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People are making plans for big Holiday Gatherings this month, and here comes another big WAVE! First the Delta variant hit us, and now the OMICRON variant is at our doorstep. What are you going to do about it? The only choice is to either make sure you’re vaccinated, or continue to gamble that you won’t get the virus. Either way, I guess, life will go on as it has this year.
In Lyons, things are bursting into bright lights — the streets and parks are lit up with hundreds of lights — the Christmas Bazaar/Artisan Market is back on, with 60 vendors — the Christmas Lights Parade is back marching down Main Street (only about 4 stationary entries last year) — and LEAF is doing its annual big Food Pantry and Giving Tree events. (I have separate articles with the full details) The local shops are packed with gift items, and yes, I mean packed! You could do a lot of your shopping right here in town!
All we need is snow for it to truly be Christmas “close to” normal. We had 225 days without an official snow reading in Colorado (barely enough to partially open some ski runs in the tall ski resort areas). See you this weekend downtown!
Important Note: the LYONS FOOD pantry will be open December 1 and 8; and will be closed December 22 and 29. — Their Super Duper Gift and Food Day is December 15th. Contact LEAF for more information, or see our ARTICLE. The public is invited to come see Santa and the live reindeer (for a photo opp)… and Gateway Realty is having a “doggie with Santa” photo opp). — see the ARTICLE.
SNOW – we’re still waiting for our official first snow fall of the year. Out east they got warnings of a foot of snow. And The World Cup Super-G in Canada was called off because of TOO much snow!
AURORA TEEN SHOOTINGS: while this does not effect Lyons, I am adding a sentence here, as this paper will be saved for posterity, and major Colorado news should be part of it (plus it was on national news too)– as to “what was happening on this day.” – Multiple shootings have taken place by teens in Aurora, which appear to be gang influenced, or personal vendettas, or party-influenced, with some teens dying. Most of the perpetrators have been arrested, most or all are ages16-18, and are being charged as adults.
SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE: The LES Holiday Food Drive has kicked off and they are collecting non-perishables for LEAF. “We are also looking for volunteers to help sort and move food to the portable unit behind the school for staging and delivery. Nov 29 – Dec. 10th.” See school or Chastidee for more details.
*JUNK” needed for baseball trophy == Chris Cope says: “As you’re rummaging through your garage or attic for Christmas stuff, cleaning your dead yard up or walking along the very low and cold river, keep an eye out for any junk or debris that we can use to build our long overdue trophy. Think Stanley Cup, but made of garbage and flood debris.”
GIVING TREE – We are all in the “giving mood” in December, and this is a great opportunity to help our neighbors. — just a note, that if you buy a gift certificate for someone, you can throw in a “little something” object/gift.. as many of these young-and-old will only be getting this one gift this Christmas. (I know this for a fact, having talked to seniors and more) – Go to one of the six locations and take a “paper tree ornament” off the tree that lists the age and wished for gift item – buy the gift and wrap it – drop it off at the Pizza Bar 66, Main Street, by December 15. – Library, Barking Dog, Stone Cup, Uniquely Lyons, Artisan Market. See our article. (A full report will be given by director Lory Barton next week)
POST OFFICE PROBLEMS: there has been a long list of complaints about the post office, mainly about non-delivery, inaccurate addresses, returns, and more. All very frustrating. It’s always a good idea to register your complaint, first with the Lyons postmaster, Daphne Goodwin, and then if it continues – to file one online with the federal government postal service. – The Estes Park post office had a horrendous post master who, after months of shocking inefficiencies and complaints, was removed from her position there (although she is now at the Longmont post office). MAIN SOLUTIONS: when mailing to your POBox, you must use both street address and POBox number on the same line (they say, just put #17, not POBOX 17); When you are placing your Amazon order, change your shipping address to your street address only. If you are unable to pick up boxes within 24 hours, mail items to lockers (not USPS), or another person’s address. –- These are taken from the comments, and I have not investigated them.
Twitter bans sharing of photos without consent Twitter, like other social media networks, has struggled against bullying, misinformation and hate-fueled content. Twitter launched new rules Tuesday blocking users from sharing private images of other people without their consent, in a tightening of the network’s policy.
WILDFLOWER Pavilion – There will be no midnight Christian service this year. But there will be a school jazz band on December 15th. (See Things to Do calendar for more info)
THREE BANDS have been scheduled to play at the skating rink. We have an article coming with all the details.
Girls Varsity Basketball Winter 2021-22 – Skyler Joy, Sierra Lauren, Brooklyn Enny, Moriah Fuhmann, Genevieve Newell. Lyons at Golden View Classical Academy: GVCA 21 vs. Lyons 47! (Dec. 1st.) coach Marcus Richardson. CONGRATS!
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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY I hope you shopped in local stores on Saturday November 27 — Come on Down this December — They are well-stocked, and no need to worry about supply chain delays.
Mary Magdalena says: “I recently opened my small art gallery in the old soda fountain building, 402 Main Street, Lyons. Drop in to see my mural “Arapaho Encampment” a 4×8 foot depiction of what I believe life for the Arapaho Nation was like in the 1850’s. I am selling cards and prints of many sizes of the mural, with a story about their presence here in our area. I feel that I am a visual story teller and offer many prints and cards of other of my paintings. Offering painting classes as well. Wonderful local gifts for friends and family. Please come by!”
