Woe is me (us)! A month ago Lyons was forever changed. Its people (2047) were upset with flooding waters, rousting us out of our homes up to the school and church on to higher ground. All 2047 of us were told we had to leave town; no services, no sewer, no water, no electricity, no gas, and no
communications. Now, as of October 15, some do have electricity. Some businesses are back, some residents moved on to “higher” ground, some have rented homes out of town, others may give up. Although we say, “God, oh God, what do we do now?” We are making headway, and there is hope for our shattered/drowned town.
Thanks to the Town Staff and Town Board and all their associates; thanks to FEMA who we are all consulting with to get some rent money, money for our homes destroyed, food money, etc. (Keep applying) Thanks to the SBA, who will give you a loan (much easier than any bank). True, you have to pay it back, but in extended time with low interest. Thanks to the SALVATION ARMY for those meals each morning, noon, and night, and snacks all day! Thanks to THE RED CROSS, they are indeed great. Thanks to HOME DEPOT, TEAM RUBICON, and all the volunteer groups for their strong backs to clean out so many of our homes and businesses.
SERVICES AT LYONS ELEMENTARY GYM
FEMA - You have until November 14, to register; SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION; RED CROSS; LYONS RECOVERY CENTER TABLE with Joycelynn Fankhouser (from Lyons, and a Boulder County employee loaned to us for twenty hours a week), who is there to help you. Be sure to ask. All Lyons seniors are asked to call her at (303) 877-6359 to assist in any needs they have.
Gobs of clothes, supplies, and snack also available at the gym.
HEART OF CABI FOUNDATION: Free clothes for women at the Fox Hill Country Club, 1400 State Hwy 119, Longmont. Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by!
MORE LYONS BUSINESSES NOW OPEN
• Bank of the West 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The Hair Company, call Donna at (970) 402-3268.
• Lyons Dairy Bar
• Gateway Auto, Help Scott Kelly get a garage upgrade. He certainly deserves it!
• LYONS FITNESS
• Lyons Mane in Boulder at 1885 Folsom Avenue
• Lyons Mercantile, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Lyons General Store (your FedEx delivery may already be there).
HYGIENE FEED STORE is giving free dog, cat, and chicken feed to Lyons area residents.
NEEDS: Someone to furnish dry cleaning.
LYONS GOLDEN GANG
All seniors invited to the Longmont Senior Center, next Tuesday, October 22, at noon for lunch, please RSVP Sandy Dottrell at (303) 651-3l47, or cody209453@aolcom.
AVAILABLE HELP: Clothes: Rocky Mountain Church (303) 876-6600.
J.J. Hoffman, the Lyons Fire Chief is bringing his Skid Steer to town where he will help folks clear out their yards of debris. Call (303) 775-1461. Next week he will help those up the South, North, and Apple Valley work with dirt work. Thanks J.J.
HELP IS NEEDED!
Please for help from Sonja Wyppler: My parents owners of The Black Bear Inn are looking for a soil engineer and an excavating company who will donate their services to their beloved restaurant. As some of you know we have a fence around the building, this is not due to what is inside. It is due to the mountain cave in behind the restaurant. We cannot get back in until someone else stabilizes the mountain behind us. Any help would be appreciated. We were able to take the main computer of the restaurant out, so you can email us at: hostess@blackbearinn.
YOU ARE INVITED
Priscilla Cohan invites you to Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery’s event “Part With Your Art - Benefit Sale,” Saturday, October 19, at 10 a.m. through Sunday, October 27, at 6 p.m., at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery.
HALLOWEEN PARADE in Lyons is scheduled for 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 26. Yea, this will be a glorious event.
FREE MASSAGE at the Yoga & Wellness Center, 310 Main Street, open to the public daily noon to 3 p.m.
THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, will go on as scheduled, Saturday, and Sunday, December 7 and 8, in the cafeteria of the Longmont Main Street School, where the Lyons students are all attending. Continue your plans and preparations. Our thanks to the Lyons Bazaar Group of hard working ladies!
NOTE TO ALL
A bunch of Lyons residents (past and present) want to start getting together once a month, on the third Saturday of every month starting around 2 p.m., at the Perkins restaurant on Main Street in Longmont is reserved for “Lyons.” It is a time for everyone to get together without the pressure of a “reunion” and just chew the fat or what ever. It is going to be an on going thing (I hope) and if you are in town and want to show up you can. Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested. Take care, Georgina (Ohline) Minto (970) 532-4484.
BAND NIGHT last Wednesday was started by the Lyons High School band playing the National Anthem. A fitting song to lift our spirits. Twelve school bands participated: Lyons, Erie, Fort Lupton, Frederick, Roosevelt, Mead, Estes Park, Niwot, Greeley Central, Longmont High School, Silver Creek, ending with the Bronco Band. All enjoyable. The Lyons band members passed a hat to collect for Fire Recovery. Judges were Bill Wilkinson (St. Vrain Valley; former Lyons Band Teacher), Sal Martorano (retired from St. Vrain and Colo Springs schools), and Ted Worth (of UNC and Western State). Thanks to all!
Greg Berham, the Channel 7 and 9 weatherman who lives in Lyons, states he is going to do a documentary. This is indeed recording history. Type up your happenings during the flood. We want to record everything.
VOTE ‘YES” ON THE TWO LIBRARY QUESTIONS with your mail-in ballot, you should have received. A vote YES will give 2.95 mills to fund the new library district, which will start the “new” library venture and save the Town of Lyons the $100,000 per year (that they have been funding the library) to use for something else in the General Fund. This may not be the most opportune time to pay extra mill levies, but we really need a new library for all these Lyons kids, and a lot of work and expense has been spent. Lyons needs to survive and be progressive. Vote “YES” for the Lyons Library District.
