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With all the traffic on the road now, and people walking the streets, and invitations to BBQ’s and nature outings, life is getting back to normal again. In Lyons, we are seeing activities that haven’t been around for more than a year, like opening up the churches to live services, playing softball games in the park, listening to Thursday concerts-in-the-park, and awaiting the Arts Commission quarterly art show in a few days. We’re talking about opening up a reconstructed bridge that was affected by the 2013 Great Flood… a subject that no one has thought about in a long time. While heavy rains and extreme heat are becoming more common this past month, there is a small sense of relief that we will not have to wear ‘suffocating’ masks during these extreme weather conditions. I hope you are fully enjoying the freedom that getting vaccinated has brought to you, and had a great 4th of July holiday, among family or friends! I was able to visit my sister, who I did not get to see for Christmas last year. And, I’m enjoying delectable BBQ food over multiple days.
Let’s get to the news…
JULY 1st- 6:30pm- First Summer Concert in Park – DELAYED DUE TO RAIN
JULY 8th – Concert at 6:30 and PROGRAM at 7:15
– Sandstone Park-
==7:15pm-“Welcome” by Mayor Nick Angelo and Town of Lyons;
==Crown Mr\Mrs Good Old Days – Crystal White; and Dave Cosgrove who has been Parks Director for 30 years.
==recognize 2021 High School Graduates whose families are Pioneers (been in the school area 40 years and more–Katlyn Enny (Boone) Tala Moe (French); Monte Pickering (Steele); and Luis Vasquez)
==Amanda Anderson will be selling pastries. LCF will be selling popcorn and lemonade.
July 8, Thursday, 10 a.m. – Grand Opening of the SECOND AVENUE Bridge! This is the last 2013 flood project to be completed — your last chance to participate in Lyons history – bring your camera and your kids!
The Town of Lyons official explanation as to how the yet-to-be completed 4th Avenue “pedestrian bridge, and the road repairs and new sidewalks” for the school kids fits in:
This 2nd Avenue Bridge is the final FEMA funded flood project. The 4th Ave Pedestrian Bridge is funded by Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and State of Colorado Disaster Recovery Funds (CBDG-DR).
==Becky Jacobson’s father died this week, at 94 years of age. Our sincere condolences!
==Laurie Easton Parker and Weston celebrated their wedding anniversary. She says her parents introduced them, and it was love at first sight. Got married in 1986.
==Rick Henkle celebrated his 50 year class reunion at a ranch on the Black Mesa, along with his wife, Lee Williams.
==Robin YOUNG celebrated (and spouse Nancy Liquori of 38 years ) a birthday with her traditional Crab Fest.
RIVER RESCUE: Missing 16 year old tuber, was reported at 6 p.m. to have been swept down the N. St. Crain Creek without a lifejacket, while riding an inner tube. Five fire or police departments were called in, plus Front Range Rescue Dogs. At 8 p.m. that night he was found and returned o his family. The report said: At approximately 8:09 PM, the missing juvenile returned to LaVern Johnson Park after tubing down the river and getting out after his inner tube deflated, then walking back to the park. The juvenile male sustained minor injuries and was reunited with his family. The rescue took approximately two hours. The juvenile male was unfamiliar with the area, so he took an indirect route back to the park which caused the delay in locating him.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Boulder and Larimer County had both a Flash Flood Watch in the 6-9,000 ft. areas; and an Air Quality Alert on Monday July 5 to 6th. Be sure to check before you go! === For info on tubing down the river and more, Bookmark the website to follow runoff and other water data .
RALPH’s Market is now operating out of Rosie’s shop at 343 Broadway. Order your box for pick up on Thursdays. VENMO. 12 to 5pm or call 970-308-3888. A lot of fruits coming in now. Next pick up July 8th.
Many people complained about the fright that their pets had with all the fireworks going on last weekend.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund program, signed into law by President Joe Biden as part of the American Rescue Plan, is now closed, June 30th. The web site will remain open for two more weeks for people to check their status.
====Vasi Smith of Lyons Community Farm Project reported on July 2:
– We received our 501c3 status today, so we are officially a tax exempt organization! We applied back in February, but it can take up to a year to go through.
– the Community Goodwill Grant Fund is generously giving us some funds to buy trees and garden tools, we are grateful!
– we just received our insurance policy, which is a prerequisite for leasing land from the town of Lyons. We hope to officially sign the lease and start working on the land next week!
– we are always grateful for any donations from our community- whether it’s 1 dollar or 1,000 dollars, or anything else, you can donate on our website, linked below
LEAF would like to thank its 80 donors for the past year. They gave a party to thank them earlier in June. Volunteers gave tours of LEAF’s bright new Food Pantry space. Thanks to the partnership between LEAF and the Lyons Community Church, they are able now to keep the Pantry set up and in place throughout the week. With an environment that is like a grocery store, their participants can shop for the foods they prefer to eat.
