It's 2018! May it be good to us. The town's recovery, with $30 million of work to do is ongoing. A capable Town Board will be elected in April. I am still term limited for two more years, and will be too old to run for another term. The Chamber received a $100,000 grant, which should bring in more tourism dollars. The local businesses seem to be doing well. The museum opens in May on weekends, and daily through
September. Concerts in Sandstone Park. Lyons' 42nd annual Lyons Good Old Days. The Town's Public Works building and affordable housing in the Eastern Corridor. Utilities extended to Eastern Corridor. Bohn Park should be finished, and St. Vrain River Park recovery ongoing. It should be a busy and exciting year. Good luck Lyons
TOWN BOARD ELECTIONS are in April, and you can pick up a petition now at Town Hall, get ten signatures of registered voters and you're on the ballot! If elected, you will serve two years. Really, being on the Town Board is an honor, you are representing the town and its residents, you and six others have the say as to how the Town of Lyons goes. Of course, if you really don’t like it, you can petition and cause a vote.
I respect the Town Board members as they are taking time out of their busy lives to make Lyons a better place to live. Consider running for the Town Board; you will be informed as to the entire goings on, and your vote will count to the good of us all.
I was term limited (twice), I was appointed in October 1999 to fill a vacancy, then was elected in 2000 through 2006, then term limited. I ran again 2010 until 2016, now term limited. I miss it. You don’t know anything that is going on, and you can’t speak unless you talk under audience business, or it is a public hearing. Sometimes you have information that will help the Board, but you can’t tell them. Where if on the Town Board, you can speak up. Everyone should be on the Town Board, it will do you good, and it is your patriotic duty to help your town and its people. Get your ballot now!
THE TOPIC OF THE SEASON IS THE ICE RINK
Written by Darlene Thompson
“Tradition: The recovery for Lyons since the flood of 2013 has been remarkable! However, we also must remember the dedication and work of those before as well. Thanks to the then Board members who approved the very first ice rink in Meadow Park at that location, the road was closed off for the winter and it was built by James Thompson and his sons, Jim, Willard, and Lorne. They got the kids off of the dangerous river. Dick Hinshaw, Barry Johnson, and David Goranson were also advocates and helpers with the new rink! That was the beginning of the Lyons ice skating rink. Skates were donated and stored and signed out at the Town Hall. Thanks for carrying on the "Good Old Tradition," and please, remember to give credit where credit is due. Love you all!
Other memories: Kathleen Gereaux remembers skating on the river, hoping the ice would not break; Michelle Goranson remembers the good times; Mary Ann (Veith) Reynolds states that in the 1950s the tennis court was flooded; I remember Herb McConnell surveying the coldest spot in town for the ice rink and all remember the good hockey playing in the late hours (send us more memories to: LaVern921@aolcom).
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
From Principal Daly: Timely regular attendance is most important. Student attendance is still the most important single factor in determining success in all classes, which is the best way to prepare for the regular challenges of learning. Students are asked to please join in the pursuit of good attendance in classes for all of our students.
Access to Schoology and Infinite Campus - Students, parents and staff are all using the online educational software known as Infinite Campus and Schoology, which helps track class assignments, attendance and achievement grades. Contact the school on how to access these online programs.
Thursday, January 11 - MS & HS Chess Club: wrestling at Platte Valley High School in Kersey, 6 p.m.; HS - girls' and boys' basketball at home vs. Union Colony. GV and BJV at 5 p.m., BV and GJV at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, January 12 - NO SCHOOL.
Saturday, January 13 – HS wrestling at home. Linn Long Lyons Invitational, 9 a.m. All day meet.
Sunday, January 14 - Booster Club Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley in Longmont from 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, January 15 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day).
The Lyons Chamber of Commerce will hold their next social on Thursday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the Festivarie Inn.
Monday January 15 dinner will be put on by the Lyons Community Church at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. It's free.
Senior lunches continue every Wednesday and Friday at the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. ($3 or what you afford to pay, seniors 55 yrs.+) Great catered meals! Call the day before for an accurate count (303) 441-1415.
THANK YOU Oskar Blues for another year of free monthly lunch of pizza for Lyons seniors!
January birthdays party will be held the fourth Friday, January 26, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center.
SENIOR EXERCISES CLASSES on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., at the Walt Self. Call Lori at (303) 823-8250. To get everyone moving.
ICE SKATING IS BACK!
The ice rink is set up depending on the weather. The rink will be open with family skating and hockey at alternating times, on alternating days. Check with Town Hall for details. Skate rentals are available by the day or longer for residents and non-residents. There is no charge for skating, but you skate at your own risk. Call (303) 823-8250 for more information.
The next Old-Tyme Dance will be held on Saturday, February. 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Oskar Blues. It's lots of fun. Stop by.
THE JANET ORBACK SCHOLARSHIP FUND to honor longtime cemetery and Town volunteer. Send donations to Lyons Community Foundation at Box 646, Lyons, CO. The scholarship will be awarded during LHS awards night in May.
Lyons Park & Recreation
The winter schedule is out. Go online, or pick one up at Town Hall.
OPEN BASKETBAL -, Every Thursday through April 26th, (closed on March 29) from 8 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym.
