It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since the flood! Watching the coverage on TV brings back all the memories. We are lucky we are not in Houston or Florida.
It has been four years this week since the Lyons area got all that rain. We can surely relate to the folks in the path of those hurricanes. It started raining in Lyons on Sunday, September 9, and by Wednesday, September 12 the water in the river was really starting to rise. However, we of Lyons were naïve and did not get out until we were standing in two and a half feet (or more) of water when we heard the firemen’s bullhorns and then the sirens at 2:15 a.m.,
Thursday morning, and jumped out of bed. Ron Hilton, who lives up the North St. Vrain, says his alarm clock went off at 4:30 a.m., to go to work; he jumped out of bed with water up to his knees. Immediately he and his Mom, Alice, jumped out the window and his house toppled. Donna Boone had water in her trailer at River Bend, where forty or so other trailers were damaged as well as sixteen more at Foothills Trailer Court. Geneva Thomas stood in two feet of water and she and her family sought refuge in their car at the Lyons Cemetery. It was indeed scary.
Cheron and Gerald Boland, who also lived up the North St. Vrain, heard the sirens and left in two cars to go to their daughter’s house in Hygiene. They could not get out of town because the road was flooded. Cheron parked at the Outlaw and Gerald went to the Lyons Elementary School and waited by the door waiting for her. When she didn’t come, he went back home to look for her. He apparently went out to the shed to get his life preserver. His red truck and body were later found down the river. A very sad thing to happen. This week we pay tribute to Gerald Boland and thank him and his family for their many contributions to the Lyons community. A sandstone plaque and bench at the Lyons Elementary School were dedicated in his honor. We think of you often, and miss you Gerald Boland. God bless.
Yes, in the past four years we have come a long way in recovery efforts, but we have many months yet to go. They said it would take seven years and $60,000,000. The town has most of the infrastructure done, many of the streets have been repaved, the buy-outs houses have been torn down, the new wastewater treatment plant is back on line, and now we are in the process of rebuilding the bridges, finishing Bohn Park, the St. Vrain River Park and Trail, the completion and renaming of LaVern M. Johnson Park, riverbank restoration of the St. Vrain River within the town boundaries, and the Main Street enhancements. Fortunately much of these expenses were covered by various state and federal disaster recovery grant funds and contributions. We are chugging along.
Thanks to Victoria Simonsen, who has “weathered the storm,” former Mayor Julie Van Domelen, who was at her World Bank job in Africa when the flood happened, then former Mayor John O’Brien, now Mayor Connie Sullivan. And thanks to the Town Board members who went to hundreds of meetings-in and out-of-town, the Town Staff, the hundreds of Lyons Volunteers, City of Longmont, LifeBridge Church, the school district, where all Lyons students were enrolled in the old Longmont High building, the teachers and kids who came from near and far, the Lyons businesses who have tried to survive, those that were flooded out-of-town never to return because the affordable housing issue was voted down, and more! We remember the first anniversary parade where they had a large sign stating “Do not forget us 98 flooded-out families;” the various FEMA folks who came to help, the weekly planning meetings we all attended, and much more. Yes, we must carry on for Lyons. We will survive! God bless us everyone.
LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION held their monthly meeting on Monday evening, with a report from Kevin Schaffer and Justin Dugan on the chess board they are proposing for the concrete slab next to the Visitor’s Center. It will take twenty-four 2’ x 2’ sandstone slabs, some stone work, a storage unit, and more. The P&R members are enthused about the project and told them to calculate the costs, etc. Fundraisers are being planned.
Other reports entailed the progress on Bohn Park where Phase 1 is progressing, and Phase 2 pending; the use of the “buyout” land to be used for orchards, trails, playgrounds, gardens etc. Carter of the Design Company reported on the public meetings held where the Confluence residents asked that the land be kept for the neighbors. They want quiet and peace. A possible site for the Botanic Garden has been proposed, as well as a history corner or two. The plan will go before the Town Board before it can be incorporated. However, there is “no money” as yet, possible grants are being researched.
The next meeting date is Monday, October 9, at 6 p.m., at the Depot. Ian Brighton has resigned his seat on the Parks & Rec. Commission to take care of family. If you are interested in serving on the Parks & Rec. Commission. Get an application from the P&R Department and send a letter to Mayor Connie. Thanks Ian.
