Another nice day. Spring has sprung. The trees are beautiful. The jonquils and other flowers planted by the Garden Club are beautifying the town. Thanks to all.
It was truly a glorious Easter; churches were filled; lots of Easter egg hunts, potlucks, and the Fire District’s longtime Easter egg hunt moved to Planet Bluegrass on Sunday. Happy Easter to all.
It's a time to renew our thoughts and minds and to go forward with a good attitude for life in 2017. Happy Easter.
It was a year on April 7 that the Lyons Town Board was elected, and they seem “no worse for the wear.” Our compliments to Mayor Connie and the Board (Michael, Juli, Jim, Dan, Barney, and Wendy) for their time and effort this past year. And it is a year since we held the Quasquiecentennial event celebrating the 125th anniversary of Lyons' incorporation on April 8, 1891. With a celebration and a commemorative envelope (still a few available for $5 at various stores and the museum. Contact 303-823-5925, or PO Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540.) Brings to mind Nancy Thorwardson as one of the singers playing with Zeke and Jana Little at those festivities in 2016.
A giant outdoor checker/chess board seemed favorable to the Lyons Town Board on Monday evening with progress to be reported through teacher Kevin Shaffer of the Lyons MS, who has volunteered to make the pieces.
My compliments to the Town of Erie, which has chosen to fore-go the sales tax money and stick with their moratorium on the retail sale of marijuana, since 60% of their residents said “no” on a survey a couple of years ago. The City of Longmont is again reviewing their situation. They have a moratorium, but are discussing lifting it. We wonder what are true facts about marijuana. It affects kids’ brains, makes you slow, causes accidents, all for the dollar, which is of course, always needed. Kids take heed. Don’t get hooked!
A chance to meet the architect of the new library Thursday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m., or 6:30 p.m., at Oskar Blues Meeting Room to review and discuss ideas for the new library/community rooms. Ideas I have seen are to include a Town of Lyons complex and a two hundred seat auditorium. Plans are to build the facility on the RTD park & ride parking lot. The skatepark will be moved to Bohn Park, and the recycling dumpsters to the old public works area on Second Avenue. Stay tuned. Better yet, attend the meetings.
OSKAR BLUES is celebrating their 20th anniversary this weekend! Our thanks to Dale Kaetchis and his mom, Shirley, for bringing this spirited venue to our town, with music, good food, and great beer, an events room, buffets, and more! Welcome and Thanks.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 - The last High Street Concert of the season! Rogers Hall doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m., with Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings. Get tickets at www.highstreetconcerts.com
FOR SALE FENCING - 90’ of 15 panels -5’ wide by 6’ high) good for a yard fence. See at 306 Evans Make an offer to Lyons Historical Society, PO Box 9, Lyons, CO.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 - Earth Day! Thanks to Brad Childs of the Wilderness Institute who is chairing the Lyons celebration. He needs helpers. Contact him at: Brad2WildernessInstitute.com. Brad is an officer for the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, and works at Peaceful Valley Lodge in the summer. We welcome him to Lyons, Colorado.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - The annual Casino Night and silent auction, etc., put on by the Lyons Elementary School PTO. A time to enjoy your friends and neighbors and partake in a few games of chance. Plan to attend. It's a fundraiser for the school.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 - “Songs of Nancy” at Oskar Blues from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Six or more bands (Blue Mountain Ranch Hands, Cactus Crooners, Complete Unknowns, Gadzukes, One Lucky Guy, and Quarry Gals), all of whom Nancy Thorwardson played with since she moved to Lyons in 2001, will be playing throughout the evening as a tribute. Plan to attend. Nancy passed away on Tuesday, April 11. She had been ill and in hospice for several months. Folks were amazed at her upbeat attitude during that time. Nancy wrote over one hundred songs that are on a DVD, which will be on sale, mostly as she traveled across the country where she would sing and write the words and music. She lived at the Zeke and Jani Little Ranch for several years. Funds that were collected that are not needed for her care will go to music camps where she taught. Send donations to: Nancy Thorwardson Fund c/o Zeke Little, 2703 County Road 37E. Lyons, CO 80540. God bless and keep you Nancy.
