Another week gone by. Spring is here. Daffodils are blooming, violets and hyacinth will be peaking out. Time to think about yard work, and it was raining early this
morning! That is a sure sign. Welcome to Spring!
We now have the new Comprehensive Plan to go by. It is not much different than all the others, but is to be used as a guide to go by. It includes the many wishes of the Lyons people and, of course, a lot of dreams of what we could do if we had the money.
However, in looking back through the years, we have made great accomplishments, as well as some boo-boos in trying to keep a small town.
Some projects that have been turned down were: 70 acres of buildable land to the north that is now County open space (voted down twice by town residents), 11 acres of land above Lyons Estates now Lyons open space (with 17 houses voted down where the town would allow eight homes, and finally donated to the town as Open Space).
Forty-five townhouses in Meadow Park. In 1983, the railroad was willing to sell the land to a developer or the town.
The town passed a sales and use tax to purchase the Meadow Park land, the depot land, Sandstone Park, and the railroad down to the Boulder Junction.
The l34 acre Olson land which could have had 800 homes on it, and is now Boulder County open space (In the 1990s we had a proposal for an industry, lots of houses, and a shopping center where Bohn Park is).
Around 1990, we tried to buy the Olson land for a new Elementary School and purchase the old Elementary for a recreation center and Town Hall (at which time the land could have been purchased for $1,000,000, but recently sold to Boulder County for $3,000,000.
There was a proposal for sixty condos and a shopping center at and to the north of Stone Mountain Lodge, highly protested by residents of Spring Gulch; as well as a proposal to flag-pole Dowe Flats for 8000 houses.
Recently, we were looking toward a way to annex the eastern corridor for a shopping center, but now light industry.
At one time, we turned down a tourist train coming into Lyons.
You name it, and someone has tried it, and, true, the town has not been very progressive as to allowing a lot of growth!
As we look back, we wonder if we should have gone for some of the above. However, there were no billionaires in the plans and Lyons residents desire to stay a small, bedroom town with now a revamped Main Street, where we hope the tourists will stop by and are encouraging folks to buy local. Good luck to the new board.
DID YOU GET YOUR CENSUS IN?
All folks are asked to send in your census, so you can be counted which helps in Federal and County support.
If you didn’t get a Census form, call the Lyons Town Hall (303) 823-6622 for help, as you need to be counted.
LYONS FOOD SHARE
April 2 – 14
Give items of food at the St. Vrain Market to help Lyons Food Bank. Greeters are needed to serve two hours to say a “Thank You.” Call Carol (303) 823-2419 if you can help. The Food Bank will receive $100 of food for each volunteer hour. Send donations to the Lyons Food Bank, Box 44, Lyons, Co. 80540
This Saturday, April 10 – 8:30 to 11 a.m. is breakfast by The Golden Gang, at Walt Self Senior Center. Cost is $3-ages 3-12; and $5 for Adults and Seniors. Delicious food, pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee. Plan to attend. The Seniors plan on sponsoring a breakfast the first Saturday morning of each month.
HIGH STREET CONCERT
This Saturday, April 10, is the last High Street Concert of the season, with Steve Smith and Hard Road with Bill Evans and Megan Lynch, starting at 8 p.m. at Rogers Hall. Go to www.highstreetconcerts.com for tickets.
The High Street Concerts is a volunteer-run Colorado non-profit organization finishing its seventh season. Concerts are held every second Saturday from October thru April.
Ann Sirotniak and her corps of volunteers are to be complimented for bringing a lot of great music to the town, with an overflow crowd each concert. This will be the last concert of the season.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORKING SOCIAL will be held THURSDAY, APRIL 22, at Valley Bank and Trust, celebrating Earth Day and spring. A donation of $5 will be charged at the door to support the work of Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and comes with a ticket for a four-pack of spring annuals from Gwynne’s Greenhouse. To register, call (303) 823-5215 or
Welcome to new Chamber members: The Dinosaur Lady, Mayama Movement Studio, LLC, Spike Productions, eMoore Business Solutions, LLC, Metaforms, One World Translation & Assoc., and Arcadia Design, Inc.
LYONS COMMUNITY MONTESORRI EARTH DAY – April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sandstone Park, with activities for children, vending and informational booths, music and dancing, performance by Montessori students, refreshments, kids’ garage sale, books, and more. Plan to attend. Call (303) 823-5897 or (303) 823-2417 to donate items or for information.
