Being up late, we got to see the lunar eclipse of the winter solstice: At I2:30 a.m., only a portion of the moon was showing; it was covered over at 1:30 a.m., with a yellowish glow behind the clouds; by 2:00 a.m. the moon was peeking out again, and by 2:30 a.m. if was a full moon. This ws an unusual occurrence, and was really worth staying up for! It was first full lunar eclipse on the winter solstice in almost 400 years. Another eclipse will be next year, but not on the winter solstice.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Another year gone by, a time of good cheer and caring for our fellow man. Thanks to all those who brought food for the food baskets, where over 30 were filled with a ham, a loaf of bread, and several cans of various food, which will last a single person for several weeks, and save quite a bit. We do surely thank Rev. Sam, Sgt. Parker, and all their helpers. A wonderful gesture.
LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IS SNOW!
With 25 inches in Snowmass, 12 in Copper Mountain, 3 to 6 in the upper valleys, but none in this area. It will come, and may be a lot, but it would be nice to have snow for Christmas, but it doesn’t look too promising.
SCHOOL - CHRISTMAS BREAK is until Wednesday, January 5th. Two full weeks of Christmas, skiing, skating, sledding (if it snows) sleeping in, and fun. Kids, enjoy!
The Boulder County Prisoners were here last Friday helping to clean the graffiti in Meadow Park and around town. As yet, the culprits have not been caught, but the bill and points will add up! I received this e-mail from a Lyons grandmother, who knows what comes of such uncaring actions. She writes as follows what happened to her grandson.
“Lavern, I see you are having trouble with graffiti, I can understand what the town is going through. One of my grandsons tried this and of course got caught in the end. He spent time in jail, a halfway house and is now out but still reporting to the half way house. This has wasted about four years of his life, in which time he lost both of his parents, and he is only 21 years old. I think it also messes up his rights to vote, depending on the charge it is put under. I think he has finally learned his lesson. I hope they catch the ones doing the graffiti and make them help clean it up, that might be the right answer to start with. The jail time and halfway house seems to have helped my grandson.”
BUY IN LYONS CAMPAIGN, sponsored by the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, encourages everyone to shop in Lyons. Put your sales receipts in drop boxes at: Clark’s Hardware, Lyons ReRuns, Bank of the West, The White Lion Gift Shop and the St. Vrain Market by January 10th, 2011. They will then be tallied, with prizes to go toward the biggest shoppers.
We have now collected $954 on the Stereo Views, and have placed jars in various stores – St. Vrain Market, Re-Runs, Stone Mountain Grocery, and Ralston’s Brothers. This is for 20 pictures of Lyons 1900’s and 10 postcards of the 1940’s & 1950’s. Drop your change in and help us get this valued collection for the museum, or send a check to: Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, Lyons, Co. Thanks.
Folks will enjoy Christmas Eve services at: The Lyons Community Church at 4 p.m., the River Church at 6 p.m., and at Planet Bluegrass in the Wildflower Pavilion at 7 p.m. Enjoy them all.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, the Lyons Community Foundation is hosting a presentation and book signing by David Baron, author of “The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature”. The book combines the story of a fatal mountain lion attack on a jogger in Idaho Springs in 1991, with analysis of human-lion interactions along the Colorado Front Range over the past 20 years and more. As an area that has a lot of lion sightings, plan to attend.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, is the next Old-Time Community Square Dance, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Oddfellows Hall, 4th Ave. and High St., with Pat Yognoni calling and Big-Eyed Rabbit all-time string band. Charge is $3, children and seniors; $6-Adults; $10-family. Bring some snacks to share and enjoy!
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PAY YOUR CHAMBER DUES BUY FEBRUARY to have a chance to win a new Apple iPad. Chamber dues renewal packets have been sent to all present members, along with renewal information. It summarizes achievements accomplished in 2010, and explains the excitement ahead for 2011. All businesses are encouraged to join the Chamber; non profits and non-business are also welcomed to join.
We hear good news in that a community theater may be coming to Lyons. A couple formerly of Greeley (I can’t remember their names, so please call me 303-823-5925) is interested in producing some plays here in town! They have been involved in theater in Greeley for years, and moved to Lyons, wanting to retire in a small town. This is something we have been wanting for a long time. Our Thanks, and let’s help them all we can to get this going
THE LYONS GOLDEN GANG AND MEMBERS OF GAP held their Christmas party on Thursday evening, and the Golden Gang held their annual Christmas party on Wednesday, with songs, food, and gifts. Merry Christmas to Lyons seniors.