CHESS BOARD PROJECT
(from Kevin Schaffer and Justin Dugan)
We are meeting with the town again this week about the Stone Chess Board project. We have a cost for the stone from Blue Mountain Stone, we are planning on volunteer help with the install from town residents, and hopefully we will get some helpful advice from the Vasquez family (who are professional experts in sandstone work). We are trying to gauge interest in help with install, donations toward purchasing the stone, and interest in making/designing the chess pieces.
The Chess Board will be in Sandstone Park if everything comes together, and we are hoping to make it at no cost to the Town. If you have interest in donating (possibly getting your business or family name on a stone), or ideas on design or making chess pieces please reach out on Facebook, and/or send donations to: Chess Project, Box 49, Lyons, CO 80540. Thank you.
PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS
Toddler World Instruments & Art Class - Learn about a different country each week: 9/18 - Australia; 9/25 – Asia (gong); 10/2 - Asia (Tibetan singing bowl); 10/9 - Africa (thumb piano); 10/16 - South America (steel drum). For toddlers and parents/caretakers. $8 per class, Mondays September 18 through December 11, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Walt Self building basement. Julie Adair is the instructor.
Parenting Education Class - Adults 18+ on Tuesday, October 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Lyons Elementary School Library. Register with Town at: www.townoflyons.com/157;
Hunter Education Class – Age 7+ on Saturday, September 16 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 17 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Walt Self Senior Center. $10 per student.
Stay Fit - Age 50+ on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center.
Active Adult 50+ Hiking – Saturday, September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., “Geology and Landforms of Hall Ranch.” Thursday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, “Landforms and Geology of Rabbit Mountain.” Thursday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, “Hiking for fun and fitness at Picture Rock Trail.”
Active Adult 50+ Crafting – Saturday, October 23 & November 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. RSVP
Pick up a brochure on the Walking Arboretum at the Lyons Town Hall, put out by the Tree Committee. Visit the trees around town. Thanks to Garima and the tree people.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 is Grandparents’ Day. Give your grandparents a special hug this Sunday, for loving you, taking care of you, being there when needed, for care and advice, for fun and games, reading stories, taking a walk, etc. You are very lucky if your grandparents live close by, otherwise give them a call and say, “I love you, come to see me!” My grandma, Clara Emmerling, lived at 306 Main, Lyons, which was indeed a delight. She would come down to watch TV with the kids. She enjoyed the wrestling (then we found out she was watching the clothes dryer!). My kids’ grandparents took care of them, dressed them up, and took them out and about. Very wonderful to have your grandparents nearby.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – “Rebuild Lyons - One life at a time” at 5:30 p.m., at the Western Stars Gallery. A conversation and workshop on grief, facilitated by Diane Dandedeau. All are invited, call (303) 823-0394.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - Mabon Concert at Planet Bluegrass from 8 to 11 p.m., $25
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - St. Vrain Valley Pioneer Association’s 113th annual meeting. Registration at 12:45 p.m., with a potluck at 1:15 p.m., at the Hygiene Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Program by Julie Anderson Gallagher on “A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado.” All Pioneers, whose families came to the area before 1880 are declared as pioneers. Everyone is invited.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – Join the ALS walk for Eunice Snider Lamb in Fort Collins. Call Jacque Watson (303) 823-6481 to join
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – LHS Homecoming celebration honoring the 1987 football team and the 1988 softball team and Coach Fran Sixkiller.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 - Set up for photography show at Town Hall.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 - Photography show opening reception and community tapas potluck from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, local musician/songstress Amy Francis will perform.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 – The 9Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at the LDS Church, 200 Second Avenue, in Lyons, which offers a variety of free health screenings, including; body in balance, breast exams, flu shots, blood pressure, mental health screening, vision, dental, foot and hand screening, hearing, skin screening, spine, women's health, car seat check and more. Volunteers are needed; go to 9HealthFair.org and follow the volunteer line.
LUNCH FOR SENIORS at the Walt Self Senior Center continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Three dollars is the suggested price for those 60+. Call the day before by noon for an accurate head count. (303) 441-1415.
THE LYONS VISITORS CENTER is open through Sunday, October 1.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, September 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 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 lot. It is rumored that the Lyons Volunteers may be on their way to help in Texas and Florida.
LEAF – Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church; pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants are available. Call (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.
