A great week gone by! We all survived the busiest week ever. Several Lyons runners joined the thousands of participants in the annual Memorial Day 10K Bolder Boulder Race with former Lyons High School runner Paul Roberts placing 14th overall in the open race. After the race there was a very touching Memorial Day ceremony with the Mile High Sky Divers of Longmont each carrying a flag from the five branches of the U.S. military plus the MIA/POW flag onto the field to the
music of the Navy band. Yes, we salute all our service people who have protected America all these years.
Americans have taken the last Monday in May to remember those who have died in our wars. Like all deaths honored by the state, flags fly at half-staff. However, on Memorial Day, the U.S. flag flies at half-staff for the first half of the day, and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown. This unique custom honors the war dead for the morning, and living veterans for the rest of the day. No one knows the exact date this tradition began, but an Army regulations book from 1906 carries instructions for the procedure. In 1924, Congress codified the tradition with the proclamation, “For the nation lives, and the flag is a symbol of illumination,” explaining how the noon flag-raising symbolizes the persistence of the nation in the face of loss.
A tour was held last week of the larger DR-BOP buy-out properties in the Confluence Area, with folks listening and giving their ideas. Discussed were a spot for a historical corner, an arboretum, and a botanic garden, as well as various lots to be used by neighbors for gardens, orchards, playgrounds, parks, and more. A report will be made in the near future.
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their monthly social at the Festivari-Inn with Chamber President Browyn Muldoon presiding.
It was announced they and the Town have been awarded a $100,000 grant to enhance tourism in Lyons (to publicize/promote what is happening and what there is to see and do in Lyons). The museum has asked for a donation toward the expense for their yearly newsletter, which they send to Lyons-connected persons, alumni, past residents, and museum visitors to keep them in touch with Lyons.
SENIOR NIGHT at LHS was held last week with the Concert Band playing “Triumphant Fanfare” and “Amazing Grace” (the song they first played when they were able to come back to the Lyons School after the flood), led by Dr. Karen Gregg. A welcome was given by Senior Class President Niki Smith. The Show Choir, led by Ms. Victoria Bailey, sang “In My Life.” The guest speaker was Ms. Anderson-Bergland, a teacher at Lyons M/Sr High, and the closing was given by Liz Jonjak, Student Body President. Junior Class Marshals were Georgia Barone and Levi Nagy.
Principal Winger performed a special graduation ceremony for baseball players, Dawson Kelly and Rico Cortez, who had to miss their graduation on Saturday morning to play in the State baseball game in Pueblo.
Our thanks. Unfortunately, the boys fell short, and lost to Rocky Ford 7 to 2. Our boys could not get solid hits. But you know we are ever proud of the Lyons Lions baseball team for getting into the final four, and we look toward next year when the team will be loaded with seniors and hope to get two steps further. Congratulation team, coaches, and fans!
THANKS TO ALL who showed up 7 a.m., for the “send off” of the Lyons baseball team. The BoCo Sheriff's deputies, all the fans, and family members who paraded through town with their lights and sirens on, escorting the boys on their chartered bus provided by the Lions Booster Club. A good number of fans as well as the coffee drinkers from the Barking Dog Cafe were on hand to wish them well. Very touching. I and other ball fans missed the Lyons graduation, probably only the fourth time in my life (my grandkids graduated from Niwot), but felt the long trip to Pueblo was worth it. A first for Lyons to play at State.
THE LHS 2017 GRADUATION CEREMONY was held indoors, due to probable inclement weather. “Pomp and Circumstance, “The “Star Spangled Banner” and the “Recessional March” were played by the Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Gregg. The introduction was given by Mr. Winger. The Show Choir sang “Breakaway.” Class Speakers were Taylor Christiansen, Brenna Kuskie, Maddi Maguire, Nikki Smith, Grayson Thomas, and CeAnn Udovich. Taylor Christiansen was Valedictorian and CeAnn Udovich was Salutatorian. The diplomas were awarded, tassels were turned, and caps were thrown. Junior Class Marshals were Nathan Schneider and Nate Christy. Afterward everyone enjoyed the graduation parties throughout the town.
Good news! Keegan Bean, Lyons 2A State Champ wrestler will join other Boulder County wrestlers on a trip to California in July. Also that Teegan Autumn Johnson-Moore is nationally ranked in kayaking, and will compete at Junior Olympics this summer. Good luck!
THE LYONS CLINIC closing is still a big concern. We all received letters in the mail stating the clinic will close on August 1. Mayor Connie is looking into and holding meetings with all stakeholders in hopes that something will turn up to save the clinic. As yet, a financial statement of how far in the hole, or how many patients the clinic serves and has not been obtained. We at least need a doctor in town a couple days a week, and someone to call for emergencies. This is a good time for some philanthropist to step forward!
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES/BURNING CAN FEST will be held this weekend. Be sure to attend and enjoy. A full array of events and competitions like a trail running relay, mountain biking on the local track, a Kid Zone, K9 events, a slackline competition, BMX dirt jumping, plus sixty-plus breweries will be in the Burning CAN Festival sponsored by Oskar Blues. Come join in the fun!
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 - A “Classic Auto Parade of the Years,” as many old cars will be in Lyons for a car show to kickoff the Estes Park tourists season. The cars, including a Stanley Steamer, will line up on Fourth Avenue in Lyons, and then drive to Estes just like olden days. This will be the 32nd year for this annual event. Stop by! (see details in this edition)
A FREE MEDITATION GROUP will meet the first Sunday of every month at the Walt Self Senior Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is open to any age or spiritual orientation. A simple Buddhist format with ½ hour of meditation and time for informal sharing and tea. There will be chairs, or you may bring your own cushion. Please arrive in time to be seated by 6:30 p.m.
