Hey, Spike! joins county in bidding adieu to JP | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! joins county in bidding adieu to JP

After 42 years of very commendable work, Summit County Road and Bridge director John Polhemus was honored by family, friends and co-workers upon his retirement.
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After 42 years of very commendable work, Summit County Road and Bridge director John Polhemus was honored by family, friends and co-workers upon his retirement.

In a party Tuesday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, not far from his office, John greeted everyone by name as they arrived to acknowledge his work. The crowd numbered a couple of hundred.

The Frisco resident started back in 1973 making three-plus dollars an hour, one of 17 staffers in the R&B, with a total annual budget of $800,000. Today, there are 24 on the staff and the budget runs $5 million.

Who’s taking over the top job?

“We’re in the process of re-hiring and accepting applications now. So, no decision on a replacement yet,” said county manager Gary Martinez, who was in attendance. “In the meantime, Rick Speer is the acting director. We’re in good hands.”

Well-done humorous road signs marked the event.

County Commissioner Thomas Davidson read an official proclamation designating the upper County Commons parking lot as “JP Way,” complete with a sign.

John and wife Linda will be relocating to Thornton.

Joining in the fun were Jon, Cami (Polhemus) Tessa and Lexi Winston, Adrian, Sarah (Polhemus) Eli and Caden Pacheco, Jerry, JoAnne (Polhemus) and Daniel Green, Chuck Polhemus, Bob, Deb and Mark Helton, Mark and Blanch Emore, Mike and Pat Emore, Eric Cottingham, Marsha and Merrill Miller, Ron and Donna Lewark, Jeff and Scarlet Lewark, Larry and Laura Lewark, Molly and Brad Thompson, Kathleen Neel, Lorie Williams, Shawn Bailey, Susan Wentworth, Fred and Julie Turner, Phyllis LaBarr, Marie Zdechlik, Bob and Becky Foote, Linda Clark, Jerry Roush, Jim and Elaine Slivka, Rick, Molly and Megan Spears, JD and Lynn Donovan, Bob and Lori Wheeler, Tibor and Carol Horvath, Dale, Melinda and Thomas Frey, Bill Wallace, Tom Hill and Shawnie Biehl, Aaron Byrne, Simone Belz, Tim Mack, Kay Robinson, Marty and Rich Ferris, Jeff and Heidi Wilson, Anne Marie Ohly, Chic Koran, Doug Pearson, Lindsay Hirsh, Robert Jacobs, Wayne Byrne, County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, Lynn Mosbaugh, Steve, Sunny and August Novotny, Bernie and Bo Zurbriggen, Steve and Kathy Skulski, Susan Fairweather, Heidi Maike, Ray and Pooh Bishop, Carrie and Pete McDonnell, Jubal and Susan Bobb, Jeff Huntley, Joel Cochran, Derek Woodman, Scott Vargo, Thad Noll, Jane Peterson, Lyn and Dave Philips, Victor and Debbie Schroeder, Casey Schroeder, Jon and Claudia Kreamelmeyer, Rick Higgins, Paul Semmer, Frank Celico, Eva Hanson, Eric and Gayle Cottingham, Tony Swango, Cliff and Karen Savory, Kacey Grosskreuz, Greg Bredfeld, Phil Houghton (who was shot in Alma two weeks ago), Mike Minnick, Jim and Sue Benkelman, Mark and Kelsey Miller, Scott and Shellie Andersen, Jim and Terry Shaw, Heather and Jake Graves, Marcel Arsenault, Tracy and Max Lockwood, Bob Heinemann and Joe Kallis of Wagner; Bill Persichette of MHC Kenworth; Bill Smith of Ferris Equipment; John Baker of Snowmass; Brad Palmer of Lake County; Dave and Jackie Beard, Abbie Cobb, Megan Mulqueen, Kathy Aumond, Jim and Sabrina Terry, Scott Downen of Columbine Concrete; Tony LaComb, and James Phelps.

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Congrats to ELEVATE CoSpace founders Amy Kemp, Wendy Basey and Julia Landon on marking their first year in business in the Mount Royal Plaza in Frisco.

This week’s party was highlighted with the announcement of its expansion with a second co-working space opening at Hub Breckenridge in Main Street Station in December.

Here are some of the VIPs attending:

Colorado Mountain College’s Dave Askeland, Ann McCrerey, Dillon town manager Tom Breslin, David Cunningham, Jenni Bonenberger of Comcast, KSMT’s Miranda Crawford, Brian Edney, TV8’s Erin Gigliello, Hub Breckenridge owner James Lee, Holly Robinson of Copper Village Association, Rodney Robinson of Team Summit, Lindsey Stapay of the Small Business Development Center, Holly Resignolo of MTN Town Magazine, Marv and Suzy Spyker, Sue Feldmann, Penny Banks and Christine Berwyn of Visit Breck and Pinnacle.

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In a note of personal sadness, we attended the memorial service for John Fisher, who passed away soon after learning of lung cancer.

The husband of Lauren Kull Fisher, John was a leader in the Denver real estate community, presenting popular seminars on buying, fixing up and selling homes.

An accomplished singer and guitarist, he was also into yoga and bicycling, having ridden across Iowa five times in the RAGBRAI.

John and Lauren were building a home at Three Peaks’ Raven. Lauren first moved up here in the late ’70s.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock 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


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