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B •R •I •E •F •S Lyons Folks Festival starts August 16 LYONS – The 29th Annual Folks Festival at Planet Blue Grass will take place on August 16, 17 and 18. Gates open at 10 a.m. Three day passes and single tickets are still available. The festival has an all star line up with performances by Ben Folds, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Ani Difranco and Mandolin Orange. Traffic on Highway 36 will be very heavy between the Planet Bluegrass Farm and Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Be aware of pedestrians crossing everywhere. For information go to bluegrass.com/folks.
Last Call for Cups LYONS – Miss your chance at a Lyons pint cup last week? We got you. Cups will be available at Thursday’s August 15 Sandstone Summer Concert: Bonnie & the Clydes. All cup proceeds benefit the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF), who will have a limited supply of cups available. Find them at the popcorn stand. For information go to lyonscolorado . com / Summer Concerts.
Hygiene Hay Days HYGIENE – Please plan on joining us for Hygiene Hay Days on Saturday August 24, the 5th annual celebration of the myriad of wonderful things about the community. The day will start bright and early at 8:30 p.m. with a tour of the beautiful Pella Ponds Open Space right down the road from the Rabbit Brush Gallery at the corner of N. 75th Street and Hygiene Rd. There will be additional parking at some of the businesses in town. Later in the day the pie contest will get going (great cash prizes!), Pella Corner Animal Clinic and other businesses in town will have open houses, and a BBQ will start at 5:30 next to the Mountain Fountain Market, featuring local foods, and beer from Oskar Blues. Continue Briefs on Page 8
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The BOT heard more about noise, new cell tower and other items By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – At the Town Board meeting in early August Sgt. Bill Crist said that a representative from the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Division will be hosting a Beers & Bears informational talk and answering questions on bears on Monday Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew on 303 Main St. At that board meeting, the Town Board listened to a small group of people who spoke both for and against the noise factor at the Lyons Den Restaurant and Tap House at 160 E. Main St. The volume levels of the music at the Lyons Den have been an ongoing issue for the restaurant since it opened this summer. Randall Yarbrough from Thornton, the owner of Lyons Den, told the board, “We have heard the complaints. The vast majority of residents do not have any complaints. We are trying to make a living; we have done quite a bit here in the last few weeks.” He went on to say that they have made efforts to keep the music volume down and said that sometimes it was so low it was almost inaudible. Yarbrough said he wanted the restaurant to be “a positive presence in the community.” He added that he will work towards a solution. Lyons Resident Peter Baumgartner said that he lives 6 blocks away and he can hear all the lyrics to the music. He said that he went over to the Lyons Den to hear how loud it was up close and said it was pretty loud. He offered some suggestions such as putting up fencing and sound barriers.
Another resident said that the sound was “willfully disrespectful” and an “assault.” Other residents said that people are happy at the restaurant and some people said that they loved the music and the dancing. One person said that Lyons is a bluegrass community and rock n roll may not be what people are used to hearing. Some residents suggested finding a compromise. When a commercial district buts up against a residential neighborhood noise and traffic are frequently issues. In towns the size of Lyons there is no buffer zone to separate a commercial district from a residential district. Trustee Caleb Roberts who is a mandolin player and has been in several bands, spoke to the issue saying that he is a musician and is used to being around loud music. He also lives near the Lyons Den and added that he does not mind the music but understands the concerns of others. Sgt. Bill Crist, with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Dept. stationed in Lyons said that Lyons has very vague and not well defined wording in their noise ordinance. The ordinance does not have a decibel noise limit, but does say that music must end at 10 p.m. Crist said that he has told all his officers that they are no longer issuing warnings, they are now issuing tickets if the music does not stop at 10 a.m. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said that residents living near commercial areas often have issues with noise when a new business moves in or expands. She said that they have been able to work out a compromise by getting the participants together to work
out the issues. A workshop is scheduled for the September 3 board meeting. The beat goes on. In other matters Administrator Simonsen said that there is lots of algae in ponds around River Park. Algae can be dangerous for dogs and fish. She said that they are on schedule for Bohn Park phase II renovation. The River Park is working on landscaping. The Apple Valley water line relocation is underway and expected to be completed sometime in October. Work is underway on the new lift station at the site of the new public works building. The pedestrian bridge for Third Ave. and Park is in design phase. She also added that there are some problems with the centrifuge at the waste water treatment plant on Second Avenue. The centrifuge basically died and needs to be replaced. “We saw a doubling of waste water during the festival,” she said. The board approved Ordinance 1064 to approve an application by Circular Wireless PCS LLC (AT&T Mobility) for a use by special review for a wireless telecommunications facility. Susan Lombardi spoke for Circular Wireless saying the new tower, designed as a tree, would be on Indian Lookout Road. Lyons residents have long complained about their cell and wireless service so residents and visitors will be pleased that Lyons will now have a new cell phone tower. The new Tower will improve the reliability of the AT&T wireless network while preserving the intrinsic aesthetic character of the community, Lombardi told the board. Continue Town on Page 14
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LYONS O B I T U A RY James Lee Blankenship II July 30, 1966 – June 14, 2019 James Lee Blankenship II, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away June 14, 2019 at the TRU Hospice Care Center in Longmont. He was 52. Jim was born July 30, 1966 in Sacramento, CA to James Lee and Josephine (Rubio Lopez) Blankenship. His family moved to Canon City, CO where he grew up and graduated from Canon City High School. Jim graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. On August 3, 1996 he married Jennifer Hamilton in Boulder where they had three children. He loved being a father and he tried to attend every performance, sporting event or school activity that he could. He was
often heard bragging about their accomplishments. Jim had a 30-plus year career as a civil engineer, consulting on many projects near and far. Jim maintained his own firm, JLB Civil for nearly 20 years earning a number of awards and much deserved respect. He was highly regarded by all who knew and worked with him. During that time Jim served as the engineer for the Town of Lyons. He supervised much of the reconstruction and building projects after the flood of 2013. Jim was recognized by the American Public Works Association, Colorado Chapter, in 2010 for his engineering and Construction management services for the Town of Lyons Main Street Project and again in 2017 as the Professional Manager of the Year for his services
Emergency Preparedness Fair set for September 21 By Sara Erickson Redstone Review LYONS – Lyons Fire District and Lyons Prepared invite you to attend the 2nd annual Preparedness Fair set for September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyons Fire Station No. 1 at 251 Broadway. This is a fun family event with activities including: meeting your firefighters; participating in kids events; participating in fire safety demonstrations; participating in first aid / CPR demonstrations; and getting information on emergency preparedness and much more. Pye Barker Fire and Safety will provide free fire extinguisher inspections; provide fire extinguishers for
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MAYOR’S CORNER Aging well in Lyons By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review LYONS – When I first joined the Board of Trustees back in 2012 (before the flood), one of the first projects I worked on was a comprehensive assessment to predict how prepared we are (in Lyons) Sullivan to meet the needs of an aging population. The project was sponsored by the Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG) as part of their Area on Aging program. The exercise was intended to help elected officials and town staff understand the needs of aging residents, and prioritize projects that are especially important for preparing the town for growth in older residents. Like many other initiatives, this project has taken a bit of a back seat to flood recovery over the past five plus years. Still, I have not forgotten about this work and am often reminded that as a town we must look at our planning and infrastructure needs through the lens of an expanding older population. Generally, the U.S. population is aging at a rapid rate. About 1,000 people turn 65 every day and the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. The typical resident over age 65 is also changing from that of previous generations. Adults over 65 today are more educated and ethnically diverse, and are likely to continue working longer than prior generations.
However, more seniors are living alone due to divorce, and the economic disparities are wider. With a longer life expectancy comes a greater need for healthcare services. Over 80 percent of those over age 65 have at least one chronic disease requiring routine care or medication. I believe that addressing this changing demographic will need to be a major focus of the town in the next five to ten years.
