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B •R •I •E •F •S Lyons long-term recovery meeting LONGMONT – The Town of Lyons invites you, yes you, to participate in the Town of Lyons Long-Term Recovery Kick-off Meeting at 7 p.m. on December 18 at LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Hwy. in Longmont. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. This event will discuss the work that has been done thus far, and will also highlight the next steps in the recovery and rebuilding process of the town. We are asking for all residents to please attend and participate in this process, as your input is vital in the long-term recovery and planning of Lyons. Residents are asked to participate in the long-term recovery visioning. The meeting will be interactive. Specific recovery areas are housing, infrastructure, stream recovery, parks and recreation, human services, public facilities, arts, culture and historic preservation. For more information call the town hall at 303-823-6622.
Christmas Eve service at the Planet LYONS – There will be a Christmas Eve service at Planet Bluegrass at 7 p.m. Due to flood damage at the Wildflower Pavilion, Craig Ferguson, owner of Planet Bluegrass, is arranging for a big tent to be used for the service. There will be lots of music with local musicians. There will be a program for the children and the love offering will go toward the Lyons Relief Fund. (Checks should be made payable to Higher Ground Ministries.) Folks need to bring their camping chairs and dress for the cold. It Continue Briefs on Page 2
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Lyons moves forward after flood and starts long range planning By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – The infrastructure in Lyons is largely repaired. A temporary water line now makes its way under Fifth Avenue, west across the bridge on Colorado Highway 66, and along the highway on Planet Bluegrass property. This is a temporary fix for residents in Eagle Canyon. It is supposed to be in place for about four months until the town can repair the underground water line. The town budget for 2014 is expected to be $5.4 million. It is similar to the 2013 budget of $5.7 million. The budget is not exactly balanced this year (a state requirement) due to the fact that the town owes about $25 million for flood damage repairs. However grants, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) money, insurance money and other funds are expected to come in soon and will offset the $25 million, which is noted on the budget that the town will submit to the state. The assessed property values in the flood area in Lyons dropped for three months this year so the town will see a $7,000 drop in property tax income this year. This amount would have been higher but eight new homes were built in Lyons this year adding to the property tax coffers. The Lyons Board of Trustees, BOT, decided to go ahead with the new wastewater treatment at the same site as the current wastewater treatment plant. The town received a $1 million Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance grant to build the new wastewater plant, which will cost around $6 million.
“We are now down to $4.8 million and $2 million is interest-free EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) money,” town finance director Tony Cavalier said. “We still have to keep the old plant going while we build the new plant.” The town will also receive a portion of the $63 million Community Development Block Grant, CDBG, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was presented to Colorado this month. “We will submit a proposal (for the work needed and the amount of money it will cost) in January,” said Cavalier. “We think we will get some money by April or May. It can be used for infrastructure, economic development, part of our matching funds from FEMA. It could be used for housing, the 404 program under the state government. This is a program whereby a municipality can buy totally devastated homes (in that municipality for pre-flood value). The property can’t be built on or developed again. This is a FEMA program and it turns the funds over to the state to manage.” FEMA will pay for 75 percent of the town’s infrastructure repairs. Last July the BOT made a wise move by paying off the final amount, about $100,000, owed on the Lyons Post Office building. The town will now collect rent on the building each month, about $98,600. The town is working with FEMA to designate which homes are 50 percent (value of the house) or more damaged; this is considered to be substantial damage. There are six homes in Lyons considered to have substantial damage.
This does not count the mobile homes in the trailer parks. Figuring out what is 50 percent damaged and what is less than 50 percent seems to be a very nebulous definition, but residents can appeal the rating. If a home is rated 50 percent or more damaged, then the homeowner is required to rebuild to FEMA flood standards, raising the house by at least one foot or more above the flood level on the FEMA maps. If the home is less than 50 percent damaged, then the homeowner can rebuild without using FEMA flood standards. The BOT is requiring homeowners who want to demolish their homes to obtain a permit from the Town Hall. The permit is $50 and also requires proof that there is no asbestos in the home, which could start flying around in the air during demolition. A fine and a stop-work order will be imposed if a homeowner attempts to demolish a home without a permit, for that is considered to be a public health hazard.
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LYONS O B I T U A RY Elizabeth “Betty” Peil April 29, 1925 – November 28, 2013 It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Elizabeth Peil announces that she left this world on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 88 years. Elizabeth was a child of the Depression, born on April 29, 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska to James and Lucy Roucis. As a young woman she met, fell in love with and married William F. Peil in Denver, Colorado. They were married for 60 years before he preceded her in death seven years ago. She was inspired by nature and her passions for gardening, antiquities, gourmet cooking, and her home that she cherished. Her personality was larger-than-life, and her voice unforgettable. Her life’s work was her family, to which she gave her all. Her greatest accomplishments were giving of herself to others, her generosity of heart, and above all else “caring” – without which there is nothing. She will be sorely missed by her family, neighbors, and friends. She is survived by three daughters, Susan Peil (and husband Vince Zounek of Lyons), Anita Peil of Chardonnay, Switzerland, and Elissa Mogab of Denver; and by her grandchildren William J. Curti and Jordan C. Curti; by her sister Patricia Roucis of Lincoln, Nebraska; by her dearest friend and caregiver Dixie Nelson; by her goddaughter Lucy Roucis; and by her ornery, dedicated, beloved and humble canine companion, Paris. A memorial service will be held on her birthday, April 29, 2014 at Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Longmont.
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will be an extraordinary, healing gathering this year. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be car attendants to help with parking but car-pooling is recommended.
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Ken and Diane Forsberg of Longmont are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Emily, to Danny Ordal, son of Todd and Catherine Cleary-Ordal of Boulder. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Lyons High School (2005) and the University of Northern Colorado (2009). She owns her own photography business and is the Lyons High School cheer coach. The future groom is a 2005 graduate of Fairview High School in Boulder and served in the Marine Corps for six years including a tour in Iraq. He attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 2012. He is employed at American Eagle Distributors in Loveland. The couple will be married August 2, 2014 at Lionscrest Manor on Lookout Road in Lyons.
LYONS – Catholic Mass is celebrated on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyons Community Church on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. Visiting priests officiate from the Boulder/Denver area. The Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. December 24 at the Lyons Community Church. For more information, call 303-823-6924.
