Another week gone by, and Tuesday was the first day of Spring and we had that wonderful rain! Things are looking up in Lyons, Colorado. We are going to make it! Thanks to all for the four and a half years of help in flood recovery.
Last Wednesday was the National Walkout of students speaking out about gun control, no guns in schools, the need for new laws, the need to do away with assault rifles, etc. The walkout at Lyons High was very somber and impressive, honoring the seventeen students and faculty who were killed n Parkland, FL with seventeen minutes of silence. We are with you students.
Then Monday night the Boulder County is sitting before the Lyons Town Board promoting a shooting range just over the hill from where the affordable housing
with kids will be! The members of the Town Board were reluctant, agreed to meet with the County, agreed to hear the residents of Lyons, but… What is this world coming to? The County has tens of thousands of acres of Open Space and a good shooting club in North Boulder. Let them go FAR away from people. True, it isn’t the same, but the same deadly guns next to our population? The Lyons Town Board may be trying to get along with the County, who would not sell us five acres for affordable housing, and are reluctant to say “NO.” What will it do for Lyons? Only endanger us. Shame on the County for even trying to push this down the throats of Lyons! Let’s stand with our students – No Guns!
You can see the meetings on the Town video: www.townoflyons.com\board of trustees meeting-video
Vance French needs donations for a new battery for his golf cart. Go to gofundme\vance French to help him out.
"March for our Lives"
Cathy Rivers is gathering up folks who would like to go to the "March for our Lives" this Saturday, March 24 and carpool, leaving Sandstone Park at noon, to get there at 2 pm. Respond https://goo.gl/SZEKUS.
BONITA IS BACK
Bonita Yoder from Lawrence, Kansas, who owns the flooded house on the corner of Second and Park is back seeing about her house.
It comes down to the fact now that she does not have enough FEMA money to elevate it. Plus she needs $100,000 to restore it after that. Now, comes the fact that she can redo it with that $100,000, but the flood insurance would be so high! What to do? She needs bids from contractors. (785) 550-4344. Give her a call.
LYONS FILM FESTIVAL ON MARCH 23 TO 25
Starts Friday at 6 p.m., at the Pizza Bar 66, then at 7 p.m., at Rogers Hall, with films all day Saturday and Sunday. A special discount for seniors for Sunday’s films 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Rogers Hall. Thanks Jake Fink and cohorts for bringing this to Lyons (the fourth year).
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED for the AmeriCorps NCCC youth (age 18 to 24) who are working on Habitat for Humanity's Lyons townhomes. Their lunches cost $8, and they get $4.75 per day lunch money. The Lyons Volunteers (LV) are providing $8 lunch vouchers to use at local restaurants (thank you Dairy Bar, SV Market, Steamboat Natural Foods, and Snack), so funds stay in Lyons and help local businesses. To pay for vouchers, LV is seeking contributions from the community. $80 feeds the ten-person crew for a day. Donate by check to Lyons Volunteers at PO Box 702, Lyons, CO 80540 or online at www.stvrainhabitat.org (specify "Lyons lunch vouchers" under "Special instructions" after clicking "Donate Now"). The Lyons Lions Club has already made a generous donation and all help is welcomed. Thank you!
The Town of Lyons EcoPass program that supports the Lyons EcoPass for residents has been renewed through 2018! There has been a slight increase in the annual fee to $40 per pass (the pass has a retail value of over $2,000). However, there is now a $120 cap for related members in a household; in other words, families of four or more will not be charged more than $120 (e.g. a family of five would pay the same amount as a family of three). Because you bought your pass in the first half of 2017, you will need to renew your pass by the end of our first enrollment period on March 31, 2018 in order to continue to have the EcoPass benefits. If you do not pay the 2018 fee by March 31, your pass will be deactivated and will no longer work. There are two ways to pay. You can make the payment online (payments will be processed through our partners Xpress Bill Pay). Make sure to add more riders before finalizing your payment if you have multiple family members (there is a $120 cap per household, any additional passes are not charged). Or you can bring in a check to Town Hall.
