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B •R •I •E •F •S Christmas Food Boxes LYONS – About 40 families will receive Christmas food boxes this year thanks to some help from Higher Ground Ministries and Sam Tallent, help also from the Lyons Leos, from Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) from the Lyons Elementary School, and from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers. The assembly line will begin around 2 p.m. at the Lyons Community Church on Fourth Ave. and Main, in the lower level, on Thursday, December 14. The Sheriff Deputies will help people carry the boxes out to their cars when they come in later in the afternoon. Higher Ground Ministries will accept donations to help with the cost of the boxes. For information, call the Stone Cup at 303-823-2345.

Christmas Eve Services LYONS – On Sunday, December 24 Lyons Communtiy Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at 5 p.m. The church is located at 350 Main Street. Everyone is welcome. The service will focus on Psalm 96 and Luke 2: 1-20. Pastor Emily Kintzel will conduct the service. For more information call the church at 303-823-6245.

Christmas Eve service at the Wildflower Pavilion LYONS – Everyone is invited to celebrate the 13th Annual Community Christmas Eve service at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass on Sunday, December 24, at 5 p.m. There will be live music and lots of singing with favorite Christmas carols. A love offering will be taken for Continue Briefs on Page 5 Like us on Facebook





















Wesley Marks, 4, of Lyons, met with Santa at the annual Lyons Holiday Bazaar, held this year on December 2 and 3.

Board votes on 5-acre rule, Honeywell and town lawyers disagree on contract By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – The Lyons Town Board, after months of discussion and debate, passed a modification of the 5-acre rule. The rule originally stated that any parcel of land to be annexed to the town over 5 acres and not owned by the town had to go to a vote of the people. Since the rule became part of the building code about 20 years ago, only one parcel over 5 acres has been annexed to the town and that was the Planet Bluegrass Farm at the west end of Lyons. A vote was held last summer and the 25-acre farm was officially annexed. Ever since the flood in 2013, various members of the town board have spoken out against the 5-acre rule. Mayor Connie Sullivan pointed out that there were some large parcels on the eastern edge of town that could be annexed and used for replacing housing that was destroyed by the flood. She and some other board members said that the rule is an impediment to growth. Trustee Dan Greenberg said that he was hesitant about taking the vote away from the people.

Mayor Sullivan said, “We are the least diverse part of Boulder County. Our median income in Lyons is $93,844 (per person per year) and the median income for Boulder County is $58,620 (per person per year).” She added that Lyons had a very limited amount of land to develop and that affordable housing was a priority. A number of people spoke for and against the new ordinance. Former Mayor Nick Angelo had a change of heart and said in a letter that he believes the 5-acre rule is outdated and should be done away with. Others including former Trustee Dawn Weller said that the annexation of Planet Bluegrass Farm showed that voting for annexations works and that people want to keep the vote in place. The board voted for the new ordinance that allows parcels larger than 5-acres to be annexed without going to a vote, but only in the eastern corridor planning area. The board expanded the 5-acre rule to 10 acres in the eastern corridor for development without a vote. They stipulated that this did not apply to Apple Valley or to the Old South St. Vrain area. In other matters, the board listened to a


financial report from Finance Director Anna Canada. The 2018 budget must be approved by the board and sent to the county by December 15. The expenditures in the proposed budget are $32,273,742 and the proposed revenues are $31,444,617. This is very similar to the budget from last year where expenditures were $32,410,762 and revenues were $32,694,659. The state requires all municipal budgets to be balanced. Canada explained that the budget is always changing with new revenues being added and subtracted throughout the year, since some of the figures are estimates and will change. Sales tax is difficult to predict since it is not known in advance how well each business will do or how much businesses will collect in sales taxes each year. New businesses may start up and some leave. Usually the budget is not reconciled until the end of the year. The board had a discussion about the ongoing issue with Honeywell International on the so-called cost over-runs with the new sewer/waste water treatment plant. It seems that the plant has not lived up to its promised level of operation capability. But Honeywell is asking for more money from the town for delays and cost over-runs. Honeywell is asking for over $500,000, saying that they were delayed in starting the Continue Town on Page 15



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LYONS Giving tree brings Lyons holiday cheer By Mark Browning Redstone Review LYONS – Do Lyons residents still take care of each other, like in the good old days, or has that small town custom gone Browning by the wayside as the community has changed and grown? Judging by the response in the last two years to the Giving Tree program sponsored by the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), the answer is that people in Lyons still come together to help other people in Lyons who need it. In 2016, a small group of mothers of Lyons Elementary School students approached LEAF director Emily Dusel to ask what they could do to help LEAF's client base and others during the holiday season. “How about a giving tree?” Dusel responded, suggesting a community-wide collection of gifts for senior adults or families with children who might not be able to afford many presents on their own. Amy Ogilvie and Ann Haakenson, two of the women who had come to LEAF asking what they could do, thought that was a great idea. “I had seen something like that at work with a Toys for Tots drive for children under ten,” said Haakenson. “but not a community-wide project for people of all ages.” “There had been a food baskets effort done at Oskar Blues and by Higher

Ground Ministries,” said Ogilvie, “but not really a gift-giving program except for some toys that the Sheriff’s Department had distributed.” Lyons school moms are unsurpassed at organizing events and translating ideas into action, and they quickly put together the 2016 Giving Tree program from

vant information (such as particular wishes and clothes sizes) from them. Paper gift ornaments containing gift request information were prepared by the volunteers and hung on trees at the Barking Dog, Stone Cup and Lyons Regional Library. Using social media and old-fashioned word of mouth, the Lyons community was requested to help by picking up an ornament, shopping to fill the requests, and bringing wrapped packages

A “Lyons Elves Committee” prepares to sort through the 103 gifts brought to the LEAF Giving Tree project. Left to right: Abby Wynja, Zana Ganzel, Pam Browning, Emily Dusel, Amy Ogilvie, Anne Haakenson, Tricia Marsh, Lorraine Bonner and Andrea Buus. the ground up. LEAF runs the Lyons Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and a basic needs and resource matching program for temporary assistance with things like car repairs, rent, or utility bills. LEAF passed out forms to its clients so they could sign up for the gift program, and gathered rele-

to Pizza Bar 66, where volunteers collected and sorted them. “The response was overwhelming,” Dusel said. “All of the gift requests were taken care of. We had a suggested $25 spending amount, but many people decided on their own to go above and beyond that.” The same initial organizers sorted the

gifts by areas and addresses and spent a long day delivering gifts in and around Lyons. In all, 83 gifts were brought to thankful recipients. “This is the only gift I will get this year,” one senior woman told Dusel. “It means the world to me to know people are thinking of me and taking the time and effort to make sure others are taken care of.” This year the project was expanded to include schools, and gift request ornaments were put up earlier. Those not taken by the time of the Lyons Holiday Bazaar were made available there. Once again, all requests were filled, and then some. The organizers, building on the system they’d put together the year before, consulted their lists, cross-checked and sorted the gifts, and grouped them by area for delivery. In about two hours, they had everything ready to go out. “We are up to 103 gifts this year,” said Dusel. “And we’ve got 11 volunteer drivers to share the load of getting them delivered. We have way more people participating than last year. We are thrilled with how this project has grown and how much community support we’ve gotten.” So do people in Lyons still work together to support their fellow citizens who need a little help? Just ask anyone on the contributing or receiving ends of the Giving Tree program. They will answer, “Yes!” Mark Browning is a Lyons resident and retired attorney. He serves on the Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) and he is active with the Lyons Volunteers organization.

