Yes, another week has gone by. B-r-r-r-r, it was very cold and windy on Saturday, and is supposed to snow on Thursday! But, look for a warmer weekend for the parade. Don't be fooled, winter is right around the corner.

This week we celebrate the Town's Halloween festivities. On Friday night, October 27 it's “Rave to the Grave!” at Planet Bluegrass, from 7 to 11 p.m. It's a costume party to benefit LEAF. You all come. 

 There will be the Lyons Garden Club's annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser at The Stone Cup starting at 4:30 p.m., until all the chili is sold out. The cost is fifty cents a sample, and five dollars for a bowl, with Judging for the best in three categories, red, green, and vegetarian. Kids fun and games at the Lyons Elementary School playground pre-parade from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Parade at 6:00 p.m., with line-up at 5:45 p.m., also at the Lyons Elementary School. The parade route this year will start at the school, go east on High Street, south on Third Avenue, west on Main Street, north on Fifth Avenue, then back east on High Street to the school; followed by Trick-or-Treating around the local merchants from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., or until the candy runs out.  Mayama Dance Studio will be hosting a bake sale at the St. Vrain Market with sandwiches, brats, gumbo, cocoa, water, and more, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Stop by! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Karen Gregg and her Lyons High School band, which presented the music from “Lord of the Rings” with Sam Talent as Gandolf acting as the moderator.  A stunning program. 

THE BENEFIT GARAGE SALE will continue this Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29 (weather permitting) at 306 Evans, just south of the Post Office, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to benefit the Lyons Redstone Museum. Stop by; there is a barn full of “stuff” we don’t want to pack away. The barn is to be stabilized this winter so it doesn’t fold up with a heavy snow, after which the sales will be held regularly during spring. Save your “stuff” for this benefit.  Stay tuned.

A SCHOLARSHIP FUND with the Lyons Community Foundation has been set up in honor of Janet (Brackett) Orback who passed away last May. They hope to raise $10,000 for the fund, preferably for graduating seniors who will be pursuing an education in a trade school or its equivalent.  Home-schooled students who are actively engaged in Lyons High School extracurricular activities may also apply. With this scholarship we seek to honor Janet’s memory by creating a lasting legacy through the educational and aspirational development of deserving teens.

Donate any amount to Lyons Community Foundation,  Box 546, Lyons, CO 80540.  Janet and her husband Dave have been in charge of the Lyons Cemetery for the past fifteen years and were a big part in the flood recovery efforts in the confluence area. Dave did much of the recovery plumbing there. Janet was a friend and help to all; wife of Dave Orback, mother of Heather, and grandmother of two. We sadly miss Janet and will honor her with this scholarship. Priscilla Cohan is chairwoman of the fund drive, and can be reached at (303) 245-3945.

Old Time Square Dance at Oskar Blues, in the event room from 7 to 10:30 p.m. All ages and levels are invited. Music by Ellen Rosenburg and friends. 

Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce Social (stay tuned for more info).

(as soon as it gets cold)
The ice rink equipment has been ordered and will be here and set up by Christmas break; with skate rentals and hot cocoa from of the concession stand. A real plus. Thanks Lyons Parks & Rec!

For those of you who might be planning a LHS class reunion during Lyons Good Old Days, the date for this year will be Saturday, June 30.  Lyons alumni are asked to note this change and notify your classmates.

GRANTS FOR TEACHERS AND TECHNOLOGY are available through CenturyLink. (See details in this edition.) 

FLOOD GRANT MONEY is still available. Every business is eligible for up to $50,000 for loses that occurred during the 2013 flood. The deadline for the grant is December 2017. Call Marianne Ballantine for more details at (303) 886-1063. She is available for CDBG-DR counseling.

The Lyons Board of Trustees are the ones that will decide on this issue. Hopefully they will be holding public hearings on the topic. Let them know how you feel! I understand a bullet can travel 2.2 miles! Yes, it will take a lot of scrutiny. There will be public hearings and hopefully tours of the site (the old CEMEX silica quarry adjacent to Loukonen Stone on Rte. 36). Surely Boulder County can find another place in “them thar hills” not so close to a population!

