Spring is here, the trees and flowers are blooming and we had some rain; with more rain and/or snow to come. But not too much rain, please! This week is Spring Break for all the schools and people are traveling near and far. Stay safe!
Gremlins changed my news last week, from Dave Orback to Dave Arabic. Sorry! (Editors note: It wasn’t gremlins, nor was it your fault. It was “auto
correct! Damn technology.”)
This week is “Read a Book Week.” There are several book clubs here in Lyons, where they read a book a month. We should have very knowledgable people in town.
We were sad to hear about the fire at Mojo Taqueria. According to FaceBook, several businesses have donated fixins’ for making a “Mojo Love” drink (a margarita) at the Pizza Bar 66, with the proceeds going to Mojo’s out of work employees. You can also send funds to CareFund.com to help out their employees.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31 – Bonnie & The Clydes at Wildflower, and Swing 89’s at Pizza Bar 66.
RENEW your RTD EcoPass for the bus at the Town Hall. Only $25. The deadline is Friday, March 31.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 -, The “3Gals and Pals” art show will have its opening at Town Hall from 2 to 8 p.m. It will hang in the council chambers until later this summer. This is the third “3 Gals -n-Pals” art show they have held at Lyons town hall. The three Gals are: Toni Bond, Kristi Crawford-Peake, and daughter, Jasmine Peake, and the Pals are: Beverly O’ Keeff, an artist who has been in each show, and several other artists.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 – The final community Old Time Square Dance of the season in the Oskar Blues event room from 7 to 10 p.m. All ages welcome, the cost is $5 for kids; $10 for adults; and $25 for a family. Lots of fun for one and all! This is the fourteenth year these dances have been held. Big thanks to Ellen Rosenburg.
SENIOR LUNCHES - Monday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center sponsored by the River Church; Wednesday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m., it’s lunch at Oskar Blues; Saturdays – breakfast at The River Church, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pay what you can afford.
MONDAY, APRIL 3 – Annual fishing permits for the Ralph Price Reservoir inside Button Rock Preserve will go on sale at Lyons Town Hall.
MONDAY, APRIL 3 – An open house for Stillwater Health Clinic on High Street (formerly the site of the White Lion) at 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6 – A traffic calming meeting at the Lyons Fire Station (changed from Town Hall) from 6 to 8 p.m., inviting all residents. Bring ideas about what can be done with all those cars, some driving fast, buzzing through these streets to get to Estes Park, instead of waiting in a long lines
FRIDAY, APRIL 7 – A free Movie Night at the Lyons Farmette. “Super Humming Bird” will be shown by the Lyons Ecology Board. A very educational movie as the humming birds will soon be returning to our gardens. Plan to attend.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 – “Yaya-palooza” at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway in Englewood at 9 p.m. A party to honor “YAYA” aka Shirley Katechis (Dale’s Mom, who died a year ago) with a special concert to benefit CAN’d Aid, featuring Anders Osborne. $23 - general admission; go to gothictheatre.com. Yes, we do honor that vivacious lady that got Dale started. Thank you Dale. We love you, and miss you Shirley.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 – A 60th birthday bash for Georgina (Ohline) Minton at the Moose Lodge in Longmont, at 2 p.m. All are invited.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – A Dr. BOP neighborhood Lot Handbook Public meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall. Join the consultants from Design Concepts and Town Staff to discuss the use, treatment and management of the small buy-out lots that are tucked in between existing residences. This information will be presented in the form of a Neighborhood Licensure Handbook. While neighboring property-owners will have the first opportunity for licensing the use of (all or portions of) these lots, this will be a great opportunity for everyone who is interested to learn how the licensure program buy-out properties will work.
FOR SALE – Board fencing (approximately ninety feet of panels 5’ wide X 6’ high). Good for a yard fence. See at 306 Evans. Make an offer to Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, CO.
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS alum Paul Roberts competed who competed in the Under 20 World Championship Cross Country race in Africa! (See details in this edition)
CONGRATULATIONS to Liz Jonjack a LHS senior who played in the State All-Star basketball games last week. And to LHS girls’ basketball coach Jason McGuire who was chosen as 2A “Coach of the Year.”
(Spring Break – March 25 to April 2)
Saturday, April 1 - HS Lyons Invitational track meet at Lyons. 8:30 am start time.
Sunday, April 2 - Booster Club Bingo at Longmont Bingo Alley from 1 to 3 p.m. Team 3 works.
Monday, April 3 - HS baseball at Ft. Lupton High School. Varsity at 4 p.m., followed by JV.