So, how prepared is Lyons to serve a population of residents that are enjoying their golden years? Turns out we have made some progress over the past five years despite being focused on flood reconstruction. While we have a long way yet to go, flood recovery has helped solve some of our biggest and most expensive needs in terms of making Lyons more mobile for seniors. is improved in residential areas as new roads were constructed to add sidewalks and crosswalks. New trails in the parks were
LEAF is introducing the new Mental Wellness and Addiction Recovery program this fall By Cherie Maureaux Redstone Review LYONS – Fall is around the corner and it’s time to turn a new leaf…with the Lyons Emergency and Assistance Fund Maureaux (LEAF), that is. My name is Cherie Maureaux, and I am honored to work as a mental health therapist and educator with LEAF. We are introducing a new community offering this fall – the Mental Wellness & Addiction Recovery (MW&AR) program. My background in the therapy world is based in clinical mental health counseling and I have an additional spe-
cialization in addictions counseling. Lyons has been a big part of my life for the past 25 years, although I worked out of state a lot during that time. Since I was able to move to Lyons permanently last year, I have been overjoyed at becoming more settled in our community, and I am excited to provide therapy services with LEAF. On August 7, LEAF hosted a successful Pizza and Pop town hall meeting, where community members gathered to discuss ideas about the development of our new MW&AR program. These meetings will happen every few months from here on out so that people like you can have significant participation in growing the program over time. We want to hear from you. For those who were unable to attend the first meet-
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ing, I’d like to take this opportunity to give a brief outline of initial offerings, scheduling, and a way to access a confidential survey so that your opinions can be heard. The MW&AR program is open to LEAF participants and everyone in the greater Lyons area who does not have physical access or reasonable financial means to participate in mental health services elsewhere. LEAF will bill Medicaid for those who carry it, and help will be offered to others to apply for applicable insurance options. All other participants will be asked to pay for services based on what they are able to afford. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay or any other barriers. Every discussion about services and financial options is strictly confidential and will not be shared. Safety in a secure environment is key to our success in working together. Our new program is for everyone. This includes neighbors who are experienced with therapy, newbies, and the just plain curious. Mental wellness is not only for
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designed to accommodate multi-modal transport, including the use of golf carts, an option unique in Lyons for sustaining mobility. The new library will also have expanded services and spaces for seniors to gather; and town sponsored events are designed with input from local residents to provide opportunities for socializing and staying engaged in the community. Other services provided by the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), such as Meals on Wheels, are made possible through a system of volunteers and supporters to provide a safety net for homebound seniors. Unfortunately, the town has also experienced some set-backs in the departure of the medical clinic and loss of the local pharmacy. Access to healthcare is a major determinant in one’s ability to age in place. Recruiting replacement businesses is one strategy, but the high cost of commercial property coupled with a reduced population post flood, the prospects have been slim. As the population returns with housing replacement and growth in the eastern corridor, I remain hopeful that Lyons can recruit additional health care service providers. In the meantime, different solutions are being explored such as providing additional transportation support and even mobile clinics that bring services in temporarily. More likely, solutions will emerge through advances in technology, which will exponentially improve our ability to age in place. Healthcare expertise will be sought remotely using digital technology, and intelligent devices will improve the safety for seniors living alone. When the need arises to leave town, a driverless car will provide transportation; and home delivery of just
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LOCAL Patrons explore the expansive new District Library By Rebecca Schuh Redstone Review
The long awaited Lyons Community Library opened its doors on August 1. More than 50 patrons swarmed through the doors in the first 30 minutes to check out the many community-minded amenities. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS
LYONS – With very little fanfare but much anticipation the Lyons Community Library opened its doors to the public on August 1 at 10:30 a.m. During the first 30 minutes over 50 community members explored the new building and over the entire day patrons checked out 572 items. The opening of the new library building marks a new chapter in the story of the Lyons community and Lyons Regional Library District. A day-long grand opening event will be hosted by The Friends of the Library from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. In true Lyons fashion the day is sure to feature rousing music as well as many other surprises. Lyons Community Library staff invite you to stop in during our regular hours to explore the new building and services we have to offer. At 6,500 sq. ft. the new library’s space dwarfs that of the downtown location. With its cathedral ceilings and an abundance of light, the airy building is inviting and roomy and it’s hard to imagine how the books on the new shelves managed to fit in their old cramped quarters. More features will be added to the building over the next few months. Outdoor seating is on its way, bins for the children’s picture books have been ordered, and paneling to complete the shelving is scheduled to be installed soon. With a new building comes the opportunity to offer the Lyons community new services. The Community Room and the Effie Banta Conference Room are avail-
able for reservation by the public during library operating hours as well as after hours. The Meeting Room Policy and information on how to reserve the rooms can be found on our website and we’re always happy to answer questions in person. When not reserved or being used for library-sponsored programs the Community Room will remain open for the public as extra library space. Also available during normal hours is the Horizon Drive Neighborhood Study Room which is equipped with a television, a white board, and a table for four; and the Kathy Ralston Quiet Reading Room featuring a red sandstone fireplace and cozy living room feel. The new building also offers eight public computers and the Unsinkable Molly Brown Business Hub is equipped with a printing, copying, and scanning station. The facility also has a dedicated children’s department with a wealth of books, games, and media to explore and features the Brett Family Children’s Garden with a sand pit and music wall. For teens in the community the Gaumer Teen Area has been equipped with comfortable seating and a growing book and media collection. The Lyons Community Library will maintain the same operating hours as the Main Street location through the rest of August, as well as continuing with regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. You can stop by the library Monday through Saturday at 451 4th Avenue, call us at 303-823-5165, like our page on Facebook, or visit us online anytime.
9Health Fair returns to Lyons in September By Sara Erickson Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons 9Health Fair is once again coming to serve the community of Lyons. This will be the 11th year bringing this high-quality service to Lyons. The fair will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 200 Second Avenue. This event, which promotes self-care and wellness, offers a wide range of services and testing. Screenings with a cost are: blood chemistry (no fasting required), PSA, Vitamin D, B12, testosterone (male and female), blood cell count, Hemoglobin A1c and colon cancer screening kits. Free screenings by qualified professionals include: blood pressure, hearing, oral health, skin, spine, vision, breast exam, Pap smear tests, stress management and nutrition counseling and much more. Blood test costs are lower than insurance deductibles and we will
have vouchers available for those unable to pay for blood chemistry testing. There will be Spanish-speaking providers present. Safeway Pharmacy will be at the Fair to provide free flu vaccines. Check the 9Health Fair website for information about the fair: 9healthfair.org. The website will provide information on the screenings offered, and you will be able to register online. Online registration is highly recommended. Preregistration will save you time and you can access you test results online if you preregister. Please bing your printed registration form with you to the fair. Last year we were able to help over 200 of our neighbors and friends take control of their health. Be strong, be healthy, be happy. Sara Erickson volunteers for several organizations; she lives in Lyons and is a member of the Lyons Gardnen Club.
Jeanne and Bill Moore celebrate their 50 year anniversary LYONS – Jeanne and Bill Moore, from Lyons, were married on August 16, 1969 and they celebrated their 50 year anniversary on August 16 this year in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with family and friends. They met in high school, dated in college and married in Red Bank, NJ a month after the Apollo 11 moon flight. Jeanne and Bill moved to Florida where they began their careers and raised their two children, Brian and Debbie. They fell in love with the Seattle area when they moved there 22 years ago to further their careers, Bill in sales and Jeanne in education administration. Finally they chose to retire in the beautiful Lyons area after visiting Jeanne’s parents in Spring Gulch Estates for many years. They are happily enjoying their retirement years with family, new friends, travel, RV camping, and especially in their role as grandparents to their first grandchild, Stella.
