Thanksgiving was great with a lot for us all to be thankful for. The kids are now back in school after their break; before you know it, the Christmas/New Year holidays will be upon us. And we have enjoyed some good weather. 

Great gifts available in local stores, and you support our town with sales tax. It's a win/win/win situation!

Donate non-perishable food, toiletries, and/or funds to the Holiday Giving Drive, a collaboration between the Town of Lyons and LEAF to provide hope and a spirit of community this holiday season. You can drop off items in the Cookie Monster Donation Bin in the front office of the Town Hall (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit:

THE GIVING TREE is coming back! LEAF has collected a "Wish List" from area residents who need a “Secret Santa.” Starting Tuesday, November 27, and ending Monday, December 10, you will be able to pick an anonymous ornament off one of the LEAF Giving Trees located at the Stone Cup, the Barking Dog, Mojos Taqueria, Western Stars Gallery, and the Lyons Library. All gifts should be delivered wrapped, with the

ornament attached, to Pizza Bar 66 at 430 Main Street during normal business hours. The deadline for gift drop off is Monday, December 10 at 9 p.m. To volunteer, donate or get more information about this program call (720) 864-4309.

Remembering all the help given to the Lyons Community during the 2013 flood, the Lyons schools are holding a Fire Benefit. On Friday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the main gym of LHS the student council will be hosting a Middle vs. Senior Staff Volleyball Game (with hopes that elementary staff will join in also). All funds raised will be given to those who have been affected by the recent wild fires in California. Entry into the game is simply a donation of what you and your family would like to give. Concessions will also be open, and the profits from that will also be donated.  Donations can be sent to: Fire Benefit, 100 McConnell Drive, Lyons, CO 80540. Thank you.

Saturday, December 1 - HS wrestling at Fairview 9 a.m.; HS band and show choir in the Parade of Lights/Vasquez Stage in Sandstone Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Lyons Middle School has collected 800 items so far. Send donated item to the school. It's a great help! 
Congratulations to Katie Fankhouser, a junior at LHS, who won the Class 2A State cross country meet in a time of 19:24.
She and freshman Quin Gregg were spectacular in leading the Lions throughout the year, and should be a dynamic one/two punch in 2019. Katie was chosen for the 2018 All-Region girls' cross-country team by the Times Call. Quin Gregg was named Honorable Mention. Isaac Roberts was named All-Region on the boys’ cross country team.
THANKS to all who ordered their Christmas wreaths from the Lyons M/Sr High band members. Delivery is on Wednesday, December 12. Call (303) 823-6631 for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas caroling is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, at 6 p.m. Organized by Cheri Hoffer,  Kathleen Spring, and LaVern Johnson. Meet at the Walt Self Senior Center. All are invited to attend.  Bring a hat, scarf, gloves, heavy non-slick boots, and sing with us. Plan to walk a few blocks and stop at the Pizza Bar 66 afterwards.

HISTORY of The Holiday Bazaar, which started in 1976 when Al Huck was Community School Director and followed by Lou Speier. It was always popular. At first the Boy Scouts stayed all night for its safety. We remember that and Becky Mack, Alice Hilton, and the custodian made 40 cream pies to sell. Alice Hilton and Shirley Kendall made cornhusk dolls, and Judy Colard made Christmas wreaths; Julie Wechsler and her daughter had cross-stitching etc. The Lyons Historical Society is the only original vendor still active. That means lots of “Never Fail Fudge;” 8 batches x 40 years, with lots of stirring by Mr. LaVerne, and now by son Jerry. After the Community School, it was manned by the Lyons Elementary PTO, and then taken over by the Town of Lyons three years ago when the School District ruled that individuals or organizations who made financial gain not be allowed. Luckily the event is grandfathered in and now operated by the Town. It has always been a very popular event; a place to do your Christmas shopping, to see your neighbors and friends, and to make a little money for the non-profits, kids, families, classes, etc. The Bazaar is filled with unique gifts, and a visit from Santa (1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday). Be sure to stop by.

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging's main phone number is (303) 441-3570.  Lyons Bistro senior meals are served on Wednesday and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center at noon, at a cost of $3. Reserve the day before by calling (303) 441-1415.

SENIOR MEALS – Thanks all who attended the potluck Monday evening with stew, mashed potatoes, salad, pumpkin brownies, etc. Yum-m-m-m. The River Church will serve dinner on Monday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m. All seniors are invited. 