A poem from Greenwood for the holidays As we head into the holidays, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center would like to remind us of how we connect to nature and to each other through poetry. The Wave By Ingrid Thoenelt-Winter Watching ten ducklings, lined up side-by-side on a log sleeping I enjoy the image of peace and harmony As they all breathe in unison – or so I think until I take a closer look and realize they don’t For each duckling’s in breath comes a fraction of a second later than the of its neighbor such that

Their little chests expand one by one and contract in the same way A big wave is rolling through these tiny babies slowly and rhythmically And I find myself joining in, adjusting my own breath to harmonize with the wave That carries these little birds and you and me and all that lives into the vastness of nature. Greenwood’s mission is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats. Greenwood also strives to educate the public, emphasizing human solutions to human/wildlife interactions. Black Velvet – This beautiful five-year-old girl is truly a delight to be around! Black Velvet is chatty and affectionate and loves to get belly rubs. She is looking for a home where she can be the only cat, please. Black Velvet does also prefer the company of older children. Come in for a visit with this lovely girl today! More than 200 animals are waiting for forever families at Longmont Humane Society. Visit them at, and then come meet them at the shelter today.

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MAYOR’S CORNER Town’s position on Honeywell’s request for additional $500,000 for sewer plant By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review LYONS – Just prior to the flood in 2013, the town was about to enter into an agreement to build a new wastewater facility. The old plant was well beyond Sullivan its lifespan in age and vulnerable to failure; not to mention it was unappealing to look at, and smelled terrible. The 2013 floods happened, and the contract was put aside as the town staff and Board focused on the immediate crisis. The $5.8 million dollar contract with Honeywell International was ultimately signed in December 2013, and construction on the new facility was set to begin in earnest the following year. The town and Honeywell entered into what is referred to as a firm-fixed contract, meaning that there can be no amendments to increase the not-to-exceed price stated in the agreement without the town’s approval in advance. The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) also works with municipalities on new utility projects to ensure the plant’s performance, and to provide support for the town from a contractual standpoint. As part of the agreement with Honeywell, the town would be guaranteed an annual cost savings toward the operations of the plant. This operational savings was critical to justifying the longterm capital investment equivalent to five-times the town’s general fund at the time. In October 2015, Honeywell presented the town with amendments to the contract associated with additional material and labor costs for delays they claim were incurred as a result of the 2013 flood. The amendments, totaling more than $500,000 were approved contingent on applying for grant and/or loan funding, however the Lyons Town Board has only recently learned these requests were ineligible per the original agreement.

On November 18, 2016 the Lyons Waste Water Treatment Plant celebrated a grand opening. The new plant was built because the old treatment plant was failing. After the town suffered terrible damage from a flood in 2013, the plans to rebuild the plant began in earnest. Honeywell International was hired to build the new plant before the flood. The company was able to keep the old plant running until the new plant went on line. The new plant was expected to reduce operating costs by $133,000 and it was expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. But just over a year later the new plant costs more to operate than the old plant. The new plant cost about $6 million. At far left is the former Honeywell project manager, Gary Berngard, walking with a group through the plant. He is now retired from Honeywell. Acting in good faith at the time, the costs of delay were submitted for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, but were deemed ineligible for a variety of reasons. The Board of Trustees, town staff and town attorneys have been working diligently with Honeywell since June 2017, to resolve these claims for payment in an amicable and acceptable manner. Since the outcome will potentially have a significant negative impact on the town’s sanitation fund, and result in increased utility rates above and beyond what was projected when the contract was signed, the Board members and town staff felt it was necessary to question the validity of the cost overruns. The Board now believes Honeywell mistakenly submitted these costs of delay to the Town, and that Honeywell should have anticipated the increases and updated their bid amounts prior to signing the agreement, which uses industry standard, firm-fixed pricing methodology. Additionally, Honeywell over-estimated the cost savings related to a performance guarantee that was built into the contact. Instead, the new plant is costing the town three times more to operate than anticipated.

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In the interest of attempting to resolve the issue efficiently and fairly, the Board authorized a good faith payment to Honeywell in June 2017. Despite this good faith gesture negotiations have stalled, and the Board does not feel that, to date, Honeywell has made a sufficient effort to work with the Town of Lyons to resolve the matter. Recently senior officials from Honeywell have requested a meeting to occur prior to the December 18, 2017, BOT meeting, however the Board feels strongly that any agreement should reflect the intentions of the original contract. A significant amount of time and resources have already been invested to convey the town’s positions to Honeywell, and the Board feels the residents of Lyons deserve a facility at the guaranteed cost that meets the promised performance standards.


buds and drop one or keep the volume low enough that you can hear other sounds around you. Now we come to one of the most important ways to keep safer at night when outside walking, running or biking: wear reflective gear. Actually, the most effective gear is known as retro-reflective: a material on a surface that reflects light back to the source, back to the oncoming car headlights. There are three types of reflection: 1) mirror reflection, such as from polished material, 2) diffuse reflection from rough material, such as fabric, and 3) retro-reflective when the light is returned in the direction in which it came. Retro-reflective materials can be affixed to a variety of surfaces including fabric, buttons, and zippers, and can be ironed on or sewn on clothing. It comes in tape that is available in wide strips and can be placed on your favorite exercise gear. Neon and fluorescent materials may appear to be bright in the daylight but are not considered reflective, so motorists will not see you until they are very close. Do not be fooled by thinking you are safe wearing white or bright color clothing at night. In 2014 there was a campaign titled, “No White at Night” and there is an effective YouTube video (10/2/2014) asking how many runners you see from certain distances. The difference between those wearing reflective gear and those wearing white shirts is startling. Watch this to learn more. The more surface area that includes retro-reflective material the better motorists will see you. Gear should be front and back, up and down the body. You want motorists to know what they see is a person. There is a degree of reflection. As you may have noticed, road signs vary in how reflective they are Continue See Me on Page 10



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INTEREST Library operation and services offered to the patrons and the community By Kathleen Crane, Library Board President Redstone Review LYONS – The Lyons Regional Library District (LRLD) is about to complete its second full year of operation at 405 Main St. in downtown Lyons. Usage statistics continue to rise as our offerings and open hours increase. A recent patron parking survey confirms anecdotal evidence that we are adding to the economic development of the area. The informal survey, conducted by the Lyons Regional Library District in October, indicates that 40 percent of patrons bike or walk, and 70 percent make one or more additional downtown stops when they visit the library. Usage and demand for programming continues to increase, with double-digit waiting lists for some programs. Although community feedback is overwhelmingly positive, patrons and would-be patrons tell us they are anxious to enjoy the benefits of a larger facility. Both the Library Board and Director Katherine Weadley have been diligently proceeding with planning for the new library / community center, hiring experienced architectural, pre-construction, and sustainability services, progressing

