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After a week full of “gardening and weeding clubs” filling our pages, we bump into EARTH DAY! I hope you don’t mind hearing a bit more about our environment, nature and wildlife this week in our effort to get you to Celebrate Mother Earth this week! I have gathered information on multiple activities going on around the Front Range that you can participate in,… either in person or via Zoom.
I have heard numerous people talking about SPRING, and the hope that the winter snows are now behind us. It’s time to start planting your seeds inside, cleaning up your yard, and thumbing through the garden and landscape catalogs. We have an article about the FREE LIBRARY at the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, which is all books about “plants.” Take one; leave one; suit yourself. The Lyons library is also now open for you to browse the book shelves.
We have some great landscape experts in our town, who work with our semi-arid conditions every year. It seems that when Lyons residents want a contractor reference, they just plunk it down on “Lyons Happenings.” We have on Facebook “Lyons Business Leads,” and “Lyons Small Businesses,” which are only sparingly used. There is the Chamber’s business list. Pinewood Springs has always been a front runner in promoting local area businesses. They first had a long list on their main page, and now have a separate Facebook page “Pinewood Springs Businesses,” where owners can list themselves with a few descriptive words and photos.
If you are in LYONS and have an outdoor kind of business, such as landscaping, rock design, driveways, grass/weed maintenance, send me your company name and address, and your contact info, and I’ll put out an article or list next week. If you been around for many decades — add that to it, and perhaps we’ll highlight your business. Send to LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
WANTED: you feel that you can’t plant vegetables in your back yard? there are three members of the Ecology Board who are putting together a draft plan for a COMMUNITY GARDEN where you can plant safely and prosperously. They are looking for a couple of residents to join them on the ground level to make this a reality. They may be announcing a reserved plot of land (approved by the Town) in 2 – 3 weeks! Contact Kate Zalzal for more information.
It’s a good time to put up some bird boxes, or clean out the old ones. It’s mating time for our wildlife and birds, and bears are coming out of hibernation. I turned to Greenwood Rehabilitation Center for some advice on what to do if you see an injured bird or abandoned animal. In a nutshell, initially leave it alone! Don’t touch it or feed it. Read the article for more information.
Let’s get to the news…
GENERAL NEWS & BUSINESS=====
Here’s a start to our promotion of “garden and landscape” businesses. We’re highlighting this business because it has been in Lyons for several decades and three generations have worked there.
McCain Excavating – I know a lot of you know about Steve McCain, but I wanted to make you aware of the newest member of this long-time Lyons business owners. Son Jared is in his 20s but he’s been “in the business” since he was a kid. While most kids were playing with toy Tonka trucks, his dad was letting him “play” with a real (small sized) excavator. I’ve seen him operate the arm on his excavator to do everything from pull out a large tree truck and roots –to pulling out a large screw and bolt sticking out from a roadside wooden trench. He operates it like a surgeon… or robot! His dad Steve helped many residents after the 2013 Flood. And his granddad Gene is part of a long-line of McCain’s in Lyons, with a distinguished line of military service. Jared says, “My dad is pretty much the heart and soul of the business. He started it after he closed his grocery store, which was in the Shoppette, next to what was the laudramat. He started the business, and my grandpa worked beside him for years.“ Add the McCain’s to your list of contractors to call firstname.lastname@example.org, and support local business. Their work yard and shop is located across from the Lyons library. (303) 621-4703. ===== They do: Sewer and water line repair //Various excavations/dirt work // Roads //Drain cleaning/roto rooting //Stump removal //Various landscaping
WANTED: FOOD WRITER – our food writer is stepping away to take care of family business for a while. If you are experienced at food/recipe writing, or know of someone local who might be interested, please contact the Lyons Recorder Editor.
TOWN BOARD MEETINGS: Some of you may know that LaVern Johnson has been attending Board meetings for decades, and many years as Trustee. When she retired from the Trustee position, she was given a chair with her name on it to be able to sit in the Audience and partake in the meetings. == Being in her 90s, her hearing isn’t what it use to be, and she is urgently asking someone to take over writing up NOTES from the Board meetings. — You will not be doing intricate “minutes” on everything that happens. You can consult with her as to which “half dozen”? items are of the most importance and write a couple of sentences on that. Please send your inquiry to the Editor/or/ LaVern for more information. It is a great way to learn “first” about what is happening in Town
=Love is in the AIR== ah, yes, springtime, new love = a fun topic discussed on Facebook this week (by Jim & Candy May) was where did you meet your spouse? (with a fun twist – saying that you would have your nuptials there) = Pretty much all met outside of Lyons == 15 respondents lived in the Lyons area == two met at Oskars Blues == Most met at bars and cafes, but one met in their parents’ yard, and one met at the old “Ma’s” pizza place that is now Pizza Bar 66.
