Here it is another week. May is rolling along and we are very lucky we didn’t get last night’s big hail storm. Cross your fingers. We had two big hail storms in the last three years, and just about everyone in town has their new roof. We don't need anymore hail!

MOTHERS' DAY is this Sunday. A time to thank your mother for all she has done for you; had you, raised you, watched over you, made you study or practice your instrument, do your homework, paid for your college, baby sat for you, loaned you money, supervised you, sanctioned your behavior, and you are now who you are, mostly on account of your Mom. Our memories are deep and everlasting.

My mother, Irene, was a schoolteacher at the Bratner School in Eastlake, and she met my dad driving his sister to school. We moved to Lyons in 1928 to farm the Reese farm (now Lyons Valley Park) where she sewed our clothes, monitored us, grew a garden, raised chickens, canned, etc., all while raising six children: Berene, LaVern, Violet (dec’d), Herb (dec’d), Sharon and Byron. The farm property was sold in 1962, and is now Lyons Valley Park and the Lyons M/Sr School. My mother was killed in a car accident April 20, 1976, a very sad time. She was a great Mom, who I remember dearly, as we all do!  Happy Mothers' Day to all you Moms!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and thank-you Oskar Blues. A great party was held over the weekend, too crowded to get in, but enjoyable just the same. Yes, Dale has done a lot for the town. Thanks Dale (and his Mom Shirley).

We are going to battle to save the Lyons Clinic, which the Longmont Hospital states has been losing customers (of course, two hundred people displaced due to the flood), and facing increased expenses. Mayor Connie, Ken Singer, Annie Mannering, Stevie LaRau, Diane Duncan, Janet Freeman, Steve Milacek, yours truly, and others are pursuing all options, and we hope to find a way to keep the clinic open. The senior clients are in jeopardy, as many do not have a vehicle to get to a doctor's office in Longmont or Boulder.

MONDAY, MAY 15 there will be a public hearing on the annexation of the Planet Bluegrass Farm for festival parking, camping etc. It will mean less Lyons Parks & Rec revenue, although Dave Cosgrove says it will stabilize and be okay. It will also mean more vehicles along the busy highway. If approved by the Town Board the annexation will be put to a vote by the Lyons residents. Stay tuned.

YES, LYONS HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM is in the state playoffs for the first time ever. They had a bye this Tuesday, and are scheduled to play at the Butch Butler Field in Greeley at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 13, with the District championship game at 2 p.m. If they win, they will play the next weekend for state. Go team!

SATURDAY, MAY 13 -  Mayama Movement Studio's annual Dance Recital will be at Niwot High School at 2 p.m. Over one hundred Lyons dancers participating in this wonderful show. Plan to attend

SATURDAY, MAY 13 – Open house at the Lyons Redstone Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to view the new display on the history of Lyons newspapers (see details in this edition). Stop by. Ask to see your genealogy files!

SUNDAY, MAY 14 – Mothers' Day Brunch at The Stone Cup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited (Jerry, I'm talking to you!). 

MONDAY, MAY 15  – Boulder County Preservation and Archaeology annual awards will be held at the Chautauqua Community Center at 6 p.m. Christina Wells, friend of the Lyons Library, will receive an award for her efforts on the restoration of the Lyons Depot. The public is invited.

SATURDAY JUNE 24 – Lyons Good Old Days celebration. Volunteer organizers are still needed for multiple events. Get involved! Everyone is invited.

Folks are sad to hear that Victoria Bailey, the Choir Director, is resigning after five years in Lyons. She will be working to get her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California. A great opportunity. Keep in touch. We wish you well. 

Club softball players from Lyons are: Sheila Herman, Madison Johnson, Brenna McCall, and Hannah Paton, who all play on different team, and are in various tournaments. Very exciting, and the skill they hone will help the Lyons girls softball team this fall. 

Thursday, May 11 - MS & HS chess club; talent show act review by appointment; MS & HS Fine Arts Festival! Art will be displayed in the Main Gym; MS Band & Choir Concert, 6 p.m., in the Cafetorium; HS Band & Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m., in the Cafetorium. Concessions will be open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12 -MS talent show act review by appointment; HS track at Longmont High School for the St. Vain Invite, 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 13 - HS baseball, 10 a.m., at District Tourney in Greeley at Butch Butler Field. Championship District game at 2 p.m.

Sunday, 14 - Booster Club Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 4 Volunteers.
  Monday, May 15 - MS talent show & MS yearbook distribution; HS Choir Banquet; HS Jazz Band Concert at Oskar Blues.