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clean this place up,” Christine continues, gesturing from her side of the room, a framing studio, to Steve’s working space where shelves house small boxes of nuts, bolts, and other fix-it trinkets. But when she moves a box and 12 years of dust is disturbed she is reminded of losing her love and business partner, and that was the most fragile time in her life. There was no time to breathe; she had to keep the business going. And that is precisely what she did. Slowly, Christine inventoried the vast collection of antiques and lighting. She updated price values, setup merchandising tables, settled into the single shop owner role, and has kept the doors open to date. “I’ve learned a lot since Steve passed away. There are still things I’m horrible at, but eventually, I check those off my list.” With the influx of festivals as a thriving economic force and the decline of antique hunting, Christine watches the shift in Lyons’s financial viability. “It’s surreal sometimes,” she said, “It’s not a bad thing or good, just different. There aren’t many people walking the streets and visiting the stores.” With that, she nods her head as if to submit to the world of social media. “I really need to learn this Instagram thing. After I remember my passcode.” Like many seasoned small shops in a shifting material climate, Christine is finding new customers and brand recognition is an elusive priority. “I have the inventory,” she says as we walk from room to room with floor to ceiling treasures. “I’m working on looking at marketing differently. Shops like mine don’t survive if they aren’t online.” Indeed, no shops survive without an online presence. However, today’s consumers want both the brick and mortar shop and an online presence. Christine balks considering she has her finger on the pulse of retail sales trends. I tell her to think of it like the Antique Association on steroids. “You have the tools from your years in the business and your Board participation. You got this,” I say. She nods slowly, and the love story became palpable again. Christine Ralston began running Ralston Bros. Antiques with “Yes, but I don’t have Steve.” her husband Steve Ralston when they married in 1981. She Ralston Brother Antiques, 426 High Street. has continued the business alone since Steve died in 2007 303-823-6982 @ralston_antiques.
Running an antiques store is a lifestyle, not a job By Tamara Vega Haddad Redstone Review LYONS – This is a love story. A love so alive you can feel its essence the moment you walk into the doors of Ralston Bros. Antiques, 426 High Street. Two brothers, Steve and Dick Ralston opened the doors Haddad in March of 1974. Dick lived with his wife Kathy in Boulder, and Steve lived above the Antique shop. That is until he married his part-time inventory staff member and friend, Christine Ralston on D-Day, June 6, 1981; the date was his choice. Christine quickly learned that running a small business is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a job. She said, “We did everything together. The bookwork was a combination of my daily management and Steve’s overall vision.” They went on antique picking road trips together, filling up Steve’s ‘74 Chevy box truck with their found treasures. “These trips, we fell deeper in love. We enjoyed in-depth discussions about the items we found; we didn’t think of them as products.” They didn’t have a business plan. They did have passion, knowledge, and an antique shop in a town known nationally for its antiques, books, and collectibles. Christine said, “There was a long time that Lyons had up to 14 antique shops. I served a year on the Lyons Antique Dealers Association. We organized ourselves to act as a marketing unit. We would collaborate on media and advertising, which brought many people to our streets, they would walk all around town and hit all the shops.” For three decades Lyons’s retail strength thrived on teamwork. This marketing strategy was before eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, and Instagram. Before Target and Ikea. The approach was during a time when the community was the heart and mind of America. The antiques business was not the only thing waning; Steve’s health declined, as well. Although he thought he would live forever, Steve passed away December 29, 2007, from renal cell cancer, a type of kidney cancer. Steve and Christine were equally committed to their life, dividing both the business and home activities. However, they never discussed the “what if.” Adding to her misery, an onslaught of financial decisions and tasks demanded the new widow’s attention at a time when she could barely think straight. “I knew every piece we had and what needed to be done,” Christine said, “But I didn’t know how to do it alone. After 26 years, I was alone in my home and business.” That was just one of the numerous issues that Christine confronted. Besides the settlement of the estate, there were insurance companies to call, banks to visit, credit cards to cancel, documents to collect, and her husband’s side of the business to unwind. “He loved jukeboxes,” Christine said as she unlocked a studio door that led into a time warp. “I keep meaning to
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Mental Wellness community events coming to Lyons By Janaki Jane Redstone Review LYONS – Events that increase mental wellness, belonging, and a sense of community, and that can decrease suicide are coming to Lyons in September from the Lyons Mental Health Initiative Jane (LMHI) and its partners. Events include an all-ages percussion and music jam; movement with Mayama; 51 events for Mental Wellness between Longmont and Estes Park, and more. Events kick off with Creating Sound Wellness through Music, a free to the public, all-ages, no experience required, participatory experience on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Lyons Regional Library. LMHI has its Community Conversations on Mental Health on the fourth Tuesday, and this Community Conversation will be through music. It will be led by Faith Halverson, MA, LPC, owner of SoundWell Music Therapy in Longmont. Halvorsen says, “Healthy communities are important to the long-term health of society. One of the ways (to create them) is by bringing the healing and transformative power of music to the greater community. … we all deserve opportunities to create and express ourselves in ways that also help us
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OPPORTUNITY Redstone Museum has many new events By Monique Sawyer Lang Redstone Review LYONS – Summer may be coming to an end but there are still plenty of Sawyer-Lang activities happening at the Lyons Redstone Museum before it closes for the season. Upcoming History Talk events exploring Lyons history include a Historic Walking Tour of the Lyons Cemetery on August 24, a presentation by LaVern Johnson titled “How We Saved Our High School” on September 5, and the photography workshop “Faded History” on September 19 on the care and preservation of photographs and how computer technology can be used to restore images faded by time. The Lyons Cemetery Historic Walking Tour will take place on Saturday August 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lyons Cemetery located at the north end of Third Avenue, one block north of Seward St. in Lyons. The approximately forty-five minute tours will start at 1p.m. and continue every half hour with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. Participants will learn the history of the cemetery and the stories of some of those buried there. The earliest recorded burial in the cemetery is that of a 29 year old quarry worker who died an accidental
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oldest existing markers in the cemetery date to July 1890 and October 1890. Just a few of the many stories included on the tour are the untimely death of Leonard Lyon, son of town founder E.S. Lyon; the story of the classical musician from Germany who came to Lyons for health reasons and brought music to a fledgling community; and the heroic mine worker who saved several men from death in a mine in Nederland. The tours are free but donations are welcomed. Wear walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen for this first of its kind historic tour in Lyons. Water and granola bars will be provided courtesy of the Redstone Museum. Please, no pets on the tour. The Lyons schools are a vital part of the Lyons community, highly regarded for their academic and athletic achievements. However, there was a time in the not so distant past when the school district looked to close the Junior /Senior High School in Lyons and bus students to Longmont. Join us on the evening of September 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m,, when historian LaVern Johnson discusses the campaign from 1948 to 1970 to save Lyons Junior /Senior High School from being closed and the subsequent building of a new high school for Lyons. Light refreshments will be served. The final event of the Redstone Museum’s 2019 History Talk series is on Thursday, September 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Faded History is a free photography workshop on the preservation of photographs and how computer technology can
Lights Out: A new program to help song birds By Chelsea Barrett Redstone Review LONGMONT – Greenwood recently had a meeting with the City and County of Denver regarding a new program they are implementing to help songbirds. Admittedly, Lyons is relatively far from Barrett Denver in both distance and likeness, but both areas share a love for our Colorado wildlife. The new program, called Lights Out Denver, is an initiative focused on reducing migratory bird window strikes in the metro area. Each year, nearly one billion migratory birds die from colliding with man-made structures. During the first phase of the Denver program that starts this fall, volunteers will walk the streets of the city early in the morning and look for deceased and injured songbirds next to tall buildings. Injured birds will be taken to Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and deceased birds will be catalogued by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This data will be used to encourage building owners to take actions that will prevent birds from colliding with their windows. These steps include things like using window decals or stickers, applying a thin and invisible (to humans) film to your windows, keeping curtains or shades drawn during the day, and turning off lights in buildings at night. Lights Out Denver has a secondary mission, which is to conserve energy by reducing unnecessary use of electricity. It’s a win-win for the environment, and for the people who will do everything they can to help protect it. What are some other examples of data-driven environ-
mentalism in our state? Greenwood’s Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Mysti Tatro, has a second job with Colorado Parks and Wildlife collecting information on how people interact with our beautiful State Parks. She spends several days a week surveying people recreating outside to get a better idea of how people are using and enjoying our state’s natural resources. In Pueblo and other areas of the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is using drones to get a better idea of the state’s bighorn sheep population. The drones will help them monitor the health of the sheep, measure the ram-to-ewe ratio, and track how many lambs survive their first six months. The surveys are part of ongoing management of the animals, which had nearly
gone extinct in the late 1800s due to disease and human interference. An important aspect of data collection that is becoming increasingly prevalent is citizen science. This is the practice of using the public’s help and collaboration to research and collect scientific knowledge. Take Rocky Mountain Wild’s Front Range Pika Project and Colorado Corridors Project, for example. The pika project is focused on engaging the public
be used to restore photographs faded by time. Additional topics for the evening include the care, handling, and storage of historic photographs, and sources for archival materials. For a $10 donation participants can have one photograph (up to 8”x10”) scanned that evening after which museum volunteer Steve Lang will do his best to clean up the photograph for you. You will receive a jpeg image of the photograph at a later date. All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of archival materials for the museum. This event is made possible by a grant from the Lyons Community Foundation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 303-823-5271 if you have questions or would like additional information about the event. Close out your summer adventures by exploring Lyons history and attending one or more of the Redstone Museum’s History Talks in August or September. The museum is open daily through September 29, hours are: Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visit our website at lyonredstonemuseum.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (lyonsredstonemuseum). Monique Sawyer Lang is one of the curators of the Lyons Redstone Museum. She is also a volunteer with the Lyons Food Pantry and a former member of the Lyons Community Foundation Board. She lives in Lyons.
