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Miller: Old stomping grounds

by Alex Miller

Some folks go the rest of their lives without ever revisiting their old high school or college stomping grounds. Me, it seems I can’t keep away from them. Why, just this week I was joking about being “called into the principal’s office” yet again. And while I was, indeed, meeting with the principal of Summit High, in my high school days it was mostly the vice principal at SHS who was giving me a hard time. And, of course, back in those days the high school was where the middle school is now – the newly remodeled version hardly recognizable from what it was in the 80s.Fortunately, though, this meeting wasn’t disciplinary in nature: We were just talking about the school newspaper and a few other things, and Drew Adkins also took a moment to talk about the remodeling they’ve done out front. If you haven’t seen it yet (and the thought of schools spending money on anything other than precisely what you think they should spend it on doesn’t make you crazy), you should have a look. They took out the big expanse of concrete in the front (and the old, rather odd statuary we’ve been puzzling over for years) and put in some trees and bushes. The main event, though, is the conversion of the empty space around the former parking circle into a more functional visitor parking lot, with an additional 40 or so parking spaces.One of those things that makes you think: “Now, why didn’t they do that when they built the school in the first place?” Drew also noted that the ice damming problem they were having out front in winter has been fixed — although it required some extensive drainage work.***The other old stomping ground I’ve visited not once but twice this year is the University of Colorado at Boulder. Our oldest son is aiming to be a member of the 2010 freshman class, and he was invited there as some sort of “Talented Scholars Day.” I found it both odd and oddly gratifying to be walking the campus as a dad rather than a student, and to feel the excitement of the kids as they contemplated life beyond high school. Being on campus certainly seemed to drive home the pending reality for my son and the other students that yes, there is life after high school. And it looks pretty cool.***After a long search, the company that owns the Summit Daily – Nevada-based Swift Communications – has found a new CEO. It’s no secret the media industry is in a great deal of flux these days, and I know Swift was looking for a leader from outside the newspaper industry to come in and look at things with a fresh set of eyes. Bill Toler was a long-time exec with Procter & Gamble, and his family has owned a vacation home here in Summit County for 20 years. Interestingly enough, Toler found out about the job from the ad we had in the Summit Daily – not from the search firm or any of the many other places it was posted.All of us at the Summit Daily welcome Bill on board and look forward to where he can help lead the company in the coming years.***Well, it seems like Memorial Day was just yesterday, and here we are at Labor Day. In keeping with a 10-plus year tradition, my family will head down to Colorado Springs for the annual hot air balloon festival – the biggest in the country after the one in Albuquerque. It’s a neat event, but one for which you’ve got to be an early riser: The balloons lift off at dawn to take advantage of the cold, still air.Editor Alex Miller can be reached at amiller@summitdaily.com or (970) 668-4618.


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