Hey, Spike! wishes all a happy New Year
Happy New Year to all on The Summit. Here’s hoping 2011 continue the improvements of this year. ****Hey, Spike! heard back from former Summit Sentinel editor Brad Johnson, who now lives in Watertown, S.D., where he owns Johnson Appraisal Inc., and is a civic leader.Here’s Brad’s response:”Thanks for the note and inclusion in your column. I write a weekly opinion column in the Watertown Public Opinion. “My old roommate, Jim Ullrich, ended up buying the house we lived in Summit Cove, so I stay in touch with him. “I am working on a book on the adventures of Rob Ilves, former owner of Inn Montezuma. He now is in Horseshoe Beach, Fla. You can check up on him at robanddonna.com. He lives in a grain bin 24 feet above the beach. “I will put you on my weekly column distribution list until you tell me to stop. A few others in Summit County get it as well. “I ran across Tom Krochmal at the Sunshine Cafe when I was up there last year. We started the Pumpkin Bowl (remember those cops versus firefighters football games?) together. It had a good run. “Have a happy New Year. Tell Mary hello. “Also, I am going through my 300 plus contact sheets of old black and white negatives from the Summit Sentinel days. I am using a negative scanner to put them on the computer. I will send you some from time to time that might be of historical note.” Hey, Spike! had written:”Brad, this summer we drove through your town of water when returning from a family gathering/wedding in Minnesota. We did take note of the apparent bustling community. We drove the backroads all the way in South Dakota.”****We ran into ex-Summiteers Rick Jablonski and Karen Piper, who had been snowshoeing up near Rainbow Lake. They’re in Frisco for the holidays with their two daughters, students at CSU-Fort Collins.Rick and Karen live in Boulder and see Mark and Cynthia McCrerey frequently there and are staying in mother Ann’s house over by the T. McGeehan Post Office.And riding on the Summit Stage the other day, we chatted with Jacque and Chuck Gustafson, who live in Frisco and Fort Collins. Chuck’s retired from Hewlett-Packard. They have offspring up and down the Front Range.****In the “sometimes life ain’t fair” category, Mary Frances Bevans Ahlquist reports her dad, Martin, of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, died recently of cancer at 83. Hey, Spike! readers will recall a report that MF, husband Richie and son Ricky IV flew to Iceland to visit her parents this summer. Martin was a real golfer.On top of this, MF’s brother, Jon Bevans, also of Silverthorne, was diagnosed with prostate cancer which has metastasized to his lymph nodes.The 48-year-old, who owns Bevans’ Trucking, has two daughters, Marie and Katie, and granddaughter Maggie Elizabeth.Family and friends will hold a fundraiser auction on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Elks Lodge, with a spaghetti dinner prepared by Breckenridge’s Relish chef Matt Fackler. It starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for kids up to 12.To join those helping out, contact good friends Lisa Fackler (email@example.com), Jody Brock, BJ McCarthy and Laura Steben.”Thank you all for your prayers and support for Jon during this tough time,” says MF. “I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Much love to all – and see your doctor for regular check-ups.”****Recently, Hey, Spike! has visited with Big O Tires’ Chris Barbour, Dr. Karl Heggland DDS, and that My Wireless Verizon gang of Jamie Cripps, Ricardo Chavez, Lacey Ely and Josh Holdridge. Thanks to all for the great services.Ricardo, originally from Chile, is leaving the cell phone provider in the Frisco Station to manage Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Bar & Grill on Summit Boulevard. He has 20 years’ experience in F&B as the Western Slope regional manager for Qdoba Mexican Grill.•••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.
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