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Hey, Spike! knows changes when he sees ’em

Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IV

Having lived in Colorado since 1949, in the towns of Rocky Ford, La Junta, Pueblo, Alamosa, Craig, Grand Junction, Denver, Buena Vista, Salida, Breckenridge, and now three decades in Frisco, Spike!’s seen some changes.In our Centennial state, it’s the mountain resorts and the resort towns that demonstrate the most changing scenes, while the flatlands remain constant – generally. Granted, it’s all your personal perspective.Some of those are places where you can move in and still be thought as the “new guy” – after 15 years.That same time period in a Summit County town, where new faces are readily accepted, can make you the mayor. Change is constant here.Some new faces on Old Main Street Frisco recently saw the opening of Moosely Hats by Chad Schultz.Making a play on words, using “moosely” instead of “mostly,” the Wisconsin native’s Moosely Hats is a retail shop offering clothing, scarves, sunglasses, gloves, holiday decorations, jewelry, designer belts, and, of course, hats.Chad had a shop in Tubac, Ariz., (where the movie Tin Cup was filmed) for two years and then relocated to Georgetown for a year.Now, he lives in a condo one block from his shop’s front door at 101 Main.Being a one-man operation allows Chad to “keep all my prices lower.”He does hope to get out and snowboard when time allows.Another change came with the ownership of the Hotel Frisco, when the Pat, Roger and Brad Hovis family of Denver, purchased the hospitality biz from Mark and Mary Waldman.Mary and Mark still operate their expanding Summit Mountain Rentals, headquartered in Breckenridge on Ski Hill Road, which has been a Summit Daily News “Best of The Summit” winner as the best property management company three years in a row – 2010-12.”By leasing the Hotel Frisco to Frisco Hospitality LLC we are able to focus on Summit Mountain Rentals,” say Mark and Mary. “We are dedicated to living up to the expectation of our Best of Summit status.”Pat Hovis says they are living on-site and keeping their ace housekeeper Rosa Herrera.”Mary and Mark really did a great job of marketing,” remarks Pat. “We’re hoping to build on that.”Portions of the structure got their start back in 1880 and were moved from the Blue River Valley when the Dillon Reservoir began.Rich Ahlquist and Jane Herrington started the Twilight Inn B&B in 1987, later selling to Roberto and Louise Moreno, who sold it to The Waldmans in 2002.For another person’s interpretation of Main Street, see Patty Jo Tharp’s watercolor she did as a commissioned piece for Sandee Smith, who owns Frisco Fun and Formal.Sandee is using the painting for her T-shirt line and on coffee mugs.Patty Jo divides her time between here and Sedona, Ariz.****Meanwhile, in town for the Broncos-Saints game were Pam McCain’s relatives:”My sister Dorothy McCain, her daughter Jessica Carriere, and my cousin Carolyn Price – all from Louisiana.”Also here visiting friends in Littleton and up here with us was Diane McHenry Franco, who now lives in Temecula, Calif., where she works as a much sought-after typesetter, mostly with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.The statuesque blond, who worked for us back in the ’80s, has three kids: Lucas, Zoe and Shelby.****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 milesfporteriv@aol.com