Food Pantry reopens LYONS – Lyons Food Pantry will reopen with the regular schedule on Wednesday, December 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lyons Community Church on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. New recipients are welcome to sign up on December 18 with proof of residency in the greater Lyons area. Items that are currently in short supply are canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup (low sodium), canned beans (black, refried, pinto), peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, juice, canned meats (tuna, chicken, roast beef), pancake mix, syrup, canned meals; also fresh produce from area gardens is always appreciated. Items can be dropped off at Steamboat Mountain Foods or at the basement of the Lyons Community Church on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to noon. The Food Pantry is open for individuals or families on Wednesdays, 3:30 until 5 p.m. For information, please contact Monique Sawyer-Lang at email@example.com or Nancy Reckling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Street Concerts LYONS – Mike + Ruthy w/special guest Justin Roth will perform at 8 p.m. on January 18 at Rogers Hall on Fourth Avenue and High Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Fort Collins’ Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer / songwriter and finger-style acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie / alt folk Tickets $15 in advance / $17 door, available at www.highstreetconcerts.com and in person at the Stone Cup in Lyons on High Street. Continue Briefs on Page 5
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MAYOR’S CORNER Charting a course for Lyons’ future post-flood By Julie Van Domelen, Mayor Redstone Review LYONS – Standing amidst broken infrastructure and gutted homes, it is hard to see how positives can come from natural disasters like the one Lyons experienced. But the changes wrought by the flood do present some Van Domelen opportunities, as well as an obligation to take a hard look at our community to see how to recover well and build a stronger base for the future. For some things, we want to restore what we had, for others we need to see the possibilities presented by the flood to chart a more resilient future for Lyons. We have moved from the emergency phase into the recovery phase. That phase needs good ideas, community consensus and a road map. We are now entering that planning moment. It is a pause, a chance to take a breath, look around and figure out what all this means for us. The broad goals of our community’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan are our overarching vision for Lyons. These goals remain relevant: • Land Use and Growth: Ensure that the built environment contributes to Lyons’ identity and is consistent with the proposed 2010 Lyons Planning Area Map and the Sustainable Design and Development Principles. • Economic Development: Create an environment in which local business can prosper and to leverage the Town’s history, natural setting, unique retailers and relationship with the music and arts community to attract tourists. • Town Services: Provide adequate, safe and efficient
public utilities and services in a manner that supports the community’s goals. • Culture, History and Education: Support the advancement of education and culture in the community. • Environment: Protect and promote Lyons’ unique natural environment and resources and lead the community towards environmental sustainability. • Housing: Recognize and accommodate the housing needs of a diverse population. • Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation: Balance the quality of life benefits that parks, trails and open lands contribute to the community with fiscal responsibility. • Transportation: Develop an integrated mobility system that is safe and easily accessible to all travelers. Lyons’ recovery efforts will be determined within this context. Within these broad goals, we have specific needs for recovery in many areas. There are opportunities for financing that were not there before. And, challenges such as ensuring housing for a diverse population have taken on greater urgency. Eight key recovery areas have been identified that should be included within a recovery strategic plan: (1) infrastructure, (2) stream issues, (3) housing, (4) parks and recreation, (5) human services, (6) arts, culture and historic preservation, (7) economic recovery and (8) town facilities (like the public works building, library and Town
Hall), in no particular order of importance. Sustainability is a theme that weaves through all of these topics. Each area has a great deal of activity behind it, with boards and commissions, staff, local groups, citizens and external partners already engaged in responding to the flood. The idea is to create a strategic plan for these efforts that provides a road map for the next two years to
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guide the immediate recovery process. Developing a community recovery strategic plan requires active citizen engagement in the planning process to come up with our best ideas, prioritize, and make sure that the recovery plan truly reflects our community. The first step in that process is the Community Recovery Plan Workshop on Wednesday December 18 at 7 p.m. at Lifebridge Church. This will be followed by an intensive planning process divided into each of the recovery areas Continue Mayor on Page 14
card. But you must submit a renewal request with specific information. If the renewal request is not provided, the card will expire on Jan. 1, 2014. Next year, 2014, is the final year of the DRCOG grant that provides an Ecopass to all residents in the Lyons planning area. Ridership has increased during the grant period, providing convenient and low carbon transportation on all RTD routes. The Sustainable Futures Commission will be investigating options for continuing a community Ecopass program beyond 2014. YL Lyons/Longmont bus service ending – Please note that the YL, which runs mornings and evenings, Monday through Friday, between Lyons and Longmont, will be discontinued as of Friday, January 3, 2014. Unfortunately, the YL did not attract enough riders to continue.
Xcel rebate, ECO Pass, and Longmont bus discontinuance By Dawn Weller Redstone Review LYONS – If you are one of the many people in Lyons who had to replace a furnace, boiler, or hot water heater due to the September flood, you Weller may be eligible for an enhanced rebate from Xcel Energy. Certain energy-efficient systems installed by Xcel customers who have been approved for FEMA disaster assistance may qualify for both standard and new bonus rebates. Flood impacted residents and businesses can apply. Some of the rebates are more than double the typical Xcel rebate. Please note that both a FEMA registration number and letter of determination of eligibility are required from the applicant.
Rebate funds are limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The list of eligible systems is anticipated to change in early 2014, so it is suggested that you investigate and apply as soon as possible. In the case of a rental that required equipment replacement, if the tenant has received a FEMA letter of eligibility (noting any type of assistance), the rebate application may be approved and signed over to the landlord, if the replacement equipment qualifies. While Xcel recommends that an approved contractor performs the installation, it is not a requirement. The enhanced rebates can be applied for work completed as of Sept. 12, 2013, and provided funds last, will be offered until Sept. 30, 2014.
Additional information is available at the Xcel Residential Energy Center (800-8241688, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) or at www. xcelenergy. com / Save _ Money _ & _ Energy / Rebates / CO _ Flood _ Rebates. If you are enrolled with EnergySmart, your advisor can help prepare and submit the necessary paperwork and applications. Contact EnergySmart at 303-544-1000 or www. Energy Smart YES. com. 2014 Ecopass – It’s time to renew your Ecopass for 2014. Instructions were sent out in early December with required information and action. Contact jmatsen @townoflyons.com if you need the information to renew your pass. The Ecopass smart cards issued in 2012 can be renewed electronically, without the need for a new picture or
Dawn Weller is a trustee on the Lyons Town Board and a member of the Sustainable Futures Commission. She lives in Lyons.
