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B •R •I •E •F •S Skimmer found at Diamond Shamrock LYONS – A credit / debit card skimmer was found at Diamond Shamrock in Lyons. If you used a credit or debit card to purchase gas at this location between May 15 and June 6, you’re advised to review your bank statements for any suspicious activity. If you believe you may have been a victim of identity theft associated with this incident, please the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at 303-441-4444.

Second Avenue closure LYONS – Beginning Week of June 11, Second Avenue between the U.S.36 / Railroad Ave. intersection and Park Street will be closed for Habitat for Humanity’s utility construction. Habitat anticipates the work to begin during the week of June 11, with the road to remain closed for about a month.

Dog Park maintenance closure LYONS – Wednesday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Town Park staff will be placing crusher fine trails. For the safety of your furry friends, please mind the closure, as heavy equipment will be active.

Pre-emergent spraying at LaVern M. Johnson Park LYONS – On Tuesday, June 12, a weed management contractor will be spraying pre-emergent in LaVern M. Johnson Park beds. The contractor anticipates spraying to occur for one day. Notice will be posted at the park’s entrance.

Recycling Center moving LYONS – Due to construction for the library, the town and associated partners have begun preparation for relocating the recycling center to the south side of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) center at 198 Second Continue Briefs on Page 5 Like us on Facebook























A kyaker navigates the Black Bear Hole at Lyons’ annual Outdoor Games on June 2.


Better behavior at parks, Planet Bluegrass lineup issue, and a 15-ft. woman discussed by BOT By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – A request to change the Planet Bluegrass (PBG) festivals’ waiting line logistics and an encouraging report from the Boulder County Sheriff’s office headlined the June 4 Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. A lengthy discussion on proposed Resolution 2018-46 centered on the appropriateness of granting a waiver to allow a Sunday automobile “lineup” on the Planet Bluegrass Farm property. For many years, attendees of the PBG’s Song School and RockyGrass Academy have participated in a lineup of cars and camping vehicles as early as five days prior to the festivals in order to secure camping spots on PBG property. Such waiting lines have taken place recently at Bohn Park, but that’s now impossible due to construction. PBG requested a waiver to allow this “minor event” to take place on their PBG Farm property. The five-day lineups would encompass July 22 and August 12, both Sundays and involve about 250 vehicles. Last year’s annexation agreement on the property doesn’t allow such events to take place on a Sunday, thus the request. PBG’s lawyer and representative at the meeting, with the support of the Boulder County Sheriff, stressed that the lineup will ease traffic in town and will make the process easier to control. Mayor Connie Sullivan expressed reservations about granting a waiver so soon after

the initial annexation agreement saying it affected the “credibility” of the BOT if it made an exception “right out of the gate.” After a lengthy discussion, the consensus was that the safety benefits of moving the waiting line outside of town outweighed any negative political effects. An amendment to the resolution by Trustee Juli Waugh emphasized this was a one-time exception for 2018 and any further deviations from the original agreement would have to go through the normal Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) and public hearing process. The resolution passed unanimously. A later discussion later revolved around how Planet Bluegrass intended to move people from the Farm to the venue. The PBG representative said attendees would cross Rte. 36 at the farm’s entrance and proceed up the north side of the road to the PBG main entrance. Law enforcement officers would be present at the crossing to control traffic and pedestrians. The BOT also passed resolutions permitting PBG to use the wastewater treatment plan lot for overflow parking for their events and leasing LaVern Johnson Park for the September 14 to 15 Mountain Sun 25th Celebration event at PBG. The September lease is similar to the leases tendered to PBG for their summer festivals, except this September event will allow public access to the park. Better behavior at parks Boulder County Sheriff Sgt. Bill Crist in his report to the BOT said that the issues at

LaVern Johnson Park over the past weekend were a “far cry” from the Memorial Day weekend where his office was called several times for violations and assistance. But Crist emphasized that his department was “done with warnings,” and that the Sheriff’s Department will begin ticketing where appropriate. “We don’t want to be heavy-handed – we want people to enjoy the parks – but the threshold is lower now,” said Crist. He said the officers will have a higher presence in the parks, expanding their presence from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends. Crist said the top three offenses in the parks have been parking violations, dogs off-leash and gas grills. More sculptures on the way Melinda Wunder from the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission updated the BOT on the group’s heARTs of LYONS – an outdoor arts collection. The effort will expand the display of sculptures on East Main Street, High Street, and Highway 66. Wunder said the commission has received 19 new art applications from its initial Call to Artists campaign. Submissions include a 15-ft. tall dancing woman and 10-ft. bear sculptures. She said perhaps 16 of the 19 submissions will be accepted. The pieces have some logistical issues to address, such as mounting pedestals, electricity and installation by crane, and the commission is working with the artists and town staff for the installations and removal of current artwork. The artists are paid $375 a year for a twoyear placement. This money comes from donations and yearly events the LAHC puts on. Utilities and Engineering Board (UEB) weighs in on Fifth Avenue sewer The issue of ownership of the Fifth Avenue sewer line was again discussed. The Town’s Utilities and Engineering Board has Continue Town on Page 14



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LYONS Lyons Garden Club gears up for summer By Sara Erickson Redstone Review LYONS – Lyons Garden Club (LGC) members are gearing up for summer, which means lovely flowers but lots of weeds and maintenance. We have already done a good bit weeding and planting and our garden beds look lovely. LCG welcomes our newest members Teresa Pennington and Beth Smith. Thanks for joining us and for all your hard work. Volunteers are welcome to join us at our weekly Weed and Feeds at the Butterfly Garden and the West Wall (where the bear sculptures reside.) We water, weed, deadhead and spruce up the beds and socialize. The schedule is listed below. For evening sessions sometimes we weed and wine at a local eatery. Please join us! Bring gloves and tools (diggers, clippers, bucket). Contact Debbie Sims at or Sara Erickson at to be added to our mailing list. Our schedule is Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, August 7, 6 p.m.; Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. Please check the Lyons Garden Club Facebook page for cancellations. If you are interested in putting in deer resistant flowers, we asked Gwynne of Gwynne’s Greenhouse for her ideas. Here is a list of some of Gwynne’s

favorites that the deer or rabbits seem to resist that also provide lots of long lasting color for your flower gardening needs. Alyssum, Ageratum (dwarf and tall varieties), Bidens, Calendula, Cosmos, Flowering Tobacco, Geranium, Marigold (most specifically the Signet variety), Salvias (such as Blue Salvia or Vista Mixes), Snapdragon, Strawflower, Verbena and Zinnia. Gwynne also told us that Jessica Ondra (of Jess’s Garden here in Lyons) has been diligently helping to create information cards in their perennial section. These descriptive card guides with a picture give customers a lot of information about the plants and if they are deer or rabbit resistant. For the Garden of your Daily Living: Plant peas: peace of mind, and peace of heart. Plant four rows of squash: squash gossip, squash indifference, squash grumbling, squash selfishness. Plant three rows of lettuce: lettuce be faithful, lettuce be kind, lettuce be patient. No garden is complete without turnips: turnip of service, turnip to help one another. To conclude our garden we must have thyme: thyme for each other, thyme for family, and thyme for friends. Sara Erickson is a member of the Lyons Garden Club. She has lived in Lyons for 8 years. She has gardened since childhood and enjoys raising flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Chamber of Commerce News By Mike Porter Redstone Review LYONS – June Chamber Social at the Quarry and Western Stars Gallery. The June Social will be held Thursday, June 14, at the Quarry and Western Stars Gallery at 5:30 p.m. For those who don’t know, the Quarry is the soon-to-open restaurant and tap room where the Ax and Oar used to be. We’ll allow some time for introductions and announcements, and then have a brief presentation from Eco-Cycle regarding zero waste efforts in Lyons. Samples from the Quarry's kitchen and drinks will be served. All Chamber members are welcome. If you’re not a member and would like to be, or if you’re not sure if your membership is still valid, reply to this email, and well get you set up. Revolving loan funds available – but we need your help to increase the amount. Your chamber is working with

the Town of Lyons to restart the revolving loan fund program that you may remember or may have even taken advantage of. We hope to have more details about the loans in the coming weeks, but meanwhile, we could use your help in increasing the amount of funds available. The Town of Lyons is applying for a grant from the USDA, and the USDA would like to see potential uses for the funds before approving the grant. The agency has requested, on company letterhead, a very brief letter from each potential applicant indicating what potential applicants might use the funds for. The template for such a letter might look something like this: “My business is X. We provide X service / product. We are looking to (expand our patio / purchase additional equipment for a new product line / other), which will help grow our business and allow us to hire X more employees. We hope to request $XX,000 from the Lyons

Economic Development Commission to fund this growth.” Creating one of these documents does not mean you are applying for funds, nor does it commit you to doing so. Please send the letters to Mike Porter at the chamber at as soon as possible. Thanks for your help with this! History Colorado State Historical Fund grants. History Colorado will be visiting communities across the state to educate potential grant applicants about its archaeology and preservation grant program. Join History Colorado for a workshop outlining grant application basics and a discussion of your project. Use History Colorado’s website to sign up for the workshop, which will take place at the Festivarie Inn on June 21 in Lyons. Chamber member goings-on. The Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance Club’s 60th summer season opens on Saturday, June 16 at the Lyons Elementary School gym with a free dance (courtesy of Rick and Rose Renz, celebrating their 50th anniversary). Rounds at 7 p.m., squares from 7:30

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p.m. to 10 p.m. The season continues every Saturday night through Labor Day. Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic is offering a Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) program. The CSH shares provide fresh and prepared herbal medicine products, instructions on how to make use of them, and classes to attend for further learning. Shares are available for every budget, including a work-trade option. Brewmented is offering a winemaking class and Spirit Hound Distillers is offering yoga classes in their backyard. These are all-levels yoga classes. No matter if you’re a first-timer or an experienced practitioner, you'll take away something beneficial from this practice. Stone Mountain Lodge will host its inaugural Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 17 featuring Monocle Band, yard games, and more, with 25 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Lyons Community Foundation. Details on all of these events available on the businesses’ respective Facebook pages. Got something going on? Let us know, and we’ll include it (or a link to it, anyway).