Drumming Circles By Sally King Redstone Review LYONS – If we can live tribally with a willingness to carry another’s burdens and delight in another’s accomplishments then King when it comes time to pray, Source is not far away. Drum beat one. Jeremy Ragland of the Now Gallery at the corner of Fourth Ave. and Main St. currently has a show of buffalo skulls where 11 local artists interacted with the spirit of the buffalo. Buffalo in Lakota is Tatanka, which means, “He who owns you.” The buffalo, after all, was here first. Drum beat two. We have excavators of all sizes digging up the fields around us in Apple Valley and making lots of noise. The work is being done as a result of a grant to the St. Vrain Coalition. We signed off on it last summer, giving our

with financing and supporting fundraising with our LRLD Foundation headed by Dr. Liz Erley and Connie Eyster, J.D. Library Operation and Community Services – We strive to empower our community to learn, imagine and connect with

our programs, collections, and community space. With the highest level of friendly and professional service we provide a neutral and welcoming space to all ages and stages of our community and beyond. Services and programs include homebound delivery services for the elderly, twice-a-week year-round early literacy programs, STEM events, Summer Learning Program, financial literacy, menapproval, but seeing the colored map of what was proposed and the actuality is of course mind blowing. Two tall pines that withstood the flood were taken, a diversion channel dug, causing us to have a hill in our driveway, and another dike was created to send the water down its original northern channel. Radical change, chaos and upheaval are hard to witness. But to actually see the upheaval that in subtle ways is around us all the time is a gift. Drum beat three. Patagonia, the corporation, is suing the president for shrinking Bears Ears National Monument and not respecting our native lands. Also several Native American tribes are suing the U.S. government for reducing the land designated for Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument. The Native American Rights Fund, headquartered in Boulder, is the legal team representing several of those tribes including the Hopi Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni. Ute Mountain Ute tribes are represented by the Native American Rights Fund; the Navajo Nation joined the fight and is represented

tal health awareness, and job skills and resume workshops. We provide computers, Wi-Fi, group and one-on-one technology instruction. It is clear that not everyone in our community owns a computer or understands technology – we strive to shrink our area’s digital divide. Patrons use our computers to apply for jobs, housing, and healthcare, open non-profits, write graduate papers, apply for loans, and visit with their loved ones. Kids use our computers to complete homework and connect with their friends. Homeschoolers use the library on a frequent basis. We have three notary public on staff and provide this free service for businesses and personal use. We provide scanning and printing services, which are used, for example, to print legal documents, sheet music, and event tickets. We have a small but heavily used meeting area, which due to our small size doubles as the computer room, and where we hold our various programs. We have Fun Chess for kids every Monday that is extremely well attended and headed by our chess vol-

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by the Navajo Department of Justice citing that only Congress has the right to reduce or shrink National Monuments under the Antiquities Act. Fracking goes against the instinctive values of people bound to the earth and aren’t we all just that? Bound to

unteer Aaron Caplan. We focus on sustainability. Through a grant from Boulder County’s Partners for a Clean Environment Program (PACE) we’ve installed two bike racks for our community to use, and started composting in the library. We have always recycled and we are careful with our resources. Books are reused or recycled through the Book Worm bookstore in Boulder. Our staff members are library professionals with over 85 years of experience working in libraries amongst us. We participate in professional development activities on a state level, present at conferences, and serve on committees such as Colorado Makerspaces, Colorado Early Literacy, Adult Services Interest Group, and more. The staff members are committed to the highest level of professionalism and to expanding our services to fit the current and future needs and desires of those we serve. For current information on our services, programs and the future building project please see our website at or come visit us in the library! Kathleen Crane has been president of the Library Board for about two years. the earth? As earthlings we have no other home. Drum beat four. The yoga ladies came today to the river house for our annual potluck and yoga class. Everyone parked at the end of the drive and walked in due to the machines driving back and forth. The land leading to the bridge had been scooped away so it was necessary to ascend a ladder to get up on the bridge and over to the house, with yoga mats and pot luck dishes in hand. During class, our teacher, Stacey Dee, asked us to take the goddess pose and as I looked around the circle of these fine women who had braved the wilderness to get here, I knew a healing was taking place, a rebalancing. Wishing you the love that is connection, this tribal holiday season. Sally King is a local artist who has created whimsical bears and delightful wild flower acrylic paintings to enhance the appearance of Lyons all over the town. She lives in a house she and her husband John King had to rebuild after the flood.

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OPTIONS Ecology Board offers advice, sets vision

• Sponsored the Weed Posse – a group of residents who gather weekly to pull noxious weeds on various properties in town. By Greg Lowell • Worked to revise Town Article 4, Trees • Coordinated and participated in environand Shrubs, to address evolving commu- mental education efforts with the Lyons Redstone Review nity forestry issues (for example, emerald Elementary School, including the annual LYONS – The Town of Lyons Ecology ash borer threat requires ash trees be Arbor Day event that allows Lyons to mainAdvisory Board is an all-volunteer board removed from the approved tree species). tain its “Tree City U.S.A.” status. A treethat advises town staff and the Board of This tree ordinance is intended to guide tagging activity was started with fourth Trustees on matters pertaining to environ- Town staff and inform residents on the graders that involved identifying tree types, mental and land use issues within the town. care and planting of trees. calculating trees’ benefits and placing In the wake of the 2013 flood, the work • Gave away chokecherry and pinyon informative tags on trees in Sandstone Park. of the board has taken on new impor- pine seedlings to residents at two outreach • Continued public outreach with the tance as the town reshapes showing of environmentalitself through river restoraly themed movies and lection, park rebuilding and tures at Stonebridge Farm acquisition of buyout propand the Farmette in April erties; the EAB weighs in on and September. DVDs of all this work. Additionally, the past movies are donated to board seeks to educate the the Lyons Library for resigeneral public through outdents to borrow. reach and activities. •Continued plans for Notable activities of botanic gardens in town. the EAB in 2017 were: The gardens will showcase • Reviewed and commentnative plants and trees. The ed on the Bohn Park, Phase location of the gardens has I and the Lyons Valley River not been determined but is Park designs. expected to be sited on one • Made recommendations of the buyout properties. for the larger flood buyout •Finished the Walking properties, specifically those Arboretum Project – a selfbordering the South St. guided tour showcasing trees Vrain River. The EAB in Lyons. The trees are believes these larger parcels The Weed Posse are local volunteers who do battle with noxious and labeled and the published should be kept as natural invasive weeds. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS guide (available at the Lyons open space with minimum Visitors Center and Town development. events. The trees were purchased through Hall) describes the trees. • Reviewed and commented on the a Lyons Community Foundation grant. • Continued public education on local Planet Bluegrass Farm annexation; the • Provided 300 copies of the Noxious environmental subjects through monthly EAB expressed concerns about develop- Weeds of Colorado guidebook free of articles in the Redstone Review. This colment of parking in wetlands, riparian charge to Lyons residents at the Botanic umn received two first-place awards and a areas and in proximity to floodway and Garden Annual Plant Sale. These book- second-place award from the Colorado river drainages. Press Association. lets too were courtesy of an LCF grant.

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Lyons Fire Fund LYONS – The Lyons Fire Fund has had a busy 2017. In February, Pizza Bar 66 hosted the Burnin’ Love fundraising event on Valentine’s Day complete with a pizza eating contest. The funds raised, along with other donations, were used to help the Lyons Fire Protection District

fund the completion of their burn building. This will provide a place for the volunteer firefighters to train on live fires out at Station 2. In November, a sizable grant was received from Palo Alto Networks to go towards the purchase of extrication equipment that is mainly used during car accident rescues. There are multiple ways to make tax-deductible donations to the Lyons Fire Fund and support our volunteer fire department. Visit for more information.

