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Can’t have a fire? No problem for those Tigers at Summit High School. With the Homecoming Week bonfire approaching and the county fire ban still in place, students decided to have a van-smash instead of open flames.

The smashing will occur at 5:30 p.m. (while it is still light) Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the student parking lot at the high school.

Whee haw. Pig roasts and smashing vehicles. That’s a wedding reception where we come from.

The van-smashing is a runup to the big Friday night homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 27, against the Alameda Pirates out of Jefferson County. Note that the game starts at 6 p.m. not 7 p.m. as it says on calendars and schedules. That’s because Airband, one of the wackiest, most hilarious high school traditions around, follows the game in the auditorium.

If anybody out there thinks Summit High lacks school spirit, check out Airband.

We here at Summit Up are still guessing on which student is anointed the MC funny-person. We heard one rumor, but we won’t wheel that one at you until our spies firm it up.

Chris “Monte” Montepare wise-cracked and joked his way through two years of Airband MC’ing, keeping everybody laughing and wondering where the material came from. Montepare is attending Emerson College in Boston to explore his talent and pursue a degree. Emerson is known for its programs in the performing arts.

Airband consists of individual students and ensembles competing for prize money with lip-sync musical or dance acts. Sometimes, something else crops up, which makes the administration nervous.


If the debate about Warrior’s Mark annexation into Breckenridge is anything, it is nasty. Passions run high on both sides. It didn’t help that pro-annexation signs were defaced or purloined the other night, no matter who conducted the civil disobedience.

Alison and Matthew Palmer, the folks behind the Breckenridge visitors channel 13, are hosting a discussion at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at their Warrior’s Mark home. The hope the gathering will be a calm forum for neighborhood voters to learn about the issues. The Palmers are in the pro-annexation camp.

The Palmers say neighbors should bring their children. They live at 550 Broken Lance. Their phone number is (970) 453-2352.

Alison Palmer promises there will be no hostility.

“The first person to attack is the first person I show the door,” she said.

Here’s the important part: The event features free food and beverages.


Mmmmmm. Chunder.

Today is a sad day in Summit County – and Eagle County, for that matter. It seems a Summit Up Lander was the victim of a drive-by vomiting. More like a drive-in vomiting. Actually, it was a driv-ing vomiting.

The Summit Up Lander (we’ll call him “Ron”) stopped by a bar in Eagle-Vail late Wednesday night to relax after a long, hard day of work. As luck would have it, “Ron” was not alone, for a rugby team visiting Vail from the U.K. already had become well-ensconced at the bar. Being rugby players, and being from the U.K, they appeared to be holding their liquor pretty well.


After quaffing a light aperitif (also known as S beer), the work-wearied “Ron” headed to his car to make the drive home to his luxury, sprawling condominium in Keystone.

In the parking lot, one of the rugby lads, having been abandoned by his teammates, politely asked for a ride back to Lionshead. “Ron” obliged.

While rounding the roundabout in Vail, the Irish rugby player (we’ll call him “Harry”) signalled to “Ron” that he wanted to roll down the window. (The automatic windows posed a problem for “Larry” in his intoxicated state.)

“Ron” figured “Gary” was just “warm,” so he opened the window a crack to let in some of that cool, September night air.

“Ron” soon discovered why “Carey’s” friends had left him. “Jerry” damn-near burst a capillary blowing grits all over the inside of “Ron’s” state-of-the-art, 1996 roadster (which, incidentally, is for sale).

“Ron” slowed to a 30-mph crawl and allowed “Perry” to “see” his way out the door.

We here in Summit Up Land are guessing “Terry” won’t remember much of the evening’s repeatings, but we have to say, we expected more of Irish rugby players. If you guys can’t swill without shouting at your shoes, who are we to worship? If you guys in the U.K. can’t be our idols, we might have to aspire to be like those bocce-ball players from Djibouti.

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