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MAYOR’S CORNER Building a tourism economy in Lyons By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review

with inflation. Most communities meet this demand by growing their commercial base (sales tax) and residential base (property tax) through development. Lyons has very little ability to grow in this manner due to being surrounding open space; therefore investing in a tourism-based economy is a good strategy for Lyons. Prior to the flood, I can recall endless discussions with other business owners, the local Chamber of Commerce, and town officials about how Lyons could capture more of the tourism dollars from cars that pass through on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park. Gradually, over the past ten years, the Lyons economy has become more dependent on tourism, and this presents both opportunities and challenges for our community. Becoming a tourist destination is something many communities strive for, and for good reason. Tourism is a trillion dollar industry representing approximately ten percent of the United States gross domestic product; and tourism is relatively insulated from economic shocks. One in every ten jobs is tied to tourism, and tourism sector growth is expected to outpace the national average through 2027. Lyons attracts tourists for many reasons with the most obvious being access to recreation including mountain biking, hiking, tubing, fishing, etc.; and due to

LYONS – When my husband and I moved to Lyons a little over ten years ago, I did not think Sullivan of Lyons as a tourist destination. We were attracted to Lyons’ proximity to the mountains, opportunities for recreation, and small-town lifestyle; and compared to the Boulder housing market, Lyons offered better value. It wasn’t until we bought a local business in 2009 that we really came to know Lyons as a town that attracts tourists. It became quickly apparent that for our business to survive in Lyons, we would have to capitalize on the seasonal tourism that occurs during the warmer months. I believe most of the businesses on Main Street would say the same holds true for their establishments. Now as a member of the Board of Trustees with responsibility for budgeting the town’s expenses, it became readily apparent that the money spent by non-residents who pass through our town drives the local economy. Lyons sales tax revenues have nearly tripled since 2009, and now make up a larger portion of the general fund contributions than any other source, including property tax. Having an economic base capable of growing over time is critical to sustaining town operations. The cost to maintain roads and parks, and provide public services, increases over time, therefore the town must have a means of growing revenue to keep pace








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for tourists to stop, park and walk around town. Grants from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) helped the town fund streetscape improvements (parking, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping) on Main Street, creating a more inviting entry to downtown. The public art displays sponsored by the town’s Arts and Humanities Commission also attract tourist attention and inspire visitors to walk down Main Street. Other recent changes in the past decade, such as expanding bike trails (Picture Rock), legalized marijuana, and the addition of more wedding venues have all helped more visitors discover Lyons. Lyons’ proximity to several large, and rapidly growing Front Range communities (e.g. Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins), makes Lyons an option for day-trips to the mountains. “Rural tourism” is a growing percentage of the tourism market where people seek out experiences different from their urban surroundings. Lyons’ rural, mountain character and locally

owned businesses offer visitors a taste of small town living. Lyons represents one of the few places left on the Front Range unspoiled by bigbox retailers and chain restaurants. Tourists remember what they “saw,” what they “did” and who they “met” during a visit, and having a positive experience with locals can be a factor in determining whether they are likely to return. In this regard Lyons residents play a direct role in the tourist experience. For Lyons to continue to succeed in attracting tourists, we have to be a community that welcomes and appreciates visitors. Local residents benefit from the additional sales tax revenue generated by tourism. Sales tax funds town operations, capital improvements, and community events that focus on locals such as the holiday parades, Good Old Days and Sandstone summer concerts. Additionally, the tourism season helps keep our business sector afloat. Without tourism, few independent businesses would survive because of the high property tax rates and limited employee base. But there are also downsides to tourism, such as traffic congestion, high housing costs, crowding in the parks, and litter. The town can develop strategies for mitigating the impacts from higher visitation, and ensure local residents have a say in how tourism is managed. Many towns have learned how to balance the seasonal visitors, while maintaining the character of the community. This investment in local voice is essential to the success of Lyons as a destination because our character is part of the charm that is attracting visitors. The Board of Trustees and staff should have more discussion about proactive programs to ensure locals see tourism more as a benefit and less of a burden. Depending on your point of view, tourism is a sign of successful efforts to capture revenues associated with visitors, an acceptable trade-off for the privilege of living in this amazing town, or the eventual ruin of Lyons life. My hope is that we can continue to welcome visitors and share our values and lifestyle with them, while minimizing the disruption to local residents. I look forward to more discussions about how the town can be sensitive to the stress that tourism can create in the community, and ensure residents understand and experience the benefits of tourism as an investment in our longterm economic viability.

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INTEREST LES kids help the Food Pantry from their Green Star School By Kate Kerr Redstone Review Q: “Wow, where did all these vegetable seedlings come from?” A: “They’re from the first graders at Lyons Elementary School.” LYONS – Lyons Elementary School (LES) recently celebrated its tenth year as a Green Star School, meaning that the students learn environmental stewardship and find ways to reduce the school’s environmental footprint. While students compost, reduce and recycle, they also tend a vegetable garden at the elementary school and provide much of their harvest to the Lyons Food Pantry. Who knew first graders could do so much to help our community by germinating seeds under lights and planting them to produce tomatoes, cucumbers,

squash, basil, dill and peppers of all colors? The LES Eco Club and first grade students harvest their produce and provide it to the food pantry. This year, at the end of the school year, the students sent over a big box of healthy seedlings for food pantry clients to plant in their own gardens. What an educational way for Lyons youngsters to make a difference for our community and a great way to encourage the children to enjoy fresh vegetables. Just because people are eating, doesn’t mean they’re eating well. Too often the most affordable foods are heavy on fats, sugar, starch and additives. Fresh fruit and vegetables become an expensive luxury. Each week at Lyons Food Pantry, there is a

goal of providing fresh fruit and vegetables, but often not much is available at the Boulder Community Food Share. Thankfully generous local gardeners of all ages donate the freshest vegetables of all, right from their gardens. Recently bags of beautiful organic spinach and lettuce have been donated by Stonebridge Farm. Ralph’s Farmstand often donates all sorts of fresh foods. Do you have produce to share from your garden? Donations are accepted on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with food, there is always a need for products such as soaps, feminine products and toilet paper. Do you need food?

Anyone living in the greater Lyons area in need of nutritional support is welcome to drop in at the lower level of 350 Main St. (Lyons Community Church) on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to provide proof of local residency. The Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund exists to serve as a human services safety net. Services include the Food Pantry, Meals On Wheels, and Basic Needs and Resource Matching. The vast majority of LEAF’s work is funded through local donations. To contact LEAF, call 720-864-4309, email info @ or visit Kate Kerr moved from Virginia to Lyons with her husband, Jim, partly to live near their daughter in Boulder – who got two temporary housemates during the flood evacuation. Kate enjoys playing fiddle, quilting, yoga, Nia, hiking and shopping local. She is a member of the Lyons Depot Library Advisory Board.

Summer ushers in new exhibits at the Lyons Redstone Museum By Monique Sawyer Lang Redstone Review

some of which have never before been on display. The annual Good Old Days History Program will take place on June 30 at 1 p.m., on the lawn of the Redstone LYONS – Summer is here and the Lyons Museum. The Lyons Historical Society will honor the Redstone Museum is a perfect place to Lyons High School graduating seniors from Lyons pioneer spend some time out of the noon-day sun families. This year’s pioneer family graduates are Keegan and explore all we have to offer. Several Bean, Ethan Burton, Shaeli Herman, Raven Moe, and Joseph McCain. The museum will also recognize the classSawyer-Lang events, talks and openings will take place from mid-June to mid-July. es of the ‘8s, from 1928 to 2018. Honored as Mr. and Mrs. The museum’s newest exhibit, All Aboard! Railroads in Good Old Days will be the graduating Class of 1968 who Lyons, will open on June 27, are celebrating their 50th with an evening reception reunion, and Donna Boone, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A brief the Hair Company; Joe History Talk about the railMeckle, Lyons Chiropractic roads in Lyons will take Clinic; and Raul Vasquez, place from 7 p.m. to 7:30 Blue Mountain Stone, all p.m. The arrival of the railwho have been in business road in 1885 fired up a new over 30 years. era in the development of Stop by for a visit this the town of Lyons. Not only summer, explore Lyons hisdid the local sandstone and tory, have your picture logging industries benefit taken at the Lyons from the presence of the Newspapers: A History railroad but a whole new exhibit photo booth, view industry of tourism came to “All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons” opens at the Lyons the Tiny Stories: Art of the town. The new exhibit Redstone Museum on June 27 with a 5:30 p.m. reception. Dollhouse exhibit which has highlights the history of the been held over for this sumrailroad and the depot building through photographs, mer, or browse through the gift shop and book store to find ephemera, and artifacts from the museum’s collections, a unique gift or Lyons souvenir. The Lyons Redstone

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Eight Lyons poets read eight decades of poems LYONS – Over the decades, many poems have been written about Lyons and many poems have been written by Lyons poets. These poems have been collected over the past few years by historian Kathleen Spring, and will be read by eight Lyons poets at a 6:30 p.m. evening performance in the Lyons Redstone Museum on Tuesday, July 10. Two delightful poems about life in Lyons are This Town’s for You and Me, by town historian LaVern Johnson, and Lyons, Jewel of the Front Range, a heartfelt tribute, by the late local Buddhist and poet Kunga. Older poems being read were written by, among others, Lucy McCain, from a Lyons pioneer family; national poet Daisy Baber; teacher Evelyn Moore (1950s); Max Klinger, Senior Golden Gang; Jack Moomaw, Rocky Mt. Forest Ranger; and by members of the old-time Lyons Women’s Club. Talented Lyons poets reading are Coco Gordon, Kitty Keim, Carol Pranschke, Cristina Trapani-Scott, Martin Soosloff, and Kathleen Spring. In addition, songs will be featured, including Where the Columbines Grow, the Colorado state song; The Ballad of Mrs. LaVern, a fun tribute by Tamara Haddad to LaVern Johnson, upon her retirement after 40 years as Town Trustee; and the Lyons Golden Gang a heart-warming song commemorating the Lyons senior group by Vance French.

