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Hey, Spike! gavels a good tip for your pleasure

Miles F. Porter IV
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, was recently at the Dam Brewery in Dillon, according to owner George Blincoe, below.
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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner knows where to find good food and good beer – the Dillon Dam Brewery.

Out here from Washington, D.C., and his home state of Ohio on a fundraising trip that probably included some golfing, the speaker and his entourage took a lunch break at the DDB on Sunday, while traveling from Aspen to Denver, according to George Blincoe, owner of the popular brewery.

The group of nine – which included a few Secret Service agents and four Colorado State Patrol troopers – spent about an hour with waitstaffer Mike Bannister, says manager Jerry Lefreve.

“Jerry did a nice job of working with the group,” reports George. “I guess I would have been very cooperative as well when you are seeing guys wearing earpieces and dark suits in Summit County.”

“It was a very quiet visit,” George says. “I don’t think a lot of guests were even aware of his presence. I don’t think anyone approached the table except the waiter as we wanted to respect the speaker’s privacy.”

So, what did the speaker order?

“Spike, I feel this is private and would like that to stay that way,” he responds. “Too many people judge other people for what they eat.”

However, George allows, the group showed “dam good taste – in my opinion,” for the choice of places to eat.

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Up from Evergreen to view the USA Pro Cycling Challenge as it zipped through the county on Saturday afternoon were Peter and Susan Simon, who joined Rob Philippe and Val Weber aboard their “Bad Buoy” boat to watch the world-class cyclists start the climb up Swan Mountain and come down on the other side to a very thrilling stage finale in Breckenridge.

The Simons also looked at real estate in Frisco, saying they like the closeness for biking and walking compared to their horse property in the Foothills.

A Denver native, Peter is an internationally acclaimed pianist (think Franz Liszt) and Susan is a talented mixed media artist.

Their son, Sailing, who is also pianist, just started his junior year at Harvard after two years at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

How good is the kid? He played Carnegie Hall at age 8.

After playing for this year’s Harvard graduation ceremony, he was invited to enroll. What an audition.

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And down in Evergreen for the annual arts show there, Hey, Spike and Miss Mary ran into Ron White, a former financial planner with Community First Bank (now Bank of the West).

A photographer, Ron was volunteering at the show headed by painter Paul Koentges, formerly of Bruges, Belgium, whose sons, Patrick and Paul M., have condos up here.

We also chatted with Laura Taylor Wing, a daughter of Clif Taylor (now deceased and still missed), who was with the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops, invented the Graduated Length Method (GLM) of skiing, and was a Copper Mountain Realtor.

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Just wrapping up their annual August vacation (the 25th) here from St. Louis, are Frisco second homeowners Mary and Walter J.W. Kisling, longtime friends of Butch and Janet Elich.

A Notre Dame grad, Walt received an “E” Award from President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden in 1988 for his contributions in developing our country’s export side of the capitalistic equation. Nice folks.

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Over from Keystone for that rainy concert while visiting her sister, Annie Emich Black, was equally striking Mary Emich of Tucson. She brought an umbrella. Smart girl.

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While out running the other day, we chatted briefly with Rob Huggins, an independent diesel mechanic, and contractor Dave Ramlo, both of whom say business appears to be picking up somewhat. That’s some good news.

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


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