Yes, another week gone by. Beautiful, the leaves are just beautiful. Lyons has many red-leaved trees, and a lot of golds. Whee! Lyons in the fall. Take a ride around the area and enjoy.

All citizens of Lyons are warned to watch out for burglaries that are happening in Lyons from late at night to the early hours of the morning. Call 911 if you see cars or people sneaking around. The sheriff’s office is aware of it, and will appreciate your call. We can catch them.

Hey, Lyons, let’s help Katie get to Argentina for the ICF World Freestyle Kayaking Championships! (See information in Letters to the Editor in this edition.) And to think this all started with a Parks & Rec. class here in Lyons, Colorado! The address is:,

Weather permitting the Lyons Historical Society's fundraiser will continue on Friday and Saturday this weekend (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 306 Evans, just south of the post office, with lots of “stuff” used and new. We have just received three pickup loads of “good stuff.” Stop by. Support the Lyons Redstone Museum. Bring your “stuff”!  Lots of interesting “stuff” you will like. With great prices!

DR-BOP gave their presentation of the plans for the confluence area at the Town Board’s workshop on Monday evening. The Parks & Rec. Commission will again go over the plans at their monthly meeting on November 14, with a public hearing before the Town Board to be scheduled soon.

VOTE for the Lyons Redstone Museum daily! Colorado's 2017 Most Significant Artifacts Vote Form. Remember to hit the “Submit my Vote” button at the bottom of the page! Vote for the Lyons Schools'  Teacher Registration and Grade Books, 1920 to 1961.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 – Sip & Dip at Western Stars Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 – Adult clothes swap at 3 p.m. at 322 Evans (Theresa Brighton)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – Old Time Square Dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m., in the Oskar Blues events room. All ages are welcome. Music by Ellen Rosenburg & Friends. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – Lyons Chamber Social

The Lyons Christmas Bazaar will be held December 2 & 3 at the Lyons Elementary School gym.
It's our 40th season! Sponsored by the Town of Lyons. Donations of crafts, cookies, baked goods, etc. are being solicited by the Lyons Historical Society. Contact (303) 823-5925. 

Friday, October 27 – Rave to the Grave from 7 to 11 p.m., at Planet Bluegrass a benefit for LEAF. Wear your costumes, plan to come. Great fun for all adults! 
Saturday, October 28 – The Lyons Garden Club's annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser at The Stone Cup starting at 4:30. Town of Lyons “Spooktacular!” Games from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School playground. Parade at 6 p.m., with line-up at 5:45 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary. The parade route will go east on High Street, south on Third Avenue, west on Main Street north on Fifth, then east on High Street. To be followed by Trick-or-Treating at businesses from 6:30 to7 p.m. 

LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 10th Anniversary Gala will be on Friday, November 10, at the Lionscrest Manor, with dinner, program, presentation of grants, live and silent auction. Get your tickets while they last! Register at

The Ice rink equipment has been ordered and will be here and set up by Christmas break, with skate rentals and hot cocoa out of the concession stand!!! A real PLUS!  Thanks!

The Lyons Good Old Days celebration has been changed to the fifth Saturday (June 30) for next year. Due to the Telluride Festival being on the fourth Saturday, and the Chamber of Commerce use of Planet Bluegrass’s equipment for their beer tent and music fund raiser. Through the years the Good Old Days was held on July 4; then June 14 &15, and they finally settled on the fourth full weekend of June for many years. NOTE: Lyons alumni who will be planning reunions are asked to please take heed of this change and notify your classmates and plan accordingly!

ART-PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW at Town Hall held an open house/reception last Saturday featuring the art works of several Lyons photographers: Linda Park, Arielle Hudson, Darby Keeney, Dan Van Horn, Ken Wajda, Maia Lang, and M. Langert. Very interesting. Stop by the Lyons Town Hall during regular business hours to see this show through January

LYONS KIDS KAYAK CLUB at Centennial Pool begins on January 5, 2018. Sign up now.

GRANTS for teachers and technology are available through CenturyLink. Just go on website to get an application. The company recently gave $100,000 in grants. 

GRANT MONEY is still available. Every business is eligible for up to $50,000 for loses incurred during the 2013 flood. The deadline for the grant is December 2017. Call Marianne Ballantine for more details at (303) 886-1063. She is available for CDBG-DR counseling.

LYONS' CLINIC is no more. However, you can go to Dr Matthew Brett and Salud, located at 220 East Rogers Road, in Longmont. Call (303) 697-2583 for an appointment.

The Lyons Trustees are the ones that will decide on the shooting range in the quarry just over the ridge south of Lyons Valley Park.
Some say it will bring a boost to the economy of Lyons with shooters coming to town to eat. Others say they will hear the shots along the Eastern Corridor and around town. Others say “great.” Still others say “No.” However, in Lyons, a town where there is no land for housing that is 40 acres to the south that could be annexed as the years go by, with the shooting range to be just over the hill. Now they have to sound test the repercussions of the shooting range in the deep gully. Nearby residents may not hear one shot, but what about a tournament, etc., with lots of shots? And is it safe? I see where a bullet can go 2.2 miles! Yes, it will take a lot of scrutiny by the Town Board.

Thanks to the Lyons Community Church for the Monday night meal with songs by Jani and Zeke Little, Sam Miller, Bonnie and Katie Little. The LDS church will serve on Tuesday, October 24,  at 5:30 p.m. Lunch is served by Boulder County on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon. Call (303) 441-1415 the day before to get an accurate head count. Thanks to all! 

Softball season is over, as the girls lost to Delta 10 to 4 in Lamar last Saturday. Thanks to the girls, coaches, and fans for a great season!

