Burt County Brass Quintet to Perform in Bancroft and Lyons This Sunday

By Gary Fugman
What could be better than a Christmas Brass Quintet concert?  A Christmas Brass Quintet concert with a Bell Choir!
Bring the whole family this Sunday, December 10 to the Neihardt Center in Bancroft at 2pm and the Lyons Library at 4pm.  There you will hear the sounds of Christmas performed by the Burt County Brass Quintet, Gary Fugman and Jim Groth, trumpets, Lisa Mutzenberger, French horn, Matt Smoot, trombone, Viktor Sundleaf, tuba and the Bancroft Melody Chimers, Nicki Sachs, Janice Daberkow, Gary Fugman, Sharon Fugman, Connie Bargman, Peggy Renz, Ruth Ann Bargman and Rachel Macklin with Ken Headlee, conductor.  Christmas favorites to be performed by the ensembles will include Silver Bells, Now is Born the Divine Christ Child, Little Drummer Boy, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Sleigh Ride, O Come, O Come Emanuel, Most of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Joy to the World.
At the Lyons Library on Sunday, refreshments will be served as the concert is a fund raiser for the Library.  Donations are encouraged.  The Burt County Brass Quintet is available for future concerts and occasions.  Please contact any member of the Quintet or call Pastor Gary Fugman at 402-349-1953 with your plans.
Enjoy the musical sounds of the season and Merry Christmas from the Burt County Brass Quintet and Bancroft Melody Chimers!

Lyons City Council Meeting Agenda


A Copy of the “Open Meetings Act” Has Been Posted on the Bulletin Board on the East Side in the Council Chambers.




October 3, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.


The City Council reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time as deemed appropriate and in accordance with State Statute.



  1. Meeting called to order.






Recommended Action: Approval of Consent Agenda

NOTE: All items are automatically approved when the Consent Agenda is approved unless moved to the Regular Agenda by the request of any single Council member.

  1. Dispense with reading of minutes of meetings held September 7.
  2. Claims as presented.
  3. Treasurer report.
  4. Clerks Report of Mayoral Action: Resolution No. 2017-5: 2017-2018 Budget Year – Set Property Tax request at a different amount than prior year was signed.

Resolution No. 2017-6: Increase the restricted funds authority by one percent, to become three and one half percent was signed.

Resolution No. 2017-7: Adopt the 2017-2018 Budget was signed.

Motion and second to approve the Consent Agenda/Tabulation of Vote.




Consideration and Action:


  1. Cancelled @ 11:16 a.m. 10/02/2017: Brad Slaughter of Ameritas Financial – Update on Pool Bond interest rates.


  1. Colton Ruzicka – Discuss fishing in the Brink Park lagoon to return to the fish and release program as people are catching too many fish.


  1. Approve/not approve Resolution Number 2017-4: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LYONS, NEBRASKA, RELATING TO THE STOREFRONT THEATER, declares and adopts the attached “Storefront Theater USER AGREEMENT” as the terms and conditions for the usage of the equipment and premises.
    1. Motion and second by City Council to adopt Resolution 2017-4.
    2. Tabulation of votes.


  1. Police report by Chief Buck.


  1. Library & Grant reports by Mike Heavrin.


  1. Utilities report.
  1. Red Placard Notice.
  2. Dump-Cement.
  3. Certification Class.
  4. Hiway Café electric.
  5. Water Tower.











October 3, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.



  1. Clerk’s Report.
    1. Income Statement – General.
    2. Income Statement – Utility.
    3. Budget Reports – General and Utility.
    4. 2017-2018 Annual Budget was filed with NE State Auditor and Burt Co Treasurer on 09/14/2017.
    5. Brad Slaughter of Ameritas will be at the November council meeting to give an update on the Pool Bond interest rates.


  1. Discuss Clint Peterson, CPA, audit proposal.


  1. Approve/not approve letter agreement from Ric Ortmeier CPA for 2017 auditing services at a cost of $14,950.00.
    1. Motion and second from council Members.
    2. Tabulation of votes.


  1. Discuss and consider to approve a health insurance plan.


  1. Discuss and consider to approve a Life and AD&D plan as Federated is exiting this business also.


  1. Discuss soliciting Long Term Disability cost quotes.


  1. Discuss advertising for cleaning of the Lyons Community Center. Added: Lori Wheaton and Laura Rogers at 4:45 p.m. 09/29/2017


  1. Added @ 10:30 a.m. 10/02/2017 — Discuss Easement for property at 555 N 5th St, Lyons, NE 68038.


  1. Executive Session – Discuss employee evaluation reviews: 6 month review for Will Dyer, Terry Ueding, Robert Rivera, and Mike Heavrin as Grant Writer.


