Another week gone by, and it's back to school and work after spring vacation. Many folks traveled out of town. Betsy Hubner and her granddaughter went to Paris. How wonderful. What a nice grandma!

Easter is this Sunday; it's a time of spring, the trees are filled with blossoms. It's a time for rebirth, and a time to renew our faith. We had some much-needed moisture to help with the fire danger, and we are steadily recovering from the 2013 flood. Yes, it is a time to say our thanks for all our blessings. Praise the Lord!

Do not spray your dandelions. Bees and bumblebees are needed for pollination of flowers, trees, crops, throughout the world. We are asked to forego our beautiful yards and let the dandelions grow for the good of the bees. Bumblebees have just been put on the endangered list. Shoo them away, don't swat!

People have been wondering about Lyons name being LYCO. A new word for Lyons for the marketing by the new folks. Who cares, as long as tourists come and spend money?

We want to thank Kathleen Spring for reviving the Senior Meals on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Now we need lots of participants to keep it going. Call (303) 411-1415 by 11 a.m. the day before. The grand opening on Wednesday was great and rewarding, with speakers and a program with live music.

The catered meals suggest a donation of $3, but no senior will be turned away. Guests under 60 years old are charged $6. For more information, or to get the newsletter with all the details about speakers and programs, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks to the Catholic Community for their lovely Easter dinner Monday evening and with a real Easter egg. Yum-m-m. The Community Church will serve their meal Monday, April 17, and the LDS Church on April 25, both at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. 

This Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is the “Chase the Music” blood drive with Bonfils at Planet Bluegrass. Help save someone’s life! Rumor has it they'll be giving out free Oskar Blues Grill & Brew beer coupons for donors at the blood drive this year. Reduced blood volume, free beer, h-m-m-m... Bring a guest. Also at the Wildflower Pavilion at 11 a.m., is the Higher Ground Ministries Easter service, Easter egg hunt, and potluck meal. The usual firemen’s Easter egg hunt will be now be held at Planet Bluegrass Easter morning after the service, and before the meal.

The documentary film “Super Hummingbirds” presented by the Lyons Ecology Board was indeed super, and so educational. Who has ever looked up about hummingbirds, which streak through Colorado on their way to Canada, and then they go back south in the fall. They have to get nectar every twenty minutes. (Kind of like my old truck with gas!) Thanks to the Ecology Board. If you missed it you can check out the DVD at the Lyons Library. Ecology board members are Steve Simms, Garima Fairfax, Greg Lowell, Kurt Carlson, David Batts, Fay Marshall, and Bryan Baer. You can pick up a brochure on the Lyons Walking Arboretum (a self-guided walking tour of local trees), and featuring the trees planted at the school (now the museum) in 1908, one hundred and nine years ago! Our thanks.  

RMNP SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM starting in June. During the program, youth will complete service projects, engage in a variety of trainings related to career and personal development, and participate in experiential learning activities in RMNP. The Conservancy will select ten youth (ages 14 to 17) and two leaders to participate in the program. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provides housing (camping), work clothing, boots, and gear for the experience. To learn more and to apply, please visit: corps/

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 - Lyons Valley HOA meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the LHS Cafetorium.

Thursday, April 13 - MS & HS chess club during lunch and after school. HS baseball at Denver Academy 3:30 p.m. Varsity only. Bus leaves at 1 p.m. MS art club at 3 p.m. Eco Cycle advisory focus meeting for parents and students at 3:05 p.m.
Friday, April 14 – HS baseball at home vs. Jefferson Academy. JV only at 4 p.m. MS 6th grade parent information meeting regarding end of year three-day field trip to Colorado State Mountain Campus in Mr. Schafer’s room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..
Saturday, April 15 - HS baseball at home vs. Highland at 11 a.m. Varsity followed by JV. HS track. BOCO meet at Longmont High School at 8 a.m.
Sunday, April 16 - EASTER SUNDAY. NO BINGO!!
HS Junior/Senior Prom is Saturday, April 22 at Lionscrest Manor, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. After Prom is at Centennial Lanes  in Longmont from midnight to 2 a.m. Tickets and After Prom tickets are on sale during HS lunch period. Tickets are $15 for Prom, and $5 for After Prom. Non-student dates to complete permission form by April 20. After Prom is sponsored by the junior parents.

Stop by the Lyons Town Hall to view the new “3 Gals & Pals” art show. As well as the “You Are Here”  art show at The Stone Cup. Some say there are over seventy artists in the Lyons area.