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CONTEXT Button Rock Bakery offers sweet sensations By Susan McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – It is a dream come true for Jamie and Tony Lachel, the owners of the new Button Rock Bakery located at 405B Main St. The bakery opened on December 3. “I’ve always wanted to have a restaurant from the time I was a little girl,” said Jamie, and she never wavered from that dream. Even when she was playing as a child, she was baking up things. Jamie grew up in Chicago. After high school she told her father that she wanted to go to the Culinary Institute of America in New York, but he said she had to go to college and get a degree instead. So she came out to Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins majoring in hotel restaurant management and business. She worked hard and graduated in three years. Then she told her father that she was going to the Culinary Institute of America and she did. “Oh my God, it was awesome,” she said. “I loved it. I have never been so challenged or worked so hard in my life. But I knew this is what I wanted to do.” After that she was required to do an internship. She chose to go to a café/commissary in Park City, Utah, where she met her husband Tony, also working in the cafe. They fell in love, married and now they have a new baby. Jamie started the Butter Cream Bakery, a wholesale bakery that she operated for three years from 2009 to 2012. It was located behind the Barking Dog on Main Street. “This (Button Rock Bakery) is much different,” she said. “This a combo of a bakery and restaurant. We want to expand and listen to our customers. We hope to make sandwiches in the summer and maybe salads ready-to-go. This is my dream job. There is no plan B” They hope to have some outdoor seating in front of the store this summer and a back yard patio will also be completed for seating this summer. In the meantime the bakery offers a wide range of culinary delights: cakes of all kinds, cream cakes, cheese cakes, flourless cakes, cupcakes, breakfast rolls, croissants, coffee cakes, morning cakes, pies of every flavor, individual desserts, fruit tarts, éclairs, Napoleons, Tiramisus, breads, baguettes, focaccias, cookies
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Jamie and Tony Lachel have opened the Button Rock Bakery, a combination bakery and restaurant, at 405B Main St. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS
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Emily Dusel appointed LCF Executive Director LYONS – The Lyons Community Foundation is proud to welcome Emily Dusel as its first Executive Director. With the leadership and experience of a nonprofit professional, the foundation will have an even greater impact in the community of Lyons. She and her husband Clay live in Lyons with their three young daughters Maddie, Hannah, and Hailey. A twelve-year Dusel veteran of the nonprofit sector, Dusel holds a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder and specializes in highlevel fundraising, donor relations, and nonprofit management. Most recently, she served as the Development Director at the Acorn School in Boulder. She officially began working in her part-time role as Executive Director on December 2, where she is excited to bring her fundraising, communication, planning and leadership experience to the Lyons Community Foundation. “I am passionate about helping our town and our residents thrive,” said Dusel. “My heart goes out to all those affected by the flood, from our residents who have lost everything, to our most vulnerable and atrisk neighbors. It is an absolute honor to serve as Executive Director for the Lyons Community Foundation during this critical time of need and for years to come.” Dusel can be reached at Emily@lyonscf.org, 303775-9632 or in person out and around town.
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CONTRAST Funding arrives to help rescue Lyons Staff Reports Redstone Review LYONS – U. S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Governor John Hickenlooper announced on December 5 in Lyons at Rogers Hall that about $63 million in dis-
HUD secretary Donovan, Gov. Hickenlooper, Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet all toured the flood areas in and around Lyons. The area was blanketed by snow. The flood occurred in the early hours on September 12. Donovan indicated that more money might be available if the damage tolls rise.
From left: Scott Whitman, LCF chair Liz Erley, Mike Clark and Kathy Jensen. Mike is the owner of South Creek Ltd. and Scott and Kathy are Mike’s associates. South Creek donated $13,780 to the LCF through the sale of donated fly rods. PHOTO BY CRYSTAL DECOSTER aster-recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon flow into Colorado to aid the flood ravaged counties and towns. Almost 80 percent of the money will be spent in Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties, where most of the flood damage occurred in the state.
The money comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Program. The money will go to help counties, cities and towns with housing and infrastructure. “It’s our job to make sure a town like Lyons can recover as fully and as effectively as possible,” Donovan said, accord-
Making the impossible possible By C. Chrystal DeCoster Redstone Review LYONS – “So many people are diligently moving mountains to make the impossible possible to get money in the hands of approved Rebuild Lyons – One Life at a Time grant applicants by Christmas, or by the latest December 31,” reported Emily Flemming, member of the Rebuild Lyons Committee and pastor of the Lyons Community Church. The anonymous application review team has been working tirelessly to review
the nearly 300 Spanish and English submissions. The monies pouring so far into this Rebuild pot from all over the world are tallying near the $900,000 mark. Contributions are continuing to flow in from events such as NolaRado in New Orleans and this month’s Rebuild Lyons Holiday Bar-B-Que Fund Raiser at Ferg’s Inn. In addition, recent generous donations are accruing from the philanthropic efforts of such entities as the Dr. Scholl Foundation, United Way, Colorado Flood Relief, South Creek Limited, and Kate Giese’s art students at
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ing to the Boulder Daily Camera. Mayor Julie Van Domelen said that 20 percent of the housing in Lyons was impacted by flood damage. The flood also knocked out the town’s infrastructure, electric lines, water and sewer lines, and pumps had to be replaced before most of the residents could return home. The St. Vrain River alignment was dramatically changed and needs to be returned to its original course in many areas to prevent future flooding. The mayor pointed out that this is a big ticket item for Lyons. The CDBG money can be used for housing repairs and replacement, economic development, infrastructure and flood repairs and protection. Mayor Van Domelen pointed out that the whole community needs to be engaged in the recovery process and not just a group of officials. As part of that process a Community Recovery Plan Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at LifeBridge Christian Church, on Highway 66 in Longmont. All residents are encouraged to attend. Another donation was presented to the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) on Friday December 6. A civic minded group in Lyons, New York heard about the flood damage in Lyons, Colorado and decided to raise money for a town all the way across the US from them with coincidentally, the same name. Lyons, NY raised $6,020 for the LCF. Lyons, NY, population 5,831, is in the western part of the state along the Erie Canal. It is also known as Peppermint Village for its production of essential oils. A former Lyons, NY resident and current local resident, Nancy Mervar, helped to Silver Creek High School. The big push for funding persists as Lyons continues to require financial aid for the recovery effort’s long haul. The Lyons Community Foundation (www. lyonscf. org) and the Lyons Community Basic Needs and Emergency Fund (c/o 720-864-4309) are continually in need of support for their active community assistance outreach. Due to the recent devastation, Lyons has the unique opportunity to thoughtfully rebuild. As stated by the late Nobel Prize winner, Albert Camus, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
organize the donation. Donations from Lyons NY also went to the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. The check was presented to Liz Erley, chair of the LCF, to help out residents who lost their homes or for those who suffered severe damage to homes and property. Liz Erley also received a check from South Creek Ltd. for $13,780.92. The check was presented to Erley from South Creek owner Mike Clark and his staff, Kathy Jensen and Scott Whitman. Many of Clark’s clients heard about the flood conditions in Lyons and wanted to help. South Creek Ltd. proposed the idea through its website to collect fly rods donated from its customer base and sell them on the website and by word of mouth to raise money for the Lyons Community Foundation Flood Fund in conjunction with the Lyons Community Church for the Rebuild Lyons – One Life at a Time recovery fund. John Gierach, local fly fishing author and fly fisherman who fishes all over the northern hemisphere, donated a rod from his personal collection. Gierach said he does not know how many rods he has, but he chose to donate an older Leonard bamboo tournament rod, 8.5 feet, which could be considered a light salmon rod. Hiram Leonard made exquisite fly rods until he died in the 1800s. The company went on and continued to make Leonard rods but eventually went out of business. South Creek sold the rod for about $900. There are more rods and other items available on the South Creek Ltd. Website, or call 303-823-6402.
