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How was your Memorial Day weekend? With only one good day (Saturday) to get outside for any length of time, it dashed a lot of people’s plans. The heavy rains caused the South St. Vrain River to turn black from the sediments washed down the mountains. I’ve gathered photos capturing the oddity, as well as the helicopters that worked on placing the mulch on Heil Ranch’s burnt land.
LOTS of photos in this issue! We’ve also got the high school graduation and the Prom! Such fun. So glad to see the smiling faces of the teens after the year-long struggles due to COVID.
And, there’s a fun “photo spread” with some outdoor adventures — by both humans and wildlife! I promise they will give you a big smile! Next week I have some “snow” photos of Rocky Mtn National Park. Yes, there’s still plenty of snow in the parks, and lots of mud, so chose your trail wisely!
I caught up on some gardening. Everything is growing hand-over-fist! I live in the mountains, so most things bloom later than in town. My first iris bloomed this week.. and it seems everyone’s lilacs are in bloom. I’m also seem to be growing some new kind of weed, so I’ll be seeking help on that. We have an article coming next week on some weed identification tips for the Lyon area. There are four gardening groups in Lyons, (which has thinned out those who are helping with the weed posse!) Please check out our article on the clubs, and consider joining one — meet new ”like-minded friends”! and help the community emanate fresh beauty!
Let’s get to the news…
LYONS COMMUNITY CHURCH – The church opened up for full in-person services on Sunday, May 30th. The volunteers first took the opportunity to paint the sanctuary, and clean the floors, which meant removing everything from the walls, including the wooden cross, and the pews. Quite a big job! And tall ceilings! Thank you for the volunteers who worked so hard! And the pastor who is now offering full service to our community (along with serving Lafayette). NOTE: Pastor Emily Fleming, formerly of Lyons and Windsor Methodist Church has been promoted to be pastor at the Longmont United Methodist Church. Our Congratulations!
HELICOPTERS over LYONS – People noticed this over the last week. They thought it was more ‘’water spraying’’ maneuvers. But this time it was picking up and dropping cut trunks that have been ground into tons of mulch, and hauled in nets. They were then dropped over badly scorched slopes six inches thick. This is more of a temporary fix = see our article for more details and photos.
MEMORIAL DAY – 2 new Veterans Memorials were opened to the public this weekend – see our article for more details. == but in the meantime, when I reached out to people for photos, I got this wonderful response: Judy Howell said, “Bill and I worked our Loveland Marine Corps League Booth yesterday. We were all soaked to the gills and frozen. Our Honor Guard Detail had the honor of posting the flag and the 21-gun salute. Not as large a crowd as normal but still great turnout to honor our Veterans who gave all for us and our Country.”
PINEWOOD SPRINGS MAILBOXES: The construction for 96 extra mailboxes at the bulletin board will begin Friday, June 4, morning. Expect some congestion in the area with excavators, dump trucks, concrete trucks, safety barriers and personnel. Please be patient with the volunteers working on the installation. And thank them for volunteering to accomplish this much needed project. ~Gabi
Laura Levey reminded us of an old Facebook posting: One of my favorite Pinewood FB updates from years ago… “There’s a moose on Deer…. just down the road from Elk” (for those of you who don’t know — Deer is the name of a street in Pinewood, and Elk road intersects it)
MOOSE – someone took a short video of a moose in their yard in Big Elk Meadows. This was a rare sighting. Pinewood Springs is still waiting to spot their first one.
FISHING in Pinewood Spring’s pond: Parents wanting to take their kids fishing found a sign by the pond. Is it an HOA’s insurance/liability problem? == Kristen Marino said, “My kiddo loves going there w/his dad/us to go ‘fishing’, never catches but the fact they can meander down the road to the pond and spend some quality time hanging and pretend has been such a joy for them.” We’ll see what news comes out of this.
