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,
and I wrote a thank you Letter to the Editor (in this edition). There was also the program at the museum (details next week), the welcome, a performance by Airborne Gymnastics of Longmont, a dance by Mayama Movement Studios. Local bands performing on the Vasquez Stage in Sandstone Park and the Chamber Beer Tent were both big hits the rest of the evening.
The Planet Bluegrass Farm annexation request was allowed to go forward for a town vote on August 8, via mail-in ballot. I do say that the Town Board took many hours to go over what all Planet Bluegrass is asking for on the former Williams property, and paid attention to letters and public comment they received. Their intent was to have all questions answered before the town vote. They will allow 1,200 campers and 1,000 cars on the land. The one big concern I have is that the price of parking will go up, and that festival goers will continue to park all over town. The Town Board should solve this problem quickly with an ordinance, but time is passing by, and it will soon be too late. Otherwise, we know they will continue to park as close as they can get, on Lyons’ streets, in our alleys, driveways, etc., and ignore the Farm parking like they have been doing Bohn Park all these years. It will up to the Town to set this rule, if they want the annexation vote to pass.
GOOD NEWS is that Mojo’s Restaurant is back in business after the March fire, which really did a lot of damage. Everyone is invited to stop by. Check out the Margarita deal in the Lyons Recorder coupon book!
A TOWN SURVEY has been sent via the town’s email to show how much support there is for a clinic here in Lyons. Be sure to fill it out. You can find the survey on the Town's website. It is fourteen questions, and takes about ten minutes to complete. There may be hope yet. We need some kind of health care right here in town.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29 – Concert in Sandstone Park with “Take Down The Door” playing at 6:30 p.m. Food, pizza, a farmers' market, friends, wonderful music, a great way to enjoy an evening in Lyons. See you there!
SATURDAY, JULY 1 - The Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance Club will feature Mountain Magic, with three callers: Jeff Palmer and Debbie Steinhauser of Colorado Springs, and Roger Schappell of Fort Collins, with Becky Evans as the cuer. A great time is planned for all. A big crowd enjoyed square dancing to Dave Guille and Leroy Shade last Saturday for the Good Old Days Square Dance, with out-of-state visitors from Cheyenne, Casper, Douglas, and Laramie, Wyoming, and Mesa, Arizona, as well as seventeen area towns. The Wander Yonders RV club enjoyed the Lyons Campground, gave an exhibition square dance after the park dedication, and were hosts at the evening square dance. Spectators always welcome; just walk in.
ART WALK – Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, along Main Street. Enjoy visiting the Lyons businesses.
CELEBRATE MRS. LAVERN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY on Saturday, July 22, an Open House at the Lyons Elementary School gym, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., then Rounds begin at 7:30 with Dave Smith, and Squares from 8 to 10:15 with Dan Nordbye of Arizona, with more birthday festivities at 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 23, you are all invited to join the Denver Area Square Dance Council at the Rockies game at 11:30 a.m., at the North end of the field for a special $10 ticket, or just go to the game Rockies vs. Pittsburgh at 1:10. Bring the kids, family, friends. You can take the RTD bus from Roosevelt Park in Longmont at 11 and 11:15 a.m., or at the South Park & Ride at 11:10 and 11:25 a.m. (by the Drivers’ License Bureau). For $10 tickets go to Rockies.com/DASRDC promo code DASRDC. In lower section of 144-148. See you there. Should be a great game! The more the merrier! Your attendance will help the Square dancers get 700 to be able to dance, and you will see a great ball game! All Invited!
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is having an unusually good summer with their displays of Anne O’Brien’s intricate doll houses, the 100 year old Lyons area newspapers, the flood displays, Minnie’s Red Hat display, the Ramey display, and more. Stop by and enjoy! Visitors this past week were: Jan Peterson of Monroe, Utah, who played on the fire escape of the museum when a kid; Meg and Chris Colard of Fort Collins, who went to school here in 1970s; The family of L. V. Young, a former resident of Lyons and farm hand for B. L. McConnell in 1925 (they had a family reunion to bury his daughter from Arizona in the Lyons Cemetery). The family members were: the Iversons of Mountain Home, AR; the Morris family of Eldersburg, MD; the Thomas family of Wassola, MO; the Stephans of Mankato, MN; Amber Rose of Gasuke, AR; the Mitchells of Mtn Grove, MO and Russellville, AZ. All family of L. V. Young, a former resident of Lyons who worked for B. L. McConnell in 1930s). Others who visited the museum were from Richland, WA, Centralia, IL, and many other area towns.
A BRIEF HISTORY of Lowell V. Young and his wife, Rose: They came to Lyons in 1920 because he had a job in Lyons as assistant water commissioner. They lived in the Highland Ditch house east of Lyons, and worked for Robert Lee. In 1925 they moved to the Frank Reese farm on the south side of the St. Vrain River (now Lyons Valley Park) and operated the ranch, until January 1928 when Bernie McConnell and family moved to the farm. Thus the Youngs gave up farming and moved into the old Brooks house (where the Valley Bank is now) and operated a small acreage truck garden. They also lived in the Old Gilger house at Third and Evans. They moved to Longmont in 1929. Mr. Young died two years ago. He was a staunch supporter of Lyons and the museum.
REGIONAL LIBRARY -All Ages Story Time + Craft with Librarian McCourt Thomas held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Baby Storytime Tuesday 10:30 a.m., all summer long.