Incoming Lyons Community Foundation Chair Monique Sawyer-Lang staffed the Rebuild Lyons booth at the recent Holiday Bazaar. PHOTO BY CRYSTAL DECOSTER
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INSIGHT Canada: Roadless backcountry that wonderfully concentrates the mind By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – The usefulness of travel is that it shakes you out of your predictable and potentially deadly routine and lets you see Gierach things fresh. For instance, if you spend time in the backcountry of Canada as I do most years, you’ll begin to see clearly what you’ve long suspected: that we Americans have our lids screwed on too tight. Granted, I go there to fly-fish, often in places that can only be reached by floatplane and canoe, so although I pass briefly through the usual bustle of airports and cities, it barely registers. And even then, if I don’t know where to go I can ask someone and get polite and usually accurate directions. After his first trip to Canada, a fisherman from Texas once said, “You know, Canadians are just like Americans, except they’re nice.” Of course it doesn’t have to be Canada and it doesn’t have to be wilderness. Just the not-so-simple act of traveling somewhere new requires a level of attentiveness that atrophies in familiar surroundings where you know what’s around every bend and behind every door. In this strange new place – wherever it happens to be – even the simplest nuance can elude you. If a Canadian asks if you want to go get a Timmy’s, he’s talking about Tim Horton’s Coffee, which our Texan friend would say NEW LISTING!
is just like Starbucks, except it’s good. You say, “I got this” and pick up the tab, and although you paid good American dollars for them, the Canadian bills you hand over are brightly colored with unfamiliar faces on it and seem like play money. Things like that pile up everywhere you go, so you automatically adopt a mild defense posture to avoid coming off as the village idiot. The effort that takes is enough to make you forget about all the niggling little chores and errands that dog your days at home. If they occur to you at all, you think, I’ll worry about that when I get back – or, Maybe I’ll come to see how pointless most of it is and won’t worry about it ever again. But then there is something about roadless backcountry that wonderfully concentrates the mind. For one thing, there’s no security check before boarding a floatplane, where I can sit up front next to a pilot I had breakfast with that morning. He’s a French/Canadian who speaks just enough English to get by, while I only have the mish-mash of French I’ve picked up from the bilingual signage in Montreal and Quebec City. (I can say “napkin” and “exit” and “thank you,” which is not the stuff of memorable conversations.) It doesn’t matter anyway, since few of these planes have intercoms and the huge radial engine just inches from my feet is too loud
to shout over. That’s why the pilot uses sign language when he hands me an old work glove and asks me to wipe the condensation off the windshield. Once we land and tie off the plane, the
pilot settles in with a book in the plane’s roomier back seat where he’s out of the rain and away from the mosquitoes and black flies. He understands fishing at a cultural level and may even fish himself, but while on duty it’s his job to wait the five or six hours until we get back. The bush pilots I’ve known all had in common a methodical nature as well as this kind of Zen-like patience. They seem to have learned the lesson my cat, Bob, has been trying to teach me for years, namely, that when there’s nothing to do, then do nothing as if it mattered. And of course the fishing itself is such an uncertain enterprise that the usual rules of commerce don’t apply. Every angler understands that however much a trip costs in money, time and effort, you’re not purchas-
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ing fish; you’re simply buying into the game. Just getting there and back can be half the adventure, and beyond that it all depends on how your particular skills dovetail with the vicissitudes of luck and timing. And if it all goes sideways, as sometimes happens, chances are it’s no one’s fault. Wallace Stegner said that what makes Canadians unique is that they belong to a culture informed by the genuine wilderness right out its back door. Even if they’ve never gone into it, they know someone who has, and just the knowledge that it’s out there has shaped the national character. The Canadian quarter says it all, with the Queen of England on one side and a caribou on the other. Okay, stereotypes are unfair and usually inaccurate, but at the same time some of them contain a grain of truth. For instance, a woman in Scotland once told me she could always spot Americans, even at a distance, by our “small heads and wide arses.” Okay, fair enough. A working definition of “wilderness” is a significant tract of countryside that’s undisturbed to the extent that it’s the way it’s always been and, in fact, how it’s supposed to be. (Sometimes it’s pretty inhospitable, but then that’s the main reason why it’s still wilderness.) It helps if it’s large enough to be thought of as “vast.” In Canada, we’re talking about roughly a third of the conti-
PINEWOOD SPRINGS – The Pinewood Springs Water District, PSWD, like everyone else, was elated about the November 4 Devenir opening of Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park, according to PSWD Board vice president Steve Stewart. Pinewood Springs is located at Mile Marker 12, eight miles up from Lyons, and 12 miles down from Estes Park. At its November meeting, the PSWD Board noted that many other infrastructure projects were delayed in order to limit traffic while the highway was under repair. The opening of US 36 marked a major step toward recovery, Stewart said, facilitating repairs to Pinewood’s water treatment and distribution system. The PSWD serves nearly 300 properties with treated water. Stewart explained that the buried water lines were destroyed by the flooding where they crossed the Little Thompson River. Three areas of Pinewood, including 60 homes, lost water service due to the flood. As of mid-November, three river crossings for water lines still need to be made in order to restore water to all customers of the PSWD. “These crossings are problematic because the river changed course and left a whole new river bed to deal with,” Stewart said. One area will not be completed until next spring or summer, but staff are working diligently on temporary fixes to provide water to all areas before the end of the year, if weather permits. The water treatment plant also sustained damage, as did the water intake sys-
tem along the Little Thompson River. Water treatment capacity is currently about half of what is required. The PSWD Board asked residents to cut water usage as much as possible by practicing “yellowmellow, brown-down,” using rainwater or gray water to flush, hauling in drinking and cooking water, taking laundry to a laundromat, using paper plates and cups, and taking shorter and fewer showers. As of December 1, the PSWD secretary reported that “almost everyone did a great job of conserving.” If these efforts had been inadequate, the PSWD has suggested mandatory restrictions might be imposed. A contract was awarded to repair the filtration system, and it had been hoped that full treatment capacity could be restored by the end of November. The contractor is now projecting that the needed parts will arrive by the end of December, at which time repairs can be made. Pinewood Springs residents will welcome hot showers and regular flushing! A number of related technical projects were necessitated by the flood. The PSWD expects total completion by mid-2014. Pinewood Springs residents returning home must have their water turned on by a PSWD employee. Residents with questions about water issues can call 720-491-3994.
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ARTS Many roads to the same place By C. Chrystal DeCoster Redstone Review LYONS – Because they are said to represent scattered attention or an overwhelming sense of losing control, dreams of tornados can be a wake-up call. Brent Hollingsead used to DeCoster dream of tornados. “There are many roads to the same place,” the Lyons newcomer declared. “Once I realized that I could embrace dichotomy, my personal storms quieted and my artistic journey opened up.” On his fine art website www.brenthollingsead.com, Hollingsead states, “As an artist, I’m inspired by nature, influenced by graphic design, intrigued with humanity, and perplexed by tragedy.” As an example, his oil painting, St. Mary’s Flood, depicting a steepled church surrounded by water, provokes the quandary of, “without this structure is there no religion?” Hollingsead’s work is literally at a fork in the road: the Lyons Fork, located at 450 Main St. On the restaurant’s freshly painted walls, over a dozen of his paintings recently have been hung. Some with their bold shimmering textural strokes harken the style of Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Others are more sentient, esoteric collages alchemized through the artist’s core gnostic belief in hope. In 2002, Hollingsead founded Inspired Folk Art of the Virgin Mary: A study of the goddess symbol as an expression of Marian devotion. Works by Leia Pope, on display through the end of December at the Stone Cup Café / Rise & Shine Bistro.