Thanks to the Latter Day Saints Church who served the senior meal on Tuesday evening. Lunch meals are served by Boulder County on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center at noon.  Call (303) 441-1415 the day before.  Oskar Blues Lunch is Wed., November 1st at 11:30 am. Thanks to all! The monthly birthday party is scheduled for Friday, November 24, at 1 p.m. All seniors are invited.
Thanks to Kathleen Spring and Janet Freeman, who decorated the Walt Self Senior Center with fall colors.

THE LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GALA fundraiser is Friday, November 10, at the Lionscrest Manor. This is their 10th anniversary! (See details in this edition.) Help the LCF works its magic. Tickets are $75 per person while they last, and can be purchased at:

The LHS cross-country teams both qualified for state this weekend! (See details in this edition.)

SVVSD Drivers Education Winter classes begin the week of November 27, at various high schools in the district. Lyons will host classes beginning Wednesday November 29, through February 21, 2018 from 5:45 to 9 p.m., except during Thanksgiving/Christmas breaks. The cost is $420, and includes 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction. Students must be 14 years 6 months or older on the first day of class. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or register your student online Choose “Program Registration.”

Thursday, October 26 - MS & HS Chess Club.

Friday, October 27 – HS Eco Cycle Trash Audit; HS volleyball districts at Dawson. Play begins at 3 p.m.; HS football at home vs. Strasburg, 7 p.m. Senior Night celebration begins at 6:40 p.m.

Saturday, October 28 – HS cross-country Colorado State Championship Meet at Bear Creek State Park in Colorado Springs. 2A girls run at 10 a.m., 2A boys run at 11:20 a.m.  The LHS Band marches in the Town of Lyons “Spooktacular” Halloween parade at 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 29 - Booster Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley (North Main Street) in Longmont from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 4 Volunteers works.

Active Adult 50+ Crafting a free class taught by Betsy Hubner on Monday, November 13, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Please bring a 4×6 photo or photo copy to be cropped and used as part of the project.
Instructors will be various special guests. Minimum of 5; Maximum of 10. RSVP at (303) 823-8250, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OPEN BASKETBALL at the Lyons Elementary School gym for ages 18+. $5 per drop in. Every Thursday through April 26 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., except during holidays.
WORLD INSTRUMENT & ART CLASS on Mondays, October 30 – North America (Hawaii Conch Shell) and November 6 – South America (thunder/lightning box). For toddlers and caretakers,  $8 per class drop-in. Mondays through December 22, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Walt Self Senior Center (basement). The instructor is Julie Adair.

LYONS KIDS KAYAK CLUB at Centennial Pool begins on January 5, at 7 p.m. Sign up now. 

A large herd of elk has been spotted crossing Highway 36 from about 4:30 a.m., on. Keep your eyes open; hitting an elk can be very dangerous and costly.

Thank you Lyons Community Foundation, who notified the recipients of their grants approval by the committee. A great help to keep our projects going. We all sincerely thank you.

Kathleen Spring of the Lyons Redstone Museum attended the annual Mountain Plains Museum Associations meeting in Denver last Wednesday.  Over 600 attended from throughout the eight southwest States.  An annual workshop for all Historians. 

News from Carrie Gonzales, formerly of the Honey Store just east of Lyons. She is getting settled in Raton, New Mexico, and is about to open a honey store there.

We miss Carrie, who operated The Honey Store here in Lyons for years, and always participated with a booth at the Christmas Bazaar.  She was flooded out of the Riverbend Mobile Home Park, and could find no place for her trailer. Hope all is well Carrie.

Kimmy Harrison is on her way back to Africa for three weeks, where she will work with a HIV/AIDS program.
Lyons Elementary School honored their top Jog-A-Thon pledge collectors last week at the Pie-In-The-Face celebration. The kids raised $51,000! Lots of fun.

