NEWS Briefs & NOTES from your editor, 10/6/22
MESSAGE OF HOPE: It’s been a while since I have recommended a worthy (mostly local) cause to donate to. As you can all imagine, there is desperate need for help in FLORIDA after Hurricane Ian hit the island, destroying some towns, and lots of destruction in others. Many Lyons people can identify with this, and know that it won’t take many months, and possibly years for some folks, to fully recuperate from a flood.
We are also seeing news about Typhoon Noru in the Philippines. And terrible drought and famine in Somalia. Let’s not forget the death and suffering in the Ukraine. While I have a list below of charities to donate to for Florida,… Perhaps we should consider group prayer for the big tragedies across the world, too. Ask your pastor/spiritual guidance person to put these people on a Prayer List. Maybe you can gather some of your friends to pray as a group, in person or over the internent. Yes, it’s been proven that prayer does help. We all need miracles at some time in our lives.
If you are Christian, you may find comfort in these words: “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Ephesians 3:12 (NLT) Perhaps you can find a church in Florida who broadcasts their service and join in with them.
………Many Thanks, Kathleen Spring, your editor
Charity Navigator is one of the largest and oldest evaluators of charities.
Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds just shy of a Category 5 classification.
Millions of Florida residents are without electricity after wind gusts and record rainfall felled trees and power lines. Roads are impassable, and homes have been washed away or damaged. The Sanibel Causeway was also destroyed, limiting access to the island community. Cleanup and recovery are estimated to cost millions of dollars and last for months.
These highly rated nonprofits are providing direct relief and recovery support to those in need. Charity Navigator will continue to update this resource as other highly rated nonprofits providing or funding direct relief are confirmed. Learn more about the missions and programs of these high-performing charities, and support them through our Giving Basket.
Note: The Charity Navigator analyst team vets nonprofits selected for inclusion on ‘Hot Topics.’ For crisis or disaster-related lists such as this, nonprofits must be 3- or 4-Star rated (not Encompass-rated), complete a survey identifying the specific services provided, and have a designated fund for donations aligned directly to the crisis or disaster. Some nonprofits, including those highly rated and well-known, can elect not to submit the required information. As a result, they are not included.
==NEWS TID BITS==
WEATHER: It’s now fall weather, around 70 every day, and scattered rain on most days.
Lyons Thrive Comprehensive Plan Workshop, Oct 10, 2022, 6:30 – 8 pm, Lyons Library Community Room, “Overview of key aspects of Plan, and identify priorities”==The Lyons Thrive Comprehensive Plan is in the final public review phase. Our community has worked hard over the last year to share its vision for Lyons future. Now we need your help to identify which strategies are the most important for Lyons to work on first. ==If you are new to the process or would like to see a quick recap of some of the major project milestones, you can review all of the work completed thus far at https://lyonsthrive.com/project-documents.
4th Quarter ART SHOW next week! October 12th, and official unveiling of town mural — The town hall exhibit is “residents’ art.” The library exhibit will be by all current and past Lyons Arts & Humanities members who have been invited to present their work. Also, the artist Android officially “unveils” his mural on the walls of Town Hall! You will long remember this into the coming decades, and have bragging rights that you were there. Western Stars Gallery has available a limited number of prints from Android’s Town Hall mural project with 100% of the proceeds going to the LAHC. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 6/7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. == REMINDER: pick up/and/ put up new art at town hall this Friday. == the show will have live harp music, and vitals by donation. See Things to Do for more information.
MARIGOLD Restaurant (1) Our “review” last week was a HUGE hit! I see that folks are really interested in knowing what was happening in our newest (and only gourmet) restaurant! (2) They are open for Holiday parties 7 days a week! Daytime or evening. (We understand that A-Lodge is also open for Holiday parties, and probably most of the restaurants in town, too.)
TRAIL RIDGE RD celebrates 90 years. Remember you still have to make reservations online thru the middle of Oct. to visit the RMNP. The paved road opened in 1932, because Old Fall River Road, which opened in 1920, the original road to the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park, was narrow, dirt and difficult to maintain. It has already experienced some snow this past week. ==Trail Ridge Road Recorded Status Line: 970 586-1222
SENIORS: For the first time in a decade, seniors will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan.
BOOK SALE – support your library! ==October 13-15, Thurs “Friends” only 5-6p.m. // Public: Friday 10a.m.-5p.m.==Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m. == Library, Friends of Library are having book sale! They are pulling out all the stops, gathering up all the books that couldn’t fit on the “sale shelves” at the library… All are in Good Shape and sold at Bargain Prices!==Children’s books, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction (self-help, travel, gardening, poetry, music, biography, science, rafts, hobbies, cookbooks)
LIONS CLUB – Join the Club! == The Lyons Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at La Mariposa restaurant . Time 6:00 p.m. Our next meeting will be October 11th.===Highway Clean Up will be Saturday, Oct 15th. At 9:00 a.m. Clean up begins at the turn out at the old South Bridge. The Lyons Leo Club will also be joining (teen volunteers).===They Lions club will be offering 3 – $2000 scholarships this year. Information will be available at the high school.===Eye glass assistance is available through the Lions club. Contact Leaf if needed.===As the only long running social service organization in Lyons, we are always looking for new members. Contact Jerry Tabor (email@example.com) or come to a meeting.