FreeThink Studios, where the specialties are handcrafted interactive media devices such as training tools, animations, graphics, and interactive media. He likens the collaborative nature of his extensive business development, branding and advertising experience to being a member of a band. Hollingsead’s “band” of “the best tech talent he’s had the pleasure of knowing around the world” has orchestrated effective connective solutions for clients such as Pepsi, Best Buy, NCAA, DynCorp, and Clarian Health. The Wittenberg University grad and entrepreneur has also led the launches of BidModo, DealDonkey and HootLoot. According to the website, www.FreeThinkStudios.com, “FreeThink specializes in creating roadmaps for your brand strategy.” The serendipitous road that led Hollingsead and his wife, Sarah Smazal Hollingsead, to Apple Valley from Austin, Texas, is one he is glad they travelled. She is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner, group facilitator, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, and writer. They hope to one day open a transformative healing retreat on their 35-acre historical homestead. The roots of this recurring “there are many roads to the same place” philosophy are perhaps tethered to Hollingsead’s childhood fondness of a certain poem. As explained on his website, “We are all inspired by the places we go, and the nature that is all too often misplaced from our daily lives.” At an early age, Hollingsead began painting various paths after being inspired by Robert Frost’s
Tornado Dream by Brent Hollingsead. Hollingsead’s paintings are on display at the Lyons Fork, located at 450 Main St. poem, The Road Not Taken. To quell the turbulence of his expansive force of nature talents, Hollingsead places his paintings into four categories: wrath and romanticism; subconscious and whimsy; digital expression; and paths and nature. Although he handily manages the potentially stormy duality of producing both high quality fine art and commercial art, it is likely that it is his choosing Lyons, “the one less traveled by, that has made all the difference.” In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert M. Pirsig observes, “You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”
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IMPACT Christmas in England – Ghosts, goblins and déjà vu By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – I was a senior at the University of Denver, working at the University Library which earned me one free course each quarter. DU is a private school and very expensive, so a free class each quarter was a great savings for me. It was the dead of winter in Denver and we were all preparing for Christmas break. I was especially psyched for the break because my mother and I decided to go to England to visit my sister Louise and my brother-in-law John Smith. My father passed away earlier that year and my mom and I were alone so we decided to take off on an adventure. We joined up in Detroit and boarded the flight for London. England was everything I expected, quaint, charming, dark, rainy and cold even inside the buildings. We stayed at a rooming house owned by a lady named Rhoda. She cooked breakfast each morning and we ate in her dining room which had dark green wallpaper with bright orange poppies. She was a great cook, which I really appreciated because for the most part the restaurant food was terrible, however the tea, scones and cream were excellent. It was a short jaunt to the rooming house where Louise and John stayed. We took day trips all over the countryside to see Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It was built 5,000 years ago. Its builders and its purpose remain a mystery. My mother insisted on going to Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum and I went to Harrod’s department store. They had live mannequins. One day we traveled to Canterbury to see the cathedral and all the dead saints, kings and knights entombed in the catacombs. My mom and I took a bus trip up to Edinburgh, Scotland where Mary Queen of Scotts lived in a castle built on a rocky hill overlooking the city. Queen Elizabeth I eventually cut off her head. The castle was all lit up at night and looked spectacular. People just walked up and down the streets and no one even looked up at it. I told my mother I couldn’t believe that people acted like it wasn’t even there. “They know it’s there,” she said. On December 23 Louise and John took us to the area in England called Bath. This was built by the Romans as a public bath area with a series of pools, bath houses, statues and marble columns. The city was first established as a Roman spa with the name, Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”) by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43). They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs. Now it is basically a museum. The town of Bath is known for music and theater. I walked down stairs to a large room filled with glass cases with artifacts from the days of the Romans. I studied some of the artifacts, combs, bowls and tried to imagine what it was like to be there with the Romans. I turned to see my mother stand-
ing in the middle of a stairway. She was staring off into the distance. I walked over to the bottom of the stairs, “Are you OK, mom?” Her eyes were vacant; she was somewhere else. “When were we here before?” she said. “We haven’t been here before,” I said. “Yes we have. We were standing over there talking.” I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about. She motioned to a series of columns by a large pool. “We’ve never been here before, we’ve never seen this place before. Maybe you saw it on television,” I said. “No we were here, can’t you remember it?” she said. I couldn’t figure out what to say. There was absolutely no way we were ever there before. I knew every trip she was ever on and most of the time I was with her. I was com-
pletely rattled. My mother was not prone to accept anything that was not grounded in the physical world. If someone seriously told her they saw a ghost, she wouldn’t even talk to them again, thinking they were crazy. In fact a guest, also staying in our rooming house, did tell us that he saw a ghost. He was a young fellow from Denmark studying in England. His room was next to ours and I woke up several nights in a row with loud noises coming from his room. I asked him about it one morning at breakfast. He told us that he has a ghost that follows him wherever he goes and moves the furniture around all night. I noticed my mother’s eyes get wide and she said to all the guests at the table, “That is ridiculous. We all know that ghosts don’t exist, don’t we?” No one said a word. Finally it was Christmas Eve and we made plans to attend midnight mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. This was going to be exciting. The cathedral was designed by the famous architect Christopher Wren, who is also buried in a crypt in the catacombs under the church. Five church-
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es were built on that sight, most of the earlier structures were destroyed in fires. We arrived later than I wanted to and had to sit back of center, but this gave me a view of everyone ahead of us. The choir of young boys was singing as people filed in. Their voices were as clear as crystal. It seemed like thousands of people flowed into the cathedral. There were Arabs in flowing robes, people from India in saris or long jackets and turbans, people from Indonesia with heavy gold jewelry attached from the ear to the nose; it was a fashion parade from every culture in the world. I whispered to my sister, “Why are they all here? This is not their religion.” “They are here for the show; they want to see the Christian traditions,” she said. At first I found this irritating. My family was traditionally Anglican and I felt like we belonged at the cathedral and these people didn’t. But as I listened to the choir boys and watched the magnificent colors of people’s clothing and the colors of their skin, I thought, how wonderful that all these different cultures, traditions, religious faiths can come together and worship whatever version of God they believed in together in one sacred place. This is how it is supposed to work. Why would people start wars and kill each other over religious beliefs? But on this one magical night everyone was at peace. My sister turned to me and said, “You have to take mother up to the alter for communion.” “Are you are joking? There are hundreds and hundreds of people making their way up to the altar. We will never get out of here,” I said. “She will never have the chance to do this again,” she said. “Just do it. I will meet you outside.” “Outside where?” I said, but she and John were gone. We wound our way up to the alter and knelt. The Bishop of London was conducting the service with about 10 priests and untold numbers of altar boys. The priests were mixing the wine and water and the Bishop was blessing the wine. There were four chalices and they were about 3 feet tall; the stems were covered in large jewels; I’d never seen anything like it in my life. It took two priests to life each chalice. We managed to make our way out after the service and we stood on the steps of the cathedral in an amazingly starry night in the dead of winter in London. Louise and John found us as people spilled out onto the streets from everywhere. We made our way back to our rooming house, where Rhoda had hot chocolate and cookies for us and the other house guests. The man with the traveling ghost was there, too. We sat around the table in the room with the bright orange poppies on the dark green wallpaper. My mother turned to me and said, “When were we at the Roman Baths? Can’t you remember?” I gave her a hug. “No mom I can remember,” I said. “It must have been a long time ago.” “Yes,” she said, “a long time ago.”
