By Kathleen Spring
LaVern would like folks to know that she is off to visit her family's ancestral home in New York for a week. In the meantime, I'm taking over the column for one more week, and I hope you enjoy the news. LaVern and her two sons, Jerry and Ron, will be going to Cranberry Lake, NY, where her extended family is having the 150th celebration on last Saturday of the construction of the Cranberry Lake Dam. Her great grandfather, Hugh McConnell, was in charge of building it in 1867.

The weather here has cooled down a bit to the low 80s, and even 70s expected for the weekend. Rain is predicted for every afternoon, but sometimes it misses us entirely. The big event this week was the RockyGrass festival put on by Planet Bluegrass, just west of town.  Locals fussed about LaVern M Johnson Park not being available to them because of the festival-goers filling it up. But they were soon put at ease when they found out they could


By Kathleen Spring
Another hot week in Lyons, with one good rainfall from a monsoon upslope. Boulder broke a record temperature last Wednesday, reaching one hundred degrees. The Times Call weather article used a photo of kids jumping into the old swimming hole in LaVern M. Johnson Park! People were out in droves enjoying the rapids in Black Bear Hole, splashing around in the old swimming hole, and tubing on the St. Vrain River. The LaVern Johnson Park is closed from July 23 to 31 to local traffic due to parking/camping being used by Planet Bluegrass’s RockyGrass Festival campers. Residents can show their ID and walk in to use the park’s day facilities.

Summer has certainly arrived. One hundred degrees earlier this week according to the Lyons Elementary School's new digital thermometer! Woe is me! 

SUNDAY, JULY 23 – The Rockies vs. the Pirates at Coors Field at 1:10 p.m. We'll be celebrating my birthday! For tickets to to: (promo code DASRDC; your ticket will help the Denver Area Square Dance Council have 700 people, which allows them to square dance on the northwest end of the field at 11:30, with other entertainment and the game.  Only $10 for tickets in lower section of 144-148. A great opportunity to see the Rockies at a reduced rate, and great opportunity to take your kids to a game. The more the merrier! You can even ride the RTD bus for $9 a seat from 8th & Coffman (Roosevelt Park) at 11 a.m., or 11:15. Take a big hat and enjoy the day!


Another week gone by. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July!

This week, the Monday senior meal was prepared by the River Church. It's always good. Next week's meal will be provided by the Catholic Community, and the weekly Wednesday and

Friday meals are sponsored by Boulder County. The seniors all really appreciate this.

Breakfast is now being served at the Lyons Dairy Bar, starting daily at 6 a.m. Stop by.

The free Thursday Night Sandstone Concert Series, sponsored by the Lyons Parks & Rec., and the Lyons Community Foundation, continues this week at the Vasquez Stage in Sandstone Park at 6:30 p.m., featuring the music of the “Big Thompson Flood” band. These concerts are always very enjoyable. Come one and all.

It going to be a long hot summer, which has come in with a bang! It is hard to get used to, when the spring has been so cool. Get out your fans and air conditioners.

Sunday, June 18, is Fathers' Day, the time to remember our fathers;  the men in our lives who contributed to our welfare; those who said “no” and meant it, and the ones who did the hard work to keep us going. Yes, we appreciate our dads. I am


Well, we made it. The 41st annual Lyons Good Old Days celebration was deemed a success. Although, not near what it used to be. But, the pancake breakfast was revived, which helped a lot. Thanks to Oskar Blues for cooking it and the Lyons Volunteers serving it. It was a fundraiser for the Volunteers, and approximately one thousand dollars was taken in for their supplies. The 5K River Run was exciting with lots of awards and door prizes. The car show was great. The dedication of LaVern M. Johnson Park went off without a hitch,



Another week gone by, and we were among the lucky ones for not having too many inches of that wet heavy snow. Just about three inches in all, but with lots of moisture. It was amazing how much snow some areas got! 35” in Allenspark, 24” in Estes Park, with Highway 36 between closed between Apple Valley and Estes. Cheyenne was snowed in. Wow!  Truly a spring blizzard, which broke many limbs. But, it melted fast.

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