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Hey, Spike! finds lotsa connections

MILES F. PORTER IVspecial to the daily

Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVSteve 'Pug Ryan' and Karen Passow

It was the shirt’s logo that caught his attention: “What’s the Dillon Open?” he queried. “A sailing race on Lake Dillon,” was the answer.Turns out it was Steve “Pug Ryan” Passow, he of Dillon long ago. Steve started Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse and Brewery and later sold it to Annie and Travis Holton, who still own the popular establishment.Steve – Pug – knew well the regattas on Dillon as he had often raced a wooden 19-foot Lightning.Steve and wife Karen of Parker visited us at the 21st Castle Rock Artfest last weekend. They moved to Summit in 1975 and had John Byerly build their home on Dillon Valley’s Elk Road – one in the initial handful of single family residences.After a successful run as Pug, whose story was researched and written by Steve and still is told in the menus, The Passows moved in 1991 to The Pinery on the Front Range. Karen was a teacher here. Today, Steve owns a commercial property and casualty insurance LLC under his name.They were up here not long ago to attend a close friend’s memorial service.”Thanks for the copy of your paper,” Steve wrote in a followup email. “I see you ran into Trygve Berge. He and I go way back to Norway House/Briar Rose days. Last I heard he was back in Norway. Tell him hi for me.””Don’t know if you are acquainted with Ron Teke, who lives down by Ute Pass when he is not a charter captain on Marathon Key, Fla.,” he says. “Anyway, Ron used to write a sports column for the Summit News about hunting and fishing. We are hunting and fishing buddies.””Karen and I will be at the Vail House tour this Sunday,” Steve adds. “We’ve been going on the tour since ’75. It was fun meeting you and Mary.”****Another tentacle of Breck was tickled when chatting with our Artfest booth neighbors, Lew and Terri Moran, whose daughter Erin is coming up this weekend for the Breckenridge Oktoberfest. Erin is a registered nurse and so is boyfriend Justin Tuell. They live in Denver’s Washington Park.Lew and Terri are longtime business acquaintances of Jim “JB” Besterfeldt of Twisted Pine and Leather in the Kingdom’s Lincoln Mall. When JB had a store in Estes Park, The Morans, who live in Greeley, provided their artistic leather goods services.****And another connection was continued when Harold and Ada Anderson of Lone Tree stopped by to visit.They have properties in Breckenridge, and have for a long time.They are quite active in Lone Tree, the home of the giant Park Meadows Mall. Harold is a town councilman and Ada is on the P&Z commission. Harold serves on a transportation committee chaired by Town Frisco Manager Michael Penny, and offered praise for his leadership.We joined them for dinner at Thai Basil, and then drove over to the mall’s Vistas development with Dillards, Eddie Bauer, American Girl, Orvis, Borders, and Brio Tuscan Grill.****Also present at the Artfest was Grand Timber Lodge’s Orla Sullivan, who was manning an info booth and chatting with Centura Health’s Aaron Fritz.****Tim and Nancy (Ewing) Boulay are back from a foreign trip of fives.They cruised around the Baltic Sea on a trip that Tim earned through his employer – ADP. “He really worked his rear off to achieve it,” notes Nancy. “In five days we visited five European countries with five different currencies, speaking five languages and there were five time zone changes.”They visited the port cities of Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.”Our favorite cities were Stockholm and Tallinn. Stockholm is a city built on 14 islands which made for beautiful scenery and lots of boats (Tim loves boats),” she explains.••••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