MEMORIAL DAY was Monday; a day we honored our loved ones, visited the cemeteries, thought of the days gone by, and paid tribute to our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. We read about the first World War Battle of Belleau Wood in June of 1918 (one hundred years ago), where the U. S. Marine forces attacked and stormed across the open fields to the German troops in the woods, a turning point of the war.
We also remember the WWII battle that raged for three weeks seventy-five years ago on an unoccupied island in the North Pacific, where American forces reclaimed Attu Island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain. This was one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific in terms of the percentage of troops killed. Nearly all the Japanese forces, about 2500 soldiers, died with only twenty-eight survivors, and about 550 U. S. soldiers were killed. Yes, we salute and honor our armed forces.
Thanks to Dave Orback, daughter Heather, and all who helped spruce up the Lyons Cemetery for Memorial Day. It was beautiful! We thought of the years that Bob Bohn, now deceased, had decorated the veterans’ graves with flags. Truly a day to reflect and remember!
SENIOR NIGHT at LHS was held Friday night, and it was awesome. In my day, it used to be a Baccalaureate service, held at a Church. But it was changed to Senior Night due to big senior classes and the need for more space. The program consisted of the Processional and Recessional marches by Dr. Karen Gregg and the orchestra, welcome by IxChel Leeuwenburgh - Senior Class President, the song “Remember Me” by the show choir under the direction of Kenneth Howe, “A Longford Legend” by concert band, guest speakers were teachers Mr. Brand Deming “Get Up - You Can’t Give Up,” and Dr. Karen Gregg “You Have Choices,” a Senior slide show by Ms. Anna Marie Stzyz, and the closing by Shaeli Herman - Student Body President. The Junior Class Marshals were: Jaiden Batts, Sam Glasgow, Colton Jonjak Plahn, Logan Kuskie, and Kylee Udovich.
GRADUATION was the best with seventy-one graduates, nice weather, at the John “Jet” Johnson Field in Lyons. First honoring Officer Brit Fell, who has served nineteen years as LHS Resource Officer, Greetings by Principals Mr. Dennis Daly and Connie Syferd, superb speeches by honor students: Nathaniel Christy, Georgia Barone, Levi Nagy, Hana Fankhouser Nathan Radich, Shaeli Herman – Salutatorian, and Nathan Schneider -Valedictorian. Joie Siegrist and Ella Padilla, District Board representatives and Mark Roberts, long time-teacher and LHS track and cross country coach, handed out the diplomas as Principal Daly presented the Class of 2018. All moved their tassels to the right, then they threw their caps in the air. The Recessional was led by the Junior Class Marshals. Truly great day; thanks to Dr. Karen Gregg and band, and Mr. Kenneth Howe and show choir and the school staff, and all! Parties everywhere followed throughout the weekend. A wonderful day for our students, their families, and those who travelled many miles (for instance, grandparents of Field Soosloff, who came in from Chicago). Thanks to all. Wishing you all a successful life! LaVern
A NOTE OF THANKS
Did you tell all the teachers “Thanks” during Teacher Appreciation Week, or last week, for all the work they have done at graduation for the largest class ever; those who helped with the Lyons Pride Annual, the Awards Night, Class Night, and all, from hauling chairs to watching the caps flying in the air. A truly great day! Our thanks.
We saw on Facebook that the Class of 2018 was the largest class ever in Lyons (1921 through 2018). Ninety-seven years of high school seniors. In comparison we hear from Maurine Schuyler (Class of 1954 with four members); LaVern Johnson (Class of 1927 with six); Delores LaFollette (Class of 1963 with fourteen); Katherine Gereaux (Class of 1964 with seventeen); Tom Robb (Class of 1965 with 16); Clara Leiding (Class of 1967 with 20 - fifteen guys and only five gals); Phyllis Pfeifer (Class of 1971 with twenty-one); Cindy Parker (Class of 1980 with thirty-six); Robert Anthony and Ann Hall (Class of 1993 with forty-one). Other small classes were: 1925 (4); 1926 (4); 1927 (5); 1928 (5); 1930 (two, Merle Brackett and Mildred Carvel); l935 (4); 1936 (5); 1939 (5); 1943 (5); and 1952 (7). We have had classes numbering in the 60s since 1981; with the Class of 2018 - THE MOST! CONGRATULATIONS
THE LYONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is planting their garden behind the museum in readiness of having good salads of lettuce, radishes, carrots, etc., for this fall in school.
FATHERS' DAY BRUNCH at the Stone Mountain Lodge, on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Monocle Band. Come and enjoy. Take Dad out to eat! This is a benefit for the Lyons Community Foundation. Come one and all.
LYONS SENIOR EVENTS
Thanks to Cheri Hoffer for her travelog, "My Spain Pilgrimage Trail Story," last Monday at Walt Self. It was wonderful. She is scheduled to present it again at the Lyons Regional Library in July. Stay tuned.
Senior Meals: Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Walt Self Senior Center sponsored by The River Church; June 11, sponsored by the Lyons Catholic Community; June 18, sponsored by the Lyons Community Church; and June 25, it's a Potluck.
Free exercise class for ages 50+ on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Bistro Lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 for seniors 60 yrs+. Must call (303) 441-1415 to confirm by noon the day before.
All senior activities are at the Walt Self Senior Center unless otherwise indicated. For more information call Lori at (303) 823-8250.
