Another week gone by, and it’s been hot and busy. The hot summer days have arrived; Ninety degrees and more! 

I guess due to my old age, I am getting a lot of honors, and they are nice while I am “alive and kicking” Over two hundred folks attended the Boulder Chamber of Commerce “Women Who Light Up the Community” celebration last Wednesday. Six ladies from across the community were

royally treated, with dinner, a bouquet of flowers, various gifts, etc. The “Ballad of Mrs. LaVern” was played as I was ushered to the podium, and I was given a standing ovation after my speech in which I related the many things I have been in on over the past seventy years in Lyons. It was all great! Thanks to Julie Van Domelen, Priscilla Cohan, and Tamara Haddad who nominated me, and to all the friends, family, and cohorts who attended the festivities. It truly made my day!! Many thanks.

FREE CONCERT-IN-THE-PARK this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in Sandstone Park. Bring a chair, umbrella, snacks, and enjoy! The band is “Take Down The Door.” Come early for the Farmers Market and food trucks. See you there.

THE HISTORY CONVERSATIONS with Don Montgomery for this Sunday, June 19 have been cancelled due to complications from surgery. We hope he is able to reschedule for July 16.

A time to take your Dad out to eat, for a drive to the mountains, to mow the grass and/or pull the weeds for him, etc. Show him you appreciate his hard work and helping to raise you through the years. My dad, Bernie LaVern McConnell was raised in Eastlake, Colorado and moved his family to the Reese Farm in 1928 to farm the historic farm, homesteaded by his grandfather, John Reese in 1862. The farm was sold for development in 1962 (the first house built in 1992). The family moved to 310 Main Street, and later on the Mack Farm up Apple Valley, where he enjoyed raising some cattle and apples. He died in 1988. He was a good dad, and is missed. Yes, appreciate your Dad. 

Check with the Lyons Parks & Recreation for something for your kids to do this summer. There is a wide list of various happenings to keep your kids busy. This is a great opportunity, one that will save you gas and time from having to drive them to Longmont or Boulder. Pick up a recreation brochure. Each class has to have a certain amount of enrollment to make it support itself. Join now! Let them know what you are interested in, and they may have names waiting for cohorts. Kids gather up your troops and have fun this summer.

THE LYONS VISITOR CENTER is open daily. Stop and get acquainted with Vanessa McCall Lamb, who is there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and with Linda Glickstein, an intern, who is there from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Linda is a geology student at UNC, and is enjoying finding the answers to the many quarry and history questions. Everyone is interested in the large pictures of the flood and continually ask, “How is Lyons doing?” Lyons area books are for sale, there, as well as a wide array of brochures of various area businesses for tourists, the goings-on in Rocky Mountain National Park, driving over Trail Ridge across to Grand Lake, and more!

RED ROCK RAMBLERS SUMMER SQUARE DANCES begin this Saturday, June 18, at the Lyons Elementary School gym. Mike Hogan of Omaha, Nebraska, is the caller and cuer. Rounds at 7:30 p.m., squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. If you don’t square dance, you are welcome to drop by and enjoy the music. Next week is the Good Old Days Square Dance with Dave Guile of Cheyenne, Wyoming calling and Leroy Shade, Cuing. July 2, will feature the four callers “Magic Mountain.” Lots of good square dancing through Labor Day, with a tour of Lavern’s Park following the Sunday Labor Day “Whing  Ding” at 5:30 p.m. Spectators are always welcome to drop in. Beginner lessons are held weekly starting in September. For information call (303) 823-5925, (303) 823-6096, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A SKATEPARK MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Lyons Town Hall. All are invited, especially those who enjoy the skate park now! The Town wants input on what the kids would like!

Possible annexation is a discussion item. The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m., at the Firehouse. Meetings will be scheduled soon on Apple Valley. Stay tuned.

