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.
People often talk about “finally getting back to normal,” or more often “to the new normal.”
Will we ever go back to our old habits of how often we wash our hands? Will we ever laugh at Asians for wearing masks on subways again? Will we ever go back to eagerly shaking hands and jumping in to hug someone, without thinking twice? When we eat out on a patio, how long will it takes us to not think – “I don’t have to do this, I want to do this.” How many years will it take our children to get back in the swing of being a school-house student… and socializing again? And, has Zoom become common place now, and won’t be connected with thoughts of COVID any more? Well, I could go on…
But what brought this to my mind was when I read the responses our reporter got from the Lyons public to the question: “Do you believe in Luck? and if so, give us an example.” I was prepared to hear some great tales …some funny, some dumb, some heartwarming, perhaps. But to my surprise ALL of them talked about …just thankful to be alive …having a good family and friends …enjoying life.
So, when they say general statements like that… have they been lucky their whole life (having a loving family and fun friends) or are they now being more introspective and pausing to appreciate that they are no longer isolated at home… no longer worried about losing a loved one …no longer in fear of dying.
………….Your Editor, Kathleen Spring
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME did you remember to “let your clocks “spring” forward!”
ICY & SNOW ROADS: another snow storm on Wednesday and Thursday (3/17/22) with some getting rain and others a few inches of snow — but the rain drops and snow flakes were huge on Wednesday! It was 70 on Monday.
The Lyons Seniors had their monthly birthday celebration, with song and cupcakes – Linda LeFou and Helen Vanderwerken attended for their birthdays. Lisa Ramsey brought a “limerick” game which everyone enjoyed partaking in.
1st RABIES of 2022: A skunk, which tested positive for rabies, was seen acting erratically and going to multiple homes seen near the 1400 block of Brown Circle in the city of Boulder. A dog alerted its owner to the skunk on March 6 during the snowstorm. The owner called the city’s Animal Protection division and an animal control officer submitted the animal to Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) for rabies testing. Contact BCPH at 303-441-1564 if you or your pet have recently come in contact with a skunk.
CONGRATS STUDENTS: From the School: This Friday 3/11 was the deadline for our local Lyons scholarships…and over 25% of our senior class applied! It is wonderful that local organizations and community members sponsor these scholarships for our students. We have some amazing students, and we are excited to learn who gets awarded the scholarships in May!
Prickly Pear restaurant celebrated National Women’s Day with music by Shauna Lee, and costume displays by Kahlie Sue Pinello. Lots of people got up on the dance floor and celebrated!
Warning, From Middle/High School principal Smith: Parents…I encourage you to have a conversation with your student about social media usage. Over the years, we’ve often had anonymous student-run Instagram accounts that post satirical content from time to time. However, recently we’ve had a rash of accounts/posts that have focused on specific students and/or situations in a negative way. While the posts are often made outside of school, the impact on students while at school is very real. This impacts our educational environment. Please check in with your student and discuss the importance of being kind and accepting…even when anonymous on social media.
The School District is now accepting host families for foreign exchange students.
March 12 Lucky Lyons 5K – a lovely day to run on Saturday! It was nice to see the green accessories on the racers contrasted to the wintery landscape. We’ll have a photo or two in our monthly “photo spread.” We hope that LCF made a bundle of money, too! Approximately 210 and 250 people attended.
March 12, 2-4 p.m. Winter Wonderland: Eben Grace and the 89’s live band performance in the Bohn Park. The stage was full, as well as the audience, on this wonderful day, near 60 degrees and sunny. LCF had a big selection of cookies to offer, with lots of donations – making about $300, which will help pay for musicians next year! Thanks to LCF for the grant given to the Town of Lyons to support this series. (This is the final winter concert).
Accidents: Multi-car accident near Stone Mtn Lodge – March 14th. And two more rollovers closer to Estes Park on Hwy. 36. All tied up the roads for an hour or more. At least two were due to intoxication. Tons of Colorado police are out on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, with road blocks.
CRAZY World of Sports – nationwide, Tom Brady has reversed his decision and will be back, playing for Tampa – back home we almost got Aaron Rogers for a quarterback, but many thought he was “not a nice person,” and fortunately we did not have to give up on our morals and hire him, but got just as great a guy – Russell Wilson. With the new highly experienced coaches with their positive team “attitude,” it sounds like we have a winning season ahead – and the Baseball negotiations ended this past week, and the delay in opening day, and losing some games became a thing of the past. Opening Day in Denver is April 8th!
