If there is ever an emergency in town, or timely news needing to be distributed, you can trust the Lyons Recorder to put it online immediately.
I’m inviting you to voice your opinion in making a major change in the newspaper list of news articles — CHANGE IN TOWN Board of Trustee REPORTS == I’m putting this at the top of the list because I want to make sure you read it – I have put a 3 question yes-or-no “Survey” on the BOT Meeting Minutes page – ?? do you READ AND FIND USEFUL our Notes/Minutes of the Board of Trustee Meetings in the newspaper ??
LaVern Johnson has been doing it for a little over a year, and it is difficult for her to hear everything that is going on, and she would like to have someone else take over. As editor, I have been doing it for a month or two this year, mainly because the proposed hotel and Planet Bluegrass changes were being discussed, and I thought it was important to cover them. But, as editor/and/writer I can’t continue to add this extra day of work to my 45+ hour work week.
Many people feel that the Redstone Review does a good job of summarizing the “top topics,” and residents have easy access to that column. Do we need to also have a summary in the Recorder? Yes, the Recorder presents a much more detailed summary of what goes on, but do you, the public, need and/or use that much detail?
Please go to that page and insert whether we should keep it, or it’s ok to drop it. Please feel free to write me at LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com with your comments (pro’s or con’s).
………….Your Editor, Kathleen Spring
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME weekend! Let your clocks “spring” forward!
WHAT FUN! for a GREAT CAUSE! — Marshall Fire Benefit Concert, broadcast LIVE, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in late February for those in need who were impacted by the fire. Almost all the musicians played in their home studios, and chose a specific/appropriate song to play, and spoke to the camera to the people of Colorado. Locals, solo singers, performing: Gregory Allen Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Raquel Garcia, and bands Vinyl Kings, Leftover Salmon, and ending with the Lumineers in their studio singing, “Where we are, I don’t know where we are, but it will be ok.” Three John Denver songs were song by different musicians. Some songs mentioned Colorado. Other national singers include Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Lyle Lovett, and more. ====== E-town Nick Forster was the MC for the event; and Chuck Norris, who has been promoting concerts for 48 years; and a lot of nonprofits. “Historically musicians have stood up and played music to raise funds, back to Civil Rights days. Everyone worked for free; 100% of the proceeds went to Boulder County Wildfire Fund (at the Community Foundation) www.commfound.org/wildfirefund. Thank you to Amazon, Colorado state, KBO 97.3, Richard American Foundation, and Gov. Jared Polis.
ICY & SNOW ROADS: a roller coaster ride — TWO PARTS THIS TIME — FIRST– Another snow storm hit Colorado this PAST week – except it was on the weekend instead of the usual “Tues/Wed/Thur” spread. Initially they had a foot or more snow predicted, and then on Saturday, the day before it was to hit, they drastically reduced it to 4 to 6 inches. However, the warm week we had (70 degrees almost every day) made for rain and ice on Saturday, and slippery roads on Sunday. There was a FIFTY! Car crash on I-25 late Sunday, near University Drive, and another one hit about 9-10 p.m. in Aurora near I-425 – both shutting down the roads. — SECOND — After two days of some heavy-duty melting, another snow storm hit the Front Range Wednesday and Thursday, with predictions from 6 to 12 inches – which again were wrong and only an average of 2 inches fell (but impacted driving with 2 degrees lows) …And, then, here we go again, starting this upcoming Sunday, March 13, we’ll be back to around 60 degrees! This is the weirdest winter I’ve every experienced!
LOCK YOUR CAR – two people on Facebook said that their cars were rummaged through (but nothing noticeable taken), as well as the Sheriff reporting it at the Town Board meeting. ==Also, don’t leave your car running in cold weather – not only could it get stolen, but it’s against the law, and you could get a ticket. ==Colorado is THE #1 hot spot for number of stolen cars.
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS:
==Congratulations to Colleen Ford, Athletic Director, who received the 2022 CADA New Athletic Director Award for being an outstanding leader in her first three years as an AD. This award is an amazing recognition for all the hard work and dedication that Ms. Ford brings to the athletic director role.
==TRACK & FIELD began Monday. The season runs from March 7, 2022 through April 30, 2022. Lyons has some of the best runners in Colorado.
