Here it is barely fall and it’s already snowing up on Trail Ridge Road. I hate to think of it snowing soon down here. I love the fall with the colors and the cooler nights,
This Thursday, September 29, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., is the last Last Thursday Art Walk. Be sure to get out to the various businesses, and stop at the museum too! We will have a new display on Meadow/LaVern M. Johnson Park, a sweater/quilt display by Priscilla Cohan, the Quasquicentennial anniversary display, small houses by History Camp kids, and more. See you there.
Let the “Weed Posse” begin! Sound the trumpets! Gather your gloves, instruments of destruction, garbage bags, and determination. Contact Garima at (303) 823-5203 if you can help pull those noxious weeds locally. It is conducive to our ecological health and well-being. Many are going to seed right now, so timing is important. The posse is after knapweed, thistle, puncture vine, mullein, etc. Please contact Garima if you'd like to be on the email list, or for more information. One more way to “LOVE LYONS.”
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
GET WELL WISHES go to Mr. Shaffer of the Lyons Middle School, who was in the hospital after a rattlesnake bite him on the finger. He was warding off a rattlesnake that was standing on its tail striking at some students when the snake struck him on the finger. He is okay, but it was a scary situation.
Thanks for the BBQ supper last Friday evening after the girls’ volleyball match and the boys’ football game against Yuma. A big crowd attended, and was thrilled when we won the volleyball game, but lost the football game!
NO LATE START in October. Wednesday, October 5, is the “State Count Day” where attendance determines funding. Please do not schedule an appointment for your student on this day if possible.
OCTOBER 3 - 7 - Save the dates for Homecoming Week! The student council will have various activities and theme days for all 6th through 12th graders. High school students bringing a non-Lyons date to the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 8, will need to pick up a permission form in the office. The dance is for high school students only.
THURS., SEPT. 29 - HS volleyball at Highland; softball at home vs. Sterling, MS volleyball 6th grade intrasquad scrimmage; MS volleyball vs. MS Cross Country
FRI., SEPT. 30 - Van Gogh Picture orders due today online. You must order online. Retake photos will have a different deadline. HS football at Cornerstone Christian at 4 p.m. There will be two JV quarters after the varsity game.
SAT., OCT. 1 - HS softball at Platte Valley at 11 a.m. HS cross country at Washington Park, 9 a.m., for girls and 10 a.m. for boys. MS volleyball tourney at 8 a.m. Location TBD. No bus. MS cross country at Mead High School at 10:15 a.m., for girls and 10:45 a.m., for boys.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - Booster Bingo.
WINNER-WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!
Lyons Physical Therapy announced their grand prize winner this week! Congratulations to Karen Selden for “Showing Your Physical” and submitting your photo being active. Stay tuned, Lyons Happenings and “like” Lyons Physical Therapy's Facebook page for more fun give-a-ways!
THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK to visit the Lyons history museum. Three new exhibits for summer 2016 will be on display until Sunday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m., when the museum closes for the season.
VOTE ‘YES’ on the School Bond this November election. Yard signs are available on the corner of High and Third. Pick one up. Help campaign! It is important that all of the Lyons area votes “YES” for the upcoming School Bond for $260 million, which will give Lyons much needed room for our many elementary kids, and the crucially needed auditorium at the M/Sr. School. At a cost of about two dollars per a month per $100,000 value of your home. It is well worth it, as well as it will provide schools and a good education for the fast growing areas of the St. Vrain Valley. We must remember that our forefathers provided schools for us and it is now our turn to help these students! Thanks.
WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE “YES” for the re-authorization of Scientific & Cultural Facilities District tax. This small tax (one tenth of one percent) needs to be re-authorized every fifteen years. This tax provides funds for the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver History Museum, concerts, theatres, history, and more. Seven metro counties, including Boulder pay into it, with each county get what they pay in. Boulder County awards around $400,000 to 116 non-profits. The Lyons Historical Society has received $4200 for museum operations. It’s a wonderful help, and a lot of yard sales! We encourage you to vote “YES!”
LYONS SCHOOLS – A PLEA
Lyons used to have its own School District, #47, we paid for our schools and the Lyons Elementary gym, new in 1958, which then was the High School gym; Col Kinsey, George Kelling, and Bertha Ramey were on the School Board. In 1948, a wave came across America to “consolidate the small high schools or tear them down.” Thus began Lyons’ battle to save our high school. We fought for our high school from 1948-1970 when they finally passed a bond to give Lyons a new high school, built on 20 acres on the McConnell/Reese farm, out-of-the-flood plain. In Lyons we had a united effort, as we didn’t want to join Longmont’s big high school, which they wanted one High School in Longmont and one in Boulder. Thorough our determination and campaigning, because what is a town without a high school. We organized to get the outlying area (Niwot, Erie, Frederick, Mead, Skyline, and Lyons) together as a voting body. We elected School Board members from each area: Hal Hall, E. C. Carter, Dana Crumb, Henri Kinson, Marty Block, (and now Joie Siegrist). were our Board members of District A. Each area had their own representative, and we voted down the one-school atmosphere, and now thankfully have a high school in each area. Mead’s High School was closed in 1962 right after the vote to form the district, as they had not tried to save their school. They finally got a new high school seven years ago. Frederick, too, was closed for twenty-five years and the kids had to be bussed to Erie or Niwot. We had fierce meetings when the Board came up to tell us “what we were missing not wanting to go to the big school at Longmont.” E. C. Carter and family moved from Allenspark to serve as board member; he died suddenly in 1972, and Dana Crumb, who had just moved here was our board member followed by Henri Kinson. We called them our “white” knights for the many board meetings they attended. We have a lot of school campaigners who fought for our cause, and we can’t stop now. We are proud that our Lyons M/Sr. High School is in the top 3% of the nation and we need a “Yes” vote for good education in the schools of the St. Vrain Valley, and for more space in the Lyons Elementary, and for that needed auditorium at the High School. Vote “Yes” in November for on 3A. Thank you. LaVern
THE JOG-A-THON last Friday went well, and we hope they took in a lot of dollars. Last year they took in $40,000. The years previous it was $20,000 and $24,000. Wow, lucky Lyons Elementary kids. Send your donations to Box 559, Lyons.
