By LaVern Johnson

In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this column is an elected official. Her opinions are hers and do not necessarily represent those of the entire Board of Trustees.

It is finally getting a little warmer with the ice melting some. That was truly a cold spell;  although it is supposed to snow again!

We attended the Parent Engagement Network (PEN) meeting at Monarch High School last Thursday evening, which has a large group of kids using marijuana in school.

The meeting consisted of about fifty concerned parents and a panel of two Louisville policemen, the school’s Principal; parents of PEN, and two or three teachers, all trying to educate parents how they can keep the kids from smoking marijuana. The group will present the movie and panel discussion again on April 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Monarch High.
A local group chaired by Joycelyn Fankhouser is seeking funds to help “educate” the Lyons youth. Stay tuned.

Applications are being taken by Habitat for Humanity to learn how to qualify for the Lyons units proposed by the Special Housing Committee, as to your amount of income, amount of time you can work on the home, how many friends can help you, etc. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Justin Spencer (jspencer77@gmail)

THANKS TO THE VARIOUS CHURCHES that put on the Monday or Tuesday meal for the seniors at the Walt Self Senior Center, and this Monday was the Lyons Community Church with old-time tunes by Janie and Zeke Little and clarinet by Ian Brighton. Very enjoyable. Next week the meal will be served at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday January 26, by the LDS Church. 
CALL Rick Wallace of The Golden Gang (303) 823-6771 to volunteer to drive for the Meals on Wheels. Help is needed to drive to Longmont for the meals, and then deliver them to the Walt Self Senior Center and seven homes.

All who are interested in learning to knit or crochet are invited to attend the group on Mondays at 11 a.m., at The Stone Cup with Anne O’Brien. 

Theresa Brighton of 322 Evans welcomes all young moms and babies and others to join her in a  morning of music at her home. It’s a good way for moms, kids, and others to get acquainted.

LYONS REGIONAL LIBRARY is hosting “The Gathering” every other Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., for games for middle and senior high school age students. Here you can play cards, converse, etc. All are welcome. No registration is required. All levels are welcome. We’ll provide a deck of cards if you don’t have one. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Always free, always fun!

JOIN THE AGING COMMUNITY with a special gathering this coming Monday, January 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lyons Community Church. Call (303) 441-1585 to reserve dinner. An invitation to all seniors (age 55 and over) to give your ideas of what you would like to see happen in Lyons. Make and furnish your list. The organizing committee is Annie Mannering, Anne Berman, Ruth Wilson, Coco Gordon, and the Boulder County Council of aging. Plan to attend.
Monday was a holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Learn the history of trials and tribulations of the Civil Rights Movement. We learn that “Freedom isn’t Free!”

MS wrestling registration all week in the office. $55 is needed prior to the first practice on Monday, January 25.
Thursday, January 21 - HS  wrestling at Highland High School with Brush and Lyons, begins at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 22 - HS  basketball doubleheader at home vs. Twin Peaks girls JV and boys JV at 5 p.m. (both gyms);  girls Varsity at 6:30 p.m. No boys Varsity game.
Saturday, January 23 -  MS girls basketball tournament at Longmont High School. Lyons A team games at 9 a.m., and noon; Lyons B team games at 10 a.m., and 1 p.m.
HS wrestling at Northglenn Invitational at 9 a.m., bus leaves at 5:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 24 - Booster Club Bingo 1 p.m., at Longmont Bingo Alley. Team 3 -11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 26, from 7:50 to 9 a.m., Middle School Quarter 1 & Quarter 2 Honor Roll Recognition and Potluck Breakfast. MS students who have earned a 3.0 or higher GPA for Q1 and/or Q2 will receive an invitation by January 20.  
February 10 and 11, 3 to 7:00 p.m.  Parent/Teacher Conferences; special dinner to honor the MS/HS teachers by the Lions Booster Club.
Job Opportunity for HS student: Lyons Elementary After School Program is looking for a high school student aide who can work Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., after school. Contact Larissa Seewald for information and questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AN ART SHOW BY MISTY BRACKETT will be hanging at the Lyons Town Hall for the next couple of months, with reception scheduled for this Saturday, January 23, at 5 p.m. Plan to attend.

THE NEXT OLD TYME SQUARE DANCES will be held at Mayama on Saturday, February 6, March 5, and April 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Plan to attend. The cost is $5 – seniors/students;  $8 - Adults; and $15 - couple. Public invited. Fun for all!