== After Prom is going to be a fun-filled night at Oskar Blues. The committee is busy planning and will be providing food, drinks, games, and prizes. They are currently accepting cash donations too (see our ARTICLE for more details)
FOOD PANTRY – new hours – Starting this week, they are extending Food Pantry hours! — open 3:30p.m. to 6p.m. each Wednesday. “We hope this extra hour will give folks enough time to stop in after work. The good food and healthy community that we serve up each week.” Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund. And Thank you to the volunteers who were happy to work an additional ½ hour each Wednesday! (Located in the lower level hall of the Community Church)
JOB OPENING: Community Service Officer (a/k/a Code Compliance Officer) needed in Town parks; only 2 people have applied. Also a maintenance position long open. Contact Town Hall.
LEAF’s own Cherie Maureaux is officially an LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor!
ART FOR SALE by MARY Magdalene == I am moving to Oregon for new work opportunities that are calling me to work with families in creative arts endeavors. I have so loved Lyons area for all these years. I opened an Art Gallery and art teaching space in the Old Soda Fountain Building, 402 Main Street, Lyons. Holly Beck Designs welcomed me to join with her leather creations. My Colorado Art will remain for sale in her great home goods retail space …2 of my latest large original paintings are for sale at the store…Thank you Lyons …Mary
RESULTS of SURVEY – NEEDS Your INPUT == HELP SHAPE LYONS’ FUTURE! The COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE on March 9th was postponed due to snow to early April== in the meantime… an online input opportunity will be launched later this week to allow you to review and provide feedback== Did you participate in the Community Survey or a stakeholder interview last fall? Participants will have an opportunity to review and provide input on the preliminary guiding principles and goals that emerged from the input received so far.
LYONS veterinary – wants to announce ==we are offering our grooming space to you. You can easily book the Lyons Veterinary Clinic Self Wash, save some money and groom your dog with access to the best brushes, shampoos, etc.
LYONS BUS: The Eco-Pass is renewed, and you can get it now on the Town web site. ==They hope to have a bus route to replace the “Y” route this year; watch in spring for news.
RESIDENT PARKING PASSES for the two parks are now available (1 per household). See Town Hall, or their web site.
CELEBRATE WOMEN: (1.) International Women’s Day 3/8/22 (2.) Week of Women Colorado, a partnership between CBS4, Women Powering Change and WorldDenver, featuring a series of events March 3-13, 2022. (3.) March is Women’s History Month ===
International Women’s Day is a globally celebrated day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Week of Women Colorado is a local initiative designed to celebrate women across Colorado by highlighting an entire week of events taking place across Colorado by various organizations and community groups. Observed throughout the United States since the 1980s, Women’s History Month was born out of a feminist push for equal access to jobs and education—one of the main demands of the Strike for Equality march that filled New York City streets to capacity on August 26, 1970. Today it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The national month of recognition was instituted by President Jimmy Carter.
LEAF Food Pantry ! ==3/8/22== We need donations of tomato products (diced, paste, Rotel, spaghetti sauce), pasta (not Mac & Cheese or spaghetti), rice (brown rice and flavored rice mixes), quinoa, cereal, gluten free products, paper towels, tissues, deodorant.===
We are expanding the Pantry in response to the needs of our community. Can you help us stock it well? Drop off donations at LEAF on Wednesdays between 9:30am and 2:30pm at the Lyons Community Church – enter on Main Street, lower level.
Reminder: Lyons Community Foundation scholarship for Youth are open, and the deadline is March 11th.See our ARTICLE for more details.
Reminder: Elementary SCHOOL – BINGO & Gift Baskets PTO Fundraiser (see article to help)
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends on hiring 10,000 employees in an effort to address a backlog of nearly 24 million tax returns, the majority of which are from the 2020 tax season, They are also returning employees who used to process tax returns and other paperwork back to their old jobs for the next eight months to help the agency.
The first week of March, both Democrat and Republican caucus’s took place, most were virtual. The Districts were changed in the recent “re-mapping” of the state. New Precincts were clarified.
In this election there are 10 RACES – very important
–two Colorado legislators: senator (District 15), and house (District 49 – a new district which was 13 Boulder before);
Also Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner, District 1; County Assessor, District 1. –
and US Senate, District I, and US Congressman, District 2.