THE LYONS TOWN BOARD HOSTED an open house to thank the members of the Town’s commissions; who serve as volunteers to make the town a better place to live: Planning and Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Arts and Humanities, Lyons Library, Historic Landmark, Sustainable Future, Engineering, Tree and Weed, and Economic Development. Mayor Julie Van Domelen was in charge of the evening.
GOOD NEWS is that Lyons sales tax continues to be strong. Jodi McClurkin, Lyons Finance Director states: “We are $377,128.65 year-to-date. That is 96% of last year and we still have December to go”.
Members of the Lyons High Senior Class have several out-of-town scholarship opportunities to apply for. Go to Web: http://counseling.stvrain.k12.co.us to access those through the School District. Those available now are: Al’s Formal Wear www.alsprom.com; CO Assoc. of Legal Support Staff www.calss.org; Several DAR scholarships and CO Women’s Sports Fund (see office for application); Mensa Education and Research Foundation www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships; America’s Homecoming Queen www.americashomecomingqueen.com; Ronald McDonald House Charities ww.rmhc.org, and AXA Achievement Scholarships www.axa-achievement.com. Local St. Vrain Scholarship will be available in January, and local Lyons Scholarships in March.
The counseling office is looking for an outstanding 10th grader who is interested in a leadership seminar, which will take place next spring or summer. Contact school office.
REA OUTREACH PROGRAM offers two great programs for High School Juniors, which include one all-expense paid trip to Washington DC, on Thursday, June 9 through Thursday June 16, and two all-expense paid trips to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs, July 10 – July 12. The deadline for both applications is January 21. All students whose families are members of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association are eligible.
BENEFIT FOR CHAD HAAKENSON was well attended. It was heartwarming to see Chad’s wrestling coach, Leister Bowling, and wife Nancy who rounded up his former teammates from Lyons and others from area schools that know Chad, as well as his many classmates and friends, including Jennifer Roth, who was the School-Town Interventionist in charge of GAP at that time. The silent auction was the best with items going for a high price-the old Yogi Bear Game (1966) went for $175. Wow! They say Yogi Bear is back. A pheasant hunting trip to Nebraska went for over $200, and a new kitchen floor for $400, to name a few. The silent auction consisted of items from the Lions Booster Club, wrestling equipment, jewelry, fishing gear, artwork, photos, games, and more. All to help Chad, who underwent surgery in Boulder on Monday (where a lump was removed form his tongue). He will have thirty treatments of chemo. His insurance coverage is co-pay, where he has to pay the first $150 on each bill. The doctors hope they caught it in time to be localized.
We do want to thank Tyra and her mom, Georgia, and all others for their help, and Ma’s Pizza and Manny Vasquez of The Outlaw for furnishing the place, food, and drinks. A wonderful gesture for a fine lad, and to think Chad didn’t chew or smoke! It makes one wonder, “why?” Good luck, Chad, we are all saying prayers for you. You can send donations to: Chad Haakenson Fund at The Bank of the West, P. O. Box 921, Lyons, or Pay Pal at http://www.cowrestlng.com/chadhaakensonfund.htm.
THE PROGRAM at the Lyons Community Church presented the Christmas Story in costume and songs with an advent service by the Schwenn family. It was very impressive and meaningful and included lots of folks as a tribute to the Christmas season.
THE OPEN HOUSE AT THE UPHOLSTERY SHOP was well attended it was nice to meet those new business owners. Georgia “Peach Pavlova” English and coworkers Jill Jacobs and Chester Nuels. They are also selling other items such as: jewelry, purses, etc., and we wish them the best of luck!
The sale of the Lyons books had brought many oldtimers to town such as Jack Evert, son of Helen (Scanlon) and Mickey Evert. Helen, the daughter of M.J. and Lea Scanlon, who operated Lyons Golden Rule Store in Lyons from 1889 thru 1939. Helen was the youngest of seven children including Leona, Donald William, Robert who married Leona Murray, a daughter of Susie Montgomery Brown and aunt to the present Lynda (Dick) Kelling.