Wednesday, April 5 - Late Start. HS period one begins at 10:05 a.m. All MS classes begin at 10:05 a.m.
MS 6th grade book club at lunch; HS track JV at Longmont HS at Everly Montgomery Field at 3:30 p.m. MS track with Timberline at Skyline High School at 3:30 p.m. Drivers Education class from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 - State PSAT for all 10th graders, and State SAT for all 11th graders at Lyons all morning.
CEMEX is filing for permits to mine 612 acres of land east of their plant, which has the neighbors upset and protesting. Lyons will no doubt be keeping an “eagle eye” on the goings on, due to heavy traffic onto Highway 66, and air pollution. Yes, we have gone through all this for years.
CEMEX was fined for air pollution before, which paid for our community RTD EcoPasses all those years ago. We also fought them over burning tires, which was denied. A long line of Lyons school kids and parents marched down Highway 66 to CEMEX. Since then there has not been much protest as to air pollution, but the neighbors have been watching. They say the county gave them a permit to build some tall buildings without a public hearing, and now they are seeking the mining permit. There will be public hearings you can attend. Stay tuned.
CONGRATULATIONS to Christina Wells, a Friend of the Library. She spearheaded the Lyons Depot restoration, and will be honored at the Boulder County Archaelogy and Restoration annual meeting on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at the Chautauqua in Boulder. The Lyons Depot-Library was in very bad condition before and from the September 2013 flood, and was restored with funds from The State History Fund, the Town’s insurance, and DOLA. It is now the Town Hall extension. Christine was nominated by the Lyons Historical Society. Our thanks, Christine. The public is invited to attend the meeting. So mark your calendars!
MUSEUM LEASE has been renewed to May 1, 2027! This is the fourth renewal: May 1, 1977-1997; then ten years to 2007; then to 2017; now to 2027. The School District does the landscaping and trees, and helps with large repairs and improvements. The Town of Lyons awards a grant to hire summer employees to keep the museum open to the public. And the Lyons Historical Society operates the museum. The museum will open for its 38th season on May 6, for weekends, and then daily from June through September.
YOUR DUES ARE DUE DUDE! Send to: Lyons Chamber of Commerce, Box 426, Lyons CO.
CATERED LUNCHES through Boulder County will start on Wednesday, April 11, at noon at the Walt Self Senior Center, two days a week. You will have to call in to order, and you are asked to pay $3 each, if you can afford it. Phone number and more information later.
PARKS & RECREATION
Resident parking passes now available to Lyons residents to park free in the LaVern Johnson Park from April to October. Residents need a utility bill to prove their residency. First car is free, second pass is $35, third pass is $55. Non-resident season pass is $75 per vehicle.
A meditation group will meet every first Sunday of the month. Held at the Walt Self Senior Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to any age or spiritual orientation, with a simple Buddhist format: 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. Organized by Marianne Oursler and Annie Mannering.
Discount dog licenses are offered during the month of April at Lyons Town Hall, first dog in the household is normally $30 ($20 with discount); second dog is $20 ($10 with discount). Proof of current rabies vaccination is required.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. Meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., in the Depot parking lot.
Wednesdays at the Lyons Community Church you can pick up food from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mental health and other consultants available. Contact (720) 864-4309 to set up an appointment.
Ken Singer sees eagles nesting on Steamboat Mountain, and they are back in Meadow Park too!
Lucy Banta, will be an intern this summer at Enter Solar in New York City. The firm puts solar energy in large businesses.
Bill VanLeeuwen, Lake Dobbins, Manny Vasquez, Lewis Laws, Jonathan Dugan, Michele Hayes, Jerry Altenberg, Tom Leiding, Isabelle Vasquez, Charles Johnson, Deb Tabor, Riley Roe, Adam Thodey, Kathy Castle Boutelier, Sharon Baer, Jennifer Quinn, Drew Alm, Barbara Cargill, Barbara McFadden, Debra Edwards, Debbie Anderson, David Befus, Claudia Kean, John Lamb, Joy Buster, Eric Kelly, Jodi Meyers, Chuck Rowley, Chyse Anthony, and of course, Alissa England.
Veronika Gaia has returned from a photography trip. You can go to “peacemakers.net” to view her photos.
We express our deep sympathy to Ken Wajda, whose mother recently passed away.
We also express our deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Janet (Brackett) Orback who passed a week ago last Saturday morning and who will be sadly missed. All her friends on FaceBook are shocked and very sad to see such a nice, smiling lady at the Lyons Cemetery, serving funeral dinners, and more, gone. A Celebration of Life is scheduled in the Confluence neighborhood on Saturday, July 8.