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Trying hard to be green, but… By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – It’s fashionable these days to be “green” or try to live a carbon-free lifestyle. After all, there’s climate change and sea rise to worry about. There’s fracking, too much plastic and GMOs. Some say the sixth major extinction of life on Earth is at hand, largely caused by you and me. In short, there’s enough stuff going on so that if you pay any attention at all you’re bound to feel some guilt for your lifestyle. Unless you live in a cave up in the hills, eat roots and berries and walk everywhere naked, nearly every facet of your life from the organic T-shirts you wear to the Prius you drive affects this big old planet we live on. It’s near impossible to live a life that in some way doesn’t take from Mother Earth and give back very little, but I agree we should all try. I’m a product of the 1970s who wondered through all the environmental doom and gloom back then if I’d ever see the 21st century, so it’s ingrained in me to think about my impact on the planet and try my best to reduce the damage, but it’s damned hard. Cases in point: I once owned an eight-cylinder car but felt guilty after a year and dumped it. I’ve never had a hybrid or electric vehicle, but mostly drive four-cylinder vehicles, including early ownership of two Chevy Vegas, which bespeaks my environmental commitment but casts severe doubt on my judgement on cars. I heated with wood for 35 years in three houses, saving tens of thousands of gallons of home heating oil. But my 67-year old balky shoulders might feel better had I not cut and split all those cords of wood. But such is the price a green warrior pays. I’ve always recycled, but now it’s not what’s it’s cracked up to be anymore;

tough markets for plastic and paper these days, now that China’s not taking our discards. And while I feel horrible about the great Pacific garbage patch I don’t always remember my reusable cloth bag. I read The Population Bomb and it caused me to adjust my family size expec-

insulation, lumber and those energy efficient appliances. I have gardens and grow vegetables, tomatoes and strawberries, but it’s more a nicety and not nearly enough to see us through the year. Besides, who doesn’t like long-distance oranges and salad greens in the dark winter? I use a clothesline and, boy, isn’t that great in this Colorado dryness? But my

Unless you live life as a naked hermit in a cave eating roots and berries, it’s a challenge to reduce your impact on the Earth.

tations. But our planned second child through a zygotic sleight of hand turned out to be both our second and third and frankly I’m a richer man for it. I’m a fan of human-powered water transportation but those kayaks hanging in my garage sure have a lot of plastic, fiberglass and Kevlar in them, and they were made somewhere in an energyintensive, resource-consuming factory. My homes have been energy efficient – either made that way or refurbished by me crawling through dusty attics with insulation batts. But there was sure a lot of energy and extracted materials used for that

neighbors now know the answer to that timeless question, “boxers or briefs?” I release almost every fish I catch these days. But studies now show that even trout released properly sometimes die and, you know, fresh trout on the grill is mighty tasty. I lived through the 1970s energy crisis and I think we all know how our OPEC indebtedness led to the Middle East mess. But now fracking has provided U.S. energy independence – hooray! But many folks here in natural gas-rich Colorado object, rightfully in many cases. But I like Stephen Grace’s outlook in his book, Oil and Water,

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Avenue. Construction for the new ADA-accessible facility is well underway; the town estimates the move to be complete by end of July. The town does not anticipate any lapse in availability in single-stream recycling between locations. Recycling will remain available at its current location, and a new Dumpster will be replaced at the new site, upon its completion. The availability and schedule of the cardboard-specific bin may vary during the relocation period. Updates will be sent as information is received.

Community Service Officer opportunity LYONS – Would you like a job working with people, being outdoors in the parks, and representing our community? If so, look no further. The Town of Lyons is seeking a full-time seasonal Community Service Officer to do just that. The CSO will be responsible for patrolling two town parks, Thursdays through Sundays, by assisting visitors and helping ensure the safety and well-being of parks users. This person will be the first point of contact for helping to constructively address parking, alcohol, nuisance and other code violations, responding to concerns,

By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – Thirty-eight Town of Lyons water customers will be planting xeric gardens this month thanks to the town’s participation in the Garden in a Box program. The town’s inaugural participation in the program, offered by the ReSource Central organization, provided discounts of $25 per garden for the first 20 residents. In 2019, another 20 residents will be offered discounts. Beyond the discounts, all residents will again be eligible to buy the gardens. Each year ReSource Central offers a selection of professionally designed perennial gardens. The xeric (lowwater) garden kits include 14 to 30 starter plants, a comprehensive plant and care guide, and up to three plantby-number maps for each garden type. The non-profit ReSource Central’s goals include water conservation, and in the past decade has provided nearly five thousand xeric gardens to residents. ReSource Central claims that by replacing just 100 square feet of irrigated lawn with a Garden in a Box, a homeowner can save one thousand gallons of water annually. For more information, visit Resource Central. org / Gardens. “If the energy development that allows my world to run is kept in sight, I will be motivated to reduce my energy use.” I’m a member of Trout Unlimited, an organization that opposes Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine because of its possible damage to a Bristol Bay salmon river, but the mine will be a source of needed copper for wind farm turbines that reduce carbon emissions, but which also kill lots of birds and bats. See how this goes? Sometimes I feel so conflicted. It’s a mess of contradictions. I guess in the end it’s doing what you can whenever you can to reduce your footprint and stop perseverating over the plastic bag you get at King Soopers or the extra car trip to Longmont. In large and small ways, we’re all at once both environment destroyers and savers. Unless, of course, you’re the aforementioned naked cave dweller. Then, you’re totally clear of blame. 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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Vacation Bible School at Lyons Community Church LYONS – Join us at Lyons Community Church, 350 Main St., for Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School (VBS). Bible School runs from July 9 through 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. During the week we will have interactive Bible fun, energizing music, super science, great games, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, and yummy snacks. It will be an action-packed adventure experience. Vacation Bible School is open to children in Pre-K through fifth grade. The cost is $25 per child or $40 per family; scholarships are available. Registration forms available on the church website ( If you have questions or to volunteer contact Debbie Scott, Children’s Ministry Chair ( or Pastor Emily Kintzel ( For information, call 303-23-6245 or go to Continue Briefs on Page 7



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OPPORTUNITY Folks from afar By Katherine Weadley Redstone Review LYONS – This year’s Folks Festival has some big names and familiar faces coming to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch from August 17 to 19. These include Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, Darrell Scott, Regina Spektor, and Bonnie Paine, for starters. However, there are yet-to-be-famous (or at least in Colorado) names that require attention. Take for example Les Poules à Colin. Straight out of Canada’s Quebec let’s welcome this trad-folk group

to Lyons. I was drawn to the Morose Review of their band in the Toronto Music Report. It turns out that Morose is the name of their album. “There are also broad musical hints that this is a group also informed not only of the high and lonesome blue-grass tradition but in a deep sense also of the tradition of Provençal troubadours and this is all over the lyric content of the music on Morose.” I was drawn to the lyrics (which are in Québécois) from the The Bridge of Anse. It’s an incredible song full of despair about a daughter who drowns off a bridge that was smashed. We’ve all had bridge woes in Lyons but without such haunting instrumentals and vocals. This made me

realize that the album indeed is morose but so beautiful as to be worth the emotion it draws from the wells of our hearts. The name Les Poules à Colin means literally “the hens of Colin.” This is because Colin Savoie-Lavac is one the band’s multi-instrumentalists. It’s not a sexist name but is a reflection of the foundations of the music they are trying to convey, which is a deeper look at the dark beauty of traditional music. Les Poules à Colin is based on a traditional song by the same name which is about a chicken that wanders away, gets violently killed, is cooked, and the parish priest who eats the chicken, likes its taste so much he misses Mass and says, “who really needs it?” (referring to the Mass). Find out more about this band at Another band from outside of Lyons is Tinariwen. This Grammy Award-winning group formed in Algeria but now is based in Mali. Their band name means “deserts.” Ibrahim Ag Alhabib founded the group while in exile. At the age of four his father was executed in front of him by the army in Mali. His entire life has been

marked by rebellion, exile, resistance, and fighting. Their song Ittus flawlessly integrates the sounds of Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, and what I imagine to be Middle Eastern traditionalism. It conveys a bitterness I can’t imagine, mixed with rebellious beauty, and the kind of hope that is not personal but for the entire world. Sample the songs of Tinariwen on Not to worry that Folks Fest has lost its roots, it hasn’t. It still offers much of the familiar, stompin’ and sing-along-songs we all enjoy so much. These new musical experiences will enrich and expand our musical repertoires. The 28th Annual Folks Festival is held every year on the grounds of Planet Bluegrass in Lyons. Tickets may be purchased at or if you are a Lyons local with identification tickets may be purchased at the Stone Cup Café, 442 High St. Katherine Weadley has lived in Lyons for almost 20 years with her husband and two children, her dog Wolfie, and her Flemish Giant (rabbit) Harvey. She is a librarian and can be found at the Lyons Community Library.