LYONS M/SR HIGH NEWS
ECO-Cycle compost delivery will be April 26 & 27, from7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Junior/Senior Prom Tickets & After Prom Tickets will be on sale during HS lunch all week. The Junior Class Prom Committee will be selling Prom tickets for $15, and After Prom tickets for $5.
Booster Club has select Lionswear on sale in the office at 25% off.
Monday, April 17 - HS Senior photos to Ms. Strzyz are due for the Senior Night slideshow.
Congratulations to the Lyons HS Band Director Dr. Karen Gregg, as the band did well at the State Competition on Monday.
Thursday, April 20 - HS Juniors & Seniors Non-Lyons date prom permission forms due by 3 p.m., in the office. The prom is Saturday, April 22, at Lionscrest. Our thanks to Bob and Leona Forsberg who have offered this beautiful facility for many years for the Lyons Prom. After party will be held at Centennial Lanes from midnight to 2 a.m. MS & HS chess club. HS baseball vs. Longmont Christian, at Sandstone Park east of Longmont at 4 p.m.
Friday, April 21 - HS Required Advanced Placement Pre-Administration, 8 to 9 a.m. Sixth grade District Track Meet at Lyons. Field Events at 2 p.m., running events at 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 - Jr/Sr Prom. HS baseball home vs. Eagle Ridge Academy 11 a.m., followed by the JV game. HS track intrasquad scrimmage at Lyons at 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 23 - MS & HS chess club pizza party and online tournament at 1 p.m., in Mr. Akkerman’s room. Booster Club Bingo at the Longmont Bingo Alley from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, April 28 – Art awards ceremony will be held at the Arts of Longmont Gallery, 356 Main Street, at 7 p.m., for School District Students whose art won an award at The Boulder County Fairgrounds Art Show last week. Plan to attend.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will open on Saturday, May 6, for weekends during May History Month, and then daily from June through September. Saturday, May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an open house for a display of Lyons' newspapers.
CONGRATULATIONS to Christina Wells, who led the Lyons Depot restoration project. She will be honored at the Boulder County Archaelogy and Restoration annual meeting on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at Chautauqua in Boulder. The Lyons Depot Library was in very bad condition before, and as a result of the 2013 flood. It was restored with funds from the State History Fund, the Town’s insurance, and DOLA. It is now serving as the Town Hall extension.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES are scheduled for June 8 & 9 providing fun and recreation with Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Fest with 50+ breweries. Plan to participate or attend. A large crowd is expected.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS celebration will be on Friday, June 23, with a dance and beer tent by Lyons Chamber and lots of new events, and some old ones being brought back by popular demand.Let me know if there is something you would like to help with! Nothing can happen without volunteers to help run events. We need to get a list going and present it very soon!
Our thanks to Kathleen Spring who has revived the senior lunch meals, which are funded and operated by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. Meals are held on Wednesdays (except the first Wednesday of the month) and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $3 for Seniors. You have to call ahead at 303-441-1415 the day before to let them know you are coming. Come eat and enjoy the programs.
Also, thanks to the Catholic Community and Lyons Community/Methodist Church for Easter dinner last week. The LDS Church will serve a meal next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
THE RECREATION BROCHURE is out for Spring listing the many events and classes scheduled in town. Be sure to participate.
THE LYONS GARDEN CLUB will weed on the Town’s flower beds on Wednesdays. Any help is always appreciated. Call (303) 823-5425.
WHAT WAS THAT!?!
Several Old North neighbors were awakened at 1:10 a.m., Monday night by fierce screeching in the vicinity of Third Avenue. Mentioned as possible explanations have been an owl, fox, or mountain lion. Take care on your late night walks.
SCFD - LaVern Johnson and Priscilla Cohan of the Lyons historical Society attended their interview for next year’s funding at the SCFD interviews Tuesday evening. Here the committee decides what each non-profit group is awarded. The Lyons Historical Society has received from $1000 to $4200 each year, since 1993 to be used toward operations. We will find out in September. A very worthy cause. Our thanks to all the taxpayers who pay a few cents on each purchase for said events: dancing, bands, plays, history, science, etc.
THANK YOU LAURA LEVY for the pictures from an airplane of the HS ball field, Bohn Park, and on to the West. Beautiful! It's why we live here!