Some of LEAF participants and volunteers told the Donors their stories. Closing out the program, LEAF’s Board Chair Tricia Marsh presented our annual donor awards. Honored this year were Justin and Angela Nelson, the Lyons Catholic Community, the David and Barbara Harrison family, Rob and Anita Miller, and Doug and Amy Stahl.
MANY Thanks! Contact or donate at www.LEAFLyons.org Every dollar you give stays right here in our community
Happy Summer to you all, from Town of Lyons Senior Activities coordinator Lisa Ramsey. I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July.
I have some great news to share. The Walt Self building will reopen for senior activities and events soon, details below.
WHAT: Walt Self Senior Center Re-Opening Celebration of the Senior Lunch Program
WHEN: Tuesday, August 3rd at noon
WHERE: Walt Self Building, 335 Railroad Ave
Brought to you by the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, this event will have music, prizes, great food and fun!
Call 303-441-1415 by 1 p.m. Monday, Aug 12th to reserve your meal. Food provided by the Redstone Café (formerly Lyons Bistro.)
Exercise classes for seniors are ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday. We are loving our new location under the shade trees in Bohn Park. See SENIOR NEWS for more details.
===BOULDER COUNTY SENIOR NEWSLETTER: Boulder County Area Agency on Aging has some fun things planned. For more info you can read the newsletter and access registration here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/COBOULDER/bulletins/2e617a1
===Town of Lyons needs ART TEACHER for seniors. LRamsey@townoflyons.com
Construction (within approx. 30 miles of Lyons)
ROCKY MT NATL PARK: Thursday, July 8, and potentially Friday, July 9, the Fern Lake Road will be closed beyond the winter turnaround to all uses. The park’s road crew will be replacing a culvert that was damaged during the East Troublesome Fire and received further damage during recent heavy rains.
For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please visit www.nps.gov/romo
==Old Fall River Road opened to vehicles on Saturday, July 3.
==Reservations needed to enter the Park during normal daytime hours.
CO 119 Boulder Roadway Improvements- from Flood damage —Boulder Canyon — see article — long road closures and delays
Hwy 36 / Baseline Road in BOULDER = May to September
Colorado Highway 7 Lower (Lyons to Raymond): Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2021.
Flood recovery repairs scheduled for CO 7 Lower Canyon: Daily lane closures are scheduled to begin this August. Following Labor Day, CO 7 will close with scheduled openings (one-way traffic following pilot cars) between the pull off at mile point 23 and the park at MP 29.5 in the mornings and afternoons. This schedule will remain in place through Memorial Day 2022.
Go here for Construction Maintenance ”look up’‘ page.
HWY 36 from Lyons thru PINEWOOD – mainly has to do with installation of FIBER OPTIC CABLE.
From Gabi (PS road crew):
I know a bit more about the Fiber Optic Construction Project:
Construction is to start in Lyons on Friday 7/9/21 (maybe Saturday night) night, July 9th or 10th. The crew plans to work at night from 7pm to 7am. In the beginning expect a single lane closure for a distance of 3 miles each night. This will be monitored by flaggers. Two new state of the art rock saw trucks will be cutting the cable trench. They are loud at 105 decibels. The crew plans to illuminate the area with bright spotlights. It will take them approximately 2 nights to get through Pinewood. As they get closer to Estes, there might be 2 sections of single lane closures. Americom hopes to have the entire trench from Lyons to Estes cut in within 30 days, weather permitting. The next 30 day period (August) with be finishing the cable installation and filling the trench. There will be temporary concrete plants set up for the crew to make their own concrete, one at MM 11. This is where the construction trailers were located for the last construction project at the Lyons Gulch trailhead. The whole 5G project is expected to be finished by September 1. Fiber Optic cable is being installed by Americom and their subcontractors for Crown Castle in conjunction with CDOT to address the safety issues of no cell service through the HWY 36 canyon.
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==The Town sponsored events are listed in “To-Do / FLASH NEWS”
==See also June’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, Thursdays; free.
==REDSTONE MUSEUM opened Tuesday, June 1st, 7 days a week~ see our article for descriptions, day/times, and more!
There will be no children’s history camp this year, due to COVID-precautions.
==LYONS PARKS – see article on all the amenities offered in our two major parks, along with new regulations and restrictions pertaining to reservations and crowd size. (note, this is not a list of Recreation programs)
==LYONS LIBRARY HAS KICKED OFF THEIR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer Reading Program offers prizes and challenges for all ages. https://lyons.colibraries.org/2021-virtual-summer…/
==SOFTBALL – Cheer on your LYONS Team every Wednesday! 2 games on 2 fields.