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is now open daily through Sunday, October 1. Plan to attend the special opening to view Annie O’Brien’s dollhouse collection (see details in this edition).
Thanks to Dolph Swift who has prepared a Display recognizing the Swift/Bohn/Smith pioneer families (1889 to 2003). Stop by and take time to enjoy.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – The Red Rock Ramblers Saturday Summer Square Dances begin at Lyons Elementary School gym with Mike Hogan, of Omaha calling and cueing. Rounds start at 7:30 p.m., and squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. Stop by, it's loads of fun!
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 - Lyons Good Old Days celebration. Volunteers are needed for pet/doll parade and old-time games scheduled at noon at Lavern Johnson Park. Contact (303) 823-8250. The schedule so far includes a 5K River Run, a pancake breakfast, museum/history programs, car show, square dance, Kids Zone, food vendors, live music, and a beer tent.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – The 28th Annual Salute to Seniors at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street in Denver. The Salute to Seniors provides Colorado’s seniors and their families with information and tools to live healthy and independent lives. With over one hundred exhibit booths every year, the best Colorado has to offer is on display. Exhibitors come from all industries, including health insurance, housing, concierge services, home repair, leisure and recreation and more. Special exhibits offer health screenings, yoga classes, bingo games, and classic cars. Spread the word with seniors you know. Try to carpool.
LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY - All Ages Storytime + Crafts with librarian McCourt Thomas every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
DRAMA CAMP – The Longs Peak UM Church invite students from second to eighth grade to attend their drama camp June 19 to 29, with auditions on June 3, 4, 7, and 11. Call (303) 651-2499 for more information.
VACATION BIBLE CAMP at the Lyons Community Church will be held July 24 to 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, with a fee of $25.
SENIOR LUNCHES are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center at 11:30 a.m., at a recommended donation to seniors of $3. You must call (303) 441-1415 the day ahead to reserve. Very good food. Senior dinners at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center are provided by local churches on Monday nights: the River Church on the first Monday, the Catholic Community on the second Monday (every other month), Lyons Community Church on third Monday, the LDS Church on the last Tuesday of the quarter, and the Oskar Blues lunch on first Wednesday of the month. All seniors, age 55+, are invited to attend. Wonderful meals are provided.
"How Cool is That!" STEM based half-day kids science camps, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. At HCIT our goal is to show kids that math and science are fun. We build it, we launch it, or we light it up. At the Walt Self Senior Center basement (entrance at back side of building). $35 per camper.
FITNESS FOR LIVING BOOT CAMP at LaVern Johnson Park from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., at the Quarry Shelter on June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29. Session 2 on July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. The cost is $69 per session. Contact www.fitliv.com.
SQUARE STATE SKATE CLINICS for ages 4 to 14. $25 per session, or $85 pre-registering for all four sessions (Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Kurt Carlson Skate Park. Register at Parks & Rec., Minimum of 4, maximum of 15.
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 the Lyons Dirt Bike Park. Instructor Ann Trombley.
RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES for ages 6 to 17. $299 per session, June 26 to 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Session 2: July 17 to 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Sandstone Park. www.renaissanceadventures.com;
CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP for ages 3 to 16, from August 7 to 11. at the Bohn Park Multi-Use Field. Call Parks & Rec. for times.
JUNE BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, at the Walt Self Senior Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Come one and all!
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., the Depot parking lot.
LEAF - Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church to pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available. Call (720) 864-4309 to make an appointment.
LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY - Baby Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., all summer long.
Nico Hine is back in Lyons with his wife Kate and 19 month old daughter Naya, from South Korea. He was teaching English at a Language School. Welcome home Nico.
Kate and Jim Kerr had a nice trip to Hawaii, where they attended the wedding of Kristine Smock’s daughter.
Happy Anniversary to Josh and Christine Maurer, on their 11th anniversary.
Megan Provost sends anniversary greetings to her parents on their 40th anniversary.
Several in the community attended a going away party for Holly and Fred Robb who are moving to Wisconsin. Fred and Holly were displaced from River Bend Mobile Home Park by the flood. They will be missed by all.
Happy Birthday to: Melissa Chastain, Marissa Davis, Sam Schooler, Steve Swenson, Bent Montgomery, Tana Alderman, Doug Howard, Ann Ripley, Loretta Milburn, Bobbi Vasquez, Connie Prather, Ron Ortega, Naioma Vasquez, Valerie Perregine, Jenna Brink, Kody Kerwin, Micala Sibitts, Ashley Johnson, Dick Sutherland, Corbett Tschanz, Leona Forsberg, Brent Hammans, Tamara Haddad, Katie Fankhouser, Zach Anthony, Laura Jueschke, Nancy Arp, David Blatner, Jane Anthony Grove, Quinn Gregg, Chris LeGault, Rachel Wolfe, Eric Janik, Bob Ribble, Wyatt Gavan, Michelle Goranson, and Trisha Gereaux,
A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Nancy Thorwardson will be held at the Lyons Community Church on Sunday, June 4, at 4 p.m. All are invited.
WITH SYMPATHY to Sally Van Meter at the death of her brother Dan, who passed away on May 21, at age 57.
The Golden Gang members send thoughts and memories to the families of: Don Hunt, Mr. LaVerne, Robert Dobbs, Olive Veith Martinez, Tracy Johnson, Dorothy George, Esther Kline, Vitus Pfeifer, Dick Roe, Ann Rose, Bernice Schuler, Art Shupe, Janet (Brackett) Orback, and Don Morgan.