into town and sold to various businesses, along with the business needing a business license to be open.
SALES TAX BUDGET: The total budget for local sales tax in Lyons for 2020 was $1,217,960. With a tough COVID year behind us, sales tax revenues exceeded the budget by 3.9% or $47,067. See their Annual Report for a breakdown of what each department, commission and board did for you in 2020. www.townoflyons.com
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 two new phases taking effect in MARCH.
==SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Loans: SBA offers several different relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. You can view all options or skip to a specific program below.
SBA is currently offering Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans until March 31, 2021. President Biden announced program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.
==STATS of VACCINE: Colorado is vaccinating at a faster rate each week. They are opening up mass vaccinations sites next week, with the hopes of vaccinating 6,000 people a day at each one. They have gone beyond 20 percent this past week. See our monthly COVID UPDATE article for more information and links on how you can get on the list, and lists of who can get theirs when. Both Gov. Polis and President Biden would like to see the vaccines distribution open up to all adults by May, and the majority vaccinated by June, so that people will be able to have normal parties and picnics for the 4th of July.
== YOUR INCOME TAX: delayed till May 17th to give both you and the IRS time to figure out all the changes!=== Remember that there are new rules for filing you IRS 1040 this year when it comes to receipt of money from COVID relief packages. See our TAX page for details and links.
==ASTRA ZENECA: Out of more than 17 million people who have received their vaccine there have been 37 reports related to blood clots, which is below the number of blood clot cases that would be expected to occur naturally in the general population. (See our MONTHLY COVID article for more details).
==Phase 1B.4 goes into effect 3/21/21. This means those age 50 and above can get the vaccine; and restaurant workers; and more. See our monthly COVID article for all the details.
==MEDICAL INSURANCE: The new Stimulus package was passed. It effects the state’s insurance plan; your next two year’s premiums are capped at 8.5 percent of your modified adjusted gross income; and, open enrollment is till May 1st. It includes getting funds to cover your existing Cobra coverage from April to September.
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
NEW FAST SPEED INTERNET
The first STARLINK has arrived and been installed in a few homes in Pinewood Springs. Here is a brief summary of what has been discussed over the past three weeks by neighbors who have installed it:
Here some facts: $499 for the gear and $99 a month for the service. Upload speeds of 128 down and 29 up (per one person who said it was his best speed a so far).
Regarding complaints that all the satellites are ruining the sky:
(1) none of these satellites have a lifespan of more than three to four years and as they age out; they are deorbited, and that is all part of the plan. As time goes on there will be fewer and fewer visible satellites. (2) re, ruining the night sky = old news. After complaints from astronomers a couple of years ago when the first satellites were orbited and pissed off a bunch of astronomers, Elon started painting them black. They’re all stealth now. The only time you can see them is during deployment. When they reach operational altitude, they are invisible. (thanks Warren Musselman for the tech info)
Performance and Set Up ==“the stuff I’ve been hearing in the beta testers groups that I’ve been involved with for the last couple months while waiting for my Dishy has been uniformly positive. Outages are generally only seconds long with a Daily 3-to-5-minute outage in the middle of the night when the system updates code and reboots and not even on every night. Since I set it up 2 hours ago my data rate has varied from 80 megabits to 160 megabits and latency times from 16 milliseconds up to about 30 milliseconds. All of that is slated to go down over the course of the next 6 months and data rates are supposed to go up to 300 megabits by July. This is truly the most Appliance-like Network device I have ever installed. The instructions are literally a pictogram with three images. Plug & Play,” said Warren. He had a career in this tech stuff. He had to wait six months to get the equipment and was able to set it up quickly.
Reports on speed week of March 1-6
==Amanda Holland: So far averages are 100 Mbps (download), 20 Mbps (upload), 35 ms (ping).
==Chris Wynja: We’ve had our Starlink setup for about 2 weeks. Maxes out at 150 MB down and 30 MB up. Generally hovers around 60-80 MB (even in the snow). Had all 3 kids and me on zoom/webex the last few days and it works great! I can also make WiFi calls on my cell
==Ed Glasgow: I got ours set up (in a temporary manner) just this afternoon. We are getting 80 to 180 Mb up with an average of about 100 Mbs and about 20 Mbs up with a ping of 30 to 35.
