This week is April 15th – time to have your Income Tax done. Lots of people are working hard to get their returns done, or they can send in an extension.
Yes, the IRS is watching all of us... scary, isn’t it! I have been doing Tax Returns since 1947, when I started working for O. J. Ramey, on the corner of 4th & Main, now the Art Bank. He sent me to the back room, with the customers, and we had to sort it out. We used carbon paper, and the copier was a contraption with pink and white paper you put the paper between and ran it thru some fluid. There were no computers. We had a large adding machine where you pushed down each button and pulled a crank (now housed in the Lyons Redstone Museum). It is a wonder we got thru it, but worked night and day with over 300 customers.
We attended Tax school each year sponsored by CSU.
Mr. LaVerne always had lunch at the Lyons Café, and Marguerite People would send a piece of her chocolate pie over to me.
Hmmm. Just the other day, June and Agnes sent some chocolate pie to me via Larry Quinn. Thanks you all. It made my day!
The biggest tax upset I remember was when area farmers sold their land to the Cement Plant in 1964 on installment.
They mistakenly did not include any “stated” interest in the contract.
Yes, the IRS guy had a “hay day” collecting on that interest they had to include. Tax season is quite improved now with computers and printers. Dee York Johnson and her staff at Double D Accounting, located at the Shopette, are working hard to make the deadline.
Thanks to all who voted for me to serve on the Lyons Town Board. I didn’t know whether to expect it or not, as old as I am, but I have “been there, heard about it, seen it, done that,” so I can at least tell you the history of town happenings, as nothing we have in our great town came easy. It was a campaign, an election, paying taxes, etc.
True, nowadays it is a hard to cope with the recession, however, Lyons is looking up, with a new Main Street, many new businesses, an active Chamber of Commerce, several knowledgeable board and staff members, Julie, our Mayor, and Victoria, Town Administrator, who has had a lot of experience in town policy. It is encouraging. We will do our best! However, none of you can rightfully complain, as you could have run!
All day Friday, Victoria, Town Administrator, and Staff gave the first ever orientation to the Town Board members.
All Town Staff gave their duties, projects and accomplishments, and what is expected of the Board members, as they are the “chiefs.”
We had a lovely lunch with U.S. Representative, Jared Polis, who joined us on a tour of Main Street, (thanking Congress for the $700,000-Stimulus Funds, DOLA for the $350,000-grant funds, and DRCOG for the $119,000 shortage). We toured the library, the electrical, water, and sewer systems. It was a very informative day. We should have a productive session on the Lyons Town Board. Stay tuned.
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 18 is the fourth Lyons Community Montessori Earth Day at Sandstone Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with games, music, a performance by Montessori students, and a huge Kids’ Garage Sale, with the theme “Reuse and Recycle.” Plan to attend. Proceeds go toward the Montessori educational programs.
HELP THE DIRT BIKE JUMP SKILLS PARK this Saturday, April 17, from 2 to 8 p.m., at Oskar Blues Barn, with live music, food, drink, and a silent auction. Donations can be made at Bitterbrush Cycles, Redstone Cyclery, or mail donations to Lyons Parks and Recreation, Box 49, Lyons, Co. 80540. Proceeds will provide a sun shelter at the dirt bike park.
NEW SHELTER AT PARK
A shelter is going up at the dog park, to provide dogs, as well as owners, a shelter while their dog is enjoying his freedom at the dog park. The 10-acre parcel given to the Town by Boulder County has been fenced. Providing water may be the next project. Thanks to Lyons Parks and Recreation Department.
LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOCIAL will be held next Thursday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Lyons Valley Bank. Make your reservation at: (303) 823-5642. There will be a $5 donation at the door to support Earth Day, Spring and Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, whose mission is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. For each $5 donated you will receive a ticket for a four-pack of spring annuals from Gwynne’s Greenhouse.
ARBOR DAY will be held at the Lyons Elementary School next Friday, April 23, with a tree give-away contest for elementary students. Lyons is a Tree City, and makes an effort to continually plant and care for its trees, which provide shade, homes for the birds, and helps clean the air.
THE LYONS HIGH PROM IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY APRIL 24, with donations for the After-Prom being solicited. Send to Box 1201, Lyons, Co. 80540.
The After-Prom is not only fun, but keeps our youth safe from midnight to 5 a.m., with games, TV, Video, dancing, food, etc.
Put on by the Junior Class parents, each family is asked to donate $25 to help with expenses.
