Life on the Summit: Getting out of the kitchen, but not the heat |

Life on the Summit: Getting out of the kitchen, but not the heat

Summit Daily News writer Cindy Bargell hit the proverbial nail on the head recently when she wrote about the long — and continuing — winter stretching well into spring here on The Summit.

Many Summiteers, who fled to warmer climes, came back to find the snow and chill still here. Others are packing their bags and traveling to lower elevations with higher temps, hoping to escape winter’s hold.

Local Facebook weather guy Danny “Amos” Moroz is promising warmer temps here, maybe into the 60s by early next week. That sounds terrific.

Spike! and Miss Mary were among those traveling, this time to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for a working vacation to join Breckenridge Mountain Art Festivals owners Mark Beling and Judith Pollock to observe the jurying process for this summer’s three shows.

Lake Havasu, a man-made body of water on the Colorado River, is about six times larger than our Dillon Reservoir. The late chainsaw magnate Robert McCulloch developed Havasu and Colorado’s Pueblo West back in the ’60s.

While we were there Havasu was hosting “Desert Storm,” a huge boating event with high-powered vessels on display downtown and later roaring up and down the lake.

Havasu, a city of 56,000, is also popular with the hot-rod car crowd, ATV and motorcycle riders, and golfers. Temps there were already in the 80s and 90s, with occasional blips above the century mark.

While downtown for the boat show, we ran into Frisco property owner Ginger Sundin and husband Mark Yates. Locals will recall Ginger was married to Eric Sundin, a popular locksmith here, who passed away in 2008. Ginger still owns the building at the corner of Main and First, home to The Barnyard and High Country Custom Impressions.

A glass artist and accomplished waterskier, Ginger now has a pontoon boat slipped at a local marina. She’s just as bubbly as ever.

After Eric’s passing, the Sundin family joined in the ongoing building of one-third-scale replicas of famous U.S. lighthouses.

“There are 22 one-third-scale replicas of famous East and West Coast lighthouses that dot the shores of the 40-mile reservoir of Lake Havasu along the Colorado River. These are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of the original famous lighthouses,” reports Havasu Living magazine.

Eric’s replica is based on the White Shoal Lighthouse, built in 1910 on northern shore of Lake Michigan, about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s visible only from a boat and is located on the 15th green of the Island Golf Course; it was dedicated on Nov. 2, 2008, and flashes red 60 times per minute.


Tuscato ended its long run on Old Main Street Frisco on Wednesday night with hundreds of bar and Italian food fans showing up to salute owner Bobby Kato.

On hand for the party was building owner Rob Philippe, who bought the old A-1 Gas and Diesel service station from Edith Giberson Chamberlain about 34 years ago to build a restaurant owned by Bobby’s F&B mentors John Tuso and Susie Magrino. It was known as Charity’s.

Coming soon to the Tuscato (Tuso-Kato) space — following a major remodel — will be Jonny Greco, well-known for his just-shuttered pizza place and nightclub, Jonny G’s, in the Frisco Mall. Jonny will open Greco’s, a pub with patio featuring pizza and pasta, continuing the great food traditions at that sunny location, Rob explains.

The change means Bobby gets to spend more time as owner of the Frisco Bay Marina Island Grill operation and co-owner at the Incline Club at Copper Mountain Resort — and with wife Stephanie and daughter Sara. And Jonny, the gee-whiz kid, gets to work even harder.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” is a local since 1982. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to

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