Another month has gone by, and the first of May is next Tuesday. In my day, someone would leave you a May Basket (full of flowers), knock on your door, and you would chase him, or her, and give them a kiss if you caught them. Those were the good old days!
THANKS to the Lyons Community Foundation. They entertained over sixty-five donors and recipients of their 2017 grants at Spirit Hound last Friday evening. Jeanne Moore was Mistress of Ceremonies, thanking all who attended, and announcing their annual Gala fundraiser will be held on Friday, November 9. Grant recipients with representatives present who spoke were: LEAF, Lyons Volunteers, Boulder County Humane Society, and Lyons Historical Society, dba Lyons Redstone Museum. In 2017 LCF distributed grants of $30,000, with $7500 to Town of Lyons for parks, recreation and cultural events; $4600 to youth programs and volunteerism; $400 to animal welfare; $17,750 to LEAF (food pantry, Meals on Wheels, and Rebuild programs); $5000 to arts & music; $3000 to historical preservation; and $7000 to scholarships. They had revenues of $83,688; $29,164 in-kind donations, and they currently have $257,222 in their endowment fund balance. The LCF is a wonderful cause, please donate at Box 56, Lyons, CO 80540, or www.lyonscf.org/give. You know your money goes to a good local cause! The 2017 Advisory Board members are: Beth Smith, Kristen Bruckner, Laura Levy, Debbie Simms, Dave Lock, Kathy Leiding, Jeanne Moore, Jayne Rhode, and Don Moore. It was a wonderful evening. Our thanks to the Lyons Community Foundation.
On Arbor Day the Lyons Elementary School students planted a tree. The trees were given to the students those who wrote essays about trees, and the good they do for all.
The Ken Winter family, owners of Winter Plaza in Lyons, was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 25, for their years of operating the Golden Transfer in Longmont. The Town of Lyons presented them with a plaque stating their appreciation of helping the economy of Lyons, by refurbishing the defunct St. Vrain Lumber Co. property in 1991 and building the complex which is now Oskar Blues, Lumber Liquor, Bank of the West, and the former Lyons medical clinic building. Our appreciation to all the Winter family: son Todd, and daughter Kristi Winter Davidson.
There is no school this Friday, April 27, due to a teacher walkout at the State Capitol to impress on the legislature the need for more money for education, which would help with wages, supplies, etc. They are making some progress with the elected officials who have added $500 million to fund education.
The Career Development Center at 1200 South Sunset in Longmont is holding their annual plant sale from May 2 to 27, on Mondays through Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays fro 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
George, of Vintage Motors of Lyons, will make a donation to a local charity with each car sold, and will match that donation to another charity of the seller’s choice (inside or outside Lyons).
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 - April birthdays will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center after lunch. Come, enjoy!
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 – The Lyons Elementary School's annual PTO fundraiser, “Casino Night” at La Mariposa from 6 to 10 p.m. Ten big packages of trips up for grabs at the silent auction plus many more items. Poker, roulette, craps, etc. A great money maker for the PTO. Be sure to go, or send money to the Lyons Elementary, Box 519, Lyons, CO 80540, if you can’t go. All are invited!
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – The Town scheduled power outage (for repairing the system) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. to possibly 6 a.m.
MONDAY, APRIL 30 – a senior potluck dinner at the Walt Self Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Organized by Kathleen Spring and James McCurry. Later that evening, Cheri Hoffer will give a presentation on her trek through Spain at Western Stars Gallery starting at 6:30 p.m.
LYONS SENIOR MEALS
The Boulder County Lyons Bistro Meals are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. The cost is $3. Call (303) 441-1415 the day before to ensure an accurate head count. April meals: Thanks to the Lyons Community Church for last Monday; and the LDS Church for the Tuesday meal. Folks are invited to come entertain the seniors with songs, fiddles, guitars, bands, jokes, or stories on the Mondays after their dinner at 5:30 p.m. Call Stevie LaRau at (303) 819-2853 to set up a date.
THURSDAY, MAY 3 – Come one and all to the annual LES fifth grade Shakespeare community performance on the school playground. The students invite the whole community to enjoy their fun, and abridged version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A comedy full of jokes, mixed up lovers, and goofy traveling actors, all set loose in the woods. Hope to see you there. Directed by James Hart with Pam Browning the teacher sponsor.