Perhaps the most talked about one was: Aaron Sorenson. He grew up in Pinewood. == Was Jim’s favorite: “He says it was on a Wednesday night South Park get-together at Kensington Apartments in Boulder. So, a shitty 2-bedroom apartment where a guy’s pet boa constrictor got lost for 3 months before being found in the trash can. It was the lost snake that sounded so romantic.” Jim himself posted that he met Candy in a restaurant in Seward, Alaska.
==NATIONAL MURDER TRIAL: Policeman Derek Chuvin found guilty of all three charges for murder of George Floyd.
CURTAIN CALL == The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies, Allenspark, is excited to announce Auditions for this summer’s production of “Disenchanted” directed by Denise Stookesberry. These are NOT your perfect Disney princesses, they’ve been around the block and know a thing or two. We need women of ALL ages sizes and ethnicities, there are enough parts for a cast of 6-10. Visit our Current Productions page of our website for all the info you need to audition: https://www.fineartsguild.org/current-production
Please note this production is *NOT* child friendly. Due to the public nature of our venue, we have opted to use the High School version and a provided alternate song, but the content is still mature. High schooler’s + are welcome to audition.
Auditions are the first weekend of May, rehearsals start after May 15 and will be weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons with performances at Performance Park July 8-11. Both rehearsals and performances will adhere to physical distancing and other applicable Covid-19 safety guidelines.
YOUTH THEATER KIDS CAMP= Outdoors at Performance Park, Allenspark, 1 week, June 14-18 with 2 performances on Saturday, June 19. Open to anyone who will be finishing 2nd grade this year to 2021 graduates. Limited spots available. We are not doing a named show, but a Broadway Review learning songs to sing and choreography to go with them. Audition information, sign up link, and additional details can be found here: https://www.fineartsguild.org/youth-theater = Hilltop Guild, Allenspark, has a summer rummage sale (fundraiser) 4 Saturdays 9-11am, beginning June 12.
NOTE: We do promote local camps and dance groups and plays, that operate in Lyons, in the Lyons Recorder. Please send us your Press Releases. = Both here and in About Town we announced that Defined Motion has resumed its class schedule.
SENIORS: There are two Town ACTIVITIES and several of TALKS coming up — The Town sponsored ones are listed in BOTH “FLASH NEWS” (briefly), and in this month’s SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
SEE “FLASH NEWS” for more details on these Activities:
–WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS Talk
–TEACHER OF THE YEAR live online presentation
–Small tree sampling planting at the Lyons Cemetery Saturday
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK April 17 – 25 == Thank your Local Volunteers! and/or Volunteer yourself this week!
****Remember to go to FLASH NEWS to read in DETAIL about all the CLASSES == TALKS == DISCUSSIONS that are going on in town!****
NO ST VRAIN MINING – Wins
The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the ecological activist coalition, Save Our St. Vrain Valley, in their organization’s legal efforts to keep Martin Marietta Materials Inc. from open pit gravel mining on hundreds of acres in the Hygiene area west of Longmont, and east of Lyons, under a permit Boulder County originally issued in 1998. Residents may have seen protest signs around town, including the property near North 59th Street and Hygiene Road. A three-judge Court of Appeals panel on April 1 issued a ruling that the Boulder County special-use permit for gravel mining, originally issued to a predecessor company in 1998, had expired because of a lapse in certain kinds of activities. That reversed an October 2020 Boulder District Court decision that held the permit had not lapsed.
*** SEE THIS MONTH’s “APRIL COVID NEWS” *** Includes Restrictions Lifted in Boulder/Larimer County =and= Medical/Scientific Discoveries… and more.
==President Biden announced a paid leave tax credit, which was funded by the Covid-19 relief package President Biden signed into law last month. It will offset costs up to $511 per day for up to 80 hours, or 10 work days. It will be offered between April 1 and Sept. 30. Companies with fewer than 500 employees would qualify for the tax credit.
==GOV POLIS GIVES Local Health Departments and Counties the right to set their own rules on covid-restrictions Friday, 4/16/21. Go to our APRIL COVID NEWS page for DETAILED guidelines that our two counties have written up. Boulder and Larimer County are now in BLUE level. Under Level Blue, many indoor settings including restaurants and gyms will be allowed to go back to 100% capacity while maintaining social distancing requirements. As I said in the past, it’s not exactly what it sounds like – you see, restaurants still have to have their tables six feet apart, so that could mean 25 or 50% capacity. == The article also has the latest on medical and scientific discoveries.
==JOHNSON & JOHNSON vaccine temporarily taken off the market. No news yet about it being reinstated.
I will repeat the symptoms because it can happen up to three weeks after getting the shot:
J&J – if you received this vaccine, you should watch out for these symptoms within the first three weeks, and if you have them call your doctor or see a hospital:
1. Severe headache
2. Stomach pain
3. Leg pain
4. Shortness of breath
J&J has a temporary slump in production due to bad product manufactured in a subsidiary factory. This reduces the US stock by 80 percent this week.
