Celebrate Spring with Tulip Fairy and Her Elves

Join the Tulip Fairy as she and her pint-sized helpers celebrate the tulips that adorn the Pearl Street Mall from 1 t0 5 p.m. This event includes live stage performances, face painting, free activities for children and more! The not-to-be-missed Tulip Fairy Parade will begin at 3:30 pm, leaving from the performance stage in front of the county courthouse.

Visit their website for photos, performance schedule and a list of free activities.

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Become a Crew Leader in Ecological Restoration

Crew Leaders are trained to motivate, guide, and instruct volunteers in effective, safe and enjoyable ecological restoration. Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build professional leadership skills while

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Counties Still Working To Remove Flood Debris

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Phillips and Jordan, Inc. have completed the debris removal process along the flooded-impacted highways. Altogether, crews picked up in excess of 120,000 pounds of debris, but the total count has not yet been finalized. Although CDOT has completed its debris removal process,

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Call For Flood Claims And Case Managers

Edward Kean, who is heading up coordination of many of the town’s flood-recovery projects, is now looking for a different kind of volunteers: Lyons homeowners who believe the flood insurance settlement they’ve been offered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is insufficient.

Some people whose NFIP-insured homes were severely damaged believe the settlement number they received is both lower than the policy’s coverage level and significantly below the cost of repairs. To help folks in this situation, Kean is in

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Flood of Opportunity

GUEST EDITORIAL

I think everyone knows that the Town of Lyons and our surrounding community was changed forever in the flood of September 12.  Those few days brought immediate devastation to a significant percentage of the community, as well as shutting down the town for a couple of months. No one was untouched. Unfortunately, though many were not

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Estes Rental Market Feeling The Squeeze

As the summer tourism season approaches, a new set of worries is hitting flood survivors. Many survivors, whose houses and dwellings were damaged, have been living in temporary housing and seasonal rentals. These people are about to reach the end of their rental leases and need to move into other housing. Many of the lodging business, that

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About Town - March 27, 2014

Hi everyone! Spring has arrived. The Garden Club’s daffodils are popping up, and will be blooming soon (our thanks to that group of hard workers). They say most of the beds going east of town were washed out with the flood, and they have to start over. Send your donation to this group (P.O. Box 49) to help with their expenses. Volunteers to rebuild the stonewalls of the beds are needed. Contact: Lyonsvolunteers.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SAT.
Lots of Volunteers are needed for this Saturday at 9 a.m. The Lyons Volunteers will be focusing on park clean-up. We have work to do in Meadow Park, Bohn Park and a LOT of work to do on the St. Vrain Trail between the Black Bear Hole and the

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New Owners At Red Canyon Art

On St. Patrick’s Day, Lyons residents Connie and Keith McGuire officially took over ownership of the Red Canyon Art Company from founding members of the enterprise Mary (Ward) Johnson and Judy McDonald.

The art emporium, conceived in 1989 as an art co-operative for local artists, was started by Johnson, McDonald, Kim

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Poetry Corner - March 27, 2014

In My Backyard

By Emilyn Inglis

I tell you what nobody wants in their backyard--
a natural disaster, that’s what.
Not in my backyard
Not in my town
Not in my most precious peaceful places,
green and rippling and heavenly.

I like to believe that when the leaves bud and blossom
the millions of scattered river rounded rocks
will roll back to their homes,
where they belong.
Maybe that’s what those rocks wish, too--
to return to the places they knew best,
where the water made its old familiar sound.

It’s not just rocks who’ve lost their homes.
Even those of us lucky enough to have returned
Find it irreconcilably different.
I feel an open wound, wanting so badly to
get everything back to normal and erase the damage.
How much more must those people
Unceremoniously peeled from their homes half a year go,
Wish to return to a taste of normalcy.
I
can
relate.

We can’t erase the flood.
We didn’t ask for change, but we got it.
It’s here.
I’ll tell you what I DO want in my backyard:
The peace of mind and heart that come from interdependence.
Helping people return home.
And knowing that when I’m down,
a whole town full of people won’t let me stay down.
Y.I.M.B.Y.
YES in my backyard.

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