CASINO NIGHT sponsored by the Lyons Elementary School PTO will be at the Ax & Oar on Saturday, April 29, starting at 5:30 p.m., with a silent auction. Plan to attend! 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 - “Songs of Nancy Thorwardson” will be held at Oskar Blues to help with Nancy's medical expenses. Plan to attend.
Farewell to Mark Webber and family. An area realtor, who has sold his home in Spring Gulch, and is headed to Longmont. A great help in several Lyons organizations. Thanks Mark.

Over forty persons expressed  their concerns and ideas at the traffic calming meeting at the fire house last Wednesday, with Sgt. Bill Crist, Fire Chief JJ Hoffman, and Town Staff member Matt Manley in charge. Residents along Park, Evans, High, Main, Highway 7, etc., are being impacted by the large volume of cars trying to get to Estes Park through Lyons by cutting off in area streets, causing danger to kids, and a lot of dust. One long-term solution that seemed feasible, but will be up to CDOT, is to lengthen the time on the stoplights to let more cars go through. The re-opening of Highway 34 will help. Barricades, speed bumps, etc., were also suggested. The next meeting will be May 26, at 6 p.m. at the fire station. Whatever is done will be a big help!

Progress is being made on the Lyons Good Old Days schedule. Now is the time for businesses and patrons to pitch in and help make it better.

Allen LaFollett has gathered a list of what people would like to see happen. Now he needs someone to coordinate them. Call Marissa at (303) 823-8250 if you will take the lead for an event such as: Logger's rodeo, pancake breakfast, pet and doll parade, survival skills competition/demonstrations, carnival, art show, flea market, bands, beer garden, bake sale fundraiser for the museum, pie eating contest or hot wings, cake walk, dunk tank, mountain bike race, black powder shoot, talent show, blow-up slide and pool like last year, petting zoo, pony rides, martial arts demonstrations, and lastly, a parade. Obviously, some things can't happen this year due to logistical concerns as well as space. Everything listed will take volunteers. 

LYONS PARKS AND REC.COMMISSION  held their monthly meeting Monday evening with Dave Cosgrove reporting on good progress on Bohn Park, of which they have funding (the ballfields may come next). The design bids are in for the Lyons River Park. Changes and new staffing were all discussed. Kim Mitchell of Lyons was introduced as the new events person. The next meeting will be held on May 8, at 6 p.m. 

A lot of interest has been shown on Facebook to get outdoor chess and checker tables in one of the parks. Kevin Shaffer of Lyons Middle School and Jonathan Dugan, who play chess in Pagosa Springs and brought it up, attended the meeting and found support. They were asked to bring a proposal to the commission and the Town Board. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to show your support. Very timely as chess is being played daily in school, with the high school team recently becoming champions. 

Thanks to Tamara Haddad for setting up the political Town Hall last Sunday afternoon at the Wildflower Pavilion. Over one hundred citizens attended with U.S. Congressman Jerald Polis, BoCo Commissioner Deb Gardner,  State Representative Jonathan Singer, State Senator Steve Fenberg, and Mayor Connie Sullivan. It was very informational with lots of questions and good answers.

GEORGINA (OHLINE) MINTO celebrated her 60th birthday at the Moose Lodge on Sunday with family and friends talking over old times and getting re-acquainted.

Georgina is one of Lyons old-time families. She and husband Keith live on the former Ohline land near Carter Lake that was homesteaded by her grandfather Art Ohline in the 1920s. Art was the son of Olaf and Anna Ohline. He learned the quarry business at age 14, and made $1.25 an hour in 1908.

He was in the U. S. Army and trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas. He homesteaded on top of Blue Mountain and acquired more land as nearby ranchers decided to sell; having around 3000 acres to the North of Lyons and up to Carter Lake. The Oxbow Ranch and many homes in the area are on the former Ohline land.  He married Golda Brown, who came to Lyons in 1917 on the train with her family, Hugh and Clara Belle Brown, who owned the large two-story home on the NW corner of Seward and 4th. Art and his wife Golda had five children: Pat, Jane, Jean, Maxine, and Curley. They bought a house on Reese Street where they lived in order to go to school (not having to drive the five miles on the rugged, muddy road). Georgina’s father, who was born in Breckenridge, but settled on the Blue Mountain Ranch after a stint in the navy 1944 to1946. He helped his father, Art, and Uncle Custer on the ranch.

He married Robin June Dickinson, daughter of Floyd and Deula Dickinson in 1947. They had a daughter Georgina Lee who married Keith Minto in 1982.