BEAR’s are out of hibernation, and hungry== Keep cars locked, garages closed, and don’t take out garbage till pick up day. A mom bear recently got in someone’s open garage (with her two cubs) and attacked the homeowner and had to be put down.
—–Marilou Stevens Webb said, “I live out on the Old South (St. Vrain), and we had a bear in our pasture last night about 11. We raise dairy goats so it was a bit of a concern. We do have a wonderful guard dog though. They are hungry and right now nothing much for them to eat. If you walk our road at dusk or dawn please be aware!”
—-Robyn Sloan, on Spring Gulch, reported, she had a bear nearby, “He left a huge pile of bear scat, so filled with grasses that it looked like horse poop.”
SNAKE REMOVAL = There are increasing numbers of snake sightings the past few weeks. Most of them are harmless, and help reduce the number of varmints in your yard. === Donna Nespoli — You can text me. 303-618-0357 — “Weather is warm and snakes have been coming out. My husband and I remove unwanted snakes for free though we do accept donations to our 501c3. Typical donation is 10 to 20 dollars. We primarily humanely move rattlesnakes where they are posing a threat to people or pets. Ideally you would want to leave all non-venomous snakes In your yard. They are ecologically very beneficial but if you want them removed we can do that too.”
BEE HIVE REMOVAL: Nick Harkalis will come and removed your bee nest, if it is hanging outside, like on a tree or wall but not inside a wall, etc. // He has some honey left from last year, if you want locally made honey. 303-823-6984—leave a message and he’ll call back.
NEW HOTEL IS PROGRESSING ON MAIN STREET
===EVICTIONS are beginning: Ralph’s Market, Rosie’s and Karen’s Hair Design. They all are trying to find affordable space in town. Stop by and let them know if you have space, or know of some option. The new owner has some big plans for the corner/block, which holds the historic Bloomfield Inn. Some cry “Gentrification!” while others are excited to have more hotel rooms available, and more economy.
===Owner of the log cabin on Main Street and the garage(barn) that Rosie’s is in, JR Gordon, says,” I just didn’t care to be a landlord anymore. I was particular about whom I sold to, and I feel the new owner has the best chance of updating the property while also maintaining it’s character.”
===MOTELS IN TOWN: Bonnie Newman stated that it would kill the three other motels; but she is out of date: – Shelly’s is closed due to flood damage. Aspen is thriving under a new owner. Stone Mtn. also takes in short-term rental people…which the Festavarian did. The new place will help bring in more economy to the town; studies have been done to prove it. Also, the new owners asked me for a photo of the old Bloomfield Inn from decades ago, so they could keep it in mind with their blueprint/plans. — that’s saying something good about them. (the museum’s photo)
===Ralph’s is having a farewell party of sorts from 12 noon to 5pm; stop by and say Hi!
Vintage Sale, 214 Park, Sunday June 6, 10-4 p.m.= My fun lil’ Pop-Up Vintage Shop will feature carefully collected casual, casual-chic and streetwear from the 60’s through the 90s. Expect a variety of popular styles like grunge, minimalism, western-chic and hip-hop.. Sarah will also put out her collection of mid-century and other vintage barware and kitchenware. There will be vinyl records, vintage hats, linens, and oh yeah, live bluegrass music! Please come and enjoy looking, try things on, have fun and take something home!
Cash, Venmo and PayPal will be accepted. ***This is not a yard sale. Prices will reflect current market value for vintage items, though I’m always open to fair negotiations! There will also be bargain bins :-)*** Contact the owner direct to find out future dates.
MUSICAL FAREWELL: KC Groves shared: “You be hard pressed to find people who love Lyons more than Mike n’ Meg. Our little quartet with Jason Hicks will be playing outside tomorrow (6/2/21) at 6pm at Mainstage Brewing. Mike and Meg are professional and well lauded opera singers but they can also sing the heck out of some country and bluegrass songs too.” Mike and Meg are moving to South Carolina in the fall.