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 per camper.
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM HISTORY CAMP will be held from July 28 through August 4. The cost is $50 for each student. Maximum of 10. You will have a great time learning the history of the Lyons area. Kathleen Spring is the director. Register at (303) 823-5271.
THANKS to the Lyons Community Church for the delicious meal served the third Monday evenings to a dozen or more seniors. Senior lunches are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. The cost to seniors $3. You must call (303) 441-1415 the day ahead to reserve the lunch. Very good food. All seniors are invited to attend.
SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMS IN LYONS are available to all ages. 15 teams plus Legion and Club ball; camps, and more. Pick up a brochure at the Town Hall. We want to keep those kids busy and enjoying their summer.
FITNESS FOR LIVING BOOT CAMP in LaVern Johnson Park, from6:30 to 7:30 a.m., at the Quarry Shelter. Session 2 begins July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. The cost is $69. www.fitliv.com
RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES for ages 6 to 17. $299 per session, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Session 2 begins July 17 to 21, in Sandstone Park. www.renaissanceadventures.com.
CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP - August 7 to 11, for 3 to 16 years olds at the Bohn Park Multi Use Field.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot parking lot.
LEAF – Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church, pick up food from 3:30 to 5.m. Mental Health and other consultants available. Call (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.
The sharp eye of Loretta Milbourn prevented what could have been a disaster. She saw a rattlesnake on a neighbor’s porch recently and warned them. Keep an eye out. Those rascals can be very dangerous. They usually rattle so you can hear them, but sometime they will strike without warning. Beware!
Amy Moffitt (daughter of Cindy and Steve Moffitt) and Leah, her two-year old daughter, are moving back to Lyons from the Washington D.C. area. We are all happy to see them. Welcome home.
Larry Quinn and Linda Backup have returned from a three-week trip to Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado where they visited her father in Redmond, Oregon. They are hosting a retirement party on Sunday, July 23, from 3 to 8 p.m. Larry is retiring from years of traveling overseas as an engineer on dams and environmental projects. He was a mainstay on the “Dam Concerned Committee” fighting against the Coffintop Dam, a school and town advocate, and a member of the South St. Vrain Flood Collation. Linda recently retired as a heart specialist in Longmont for the past thirty-four years. Stop by and wish them well.
Former Community Church Pastor Emily Fleming, husband Regis, and children Lilly and Isaac were in town over the weekend for the Good Old Days. All seems to be going well with Emily in Utah. She was sent there to start a Methodist Church in the Sandy/Draper area.
Venice (Sisk) Harroun, class of 1948, is thrilled about going to the Rockies game on Sunday, July 23. She lives in Morrison and intends to catch up with folks she knew while living here.
Cathy Rivers is enjoying a vacation in Los Angeles, and visited the Griffith Observatory.
Larry Quinn states it has been thirty years since he and I, the Town, and all the Dam Concerned Citizens started fighting Coffintop Dam. Yes, it was truly a fight. We organized and went from one water meeting to the other. The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Boards and the City of Longmont were determined to put Coffintop Dam up the South St. Vrain just a quarter mile above the high school. Dean and Elaine Redmond went to the American Waters Association in Washington, D.C. The Town hired Vince Porecka, Engineer, to help the fight. Mr. Laverne ran for the Town Board in 1982 to “Damn the Dam.” It was a united effort. Finally, the Colorado Water and Power Authority paid a million dollars for a study and found the Coffintop site to be #10, instead of #1, due to its fractured mountain. They determined the weight of the thirty-eight million gallon of water would cause an earthquake.
We held an “Earthquake Day” showing that the mountain to the south that looks like a slice of cake was the remnants of the 1892 earthquake. Finally the effort quieted, but has not died, due to the City of Longmont still doing its due diligence each year to maintain the water rights. It was truly a “DAM” fight, and luckily we won! Thanks to all.
This is the 42nd anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War; a trying time. Folks were leaving school to join; our boys were in the jungle with the enemy shooting at them. Over 50,000 American boys were killed. They finally call it quits, and all for what?
Charles and Kitty Keim's anniversary was June 23. Cindy and Jeff Feavel recently celebrated their 35th anniversary, and it was the 27th for Amy and Joe. Number 54 for Kay Latt!
Farewell to our “Honey Lady,” Carrie Gonzales and her partner Kevin, who operated Carrie's Honey Store & More for the past thirteen years. They were flooded out of Foothills Trailer Court, relocated to a house up the North for a while, then to a house at the Foothills, that although fit to live in, could not be saved as part of the FEMA Buyout. After trying since the flood, they could find no available homes, and so moved to Raton, New Mexico. Best wishes to you. It is especially sad to see such good friends as Carrie and Kevin have to leave town because we have no housing. The sixty affordable homes in Bohn Park would have helped good friends like them. Taint right, Lord!
Josh Baranauskas has received that long-awaited kidney transplant, and is back home already. It was a long wait, but he was ready to receive it and is doing well. Josh is one of the “go-getters” of the Lyons Polar Bears.
JUNE BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Come one and all!
June birthdays for: Bryan Kofford, Brian Eyster, Jeff Kloosterman, Linda Pecone, Jason McGuire, Jade Greenburg, Tracy McConnell, Jeff Akkerman, Morgan Jueschke, Cassie Walters, and Don Lamb. And a sad remembrance to Chris Anthony (he died in an accident eleven years ago, and he would have been 41). Our sympathy.