in field research to better understand the effects of climate change on the American pika. How does it work? Volunteers hike to high-altitude field sites along the front range to count the number of pikas they observe and record the ways they interact with their habitat. Additionally, there are a couple of ways to get involved with the project on wildlife corridors including volunteering in the field. Perhaps the easiest and most entertaining way to get involved is simply to visit Rocky Mountain Wild’s website and follow the link to a platform that asks for your help identifying wildlife captured on remote-triggered cameras along Vail Pass. Understanding the different species and concentrations that exist along the pass will help them design the best overpass for all wildlife in the area. Greenwood is constantly looking for more ways to leverage the data that we’ve collected about the animals we’ve treated over the past 10+ years. Every year when goslings are being born, we rely on the public to report sightings of Canada Geese families along the Front Range. Why do we need this data? Canada Geese are extremely protective parents and will care for orphaned goslings that are not their own. When we start getting goslings in the spring that have been separated from their parents, the best option is to immediately foster them out to another family. It helps Greenwood maximize our waterfowl enclosures for the hundreds of orphaned ducklings we treat each year, and it’s a better option for the baby geese. These are just a few of many examples of how data is becoming increasingly important in the world of wildlife management. In a state filled with wildlife lovers, we must do everything we can to ensure we are make Colorado the best place possible to be a wild animal.
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INSIGHT Shootings By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – I haven’t written about politics lately because I didn’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said incesGierach santly on the news. The short version would be, it’s about the same, only worse. Crimes and scandals that would have brought down any previous administration now happen on a weekly basis with plenty of noise but no repercussions. The main problem is one of volume. There are so many outrages that before one sinks in it’s replaced by the next and the press flits off to the new one with us in tow, all but forgetting about yesterday’s top story. I’m writing this within a few days of the two most recent mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas and the other, only hours later, in Dayton, Ohio. (There’s a phrase for you: “The two ‘most recent’ mass shootings,” which are defined by the FBI as incidents where four or more people are killed.) By now the news coverage of these things has been reduced to boilerplate: wall-to-wall reporting, heavy on body counts, speculation as to the identity of the shooter and, once that’s settled, speculation about motive (“ ‘He was always so quiet’ neighbors said.”) followed by the same experts and activists saying more or less the same things they said last time and the time before that. And of course the politicians; those already in office and those running. I understand that it’s part of a candidate’s job description to try and comment on any big story – if only to get a little extra airtime – but the sight of all the Democratic presidential candidates running for the nearest cameras and microphones isn’t a pretty one. (Maybe it’s just because there are so many of them.) For that matter, the sight of Republicans dodging the issue isn’t that attractive, either. It does seem a little different this time. President Trump (the darling of the National Riffle Association) read a prepared statement decrying racism and white supremacy – although I can’t say his performance was very convincing – and
allowed that maybe expanded background checks were a good idea after all. Then again, this is a man who contradicts himself hourly and who lies compulsively (meaning he’ll lie when the truth would do) so on second thought, neither of those things seem all that significant. He’ll probably have taken it all back by the time you read this. Senate majority leader Mitch
else. I won’t question the Governor’s motives, but he is a Republican and it’s not unheard of for a politician to make points by appearing to do the right thing while secretly hoping that by the time it becomes obvious that nothing will come of it we’ll have forgotten all about it. It’s not completely black and white, but in general Democrats favor more restrictive gun laws while Republicans don’t,
A member of Moms Demand Action at the vigil for the dead in Dayton, Ohio.
McConnell said gun legislation would be “front and center” when the senate returned from its recess, but there was no hint as to what that might mean and no mention of calling the Senate back from their vacations. But then when Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio tried to speak after the Dayton shooting he was shouted down by a crowd chanting “do something.” Sure enough, shortly after that he backed legislation that would institute a red flag warning and background checks for gun purchases. But endorsing legislation is one thing, while getting it through the legislature and enacting it into law is something
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but that doesn’t necessarily mirror their constituents. You can pick your numbers, but most polls show that a large majority of Americans favor some common sense restrictions on guns, like background checks, red flag laws or bans on assault rifles. The same goes for majorities of Republicans and gun owners. I fall into that last category: a lifelong hunter and gun owner who was even an NRA member for a few years in my early teens. That’s where I was taught gun safety and marksmanship – in that order – by a former Marine named Frank. Over half a century later I can still say that I’ve never had a firearms-related accident. I
can also testify that going through a background check is easier than getting a driver’s license and seems just as reasonable. The government’s inaction on this is astonishing. We lost nearly 3,000 people in the attacks on 9/11 and we’ve been at war over that for 17 years with no end in sight. Meanwhile we’ve lost ten times that many lives per year to gun violence (approximately 30,000 people) and nothing has been done about it. Some legislators believe that any restrictions on firearms amount to a step toward banning private ownership of guns, but history doesn’t bear that out. Way back in 1934 a federal law was passed that banned the ownership of fully automatic weapons, or “machine guns.” The impetus behind that law was all the mayhem of Prohibition. If you ever watched a gangster movie and wondered where they got their Tommy guns, they probably bought them legally at a sporting goods store. That was 85 years ago and by now it’s clear that no appreciable harm was done to the Second Amendment. There are still plenty of guns in America. Like cars, there’s one for every man, woman and child with some left over. That 1934 law was endorsed by the NRA, but of course that was the old NRA, the one I briefly belonged to as a kid. Back then they were mostly sportsmen interested in gun safety, not the radical mouthpieces for the gun industry they are today. So maybe this is the moment. There have been over 250 mass shootings this year and the house has already passed two gun measures that are currently sitting on Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell’s desk. The Senate reconvenes on September 9. That leaves plenty of time to call or email your senator. John Gierach is an outdoor and fly fishing writer who writes books and columns for magazines including a regular column for Trout Magazine. His books include Trout Bum, Sex Death and Fly fishing, and Still Life with Brook Trout. He has won seven first place awards from the Colorado Press Association for his columns in the Redstone Review. His latest book, Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers, will be out next April and available at book stores and fly fishing shops everywhere including South Creek Ltd. on Main Street in Lyons.