==Warren Musselman: Bandwidth varies from a low of 40ish up to a high of 160 megabits down and 12-60 up. Setup is the easiest thing I have ever done. No configuration whatsoever.
Congrats to Simon Stone – He is in Marine training camp. This photo is from March 2021, and he is in the middle. My how time flies! I remember when he was a prize student in my History Camp (for elementary school kids).
Get Well, Greg Lowell – He says he’ll be working while bedridden; ever the Bionic Man. He says: “I’ll be recuperating from new knee (operation tomorrow) and looking for activities. Guess I’m paying price for all those sports and outdoor stuff. This is my 2nd knee to go with new hip. Next up: a shoulder that threw too many pitches.”
This Week’s 18 Articles 3/18/21 ~ yes, that’s right, a record number of articles! 18 on the 18th
==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 the FIRST WEEK with the general information about the WHM month, and a list of “talks.” 3/4/21
* Second is the Women’s Hall of Fame, Colorado. 3/11/21
* Third is the Women’s History Museum, a building to be constructed in Washington, D.C. 3/18/21
* Fourth week is on a series of history books on Boulder County, including historic homes, written by a woman.
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
* Review of 1 year with COVID – by the Town Administrator – sorry this page is empty; we have no confirmation that a report will be coming
* Review of 1 year with COVID – by the MAYOR
* Report on 1 year with COVID by both the Elementary and Middle/High School PRINCIPALS
* Personal essay by our resident poet, Martin Soosloff on “1 year with Covid”
* Review of 1 year with COVID by the pastor of the Lyons Community Church
* MEMORIES by several RESIDENTS — what they remember about the year, poignant.. heartwarming… honest …hopeful
HAIR LOSS (a problem a lot of people have but don’t talk about or understand)
Not sure if you saw the article in this month’s Denver Post… There’s a long article about hair loss during the time of COVID. Our writer, Andi Pearson, says that she sees an article on the subject a minimum of once a week online, “so I’m guessing I am not the only one.” Ricky Lake was on the Drew Barrymore Show two weeks ago talking about her years of fearful dealing with hair loss.
LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY – I don’t know if writer Bill Palmer had more fun doing the crafts or writing about them in this month’s article. He also introduces us to the new Children’s Librarian, and the upcoming programs she is putting together. He declares the winning name of the bear statute outside the library building. What fun!
SENIOR NEWS – Lots of fun and useful notes on activities, scams, health and wellness, meals, resources and more, just for Seniors. This popular column is one of the most read each month. Be sure to print it, and try out some of the many recommended items over the coming month .
SCHOOL NEWS & SPORTS =
BOYS’ BASKETBALL: We have the long awaited report on the High School Boys’ Basketball season! With photos, team member names and stat, and more!
GENERAL SPORTS/Wrestling wins: Another exciting article highlights our excellent wrestling team… with news and a photo of 3rd time champion Oran Huff, for the third year in a row! Includes other sports news, too.
MONTHLY SCHOOL NEWS: These are highlights of what is happening in our school system for the month of MARCH. It includes new reports from the Booster Club. And, a sneak peek photo of the new auditorium finally “on its feet,” standing proud in the high school parking lot.
PHOTOS = BONUS WEEK!
SNOW STORM BEAUTY: A photo spread of beautiful images of this past week’s major snow storm – it will be long time before you see Steamboat Mt. and the St. Vrain River cloaked in two feet of snow. And, great photos of some wildlife exploring the snow.
HAPPY BEING GREEN: Happy Week – Photos of the snowball fight / of the bagpipe Irish band playing / of the snowbound Labyrinth!
==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:
====RECOGNIZING “CHASE THE MUSIC”: This local nonprofit, run by Clark Hodge, provides meaningful musical experiences for children battling critical conditions. Musicians write and perform pieces of music specifically for a child. The shared experience impacts many more – songwriters, performers, audiences, listeners, and patrons.
This week, it was given the Platinum level recognition – it is the highest level of acknowledgement offered by GuideStar, which is the top organization that rates nonprofits. It recognizes organizations that go past financial metrics to share their actual progress and results. Of the 1.5 million non-profits in the US, less than one percent qualify for Guidestar Platinum.
They are proud to receive this level of recognition for the 4th year running. Will you support Chase the Music? Your donation is instrumental in creating the next Chase the Music gift. Thank you! https://chasethemusic.org/donate/
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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