A great and memorable night for our youth.
THE HIGH STREET CONCERTS have scheduled another Concert for Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Rogers Hall, with the bluegrass power trio - Three Ring Circle, featuring Dobro legend, Rob Ickes; mandolinist, Andy Leftwich and bassist, Dave Pomeroy.
Opening the show will be the Celtic Que’be’cois trio of Sandra Wong, Yann Falquet and Chris Layer.
They will be playing on several old instruments that we are not accustomed to hearing, which will be a delight. Be sure to get your tickets early. Visit www.HighStreetConcerts.com for more information.
A NEW SCHOLARSHIP can be applied for at www.CHSPAonline.
“Scholarship Gala” for students interested in Journalism. The Colorado High School Press Association will hold their Scholarship Gala on Saturday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at the Lincoln Center/Canyon West Room in Ft. Collins. Cost is $50 per person. The event will honor journalists Greg Luft and Larry Stewart, with Medal of Merit winners, Katy Gray and Dianne Gum.
We are keeping an eye on Lyons Track and Field, they have done well this season. At the Mountain Range Invite last week: Jake Windsor, won the 300-meter hurdles, Alex Frazier won the pole vault, and Jesse Montross, was 2nd in 300-meter hurdles and 5th in 100 hurdles. The girls placed 3rd in 400-meter relay team of Kendal Frazier, Michele Hickey, Amber Boyington and Dana Arling; Jesse Montrose was 5th in 100-meter hurdles and 2nd in 300 hurdles. Melissa Roberts was 3rd in 1600-meter run. Boyington was 5th in pole vault and Arling was 4th in pole vault.
The boys did equally as well with Jesse Pfarr 6th in discus, Anthony Tiffet 3rd in pole vault. The relay team of Zach Pfeiffer, Tiffet, Frazier and Dalton placed 3rd in 1600 relay, while Windsor, Arnold, Frazier, and Forrest Donnell won the 800 relay.
AT THE LONGMONT INVITE this past weekend the Lyons girls placed 6th with 49 points, behind Loveland, Niwot, Windsor, Greeley Central, and Roosevelt. Rachel Hinker paced the Lyons girls, winning the Long jump with a mark of 16.6 while competing in the event the first time ever in high school. She edged Niwot’s Sydney Coffey who jumped 16-4.
The girls placed 4th in 3200 relay & 6th in 400 relay. Jesse Montross placed 3rd in 300 hurdles and 6th in high jump.
The Lyons boys took third with 74.66 points behind Longmont and Loveland. They placed fourth in the 880 relay, 3rd in 400 relay, and 3rd in 1600 relay Ryan Boucher placed 2nd in high jump, Dylan Donohoe was 2nd in 3200 run, Forest Donnell-5th in long jump, Jacob Windsor was 5th in 300 hurdles and 6th in 110 hurdles.
We note that the Lyons Baseball team is doing well, recently winning over Estes Park and Valley. They are currently in third place behind Eaton and Yuma, with a 4-1 record as of last Tuesday. Congratulations.
GOLDEN GANG’S MONTHLY BREAKFASTS have been very successful with nearly seventy-five people enjoying the good food, served as a fundraiser, on the first Saturday of each month by the Lyons Golden Gang at the Walt Self Center.
Mark your calendar for May 1, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Ray and Dora Babcock were accompanied by their sons Alan and David and their wives Janet and Debbie of Loveland and Westminster, to the breakfast last week. All are graduates of Lyons High School.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS will feature reunions of the class of 1970 (their 40th year) and 1990 (their 20th year), with the class of 1980 celebrating (their 30th year) July 17 and 18. Help is needed to get in contact with these students.
THE CLASS OF 1970 INCLUDES: Dan Belg, Don Ewy, Gloria Roe, Sara Carlson, Bonnie Clark, Debbie Colard, Gordon Farrell, John Fidler, Joanne Fischer, Jerry Johnson, Debbie Kast, Roe Kinson, Brad LaVoie, James Moores, Fred Robb, Vicky Robb, Larry Roe, Calvin Schilling, Marlys Werner, and Jerry Tabor (call Jerry Tabor (303) 823-6710 or Jerry Johnson (303) 823-5925 with addresses).
