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Well, here we are – it’s September. My one-year anniversary of owning and running the new Lyons Recorder.
I’ve put together almost 600 articles over the past 12 months. I thought it would be fun to summarize the different “categories” and major events this year of 2021, and so, I put together an ARTICLE…”A Year in Review.”
This gives me moment to pause, and review my work life. One of things that is on my review list is whether I want to start a periodic Newsletter to subscribers. So, let’s give it a try — if you are a ‘’steady reader” of the Lyons Recorder, be sure to click on the box at the top left-hand side of the Front Page, and subscribe (free). The Newsletter will be (1) fairly short, (2) have special information, surveys, events, and more, not found in the newspaper, and (3) it will not be frequent… just when it seems appropriate.
Next week, most of the issue will concentrate on remembering the Great Flood of 2013. There will be some old memories, and some items marking the progress since then, including photographs – most articles, in some way, connected to the Flood. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the pot-luck get together at LaVern M Johnson Park on Friday, September 10th, at 6 p.m.
Thanks again for all your support over the past year, and enthusiastic reading …enjoying …and using the Lyons Recorder. I’m proud to say that I tried to only focus on local stories and using local writers. It was hard work, but I’ve gotten many heart-felt words from “regular readers” of why they are glad it is around. If you want to add yours – go to the COMMENTS section at the bottom of this page. Let people know why you consider it important to have a “weekly news” paper in Lyons, even if it is only online in this ‘modern age.’
Let’s get to the news…
GENERAL local NEWS=====
==September 10, Friday, 6 p.m. – L-Johnson Park “Quarry Shelter” (the first one off the parking lot) –
8 YEARS: Great Flood of 2013 Memorial – Pot Luck – Come and share your stories, or listen to other people tell about this horrible day when Lyons got flooded, and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed. A good way to find commaraderie and remember, with a caring friend by your side. We’ll also talk about the successes, including rebuilding our two wonderful parks. Meet at LaVern Johnson Park at 6 p.m. – bring a side dish to share, and a beverage, and relax. See some photos, and books from the Flood. Hosted by the Lyons Historical Society. (rain or shine)
==LABOR DAY – remember government offices closed, and Town Board meeting delayed by one day.
==CO Highway 7 -(Lower Canyon) – CDOT has stopped work on the fiber cable on Highway 36. The contractor is doing final clean up now, and will return next summer to finish. In the meantime, CDOT is now preparing Highway 7 for the major construction work that will start September 20. The road will be fully closed (not just one-lane traffic). There will be morning and evening openings for about two hours. See our ARTICLE for more details, and a map. This total road closure will end Memorial Day weekend, but work will continue through the summer.
==TOWN OF LYONS (1) September 9, Thursday – SCRAP Metal and STYROFOAM Pickup — (2) September 18 and 19 — TREE LIMB and SLASH drop off. See our ARTICLES for more details.
==THE WATERSHED FESTIVAL held in LaVern Johnson Park was very successful and informative; with booths on the area’s Watershed health and recovery, and events that support water education, outreach, and innovation. I’m sure it successfully raised awareness and hopefully people will use the connections provided about the health and recovery of watersheds and forests in Colorado.
==The Hootenany by the Lyons Community Foundation at River Bend was a huge success, raising $24,000 for LCF and LEAF. See our ARTICLE for more, and lots of fun photographs of the many events! Many people begged to have it again next year.
==Solhawk at 401 Main Street will be having their first ART Gallery OPENING this Friday! with Brandon Rollin. The show is called Optical Visions; from 6-9 p.m. These are whimsical pictures made up of a lot of little color dots (sorry if I’m not using the proper ”art language” in describing it, but you can click on the link.) This is the old bank building on the corner of Main and Fourth. — We will be doing a little feature on them in the near future, along with other stores opening in town.
==9/5/21 is International Charity Day — DONATE LOCALLY –donations are important to keep us going. You are asked to donate to your favorite charity, such as: to the Lyons Redstone Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org, LEAF email@example.com, Lyons Community Foundati firstname.lastname@example.org, Lyons PTO, Lyons Middle\Sr Booster Club; Lyons Fire District, Lyons Garden Club, and more! Your gift to these non-profits makes Lyons a better place to live. See their web pages for more information and how to donate or volunteer.