A Lyons business has expanded and opened an additional location in the Prospect neighborhood in Longmont. Congrats to Bronwyn Muldoon and the staff of Lyons Physical Therapy on opening Prospect Physical and Sports Therapy, Inc. They opened this week!

Celebrate October Birthdays and Halloween!

The Town of Lyons is putting on its monthly birthday celebration on Friday at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center, including cake. The Boulder County staff will assist in preparing Halloween inspired activities. No need to call to join birthday celebration; just stop on by!

Jay Stott, Rebecca Louzan, Heidi Dobbs Berringer, Roxanne Martindale Smith, Joel Plimmer, David Heidl, Madison Kintzel,  Hope Kincaid, Amy Matthews, Kim Hughes, Nancy Reckling, Jay Mailto, Jane McRae, Don Lutter, and Honey Daubert.

Charlotte & Fred Rob on their 45th anniversary, and also to Paul & Jodi Bashor.

Blakely Rae Knapton was born on October 2, weighting in at 6 lbs. 13.5 ounces, and at a length of 19 3/4 inches long. Her proud parents are Luke and Nikki (Stetson) Knapton of Longmont; gandparents are Scott and Holli (Boland) Stetson of Hygiene; and her great grandmother is Cheron Boland of Longmont, formerly of Lyons. Luke teaches PE and Health and coaches football at Lyons High School. Our congratulations.

We express our sympathy to the families of Leo Saidel, age 101, who lived in Spring Gulch, and came to Lyons from Chicago. He took part in the Lyons community. His service was held last Saturday at his home with family, neighbors, and friends.

We express our deepest sympathy to the daughters of Robert Kline, who ranched for many years up in Spring Gulch. He was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by his two daughters. There is no service planned. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

To the family of Jerry Bryan, age 55, who passed away on October 15. Born on October 27, 1961 in Boulder to Melvin and Opal Bryan. He grew up here and graduated from Lyons High School in 1981.  Jerry married Diana Wittig in 1983 in Allenspark. He worked with his brother Larry hauling rock and stone in Lyons, and later worked for the City of Longmont from 1990 until his retirement in 2015. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, looking for antlers from which he made beautiful, unique centerpieces, gardening, and playing softball. He was preceded in death by his parents and his Welsh Corgi Shelby. He is survived by his wife Diana, son, Jerry Lee, Jr., three grandchildren, daughter Meghan Bryan, and siblings Larry, Marilyn, Charlotte (Fred Robb) Linda Clevenger, Cheryl Ross, and Patricia Bryan. A graveside service was held Saturday morning at the Lyons Cemetery with a reception at the Dunkard Church in Hygiene. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit You will be greatly missed by your friends and family.

William John Platt, age 79, passed away at the Platt County Memorial Hospital, in Wheatland, Wyoming, on October 17. Bill was the third of four sons born to James G. Platt and Frances E. Platt (Hewitt) on July 3, 1938 on the family dairy farm seven miles southwest of Longmont. He graduated from Longmont High School in 1957 and joined the Army. Bill was married to Nancy Sandersen in 1964 and lived on the family homestead, where they operated a dairy farm, The Altona Holsteins.

He was a lifelong softball enthusiast, and sponsored the Altona Softball Team for many years, and he pitched for fast pitch leagues in the area for fifty years. In 1996, the family moved to Wheatland with a herd of registered Hereford cattle, and later started an Angus herd. Bill was a member of the American Legion and of the NRA.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard; and is survived by his wife, Nancy; son Todd; daughter Heidi; grandson Dane (all of Wheatland); brother Jimmy of Cody, WY; brother Frank of Bern, Kansas; and sister-in-law Donna Platt of Heron, Montana.

The family will host an open house on Saturday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m., at the ranch in Wheatland, 714 Grange Road. Donations may be made to the American Legion. 

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