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It is sad to see the new pet store in town, in the Village shopping strip on Main Street, is closing down. They are hoping someone will step up and take it over, but they want to close the transaction quickly, and it may not give a new owner time to get their finances AND life in order to do that. They only opened in April, so it is hard to judge how successful it would have been.
It seems like shops that try to be truly unique don’t make it in Lyons — like the “glass pipe” shop. The “general, vast gift shops” seem to be our claim to fame in the Front Range. At one time, Lyons had 11 antique shops and was known for miles around as the place to go. Even earlier, during the quarrying early days at the turn of the century, we had 11 saloons. Well, a man has to spend his money somewhere…
Spend your money wisely.
…….. from your editor, Kathleen Spring
NEWS YOU CAN USE
WEATHER: The area had a bit of a cool down last week, with weather often in the low 70s and at night 60, with occasional thunderstorms. Tubing was allowed this past week, so the river is calming down. — Dont forget you can rent tubes at the LaV-Johnson Park kiosk. As for this week, it went back to 90 degrees every day.
PROPERTY VALUES: The hot topic on Facebook was whether people got their “protest of property tax values” reduced. So far it seems like half (who responded) said “no.” But almost half said yes, and it was by $70,000 to $120,000! — which, in a way, proves that the values were way overpriced. The next step is deciding whether to appeal. It seems that the condition of the house was one of the key factors.
July 23, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Pancake Fundraiser for Lyons Fire Dept., including music by Charlie Rose, and silent auction.
VOTE: Best Small Town / Beer Towns — you’d be surprised at what towns were are up against, and we are #7 in the US!
Do you remember how Oskar Blues formed Can’d Aid after the Great Flood of 2013, and help Lyons homeowners? Well, they are turning 10 years old, after helping people in Colorado, and across the US. — consider joining them for the anniversary party ==We’ll be kicking off the celebration with a volunteer super project – building bikes, skateboards and assembling art kits – all benefitting underserved youth in Denver. Afterwards, join us for live music. August 10th. REGISTER. This will be on our Calendar page for future reference.
Curbside Tree Limb Pickup = Monday, July 17th and Tuesday July 18th ==the Town of Lyons has contracted with Baer Forestry to do a limb pick up for residential properties that are less than one acre.
HIGH SCHOOL GAME CALLER: We are looking for someone who is interested in joining our softball family (baseball too if you’re interested)!! Looking for someone to be our GAME DAY announcer
This upcoming season we have 12 home games, August-October. Ideally, we would love someone who wants to be a part of the fam, invested in our team and athletes…I promise, they will be the best part of your day…and this would be your ‘work’ View== compensation offered. Email myself and athletic director Colleen Ford if you’re interested! firstname.lastname@example.org – email@example.com
Seniors Field Trip is to a Rockies Game – get on the waiting list – contact Lisa Ramsey. LRamsey@townoflyons.com There is often one or two people who cancel at the last minute. (Note, the senior center lunch program will be closed for the day).
TICKS: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – CDPHE wants your ticks! We have about 30 different species of ticks in Colorado, the most common are the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the American dog tick. You can help us track ticks, their geographic distribution, and tick-borne diseases in our state by visiting cdphe.colorado.gov/animal-related-diseases/tick-borne-diseases.
Learn about tick-related infections, and how to remove ticks at cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.
Mental Health Partners is celebrating 60 years of serving our communities, and we want to celebrate with you! Join MHP’s CEOs (past and present) in a special cake cutting at 5:00 p.m. with free cake and ice cream for all from Nothing Bundt Cakes and Haagan Dasz. Please RSVP by July 20th: RSVP
- Client art show and sale
- Fun self-care activities
- Comfort dogs
- Virtual scrapbook of 60 years of MHP
- Self-guided tour
REDUCED ELECTRONIC RECYCLE FEES – Pinewood Springs and Estes Valley residents – there will be a recycle event for electronics (and more) August 12th. Donations have been made to the Recycle group so that they can offer free or reduced electronic fees! So put all your items in a corner to take in August. We will print more details in a couple of weeks. (includes paper shredding, microwaves, smoke detectors and more). Remember it is now against the law to dispose of electronics in the trash!
PASTOR: Lyons Community Church ‘past pastor’ Emily Kintzel says she is now in her 4th year at Niwot United Methodist Church and loving it. (but also loved Lyons)
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was temporarily closed between Deer Ridge Junction and Rainbow Curve due to a 3-vehicle accident at Many Parks Curve on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. No serious injuries are reported. 7/10/23 == Also a “free-solo” climber died 7/11/23.
