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B •R •I •E •F •S Holy Week at Lyons Community Church LYONS – Holy Week services at Lyons Community Church, 350 Main St. will begin on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. This is known as Maundy Thursday. The intent is to reflect on the last meal Jesus shared with his friends through a Tenebrae Service of scripture, song, and communion. Friday, April 19, Good Friday, the service will begin at 7 p.m. Good Friday is the day Christ died on the cross. This service will reflect on the Seven Last Words of Jesus before he died. This is the St. Vrain Circuit-Wide Service at Heart of Longmont UMC at 350 11th Ave., Longmont. Sunday, April 21, Easter Sunday when Christ rose from the dead, the service will be held at 10 a.m. The sermon will be A New Way...A New Day! There will be Scripture from Isaiah 65:17-25 and John 20:1-18. Guest musicians will be Bonnie and Taylor Sims Following Easter worship there is an Easter Egg Hunt for the children and an Easter potluck brunch for all. Please join in the fun and fellowship. For more information, call 303-823-6245 or go to www.lyonscommunitychurch.org.
Easter Service at Planet Bluegrass LYONS – The Annual Easter Service will begin at 11 a.m. on April 21 at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 West Main St. Music will provided by local musicians with the Lyons Fire Department’s Easter Egg Hunt (no potluck) to follow. Love offering will be taken for Higher Ground Ministries. Please bring donations of filled plastic Easter eggs (no chocolate please) to the Stone Cup on Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20. For details call the Stone Cup 303-823-2345. Continue Briefs on Page 6
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Lyons Properties shows water tap discrepancies to BOT, Board passes new regulations for fire code, dogs, parks By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – A workshop was held in mid-April at the request of Lyons Properties LLC (LP) so that Lyons Properties owners could present all their information on the history of their water taps to the town board. The history that LP presented dated back to spring 1972 when Marvin Motes purchased the property, then known as River Bend, from a Mr. Fulton. The presentation was made just after the Town of Lyons sent a Demand Letter to LP on April 10 stating that, “Lyons Properties has defaulted with regard to numerous obligations in each of the Agreements and the Ordinance. Town Staff has made numerous attempts to secure compliance...” The Demand Letter states that LP has until May 10 to cure each default and violation. LP wanted their presentation to express their point of view, show all the facts they had discovered and defend their actions with regard to the Town Board’s actions. As the presentation progressed down through the years, it was pointed out that the town’s record keeping was a mess and the town’s records were neglected making the back story on the water tap issue at LP difficult to trace. In February 2003, Town Administrator Gary Cinnamon wrote a fact sheet saying, “For many years the town’s records were neglected and in disarray. Mayor (Dick) Hinshaw made the cleanup and reorganization of the files his number one priority. Today the town has an excellent filing system and files.” One of the LP partners, Mike Whipp, who said LP bought the property in 2006, gave the presentation to the board, saying that it was normal for people to purchase water taps and not use them for several years because
they wanted to buy the taps before the prices went up. He gave several examples. Whipp also pointed out that through his research he found that in July 1973 a page was placed in the Lyons Water Tap Book for 30 water taps for River Bend Mobile Home Park (RBMHP). Also in July 1973 Lyons Sanitation District Board accepted plans for installation and a check for 30 sewer taps. In a letter to Longmont dated October 31, 2006, Cinnamon stated that the page for 31 (note the difference in number of taps from earlier reference) water taps was placed in the water tap book in 1973. In October 2006 Gary Cinnamon wrote a letter to Longmont stating that while doing the annual audit it was discovered that the Town had made a mistake and that 501 West Main didn’t have water taps after all. The reason he gave was because there was no water line to the property, so they couldn’t have taps. Whipp pointed out that people often bought taps for future use. There is no indication that the Town Board approved this decision. Whipp said that he and the Town Clerk at that time, Jacque Watson, looked at the page in the water tap book together because there were some discrepancies, such as the price of taps at that time did not match the amount on the water tap page. She confirmed in July 2006 that Riverbend property had 31 water taps. Sometime after that the page documenting the purchase of the water taps went missing and hasn’t been seen since. However there were witnesses. The LP partners said that their repeated requests to the town for documents went unheeded. Whipp said that they do not expect to get the31 water taps back. He said that he may want to have a water tap for a hotel in the future.
The Town Board seemed less concerned with water taps and more concerned with the money thay they said LP owed them based on Agreeements. The Demand Letter sent by the town attorney, Brandon Dittman, to LP states that, “If Lyons Properties does not cure the defaults and violations by this deadline the town will seek judicial enforcement of Agreements and Ordinance. The Town will also pursue all other remedies available in the Agreements and under the Lyons Municipal Code.” The Town’s Demand Letter states that LP agreed to pay all actual costs incurred by the Town for review of the application by consultants, and that LP has defaulted on this obligation by refusing to pay $1,455 in consultant fees which the town paid for Zoning Amendment and Special Use Review. Also the letter claims that LP defaulted by refusing to pay $14,982 in consultant fees for Planned Unit Development Rezoning. In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) LP agreed to dedicate to the Town one additional water share, acceptable to City of Longmont for water provided to 501 W Main (LP) with the approximate value of $42,000. The town also asserts that LP is in violation of the Town’s Zoning Code. The Demand Letter states that if LP does not meet their deadline the Town will begin assessing Lyons Properties and its officers daily penalties for non-compliance with the Lyons Municipal Code and Ordinance and the Town will aggressively pursue enforcement of the Agreements and the Ordinance. Attorney Dittman ends the letter with, “Please govern yourselves accordingly.” It is not clear what will happen from here on. No new meetings have been scheduled Continue Town on Page 14
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LYONS Spring Clean Up Day is on May 18 By Dawn Weller Redstone Review LYONS – Time to start planning for next month’s annual Lyons community spring Clean Up Day, coordinated by Weller the Sustainable Futures Commission (SFC). This year’s Clean Up Day is Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will take place at the Lyons Wastewater Treatment Plant (Second Ave. across from Bohn Park). Lyons utility bills are not necessary to participate; area residents are encouraged to bring items for recycling and donation. There will also be bins for trash disposal. The goal of the event is to reduce landfill items by providing responsible disposal of items that otherwise cannot be recycled locally. Along with funding from the Town of Lyons and Boulder County, this event will charge fees that are similar to those charged at regional commercial disposal sites in order to break even. For residents, this community service saves time, gasoline, and the inconvenience of taking these items to Boulder or elsewhere. Prices can be found on the Town of Lyons website: http : / / www. lyonscolorado. com / springcleanup. Due to schedule considerations, there will not be a town sponsored garage sale event to coincide with Clean Up Day. Individuals and neighborhoods are welcome to plan and host their own yard sales, and advertise through social media sites such as Nextdoor, Craigslist, etc. These options extend the life of useable materials and keep them out of the landfill. Gently used clothing and small household items should be donated to the many area charities such as Lyons ReRuns, Goodwill, ARC, TRU Hospice Thrift, Ares, Humane Society Thrift Store, Greenwood Wildlife Consignment and Thrift, etc.
Guidelines for Clean Up Day Fees will apply for trash disposal, yard waste that cannot be recycled, and specific hard-to-recycle items. Fees will be in line with those charged at commercial disposal sites. Refer to this page for a complete list of prices: http://www.lyonscolorado.com/springcleanup You may need to pay more than one service provider depending on what you bring for disposal. Both cash and checks will be accepted. Scrap metal will be accepted for no charge. Note that gas and oil must be removed from lawn mowers and other power equipment (snow blower, chainsaw, etc.) prior to donation. No propane tanks please. Yard waste that will be accepted free to become mulch: grass, leaves, very small branches. Other yard waste will be considered trash and require a fee. Some wood can be dropped off for chipping
(free): small and medium sized limbs (up to 10” in diameter) and untreated lumber (wood with NO paint or stain). No fiberboard can be accepted for chipping. Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) will be onsite, accepting the following items for no charge: #6 white block foam (Styrofoam), durable plastics (such as lawn furniture, buckets, trash containers, and barrels), clothing for recycle, paired reusable shoes, books, bicycle tubes, plastic bags, printer cartridges, and scrap metal. Please separate items for ease of sorting into the correct container.
L E T T E R •T O T H E •E D I T O R Dear Editor, It is great that the town is rebuilding the bridge on Fourth and Evans Street. The bridge will really open things up in Lyons. After the flood, getting places in town was a big inconvenience. I’m sure that the town will really benefit from this bridge. Avery, Lyons, CO
Hard-to-recycle items that CHaRM will accept for a recycling fee include: bicycle tires, mattresses, box springs, Freon appliances, porcelain toilets, fire extinguishers, and electronic waste such as computers and peripherals, audio equipment, phones, small electric items, TVs, VCRs, and plastic appliances. No plate glass or cooking oil will be accepted. Please refer to the CHaRM website for more information: ecocycle.org/charm Cruiser and “around town” style bicycles for kids and adults that are in good condition or easily repairable will be accepted for donation to Community Cycles. All others can be recycled as scrap metal. Items accepted for landfill include couches, painted or stained wood, and bulky trash. Car tires with and without rims will be accepted. Please try to keep your recycling and waste items separated so that we can collect fees accurately. Normal recyclables, such as glass, cans, bottles, paper, or cardboard should be placed in the recycle bins at the Lyons Dropoff Center as usual. Resource Central will be on site and accept tools, some building materials, cabinets and shelves, and outdoor furniture in good condition. See their website for information and specific items they accept: resourcecentral.org In addition to Clean Up Day, the town will be scheduling two curbside limb collections later this year, one in the summer and one in the fall. Guidelines for acceptable limb sizes will be similar to those for the Clean Up Day. No other yard waste will be picked up. Watch town emails and website for details. Note that this event, sponsored by the Town of Lyons and Boulder County, is funded to provide recycling, reuse, and responsible disposal to area residents. All commercial waste and construction / building materials should be taken to an area disposal or landfill location.