A year ago the LEAF program took over the local “Meals on Wheels” program from the Golden Gang. They deliver food five days a week to nine area residentsin their homes. A nutritious meal is offered as well as a friendly visit serving as a safety check-in. The meals are picked up at the Longmont Senior Center and delivered by volunteer drivers: Ann Low, Mark Browning, Pam and Bob Freeman, Eric Anderson, Nina Davis, Goshen Goliad, Cathie Holm, Lori Matthews, Althea Rice, and Sue Wratten. Toni St. John organizes it all, working with Emily Dusel, Executive Director of LEAF. To date they have delivered 1217 meals, including a total of 111 individuals including 31 children.
The Lyons Elementary School Garden Project has donated over ninety pounds of fresh produce, adding to the 5093 pounds to the Food Pantry, and 17,904 to Community Food Share. Our most sincere thanks to all! If you need help, contact the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund; write Box 324, Lyons, CO 80540; or call (720) 864-4309.
LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY - Baby Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
The Lyons Athletics webpage is: http://lmshs-lions.svvsd.org. Schedules, game times and maps are listed under each team within the sport. (Varsity, JV, C)
Thursday, September 14 - MS & HS - Chess Club: akkerman_jeffrey@ svvsd.org.
Friday, September 15 - ECO-Cycle internship application deadline is 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 - Booster Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley on North Main Street in Longmont from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 2 Volunteers.
THANKS TO LYONS ALUMNI
Rick Hammans and Justin King who are the coaches of the Lyons football JV team.
THE ST. VRAIN INVITATION CROSS COUNTRY MEET this past weekend was great for the local runners. Read all about the details in this week’s edition of the Lyons Recorder.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is open daily through Sunday, October 2. Stop by before we close for the season! Out of state visitors at the museum this past week were from Lawrence, KS; Bozeman, MT; Eugene, OR; Shaker Heights, OH; Leavenworth, WA; Murrells Inlet, SC; Dallas, TX; Cleveland, OH; Gleva, WI; University Place, WA; Levistown, MT; and many area towns including Dennis and Mary Lee Mercer of Westminster, who were researching the James Collett family; Genevieve Pederson (Ron Pederson’s mom from Wisconsin), members of the Ted and Daisy Moffitt family, as well as those enjoying the book sale and the dollhouses. Stop by the museum!
Donna Cole, Pam Barnes, Kelly Colton, Jayne Rhode, Mary Chase, Leslie Fagardos Villabos, Rex Sutherland, Mark Archuleta, Patty Ayala, Robert Boone, Beth Boone, Renae Gearhart, and a special birthday wish and trip to Christy Cope who just returned from celebrating her 50th birthday at the US Open tennis matches in New York City! (The trip was a gift from husband, Chris. What a guy!)
Terri (McConnell) and Ernie Weir on their 36th anniversary. They were married at Sharon McConnell’s home on September 16, 1979. Happy anniversary to Terri and Ernie. They have one daughter, Tara, and a 5 year old grandson, Alexander Reese. Terri is the hostess at the Lyons Redstone Museum and the Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dances.
SEPTEMBER IS SQUARE DANCE MONTH
Various clubs throughout Colorado are hosting beginner’s classes, starting in September, and held weekly through March, where the beginners join a club and dance away! A “Proclamation Square Dance” was held at the State Capitol on Wednesday celebrating the 25th year of declaring Square Dancing as the State Dance.
Empty nesters, senior citizens, and families, we invite you to take up square dancing for good exercise, fun and fellowship. Classes will begin Wednesday, September 20, at the Longmont Senior Center at 6 p.m., and on Thursday, September 21, at Glenn’s Den at 10148 Empire Road, in Louisville, at 7 p.m. Call (303) 823-5925 for information of the various classes held throughout the state. Learn to square dance! Take it from me, it has long-lasting benefits!
Last spring while traveling to Pueblo to the state baseball tournament games we noticed hundreds of cars parked out in a large field and wondered, “What is that all about?” An August 31, article in the Denver Posts stated, “Thousands of Golfs, Beetles, Jettas, Passats and Audi A3s have been brought to the location since the federal government cracked down on Volkswagen for cheating on emissions tests two years ago,” The German carmaker had to buy back its cars. As of June 15, Volkswagen had re-acquired 275,601 2.9-liter TDI vehicles and terminated leases on another 120,1027 cars. Some of them are waiting to be repaired and resold or recycled for parts and scrap. Over 590,000 diesel vehicles were equipped with “defeat devices” designed to cheat on federal emissions tests, where the engines emitted almost forty times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides. VW pleaded guilty and was fined $4.3 billion. About $61 million of that money will flow to Colorado projects. So, that’s why all those cars were there!