6/2/21 · Meat producer JBS closed nine of its US beef processing plants on Tuesday following a cyberattack that took down its IT systems, but the company says it is back in operation. It is the world’s largest meat producer and its headquarters are in Colorado, and four of its plants. The last time it was in the news was in 2020 for being at the top of its list of Colorado’s COVID-19-related cases.
LYONS PARKS – see article on all the amenities offered in our two major parks, along with new regulations and restrictions. (note, this is not a list of Recreation programs)
(this paragraph is a repeat)
==We also have an article about the forming of Co-Ed Softball Leagues. This use to be very popular in Lyons before the flood, and the Town is struggling to restart it. See the article for details …plus several short stories about ball games in past decades.
==The Town sponsored events are listed in “To-Do / FLASH NEWS”
==See also May’s SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
==THURSDAY CONCERTS in SANDSTONE PARK – This starts July 1st through August 17; free. Read the long-anticipated article this week!
==REDSTONE MUSEUM opens Tuesday, June 1st, 7 days a week~ see our article for descriptions, day/times, and more!
RMNP – we announced the Rock Mt Natl Park Reservation System for the summer a couple months ago, and wanted to update you—it went into effect May 28th –and it opens now at 10a.m. (not 8a.m.)
LYONS LIBRARY HAS KICKED OFF THEIR SUMMER PROGRAMS with authors, book club, animals, and more.. – GO To their pages for a complete list. We will do an article in next week’s paper. == The Summer Reading Program has officially started. Sign up you, adults, and your kids today!
Prizes and challenges for all ages. https://lyons.colibraries.org/2021-virtual-summer…/
ART TRADING CARDS will be back meeting at the Library June 19. More info next week. Mark your calendar. Make and exchange mini pieces of art! Great fun.
LYONS Farm Project
==from Vasi Smith; Reminder- we won’t have our regular meeting on the land this week, but we will go up to NedVictory Gardens to learn about all the things they’re doing to grow food sustainably, at altitude, and to enhance food security in Nederland. ==Times are Wednesday, June 2nd, 2:30pm and Friday, June 4th, 2:30 pm. All are welcome! Just ping me if you’d like to come and I can send you the exact address. ==email@example.com
==Lyons Community Farm Project hosts herbalist and author Brigitte Mars for an herbal walk around Lyons! See FLASH NEWS for more details.
The Town sponsored events are listed in BOTH “To-Do / FLASH NEWS” (briefly),
See this month’s SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
(repeat) LYONS PARKS NEWS – the Town’s Parks Department is rolling out its new reservation system in a couple of phases. Signs are being placed around town this week to notify locals and visitors. See our article this week for details, and everything you need to know about the parks, in general.
6/2/21 – Today, the Colorado State Senate voted YES on the #PlasticPollutionReductionAct, bringing it one step closer to becoming law! The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 20-14-1. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act now heads back to the House for a concurrent vote
6/2/21 – Colorado lawmakers passed a massive transportation bill that aims to spend $5.3 billion to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure on Wednesday.
6/1/21 – Governor Jared Polis =HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! I am so proud to be Governor of a state that celebrates love across the board and truly represents a Colorado for all!
6/2/21 – passed Colorado Comeback legislation today: Security For Colorado Seniors. The pandemic hit older Coloradans hard. The bill prioritizes their health, well-being and security. https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-290 #coleg #SB290
6/1/21 – Two Gun Bills passed in CO
1. Ensure domestic violence suspects surrender their firearms when a judge grants a protection order against them.
2. Create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Do research and more…
6/1/21 -Today, the CO Senate approved 2 stimulus bills that will help fund renewable energy projects as well as invest in Colorado’s successful SNAP program.
** SEE “MAY COVID NEWS” *** Includes “Clear” on Color Chart; No Mask announcements; and statistics from the US / Boulder/Larimer County / World (as of 5/26/21)
The CDC announced this week it is lifting the limitations for large events outside.
