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Hey, Spike! caps a summer

Miles F. Porter IV

Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVMark Sabatini's new plates.

We’re sailing right into a colorful fall on The Summit following a quite enjoyable Labor Day Weekend’s weather.

You know what’s next – snow.


Your scribe has been busy taking names and chatting with some very sociable folks.

That’s longtime local Mark Sabatini showing off his new Colorado Ski Country USA license plates available for $50 extra when you renew or buy tags.

It’s likely the state’s ski biz tagline version will be replacing some of those 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops edition.

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Hey, Spike! bought a set not long ago and has found them to generate positive reactions with their colorful skier and snowboarder figures. Way cool.


Over at Silverheels Orehouse, owned by Bobby Starekow and Chris Miller, we enjoyed an evening meal with Longmonters/Friscoites Rob and Brenda Hughey, and Salidan Judy Hoch on the toasty patio while Trading Fours, a lively jazz quartet entertained.

The group’s names are familiar:

• Jeremiah Johnson, saxophone prof at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge;

• on drums, CMC Summit Dean Alton Scales of Silverthorne;

• Peter Taylor, guitar, CMC economics prof, Breckenridge;

• and CPA Dennis Boyd, bass, of Dillon.


Recently, five locals, along with a team of 16 others, ascended Torreys Peak (14,267′) to support Project 54, an international wilderness ministry in Fort Collins. Summit Peaks Lodge and Riverside Lodge in Silverthorne sponsored the event. Lodge owners Brad and Sandy Foreman climbed and hosted.

Also completing the challenge were Tim and Sally Garrett, and climbing guide Mike McKernan. Other trekkers came from the Front Range, Illinois, Iowa and Arizona.

Brad’s Facebook page shows the “giant” encountered while on top.

Over 300 people accomplished the feat on 49 of the 54 Fourteeners in the state that day, collecting thousands of dollars for their cause of lifting up the young and poor of the world’s cities through outdoor adventures, he reports.

Brad’s lodges supplied a high-carb dinner the eve of the event, and a celebratory feast when all regrouped. Manager and Chef Steve Gem, assisted by his sister, Kathy McKernan, provided both “spreads.”


Here are some folks we’ve seen out and about:

Sid Schwarz of Denver Parks and Rec, Eddie Kaupas, Doug “Sully” Sullivan, Aspenite Rob Carney, Don Parsons, US Rep. Jared Polis and staffer Lara Cottingham; Donna Bishop, Bob Moore, Ravenwood’s Josh Hatch, and Becky and Mike Hatch from Westerville, Ohio; Sarah Barclay, Jay Homola, Betty Koenig, Jan Butler Moss, Pat Butler, Trygve Berge, Darlene Dietzler, Bill Sanders, Harriet and Gerry Thuesen of Frisco and Atlanta; Ann and Frank Amorosa, Dave Patterson, Ada and Harold Anderson of Breckenridge and Lone Tree; Karen Lampe of Breckenridge and Houston; Lynn Skall and mother Marjorie from Atlanta; Cindy, Wayne, Gregory and Jeffrey Spaulding; Gretchen Nies, Denise Cann, Harlow Perrigo, Randy and Gail Smith, Irva and Peter Moore from Long Island; Kim and Scott Gunderson of Colorado Springs; Dick and Heidi Roy, Rick Bly, Tom Wallace, Brian Rosenkoetter, Mark “Blackie” Black, Corky McDonald, Water Dancer Tom Wilson, mywirelessinc’s Jamie Cripps and Lacey Ely; Tim and Margaret Finley, Brenda and Jay Herman, Wendy Yates, Sharil Caffery, and Gary Mitchell of Sarasota, Fla.

Also, Prost Beer Garden’s Scott Pohlman, who was entertaining John Roberts, Kumar Shrestha, Debbie and Sam Parmelee, Monique Beck, Heather and Dan Ireland, Ronnie Tampler, Emma Hirsch and Gail Schaeffer at the Frisco Emporium.


Need something to do Sunday afternoon? If so, at 3, over at the Senior Center, enjoy a High Tea and Fashion Show benefitting the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee and Summit Historical Society, encourages Sandy Greenhut. It costs $25.


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.

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