Opinion

About town with LaVern Johnson

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Another week gone by. Sunny, but dreary. Safer at home is the message. As far as I know the folks around Lyons have been doing well with social distancing. They seem to be staying home, wearing their masks, and, truly there is no place to go. Don't catch the virus!

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Is it safe to venture out yet?

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Are you more in the “comfortable at home” camp or “I have cabin fever- gotta go somewhere”? If you’re going crazy from being at home, you probably look forward to any excuse to get out. On the other hand, if you are content with doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, baking,

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About town with LaVern Johnson

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Another week gone by, where does the time go? Nothing has changed as to the virus; Governor Polis says "Safer at Home" as the virus is still a terrible threat. We should all wear masks, keep our distance, and not give it or get it. To me, the protesters

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About town with LaVern Johnson

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Another week gone by. Another one where we are to STAY HOME and hope the virus dies down. Don't be close to anyone; don't give it to anyone. Keep your distance. Spray you newspaper, your credit card, your car keys, post office keys, your shoes, your clothes. It may be

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Trustees complete final steps for affordable rentals in Lyons Valley Park

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The Lyons Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Development Plan Agreement with Summit Housing Group at an April 13 virtual meeting, the final step in multiple approval processes for 40 affordable rentals in the Lyons Valley Park Subdivision. Summit is under contract with landowner Keith Bell to purchase both Tract

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A journal of the plague year

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I watched as shoppers came and went at the King Soopers on Main Street in Longmont. Some came in masks (yay!), while others wore nothing on their faces. One came with a long scarf, presumably since the president raved about scarves a few days ago.

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About town with LaVern Johnson

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Another week gone by. It is supposed to snow over the weekend.

This Sunday is Easter. Can you imagine not going to Church on Easter?! Many churches will preach by Zoom or on TV. Yes, we must say our prayers, we need the Lord to protect us from this virus

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Herbicide use in town parks

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I am the vice chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC). The following does not represent the views or opinions of the entire PRC. All members of the town boards and commissions are encouraged to bring their own views and opinions to the table. These are mine.

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Coronavirus update, Stardate 03.30.20

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You could lose awareness of the date when things were normal. By normal, I mean when we could gather in bars, restaurants, and libraries, or have dinner with friends, not to mention hug them. I think that the candidates’ forum on March 9 marked the end of "normal.” We wiped

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About town with LaVern Johnson

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Another week gone by. Very unsettling. The message is, "STAY HOME. DON'T LET ANYONE COME IN! SPRAY THE DOOR HANDLE. DON'T CATCH THE VIRUS. COULD BE DEADLY." Although it is very trying, we don't want to get the virus. It may be as bad as the Spanish Flu of 1918

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Want more civility? Three more components

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Feelings are internal, physiological, unconscious reactions to what we see or hear. Feelings--such as happy, hopeful, alert, confused, mad, sad, scared--are universal to the human species, although people may react differently in the identical situation due to their previous experiences. For example, upon encountering a snake, frequent hikers on the

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About town with LaVern Johnson

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Wow, within a day, Lyons lost all of its activities and closed schools, churches, library, town hall, High Street Concerts, Chamber meeting, Senior Meals (however Meals on Wheels are available), basketball games, square dances, and the Old Time Dance of April 4. This is the only way this virus can

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Life in the time of coronavirus

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It’s a time of uncertainty.

I’m in the high risk group--over 60 with pre-existing conditions--though I don’t have any cold or flu symptoms. My wife, on the other hand, has had a cold for the past six days, coughing and sneezing. This is likely (hopefully!) the result of our three-year-old

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Want more civility? The observation component

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In part one of our series, the five components of non-adversarial communication (NAC) were identified as intention, observation, feelings, needs, and requests. Intention was described as really wanting to understand the other’s perspective. If you want to convince another person that you’re right, then you’re likely to trigger an adversarial

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Want more civility? We can be the change we wish to see

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Strong differences of opinions about policies and politics in small towns can result in damaging rifts, such as Lyons experienced over a proposal to build housing in Bohn Park after the 2013 flood. As conflict resolution specialists, we have used Non-Adversarial Communication (NAC) successfully to mediate community-wide disputes, neighborhood

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Why I Love Lyons

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A confession: I love Lyons. I love the people, the music scene, the arts, the caring of the community, the fact that we don’t have parking meters, the parks, and the great new library. Among other things.

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Notes From the Denver Women’s March

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A glorious, blazing sunrise greeted me Saturday morning as I woke up a bit earlier than usual to make my way to Denver for the Fourth Annual Women's March (officially termed "Womxn's March", with a nod toward inclusiveness), one of hundreds planned around the country. After waiting at Sandstone Park

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Thoughts on current and future Town of Lyons budgets

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The most recent comprehensive study of Lyons' current and future fiscal health was the Lyons Primary Planning Area (LPPA) study done by Ricker, Cunningham consultants in 2016-2017 and adopted by the Planning & Community Development Commission (PCDC) and Board of Trustees (BOT). Its conclusion: the Town of Lyons, which is

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