EASTER EVE CONCERT
You are cordially invited to a special performance of Haydn’s Last Seven Words of Christ at Denver Epiphany Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 31, at 4 p.m.. We hope to share this most intimate, divine, yet powerful and transformational piece of music with you on the eve of Easter. Contemplate in music, where we can journey together. Purchase ticket at http://happyhourconcerts.org/tickets.html (starting March 20), or purchase at the door on the day of the event.
Next week is Spring Vacation and several carloads of Lyons youth are headed to Texas to help with the flood damage there through the River Church. A great learning experience.
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
Middle School Quarter 3 final grades are posted on Infinite Campus; Middle School Quarter 4 began on March 12; Please encourage your child to finish the school year strong. Prompt daily attendance and staying focused on academics for the remainder of the HS Semester and MS Quarter 4 is important.
NOTE - Middle School hallway lockers and the lockers in the girls' PE/sports locker room are to be cleaned out as they will be replaced over Spring Break.
Thursday March 22 - MS & HS early registration deadline for the Washington DC 2019 trip; MS Advanced Band to CBA Large Group Competition at Mountain View High School in Loveland; Track at RE-1J Meet. Hosted at Mead High School, 2 p.m.; HS baseball at home vs. Middle Park High School, 4 p.m. Varsity game first, followed by JV.
Friday, March 23 - NO classes for students.
Sunday, March 25 - Booster Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley in Longmont from1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, March 26 to Sunday, April 1 - Spring Break!
Saturday, March 31 – HS track at Lyons, the Lyons Invitational beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 3 - Girls' basketball banquet (location TBA).
Friday, April 6 - Boys' basketball banquet (location TBA).
SCHOOL YEAR BOOKS are now on sale at a reduced price of $65 for high school, and $35 for middle school. Contact Anne Strazaz at Lyons High (303) 823-6631.
PARKS AND RECREATION NEWS
HEY LYONS girls' softball is almost here! Sign-up now through the link below with Longmont Recreation. Practices will begin the first week of April, with games beginning in May. All practices are held right here in Lyons. We have 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U teams. Come join the fun. https://rec.ci.longmont.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=e7e4bf03-219d-03a7-e811-1a
GARDENS IN A BOX
Gardens have 14 to 30 water-saving perennial plants that come with pre-planned planting instructions. A variety of garden types are offered starting at $84. Visit www.townoflyons.com/gardeninabox.
SENIOR EXERCISES CLASSES on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call Lori at (303) 823-8250. To get everyone moving!
WORLD INSTRUMENT & ART CLASSES every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., through May, upstairs in the Walt Self Senior Center taught by Julie Adair. $8 drop in fee.
The Active 50+ Book Club sponsored by the town of Lyons needs more participants, or it will be closing down after May. The next book is "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present" by Gail Collins, NY Times columnist and bestselling author, who recounts the astounding revolution in women's lives over the past 50 years, beginning in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card, and ending in 2008 with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign.
Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month; 4/19; Time: 12:30-1:30 PM, Location: Walt Self Senior Center, upstairs; free. call (303) 823-8250 Lori.
ACTIVE 50+ free art class on Tuesday, April 10, from l0 to 11:30 a.m., in the Walt Self building. Crafting for folks who enjoy making useful items. RSVP at (303) 823-8250.
MOMMY (CARETAKER) & BABY/TODDLER fitness class Mondays through May from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Walt Self building basement. $5 per class.
THE CHAMBER SOCIAL was held on Tuesday, March 20, with a report on the $100,000 tourism grant received. All businesses are invited to pay their dues and let the Chamber help you advertise.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 - Open house for the LAHC's Spring art show at Lyons Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 – Old Tyme Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. Come one and all. Fun for all ages. Help Ellen Rosenberg, founder, celebrate her 20th year of bringing these active dances to Lyons. Chris Kermit calling and Music by Poultry in Motion. See you there!