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FOUNDATIONS A winter scene that’s picture perfect By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review VP PUEBLO – Each year at the end of November or beginning of December, I put on my thermal underwear, my wool socks, my snow boots, my heavy coat with the hood, my toasty gloves and Joyce my head warmer – this year it was my wool hat from Ireland. Then I fire up my trusty 2003 Nissan Frontier 4x4 and head west into the mountains, in search of the perfect... wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. This year, when the late November snowstorm descended on the Front Range the weekend before Thanksgiving, it brought little snow to Pueblo, but it did drop some decent fluff in the Wet Mountains to our west. On the Monday before Thanksgiving the clouds parted and the forecast was good, so I asked my wife if she wanted to join me on my annual pilgrimage. All was sunny and dry as I headed south on I-25, intending to turn west just north of Walsenburg to check out the Silver Mountain area and then head up Highway 69 between the Sangre de Cristo Range and the Wet Mountains. But by the time I reached the Apache exit, the clouds had regrouped and light snow started falling, so I turned back north on I-25 and took a left at Colorado City,
figuring I’d see what I might find near Lake Isabel, just up Highway 165 from Rye. As we drove, the clouds thickened considerably, and the falling snow did, too. In four-wheel drive, my Nissan is a sure-footed performer as long as I don’t do anything sudden that might break my traction. Feeling secure, I just ambled along, enjoying the empty, snow-covered road and the literal winter wonderland through which we were traveling. At Lake Isabel, we stopped and waded through thigh-high snow accumulation to see the forest and lake, and to grab a few pictures of the area, though the sky was fairly dark gray and the snowflakes, quarter-size, filled most of the air between clouds and ground in their soft, pachinkolike descent. It was cold, and mesmerizing, and indescribably beautiful, but we had to move on. The lake didn’t have what I was after. A few miles farther on, just past Bishop’s Castle and the crest of Bigelow Divide, we stopped again, this time to experience for a few minutes, while we nibbled on some lunch, the lonely yet somehow warmly human sight of an old log home, its windows long gone, gracing a sloping meadow of pure, trackless white, broken only by stands of pine holding huge snow pillows in their sagging green arms. The sight belonged to another time, and I could visualize light in those windows from kerosene lamps, beaming out into the storm a message of warmth and comfort by a wood fire. But on this day, no smoke rose from the chimney, and the windows were cold black holes. It had its
my name inscribed had been a success, charm, but I still wasn’t satisfied. I remained that way until just after we and though it certainly isn’t really a perreached McKenzie Junction with Highway fect photograph in any sense, it’s one I’m 78 but continued left on Highway 165, proud to share. And so I hope the Redstone’s publisher, going up and west toward Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, two mountain towns we’ve Susan McCann, will share it with you as garnish for this column, which is written in always enjoyed visiting. My wife and I gasped at almost the the sincere hope that the sentiment on the same moment when we saw them, a siz- card will prove true for her, for all associatable group of Bighorn Sheep, rams and ed with the Redstone Review and for all who ewes and some fairly young ones, foraging read these pages. With that in mind: Let it Snow! Let it in the deep snow of a Snow! Let it Snow! meadow for what grasses and other edible plants they could uncover using heads and hooves. This, I knew, was the end of my quest, and apparently so did the sheep. They didn’t spook or even begin to move away when my wife and I slipped as quietly as possible from my May you alw ays be with truck, slowly walked those you lo ve toward them to within a reasonable distance and began a 15-minute photography sesRichard A. Joyce is an associate professor sion, as rewarding a session as I’ve ever had in the mass communications department at in the mountains. The snow fell, the air was hushed, the Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is an sheep pawed and munched, and I positive- award-winning journalist who served as ly glowed like Rudolf’s nose, I’m sure, as I managing editor, and subsequently editor and framed shot after shot. Only when I put my general manager, of the Cañon City Daily big lens on the camera to get some close- Record from 1988 to 1994. The opinions he ups from a distance did the sheep begin a expresses in this column are strictly his own, and do not represent in any way the views of very slow retreat toward the nearby forest. It was enough. I was satisfied. My annu- anyone else at the Redstone Review or at al quest for the perfect photo to send to Colorado State University-Pueblo. He can friends with a deeply felt sentiment and be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NATURE Puppies as gifts: A pet is a big responsibility and should be a family decision By Crystal Connor, DVM Redstone Review LONGMONT – As the holidays are fast approaching, there are many who will consider adopting or purchasing a puppy as a present. While I believe being a pet owner can result in many rewards, bringing a dog into the family is a decision that should be made with careful consideration. After all, this is not an object to be unwrapped, admired for a short time, and then tossed to the side as another gift may be. A puppy is a living being that has medical needs and requires continuous love and guidance, and comes with great responsibility. Outside of being absolutely sure this is what the person wants as a gift, there should be strong understanding of what breed of dog will best fit into the new home. A few questions that should factor into this decision are: • What type of home environment do I have (an apartment vs. a house with a yard, for example)? • Is this breed good with kids and/or other animals? • What type of activity is required to keep this breed happy? • Does this breed come with common health problems that may require more
visits to my family veterinarian? • Does this breed of dog need regular grooming? As a new member of your family, preventative health care should be a priority for this new puppy. Establishing a relationship with a veterinarian will be an extremely important aspect of its care. Preventative care generally involves vaccinations, parasite control including heartworm prevention, spaying / neutering, nutrition, oral care, and weight management. As with people, preventative care is extremely vital to helping reduce unwanted doctor visits. Your family veterinarian can also discuss appropriate training and activity requirements for your new puppy. Additionally, there should also be an understanding of the annual cost of care for a dog, not only for its food and preventative health care, but also for the what-if scenarios, for example, unplanned illnesses or emergency room visits. Health insurance is a great resource not only to help with the cost of preventative healthcare visits, but also to help offset the cost of unexpected emergency room visits. As an emergency veterinarian, I see a visible reduction in the level of stress in my clients who have insurance for their pets. They are able to make medical decisions not based on finances, but on what they feel is best for their pet. One website that allows you to compare the various companies that offer pet health insurance is
http://www.petinsurancereview.com/. I encourage all pet owners, amateur or veteran, to purchase insurance for their pets! I also believe being a responsible pet guardian involves being prepared for the unexpected. As an emergency room veterinarian I deal with unexpected illnesses and injuries night after night. The reasons a pet is brought into the ER are varied and may include respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disease, or trauma. It is not uncommon for us to see newly acquired puppies for respiratory infections, such as kennel cough, pneumonia, or even infectious gastrointestinal disease, such as parvoviral enteritis, commonly referred to as Parvo.