JESTER’s THEATER: Many of our seniors have gone to the Jester’s Community Theater over the years, including “bus trips” by the Town’s recreation department, and with my old Red Hat group. The great acting and singing and dinners are offered at a less expensive ticket price than most. The family-owned, and family-friendly theater is one of Colorado’s final five remaining dinner theatres, a 23-year-old veteran of the industry, also offering classes. It had a hard time getting through two years of COVID-restrictions. It will go up for sale April 4, and one of the actors there has set up a Go Fund Me account to save it. If you want to help save it – hurry to the Fund me account! gofundme.com/f/save-the-jesters (Money will be refunded if they do not meet their goal).
The W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, which is working to build a new, $3.5 million facility near Red Feather Lakes, will hold its annual fundraiser April 9 at the Fort Collins Hilton. The nonprofit sanctuary has been operating near Bellvue for more than 27 years.
a few repeats…
FOOD PANTRY – new hours – open 3:30p.m. to 6p.m. each Wednesday.
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. Park Manager openings. Contact Town Hall or see their web site; lots of open jobs for the summer!
-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: March is Women’s History Month
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.
Reminder: Elementary SCHOOL – BINGO & Gift Baskets PTO Fundraiser (see article to help)
See our ARTICLE this week with lots of tips on filing your tax return.
The Town currently has several full time positions open. Take a look and apply today ! LOTS of summer jobs!
Town Hall Meeting – Senate race – Janice Marchman – upcoming Town Halls across Larimer and Boulder counties. Town Hall planned in Lyons at the Lyons Regional Library Community Room from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 3/29. Which will include showing the new districting map and explaining it (The Lyons Recorder will post here and political information meetings taking place in Lyons; but it does not endorse any candidate).
(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!
The Memorial Day weekend “Boulder Creek Festival” is back, in Boulder, …just announced.
It’s Lent – Christians, it’s time for fish & Chips
=Prickly Pear – on their menu – daily $14
=Oskar Blues – a long-time favorite of Lyons residents – daily
=St. John Baptist Church, Longmont, Fish Fries are on Fridays 4:30pm to 6:30pm; Adults $8.00 Children $6.00.
=American Legion, Estes Park, Fridays, 3-9p.m. 850 N St Vrain Ave, it’s their alternative to Friday steak night
ARTISTS! – the LAHC has opened their next Quarterly Town Hall art exhibit theme – “Where do you find your joy?” – due Friday April 1st. more details to come. Open to all ages.
Full Moon Equinox Event by Boulder Cacao Ceremonies and Soundscape Journies. 1005 Apple Valley Rd., Lyons. $50.
There is a new “sub” variant, but no one seems to be super worried about it, so I won’t put details here… yet.
Cases continue to go down worldwide with Omicron.
Pfizer has asked for “emergency authorization” from the FTC to produce and distribute a 4th vaccine/booster. They are basing it on testing done in Israel.
Masks are still required on planes, trains and buses.
The Lyons Chamber membership starts at $99. (1) They have a new “digital gift card” that businesses can offer. (2) They are working with business members on “signs and variances” they said: The Town of Lyons is working with the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce in order to gain better understanding of what codes businesses would like to see changes made to, and give businesses an easier route to make those requests. The Town of Lyons is interested in making equitable decisions for all businesses re: code variance requests by giving the option of expanding a variance request to apply to multiple businesses. (3) We’ve heard, many new Lyons business owners face challenges opening their doors. From the permitting process, to understanding guidelines provided by The Town of Lyons, to marketing your business – the process can be overwhelming.
Weller, the trade name for Boulder–based Mojis Inc. has added brewing entrepreneur Dale Katechis to its board of directors. It makes reasonably priced healthy drinks. It’s goal is: to provide accessible, functional beverages that are simple, delicious, natural and impactful.
Main Stage Brewing now has some of its beers in cans to take home. They are also getting ready (Sam Scruby is working with UpSlope) to be at the Collaboration Festival, hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild on April 2nd at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Stop by and see Eric for more details and taste the new brews.
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Our next series will be on local artists.
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This Week’s Articles:
==Celebrating our clever Elementary/Middle/High School Students who ranked high in the various ROBOTICS competitions in the state. — see who participated and the competitions, and photos
==Women’s History Month – read the story about Mary Cronin who was the first woman to climb all of Colorado 14ers! (mountains above 14,000 feet)
==Our popular “Man on the Street” article features the question (honoring St. Patty!) — do you believe in LUCK? and if so, what has happened to prove it?
==Lyons LIBRARY has some exciting news! The Board is bringing THREE additions to the library this summer! read all about it…
==Youth Job Corps – many youth (and potential adult supervisors) can’t wait when these jobs open up … working on summer outdoors and making the forests and lands more healthy and beautiful! due 3/31
==The State has now picked the new DRIVER’s LICENSE — take a look and read about the tremendous response they got from the public.
==IRS has some great tips and links for people who are filing their taxes. We’ve picked a small but powerful set of tips, and links to help you find and understand some helpful aids in properly filing.
==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 (all approved by Charity Navigator)
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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