A snowy day for Martin Luther King Day, which took some shoveling, but it warmed up and was melting by the afternoon. That is the moisture we need, so we can’t complain. Just have to stay in and not fall down. We have two or three months yet to have snow, but spring will soon be here.
The holidays are over and now it is back to work and school until Spring Vacation in March.
Mayor Connie Sullivan gave an overall snapshot of the 2017 town budget, of which they find a large increase in sales tax revenue, meaning people are spending their money here in Lyons (groceries, repairs, and food, marijuana sales included). She reiterated that the flood recovery projects have to be paid for before we get reimbursed from FEMA, which ties things up. The State of Colorado has advanced the Town $8 million so they can carry forth. Victoria Simonsen, Town Administrator, stated that $30 million has been spent on the recovery so far, with the next projects, being the McConnell and Second Avenue Bridges, and the north side of Bohn Park. She stated,
“The Town continues to recover bit by bit, and patience is the word.” Also, funds delegated and raised for certain projects have to be used accordingly, such as the funds for the Haines Bridge cannot be used for the Footbridge on Third and Evans.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 - The second meeting of the DR. BOP (Buyout Program) “Vision & Design of the Town's Buyout Land” starting at 5:15 p.m., at Rogers Hall. Your ideas and input are important. All are invited.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 - Book Club at Lyons Regional Library; held on third Thursday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All are invited.
MONDAYS - Tiny Tots Activities from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., downstairs at the Walt Self Senior Center: January 23 - sensory bins and group movement; February 6 - group movement and Valentine craft. (must sign up by previous Thursday). Call (303) 823-8250. Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
MONDAYS – Knitting & crocheting at The Stone Cup with Anne O’Brien at 11 a.m.
TUESDAYS – Computer Class for age 50+ free at the Lyons Regional Library. Learn basics: incl. email, Facebook, and more tips. February 28 through April 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. Maximum of five people so sign up now! (303) 823-8250.
WEDNESDAYS – Free fitness class for ages 50+ from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., including fall prevention tips at the Walt Self Senior Center basement.
THURSDAYS – Open Basketball, age 18+, $5 per drop in. Every Thursday, through March 23, 8 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym.
LYONS KIDS KAYAKING at Centennial Pool in Longmont. Ages 7 to 16. The cost is $85, classes run through April 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Monday nights. ACA Certified Instructor. Deadline coming up. Call (303) 823-8250.
HUNTER EDUCATION for ages 7 and older. Saturday, January 21 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday, January 22 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). $10 per student. Also available Saturday, February, 25 and Sunday, February. 26 at the Walt Self Senior Center. Mike Hora is the instructor (need 10 people minimum).
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - Old Time Dance at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. All ages invited. $5 for seniors/youth; $8 for adults; and $15 for families.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - “Be My Valentine Parent/Child Dance” at the Lyons Elementary School gym from 6 to 8 p.m., $30 per couple for adult and child ages 1 to 12. $15 additional per child. Register by January 27.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 - Ages 50 + free trip to the Colorado Garden & Home Show. Leave at 9 a.m., arrive home by 3:30 p.m. Minimum of 8 people, and a maximum of 18. Register by February. 2, at (303) 823-8250.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – Old Man Winter Bike Race. $60 entry fee. There will be bike races of 50 and 100 miles. Sign up at CAN'd Aid Foundation, http://www.oldmanwinterrally.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 - A concert to raise money for our dear friend Nancy Thorwardson, who is fighting the good fight with a serious illness. Nancy is a beloved member of our musical community, and will need a lot of help with medical expenses. This show is at the historic Altona Grange between Lyons and Boulder, and will feature music from Espresso, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, and Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams. There will be beer and food available for purchase from Oskar Blues and Farmer Girl. Doors open at 4 p.m., with music starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are at the door only.
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, January 27 (fourth Friday of each month) at the Walt Self Senior Center for adults 50+ from 1to 3 p.m. Join the fun! RSVP to (303) 823-8250.
ATC = ART TRADING CARDS
Do you love to be creative, but never seem to have the time? Lyons has a club! You make about eighth+ cards the size of "playing cards" (3.5 x 2.5") with your own design (it could be a collage, a photo, a poem, sketch, portrait, whatever). They are mini-masterpieces. Then you trade them with the other people attending (saving one for yourself). Now you have, say, eight other original works of art! (signed on the back). Stop by the library Saturday, January 21, to see samples, or go to one of the many websites, like http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Artist-Trading-Cards. Held monthly on the third Saturday at Lyons Regional Library from12:30 to 2 p.m. It's free, and all are invited.
The Lyons Regional Library is now open until 5 p.m., on Friday and Saturdays!
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot parking lot.
LEAF - Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church. Pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental Health and other consultants available, call (720) 864-4309 to schedule an appointment.
MIDDLE/SENIOR HIGH INFORMATION
Student fees are due. You may pay via RevTrak or a check payable to Lyons M/S.
Middle School 1st & 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Recognition and Potluck Breakfast will be Wednesday, January 25, at 7:50 a.m.
MS yearbook is being compiled for students in Ms Busby’s 1st & 2nd quarter class. Meetings scheduled for January 24 and 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 - HS girls' and boys' basketball at Denver Academy. No girls' Varsity.
Friday, January 20 - Assembly schedule for MS & HS. Eco-Cycle Green Star Assembly from 2:20 to 2:50 p.m., in the main gym.
Saturday, January 21 - HS wrestling at the Northglenn Invite 9 a.m.; MS girls' basketball tournament. Location and times TBD. NO BUS. Admission fee.