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• Maintained contact with the Watershed Board and the St. Vrain Creek Coalition on matters related to the St. Vrain River, in order to monitor the ongoing river restoration work. Setting an ecologically sound vision In addition to advice and education, the EAB seeks to set the tone for future projects in the town. The EAB authored the Sustainable River Corridor Action Plan in 2014, which has been adopted by the Town as a guide to sustainably rebuilding the Lyons river corridor to not only protect lives and property but also to maximize the recreational, ecological and economic values of the river. In 2017, this document was provided to contractors involved in the river restoration to guide design and construction work. In 2017, the EAB wrote guiding visions for the South St. Vrain River corridor and the larger buyout properties. These visions spoke of the ecological, recreational and economic benefits of these areas. These vision statements were presented to the Board of Trustees as well as Boulder County. Funding and members The EAB receives no town funding for its efforts; all expenditures come from grants. Current EAB members are: Steve Simms, chair; Fay Marshall, vice-chair; Greg Lowell, recording secretary; Garima Fairfax, Kurt Carlson, Jerry Jacka and Dave Batts (alternate). The EAB meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Town Hall; the public is always welcome. Greg Lowell is a member of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board and has been involved with land conservation issues for more than 25 years. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and now lives in Lyons. Visit the Longmont Humane Society thrift store LONGMONT – Gather your unwanted, gently used items and let them do a world of good for the animals in our community at the LHS Thrift Store. Your donations of items such as clean clothing and shoes, furniture, small appliances, books and artwork become much needed revenue for the animals of LHS. Conveniently located in the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center, 700 Ken Pratt Parkway, Suite 216 in Longmont. Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations accepted: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue Briefs on Page 7

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OPPORTUNITY LES Science and Leadership program teaches practical applications of science By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – “I think it’s interesting that it only costs work,” said third grader Wilma Spencer, her face beaming with Moore pride. She was talking about the students’ vegetable garden at Lyons Elementary School (LES), which is a part of the Science and Leadership program at her school. Thanks to grants from the Lyons Community Foundation and supervision from adult volunteers, the students plant, weed, water, grow, and harvest fresh produce which is then donated to the food pantry operated by LEAF (Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund.) This year the students harvested over 300 pounds of food for the pantry. “The garden makes up one part of the Science portion of the Science and Leadership program,” said Andrew Moore, principal of LES. “Through a fish hatchery the students also help to grow and release trout in the St. Vrain River. Another project calls for identifying and classifying aquatic insects from the river, and a third is to help at the Redstone Museum, doing such things as curating exhibits.” Moore and others in and out of the school have been developing the program over the last three years. In so doing, LES partners with a variety of individuals and groups. For instance, the Estes Park Environmental Center and Trout

Unlimited assist in the trout program. The Lyons Ecology Board takes the collected aquatic insects data and uses it to determine the health of the river. “We teach authentic science in which the projects are designed for students to attain a true sense of discovery. They are involved in real-life issues with no predetermined answers,” Moore explained. The first Wednesday of every month is a day for the students to participate in both parts of the program. On these days, they participate in four rotations: science, team building, challenge, and reflection. The science part takes place in the garden, at the river, and at the Redstone Museum. On one recent Wednesday the weather was too cold for the students to go outside, but the program occurred nonetheless. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. students are divided into groups by grade, with each group wearing different colored smocks. Then both the learning and fun begin. Excitement was plain to see and feel throughout the halls and classrooms. Team building was a main theme on that day. One activity involved four or five students each holding one end of separate strings. The other ends were tied to a single rubber band. Each student would pull on the end of their string causing the rubber band to expand. The object of the exercise was to place the expanded rubber band over an object, capture it, and then move and drop it at a specific location, say inside a cup. The fourth rotation, reflection, is a time

Doug Bell, the parent volunteer, leads first grade students at Lyons Elementary School in a team building activity, part of the Science and Leadership program at the school. Brooke Bell, Silas Walker and Gilberto Pitones are part of the group. for the students to pause and ponder on what they learned in the other three rotations. Reflection time can be spent in a group exchange, or in solitude, thinking, writing, and drawing about the activities just completed. “I like reflection, that part of the program, the best,” said Wilma Spencer, the third grader who spoke about the garden. She went on to say, “I especially like reflecting in silence.” The program has been developed over

Dry eye is a common but annoying problem By Justin Deal Redstone Review LYONS – Almost all of us have experienced the feeling of burning eyes, sharp pin pricks, or feeling as if we have sand in our eyes. These are common symptoms of dry eye. It can be caused by environmental factors such as the cold winds and dry air our beloved state is known for, or stale air in your office or home. Did you know that when you are reading or using the computer your blink rate drops by half? For most people, the problem is short lived and can be alleviated with artificial tears. I typically suggest staying away from drops that “get the red out” and stick to lubricating-only drops. Pop into the St. Vrain Pharmacy and talk to Mary Aronson about which brands are best. For others, it is a daily battle that drops alone have a hard time fighting. Fear not, there are other solutions. The first step is identifying the culprit. Our tear film is made up of three layers. An oily layer keeps your tears from evaporating too quickly, an aqueous layer hydrates your cells, and a mucous layer keeps your tears spread evenly across the surface of your eye. A deficiency in any of these components will lead to dry eye symptoms. One of the most commonly seen causes of dry eye is a dysfunction of the Meibomian glands, which are responsible for secreting healthy oils into the tear film. These glands often stop functioning properly or even become completely clogged over time. You can help restore them to their former glory by engaging in a twice daily ritual of

warm compresses. Dim the lights, put on some Enya, and relax with a warm compress on your lids for ten minutes, twice per day. I recommend using a Bruder Mask or something similar that you can purchase on Amazon. Follow it up with a gentle massage of your lids and a rinse with artificial tears. It’s not always that simple, though. The gland dysfunction could be caused by underlying inflammatory conditions, or diseases of the lids/lashes such as blepharitis. Your eye doctor can take a close look and decide if you need more specific treatment. If your glands are giving you those oh-so-good oils but your eyes are still dry then it’s possible your body just isn’t

three years, the first two years being devoted to science and adding in the leadership segment in the third year. The 2016-17 school year was the first full year of running the entire program. Moore does not intend to expand the program, but works on refining it. One of his goals is working to improve student presentation, with students taking greater ownership of what they have discovered. Continue LES on Page 11

producing enough. This is when it may be a good idea to plug up those puncta! Kids, do not try this at home. Your puncta are the drainage holes for your tears. You have four in each eye: two superior and two inferior, on the inside corners of your lids. Tiny specialty plugs made of silicone can be carefully inserted into the two inferior holes to keep the tears you do produce from draining as quickly. It’s a relatively simple ordeal and most patients never feel them, but have this talk with your optometrist to see if it’s the right option for you. Prescription eye drops are also available that may increase your tear production. I know you have heard it before, but talk to your eye doctor to see if this is right for you. Certain conditions such as thyroid dysfunction or autoimmune disease, as well as medications you may be taking, can contribute to increased symptoms. The take home point here is that the cause of your dry eye isn’t always cut and dry (see what I did there?). It is often times a disease process that requires a complex treatment plan that addresses multiple underlying issues. Do your eyes get super itchy? It might be allergies, in which case you should just live in a bubble (not the Boulder Bubble, that’s far too crowded). Just kidding, we have specific treatments for allergy-related discomfort as well. Dry eye and allergies often go hand in hand. Have questions? Give me a call or stop by Lyons Eye Optometry to chat. Justin Deal, OD, has a BS in Biology from the University of Indiana 2006 and a Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2011. He said he is happy to be a part of the community at Lyons Eye Optometry, 138 Main St.