The Class of 1990 include: Arni Asgeirsson, Mike Byers, Sherri Carton, Jeff Clark, Korbin Conrad, Rhonda Cox, Rich Deeter, Kara Desmarais, Tiffany Dobbs, Tracey Dunston, Amy Echo-Hawk, Keri Gonzales, Aaron Hostetter, Meg Hughes, Toni Jacovetta, Rob Kobebel, Joe Lafollette, Kristen Lorensen, Kristine Maxon, Jackie McConnell, Jimmy Moore, Kelly Morris, Kim Namesnik, Danna Pearson, Brandy Perkins, Tonya Reed, Shellie Rickman, Gerald Roberts, Shanna Rurup, Owen Schilling, Cristin Sherwood, Toni Stafford, Tina Strausheim, Brad Sutherland, Linda Vasquez, Lori Waldron, Steve Watson.
Plans are: Saturday, June 26 – 4 p.m. – Tour of Lyons High School; 5 p.m. – Dinner at On The Rocks Bistro;
Sunday – June 27 – Noon, Bring-your-own-picnic lunch – Meadow Park.
MEALS ON WHEELS
I have been getting Meals on Wheels, since my mishap of a broken leg, and want to say, “They have been good, a delicious balanced meal, a good variety, warm when it arrives, and very worthwhile.” The cost is $3.25 per meal and delivered at your door by one of several volunteers: Wayne Werner, Glenda & Leonard Peck, Lara Matthews, Bill Martin, and others. The meals are made at the Longmont Senior Center and distributed to area Senior Centers and throughout the towns and county to give seniors a good meal Tuesdays thru Fridays. Thanks to all.
Our hearts go out to the family of Mark Pederson, who passed away at home last week at the age of 22.
Mark had kidney problems since birth, was on dialysis, which finally failed, leaving his family and many friends to remember his courage, smile, humor, and faithfulness to all.
He was a graduate of Lyons High School, and will be sadly missed by all. Many friends and family gave tributes to Mark, especially his best friend, Dillon Clayton.
Dillon, his mom and stepfather, Kathy and Tom Lindly returned from their new home South Carolina, and Rena Gearhart and family from Gibbons, Nebraska, drove for the service, which was held at the Lyons Baptist Church with burial at the Lyons Cemetery. With deep sympathy to all.
MAXINE GARDNER, age 84, passed away after several years of illness. A long-time cashier at the Lyons Middle Senior High School, she worked part-time, filing and as hostess, at the Lyons Redstone Museum the past six years. She was active with the Lyons Golden Gang holding several offices until her health failed.
Maxine was the daughter of Henry and Fern Jandreau, who moved to the Blue Mountain area in 1929 where she attended the Silver Dale School. She attended Lyons High School and married, in 1952, Lyons native Harold Gardner who operated a sawmill east of McCall Lake.
She is survived by their daughter, Suzanne Guthrie, a 1972 Graduate of Lyons High, and two nephews, Jack and John. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother George, a 1941 graduate of Lyons High, and her husband, who died in 1987.
A graveside service will be held at the Platteville Cemetery at 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 17, with Chaplain Mary Dobbs of Lyons officiating. A pot-luck luncheon and reception will be held at the Walt Self Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. Donations may be made in her honor to: The Lyons Redstone Museum, Box 9, Lyons, CO, or the Lyons Golden Gang, Box 1091, Lyons, CO.
WE ALSO SAY FAREWELL TO CLAUDE WEST, a neighbor up in Apple Valley for many years.
He was a devoted grandpa to his grandsons, Michael West and Justin Lambert, a good neighbor, friend to all, and will be sadly missed. Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with full military honors at 10:30 at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Donations to the Leukemia Society and/or HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties may be sent to Ahlberg Fumeral Chapel. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com
WE ALSO SAY FAREWELL TO CAROLINE STUCZYNSKI, 87, of Berthoud, who passed away at the Longmont United Hospital.
She worked in the Boulder J.C. Penney drapery department for many years. Two of her grandchildren, Heather and Valerie Stuczynksi live in Lyons.
Cremation was entrusted to Carroll-Lewellen Funeral & Cremation Services.
Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens at l p.m. next Saturday, April 24.
SHIRLEY SIMKINS passed away last week in Colorado Springs from pneumonia.
She was the oldest child of Sherman and Freda Bohn; grew up in Lyons and was a 1950 graduate of Lyons High School.
She married Everett Simkins, and would have shortly celebrated their 60th anniversary.
They have six children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Shirley is survived by her husband, Everett, all of her children, and siblings: Rodney Bohn of Florida, Dick Bohn of California, and Julie Wechsler of Lyons.