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MAYOR’S CORNER Pay-as-You-Throw: Yes or No? By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review LYONS – The Sustainable Futures Commission (SFC) has been working on a proposal to implement a pay-as-youthrow (PAYT) program for Lyons for several years. Pay-as-you-throw is what the Sullivan name implies, a program that charges residents a trash removal fee that is proportional to the amount of landfill waste they generate. The more waste going to the landfill, the more one pays. These programs are becoming more and more common in communities that want to raise awareness around the impact of waste on our environment. Solid waste contributes to climate change, thus reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill benefits the environment. Studies done on PAYT communities indicate that the results can be dramatic. For example, nine of the 10 communities with the lowest annual pounds of trash per capita use PAYT; and PAYT communities generate 45 percent less landfill than non-PAYT cities of similar size (source: Recycling Today http : / / www. recyclingtoday. com / article / wastezero - report - pay - as - you throw - programs /). Another study of 34 communities in New Hampshire who adopted PAYT found similar results with drops in waste disposal between 42 and 54 percent (source: GreenMatters https : / / www. greenmatters. com / news/ 2018 / 11 / 14 / ZtwPtJ / pay - as - you - throw trash - program). The Board of Trustees (BoT) first considered PAYT during the previous term (2016 to 2018), which gave the SFC the nod to explore whether PAYT would be feasible for Lyons. Implementing PAYT would most likely involve entering into a partnership agreement with a single hauler that provides the service for all town residents. The need to consolidate to one hauling service is primarily due to our small size and the need to offer additional services such as curbside composting to make diverting from landfill easier for residents. Cost to residents will be a driving factor in whether the town moves forward, thus
The grit fits By Lory Barton Redstone Review LYONS – Thank you, Lyons community, for the warm welcome I have received since joining the team at LEAF, Lyons Barton Emergency and Assistance Fund. In just a short time, I find myself appreciating LEAF’s amazing and dedicated volunteers, respecting our warm and genuine client partners, and prizing the many individuals and organizations who so generously partner with us. I’m eager to develop meaningful relation-
if using a single hauler would result in more services at a lower cost while also generating the significant reductions in waste stated above, then the program could be a win-win. Moving to PAYT without curbside composting availability would almost certainly make hauling rates go up for residents. The current BoT has had two workshop sessions on the program and scheduled a special public comment to hear from residents how they feel about the proposal. Feedback was mixed, with many residents in favor, while others expressed various concerns such as space constraints for the extra bins (difficult for homes without garages), lack of choice in haulers, and desire for bags vs. bins for the extreme low-waste household. Ultimately, the BoT voted to move ahead with posting the notice of intent to move to PAYT through a single hauler and issue a request for proposals. The final decision on whether or not to implement PAYT has not been made. The recent move is merely the next step in understanding if a hauler can offer the services desired by the community, and make the services available at a lower cost than what most residents pay today. Additional information will come to the BoT at future meetings once the six-month notice period is satisfied and proposals have been reviewed. While PAYT is yet to be determined for Lyons, the SFC continues to ensure residents have convenient opportunities to dispose of hard-torecycle waste. The SFC will host the spring Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 18, at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 198 Second Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to dispose of items that otherwise cannot be recycled locally. Finally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to outgoing chair of the SFC, David Hatchimonji, who has devoted countless hours to leading the SFC over the past several years. David has done tremendous work on behalf of the town and leaves some big shoes to fill. Thank you, David, for all your efforts to make Lyons a more sustainable community. Connie Sullivan was elected Mayor on April 5th, 2016. Prior to becoming Mayor, she served two terms on the Town Board of Trustees beginning in 2012. Connie and her husband Neil are the owners of the St. Vrain Market located in downtown Lyons on Main Street. For comments or questions, Mayor Sullivan can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ships with so many of you as we look to the future together. You may be aware Lyons’ reputation around Boulder County is one of strength, honesty and unity. I’m here to tell you, the Lyons I am just starting to know eclipses the community’s robust reputation. Lyons is a unique and special place, and LEAF is honored to be a hub of community and connection here. To all LEAF’s clients, volunteers and partners: You’ve got grit! Here are but a few of the LEAF highlights I’ve experience and insights I’ve gained: Our team put together a fantastic Donor Appreciation Event, where people from all around our mountain communities gathered together to celebrate the results we are achieving together.
LAWMAKERS HELD SUNDAY TOWN HALL IN LYONS LYONS – U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, State Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, and Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, (left to right, above) held a Sunday afternoon town hall meeting in Lyons on April 7. The Sunday town hall was held at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew at 303 Main St. and there was a full house with people standing on all sides wanting to hear from their representatives. The representatives and state senator went over some of the bills that are now or are about to be voted on by the Colorado State Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives. They took questions from the audience and most of the questions were on global warming and what role the people could play to influence and persuade their representatives to take up the cause and to make it a central issue. The representatives answered by saying that people should keep up the pressure on their representatives by calling and emailing them. They said that demonstrations by groups are also effective. Senator Fenberg said, “Without a doubt this is the most educated town hall I have ever attended.” One person talked about the issue of getting kids vaccinated and representatives said that they were working to get social media to prevent the circulation of false information on the Internet. One woman spoke up to say that there are chemicals in the vaccines that cause autism and another woman spoke out contradicting the first woman. Senator Fenberg intervened in time to prevent a floor argument. The room was full of people with many people standing. Everyone seemed to be interested in hearing from their representatives and the representatives reassured the audience that Colorado is in good hands with the new Governor Jarred Polis at the helm.
Who can forget the Bomb Cyclone of 2019? With schools closed and the weather prediction dire, I assumed LEAF would be closed. I could not have been more wrong! Our devoted team of volunteers never considered shutting down. Our weekly Wednesday Food Pantry was open for business that day and Meals on Wheels meals were delivered without a hitch. The Bomb Cyclone proved to be mostly a bust, but LEAF proved we’ve got grit! I’ve been thrilled to meet with many of LEAF’s partners, including local government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, faith community members, funders, and local artists. Thanks to the capable, vital efforts demonstrated by LEAF’s leadership to date, we can all be proud of LEAF’s and Lyons’ reputation in our extended com-
munity. As the social service needs in and around Lyons continue to grow, I’m hopeful for the partnerships we will continue to grow, too. If you are a volunteer or supporter of LEAF, thank you for believing in LEAF’s mission. Be confident you are partnering with a solid organization. LEAF’s volunteer leaders and Board members are committed. LEAF’s finances are solid and its budget is prudent. LEAF’s mission – to offer a human services safety net for those in need in the greater Lyons area – addresses the critical needs of many of our friends and neighbors. It’s my honor to represent and advocate for everyone who is served by, or who serves with, LEAF. This organization has laid a sound foundaContinue LEAF on Page 14
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LOCAL Care and feeding of the Great American Lawn By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – I love my lawn. While it’s no bigger than a large living room, it’s green and lush and it’s the first real lawn I’ve ever had. There are days when I will just sit down and smell the fresh-cut grass – strange behavior, I know, for a man my age but except for my 1950s childhood (and a couple leach fields) I’ve never had a lawn like this. My front lawn puts me in the company of millions of Americans who dote on their lawns, spend billions to maintain them, yet waste trillions of gallons of potable water keeping them green and ultimately end up poisoning the very soil that supports their grass by dosing it with fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides. How then did we develop this obsession for patches of perfect green grass?