Neighbors Pot Luck at the Walt Self Senior Center on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. Contact LaVern Johnson for more information (303) 823-5925. Bring a dish to share, and some good conversation.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 – Lyons High School Awards Night; with graduation on Saturday, May 26
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – Clean Up Day! For a small fee residents can take trash, appliances, etc., to the wastewater treatment plant parking lot to get rid of that trash!
BREAKFAST AT THE RIVER CHURCH every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Everyone is invited, and all are welcome.
DONATE to the Janet Orback scholarship fund to honor a longtime cemetery and town volunteer. Send donations to Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, CO 80540. The scholarship will be awarded during LHS Awards Night in May.
MASTER ELECTRICIAN Justin King, a 1989 Lyons High School graduate, just moved back to Lyons. Give him a call at (720) 231-7652.
LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Thanks to Monique Sawyer-Lang and Baiba Lennard for getting the grant application out to SCFD for museum operations. We will find out in September. The
SCFD is indeed a big help to the Lyons Redstone Museum!
THE LYONS BOTANIC GARDEN is one step closer to becoming a “dream come true” for members Garima Fairfax, Kris Todd, and Diane Andrews, as well as all the others who have been meeting, having plant sales, and looking for land to site it for the past eight years. They have asked the Town Board to use the former mobile home park in the Confluence neighborhood, and have applied for their 50l (3) c. They will be asking for many volunteers to make it a reality. My compliments to them; a long time effort is on the verge of coming true!
THANKS to all the volunteers who helped plant trees, etc., in Apple Valley last Saturday with the Colorado Wildlands group.
Route 34, the highway from Loveland to Estes Park will be open by Memorial Day weekend. That will truly be a relief for our traffic situation!
The Lyons 50+ Film Discussion group got off to a great start in March. The next film will be shown April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Walt Self Senior Center. The coordinator, Kathleen Spring, says that all films star a senior citizen, and have got a minimum of 4 out of 5 star ratings. Many will be foreign and independent films, or award-winning American films. The next film will be "Youth" starring Michael Caine. He plays a famous composer who is being pressured to come out of retirement. It takes place in a magnificent spa in the Alps.
The Lyons Book Club is the oldest book club in town. Cheryl Appell, one of the co-founders, announced that this month the club will be marking its 29th Anniversary as a Book Club. They celebrated with hors d'oeuvres at the March 15 meeting, which included a special talk on the work of Edward Curtis by local historian Kathleen Spring, and a discussion of the book "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis." at the Western Star Gallery. Congrats!
LOCK YOUR DOORS & CARS!
Someone is going around town stealing tools and stuff from yards, cars, and empty house. Call (303) 441-4444 if you see any suspicious cars around late at night! We've got to catch them!.
CONGRATULATIONS - Sharon Jones reports the birth of a granddaughter, Maylee Harper Jones, born on March 10 in Denver.
GET WELL WISHES go out to Warren Dawson, who is reported to be improving and out of the hospital.
About thirty Lyons folks attended the Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab last weekend!
Karen Selden is in the cold and snow of Vermont, visiting her father.
Susan Bingle is in Indiana with her dad, who had back surgery. Get well soon Pops!
Nancy Hammans, Michele Gorman, Brandon Sweeney, Sun Ra (Linette DeSolva’s son is 18), K. C. Groves, Ray Frudge, Priscilla Ribble, Sarah Hart, Donna (Harkalis) Johnson, Kathy Ralston (dec’d), Nona House/Achziger Dodd, Apolita Vasquez, Kiowa Kumpf, Nancy Liquori, and Connie Gereaux.
We also say happy birthday to Gerald Boland, who would have been 80 years old last week. We honor him, our one flood fatality from the September 2013 flood. A very sad story. We honor our longtime coach, teacher, friend, Gerald Boland, and express our sympathy to his family.
A memorial service for Micky Svilar will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., at the Foothills Baptist Church on the Foothills Highway. Mick was married to Jean Ohline, who passed away in 1993. They had four sons, Randy, Rodney, Tim, and Dan. Tim has also passed away. Mick was a longtime resident of Lyons, and we express our deepest sympathy.