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INSIGHT Stages in life represented in paintings By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – I recently made what I think was an excellent trade: a fishing reel for a painting. Earlier this year I spoke at an Gierach event in Vail put on by my artist friend C.D. Clarke and his wife, Tracey, and during a break C.D. and I got to talking about fishing tackle. He said he had a big, heavy two-handed bamboo Spey rod he liked for Atlantic salmon fishing, and was looking for an equally big, heavy and preferably old fly reel to balance it. I said I had such a reel that I had no use for; he offered to trade me a watercolor painting of a remote river in Labrador we’d fished together a few years earlier and the deal was made, sight unseen. The painting arrived yesterday. It’s a perfect, small watercolor study done on site, plein air-style. I’m surprised I didn’t see it at the time, but then one of C.D’s talents is the ability to whip out a finished work of art, stash it in a drying box in his pack, and be back on the river fishing before you even noticed he was gone. I showed it to a friend today who likes it as much as I do. “It looks cold” she said, which it does, and added, “The trees are just blops, but they’re perfect.” Russell Chatham, another artist I admire, put the same idea a little differently when he said that your brush strokes don’t have to be flawless as long as they’re confident. I have a large Chatham lithograph hanging on the one wall in my house that’s big enough to accommodate it. Back in the early 1990s I contributed a story to an anthology of conservation essays Russ was putting together and after it had been accepted he gave me a call. He said he was out of money and asked if I’d accept this print as payment. I’d always coveted his large, expansive landscape prints, but could never afford one (at the time I could barely afford to have it framed) so of course I said yes. I won’t get into relative values, but that print remains by far the most I’ve ever been paid for a single story.

That’s the beauty of barter: It’s need or want balanced against equal need or want without the cold abstraction of money to muddy the waters – exactly the kind of purity that should pertain to things like art and fishing tackle. I once asked my tax guy about barter transactions. He said that, on paper, equal values cancel each

story and it triggered a composition. I never saw the paintings until they appeared in the magazine. Early on there’d been talk of me approving preliminary sketches, but I declined because the idea struck me as ludicrous. For our 100th column together I decided to write about Bob’s life and career, which was a big job because there’s a lot there, and when that story came out I saw that Bob had painted a portrait of me

The author traded his artist frined C.D. Clarke a fly reel for this painting. other out so it’s a wash, but added that in practice, “I don’t wanna hear about it.” For years now I’ve worked with a fine sporting artist named Bob White. The first story of mine he illustrated was published in Fly Rod & Reel Magazine about 30 years ago and when I started writing a regular column for the same publication five years later Bob signed on as the illustrator. I expected something like pen and ink drawings – which Bob does beautifully – but what I got were finished paintings, first watercolors and later oils: the kind of work you’d expect to see hanging in a gallery next to intimidating price tags. Sometimes the subject of my column coincided with a painting Bob already had on hand, but more often he read the

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landing a trout on my favorite local stream. A large print of that painting now hangs in the one place in the house where it can’t be missed, and although I had nothing whatsoever to do with it, I still get a flush of pride when someone looks at it and says, “Dude, that’s you!” The painting is called Close to Home and I think it’s one of Bob’s best, but of course there’s no way for me to be objective. I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but most of the artwork I have displayed has sentimental as well as artistic value. In my office there’s an original watercolor by Bob White that illustrated one of my old columns and another C.D. Clark depicting a lovely old De Havilland Beaver floatplane tied up at a dock in

Grade Books Collection (214 in all) were nominated and then selected as one Colorado’s 2017 Top Ten Significant Artifacts. The general public, including the citizens of Lyons, voted between September and November. This recognition is thrilling for the Lyons Historical Society. It is an honor to stand in the company of statewide repositories of Colorado's cultural heritage such as the Museum of Boulder, Denver Public Library, Niwot Historical Society, and more as listed at the following link: . In its fifth year, the Colorado Collection Connection program recognizes that artifacts cared for by Colorado’s cultural heritage organizations tell a story that collectively represents the diverse history of Colorado. CCC is a collaborative partnership among the Center for Colorado & the West (CC&W), the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM), the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA), the Colorado

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Labrador on another of the chilly, blustery days that pass for summer that far north. It’s a plane I’ve flown in often to places few people ever get to see and I have fond memories of it. After C.D. finished that painting he also painted the head and shoulders of a brook trout on the plane’s cowling at the request of the bush pilot. There are also some old sporting prints of my father’s that are pretty high quality, plus a couple of beautifully carved loons by local decoy carvers from Minnesota, and an old print of a four-masted schooner under full sail in rough seas – exactly the kind of dramatic stuff dad was always a sucker for. And there’s an old print of my grandmother’s depicting three dead quail and two equally dead cottontail rabbits hanging by a cord from a nail in a barn wall. This harkens back to what a friend calls the “deceased wildlife school of still life painting” that was popularized in Victorian England – right down to its oval gold frame – although the species pictured make me suspect it was painted in the American south. The signature looks a little like “DeVoe” but it’s hard to make out. Grandma told me it had been owned by her father since before she was born – and she was born in the 1880s. I remember Grandma as a hard-nosed and practical old lady who lived a pretty hardscrabble life. I like to think her affection for this print revealed a life of the mind, although I wouldn’t have been surprised if she’d told me she liked it because rabbits and quail were not only good to eat, but free to anyone who owned a gun. I have no doubt that on Antiques Roadshow this old print would be politely declared charming, but worthless; valuable only as a family heirloom. I have it hanging high up in the darkest corner of the office where it’s hard to see, not because I’m ashamed of it, but so it won’t fade any more than it already has.

State Library (CSL), and History Colorado. The books provide a wealth of information about the Lyons schools, teachers, students, families, and community from 1920-1961. The books give the museum the ability to track class sizes, gender and age demographics, school year calendars, and changes in what students studied. Together with photographs and newspaper articles also from the museum’s collection, these provide valuable material for research and bring the retired school building to life. People will be able to view the artifacts on display when the Museum opens for the season beginning weekends in May of 2018 or by appointment. Thank you to everyone who voted for the Redstone Museum artifact and for the support from everyone in Lyons. “Artifacts are alive. Each has a voice. They remind us what it means to be human, that it is our nature to survive, to create works of beauty, to be resourceful, to be attentive to the world we live in” – Terry Tempest Williams

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Arts and Entertainment in the greater Lyons area LYONS Art at the Stone Cup – Allen LaFollette’s art show will remain through the end of December. Rachel Tallent will be showing some of her new art work in January and February at the Stone Cup, 442 High St. in Lyons. Music at the Stone Cup – On Dec. 16 (Sat.) singer / songwriter Emma Marie will perform from 10 a.m. to noon; on Dec. 17 (Sun.) Jay Stott will perform Americana from 10 a.m. to noon; on Dec. 23 (Sat.) Maya Bennett will perform folk-blues from10 a.m. to noon; on Dec. 24 (Sun.) CLOSED; on Dec. 30 (Sat.) Harmony Brad will perform acoustic pop-rock from 10 a.m. to noon; on Dec. 31 (Sun.) CLOSED; On Jan. 6 (Sat.) Bob Barrick will perform Americana-folk from10 a.m. to noon; On Jan. 7 (Sun.) Sky Choice will perform folk-blues-pop from 10 a.m. to noon; on Jan. 13 (Sat.) Emily Barnes will perform folk from 10 a.m. to noon; on Jan. 14 (Sun.) Andrew Sturtz will perform folk-jazz-soul from 10 a.m. to noon. Western Stars Gallery activities and events – Western Stars Gallery and Studio, 160 E. Main St. in Lyons, wishes to thank all the volunteers, musicians Amy Francis and Rebecca Folsom, Marc Hutt from Restorative Botanicals, and the outpouring of early holiday shoppers who made Western Star’s Second Anniversary Open House a rousing success. Over 150 artists and consignors are featured at the gallery, where an eclectic array (at all price points) of art, stocking stuffers,