deners for his Mount Vernon home and they recreated what they were used to in England – large spaces of closely mown grass called deer parks. The image of these green acres at the home of Washington spread and the American lawn was born. I mean, who wouldn’t want a lawn just like the one the Father of Our Country had? Big lawns are a new phenomenon. According to a recent article in Scientific American, public parks influenced the first suburban communities on the East Coast. These communities often had a communal green and green spaces – miniature parks as it were. After World War II, the federal government financed low-cost mortgages, which led to blue-collar tract housing. Builders attracted buyers by featuring lawns – a marketing ploy meant to mimic the palatial lawns of upperclass Americans. It proved a success, and lawns were soon perceived as an indicator of economic success; the bigger
Even a tiny lawn requires proper care: watering, fertilizing, aeration and mowing. You, too, can be like George Washington The first European colonists in the New World found no pasture grasses for their livestock, only low-nutrition grasses like wild rye and marsh grass. As the new settlers began to see their livestock suffer and die they requested grass and clover seeds from back home. The new imported grasses proliferated and spread quickly. But overgrazing by livestock soon led to a demand for grass seed in order to expand their pastures. The first seed houses were established in Philadelphia and in the 1800s grass seed became available for residential use. Before the Civil War, lawns in the U.S. were uncommon, but you can credit George Washington for their rise in popularity. Washington hired English landscape gar-
and greener that lawn, the more successful the owner. Today, more than 63,000 square miles of the U.S. are lawn – an area about the size of Texas. Green gets darker In recent years, the darker side of the quest for the perfect lawn has arisen. Besides the expense of water and the practical matter of often trying to grow a green lawn in an otherwise arid or semiarid environment (like Colorado), the sheer volume of chemicals applied to keep the lawn healthy exact a toll on soil, beneficial insects and nearby water bodies. Here in Boulder County, our green lawns are made possible by an intricate system of water engineering. The water that feeds your lawn was largely exported from the
Western Slope. In an area whose normal annual rainfall is about 18 inches – hardly adequate to support lush lawns – this artificial system is needed. And for Lyons residents in particular, irrigating a lawn in a town that has the highest water rates on the Front Range is an expensive luxury. A constant drumbeat of warnings about the lawn chemicals we use are also taking the blush off the Great American Lawn. Fertilizers, when improperly applied tend to run off into waterways during periods of heavy rain and cause harmful algae blooms. Most alarming, Americans apply more than a billion pounds of herbicides to their landscapes each year despite the fact that the dangers of synthetic pesticide use have been known for decades. The National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns reports that of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 19 are linked with cancer or carcinogenicity, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 26 with liver or kidney damage, 15 with neurotoxicity, and 11 with disruption of the endocrine (hormonal) system. Pesticides to get rid of lawn pests like grubs don’t discriminate; they kill all insects in their path, like pollinators, as well as ones you aim to get rid of. And worse, pesticides don’t always stay where they’re applied. They contaminate water and drift on the air into your house and your neighbor’s. Toward a more organic lawn The most important factor in growing and maintaining a healthy lawn is a soil test. The results of the test will determine soil chemistry and help fine-tune the proper amounts of fertilizer and minerals are needed. The Colorado State University Soil Testing Lab (www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu) offers this service for $35. Keeping your grass 3 to 3.5 inches discourages weed growth. Aerating a lawn then overspreading with compost makes for healthy turf. Watering should be adjusted according to soil and grass type as sell as weather conditions. Lawns need fertilizers and the best types are organic. But care must be taken to apply them properly; over-fertilizing can burn grass and allow chemicals to run off in a rainstorm. As for pesticides, the CSU Extension service says that the vast majority of insects found in Colorado lawns are either neutral or beneficial, and that lawn insecticides are only occasionally needed. Weeds are not the cause of an unhealthy lawn, says CSU, they are the result. An attractive lawn can be maintained with sound watering, fertilizing, aeration and mowing. Sometimes despite taking care, lawns may just not be right for the soil and the location. No matter what you try, the grass never seems to take. That’s where xeric landscaping can be employed. ReSource Central (https://resourcecentral.org) offers publications and advice on xeric landscaping. CSU Extension (https://extension.colostate.edu), located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds offers advice on lawn care as well as consultations with their master gardeners. 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.
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OPTIONS Brainstorm. What Lyons could do to support mental health By Janaki Jane Redstone Review LYONS – On the second Monday in April, members of the Lyons Mental Health Initiative (Lyons MHI) got together at the Jane Lyons Community Church and brainstormed ideas about what Lyons could do to support mental wellness in the greater Lyons community. Lots of ideas were floated – some may happen, some may not, some got a lot of energy going in the room, some were just ideas that were thrown out in passing. If you want to be a part of the next conversation about “Dreaming a Lyons that supports mental health” email email@example.com. Everyone agreed: the most pressing need is for more therapists in town, and especially for some low-cost or free options. Along with the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission, the
Lyons MHI is hoping to make this a reality. Another idea the group came up with is to have a table at the 9Health Fair, to share information about mental health in general, but also about how to find a therapist, different kinds of therapy, and what to bring to your first appointment with a psychiatrist. We need more psychological assistance in town – both for long-term chronic conditions, and for short-term experiences with mental and emotional struggles. The group talked about the possibility of creating events around different kinds of accessible therapies, for example: music therapy, art therapy, movement body-centered therapy, therapy, relaxation and mindfulness. There are some places in town already offering a couple of t h e s e things. Lyons M H I would
like to support them and publicize how these experiences can help with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Many people who have or had mental illnesses need to, or choose to, stay away from alcohol. A lot of socializing in our society, however, takes place at bars. The group explored the idea of creating weekly or monthly non-alcoholic events that would include entertainment or participatory activities. Lyons MHI’s members also feel that there is a strong need to support veterans and their families and partners. Veterans and their families need safe, welcoming spaces to talk about their experiences and to learn about mental wellness. National Night Out, the community building event about creating police-community partnerships, might be a good time to reach out to town folks about some of the struggles that our service women and men and their loved ones deal with both during and after deployment. Other ideas the group floated were getting out information about domestic violence and a possible self-defense class, a veterans support group, finding a way to get more early intervention for mental health issues in town, training 400 residents in safeTALK to be suicide alert
helpers, doing something about bullying in the schools, supporting LGBTQ+ kids and adults in the community because of the terribly high suicide rate in those populations, and supporting kids with disabilities because of anxiety and depression in those populations. The group talked about bringing NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) groups to town, which would require that there be trained group leaders who have some long-term recovery of their own mental illnesses. The Lyons Mental Health Initiative, which is sponsored by the Lyons Regional Library, and funded in great part by the Lyons Goodwill Fund, is planning to start offering Community Conversations on Mental Health monthly, with a different topic and co-facilitators each month. If you have a request about a conversation or topic you would like to see happen, email Lyonsmhi@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The community conversations are supported in part by a grant from the Foothills United Way. Anyone can join the meetings and brainstorming that the Lyons Mental Health Initiative is doing to figure out what it wants to do as it moves forward. If you care about the mental health of our community, your caring and thoughts are welcome! Email Lyonsmhi@gmail.com to get on the list for the next meeting.
Library building progresses, and new library programs announced for spring By Kara Bauman Redstone Review LYONS – Some of you who are watching the library being built may have noticed that the construction trailer used as an on-site office was removed the first week of April. That means the owner / architect / contractor team was able to hold the very first meeting in the new library on April 10! While it was a momentous occasion, there is still a lot of loud work taking place and none should be too jealous just yet. The progress is really something with many exciting milestones to report. The library was able to square away everything with its transformer and now has permanent power. The natural gas line will be completed this week and will fuel both the hot water heater and our gorgeous stone-faced fireplace located in the Quiet Reading Room. Book shelving has been ordered and many of the furniture finishes have been determined and ordered. Following the necessary application of a moisture-mitigation product to our concrete slab, carpet for the main
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collections space and the luxury vinyl tile chosen for the large Community Room will be laid this week. Restrooms throughout the building are looking much more official now that toilets have been installed. Probably most exciting on the list of recent orders, however, are the individual letters that will be placed over the entrance. The Board of Trustees recently voted that our building will officially be known as the Lyons Community Library, and handsome bronze letters spelling out such with be affixed to the beautiful wood beam that traverses the south-facing entrance side of the building. During our capital fundraising push, Dale and Christi Katechis purchased the naming rights for the new building for a very generous $500,000. Many of you were fortunate enough to meet and know Dale Katechis’ mother, Shirlee, who was known far and wide as Ya-Ya (the Greek familiar term for “grandma”). Lyons lost a treasure when Ya-Ya passed away in 2016, but Dale chose to honor his mother’s memory by designating “Ya-Ya’s Place” as the secondary name for the project. We cannot wait to share Ya-Ya’s personal motto, “Be your wild, courageous, brilliant, cheerful self EVERY SINGLE DAY – no matter what!” while offering the community a safe space in which to do just that. Meanwhile back at the Main Street location, the library is happy to host many upcoming events. The Art-4-Art Artists’ Trading Cards group will meet on Saturday, April 20 at the library beginning at 12:30 pm. We will host a Dropin Craft beginning at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, April 23. A future craft will require screw-off style milk or juice jug caps, so we will happily take those off your hands. Then Saturday, April 27, we’ll welcome back our friends from Play-well TEKnologies. Play-well TEK offers STEAM-based programming though the use of everyone’s favorite: LEGOs! Girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome to join us at the library for a Harry Potter-themed workshop. Space is limited and registration is required; please email mccourt @ lyonsregionallibrary. com or call us at 303-823-5165. And
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Tiles hand-painted by the Lyons community from 2006 to 2008, many featuring birds, are being installed on the walls in the new library. The tiles were created for the Clarifier Project, but because they were low fire ceramic, were not suitable to be used outdoors. don’t miss our popular Word Wednesday program held on the first Wednesday of the month at the library from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Word Wednesday, facilitated by Dr. Kayann Short, has been described as a “support group for writers” and writers of all types with projects in any state or stage are welcome to come share and learn. Continue Library on Page 14
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OPPORTUNITY The Stone Cup recycles because, “It’s the right thing to do.” By Don Moore Redstone Review LYONS – “In a perfect world everyone would recycle in Lyons,” said Mindy Tallent, owner of The Stone Cup. She Moore speaks with conviction and experience, as The Stone Cup strives for zero waste in its operation. Mindy, along with her husband, Sam Tallent, bought the establishment in 2004 and it has been “green” since 2005. “We do it because it’s the right thing to do,” she said, adding “We would never go back, and we wish we could do more.” Tallent also noted that she and her employees do their best to educate customers on zero waste practices of The Stone Cup. In striving for zero waste, the coffee shop uses washable flatware, dishes, cups, and glasses for dining-in customers. Such things as napkins, straws, lids, take-out containers and cups, food scraps, and compostable utensils are collected and hauled away by EcoCycle for commercial composting. Other recyclable products such as newspapers, glass and aluminum containers, plastic bottles and caps are also hauled by EcoCycle for single stream recycling. All coffee grounds are collected and delivered to Lyons Elementary School as an additive in its compost, which is then used in its vegetable garden. The only items that end up in the landfill are plastic wraps, aluminum foil that has
food on it, and any non-Stone Cup trash. It is more expensive to conduct a food preparation and delivery business aiming for zero waste, which in turn adversely affects the bottom line. Recyclable / compostable products used in Tallent’s business are more expensive than those that are not, plus there is additional cost paid for the pickup and hauling away. Nevertheless, Tallent is committed to doing business in this way. “The Stone Cup along with Planet Bluegrass are the only two Lyons operations that do business in this way,” Tallent said. Additionally, anyone who wants to rent out a town of Lyons facility for private purposes must agree such use will be one of creating zero waste. Even though the restaurant has clearly marked bins labeled “recycle,” “compost” and “trash,” accompanied by posters describing what product goes into each container, frequently customers put items in the wrong bin. At the end of each day Tallent or a member of her crew goes through each bin and resorts items correctly. Formed in 1976, EcoCycle, is a Boulderbased recycling processor and boasts being one of the largest nonprofit recyclers in the country. Using a grant it received from the Environmental Protection Agency, EcoCycle decided to use those funds to make Lyons a zero-waste “Green Star” community within two years. A part of that effort was to try to get eight restaurants to use compostable takeout containers. Of the total $200,000
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Earth Day Celebration LYONS – Procession of the Species Parade, a local Earth Day Celebration, is gearing up for April 22. Focused on teaching and empowering youth to engage in political action and activism for environmental concerns, Dandy Lyons Brigade is a dedicated non-profit working to establish new mindful pesticide-use policies for the town. Earth Day weekend is the kickoff for the “Workout and Weed” series in the park to bring community together to support Town staff in organic and integrated park management. Childcare will be available, also a time to stretch, natural weed-free gardening demonstrations, and a pre-Earth Day celebration at Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic and Apothecary starting at 3 p.m. at 418 High St. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Mindy Tallent, co-owner of The Stone Cup, strives for zero waste in in the café’s operation, even though the cost of green products and their disposal is higher. grant money, $2,500 was used to buy and give to those restaurants starter kits containing clamshells and other compostable items for take-out food. Randy Morman from EcoCycle believes much progress has been made toward making Lyons a zero waste community. With such claim, he points to the town of
Nourishing Destiny Workshop LYONS – Blue Mountain Alchemy is offering “Nourishing Destiny: Awakening,” a one-day workshop on May 5. Spring is a time of volatility when the earth dances between the extremes of weather and pulsing new life. These wellness workshops, held alongside the Little Thompson River with Esther Cohen’s healthy culinary creations provided throughout the day, look at ways to prepare our bodies, minds and beings for expansion toward living into the dreams cultivated throughout the winter. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $74. Visit alchemyofnourishment.com to register.