  1. Motion and second by Council members to adjourn the meeting.
    1. Tabulation of vote.

Densmer M. McIntyre, 92, Formerly of Lyons NE

Densmer M. McIntyre, 92 years, formerly of Lyons, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Oakland Heights in Oakland, Nebraska.  Memorial Service will be held Monday, February 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lyons.   Memorial visitation will be Sunday, from 5 to7 pm with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons.  Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to service.  Burial in Lyons Cemetery.   Memorials suggested to Bethany Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Lyons Library

Densmer May (Smith) McIntyre celebrated her birthday on November 1924 in Lyons, Nebraska.  She passed from this life to her glory early the morning of 21 February 2017 at the Oakland Heights Care Center in Oakland, Nebraska, at the age of 92 years. She is the daughter of Leonard V. and Lona M. (Robertson) Smith.

Her years of education, grade school through high school graduation in 1942, were spent in Lyons. Densmer spent two summer weeks at Dana College for special training as a Sunday school teacher. She was involved in multiple school activities including saxophonist with the band, quartet and glee club. She excelled in Home Economics and design, earning the “Outstanding Lyons Home Economics Student of the Year Award”. She was published in a statewide magazine, created the cover for the 1941 yearbook, and designed the majorettes’ new uniform.

Following graduation, she lived in Omaha and worked at the Livestock National Bank. Densmer met Bill Nielsen at the local USO Club in 1943. They married December 1945.  Moving to Connecticut, they eventually built their home and raised their two sons, William “Bill” and Robert “Robbie” Nielsen. Densmer was employed during those years at Read’s Department Store as a buyer for various departments. She did a little modeling, worked as a clerk in the assessor’s office, later was head teller at the Connecticut National Bank and was elected tax collector in 1969. During her years in Connecticut, she also taught Sunday school, was a Scout den mother, and was involved in philanthropic, community and political activities.

Densmer returned to Lyons in 1971 to help her mother with her ailing father and Rob joined her to finish High School. She met and later married Ted McIntyre in 1973, who was then pastor of Bethany, Lyons and Immanuel, Rosalie. She served Lyons as City Clerk upon her return and purchased the L & M Dress Shop in 1978. She owned the popular store for 18 years, finally selling to her protégé and intern Lana Minton. Densmer eventually moved to the Lyons Care Center for health reasons, and later to Oakland Heights in Oakland. While in Lyons, Densmer was highly involved in community activities, her church, the Lyons Library and PEO. She introduced several young women to the clothing business, collected dolls (some 250) and was a willing and ready caretaker for her mother and many friends. She hosted the class of 1942 annual spring gathering for decades.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; brother, Robert, “Bob” Smith; niece Marsha (Smith) Kempcke; husband, Ted McIntyre.

She is survived by her sons, William “Bill” John (Sue Ellen Miller) Nielsen of CT, Robert “Rob” Leonard (Johany Franz) Nielsen of ID; daughter, Nicki J. McIntyre of NE; daughter-in-law, Cynthia O’Toole of ID; grandchildren, Robert “Robby” John Nielsen of ID, Erik Kristofer Nielsen of ID, Sharon Newman (David) Edwards of TX, Rachel (Joseph) V’Argenio of CT, Jacob Cody (Hari) Miller of CO, Sara (Bill) Kasbarian of CT; great grandchildren, Cody and Noah V’Argenio of CT, Piper Miller of CO, Austin and Aiden Kasbarian of CT; sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith of NE; brother, Leonard “Mick/Len” (Judy) Smith of WI; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Densmer McIntyre

Densmer McIntyre

Keep Looking Up!

“Four Great Astronomy Programs for Your Computer”

By Gary Fugman

How can I use my computer to help me find objects and keep track of everything I’ve seen? What would it look like to fly to and orbit Saturn?  How about flying to and orbiting the Pleiades Star Cluster? What’s out there to help me find my way across the surface of the moon?  Can my computer do any “real science” that might lead to a new discovery? Come to Northeast Nebraska Astronomy Club (NENAC) May 6 at 9pm at the Lyons Library and Saturday, May 7 at 9pm at the Decatur Sears Center to check out some of these great computer applications. Then at 10pm, weather permitting, Friday we will go to Cory and Tracie Martins’ south of Lyons and Saturday to Fugman Observatory on the south side of Decatur to observe the night sky through large astronomical telescopes. You are invited to bring your binoculars or telescope as well.

For more information on this and future NENAC presentations, please call Pastor Gary Fugman at 349-1953, and Keep Looking Up!