THE REDSTONE MUSEUM  is open daily through October 2, with hostesses Terri Weir, Monique Sawyer-Lang, and Baiba Lennard. For an enjoyable tour, stop by the museum. Enjoy the fifty pieces of art, the history of Coffin Top Dam, Indian arrowheads, the collection of insulators, the old teller’s cage, the flood display, and the Quasquiecentennial display. Take time and enjoy. Ask for your file from the genealogy records.
Visitors at the museum this past week were: Savannah Sorrier (she used to live here); Zach and Bondia Thompson, who are moving here from Cambridge, MA; Nona (House) Dodd, a graduate of 1948; sisters Kelly Christian and Peggy Rowell, whose mother lived here; June and Kent Schultz, a Stagecoach Questers, who supported the museum with smoothing the sidewalks and a sandstone bench; as well as visitors from Independence, Louisiana, and Hillsboro, MO; Holland, MI; Auburn and Turlock, CA; Argentina; Virginia, Ill; Adam and Allen, OK;  Dunlap, TN;  Fremont, NE; Portland, OR; Gretna, NE; Muscatine, IA; and Atlanta, GA; as well as many area towns.

Hello Lyons musical families. Do your kids play fiddle? Fiddle player, Enion Pelta is starting a summer fiddle club. A free twice monthly jam for young fiddlers ages 7-18 who already know how to play at least a little bit. This is a great way to keep fiddle in your lives over the summer in a social, fun, goal-oriented way. First meeting is Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location TBA (depending on projected attendance).

This is not a class, simply a jam with a "book" of common tunes from Bluegrass, Old-time, Irish, and Scottish genres that if your kids don't already know they will quickly learn by hearing. Enion will teach simple methods for accompaniment at the start of each meeting in case the tunes are above their playing level. All fiddlers who can play a little bit are encouraged to come! Please call (360) 390-8606, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. details and a tune list before the first meeting.

Call (303) 447-9636 to make arrangements. Right now the cost is minimum, but Vance French states, “There will be a big change in this price starting September of 2016. Round trip to Longmont will be $12 for example. This is the first time since 2003 they have had to raise rates. Call (303) 447-2848-ext 1037 for a new Reduced Fare Request Form by September 1.

The “flamingo flocking” fundraiser begins! So much fun for a birthday, holiday, new baby, party, special event, or just to brighten up someone’s day. Great way to support our local Lyons Garden Club. Go to to organize your own “flocking.”

Check with Laura Levy, (303) 823-8742, who is trying to get some Lacrosse going in the Lyons/Pinewood area. Some folks who are into it now, are driving to Boulder or Longmont. It would be nice to have a Lyons team. The St. Vain School District has a team at the Twin Peaks School, but only during the school year. Others want to start a Chess Club. Look on Facebook if you are interested. 

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR, the 40th annual Lyons Good Old Days will be held in Sandstone Park on Saturday, June 25, with a 5K run, a car show; Avid 4 Adventure, Kayaking Tank; Airborne Games (obstacle course, slide, water balls etc.; the Chamber Beer Garden; Wilderness Institute of Pioneer Living Skills and Games (panning for gold, tomahawks, rope making, crafts and games); a museum open house; live music with popular local talent; history programs at Lyons Redstone Museum; Mayama Dance Performance; honoring the 2016  graduates  of pioneer families; Class of 1966 (Mr/Mrs Good Old Days) and more. Free and fun! A great celebration.

ACTIVE ADULT 50+ Computer Skills Class is offered at the Lyons Regional Library on Friday, July 29, and August 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. A maximum of five participants for this class so RSVP by calling (303) 823-8250, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACTIVE ADULT 50+ birthday celebration will be held Friday, June 24, at 1 p.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center; with all June birthdays and friends invited. The birthday parties are held on the fourth Friday of each month. Stop by.

BIRD WALK on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Heil Valley parking lot on Red Gulch Road. Call (303) 823-8250 (for age 50+).