Lyons accepting applications for Director of Utilities LYONS – The town is seeking to hire a new Director of Utilities. Please see the full job description on Town of Lyons website for details and contact Ben Rodman in Human Resources for more information. The salary range is $70,767 to
Lyons making progress on curbside single stream recycling and composting. Nonetheless, according to Toby Russell, the town’s sustainability coordinator, of those eight restaurants targeted by EcoCycle (and not counting The Stone Cup’s long-term practices), only Mojo’s and The Fork still maintain some sustainability practices. The town has a long way to go in achieving zero waste status. Bright stars in Lyons that have and continue to move toward zero waste are Lyons Elementary and the Middle / Senior High Schools. According to elementary school principal, Andrew Moore, the school has been practicing sustainability for the past 11 years. Both Lyons schools have been designated by EcoCycle as “Green Star Schools.” This designation is intended to have schools focus on waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs. The methods used by the schools are practiced by both students and staff in the cafeteria, classrooms, halls, and restrooms. Students who bring their lunches from home are encouraged to practice zerowaste by not using single-use products, but instead bring alternatives like cloth lunch bags, cloth napkins, reusable containers and utensils, along with recyclable food and drink containers. Lunches bought in the cafeteria are served in reusable, washable dishes and utensils. Leftover scraps of all students are placed into composting bins. Throughout the rest of the school buildings, most of the trash bins have been replaced with recycling and composting bins.
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Water talk slated for April 26 at Farmette LYONS – Chances are good that without the imported water from the Colorado Big Thompson Project, most of us wouldn’t be living here on the Front Range. The intricate engineering marvel that brings Colorado Western Slope water to our faucets here in Lyons will be the subContinue Briefs on Page 7
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INSIGHT Last Will and Testament: It’s a bit daunting By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – At some point, responsible adults are expected to put their affairs in order, although the moment when your affairs become significant enough to be worth putting in order comes sooner for Gierach some and later for others. For a while you can coast, assuming that if anything happens, a friend will feed your dog, and the rest isn’t enough to worry about: some books, some sporting equipment, an old car, and a meagre checking account. That state of affairs may not have been as blissful as we remember, but at least it was uncomplicated. But then things change, sometimes abruptly. For me it happened when my father died in the 1970s and left me just enough money to buy the cheapest house for sale in the county at the time. (It was either that or let the money trickle through my fingers, as money did when I was young and sometimes still does.) Within a few months I’d lost a parent – a rite of passage for anyone – and gone from being an itinerant struggling writer with no responsibilities to a Man of Property. There were good reasons why this was the cheapest house in the county, but taken together those reasons allowed me to buy the place outright, so there were no mortgage payments to worry about. But there were property taxes, and homeowner’s insurance, and so on. And of course all the things I’d normally have called the landlord to complain about were suddenly my responsibility. It was an adjustment. And for the first time in my life I was actually worth something; not a fortune by any means, but too much to just leave for the scavengers to pick over if I died. So I found a lawyer and made a will – another unforeseen chore and expense. I was 30 years old, I was starting to feel pretty damned grown-up, and I wasn’t sure I liked it. I don’t remember being uncomfortable about the acknowledgement of mortality. Even at that age I’d had my close calls – most notably the day when I just missed being in the Big Thompson flood that killed 144 people, and then only because the fishing was slow that day. But even that seemed theoretical. Like everyone else, I understood that I’d die someday, but I didn’t really believe it. I put my affairs in order anyway because Dad had done it before me – to my benefit – and it only seemed right to do the same. If there’s one trait all we native Midwesterners are born with it’s the fear of inconveniencing friends and family. I was told at the time that I should revisit the will
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ject of a talk April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Farmette. Greg Silkensen from the Northern Water Conservancy will describe how his organization manages water resources for residential and agricultural needs along the Front Range. The talk is the latest in a series of public outreach events sponsored by the Town of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Highway 66 public meeting announcement LONGMONT – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting two
every ten years or so to account for the inevitable changes in my life. That seemed reasonable, but at the same time the whole procedure felt like something that was taken care of once and for all. I mean, it even said right there at the top of the page – in Old English script designed to make the document seem timeless, “Last Will and Testament,” and I took that word “last” literally. But of course I did come back to the will when enough of those inevitable changes had actually come to pass.
does anyone else. Fast forward ten years to just last week when we decided to go one final step, file quit claim deeds, and become joint owners of each other’s property, thereby (we hoped) eliminating the last shred of uncertainty. And while we were at it, we went over all the other stuff for good measure and it’s lucky we did. It turns out that some if those documents were filed correctly back in 2009, but the state had changed those forms in the meantime and ours may no longer have been valid. You’d like to think that since they were done right when they were filed our original intentions would be honored, and
For one thing, I’d sold what was once the cheapest house in the county for enough to buy a better place a few miles north. For another, Susan and I are a couple and I wanted her to be first in line ahead of my next of kin for my worldly possessions. While we were at it, we went ahead and made out durable powers of attorney, declarations as to medical treatment, and other stodgy documents that, in theory, will make things easier when the s…t hits the fan and the survivor encounters an unyielding bureaucracy. (As James Lee Burke said, “The world is run by people who own rubber stamps that can turn your life into a broken pay toilet.”) And no, it’s not fun to think about these things – in fact it can seem downright morbid – but you can look at them in two ways: as an act of control (this is what I want) and as an act of kindness, so that no one close to you will have to make these decisions and then wonder if they were right. You put it all down on paper is so you don’t have to think about it anymore and neither
in a kinder world they would be, but, sadly, you can’t count on that. Civil law aspires to be precise in order to avoid confusion, but sometimes it’s that very precision that trips you up. So we filed new ones. That’s why there are lawyers. Most of us feel we understand the law in a theoretical way, but when it comes down to the particulars it reveals itself as a kind of ritual magic. We don’t know how it works, but we do know that if the incantation isn’t performed exactly right – with every “whereas” and “heretofore” exactly where it belongs – the spell either won’t work at all or it’ll go horribly wrong. So is that everything? Well, our lawyer says it is, and so here we are, presumably with all our ducks in a row. Our lives – both together and separately – continue to exist in the usual state of controlled chaos (and we must like that because we’re not exactly helpless to change it) but it’s satisfying to have these few important matters screwed down tight, filed, and notarized. Now we can get back to the day-to-day business of living forever.