A Minute with Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston

By Lyons Mayor, Andy Fuston


Here we are, already nearing the end of April. Hard to believe school will be out for the year in a month and those house projects I’ve been putting off due to cold weather will now have to be completed! I guess we all have to do what we need to do. The city is no different. Some projects are easy to do and no brainers like refinancing the wastewater bond that will save the city over $50,000 in interest costs over the course of the loan. Others, such as purchasing a new patrol car, aren’t as easy to decide. However, with the old police cruiser falling apart before our eyes and warranty durations shortening with new model years, the council decided to bite the bullet and authorize the purchase of a new 2015 Charger at the state bid price and a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. This purchase will keep our police department in reliable vehicles for many years to come. The council had more discussion about the water tower issues and had a few more questions for EIA (the water tank designer/manufacturer) that hopefully will be answered by the May meeting. Once we are satisfied with the answers, we will move forward with the modifications. The Storefront Theater is gearing up for its first full season on Main Street. Marilyn Tenney presented the council with a check from the proceeds of the sale of the Lyons DVD to help toward future upkeep. The library will be the entity to manage the schedule of events so if you are interested in having an outdoor movie event, visit with them. The city will still need to be involved due to blocking off the street and such but I’m excited about the potential the theater could mean to community interaction.

You might have noticed that the community sign by the library has been taken down. We removed it due to the Veterans’ Memorial being constructed. We don’t want the sign and pole to interfere with the ascetics of the Memorial. Once the construction is completed, we will evaluate if we want it back in the same place or if we want to move it. It will need to stay close to the library as that is where all the wiring for the electronic sign comes from. Town clean-up was a big success. We ran out of dumpster space which is always a good thing. Thanks for taking the time to clean up in and around your property to help make Lyons look nice. Our city street sweeping company we contract with was sold. We are getting a bid for street cleaning four times a year from the new owner. We had to repair a section of the main sanitary sewer line that had collapsed and a high service pump at water plant #2 has been repaired and back in service. We also replaced the city mower and submitted our last report to NDEQ for our plastic recycling baler.

The pool is on schedule to open at its normal time-right around Memorial Day. We have received several lifeguard applications and they will go through the approval process at the May meeting. The council has also worked through a more formalized Pool Rules and Regulations program and a Lifeguard Handbook to assist lifeguards and pool patrons with the rules of the pool. Last year was a learning experience for everyone with the new pool so I’m confident this year will be a smoother season for all.

Lastly I just wanted to remind everyone just how proud we should be of the students in our school. What the senior/junior classes did by giving up part of their post prom experience and instead donating a portion of the money to the Veterans’ Memorial gave me goosebumps! Because of their altruistic efforts, the school and Lyons/Decatur received some great kudos in the press and from community members.   How lucky are we to have such great kids representing our community. They should make you proud. I know they do me! Enjoy the nice weather. Don’t forget to vote in the upcoming primary in May. Every vote counts! Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

Christmas Concert at Lyons Library Saturday

By Gary Fugman
The joy of Christmas is magnified when we gather together to celebrate.  You are invited to gather together this Saturday, December 19 at 1pm at the Lyons Library.  There the Burt County Brass Quintet and the Bancroft Melody Chimers will present the finale in a series of three area Christmas concerts.  This Saturday in Lyons sounds of Christmas like “Joy to the World”, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “Silent Night”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and a peculiar “Most of the Twelve Days of Christmas” will ring through the library.  A reception for all will be held after the concert.
Playing in the Burt County Brass Quintet are Gary Fugman and Jim Groth, trumpets, Lisa Mutzenberger, French horn, Jess Watson, trombone and Viktor Sundleaf, tuba.  Members of the Bancroft Melody Chimers are Connie Bargman, Ruthann Bargman, Janice Daberkow, Sharon Fugman, Ken Headlee, Rachael Macklin, Brenda Trotter, Peggy Renz, and Nicole Sachs.  You can preview this Saturday’s Christmas concert by going online to News Channel Nebraska-Video-Christmas Concert in Bancroft.
Magnify the joy of Christmas this Saturday at 1pm at the Lyons Library with the Burt County Brass Quintet and Bancroft Melody Chimers!
Burt County Brass Quintet and Bancroft Melody Chimers. Photo Courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Burt County Brass Quintet and Bancroft Melody Chimers. Photo Courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Lyons Library Closing Early

The Lyons Public Library in Lyons, NE is closing at 6:00 p.m. today, Mon., Jan. 5th 2015.

Snowmen on Display at Lyons Public Library

Laurene Appleby's snowmen collection is on display at Lyons Public Library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Laurene Appleby’s snowmen collection is on display at Lyons Public Library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Lyons Library requests Christmas dishes for display

The Lyons Library would like the people of Lyons  to bring in a place setting of Christmas dishes to display for their Festival of Trees on November 22&23rd. These will be put in our glass display case so they will be safe from little hands. If you have a place setting and would like to let us use it for a couple of days that would be great!!!! You may have them back as soon as the  Festival is over. Thank you , Friends of the Lyons Library

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