ANOTHER GREAT WEEK IN LYONS! Beautiful weather and Lyons beat Akron 17 to 15 and will advance this Saturday, against Hotchkiss at home at 1 p.m. Congratulations to all the boys
and coaches. The tribute to Coach John Johnson was really nice, honoring a great coach and history teacher. And it culminated with a win for coach Johnson! Yes, it was a great week!
THANKS TO COACH NICHOLS for recognizing Coach Johnson; Raul Vasquez of Blue Mountain Stone, Rick and Tony Hammans who etched and worked on the Johnson memorial stone, which is located at the entry of the John “Jet” Johnson football field; as well as all others who helped make it a wonderful day for a great man, John Johnson.
To beat the Akron Fighting Rams, a team with six state championships (1985, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008) and six runner-up finishes (1988, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2009), it was indeed a great win!
Hotchkiss has a record of 8-1, and beat Lutheran Parker last Saturday. There are three more weeks of playoff games that we have to win to get to the state championship. GO LYONS LIONS!
A LETTER FROM A FORMER STUDENT OF COACH JOHNSON
Pam (Platz) Sattler, who writes: “Thank you for forwarding the information about honoring Coach Johnson. I remember sitting in his history class and seeing him on the football field over the years when Jack and others were playing. My Aunt Lynda (Kelling) told me Coach Johnson was the person who used to recite Robert Service’s poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” in the gym each year. I barely remember any poets or poems, but I distinctly remember hearing that poem and it stood out in my mind and I was fascinated with the story and never forgot it. Later, I heard this same poem and others recited many times in a saloon near Fairbanks where they poke fun at the Gold Rush Days and recite Service’s poetry. And finally, last year I hired a professional illustrator and had beautiful, gold rush stationery designed (using a sketched design), and I began printing Robert Service poems to offer through my company. I personally love the way Service writes, so I guess in a way, it all ties back to Coach Johnson. I hope the game and the tribute to Coach Johnson is a success. (The poem was read by son Joe at Coach Johnson’s Memorial Service).
Pam is the daughter of John and Sue Ann (Kelling) Frysig of Lyons. She is a 1980 graduate of Lyons High School. She lives in North Pole, Alaska with husband Bob and two sons, Samuel and Matthias. She operates a mail-order business, “Santa’s Letters and Gifts”, (small, unique gifts-for children from the North Pole) Contact her at: Box 55762, North Pole, Alaska 99705, Phone (907) 488-8118; Fax (907) 488-7304; www.Santa’sLettersandGifts.com. Thank you, Pam
LYONS MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
This Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. – Softball Banquet (Dessert)
Wednesdays – Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball games start – 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 12 – First Practice Day of Winter High School Sports-basketball and wrestling.
Sundays – 1 p.m. – Every Sunday is Lions Booster Club Bingo – at Bingo Alley back of Wendy’s, North Main Street, Longmont. Plan to help; Plan to attend the Booster Club’s main fundraiser.
This Thursday is Veteran’s Day, a time to reflect and appreciate that our freedom is from all the years of service the US Veterans have given. Many have lost their lives. Lyons boys who have died in the Service that I can remember are: Jack Kelly, Aldro Stedman, Max Hammans’ brother (WWII); Barry Thomas, son of Ray & Frances Thomas, brother to Geneva and Ray Jr.); Kenneth Stetson; and Mickey Hawkins (Vietnam War) (call 303-823-5925 if there are others). We truly honor all serviceman who have fought for our cause from 1776 through Iraq and Afghanistan. God bless our troops!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO LYONS MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
All schools throughout the state are placed in categories: in performance, improvement, priority improvement and turnaround, and are based on academic achievement, academic growth, and achievement gaps between different groups of students. High schools and post secondary readiness is also considered. In the St. Vrain Valley School District, three schools are exceeding expectations in all categories, Lyons Middle Senior High is one of them. Lyons Elementary School was rated “exceeds” for academic growth gaps.
Our sincere thanks to the staff of Lyons Schools!
The LCF will award the 2011 grants to various Lyons non-profit organizations at their gala fundraising dinner. Known as the biggest, most heart-warming event of the year, where 200 folks attend to celebrate their good fortune for their various community projects.
THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR “NO” VOTE on the Ugly Amendments – 60, 61, and 101, which were all soundly defeated by over 800,000 votes each. These amendments would have caused a great recession in all entities: school, fire districts, and governments throughout the state.