public meetings for the Colorado State Highway 66 PEL study and Access Control Plan from Lyons to Weld County Road 19. These meetings are a continuation of the study that began in 2017. Two public meetings will be held in April, each providing the same content: Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Weld County Southwest Services Complex, 4209 County Rd. 24½ Longmont and Thursday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Longs Peak Middle School, 1500 14th Ave., Longmont. The public meetings will be an open house format where participants can stop by at any time to learn about the study’s current schedule, the corridor’s retained alternatives related to safety, mobility, and access, and provide feedback about those alternatives. Please visit us to learn about
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Chamber News LYONS –The next Chamber Social will be held Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m., hosted by Mojo Taqueria at 216 E. Main St. As usual drinks and appetizers will be provided. Please note, we have moved our social to Thursday this month to better accommodate our host. April Workshop: Commercial Property Tax Workshop. Commercial property owners will want to attend our workshop on Thursday,
April 18 beginning at 5:15 p.m. before the social at Mojo Taqueria, 216 E. Main St. This very important workshop will explain the process of how to appeal your commercial property tax, why it is important, and how appealing can benefit not only you but all commercial property owners in Lyons. This workshop is for ALL commercial property owners – self-occupied or renting. Please keep an eye out for a special mailing to Lyons commercial property owners containing important information on this issue.Chamber – Lyons Maps We will have boxes of the Lyons Caricature Maps and display holders available at April’s social. Take as many as you need in anticipation of the spring and summer tourist season. If you would like maps before the April social please email Erin to bring you a box: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTEXT Redstone Museum celebrates 40 years of collecting and recording Lyons history By Monique Sawyer Lang Redstone Review LYONS – It’s been 40 years. That’s how long the Lyons Redstone Museum, the town’s 1881 schoolhouse, has been open to the public and we are celebrating. In 1976 the building was slated for Sawyer-Lang demolition when, fresh off its success of having saved the Lyons Depot, the Lyons Historical Society sprang into action and rallied to save the school building. A three-way lease was negotiated with the St.Vrain Valley School District (the owner of the building), the Town of Lyons, and the Lyons Historical Society. Three years later, in 1979, the museum officially opened to the public and has been the repository of and purveyor of Lyons history ever since. Celebrating this milestone is part of the activities planned for this summer season. On May 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the museum, on Fourth and High Streets, will be presenting “Faded History,” a free photography workshop on the care and preservation of photographs and how computer technology can be used to restore photographs faded by time. For a $10 donation participants can have one photograph (up to 8”x10”) scanned and cleaned up. They will receive a jpeg image of the photograph. All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of archival materials for the museum. This workshop will be offered again September 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. will be the museum’s 40th anniversary celebration and the opening of the exhibit Forty Years / Forty Artifacts. The history of Lyons is told through the stories of 40 artifacts highlighted throughout the museum. This exhibit comprised of objects, photographs, and documents shows the depth and breadth of the museum’s vast collections. The anniversary celebration continues at Good Old Day on June 29 at 1 p.m. with a history program including speakers from the Lyons Historical Society, the Town, and school district. Additionally, the historical society will be honoring the 2019 pioneer family graduates from Lyons High School; Mr. / Mrs. Good Old Days; and the graduating classes of the ‘9s from 1929 to 2019.
Learn how to care and preserve old photographs and how to use computer technology to restore photographs faded by time at “Faded History,” a free photography workshop at the Lyons Redstone Museum on May 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and again September 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Shown here, Denver High School Cadets visiting Meadow Park in June 1898, photograph before (at top) and after (bottom) restoration. Walking tours are the themes for July and August and will include the Lyons Historic District on July 21 and the Lyons Cemetery on August 24. Both of these tours will explore various aspects of Lyons history. The Lyons Historic District Tour will start at 1 p.m. with a short presentation at the museum, after which guests are invited to wander around town at their leisure. The Lyons Cemetery Tours will be guided tours from 1 to 3 p.m. The
45-minute tours will start every half hour; last tour departs at 3 p.m. Participants will learn the history of the cemetery and the stories of some of those buried there. Visitors to the museum will find a variety of exhibits on Lyons history, including: All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons; Lyons Newspapers: A History; The Flood of 2013; and the teacher grade books and registers from 1920 to 1961, a winner of the 2017 Artifact of the Year Award. You can explore the teller cage from the Lyons Bank, booths from the Lyons drugstore, a collection of vintage cameras, a photo gallery of Lyons history, artwork from Lyons artists, a collection of Native American artifacts and much, much more. Book lovers will have the opportunity to pick up an autographed copy of Franziska Stein’s autobiography Chopin Through the Window at the museum gift shop. Franziska lived in Lyons and operated the Black Bear Inn from 1966 to 1977. Born in 1922, her book, available for $25, is a memoir of her life as a young Czech woman of German ancestry surviving World War II, and her subsequent life in Berlin, Colombia, Lyons and Virginia. Whether you would like to stroll through the museum at a leisurely pace or come to see a particular exhibit, want do some family history research, or just feel like to browsing through the gift shop and bookstore to find an unexpected treasure, there is something for everyone at the Redstone Museum. Stop by for a visit this summer and watch for announcements of additional events and programs being hosted by the museum on our website (lyonsredstonemuseum.com) and follow us on Instagram (lyonsredstonemuseum). We look forward to seeing you. 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.
Like a blister in the sun at Lyons Folks Festival By Katherine Weadley Redstone Review LYONS – “When I’m out walking, I strut my stuff...” are the first lyrics in the folk-punk Violent Femmes’ famous song “Blister in the Sun.” While many of the other lyrics are a little more punk than folk, Planet Bluegrass is excited to announce the appearance of this iconic 80s band, based in Milwaukee, at the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on August 16 to 18. This band was popular in the 80s and they’ve been writing and touring again since about 2013.
Iconic 80s punk band, Violent Femmes, will appear at the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, August 16 to 18. Both the three-day music festival, and the bluegrassfocused 47th Annual RockyGrass Music Festival on July 21 to 25, will take place on the grounds of Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. Folks Fest also includes the Lyons debut of the creative pianist-singer-songwriter Ben Folds, and the eight-piece
Alabama soul outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Paul Janeway of this southern-based band is the vocal lead. He loves professional wrestling and the Italian artist Caravaggio (from the 1590s). The band is on tour to promote its new album “Young Sick Camilla.” Janeway said, “I kind of march to my own drum. I didn’t love school. In hindsight you need to learn,” he told Lucky Break Podcast. He also admitted to being a sneaker-head, which means really enjoying different kinds of sneakers. Others included in the Folks Festival lineup include the Oh Hellos, Steel Wheels, Small Glories, Son of Town Hall, and the Gasoline Lollipops for starters. Ani DiFranco returns to Planet Bluegrass for this festival. The full lineup for all three days is found at bluegrass.com. According to Brian Eyster of Planet Bluegrass this year’s lineup at RockyGrass includes: 2019 Grammy winners Punch Brothers; a special reunion of the Soggy Bottom Boys (the musicians featured in the movie and soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?); Del McCoury Band; Earls of Leicester; Rhonda Vincent and the Rage; and the only-at-RockyGrass appearance of the Sam Bush Bluegrass Band. While tickets sold to the public are sold out for RockyGrass, Lyons residents with proper identification can purchase tickets in Lyons at the Stone Cup Café while supplies last. Eyster says that volunteer positions are available, at the moment, for both RockyGrass and Folks Festival. Chosen volunteers can earn a three-day pass in exchange for several volunteer shifts of helping Festivarians (festival-goers) at the festival. All the information about volunteering is found on their website at www.bluegrass.com. Katherine Weadley is a librarian, a sometimes ukulele player, and dog lover. She enjoys hiking in Lyons and all over the mountains with her family. She is currently reading “Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior” by Kate Fox.
Travels with Redstone Town of Lyons Trustee Mark Browning and Pam Browning, former president of the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, traveling through Switzerland. 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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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Arts and Entertainment in the Lyons area By Chrystal DeCoster Redstone Review LYONS Lyons artist, Anita Miller, will be featured on April 19 at 7 p.m. in the airing of a 9News documentary, “The Promise.” The 30-minute proDeCoster duction centers on the collaboration between Miller and a veteran suffering from PTSD and coincides with a story about the survivors on the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. In their Redefining Mental Health series, University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology recently held a private screening of the documentary and a panel discussion about the importance of joining the conversation about veterans’ mental health issues and coincidental high suicide rate. More information about Miller’s nationally traveling work, “Etes of Freedom” can be found at Eyesoffreedom.org and Silentbattle.us. Three Wildflower Concerts are coming up at Planet Bluegrass Ranch. On April 19 at 8 p.m., Old Salt Union and the Jack Cloonan Band will perform. Old Salt Union an energized and eclectic roots string band zeroing in on personally connecting with their audiences and finely crafting songs; Jack Cloonan is from the south side of Chicago where he learned Irish music and learned to play the accordion, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar, piano, and drums. On April 26 at 8 p.m. WoodBelly and Avenhart will each take the stage. Wood Belly melds traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting chops and features some familiar local faces; Avenhart, a six-piece fusion of folk melded with a
A portion of Anita Miller’s “Eyes of Freedom” installation at Denver University. PHOTO BY C. DECOSTER bluegrass foundation that celebrates their love for soul, Americana, pop, and indie rock, hails from Denver. On May 3 at 8 p.m. Daniel Rodriguez and Jay Cobb Anderson will each perform. Colorado singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez turns to his acoustic guitar for memorable, melodic hooks to accompany his poetic and
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LYONS – The Town of Lyons’ sponsored Kids Cooking Classes continue in April with Linda Pecone upstairs at the Walt Self Senior Building, 335 Railroad Ave. Empower children to cook healthy meals and snacks (such as soup with mini meatballs, guacamole, or banana ice cream) with an experienced cooking instructor in this fun and interactive twohour class. Parents can stay or kids can be dropped off. Ages 4 to 7 (maximum 10 students) meet 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 and 27. Ages 8 to 11 (maximum 15 students) meet 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays April 17, 24, and May 1. Cost is $20 per class. To register, call or email the
LYONS – At Bella La Crema, 405 Main St., you can create glazed English shortbread cookies. And, you can savor the afternoon and relish in the delightful ambiance of afternoon tea, on April 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $38 per person (includes class instruction, recipe, rolling pin, tea or coffee, tea cake sandwiches). Cost for afternoon tea is $20 per person (includes tea or coffee and tea cake sandwiches). Tea Cakes And Sock Puppets at 11 a.m. on April 30 offers silly, yummy fun with a sock puppet show and Tea Cake ‘Sanwiches.’ Kids will love these hand-sized fun shaped sandwiches whilst being entertained by some very
clever sock puppets. Come one, come all. $8 per person. On May 11 at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. charcuterie happens – from the history to the arrangement to the sit down and devour! From assembling the meats and cheeses to presentation techniques, you’ll leave class with handy tips sure to wow your future guests. After the last piece of cheese is put in place, you will enjoy a glass of wine, relax and spend time savoring the creation you just mastered. Unique engraved charcuterie boards and custom wine glasses will be available as enduring conversation pieces. From $25 up. RSVP soon. Call for details 303-823-8666 for details or stop by 405 Main St.