Another common scenario involves dogs eating something they should not have. This often results in vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and, in some cases, gastrointestinal obstruction, often requiring surgery. In addition, there are some human food items that can result in severe illness, not limited to but including kidney or liver failure. I always encourage any pet owner to explore this website, courtesy of the ASPCA, to gain further information on dangerous foods: http://www.aspca.org/petcare/animal-poison-control. Additionally, we see a variety of traumatic injuries. These can include anyContinue Puppies on Page 14
Help save wildlife through education By Dara Miles Redstone Review LONGMONT – Public concern for our local wildlife knows no season: no matter the time of year – even in the slow winter months – Greenwood Wildlife fields a myriad of phone calls from people who have seen or found a sick or injured animal and want to know what they can do to help. “There’s a duck at the pond down the road and I think it has a broken wing.” “One of the bunnies in our yard is limping.” “I’m worried about our neighborhood fox. He’s gotten so skinny, and he looks like he might have mange.” These are just a few examples of the kinds of calls we get, and we try our best
in each case to guide the caller toward the best course of action under the circumstances, and always in accordance with regulations set out by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. Greenwood may be a rehabilitation facility, but our name describes only part of our mission. A big piece of what we do is educating the public on interacting with wildlife – particularly sick and injured songbirds and mammals. In addition to the one-on-one counseling we do on the phone, we also conduct group programs for schools and other organizations, and maintain an information-packed website that reaches an even wider audience regardless of the time of day. In 2013, Greenwood staff and volunContinue Wildlife on Page 14
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Library electronification supports post-flood operations By Carol Devenir and Susan McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – The Lyons Library is temporarily sheltered in the Visitor Center in Sandstone Park. The 266-squarefoot space is less than 5 percent of the Colorado library standard for our population. It doesn’t provide much room for reading, browsing, or even shelving the library’s collection, but it does have working restrooms.
The Lyons Depot library has a temporary home at the Sandstone Park Visitor Center. The town is working with FEMA and the town insurance agency to make repairs from flood damage and will try to have the library ready to open in April. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS As one library user pointed out, “It’s a good substitute until we can touch and feel the real thing again.” The atmosphere is homey, patrons are patient, and the timing could not have been better for this year’s electronification of the library. The Lyons Town Board cut the 2014 library budget by 17 percent. The board is cutting everywhere it can to
save money and rebuild the town infrastructure. The 2014 library budget is now set at $89,000. The 2013 budget was about $105,000. Part of the funding cuts will be made up with a $7,500 gift from the Friends of the Library. The funding from Friends can’t cover building maintenance or repairs according to its charter. Christina Wells, the chair of the Library Advisory Board, said that the town will try to have the Depot Library ready to open up in April. “We will not unpack the boxes of books until the Depot can open up again,” said Wells. “We are working with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and CIRSA (the town insurance agency) on the repairs. We don’t know about coverage for mitigation. FEMA will cover 75 percent of the costs.” The Depot Library is in the State Historic ©2011 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission. Registry and is eligible for funding from the and affixing barcodes; purchasing the electronic equipState Historic Fund for historic building preservation. To ment; and issuing electronic cards to library patrons. qualify, the Library Advisor Board must produce photos The new electronic system was selected to be transand documentation of the library before and after the portable to a new location, in the event the future brings flood and a detailed damage description, which will be dif- a new library building. It also works in a new temporary ficult. FEMA will help with the damage assessment. The space, a fraction of the size of the already too-small Depot. Depot was built in 1885 and made into a library in 1977. Williams reports that all of the new equipment except “Even though 90 percent of our collection is packed in one keyboard was saved from the flood. “Immediately fola POD,” Librarian Merlyn Williams said, “we continue to lowing the flood, the Library’s new electronic system proprovide books, audio books, DVDs and other material vided the only reliable gateway to WiFi in the entire through our AspenCat project, our Colorado-wide elec- town,” she said. “Town staff and other groups used the tronic database.” Library Public channel to connect to WiFi for weeks.” The card catalog was updated before the flood. After “Patrons love the connection to AspenCat,” she said. years of patron requests, planning and budgeting, the six “When the system was set up in the library, it was a funcmonths before the flood brought the electronification tioning leap into the future. Children in particular appreproject to fruition. This involved hundreds of hours of ciated the electronic card catalog in the library, and they computerizing data on books and all materials; creating Continue Library on Page 13
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“Our goal is to support local authors, artists, and musicians,” Heinecken said. “Barbed Wire Books provides a place for our community to come together for entertainment, education, and enlightenment.” She called the store “a sanctuary for ideas, diversion, and the lost art of browsing.” In addition to book searches, trade credit and other book-related services, the store offers concerts, artistic displays, a Tolkien Discussion Society and a Harry Potter Discussion Society. Who needs TV? For more information call 303-827-3620.
Montessori back in Lyons LYONS – Several parents and teachers previously involved with the now-closed Lyons Community Montessori preschool have organized a temporary school program in Lyons. Classes for children began December 9 at the parsonage next door to the Lyons Community Church at 350 Main St. in downtown Lyons. During November the group raised over $7,500 in donations for supplies, equipment and learning tools to prepare for the new venture. Wendy Saunders and Lorraine Carter, previous instructors at the LCM, will be leading classes Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While a more permanent location is being considered, classes will continue
Library Continued from Page 12 used the AspenCat system to request loans.” The total cost for the electronification project was $33,033. Of this, 27 percent came from town library funds, 58 percent came from the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), of which one third was grant funding, and two thirds was inkind personnel support; while 15 percent of the total came from a Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) grant to
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at the parsonage through the end of May. Currently the school is accepting new students between the ages of 2.5 to 5. Parents interested in touring the school, meeting the staff or have questions about the school and its programs should call Lesley Rahbany at 720-232-4409.
Lyons High School wins award DENVER – The Colorado Department of Education this week recognized school districts and schools that showed outstanding performance on the 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program exams. Ten schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District received awards, including Lyons Middle / Senior High School. Throughout Colorado, 19 schools received this award this year. The Governor's Distinguished Improvement award is given to schools that exceed expectations of student growth for three years on the school performance frameworks.
