Wow, what a weekend! The “Rave to the Grave” benefit had a full house, great costumes with a contest, and great music. Thanks to Arthur Lee Land & GoGo Lab. We hope lots of money was raised for LEAF. Thanks to Jeralyn Brenner and friends for the Halloween Zombie Tours,benefit for LEAF (new and enjoyable). The chili cook-off fundraiser to support the Lyons Garden Club sold out all their chili. It was m-m-m-m good; thanks to all

who made and served chili. The Parade was great, with three blocks of paraders and great costumes! Thanks to the LHS marching band who led the way, and to all the businesses for the loads of candy, to 700 or more cute and scary trick or treaters! What fun! A wonderful evening in Lyons. Thanks to all!

THE GARAGE SALES at 306 Evans Street benefiting the Lyons Redstone Museum will operate this weekend and then be closed during the winter months. However, new “stuff” is coming in regularly, so if you see the “Open” sign on the barn, stop by! Thanks to all for those who donated items, bought “stuff,” and supported the museum, the repository for Lyons history. Donations are still being accepted for the fire alarm upgrade, costing $1800. Send donations to: Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540

The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging's main phone number is (303) 441-3570. 

Lyons Bistro senior meals are served on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon at the Walt Self Senior Center at a cost of $3. Reserve the day before by calling (303) 441-1415.

Eighteen people enjoyed the senior meal from the Chinese Gourmet in North Boulder. Thanks; boy was it good. On Monday, November 5, the meal will be served by The River Church at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self. All seniors are invited to attend.

A busload of Lyons seniors enjoyed an excursion to the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg last week. We walked on the 3-mile overhead boardwalk to be able to see the animals up close. Lunch was available. It was a great time. Thanks Lori LeGault of the Towns Parks & Rec.

Call (303) 823-8250 to register.

TUESDAYS – Free fitness class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self building; go in south door; free to all with zip 80540.

THURSDAYS - Sewing Fun For Kids with Claire, 3:30 to 5 p.m., upstairs at the Walt Self building with instructor Claire DeVitto. Minimum of three, maximum of eight. Register at:;

FALL ART CLASS – Free for all 50+  on Wednesday, November 14, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m., at the Walt Self building, downstairs. Register at:


OLD-TIME SQUARE DANCE – Saturday, November 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Oskar Blues event room. Old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flat-footing to live fiddle/banjo music. All dances are taught, and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required. Bob Zuellig calls with Run Down Boot provide the music. The cost is $10/adult, $5 child, $25/family. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (303)827-6322. Future dances: February 2, March 2 and April 6.

HISTORY/POTLUCK – On Thursday, November 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Fellowship Hall in the Hygiene Methodist Church (7542 Hygiene Road). First the potluck dinner (chili will be provided, including meat, vegetarian and GF options). Please bring a side dish to share; then the presentation: “Our Riches in Ditches” with Elizabeth Black, with questions and conversation to follow. This event is free and open to all, but a $3 donation would be appreciated to help cover speaker and space usage costs. We hope to see you there!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 – Lyons Community Foundation's “Groovy Gala” at Lionscrest. Get your tickets now. Only 200 seats. The 60s theme and will feature a social interactive cocktail-vibe combined with food, music and entertainment. Special performance by Mayama Movement Studio Dancers, plus a silent and live auction, and food catered by Spice of Life Catering. Go to: for tickets. Thanks to the LCF for their grants to area non profits for their many functions.

The LCF is the best, and allows us to get various projects done for Lyons history. Send your donations to: PO Box 546, Lyons, CO 80540.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM has been a recipient of several LCF grants, and will celebrate our 40th year of saving the 1881 schoolhouse, now the Lyons Redstone Museum, restoring it. The celebration is being planned. Stay tuned.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 -11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Western Stars Gallery. Wine & Music starts at 2 p.m. (2 to 4:30 p.m. - Kim Crecelius; 4:30 to 7 p.m.,  Amy Francis). For more information call (303) 747-3818. All are invited.


WATCH OUT for deer and elk on Highway 66/36 east of Lyons, and on the Foothills Highway. Over 100 elk cross back to the hills in the early morning, and they are out along the highway late at night. Use caution, drive slow, and get a deer whistle.  

CONGRATULATIONS - La Bella Crema Restaurant was featured on Channel 2 last week. A unique “butter” business, and more. Stop by!

ORDER your Christmas wreaths from the Lyons M/Sr High School band members by November 8, with delivery by December 12. Call (303) 823-6631, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MANA BREAKFAST each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at The River Church. All are welcome.

GET YOUR ECOPASS - If you live in the Lyons Planning Area (80540) visit the link bellow to purchase your 2019 bus pass for only $40. It is valid on all RTD busses and trains (e.g. airport,  Eldora, Denver, etc.) The EcoPass has a value of $2,000! Buy yours now, and use the bus for the rest of 2018 for free! Online at:

THANKS to the women of the Weed Posse. They pulled loads of weeds during the “growing season.” See you in the spring.

THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Mark your calendars and see you there.

THE CHRISTMAS PARADE - “Rocky Mountain Christmas” Get your floats ready. Registration is being taken at (303) 823-8250.

The whole school took part in a sendoff for our high school cross country teams to the state championships last Friday. Congratulations to the girls, who won first place honors, and the boys who placed second in state. Wonderful.