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EXPRESSIONS Roe V. Wade: Will it stand or be overturned? By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review LYONS – In Texas, a bill declaring a human embryo a “living human child” from the moment of conception is now before a committee of the Republicancontrolled Legislature. Joyce The bill also would make it a capital offense to abort that pregnancy at any stage after conception (which technically would make the so-called morning-after pill illegal to use), and allowing the imposition of the death penalty for anyone involved in facilitating that abortion, including the pregnant woman. If it receives the required number of votes in the Texas Legislature, it could become law instantly upon passage. If not, the effective date is set for September 1. In Ohio, on April 11, the “heartbeat bill” was signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine just one day after the Republican-led General Assembly passed it and will take effect in 90 days, unless a federal judge steps in to stop it. Officially the new Ohio “Human Rights Protection Act” bans abortions as early as five or six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It does include an exception to save the life of the woman, but no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Ohio is the sixth state to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Federal judges in Kentucky and Iowa have blocked similar laws or struck them down as unconstitutional. One in Georgia has yet to be signed by the governor. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio announced it will sue to stop the Ohio law, and wherever such laws are enacted, such suits are bound to follow quickly. In Ohio, those in support of the law are saying, in effect, “Bring it on,” and in the Texas bill, the language clearly says that, if enacted, that law will supersede any and every other state and federal law, in addition to any and all state and federal court rulings in compliance with the Texas Constitution. All of this is part of an attempt by Republicans to To all Lyons commercial property owners Hello there, I am writing you on behalf of the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce. As you know, property taxes have risen dramatically in the last several years to the point where it has become more and more difficult to be able to charge a rent that your tenant business owners can afford. This is due to the county assessor’s office practice of assessing property based on sales in the area. Representatives from the Chamber Board have met with representatives from the Boulder County assessor’s office and they have indicated that they lack information to be able to consider the income-based approach to market value. They have indicated that if commercial property owners would be willing to share information regarding area rents by sharing
attack and, if not overturn, at least significantly modify the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade. That 1973 ruling said that up to about 22 to 24 weeks, the time at which a fetus becomes viable as a living organism, i.e. able to survive outside the womb, the government has no business intruding on the privacy right a woman has over her own body and what happens within her. After viability is reached, the woman loses some of that privacy right to the competing state’s / nation’s interest in the rights and welfare of a viable but unborn human child. By the third trimester, the woman’s privacy right is subordinate to the rights of the unborn fetus, except in cases where the child’s life must be taken in order to save the mother. I have always considered Roe v. Wade to be a masterpiece of legal reasoning in the balancing of two but equally compelling rights in a situation that, without injecting religious beliefs into the mix, stands up quite well in light of the historical record and the traditions concerning pregnancy termination in the Judeo-Christian and other cultures examined by the high court in reaching its decision. If the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade, i.e. if these laws are allowed to stand, it will negate the notion of women’s rights over their own bodies. It will open the door to the control of women as property of the state as soon as they become pregnant. It will allow for other laws specifying how they must conduct themselves throughout pregnancy. Such laws could forbid birth control pills on grounds they are abortions in advance of fertilization and prevent human life from developing. Such laws could dictate nutrition and exercise regimens throughout pregnancy, with serious penalties for violators, and extremely serious penalties if those violations are seen to have caused damage to the fetus or miscarriage. Such laws will not prevent abortions. Before Roe v. Wade, abortion was illegal everywhere in the nation, yet 12 million women a year had abortions. We now have a greater population, so more will occur. Such laws will require long prison terms for women who have abortions and those who perform them. Will we execute them all? Even if only a percentage pay the ultimate price, how many will that be. Prison for the rest? Guess so, but keep in mind it costs copies of their leases with the assessor’s office, they will consider that rental income information in determining market value. Using this method could potentially result in a reduction in your valuation, and thereby your property taxes. We are going to have a workshop in conjunction with our monthly social at the following location on this issue. We are meeting at 5:15 p.m. on April 18 at Mojo Taqueria on 216 Main St. If you are unable to attend you may email a copy of your lease directly to the commercial appraiser at the Boulder County Assessor’s office who is handling the Lyons area. His name is Cory Kallembach, his email address is email@example.com. We hope this will result in a reduction of your property taxes. Dann Siddall, LACC Board President
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tom options). Monthly mortgage payments including taxes and insurance will range from about $650 to $850 for all the homeowners in Lyons, depending on income and household size. Applicants to purchase all six of the Lyons homes were selected by April 2018, and several friends and family members helped donate volunteer hours over the past year to count toward each household’s “sweat equity.” All Habitat for Humanity homeowners complete about 250 volunteer hours per adult in each household, which includes attending financial and home-ownership classes, as well as working on construc-
former Lyons Trustee Dan Greenberg with the hope that affordable housing in Lyons was possible, and that group worked earnestly in 2014 and 2015. And then after the LYONS – After four years of writing failed vote for the Bohn Park proposal in March 2015, a this column, I’ve learned a lot about new Lyons Special Housing Committee volunteer Tom affordable housing, planning and landDelker suggested that Ferguson subdivide land he was use processes, and stories about planning to buy from Valley Bank that spring and sell approaches that have worked in other some of it to Habitat for Humanity. Ferguson and his LLC communities. But most of all, I’ve partners invested in the Valley Bank land originally and learned that affordable housing takes a then completed the PUD and subdivision process before long time, and it requires community selling the residential lots to Habitat for Humanity. The members, non-profits, town Lyons Board of Trustees led by Mayor John staff, and elected officials who O’Brien voted in June 2015 to wave utility conReinholds don’t give up. nection fees that the town has control over for On April 7, we had a chance to celebrate the six future Habitat for Humanity homes. The one of those organizations that persevered in total of about $173,500 in savings helped Lyons when Habitat for Humanity of the St. Habitat for Humanity meet its permitting and Vrain Valley held a dedication for the first fees budget for the Park Street homes. duplex at 112 Park St. When the Board of Trustees approved final Lyons lost about 76 to 94 flood-destroyed rezoning and subdivision for the Habitat homes since the September 2013 flood. In March homes in July 2016, I noticed not only how 2015, a proposal for using part of Bohn Park to tired everyone seemed, but I was impressed by build subsidized, affordable Boulder County all the thank-yous shared at that meeting. Housing Authority rental homes and some Mayor Connie Sullivan thanked Dave Habitat for Humanity affordable for-sale homes Emerson, Executive Director of Habitat for (a total of 50 to 70 homes overall) was rejected in Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, and the a town vote, 614 to 498. But Habitat for applicants / property owners Ferguson and his Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley did not give up business partner Jerry Moore, for staying at on the Town of Lyons, continuing the discussion the table with the Town of Lyons for the long about possible available land in Lyons, and evenrezoning and subdivision process, which starttually purchasing in the fall of 2016 land to build ed in the fall of 2015. Ferguson thanked his six homes at Second and Park St. from Craig Planet Bluegrass business partners for their Ferguson and his Planet Bluegrass partners. support. In addition to his financial investFor Habitat for Humanity staff, an Americorps ments as a business partner, Moore invested a team that helped build, and other volunteers and The first Habitat for Humanity duplex on Park Street was dedicated on April lot of time in negotiations and documentadonors, the April 7 dedication was a celebration 7. At left and right, new owners Monica English and daughter Lunihan, and tion preparations. Lyons Housing Recovery of the 99th and 100th homes built by Habitat for Cassie and Zoe Walters. In the middle, David Emerson, Executive Director of Coordinator Cody Humphrey dedicated a PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, an event they Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley. bulk of this time to this project during his had been planning for months. For the commushort appointment with the Town of Lyons. nity of Lyons, five and a half years after the flood disaster, it tion of their own and their neighbors’ homes, or working And Rosi Dennett, the town planner who picked up was a celebration of the first new affordable housing con- at the Habitat ReStore in Longmont. where two other town planners had previously worked structed after years of determination. For two families who The preference policy gave first preference for appli- on that application, also deserves thanks for all her purchased the homes, Cassie Walters and Monica English, cants displaced as a result of the flood disaster of 2013, work during that challenging time. it was a celebration of a new start after years of uncertain who maintained their primary residence in the Lyons You can read all my coverage of Habitat for Humanity in housing situations, gratitude for an affordable mortgage, area (80540 zip code) at the time of the flood. For Lyons in the four years of archives on my blog at lyonscoland a new future for their children. I had the honor of pre- income level requirements in Lyons, preference is for oradonews.wordpress.com/tag/habitatforhumanity/page/6/. senting a key to Monica English. applicants at 60 percent of area median income or below. Thanks to all the volunteers – both from Lyons and comFor everyone who attended that event, it was a joyful The permanently affordable restriction means that munities across the region – who built on weekends or time to pause and appreciate the milestone of the com- homeowners who sell their homes in the future must sell weekdays starting in January 2018. Later this spring and pleted building and to recognize the work of the past four to qualified buyers who are in that same income range. summer the other two duplexes are expected to be finished. years. Looking back at the wide range of emotions expeThis accomplishment in Lyons required a combination To volunteer, no specific experience is needed, and training rienced about affordable housing in that time, that sunny of community members, non-profits, town staff, elected is on the job for each 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. volunteer shift. On Sunday in April was a time to breathe a sigh of relief and officials, and future homeowners who persevered. the website at www. stvrainhabitat. org / construction, after appreciate everyone’s hard work. We wouldn’t have arrived at this day without a wide clicking FLOOD REBUILD-LYONS, volunteers can Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that acts as a range of people who helped with individual steps in the review all volunteer days with openings and sign up for one builder and a lender of no-interest loans for homeowners. journey that helped make these homes a reality. The Lyons or more of the specific days they are available. 