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HOOTENANNY NEEDS DONORS: The 3rd Annual Hootenanny at River Bend is just two months away! This popular event is a fundraiser for LEAF and LCF. To make it successful, we need community support in the form of corporate sponsors as well as donations of items/services for our silent auction. Corporate sponsorships range from $250 to $2500+ and include logo/name exposure for your business, and silent auction items can be physical items, services like gift cards for haircuts, massages, etc., or even stays in a vacation rental. Thanks for your support. To learn more, please visit the following links: Corporate Sponsorship details – https://docs.google.com/…/1XlYjlm-S4rwESFP-I…/edit… === Silent Auction Item Donation form – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSe2bInr9ZD…/viewform…
The Lyons Lions Club is busy gathering sponsors for our 29th annual golf tournament being held on August 14, at Lake Valley Golf Club. This fundraiser supports our causes for the year. Nationally we support the Lions Club International in projects such as Seeing Eye Dogs, Cornea transplants and the Rocky Mountain Eye Bank, as well as disaster relief. Locally, along with our youth Leo Club, we support community projects, give scholarships, collect eye glasses and hearing aids to name a few. === You can also support the Lions Club by contributing a donation to Lyons Lions Club, P.O. Box 1415, Lyons 80540. Serving Lyons since 1946!
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OPERA IN THE PARK – I just have to put a note in here about Boulder’s opera July 29th – as it sounds so exciting: scenes from Wagner’s iconic Der Ring– a spellbinding night of music featuring gods, giants, dwarfs, water maidens and Valkyries at the foot of our majestic Flatirons. It’s only $10 and is in the bandshell. See our Things to Do for more info/links. (and other interesting, special events).
SENIOR NEWS – the monthly Senior Newsletter is out this week, with some new medical news, fun activities, scam warnings,
JOB: Lyons Middle/Senior High School: We are hiring for a few positions if you are looking to join a fantastic team with a great community of educators! If you know anyone interested, please have them reach out to Principal Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply at AppliTrack.com —— High School Special Education Teacher —— High School Assistant Football Coach
BUS – ZERO FARE FOR CLEAR AIR is back – free bus fare in July and August. See our ARTICLE 6/29/23 for more details. A “mid-day” ride on Lyons Flyer has been added.
Goat Mowers Return to Lyons: Tackling weed and fire mitigation organically! The goat mowers have returned to Lyons and will be up along Longs Peak Drive to help with weed mitigation efforts. The herd should be here for another couple of weeks helping by weeding, eating, repeating.
BATS IN THE ATTIC: Cindy Tully LeMaire responded to someone who went from 3 bats to 52 bats in one year: Many Bats are protected under Federal & State Law. They are great for bugs (mosquitos) but if you have so many they can take over the attic or other parts of your home. A friend in Pagosa had so many with guano down the walls & between the studs he had to leave his home for over 3 months & have the drywall removed. Colo Parks & wildlife May have referrals for licensed bat removers. My sister-In-law had to have many removed from her attic as well. The guy was a retired CO wildlife officer (in Steamboat)
FISHING RULES: Warn your visitor friends and relatives that there are strict rules on when/ where/ how you can fish in the St. Vrain River (and Colorado). There are big prominent signs by our river.
REMINDER: Lyons CRACK SEAL and CHIP SEAL OPERATIONS are btw. 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. You will get a notice when they work on your street. If you don’t move your car, it will be towed at your expense. (See our News Briefs last week, or contact the Town for questions).
CO SCENIC BYWAYS — Two of the state’s southwestern byways will be getting some much-needed enhancements after receiving a $640,250 grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program. — Several improvements are planned for the Alpine Loop Byway, connecting Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, and the Silver Thread Byway, between Blue Mesa Reservoir and South Fork. — The grant application was a collaborative effort between four counties, four municipalities, two ranger districts, one Bureau of Land Management field office, and several nonprofit organizations.
======Summer Fun this week======
July to October: Art Shows – solo Birdi at the library; and resident art in town hall. See our ARTICLE.
Concerts in the Park every Wednesday at 6:30p.m.
(1) July 19, 7p.m. – Dragonflies talk at library === (2) July 20, 10 a.m. – 12 = Dragonflies field trip
July 15 – outdoor deck wonderful concert in Pinewood Springs
See our THINGS TO DO for MORE DETAILS on these events, /plus/ a full calendar of more activities and events. See the Library calendar page for children’s events. See local bars Facebook pages for bands performing.
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