The Lyons Middle/Senior Choir presented their Fall Concert last Wednesday evening, with performances from Middle School Semester Choir with twenty-four students; Middle School Year-Round Choir with thirty-nine students; Concert Choir with fifteen students; and Show Choir with seventeen students. Very much enjoyed by all, with Jimmy Howe, (new conductor) who replaced Victoria Bailey (who is in California taking Advanced Classes). Walt Lott was the accompanist and Zach Carlstrom was student accompanist. The next concert will be on Thursday, December 7.

The Jazz Band was greatly enjoyed at Oskar Blues also on Wednesday evening. Band Winter Concerts are schedule for Middle School on Monday, December 4, and Monday December 11 by the High School Choir.  Mark your calendar

We hear Principal Greg Winger has retired and Lyons Middle/Senior Interim Administrators Dennis Daly and Connie Safred are on hand to keep the school going. Greg has been a good Principal in the years since Mark Mills. We thank him for “upping” our small school to what it is today in academics, sports, activities, staff, etc.

Thanks Greg.

Thursday, October 19 – HS volleyball at Twin Peaks Charter Academy; SVVSD College Fair at Longmont High School.

Friday, October 20 - JV Cross Country “Last Chance Run” at LHS at 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 21 – HS football at Byers at 1 p.m.; MS cross country at Fehringer Ranch Park in Denver. Girls at10 a.m., and Boys at 10:30 a.m. No bus.

Sunday, October 22 - Booster Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley, North Main Street in Longmont from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 3 Volunteers.

LaVern Johnson and Monique Sawyer-Lang of the Lyons Historical Society attended the SCFD awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, where they presented checks to the Tier III non-profits, of which the Society received funds for “Operating Supplies” at the museum. A great help.  Thanks to all! 

Happy birthday to Stacy Beck, Amber Austin, Rachelle Schilling Gamachi, Marilyn Penn, and Calvin Ordel (one year old).

Thanks to Garima Fairfax of the Ecology Board who led a tree walk Sunday afternoon. Very educational. You can pick up a free tree brochure at the Lyons Town Hall and take a self-guided tour. 

The School District has hired New Heights Plant Health Care to care for the District’s many ash trees, where they put several plugs in the tree’s trunk and insert some rejection fluid. Call (303) 437-9524, or visit: to care for your ash trees (To kill the worms chewing in them!). They say it works. There are thousands of ash trees in the area.

BOULDER OPEN SPACE had a big crowd for their 50th anniversary open house to “Celebrate Boulder’s Greatest Treasure” talk conducted by Ruth Wright, Oakleigh Thome, and Sharon Colline.  The City of Boulder’s owns 90,000 acres of Open Space land, including the Beech Aircraft land, the Boulder Valley Ranch North, east Highway 36 in Boulder, as well as farm land along Nelson Road,  down west of IBM, with many miles of trails, ranging from flat and full of flowers, to rolling hills, to steep mountain trails that take your breath away. Yes, we all enjoy Boulder County because of the open space. Thanks Ruth Wright and cohorts, including Ron Stewart who recently retired as Director of the County’s Open Space.

We attended the video shown on the Jamestown flood, last Friday evening, showing photos of the flood and now the improvements! Their grocery store manager died in the flood. Tara Schlender, Mayor, received the Pace Setter Award for her work on the recovery efforts.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joan Treece who has retired and will now be a full-time resident of Lyons.  Her neighbors and friends held a retirement party for her.

Marissa Elsberry and Zach Martinez became engaged last weekend on top of Pike’s Peak. Congratulations!

We must never forget! Seventy-five years ago this week, Bill VanLeeuwen's great grandparents were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz. His great aunt and uncle and their children suffered the same fate. His father and his uncle were also captured and served in a prison work camp for many years, until they escaped and walked from Germany back to Holland. His parents immigrated to America in 1949. Always in our thoughts and hearts.

Hi Lyons Lions. It is with sadness that I let others know Mr. Richard Kohl has passed away. He suffered a fairly short but painful battle with cancer of the esophagus. Mrs. K is with her daughter right now. Plans are not set, but they are thinking that in lieu of a memorial service, they will try to organize a community concert in the spring and celebrate his life at that time. He was the Director of the Longmont Concert Band for a number of years after he retired from teaching, so they will try to organize something with them for the spring. Mrs. K wanted to make sure I shared with others how much they appreciated those who have stayed in touch, and how much they enjoyed time with all of us "kids!" If you'd like to send a card, her address is P.O. Box 26, Allenspark, CO 80510. Mr. Kohl was the Choir Director from 1968 until maybe the 1990s.  Loved by all.

Gerry Taylor, 80, lifelong resident, passed away Sunday, October 15. She worked many years at Safeway in Longmont. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Mary Stickler and husband James W. Taylor. Survivors include brother, Paul Stickler of Phoenix, AZ; son, Doug Taylor of Ft. Collins; daughter, Diane Zimmerman and husband John of Guymon, OK; daughter, Debbie Fesenmeyer and husband Ron of Berthoud, CO; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  A Celebration of Life was held at Grace Evangelical Church in Longmont, on Wednesday, October 18.

Many of us remember the Sticklers-Willard & Son (David) were stone masons in the Lyons area, doing our patio at 306 Evans in the 1950s. They operated the motel along Highway 66, where the businesses are now. The family moved to SW Longmont and built a subdivision south on Sunset Avenue and Hover Road, Longmont. David and Gerry attended Lyons Schools. We express our sympathy. 

Our sympathy goes out to Jason McGuire and family at the death of his father Tom who passed away in Florida last week.
And to Lora Gilson who attended her uncle’s funeral service in Pennsylvania last week. Our deepest sympathy.

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