Another week gone by. This Sunday is Mothers' Day. Do not forget your mother or grandmother! If it wasn’t for them, you would not be here! It is sad when you lose your mother. She is the one that gave birth to you, raised you, taught you most of what you know, and is responsible for a lot of how you turned out. Of course, you may have gone astray and picked up some bad habits, but your good habits, you should attribute to your mother. A shout out to all our mothers.
My mother, Irene Emmerling, was raised on a farm near Henderson, which my grandfather had homesteaded. She walked to school about one mile, and big bull snakes laid in the road! She then went to Brighton and stayed with her grandmother to go to high school. Then on to Greeley to become a teacher. She was teacher at the Brantner school (on the corner of the Adams County Fairgrounds, when my father, Bernie LaVern was driving his sister, Mary Dee to school. Bernie and Irene married May 25, 1925. My sister Berene was born first, and I was next in July of 1928. The call went out to move to Lyons to help farm the Reese farm (now Lyons Valley Park), as my Uncle Frank, who was farming the Reese farm was sickly. Thus we moved to Lyons; living across the river on the site that is now being considered for the affordable housing at the southeast end of Lyons Valley Park. We walked to school, milked cows, irrigated, etc. My mother had three sets of kids in school: Berene, myself, and sister Violet; then eleven years later my brother Herbert Reese; then thirteen years later, two more, Sharon Dee and Byron Ray. Mom kept active in school things for many years. Oh, the memories we all have! Praise and care for your mothers.
THE FOOD for Cassie King and family has been much appreciated, and they sincerely thank you. Food will be appreciated for at least another week, as Cassie is home and recuperating. Call Andrea at (720) 244-6080, or (303) 823-5335, or leave the dish at 633 Eagle Ridge Road. Thanks.
SATURDAY, MAY 12 – The community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Sandstone Park and around town at various homes. Call Toby Russell at (303) 823-6622 ext 46 to get on his list. So far over a dozen garage/yard sales at homes, and sixteen booths in the park. If you don’t want to take your unsold “stuff” home after the garage sale, leave it at my barn at 306 Evans Street. We will be having sales regularly throughout the summer to benefit the museum. Leave on the patio; no electronics or couches please!
SATURDAY, MAY 12 – A history program at the Lyons Redstone Museum at 4:30 p.m. Stop by!
SATURDAY, MAY 12 - Mayama’s Dance Program at Niwot High School at 2 p.m. Be sure to go.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 – Clean Up Day Residents can take trash, limbs, and appliances to the wastewater treatment plant. A small fee will be charged, but you can get rid of that trash.
PARKS & RECREATION OFFERINGS
SENIOR EXERCISES CLASSES on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Call Lori at (303) 823-8250. To get everyone moving!
ACTIVE ADULT 50+ BOOK CLUB on the third Thursday of each month from l2:30 to 1:30 p.m., upstairs at the Walt Self. Members needed!
LYONS SENIOR EVENTS
Monday, May 21 - Senior dinner at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Lyons Community Church with a travelogue lecture at 6:30 p.m., by Cheri Hoffer "My Spain Pilgrimage Trail Story."
Monday, May 28 - Potluck BBQ at 5:30 p.m., hosted by James McMurry (bring a side dish to share).
Lyons Bistro Lunches every Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self. The cost is $3 for seniors 60 yrs+. You must call in your reservation by noon the day before at (303) 441-1415.
Friday, May 25 - May birthdays will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m., at the Walt Self after lunch, help us celebrate!
MAY HISTORY MONTH
The Lyons Redstone Museum opened last weekend for May History Month, and will be open weekends (Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.). This Saturday, May 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., we will present “Revealing History.” Come one and all!
HISTORY CAMP at the Lyons Redstone Museum, hosted by Kathleen Spring on June 11 through 15. $50 per student. Call (303) 823-0997 to reserve your spot.
LYONS M\SR HIGH EVENTS
Thursday, May 10 – MS All-Year choir performance and activities at Elitch Gardens; MS & HS chess club; HS girls basketball, open gym.
Friday, May 11 – HS AP U.S. History exam; MS Habitat class field trip with Mrs. Courtney; HS track at the St. Vrain Invitational Meet at Longmont High School at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 – HS baseball District Tournament at Butch Butler Field in Greeley.
Sunday, May 13 - Booster Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley in Longmont, 1 to 3 p.m.
Looking Ahead - May 16 is Seniors last day of classes; High School Awards Night, 6:30 p.m.; May 17 is Middle School awards, 7:50 a.m.; May 18 is MS drama performance at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 - Maddie Wicks' retirement celebration from 1 to 4 p.m., at the LaVern Johnson Park. Maddie has been a clerk at the Lyons Elementary School for fourteen years. Thank you, Maddie.
Two beloved former Lyons teachers passed away this year; in place of a memorial service, the family and friends have put together a Tribute Concert to them. Richard Kohl was school band director, and Bonnie Kohl was an English and drama teacher.
The concert is Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m., at Silver Creek High School on Nelson Road in Longmont. All students, parents, and friends are invited to pay tribute to Rich and Bonnie.
Friday, May 25 - Class Night at 7 p.m., to honor the graduating Seniors in the HS gym.