THANKS TO ALL that helped at the 9Health Fair last Saturday. There was a good turnout. Thanks to Sue Wrattan and all her helpers, as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for hosting at their facility.
THE ST. VRAIN PIONEERS met for their 111th potluck dinner and meeting at the Hygiene Methodist Church for members of pioneer families (who came to the area before 1880). The group meets annually on the last Sunday of September.
HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND THE PARADE are scheduled for Saturday, October 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
THINGS TO DO
An art show by Lyons Middle/Senior High School student at Town Hall. Opening reception Saturday, October 1, form 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by.
KNITTING AND CROCHETING every Monday at 11 a.m., at The Stone Cup led by Anne O’Brien.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 - Geocaching and Orienteering for kids ages 5 to 17. Are you ready for a real life adventure close to home? Then join us on a treasure hunt to find a geocache and learn orienteering skills along the way! Bring a backpack with clothing layers, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks and a small offering for the geocache as your child will take something already in the geocache. Be prepared to have a lot of fun! 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hall Ranch trailhead. 31389-31825 South Saint Vrain Drive. The cost is $20 per child.
A SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION will be held on Friday, September 30, at the Walt Self Senior Center for 50+, from 1 to 3 p.m. You all come and join the fun! RSVP to (303) 823-8250.
FITNESS CLASS for 50+,Free every Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., including fall prevention, at the Walt Self Senior Center basement; Lori LeGault is the instructor.
HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES promoting safety for those owning a gun are announced for ages seven and older. The cost is $10 per student on Saturday, October 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. The instructor is Mike Hora. There is a ten person minimum, and a forty person maximum. Call (303) 823-8250 to register.
THE CORNER STUDIOS at 318 Main Street is open every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving local artists a chance to set up their studios and inspire us all.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still working away. Join them on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., in the Depot parking lot.
LEAF on Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church. Pick up food from 3 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available. Call (720) 864-4309 for an appointment.
ART BOX at 523 Fifth Avenue and Broadway on Thursday, September 29, a LIPS poetry reading in memory of Kunga.
Mark your calendar for “Rave to the Grave” an adult-only Halloween party, which will take place on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., in the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass. All proceeds will go directly to Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund.
DOG COLLARS NEEDED
From Tracy of the Lyons Quilt Store. We are collecting dog collars and leashes at Lyons Quilting. Had to post a cute pix of my pup :-) Lori Stott and Molly Morton are collecting cat and dog collars and leashes. Molly gets the honor of delivering these to our very own Sunshine Dancer Swann in Belize, who will bring them to her local shelter. If there is interest (meaning, you hand over your collars and leashes or buy some new ones to donate), I'll set up a box somewhere in town for drop-off. Thanks!
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS
Those interested in learning to square dance are invited to learn at the Hix ‘n Chix Club on Wednesdays, at 6 p.m., at the Longmont Senior Center. Call (303) 823-5925 or (303) 678-7711 for more information.
Patty and Bruce McNichols, of Iowa City, Iowa, are enjoying the RV camp in LaVern M. Johnson Park while visiting their daughter Wendy Miller and her family.
VISITORS AT THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM last week were from Mt. View, Cayucos, and Sacramento, CA; Chatsworth, VA; Lawrence, KS, West Lafayette, and West Point, IN, Sugarland, TX; Huntsville, AL; Brentwood, TN; Raymond, NE; Portland, OR; Belevidere and Lake Villa, IL; Council Bluffs, IA; Winterpoint, ME; and Kresoeville, PA. A lot of visitors come to enjoy the colors. The museum closes this Sunday, October 2. Thanks to all, and we will be open on weekends next May, then daily through September.
GARAGE SALES will begin at 306 Evans (on the SE corner next to the Post Office) this Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to benefit the Lyons Historical Society. Bring your “stuff” by anytime, and put it on the patio in back. Thanks
We received the following email from Lyons Alumni Peter Woods; “Many of you may have been aware, or have been following this past week. I am so saddened to share the passing of Gay Hope Stonebraker-Fenimore earlier today. Apparently she contracted the West Nile virus while in Utah this past week. Not sure if it was for work or pleasure. She was hospitalized early in the week for testing, but she kept experiencing seizures in spite of heavy sedation and anti-seizure medication. She was ultimately placed into an induced coma to control the seizures, from which she never recovered. After days of working to determine what was causing her symptoms, doctors confirmed she passed away due to meningitis and encephalitis contracted through the West Nile virus. That is all I know from details shared by her daughter Bailey throughout the week and tonight on Facebook. Some of you may be able to find out and share details regarding any pending visitations or funeral. Gay leaves behind three great young adult children, two sons and a daughter. Please pray for and send warm thoughts to them and the rest of their family as they mourn her sudden loss.