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FOUNDATION Is Santa Claus still alive and well? By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review PUEBLO – Once upon a time, a child, age eight, wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun newspaper asking if, Joyce indeed, Santa Claus exists. Sun reporter Francis Pharcellus Church wrote a response. It was printed on September 21, 1897, and has been known and reprinted ever since under the headline “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” It is perhaps the most famous editorial ever penned in the U.S., and it seems appropriate somehow to revisit Virginia’s original question and the Sun’s editorial response 120 years and several months later. First, the original question: “Dear Editor: I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in the Sun it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West 95th Street” And here are key excerpts from Church’s inspired unsigned editorial response: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. “...Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. “...The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. “ ...Ah, Virginia, in all this world there

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of respect for the law, and the subversion of government to that of the wealthy, for the wealthy and by the wealthy? Signed: Everyone at the mercy of this beast, everywhere in the world. Response: Dear Everyone Everywhere: The friends you speak of are hypocrites who know nothing of love. They and all

is nothing else real and abiding.” Today, such a letter might read: Dear Editor: I am young, and I am old, and I believe in Santa Claus; to be more precise, I still believe the image of Santa carries within it what we call the spirit of Christmas, which is another way of saying love in all its aspects, heralded with trumpets and expressed in song as well as whispers, and even in silence, as beautiful gifts from each of us to those others of us whom we know and love well and to those others of us of whom we know little or nothing at all, but of whose need we are well aware in our compassion toward them. Some of my friends, however, seem to honor Santa and the love he represents with their words, yet behave as if love were an economic transaction, one that always plays out in an elaborate game called quid protige, and no qualms about rigging the game in their favor “Merry Old Santa Claus” by Thomas Nast, from the and creating an impossiJanuary 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. bly steep slope for anyone outside their group (whatever label they use for it) to climb. those like them, all those for whom quid So, is Santa real? Or is he just fake news pro quo is the only transaction, repeated created by advertisers long ago to get us to in endless variety, know nothing of love sell our souls for useful as well as useless because they have only the illusion of things and services in order to feed the beast love, and that can easily be commercialof corporate capitalism, which now controls ized and sold to the gullible, whereas real our lives through debt, utter non-privacy, love can never be brought so low. brutal enforcement of and subsequent lack Real love is pure joy – and also pure

See Me Continued from Page 3 with some extremely bright and others dull. This is true for retro-reflective gear. This is referred to as candle power: the brightness of the material. “A reasonable, accurate representation of one candle power of brightness level is approximately 2.5 times greater than white cotton fabric.” (Patent information on retro-reflective gear, Some gear can have a candle power of 125 and even 500. In traffic engineering there is a term used that assumes 2.5 second reaction time: decision sight distance. A pedestrian without any reflective clothing can be seen by a motorist about 50 feet away in the dark. According to

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sorrow, which we call compassion – in exquisitely disguised acts of sacrifice aimed at freeing, not enthralling, the human spirit. It is the humble giving of and the gracious receiving of something that, while it may have tangible aspects, always comes with the intangible, invisible, self-importance-denying element of empathy for those we love, which should be all existential forms beyond the boundaries of our skin, as well as the one within those boundaries, for true love of self is not selfishness; it is, in fact, selflessness, at least as far as it is possible. It is as much a person’s denial of things for oneself so that someone else may benefit in some way as it is a corporate decision to take responsibility for not harming the environment even if that means a lower margin of profit, or a government’s decision to promote the general welfare by ensuring freedom from want and fear for all of the governed, even if to do so costs a lot of political currency. It is always a free gift with nothing asked in return – no quid pro quo involved – or it is not love. So, Everyone Everywhere, Santa Claus really is fake news, really is a hypocrisy if he symbolizes meaningless words and gifts, quid pro quo and selfishness calling itself love. Yet, on the other hand, Santa Claus is real and wonderful, and magical if genuine love is practiced in his name, making him a beacon who can be followed into a joyful future for all. The answer to your question ultimately lies within each of our hearts. Hold yours up to the mirror of love, and it will show you which is the answer you literally are in response to the question. If you don’t like what you see, change. You have the power – through love. Happy Christmas. Richard A. Joyce is a retired professor in the mass communications department at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is an award-winning journalist He can be reached at

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CREATE Shifting focus from ourselves to others COMMENTARY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS

By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review

LYONS – When I review the activities surrounding affordable housing in Lyons in the past few months, I see a theme: Success comes when we can shift focus from ourselves to others. As we reflect on 2017, celebrate holidays, and Reinholds begin the new year, it’s an appropriate time to think about how to make this shift. Sign up now to volunteer on Lyons Habitat for Humanity construction in January. Lyons community members who want to volunteer constructing the three duplexes on Park Street, west of Second Ave., can now sign up for volunteer days on the Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley website at www. stvrainhabitat. org / construction. Volunteers will be needed, starting January 10, on four construction days per week: Wednesdays through Saturdays. These are the days I was hoping and waiting for in past years when drama and arguments filled Facebook discussion groups. Not able to volunteer? You can donate funds to Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley specifically for the Lyons construction: www. stvrainhabitat. org / online - donations. Also in January, the third round of homeowner applications begins. In the previous rounds, applicants were selected for three out of the six homes to be built in Lyons, and the application round starting in January is for the remaining three homes. All who are interested in applying need to attend an orientation session either in person at Rogers Hall in Lyons on Saturday, January 27 at 10 a.m., or complete an online orientation at between January 15 to 30. Anyone whose applications weren’t accepted in previous rounds can participate in round three but must attend the orientation either in person or online. The preference policy still remains the same order in this round of applications. First preference for the new homes is for

applicants displaced as a result of the flood disaster of 2013, who maintained their primary residence in the Lyons area (80540 zip code) at the time of the flood. If all six homes can’t be filled with homeowners in the first preference category, the second and third preferences are for applicants from surrounding areas who were displaced by the 2013 flood, and those with ties to the Lyons 80540 area, such as current local residents, families of Lyons students, and area employees. The three applicants selected in previous rounds are all are in the first preference category. Don’t stop dreaming about creative options on the eastern part of town. One of the applications for a request for proposals (RFP) to buy town-owned land east of Colorado Highway 66 and U.S. 36 proposes building 45 affordable housing units for rent, as well as an aquaponics farm and grocery, and a commercial kitchen. Paul Glasgow, Town of Lyons Planner and Director of Community Development, reported to the Lyons Board of Trustees at December 4 workshop that the most detailed proposal out of two received is from a partnership including the regional affordable housing non-profit Thistle. The other two partners in the proposal, Glasgow said, are a developer who has worked in the Denver Highlands neighborhood and on a local greenhouse, and Donna Merten of Colorado Group, who is interested in aquaponics farming, based on success in Singapore. The group’s proposal is for purchasing all the land that Lyons is selling, on both the north and south sides of Colorado Highway 66 (about 4.3 acres on the north side and the 3.28 acres on the south side). This spring, the Town of Lyons purchased the former Longmont water treatment plant land east of U.S. 36 from the City of Longmont to use a piece of it as a permanent home for the town’s flooddestroyed public works building and to


sell remaining available parcels to buyers who want to pursue uses described in the Lyons Primary Planning Area Master Plan. The land has been annexed into town, and the part that is for sale is currently zoned as agricultural land. The proposal is about 90 percent complete, and a selection committee is expected to make a decision soon about next steps. The committee’s recommendation will come before the trustees at a