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COMMON GROUND Rearrangements: High Water, Reflections on Lyons 2013 Flood Staff Reports Redstone Review LYONS – A new art show is going on display at Lyons Fork Restaruant, 450 Main St. The show features photos, found flood sculptures and mixed media works by Cathy Rivers, some fabric art in collaboration with Bonnie DiSalvo and a mixed media collage with Barbara Cargill. The show comes on the heels of the sixth anniversary of the 2013 flood which all but devastated the Town of Lyons. The show will run from September 4 through December 31 and close out the year. There will be an opening reception on Thursday September 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fork. Rivers decided to do the show with her collection of photos, found objects and collages to show the power of resilience, the creativity of change even when forced upon us, and the enduring force of hope even in the face of loss She tells the story as she lived it. “It all started with the old, bent truck fender, with a lovely multicolored patina, just a few days after the September 12, 2013 flood event. I’d passed it a number of times, seeing it stuck in the mud on the side of Old South St. Vrain Road,” she said. “Like most of us, I was very busy cleaning and packing up, moving out of my flooded home on Red Gulch. Dealing with so much debris and stuff. Where to store what was salvageable? How to get rid of ruined things? How to find help? Where to live? Overwhelming. Crazy to think of acquiring another, very heavy, thing. But it was too tempting. I told myself, if it was still there the next time I drove by, and I had room in the car, I’d pick it up. It was. I did. I appreciated its beauty, even as its form was altered by the flood, and respected it as a flood survivor. Like me,” Rivers said.
“On a beautiful fall day early that November, I was taking photos of all the flood debris caught at the bases of the trees, in the small woods on Apple Valley Road, near the Highway 36 turn off close to town. I was struck by the beauty in the chaos, and how our lives, and stuff, had been forever rearranged. Sitting in a coffee shop in Niwot, my home away from home for 8 months, I got the idea to have an art show, with mixed media pieces (including some flood debris), photographs and actual ‘found scupltures’, like the twisted kids’ Radio Flyer wagon I pulled out of a snow bank that winter. The title came then too, “Rearranged: High Water” (reflections on Lyons 2013 Flood),” she said. “People have been saving unearthed flood bits of smaller materials as well as larger items for me. It seemed appropriate to have the show coincide with the Flood anniversary, and Wayne Anderson, owner of the Fork with his wife Debbie, was kind enough to accept my proposal. My desire is to tell a bit of the story so far (now 6 years out), to express my very personal, creative response through art and found objects; to honor our experiences, our resilience, our hopes for the future while acknowledging and honoring our sense of loss. And to express humility and awe in the face of the power of Nature,” Rivers said. Stop in and see the show at the Fork, 450 Main Street. You might recognize some of the items that were pulled from the mud and debris. Hours are Monday through Friday: Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, Happy Hour: 3 to 5 p.m.; Dinner: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Happy Hour 3 to 5 p.m.; Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 303-823-5014.
“Rearranged: High Water. Reflections on Lyons 2013 Flood” runs from September 4 through December 31 at the Fork Restaurent
Living Arts Floral celebrates 14 years of providing floral services in Lyons By Staff Reports Redstone Review
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LYONS – Living Arts Floral is celebrating its 14 year anniversary. The floral shop is owned and operated by Jeralyn Edwards. Living Arts Floral is a local full-service florist, located at 324 Main St., Studio B right behind Gateway Realty. Over the winter the entire store was redecorated with photos of their work framed and placed on the walls for brides and clients to view when they come in to order flowers. They have a consultation area in a beautiful spot with a splash of nature, very peaceful and quiet with birds singing in the background.
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Most businesses have BBQ tickets for sale. Come by the gallery on the 24 to pick up a discount coupon good for one gallery item purchased in the month of August! And we are lucky to have the great musicians from Lucky Me back this year. Concert starts at 7, put on your dancing shoes.
School starts, drive safely LYONS – School has started, with both Lyons Elementary and Lyons Middle / Senior High Schools starting the week of August 12. Drivers, please practice caution and patience, as the start of the new school year cultivates many students traveling to and from school on foot, bike, and behind the wheel. Lyons Elementary affiliates may notice the new flashing beacons on the posted 15 mph signs. As with all school zones, fines are doubled for violators of the speed limit. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office will be monitoring the area, with a no-tolerance policy for speeding in a school zone.
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LaVern M. Johnson Park closure LYONS – From Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18, LaVern M. Johnson Park will be leased to Planet Bluegrass for Folks Festival campers. During this time, Lyons residents may access LaVern M. Johnson Park with proof of residency, and will be limited to foot traffic only.
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their home or on their phones. As always, you can call and order something more customized to your personal taste or for a special occasion if you don’t see what you need on the website. They also offer chocolates and beverage items to make your gifts even more special. Living Arts Floral has many great reviews online. “We care deeply about our clients, and it shows in everything that we do,” said Edwards. She added that their flowers are always fresh and therefore last a long time. Ask about their Weddings to Go service, a new feature in 2019 which offers big savings. For more information, please call 303823-6733 or contact Living Arts Floral at LivingArtsFloral.com. Happy flowering!
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Arts & Entertainment in the Lyons area LYONS The art show at the Stone Cup, 422 High St., will continue through August with the work of self-taught folk artist Ed Forrest Ward. Ward’s show is called Colorado Dazzlers. “My watercolor inks on Arches Papier are created with what Navajo rug weavers call “eye dazzlers” in mind, meaning my imagery is meant to work, first and foremost, on a visual level. The artist for September will be Allan Robertson. He was born in Scotland. After he travelled the world as a professional electrical engineer, he set up a studio in Pinewood Springs,
Art at River Bend, Sunday August 25. Colorado. Although he can paint in oils and water color, he specializes in acrylics painting. For fun, Robertson plays jazz piano, and is teaching himself to play various other musical instruments. His pro-
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Works by Allan Robertson will be on display at The Stone Cup during September event will also feature entertainment for the whole family, including live demos by artists and creative activities for kids. Plus, Boulder-based catering company, Cured, will be serving sandwiches, gourmet cheese and charcuterie, and Lyons’ own Spirit Hound Distillers will have cocktails and other libations. WeeCasa, a tiny home resort, is adjacent to River Bend and will be offering an Open House to allow visitors to take a tour of a tiny home. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission and Boulder County Arts Alliance – local nonprofits who share the core mission of supporting artists and strengthening arts and culture in our community. Mark your calendars for a day of colorful art and tremendous talent in the breathtaking setting of River Bend. For more information on the event,
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EXPRESSIONS It was the summer of 1969, a turning point in time By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review PUEBLO – The summer of 1969 brought significant experiences into my life, and I carry them in my mind and heart still. Joyce First, in June I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Jesuit University of Scranton in the city of that name. I was only the second person among all my relatives to achieve that goal; my cousin, John, preceded me five years earlier. As I recall, he gave me a carton of cigarettes for a graduation present. Another relative gave me $20 for gas money, and all told, I garnered about $150 to $200 in cash from among my relatives and other friends of the family. I felt flush with wealth. Later that week the letter from Selective Service arrived. It directed me to report for a physical exam prior to being inducted into the military. My college deferment was ended. Fortunately, I joined the Air Force via a delayed enlistment program. I wore glasses, so I knew I couldn’t fly (which I desperately wanted to do) or even be a navigator. Still, just being in that branch of service had great appeal for me, and I figured if it was my duty as a citizen to serve, as I believed it was (with no ill will toward those who finessed their way out of serving or avoided it by going to Canada), I felt I also had the right to do it as much my way as possible. Eventually, I took the oath, then volunteered for Vietnam duty and served a year of my four-year enlistment in Saigon. I didn’t believe the war was justified or would succeed, based on all I had read and heard, but I needed to see for myself if I could. My unit had a noncombat mission but all of us carried M-16s and seven ammo clips to work every day, and we were expected to defend ourselves and those (mostly) Vietnamese military personnel in our charge. I had already accepted my own death philosophically, but I hoped I wouldn’t have to kill any Vietnamese people in self-defense or defense of others. My hope was granted. But this writing isn’t about that year or any of my Air Force service. It’s about what happened between my draft board physical and the end of summer in 1969. A month after my graduation, I watched men walk on the moon and knew for certain anything and everything is possible if we believe and pledge our souls, hearts and minds to our own idealistic rhetoric, focus on what will improve the general welfare and work hard to make it happen. It’s the process by which we came to be a nation, and by which all the good and great things this nation has accomplished. As I sat in my friend Alex’s apartment with two other friends, George and Bill, watching the moon escapades of Armstrong and Aldrin, Alex said, “Hey, can you guys each get $30 in a couple of weeks.” We all had at least part-time jobs, so we felt we could. “What for?” I asked. “Woodstock,” Alex replied. The word had no meaning for me. By Friday, August 15, it did: great music, probably some pot, and lots (we hoped) of sexually liberated young women. They were all there, all right, but the last one eluded our unsophisticated and inexperienced band of brothers. Alex had a BMW motorcycle; Bill had a Triumph. They and George managed to find helmets because either Pennsylvania or New York had hel-
met laws, and we were paranoid where police were concerned. I had no helmet, so Alex dug around in his surplus duffel bag and produced one for me. It was a leather skull cap with goggles, side flaps and chin strap. I looked like Snoopy
seemed to be in the same rhythmic psychological space, linked to the earth beneath us, to the stars above and to each other in an overpowering desire to keep it all going: our brother-and-sisterhood, our love, our joy and our collective acceptance of each
Woodstock, and we knew it, war or no war. And after 50 years, Trump has no power now to succeed in making us a nation of division and hate. Not if we believe in each other, trust each other, take care of each other. On our way home from Woodstock, even New York State Troopers flashed us the peace sign – and smiled in understanding.
