New Format 6/22 === Activities/events have been moved to “Things Happening in Lyons” with descriptions and links.
This week we have “part 2” of the journal written by Marguerite People’s when she retired from The Pie Place. This time she doesn’t talk as much about people, but about events, parks, and downtown.
I found it ironic that TODAY many people complain about how Lyons is losing its small town flavor, and we don’t want to become another Boulder. And, here she is… a couple of decades ago… saying the same thing! So I guess a lot of small town people just don’t like progress or change, at any time in the town’s history.
I’m publishing it this week because she talks about the beginning years of Good Old Days, and all the things that the town use to do to celebrate the tradition. Our little committee at the museum is putting on a short version of the event THIS SATURDAY, in honor of LaVern Johnson, who fought to keep it going all these years… with our “eyes on the future” and hoping that we can rally the troops and town hall to get back next year some of the fun events that make it a memorable small town tradition. Stay tuned.
PS Please try and come out on Friday evening, 6 p.m., to the Dedication Ceremony for our only Lyons veteran who died in Vietnam.
………………….Your Editor, Kathleen Spring
==NEWS TID BITS==
Weather this past week – the big news is lots of lighting on Thursday night… a regular “show” of lights! – and some areas in and around Lyons experienced different (small) sizes of hail (no major damage). After two days in the low 80s, we got back into the 90s, with Friday being the hottest day at 99 degrees. Thunder storms continue to be predicted for most afternoons (this week and next).
We are glad to see New Mexico and Arizona getting some rain to put out some of the bad wildfires they have had. And Colorado’s drought map is in fair shape, particularly our area. The warm weather is making the snow melt into the rivers run high; tubing is currently prohibited.
JUNETEENTH: Friday, June 17, at 9 AM, Lyons residents joined mayor Hollie Rogin at the flagpole triangle to raise the Juneteenth flag in Lyons for the very first time. Town of Lyons offices were closed on Monday. However, the Board of Trustees did meet Monday night.
PRIDE FEST was a big, festive event! Much bigger than probably any previous one in Lyons recent history. Dozens of people marched around town with flags and signs (mainly provided by Wide Spaces Initiative), and then returned to Sandstone Park to hear speakers and partake in crafts and information booths. It was a hot sunny day, and lots of sunny smiles! See PHOTO SPREAD ARTICLE.
GARDEN TOUR: The second annual Garden Tour took place on Saturday. A decent number of people attended, and the yards and landscapes were very good, with two really stand-out yards. We hope the Garden Club raised a lot of money to help them in their efforts to beautify the town. See our PHOTO SPREAD ARTICLE.
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: took place June 11th in 400 cities around American, including in Denver. Some residents of Lyons joined them. In Washington DC, there were 40,000 people. These were people who want to see some solid action taken by legislators on gun control.
BRAVO to the Colorado Avalanche team for their top notch work in the recent weeks in Playoffs!
Impaired driving traffic fatalities rising this year == 704 STATEWIDE — The official start of summer is less than a week away. With more Coloradans out enjoying the season, the Colorado Department of Transportation, along with the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement widened their surveillance this past week. Last year’s Summer Blitz enforcement saw a total of 186 DUI arrests. The recent Memorial Day Weekend enforcement resulted in 125 arrests across 83 agencies, bringing the year to date total of enforcement period arrests to 704.
WATCH OUT – Robyn Sloan posts cam shots of bears in the mountains, Stone Mountain, 4 miles above Lyons. She declared her surprise at the number of brown and black bears in the area this year. – she warns: “That makes for 8 individual bears up here on Stone Mountain this year, NE of Lyons. Lest you think it can’t affect you, that’s less than 4 miles from downtown Lyons. When the quarry ponds dry up (which will be soon) these bears will have to go to the river to get water. That means they will be coming into your neighborhoods. Take in your hummingbird feeders at night and quit feeding summer birds. Secure your garbage and lock your cars. And remember that a fed bear is a dead bear.”
