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As many of us pause and think about eight years ago when the town of Lyons experienced a disastrous flood, one can’t help but compare this year’s weather with back then. In 2013, we had high temperatures and a drought going on, and then, boom! We were hit with an unexpected heavy rainfall, with more than 17 inches of rainfall over a 2-day span, and the St. Vrain Creek rose to ten times its normal water volume! That is why I often kid “Don’t do a Rain Dance!” when we have a drought season.
The hardest hit were those living near the St. Vrain River, and especially in what is called the Confluence area – which is where the North and South St. Vrain Rivers come together in Lyons. I now laugh when I hear newscasters at the scene of a weather disaster and they say, “It will take days and weeks to recover from this.” For Lyons, it has been eight years, and we just completed the final FEMA funded project (Bohn Park and the 2nd Avenue Bridge), and still have one more to go (the Fourth Street pedestrian sidewalks and bridge).
In this week’s issue, we have mainly “flood-related articles.” Some with photos. Some with tips. I put together an Index page that lists them all, so you don’t miss one.
Last year we were in drought and were hit with some of the worst wildfires in our state’s history, and this year, we still have green grass in August. Instead it is our air that is affecting our health, with smoke from distant fires and air quality ozone alerts. I hope you, like me, are seriously and constantly thinking about ways we can save and protect our environment. Nothing is too small to do… it all adds up.
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 – CANCELLED due to new COVID restrictions and rise in number of cases. – You can see an exhibit at the Lyons Redstone Museum (7 days a week thru October 3) of all the stages of the flooding and recovery. There are also multiple books – see our ARTICLE for more details.
Recycle news – Barney Dreistadt said that they got so many requests for Styrofoam and scrap metal that they ended up collecting it all day (instead of 9 to 12noon). Thank you to all for helping save this small piece of Earth! Remember to stack up items for the next one – they now can collect STIFF Styrofoam (like in packages – not food containers).
==TOWN OF LYONS = September 18 and 19 — TREE LIMB and SLASH drop off. See our ARTICLE last week for more details.
==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. See ARTICLE.
==NON PROFIT 501c3 – deadline for Lyons Community Foundation GRANTS – due on September 11, 2021. (see previous columns for details)
==The annual BBQ supporting the Lyons high school football players was a big success. People were glad to get out and see their team in action, in person!
==SpiritHound Pig Roast – They had their 4th Annual event. Beloved chef, formerly from Lyons, Moudou, flew in to coordinate the event, and cook the pigs. He will stay around for a week to see old friends. There was an hour-long wait in line, and a few people gave up and left. Others stayed around for the the live band and specialty drinks.
==Colorado’s Black Mountain Fire has stayed steady this past week. Our article about it was one of our most popular of the week! Despite its small size. There was one more small fire, which was about twice the size of Black Mountain, but it has not caused any major damage to the population.
==OFF HOURS ELECTRICITY – Save Energy – Save on electric bill – I got my new “OWL” meter installed by Poudre REA today! I am already conservative on using electricity and do things like run the clothes washer during off-hours, so now I will be also saving money on my electric bill. Go to my article on how you can sign up for lower rates!
Construction (within approx. 40 mile radius of Lyons)
Wow! People just LOVE the ARTICLES about the local construction! I am both happy and sad that I have nothing new to report! You folks will just have to contend with “life goes on…” (ha)
==MINI-ARTICLES ON NEW STORES COMING~~ I have a long list of stores that are new or have modernized or moved that I will be doing ‘mini-articles-photos” soon! Cant wait to share it with you! A couple of more prominent businesses will get a full big article (like Main ST Brewing did). That would be Prickley Pear (next week), and A-Lodging.
==LYONS FARM PROJECT = SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 AT 4:30 – 7:30 PM Lyons Community Farm Project Benefit Concert! Picnic. Live music and FED “farm-to-table” food truck meal. Location: hwy 7 / 5th Avenue. fundraiser – see our Things to Do page for more details, or go to their Facebook page.
==LYONS SODA FOUNTAIN – This story is part of Lyons history. Unfortunately different café owners could not make it a success, and it has been sold off. This includes it gorgeous stained-glass bar. But you can still buy ‘’part of Lyons history.” It just won’t be as old as the “bar” — The new owners have the wrought iron white chairs and tables for sale (cheap) on Facebook Marketplace (and probably Craigs); and are giving away the modern bench booths. We will do an article on the history of the place later this month.
==SOLACE opened up this Saturday 9/4/21. Owner Laura Levy is spreading the word about what it has in Facebook Lyons Happenings. It is a home décor shop. She has asked us not to use the publicity photos of the inside of the shop, and will supply information “soon.”
==Solhawk at 401 Main Street had their first ART Gallery OPENING Friday 9/3/21! with Brandon Rollin. This is a beautiful venue to have as an art gallery. We will be doing a introduction to them in an upcoming issue. They also have meditations.
==A-LODGING had a soft opening of their outdoor “beer garden.” Note, it also sells liquor in cans. If you’re walking by, (any time of the day) stop and take a look at the big poster hanging on the wooden back fence which shows their eventual plans for the lot. We will have an article about them this month.
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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; and a new one this week 9/9/21 about the new masks mandates and more.
9/7/21 – More than 40 million cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the United States, according to a New York Times database, and data from Johns Hopkins University. Cases are up 300% since one year ago, Labor Day.
More than 4 million of those cases were reported in the last four weeks alone.
9/3/21 – Boulder County goes back to mask mandate for those over 2 years of age.
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/
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This Week’s Articles:
==GREAT FLOOD of 2013
………A review of everything that happened between 2016 and 2021 with the recovery efforts of BOHN PARK. Meadow Park was done, so the focus turned to Bohn Park. LOTS of photos of the construction, and of “FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE PARK”!
………Comments and an INDEX of the articles, including a statement by Mayor Angelo
………and a list of the Flood books, dvd’s, newspapers, memorabilia and more
………Troublesome Fire Exhibit in Grand Lake — something the people of Lyons can empathize with
……….Home Flood Insurance, a Lyons agent gives detailed tips on what to look for
………How a flooded trailer park was turned into a neighborhood botanical garden (this will be published next week)
===Happy Grandparents Day! Hear about Great Great Grandmother Maxine who has 41 “kids”!
===Official statements from Boulder County Health, Larimer County Health, and the Town of Lyons
on the new MASK MANDATES effective this week.
===US Post Office has QUIETLY increased its prices! find out more…
==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 & FLOODING VICTIMS
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said an initial assessment found that the storm damaged more than 1,200 homes and caused about $50 million in damage to public infrastructure and property. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said damage to city infrastructure was estimated at $35 million.
The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse are providing direct disaster relief. Be sure to check the box as to where you want your money sent. There is no guarantee that it will go there, but it helps them make decisions.
In this time of hardship and crisis for so many of our neighbors, Catholic Charities continues to meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
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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