What a wonderful rain earlier this week. It was hard at first wondering if another flood might be coming, but it let up. They say it may rain some later in the week, but it is nice to have a cool day or two after this unusually hot summer.

THANKS to all for the birthday greetings, cards, calls, gifts, emails, etc. To think I am 91! That sounds too old, but I don’t like the alternative; I have too much to do. I plan to “keep on keeping on” as long as possible. I hope to be active, “alive and

kicking” keep square dancing, etc., and, of course, stay out of a nursing home, if at all possible. No one knows what the future will bring, which is a good thing, so I will hope for the best. 



Here I am - 91!
Time sure went by, while having fun!!

I wish to thank you one and all
For attending my Birthday in this hall

Yes, Callers, Cuer, Dancers, Relatives, Friends
These Birthday wishes should not end

For we have danced many a mile
Greeting each other with a smile

And to all others, we say "Hi"
Thanks for coming and stopping by

91 surely does sound old-O gee
But I don't like the alternatity
I have had long life, I do declare
And my beauty treatment was my hair

As I must hang in there, I am told          
With more Birthdays and dances to behold

Fun and Fellowship is surely our call
We hope you all have had a ball
For this is the place to spend our time
Other than watching TV, not real sublime
So again thanks to all who came tonight
I will keep another Birthday-92-in sight!

Lavern - July 21, 2018


Do you have any antique family quilts that are 25 to100 years old? Kathleen Spring is putting together a historical program on for Saturday, August 11, which will include the display of many antique quilts from Lyons families. They will be displayed at Rogers Hall. A national quilt collector and expert will speak about them. The families can also tell the background of their quilt. There will be a silent auction as a fundraiser for the oral history project. The donation is $10. Contact Kathleen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or leave a message at the Lyons Redstone Museum (303) 823-5271. Also on that same day, Lyons Quilts will be hanging over 100 quilts at their shop (the former Black Bear Inn)!

Lucky's Market of North Boulder is conducting a poll to see which area non-profits will become their “Bags for Change” partners for the next quarter. They have chosen a few local non-profits as nominees: Boulder Symphony, Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, eGo CarShare, Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, and LEAF, Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund. The top three organizations that receive the most votes by midnight of Monday, July 30. will be their next partners. To vote go to: http://bit.ly/LuckysBfC. Vote now! One vote per person.

The art show in council chambers at Town Hall is on display during regular business hours. The theme is “Summer” with some very interesting art pieces. Michele Allen and friends entertained the guests at the open house last Saturday evening. Stop by!

The free concert in Sandstone Park at 6:30 p.m., will feature the music of Sally Van Meter & friends. See you there.

We will be celebrating the July birthdays at 12:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. All seniors who have birthdays in July are invited to attend.

THE SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE of the Red Rock Ramblers at the Lyons Elementary School gym this week features cuer Dave Smith of Denver, and Dan Noldbye of Mesa, AZ, calling from 7 to 10 p.m.  There will be great dancing. All modern western square dancers are invited to attend. A good crowd last week enjoyed dancing to Jerry Junck of Wayne, NE, and Bill Holm of Pasco, WA. Out-of-state dancers came from Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming; Gering and Scottsbluff, NE; and dancers attended from 18 Colorado towns. The Rocky Mountain Squares of Lakewood were the hosts, and brought Mrs. LaVern’s birthday cake. Several friends and neighbors enjoyed the park before the dance, and Mrs. LaVern read an original poem thanking all. On to 92!

THE ACADEMY is this week at Planet Bluegrass, and the campgrounds are filling up. This weekend, July 27 to 29 is the 46th annual RockyGrass Festival. Things are supposed to be changed for the better for the Lyons residents. Preparations have been made for the Festivarians to park and camp on the former Williams land to the southwest of Planet Bluegrass. Festival goers will walk down the south side of the highway, cross at the crosswalk east of the bridge (with a patrolman directing traffic), and go onto the festival grounds. Hopefully, this will relieve some of the congestion and parking issues in Lyons and shoppers will have a place to park and shop. Four to five thousand Festivarians will be pouring into Lyons from near and far. 

LYONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for a specific flood recovery project at 401 Second Avenue. The owner of the home, Bonita Yoder, has been awarded a $175,000 FEMA grant. Due to the unavailability of willing contractors, the FEMA grant program was closed out. Yoder is now getting ready to have work done on the house in phases. The Lyons Volunteers have agreed to help with some of the unlicensed work, but they have only a few volunteers these days. To help out, go to LyonsVolunteers.org, and click the link, “Become a Volunteer” or talk to Barney Dreistadt of the Lyons Volunteers leadership team. Many thanks. Still several flood recovery projects after five years!

A FLOOD REMEMBRANCE will be held on Thursday, September 13, to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2013 flood. Governor John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries will visit Lyons and view the flood recovery progress. We invite all to join our Kazoo Band (bring any instrument, drum, etc., and join in) to recognize our coach/teacher Gerald Boland, who lost his life in the flood. 