==September 11th — “9/11” — 20 year Anniversary of the terrorists crashing planes into the World Trade Center. Take a quiet moment and say a prayer. We will have an ARTICLE in this week’s edition.
==COVID TESTING – just found out about a site on Boulder County that shows free “PCR testing” links – several in Longmont and in Boulder. You might want to save this, as most music concerts sites (and more) are requiring testing — Including Planet Bluegrass — https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19-information/testing/
==NON PROFIT Lyons Community Foundation GRANTS – due on September 11, 2021. (see previous columns for details)
==September 12, Grandparents Day. Send us your comments or stories about your special Grandparent, and we will publish a compilation of them! Or, a cool photo.
==Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery – closed – many of our local artists had their work in the store to sell; and often worked there part time. This is their notice: There are no good words to express all the emotions we have in telling you that Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery closed its doors permanently on April 4, 2021. We are grateful for the 50 years you have supported our creativity and allowed our members and so many other local artists to support themselves at our store on the Pearl Street Mall. ………Kindly, The artists and staff of the Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery
==This Friday at 5 p.m. is the annual BBQ supporting the Lyons high school football players — see THINGS TO DO
==This Saturday at 5 p.m. is the 3rd annual SpiritHound Pig Roast — see THINGS TO DO
==Mental Health Partners==come and meet Jessica Broadbent and have a friendly chat about your concerns; every other Wednesday at the Lyons library, from 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. “drop in.” Next one is 9/8 and then 9/22. (In the future, this notice will only be in the ”to do” or “senior news.” I try not to repeat class info here.)
==California==Firefighters are reaching fatigue – fighting for 18 days the CALDOR FIRE. It is reaching the holiday resort city of Lake Tahoe (which was evacuated) As of Wednesday, it has reached 204,000 acres.// The DIXIE Fire that has been all over the news for weeks is now 844,081!!! Acres and is 52% contained. The 3rd largest one is MONUMENT Fire at 174,706 acres and 29% contained… as of today 9/1/21.
==Colorado – the Black Mountain Fire was reported on 8/29; and is currently 393 acres and zero contained.(9/1/21) It is between Kremmling and Granby, in Grand County. PRE-evacuation orders have been issued. (see our article for an aerial photograph of the fire and the ‘trail’ of the red fire retardant)
Construction (within approx. 40 mile radius of Lyons)
2nd Avenue at Bohn Park /and Recycle Center – closed for construction – see our ARTICLE
US-36 Fiber Project Update – see General Comments above — it is closed down until summer 2022.
US 34 Westbound / Eastbound TRAIL RIDGE Rd (MM 15-59) is closed for the season thru RMNPark.
CO-125 South and North bound in Grand County (MM9-20.8) no stopping allowed due to falling debris. CDOT 9/1/21
I-70 and US 285 have started their “required snow or mud/snow tires, use of chains/alternative traction devices, or be a 4WD/AWD vehicle.”
Highway 7 – lower canyon – between Lyons and Estes Park – closed September 20 to May 30 – see our ARTICLE
I-70 (Colorado’s main east-west interstate highway) is periodically closed due to flash flood warnings. That is not within our “40 mile radius;” and you probably see news on this on your local TV news; but I’ve been asked why it is not here… so here it is!
RABID BATS found in Hygiene, Longmont and Lyons! in late August. Make sure your pet’s rabies shots are up to date. And warn your kids to stay away from them. Pets and kids may be tempted to approach a sick or dead one laying on the ground.
FISH RELEASE: Again this year, on August 28, Saturday, Lyons Middle/Senior students worked in partnership with Ocean First, CO Parks and Wildlife, Boulder County, CU and CSU to release the endangered Northern Redbelly Dace fish, that we raised at 10 a.m. at Pella Crossing in Hygiene.
HURRICANE IDA: Hurricane IDA’s winds affected LA, Mississippi and Alabama the hardest, but other states are getting hit with heavy rains, as far as Tennessee, as of Wednesday. ===The category 4 hurricane had winds as high as 150mph. It is said to be far worse than Katrina in damage; but, in general, the new levees held their place. It was eventually downgraded to a tropical depression by Monday as it moved across Mississippi; and today it is still strong, threatening flash flooding in the NE states. It hit New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm on record in U.S. history. If you have people down there, makes sure they know that people must first apply for FEMA assistance online before receiving aid (eg, hotel rooms, emergency funds, etc)
There were more than 11,000 weather-related disasters like floods, storms and droughts reported between 1970 and 2019, according to the WMO report, which led to more than 2 million deaths and $3.64 trillion in economic losses.