Sunday, January 22 - Booster Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley. 1 to 3 p.m.
ROBOTIC CLUB will start January 24. Please spread the word.
Thanks to the Lyons Methodist/Community Church for the delicious meal provided to the area Seniors on Monday.
This Tuesday, January 24, will be served by the LDS church. In February, a lunch will be catered on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Walt Self Senior Center. $3 cost if can pay. Stay tuned.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and congratulations to Ethel Bell (Dude) Cinnamon who celebrated her 93rd birthday last week. Dude is the daughter of Ethel Bell Goodard Snider who moved to Lyons around 1940 with her ten siblings. She married Clinton W. Cinnamon and lived on Park Street then sold the house and moved on Second and Park, and was affected by the flood. Her son Gordon, and daughter Carolyn, keep things active and their “eye” on her. Her son, Gary, lives in Loveland. Send a card to Box 832, Lyons, CO 80540
Over fifty persons of all ages poured into the Confluence Neighborhood area last Sunday, making a big difference in the area. Our thanks. They are from Hope Worldwide, which focuses on educational outreach programs. In collaboration with the International Churches of Christ, HOPE Worldwide quickly expanded its reach, building relationships with partner organizations and mobilizing thousands of volunteers. While maintaining its Biblical foundation, HOPE Worldwide was compelled to find new and innovative ways to fight poverty, respond to disasters and foster a culture of volunteerism. Today, HOPE Worldwide serves more than 1.5 million people annually on every inhabited continent. Our thanks to all!
FROM IAN PHILLIPS OF PIZZA 66
I wanted to give my sincerest thanks to all of the amazing people of Lyons that helped make my "Music To Chinle Project" possible for Christmas. I received some photos and the following letter from Eric Swanson the high school music teacher who assisted in distributing the instruments to deserving children.
Today was our first day back in school. I spent most of this day explaining the instruments you donated to the kids and why you are giving them away to our students. Many were saddened by the death of your friend and felt honored to be a part of her legacy. There are a few of the instruments I am going to keep in our classroom. For example your trumpet, a pretty nice rig! The nice snare drum kit with bag stand and sticks, is really useful for me. And I kept three guitars the 12-string because the students don't know what a 12-string guitar is. This way they can all see one. I also kept the Ovation and the Epiphone because they plug-in, which is really nice to have amplification on acoustic guitars and we don't have any in our program. I'm keeping the crate amp and keyboard for the program too, both will be used by the students regularly.
The drum kit is going to an eight-year old who loves drumming but has none of his own. And the hand percussion instruments "Band in a Box" the small new package still in Saran wrap is going to be a birthday gift to a six-year old from his bigger sister who is a keyboardist in our symphonic band. She said "she would be really happy to be able to give him a gift!"
You could've brought me a hundred ukuleles, they are so popular, I can't believe every kid wanted one! We were able to give away all the ukuleles and a few of the other instruments as well as the ten guitars we didn't keep to kids. I'm sure will play them. I told the kids we will be writing you a thank you card and they can each write a little bit about the instrument they got, and what it means to them. Thanks again keep up the good work!
I will send you a bunch of photos this week. Please thank the people of Lyons for me.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Mikoni, who obtained her veterinary license last week.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mickala Sibbits at the birth of a son last week.
Anita Rosemarie Black and Samantha Lynn Barrow were on married October 1.
Louis Thomas Chapman and Meisha Marchell Marcelin were married December 18.
GOFUNDME - Send funds to help Bob and Rhonda Balsam deal with their house fire on East Evans Street.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
As we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his struggle for Civil Rights, we are told that Caitlan Flood Moore’s father Pat worked with Dr. King on his marches.
YEA! Brayden Jueschke who is celebrating his birthday. Twenty-four years ago, a baby boy, Brayden, born to Laura Leiding and Joseph Jueschke was discovered to be missing a valve in his heart, and there was no way to fix it. Thus he was put on the heart transplant list, from which a 17-month little boy drowned in the bathtub in Logan, Utah, which proved to be a match. The doctor flew to Utah with a little white suitcase to get the heart. The Jueschke’s were called to meet them at Children’s Hospital, and miracles happened for Brayden. He is now celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday. He graduated from Grand Junction High School, and from a culinary college, and is ready to go out in the world to be a chef. Thank you God for saving Brayden so he can be a useful person in the world.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Huga Gereaux, who would have been 99 years old yesterday. The mother of Kathy (California), Ron (Greeley), Stephen (dec’d. in 1974), and Patty, who owned the house in the River Bend mobile home park, which suffered flood damage but did not wash away. It is now part of the River Bend wedding venue. The Gereaux family moved to Lyons in 1947, and took part in school and town events. Huga married LaVerne Gereaux, who was on the same ship en route overseas in 1943. While their ship was tied up for repairs at St. John’s Newfoundland, they met at a dance. They were stationed in France ninety miles apart. They were married in 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. LaVerne was active in mining gold with Mr. Ramey, plus quarrying, carpentry, and stone masonry, and Huga was the “best Mom ever” is honored by her daughter, Kathy. We remember her and pay tribute to her and her family.
Byron Bush, Class of 1981 reports that his son Hage has received a nomination from their State Senator to be appointed to the Air Force Academy. A great accomplishment.
GET WELL WISHES go to Robert Dobbs, who has been in the hospital.
We are saddened at the death of Wilma Fries, a longtime resident in the confluence area of Lyons. She passed away on January 16. Arrangements pending.
We also express our sympathy to Roger Flynn and his family at the death of his mother last week in Boulder.