Another windy week; they say gusts from 70 to 100 mph! A tree toppled at 4th and Park and another fell onto Don Mercer’s house, doing quite a bit of damage. Fierce! We were lucky not to have any fires with that wind like southeast of here. This has been a wild winter.
Folks are asking for our State Senator's Representative’s, and Governor’s contact info:
Governor's Office - (303) 866-2471
I like that so many folks are coming together to say Lyons includes everyone, however a write-up in the Times-Call “Hotline” this week jarred us to reality, and I am ashamed to say yes, this is the truth. The item: “Lyons not inclusive: How can Lyons be a town of inclusiveness when it turned its back on two hundred people who were displaced by the flood of 2013? There is no diversity in Lyons because the entitled people who live there voted against affordable housing for poor, lower class, blue collar workers in town in 2015. That article in yesterday’s paper was the most hypocritical statement I’ve ever read.” We seem to have short memories, and our two hundred displaced folks are still out of town with only six Habitat for Housing units in the works these past four years. Very sad.
THURSDAY, February 16, is the Old-Time Dance at e-town, at 1535 Spruce in Boulder, from 7 to 9 p.m. All are invited. The cost is $10, with a barbeque for sale. A good time is in store for all. Chris Kermit is one of the callers.
THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE will be held Saturday, February 18, at the Black Bear Hole at 1:30 p.m., with an After-Party for all at Ax and Oar. A benefit of Josh Baranaukas (who needs a kidney transplant). Come one and all. You can send donations to Box 495, Lyons, CO.
THE CHAMBER SOCIAL is Wednesday, February 22, with a workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on “Data Dump to Drive Better Decisions,” to be followed by the social till 7:30 p.m. At the workshop, businesses will learn about, and participate in, a Town-wide effort toward better understanding how factors support local businesses. Data collection is already underway, and captures aspects such as events, wedding, weather, and their impacts on the Lyons business community.
The LES annual Family Bingo Night is Friday, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School. Order forms for raffle tickets have been sent home. Please send in your donations for the following themed raffle baskets (choose any): Outdoor Fun, Legos, Game Night, Art, and Movie Night. It's a great time with bingo, a cake walk, face painting, and more. All raffle basket proceeds support educational materials in the classroom.
MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY is Tuesday, February 28, in Washington, DC, with all museums throughout the county to be recognized on that day. There are thousands of museums chartered to save the area’s history for future generations. The Lyons Redstone Museum is the town’s 1881 schoolhouse, saved from the wrecker ball in 1976 by the Lyons Historical Society, and now operated on weekends for May History month, and then daily through Sept. 30th. It depicts the history of the Lyons area in displays, pictures, and genealogy. It probably has a file with your name. Stop by this summer. An open house for museum folks will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at the State Capitol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception to follow from 6 to 8 p.m. Plan to attend.
PARKS & REC. ACTIVITIES
OPEN BASKETBALL - age 18+, $5 per drop-in every Thursday, through March 23, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary School gym.
Active Adults 50+ BOOK CLUB - at the Walt Self Senior Building on the third Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.. All invited.
SEWING BASICS - for youth and adults on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m, at the Walt Self Senior Center. A minimum of three, and maximum of six. Register at Town Hall one week prior. $20 plus your own materials.
HUNTER EDUCATION – for ages seven and older. $10 per student. Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, at the Walt Self Senior Center. Need a ten person minimum.
SNOWSHOE TOUR AND NATURE EXPERIENCE - naturalist-led snowshoe tours, ages 50+, $30 per session plus snow shoe rental of $10; Wednesday, March 15, at Peaceful Valley Resort. Brad Childs, Naturalist and Executive Director of the Wilderness Institute will lead the tour. Register one week prior.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTER’S TRAINING – for ages 11 to 15; $55; Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the, Walt Self Senior Center. Instructor is Lori LeGault. Min. 5; Max. 8; Register by February. 24.
AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID/CPR CLASS - for youth to learn the skills for First Aid and Child/Pediatric CPR. Ages 11 to 15; $40; Sunday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Instructor is Lori LeGault. Min. 5; Max 8; Deadline is February 24.
A MEDIATION GROUP will meet every first Sunday of the month. Held at the Walt Self Senior Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is open to any age or spiritual orientation with a simple Buddhist format. A half hour of meditation and time for informal sharing and tea. Please arrive in time to be seated by 6:30. There is no fee but any donation for the tea is welcome. Sponsored by Marianne Oursler and Annie Mannering.
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, February 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Come one and all!
KNITTING AND CROCHETING on Mondays at The Stone Cup with Anne O’Brien at 11 a.m.
Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church you can pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available, call (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 – Old-Time square dance with Chris Kermit at Oskar Blues from 7 to 10 p.m. Kids $5; Adults $10; Families $25. Lots of fun. Plan to attend.
MONDAY, MARCH 13 - Senior dinner at 5:30 p.m., put on by the Lyons Girl Scouts at Walt Self Senior Center. Plan to attend. They are thrilled to support the Lyons seniors.
THE HIGH STREET CONCERT with The Railsplitters was packed and great. The next concert is Saturday, April 22, with Darol Anger and The Republic of Strings. Get your tickets at www.highstreetconcerts.com.
BOHN PARK FLOOD RECOVERY PROJECT includes river restoration and improved ecological habitat, parking, new restroom, pedestrian bridge connecting to 4th Ave., continuance of the trail system and other enhancements. Construction will continue to late summer. Go to http://www.townoflyons.com./350/Bohn -Park
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BASKETBALL SENIOR NIGHT was Tuesday night; senior girls honored were: Liz Jonjak, Maddi Maguire, and Taylor Christiansen. Senior boys were: Bridger Keane and Kyle Frohline. The teams will now be in tournament play, with hopes of going to state. Good luck teams.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 – Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3 to 7 p.m. HS – State Wrestling at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – NO SCHOOL for students. HS – State Wrestling at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - Booster Club Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 1 works.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 - NO SCHOOL for President’s Day
Happy Birthday to: Nora Hayden (14); Harry Kellogg (50 & holding); Ron Pederson, Alfred Farrais, Shenny Waugh, Grace Simonsen, and Bill Boone who is 85 years young.
Congratulations to Shawn Gregg, coach of the Longmont High girls' swim team who has been named Coach of the Year for having six of his swimmers qualify for state. He is the husband to our band teacher, Dr Karen Gregg.
Anissa Browning of Austin, Texas, is visiting her father, Mark, this week. Welcome to Lyons.
Linden M. Kim Vander and Lydia A. Waskut of Lyons were married on December 22. Our congratulations.
OUR THANKS to the Mayama Movement Studio's Jasmine Lok and Ali Kishiyama and twenty-four members of the dance team for bringing us a great dance program Saturday evening at Planet Bluegrass. And thanks to Craig Ferguson for the use of the Wildflower Pavilion, and to Oskar Blues for the spaghetti dinner. The dancers who participated were: Abbey Gudmonsen, Emily VanLeeuwen, Georgia Marsh, Izzie Hayden, Jade Greenberg, Julie Brett, Madelyn Dusel, Malia Edmonds, Maryah Harris, Morgane Daty, Tatum LeGault, Zoe Chase, Anna Hart, Jonathan Hart, Makkela Hubner, Nataya Cook, Gemma Powell, Hannah Thomas, lxChel Leeuwenburgh, Sophie Powell, Maddison Patrick, Raphaelle Daty, Nataya Cook, Hayli Curry, Jonathan Hart, Kayla Anderson, Makayla Appleby, and Sophia Stone. Choreograpy by: Juan Berona, Wendy Myers, Erin Flegle, Amber Murray, Templin Culp, Noah Lindberg, Amber Murray, Kevin O’Keefe, and Ali Kishiyama. Funds are being raised to go to a contest in Denver, as well as their Gala of Dancing to be presented in May with all 170 dancers. Stay tuned.
We note that Arthur Lee Land is performing in Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois, this week.
Lyons Seniors will soon be served two lunches a week, by Boulder County and a catering company from Louisville. The lunches will be served on Wednesdays and Fridays, and cost $3 each (less if necessary). Stay tuned.
Free meals are being served by area churches on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. First Monday - River Church; Alternate second Mondays – Catholic Community; third Mondays - Community Church, fourth Tuesdays - LDS Church; March 13, by Lyons Girl Scout Troop 3982; first Wednesday at noon at Oskar Blues. Thanks to all!
JOHN B. HALL HISTORY PROGRAM
Kathleen Spring attended the history program by Jack Meisner, an Estes Park Historian, on the J. B. Hall family of Lyons last Saturday at Molly B’s Restaurant in Estes Park. The J. B. Hall family were well known in Lyons, with his grandson, Byron Hall of Estes Park passing away two years ago. His funeral service was held in the Old Stone Church, with memorial contributions donated to the Lyons Redstone Museum.
A bit of history. John Bigland Hall was born on the Shetland Islands, Scotland. He married Hannah Roberts. In 1882 they left Chicago and homesteaded along the North St. Vrain a few miles from Lyons. Here they ranched, did some lumbering, road building and established a resort that became Awanda Camp for Girls, and later was the Rock-n-River resort.