Plan to attend the classes from 7 to 9 p.m., at Western Stars Gallery on Thursdays, cost $35. Preschool art painting on Wednesday 1 to 2 p.m., and Thursdays 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $12. Register at (303) 717-3818.

HIGH STREET CONCERTS presents Monocle Band & Masontown on Saturday, January 30, at Rogers Hall at 8 p.m.  Get tickets at
An open invitation to next “Stylista” Salon #6 on Saturday, January 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at The ARTBOX. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (917) 774-3538.
Please indicate if you wish to be a Stylista Doer, Observer, Designer, or Fun Documenter Paparazzi style.

OLD  MAN WINTER BIKE RALLY Will be held on February 7 and 8, sponsored by Oskar Blues to benefit CAN’d Aid. Plan to attend.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the Valentine’s Day Lyons Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser on Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. They will be raising funds for LEAF (Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund) to help the homeless and the hungry. Send funds to Box 1324!  Door prizes will be awarded to the businesses or individuals who have gathered the most donations. A plunge will also be held for  St. Patrick’s on Saturday, March 12. Send money!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Thursday, February 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., when Senator Rollie Heath and House Representative Jonathan Singer will in Lyons at The Stone Cup for a little Q & A. More information later. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for February 27, for the New Hop Festival sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. The first-ever Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest at Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln Street, in Denver. Proceeds will go to CAN’d Aid Foundation. Tickets are $55 and include unlimited tasters, entrance, and food. General admission is $35.

Learn the art of mixed media painting and collage, ages 18 and up., Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $85.

THURSDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL 8 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym.  The league runs through March 31,  $5 per night drop in fee.

LYONS KIDS KAYAK CLUB for ages 7 to 16 at the Centennial Pool. $85 or $10 per session. 

BABYSITTER’S TRAINING at Lyons Town Hall, February 6 and 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $55 per person. Taught by Lori LeGault,

TEEN YOGA, ages 12 to 18 on Wednesdays from January 13 through February 10, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., at the  Walt Self Senior Center.  Topics: physical, mental, emotional, social, combination. Call (303)823-8250 for all of the above classes.

NOTE:  Marissa and Lori of Lyons Parks & Rec. are making a special effort to have some interesting activities for the Lyons Seniors, such as Bingo, stories, exercise, cards, computer classes, trips, potlucks, and more.  Stay tuned and plan to participate in these events.
NATIONAL MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY is Sunday, February 21, where folks can attend the Denver History Museum for free! This is a day for all to be reminded of the history of the Lyons area and appreciate those who have worked in years past to make this such a great place to live. The Lyons Redstone Museum will be open during May History Month on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, to celebrate our history.

THANKS TO THE LYONS DISTRICT LIBRARY AND AX & OAR  for the presentation of “Living Images” by photographer Carol Walker. A large, interested crowd attended. It was very eye opening to learn there are 30,000 wild horses on public lands today, and that 50,000 more languish in holding facilities until they die, because of the pressure of special interest groups, such as cattle ranchers. These horses can survive and thrive on the poorest of lands, yet are being penned.

The wild horse advocates have made great strides in stopping the Bureau of Land Management from destroying this living symbol of the American West, and are continually working to educate the public, rally Congressional support and stop the BLM. Many wild horse sanctuaries are needed to preserve the unique genetics of herds, which are being rounded up and put in pens for the rest of their lives. 

It is a fight between the BLM and the organizations like the: American Wild Horse Preservation, The Cloud Foundation, Wild Hoofbeats, Wild Horse Freedom Federation and more. The Sand Wash management area located 45 miles west of Craig, Colorado, has a total of 157,730 acres of land, which has over 500 head of horses. There is also a management area of 600 horses near Deadwood, South Dakota, and much more is needed. 

To help keep America’s wild horses wild and free on our public lands visit:, and sign up for news and alerts to help take action to help raise awareness to save America’s wild horses. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to Ethel Bell “Dude” Cinnamon, who celebrated her ninety-third birthday on January 13. She has three children: Gary of Loveland, Carolyn and Gordon of Lyons, and three grandchildren. Dude was one of eleven children whose mother Ethel moved to Lyons in 1940, of which three lived in Lyons.
Eunice, mother of Albert and David Goranson and Linda Goranson Johnson and Jacque, John, Donald, and Loretta Lamb, Iona the mother of Larry, Loyd, and Ed Roe, and Dude. She has many nieces and nephews and friends who wish her happy birthday. Send her a birthday card to Box 403, Lyons 80540

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brayden, the son of Laura (Leiding) and Joseph Jueschke, celebrated his 23rd Birthday on Jan. 16th, and all is well.  When Brayden was six months old they tried to get a Health Certificate for  the Baby Sitter, but found that he a serious heart defect, and needed to have a transplant. They put him on the donor list, waiting daily for a call, and got one in June, 1993, where a small boy had drowned in the bathtub.  The Children's Hospital doctor brought the heart and used it for Brayden.  Through the years he has grown, taken oxygen each night to save his  heart, went thru School, and is now in College in Grand Junction. Yes, miracles to happen!

