Hey spike! chats with veteran sailor Jerry
September 24, 2009
Snowflakes are flying and boating season is drawing to an end on Lake Dillon.
Coming out of the water today is the sailboat “Lynn Marie,” owned by Jerry and Arlene LeCocq of Arvada.
Their 1992 Pacific Sea-craft Dana 24 will winter again at the couple’s home before either coming back up here next summer or heading to British Columbia.
Jerry, at age 80, and Arlene 79, have been sailing since 1973 when they started out on a 12-foot sailboat.
The “Lynn Marie” is named for their daughters, Karen Lynn Bailey of Summit Cove, and Jan Marie LeCocq of the Denver area.
The girls and families have joined their parents to sail out of Frisco Bay Marina, where they keep it. Making it up the mountain less frequently is son Scott and his family of Fort Collins.
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The LeCocqs have trailered their boat to sail the U.S East Coast, Lake Huron, to the Bahamas, the Northwest, West Coast, Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and Lake Meade.
Their sailing expeditions provide the subjects of Arlene’s colorful oil paintings.
Jerry retired from Stearns-Roger, where he helped manufacture nuclear fuel handling systems for power plants and Navy ships.
Sometimes their sailing companions have included Gerry Cunningham and Bob Swartz, who have been aboard their own vessels.
Gerry, longtime Coloradans may recall, was the founder of those early day Gerry Backpacks and other outdoor equipment. He now lives in Patagonia, Ariz., – “off the grid.”
Gerry has been producing Sea of Cortez Charts and Guides since 1972.
Bob was a member of the famous WWII 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops.
April Weber and her First Impressions Salon in Frisco has launched a program – Tiara Tuesdays – to help women.
“We want to get the word out, so that we can get nominations from the community about a woman who may be going through or has gone through a hard time,” says April. “Tiara Tuesdays are designed to lift her up, remind her that she is special, important – and lovely. We do this by providing a half-day of beauty care free of charge.”
Letters of nomination should be sent to First Impressions Salon, P.O. Box 4202, Frisco, CO 80443. April and her staff will pick a woman once a month.
The first recipient was Teri Delion, who lost her husband last year in a motorcycle accident. She was a stay-at-home mom of three children, and just lost her house. She and husband Manny were business owners in Summit County, April explains.
“She cried when I called to tell her about Tiara Tuesdays. I did her haircolor and cut, and Terah Hobson gave her a massage. She had not had a haircut since her husband passed away. Nancy Wyatt, owner of the Cornflower, donated cute flipflops, and Todd Kolker and Jackie McClelland provided lunch from their Pika Bagel Bakery.
Attending a Summit Social Club get-together at Marcello’s in Dillon recently were founders Ken and Mary Deshaies, who were joined by Paul and Cora Winters, Bo Tomlyn and Connie Ricotta-Rogers, Emily Tracy and Del Bush, Dick and Julie Humphrey, Jim and Freddy Powell, Lynzie Flynn and Dick Foust, Joy Woodworth, Barb McCuskey and Rick Post, Nanci Campbell and Jack Beckner, Jolina Karen, Rob Waterman, Marc and Peggy Jensen, and Aleda and Robyn Kresge.
Marcello’s Restaurant in La Riva Del Lago Center is owned by Ron Holland, Marshall Helgeson and Kris Holland.
In a bit of links news, Dave Smith of Amarillo, Texas, a frequent visitor to The Summit and here just recently, returned to his home course of La Paloma, and scored an ace – his first in 49 years of golf.
Dave is a sometimes talk show host on KGNC Newstalk 710 AM. A scratch golfer, his hole-in-one came on number 12, at 149 yards with a 7-iron.
Miles F. Porter IV – “Spike” – a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for 20 years.
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