FRIDAY, MAY 4 – An interesting program on owls will be presented at the Lyons Farmette at 7 p.m., by the Lyons Ecology Board. Be sure to attend.
W-H-O-O-O wouldn't want to?
Remember Lyons' Spring Clean-Up events are coming up. First up: Saturday, May 12 will be the Community Yard/Garage Sale. A bunch of folks will have booths in Sandstone Park (also this year there will be a fix-it-clinic and other events in the park). Others will be hosting their own sales around town. Mark your calendar, or host a sale. Learn more here: http://www.lyonscolorado.com/events/community-wide-garage-sale
BOOKS? The Lyons Regional Library is hosting a book sale on Saturday, May 12 (Garage Sale Day). Donate your books to the library for this fundraiser.
SATURDAY. MAY 12 – Mayama Movement Studio will hold their 9th annual dance recital with 175 local dancers at Niwot High School at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for kids, and $20 for adults. The theme this year is “Lost in Steam Punk,” A must see event. Make reservations now.
THE GARDEN CLUB will be weeding and planting flowers in the coming weeks. Volunteers are needed! Call Chastidee at (303) 823-6094 as to the dates and times
LYONS VISITORS CENTER in Sandstone Park is scheduled to open the weekend of May 19 &20. Volunteers are needed. Call (303) 823-8250.
PARKS & RECREATION NEWS
The new Recreation brochure is out, stop by the Town Hall for one, or go on-line www.recreation.com.
The Town of Lyons is hosting a trip to the Rockies game on Friday, June 29, vs. the Arizona Diamond Backs; leaving at 5:15 p.m. Twenty-five tickets available at $25. Call (303) 823-8250.
BLUE BUTTERFLY TREE
Western Stars Gallery planted a very special tree, see the final touches of the Blue Butterfly Tree’s installation. It's a kinetic sculpture by local artist John King, who has just won a prestigious sculpture award. Our congratulations.
Sue Wratten announces the annual Lyons 9Health Fair will be held on September 29. Mark your calendars.
MAY IS HISTORY MONTH
The Lyons Redstone Museum will open weekends during May to celebrate our Lyons' history. May 6 & 7; May 12 with program and garage sale at 306 Evans Street; May 19 & 20; and May 26 & 27. The museum will open daily, June 1 through September 30. Stop by.
May is also Museum Advocacy Month, with meeting to promote museums throughout the nation. Sunday, May 6, is the 2018 annual meeting and Museum Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, and Tuesday, May 29, is the American Institute for Conservation annual meeting in Houston, Texas. The American Alliance of Museums mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with members and allies.
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM
“Revealing History” on Saturday, May 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High Street in Lyons. See and hear how historic research, modern technology, and three photographs dated June 1898 connect Lyons to famous Coloradan Irving Hale. Photographs whose images were obscured by time have been brought back to life with high resolution scanning and digital enhancement. Hear how these three photographs reveal the story of Irving Hale, the Spanish American War, and the Denver High School Cadets and their weeklong camp in Meadow Park in Lyons in June of 1898. Contact the Lyons Redstone Museum at (303) 823-5271 with questions. This is a free program.
Learn the history of the famous quarry town, Lyons, Colorado. Upcoming monthly topics include Railroads in Lyons; Hispanic Heritage in Boulder County; July - Lyons Poetry; August - Old Quilt Show (fundraiser); September 11 to 13 - Flood Stories (remembering the 2013 Flood); October - Saving Lyons Jr/Sr High School. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Sunday. Stop by!
LYONS ELEMENTARY PTO newly elected Board of Directors for the 2018/19 school year are: President - Claudia Paterno; Vice-President - Chastidee Bolkovatz; Treasurer - Erin Besen; Co-Treasurer - Doug Bell; Secretary - Emily Jenkins Dusel; Co-Secretary - Jenny Begin; Volunteer Coordinators - Anne McDavid Haakenson and Patti Patricia Romero. Thanks to Tanya Daty, and past officers for their wonderful year supporting the LES PTO.
LHS PROM was held at Lionscrest last Saturday evening with the After-Prom at Wild Games. A great time was had by the nearly a hundred students. The Prom Royalty was: Queen - Adele Walker, King - Nathan Christy. Court was: Georgia Barone, Macy Brown, Bianca Mesagno, Eliza Wright, Ethan Burton, Owen Grace, Levi Nagy, and Nathan Radich. Our thanks to the parent volunteers.
