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Hey, Spike! salutes Jay Brossman’s 80th

Miles F. Porter IV
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

When Jay “Jay Bee” Brossman turns 80 on Sunday he and wife Sally will be celebrating on the ski slopes of Loveland.

It will mark Jay’s 117th day of skiing this season. Last year, he notched 236 days, and Sally recorded 233.

The Brossmans came to Colorado from Pennsylvania in 1998 to ski, later deciding to buy a home on South Fifth in Frisco and continue skiing.

Jay thinks he’s “living in heaven” here in Colorado. 

“Jay had knee replacement surgery in May 2007 and now has almost 600 ski days on the replacement,” says Sally of her spouse, who did not start skiing until age 50.

And he only gave up motorcycling – reluctantly – a couple of years back.

Jay is also active in the local Masonic Lodge, with 54 years of service and is a 32nd degree Mason.


Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce presented its 2009 Salida Community Awards Friday at the SteamPlant Theater.

Former Summiteer Dr. Pat Duletsky, described as “a brilliant, modest superwoman,” received the From the Heart award for her work with the Chaffee People’s Clinic. She helped establish the medical clinic and served as volunteer president for its first 18 months.

Congrats, Pat.

Since 2006, Duletsky has volunteered at least 30 hours per week at the clinic. She gives advice on clinical care, oversees lab work, dispenses medication and provides direct care when needed. 

Duletsky does all of this in addition to her regular half-time practice at First Street Family Health in Salida and Buena Vista Family Practice.

“I humbly accept the award on behalf of everyone who helps make the clinic a success, our board, our incredible volunteers and exceptional staff,” Duletsky said. “It’s a team effort and we are all dedicated to quality health care for all.”


Lauren Kull-Fisher and 17-year-old daughter Alyse, a junior and soccer player at St. Mary’s Academy, were up to ski and had lunch with Mary Staby, a former roommate in Silverthorne and Breckenridge.

The (John) Fishers live in Denver and have a second home in Silverthorne.

Coming from Illinois, Lauren used to wait tables at the old Claimjumper and helped staff the Summit County Dispatch Center. She now sells medical equipment.


The Frisco Post Office has again earned a Secret Shopper’s high marks.

The US Postal Service has a nationwide program, the Retail Customer Experience, performed quarterly by an independent agency. These folks score 0-100 percent based on their total shopping experience.

“All postal clerks are required to inform and educate our customers of all the services and products we provide,” says Postmaster Traci McGeehan. “We did have a perfect score this quarter and once last year.”


5280 Table Talk’s Carol W. Maybach recently wrote online about the Ski Tip Lodge over at Keystone.

“For those of us who still brave skier traffic, here’s a tip: Beat the back-to-Denver gridlock with dinner at the Ski Tip Lodge. Here, you’ll tuck into the 1880s stagecoach-stop-turned-ski-lodge for a four-course dinner by a roaring fire.

Carol noted enthusiastically Chef Kevin McCombs’ ever-changing menu.


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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