John Sebastian playing to the half million peaceful attendees at Woodstock in August 1969.
searching for the Red Baron from the back of the Triumph. We all had money for tickets and a little for food and gas. Bethel, New York, was almost exactly 60 miles from Scranton. On the way there, most people we passed standing in their yards just stared. Some gave us the peace sign. Others gave us a different sign. Police of all sorts gave us lingering stares. We weren’t dressed as hippies, and none of us had visible long hair. Alex was a Vietnam vet who wore a fatigue jacket. I wore jeans, a light blue shirt and a faded yellow jacket. Bill had a naturally blond afro-style do (his mother was a hair stylist). George was just George, kind of grumpy looking. We arrived Friday afternoon, drove our motorcycles off the road and into the woods, where we made camp by laying plastic tarps under them and across the tops of them to make something of a shelter. Then we napped. Later we wandered a little way out of the woods and toward the sounds we heard as dusk set in, and, not wanting to run into the fences we supposed were there, we lay on the grass and listened to Ravi Shankar and Joan Baez in the dark and gazed up at the stars or clouds that blocked our view of them. My memory has faded over the years, but I recall that I saw performances by everyone who played on Saturday and Sunday until about 5 p.m., when we decided we had to head home. During our time there, we saw no police inside the festival grounds; we shared food, and others shared with us, food, water and pot. At one point, a young woman came running out of the crowd toward me. She threw her arms around me and we fell to the ground making out furiously, she likely because of what she had ingested and me because… well, let’s just say I was starved for affection. It lasted for about 15 minutes and then she was off running again, through the crowd. I saw a lot of famous and about-tobecome famous musicians, and I heard live the music that was defining my generation. But the most memorable moment for me was on Saturday night, when I turned away from the stage and suddenly apprehended the audience. There was no end to us, and we all
other and the peace it filled us with. We were one in those moments, a living, breathing, 500,000-person unity focused on the best we had in us that we could share with each other. Nixon had no power then to match the spirit of
Richard A. Joyce is a retired professor in the mass communications department at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is an award-winning journalist who served as managing editor, editor and general manager of the Cañon City Daily Record from 1988 to 1994.
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BUSINESS LCF Annual Granting season is open By Kristen Bruckner Redstone Review LYONS – Lyons Community Foundation Grant Applications are now available.The Lyons Community Foundation Bruckner (LCF) is pleased to announce our 12th Annual Community Support granting season. Applications for Community Support Grants are available online now and are due September 11, 2019. These grants are available only once per year and must be applied for at this time. Electronic submissions are required; granting information and applications are available at lyonscf.org. The LCF’s Community Support granting program focuses on our mission to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving, and encourage positive change for the greater Lyons area. We connect people who care with the causes that matter. Eligible for grants are non-profit organizations in the greater Lyons area who have 501(c)3 status or a sponsoring organization with 501(c)3 status, government agencies, and schools. In 2018, Community Support Grants totaled over $27,000 and were awarded to 12 individual projects including LEAF (Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund) and the Lyons food pantry; the Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation: Sandstone Concert Series and Parade of Lights; Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission; Lyons Elementary School; Lyons High School; local ecology groups; and the Lyons Historical Society. None of this work would continue without the dedication, inspiration, hard work, and financial support of Lyons area citizens. Grants Review Committee Applications are being accepted. Are
you new to Lyons? Are you looking for opportunities to learn about the amazing projects led by LCF grantees? Are you in search of a small way to give back to the community? If so, we welcome community members to apply to be on the Grants Review Committee. Commitment is two evenings, September 17 and October 1. Applications to serve on the Grants Review Committee are available at lyonscf.org and must be submitted by September 4, 2019. The LCF Grant Writing Seminar is free and open to the public. On August 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the Lyons Community Foundation will offer a free grant writing workshop to all interested grant applicants. This seminar is intended for anyone considering applying for a grant, for improving on a previous submission, or for putting finishing touches on an application. While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. Professional grant writer Lori Stott will guide attendees on best practices and how to make the most of their grant applications. Stott has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost 30 years as a grant writer, program director, and development director. With a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, she currently consults with small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations in the area of board development and fundraising. In this free workshop, Stott will share her insights and advice about writing winning grant proposals. You will walk away with solid advice on how to write a great grant, top ten tips for success and perhaps some new inspiration. Please RSVP by August 11 to Julie Jacobs, LCF Grant Committee Chair to confirm your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is scheduled for the new Lyons Library community room. Travels with Redstone Omar Postigo-Martell and his sons Ash and Taíno on a cruise vacation to the Bahamas. Take the Redstone with you on your next trip and send us your photos showing where the Redstone has traveled. Send your photos to email@example.com.
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the construction zone for safety. If possible, motorists are encouraged to use Colorado Highway 36 in and out of Estes Park. Much of the construction will take place in the vicinity of two popular outdoor destinations, Twin Sisters and Lily Lake. This may impact bicycling and hiking activities due to the additional wait times and heavy equipment. Access to these areas will remain open. In addition to the work south of Estes Park, beginning August 12, crews will resume in-town construction at Lexington Lane, closing the intersection for approximately two weeks. A detour using Pine Knoll Drive will allow access to Lexington Lane. Due to unforeseen utility issues in this area, crews were unable to complete underground work necessary for final paving back in June. Project schedule: Work on this project began last spring and will go through October with the most impactful work being completed by the end of August. Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Venus de Miles bike race August 17 LONGMONT – The Venus de Miles bike race will be held on August 17 starting out in Prospect Park in Prospect New Town in Longmont. Event registration begins at 6:15 a.m. Check in is 6 a.m. and the first event, the 100-Mile Ride starts at 7 a.m. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The course will go along Nelson Road, Niwot Road, North 75 Street, CO 119 and some other areas. Check the website, venusdemiles.com, for details. There will be traffic delays along the route. Venus de Miles began in Boulder County, Colorado in 2008. A group of Greenhouse Scholars’ staffers wanted to create a unique fundraising event just for women – with all the perks and touches women would appreciate. The event quickly grew in popularity, bringing together thousands of active women in the celebration of sisterhood and community. To date more than 14,000 women have participated in a Venus de Miles event and those numbers continue to grow as women invite their sisters, their daughters, their mothers, and their friends to join them for this unforgettable day of fun and fitness for an exceptional cause. For information go to venusdemiles.com.