Saturday, May 26 - Lyons High School graduation at 10 a.m., at the John Johnson Field (weather permitting).
GOOD OLD DAYS
Chamber President Dan Siddall, and Marissa and Kim from the Town are trying to revive some of the events that used to make our “Good Old Days” so good. First, they wanted to have music and a beer tent Friday and Saturday evening, but do not have the budget, as yet, for Friday night. They tried to relocate it to High Street, but find the stage and the power too costly. Therefore the only other option for this year is Sandstone Park, so that is what we're going to do. We're planning to submit a budget request for 2019 to have the infrastructure at Lavern M. Johnson Park improved so that we can have a permanent home for Good Old Days.
Plans are being made with what we have so far: 5K run, car show, kid games, music; history program at the Lyons Redstone Museum, Chamber beer tent, and Good Old Days Square Dance at Lyons Elementary School. They are looking into a pancake breakfast. But we need HELP! HELP! HELP!
WARNING! - Mountain lions have been seen in the Stone Canyon area, and the bears, deer, elk, and rattle snakes are out.
Ruined by the flood, the bridge on Old S. St. Vrain Road is completed and open. Residents ask you to adhere to the 25 mph speed limit.
Halina and Olivia Cope are at Disneyland at Varsity Summit Cheerleading Camp National Championship.
Annie Sirotniak is visiting her family back east.
The Shakespeare play “Midsummer Night’s Dream” was presented last Wednesday evening at LES, and then again at Thompson Park in Longmont on Thursday afternoon. The great production was directed by James Hart and produced by Pam Browning and performed by the LES fifth grade students: Audrey Been, Katie Brownsberger, Anni Haakensen, Sasha Bruckner, Brooklyn Blasser, Wyatt Saunders, Jesse Nunez, Gabriel Dugan, Andrew Delker, Jack Knapp, Hannah Dusel, Serrian Turley, Scarlett Voss, Nice Kutrumbos, Grace Hall, Lea Davies, Chase Bailey Dzekciorius, Hannah Coulson, Emma Beck, Reed Garfein, Simone Paterno, and Payton Bolkovatz. The stage crew was: Ellie Magaldi, Julia Hutt, Phoebe Moellenberg, Kirby Neal, Finn Klopson, Orien Eamonn, Faith Allen, Eamon Osborn, Sienna Reed, Kayden King, Sunny Witbeck, Piper Katzmann, Oliver Heppner, Teagan Malcom, Carson Felt, Juliana Cross, and Mebratu Duckwitz. Narrators were: Mysa Genzel, Emma Saucier, Caleb Christianasen, and Ashley Booth. Prompter was Hadley Larson.
CASINO NIGHT by the Lyons Elementary School PTO netted $20,000. Wow! Great fun and a great fundraiser. Thanks to all who donated and bought Live and Silent Auction items. Our thanks.
Thanks to the Lyons Lions Club who spent last Saturday cleaning up Highway 7. Much appreciated.
OWLS - Over fifty people attended the Ecology Board’s program on area owls held at the Farmette last Friday evening. There are twenty-seven kinds of owls in Colorado; the barn owl and big horned owls are the most prominent in Boulder County. Some are real small, some large, with various kinds of hoots and screeches. Owls have been regarded with fascination and awe throughout recorded history and across many cultures. Over half of the owl species recorded in the U.S. have been seen in Boulder County, and most of those owls nest here! The slide program and talk explored these fascinating and diverse creatures, and what makes them expert hunters. The program is part of the Town of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board’s ongoing public outreach program and is working in alignment with National Geographic’s year of the birds recognition. The group hopes to form a bird club. Contact Steve Sims at (303) 823-5664, if interested.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jason French, Carrie Simms, Theo Pengalnar, Kyla Morton, Jesse Dickes, Jeanne Anderson, Dr. Carley Meckle, Brandon O'Reilly, Izabela Bohn (age 2), Megan Payne, Joseph Vigil (age 50); Al Huck, Ceann Uvodich, Jerry Johnson, Sara Stevelink, Michael B Grace, Charles Wolfangelo, Joel Such, Loretta Hammans Pederi of Toledo, Ohio, Mary Jo (Rose) Milacek, Terry Gollum, Jessie Shank, Aaron Vasquez, and Zeke Little.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jennie and David Lock (35 years).
MARRIAGE - Sloan Nystrom (former Town employee) and Mike Bullecks.
A funeral reception was held at the Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland last Friday to honor Laurie Fidler Kolb, age 58, who passed away April 19, in Loveland. The daughter of Don Joseph and Maxine Verlee Fidler, she was raised and went to school in Lyons. Laurie served in the Army National Guard in the late 70s and early 80s. She worked in Boulder, then moved to Loveland in 2000, She loved camping and being with her dogs (Waylon and Willy). She has stayed at home since 2013 due to poor health. She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Arnold Kolb, son DJ Kolb, two daughters, Rebecca and Beverly, seven grandchild, and a great grandchildren, sisters Dena Roe of Lyons, and Susie King of Del Camino, brother John Lawley of Wyoming, and lots of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Billings of Lyons. A gathering of friends and family was held on Friday. Donations can be made on behalf of Laurie to Arnold Kolb to help with expenses. We extend our sympathy.