Has your heart been broken again by the Broncos? I’m not an avid sports fan, and don’t watch all the games, but I do support COLORADO TEAMS. When they hired the best quarterback available in America, Russell Wilson (and a gentleman at that), along with a new younger-oriented head coach Hackett, it seemed like we would race to the top.
But no. Week after week they have been a disappointment.
The first week: ===The Denver Broncos played a sloppy game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, committing 12 penalties in a 17-16 loss. Playing on the road, the Broncos were penalized three times for false starts and twice for delay of game.=== I thought, oh, well, 17 to 16 isn’t all bad. But it continued… Broncos followed that up with a 13-penalty performance against the Houston Texans in Week 2 (a franchise record).
This week, (Week 5, having won 2) they are credited as having the 2nd worse “opposition” in the country. The coach is now #1 in the betting arenas in getting fired. They continue to make errors. And, at the last game, when it ended in a tie, many of the fans left the stands and went home disappointed, not waiting to see them lose again. (Colts won 12 to 9)
Well, the Avalanche hockey team had their first game of the season on Wednesday; and they are the top pick for winning again this season.
………Many Thanks, Kathleen Spring, your editor
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WEATHER: We have finally moved into what they call “normal fall temperatures for Colorado.” That means upper 60s, and lows around 40. The eastern half of the state is getting Frost Warnings. It’s wise to go out and see the fall color this weekend! or you’ll miss the best of it. See our ARTICLE about Rocky Mt National Park updates.
ARTS HONORED: On September 30, President Biden declared October as National Arts and Humanities Month. His Executive Order stated, “Under my Administration, the arts, the humanities, and museum and library services will be integrated into strategies, policies, and programs that advance the economic development, well-being, and resilience of all communities, especially those that have historically been underserved.” – sorry I missed this, and didn’t share it sooner – but great news!
The Blue Books have been sent to registered voters! The booklet contains details on the language and implications regarding ballot issues. The analysis contains questions like:
What are the current policies?
What would this measure do?
What is the argument for the proposition?
What is the argument against the proposition?
(See our ARTICLE on the BALLOTS issues in this edition; and frequently asked questions)
Lyons Community Foundation===Matching Grant Program==2 weeks left to donate.
A generous supporter of the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) has offered to match every new donation they receive through October 31st, up to $10,000 total. Planet Bluegrass has offered to match as well with an additional $10,000 dollars if the LCF reaches their initial goal of $10,000 by the end of October. Paired with the support from the anonymous donor, this brings the fundraising potential to $30,000 dollars. All to support organizations in LYONS! ===They have one month to raise the $10,000 and obtain the the full match. The funds raised will continue to support LCF’s mission by connecting the community (Sandstone Concert Series, Parade of Lights), supporting humans services such as the services LEAF offers (i.e., food pantry, Meals on Wheels, mental wellness), investing in youth scholarships, and encouraging ecological initiatives (i.e., Lyons Food Forest). This matching grant is a great opportunity to come together as a community. If you are interested, please visit their website https://www.lyonscf.org/donate-now.html.
October is Cervical Cancer Survivor Month. Many people go years without the proper diagnosis. See their web page for stories and help: www.cervivor.org (including our own Tracy Jimenez)
Yoga in the Park has been moved to the library on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
BOOK TALK TODAY THURSDAY October 13th: Local author talk at Lyons Library (The Recorder just got a message about this on Tuesday, and the event is today, Thursday). “From a Jewish kid in the Bronx to sports to doing research on how astronauts adapt to weightlessness, including his astronaut training in Houston.” Oct. 13th at 6:30p.m., “Around and Around: Recollections of a NASA Bioengineer from the Bronx,” by Leslie Young. You can also ask questions about how to publish a book!
ART OPENING & MURAL DEDICATION: The 3rd Quarter LAHC art opening and unveiling of the mural on town hall’s outdoor wall was a big success with one of their biggest turnouts in recent memory. The YaYa donuts ‘melted’ in your mouth; yum. The weather was great, and the mayor and artist gave brief talks. Stop by town hall or the library to see the art. We will have an article about the mural’s artist and his techniques in an upcoming edition; and photos of the opening night in a “stroll” article.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE grand opening October 21st at 2:30 p.m. The school kids and staff will be walking over the few blocks of NEW sidewalk to the bridge for the ceremony. This was partially paid for by a Safe Routes to School grant. Come and join them. (Some people who lived in the Confluence during the Great Flood of 2013 are disappointed that the event doesn’t take place on the weekend, or evening, when more could attend.)
EMPANADAS: Frida, who never could figure out the permitting process and to open in Lyons, now has commercial kitchen space in Loveland, and says, “we are almost done with our wholesale license. We will be cooking and packaging Empanadas soon for purchase in Lyons. A food truck is our main goal now, but this will get us rolling!”
SENIORS: Lyons seniors got to create really beautiful fall wreaths, as part of the Town’s senior activities. The next activity is Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30 to 1:30p.m., Celebrate those with October birthdays, and make a craft, plus have some cake. At the Walt Self Senior Center. Contact LRamsey@townoflyons.com All Lyons seniors, 55+ years, are welcome.
Gourmet restaurant MARIGOLD now has an online, carry out menu. But some say, we want a delightful evening out, and not a dish in front of the TV… how can it be as good?