With that said and done, the TOWN BUDGET MEETING held Monday evening went well with the staff being able to balance the budget with a small positive figure. The next budget meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15. The public is invited.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE STONE CUP
This Friday, Nov. 12, with Bonnie & The Clydes, 7-9 p.m., with a $5 cover charge, and Friday, Nov. 19, an acoustic open mic. All are invited.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOCIAL will be held at Cilantro Mary, 450 Main Street, next Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Hosts are: Cilantro Mary, Redstone Review, Lyons Recorder, and Lyons Indoor Growing and Bud Depot. Call 303-823-5215 for reservations.
THANKSGIVING DINNER BY THE LYONS GOLDEN GANG will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. The charge for this scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner is $10 – Adults, $5 - Youth, and $3 - for children under age 13.. Plan to attend.
HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES will be held this year with judging on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Registration deadline is at 4 p,m, on Friday, Dec. 10. Prizes will consist of credit off Town of Lyons electric bill: 1st Prize-$150; 2nd Prize-$100; and 3rd Prize-$50 credit off Town of Lyons electric bill.
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE GOLDEN GANG will be held at Oskar Blues on Wednesday, Dec. 1, with the annual free lunch, sponsored by Oskar Blues. There will be special Christmas music. All seniors are invited to attend.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday Dec. 5, at the Lyons Elementary gym. Plan to do your Christmas shopping in Lyons.
THE GOLDEN GANG will sponsor their annual chili luncheon and bazaar at the Lyons Odd Fellow Hall on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with other events of the day - Holiday Bazaar and Christmas Parade of Lights. Over 40 booths will feature homemade Christmas items. Santa will appear. Plan to attend.
THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS SOLICITING for donated baked food items for the Christmas Bazaar: candy, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc. Call 303-823-6692 for pick-up.
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AT THE GOLDEN GANG were honored with a special cake and music by Vance French. They were: Joann Parsons, Edna Green, D. W. King, Sandra Lamblike, Niece Pralguski, Marguerite Peoples, Beverly Haley, and Jerry Ribble. Anniversaries recognized were: Wayne and Shirley Werner, Opal and Bill Jackson, and John and Diane Briggle. The December Birthdays will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 at noon.
HAPPY 97TH BIRTHDAY TO MARGUERITE!
A Birthday party was held for Marguerite with friends and family on Sunday afternoon at her home, by her daughter, June Stacey (Charles) and family. Marguerite was born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1913, married Floyd Peoples, and had two daughters, June and Agnes. They moved to Lyons in 1962 and bought the café on Main Street. She later moved to the building bought for her by Bruce Bashor, now Lyons Therapy, and then across the street. The Café was known as The Lyons Café, and fondly, as the Pie Place. Marguerite and family operated The Lyons Café from 1962 thru the fall of 2010. She recently rented it to Dee Dee Johnson for her Tax Accounting business.
We want to pay tribute to Frances Brackett, host of the Lyons Visitors’ Center for 20 years, town mayor, member of Fireflies, and many other organizations, who passed away two years ago the end of October, as well as her husband Bill, for his years of town and community service, school custodian, fireman, etc. “Gone but not forgotten.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA HALL, age 33, the daughter of John Hall of Hygiene and Marcie Hall of Lyons, who was elected to serve as Boulder County Coroner for the next four years. Many friends and family gathered at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont to help her celebrate.
Nita Stollns of Toledo, Ohio is in the area seeking her heritage. Her father, Neal, and Blanch Olga (White) Stollns, lived in Lyons from 1954 to the time of his death in 1963. They operated a second-hand store in Lyons, as well as drilled an oil well in the O. J. Ramey’s backyard on Stickney Street in 1950’s. (Folks may remember the oil drill on a Case Steam Engine) Her sister LaVonne Stollns married Robert Bloomfield about 1955 and had three children. They divorced and LaVonne moved to California, then back to Lyons for a while. She passed away in December, 1995, in Lakewood and is buried in the Lyons Cemetery. Ms. Stollns is also related to Hewitt and LeRoy Blake and Cora Bashor, who was married to Remmy Stollns and later married Claude (Bruce) Bashor, all of Lyons, as well as the DeBacker’s of Boulder. She is having a great time finding long-lost relatives. If you remember any of these folks, call Nita at her cell phone 405-650-6410.
Rhea Fay Sawdey Harrell, passed away Oct 11, 2010. She was the daughter of Ralph and Shirley Sawdey; attended the old Burlington School; and graduated from Longmont High School in 1954. She married Jack Harrell and lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband, father Ralph Sawdey, her mother Shirley Sawdey, her stepmother Fern (Jandreau) Sawdey, and a stepsister Maxine (Jandreau) Gardner, longtime Lyons resident who passed away last April. Harrell is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Suzanne (Gardner) Guthrie of McCall Lake is a niece. Services were held October 20, in Phoenix, Ariz, with internment in the Military Cemetery in Scottsdale, Az.