==TANDEM ART SHOW IN LYONS – July 14, 5:30 p.m. – Go to FLASH NEWS to see more details. -or- Facebook page: ART SHOW OPENING Town Hall & Library
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Main Stage Brewing Co. is having a week long “140 birthday party” in honor of their old building, which has been a meat market and a beer saloon, and multiple restaurants, over the years. See their Facebook page for more details and band names and times.
SEE ALSO SENIOR NEWS ABOVE under General News.
ALL STAR GAMES start in three days! In Denver.
OLYMPICS START July 23! In Japan
The DELTA variant has now spread in all states of the United States, and is the dominant strain in the US. And, there is a new variant taking over in parts of South America. An average of 77,328 cases per day were reported in Brazil in the last week; an increase of 34 percent from the average two weeks ago. Deaths have increased by 14 percent. The only way to stop the NEW variants from forming is to get the majority of the population vaccinated before it mutates again In the U.S., those states and towns hardest hit, are the same as those with the lowest vaccinated rates.
The US just missed the 70% vaccinated “goal by 4th of July” that President Biden set. He is now recommending a ”door to door” program to contact individuals who are not vaccinated. Colorado has already started such a program, calling unvaccinated people to see if they have questions or need a way to get the vaccine.
State of Colorado:
as of 7/6/21, the latest figure this week == 2,981,320 which is approx. 55% fully vaccinated == and 3,258,733 have one dose which is 61%
Boulder County has 159,372 or 49.64% fully vaccinated
Larimer County has 154,163, or 45.59% fully vaccinated
Have you ever thought about being an investigative reporter? Or are experienced at it but have retired? We have a spot for you at the Lyons Recorder. The Times Call did an article this week, and did a great job of (1) interviewing a couple neighbors (2) got records thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (3) contacted government officials. = Does this sound like appreciative and exciting work to you? Write me to discuss this further. The field is open as to subject matter in Lyons.
FEATURE WRITERS: We welcome writers to our crew of 31 ! Each of our writers has their own area of expertise – Are you knowledgeable in: – gardening tips — cooking/recipe articles – exercise – alternative medicine/herbs – Q&A quips — and more? You must be a Lyons-area writer, and all work needs to be original for the Lyons Recorder, and it is “an extra bonus” if you can tie in “life in Lyons” with your article – especially with photographs.
And, LaVern would love to have someone take over her Board of Trustee meetings, as her hearing isn’t as good as it use to be, and it is very tiring to try and hear them speak. You only need to write up major discussions, not basic agenda items. You’ll be “in” on all the Town business news, who/what/where/when!!
For more information, write to: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
This Week’s Articles:
==Edward S Lyon built a big hotel in his home town of Putnam, Connecticut!
==The Rocky Mt Botanic Gardens are now open; see the news report
==Healthy TIPS for Summer living
==Pinewood Spring had an Old-Fashion 4th of July Parade thru Town! (great photos)
==Lyons First Softball Games took Place (an 8 year wait!) See stories & photos!
==Singer Jake Simpson has roots in Lyons, will be playing twice at Rocky Grass (bio)
==Lyons 2nd Avenue BRIDGE GRAND OPENING July 8th, 10 a.m. Big Event!!
==NEWS BRIEFS & NOTES from your editor – “News Announcements” that are too short to have their own article.
Government, Covid, Activities, Town, Businesses, School, and Town ”gossip”.
==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.
((NOTE -LaVern’s column will be published late Thursday evening – ”not submitted yet — 11pm Wednesday”))
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND — WHICH INCLUDES AFGHAN ”US TRANSLATORS”
In celebrating our independence, let us honor those who have fought for our freedoms. We have a #NOLBMoralObligation to Afghan Translators who have honorably served a nation they deserve to call home. Click linktr.ee/NOLB to see how you can help. #BringAllHeroesHome
HERE IS AN ARTICLE BY CNN: AFGHAN INTERPRETORS
There are conflicting points of view on how to handle this.
THERE ARE 18,000 translators (plus their immediate families) waiting for visas to the United States, according to a US official and another source familiar with the discussions.
The US is in discussions with Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to take in some of the Afghans who worked alongside US troops and diplomats during the 20-year-long conflict and who may be at risk from the Taliban as the security situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorates, the sources said.
“The good news is the administration is trying to find a solution because this is obviously a major problem and it’s becoming more urgent as the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates more quickly than people expected,” said Lisa Curtis, a former National Security Council director for South and Central Asia who is now director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.
“Make no mistake, outsourcing our problem to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is the worst possible choice for the administration,” Chris Purdy, director of Veterans for American Ideals at Human Rights First, said in a statement. “Not only is it an abdication of our responsibility to allies who risked their lives for American forces, but it also unnecessarily sets up a potential continuing human rights disaster for people who have already endured years of persecution and threats of violence for their service to the United States.”
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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