PARKS AND REC., OFFERINGS
Active Adult 50+Book Club on the third Thursday at 12:30 p.m., at the Walt Self Building. All are invited.
Arbor Day - on Friday, April 21, at 9 a.m., the Town of Lyons Ecology Board will give a tree to each elementary school aged student who filled out the form, and they will plant the tree. The fourth graders will be working on placing an orange tree tag on trees throughout the town to educate the public on the environmental and economic values that trees provide. The explanation of each of the values is available on the Town of Lyons website www.townoflyons.com
Free resident parking passes are now available for the LaVern Johnson Park at Town Hall.
APRIL BIRTHDAYS will be celebrated on Friday, April 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Walt Self Senior Center. Come one and all!
BENEFIT for Lyons Youth Softball/Baseball. All are invited to the Colorado Rockies game versus the Chicago White Sox on Friday, July 7, at 6:40 p.m. ($27 each in Section 117). A portion of each ticket will help purchase jerseys and scholarships for Lyons youth Softball/Baseball. We need thirty tickets sold by June 2. Contact Lyons Park &Rec. at 303-823-8250.
LYONS VOLUNTEERS are still needed. They meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at the Depot parking lot.
LEAF - 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 for an appointment.
ENGAGED - Kenny and Jennifer Kissner of Longmont announce the engagement of their daughter Hannah Joy to Eric Eugene Owen, son of Ernie Owen of Longmont and Sharon Owen of Greeley. Hannah is a 2005 graduate of Longmont, attended Front Range Community College and is the office manager of Utility Sales and Service. Eric is a 2003 graduate of Lyons High School, and is employed as a service technician for the City of Longmont. They plan a wedding on September 29.
MARRIAGE - Shane Michael Snyder and Nicole Elizabeth Stack were married January 27.
WITH SYMPATHY – We are sadden by the news of the death of Donald Earl Morgan. Donald was born July 20, 1928 to John Daniel Morgan and Hilda Myrtle Locke in Fort Lupton, Colorado. He passed away on April 2, at the age of 88, with his daughter, Marilyn, by his side. He was laid to rest next to his wife of fifty-six years on April 5, at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Collins.
Don lived in various towns in Colorado while growing up as his father worked at construction, timber, or quarry jobs wherever he could find them. The family lived in Nederland for a time and that is where Don met his future wife, June Eleanor Conklin. They were married in Laramie, Wyoming on September 2, 1948. Don worked as a truck driver in Laramie for Neil Nordman, and June worked for architects Eliot & Elizabeth Hitchcock as a bookkeeper.
In 1949 they moved to Fort Collins, where Don worked on the Carter Lake Dam project for a while before going to work for Sterling Sand & Gravel Company, where he worked until retirement. Sterling Company was sold multiple times, the first in 1982, and Don stayed on with each transition. His final position was with Western Mobile as Vice President/Division Manager of Aggregate Production/Maintenance. He retired in May of 1992, having worked for Sterling or subsequent owners for forty-one years.
Don was man from humble beginnings, and was a humble man himself. He learned the value of hard work and honesty very early in life, and always gave more than was asked, and never expected anything in return. He focused on working hard and taking care of his family, had a passion for steam trains, history, genealogy, and enjoying his little slice of paradise in Cherokee Park that he and June acquired in 1977.
Don and June had four children, the first of which was a son born in Laramie in 1948. June was ill at the time and the doctors convinced them to give the child up for adoption. The second child was a daughter, born and died in Fort Collins in November 1952. The next year a daughter was born, and three years later another son.
Don is survived by three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Eric W. Sivula Sr. (Elise), his first son whom he connected with in 2012, of Troup, Texas; daughter Marilyn K. Morgan of Fort Collins; and son Daniel J. Morgan (Vickie) of Fort Collins. He is also survived by grandson Eric W. Sivula Jr., (Rochelle) and their sons Eric Morgan Sivula and Malcom Robert Sivula; granddaughter Cara Scohy (Jason) and their children Ashlynn Mariah and Conor Mathew; granddaughter Brenna Overman (Chris) of Broomfield, and grandson Jarod of Fort Collins. Don is also survived by his sister, Erma Jean Morgan Sutherland of Dacono, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his wife June, his sister Myrna Lee Morgan Simkins, his parents, and many cousins, aunts and uncles.