Lyons Regional Library District By Darcie Sanders Redstone Review LYONS – Fundraiser fun: Enjoy a Taste of Lyons with a splash of blues. The Lyons Library Foundation invites us all to dance the night away while sampling delicious food and drink at the “Taste of Lyons with a Splash of Blues: Featuring Hazel Miller” on July 12, at the Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion. Delicious food samples will be provided by Mojo Taqueria, Spice of Life Catering, Greenspoint Catering, La Mariposa, Oskar Blues, the Greenbriar Inn, and others. Drinks will include donations from Spirit Hound Distillers. Thanks to our event sponsors, Planet Bluegrass and Dick Ralston. The seating situation is limited, so we recommend you buy your tickets now. General admission single tickets, which do not come with a reserved seat, are $55. You can guarantee your seat by sponsoring a table. Round Table Sponsors ($750) have their name on the table and eight reserved seats. Harvest Table Sponsors ($1250) have their name on a gorgeous harvest table and ten reserved seats, plus permanent recognition on the new building’s Donor Wall. Businesses, clubs, neighborhoods, and other commercial, social, or service groups can band together to sponsor a table and celebrate. If your group sponsors one of the Harvest Tables, then the group’s name will get on the Donor Wall. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite. Sponsors please contact Connie Eyster. Contact info below. Promoting literacy in all its forms. Literacy and access to information are core to the mission of the library, and this

summer we are exploring many areas of literacy including reading, music, economics, art, and science. In May our Library Director Katherine Weadley and Library Board President Kathleen Crane made a presentation to the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce on the business resources and economic impact the library provides to the community. Members were impressed with the wealth of information and services available. Last month also marked a new record for May of 3,352 items checked out. April was still our busiest month (to date), with a whopping 3,420 items circulated. Our annual Summer Library Program kicked off on June 2 with a musical petting zoo. This may go down in history as our least quiet kickoff ever. The program runs through August 4. It’s never too late to sign up your kids or yourself. Come into the library to pick up reading logs and bingo sheets to earn prizes throughout the summer, or download them from our website. Contact info below. What’s next? On June 27 there will be an all-ages science literacy program, A Walk Under the Strawberry Moon. Discover fun facts, hear stories, and learn how our moon affects life on earth with an interactive presentation and a moonwalk in Sandstone Park. Registration for this program is through Boulder County Open Space. Contact info below. These offerings and more can be found on the library’s website, including details on the return of last year’s smash art hit Henna for Teens. The tomato plant sale is in full swing. Heirloom and hybrid plants are available for $3. All proceeds go to

The Lyons Library Foundation invites you to dance the night away while sampling delicious food and drink at the “Taste of Lyons with a Splash of Blues: Featuring Hazel Miller” on July 12, at the Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion. Friends of Lyons Regional Library for books. Also, congratulations to newest Friends board members Lisa Sobieniak and Bonnie DaSilva. New building progress update. Plans have been submitted to the Town of Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) for review. The projected (but not yet confirmed) timeline is to hold the hearing in July and break ground in September, when there is better contractor availability. As always, we are very grateful for the support, participation, and creativity of this extraordinary community. Contact info for library events: To buy A Taste of Lyons with a Splash of Blues tickets, go to Eventbrite at

lyons-with-a-splash-of-blues-with-hazelmiller-her-big-band-tickets-45388303638. To find Lyons Regional Library programs, go to www. Lyons Regional Library. org or call 303-823-5165. To make Lyons Regional Library District Foundation donations contact Connie Eyster at or mail donations to PO Box 2505, Lyons, CO 80540. Contact Connie Eyster, or donate online using the PayPal button on the Library website. The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3, Tax ID# 46-2506771 To register for A Walk Under the Strawberry Moon go to To purchase Friends of the Library tomato plants contact Farmer Dave at 303-823-5538.

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INSIGHT And we thought we were the customers By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – I recently ordered a pair of shorts and a canvas shirt online from a company I’ve patronized before. It was Gierach as easy as it’s intended to be: just click a few boxes and voila, it’s on its way via FedEx. Since I’d done business there before all I had to do was type the first letter or numeral of my name and address and the website filled in the rest automatically. The first time that happened I was amazed and appalled, but now all it means to me is that I don’t have to fill in those little boxes. As soon as I got off the website, I had two emails from this outfit. One confirmed my order (fair enough) and the other thanked me for agreeing to receive promotional emails, even though I don’t remember agreeing to any such thing. I relegated both to my junk file, which I empty once a week with the rest of the garbage. For a while, it seemed like that was all there was to Internet commerce. If you wanted to, you could shop online and not have to schlep to a store, fight traffic, burn gas, waste time, and so on. The drawbacks seemed obvious. It cost a little more because you had to pay shipping, but then most of us are happy enough to shell out a small fee for convenience. Also, buying things this way diminished the scope of your experience. You wouldn’t see a great blue heron in a pond on your way into town, or bump into a friend at the store and go for coffee, or stop to pet a friendly dog, or, for that matter, deal with a cranky clerk while trying not to get cranky yourself in return. In short, you wouldn’t get out in the world to see and learn things or practice your social skills which, if you’re like me, aren’t exactly honed to a fine edge as it is. I’m not sure when I first noticed the apparent coincidence of, say, buying a straw hat with a credit card and within hours seeing ads for straw hats pop up on my computer. But it did finally dawn on me that my activities were being tracked, the information was being sold, and that I was seeing the results in the form of ads.

Sometimes this stuff seemed almost endearingly dumb. I mean, if I just bought a straw hat why waste your time trying to sell me another one? More to the point, after I bought a new Nissan Pickup two years ago,

they read, what movies they like, who their friends and relatives are, where they go on vacation, where they get their hair cut, which way they lean politically, and so on. Furthermore, that information is for sale to anyone with the rubles to pay for it, including marketers, political consultants, and foreign governments that don’t like us.

I was deluged with ads for Nissan trucks. Same question: how many new trucks do you think I’m likely to buy this week? But of course it turned out not to be endearing, or dumb, or as harmless as some of us thought. We now know that all our online activity is tracked, both by the companies whose websites we visit and by other entities that eavesdrop on us whenever we’re online. And all that information is compiled and collected somewhere – not in some general way, but keyed specifically to each of us by name and address. The same thing happens on social media. For instance, we recently learned that Facebook knows everything about its users: name, address, marital status, profession, hobbies, religion, what they look like, what they like to eat and drink, what books

Of course I have no real idea how it all works. I’ve read enough reporting on the subject to be able to use words like “bot,” “cookie,” and “algorithm” correctly in a sentence, but I only have the vaguest notion of what those things actually are, let alone how they work. Most of us are in the same boat and that’s why this stuff works. So if I watch a YouTube video that tells me how to remove the drain plugs in my Jeep Wrangler, it seems benign and even helpful to be offered other videos about Jeeps, each one more granular than the next until pretty soon I’m in the fanatical territory of people whose very existence is defined by their off road vehicles. Fine, but if I look up something political the same algorithm will offer me other related choices it thinks I’d be interested in that quickly spiral into some really ugly and

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hallucinatory stuff. There is a Turn Off Facebook movement that could be effective if it catches on, but so far it doesn’t seem to have gained much traction. On the other hand, I’ve heard people say they don’t mind being spoon-fed online by God knows who; that it makes it easier to navigate the Internet so they can quickly get what they want, whether it’s a new straw hat or an attractive conspiracy theory. They don’t seem to have ever asked themselves if what they want is being subtly orchestrated by others and if so why? Even knowing what we know now, I doubt there was ever a way to avoid the fix we’re in. In many ways computers haven’t lived up to their promises of efficiency, convenience, and user friendliness, but they’ve taken over our lives anyway. I’m one of those people who could do their work without a computer. (I still have an old manual typewriter, although replacing ribbons could be a problem.) But I couldn’t do the attendant business without a computer, or communicate with friends, or look up what movies are playing or a hundred other things I do without thinking twice, even though I now know I’m further eroding my privacy. But although this state of affairs dawned on many of us gradually, I think we’re at least beginning to understand the flaw in our thinking: We thought we were customers, but it turns out we’re actually the merchandise. John Gierach is an outdoor and fly fishing writer who writes books and columns for magazines. His books include Trout Bum, Sex Death and Fly fishing, and Still Life with Brook Trout. His new book, A Fly Rod of Your Own is now out and available at book stores and fly fishing shops everywhere including South Creek Ltd. on Main Street in Lyons.

bike down to the distillery – you’ll get 50 percent off your first cocktail. For a full music and food truck schedule, check out our website at On Sunday, June 17 Spirit Hound is teaming up with Havana Manor in Longmont for a Father’s Day cigar and spirits pairing event. Come relax in our backyard from noon to four p.m. with a pour of your favorite whisky or a rum cocktail and a barrel-aged cigar. Cost for a whisky pairing is $16, rum cocktail pairing $18. Gift box threepacks of cigars can be paired with a whisky flight for $40. Stone Lotus food truck will be on site for the event serving up hearty, spiritsabsorbing food. Continue Briefs on Page 9

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Art and Entertainment in the Lyons area By Chrystal DeCoster Redstone Review LYONS Zephir, new art by Sally King, is on display for the month of June at the Stone Cup, 442 High Street. Brent Hollingsead will be showing in DeCoster July and August. King explains: “Zephir is honoring the bonds between. We share in a collective experience, without you there is no me. Unconditional love is not because someone deserves it.” King will display her colorful gardens and bears in her show. Music at the Stone Cup’s summer lineup is as follows: Friday, June 15 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Mü plays eclectic rock / dream pop; Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon Thomas Gronberg plays folk / rock / Americana; Saturday, June 16 and 24 at 12:30 p.m. Andreas DeValera and Ana Isabel Corral play Colorado folk; Sunday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon Tyler Preston plays country / Delta blues; Sunday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m. Emily Barnes plays folk; Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon Barbara Paris plays jazz; Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to noon Michelle Allen plays folk; Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon Tim Ostdiek plays folk; Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to noon Pamela Machala plays indie jazz / R&B; Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon Antonio Lopez plays modern folk / acoustic soul; Saturday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. Finn O’Sullivan plays alt pop; Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon A Human Named David (David Berg) performs pianist / story teller; Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to noon Barbara Paris plays jazz; Sunday July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon Rachel Louis Taylor plays acoustic country. Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission’s (LAHC) Call to Artists for heARTS of LYONS continues. The LAHC invites artists to submit high-quality original art and sculpture for its newly expanded heARTS of LYONS Outdoor Arts Collection which will be displayed all over town so passersby can see the beginnings of this long-awaited fresh parade of art. Selected artists will be paid a $750 stipend for their two-year commitment. For more information or to apply visit, call 303-818-6982 or email In conjunction with this, the LAHC is currently in discussion with renowned artist Anita Miller, who recently moved to Lyons, to design a “bell of happiness” installation similar to the one dating from 1909 at Mount Faber Park’s “Garden of Happy Promises” in Singapore. Near Singapore’s Bell of Happiness is a fence full of “Wishing Bells” similar in concept to “love-locks.” Miller’s bronze sculpture would include a stylized bell, and could be potentially erected near the foot bridge just north of McConnell Bridge and south of the Black Bear Hole. After writing a message on them, small brass “wishing” bells, purchasable throughout town, could be tied by good luck seekers to the bridge railing. Miller is known for her nationally traveling Eyes of Freedom; Lima Company Memorial which honors “all who answer our Paint this howling wolf with Betsy nation’s call; then, Hubner at Western Stars Gallery now and tomorrow.” and Studio on June 28. This project was showcased on Channel 9 on Memorial Day. The LAHC’s Summer Town Hall Art Show’s opening reception, community tapas potluck and open-to-everyone Courtyard Musician’s Jam led by Michelle Allen is Saturday, July 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The community is welcome. Please bring a dish to share and / or an instrument to play. Drop-off of ready-towall-hang summer-themed art (each piece with a placard) is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday July 20 at Town Hall. Mandatory pick-up of all art from the Spring show is