The couple had five children. One, Charles Byron (who married Josephine Cheney, daughter of John and Amanda Cheney of Lyons in 1904) was instrumental in building the first good road to Estes Park. He worked at the Stanley Hotel in 1907, and installed the 8-inch water pipeline to Lyons, worked at the Lyons Mercantile Store, and was on the Lyons school board in 1905. Another child, Lois Hall married Aaron Lamb, and they settled in Laramie. She passed away in 1980.
In 1871-1874 the only road to Estes Park wound up the Old Apple Valley Road, past the John B. Hall Ranch, then went north up and over the famed Rowell Hill, past the Miner place and to the Little Thompson. The road was full of boulders, potholes, and very narrow. It continued past Rocky Mountain Jim’s cabin in Muggins Gulch. F. O. Stanley raised money from hotel and businesses owners and from officials of the railroad and hired John B. Hall and son, Charles Byron Hall, to supervise the road construction. Five crews were hired to install new bridges as well as upgrade the old wagon road. The road began at the entrance to the foothills above Lyons, through the Welch Resort, and continued to the existing road through what is now Pinewood Springs. From there the road dropped and rose through Rattlesnake Gulch to accommodate the new automobiles that Stanley would use to bring guests to his hotel. F. O. Stanley made the first automobile trip from Lyons to Estes Park. A hotel bus was mentioned as being the first certified by the Colorado Automobile Company in 1903. The Stanley Steamer and F. O. Stanley made the second trip establishing a regular motoring route up the North St. Vrain. The six-hour trip to Estes Park can now be made in thirty minutes or less (If my son Jerry “Andretti” is driving!).
A new road was built in 1934 with a grand opening held in Lyons with Governor Ralph Carr presiding. There have been a lot of changes along the North St. Vrain, with Rock ‘n River, with the remodeled house and Winery still standing, but no bridge. The twenty-unit motel was destroyed by the 2013 flood used to include a fishery where folks fished and cooked their meal, giving many Lyons students summer jobs. Here the road turned north and went over Rowell Hill.
A lot of good History can be found in the Lyons books available at ReRuns, Redstone Gallery, or the Lyons Redstone Museum. The program was started by John Meisner, who found a post card on Ebay, which was mailed from Lois Hall, forty-five years ago while she was teaching school in Laramie, Wyoming.
THANKS PIZZA 66 - for holding a benefit Valentine's Pizza Night for the Lyons firemen. We appreciate them, always “Johnny-on-the-spot” if there is a fire.
THE OLD MAN WINTER BIKE RACE was well attended with over 950 people. All enjoying the 50 and 100 mile races, the good weather. It was a benefit by CAN’d Aid. Thanks to all!
The Lyons Parks & Recreation Commission held their monthly meeting on Monday evening. Cody Pierce, a new member was present. Reports were held on: the progress of Bohn Park - where the north side and the river are being restored; Lyons Valley River Park - where the design is at 30%, and is to go out to bid this week for design ideas (the river and gravel ponds are to be restored); the Lyons Elementary School Science project; the McConnell and Second Avenue Bridges; the Zero Waste project - were Lyons is the first city to receive the Green Star grant to have all events Zero Waste; the Lyons Outdoor Games - scheduled for June 3/4, will be operated by Adventure Fit of Boulder with a joint effort of Oskar Blues Burning Can and the Town to make this the biggest Outdoor Games ever; an agreement with Planet Bluegrass will continue to allow local use of LaVern Johnson Park during the festivals. The next meeting is March 13, spectators are invited to attend.
THANK YOU to all those who attended Nancy Thorwardson’s benefit concert last weekend, and to the three bands. It was a benefit to raise money for our dear friend Nancy Thorwardson, who is fighting the good fight with cancer. Nancy is a beloved member of our musical community, and will need a lot of help with medical expenses. This show was held at the historic Altona Grange, and featured music by Espresso, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, and Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams. Annie Sirotniak was MC. A video was taken of each attendee, wishing Nancy well. 150 to 200 persons attended. Over $10,000 was raised to help with her expenses! Visit GoFundMe if you wish to donate. We are all praying for Nancy.
It is with deep sympathy that we read the announcement of the death of Pam Squires Solman, who passed away earlier this month. Pam operated a real estate office on Main Street for many years. We will miss her.
We express our sympathy at the death of Eleanor Flanders, age 100, who helped start the St. Vrain School Foundation, which awards grants for many school projects and to teachers with interesting projects. We thank her.
We also note with great sadness Lyons Alumni who have passed away; Margaret Bloomfield, last year and Melvin Wood, this year. They lived in San Diego.