Hey, Spike! recaps 2015’s Fourth’s highs and a real low | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! recaps 2015’s Fourth’s highs and a real low

The 2015 Fourth of July on The Summit was likely the best ever — and at the same time, the worst.

We had the biggest crowds all over the place. The fireworks were tremendous. Lake Dillon and its two marinas are full to the brim.

That’s the best.

In stark contrast to the good times was the devastating July 3 crash of the Flight For Life helicopter up by St. Anthony’s hospital.

Veteran pilot Patrick Mahany died, while two other crew members, Dave Repsher and Matt Bowe, were horribly hurt in the following fireball.

Our prayers are with all.


Spike!’s Fourth social coverage begins here:

That Texan Sam Sherstad and his clan sure love a parade.

Hats off to Frisco parade marshals Jon Zdechlik and Jon Kreamelmeyer, chauffeured by Rick Amico.

Others spotted out and about celebrating the nation’s independence included Peter and Alicia Dunn, Chris and TC Johnson (now of Vermont), Jeannette Gongloff, Nancy Peterson, Don Angell, Jonny Grecco, Dr. JB Bachman and Amy Nelson, Roger Kliegerman, Sheriff John Minor, Paula Parker, Chuck and Wendy Boyd and daughters Sara and Randi; Jim and Connie Bull, Debbie and Jerry Maisonneuve of Summit Cove and Pam and Donnie Soapes of Alamosa; Jay and Brenda Herman, Tim and Margaret Finley, Jimbo Deines and Linda Simon, Rob Philippe and Valerie Weber, Steve and Sandee Smith, Sy and Ellie Katz, Fred and Marlene Lippman, Arnie and Shelly Henden, Norm and Renee Stoller, Lou Wagner and Sandy Mortensen, Debbie Martin, Erroll and Sue Miller, Stewart Voutour, Cindy Beer and Paul Austin, Janet Carter, Cynthia and Ben Gordon, Kathy and Tom Trahey, Karen and Kara Lampe, Lance, Cristina and Siena Foster and biking buddies Brian and Logan Collins, along with Sheree Matheson and Bruce Correll;

And Penny Banks, Moni Culp-Sederstrom and daughter Shannon, Farmland Partners Inc. CEO Paul Pittman of Spruce Valley Ranch; Mary and Harold Wilson, Jim and Maryann Annunziata with longtime friends Linda and John Woods of Boulder and Frisco Lagoon; Riley Campbell, Jeffery and Gregory Spaulding, Joe and Bonnie Norling Wakeman, Bob and Anita Husted, John Davis, Matt and Laurie Zeisler, Nick Zeisler and Ron Miletta and mother Carol Miletta; Dave and Jackie Stoffel, Jackie and Jim Colt, and Jim Abram;

And Jeff and Kari Davis with sons Gavin and Chase; Darren and Amy Nakos and boys Tyler and Max; Tracey Ma and son Desmond; Rick Olsen, Tony and Heather Mohrman with Henley and Hayden; Dina Jansen with daughters Katie and Erin; Eric and Gretchen Brocker, Gaylene and Don Bruskotter, and Andy and Heidi Jarski with kids Lincoln and Garrett; Danielle Dugas and Ron Schuyler and kids Quinn and Sula.

The classic Chris Craft wooden boat crowd included these folks: Mike and Diane Vannier and son Jack, along with Carl Wagner of Vail and his son and grandson, Kris and Blake Wagner; Michael Novick and Heather Kapushion with Jack Kapushion, joined by Bill and Michelle Chiappetta.

For the fireworks, Wayne and Cindy Spaulding hosted a dinner boat ride with John and Ann George and Ron and Linda Detwiler and Josef Castele aboard their restored ’48 Hacker Craft speedboat.

Also, we visited with artists Ben Stielow, Doug Tomlinson, Pam Spika, Linda and Rick Bachman, Guilloume and Gladys Perez, Dick and Mary and Tina Cunningham, Cynthia Goda and Steve Puchek, and Blair and Laurie Hamill (she lived in Breck in the ’60s as a young girl and recalls Kate and Ben Brewer and Barney).

Celebrating the Fourth with their Foote’s Rest family were Hoosiers Laura Brattain (now of Driggs, Idaho) and still “back home in Indiana” David and Gail Moser and Chad; and Julie and Tim Byer and children Nickolin, Carolann and Autumn.

And, on the corner of the Main and Sixth block, we saw Once Is Not Enough Antiques’ Jack and Jeannette Whitt, Jeff and Rebecca Smith and kids Anthony, Austin and Abigail.


Recently, while out in hot Salt Lake City for the 39th annual Utah Arts Festival, Spike! and Mary met Breckenridge area property owner Mary Gilchrist with lawyer husband Bob of Eisenberg, Gilchrist and Cutt.

She and brother Richard Thomas Driver still have the family cabin — next to the Al Mosher property — near Hoosier Pass developed by their father Tom back in the ’60s.

A former Denverite, Mary Driver Gilchrist bought Mary’s original handpainted black and white of the I-70 diner out near Flagler as it reminds her of neighbor Hiram Kilgroe, who built the interstate.

We also met another Mary, this one is Summit Dance Studio Melanie Frye’s sister. Small world.

In a Copper Mountain Resort connection, Lisa and Kelley Davidson drove down from Park City to visit over breakfast — enjoyable.


Meanwhile, Spike! visited with Dr. Dale Martin of Frisco and Fort Collins recently. He and wife Kathy Fox have had a residence up here for about 20 years. Dale is a surgeon with Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies.


We also welcome to ownership in Lake Forest, the Dam Road development overlooking Dillon Reservoir’s Giberson Bay, Dr. David and Kathy Chinoy, who hail from Florida. Kathy is a former state representative in the Sunshine state.


Getting settled in their Water Dance home on Night Chant Lane (love that name) are Peter “Piano Boss” Simon and artist painter wife Susan. They have moved up from Evergreen.

Peter, a Denver native, and son Saling, a recent Harvard grad, are touring pianists.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” is a Coloradan since 1949, 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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