affordable to the low and middle-income households who need them. There are only four Colorado state laws that address landlords and tenants, and the Federal Fair Housing Act. There are no specific ordinances about the tenantlandlord relationship in Town of Lyons code. However, the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission, a volunteer commission that advises the elected Lyons Board of Trustees, is compiling a list of federal, state, and county links and information resources for tenants and landlords that can be made available on the Town of Lyons website. Examples include the HUD Tenant Rights, Laws, and Protections Colorado page at www. hud. gov / states / colorado / renting / tenantrights and the Colorado Renter’s Guide from the Colorado Apartment Association at www. caahq. org / main / colorado-renters-guide. This column is a monthly commentary (opinion column) in the Redstone Review about affordable housing after the 2013 flood disaster in Lyons. If PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS you have any questions, comments, or complaints about this future public meeting. column, contact me directly at areinConsider being a landlord. Lyons For history of postneeds more rentals for people who work flood efforts for affordable housing in in town, especially after losing about 70 Lyons – including a proposal for subsiflood-destroyed homes to both the federal dized, affordable Boulder County Housing buyout programs (including the 16 homes Authority rentals and some Habitat for in the Foothills Mobile Home Park) and Humanity for-sale affordable homes (a to the changed use of the Riverbend total of 50 to 70 units) on five to seven Mobile Home Park property, where 32 acres of Bohn Park that was voted down families used to live, to an event venue 614 to 498 by Town of Lyons voters in (rezoned for commercial use). March 2015, and the land at Second Ave. If you are thinking about building a car- and Park that Habitat for Humanity riage house or a garage apartment, check bought to build three duplexes – read preout the Town of Lyons accessory dwelling vious columns at lyonscoloradonews. unit policy at www. townoflyons. com / wordpress. com. 566 / Accessory - Dwelling - Units. You might also have a space in your house and Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons are considering renting to a roommate. Housing Recovery Task Force from December Understanding rights, protections, and 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is resources for both tenants and landlords is currently a member of the Lyons Human important. The laws and contracts that Services and Aging Commission and served as define relationships between tenants and a liaison to the Special Housing Committee landlords can affect the both finances of during its existence from April 2015-April the individual tenants and landlords and 2016. She has lived in Lyons since 2003 and how many homes in a community are in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.

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Moore learned that the program mirrors one sponsored by the St. Vrain Valley School District known as E Movement and has integrated some of what that program offers into the Science and Leadership program. Another theme of the program is teaching volunteerism. It is modeled to the students from the partnership organizations, high school students, and adults who run the program. With service to the museum, the Ecology Board, and LEAF, to name a few, the students themselves become volunteers. “Through student and parent engagement students learn responsibility and a purpose greater than themselves,” Moore said. “Every person in the school, including all 350 students, participates in the program.” Moore expressed much gratitude to all the people and organizations who partner with the school to make the program happen. He gives special thanks to Redstone Museum, Estes Park Environmental Center, LEAF, Lyons High School student volunteers, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Trout Unlimited, Lyons Ecology Board, Lyons Parks and Recreation, Science Matters, University of Colorado, individual scientists, and all the adult volunteers. Don Moore is a retired lawyer and the author of Love is a Verb: Healing Yourself through Love, Gratitude and Compassion. He lives in Lyons.



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CONCEPTS Lyons Community Foundation: Reflections on 10 years By Kristen Bruckner Redstone Review LYONS – Founded in 2007, LCF has been a part of an incredibly diverse list of Lyons-area projects, all with the misBruckner sion to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving, and encourage positive change in the greater Lyons area. As 2017 comes to a close, when we reflect on the year that has passed, the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) wanted to take this moment to reflect on the past ten years. So we asked several of the local residents who have been integral in building and sustaining the work of the foundation for their thoughts on what they were most proud of in this last decade of service. Here are some of their responses: “I was really proud of the emergency fund that we started through the Lyons Community Church, which under the leadership of the church turned into the food pantry, which eventually turned into LEAF. We were just a small part of that growth, but I think it has added tremendous value to our community,” said Connie Eyster, a founding board member. “We made the decision to raise and grant out funds immediately. We did not wait for years to build up funds as some foundation experts recommended. LCF was there for flood recovery; what a great resource to have for recovery. A third thing is staying connected with a larger organization as a parent – the Boulder Community Foundation – they have been a good partner over the years, and have allowed the LCF volunteers to focus on fund raising, granting and programs otherwise time would be spent on administration duties,” said Christy Crosser, a founding board member. “I'm most proud of being able to participate with many other devoted volunteers, post-flood, to help those in our community who lost so much. Many dedicated organizations worked on everything imaginable trying to make things a little easier as flood victims and our community dealt with this tragedy,” said Dr. Liz Erley, former board chair, and chair of Rebuild Lyons, One Life at a Time. “On the microcosmic level, I’m grateful I knew Brian Eyster through our time together on the revived Arts and Humanities Commission, and subsequently his wife, Connie Tromble Eyster. Connie agreed to join the LCF board and together with the amazing Christy Crosser served as a powerful dynamic duo in leading the founding board. I cannot emphasize enough the force of nature these two women are and how significant their leadership was. On a macrocosmic level, I’m grateful for the Community Foundation, serving Boulder County, for its initial and sustaining support on so many levels and for the greater Lyons Community, for getting what we were hoping to birth and so fully supporting the idea and the reality of the Lyons Community Foundation,” said Mystie Bracket, a founding board member. “I’m proud of the initial group for what they went through to start LCF and contribute along the way, as well as the entire Lyons community for their many contributions,” said Rick England, a founding board member. “Of all the great work that LCF has done over the years, what shines brightest in my memory is how LCF was able to respond so quickly to mobilize and distribute financial support for the hundreds

in our community that were hit so hard by the flood,” said Roger Flynn, a former advisory board member. “What strikes me the most about LCF is the breadth of giving, from large organizations to the smallest of new ideas and

“I am proud of the great variety of programs and nonprofits that have been supported by the LCF over the past ten years. The depth and breadth of the community support grants awarded truly encompass the greater Lyons community,” said

strong, vibrant, healthy, inclusive community. A community where its members got together to clean out a burned out trailer home on short notice, for a friend we didn’t know; one where a garden club pulled all generations together to grow something beautiful for all to enjoy;. one where we worked with other organizations to learn how best apply our efforts

The Summer Tree from the Lyons Clarifier mosaic project. Funding from LCF helped bring the project to completion. programs. So many wonderful and tangible projects would not exist in our town if it were not for LCF and those who support it. It was deeply fulfilling to be a part of the scholarship committee that created the Gerald Boland Memorial Scholarship in 2013, after Mr. Boland lost his life in the flood. This scholarship has meant a tremendous amount to his family and it is such a lasting tribute to this man who gave so much to our community and schools,” said Alison Jennings, a former advisory board member and co-chair. “I’ve had the good fortune to serve as a board member of both the LCF and Rebuild Lyons, and have also witnessed first-hand how critical LCF funding is to the Town of Lyons and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Foundation. The LCF is a genuinely heart-centric entity where need, collaboration and generosity germinate meaningful solutions, creative community events, and funding for all facets of what’s most cherished in Lyons. Whether it’s the timely flood recovery impact made by Rebuild Lyons One Life at a Time, LEAF’s powerful outreach to residents in need, the zeal of Hometown Hoedown, the zest of the annual Parade of Lights, or the rich aesthetic immersion of Arts on the River, the LCF is positively behind it in one way or another,” said Chrystal DeCoster, a former advisory board member. “I am so proud of all LCF has accomplished in its ten years of existence. It was a true honor to serve as LCF's Executive Director during flood recovery. The passion, talent, and generosity of our community are exemplified in LCF. In small towns, it’s especially important to have an organization where people can donate and know that their gifts stay local and make a big difference in our community,” said Emily Dusel, former Executive Director. “I’ve had the pleasure of participating in the grant process and giving side and so appreciate your continued support for two programs with which I’ve been directly involved over the years, the 9Health Fair providing low and no cost health screenings and the Lyons Leos youth volunteer organization who support our community through service,” said Jonelle Tucker, community activist.