The Lyons Redstone Museum opens daily this Friday, June 1, through Sunday, September 29. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Garage Sale “stuff” (no electronics) can be left at 306 Evans Street (leave on the patio). These are fundraisers for Lyons Redstone Museum and will occur throughout the summer weekends.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS will be held Saturday, June 30, scheduled events include: a 5K run, Car Show, Kid Games, Music, a History Program at the Lyons Redstone Museum, Dancing by the Mayama dance team, a Square Dance, the Chamber beer tent, and music throughout the evening. A new event has been added, a corn-hole tournament.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES/BURINING CAN FESTIVAL
Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. Outdoor activities to include yoga, kayaking events, trail runs, BMX biking, and dock dogs. Events to be held in the off-leash dog park in Bohn Park. Burning Can opens in late Saturday afternoon with three bands beginning at 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed. The dog park will be closed June 1 and 2 for the Lyons Outdoor Games/Burning Can Festival.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – The Red Rock Ramblers will begin their 60th season of Saturday summer square dancing with Mike Hogan of Omaha, NE, calling and cuing, and celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of Rose and Rick Renz of Lakewood. Then dancing every Saturday through Labor Day. “Do-see-do your partners!”
LYONS PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
Women’s Mountain Biking Clinic for ages 16+ $160 per person held on Fridays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Bohn park, with instructor Ann Trombley.
ADULT BOOT CAMP – “Earliest Bird” session for age 16+; $100 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., in LaVern Johnson Park, with instructor Jimi Alida. “Still Early Bird” session for ages 16+; on the same days from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
COLORADO ROCKIES VS. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACK – Saturday, June 9, at 5:15 p.m. A portion of the ticket price will go to help purchase jerseys and fund scholarships for Lyons youth. Call (303) 823-8250 for tickets.
TENNIS LESSONS for kids. Register at: www.townoflyons.com\rec-programs. For age 5 to 8 years old, $120, June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., and ages 9 to 12 years from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., in Bohn Park with instructor Judi Laursen. Evening session for ages 5 to 8, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and ages 9 to 12 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., on June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at the Bohn Park Multi Use Court with instructor Piper Doering.
RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING
THE BEARS & THE BEES!
The bears are out and about, so keep your food stuffs locked up and your windows and doors locked. And remember the bees! Although the lawns with all those dandelions may look unsightly to some, remember the bees. Some folks say there are very few bees! A big worry! Bees are now swarming, so keep an eye out; you go on the web for Northern Colorado Bees, or call Nick Harkalis (303) 823-6984 to come relocate the swarm. SAVE THE BEES!
SHINGLES SHOTS - It is time for me to remind you again to get your Shingles shot. It's terrible, itchy, painful ailment.
FOR ALL VETERANS – A free monthly Non-Narcotic Care Pop Up Clinic will be held on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the National Guard Armory (1512 North Main Street), in Longmont. With therapies such as: acupuncture, cranio sacral therapy, and healing touch therapy, also for pain, post traumatic stress, and sleep issues. Veterans needed to keep this care program going.
Cassie King is slowly recovering from her surgery, send meals for her and her family by calling (303) 823-5335 for pick up.
LHS BASEBALL – In the Regionals, the Lyons High School baseball team lost to Rocky Ford, who lost to Hotchkiss. Paonia defeated Peyton in the State 2A Finals. Lyons placed third last year, and sixth this year. Good season team! Thanks to the coaches, team, parents, and fans for the many exciting games.
THE LYONS CHAMBER meeting last Tuesday at Stone Mountain Lodge had a full house! And lots of great info on town happenings given by speakers. The library showed their current blueprint, and a long list of things they offer to help new businesses thrive. LCF celebrates ten years. The new "logo" promoting the town to tourists was announced: “Love, Lyons.” When you say you live in Lyons, everybody says "I love Lyons,” so the new logo is "Love, Lyons" like signing a love letter.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Argena Wynsa, Rita Williams, Melissa Chastain, Brett Montgomery, Samuel Schooler, Steve Swenson, Tana Alderman, Bob Ribble (happy 80th, Bob), Doug Howard in Jackson, Florida, Brian Rosenkranz, Bobbi Jo Vasquez, Ann Ripley, Trish Gereaux, Loretta Milborn, and Kathleen Leiding.
REMEMBERING: Carol Robb Klippel, who passed away eight years ago; George Finnell, 1914 to 1945; and Allen N. Finnell 1938 to 2014.
WARREN DAWSON a longtime resident of the Lyons area, and former Lyons policeman. Arrangements are pending.
LARRY SITTNER (November 18, 1945 to May 14, 2018) passed away at home on Monday, May 14, He was 72. He was born in Ovid, Colorado the oldest son of George P. Sr. and Esther Sittner. Larry graduated from Longmont High School in 1964. He was in the Air Force, attended the University of Northern Colorado, and worked for the phone company in Longmont for over thirty years. He retired in 2004, and worked part time as a security guard for FAA. He enjoyed sports, old cars, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, and collecting knives, clocks, and trains. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sisters Karen and Kayleen, and is survived by his brothers Donnie of Loveland and George Jr, of Longmont, sister Linda Niswender, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, Suncrest Hospice, or Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Services were held Friday May 18, in Longmont with interment at Foothills Garden of Memory with military honors. We express our sympathy.
DAVID CISNEROS - A memorial service for David, former owner of Don David’s Restaurant (now The Fork) was held last Wednesday at the Lyons Cemetery, with the reception held at LaVern Johnson Park. David and his wife Stella operated the popular restaurant for twenty years, retiring in 1998. The couple had eight children and many siblings. Several tributes were given by family and friends, with music by the American Legion Band. Farewell, David. You were the greatest.