The Month of May, 36”x 36” acrylic painting by Sally King, is part of King’s show Zephir, on display during June at the Stone Cup. Friday, July 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. This gap allows for the town hall walls to be painted in the chamber room. For more information email Lyons’ Bank of the West displays art by three artists from the Metamorphosis Tattoo and Piercing Studio. The Bank of the West generously began its quarterly art show rotations in 2017 in an effort to help promote and celebrate local arts-centric businesses. This show at the bank at 303 Main St. hangs through Friday, July 13 and features work by award-winning tattoo artist and Metamorphosis owner, Serina Malec, and two others. Metamorphosis is now booking appointments with guest artist, Erik Jones from Maine. The studio is also seeking local visual artists to display art in its space. For details contact Art on Main Street: Red Canyon Art Gallery, the Corner Studios, and Western Stars Gallery and Studio in Lyons all proudly showcase a wide variety of work by Colorado artists. Stop by to explore their unique offerings. Shop locally to support area painters, ceramicists, sculptors, framers, woodworkers, and craftspersons. Create kombucha and a painting of a wolf at Western Stars Gallery and Studio. On Thursday June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., Betsy Hubner will be teaching a painting class of a howling wolf for aspiring artists of all ages (ten and up) and abilities. The class fee of $35 includes all materials, instruction and a painting on canvas. Then, in a different two-part $40 class on June 30 and July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m., students will start a kombucha batch during the first session, wait two weeks as a baby SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) grows, then meet again to conclude the process. For information call 303-747-3818 or stop by Western Stars Gallery, 160 East Main St., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesday and open late on Friday and Saturday. The free 20th Annual Sandstone Summer Concert Series resumes on Thursdays, June 14 to August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to the support of the Lyons Community Foundation, the Raul Vasquez Community Stage hosts the Sandstone Summer Concert Series every Thursday evening this summer except July 12. The line-up of talented local musicians includes: June 14, Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams; June 21, Joe Kuckla and Irons

in the Fire; June 28, Good Manners with Jesse Garland; July 5, Dan Rodriquez and Friends; July 19, Erik Yates Band; July 26, Sally Van Meter and the True Bluegrass Band; August 2, Bonnie and the Clydes; August 9, Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White; August 16, Woodbelly Band; and August 23, Take Down the Door Unhinged. BOULDER Join The Renaissance Project in a summer sing on July 9. Singers, come and exercise your voices and your sight reading skills as you take a dive into gorgeous Renaissance polyphony. The Renaissance Project’s first (of two) summer sing welcomes all singers, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on July 9 at the Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St. in Boulder, lower level. The sing will be directed by Stephen Aguilo-Arbues. Sheet music will be provided; a $5 donation is requested. Artists Rob Lantz (through June 17) then Gary Pummel (through July 2) are featured at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery at 1421 Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Pummel specializes in the manner of Maxfield Parrish, using warm oils on a heated canvas, a technique of glaze layers resulting in a sumptuous stratum of transparency. Rob Lantz is drawn to the extremes of nature and dedicated to bringing images of remote places to people. This year is Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery’s 47th year of showcasing hand crafted merchandise curated by practicing artists and craftspeople. Call 866-656-2667 or 303-443-3683 for hours and info. Cigar Box Guitar Exhibit through July 6 at Bricolage Gallery inside Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, 2870 Bluff St. Featuring Colorado artists and musicians Michael Bradshaw, Donald DeNoncourt, Peter Faris, and Michael O’Reilly, this show was curated by Joanne Cole, KGNU Radio DJ. The gallery specializes in assemblage, mixed media, bricolage, up-cycled and reclaimed material artworks. Art Parts is a non-profit creative reuse center founded in 2011 to serve Boulder County. Accepted are donations of reusable industry surplus, and other art/craft/school/resourceful materials from businesses and individuals, to resell at low cost to the public. Its mission is to inspire and promote creativity, resource conservation, and community engagement through reuse. Call 720-3795328 or for information about this Continue A&E on Page 15

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COMMUNITY LCF Scholars: Stand-out seniors honoring the memory of local heroes By Kristen Bruckner Redstone Review LYONS – When Gerald Boland, a 54-year resident of Lyons, tragically died in the flood of 2013, his family wished to do Bruckner something to honor him locally. Because he taught in Lyons schools for 34 years in addition to being a youth mentor and Boy Scout leader, a scholarship to assist local kids’ dreams of going to college made sense. In 2017, Boland’s family including his widow Cheron Boland and daughter Amy Hoh helped to establish the Gerald Boland Memorial Scholarship through the Lyons C o m m u n i t y Foundation. During the recent senior Burton awards night at Lyons High School, this honor was given to Ethan Burton, a graduating senior who plans to attend Brigham Young University to study life sciences. Hoh explains, “We look at the applications and essays through my Dad’s eyes, knowing how much Dad loved the community of Lyons and the people and the students of Lyons schools, and also how we wrote the scholarship to best represent our Dad. Ethan Burton’s application and essay sounded like Dad in so many ways – some of his thoughts and words jumped

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right off of the page at us. Our committee members kept going back to his application, his accomplishments along with his outlook and goals, and he just fit. I believe my Dad would be very proud that Ethan Burton received the Gerald Boland Memorial Scholarship this year.” The Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) has been in the business of honoring local student leaders in this way for more than ten years. Eight named scholarships are awarded each spring to students who demonstrate stated qualities such as leadership and community service. All these stand-out kids not only show academic effort but also a quality of giving back and participating in their community. In 2009, the family of local business icon Steve Ralston established a scholarship in his memory. “The focus of the Steve Ralston Memorial Scholarship is a student’s passion for learning and sharing one’s interests, skills and joyful life experiences with their community,” Christine Ralston said. “This year’s recipient, Raven Moe, beautifully exemplifies a passion for caring for others and giving back. This passion first sprouted growing up in a family committed to community service and being in the hub of pancake breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, fund raisers and parades in Moe an earlier, close-knit, family-oriented, neighborly, inclusive and affordable Lyons.” Moe said, “So many little things we do for each other add up to the grand scheme that makes a successful team.” There is no doubt that her positivity, encouragement, caring and appreciation of others will serve her well as she pursues her career goals at Aims Community College majoring in police science with a minor in writing. The Janet Orback Memorial Scholarship is LCF’s newest award, having been established in 2018 to honor the memory of lifelong Lyons resident Janet Orback. Along with her husband Dave,

Janet worked tirelessly to provide support and friendship to her neighbors whose homes and lives were destroyed in the 2013 floods, as well as being stewards of the Lyons Cemetery for over 15 years. The 2018 award went to Linda Marquez Rubio. Rubio plans to attend Front Range Community College with an anticipated field of study in science-nursing. Since the flood in 2013, Linda Rubio has been very involved with a group helping to clean up roadways, homes, and parks. She has had a lifelong Rubio dream of becoming a nurse, and she feels that this will help her contribute to her community by tending to the healthcare needs of others. Rubio has volunteered her time by helping with Booster Bingo, with her church as a tutor and translator, and when in Mexico, volunteers in hospitals and doctor offices. Georgia Barone is another youth leader honored this year with the 2018 LCF Scholarship. She has been a member of the Lyons Leo Club, serving as its president and secretary. She also served of president of the National Honor Society and as the treasurer of the Lyons High School Student Council. Through her service, Barone worked with Habitat for Humanity and has seen what a profound impact a small group of individuals can have on Barone rebuilding our community after a natural disaster. Her college plans include attending St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas where she will run track and cross country and plans to study biochemistry. The Joel Mack Scholarship honors the memory of Joel Mack, a Lyons High School athlete and alumnus who was killed in 1983 when he stopped to render aid to stranded motorists. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded, to one female and to one male athlete. This years’ hon-

orees are Shaeli Herman and Gabe Paznokas. Herman, a standout scholar and athlete, plans to attend Northwestern College where she plans to play softball and study nursing. Paznokas, also a Herman decorated athlete and student, signed a National Letter of Intent to be the starting long snapper at State Western Colorado University. The Uncle Louis “Bud” Winkler Memorial Award honPaznokas oring the local business and community leader went to Adele Walker. Walker was a member of the Lyons Leo Club, serving as its VP with more than 40 volunteer hours. She was involved in many school activities including student council, served as class secretary for three years, was jazz band trumpet section leader, volleyball team captain and basketball team captain. She plans to attend Texas A&M at College Station, with an anticipated field of study in business management information systems. Since 2006, the Walker Lyons Community Foundation has awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to students graduating from Lyons schools. This has been a cornerstone of the foundation’s mission in supporting local education and having an impact on the youth of the greater Lyons area. We congratulate and celebrate these amazing youth leaders. To learn more about the scholarship program or to contribute to future scholarships, visit Kristen Bruckner is on the Lyons Community Foundation Communications Committee and writes columns for the LCF. She lives in Lyons.


