Hey Spike highlights a local civic whirlwind | SummitDaily.com

Hey Spike highlights a local civic whirlwind

Miles F. Porter IV
special to the daily

Summit County volunteer extraordinaire Deborah “Deb” Hage is continuing her efforts to make this a better world.

The 61-year-old Rotarian, world traveling adoption advocate, Haiti rescuer, Community Dinner organizer, and Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church member, is also a wife of 41 years (husband Paul), mother and grandmother.

She just flew out of Denver’s DIA mid-week to Haiti – again – to help the island nation mark its one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that still has the country in shambles.

A military family “brat,” Deb’s father, Mel Clark, who died a few years ago, would be proud of her.

When attending Adams State College in Alamosa back in the early ’70s, Hey, Spike! got to know the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel when he was in his second career as the financial aid officer. Nice guy, he was.

Part of Deb’s duties include pumping out a stream of appreciative e-mails, keeping all those involved in the Community Dinners up-to-date. Like this one:

Dear All,

2011 is off to a great start: 314 people, 30 children, were served a great dinner by Land Title, led by Brooke Roberts. All of the food and preparation was provided by Vail Resorts, led by Chef Mark Kimball.

Special thanks goes to Peter and Marcia Hannishin, who ran the show while I was cruising in the Caribbean last week.

Jan. 11 – Target employees volunteer, Jean Radin and Carol Steier, were making ham mac and cheese.

Jan. 14 – Vail Resorts cooks and will also be providing all of the volunteer service crew.

Jan. 25 – Dillon Community Church volunteers.

Thanks go to Lori Geib and Kim Jardim, who have stepped up every week to serve desserts. Marcia Hannishin is back in town so will now be making sure all of the desserts get plated and put out. Thanks to all of them!

Thanks also to Robinson Dairy, which has supplied the Community Dinner with juice, milk, butter, eggs, and chocolate milk since March 2009 when the dinners first started. They are now reorganizing and doing more work from Denver and have bowed out of their weekly donations.

Thanks for all of your support!

Deb Hage

On behalf of Rotary Club of Summit County, Elks Lodge 2561, Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church


Don Peterson of Summit Gold is rehabing down in Morrison after a pre-Christmas shopping fall in Denver. He sustained a head injury.

Well wishes and cards may be sent to Don at Bear Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center, 150 Spring St., room 135, Morrison, CO 80465.

Don, 78, was on the development team at Copper Mountain Resort, served as a Summit County commissioner and later on the Frisco Town Council.

Wife Jane (happy birthday today) and daughter Lyn say his stay there may run from 30-100 days, depending on Don’s recovery pace.


We heard back from Kate McQuown Howell:

“Hey, Miles, how did you find me? Having left Breck 26 years ago, Frank being gone for 13 years, I didn’t think anyone would remember me. Wish I could be there for Ullr Fest, as the last one in ’83 was so much fun, as my last day there.

“Please keep me in the loop, as maybe son Frankie and I could come up sometime.”


Skiing the great powder last weekend at Copper were Kim Kramer and Patty Minor, who joined up with Sports Authority’s Jay and Brenda Herman, and Seagate engineer Mike Magill.


Among those attending the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Mixer at the Backcountry Brewery Tuesday night were:

Snow Farmer Jere Lord, Centura St. Anthony’s Sister Rita Cammack, Backcountry Brewery owner Charlie Eazor, developer Tom Hallin, Grease Monkey’s Tim Davidson of Summit Cove, High Country Activities.com’s Jane Shafroth, CPA Larry Stone, Buyer Broker Chris Eby, international entrepreneur Rob Philippe, Buffalo Mountain Gallery’s Sue Feldmann, Frisco Liquors’ John Davis, RE/MAX Broker BJ McCarthy, The River House’s Liz and Mark McManis, Tom “TC3” Connolly, TheMountainsUSA.com’s Paul Connelly, High Country Real Estate Broker Bernie and Bo Zurbriggen, Rightpathinvestments.com’s Steve Smith, and Sue Downen.


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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