It was a great Easter, with lots of people in church and Sunday school, Easter egg hunts, and potlucks. The weather was good, reminding us that Spring is here. A joyful day! A time to get rid of the winter doldrums for revival of body and soul.
Several folks from Lyons were thrilled to hear Mintze Wu and her fellow musicians: Jubal Fulks, Matthew Dane, and Sara Biber at the Good Friday Service entitled “Haydn’s Last Seven Words of Christ,” held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, where ministers from the First United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Pine Street
Church, First Congregational Church, First Presbyterian Boulder & Global Associates, and Trinity Lutheran Church gave the messages. It was indeed enjoyable. Mintze Wu and family live in Carbondale, where she home schools her two children, and her husband Jem is a pilot between Denver and Aspen. Thank you Mintze.
Thanks to Clark Hodges who hosted/organized the Chase the Music/Bonfils Easter blood drive at Planet Bluegrass. Blood is always needed. Thanks to all who donated.
By the time this paper comes out we will know who the new Town Board will be. They will be installed at the next board meeting on Monday, April 16. A thank you to Jim Kerr (retiring) and Dan Greenberg (term limited). Only about one-third of the registered voters voted. It is a good sign to have a low count, without any uproar and furor, means people think the Board has been doing well.
I will assume the lodging tax passed, which will help the town from lodging, RV’s, and tent camping. Discussions have been going on on Facebook. Most people think the small tax would add up and help Lyons’ economy, where those taxed will not know the difference, it is so small. No one is going to stay elsewhere because of this tax, as higher lodging taxes are charged in area towns. Every dollar counts!
DRONES - There is a lot of concern about drones flying close to the eagles’ nest at LaVern M. Johnson Park. This is against the law! You will be prosecuted! If you see who is doing this, call the Boulder County Sheriff’s dispatch at (303) 441-4444.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 - Lyons Senior 50+ film discussion at 6:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. The film will be “Youth” starring Michael Caine, who plays a famous composer who is being pressured to come out of retirement. All seniors are invited.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 – LAHC’s “Spring” art show and open house (with potluck tapas) at Lyons Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 – Old Tyme Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m., with Chris Kermit calling. Fun for all.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 – High Street Concerts presents Twelve Mile at Rogers Hall at 8 p.m. It’s the final concert of the season. Get tickets at: www.HighStreetConcerts.com, or call (303) 895-9966.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 – Arbor Day at Lyons Elementary School.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 - The Lyons Junior/Senior Prom will be held at Lionscrest Manor with the after party at Wild Games in Longmont. Drop off door prizes (good for teens) at the high school, or call Kari Basey at (303) 823-5723.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 - Earth Day, a time to get out and rake to prepare for planting. We must care for the earth to keep us all going.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 -Western Stars Gallery will be planting a very special tree. The final touches of The Blue Butterfly Tree’s installation, a kinetic sculpture by local artist John King, will happen between 4 and 7 p.m., in front of the gallery with a reception celebration to be held afterward inside the gallery.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 – April birthdays will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m., after lunch at the Walt Self Senior Center. Come, enjoy!
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 – Lyons Elementary School PTO “Casino Night” fundraiser at the new restaurant The Quarry (formerly the Outlaw, and Ax and Oar,) starting at 5 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE - According to Sue Wratten, the chairwoman of the 9Health Fair, this year’s fair will be held in the fall at the Lyons LDS Church on Second Avenue. Date to be announced later.
HELP! Donations are needed for the AmeriCorps youth (age 18 to 24) who are working on the Habitat for Humanity’s Lyons town homes. Their lunches cost $8, and they get $4.75 per day lunch money. The Lyons Volunteers are providing $8 lunch vouchers to use at local restaurants (thank you Dairy Bar, St Vrain 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. Eighty dollars feeds the ten-person crew for a day. Donate by check to: Lyons Volunteers, 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!
Great news, the Town of Lyons EcoPass program has been renewed through 2018! There has been a slight increase in the annual fee to $40 per pass. 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. Get more information at Town Hall.
LYONS SENIOR MEALS
The Boulder County Bistro meals are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 each. Call (303) 441-1415 the day before for an accurate head count. The Monday night senior dinners at the Walt Self for April are: April 16 – Lyons Community Church; Tuesday April 24 – LDS Church; April 30 – a potluck by James Martin and Kathleen Spring (bring dish to serve). Folks are invited to come entertain the seniors with songs, fiddles, guitars, band, jokes, stories on the Mondays after their 5:30 p.m., dinner. Call Stevie LaRue at (303) 819-2853 to set up a date. There will be a speaker at the lunch on Wednesday, April 11, during lunch 12 to 12:30 p.m., with an artist sharing poetry and discussion on “Willingly inviting all in life’s content,” both positive and negative.
LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION
GIRLS SOFTBALL is almost here! Sign-up now through the below link 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
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., upstairs at the Walt Self building. Taught by Julie Adair through May. $8 drop in fee.
3rd THURSDAY OF MONTH ACTIVE ADULT 50+ BOOK CLUB. Next meeting on April 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Walt Self building upstairs. Members needed!
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ free art class on Tuesday, April 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. at the Walt Self building. Crafting for folks who enjoy making useful items. RSVP (303) 823-8250.
MOMMY (CARETAKER) & BABY/TODDLER FITNESS CLASS – Mondays through May from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Walt Self basement. $5 per class.
GARDENS IN A BOX – The gardens have 14 to 30 water-saving perennial plants that come with planting instructions. A variety of garden types are offered starting at $84. Visit www.townoflyons.com/gardeninabox,
ELM DISEASE - It has been determined that some Lyons’ trees have the elm disease, which is usually fatal to the tree. Contact Baer Mountain & Urban Forestry to take preventative measures against this Emerald Ash Borer. The School District has been treating their trees for a couple of years, hoping that will stave off killing the trees.
INDOOR FLEA MARKET the first Wednesday of each month at Alton Grange on Nelson Road, from 4 to 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 12 – Community Garage Sale in Sandstone Park and around town. A good place to get/sell that “stuff.”
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – Community Clean Up Day; residents can take trash, etc., to the wastewater treatment plant parking lot. There is a small fees, but can get rid of that junk and help keep Lyons beautiful!
SATURDAY, MAY 26 – Lyons High School graduation at John Johnson Field (weather permitting) at 10 a.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 1 & 2 – Lyons Outdoor Games!
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – The Redrock Ramblers Summer Saturday Square Dances begin at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Dances every Saturday through Labor Day. This will be our 60th season!
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 – Lyons Good Old Day, with games, etc. We hope to organize a breakfast, maybe a tour of Bohn Park, a history program, and honoring Lyons 2018 LHS seniors who are of pioneer families and honoring the LHS class of 1968 as Mr & Mrs Good Old Days. There will be music, beer tent, square dancing, class reunions, etc. Mark your calendars!
BREAKFAST AT THE RIVER CHURCH every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delicious. All are welcome.
DONATE to the Janet Orback scholarship fund to honor longtime cemetery and town volunteer. Send donations to the Lyons Community Foundation, Box 546, Lyons, CO 80540. The scholarship will be awarded during LHS Awards Night in May.
GOOD NEWS! Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park will be open by Memorial Day. That will truly be a relief to our traffic situation!
LYONS M/SR HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
SCHOOL YEAR BOOKS are still 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.
The month of April will be an important State testing month at Lyons Middle Senior High School. The Middle School will hold required State CMAS tests April 9 through the 19. The Middle School students will take one test a day for nine days. The High School students will take the SAT Test (11th grade on April 10), PSAT Test (9th and 10th grade on April 11), and the 11th grade CMAS test Tuesday, April 17. Students are asked to be on the lookout for details.
LATE START DAYS were exciting for the fourth graders in March, and the kindergartners in April at the Lyons Elementary School. The students toured the Lyons Redstone Museum learning a lot about the town’s history. Organized by Baiba Lennard.
Sherri Barnard Gerhardt, Mona Maguire, Romano Palotti, Jonathan Dugan, Rick England, Katherine Jonjak, Deb Glessing, Curton Hammans, Dale Taylor, David Befus, Debbie Tabor, Brittany Garcia, Brianna Vasquez, Vonda Meir, Seneca Brown, Kelly Morgan Childs, Leister Bowling, Willard Thompson, Sandy Babcock, Katie Gosnell, Rayleen Phillips.
Thanks to the Lyons youth from the River Church who travelled to Houston, Texas, to help repair flooded homes. Very Much appreciated. A big thank you comes from Curtis Henecy our Disaster Pastor. It was a great learning experience.
Folks from Lyons travelled afar during the Spring break. Abbie and Chris Wynja and family went to Little Gaparilla Island, at Placida, Florida.
We hear from Kelly Yelverton, LHS class of 2009, who is kayaking in the San Juan Islands in Washington. Linda and Rick England and daughter Amber visited their other daughter Anissa in Oceanside, California.
Joseph Lekarczyk and Julie Van Domelen and daughter Maya visited several college campuses in Southern California, and had dinner with Joseph’s older brother Rudy.
A bridal shower was held for Ida Hall, who is to be married to JJ in seven weeks. Our congratulations!
Keith William McGuire and Katherine Glenn Atchison of Lyons were married on January 29. Congratulations!
GET WELL WISHES go out to Donna Boone of the Hair Company, who has returned to work after having surgery last week. And also to Jerry Ribble who had a stay in the hospital with pneumonia.
We express our deepest sympathy to Cindy Frysig, whose father passed away recently.