Lyonscf.org (apply for grants to help individuals from $200 to $5000). Dr. Liz Erley states that artists who have had their income impacted can apply for a grant from the Lyons Community Foundation. Application period is from October 15, to November 15, at Lyonscf.org.
• Dr. Joe Meckle Fund (http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/help-lyons-chiropractic-clinic-dr-joseph-meckle/90824)
THE “ONCE LIFE IN A TIME” CONCERT last Sunday at the Boulder Methodist Church was well attended with over five thousand dollars of donations collected for the “Rebuilding Lyons, One Life At A Time” recovery effort with the Lyons Community Foundation. Thanks to MinTze Wu, and all her wonderful and talented musician friends.
Thanks to Longmont resident Marion Parsons, who was furnishing Starbucks coffee to Lyons residents at the Longmont Post Office. There are some terrific people that are putting forth their all to help us.
HISTORY OF FLOODS
Chuck Keim, an engineer, is studying the rivers, and is looking for the dates and stories of floods in the St. Vrain area. If you know of flooding along the St. Vrain Rivers, call Chuck (303) 823-5686.
One of the first recorded, and maybe the biggest flood was in 1894, when the main street, located in the confluence area, was moved up north to where it is now. In 1935 there was a huge flood where it says the North Platte River was almost as high as this flood. In 1947 there was a cloudburst up the South St. Vain, which took out several cabins along the way, then the McConnell Bridge, and a house at the Foothills Junction, killing Savannas Knight. The McConnell’s had to go through the field at that time). In 1969 when the Ralph Price Reservoir was just being built, the dam filled up with water in nine days, where they said it would have taken eleven years with the run-off water allocated to it! In 1983, Bob Freeman was town administrator at the time, after a flood they collected money from the insurance company for painting, fixing streets, etc.
ALONG THE NORTH ST. VRAIN
Damage along the North St. Vain is said to consist of heavy damage at Shelley’s cottages, the Hilton’s house is gone, extensive damage to the Rock ‘n River Resort, the road in front of the Stone Mountain Lodge is gone, Boland’s house was encircled by the river, the Dolan house hanging over the river, the Ames and Casey homes are severely damaged, the Gary and Nell Coffey home is damaged, the Dobbins/Mike Whip home is also hanging over the river, John and Sally King’s home was damaged, most of the homes downstream of Ron and Monica McGuckin’s place: the Williamson, Barbara Welke, the Spycalla, were all severely impacted, then on down to Planet Bluegrass, The Riverbend Trailer Court, and Meadow Park, the Haines property, etc., leaving destruction along the way! The flood was swift and relentless. Your memories will help fill some gaps on the 2013 St. Vrain Flood. Thanks.
From Natalie (Ginger) Nicholls of Indianapolis, Indiana:
I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are and have been with you and the people of Lyons as you go through this terrible situation. It’s certainly not the way the lovely little town of Lyons should make the national news. Interestingly enough, that news brought together two descendants of Lyons’ early families. A childhood friend of mine in California is in a memoir writing class. One of the members of the class wrote on the effects of the floods on Jamestown, where her ancestors had lived. My friend remembered that my mother (Claudine Ginger Kinwomen) was from a Colorado mountain town as well, and contacted me to see if my mother’s town had been affected. Well, I told her it was Lyons, and it turned out that her classmate, Enid Mackey, had roots in Lyons also, going back even further than mine. Her ancestor was Gruff Evans, who was involved in building the quarry and after whom Evans Street is named! Both Enid and I had given input to Denise Berg for the book on the families of Lyons.” It really is a small world!
Jan Friend of Denver and her brother Ray from Boca Raton, Florida, visited Lyons yesterday to see the status of their old home on Park Street, next to the Robb/Christianson home where Andy and Pam Mestas lived. It was full of water, but might be livable, they say.
Amber England and Erin Wilson are vacationing near Montanita Guayas, Ecuador!
GEORGE ALFRED ALPS, SR.
(Feb. 9, 1927 - Oct. 6, 2013)
George Alfred Alps, Sr. passed away on Oct. 6, 2013 at Life Care Center of Longmont at 86 years of age. He was born in Gill, Colorado to John and Bessie Alps. He went to school in Loveland, Co., and moved to the western slope, here he married Jo Ann Compton, the love of his life in Loma, Colorado, near Fruita, in 1944. He was in the Army during WWII and received an Honorable discharge in 1946. He moved to Longmont and did mining in Jamestown, worked on pipe lines, and ranched west of Longmont until his health declined in 2005. He played the guitar , sang for his children while his wife, JoAnn yodeled along. He did the Alps reunion in Loveland with his daughter Georgetta for 30 years. He enjoyed keeping busy.
He and his wife had 10 children, 7 girls and 3 boys (Georgetta Johnson, Annetta Krieger, Betty Jo Cole, Wuanita Trueblood, and Dottie, George Jr., and Clifford, He has 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother, John, of Madras, Oregon and two sisters, Arvilla Guab and Juanita Abbot of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, JoAnn, his son William Alps, Sr; his daughter Wanda Larson, his son-in-law Terry Trueblood, and step-sisters and sisters.
Services were held at 10 am on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Johnston, Sr (son-in-law) officiating. Inurnment was at Foothills Garden of Memories.
Memorial contributions to the George Alps Memorial Fund can be mailed to Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman St., Longmont, Co. 80501. Share condolences at www.howemortuary.com.
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FLOOD RECOVERY will assist the town's part of the FEMA process, who will pay 75% of the $43 million; the State $12.5 million, and the Town $12.5 million. YOUR SERVICE IS IMPORTANT AND MUCH NEEDED.
Keep track of your hours..They are needed and will count up!