MAKE PLANS FOR LYONS CLEAN-UP DAYS – MAY 8
Cost to take your “stuff” to the Lyons Dumpster at the Public Works’ Department is $10 per car $15 per pickup load, with extra charges for appliances etc.
LYONS OUTDOOR MARKET will open on Saturday, May 15 during the dedication of Lyons Main Street. Vendors can call (303) 444-8078, or www.lyonsoutdoormarket.com.
TRACK AND FIELD
Lyons track teams placed 7th last week at the Mustang Invitational with 9l.50 points. Lyons placed in the 300 hurdles with: 1. Jacob Windsor, 1. 800 Relay, and 1. Alex Frazier in Pole Vault.
WE NOTE IN COLORADO GAMING NEWS
“The Central City Social Club, an upscale restaurant and casino, owned by Tim Combs, former mayor of Lyons, is standing ready to rock as soon as Combs secures a gaming license.
It’s a pretty place with seating for diners and games for gamblers. Stay tuned for an opening date,” and in the Redstone Review: “The purchase the Hygiene Market by Tim Combs and Mary Magdalene.” Our congratulations!
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION held their monthly meeting on Monday evening, with plans for Lyons Arbor Day – April 23, Lyons Elementary School; Lyons Outdoor Games – June 12 & 13 and Lyons Good Old Days, June 25 & 26.
Vendors are invited to contact Dave Cosgrove or Marissa Davis for information at (303) 823-8250. SPONSORS ARE NEEDED for all these events.
THE OUTDOOR GAMES, June 12 & 13 will be centered from Sandstone Park, where there will be food, music, and vendors, and a beer tent. This is an exciting event which will include kayaking, K-9 Frisbee, dirt bike races, a 5-K run, silent auction and more!
THE 34TH ANNUAL LYONS “GOOD OLD DAYS” June 25 and 26, will be centered on High Street and 4th Avenue, with music, food, vendors, games, and carnival. KidSpace will be at the Lyons Elementary playground to include all kids of games, music, a Bar-B-Q, and more.
The Lyons Redstone Museum will host an Open House during the Good Old Days, both Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. And the dedication of the new Lyons book “Piecing a Town Together-Families of Lyons, Colorado” by Frank Weaver and Denise Berg will be on Saturday, from noon-3 p.m.
All Lyons pioneer families will be named as Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days on Friday, at 9 p.m.
Music will be at the stage all day with local bands for the Friday and Saturday night dances.
A square dance will be at the Lyons Elementary gym on Saturday, July 3, from 7 to 10:15 p.m., with Jerry Haag of Cheyenne, Caller, and Cuer Ed Glenn, of Louisville, Co. celebrating the 52nd summer season of the Red Rock Ramblers. Stay tuned.
THE REDSTONE MUSEUM
Visiting the museum last Friday were Joyce Davee and Sharon Bachochim from one of the Boulder Questers Organizations, who give grants for restoration and preservation projects.
After a lunch at Andrea’s, they surveyed the museum to find some needed projects. Thanks ladies.
Pat McClain of Accent Painting of Thornton, who painted the 39 windows of the Lyons Redstone Museum, and donated the painting of the gallow last summer during the rehabilitation, brought his family to visit the museum and to attend the Lyons Community Dance last Saturday.
He met his wife, Karmu, in Nepal, at a hotel where she worked and where he stayed, while hiking the country. She is from a small village of 400 people at 14,000 feet high, which takes a 10-hour bus ride from Hong Kong, and four days of walking to get there!
She had never danced before, nor had their son, Djorg’. They all had a great time!
OUR THANKS go to Ellen Rosenberg, who plays the fiddle in the band, Poultry in Motion, and has operated the community dances, the first Saturday of each month for the past 10 years, bringing a lot of fun for the Lyons community. Dances start again next Halloween.
EASTER EGG HUNT
We sincerely thank the Lyons Firemen for the great Easter egg hunt with lots of plastic eggs filled with candy to find and great prizes.
Each age group was ribboned off in sections with a few prize eggs, even for the Lyons Seniors.
We thank Linda Stacy who recently retired from being the Chairman the past 21 years.
Funds are needed to support this great event. Send to: Lyons Easter Egg Hunt, Box 695, Lyons, Co.
Morgan Jueschke of CSU spent Easter with her grandmother, Sharon McConnell.