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EDUCATION The Census should count every Coloradan By Colorado Health Foundation Redstone Review DENVER – April 1 officially marked Census Day across the United States – one year from the start of the next decennial U.S. Census on April 1, 2020. State and local governments, businesses and community organizations also kicked off Census Day by announcing outreach plans to the millions of people they want to ensure are counted in 2020. Advocates from across the country shared stories about why a fair and accurate count benefits all of us. And locally, Colorado’s governor made remarks about how a full and accurate Census count supports community planning efforts like school improvements, road repairs, economic development and emergency services. Heading into 2020, advocates and leaders are also expressing concern about next year’s Census and have
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derived from the Census is one of the most long-lasting actions that we could take to ensure that public and private investments are advancing equity within and across communities. Read our blog post by Senior Director of Policy Advocacy, Kyle Legleiter, to learn more. The Colorado Health Foundation’s blog is designed to share perspectives, personal stories and what we are learning in our efforts to ensure that, across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”
CU Boulder student wins coveted Rhodes Scholarship Staff Reports CU Boulder Redstone Review BOULDER – University of Colorado, Boulder, student Serene Singh, a senior majoring in political science and journalism, is among 32 Americans who will receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England starting next fall. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Singh is the university’s first Rhodes Scholar since 1993, when All Big Eight tackle and Colorado Buffaloes football team captain Jim Hansen won the award. Singh is the 20th CU Boulder student to claim the coveted scholarship, and the first woman of color and SikhAmerican to receive the recognition. She has said she aspires to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court one day, and would be the second CU Boulder graduate to do so if she accomplishes that dream, following in the footsteps of Byron “Whizzer” White, who won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1938 and went on to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice. “I still feel like I am dreaming,” Singh said after returning to Colorado from Salt Lake City, where she interviewed with a selection committee. “I woke up this morning with a feeling I’ve never had before. It truly felt like cloud nine times a thousand. I’m really proud to represent CU, Colorado and the Sikh faith.” Singh shared the good news with her two siblings and parents, G.B. Singh and Nitu Singh. Her sister, Naureen Singh, later tweeted, “My little sister made history tonight.” Earlier this year, Singh was awarded the Truman Scholarship and represented CU Boulder as a Marshall Scholarship finalist. She is also a member of the Presidents Leadership Class, is a Boetcher Scholar, and serves as chief jus-
achieve goals, a commitment to making a strong difference for good in the world, concern for the welfare of others and awareness of inequities. Hansen, CU Boulder’s last Rhodes Scholarship winner, passed up the opportunity to play in the NFL and went on to study atmospheric, oceanic and planetary physics at Oxford, receiving his doctorate in 1998. He followed in the footsteps of former CU football stars George Carlson, 1931, Clayton White, 1933, and his younger brother Byron “Whizzer” White, 1938, and Joe Romig,1960. Viles encourages other CU students to explore top scholarship opportunities at colorado.edu/topscholarships.
CU Boulder senior, Serene Singh, has received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England next fall. tice for CU Student Government. Through her nonprofit, The Serenity Project, Singh is said to work “to uplift women who have been marginalized or are at-risk to expand notions of female power and beauty.” She also holds the titles of America’s Junior Miss and Miss Colorado Teen. At Oxford, she plans to pursue double masters degrees in criminology and criminal justice and evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. CU Boulder civil engineering student Nikki van den Heever was also a Rhodes finalist this year, and Deborah Viles, director of the university’s Office of Top Scholarships, said it was unusual to have two student finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship in a single year. Singh and van den Heever interviewed in Salt Lake City in November, representing CU in region 13, which includes Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. “Serene is a truly remarkable scholar, leader, activist and human,” Viles said. “In her, we see the very best CU has to
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WILDLIFE Letting nature take its course: A difficult glance at zoonotic disease in Colorado By Chelsea Barrett Redstone Review LYONS – A coyote missing most of its fur, a neighborhood full of dying cottontails, a blind finch – these are just a few examples of the calls that Greenwood Wildlife receives throughout the year Barrett about sick animals. Often times, when we get these inquiries, there is no easy solution. Zoonotic diseases are those diseases that spread between animals and people, and the outcome can be extremely sad for both. Mange is a very visible disease caused by parasitic mites. Frequently, it leads to an infection which results in the animal losing most or all of its hair. Then the animal becomes susceptible to other infections, or often succumbs to exposure. In Colorado, mange is commonly found in coyotes but it’s also been seen in squirrels and even foxes in the state. As the disease advances, coyotes tend to become more active during the day, seeking food and cover near houses. This activity also generates an increase in observations by the public. Animals with mange are difficult to witness given their poor state, but they can recover from the disease. While it is treatable, coyotes that are mobile and able to find food should be left alone. Feeding the infected animal will only create issues for the individual as well as other coyotes and wildlife in the area. Compassionate humans feel helpless when they see a suffering animal but are advised to do nothing and let nature take its course. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple solution when a coyote with mange is observed. It’s extremely important to be cautious whenever dealing with foxes or coyotes, since they are considered rabies vector species. Greenwood Wildlife is available to provide advice. If you observe an infected animal, you can call 303-823-8455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” usually affects
This young coyote was treated for sarcoptic mange, caused by a parasitic mite, at a wildlife rescue facility in Canada. bunnies but can be transmitted to humans. Sadly, rabbits that are infected by the disease usually succumb to it within eight to 14 days because it progresses so rapidly. People usually become sick through the bite of insects, usually ticks and deer flies, or through skin contact with infected animal tissue. In humans, fever, chills, and vomiting are followed by mores specific signs of the disease like ulcers, swollen glands, inflamed eyes, and more. There’s little that can be done for rabbits and other rodents who have contracted the disease. For humans, it is important to take preemptive precautions to protect ourselves such as wearing insect repellent and tick protection, wearing a dust mask when mowing or blowing
vegetation in areas where many animal deaths have occurred, and preventing your pets from hunting or eating wild rodents or rabbits. Conjunctivitis is another tough zoonotic disease that has been observed in songbirds. It starts with an eye infection, which leads to redness and swelling around the eyes. The bacterium that causes it has long been known as a pathogen of domestic poultry, but in 1994 birders started observing it in finches at their backyard bird feeders. In extreme cases the eyes become swollen shut and the bird becomes blind. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and has been known to spread to humans, though it is treatable. No fatal cases have been recorded. To do your part to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis amongst local songbirds, make sure to clean your feeder regularly with a bleach solution. Proper bird feeder care is critical in preventing disease among species that typically use feeders. Other difficult diseases include rabies and chronic wasting disease. The hardest part about these diseases is that they primarily impact the animal’s brain, and there are currently no cures. Chronic wasting disease has only been found to affect deer, elk, and moose. Currently, there is no evidence that this disease poses a risk to humans. Rabies is most commonly found in raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, and coyotes, though all mammals, including humans, are susceptible. When dealing with rabies vector species (listed above), it is absolutely essential that it is done carefully to avoid any direct contact with the animal even if the animal seems like it is behaving normally. As always, if you have any concerns about wildlife you observe, contact Greenwood Wildlife for advice specific to your situation. We are here to help. Chelsea Barrett is the Development Manager at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 3,600 mammals, songbirds and waterfowl each year. Greenwood also offers education programs for children and adults of all ages. Visit www.greenwoodwildlife.org to learn more.