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HOUSING Subsidized housing or affordable housing does not fall into easy categories COMMENTARY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS
By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review
LYONS – The term “Not In My Back Yard,” or NIMBY, is thrown around in discussions about affordable housing, whether in Lyons, as our town has been trying to replace housing stock lost in the 2013 flood, or in large cities where real estate and Reinholds rental prices are soaring. NIMBY is understood as a dirty word that refers to citizens, usually with political influence or power, who don’t want something they deem as undesirable in their backyards. I think it also implies a hypocrisy that they think it’s OK in someone else’s backyard. What they don’t want in their neighborhoods varies. It could be government-subsidized affordable housing for people with low incomes, or extraction industry facilities owned by large, private corporations. Organizations calling themselves YIMBY, or “Yes In My Back Yard,” have sprung up in recent years in the name of affordable housing. I started following some of these groups, liking the positive word “Yes” in the name. However, many of the policies and goals focus on increasing density as a solution across neighborhoods in cities, without necessarily requiring limitations for permanent affordability. YIMBY groups oppose exclusionary zoning, municipal zoning ordinances that exclude certain types of land uses from a
county, town, or city. Reading through en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusionary_zoning, I agree that our country has some ugly history of how zoning ordinances were used to keep immigrants and people of color out of white, wealthy, and powerful communities. But I don’t think doing away with all residential zoning (or all singlefamily home zoning) today is the answer for affordable housing and a caring society. It’s paradoxical to me that many young renters in politically liberal cities, who wouldn’t align with Republicans on other issues, are buying into a trickle-down economic approach to so-called affordable housing. They think that if municipalities remove zoning restrictions and help market-rate developers build more high-density buildings in residential neighborhoods, it w i l l auto-
actions might help the developers save money, but they won’t help achieve longlasting affordable housing as the realestate market continues to rise. We have the same issue with the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance in Lyons. Homeowners who can now follow a town process build apartments in their garage or a separate building (with a generous discount in utility connection costs) aren’t limited in how much they can charge for rent. As rental rates go up, so will the rents for these apartments. That’s why I want to introduce a new acronym: SHIMBY, or “Subsidized Housing In My Back Yard.” Those of us who live near Bloomfield Place by the Stone Cup cafe, Walter Self Senior
matically provide more low-cost rentals. Simple supply and demand, right? But unless limitations are added to these new housing developments, allowing more density or incentives to for-profit developers would only result in lower costs for the first tenant or purchaser, not to the ones that follow. These market-rate
Housing by the post office, or Mountain Gate on 2nd Ave, already have tax-payersubsidized affordable housing in our backyards. All are operated by the Boulder County Housing Authority. Government or tax-payer-subsidized affordable housing, sometimes referred to as “permanent affordable housing” comes
Vote for Lyons History and explore the legacy of Pearl Harbor By Baiba Lennard Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons Historical Society and Redstone Museum is honored that our World War II diary of Charles P. Swift, Radioman DD, USS Phelps, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 – September 20, 1942, has been selected by History Colorado Center to be in the top ten most significant artifacts that highlight the importance of historic and cultural heritage in Colorado.
A page from the World War II diary of Charles P. Swift The general public is being asked to vote from now through August 23 to select “Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact” of 2019 from the top ten. Please show support for your Lyons Historical Society and the Lyons Redstone Museum by voting at h-co.org/artifact19. The link will take you to the page. Scroll down past the descriptions to add your email address and take the poll. Click the second bubble
below the image of the diary, then scroll down to click the blue submit button. In 2017 the Dolph and Phillip Swift families donated to the Lyons Redstone Museum a collection of artifacts honoring the descendants of the Lyons and Colorado pioneer families Swift / Bohn / Smith. Among the artifacts was Charles P. Swift’s diary. “December 7, 1941 – Sunday Pearl Harbor: At about 0745 this morning I was awakened by the general alarm for general quarters. I decided it wasn’t a drill by the look on everyone’s face, so I hopped out of my bunk, scrambled up the ladder to the topside. I looked around and saw planes diving from out of the sun… We were caught with our pants down there is no doubt about it.” So begins the World War II diary of Charles P. Swift. Charles P. Swift was born October 14, 1914 in Lyons, Colorado. Raised in Lyons, he graduated from Lyons High School in 1932. Charles worked for the National Park Service in Rocky Mountain National Park. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and was released in spring of 1937. He enlisted in the US Navy in October of 1937. He was stationed on the USS Phelps, as a Radioman, in Pearl Harbor in 1941. Why is this artifact significant? Charles Swift’s wartime diary connects this Colorado native to momentous world events. His story is not unlike many young Colorado men who graduated high school in the midst of the Great Depression and went on to join the military. The diary chronicles Swift’s life aboard the destroyer from December 7, 1941 through September 20, 1942. In Continue Vote on Page 14
with requirements such as renting to households with specific low monthly incomes, or establishing deed restrictions for future sales prices. For example, any developer that uses the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits program as part of funding new residential buildings must rent to households with incomes of 60 percent of the area median income or less. As I researched the YIMBY movement and some of its challenges, I noticed that others are taking a similar approach to my SHIMBY suggestion. The term some groups in large cities use is PHIMBY or “Public Housing in My Back Yard.” According to reporting from radio station KQED, this idea focuses on investing in public and municipal-run housing programs. The article at www.kqed.org/news/11731580/forgetyimby-vs-nimby-could-phimbys-solvethe-housing-crisis also brings up concerns that a market-rate YIMBY approach could also speed up gentrification in some neighborhoods and push out long-time, low-income residents. Sorting through all those acronyms, I choose SHIMBY as a direction to pursue in our quest for affordable housing here in Lyons. Lyons lost about 76 to 94 destroyed homes in the 2013 flood. In March 2015, a proposal for using part of Bohn Park to build subsidized, affordable Boulder County Housing Authority rentals and some Habitat for Humanity for-sale affordable homes (a total of 50-70 homes) was rejected in a town vote, 614 to 498. Continue Housing on Page 14
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Town Continued from Page 1 Boulder County is doing some prescribed burns at Rabbit Mountain, so Administrator Simon told people not to call the fire department if they saw smoke on Rabbit Mountain. The board approved ordinance 1063 to amend the town code for the licensing of short term rentals in commercial districts. The original Short-term Rental Ordinance only allowed short-term rentals in a pri-
REDSTONE • REVIEW mary residential unit. Since that time, several parties recognized the benefit of allowing short-term rentals in commercial areas where there is a primary commercial business, or the owner lives on site. This ordinance would allow that to happen. The board also approved on final reading Ordinance 1065 to amend to amend the Second Ave. and Park subdivision Planned Unit Development (PUD) Habitat for Humanity units. Since 2016, when the Final Planned Unit
LEAF Continued from Page 3 times of crisis, but is also about growth and creating a meaningful life worth living. Just as we exercise our bodies for physical health, exercise of the mind and spirit positively enhances all of our life experiences. Therapy and education can offer a significant outlet for guidance, goal setting, and navigating life transitions. For those with mental health concerns, diagnoses, and specific needs, having local, accessible services is an important and much-needed opportunity. We look forward to having a dynamic, healthy, and fun environment for development and learning. What do MW&AR services look like? We will begin by providing group educational classes and individual counseling session assessments. Both of these services will begin on September 16. Group sessions will meet on Monday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:45 pm at Lyons Community Church, 350 Main Street, in the Wesleyan Hall (which is on the lower level of the
Mayor Continued from Page 3 about anything and everything is already making it feasible to live further from an urban center without owning a car. All we need is something or someone to shuttle our packages from the post office to our door-step. Maybe the utility of drones will overwhelm the concerns about noise and privacy. Technology will solve many of the
Housing Continued from Page 12 However, $4 million of federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds were still set aside for affordable housing in Lyons, and the State Housing Board voted in February to approve Summit Housing Group’s application for those funds for building 11 single family homes and 29 homes in multifamily buildings on land the company plans to buy in Lyons Valley Park. Until Summit’s proposal, a few concepts for subsidized affordable rentals were pursued, but nothing got very far in the process. The only post-flood, deed-restricted, permanently