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Are you a server, bartender, kitchen worker or just someone that stands on their feet all the time? If so, feel free to join us for a service industry yoga class on Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. to stretch and strengthen your overworked or angry muscles. Each session is $15, with half off a cocktail after the class (or a wooden nickel to use at a later date). This is a reoccurring class (every other Tuesday), so if you can’t make it to this one feel free to join us next time! Lastly, Spirit Hound has started a women’s spirits club – the Whisky Wenches – and we’d love it if you joined us. Our focus is to help women feel more comfortable navigating the world of whisk(e)y – and other spirits – and to create a space in which they can meet like-minded individuals with similar interests in distilled spirits. Meetings are on the third Thursday of every month. Feel free to join our Facebook group or e-mail to get on the mailing list. The next meeting is on June 21. See more information at

LYONS – When Ken and Judy Brownsberger made the recent decision to buy a new car, they opted to donate their beloved 2009 Mini Cooper to the Lyons Community Foundation. What they reported was a quick, easy and simple process through an organization called Vehicles for Charity. What people don’t realize is that the ease and convenience of a car donation along with tax benefits and the opportunity to give directly to your local community often outweighs the hassle and expense of selling a car outright. In fact, donating your vehicle is a process that provides direct, immediate funds that in turn can be applied to projects happening right in Lyons. For full story, see our blog: LCF Blog: latest article. Contact LCF on Facebook or go to the website for Lyons Community Foundation.

Protect your pet from rabies LONGMONT – Keep your pets healthy and save money at one of Longmont Humane Society’s three low cost summer vaccine clinics for cats and dogs. Saturdays, June 23, Continue Briefs on Page 15



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EXPRESSIONS Trying to get past the ick factor By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review PUEBLO – In the United States, and indeed throughout the world, there is great need among people all the time. For that reason, people everywhere are asked every day Joyce to donate to one cause or another by organizations trying to save species from extinction, to aid the homeless, to feed the world’s hungry, etc., etc., etc. The number of individuals, private organizations and even governments seeking donations for good causes seems infinite – and may very well be. I’ve given blood, and my driver’s license informs medical personnel that I’m willing to donate any and all of my organs upon my death, though I think the value of those parts surely must depreciate with age. If I live long enough, it may only be my nails and hair that will be worth harvesting, and I can’t think of a real use for them at that point either. Still, I’m willing. But now, in our land, a call has gone out for donors of a very special item: poop. Poop may not seem all that special at first glance – or whiff, for that matter. We’re definitely programmed to avoid it (though the behaviors of infants and toddlers with the stuff may point more toward learning than hardwired avoidance), we keep it as far from us as possible once it has made its way into our external environment, and we bring it into that environment so many times in our lives that it’s simply a ubiquitous messy and stinky inconvenience for most of us. In our homes, simple plumbing technology whisks it away, and in our towns and cities, sewage treatment plants aim to keep it from contaminating downstream

waterways. Floods and technology breakdowns do periodically thwart that aim in some locations, however. The rest of the time, we ignore it as much as possible. Of course, our toilet habits and those of others all affect how often we’re forced to be aware of it. Those with children in the infant and early toddler stages can’t ignore it at all. Yet, poop has several good aspects. The Martian would never have made it home without it, for example, and it will serve future space explorers well. In the current medical world, fecal transplants are considered the best way to treat Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that can cause

life-threatening diarrhea, and one that often grows uncontrollably if antibiotics used against it kill off too much of the beneficial bacteria we have in our intestines. A study done in 2015 by the CDC determined the bacteria had caused 500,000 infections and 15,000 deaths in one year in the U.S. Medical researchers think the fecal transplant may also significantly help treat irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders. The procedure involves transplanting purified fecal matter from a healthy donor, to help establish colonies of healthy bacteria in the guts of sick patients. However,


DandeLyons got grit By Tess McDonald LYONS – Did you know that all parks in the City of Boulder are herbicide and pesticide free?! Here’s a quote from the website: “healthy parks = healthy people.” So why were dangerous herbicides sprayed at Lavern Johnson Park this spring? Dave Cosgrove at Parks and Rec said the spraying near the playgrounds was an accident. The company was not supposed to spray near the playgrounds. Why should any land be sprayed with these harmful chemicals? On the Boulder County website it reads, “Herbicides, applied at the lowest rates possible, are used as a last resort.” Why does this not apply to our familyfriendly town of Lyons? Here in Lyons, we revel in our differences. Clearly some of us squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle and others squeeze from the bottom. I remember reading a John Gierach column and this distinction stuck with me. It stuck with

Left to right: Trea McDonald, 6; Meran McDonald, 4; and Ryanna Cullen, 9 helped raise $370 as a way to bring awareness to the benefits of dandelions. me because it’s a way to categorize people without the usual labels. I use it here because I’m sure the same people that encourage dandelions probably squeeze their toothpaste in the same “where the spirit moves me” way. And the people who like their yards weed-free probably wouldn’t bat an eye at buying one of those plastic tube squeezing devices that ensure perfect bottom up squeezes. My friend

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though it might seem easy to get a lot of purified fecal matter from healthy donors, it isn’t. The process of becoming and continuing to be a fecal donor includes filling out a questionnaire, and the blood and stool tests to ensure nothing harmful will pass from the donor’s stool to the recipient. That assessment process must be completed every two months, and donors have to travel to a hospital to make their deposits, which would then be taken to a stool bank. There are no mobile collection options. Even among those whose altruism and knowledge of the medical benefits to recipients would motivate such donations, the inconvenience of donating once a month, with a new health assessment every two months, may be too much. So might collecting one’s own feces for that assessment – which can involve more than 24 blood and stool screens. That also brings in the “ick factor,” a research survey suggested, which can easily overpower altruism motives for becoming a regular stool donor. I can’t say I’ll try to become a stool donor, though more than a few might say I’m so full of it that I ought to, just to relieve the pressure and do some real good in the world, but I have been thinking that if a more convenient and efficient process could be developed that would maintain the health safeguards required, it’s a definite possibility. For now, bringing it all to your attention, so you can consider it, too, will have to suffice. Richard A. Joyce is a retired professor in the mass communications department at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is an award-winning journalist who served as managing editor, and subsequently editor and general manager of the Cañon City Daily Record from 1988 to 1994. The opinions he expresses in this column are strictly his own, and do not represent in any way the views of anyone else at the Redstone Review or at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He can be reached at

said, “I squeeze from the bottom AND I like dandelions.” You get my point though, our differences make us stronger. No one wants a town with weeds growing in sidewalk cracks or peeking up out of a nice bed of mulch. But no one wants our town to look like Mother Nature got a Brazilian wax either. Being on the same team means bending a little for one another. That’s what keeps a society civilized, not bullying each other to comply but inviting that neighbor over for dinner in an attempt to see eye-to-eye. And if you tried, but a punch in the eye feels more appropriate, at least you both know you’re too grown up for that and you’ll settle on something. The issue concerning our parks comes down to the fact that the parks are for EVERYONE. And some people have compromised immune systems or are

genetically more susceptible to the effects of chemicals. They need a place to go that will not make them sick. It’s not fair to make them stay home because our town can’t afford weeding or some people complain about a few dandelions. Now I won’t bore you with the health benefits of dandelions or the health concerns around the use of pesticides and herbicides. I won’t share my observations of herbicides, the way they kill all life around the infected area or the fact that they don’t work and only make the plants mutate. I won’t make any links to herbicides weakening the bees’ immune systems making them more susceptible to mites and resulting in colony collapse. This is an opinion column after all, and I don’t want to get mired down in the unpleasant details. But it doesn’t take a Continue DandeLyons on Page 14

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WHAT’S COOKIN’ An artist’s life through paintings, stories and cooking By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor

reading her book as though it were a novel. I was drawn into her story as well as her recipes. The recipes, like her paintings, fit into her life like a mosaic. LYONS – Artists often expand their artistic endeavors She writes about her first marriage and the darkness it by trying out different art forms. Writers, artists, actors, brought into her life, and then how she met her husband photographers, dancers and other artists frequently move Bud Shark, with the broad shoulders, thick dark hair and in different directions and combine different art forms. John Lennon glasses. They were both studying printmakOne artist in Lyons decided to combine her well- ing. Bud became a master printmaker, renowned in his honed talents as a painter, photographer and cook with field. Bud and Barbara host some of the top artists in the her newly found skill as a writer. country who stay at their house while they work with Barbara Shark, a well known artist from Lyons, Bud to make their prints. recently wrote an unusual cookbook illustrating it with Barbara describes how she wooed Bud by inviting him paintings of her family and friends and carefully plac- over for dinner where she made her mother’s hamburger ing numerous essays about her life as an artist through- goulash. It worked and they have been together ever out the book. since. The recipe for hamburger goulash and her new She has intertwined her diverse essays, on studying art variation would entice anyone. at a university, print making, her parents, her daughter They married just before leaving for Europe where Bud growing up, and meeting her husaccepted a job in Venice, Italy at band in a print making class, with the Venice Biennale for the sumBarbara Shark’s book, How I recipes, for tortilla soup, creating a mer. They then went off to London Learned to Cook, An Artist’s in the fall. The recipes for this secdelicious grilled cheese sandwich, and mixing up pineapple fried rice tion include cottage cheese knish, Life, is now available in and peanut butter bars. carrot ring, zucchini gratin and Boulder and at the Tattered I am not a person who collects other enticing dishes. The recipes Cover’s three locations in or avidly reads cookbooks. I rarely reflect the countries she and Bud look up a recipe. My cooking is have lived in. In Italy we learn to Denver. She will have a book more freestyle, adding a little of make Spaghetti Carbonara, focacsigning at the Boulder Museum this and a little of that. I’m not cia, salads and other things. of Contemporary Art like some of my friends who read She describes the birth of their cookbooks like they are John Le daughter, Zoe, and watching her (BMoCA) at 1750 13th Street Carré mysteries. grow into a beautiful woman. We in Boulder on June 20, from However as I looked through see her in various paintings and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more Shark’s new cookbook called, How drawings Barbara made over the I Learned to Cook, An Artist’s Life, I information, call 303-443-2122. years. Here we learn how to make found myself pulled into her essays coffee cookies and Linda’s on how she viewed her life. I was Oatmeal Bread. taken with her paintings and which ones she chose to go In this rich collection of food, art and personal life stowith her recipes. I was immediately engaged and started ries, a portrait evolves of Barbara’s life, not only as an

Lyons artist Barbara Shark has written an unusual cookbook illustrated with her own paintings of her family and friends, and intertwined with numerous essays about her life as an artist with her recipes. artist, but as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend and her place in those roles. Her recipes are straightforward and mostly uncomplicated, just like her paintings, where her colors are direct, warm and inviting. What stands out to me in Barbara’s paintings is the way she uses shadows. Faces shadowed by their angle to the sunlight, or the leaves on a tree or a hat, give her paintings a very calming quality. Life has slowed down to depict friends on the beach, laughing, chatting and most often enjoying creating meals or eating and sipping coffee or tea. The colors in her paintings are the colors of food: sensual. It’s a beautiful book.