 Send your birthday cards to Beth Ford, at age 102, who is well and lives in Canon City, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Beth started teaching business in Lyons High School in 1942 and taught until 1993, (teaching kids like me in the 1940’s and our kids in the 1970’s and grandkids in the 1990’s.  Let her hear from a lot of students. No doubt Beth had a hand in your business education in Lyons High.  Tell her where you live and what you are doing!  Happy birthday Beth.
Address for Beth Ford, c/o Bob & Judy Ford, 1309 Rudd Street,  Canon City, CO 81212.

Eileen and Forest Yelverton have returned from visiting his mom in Hawaii, and noticed a LaVerne’s Bar (not mine). They state their daughter, Kelly is now in Thailand biking the country with a friend, and she will be a tour guide in San Juan Island again this summer.
Gary and Nell Coffey have returned from their Christmas trip to see her daughter, Diane, and family in Florida. On their way home they attended a huge gospel concert in Georgia.

Oskar Blues is sending over 50,000 cans of fresh water to Flint, Michigan, whose water out of the Flint River was not adequately treated, which caused lead to leach from old pipes. Ball Bros. of Broomfield, provided the cans, and the water was sent from Oskar Blues’ Brewery in Brevard, N. C. Thanks to Oskar’s CAN’d Aid Foundation for this wonderful effort.

NOMINATIONS are now being taken for county conservation & restoration projects to be awarded in April. Go to if you know of someone who has made an effort to conserve their land or buildings the past five years. 

Last year, Dave Chase and Redstone Cyclery received a Conservation Award as a Trail Steward for Boulder County Parks & Open Space. Since 2008 Dave and friends contributed 785 hours constructing and maintaining trails at Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch. Their weekly rides consist of his crew of friends and shop patrons doing  a “Work & Ride” with BOCO P&OS,  where they spend a few hours caring for the trails that they love to ride. Since becoming partners, Redstone has maintained over 4050 feet of existing trail and helped construct 27 grade reversals and drainages. Redstone has shown their dedication to Parks & Open Space with their willingness to take on these projects far beyond the trailhead, and always go above and beyond the amount of work we believe can get done.

In 2012, Redstone Cyclery was the catalyst of  one of the amazing volunteer experiences where  Brian Stiff, one of Redstone’s longtime volunteer and fellow riders, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 41. The family made arrangements to purchase a memorial bench in his honor and P&OS staff decided to have Redstone to install the bench as part of an unofficial memorial project. Dave gathered 26 volunteers to install the bench, construct two large rock platforms and six steps at the junction of the Picture Rock and Wild Turkey trails at Heil Valley Ranch. Tools were flying, rocks were practically placing themselves as the bench and new “rest stop” area was built in just a few hours.

Julie, Brian’s widow, was part of the project as friends came together to remember their fallen friend and celebrate his life one more time. Staff served B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer (made by Oskar Blues with proceeds going to Brian’s two young sons) to commemorate a job well done. No doubt all you bikers and hikers have enjoyed the bench.

This partnership has been a great opportunity to address ongoing maintenance needs as well as create strong community advocates for the work POS does. These projects have given the volunteers a sense of ownership of these trails and great way to engage members of the community in our ongoing stewardship efforts at Hall and Heil, and were most deserving as a Land Conservation Partner Award recipient.
Nominations are being taken now for the 2016 awards; submit online nomination or download the form and return to Vivienne Jannatpour.  Nominations are due January 29, 2016.

We express our sympathy to Steve Simms and his family at the death of his father, Jim, who died at age 95.  Jim Simms was born on May 4, 1920, and died on January 11, 2016, surrounded by his four kids and wife of sixty years. He was a WWII Vet stationed in the Philippines. Jim died peacefully at home, in his sleep with a hint of a smile on his face. He was surrounded by his family that he loved deeply. He lived a full life of 95 years.  He was one that really enjoyed his gadgets and was able to use them up until the very end. His only “unfinished business” was that he hadn’t  gotten the chance to upgrade his computers to Windows 10.  We express ºour sympathy to Steve and Debbie Simms and their family.

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