Estes Valley Residents: EPNonprofit has their annual National Philanthropy Day event on November 10, which includes recognition of area philanthropists. We need folks to nominate YOUTH PHILANTHROPISTS. Past nominees include kids who volunteer to help fight fires, teams who raise money for sick friends, kids who volunteer figuring out safe routes to school, those helping nonprofits with events, young ones walking dogs at the pet shelter while they wait for adoption…. Please nominate and encourage a spirit of philanthropy in our youth; it’s valuable.—-We currently only have ONE youth nominated. This Friday is the deadline to nominate. Click HERE to see the nomination form
Current draft of the Lyons COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: https://clarionassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Lyons-Thrive_Comprehensive-Plan_2022.pdf This was discussed at last Monday’s meeting.
Thank you to Patrick Dillion and The Lyons Social Justice Committee for holding its first Community Volunteer Fair on Wednesday at the Diner Bar. It gave people an opportunity to learn more about local and regional nonprofits making a positive impact on our community and how you can help. And thanks for all the organizations who sent representatives. I’m sure we will be hearing more from the Committee in the future.
CoCoRahs had their annual picnic in Loveland. Many residents in and around Lyons participate in their program, in which residents “read/measure the weather and report it.” If you are a weather-watcher, and like to tell folks how much snow or rain fell, consider joining the group. It began in Colorado, and now it is nationwide. CoCo went from “Colorado Collective” to “Community Collective.” It is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation. www.CoCoRahs.org
IRS SCAMS INCREASING! So far in 2022, the IRS has identified and reported thousands of fraudulent domains tied to multiple text scams, known as smishing, targeting taxpayers. Smishing campaigns target mobile phone users, and the scam messages often look like they’re coming from the IRS, with fake messages, known as “lures,” offering COVID relief, tax credits or help setting up an IRS online account. Recipients of these IRS-related scams can report them to email@example.com. In the latest smishing activity, the scam texts ask taxpayers to click a link or call a telephone number where criminals will collect their personal or financial information. The IRS does not send emails or text messages asking for personal, financial information or account numbers. Taxpayers should continue reporting these scams to the IRS.
TEEN FOOTBALL. Lyons Lions football team won again, last Friday, making them 6 – 0 UNDEFEATED! Congratulations to team and coaches! (See this week’s ARTICLE with photos of Steve Atwater and the teens, and more)
The elementary school JOGATHON last week brought in approximately $80,000! See our ARTICLE for a list of items that the funds are spent on throughout the year. Congrats!
Jean Bennett Fonda Swearingen 1/4/1935 – 9/22/2022: Our condolences to Jen Wingard on the passing of her mom. While her mother lived in Estes Park, a lot of people in Lyons knew her “as ‘Bone Lady’ of our Lyons Xmas (bizarre) Bazaar.” Jen stepped away from her career on September 1st “to spend time with my mom at the end of her life and reflect on what is next. I have been the ‘breadwinner’ for a few years and I have the best support system here with my friends and family. Thankful for all of you.” (We will post her Obituary next week)
MISCELLANEOUS US & WORLD NEWS:
==The final public meeting of the Commission on the “January 6th Insurrection” takes place Thursday, October 13, available on public television.
==Twitter officially rolls out its EDIT button.
==OPEC cut oil production to protect its business profits, due to countries using less gas/oil.
==Ukraine’s military has reclaimed from Russia, as of Saturday, 2,000 square kilometers (over 770 square miles) of territory so far this month
See our THINGS TO DO page for a couple dozen events each month, and their links.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK SALE this weekend – Support your “Friends” – they bring you some awesome programs and more, throughout the year! See ARTICLE this week.
The Friends will have a Silent Auction for the dollhouse currently on display in the library Community Room, from October 14 to 22. See the article for more details.
October 14, Art Opening Lyons, 6-9pm – Join us for art and wine at the opening reception for 3Cs Art Collective’s next Main Street Gallery exhibition, “Nocturnal”. (see Things to Do, or their Facebook page for more info)
Haunted Masquerade Gala Concert on October 15th at the Dairy Arts Center at 7pm. Boulder Opera is hosting our annual Gala Concert with a Haunted Masquerade theme October 15th at 7:00 pm at the Dairy Arts Center. The Gala Concert is going to be a great musical party, with music from Magic Flute, Phantom of the Opera, season highlights, and more! There will be a silent auction as well as a witch’s brew punch, and guests are encouraged to wear a mask or purchase one at the event.
Treasure Tables is coming to Estes Park on October 29th — I would not ordinarily promote another town’s craft sale here, but it: benefits a women’s charitable organization that raises money for scholarships, grants, and 2% loans for women who want to begin, continue, or return to the college classroom to expand their education. (Admission and parking are free, 9 a.m. to 4p.m. at Stanley Fairgrounds Events Center).
SPOOKTACULAR Saturday October 29: (1) Children’s Games (2) Parade down Main Street (3) Gateway Realty Group will be holding our second annual pumpkin decorating event (4) The Lyons Garden Club chili cook off. See THINGS TO DO for ALL the Details, or our “Month of October” Calendar page. https://lyonsrecorder.org/event/spooktacular-includes-parade/
Small Business RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS: If you rent your property out to vacationers, in the “Estes Valley Area,” or “greater Estes Park area,” you will want to study the new LODGING TAX that is on the November ballot. It is only charged to customers (not homeowners), and the funds go to getting housing for workforce people in town, and their childcare needs. == ALSO, www.EstesPark.com is switching its format to a “lodging web site” where you can list your place and not get charged 14-20% in booking fees on online travel places like AirBnB. Partners@estesPark.com
RAVE TO GRAVE: full information on our “Month of October” 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.
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Go to THINGS TO DO for details on Activities and Events, listed by date