A lot of Lyons seniors enjoyed the potluck picnic in Sandstone Park at the Thursday night concert. We will be hearing from Annie Mannering and Ruth Wilson when the next one is planned.  Good camaraderie.

KIDS KAYAK CLUB, ages 7 to 16, at Centennial Pool in Longmont. Check the P&R for the next dates.

CHALLENGER SOCCER will be held August 1 through August 5, in Bohn Park.  Available for 3 to 16 year olds, featuring the Challenger coaching staff. To register visit,

Two camps held in Lyons, August 1 through 5, and August 8 through12. Each camp will cost $369, and be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at

Lyons Community Foundation’s Second Annual Hometown Hoedown, a community event and fundraiser will take place on Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 7 p.m., at River Bend. Festivities include music, dancing, and activities for the whole family. The cost is $25 per person for food, music, and square dancing!

It’s that time of year to sign up for our popular camp. Mornings at the Redstone Museum includes daily craft and light lunch, a skit, and giant souvenir scrapbook. Themes for this year are: kitchens and old-time cooking; 125th year anniversary of Town and its beginnings; “What If” game: what if Lyons hadn’t chosen to be a quarry town. Supported by Lyons Community Foundation so it’s only $50 per child. Lyons kids only, ages 6 to 10; August 1-5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (303) 823-5271, or (303) 823-0997. Sign up this month, only ten openings, and five are already gone!

Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church with mental health and other consultants. Pick up your food from Food Bank from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

LEAF needs the following items: canned tomato products, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex. Bring to the Lyons Community Church on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TOMATO PLANTS are for sale for $4 to $5 each by Dave Williams. Call (303) 823-5538, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; a benefit for the Lyons Regional Library. 

The celebration will continue through the year with the commemorative post office cancelled envelopes available at the Lyons Redstone Museum, Town Hall, and various Lyons businesses. Cost is $5, or $7 if mailed. Order at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. The envelope includes the history and some black and white photos. The display in the museum has timelines and photos. We are getting several orders; sales will continue until sold out. A great Lyons souvenir.

THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION held their monthly meeting Monday evening with S2O recreation company reporting on the design of Bohn Park, with ball fields, trails, a new skate park, shelter, and more; an update of LaVern M. Johnson Park, which is now getting sod; the head gate repair with use of the “Old Swimming Hole;” volleyball court and ice skating rink; climbing walls; rocks; the old WPA Shelter; and more. An opening for the Lyons area is scheduled in August with a Grand Opening around Labor Day.

Facebook has been full of those “for” and “against” the use of Roundup. Mimi Elmore, of Wild by Design has a mixture of strong vinegar that “does the trick” on those pesky weeds. She is willing to order a case and sell it to you. Call (303) 823-0856. Some say to mix Weed-B-Gone with two gallons of vinegar, two cups Epsom salts, a 1/4 Cup of Dawn dish soap, and spray in the morning. The weeds will be gone after dinner. They say, “Never buy Roundup, it’s bad for soil” and on and on. 

Emily Flemming, Pastor of the Lyons Methodist/Community Church is moving on. Our Congratulations. This Sunday is her last sermon in Lyons. The family, husband Regis and daughter, Lily, will move to Sandy, Utah, to start a church for the young families there.  A farewell potluck will be held this Sunday at noon at the home of Steve and Holly Beck 137 Eagle Valley Drive. All are invited. 
A-h-h-h to be young again. Randall Johnson, my grandson, is now in Stockholm Sweden, taking classes through Georgia Tech, and then he is off to China, with his employer Red Hat, Inc. (an engineering firm). 

CONGRATULATIONS to David Such and Rene Haip on their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. Their two sons were members of the Lyons High championship teams in cross-country and track. 

We attended the Celebration of Life service for Judy P Smith, who has owned a home in Spring Gulch the past thirty years. She helped the Golden Gang, worked for the library, and much, much more. She will be missed.

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