Monique Sawyer-Lang six-year advisory board member and former chair. “The Lyons Community Foundation can’t be reduced to any one thing. It was about growing the capacity to build a


locally; one where people got together and provided food for those in our town, less fortunate one where we took on things without consensus, knowing that it Continue LCF on Page 15

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CONTENT Dog park dangers By Matt Booth, DVM Redstone Review LONGMONT – Spot lifts up his nose in the air, and all of a sudden the thump thump of his tail starts to beat the car seat – he knows he’s headed to the dog park. Dogs are social animals, and interaction with their own kind is essential. While some new puppy owners turn to organized puppy classes, many opt to visit the neighborhood dog park to make new friends. These parks are wonderful playgrounds for our best friends, but it’s important to consider the risks that they carry. Meeting strange dogs carries risks, and dog parks house many possible dangers. Because so many different animals visit these areas, nasty diseases are more easily spread, parasites may hop from pup to pup, and aggressive behavior can happen in a moment. Exercise, fresh air, and good company may trump these concerns, so it’s up to the owners to make informed decisions about what’s right for their pets. The more dogs that frequent the area, the more opportunities for pathogens to collect, so what can we do about it? There are many diseases that can pass between friendly pups, but some are more common than others. Kennel cough, or bordetella, is often spread in areas that see a lot of dogs. There is a vaccine for this disease, but because there’s more than one type of pathogen that causes kennel cough, it isn’t always effective. Leptospirosis is passed through contact with urine, and is a serious concern in

places where dogs can swim that may also be visited by wildlife. Rabies is an additional concern, and even though canine vaccination is mandatory, a bite may still carry this threat. Disease risks can be managed with up-to-date vaccinations, but this is not an option for every dog. Young puppies are at a much higher risk for contracting diseases and often face much more serious illnesses. Until their immune systems are fully developed, it’s

dog into a high-risk environment. Unpleasant parasites like to hang around in dog parks where it’s easy to hitch a ride, but that risk can be managed as well. Ticks and fleas like to hop from dog to dog, and they can bring their own nasty diseases. The best way to fight them is prevent the bite. Safe and easy preventative medications are available for these sorts of parasites. It’s much easier to use a flea preventative than try to get rid of

can be stressful and surprising environments, and they aren’t going to be right for every dog – that’s not a bad thing. If your pup has a history of aggression of any kind, it’s best to stay away. It’s impossible to know who you’ll encounter, and the precaution is worth it. Your dog might be more of a leash-walks type of kid, and that’s more than okay! Be mindful of your dog’s personality. If you see him getting frustrated or too wound up, it might be time to head home or find a quiet corner to play fetch. Don’t push your pup out of her comfort zone. If the worst does happen and you see an aggressive situation starting to form, try to intervene to prevent any pain, but never put yourself between two animals in a fight. You don’t want to get hurt too! Dogs are pack animals and socialization is a wonderful thing, but it’s important to remember the risks. Every owner needs to decide for themselves what’s right for their family, and if Spot’s the kind of dog that needs his park time, you can manage those risks together.

safest to only socialize with familiar dogs, or in a controlled, clean puppy class. Adult and senior dogs may also face a higher risk if they have diseases that affect their immune systems or are taking certain types of medications. Common medications, such as steroids, can act as immunosuppressants and make it harder for your pup to fight off disease. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before taking your

them. Tick bites can be avoided too. After taking your best friend for a day at the dog park, a quick full-body tick check will save you a lot of trouble. Intestinal parasites can hang around in droppings, so make sure Spot doesn’t take too keen an interest, and don’t forget to pick up after him too. Finally, it’s important to be prepared to deal with aggressive behavior. Dog parks

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Town Continued from Page 1 project due to the 2013 flood, which led to an increase in cost of materials. They also claim that the cost of wages went up due to the Davis Bacon requirements for wages for workers paid with federal funding. The town attorneys said that the contract they signed with Honeywell was what is referred to as a firm-fixed contract, meaning that there can be no amendments to increase the not-toexceed price stated in the agreement without the town’s approval in advance. (See the Mayor’s column Page 3). The cost of the plant was $5,866,976. The town attorneys argued that Honeywell did not perform enough tests before building and that there was a lack of oversight of the contractors doing the work. The promises made by Honeywell on how low the operation costs would be were way off. Honeywell said that the

LCF Continued from Page 12 worked for the greater good; one where youth pulled together to create regular opportunities to do something for others. one where we recognized and celebrated those that put back into the community, encouraging them to continue on. LCF in itself is nothing but a catalyst. A catalyst for good community in Lyons,” said Clark Hodge, former advisory board member “I am most proud of the colleagues I have had the privilege to work with over the last six years. Everyone I have worked with has displayed incredible passion for the mission of LCF coupled with an amazing skill set and willingness to put the projects in motion. Working collaboratively with fellow Lyons locals has ensured financial support of community



new plant would reduce operating costs by $133,000 but Mayor Sullivan said that the new plant costs more than the old plant to operate. Honeywell said that the new equipment would cut greenhouse gasses by more than 40 percent, but that has not happened. Victoria Simonsen, town administrator, said that during this time that the plant was being built and the first year of operation, Honeywell was removed from the Colorado Energy Office preferred provider list. “They have done this same thing, requested more funding after a contract was signed, to other municipalities. Now we are going public with this,” she said. The town board had been holding executive sessions during their regular meetings on the Honeywell issue since July. Initially and before the board found out from their attorneys that they could not pay Honeywell the money that Honeywell requested, the board voted

to give Honeywell a good faith payment of $100,000. Honeywell said the plant is not working well due to the town businesses dumping too much BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) into the system, which the plant can’t handle. Of course the question remains, how can a town the size of Lyons produce so much BOD that a brand new $5.8 million plant can’t handle it? The attorneys for the town have some concerns with the language in the Honeywell contract not reflecting the original agreement. In the end the board passed a resolution to deny payment for the money Honeywell is requesting. The mayor said she and the board hope they can come to a resolution with Honeywell. On top of all this, a $25,000 mistake was made by Flood Recovery Manager Richard Markovich after a service agreement was made with SO2 Design & Engineering for some rewrites of public

projects that make our town a vibrant and dynamic place to call home,” said Debbie Simms, six-year board member and outgoing board chair. Personally, my favorite project that is currently supported through LCF granting is the “integrated garden” program through Lyons Elementary School Outdoor Leadership Program, the Eco Club, and LEAF. Students participate in growing vegetables whose harvest goes to the food pantry. It combines elements of environmental sustainability, work in our schools and serving those in our community most in need; three areas close to my heart. I am also particularly fond of the LCF support to finish the Lyons Clarifier mosaic project; what an incredible masterpiece and tribute to our town. Never has it been more evident that it takes a

village, and to quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The Lyons Community Foundation is extremely grateful for the many committed residents who have worked very hard to bring the foundation and its work to fruition. Dozens and dozens of area citizens have donated their time, energy and financial support to lead this effort. We are extremely grateful for their service. To learn more about the Lyons Community Foundation or to contribute, visit Kristen Bruckner is on the Lyons Community Foundation Communications Committee and writes columns for the LCF.


assistance procedures submitted for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Markovich apologized, saying that he was new to the job but would do better in the future.

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