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Town Continued from Page 1 at this time. Mayor Connie Sullivan said that the board will have a discussion on that topic at the next town board meeting on Monday May 6. In other matters at their regular meeting the Town Board held public hearings and approved several ordinances. In two public hearings the town approved ordinances to amend the municipal code related to noise, animals and parks. The amendments allow law enforcement to issue tickets for violations that include a fine that can be mailed in rather than a mandatory
REDSTONE • REVIEW appearance in court, especially when the violators may be from out of town. Another ordinance was approved to adopt the international Residential Code 2018 Standards for Roof Access for Solar Energy Systems for Roof Access and Pathways for Firefighters. And an ordinance was approved to revise the town’s boards and commissions provisions. The board also approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with Trident Security Services for seasonal parks enforcement. The agreement with Trident would have security people in the parks during the high traffic months of
LEAF Continued from Page 3 tion and the future is bright as we explore challenges and opportunities together. LEAF’s got heart and our grit won’t quit! So what’s next at LEAF? In the coming season, we’ll be looking at the needs and challenges facing folks in the community. And we’ll consider the ways LEAF can activate people and resources to meet these needs. The level of local resources available to residents is extensive, and a key element of LEAF’s work will be helping connect these resources to our community in ways that make sense. We will continue to put down roots with partnering agencies and organizations and people to implement the best and most mission-driven responses to Lyons’ unique human services needs. Our mountain communities’ needs are a bit
A&E Continued from Page 9 open to all stages of artists. Watch for the 2019 Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission’s (LAHC) Town Hall Art Shows posters around town and / or contact chrystaldecoster @ gmail. com for questions. Landscape photographer, Ian Taylor, has work on display at Lyons Fork Restaurant. This creative pastry chef from New Jersey provides inspiring images taken on his regular arduous hiking outings all over Colorado. ALLENSPARK May 18 at 7 p.m. brings Songwriters in the Round: Women in Song to the Old Gallery in Allenspark. Shanna in a Dress is hosting regional songstresses Pamela Machala, Megan Burtt and Tiffany Christopher as they share their original songs and the stories behind them. Tickets are $15 available at the door or at theoldgallery.org after May 1. The gallery is located at 14863 State Hwy. 7. For details contact Holly Bea-Weaver at hollybea @ mac. com or call 303-747-2906. NIWOT On Monday, April 29 there’s a Public Paint Out in Historic Downtown Niwot, starting at Osmosis Art and Architecture. From 3 to 8 p.m. visit the Boulder Plein Air Festival’s Hospitality Tent at 290 Second Ave. Registration is $35 for a single and $25 for three or more paint-outs. Registered artists must present art substrates at the tent to be stamped before embarking. Paint out in a cottonwoodshaded community with Front Range views, historic buildings, railroad memorabilia, and more. Registered artists may later show their art at the BPAF exhibit at Rembrandt Yard and are eligible for awards. Osmosis Art and Architecture also welcomes the day’s creations for consideration in their juried exhibit. Registered artists will be treated to amenities and a light dinner provided by Lucky Pie of Niwot at the BPAF Hospitality Tent. For more information, reach out to Mary Horrocks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-444-1862. BOULDER The Aria Singers will perform Blessings and Alleluias on May 4 at 3 p.m. at Shepard of the Hills Lutheran
May, June, July and August on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The 2019 budget included $15,000 for Community Service Officers (CFO) to help with patrolling the parks on weekends. Dave Cosgrove, Public Works and Parks Director, said that Trident Security would work with and interface with the local sheriff deputies who currently patrol the parks whenever possible. Patrolling the parks has become more and more time consuming for the town, park host and the Sheriff’s Department. Mayor Sullivan voted against the resolution saying that not enough information
different than those of our neighbors in Boulder or Longmont, and we’ll seek always to respect Lyons’ legit grit. Here’s what will not change: Our team’s primary objective will always be to offer the kinds of core human services on which our clients and partners depend. Currently, we offer the Lyons Community Food Pantry each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., weekday Meals on Wheels delivery, and Basic Needs and Resource Matching. Each week, we serve up to 75 households and our Food Pantry clients choose about 1000 pounds of food. If you have a need or would like to learn more about what we do, come see us on a Wednesday afternoon in the lower level of Lyons Community Church. You can also learn more on our website at leaflyons.org. Following us on Facebook will keep you in the know, too. If I haven’t met you yet, I look forward to it. Here’s to the future.
Church, 7077 Harvest Road (71st St. and Lookout Road) in Boulder. The choir will perform works by Thompson, Shubert, Durufle and others. Refreshments to follow the performance. Mary Chapin Durling is the director and Ann Ralph is the accompanist. For information, go to their facebook page. The Boulder Concert Chorale with the Boulder Symphony will perform Spirit with Dvorak’s Stabat Mater on Saturday May 11 at 7 p.m. and May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St. in Boulder. Vicki Burrichter is the conductor. Free pre-concert talks at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 303-554-7692 or BoulderChorale.org. MediaLive, an exhibit of art in a new media, is happening through May 27 at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art presents the seventh annual MediaLive, a new media festival bringing together art, technology, and digital culture. MediaLive consists of a month-long exhibition of media installations as well as live performances, workshops, and events by contemporary artists and thinkers working internationally in media art. MediaLive also serves as the Arts Track for Boulder Startup Week, an event that brings together technologists from across the U.S. The festival’s installations will be available for exploration at the museum daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For info contact Natalie Baldin at 678-763-2533 or natalie. baldin @ gmail. com. On April 27 at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., An Evening with Front Deranged Improv Comedy starts at 8:00 p.m. in Carsen Theater. This seasoned comedy troupe is comprised of artists who’ve performed in the country’s most impressive improvisational realms, including Second City, the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Bovine Metropolis, and the OxyMorons at Area 45. Players use audience suggestions to create scenes, situations, and clever one-liners in their delivery of unscripted, unbelievable, and unforgiving comedy. Visit tickets.thedairy.org for ticketing details. Hazel Miller Shines a light on new talent featuring Simone Fohrman and
APRIL 17 / MAY 15, 2019 was presented to the board on Trident Security Services, but the resolution passed 5 to 1. Trustee Wendy Miller was absent. A resolution was passed to approve an amendment to the construction agreement with Defalco Construction Company to bring in a 12” water main and bring water to a fire hydrant to the site of the new Public Works Building in the Eastern Corridor to meet the fire safety requirements. Another resolution was passed approving the second amendment to construction agreement with Walsh Construction for Bohn Park Phase II.
Library Continued from Page 5 If your family hasn’t already stopped by to pick up a copy of this year’s One Book Colorado, Penguinaut, we have many left. One Book Colorado is a program sponsored by the state library that provides the same book to every four-year-old in the state. We did receive extra copies, so even if you’re just four at heart, we’d love to share this adorable story of determination with you. Penguinaut also provides a nice preview of this summer’s upcoming Summer Library Program theme, A Universe of Stories, chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s moon landing. You can stop by the library on Monday through Saturday at 405 Main St., call us at 303-823-5165, like our Facebook page, or visit us online anytime at www.lyonsregionallibrary.com.
Corda Vera at the Dairy Arts Center on April 24 at 7 p.m. Hazel Miller has been one of the most sought-after performers and a driving force in the music scene. She’s toured and recorded with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and appeared many times at Red Rocks. She loves to shine a light on lesser known performers who deserve more attention. Simone Fohrman’s silky-smooth voice and original melodies are the front focus of the band Corda Vera. Ticket info can be found at tickets.thedairy.org. Subject & Surface by photographic artist Kellye Eisworth and filmmaker Forrest Lotterhos shows through May 2 at Seidel City, 3205 Longhorn Rd. The artists draw on their own personal histories to create two distinct bodies of work investigating concepts of identity, agency, and vulnerability. Lotterhos draws from his experience as a trans man to offer an intimate look into the complex relationship between the body and the self through candid conversations with members of the trans community. Informed by her experience as a woman with prominent, visible scars, Eisworth’s “Topographies of Pain” is a series of photographs featuring “female” subjects who have been physically marked by their past while questioning the body’s role in the construction and performance of identity and gender. Hours are by appointment only; contact email@example.com for arrangements. The CU Wind Symphony’s final concert of the year at Macky Auditorium Concert Hall is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. on April 18. The program features two CU faculty members, Professor of Bassoon Yoshi Ishikawa and Associate Professor of Voice Matthew Chellis, and composer in residence, James Stephenson. Location is at 1595 Pleasant St. For information, call 303-492-8423. NCAR presents Our Planet – Art Exhibition on the Environment in a Changing Climate Exhibit through May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our Planet is a free art exhibition in UCAR Gallery I and Gallery ll created by 16 accomplished Colorado artists depicting how climate change is affecting our lives and environment. The objective is to engage people differently on the subject of climate change. For each work of art there is an artist statement that describes, in the
artist’s words, the relationship between their art and what’s happening or can be done to address climate change. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is located at 1850 Table Mesa Dr. Galleries and Visitor Center are open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Audrey Lewis at 303-4972570 or firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries or visit scied.ucar.edu.
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Classes at Western Stars Gallery LYONS – Lyons artist Cynthia Marsh has four class offerings coming up at Western Stars, 160 East Main. Open Art Gathering: weekly open studio for experienced and fledgling artists alike with optional creative exercises and spot instruction in a supportive environment; 12 student max, six student minimum. Students sign up for consecutive five-week sessions, three hours each session. Cost is $120. Evening Session: Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting April 17. Day Session: Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. starting April 18. Monoprints / Fluid Painting Class: a fourweek experiential printmaking immersion (and more) in a space open to positive productivity; 12 student max, six student minimum. Four hours each session. Cost is $226. Day Session is Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting April 27. Note: materials will be supplied by artist / instructor Cynthia Marsh and paid for by check or cash at the first class meeting. Mask Making Workshop: a progressive four-week series into mask exploration and creation in a safe learning space; 12 student max, six student minimum Sign up for this consecutive four-week series, four hours each session. Cost is $226. Day Session is Sunday 1p.m. to 5 p.m. starting April 28. A fun and intimate immersion into mask-making for couples, singles, friends, and / or families. Masks are cast from co-participant’s faces using plaster wrap and then embellished. Note: materials will be supplied by artist / instructor Cynthia Marsh and paid for by check or cash at the first class meeting. Advanced registration required for all classes. Go to https://www.westernstarsgallery.com/new-workshops-art-gallery. Call 303-747-3818 for questions.
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