The first week of 2017 has gone gaily by: very cold, fifteen inches of snow, and below zero temperatures. However, it has been decent the last day or two. Yes, it seems winter is really here. Keep that water dripping to prevent frozen pipes, which is certainly no fun!
The first thing this week is an update by the Town on Wednesday. People who have questions about what is being done in the flood recovery department. What the Town is waiting for? What has not as yet been done? These people with questions should come Board of
Trustee meetings and express their dilemmas. Some are disgruntled that LaVern Johnson Park has a foot bridge to the Haines property island, when a footbridge has not as yet, been built across at Third and Evans. Two entirely two different topics and funding sources. Yes, the Trustees and Staff have an answer for all questions, like why Bohn Park can’t go ahead full force, etc.
Most of the reasons hinge on FEMA reimbursements and cash flow as to when they get the funding. One big problem is that FEMA doesn’t pay until the projects are finished, and Lyons is expected to pay the bills as they go! Others are waiting, waiting, and waiting, for their funding for the raising of their homes etc. They want to know why it takes so long to get through the process. It has really been a trying time for those who were greatly affected. I feel the Town Staff is trying, trying, and trying. Patience, or maybe a squeaky wheel are the words to abide by. You decide.
LYONS FLOOD FAMILIES that qualify can apply for the Habitat for Humanities housing to be built on the former Lyons Valley Bank parking lot. Check with LEAF at www.lyonsleaf.com.
THANKS TO DAWN WELLER and the Sustainable Futures Commission who persuaded Boulder County to fund the Lyons RTD buses for another year.! A great help to those working in Boulder!
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Congratulations to Keegan Bean, who is the leader on just a six-man wrestling team at LHA. He has opened his senior season with an impressive 14-0 record, and won the 182-pound championship match at the prestigious Gary Daum Invitational on Saturday.
Thursday, January 12 wrestling at Eaton 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 13 - NO SCHOOL (Non Student Contact Day); HS - girls' & boys' basketball doubleheader at Union Colony in Greeley. GJV 4 p.m, BJV 5:15 p.m., GV 6:30 p.m., and BV 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 - HS wrestling. Lyons Invitational begins at 9 a.m.
Sunday, January 15 - Booster Club Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley.
Monday, January 16 NO SCHOOL for Martin Luther King holiday.
Wednesday, January 25, at 7:50 a.m., MS first and second quarter honor roll recognition and potluck breakfast.
THE ST. VRAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT invites the public to review and provide feedback on the selection of a pilot program for the upcoming school year in the school social studies as well as math classes. Go to georg_gregory @svvsd.org, for specific dates.
ARTHUR LEE LAND is scheduled to perform at Oskar Blues on Saturday January 14. Stop by.
PARK & RECREATION meeting postponed due to illness will hold their meeting next on Tuesday, January 17, at 6 p.m., at the Depot Meeting room.
Sat., January 2 - Art Opening at Corner Studios at 5 p.m.
Sat., February 4 - Old Time Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. All ages invited; $5 for seniors/youth; $8 for adults; $15 for families.
Sat., February 11 - High Street Concerts presents The Railsplitters and Steep Ravine. Get tickets at www.highstreetconcerts.com.
Wed., February 22 - Niwot Historical Society will present a program “Raptors Over Niwot” at the Left Hand Grange at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 if not a member. The program is by Sue Cass, a volunteer naturalist for Boulder County Parks and Open Space.
THINGS TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR
NEW ART SHOW at Town Hall. A quilt show from Saturday, January 21, through March 30.
KNITTING AND CROCHETING on Mondays at The Stone Cup with Anne O’Brien at 11 a.m.
Active Adult BOOK CLUB for ages 50+, free, held on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center.
Active Adult FITNESS CLASS for ages 50+, free every Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., (including fall prevention) in the Walt Self Senior Center basement.
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS celebrated on January 27 (4th Friday of the Month), at the Walt Self Senior Center for ages 50+, free from 1 to 3 p.m. You all come, join the fun! RSVP to (303) 823-8250.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot parking lot.
Wednesdays (starting January 4) at the Lyons Community Church, pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
YEA FOR LYONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL who started their “It is Music” series with Arthur Lee Land (local musician) last Friday morning at an inspirational program. He has created his own one man band on the computer while he sings. Wonderful. If you get a chance to hear him play at various local venues, be sure to go.
