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I heard on TV a celebrity saying that he got divorced after ten years of marriage because when they had children, it reflected the truth about who each spouse was as a parent and, therefore, as a person. The correspondents then went on to discuss how people often bring into their marriage the rules that they experienced as a child, either to do the same thing, or to do the opposite. There really shouldn’t be major surprises — most people would agree that when you are dating and considering marriage one of the first major discussions is about kids. Plus most people observe how the other person is treating their kids, both emotionally and education-wise, including home life.
Anyone who has been married a second time and has brought children together from both previous marriages can see a positive side of blending styles. Starting with the parents supporting each other’s form of discipline and life style when it comes to kids, BOTH the parents and the kids will experience NEW WAYS TO DO THINGS. Maybe in the previous marriage the kids had almost no specific bedtime. Or, the kids only ate in front of the TV. Or they have never washed a dish before and don’t know you need to also wash the bottom! Or, you need to earn your allowance by participating in household duties. This gives them a better background for entering the adult world, knowing that there is not just one way for everyone to do things.
Maybe dealing with clashing parental-styles would be a good New Year’s Resolution for some folks.
Have a great day, from your editor, Kathleen Spring 1/26/23
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SUNDAY NIGHT BAD ROADS: multiple people on Facebook commented on how the roads were slick with ice, from Pinewood to Lyons and to Longmont. Lots of cars slid off the road east of Lyons. JR Gordon said: I drove Pinewood to Aurora starting at 4:30 and saw 15+ cars in the ditch.// Evan Jones replied: I was one of them! By the water treatment plant on 66. Saw 3 other cars spin around and go off the road while waiting for the tow truck. Dude was busy that night. Wish I had seen this before leaving the house around 4 yesterday. Made it down to highway 66 before fish-tailing on what seemed like a never-ending strip of ice and ending up in the ditch. FWIW, Blue Sky Towing is a company I would use again. My seatbelt sure did leave a mark, but otherwise I’m OK, thank you. It was really encouraging how many other drivers stopped to check on me.
KNITTING CLASS /plus/ Yarn NEEDED == Yarn and knitting needles are needed if you might have some to donate to the Library. The Friends of Lyons Regional Library is proud to sponsor a 6-week series of free knitting class for teens and adults starting Wed Feb 8. from 3:30-4:30pm. The classes will continue weekly on Wednesdays for 6 weeks at the same time. The class is ideal for beginners and teacher Sandra Haber will be on hand to get everyone started. Registration is required. — Items can be brought to the library. (LIMITED Space): LIBRARY REGISTER Page
LEAF’s NEW BLDG – Theresa Brighton is helping to put together a series of HOUSE concerts that will be fundraisers for the new building. Contact her to get on her email list. She will be sending out notices in the near future. Thanks Theresa!
COMMUNITY GARDEN committee – still looking for volunteers to help define it and set it up. Bob says: Please let me know if you have interest. Email me at Robert.Brakenridge@Colorado.edu ==The town’s Ecology Advisory Board can help, but they are only in an advisory role. We will ourselves need to set up a board of directors, designate a treasurer, etc. Thus, all sorts of skills will be useful: yet the time investment needed must be kept very modest. Keep in mind that community gardens provide plots; only, there is normally little formal group activity in such gardens once the plots are staked and tilled. Community residents are simply provided with individual rented plots of fertile ground they can independently garden and maintain each season. That said, such garden spaces can provide great opportunities to meet other members of your community. Interested? (1/24/23)
REMINDER – one apartment is available through Boulder County Housing – Feb 8th — Instructions: The way to receive a Housing Choice Voucher is through our lottery system. Lottery applications will be accepted for the Mainstream Voucher and Housing Choice Voucher lottery online only on February 8, 2023 from 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. (Some “financial assistance” is available) This is not the form to get on a “waiting list”
NCAR has reopened to the public for tours again, after being closed for COVID for 2.5 years. Much of the building, and especially the hallways were designed to be a museum that connects the public with the scientists. The scientists say that it has helped them get through blocks by interacting with the public. Many social media firms, like Google follow this “open office” concept for the same reasons. The building’s architecture was inspired by the Puebloans (see Mesa Verde). It used nearby materials to be built in the 1960s.
HOUSE INSURANCE for those who CANT GET INSURED: Several states have “state plans” and Colorado will be entering the market soon. It is bare bones coverage, and not cheap, but at least its something. Rep Judy Amabile (Dem) has got it going: Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (referred to as the FAIR Plan, nationwide). We’ll keep you posted. It seems the nationwide average cost is $1400.
Home Prices have gone down and stabilized. In April the median was $600,000 and now it is $530,000 statewide, for a single family home.
Girl Scout Cookies==The Lyons Troop will be selling cookies starting the first Sunday in Feb and our online sales website will be up soon. We’ll have some booths around town in Feb and March and will be reaching out to local businesses to set up and will keep the community informed folks can get their cookie fix! (contact Sarah Wolfe Vassel) Pinewood Springs also has families selling cookies, some are online. They hope to have a “stand” in the Cherry Company store soon.