TRAINING for HEALTH CARE WORKERS: In last week’s edition, we had an article about how anyone could apply for a free/scholarship to attend classes at Front Range Community College to get a degree in some line of health care. – this week, Colorado welcomed $225 million to train 13,000 community health workers across the country. Colorado’s Trailhead Institute will receive $3 million to grow the state’s public health workforce as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Health Worker Training Program, which is a new multi-year program that will support training and apprenticeship for new community health workers.==Is it time FOR YOU to consider a new career in health care? (see the article for the BIG LIST of possible jobs, such as massage therapist).
ART at Marigold – Erin Donnelly now has a partnership with the restaurant to show her art on the wall behind the bar. Looks Great!
The Lyons Community Farm Project had their annual party and fundraiser this past weekend on the grounds of the “farm.” There was great food by FED, Juicy, and 3-Sisters, and healthy drinks. A live band played sweet rhythm and blues music. The environmentally-aware crowd heard details about the Project. Some unique vendors offered books on herbs, hand-made leather hats, several organic skin and care products, and more. Bridgette Mars gave an extensive “herb walk” through the property. Mother Nature liked it too, and didn’t rain on the crowd. Thanks to Adrean Kirk for all her hard work in putting it together. ==
CALL OUT – if you are digging out overgrown perennials, please contact Adrean firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be planted in the community garden. // Also she’d like to plan a “winter preparation day” to get all the potted plants in the ground, and do some layers of compost and cardboard done. Contact her to volunteer (date to be determined). You will meet other good folks too!
GRANT DEADLINE EXTENDED: Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has extended the deadline for the Small Grants for Community Partnering 2023 grant cycle. Applications are accepted through an online form until Tuesday, October 18, 2022.The grants are funded by a portion of the Help Preserve Open Spaces sales and use tax. To date, Larimer County has awarded nearly $370,000 across the county. The total available funds have increased to commemorate the program’s 25th anniversary, totaling $25,000. Individual grant awards are available, for specific project requests only, up to $3,500 per project. 2023 awardees will be announced in March. === SEE OUR FULL ARTICLE on the 25th Anniv. of this GRANT=== https://lyonsrecorder.org/2022/08/18/grants-community-led-projects-25-years/
BOULDER COUNTY TRICKED: Following a cyber attack experienced by one of Boulder County’s vendors, the county mistakenly sent a check valued at $238,000 to a fraudulent account. The hackers used information obtained from the vendor to create a spearfishing email to the county that appeared to be from the vendor, resulting in a check being sent incorrectly to a fraudulent account. The county purchases insurance for criminal activity, and insurance proceeds are expected to cover most of the loss after appropriate investigations take place. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating this crime.
NEWSPAPERS LOSING MONEY: Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain with more than 250 papers, executed a round of layoffs Friday, a week after the company announced its second-quarter results: a loss of $54 million. That same day, Gannett Media president told staff in an email that the company would make “necessary but painful reductions to staffing” and eliminate certain open positions. = Be sure to support your Lyons small town community newspaper, and donate today! Ads use to make up for low subscriptions, but they are drying up too.
EATERY PASS: Boulder is encouraging people to come experience their eateries, and have a free PASS that gives you all kinds of special deals, like a free beer, or 2-for-1, or free fries, etc.
Mt. Evans fully closed for season (October 3)
PINEWOOD Spring Fire Dept. Fire Preparedness Survey: is leading an effort to update the Pinewood Springs Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Residents and property owners of the Pinewood Springs area, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief CWPP survey. Responses are anonymous and respondent information is excluded from the result. Follow the link to participate in the survey- SURVEY.
(You can also see our September ARTICLE on FIRE PREPARENESS)
Accident== on Colo. 119; Investigators say drug impairment may have been a factor in the fatal head-on collision near Longmont on Wednesday 9/28/22. The two-vehicle collision was near Niwot Rd.== One person dead in two vehicle crash at Colo. 287 on Wednesday afternoon, near Longmont.
TRAINING ELECTION WORKERS: 9/29/22 Colorado’s U.S. senators Bennett and Hickenlooper said they support (will vote yes) the proposal seeking to provide states with the resources to recruit and train election workers, while also instituting federal safeguards to shield them from intimidation and threats. Secretaries of State and Chief Election Officials across America, are aware of the ongoing and unprecedented threats directed at election workers across the country, and have seen their terrible impact on our colleagues, and are contacting their Congressional leaders to pass a bill to support them.