LYONS LONGEVITY at Ax and Oar was postponed this month due to remodeling. However, some seniors met to see what can be done about senior meals. In the meantime, all seniors are invited to the church suppers. This Monday, January 16, at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center compliments of the Community Church. The LDS church is scheduled to provide the meal on Tuesday, January 24, and the Oskar Blues free lunch is on Wednesday in February 8. See you there!
We are saddened at the house fire at Rhonda and Bob Balasamo's home on Evans Street suffered last month. You can donate at “GoFundMe” to help them. It is thought that a heater plugged in to keep a kitten warm may have caused the fire.
THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE was held last Saturday afternoon with fifteen brave plungers jumping into the icy waters. B-R-R-R-R! Jason Stilman was the MC, and announced that last year’s “ultimate plunger,” Harry Kellogg has retired (at his mother’s pleading). Proceeds went to The American Cancer Society Box 1324 Lyons, CO. Thanks Polar Bears!
JOSIE HEATH, who is retiring as President of the Boulder Community Foundation for the last twenty-one years, was royally honored last Saturday evening by the BCF at the new Boulder Jewish Community Center with introductions of all her family (husband Rollie, term-limited State Senator and their three children and grandchildren). The three Boulder County Commissioners re-named the Overlook County Open Space between Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, and Erie as the Josie Overlook, as well as designating January 8, as Rollie and Josie Day, and the 17th, as Rollie Day. Through the twenty-five years of Boulder Community Foundation they have raised and given $78 million to worth non-profits. Our thanks, Josie and Rollie.
The Lyons Community Foundation is sponsored by the BCF, and has existed for ten years, bringing thousands of dollars to non-profits of the Lyons Community, as well as $ 1 million in flood recovery funds. LCF members Monique Sawyer-Lang (retiring President), Debbie Simms (President), and LaVern Johnson (President of the Lyons Historical Society), and Joseph Lekarczyk and Julie Van Domelen (former Lyons Mayor) were present for the gala event. Thank you Josie.
Bonita Yoder, of Lawrence, Kansas, is back checking if there is any progress on elevating her house at the corner of Second and Park. She has a grant, which needs signatures by FEMA, but is experiencing a long delay and having to make high monthly payments. She says “Help, Help, Help.” She is anxious to move to Lyons.
Ashley Combs of Lyons was among some 2,270 students at University of Alabama who were awarded degrees during the winter commencement, receiving a bachelor’s degree. Our congratulations.
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY
To twins Jerry and Terry Kelling, graduates of Lyons High in 1985. They are the sons of Steve and Arden (Ribble) Kelling. One lives in Colorado, and the other out-of-state.
Anita Rosemarie Black and Samantha Lynn Barrow of Lyons were married on October 1.
Charles Allen Garton and Darakorn Sripan of Lyons were married on December 5. Our congratulations to both couples.
We express our sympathy at the death of Lloyd Harold Lee, age 81, who passed away at his home on December 24. He grew up in Van Wert, Ohio and married Betty Stanley in 1959 in Ft Wayne, Indiana. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. The family moved to Colorado to begin his career as an elementary school teacher in Jefferson County. He taught the fourth grade at Spangler Elementary in Longmont from 1975 until his retirement.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee, former popular teacher at Lyons High School, and is survived by his son, John Lee, daughters Judy Lee Drafta, and Rebecca Vidal, a granddaughter Ellie Lee and sister Betty Lewis. A graveside interment service with military honors was held on December 30, at Fort Logan National Cemetery with a memorial service held December 31, at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Dale W. Pew, age 89, passed away Sunday, December 25, at Longmont Hospital. He was born March 12, 1927 in Trenton Missouri. He served in the US Navy. He married Freda B. Myers August 22, 1969 in Akron, Ohio. They moved to the Longmont area in March, 1981 and built a home on Blue Mountain near Lyons in 1997, and moved back to Longmont in 2011. Dale could do and fix anything and was the ultimate handyman. He did road maintenance on 1800 acres at Blue Mountain and liked to help neighbors and friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Freda B. Pew, children Rick, Debbie Albano, Rod, Susan Pew, Michael Bridwell, and Paula Bridwell, a sister, and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel on December 29. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Troy Davey passed away on December 23, at 45 years old. He is survived by his father and mother, Clarence and Kathryn Davey, sisters Pamela Bellows and Summer Milacek, and brothers Kenneth and Robert, and several nieces and nephews. Troy's service was December 31, at Calvary Church in Longmont.