For the Lyons girls junior Katie Fankhouser took first place, and freshman Quin Gregg took second! For the boys junior Isaac Roberts placed third, senior Colton Jonjak-Plan finished 14th, and junior Simon Stone placed 33rd.

And congratulations to the Lyons Middle School runners who also did well at the state meet.
Lyons M/Sr High Open house on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. for students thinking about going to Lyons M\Sr High next year. 

The 6th graders and 9th graders are urged to attend.

The Softball Banquet was held on Monday;  MS is playing basketball.

The LHS girls volleyball team will play in Regional 1A playoffs in  Hoehne, this Thurs., Nov. 1, 3 and 5 pm; east of Trinidad.It is a long ways.  Hope they win!

Drivers Education class is Tuesdays at 5:45-9:00 pm; Volleyball Regional are this weekend (Lyons did not qualify); 
Every Sunday Booster Club Bingo 1 to 3 pm, Longmont Bingo Alley.  Volunteers needed. 

Yearbooks are on sale at a reduced rate. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Senior parents are to contact Anna Marie Strzyz for their senior’s page and dedications by Nov. 5.

Congratulations to Paul Roberts (LHS alum) who won the Mountain West collegiate cross country title in Laramie, WY.

Dori Spence, paranormal from Longmont gave a Halloween “spirits” tour of Lyons Main Street businesses last week, relating where folks can hear, or maybe see, spirits and ghosts.  Very interesting and scary!

“Last week, Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber and Follow the Fox made for another magical evening of High Street history. In my opinion, the High Street audience is the best audience in Colorado because they come to listen, and literally tip-toe around to keep extraneous noise to a minimum during performances. As Laurie said from the stage this is why we do what we do.

On November 17, we're bringing a unique sound to High Street. You'll hear the music of Rio De Janeiro, with the Michele Castro Trio. The 89's will be bringing Americana soul. Kate Little, myself and some very special guests will be blending all of these styles together in a project we're calling 'Samba Tonk.' A majority of the proceeds will go towards the music school that supported Michele when she was a child growing up in the favela (slums) of Rocinha.” Last year the event sold out.

Jimmy Moore, Jackie Watson, Josh Ackerman, Gina Minto Banta, Diane Nordsky Arnold, Dave Goranson, Joni Liquori (19), Michelle Gollum Johnson, Jack (1 year old) grandson to Joe, Finn Dickese, Richard Jones, Eliana Hart (13), Cherilyn Byers, Harry Edwards, Jay Malito, Tracey Vasquez, and Nancy Reckling.

GOOD NEWS - Ashley, Becky, and Jamie DeVeny are headed back to the lower 48 from Alaska where they have lived for several years.

Amanda Anderson & Danny Shafer (4th); Leona Thompson & Bob Forsberg (40th) all four girls and their families helped Bob and Leona, owners of the Lionscrest, celebrate. 

Send Nell Coffey a “Get Well Card” at: 1034 Apple Valley Road, Lyons, CO.  She was on a ladder reaching for the last apple so the bears couldn’t get it. The ladder went one way and she another. The result was an operation to put in a plate where the shoulder bone was chipped off. OUCH! Get well soon, Nell.

IN REMEMBRANCE - We remember Mark Divine, Jerry Bryan, Cliff Roberts, all sadly missed by family and friends.

Frank Lane, age 94 of Estes Park. He was a square dance caller who passed away last week in his home. Frank was an Emeritus Accredited Caller Coach, Milestone recipient, Gold Card Life Member, and one of the eleven Founding Fathers of CALLERLAB. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Barbara and their family. Cards may be sent to Barbara Lane at: Box 1382, Estes Park, CO 80517.

We express our sympathy at the death of Mark Snyder of Firestone, age 56, who attended Lyons High School in 1986. He died in a roll-over traffic accident in Jackson County. 

Robert Hammans, uncle of Rick, Tony, and Carol Hammans. Robert Hammans perished 74 years ago in the waters off Omaha Beach.

NOTE - We were intrigued with the obituary of Barbara Lang, and what she and her parents, Franciska and George Stein went through before coming to the United States and then Lyons where they operated the Black Bear Inn (1972 to 1978); specifically, the Beneš Decrees.

Ken Singer looked up the information on the internet. Here is the summary: They are named after Edvard Beneš, President of Czechoslovakia (1935 to 1938, and 1940 to 1948), and were enacted by the National Assembly of the Czechoslovak Republic government-in-exile. The decrees dealt with various aspects of the restoration of Czechoslovakia and its legal system, denazification, and reconstruction of the country.

As a result of the decrees many ethnic Germans and Hungarians who had lived in Czechoslovakia for centuries prior to World War II, or those who had settled there during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia lost their Czechoslovakian citizenship, property, and in some cases even died during the expulsion process which took place during the late 1940s.

Ken Singer relates about WWII: “So the reference that “millions of Germans” were killed is inaccurate. My father served in WWII from D-Day + 6, Battle of the Bulge, through a good part of Europe, and in occupied Czechoslovakia until he came home in 1945. He spoke Yiddish, which is fairly similar to German, and was often a translator as German troops surrendered (even though he was just a Private First Class). He died at 91 and would have been 99 this year.” So this sheds a little light on the Beneš Decrees.


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