ADULT 50+ BOOK CLUB – Free on the third Thursday of the month (February 15, March 15,), from noon to 2:30 p.m. All welcome
Our old barn, built around 1908, at 306 Evans is about complete, being rescued by Bill Bailey of Historic Restorations, who is licensed by the State to restore old barns, houses, sheds, etc. instead of letting them collapse. Our barn had leaned seven inches to the south; had no foundation or cross timbers, and it was lucky it had a metal roof, which helped the snow to melt faster. Don’t let your old buildings collapse, call (970) 216-3743, for their restoration.
Two historic barns to the east collapsed last winter during the heavy snow. Our barn is now, a place for the Lyons Historical Society to hold their garage sales to benefit the Lyons Redstone Museum (come warm weather). Save your “stuff” and see you later.
Andy Blingo, who is an intern at the Crain Sanctuary in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and friend Marie spent Christmas with his mom Susan here in Lyons.
Nick and Erica Schneider hosted a Christmas Party, and welcomed their daughter, Emily, home for the holidays. She attends Dartmouth.
Brian DeCoster visited his folks, David and Crystal DeCoster, here in Lyons over the holidays.
Bonita Joy Yoder, of Lawrence, Kansas, was back this week checking on her house recovery, which has now gone out-to-bid. Progress is being made.
Grace Simonsen is home from Tananzia, where they helped various camps with her church group. She was there for nine weeks. She has started her winter quarter at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Zach Tucker told about Lyons, his hometown, on a national radio program at BYU Radio in Utah, with the student production by Jared Burton (they were Lyons High classmates).
HOW TIME DOES FLY
It has been fifty years since work began on Eisenhower tunnel, which is one of the state’s most prominent landmarks. It was first called the “Straight Creek Tunnel, then the Eisenhower Tunnel, then the Johnson tunnel was added. They began work on the tunnel on New Year’s Day, 1968, and in the early spring set off the first blast of dynamite from the west side to begin boring the first tunnel. Millions of dollars, thousands of workers, years of sweat and blood. It began fifty years ago when traffic was much lighter. Many Lyons men (Ray Garver, Charley and Spec Cinnamon, Max Roach, and others) worked on the tunnel. Eisenhower Tunnel is certainly a boon to the State of Colorado.
Emily Dusell, Isabella Vasquez, Wayne Anderson, Adam Mack, Arden Ribble Kelling and sons, Jerry and Terry, Cathy Rivers, Emma Hall, Sonny Smith, Bill Drake, JJ Bookish-Asnicar, Bailey Subbert, Jeannie Maraschen, and Tonya Roe Befus.
Don and Sue Lamb, celebrating thirty-eight years.
ROSALIE (ROSIE) RUTH ATKINS of Hygiene, (seventeen year babysitter for Megan and Andrew Quinn) passed away on January 1, 2018. She was born in Erie, Kansas on September 28, 1938 to Charles and Ruth Ford. She was the eldest of seven children. Rosalie married Charles Atkins in November 13, 1955, in Raton, New Mexico. They had four children, and lived on a ranch in Hygiene. She also helped raise many other generations of kids. She soon was "Grandma” and/or "Grandma Rosie." She was an active leader in the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts, and became a sustaining member of the Foothills Baptist Church. She will forever be remembered as "Chief Purple Feather" to many generations of kids in the area as she taught Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, Day Camp, and Sunday School for nearly forty years, and made sure that each child had a Bible.
She is survived by her children, Frankie Janelle of Longmont, Shannon Lee (Paula) of Brighton, Shauna Mae (Pamela) of Longmont; and grandchildren Kasey, Loyd, Becca-ji, goddaughters Deanne Havens-Michaud and Krissy Keelick and honorary grandchildren Andrew and Meghan Quinn and Konner Mauck. She is survived by sisters Linda (Dale) and Rhonda, brothers Henry (Bonnie) and Herb (Mary), sisters in law Cheryl and Janice, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and great friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, brother, sister and granddaughter.
Rosie will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Her service was held Saturday, January 8, at Foothills Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Rosalie’s honor to Childrens Hospital Colorado Foundation (www. http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org)
LESLIE CLIFFORD (CLIFF) ROBERTS died December 29, at the Longmont United Hospital. He was born October 27, 1939 in Oklahoma City, OK to Gerald Clifford Roberts and Pauline Denzel Overton. Cliff was a rancher and lived on the Little Thompson, north of Lyons, but first lived in Lyons. He was Lyons Mayor in 1982, hiring Herb McConnell as the Town’s first Public Works Director. Cliff served as President of the Lyons Fire District and was term limited. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, his six children Bryan, Gerald, Jennifer, Paul, Kathryn and Jonathan, and sixteen grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with the funeral service on Saturday, January 6, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
BERNICE (BERNIE) RUTH MCCAIN passed away December 26, 2017. She was born February 9, 1926 in Hagler, NE. She worked for Ball Aerospace in Boulder, and enjoyed fishing, traveling and crocheting. She is survived by her husband Merle McCain, several children and grandchildren, brothers-in-law Gene, Dean, Jim, and Leonard McCain, and sister-in-law Margaret Billings, Stan Jones, Janice and Skylar Jones, Coleen Jones, Staphanie Jones Brown, sons: She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Edna Krous, brother Henry and sister Maxine, sons Robert Clyde and Wm. Jones. Her service will be held Saturday, January 13, at 10 a.m., at the Lyons Cemetery. Donations maybe made to Halcyon Hospice or the Longmont Humane Society, c/o Carroll-Lewellen Funeral and Cremation Services.