Spirit Hound Distillers is celebrating their 9th anniversary this Saturday. They will have a ride available for people to go down and see the Parade. See their web site for more info.
Big Elk Meadows – the xBar7 Broadband Internet Tower is “live.” Contact them, and fill out the form to get service. (Oskar Atkinson) 12/1/21
Lyons Mane (hair salon): per Jenna Brink: I will be gone December 14-21th. I will happily schedule your hair appointments before and after our trip. Please know my schedule is filling up quickly I will also be open this Saturday and next Saturday. Email me at email@example.com for an appointment. I’m looking forward to some beach time with my sweet daughter and father.
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(this paragraph is a repeat) ========click on each link to learn more=======
==see “THINGS TO DO” for lots of activities and events! and more details than you’ll find here in News BRIEFS.
==See also =DECEMBER= SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article! — We are switching from doing this at the end of the month to the first of the month — this will make more sense when we list the birthdays!
==LYONS LIBRARY – see our ARTICLE November/December
SHOP LOCAL – SHOP SMALL BUSINESSES – a nationwide campaign – support your local stores in Lyons this Saturday, November 27! Many will have specials going on.
CHURCHES: We gathered information from all the local churches about their Christmas Services, and updated the page the first week of December. == We are also anticipating a Christmas-orientated article from our local pastor(s) to get you in the Christmas spirit!
LYONS HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET – December 4 and 5, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a chili lunch, and visit with Santa Claus. See our ARTICLE for full details. Sixty vendors have signed up; but, this year it is juried to assure quality. The article has been updated to include a list of the type of items that will be sold. == wood products, kitchen items, upcycled items, wreaths, plant decor, crochet, baked goods, jewelry, stained glass, bags, children items, and more! All are handmade in America! nothing mass produced!
LYONS PARADE & FIREWORKS: The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons on Saturday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. The annual Holiday Parade of Lights is an exciting community tradition, which includes music, fireworks, and a stunning parade with floats travelling through town.==This year’s theme: Winter Around the World==
The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m., routing down Main Street and back along HIGH ST (NOT Broadway, as traditionally). The Fireworks show has been cancelled due to high fire danger.
==See our ARTICLE for many more details.
CHRISTMAS TREES – The Bee Hugger, on Hwy 36 (betw Lyons and Longmont) has Christmas trees for sale. It is “help yourself” with a box for you to put the money in, and some twine to wrap it up in. (They also have pony rides this Sunday).
December 11th get a photo of Santa with your PUP! Gateway Realty: December 11, 12-3 p.m., 324 Main Street. Free. Bring your pups down for a special doggy treat and a photo op with Santa Claus!! We’ll have warm drinks and yummy treats for our human friends as well. This event is FREE, however, please consider dropping a donation for one of our favorite Lyons nonprofits, LEAF, Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund!
***SEE THE NEW Middle/High School AUDITORIUM**”* A band concert and a choir concert is being put on this December – See our THINGS to do page for more info.
A new WAVE may be starting with the OMICRON Variant hitting about a dozen countries. Many have shut their borders, but are finding people already infected. All information available is based on current information, and is likely to change during this month. It is the third variant: first B.1.1.7, then Delta, and now Omicron. Experts/scientists say that eventually we will find ourselves “living with it, as we won’t be able to eradicate it.” (probably like the flu).
NEW COVID PILL – This is not a miracle worker. If approved, you will have to take multiple pills multiple times a day for a week. It also only prevents 30 percent of hospitalizations and deaths.
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This Week’s Articles:
==Our ANNUAL Victorian Post Card Holiday Greeting from LOCAL BUSINESSES! ==SENIOR NEWS – remembering different Christmas decorations around the house; and scam warnings and a few activities
==FIVE lists of “book gift giving” recommendations for the Holidays
==Report on the new hotel — MANY details! pros and cons
==Multiple “news briefs” on things going on in town this December, mainly by Non-profits – have some fun – donate in the Christmas Spirit
==Identifying kids in a 1981 school photo! — and a ‘history’ of four eateries, from the Huss Market in the 1940s, to Calvin Huss restaurant, and Lionscrest
==LYONS CATHOLIC CHURCH Congregation Celebrates 40 Years!
==Lyons Arts & Humanities does a year-end report, and announces the January show, and a sculpture to be installed next fall
==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, deadlines, and more.
==ABOUT TOWN by LaVern Johnson, tid bits of news from around town. And Board Meeting notes.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
Channel 7 “No Shave” Month is coming to an end. Come on ow, how many times have you seen and talked about all the guys who grow beards, mustaches and goatees, and never got around to donating. Let this be the year. === They are only half way to their goal during this tough pandemic year, and the campaign is wrapping up shortly. Donate TODAY === At the American Cancer Society, no donation is too small – each and every dollar counts. Your donations help fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs, and much more, making a real difference in communities like ours. With every donation, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. == Here is a link to the ARTICLE, which also links you to the donation page.
And, of course, December 7th is Colorado Gives Day. There are five local Lyons nonprofits listed. See our ARTICLE for a little more detail, but you can go to the official page and fill in our zip code, and the list will appear. There are people/groups who will “match” your contribution, so it’s a good time to donate!
Thank you for being steady readers of the Lyons Recorder. We hope you benefit from our relevant articles each week, and have some fun, too! ………..Your Editor, Kathleen
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