Another week gone by! It is now fall where we enjoy the beautiful fall colors and the cooler temperatures. Highway 66 through Lyons is jammed with cars of leaf peepers. It will soon be snowing, so enjoy the fall colors.

THE GARAGE SALES at 306 Evans Street (south of the post office) are open each weekend through the end of October. Friday at noon; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and maybe Sunday. This is a benefit for the Lyons Redstone Museum. Thanks to you all, we have lots of “stuff” to sell; just make an offer. Thank you all!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – It's the Lyons 9Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at the Latter Day Saints Church on Second Avenue. This is a must for all,  to find problems and perhaps save your life.  They advise you right away if something is wrong. See you there!

LYONS ALUMNI REUNION POTLUCK is also Saturday, September 29, at the Boulder County Fairgrounds picnic area (go in off of Nelson Road). Bring a dish to share, your own table service, meat, buns, and drink. Rules: no plastic plates, 3.2 beer only, carry out all plasticware. There will be horseshoes and volley ball nets provided. If you want to play music, you are welcome to. Extra plates, cups, utensils, and picnic accessories (cookers, ice chest, trash bags, charcoal, napkins, paper towels, wet wipes, foil, plastic, serving spoons, a big knife, spatulas, condiments, coffee creamer, lettuce, tomatoes, coffee pot, coffee, iced tea, lemonade, ice, etc.) are needed. The Lyons High alumni from 1925 through 2017, their families, and guests are all invited. It will indeed be fun to see our classmates we haven’t seen for a long time. This is sponsored by the Class of 1975, with Georgina (Ohline) Minto, Scott George, and Ramon Vasquez as chairs.

No charge, but donations appreciated toward the expenses.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 – A visit by Dr. Don Haddad, Superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley School District at LHS at 6 p.m. This is a first annual forum in Lyons, with a series of community discussions. The meetings will focus on student achievement, infrastructure and growth, financial accomplishments, and local and national trends in education. On-site child care will be available for children 4 to 12 with registration. Register for child care at: All parents are urged to attend.

EVERY SUNDAY – A great breakfast from  The Manna Cafe at The River Church from 8 a.m. to noon. The Manna Cafe is a ministry of The River Church serving breakfast & lunch to all who are hungry. No prices on the menu, pay what you can, all are welcome. Visit The Manna Cafe's Facebook page for more information.

SAVING OUR HIGH SCHOOL – A program will be held at the Lyons Redstone Museum on Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m., to refresh our memories and appreciation of our struggle to keep our high school (1947 to 1974) in Lyons, which culminated in years of campaigning, meetings, school board members, etc. Send us your story on “How You Helped” to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or attend the meeting.  We would like to get this topic recorded on video for history’s sake. 

CARNEGIE LIBRARY -  A budget meeting of the Boulder City Council will be held on Monday, October 1, starting at 6 p.m., at the Boulder City Council Chambers at Broadway and Canyon. The Boulder City Council will discuss funds for the Carnegie Library budget. At their last meeting the Council seemed to have changed their minds of cutting the hours down to two days. Interested folks should attend to speak up for the county’s history.

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging's main phone number is (303) 441-3570. Thanks to those who brought food for the potluck Monday evening.
The River Church will serve the supper on Monday, October 1, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Oskar Blues' first Wednesday lunch of the month will be served at Oskars at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday October 3. Seniors attended the musical Mama Mia) at the Arvada Theatre earlier this week. Senior meals are served at the Lyons Bistro (the Walt Self) on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon starting Oct. 5, at a cost of $3. Reserve the day before by calling (303) 441-1415.  The senior birthday celebrations have been changed to the last Wednesday of the month. Next celebration will be held on October 31.

The St. Vrain Valley Pioneer Association will hold their 114th Annual Meeting, on Sunday, September 30, at the Hygiene United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Hygiene. All pioneers (families who came to the St. Vrain Valley before 1880) are urged to attend.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - Jeanne Wright will present “A Century of Quilts” at the Historic Hover home (1309 Hover Street) from 2 to 4 p.m. Fee $15 per person. Seating is limited so RSVPS is required (303)776-1879. Jeanne gave a presentation on Quilts at the Antique Quilt Show held in Lyons on August 11. 

JOIN THE WEED POSSE on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

THURSDAYS - Sew Fun with Claire from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. The instructor is Claire DeVitto. Minimum of three people needed, maximum of eight. 

Register at For questions, call (303)-823-8250.

LYONS PREPARED will host a workshop on what they are doing to be “Lyons Prepared” on Tuesday October 16, at the Lyons Fire House. The group meets monthly to discuss ways to help during emergencies in the Lyons area. Plan to attend.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM – Saturday, September 22, was National Museum Day sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine with free admittance and a tour at museums across the USA. 

The Lyons Redstone Museum closes for the season on Sunday, September 30. Visitors to the museum this past week were: Ken and Valerie Sprinkle of Melba, VA (of the Billings family); and Chicago, IL: Bellingham, WA; Auckland, New Zealand; Cheyenne, WY; Paitonvard, WA;  Jasper, OR; Redmond, WA; Kugston, NY;  Topeka, KS; Mill Creek, WA; as well as twelve members of the W.M. and Emma Dawson Montgomery family, seeking information on their great-great-great grandparents (one of the Montgomery families that settled east of Lyons, in 1874, as well as Dianne Barnes of Mill Creek, WA, a niece of Don Montgomery, who came to help set the gravestone at the Weisner Cemetery earlier this month.  

The museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2019. Saved from the wrecker’s ball in 1976, a three-way twenty year lease was signed May, 1, 1977, by the Lyons Historical Society, the Town of Lyons, and the St. Vrain Valley School District to save the building as a museum. It opened for visitors on weekends in the summer in 1979, thus its 40th year. The building was empty, except for a flag and picture of George Washington left by the school. We had to borrow a display from the Boulder Museum for something to show, and since then, in 40 years, it is filled to capacity with historical artifacts, displays, and genealogy of Lyons area residents. and filings of Lyons happenings. There are a lot of interesting displays, books by Frank Weaver, Denise Berg, and others, a large selection of interesting books about the Lyons area for sale, and a gift shop. Thanks to our summer employees: Terri Weir (since 1989), Monique Sawyer Lang and Baiba Lennard (part time employees for the past three years), and volunteers Emily Walker, Amy Ashaumer, and Kathleen Spring. Special displays have been Anne O’Brien's tiny houses, the LHS senior pictures, the old bank teller cage, the grand square piano from the Estes Park Museum, the Loukonen family history, the fainting couch of Grandpa Colt, a cupboard brought by train by the Clara Brown family (granddaughter is Maxine Harkalis) in 1917 (when the train came to Lyons), and more! There is also a display of telephone insulators from the Campbell family, a WWI display, lots of old Lyons pictures, the 2013 flood display,  and more! See you next spring!

We send our deep appreciation to the Lyons Community Foundation who collected and dispersed checks amounting to over $1 million to the flooded families; the one-year celebration included the sign that hangs on the east side of the Fork; a parade with a sign saying “Don’t forget there are 100 folks without homes;” Mayor John O’Brien and the Town Board’s struggles with the Confluence area that entailed several meetings; The vote on the units of affordable housing in Bohn Park (voted down!); and the progress of the town’s recovery. Yes, please send in your flood stories for our book to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
In time we will want to read all these stories, as we wonder where are the folks who got flooded out of town and could never return!

The Lyons Chamber held their monthly meeting at Stillwater Healing on High Street last Thursday evening with co-hosts: Lyons Physical Therapy, Manama Movement Studio, Pilates of Lyons, Julie Smith and Carol Conigliaro, and J. J. Booksh-Asnicar LLC  (who has been in business twenty years). President Dan Siddall, and CEO Mike Porter were in charge. Thirty-five people were in attendance; each introduced themselves and spoke about their business. Sue Wratten reminded everyone about the 9Health Fair on Saturday, September 29; the Lyons Community Foundation announced their upcoming Gala to be held November 16, at Lionscrest; LaVern Johnson announced the beginning square dance lessons; Monique Sawyer-Lang spoke about the functions of the museum; and Mary Hunter of the State Tourism grant gave a report on their video and the “Love Lyons” publicity program. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m., at the new event space at The Stone Cup. 

CAN YOU IMAGINE!  A bear was in Amanda Anderson's house last week while she and her son were asleep. They managed to shoo it away. Several mountain lions and bears have been spotted in the Lyons area. Be very aware!

TRUCKS - We ask the quarry trucks to be sure to secure your rocks, as several have rolled off the truck lately and damaged at least one car severely. It could have been a person!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Coco Gordon (80), Kristine Bruckner, Jason French, Tanya Data, Henry Payne (grandson of Barbara Fjeld), and Troy Payne, Will Drews (age 9), Melissa, Heather Christiansen, and Audrey Johnson (my granddaughter).

Coco Gordon celebrated her 80th birthday at the home of her daughter, Jan Gordon and husband, Derek Chow in Boulder, with music by Tanaka and a parade around the park showing clothes made by Coco.  Al Pape of Manhattan, New York, and several friends enjoyed the day with Coco.

MARRIAGE - Cynthia Jane Van Gilder and Kevin Patrick Dolan of Lyons were wed on August 18. 

ANNIVERSARIES - Mollie Straus and Bill Simmon, and Bob and Lora Gilson (25 years!) Congratulations.    

Gwen Owens was in Columbia Gorge, Washington at her daughter’s wedding.

Trish Gereaux weathered Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. 

Jenna Brink is celebrating her 14th year as owner of the local beauty shop Lyons Mane.

Merilee Herman was back home over the weekend visiting friends. She is now living in Hollywood, working in films (her dream).

Vance French and Kristine “Birdie” Smock surprised the seniors at lunch time on Friday and performed almost an hour's worth of old favorites on their mandolin, and singing. Many thanks!

WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Franciska Stein and family, whose daughter Barbara Lange, of Longmont passed away on September 17, at the age of 74. Barbara was the mother of Amy Crews Cutts of Reston, Virginia, who Franciska lives with, and of Dr. Karen Crews Gregg, another of Franciska’s granddaughters, who is the Band Director at Lyons High School. While here, they enjoyed seeing Quinn Gregg, a Lyons High School 9th grade cross country runner place first place in the Sunset Golf Course race in Longmont earlier this month. Her service will be held in late October.

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