Each facility will be announcing when they will be operating at 100% capacity.
About 50% of the U.S. population has now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (6/1/21). About 40% of the population is fully vaccinated. A total of 135,867,425 Americans have been fully vaccinated.
Gov. Jared Polis: “Every week, on top of $1 Million for one lucky vaccinated Coloradan, we will be giving away FIVE $50,000 scholarships to 12-17 year olds who have been vaccinated.”
State of Colorado:
TOTAL 547,000 cases (up 4,000) / 6,732 (was 6,675 last week) deaths
7 day average: 2.82%
June 2nd – 1.81%
45.6% fully vaccinated.
23,702 total cases / 257 deaths = now 23,800 and 257 deaths
26,768 total cases / 249 deaths = now 27,034 and 242 deaths
Ninja Nation was a PTO sponsored event for the annual New Games Day. They are a national company that brings an American Ninja Warrior type obstacle course to events and schools. It was for only one day, but each grade was able to spend time on the course with Ninja Nation staff and Lyons Elementary staff. The event was organized by the Lyons Elementary School P.E. teacher, Zach Martinez and PTO volunteer Claudia Paterno. Many thanks to them and to the Lyons PTO for funding such a fun day for the kids.
St. Vrain Market, Deli & Bakery
SVVSD Community Schools recognized them with the Sally Joyce award for community service. The Sullivan’s said, “We love supporting our schools and are honored to be selected for this award.”
Lyons Middle Senior High School Band program. Dr. Gregg = gave a jazz concert for the end of the school year. A community concert.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION and PROM took place last weekend. See our article for lots of photographs and list of honors.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Thursday May 27. Staff last day May 28, due to the construction in the High School parking lot.
This Week’s Articles:
LOTS OF ”PHOTOGRAPHS” FOR ”MEMORIAL DAY” OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
==What is GAY PRIDE MONTH? How did it get started? What events are happening in Lyons & Colorado? A compelling story.
==HIGH SCHOOL *GRADUATION* & *PROM* – Learn about all the scholarships and honors, and see photos of the pomp and circumstance of marching down the aisle to get your degree; plus see the excitement and beauty of prom night!
==MEMORIAL DAY weekend – refreshing adventures, and animal antics (PHOTO SPREAD)
==VETERANS HONORED –(1) Travelling Wall, honoring deceased soldiers who die in wars and (2) new Five STAR Families statute unveiled (3) contact info on how you can add names of COLORADO heroes. (PHOTOS)
==WILDFIRE SCARS – news on work being done on Calwood and Heil Ranch; and why the St Vrain River turned black this weekend (PHOTOS)
==ODE Small Business Loans to help you climb back up to full productivity
==STROKE – the 4 signs you should watch for; plus 1 new one. It is essential to get to the hospital within 4 hours! (Stroke Awareness Month)
==NEWS BRIEFS & NOTES from your editor – which you are reading now
==FLASH News/now called “Your To Do List” – find out details about upcoming activities, classes, and more.
==ABOUT TOWN by LaVern Johnson, tid bits of news from around town.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
We have a compelling article this month explaining and supporting GAY PRIDE MONTH.
One of the biggest Pridefest events in the United States is in Denver. This year, Denver’s Pridefest will be held June 26-27 and features both virtual and in person events. Out Boulder County has numerous events throughout Boulder County June 6-13. For the full list of events, click here.
Go to this web site for help and information ===https://www.co4kids.org/lgbtq-resources-parents-and-professionals
Resources on: abuse prevention / child Abuse & Neglect / Mandatory Reporting / How You can Help /Community / Tools Education
Talking to children about our families.. supporting your young Gender Non-Conforming Child …or Transgender ..or Bisexual
Where can I find legal services / medical resources / others socially, to connect / find financial, or emplyment resources…
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
844-CO-4-KIDS – 24 hours
Volunteer to help: https://www.co4kids.org/
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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