Hey, Spike! gathers up a slew of informative newsy items | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! gathers up a slew of informative newsy items

The ‘Water Dancer’ Bill Tordoff.
Miles F. Porter IV / Special to the Daily |

With a majority of The Summit’s ski season winding down, the real estate market is heating up.

Ready for what is touted as being a likely numbers burner were brokers and associates who met — and still are meeting — the challenges of personal fitness trainer Jackie Skaro McPheeters, the buff owner/broker of COLORADO HOMES REAL ESTATE CO on Main Street Frisco.

Jackie challenged her fellow Summit Association of Realtors membership to get in shape and lose weight.

“We had 30 people who joined the first week in January for the cost of a $50 donation to the SAR Charitable Fund or a charity fund of their choice,” says Jackie. “We raised $1,600.”

Total result of the challenge shows these figures:

“We concluded our 12-week challenge on March 31 — 28 people finished the challenge, with a combined loss of 259 pounds.”

The big (now smaller) winners were Dennis Johnson, down 33 pounds; Scott Collins lost 28; and Joel Green dropped 18.

On the ladies’ side, the biggest losers were Kristi Gifford, down 21 pounds; Sarah Thorstenson eliminated 17; and Debra Clawson worked off 17.

Others enjoying the challenge with positive results included Ann Hunsinger, Kelly Lloyd, Allison Simpson, Leah Baxter, Candy Snyder, Christopher Warren, Butch Elich, Lorraine Gill, Angela Page, Karen and Brian Wray, Debra Green and Betty Stielow.

“Kudos to all of them,” exclaims the always enthusiastic Jackie. “It was an honor and a delight to coach this group of outstanding people.”


It is with sadness Spike! reports the passing of Bill Tordoff, a classic wooden boat owner and restorer.

Bill died at home in Frisco’s Water Dance enclave on April 19. Breathing problems had restricted his lifestyle for several years.

Bill was a partner in Wonderful Woodies with Wayne Spaulding, organizers of the annual wooden boat show at Frisco Bay Marina. One of Bill’s restored classics was a 19-foot Chris Craft Holiday with a 318 Chrysler V-8, which he had named “H2O Dancer.”

Later, Bill sold that woodie to lawyer Jim and Connie Bull of Frisco, who renamed it the “Connie J.”

Being boatless didn’t suit the one-time foundry and chemical expert’s style. He and Wayne each bought Hacker Crafts, both badly in need of restoration.

Bill’s was a rare 23-foot model, the Overnighter, which he and Wayne completely re-did, resulting in a major Best of Show award-winner.

Well-known throughout the region as active in Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the international Antique and Classic Boat Society, Bill offered advice to any and all asking.

Bill is survived by wife Kathy, children and grandchildren.

While Bill asked there not be any services, we wooden boat owners will make sure he’s remembered at our summer shows.


We thank the town of Frisco Public Works’ Rick Higgins and Brad Thompson, who tag-teamed with Summit County Road and Bridge’s Eric Cottingham, Rick Speer, Tom Gosiorowski, Brian Lorch, Jason Lederer and Vic Schroeder to plow the portions of the local recpath.

Ahhh, it’s now much better for running and biking.


And writing of running, congrats to Summit Hot Yoga’s Jim Curcio, 56, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday in a time of 3:26:42, qualifying for next year.

Jim’s post race report: “Ran smarter, and felt good the entire race.”

Summit Daily News columnist and local school board member Cindy Bargell, also 56, ran the 26.2-mile historic course in 4:54.05.

The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897. This year’s race saw 26,639 finishers.

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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