FLOOD & RECOVERY STORIES are still being gathered by Priscilla Cohan to continue our Flood Book. Type up what happened to you during the flood, and how you have recovered. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned!
Also, start thinking now of some of the events, meetings, happenings, etc., from 1948 to 1970, when they finally passed a bond issue for Lyons’ new high school (built in 1974). We would like to record the information for history’s sake. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lyons Lions Club still has room for golfers and hole sponsors for their annual fundraising golf tournament to be held on Monday, August 6 at the Lake Valley Country Club. Pick up an application at Clark’s Hardware. Thanks to all of those who have signed up to play, or sponsored a hole; this is the Lions Club’s main fundraiser. The Lions Club invites anyone to join their service club. See Lon Clark at the store.

They seem to be extra plentiful this year, along the roads, fences, trails, and paths, etc.  If you hear a swift high pitched buzzing sound, locate the source, and get out of the way!

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is open daily throughout the summer and early fall. Visitors this past week were from Somerset, England; Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA; South Hampton, NJ; New England; Scottsdale, AZ; Vermillion, SD; Richland, WA; Anoka, MN; Johnson City, TN; as well as several area towns.
THE GARAGE SALES for the museum are coming soon. Leave your “stuff” (no electronics) on the patio at 306 Evans. Thank you!

Thanks to the Lyons Community Church for Monday’s meal. Bistro Lunches are held on Wednesdays & Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 for seniors 60+ years. You must call (303) 441-1415 the day before to ensure an accurate count. A potluck dinner will be held on Monday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m., some a dish to share.

Mark your calendar! Becky and Todd Jacobson are including an art show along with their annual “Crap Fest” at their property at the upper end of Apple Valley Road. Join in the fun. You can take your miscellaneous junk to Todd to sell. No charge, just donate toward expenses. Vendors may register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lyons area will sponsor the 9Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at the LDS Church on Second Avenue. Mark your calendar.

Jaicy Sutak is asking for donations to the Sea Turtle Conservancy for her birthday. She says, “I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me.” Every little bit will help her reach her goal. (conserveturtles.org)

Thirty-eight people attended the Lyons Are Chamber of Commerce social last week (including a special appearance by Mayor Connie and entire Board of Trustees!) at the Lyons Redstone Museum. A special welcome to brand new (and new-ish) Chamber members: River Cliff Realty, Sailor66 (Peter Baumgartner's new venture/adventure), and Scope Accounting. Free gift bags for visitors to your business, and free marketing materials (pens, postcards, and marker boards) were passed out to businesses to pass along to their customers; all part of the "Love, Lyons" marketing campaign, which we invite you to participate in. Contact the Chamber (Mike Porter,  Administrator, Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, Box 426, Lyons, CO 80540) and we'll bring you some stuff to give away. The new tourist maps are almost ready for distribution. We had a preview at the social. Printed copies should be arriving next week. Stay tuned for more details.

A group of Lyons High alumni, headed by Kiowa Kumpf and Chris Fouts, converged on the LaVern M. Johnson Park last week for a brunch, tubing up Apple Valley Road, and dinner at Oskar Blues. Those he was in touch with were: Michelle Nicole Baker, Mary Weis-Foust, Emilyn Becker Halloway, Zosia Tew, Randy Hinosona, Gina Powell, Katie Morgan, Sara Elizabeth MacKissell, Kirby Anderson, Damerck Lamont, Megan Provost, Georgia Angelo, Keona Cisneros Wolfe, Amy Moffitt, Hypatia Dean, Ella Terlez, and Walter Leisteko. They report the had a great time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sylvia Kloosterman, Bridger Keane, Cindy Frysig, Greg Bunker, Brad Boone, Nancy Condiff, Jaicy Sutak, Krystal Tilson, Joseph Lekarczyk, Chastidee Cook, and LaVern Johnson.

A 60th birthday party for Jesse Vasquez will be held at the Chilson Center in Loveland. All are invited. Stay tuned!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Sam and Mindy Tallent; as well as Heidi Dobbs and Brett Berringer.

CONGRATULATIONS to Teegan Johnson Moore for receiving her degree.

GET WELL WISHES to Jem Moore, husband of Mint Ze Wu, who is recovering from a triple by-pass.  The family now lives in Carbondale.

FREE APPLES at 306 Evans Street (just south of the Lyons Post Office). Take container and take what you want for those pies and apple sauce. Shake tree if you wish. White transparent apples. They are good!

THE WEED POSSE meets on Thursday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m., to help beautify Lyons, one plant at a time. Go to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL GAMES are keeping the kids,  their parents and friends busy this summer. A game or two every night in Longmont, making for many enjoyable evenings. We hope the  games will be in Lyons soon! 

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