Helen graduated from Lyons High in 1928. She married W. K. Evert of Longmont, and had son Jack who attended school in Lyons thru the 8th grade when the family moved to Virginia. After retirement the Evert’s moved to Estes Park. Jack and wife, Bette, (now deceased) have lived in Evergreen. Strangely, their daughters, Michael Kip, Kelli Joan, and Gina Shaw went to school in Evergreen, with the children of Carl and Wilma (Billings) Gross, with two of them marrying. The Gross’s live on a small farm near Mesa, Colorado. They report that Carl Gross has died, but Wilma lives in California. Jack and Justin, his grandson, also visited Tim and Lynda Kelling while here. The families are enjoying the Weaver books with history about the Scanlon’s, Billy Welch, Robert Scanlon and sister, Dorothy, in the first graduation class of Lyons High School-1925, W. K. (Micky) Evert, the Billings, Engert’s, etc.
You can still buy a book at: Red Canyon Art Co., The Lyons General Store, and Re-Runs, or call 823.5925 to pick one up. Great Christmas gifts.
AND FROM THE ENGEL’S
Fred and Mabel Engel came to Lyons in 1931, to join the in-laws, Zeb and Ica Gustin, who moved to Lyons from Iowa in 1926. They had five children: Vivian, Overman, Clair, Ralph, and Mabel. Mabel and Fred Engel had four children: Harold, Eleanor, Donald, and Wesley. They operated an egg farm on the property at 3rd and Seward, where the chicken houses/apartments are near the cemetery, which they sold to George and Katherine Kelling & family of Fleming. Their children are: Steve (dec’d), Sue Ann Frysig, Kathy, and Tim. Fred Engel was the popular janitor at the Lyons School from 1936 to 1941, and later worked in Estes Park. He was a member of the Lyons Oddfellow Lodge. Daughter Eleanor graduated from Lyons High School in 1946. Harold passed away in 1937. Donald attended school in Lyons and finished high school in California, as did Wesley. We hear from Wesley’s wife, Donna, who states Fred and Mabel have passed away, as well as their children Eleanor and Wesley. The Engel’s were well known residents of Lyons.
AND FROM ALBERTA (WEHR) AND DALE EWY of Las Vegas, Nevada. Alberta graduated from Lyons High School in 1948 and married Dale Ewy, brother of Bud who lived in Allenspark. They moved to Las Vegas with her folks, Harold and Charlotte Wehr, who was a sister to Lyall Landreth, and are also related to the Roach and Stager families
We say Farewell to Bob and Tina Schooler, who are moving back to Texas. The Schoolers have been a part of Lyons for twelve years, having a gift shop at the old Conoco building and one in Longmont, and lately operated On The Rocks Bistro. Bob has operated a plumbing business. We will miss the Schooler family; Bob, Tina, Samuel, and Stephanie, and wish them good luck.
Tom and Nancy Fike of Phoenix, Arizona, are visitng their son, Jim Fike, over the holidays. We welcome them.
Town Trustee Ed Bruder enjoyed a visit with his mother and two brothers and families in Massachusetts. He states they did not have any snow there, and missed the big snowstorms in the nearby states.
WELCOME AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Effie Banta, 88 years young, who moved to Lyons a year ago, from the San Diego area to be near her son, Lloyd and family.
We express our sympathy at the death of: CAROLYN FRIEND CHRISTOPHER, age 76, who passed away in Utah. Carolyn grew up and graduated from Lyons High School. She married Albert Christopher who had four small children at the time, and they had six of their own. Since his death in 2008, she has lived in Utah close to most of her children.
Irene Grace Ketterman of Boulder, a longtime square dancer, passed away on December 9 with a memorial service held last Sunday, December 19, at First Presbyterian Church.
Ronald ‘Dean’ Reynolds of Livermore, passed away on Monday, December 13, in Tucson. He and his first wife, Charlotte, were longtime square dancers. They moved to the area from Michigan and he was in the construction business. He was instrumental in building the Morningstar Community Church in Red Feather Lakes. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, at Life Bridge Christian Church in Longmont. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231-2100.
Rene and Dean and spouses attended the Red Rock Ramblers summer dances for many years, and will be sadly missed by the square dance family.