The first debate of potential CO Governors took place in Pueblo last week. They both came out strong. Ganahl promised to “undo” Polis’ track record; and he defended it.
The memorial service for Zeke Little was wonderful. At the Lyons Community Church, several family and friends spoke, along with one of the churches early pastors, and the new current one, and each had heartfelt and fun stories to tell about their first meeting with Zeke, and how their friendships developed over the years. There were lots of laughs, and music. The church was standing room only. Many proceeded to go to the family home for a S.African traditional funeral feast, supervised by good friend and chef Modou.
Heil Ranch = The Main Trailhead parking lot at Heil Valley Ranch will be open from sunrise to sunset as of Saturday 10/1/22.
St Vrain Valley School District board agreed to an early redemption of their capital construction bonds, of $34.7 million, which will save them on interest payments. It was issued in 2012.
PEPSI – we previously reported to you that Pepsi was building a massive plant near the airport. Now, two months later, we heard that they broke ground this past week.
INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT PROGRAM was done last Saturday by the “99 Interntl. Organization of Women Pilots.” It was at the Vance Brand airport in Longmont for the first time. They want to encourage the young generation, and especially girls, to join. Only 10% of certified pilots are women! Look them out to find out more.
See our THINGS TO DO page for a couple dozen events each month, and their links.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME = Don’t miss this week’s Homecoming parade and especially October 7th Friday’s football game at 7p.m. Denver Broncos people are comng to the “High School Football Game of the Week!” See it free online: https://fb.watch/fWN4WZUYqz/ (thanks Stacey Paznokas for providing the link to see the game for free online) See our ARTICLE on the full event. Lyons is among five selected host sites for the program this year. The team is undefeated 5 to 0. Congratulations!
October 8 “Day of the Dead Family Celebration” –Longmont, 4th and Main St. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate our deceased loved ones and keep their memories alive. Running since the year 2000, this is the longest-standing Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado and attracts more than 6,000 people annually. (see Things to Do for more details)
Spirit Hound Distillers
10/10 | Euchre – Hosted
10/19 | Cribbage – Free Play
10/24| Cards Against Humanity- Hosted
11/2 | Poker Night – Hosted
11/4 | Cornhole Tournament – Hosted
11/7 | Trivia – Hosted
11/30 | Poker Night – Hosted
12/5 | Chess Tournament – Hosted
12/14 | Pictionary – Free Play
12/28 | Euchre – Hosted
Spirit Hound also has a “Science & Spirits” talk on the 3rd Thursday of each month; featuring people like psychologist Dr. Erika Joyce, or Forensics with Stacey Hervey. This month it is an indigenous person talking about the use of fire on the land.
(NOTE we will only be printed this once, so mark your calendars)
UPDATE on SPOOKTACULAR: (1) Gateway Realty Group will be holding our second annual pumpkin decorating event on the 28th from 3-5 pm https://facebook.com/events/s/pumpkin-decorating-at-gateway-/443104014464331/ (2) The Lyons Garden Club is bringing back the chili cook off!! We’ll be at Mainstage this year, enter your best chili to win fab prizes, 3 categories of chili, red, green and vegetarian. Chili available to eat beginning at 4:30, before, during, and after the parade, until we run out. Details at Lyons garden club.com
RAVE TO GRAVE: full information on our “events calendar” page – you MUST register this year!!! You can pay the full price of $25, or donate what you can afford. www.Lyonsrecorder.org/rave-to-the-grave-2022 Also, VIP tickets at $100.
Lyons Farmette has a few new creative craft classes and food available this fall. Check out their web site!
Tipi to Tiny House — Hands-on Homebuilding: Check out the family-friendly exhibit that looks at Colorado’s history of homes, through Jan. 8; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 400 Quail Road, Longmont; longmontmuseum.org.
LONGMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: Most restaurants in Longmont will be serving SPECIAL PLATES during the promotion to best represent them, at prices of $25, $35 or $50 (not incl. tip or tax). Special menus are available every day a participating business is open between Friday, October 7 and Sunday, October 16. Please note that not every restaurant will have their special menu available at all hours of operation- it’s a safe bet (though not guaranteed) that they will be available for dinner, but you’ll want to ask the restaurant if you are planning to stop by for lunch or happy hour. There are three SPECIAL EVENTS with a separate price, and can be reserved online: the Farm to Table Dinner on September 29 (previously announced by us, Lyons Recorder), the Taste the Times kick-off party on October 7, and chef experiences at the Times Collaborative.
Other activities this week include a BIG “preparedness” Fair in Loveland, a Lyons author book signing Sunday, a wreath-making class for seniors, a “Volunteer Day” event where all the town’s nonprofits will present themselves to you, a Horror Film Festival, Longmont’s Restaurant week, and a craft, and sketch class at the library. See Things to Do for details.
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Go to THINGS TO DO for details on Activities and Events, listed by date