Audrey Johnson of University of San Diego flew home for Easter, with a dinner out with her parents, Ron and Cindy Johnson, brothers Trevor and Randall, grandmother, LaVern Johnson, and uncle, Jerry.
Ray and Alice Thomas arrived home just in time for their family Easter dinner. They had spent a month at her home in Vernon, Texas.
Linda and Tim Kelling hosted their usual Easter dinner for their families - the Kelling’s & Victor Dick’s
FAREWELL TO JANICE SAEGER, LYONS FINANCIAL PERSON
It is truly sad that the Fort Collins Parks and Open Space wooed our good financial lady away. Janice has been with the town over sixteen years, and although she was not present at the Town Board Monday evening, she will receive a Thank You Plaque from the town for her many years of service.
Janice kept all town departments on the straight and narrow. She knew the town rules, town budget, the Tabor rules, and prepared a monthly financial report, which was easy to read; telling us what department was keeping up, going down, or luckily sometimes exceeding the estimated amount, and the town budget.
Although receiving good pay, some bigger town, had more! We will greatly miss you, Janice.
We do get a lot of complaints from Lyons taxpayers about the employees’ wages, but again, we lost a great employee to a town that has more people (100,000 to our 1,800) and MORE MONEY!
Likewise Kurt Carlson, Lyons Parks and Rec. Director, Terry Andrews - former Town Clerk, and several public works employees to name a few.
The Town of Lyons is like area churches, we teach them, and then someone nabs them! The woes and the life of a small town.
Our Congratulations! A son, Ayden Chase was born to Samantha and Chris Carter of Lyons on March 19, and a son, Enzo Robert was born to Claudia and Robert Paterno of Lyons, on March 11..
GET WELL WISHES go to Jerry Tabor who was involved in a head-on car accident last Saturday, east of Lyons. His injuries were slight, but the man in the other car, had severe injuries. Both cars were extensively damaged.
Get well wishes to them both. Pastor Clair Drews of the Lyons Community Church, who has been on crutches after a fall, and to Lu Spieres, former Lyons Community School teacher at Lyons (1980-1986) who lives at Nathrop, has suffered another slight stoke, and is in rehab at the Columbine Center in Salida. Give her a call at: (719) 599-6112, or send her a card to: 13950 County. Rd 26l-H, Nathrop, Co. 81236.
We compliment, Wayne Werner, who knows as much about the Town of Lyons, as anyone. He is a devoted reader of Lyons history and can take you on a tour of at least a twenty-mile area.
Wayne has just finished the Bowles book “Sawmill Days,” which relates the years their family: Fred and Ruth Bowles, and children: Lloyd, Lillie, Reta, Jack, and Eugene made their living logging in the Lyons, Allenspark, Ward, and Jamestown areas. Most of their family, all but Lloyd graduated from Lyons High.
Also, Wayne has just finished the Don Smitherman book on “Elk Park Ranch” which tells about the ranches from Highway 66/36, along Cabin Creek Road, known as the Meadowdale Ranch, Elk Park Ranch, Big Elk Ranch, and the James Ranch. The ranches have been consolidated, and are now owned by the Don Smitherman and the Trevarton families of Meeker Park, where folks (The Boren’s, Mina (Boren) Christner, the Charles E. “Bo” House family, the Al Rose family, and Ed Boinay) all lived in the early days.
The House family drove to Lyons, where the children attended high school and the mother taught school.
Now, there is just a four-wheel trail (not open) starting at the Meadow Dale Ranch (formerly the Crocker Ranch) along Highway 36/66 toward Estes Park and Homestead Meadows, lately owned by Hewlett Packard, used as a picnic/camping area, and owned in the 1930’s by Linda Kelling’s grandfather, Harry Brown.
These ranches are now under the Estes Park Conservancy District. The Homestead Acres buildings are still there, but are not under any restoration project.
Thank you, Wayne, for your interest. We have both these books for sale for $15 each at the Lyons Redstone Museum (call (303) 823-5925)
We hear there is a book on Pinewood Springs that a couple (both deceased) started, and we need someone to write a book on Spring Gulch (formerly owned by Art and Annie Colard) and the Buster family.
In 1967, the seven families that lived there voted to join the St. Vrain School District and come to Lyons, instead of their designated area of Berthoud. The Spring Gulch and Arnold subdivision now have over 300 homes in the area.
We extend our Sympathy to Laurie Kennedy, whose father passed away from cancer last Wednesday. Laurie has gone to Atlanta, Ga. for the services.