Hey, Spike! follows Summit County’s social web tentacles
Special to the Daily
The Summit’s social web continues to amaze with its tentacles’ reach.
Down in Golden for the 23rd annual Fine Arts Festival, where Miss Mary was the featured artist after last year’s best of show award, we visited with familiar faces and met some new folks — all with connections up here.
We met Mary Anne Havens of Lakewood, where she’s a Realtor with Edelweiss Realty, and learned that she taught skiing at Crested Butte to local consultant David Cunningham, back when his step-dad, Tom Glass, was the mayor there.
“I taught him snow skiing. I think he was 4 or 5. He was very advanced. It was great fun,” she recalls of David, who now has two sons, Wyatt and Landon.
Meanwhile, we got to chat with Joe Behm, now Golden’s city council mayor pro tem, and Councilmember Marcie Miller and Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Golden Chamber of Commerce executive director Gary Link and festival director Nancy Mason, who owns Baby Doe’s.
Longtime Friscoites will recall Joe was the town’s marketing director before moving on to corporate work in Black Hawk’s bustling casino scene.
Summiteers stopping by the show: Susan Juergensmeier and Betty Naftz, Christy Eble, Lane and Jean Wyatt of Frisco and Golden, Kathy Jones, and Jim and Roselee (in her new cowgirl boots) Carney with daughter-in-law Justina of Golden.
The Carneys’ son, Jonas, is the director of the Optum Pro team currently racing the USA Pro Challenge that steamrolled through here this week. Jonas competed in the 2000 Olympics in cycling.
Our former state Rep. and later Sen. Sally Hopper came down from her home on Lookout Mountain, accompanied by friend Joe Belmar. Sally is still one great lady.
A guy with long-ago ties to Breckenridge, Bill Litz, of Jennings and Litz Insurance in Lakewood, chatted with us from his adjacent Golden Landmarks Association booth. He lived near the old Breckenridge Building Center location on what was known as the “Odd Lot.”
Bill is president of the historic preservation group and recalls his friendships up here with Chuck “CT” Tolton, EJ Olbright and the Ore Bucket’s Guenther Hofeditz, who died a while back.
Norm Miles came by from his Arvada home to say hello. He worked at Larry, Connie, Kevin and Teri Smith’s Summit Motor Sports at Farmer’s Korner with “Yamaha Bob” Wichman, who lives close by.
Another onetime local, Bill Mills, lived in Frisco, Breckenridge, Leadville and Fairplay years ago and had a hand in building the Dam Road when Dillon Reservoir flooded out the Blue River Valley.
Bill has a late-model Triumph American motorcycle and comes up to meet monthly at the A&W with fellow cyclists. He also attends the Agape Outpost Church.
We met Planetary Defense members Peg O’Keefe and Steve Williamson, friends of Phil and Janelle Kopp of Frisco. When we saw Phil on the recpath this week, he noted the group’s annual Great Sand Dunes National Park outing in the San Luis Valley is this weekend.
Spike’s sister Marsha Magill of Denver came by with her son Mike Magill and his wife, Jewell, and kids — Tasha, Alayna, Griffin and Tristen. Joining them was close family friend Judy Goebel.
Other familiar folks included Tumbleweed’s Big Jim Conder and wife Barb of Green Mountain and Donnie and Pam Soapes of Alamosa; Longmonters Rob and Brenda Hughey (just back from Bonaire), artist Julie and Ron Burnham of Penrose; Bill and Michele Messenger; Funiscal’s Scott Liebler of Floyd Hill; and Bruce and Sharon Butterwick, who hope to soon call Frisco home.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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