Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has finally fingered the genesis of our love and passion for skiing and living in the High Country.See, it’s religious in nature.We know most of our loyal Summit Up readers probably lean toward the agnostic side of the karmic equation, but we feel closer than ever to the Roman Catholic religion after reading about perhaps the coolest pope in history, the recently departed Pope John Paul II.Seems the incredibly well-traveled pope-star found solace and secrecy – like so many of us here, hiding from the reality of our real lives – by secretly skipping out of his Vatican apartment more than 100 times to swoosh the slopes of the Italian Alps, according to a new book by one of PJPII’s closest aides.How tight is that!”He would dress as other skiers, with a ski jacket, beret and sunglasses, taking his place in line at the lifts with the rest,” the book reports.Kind of makes you wonder who you’re riding up that chair with, huh?Anyway, over the numerous getaway trips to the slopes, only once was Il Papi recognized, by a 10-year-old boy cross-country skiing nearby.Catholic or not, we have a feeling here at the Corporate Suites that the religiosity of our idyllic lifestyle is oft-discovered by locals across the county.***Upon a recent investigation among the relics of the past within Summit High School, we came across quite an interesting tidbit, thanks also to SHS janitor Ron Clark. While checking out a plaque listing the names of previous athletic awards at the school, we discovered a well-known name listed by “MVP Soccer – 1967” and “MVP Wrestling – 1967” … it’s our great county commissioner Tom Long. Wow, didn’t think you had it in you, Commissioner Long, but good on ‘ya!***Finally, we have a congratulations going out to an Army graduate with local ties.Army Pvt. Michael L. Moye has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.He is the son of Sharon Moye, of Frisco, and grandson of Carol Wichers of Fishermans Drive, Bradenton, Fla.***We out, seeking out a navy blue onesy, beret and sunglasses – so we can be stylie like J.P.
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