A varied week weather-wise. Nice one day, and cold and snowy the next. However, we did not get too much snow, and it should be in the 50s for the weekend. Just a few weeks until spring (groundhog dependent).

CONGRATULATIONS to Kurt Carlson of Lyons, former Lyons Parks & Rec. Director, now working for Adams County Parks & Open Space. He is now a Board member of the St. Vrain & Left Hand Water District, which meets monthly in Longmont. The SVLHWD controls the water of area ditch companies, through the

Big Thompson Project. Kurt, originally from Eaton, Colorado, is from a long line of old time farmers of Weld County, who are always looking for more water storage, and I have tried to apprise him the long history of the SVLHWD in Lyons to wit: 

COFFINTOP DAM
The Lyons area has had a contentious working relationship with the SVLHWD, who proposed the Coffintop Dam (over 400” tall, holding 315,000 acre feet of water, to be located up the South St. Vrain, one-half mile above the Lyons High School, starting in 1976, which was highly protested by Lyons, who formed the “Dam Concerned Citizens.” Finally in 1982 the Colorado Water & Power Authority paid for a $1million study and rated the Coffintop site as #10 (instead of #1, as the district contended). They found geologic faults, and said the weight of that much water could cause an earthquake. Thus they put Coffin Top on the back burner for future water storage. Thanks to the “Dam Concerned Citizens” (Dean and Elaine Redmond), who went to Washington DC and met with US Representatives Tim Wirth and David Skaggs and the officials from the American Rivers Association, and to Ron Gospel and others who pitched in, the Lyons Town Board of Virgil Risdon, Mayor and Mr. Laverne for helping protest the dam and Vince Pores, Town Planner. The SVLDWD representative stated they are not trying to build Coffintop at our Coffintop presentation by Ron Gosnell in October of 2017. Yes, it was truly a big “dam” fight. (A brief history of Coffintop for the many new residents of the Lyons area.) 

Lots of things this week:
Saturday, February 2 - Meeting on “Safe Talk” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Lyons Community Church. All are invited.
Saturday, February 2 - Mayama Fundraiser at Planet Bluegrass at 5:30 p.m., with a spaghetti dinner and dance recital.  Always a good time.
Saturday, February 2 - Old Time Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m., with Larry Edelman & Nine Dollar Shawl. It should be a great time. All are invited to dance. See you there.
Sunday, February 3 - Senior Get-together at 4 p.m., to watch the Super Bowl, all seniors invited to join in the fun with the new TV bought by donations. Bring snacks. Go Patriots!!!!
Monday, February 3 – A Board of Trustees workshop (no audience speakers) at 5:30 p.m., with a presentation to the BOT by CEMEX of their upcoming plans for their property area. 
Saturday, February 9 - The Western Stars Gallery and the Town of Lyons offer a free mountain lion presentation by wildlife expert Dave Neils at 7 p.m. All are invited.
Saturday, February 9 - High Street Concerts presents Woodbelly with the Martin Gilmore Trio at 8 p.m., at Rogers Hall. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Buy online at www.highstreetconcerts.com. 

SCHOOL NEWS
Thanks to the Lyons Elementary and Middle Senior High school students: Colton, Kylen, Olivia, Harrison, Hadley, Marc, Brodie, and Alayna who made a presentation at the St Vrain School Board last Wednesday.
Thursday, January 31 - Wrestling at home vs. Estes Park at 6:30 p.m. (Senior night); 
January 31 to February 2 - All State High School Choir.
Friday, February 1 – Boys' and girls' basketball at home vs. Union Colony. GV & BJV at 5 p.m., and BV & GJV at 6:30 p.m.  
Saturday, February 2 - Wrestling at the Valley Invite at 9 a.m. 
Tuesday, February 5 – LHS baseball and track practice begins. All parents have to sign releases. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
February 6, 7, and 13 – Parent/Teacher conferences from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at LHS. Meals needed, contact the Lions Booster Club. You can make appointment online.
February 27 to May 8 – Spring Drive Education Session, call (720) 494-3960.
Lyons Middle/Senior High students. Order your yearbooks by Friday, February 8, at: www.jostensyearbooks.com, or contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Sunday, February 10, it's the third annual Old Man Winter Bike Ride/Run. at LaVern Johnson Park. A 5.9 mile bike ride, ice skating, music, and food. Sponsored by Town of Lyons and others.
Friday, February 15 - Cindy and Pete Moffitt are hosting the director and volunteer coordinator of 200 Orphanages Worldwide in their home to raise funds for paving and building a shelter in an orphanage in Tanzania. The Moffitt's invite everyone to donate to help the vulnerable girls have a safe place to read, study, and hang out together. The event is at 6 p.m., at their home (202 Second Court) in Lyons. To see more information about 200 Orphanages, visit their website: 200orphanagesworldwide.org. Contact Cindy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mail donations to: Orphanage Program, Box 724,  Lyons, CO 80540

BOOKS
If you have time to read: The museum has three large books: one on the CEMEX plants throughout the world titled “Transboundary Conservation,” and two Colorado books: “Colorado Story” and “Colorado Community Travel” listing towns throughout the state, including Lyons. Call (303) 823-5925 to check them out. Franziska Stein’s book “Chopin through the Window” is available through the Lyons Historical Society, for $25, and can be picked up at 238 High Street. Call (303) 823-5925. The story of Franziska’s life in Germany since the age of 15 when Hitler took over, and how and where she lived, coming to Lyons to operate the Black Bear Inn, and now she lives in Reston, VA with her granddaughter. Add $4 postage to mail.
The Lyons Lions Club continues to collect used eye glasses. You can drop off glasses at Clark's Hardware, Lyons High School, or Lyons Optometry. The glasses are refurbished and checked for strength/prescription, etc. The International Lions club then directs those glasses to people throughout the world who match the glasses. The Lyons Lions club would like to thank Lyons Optometry; they have been invaluable in helping with the goal of providing eye glasses.

 THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM allows residents of Boulder County to be notified of emergency situation via cell phone, home and work phones, and text or email. You will receive time-sensitive messages for emergency happening in your location. Sign up at: www.BoCo911alert.com.

SENIORS MEALS
Thanks to the Later Day Saints for serving the senior meal on Tuesday evening. The River Church will serve on Monday, February 3, at 5:30 p.m, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Boulder County's Lyons Bistro meals continue on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The cost $3. Call (303) 441-1415 the day before to make reservations. 

LYONS PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
Call (303) 823-8250 to register for any program. 
OPEN BASKETBALL for ages 18+ at Lyons Elementary School gym from 8 to 9:30 p.m., every Thursday except March 28. 
FREE FITNESS CLASS every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self building. Go in south door. Minimum of 3, Maximum of 8. Register at: www.townoflyons.com/registration.  

SENIOR TRIP – A bus trip to the Denver Art Museum on Thursday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $12. Register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THE LYONS COMMUNITY CHURCH is raising donations for their Children’s Window (the one facing the west with three panels), and need from $7500. Send donations to: Box 44, Lyons, CO 80540. 

LYONS GOOD OLD DAY will be held on Saturday, June 29, in Sandstone Park with games, food, a beer tent, music, and more. The Chamber will host the music and dancing. The Town invites anyone who would like to hold, organize, or sponsor an event to do so. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ICE SKATING in LaVern Johnson Park continues on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Thanks to Tiffany Martindale of the Town for rounding up the food, music, and the groups to serve the cocoa. Well attended and lot of fun for all!
FLOOD EVENTS?
We are asking for your help to make a list of all the flood events held during the past five years, which will be remembered during the sixth anniversary in September. Send to:  vsimonson@townoflyons, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TID BITS
Dave & Bev Rohs met their family and in-laws in Orlando, Florida last week. A great time was had by hall.
Larry Quinn and Linda Backup are in Akaron Bay in New Zealand. Jim and Kate Kerr are in Grand Lake, Oklahoma viewing the largest arch dam in the world. Kate’s relative worked on the dam. Zeke and Jani Little are enjoying a visit in San Antonio, Texas.
Happy birthday Sunshine Dancer Swan, Kerry Burch, Lana Tilson, Geneva Sabados, Monica McGuckin, Jerry Tabor, Kathy Kelling, (missed by family); David Sutak, Deb Schilling, Sam Talent, Jill Musser, Kenya Waugh, Dale Katechis, Jennifer Roberts Lee, Cindy Wilson, and Trevor Johnson

OUR SYMPATHY to the Vasquez family who remind us of the deaths of: Ramon Vasquez, their father,  Manuel, a year ago, Aunt Lorie, during the 2013 flood, and Cousin Amanda.

A large crowd of friends and family said farewell to Ramon Vasquez, at the Life Bridge Church last Thursday. Ramon passed away on Sunday, January 20. Several lovely tributes were given by friends and family including his son Aaron; classmates of 1975, Larry Bryan, and Gary Served from Georgia, and others, followed by two beautiful songs by his mother, Isabelle. Our deepest sympathy.
We heard of the death of Don Ewy, formerly of Allenspark. He was a 1970 graduate of Lyons High School, and he lived in Gould, Colorado. The son of Coleen and Dale Ewy, and brother to Leonard and Leslie Ewy, and also the father of three. More information later.
K.C. Groves' father passed away on Sunday night. Our deepest sympathy. 

MORE MCCALLL HISTORY by Maurine Flower
“McCall is my ancestor. He and Eliza homesteaded at McCall lake. His daughter, Clara, married John Walker, also an early settler in the Lyons area. My grandmother, Ida, was born to Clara and John. Ida married Alpha Gaddis. At one time he was a Justice of the Peace in the Lyons area. My mother Elma, was born to them. My mother married Maurice West and I am their oldest daughter.”

MORE LYONS HISTORY
The Lyons Informer of 1963 reported, “Lyons Basketball Team: A big hand to the Lyons Merchants who recently won the Longmont City League Tournament championship and who defeated Harris Auto Parks for the title game. Arthur Ohline, Jr., team manager; and Roy Tabor, Jerry Dreith, and Ron Rigdon, assistant managers; with the help of Jerry Boland and Virgil Rigdon. Team players: Jim Mercer, Pete Peterson, Ron Hill, Steve Kelling, Dave Dirkes, Don Mercer, Dave Bordwell, Ray Fitts, Bill Gordon, Jim Martin, and Dave Price were all a jubilant bunch over the winning. Arthur Ohline, Jr. says that it was the happiest and coldest shower he ever had. A hearty thanks to the merchants in Lyons who sponsored the team. The championship trophy will be displayed in different Lyons stores and then placed in the trophy case at the Lyons high School.

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