It will take place June 28th. Please do not stay home and NOT vote! As your decision may be taken away by “the opposite party.” Don’t assume someone is going to win or lose. Take these couple of months to “be informed.” And VOTE!
(new) Precincts: To find your precinct number, visit govotecolorado.gov and click “find my registration.” Caucus locations by precinct are posted at LarimerGOP.org and LarimerDems.org.
Precinct 111 has grown a lot in size this year (and it has included Pinewood Springs, and Big Elk, and Blue Mountain, and Carter Lake!) They are in need of a 3rd Precinct Leader. Contact your party leader (Vicky or Phyllis) to find out more.
To become an Election Judge, you will need to fill out forms online (wait till April); it pays a stipend. Poll Watchers will be designated by each party (not the county).
(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. Plus deadlines.
==MARCH SENIOR NEWS. As usual we have a TON of tips, links, and more in the MONTHLY article!
Winter Wonderland Concert – March 12, 2-4 p.m. – Bohn Park. Eben Grace and the 89s live concert, free, courtesy of LCF grant to the Town of Lyons. Bring a chair and a lap blanket! LCF will have refreshments for a “donation.” Looks like weather will be in the upper 50s!
Stone Cup – RockyGrass tickets go on sale March 2, Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. For Lyons residents in zip code 80540. Cash or check ONLY! (The concert is sold out, but these have been set aside for Lyons residents, with proof) Weekend tickets are sold out, but Stone Cup has some individual ones left.
TECH CLASSES – free at library – 3 Tuesdays in a row – Microsoft – learn things like Excel, photos, tables, and more. https://lyons.librarycalendar.com/events/month
LEAF – Improve your Mental Wellness – 6 week course: Cherie Maureaux says: One practical method of living a meaningful life is to identify our own personal values so we can make choices that move us towards where we want to be. On March 31, LEAF will host a 6 week course dedicated to this topic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to sign up.
LUCKY Lyons Race, 5K 10K – this Saturday! March 12. Predicted to be 53 degrees and sunny! Sign up NOW! Benefits LCF. www.GeminiAdventures.com/lyons-race More volunteers needed! Wear some green! Party after.
Ashtree Creative & Lyons Community Farm Project has a new schedule out for spring: 3/13 Women’s Winter Wildcrafting — 3/16 Web of Life commu. circle — 3/19 Cantos Medicinas (bilingual) –4/6 Web of Life again — 4/15 Cantos again — 4/16 Women’s Winter Wildcraft workshop, and 4/20 Web of Life Commu. Circle. Go to: ashtreecreativecollective.com for more information.
COMEDY NIGHT – NEW! – March 12, 7 p.m. free, must be 21 years old+ — Oskar Blues. 5 comedians!
Mayama / Defined Motion – has many classes going on: Little Bird Music Classes for toddlers = Creative Movement for kids starting Kindergarten in Fall 2023 = Ballet (Jazz & Ballet, Kindergarten to 1st grade) 2 seats left = Jazz (4th & 5th grade full) Middle & High school openings =Hip Hop (5 different grade levels) = Contemporary Dance (4-5th grade; and High school) = Break Dancing = Me & D (pre-kindergarten who start in fall 2022) = “Dance Company” (MDC) a junior group and a senior group == IMPORTANT == Placement auditions have already taken place this year. The majority of these classes started in January and go thru May/June (except Breaking which started 3/8/22) If your dancer missed this opportunity and is interested, please reach out to us directly to see if we can add your dancer to the company. email@example.com = go to https://definedmotiondance.com/classes.aspx to see the list of classes.
*****This is our annual COVID series**** and hopefully our last! ***** “2nd year with COVID” **** 14 Articles covered how it hit our small town, and how we survived!
See the INDEX page for the list, which also has a summary of what happened when, where, how… over the past year!
Last week we had PizzaBar, Red Canyon Art, musician, artist, church and a mom tell their tales.
This week we have the Town Administrator, LEAF, and the school principals speaking.
We conclude with a thoughtful poem, and a deep, inspiring “personal essay” — a MUST READ!!!
We are pleased to say that our ARTICLE (“News Supplement”) last year “1st year with COVID” won **FIRST PLACE** in a nationwide “at large” journalism contest! (Colorado Press Women /and/ National Federation of Press Women).