A&E Continued from Page 9 the corner of 4th and High street next to Lyons Elementary School to take your Instagrammable pics. Drivers, this is your reminder to slow down at that intersection. Be sure to tag “Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission” when you post them to Facebook. Thanks to Colleen McQuire, John Jacob and countless others for their help. The art show currently up at the Town Hall sponsored by the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission features artwork from over 20 local artists age 55 and over. The show is called “Wise Eyes” and offers a nod to sage wisdom and the creative spirit born from age and experience. Opening night featured food donated by Oskar Blues and an impressive turnout, with nine pieces sold that night. The exhibition is on view until Oct. 11. Lyons Summer Concert Series. The air is warm and the last concert is playin’ at Sandstone. The last 2019 Sandstone Summer Concert takes place Thursday, August 15, at the Raul Vasquez Community Stage in Sandstone Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. So pack up the family and blankets, and plan to spend your
Development (PUD) was approved for the construction of affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity of the St Vrain Valley (HHSVV) has been building six affordable housing units. In 2019, when reviewing the Improvement Location Certificate (ILC), staff recognized that the construction did not match the site plan adopted as part of the Final PUD. In order to make zoning consistent, avoid mismatched zoning, and nonconforming buildings, Staff requested the HHSVV
church). The groups will offer the same content, with two time slots offered to accommodate individuals’ schedules. Feel free to attend both groups. The group meetings will be educational in nature with topics to include: enhancing relationship building skills; asserting personal needs in positive ways, strengthening emotional intelligence and emotional regulation, learning mindfulness practices; and developing distress tolerance / conflict resolution skills. These sessions will be offered in a 12-week format by topic, and will rotate with new topics each 12 weeks. Individual counseling will be assessed on a person-toperson basis and time slots will be offered starting September 16. We hope if you, friends, or family members are seeking individual counseling, you will also attend group work. There is a tremendous opportunity for growth in both group and individual work. Assessment and determining wants and needs for service (both group and individual) will be kept private. So, how do you get started in becoming involved? Please email email@example.com to reserve a
challenges we will all face as we grow older, but it is still uncertain how the services provided by municipalities will need to change. I expect the next comprehensive planning effort in Lyons to focus a great deal on the infrastructure and municipal service needs for supporting older population. Engaging with residents of all ages will be integral to ensuring the town is preparing for future generations to live well in Lyons.
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place in the group classes, or to schedule a meeting for an individual counseling assessment. Also, feel free to email us with questions, concerns, or suggestions. It is very important that we understand your needs, so we can create services together that are really needed. To fill out the confidential community needs assessment survey, please visit leaflyons.org and click on the Survey link. All conversations and contact information is strictly confidential and will not be shared. Again, providing a safe, confidential place for discussion is paramount and taken very seriously. I personally am delighted to make a long term, lasting commitment to the people of Lyons and look forward to helping grow this program into something from which we can all benefit and celebrate. I consider it a privilege to be able to earn your trust along this journey. Cheers to turning our new LEAF. Cherie Maureaux is the new mental health therapist and educator with Lyons Emergency and Assistance Fund (LEAF).
Wellness Continued from Page 4 with your mental wellness phrase on the white board. Mark your calendars for a great day that includes free mindfulness, story-telling, cooking, and teen vaping workshops, as well as speakers on how to navigate the mental health system, nutrition for mental health, and more. The day ends with a reception and a panel discussion on how to create men-
affordable housing actually in the construction phase is at 112, 114, and 116 Park Street where Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley is building three duplexes (a total of six, for-sale homes) on six residential lots. The first two duplexes are now completed, but the third and final duplex is still in progress. The roof was just finished, and the next big tasks include exterior work and also insulation and drywall interior work. More volunteer help is greatly needed to complete it so the selected applicants can close on purchasing their homes and move in. In the summer of 2018, the Lyons Lions Club and its youth chapter, “the Lyons Leos,” joined together for an Adopt-a-Day sponsorship at the
modify the PUD site plan and submit the plan for approval. The site plan was modified and approved for the Habitat units. The Lyons Ditch Company asked the Town Board to extend the period to lease water from the town through 2019. The town board approved 8 units of Colorado Big Thompson water to Lyons Ditch. The Town of Lyons is the largest consumer of the Lyons Ditch as it is used to water LaVerne Johnson Park, the depot area, and Sandstone Park.
tal health. In Lyons we are planning a free movement class with Jasmine Lok from Mayama, a community sing-along with Vance French and Friends, public art, nutrition for mental health awareness, more safeTALK suicide alertness classes, and more. Like Lyons Mental Health Initiative on Facebook for more information on all of it! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Lyons construction site. There is a need for more bighearted businesses or organizations to do the same thing this summer and fall. At www. stvrainhabitat . org / construction, after clicking FLOOD REBUILDLYONS, volunteers can review all volunteer days with openings and sign up for one or more of the specific days they are available. Help is most needed on weekdays. For any questions, or if you have a local group that wants to volunteer together, contact Rebecca Shannon at 303-682-2485. Shannon said Habitat can accommodate groups of up to 25 people with advance warning. She recommends scheduling groups for the month of September now.
Summer Thursdays at Sandstone Park Wyld Style Studios, at the intersection of Hwy. 36 and 66, has a well-known rapper artist, and long-time independent and underground hip hop singer from LA, Abstruct Rude, coming on Friday evening, August 16. They also have a “call out” for artists of all forms and talents for future events. This includes musicians, lyricists, singers, painters, audio / visual, etc. Also looking for vendors (10x10 spot for $20), chefs and food trucks. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for booking.
strating the fine art of drawing as a final art form using paper, erasers, pencil sharpeners, types of pencils and hand coloring materials such as watercolor and even tea. Gourd and jewelry artist Vicki Dyas will be at The Old Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. She shows her work exclusively at The Old Gallery and will be sharing demonstrations of gourd and jewelry making, including wood burning on gourds and more. Cheryl Pennington, an artist who
specializes in hand coloring historic photos, will be on hand on Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Old Gallery. For a complete schedule of Artists in Residence and other events at The Old Gallery visit ww.theoldgallery.org. The Old Gallery is located at 14863 Hwy. 7 in Allenspark, just 20 minutes from Estes Park and Lyons. Daily hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also available for private events, weddings, rehearsal dinners and celebrations.
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ALLENSPARK Check out the Old Gallery in Allenspark. The Old Gallery is a nonprofit center for community, arts and visitors. It’s home to 19 regional and nationally acclaimed artists who work in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, glass, wood, copper and more. And during August and September, they are launching an Artist in Residence program, where artists will be on hand for demonstrations and discussions about their craft. Terry Kasprzak will be the Artist in Residence at The Old Gallery on Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. He’ll be demon-
addition to the events of Pearl Harbor the USS Phelps saw action in the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and the Solomon Islands. Swift records days of battle, the human drama and toll of war, shipboard life, their journey through the pacific, as well as his desire for ice cream and letters from home. The clarity and detail of Swift’s accounts honor those who served and tells their story as well as his. Due to his position as a radioman he was privy to information that was not readily available to others. His record of events is an invaluable research resource to World War II
historians and museums. The Lyons Redstone Museum has transcribed the diary, making it accessible to the general public. It is the centerpiece of the Swift / Bohn / Smith Family exhibit at the museum. The display also includes family photographs, documents, military uniforms, Swift’s medals, a video history interview from July 1994, and many more artifacts. We encourage you to stop by the Lyons Redstone Museum to see the diary, read the transcript, and learn more about Charles P. Swift and this Colorado and Lyons pioneer family. Vote and share out the link with friends, family – whoever! The Most Significant Artifact will be announced August 26.
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