BUSINESS NEWS: I walked down Main Street on Thursday, June 9th, and stopped in at all the stores that are having changes happening. I will have a full report in next week’s newspaper.
LIONS CLUB, Lyons – seeking sponsors for the fundraiser Golf Tournament – August 1, 2022 — Interested in sponsoring a “hole” or donation prizes? You can buy sponsorships on their web page, or call Scott Leiding at 303-995-3471. To donate prizes, call Randy Pollard at 970-590-6074. – The group gives out scholarships, buys glasses for the needy, and more.
Becky Jacobson wants to remind people that her Art Fair, and Todd’s Crapfest will be on August 6th!
RATTLESNAKE TIME: A few reports of Rattlesnakes in the “Lyons area” – (1) BE ALERT: bull snakes look very similar, but do not rattle their tale, and they are good for catching mice that might build nests in your garage – (2) — “ Rattlesnakes are out and about. My husband Brent and I catch and relocate humanely. To us they are beautiful native animals and we have a lot of respect for them and the job they do… eating mice. So if you get one try and contain it by putting a bucket over it and text me 303-618-0357. We both work from home so we are easy to get a hold of. We do this for free but a little bit of gas money helps because we drive them FAR away from people.”==Donna Nespoli (Lyons)
Meals on Wheels is for anyone who is not able to shop for or prepare at least one healthy meal each day. Do you know someone who would benefit from our hot meals and a warm “hellos”? The cost is based on a sliding scale and we would never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Reach out, we’re here!
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BUS: After much discussion, and finding funding, Lyons once again has a shuttle bus between downtown and Boulder. Not only that, but it’s free! Boulder County is trying to get people to use the bus more for environmental purposes! So no need for an ECO Pass, just hop on board! Note, there are four stops in Lyons. See our ARTICLE for a link to the map. ALSO note that the bus stop that use to be in front of the library (years ago) is now across the street on the Visitor Center’s corner.
COVID NEWS: The FDA, and then CDC, approved the vaccines for our youngest citizens: 18 million children are expected to be eligible, in the 6 months to five years age group. == Pfizer will be 1/10 of the adult dose and require 3 shots over 3 months; and Moderna will be 1/4 of the adult dose, with two shots a month apart. They are saying it doesn’t matter which one you get; they are both equally effective. All states (except Florida) have already pre-ordered the vaccines, and they are expected to be shipped out this week. Some medical facilities have ordered their own supply.
==The need to take tests when returning from a foreign country to the US is now lifted.
WATER SAFETY: 16 people have drown this year in CO.
In 2020, 34 people drowned in Colorado waters, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, setting an unfortunate record. We look set to go beyond that. while PFD (flotation) usage has increased in the rafting community, sometimes people forget their importance while doing other activities. Wear one when paddle boarding or tubing. The runoff from last month’s snowstorms has made the waters freezing and that could cause you to lose control of your functions that you need to save yourself. Various Colorado state parks have programs that loan life jackets to people.
Pastor Emily Hagan will be leaving Lyons Community Church at the end of this month. The congregation will be having a special farewell for her at church on Sunday, June 26th. The public is invited. The new (2-year rotating) pastor will start in July. She did a great job in getting many people through the stress of COVID-restrictions over the past two years. We wish her good fortune and blessings in her new assignment.
FLU – There was a steep rise in children getting bad cases of the flu this past month. Medical professionals say that it is a result of the kids wearing masks for two years, and now they are exposed to new viruses. I know of a friend whose daughter had a 105 degree fever; and she said it was the worse case of the flu she had ever seen any of her kids get.
Bill Boone’s funeral on Saturday was well attended by a very large crowd of relatives, and an equally large crowd of friends and workers, and other quarry family members. He was thanked for his kindness, and praised for his love of sports. He truly cared about his kids and grandkids, as he had a nickname for each one of them. It took place at the quarry lake on his property. The quarry was the biggest in Lyons in the early boom years in the 1900s, and was run by Mr. Brodie and Mr. Murphy. There is an old blacksmith shop on the property. We send our condolences to his family. (see OBITUARY)