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===CDC is basing its guidance on: transmission levels and community levels. Boulder County is high in “transmission” and low in “community” levels. The governor is announcing “our road moving forward,” and Boulder County will review it and announce their path.
=== They do not see any signs of a new variant of significance in their labs and studies!!
3/4/22 – two years after the first case was reported, Colorado cases have dropped to just 52, the first time the number has dropped below 100 since the state started collecting COVID-data. == 3.3% 7-day positivity rate now; the lowest since March 2020. January and February had a massive spike. Today treatments, vaccines, and hospital readiness have made it possible for many fewer people to be hospitalized or die.
Help Wanted, Lyons Recorder=====
TECH HELP — Can you spare a day each month to help with Tech work on our newspaper?
SALES HELP — are you an experienced ”ad sales person”? Would you like to help a non-profit? or sell by commission?
FEATURE WRITERS: Join our crew of 35 local writers!
Write once a month, once a quarter, or once a year!
Send us your ideas for consideration.
Our next series will be on local artists.
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!! Call her at 303-823-5925. Or write LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
For more information, write to: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
This Week’s Articles:
14 ARTICLES THIS WEEK = brew up a cup of coffee, and take a seat! Become one of the best informed citizens of Lyons!
“SECOND YEAR WITH COVID“ — These 13 covid-personal-articles are being spread out over two weeks, as it turned out that we got more articles than expected. ===this week we hear from our school principals, our Town Administrator, LEAF/community needs… and as well as a thoughtful POEM, and an outstanding deep and inspiring personal essay by a well-known author!
Author Kent Nerburn writes about the emotions that most people experienced during the 2 year pandemic and how we can turn them around for the better.
OPENING QUOTE: “They are receding — not rapidly enough, but they are receding: Fear and Rage, the two toxic emotions that have inundated us and almost overwhelmed our sense of common humanity for the last two years.”
He speaks about how we can help our children learn to see the world’s goodness, …and shape a meaningful response to the future.
see the INDEX for a LIST (which is also a summary of “THE YEAR”)
==Our MONTHLY SENIOR NEWS – packed with good information, tips, links, entertainment!
Includes: positivity essay, hottest news in Lyons and for seniors, save money on appliance care, things Social security does for you beyond send money, applicable covid news, local Lyons senior activities, WRAP UP OF AQUARIUM TRIP! and, our “local seniors Birthday” list!
==It’s FTC (trade commission) Consumer Protection Week – full of tips for you
==It’s National Weather Service “Fire & Flood Week”! with lots of tips for you
==It’s Women’s Week (fun activities) and International Women’s Day,
and WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH!
==Town of Lyons, Board of Trustee Meeting – “minutes” 3/3/22
Update from Staff (reports), including construction projects.
Four Resolutions got their 2nd Reading, and all passed (solar farm, compensation, etc)
A long discussion on the budget and where can they find/re-arrange funds to pay for street and/or parks construction projects.
Approval to sell two pieces of property on Apple Valley Rd.
==NEWS BRIEFS & NOTES from your editor – “News Announcements” that are too short to have their own article.
Covering Government, Covid, Activities, Town, Businesses, School, and Town ”gossip”.
==”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.
MY WEEKLY MESSAGE OF CARE:
list of how you can help Ukraine
World Food Program USA – www.wfpusa.org – The devastating eruption of war in Ukraine is driving hundreds of thousands of families from their homes and into hunger. Survivors have lost everything and urgently need our help.
The United Nations World Food Programme is on the ground right now providing critical food assistance for people fleeing the conflict. With your help, we can deliver food directly to Ukrainian people in dire need.
You can make a lifesaving difference today: $75 can provide a family with an emergency box containing enough food for an entire month.
100% tax-deductible==501(c)3; Charity Navigator 4star This charity’s score is 90.41, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can “Give with Confidence” to this charity. This score is calculated from two sub-scores:==Finance: 86.78 View details Accountability & Transparency 97
International Medical Corps
Heart to Heart International is improving global health through humanitarian initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. We help volunteers and partners alike. (4 star 95/100)
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. (4 star, 89/100)
UNICEF USA works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization (3 star 85/97)
A Chance In Life
Islamic Relief USA
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects vetted nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. You can support local projects in 170 countries (4 star, 98/96)
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Catholic Relief Services
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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