The December birthdays will be celebrated with the January birthdays. A seniors New Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31, will be held at the Walt Self at 5:30 p.m., with potluck dinner, a White Elephant gift exchange, and folks telling of their favorite Christmas gift.  

Sat., December 1 – Turn in your LEAF Christmas gift list at The Stone Cup; Christmas Bazaar at LES gym from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 5:30 p.m., free chili at the Community Church; cocoa & cookies served in Sandstone Park before and after the parade; bake sale for the Lyons Historic Society at the Visitors Center during parade; Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m.; Lyons High Choir at 7:15 p.m.; fireworks at 7:40 p.m.; Parade awards in Sandstone Park after the parade.
Sun., December 2 - Christmas Bazaar at LES gym from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mon., December 3 - Oskar Blue's lunch at 11:30 a.m.; River Church supper at 5:30 p.m. at the Walt Self.
Wed., December 5 – Crafts at the Walt Self at 9:15 a.m.
Mon., December 10 - Catholic Church supper at the Walt Self at 5:30 p.m.
Thurs., December 13 - Christmas Caroling at 6 p.m.
Sat., December 15 - LEAF distributes gifts.
Mon., December 17 - Community Church supper at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self.
WED., December 19 - Food basket distribution at 3:30 p.m.; Bus trip, dinner, Christmas lights (sign up) at 4:30 p.m.
Tues., December 25 - Merry Christmas Day!
Wed., December 26 – LEAF food bank closed.
Mon., December 31 - New Year's Eve party 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self, with a potluck dinner, White Elephant gift exchange, and Christmas gift stories. All are invited.
Tues., January 1 - Happy New Year! 
Wed., January 2 – LEAF food bank closed.

CALLING ALL LYONS POLAR BEARS to be in the Lyons Christmas parade, with two floats. A fun event for members with a “Plunge” being planned for later this winter. The group usually plunges for one of Lyons’ non-profits. B-r-r-r-r!

KEN WAJDA, a Lyons photographer, has his photos in the Boulder Parks Summer of ’18 Photography Exhibit. Last spring the New York Times published an exhibition of photography featuring photos found of the city’s parks in 1978. This inspired local photographer Kenneth Wajda to take a collection of Boulder and area parks photos over the summer. See this display of area parks, including Lyons, at the Amante Coffee Shop at 4580 North Broadway, in Boulder. It is of interest to all. The display will be up through Saturday, December 8. Stop by.

THE LYONS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will not meet during December. They have scheduled their next social for Tuesday, January 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Pizza Bar 66 as hosts. All area businesses are urged to join. Send any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Committee members are needed to help with events, create new welcome bags, and assist with future socials.

LAURA LEVY is urging all business to decorate and vie for the $500 prize, plus special advertising to help promote your business over the cold winter months.

Shoppers are invited to enter the weekly drawings for a $25 gift card at your favorite local shop, or the grand prize basket from the LACC full of gifts from area business. How to play: 1. Spend at least $10 in a Lyons business; 2. Snap a picture of your purchase and your receipt; 3. Post your picture using #shoplyonsco, or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Stay tuned for the notification. Keep shopping-more entries increase your odds for the grand prize basket! Two winners will be selected each week. First week winners can get “Bazaar Bucks” for the Lyons Holiday Craft Bazaar.  Yes, Shop Local!

WEE CASA will host a Winter Open House with tiny home tours on Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

STILLWATER HEALING ARTS holds classes on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at a cost of $30 each. The schedule is: December 12 - “Medicine Making - Salves & Solid Lotions;” December 19 - “Medicine Making - Fire Cider Oxymel.”

THE STONE CUP announces Stone Table Dinners beginning soon. Stay tuned.  
Lyons Community Foundation will host a Grantees' Reception on Thursday, November 29 at Mojo Taqueria to hear what projects the organizations will be doing for the betterment of the Lyons Community.
Report from Sgt. Bill Crist of the Boulder Sheriff's Office
A Safety exercise was held last Monday at Lyons MS/HS by The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Saint Vrain Valley School District. The exercise focused on the inter-operability of all responding agencies and pinpointed the responsibilities of school staff, law enforcement, and fire/medical personnel. The intent is to continue to build a working relationship between all agencies and achieve a working knowledge of the incident command structure. We appreciate the cooperation of the public and our school district partners to ensure that we can conduct this important exercise. We hope we never need to put this into use, but we need to beware.