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HOUSING Lyons Habitat for Humanity homeowners are selected COMMENTARY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS

By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review

LYONS – The Lyons Board of Trustees heard two updates on June 4 about affordable housing proposals. Summit Housing Group is continuing due diligence activities for the site at Lyons Valley Park, considering a proposal for only 29 Reinholds rental homes there – as Lyons Valley homeowners suggested at a presentation last month – if other homes can be built at another location such as 19617 N. St. Vrain Drive. Also, the Greens, a partnership of food production, commercial development, and Thistle community housing, is still moving toward a sales and purchase agreement with the Town of Lyons for land on the eastern edge of town. Both of those proposals are still in early stages, unknown whether they will come to fruition. However, the community can see the real progress of the Habitat for Humanity homes under construction at 112 Park St.: the building furthest to the west that contains two homes and the one furthest to the east, which also contains two homes. At the end of April, all applicants were selected to purchase the six total homes to be built in Lyons. Amanda Anderson is thinking about typical moving activities, including what to keep and what to get rid of for the new house with her husband, Danny Shafer, and her daughter and son. Since their mobile home was destroyed in the Sept. 2013 flood, Anderson and her family have moved three times to rental homes, first to Longmont, next to Lyons, and now just outside of Lyons town limits in Lyons Park Estates. Finding places to live has been one of the biggest challenges her family has faced since the flood. “The fun part is knowing I won’t have to move again,” she said. She and Shafer got a phone message from Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley that their application was selected in the most recent round, and Anderson said, “I had to ask several times

the future must sell to qualified buyers who are in that same income range. In November 2016, Habitat for what that meant. I was scared about getHabitat for Humanity is hopeful that Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley purting my hopes up.” She called up a home- homeowners will be celebrating the 2018 chased six residential lots, south of the owner’s services staff member who assured end-of-year holidays in their new homes former Valley Bank building (which her, “It’s OK to be happy.” in Lyons, but the homeowners don’t know remains on a separate commercial lot), All Habitat for Humanity homeowners yet which home out of the six they will from Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass are working on their volunteer hours purchase. All four of the homes in the two and his LLC. Ferguson and his LLC part(about 250 hours per adult in each house- buildings that are under construction now ners first purchased the entire 0.76-acre hold); attending financial classes counts will have three bedrooms. A third duplex commercial parcel from Valley Bank in toward those hours. The Personal building will be started later. The two June 2015 and began a process to subdiInvestment Enterprise (PIE) vide and rezone with the program is provided through intention to sell to Habitat for Community Action Programs Humanity. In June 2015, the of Boulder County and Board of Trustees voted unaniFoothills United Way. As part mously to waive water and of the program, a maximum of sewer connection fees that $1,000 in personal savings is they have control over for matched 4:1 with a grant, Habitat for Humanity. The which means the new hometotal of about $173,500 in savowners could have up to ings helped Habitat for $5,000 total for the down payHumanity meet its permitting ment when it is time to close and fees budget. Ferguson and on the their new homes. his partners took the land Habitat for Humanity is a through rezoning and subdivinon-profit that acts as a builder sion steps, and in July 2016, and a lender of no-interest loans final rezoning and subdivision for homeowners. Mortgages are was approved by the Lyons about $150,000 (depending on Board of Trustees. Habitat for some custom options). The Humanity agreed to complete range of monthly mortgage paythe required subdivision ments including taxes and improvements for the resideninsurance will range from about tial lots and bought the parcels $650 to $850 for all the homein November 2017. owners in Lyons, depending on Amy Reinholds at a Habitat for Humanity Women Build Week The ways that the local comincome and household size, volunteer day in Lyons. munity can help see these according to Julie Gallegos, homes to completion fall into director of family services for Habitat for homes in that building will have four bed- two categories: donating and volunteering. Humanity of St. Vrain Valley. rooms each, one of them on the ground To donate specifically to the Lyons con“I was really surprised at how low the floor. According to Habitat for Humanity, struction, go to www. / mortgage would be without interest, on a it will be decided who purchases which rebuildlyons. To volunteer, no specific expehome with a $150,000 sales price,” said home based on need (family size or need rience is needed, and training is on the job Wendy Miller, who also was selected to for an accessible first-floor bedroom). for each 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. volunteer shift. purchase a Habitat home in this applicaIn the previous rounds, applicants were On the website at www. stvrainhabitat. org tion round. “It allows me to save a lot of selected for three out of the six homes. / construction, after clicking FLOOD money, and to have better access for edu- The preference policy gave first prefer- REBUILD-LYONS, volunteers can sign up cation and activities for my son.” Miller ence for applicants displaced as a result of for one or more of the specific days they are was renting an apartment during the flood the flood disaster of 2013, who main- available. The Adopt-a-Day sponsorship is in a building that was damaged, and she tained their primary residence in the an opportunity for groups or businesses to was unable to return there. After staying Lyons area (80540 zip code) at the time of do both. The combination of volunteer with family out of state, she and her son the flood. For income level requirements service and a financial contribution of came back to Lyons. She found a house in in Lyons, preference is for applicants at $2,500 to cover the average cost per day to Lyons to rent for the past few years, but is 60% of area median income or below build on the site doubles the impact. The preoccupied with how precarious the situ- (and possibly as much as 80% of the area Lyons Lions Club and its youth chapter “the ation is at the end of a lease each year, not median income was allowed for Lyons). A Leos” are joining together later this year for knowing if she will need to find another permanently affordable restriction means an Adopt-a-Day sponsorship at the Lyons place in the tight rental market in Lyons. that homeowners who sell their homes in Continue Habitat on Page 14

Sharing the wild outdoors By Chelsea Barrett Redstone Review LONGMONT – Driving up a canyon in Colorado this time of year, you will see every pullout packed with cars of fly fishers, climbers, hikers, observers, photographers, and more. Colorado is a state Barrett of endless opportunity to enjoy and experience the outdoors. There truly is something out there for everyone. The wilderness in Colorado can seem limitless, but it’s important to remember that enjoying the outdoors is a shared experience. Respecting the land and the humans and wildlife that use it is vital to preserving the sanctity of it. When summer arrives, people and animals become more active, and the chances of human interaction with wildlife increases substantially. Though seeing wild animals is exceptionally exciting, we must remember to respect the shared environment. On a recent visit to Estes Park, one of the famous bull elk residents decided to take a stroll through the lawns of the lodge that we were staying at. We were lucky to have a second story balcony within viewing range where we could enjoy the sighting while respecting the elk’s space, but things started to get interesting when people began spotting him from the road.

Suddenly the elk went from being surrounded by quiet, tall grass along a peaceful river to a group of people with cameras standing about 20 yards across the water. The river kept most of the roadside onlookers far enough away, but one less knowledgeable observer decided to cross to where the elk stood. When he was no more than ten feet from the elk, he made a noise that startled the animal, and the elk ran away. It was an extremely dangerous situation, but luckily both animal and human were unharmed by the outcome. Unfortunately, this meant a quick end to the elk’s leisurely dinner along the river, as well as an end to everybody’s viewing experience. Had the man kept his distance, both the elk and his human onlookers would have been able to enjoy a shared experience while observing and respecting wildlife.

Many other interactions where humans disrespect the space of a wild animal do not end so well. Just this month, several people were injured by cow elk in Yellowstone for coming too close to their calves. Getting outdoors keeps us connected to the land and to the wildlife that we share the environment with. Observing animals in their natural settings is both rewarding and fulfilling. There’s nothing in the world like enjoying a rare opportunity to see a mother fox teaching her kits to find food, a young house finch learning to fly, a bald eagle swooping just feet above the treetops, or seeing any of the other countless species native to this state. I implore you to get outside as much as possible this summer to enjoy nature and the wild species that it connects you with. Remember that it is important to observe wild animals from a safe distance and respect them in their natural surroundings. Coming too close and interfering can have a negative impact on the animal, the environment, and could potentially put humans and wildlife in danger. The beauty of the outdoors in Colorado is that everybody has the opportunity to enjoy it. Let’s do our part to help keep it that way. Chelsea Barrett is the Communications and Marketing Manager at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which cares for more than 3,400 mammals, songbirds and waterfowl each year. Greenwood also offers education programs for children and adults of all ages. Visit to learn more.


