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Hey, Spike! brings you up-to-date socially

Hey, Spike! readers, how about some updates:

1. Al Goto has returned to Colorado.

Hey, Spike! readers may recall the June 25 column urging help in the Return Al Goto to Colorado effort.

He was long involved in the Copper Mountain Resort’s marketing and ski equipment sales for several firms. He suffered a couple of very debilitating strokes over the years.

Through the efforts of team members in California and Colorado, he was able to return to Denver on July 21. The team was very concerned about the fragility of his health, so he was accompanied on his flight from California by a registered nurse from SavvyTravelerRN.com and transported from DIA to Holly Heights Care Center by A1 Non-Emergency Medical Transport.

Frisco friend Bill Hyde went ahead to Holly Heights to make sure they were ready to receive Al, who was very excited to be back home in Denver and had Bill take him out for a midnight hamburger the very first night.

Al is settling in and the team has been working hard to get all the loose ends tied up, such as:

• getting a Colorado ID was quick (kudos to DMV for letting folks in wheelchairs go to the head of the line);

• getting his Social Security transferred took a bit longer; and

• getting his Medicaid application completed with all the various required tasks was a much longer effort.

Bill gave a special thanks to Patricia Cook at the Colorado Gerontological Society for her vast knowledge and experience in the Medicaid application process and many other areas.

“Without Pat to guide us, this would have taken much longer as we explored all of the blind alleys,” reports Bill.

“Not to be forgotten are the wonderful people who donated money to the team to help make this possible and the fantastic Return Al team members who were so generous with their time,” he adds. “Thank you.”

Al may be contacted at Holly Heights Care Center, 6000 E Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80222, 303-757-5441, http://www.hollyheights.net/.

“Al loves to go out to lunch or dinner and driving him around Denver is like being with a tour guide,” says Bill.

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2. Antique Classic Boat Society’s Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter People’s Choice voters in Frisco Bay picked — again — “Touche,” Hal and Kay May’s 1930 24-foot Chris Craft triple, once owned by actor Clark Gable. The Mays are from Cheshire, Oregon, and have relatives in Frisco.

Captains’ Choice went to local Wayne Spaulding of Wonderful Woodies Restoration for his 1948 Hacker Craft 22-foot Utility.

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3. While Spike! and Mary were in Jackson Hole for the 50th annual Art Fair, we spotted a couple of former Friscoites: extreme skier and Hoback Sports tech George Casaletta, and Eric Sweet, who has those two Great Danes — Moses, 5, and Shaina, 6.

George’s mother is Deborah. He says hello to all.

As for Eric and those Danes, he’s making JH home there for the third time after staying here for “five months, three days, 17 hours” following a stay in Florida. While out running, Spike! saw the gentle giants and Eric.

Eric, 54, resided in JH in 1996-99, and the winters of 2007-09, primarily snowboarding.

Now he’s focusing on his business: JH furniturerestoration.com

As a means of advertising, Eric bought a fully-restored black 1954 Ford F250 long bed pickup with 13,400 original miles from a local doctor and parks the logo-ed vehicle at prime spots around town, following a tip from a long-term politician.

“Jackson is a combination of the vibrant local economy, supportive community, challenging ski terrain, natural beauty, pristine environment, wildlife, local entertainment and food — that really sets Jackson apart,” he says.

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4. International education guru Dr. Bill Spady says he’s moved to Beavercreek, Oregon, leaving behind those wonderful lake views of Dillon.

To keep busy, Bill bought a 10-acre Grand Fir Christmas tree farm not far from Portland.

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5. Longtime local community leader Patty Theobald is running for Colorado Mountain College trustee position representing Summit County being vacated by Bob Taylor.

“I have Bob’s endorsement and full support,” says Patty, who’s already picked up support from politico Tom Glass, a former state senator who lives over in Frisco Heights.

She’s been on the CMC Foundation Board for four years and currently is the chair.

The election is set for Nov. 3.

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6. Former Summiteer Lew Stevens was back from Naples, Florida, to visit daughter Dr. Crosby Troha, and husband Tim, and sons Jacob, 4, Mattson, 1, who live in Denver. Nice to see you, Lew.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” is a Coloradan since 1949, 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.


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