Tuesday, May 16 - HS Awards Night

Wednesday, May 17 - Seniors Last Day; 7:50 a.m., MS third quarter honor roll recognition and year end awards.

LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES & OSKAR BLUES BURNING CAN BEER FEST June 6, 7, & 8. Lots of activities Plan to attend.

"How Cool is That!" STEM based half-day kids science camps beginning June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The goal is to show kids that math and science are fun. “We build it, we launch it, or we light it up.” Walt Self Building Basement (entrance at back side of building) $35 per person.
Women's mountain biking skills for age 15+, $150 per person per clinic. Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lyons bike park. Instructor Ann Trombley. 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Come one and all.

LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot Parking.

Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church you can pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Mental Health and other consultants available. Call (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.

This was Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to say thanks to all your kids' teachers for the many skills they will use through life. We really do appreciate all the teachers’ efforts and perseverance! 

The Sustainability Committee reports over five hundred vehicles loaded with limbs, yard waste, and “stuff” came to the Town's clean-up day on Sunday morning. A lot of merchandise changed hands on Saturday at the Town-wide garage sales. Great news. Our thanks.

My grandson Randall Johnson returned to his engineering job in Washington, D.C., after a two-weeks visit with his parents Ron Johnson and Cindy Weinel of Niwot. Randall graduated from Duke last spring, and likes his job and Washington. Way to go Randall.

Connie Burkhardt, now of New Mexico, visited her Mom, age 95, in California this past week. Happy birthday Mom!

Many people remarked on Facebook how sad it was to see that the Boland house was being torn down this week.

A sad result of the September 2013 flood. Gerald and Cheron Boland heard the sirens about 2 a.m.  They left in two separate cars and drove to Lyons. The road to the east was closed. Cheron parked at the Outlaw; Gerald went to the LES gym and waited for her. Then he returned to his home to look for Cheron. He was caught in the flood going out to the shed to get his life preserver. His red truck was found the next day; his body two days later (our 30 year coach and teacher was lost n the flood).  Yes, very sad times. Cheron is living in Longmont. And now the house is gone.  What a sad time! God bless you all.
We recently heard from Ruth Major, former Lyons resident, who started to Senior Pioneer Video program and turned it over to Kathleen Spring when she moved to Walsenberg. She says she is doing well. Hi from us all, Ruth.

CONGRATULATIONS to Marissa Elsberry, daughter of Dawn Goranson and Don Elsberry. Marissa received her Master’s Degree this past week.

Our CONGRATS to the Lyons Recorder, which is celebrating its 50th year of continuous publishing.  Restarted by Max and Ada Lou Hammans in 1967, after no paper for twenty years, except the weekly Longmont Ledger, Ada and Max then sold to Walt Kinderman from Denver, who bought it in 1983 and helped us fight the Coffintop Dam. Walt sold it to a big company that owned fifty small newspapers. Shar and Gary Wamsley rescued it, but lost many dollars, and then Joseph and Lora stepped in seven years ago! Thank you Joseph and Lora!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jennie and Dave Lock on their 35th anniversary. They are former Lyons residents, Dave was the Town Manager. They have moved to Lake Valley, south of Lyons.

FAREWELL to Don Gleesing, who has sold his home in Lyons and has settled into an apartment in Longmont to be closer to his family. The Gleesing family lived in Lyons since 1976, with all three daughters Debbie (1983), Cathy (1985), and Cayla (2000), graduating from Lyons High School. His wife Lynn passed away some years ago. Don served on the Lyons Town Board in the 1990s at the time Victor Olson wanted to sell his farm land (now Bohn Park) to the town for businesses. Don has been a loyal member of the Foothills Baptist Church. We will miss you Don!

A large crowd of family and friends said “Goodbye” to our good friend Beverly Long at the Lyons LDS Church last Saturday morning. Beverly and Ben Long moved to Lyons in the 1960s, raised their five children here, and several grandchildren. She was a jewel in her friendliness, helpfulness, and cheerfulness; it was very sad to tell her goodbye. We will sadly miss her.

Vitus Pfeifer, age 90, died on May 6. A visitation was held earlier this week. A rosary will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 10, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church (109 S. Third Street, Mead) followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Vitus was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 2003, and he is survived by daughters Sharon, Phyllis, and Pam. 

Brother Robert writes that it has been eleven years since Chris Anthony backed off a driveway north of Lyons causing the pickup to tumble down the hill and kill him. Yes, it was very sad. Something you never get over. Chris is survived by brothers Robert and Joshua, grandmother Shirley DeVeny, and his mother Deb Anthony. It is with deep sympathy that we remember.

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