Hey, Spike! highlights locals & visitors | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! highlights locals & visitors

Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVClayton, 33, Wyatt, 9, and Landon, 5, are all smiles on Wyatt's NCAA win.

Now that the NCAA Basketball March Madness is over and the Duke Blue Devils went home with the men’s national collegiate hoops title, barely beating underdog Butler, local winners are relishing their win.The David and Cathy Cunningham family of Frisco apparently know their roundball stuff.Their eldest son, Wyatt, 9, won Cindy Spaulding’s Boatyard pool, raking in $210. Wyatt likes Duke’s blue and white uniforms, which are similar to his favorite team, the North Carolina Wildcats, mom explains.Dad David, a political shotcaller around these parts, won a like contest sponsored by Breckenridge’s Jake’s Dive Bar and Frisco’s Credit Union of the Rockies, good for $180.Joining Wyatt in the photo are Boatyard ‘tender Clayton Miller, and Wyatt’s brother, Landon.****On The Summit recently were Lyle, Kris and Alex Blanchard from Winona, Minn., Paul, Susan and Miel Nelson from Chicago, and Bret Haskins from Albuquerque, N.M.We met Lyle, whose family has a place here, on the Summit Stage after his day of ‘boarding. He’s a principal in Harvest Moon Ads, a PR and marketing firm in Winona.He offers this about his hometown: “If you ever get a chance to check out Winona, please do so. Check out the Visit Winona.com site and learn about this unique river city that has been enjoying an incredible arts and culture renewal – from our Shakespeare Festival, to our Beethoven event to a Marine Art Museum that boasts an incredible art collection. Hard to believe a town of 25,000 would have all this. Also our new Frozen River Film Festival is way cool as well. Arts, history, natural beauty and ‘edutainment’ – that sums up Winona.”Of his most recent Summit experience, Lyle says: “We have been enjoying the riding (as always) and of course great friends. I had a first yesterday with my buddy Bret. We stepped off S-Lift and hiked (or for this flatlander…panted) our way to the top and dropped in – but not before we stood around and soaked up the view. So awesome. I usually cheat my way to the top on Mountain Chief or Storm King. Anyway, great, great day of riding and new memories.”Last summer The Blanchards rafted the Arkansas River with Campy and Christy Campton’s Kodi Rafting.Marketing strategist Lyle can be reached at: lyleb@harvestmoonads.com****A meeting in Frisco Town Hall this week, called by major property owner and developer Rob Philippe, produced a good showing of fellow businesspersons.With the recent delay of the new Main Street design implementation, Rob got Bobby Starekow, Larry Sawyer, Roger Cox, Michael Hilbert, Susie Magrino, Tom Hallin, Charlie Eazor, Mark Sabatini, John Buchanan and John Davis, along with town hall’s Michael Penny, Jocelyn Mills and Mark Gage, to show up. Main Street designer Mary Hart was also there.Resulting from the informal confab is this: Bizpeople want to act fast on Rob’s idea of doing some quick fixes on vacant lots to spruce them up with split rail fencing, more flower planters and balled trees, plus signage heralding the coming bigger changes.Look for improvements shortly.••••Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, 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.Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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