The Dickinsons came to Lyons from Nebraska in 1930. They had five daughters: Jane, Lois, June, Helen, and Fern, Chester Barnard’s mother. Deula was active in the local community as a member of the Rebekahs, the Methodist Church, Methodist Guild and Lyons Garden Club. She died June 3, 1993; Floyd was the constable in Lyons from 1935 to 1950, and the ditch rider of the Lyons Ditch Co. for many years. Their home is on the SW corner of 3rd and Evans.  In 1940 he acquired a baby bear from Clair Billings, known as Miss Doc, and was kept on a chain between a liquor store and now the St. Vrain Market. June worked in the Lyons Drug store for several years. She died June 6, 1973.

Georgina grew up in Lyons and graduated in 1975; she does computer work. They have a daughter, Gina Blanton of Greeley, and three grandchildren.

Happy Birthday Georgina.

Happy 68th anniversary to Betty and Vernon McNeill.

Happy Birthday to: Kristine Smock. Jodi Bashor, Sandy LeFever, Laurie Kennedy, Kathy Siddall, Maizie Grace, Daphne Goodwin, Pearl Haddad, Amanda Cronin, Taylor McGuire, Priscilla Cohan, Enion Pelton, Jodi Meyers, Bethany Garcia, Debbie Anderson, David Befus, Adam Thodey, Debra Edwards, Chuck Rowley, Eric Kelly, Sarah Lock, Alissa England, Phyllis Pfeifer Stewart, Sharon Brammer, Brandon Mauck, Sean Chastain, Vonda Meier, DeNeen Brown, Leister Bowling, Kelli Morgan, Willard Thompson, Kati  Gosnell, Kayleen Phillips, Pam Browning, Stuart Hicar, Shawn Lee, Harry Kellogg, Diane Dandaneau, Sonya Wyppler, and Maddie McGuire,

Our memories and love go to Ken Richmond. gone for nine years; Gerald Mack, gone four years, and Mark Pederson gone forty-nine years. All sadly missed by friends and family.

A community celebration of the wonderful music of Nancy Thorwardson performed by her bandmates and musical comrades: Blue Mountain Ranch Hands, Cactus Crooners, The Complete Unknowns, Gadzukes!, One Lucky Guy, The Quarry Gals, and more will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 5 p.m., at Oskar Blues. Mark your calendar.

Janet M. Orback, 68, of Lyons, peacefully passed away on March 18, with family and friends at her side. She was born May 25, 1949 in Longmont to William and Fran Brackett. Janet married David Orback on June 2, 1968 in Lyons. After spending two years living in Rhode Island during David's military service they returned to Lyons to make their home. Janet was a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to everyone she met. Janet loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Olivia and Max. She was the world's greatest grandmother. She also loved spending time planting flowers, visiting with friends, traveling with family, and NASCAR racing. Janet served on the Lyons Cemetery Board for over twenty years, and had a deep love for her community. She was a member of the Lyons Fireflies in Lyons supporting the firefighters. She was known for helping to prepare the family dinner at funerals.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Janet is survived by her husband, David, daughter Heather Orback Stratton, and her husband Matt, grandchildren Olivia and Maximilian, one brother, Jack Brackett, and his wife Cheryl, and niece Kristi Brackett. Janet donated her body to science with the desire to help others in the future. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the Confluence Neighborhood. Contributions can be made to the Lyons Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 642, Lyons CO 80540. Dave and Janet were the first to “not-give-up” due to the flood, and elevated their house.  We are all sad about Janet; we will miss her smile, willingness to help others, knowledge about those buried in the cemetery, etc.

Nelda Cook Ottinger,  died on March 11, at the age of 70. She was the fifth of six children born to the late Howard and Gladys Cook. She was born in Clay Center, Kansas, on June 8, 1946, and raised in Lyons, Colorado, graduating from Lyons Senior High School in 1964. Her classmates were: Dennis Basher, Jack Brackett, Fare Elwood, John French, Kathleen Gateaux, Wallace  Grandson, Douglas Alkalis, Jana Hotlink, Colleen Leading, Dennis Morgan, David Orback, Colleen Ramsey, Jerry Rabble, William Simpson, Sylvia Sisk, Sharon Vinson, Donna Williams, and Sanford Williams. She moved to San Jose, California to attend college and there met and married Steven D. Ottinger in 1965. They were married fifty-one years. She worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., and was an entrepreneur, owning her own business. Nelda is survived by her husband, a son and daughter-in-law of Washington, KS, Grant and Monica of Omaha, NE, two grandchildren, three sisters, a brother, and other family.  Donations may be made to the University of Nebraska Medical Center of Omaha, specify Ovarian Cancer. A date and time for her memorial will be determined at a later date.  We express deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

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