Welcome home Lyons LYONS – Welcome to new residents. We have all heard the stories of some real estate plans not going through because of the floods of Sept. 2013; however, think about the value of our community coming back sooner than most thought was possible. Lyons will continue to recover and we are here to welcome new residents. The Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce’s committee to welcome new residents assembled welcome bags and has been contacting those new residents who moved here just
the Friends of the Lyons Depot Library, which funded the necessary equipment. “The financial assistance from LCF and the personnel assistance from CLiC extended the resources of the town exponentially,” Williams said. “Both were vital in moving from a 1900s paper-based library system to a 2000s electronic-based system. The moral support of these two organizations was also crucial in implementing a project long requested by library patrons and prioritized by the Library Advisory Board. Its value cannot
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before the floods. If you are new to Lyons and have not yet received your welcome bag, please register online at www.LyonsColorado.com (click through more, residents, for new residents). You will be contacted. Welcome bags are limited to one per household. For more information please contact Christy Crosser of Lyons Dental at info@Lyons-Dental.com or call 303-823-5991.
Food Baskets for Christmas LYONS – Sam Tallent, owner of the Stone Cup, and Nick Goldburger, Boulder County Sheriff’s Department substation supervisor, will hand out food baskets to Lyons area families who need a little assistance this year. They could use help packing up the baskets at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. They will be located at the space behind the Stone Cup which was the former dance studio at the corner of 5th Avenue and High Street. The baskets will be delivered on Thursday Dec. 19. For more information, call Sam Tallent at 303-517-7577.
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be measured in dollars.” AspenCat offers over 748,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other items from 48 different libraries in Colorado. The carbon footprint of all those courier trips will pale in comparison to the use of major machinery we’ve all been thankful for since the flood. Meanwhile, we will look forward to borrowing locally in the future. The AspenCat electronic database can be accessed from any computer – at home or at the library – at http://www.aspencat.info/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl.
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Oskar Blues Brewery wins award LONGMONT – Members of the Oskar Blues team took to the stage at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont on Nov. 1 to accept the 2013 Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year award. The creators of the award-winning Dale’s Pale Ale and 5280 Magazine’s Best Wings were voted the winners in the Large Business category by Longmont Chamber members, elevating the local brewing and restaurant organization over other accomplished Longmont-based businesses such as international tech giants, IBM and Xilinx. Colorado’s craft-brewing industry ranks fifth in the nation in terms of the economic impact upon its state, according to numbers released by the Boulder-based Brewers Association on Monday. Colorado craft brewers pumped $1.6 billion into the state's economy. Following the Colorado flood in September, Oskar Blues also expedited plans to develop a 501(c)(3) organization. To date, the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund has raised over $250,000 and distributed nearly $200,000 of funds raised to individuals, families, and small businesses in the Lyons and Longmont areas.
Public Wi-Fi and computer access are also available at the temporary library. The temporary library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For further information, check the library’s new Facebook site at facebook. com / Lyons Depot Library or call 303-823-6622 ext. 26. Carol Devenir worked for 30 years in City Planning and Public Works. She is the Vice President of the Friends of the Lyons Depot Library.
Wildlife Continued from Page 11 teers spoke to more than 3,000 folks, and we are currently taking reservations for 2014. Each program we give is tailormade for that particular audience, but we try to hit the same points every time: who we are, what we do, what birds and mammals we treat, and how the public can help us help wildlife. While we can’t bring actual animals to the groups we educate, we use photos and animal “artifacts” (like wings, feet, and tail mounts) to illustrate our stories about wild animals, the troubles and hazards they encounter, and the treatment we give. If you have a group that would benefit from our education program, you can find out how to schedule one on our website at http://www.greenwoodwildlife.org/educa-
REDSTONE • REVIEW tion.php. We’ll come to your preschool, your senior center, and everything in between! Of course, you don’t have to wait for a group session – or an encounter with a mangy fox – to learn what to do in case you have a wildlife encounter. Just navigate to our website’s Wildlife Emergency section http: / / www. greenwood wildlife. org / emergency. php for detailed information on how to identify the type and life stage of the animal you have found. This is critical when determining the best course of action. For example, you’ll learn that some types of orphaned baby birds can actually fend for themselves at a certain stage, so no human intervention is needed. And in cases where the animal does indeed need to be rescued, you’ll learn the best way to handle and transport that type of animal based on its species’ needs and sensitivities.
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You’ll also find on our website information that will help you humanely deal with unwanted animals who may have taken up residence in your home or yard; facts sheets about the species we encounter most in Colorado; and links to other wildlife rescue groups and rehabilitation professionals – useful in cases where your encounter is with animals that Greenwood cannot take, like bats, deer and birds of prey. We may be Greenwood Rehabilitation, but we’re also wildlife education. Our resources are here for you, so you can help us help them. Dara Miles is a freelance writer and volunteer at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. If you’d like to learn more about Greenwood Wildlife, please visit www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
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thing from animals struck by vehicles, lacerations, or bite wounds. As mentioned above, these are all unexpected illnesses or injuries that often put pet guardians in a situation of emotional and financial stress. Being prepared for these situations, whether that means having insurance or some form of savings account, definitely helps. I believe that thoughtful consideration of all of these aspects of pet guardianship will only increase the chances that this new addition will result in success. Dogs, or any animal for that matter, are an amazing responsibility and with the appropriate care can result in a happy, long life for your new family member.
nent with political boundaries that are unmarked and operate largely on the honor system. Here in the U.S., a socalled “wilderness area” that a healthy adult can hike across in a day or two may not qualify. Someone once said the problem with America is that we’re a frontier culture that no longer has a frontier. I won’t deliver the usual environmental homily. Those who have come back to civilization after being in real wilderness can draw their own conclusions. Those who have only seen wild country on TV and liked the looks of it should try to see it in the flesh at least once. It may or may not be a life-changing experience, but if nothing else they’ll experience the distinctly modern pleasure of being pretty certain they’re not under surveillance.
listed above, with frequent meetings to set goals and priorities, identify key actions and responsibilities and possible funding sources. The goal is to have a Lyons recovery strategic plan (with a catchier title) by the end of February. Please engage in this process. If you have lived here your whole life or just arrived, everyone has a stake in developing the vision for Lyons and having their voices heard. Whether you have never been to a town meeting or are a frequent flyer, come and spin some ideas with us. Commit to helping discuss Lyons’ future for the next two months. There will be Town of Lyons announcements indicating future meeting times and topics as well as other ways to send in written ideas for those who cannot make meetings. This is the next step in how we heal our community. Please join in. All of us have a stake in the outcome of this process.
Crystal Connor is an emergency clinician at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists. AMVS is a 24-hour veterinary facility providing specialty internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, emergency and critical care, physical rehabilitation, and blood bank services for pets in Longmont at 104 S. Main St. For more information, go to www.AspenMeadowVet.com.
John Gierach is an outdoor and fly fishing writer who writes a column for Flyrod & Reel magazine. His books include Trout Bum, Sex Death and Fly Fishing, and Still Life with Brook Trout. His new book, No Shortage of Good Days, is available at bookstores and fly-fishing shops everywhere including South Creek Ltd. on Main Street. He will have a new book out in spring 2014.
Julie Van Domelen was first elected mayor of Lyons in 2009 in a special election. She was re-elected mayor in April 2010. Mayor Van Domelen works part time as an economist for the World Bank. She lives with her family in Lyons and can be reached at email@example.com.