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Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! has your update on the Summit social scene

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Summit’s social scene is always a mix of happy news and some not so …

In a couple of recent nuptial announcements of longtime local families, Megan Gray became engaged to Chris Stromberg.

The bride-to-be is daughter of Pam and Reginald Gray of Breckenridge and the lucky guy is the son of Laurel and Clark Stromberg of Las Vegas, Nev.

“Megan and Chris are 1999 graduates of Summit High, and hooked up again in Denver about two years ago,” Reggie reports.

The couple became engaged at the Breckenridge Distillery on Dec. 7.

At the other end of the county, Heather O’Brien, daughter of Hamilton Creek residents Eddie and Susan, accepted Ian Greene’s surprise marriage proposal atop Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Saturday morning.

Eddie says, “Ian is a great guy. They are absolutely meant for each other.”

Ian’s parents are Mike and Molly Greene of Columbus, Ohio.

Congrats to all.


Up from Denver for the MLK holiday were the Gaffneys: Kirstin and Andrew, with youngsters Taylor and Will, whose family has a second home in Frisco.

“It was Taylor’s first time on skis and she loved it,” report grandparents Jim and Maryann Annuziata from their home in Oakland, Calif., “She ‘owned’ the Magic Carpet Hill at Copper.”


In-county for a week’s skiing at Copper were ex-Friscoites Robert and Diana Levin of Kissimmee, Fla.


Celebrating the Broncos’ win Sunday were Frisco Heights residents Betsy and Don Sather, who hosted son Reed, wife Beth and their two boys, Axel and Hawkin, of Salida. Joining them were locals Lou Wagner and Sandy Mortensen.


Don Riggle, longtime resident of Frisco and Colorado Springs, is recovering from just-before-Christmas knee-replacement surgery.

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Don has worked on the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol for 33 years.

“The surgery went well, 35 days out, walking and moving around,” he says, advising: “Take care of your knees.”

“I am not as tough as I was in 1965, an 18-year-old private in the famed 82nd Airborne Division,” he says of the procedure, adding, “but not as tough as two tours in Vietnam.”

And speaking of toughness, Don offered congrats to CJ Julin, an ex-patroller who returns to the slopes today after a stroke last year.

Don is a motorcycle enthusiast and bike collector, and is featured in Dirt Rider magazine’s February 2014 issue, which covers last summer’s Colorado 600.

He is operations director for Trails Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit group working to make sure off-road cycling stays part of our state’s vast recreational offerings.


In some more good-gettin’-better news, Dillon’s Dr. Bill Spady, 73, has issued his “final health recovery” report because, “I seem to have done just that — recovered.”

On Dec. 1, Bill, always a helmet-wearing skier, was involved in an on-slope smackdown that resulted in a minor stroke and some time in Spalding Rehabilitation Center in Aurora.


In a note of sadness received from locals Deb Helton and Jack Craig IV, we learned that Robert “Bobby” H. Nicholas, 59, recently of Davison, Mich., formerly of Sterling, Alaska, and Frisco, died Jan. 17, 2014.

Over the years, Bobby developed many relationships with the Moose Jaw family.

He married Becky Howe on April 25, 1997, and she preceded him in death.

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

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