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
Good news! Ixchel Leeuwenburgh will attend Manhattenville College next year, and Sara Stevelink has been accepted at California State University at East Bay to play volleyball.
Thursday, April 26 - MS Eighth grade Habitats Class field trip to CEMEX plant; MS & HS chess club; baseball at Front Range Christian at 4 p.m.; HS drama/musical performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 7 p.m., in the Cafetorium. Tickets at the door. Community - club co-ed volleyball games at LHS gym from 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday, April 27 - No School, teacher walkout at the State Capitol; HS track at No Name Invitational at Longmont High School, 3:30 p.m. HS “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” at 7 p.m., in the Cafetorium.
Saturday, April 28 – HS baseball at home vs. Prospect Ridge at 11 a.m. Varsity first, followed by JV; MS track 7th & 8th grade Middle School Championships at Longmont High School at 8:30 a.m.; HS “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” 7 p.m., in the Cafetorium.
Sunday, April 29 - Booster Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley in Longmont from 1 to 3 p.m.; HS “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” at 2 p.m. in the Cafetorium.
Monday, April 30 & Tuesday May 1 - Cheer Clinics for 8th to 11th grades from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parent meeting at 4:30 p.m. both nights, must attend one meeting.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jesse Fisher and McKala Sibbetts on their one-year anniversary!
GET WELL WISHES to Paula Vasquez who recently underwent surgery.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Shawn Lee, Kayleen Phillips, Pam Browning, Dana Curton, Harry Kellogg, Diane Dandeneau, Lia Malita, Kate Little, Kristine Smock, Michael (five years old), Laura Hankins, Ed Kean, Jasmine Lok, Regis Schoedel, Leann (Colard) Stover, Sara Pike, Jeff Cornell, Eben Grace, Dave Divine’s granddaughter Sara Pease, and Crystal DeCoster’s daughter Fay Baxnton Jax.
REMEMBERING Anita Gray’s son, Nathan Roy LaVanta, who passed away eleven years ago; Don Johnson, husband to Dee who passed away several years ago; Vitus Pfeifer, gone now six years; and Melvin Fries, also years ago.
The bears, bugs, and rattle snakes are beginning to come out. Be on your guard, and don’t leave your trash out.
Crystal White reports eagles at their usual nest in LaVern M. Johnson Park, as well as spotted along Apple Valley Road. (See photo is this edition)
At long last, Amanda Anderson and hubby Danny Shafer are thrilled to have qualified for one of the Lyons Habitat for Humanity houses here in Lyons. We congratulate them. Yea!!!
Mark and Pam Browning attended the 102nd birthday party for her grandmother in Grandview, Texas last week.
Kimmy Harrison is on her way to Uganda with the University of Colorado Buffs to help teach “Resilient Women” to HIV patients.
Mimi Elmore’s sister-in-law has inducted into the Hall of Fame Award for her volunteer work in her hometown in Texas.
Classmates Kathy Burks, Pat Parker, Carol Hicks, Barb Fjeld Payne and Joleen Brown held a mini reunion last week.
Brad Childs and Ciana Grove, formerly of Lyons and Peaceful Valley are moving to Pagosa Springs. Good luck.
Kathleen Spring attended the annual April Colorado Press Assn. Convention-last week, making contact with many editors and learned new tips on promoting Lyons businesses and history events.
THE LYONS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their April social at Festivarie Inn with Dan Siddall, new President, presiding. Discussion was on getting more activities for Lyons Good Old Day, scheduled for Saturday June 30; the tourism grant, etc. The Chamber is ordering a roadmap of Lyons for businesses to pass out for tourism. They say it will be a real “eye-catcher!”
A memorial service for Rich and Bonnie Kohl is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at Silver Creek High School. (time TBA)
A nice memorial service was held for Don Elsberry, age 83, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Longmont. Don suddenly passed away last week after a massive stroke. Married to Jane Anthony, then Donna, his children who attended were: Don Elsberry Jr. - Lyons, Mike - New Mexico, Jerry - Aurora, Jeff Neuhaff - Chicago, George Finnell - Leadville, Jeanne Grove - Loveland, and Cindy – Montana; as well as several grandchildren. We extend our deepest sympathy.