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Town Continued from Page 1 recommended that the town formally accept the line running parallel along Upper Fifth Avenue and that the town add a maintenance and capital improvements plan. Property owners would be responsible for the lateral lines into their properties. The UEB added that they believe the line was privately built and there’s no evidence the town ever accepted it as a public sewer line. The issue is important as there are leaks in the line and repairs / improvements are necessary. Utilities engineer Joe Kubala said a camera has been run through to assess the

Habitat Continued from Page 12 construction site. There is room for more businesses or organizations to do the same later this summer or fall. The Saturdays in the summers are usually filled with volunteer groups, but outreach and volunteer coordinator Rebecca Shannon said that the fall is when volunteers are especially needed to see the Lyons construction completed. I’m thinking the fifth anniversary of the flood would be a

condition of the line and that a report is expected soon. Other issues Town administrator Victoria Simonsen said the Summit Housing Group is continuing its due diligence on the Lyons Valley Park Tract A parcel, and is talking directly to the owners of the Van Court property near Eagle Canyon about an affordable housing project there. The developers of the proposed Greens at the old Longmont water plant asked about possibility of moving the new public works facility to allow more housing. FEMA has said no more changes to site plans and if town went ahead with the change it wouldn’t be approved until post-construction. The consensus of the board was

good time for groups to come together and volunteer or fund the construction. Although Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley has some federal disaster recovery funding, there is still a gap in covering the costs of building these homes that fundraising and donations must fill. Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley was a partner in a previous proposal for affordable housing in March 2015 that Town of Lyons voters rejected. A proposal for subsidized, affordable Boulder

DandeLyons Continued from Page 10 rocket scientist to figure out a dose of poison on landscape does more than kill the bad stuff. You spray for aphids, it kills ladybugs too. You kill dandelions near a young sapling, it kills the tree too. Common sense. The Boulder County site is saying the exact same things. Unfortunately, people don’t want to believe common sense. Look what happened with cigarettes, the moneymakers said “they are safe”. People believed them because they wanted the buzz. Same thing with poisoning an ecosystem. The money-makers are feeding us what we want hear because it’s too difficult, too expensive and too time consuming to pull weeds than spray. And here we are. Denying the obvious because we don’t want to believe the truth because the truth is hard. The

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County Housing Authority rentals and some Habitat for Humanity for-sale affordable homes (a total of 50 to 70 units) was voted down 614 to 498 by Lyons voters in March 2015. Despite many challenges, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley did not give up on the Town of Lyons. Now the community can help the organization by volunteering or donating. Knowing our neighbors who will be purchasing the new homes is also an exciting inspiration to get involved.

truth means change. The truth is scary. If you’re still skeptical ask yourself, “would I put a plant in my mouth that’s covered in Roundup?” If you would, then good for you, because a two-year-old would too. Anyway, team, what can we do about it? How can we compromise? For a couple years some concerned families (Plavidals, Beils, Cullen, Francis, Kelly, Mason, Mayos, McDonald, Sturgis, etc.) got together and created the DandeLyons Brigade. The kids raised $370 as a way to bring awareness about the benefits of dandelions. Now is seems that the money should go to protecting our park where every inch is touched by a child. We plan to propose to the town that these funds go toward signs that read something like this, “Dear Patrons of Lavern Johnson Park, This is a pesticide and herbicide free park. Please, help weed in the parking lots, mulched beds and



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that risk of losing nearly $3.5 million in grants would be too high and the public works development should move forward unchanged. Rough grading of the site could begin this month. The town has started grease trap inspections at local businesses in effort to decrease organics overload at wastewater treatment plant. Town staff is also discussing “side streaming” with Spirit Hound Distillers; some distilling byproducts would be removed from wastewater stream. While Bohn Park, Phase II, is on hold pending cultural / historical / environmental issues around the excavation, the town is exploring options to continue Phase II work that doesn’t involve excavation. Amy Reinholds is the affordable housing writer for the Redstone Review. This column is a monthly commentary (opinion column) in the Redstone Review about affordable housing after the 2013 flood disaster in Lyons. If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, contact Amy Reinholds directly at For a history of post-flood efforts for affordable housing in Lyons, see previous columns at

between cement surfaces. This helps keep our park safe and accessible to all and keeps the wildlife healthy too.” You can help by encouraging town board members to support this idea. Let’s follow suit with so many other communities around the country that chose the health of children and wildlife over a “green only” lawn. For more information, go to these websites. or The current DandeLyons Brigade includes Sarah Plavidal, Laura Mayo and Angie Francis. This is Tess McDonald first published piece. Currently she studies a contemplative, naturebased educational philosophy called Enki Education. She homeschools her girls and sees homemaking as an art. She holds an M.S. in Business and M.A. in Educational Psychology.



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2874 Eagle Ridge Rd, Longmont $715,000 Custom sun-filled 3BD/2BA home w/ open floorplan and fabulous foothill and city views on 10 private acres NEAR LYONS.

362 Blue Mountain Rd, Lyons $985,000 Gorgeous close-in Spring Gulch contemporary on 19+ acres boasts chef’s kitchen, potential In-Law Suite and huge garage.

SOLD 1601 Fish Creek, Estes Park • 715 Snowberry St, Longmont • 3509 Mountain View Ave, Longmont 1609 County Rd 37E, Lyons • 1800 Tyler Ave, Longmont • 13910 N St Vrain Dr, Lyons

If you are between the ages of 14-18 and want to make a positive difference in the Lyons community, consider joining the Lyons Lions Leo Club. Contact me for details!

452 Main St, Longmont • (303) 651-1125 Tues-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm • Sat: 9:30am-1pm

Jonelle Tucker 303-902-6250

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July 21 and August 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Visit for a full list of vaccine clinic costs and services.

Caution: dogs and hot cars LONGMONT – Longmont Humane Society reminds you that the inside of a car can quickly become much hotter than the outside temperature. Even at 70 degrees outside, the inside of a car will become dangerously hot within minutes. If you do see a dog in distress in a hot car, call law enforcement immediately. In Longmont, call Animal Control at 303-651-8500. .

Lyons Library has summer programs for everyone LYONS – This summer the Lyons Regional Library, 405 Main St., has events for all ages. Most programs are family programs but we do have some age-specific programs. Adult programs are for those age 18 and up. Teen programs are for those entering sixth grade through 12th grade. Kids are those entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Babies are ages four and under. Program runs from June 2 to August 4. Pick up reading logs (all ages up to 17 years) to earn prizes over the summer. • Making Musical Instruments at the Library – All ages

A&E Continued from Page 8 community creativity resource. CU Presents the Colorado Shakespeare Festival at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre at 277 University Ave. Start your summer with Shakespeare’s sidesplitting Love’s Labors Lost, a comedy about the struggle to balance heart and head in the bucolic Kingdom of Navarre, where four attractive young men make a pact to swear off romance and focus on academia, just minutes before the four loves of their lives wander by. Also on this season’s line-up are Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, and Edward III by William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd. Call 303492-8008 or visit

are welcome to make musical instruments Tuesday, June 12 and Tuesday, July 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. • LEGO off-road Jeep workshop – A LEGO off-road Jeep workshop will take place on Wednesday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Open to kids ages five to 12. Registration is required. Please call 303-823-5165. Children will get to build their own motorized LEGO off road Jeeps, and will learn all about belts and pulleys while trying to drive their Jeeps over obstacles. Please note participants will not get to keep the Lego materials. Questions? Contact the library or

Red Rock Ramblers square dancing LYONS – Red Rock Ramblers square dance club announces its 60th summer season, Saturdays all summer, June 16 through September 3, featuring modern Western Square Dancing. All dances take place every Saturday night through Labor Day in the Lyons Elementary School Gym on Fourth Ave. and Stickney. Couples are asked for a $20 donation; singles $10. You must know how to do modern Western square dancing. You are welcome to attend as an audience member to enjoy the music and camaraderie. The opening dance has Mike Hogan of Omaha, Nebraska, calling and cuing, rounds at 7 p.m., squares 7:30 to10 p.m. Note: June 16 is a free Square Dance paid by Rick and Rose Renz who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

ESTES PARK The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Bond Park runs June 22 to June 24 at the intersection of Elkhorn and MacGregor Avenues. Free and open to everyone, this is a tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. Be entertained and educated about Scandinavian traditions and culture with dancing, exhibits, kids’ activities, and more. The event opens at 9:30 a.m. Spend time browsing the large art and craft fair where exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts. Visit the beer garden on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. For additional details phone 303-449-9596. LONGMONT Lay of the Land exhibition through June 30 features over 30 Colorado


We will be having a 60th anniversary cake on September 1. Come and congratulate Mrs. LaVern Johnson on her 91st birthday July 21. There will also be a dance at Lyons Good Old Days, in the evening of June 30.For more information on fees, lodging options, directions, call 303-823-5925 or 303-8236096, or email

42nd Annual Lyons Good Old Days on June 30 LYONS – The 42nd Annual Lyons Good Old Days will be celebrated on Sunday June 30 in Sandstone Park. The Lyons Good Old Days Celebration is an occasion for the people of Lyons to celebrate the town’s history and to enjoy the people, places and activities that make Lyons such a special community. Good Old Days is a longstanding, highly anticipated outdoor community event that has it all. Don't miss the Lyons River Run 5K, which kicks off the festivities. Be sure to check out what’s new for 2018, along with the good old favorites, including live music on the main stage, food and beer garden, car show, and a weekend full of local talent and entertainment. Those interested in volunteering time, participating, or adding to an event should direct their questions to Lyons Parks and Recreation at 303-823-8250. Look for the full schedule on the Town of Lyons website: http: / / www. lyonscolorado. com / events / lyons-good-old-days.

artists who share a passion for the land. The unique insight of each artist as well as the variety of media creates a provocative exploration through photography, sculpture, mixed media, encaustics as well as the more traditional oils and pastels. Arts Longmont director Marianne Lorenz said the show at the Arts Longmont Gallery, 356 Main St., is part of a new effort to showcase the works of its local Boulder County member artists “by placing their work in a broader context.” The show also includes pieces that consider the impact humans are having on the environment. See for more details. ALLENSPARK The Old Gallery is a one-of-a-kind center for the community and the arts. Non-profit, volunteer-driven and

supported by donors in Allenspark, Riverside, Raymond and other Peak to Peak communities, this is where local and regional Colorado artists create, display and sell their work and where national and regional performers, songwriters, musicians and bands play in an intimate setting. It’s also where visitors and local residents can participate in classes, learn about the area’s wildlife, history and culture through the Rocky Mountain 101 Speaker series, enjoy health and wellness presentations, and witness community spirit in action with its Community Closet, Community Cupboard Food Bank, Boulder County Human Services offerings. Stop by at 14863 Colorado Hwy. 7, visit or call 303747-2906 for details.

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