Have you become more aware of recycling and composting in Lyons in the past two years? Let Eco-Cycle know! They want to know what you learned, and if the EcoCycle staff is helping. And enter to win movie tickets! Eco-Cycle has been working on making Lyons a Green Star Zero Waste Community, and they need your feedback! Please take a moment to fill out a short survey and enter to win two free tickets to the movies! Final feedback sessions on Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Walt Self Community Room!

TOWN ART SHOW at the Lyons Town Hall during regular business hours. Stop by.

MANNA CAFE breakfast each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at The River Church. All are invited!

Call (303) 823-8250 to register for any program. 

OPEN BASKETBALL at Lyons Elementary School gym for age 18+ A $5 drop in fee every Thursday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., except December 27, January 3, 20, 27, and March 28.  

FITNESS CLASS on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self. Go in south door. Free to all with zip code of 80540.

SEWING FUN FOR KIDS on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., upstairs at the Walt Self with instructor Claire DeVitto. Minimum of 3; Maximum of 8. Register at:

If you live within the Lyons Planning Area visit the link below to purchase your 2019 bus pass for only $40. It works on all RTD busses and trains (i.e. airport/ Eldora/Denver). Eco-Pass has a value of $2,000! Buy yours now and use the bus for the rest of 2018 for free! Go to:

MODEL BUILDING on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., at Lyons Community Church Basement with Sonny Smith, for ages 6 to 10. The next one is Thursday, November 29.

Dan and Jill Jespersen of Pueblo and his sister, Carol Edelman, of Rockford, Ill. visited Lyons and the museum last Wednesday to seek their heritage. Neils P. Jespersen was a dairyman. He was born in Denmark.

In 1917 he married Selma Burness who was born in Lyons in 1897 to John and Clara Burness. The Jespersens had two sons, Charles and Harold. Niels managed the St. Vrain Creamery on Main Street from 1915 to 1919, and Selma assisted him, then at the Watts Hardy Dairy in Boulder before leaving for Las Vegas. Neils died on November 3, 1958, and Selma died in 1971.
Clara Burness was born in Sweden. She married John Burness in 1854. He came to America in 1888 accompanied by two sons. Oskar died in Lyons in 1898, and Charles B. John was a stonecutter.  Clara Burness was a homemaker. Around 1907 John lost his sight, and Clara devoted her time looking after him. He died in 1911; she died in 1936. Their children were Charles, Anna Sophia, Ida (she married John E. Loll, a game warden who lived on Park Street), and Selma (who married Niels Jespersen).

Neils and Selma son Harold was the father of Don and Carol who visited the museum. They also visited Park Street where the Jespersen family lived hoping they could find it. (More interesting facts on the Jespersen family and the St. Vrain Creamery pending.)

A white GMC truck and a white Ford truck have been seen “snooping around” Lyons, Pinewood Springs, and Spring Gulch on Friday and Saturday. They were spotted trying to get into a garage. One man was questioned by the police in Pinewood. It was reported that someone tried to break into the St. Vrain Pharmacy; it could be unrelated. The police have been called, but have made no arrests. Both Larimer and Boulder County are aware. The Larimer Sheriff's phone number is (970) 498-5543. or 911.

Nona (House) Achziger Duff of Grand Junction, Theresa Richmond Hesselius, Mintze Wu who now lives in Carbondale, Karen Selden, Linda Johnson Goranson, Kirby Anderson, Loretta Bunyan, and Dustin Roe.

GET WELL WISHES go to Zeke Little, who was recently in the hospital. To Brenna Wilson, with a sprained ankle. To Pam Browning’s 103 year old grandmother who is now out of the hospital.

Christy Haley’s (LHS class of 1985) mother, Kelly has passed away.

Thanks to Manna Cafe at The River Church and Belle La Crema restaurant for providing free Thanksgiving dinners so folks would not be alone.
Maxine Harkalis entertained her children, Rhonda French, Donna Harkalis, and Nick Harkalis, and their families.
LaVern Johnson and son Jerry had Thanksgiving with other son Ron and family in Niwot.
Ian Taylor traveled to New Jersey and New York to visit his grandparents and other relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Julie Van Domelen and daughter Maya Lekarczyk made a campus visit to the University of Syracuse in New York and then met Joseph Lekarczyk for a Turkey Day meal at a high school friend's house, and a visit with Joseph's sister in Connecticut. (Email me your Thanksgiving news)

Give to the Lyons Community Foundation for Scholarships in memory of Janet Orback, Gerald Boland, Steve Ralston, Joel Mack, and more. Send funds to Box 426, Lyons, CO 80540. The LCF gives 5 to 7 scholarships to local high school seniors each year. A worthy cause.

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