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==The Town sponsored events are listed in “To-Do / FLASH NEWS”
==See also =AUGUST= SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article! Next one comes July 22.
==REDSTONE MUSEUM open 7 days a week~ see our article for descriptions, day/times, and more
==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 – see our ARTICLE 7/15/21.
====================END of WEEKLY REPEAT
SEE 9/2/21 “THINGS TO DO” (Flash News) for more activities, details, links to sign up
The COVID NEWS has now grown to the extent that we need to go back to doing a SEPARATE BIG ARTICLE on it.
FAKE VACCINE CARDS: A few people have now been arrested for selling ‘’fake vaccination cards.” Some of the individuals buying them have been tracked down and are charged. Customs officials in Memphis seized 121 packages totaling more than 3,000 cards at a FedEx shipping hub earlier this month.
443.7 million = 53% fully vaccinated // 371 million shots given // 74.1% have at least one dose (per CDC)
// 67.61% — up from 66.82% last week — fully vaccinated
// 74.18% — up from 73.43% last week — one dose
Total cases of the virus: 618,072
NEW CASES: between 93 and 100% are unvaccinated people; and 26% are “youth”
Larimer County has had a spike in COVID cases according to Health Director Tom Gonzales. In a virtual public forum on Thursday, September 2, Gonzales noted ICU in area hospitals are at 95% to 103% capacity. More than 40% of the patients in intensive care are COVID patients and most are unvaccinated; and, many of the people in our ICU are intubated and on ventilators
(Boulder County has seen a slight drop in all statistics)
7/29/21 – Get Vaccinated; get a free $100 gift card. Find a location.
COLORADO COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
—New— 9/1/21 Boulder County — shows free “PCR version of testing” links – several in Longmont and in Boulder. Most music concerts sites (and more) are requiring testing: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19-information/testing/
Help Wanted, more specialty writers=====
Have you ever thought about being an investigative reporter? Talk to us for more details…
Our “MAN ABOUT TOWN” writer has left for a full-time job — do you like to do quick, light Q&A with people? and snap their photo in town? Looking for a bright, fun writer! for this monthly column.
FEATURE WRITERS: Join our crew of 31 local writers!
Write once a month, once a quarter, or once a year!
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. 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:
==Year in Review: fun remembrances of what’s happening this year (Happy 1 year anniversary!)
==One of the best ‘string musicians’ in the US is coming to Lyons at Planet Bluegrass “PUNCH BROTHERS”
….Highway 7 between Lyons and Estes closing…. 2nd Avenue at Bohn Park temp closing…
….tree limbs and slash drop off…. scrap metal and Styrofoam pick up….
==20 year Anniversary of 9/11 ARTICLE
==SCHOOL NEWS — tons of information — when the new auditorium will be ready; what will school sports look like this year; volunteer opportunity; free school lunches; opening day traditions; CMAS tests sporadic; and more.
==Black Mtn. Fire – smoke and fire retardant
==Hootenanny PHOTOS & wrap up – great fun
==Boulder Sheriff’s office looked for Victim Advocates (will train volunteers)
==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.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
HELPING HURRICANE IDA VICTIMS
Catholic Charities of Acadiana is organizing relief efforts through donations, supply drives and volunteering.
To purchase items on its Amazon wishlist, visit bit.ly/CCADisasterAmazon. To make a monetary donation, text “RELIEF” to 797979 or visit give.classy.org/disaster.
The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse are providing direct disaster relief. Samaritan’s Purse’s Billy Graham Rapid Response Team set up its first base in House, Louisiana, the group set and has to more on the way.
Some options are Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Imagine Water Works, and SBP — the Hurricane Katrina-era organization formerly known as the St. Bernard Project from Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish.
Another group, Cultural Aid NOLA, has been thawing food from nearby eateries to cook meals for people in need at New Orleans’ Howlin’ Wolf nightclub.
watch out for scams
Fundraising site GoFundMe has set up a disaster relief page with a huge batch of Hurricane Ida-related fundraisers. The page also has a catch-call “donate” button that GoFundMe says will direct your money to the storm’s victims and survivors.
There’s even an Uber-like social network called Crowdsource Resource, which connects people in need of support or rescue with volunteers who can help.
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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