Like the fantastic fall colors’ varying shades, Spike!’s report this time covers a wide palette.
To start with, the accompanying photo shows Shannon Sonnett free-falling in her first skydiving experience with her tandem instructor.
A kindergarten teacher at the new private American Academy in Parker, Shannon’s exciting time with Mile-Hi Skydiving in Longmont was a 26th birthday present from boyfriend Mike Antalek, who grew up in Steamboat Springs.
Shannon, the striking daughter of Dawn and Gary, graduated from Summit High School in 2006 and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 2010. Mom and dad watched her skydive from the ground.
Up recently from Denver was graphic designer Carole Scott, a Breckenridger back in the 1970s and early ’80s.
Carole and Mary enjoyed a lunch at the Whale’s Tail and visited with Greg and Kim Abernathy at Lone Star Sports, with Faye Reynolds of Colorado Mountain Concierge and with Donna Franzen, now of Florida.
Carole brought her prancing Sheltie showdog, Shamus, yup, named for that O’Toole guy.
Carole stayed at Copper Mountain with friend Brenda Frick.
While here, Carole shared that Shamus, now living in Florida, had recently suffered a stroke, but bounced right back, according to Greg.
We also learned that Sharon Steiner, another longtimer of the Kingdom, has passed away.
We heard from Lori DeAngelis, now of Grand Junction, where she sells TV advertising, telling us of a meeting with another ex-Summiteer, Ron Wilson, a concert promoter there.
Lori also said she saw Merrill “Metric Motors” Kennedy, who now lives there as well.
In another tidbit, Lori met Cheryl Chandler at a Rifle Chamber dinner. Cheryl recalled living in Breckenridge in the ’80s and marrying a man everyone calls “Cowboy.” Cheryl owns a real estate company in Glenwood Springs.
Spike! heard from “loyal readers” Elly and Chuck Tyler, who have lived in Summit for 32 years and “have read your newspapers and columns when possible.”
Chuck spent 25 years in the Army and 32 years as an instructor at Breckenridge Ski Resort before retiring.
They read with interest about our recent travels to Kansas and wanted more info on RainX.
“We have a grandson and family in Wichita and have made that trip a few times — it can be an awful long 600 miles,” they write.
As for the magic windshield product, Bill Housh’s Frisco NAPA has it. RainX “waxes” the windscreen and the water just blows off, eliminating the need to use the wipers.
Last week was a good one for Key to the Rockies property management owner Mike “Mags” Magliocchetti.
First he was able to “harvest” a monster bull elk not far from his Lower Blue home; second, his dancing prowess at the annual Dancing with the Mountain Stars to benefit St. Anthony Summit Medical Center earned him the judges’ award.
Here’s Mags’ report:
“It was a mature six-point bull shot in Summit County, the last morning of the season. Had help from all my buds packin’ it out — Mark Black and sons Jake and Hunter, Paul Duxbury and Bob Barto. One shot at 10 yards with a .50 cal black powder. He expired quickly.
“My dance partner was Haylee Roderick from L.A. and Utah. Many credits include ‘High School Musical 2,’ ‘Glee’ and filming with Gloria Estefan. My local instructor was Kelley Monahan of Alpine Dance Academy. Couldn’t have done it without these ladies.
“It was a very good week, Spike, what can I say?” he adds.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org