DISCOVERY FAIR at Elementary School – the Jan. 26th date is for parents and kids only. We will keep you informed if they add a date for the public to see the “up-cycled STEM lab” creations!
UKRAINE DINNER – Want to know more about Ukrainians settling in Colorado? Come and enjoy a perogies dinner and learn what you can do to help. St. John the Baptist Church in Longmont, 4 p.m. (Lyons connection is Robyn Sloan, who will be bringing the Ukraine family to the dinner, that she has been helping). Fundraiser.
BISCUITS Truck takes an annual vacation February 6 to 20th. Remember, they are in Lyons every Friday morning. 6:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
RADON KITS – last week we had an extensive article about the dangers of radon. — UPDATE: Larimer County has free kits for its residents at the health department and town hall, while supplies last. 1/24/23
DAIRY BAR says it is getting good complements from customers about its new layout, starting this past week, with inside service for ice cream.
GET OUT IN NATURE – Deadline Feb 6th == INTERNSHIP For ages 18-30, up to 35 for veterans…across US Parks: If you’re interested in biology, fisheries, aquaculture, ecology, or environmental science, this new Fish and Feathers program might interest you! The program is funded by the National Park Service (NPS) and administered by Environment for the Americas! Interns will focus on supporting, implementing, and possibly leading community outreach programs that focus on fishing and birding activities. The overall goal is to increase diverse community engagement with NPS partners during the program and in years to come.
Through this program, interns will get to: ===Reach out to local communities to increase engagement in fishing and birdwatching ===Understand regulations regarding fishing and ethical birding and communicate this information to program participants ===Lead and/or support the implementation of fishing and birding program. ===Manage and maintain program equipment. Apply by Monday, February 6th to work as a Fish and Feathers intern at national parks across America.
==Estes Park== Rep. Joe Neguse came to Estes Park last week for a round table discussion with local officials to talk about the $785,937 federal funds the community will receive for wildfire mitigation that are part of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Joe Biden December 29, 2022.
The old CHURCH SHOPS Building in Estes Park is being renovated by the people who also own the Stanley Museum. It will be a “live/working/sales” chocolate factory. The Wild Rose Restaurant is the only store left, and will remain open during renovations. They have started renovations on the façade and eastern walkway.
==US NEWS== A mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, took place Sunday. It is a majority Asian American city, east of Los Angeles. Eleven people are dead and 9 others injured. It was the eve of Lunar New Year Saturday night. It will likely be left out of the FBI’s nationwide crime statistics, as neither city nor county officials there are using the Justice Department’s new crime reporting system. Another shooting took place Monday near San Francisco.
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DARK SKIES – OBSERVATORY – This weekend –We are so lucky to have dark skies in our community! Come learn about how you can help keep skies dark for wildlife, human health, and enjoyment this Saturday, January 28 at the Estes Park Observatory. The program will happen regardless of the weather. If it’s clear, you’ll also get a chance to look through telescopes at the night sky. Hope to see you there! Doors open at 7 p.m. Speaker 730 p.m Viewing 8:30 p.m. www.angelsabove.org No registration required, but it’s a good idea to read the description on their page.
NATIVE AMERICANS – the Longmont Museum has EIGHT programs over the next few months about Native Americans, include. Poetry, image in films, missing people, artists, and more. For full schedule and/or to sign up: CLICK HERE === Jan 28th opening of new exhibit — The Longmont Museum is excited to welcome nationally-recognized activist and artist Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) as guest curator of a new contemporary Native American art exhibition presenting the work of locally and nationally-known Indigenous American artists. Duality: Contemporary Works by Indigenous Artists showcases unique and authentic artists who highlight the resurgence of contemporary art for Native people in recent years
JOHN MELLONCAMP *ART*– I’m not putting this in our Things to do/or calendar bec. it’s in Loveland, but some of you may be interested in seeing it — John Mellencamp, upbeat, Grammy-award winning pop songs of the 1980s and nineties that talked of groovin’ and dancing or about the hardships of small-town living in America’s heartland. The legendary singer songwriter, however, has another talent—painting. A new show at the Loveland Museum showcases part of his collection.
MUSIC /plus/DISCUSSION in Lyons – 3 “showcases of songwriters” — from Thursday to Sunday this weekend. This is in our Things to Do, but it is so BIG ! AND COMPLICATED, I wanted to point it out here, too– per Nadine Sekerez:
==1. January 29th, Sunday, 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. Songwriter showcase in Lyons, which has now added A-lodge for a second location, since there are so many songwriters go to: Songwriter Showcase at Moxie & A-Lodge in Lyons==click here This is a Facebook page that lists all the artists performing and some background on them.
==2. after the all day long showcase of songwriters, there is a discussion led by Chris Kresge on music business tips, at Moxie’s. Limited space.–go to: TICKETS
==3. third free event that is in Estes Park Eben Grace & Billy Shaddox = Estes Park Songwriter Showcase. Thursday Jan. 26th at Lonigans : TICKETS
==4. fourth event that is ticketed – Enjoy a showcase of songwriters Phoebe Hunt, Daniel Rodriguez, and Clay Rose in an intimate setting Saturday Jan. 28th 7 p.m. TICKETS