****** Wear your mask, even if vaccinated. This week I know of two people (not in Colorado) who got the vaccines and still got covid. This is very rare, and even if you get it, chances are that it will be less severe, and will not require hospitalization… but you can spread it to others. Also, by wearing a mask, you can help those who can NOT take it for health reasons. Help make it safer for them, and our Youth.***********
==GLOBAL: INDIA has 200,000 new cases for 7th day in a row.; with 15.9 million cases Global cases at 143 million. Brazil has 14 million cases.
==U.S. VACCINE NEWS:
THE US has dropped from a high of 79,900 new cases April 16 -to- 54,672 cases as of April 20.==due to a lag in data from Michigan, which has been recording the highest average number of new infections in the nation. According to Johns Hopkins data. Tuesday’s figure was down from 67,933 a day earlier. Hospitalizations have increased. Deaths are 776, and the 14 day average is 840.
An average of three million vaccine doses were administered each day over the past week, according to CDC. More than 213.3 million shots have been administered, or about a third of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, and more than half have received at least one dose, the CDC said.
As of Tuesday, April 20, went from 36 to 43.3 percent of the population have at least their first dose of a vaccine.
Fully vaccinated: 27.1 percent.
State positivity rate: 8.5% // 7 days average 5.7 percent (was 4/14/21= 5.85 percent 7-day average.)
BOULDER COUNTY: went from a high of 127 on April 7 to 67 on April 20.
LARIMER COUNTY : went from a high of 106 on April 14 to 105 on April 20
Lyons is up to 70 cases.
Testing in town is continuing
Colleges in CO are beginning to set (some mandatory) vaccinations guidelines for the fall semester.
“I manage/bartend/serve at a local restaurant here in Estes Park. The reason for this post is not for solicitation purposes, so I’m not mentioning the restaurant by name. I’d like to share the gratitude in my heart for this community and its visitors. My livelihood and many others especially in my industry have been impacted with the various shutdowns we’ve experienced beginning last year, March 16, 2020. The generosity of this community including the tourists has been overwhelming. The gratuities being left by my customers isn’t like anything I have experienced before in my long career. Truthfully, it has at times brought me to tears and I feel the need to share this with as many people as I can. Some of the people doing this are in the same industry and are struggling too, but still are so generous. I recognize we disagree about things in this community and sometimes I guess in general with other people’s opinions. But I prefer to utilize this platform to keep it positive and to sincerely thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Enjoy your day and big hugs to this beautiful place.” Georgia LeBonLund. ~~~ (while this is from an Estes Park server, I’m sure it is representative of all the servers you encounter in Colorado)
This Week’s Articles 4/22/21
==EARTH DAY — Week long Celebration throughout the Front Range – list of ways to celebrate, in person, online, or make a donation
==Caring for baby Squirrels & Raccoons at Greenwood Rehabilitation Center
==Natl. Poetry Month = SPRING FLING – time to get outside and have a Fling in your backyard
==SENIOR APRIL NEWS — Gratitude is the key to bringing more Happiness into your Life == LOTS of news / activities / talks / advice / meals /scam news / and more.
==GARDEN BOOKS — Rocky Mt. Botanic Gardens has a Free Little Library with gardening books for you to enjoy
==PHYSICAL THERAPY — What is physical therapy? Is it all exercises? are there “machines” and “shots” involved? Who needs it? Does insurance cover it? (Lyons Physical Therapy)
==SUMMARY of TOWN BOARD MEETINGS for APRIL // and Parks & Recreation Meetings — You would be surprised at what you will learn from these notes!! like the new kind of Good Old Days show, and how far along each Town Project (eg bridges) is coming along, discussions on such things as creating a small dog park, and an Amazon drop off box; trees being planted; a river tube company coming to town; volunteer days; softball park; and more!!
==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:
MAKE A WISH Colorado – A Wish begins with Hope, and Hope begins with You
When you help grant a child a wish, you are not only helping the child –and the family– you are giving them a break from the illness –you are giving the child and family an opportunity to give back to their siblings and to the other loved ones –you’re giving them a chance to save health care dollars — you are giving them an opportunity to spend time with their family…where they belong when they’re sick and have an illness. (message from Dr. Anup Patel, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.)
According to an article in Poudre Valley REA’s monthly magazine, by Matt Vincent, one family spent months driving between Steamboat Springs and Denver to go to Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital in Aurora. On his 5th birthday, Zack got his dream to go to a horse camp. His parents proclaimed that “every day was special…two rides a day…cows, fish, rocks, swimming… Zack cried the whole way home, the rest of the day and until he fell asleep.”
Wishes come in one of three ways
1. through the medical professional treating an individual child
2. by a parent or legal guardian
3. by children themselves.
Referrals for wishes are available online at the Make-A-Wish Colorado website. Read about their events, the stories, and how you can help.
BOULDER GUN SHOOTING VICTIMS: Please check out the “How you can give” article for links to many worthy causes that are helping the deceased victim’s families, the grocery store workers, the police and first responders, the emotionally and mentally hurting people connected to the tragic event.
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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