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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column holding in our freshly manicured hands a pair of golden angel wings to dole out to two angels we caught wind of over the weekend.

Our Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! goes out to two strangers who crossed paths over the weekend during the annual MS Walk in Dillon. The first angel we would like to recognize is Nancy Stevens, who has collected $1,000 or more each of the past four years for the MS Society, all on her own. Diagnosed with a mild form of multiple sclerosis 16 years ago, Nancy has been participating in MS walks for the past 14 years and wants to collect enough money so she can be cured of the disease. We wish you well and want you to know we see you as a haloed angel among us for your efforts. So, Nancy was out again Saturday trying to raise her goal of a thousand clams but was $100 shy of her goal. Just out on a morning stroll, along walks Dennis Krueger, who wanted to help Nancy’s cause and wrote out a check $100 to ensure she would make her goal. To that generous act, we crown Dennis with a set of golden wings and a halo made out of the finest silk we could find in our former press room. Thanks, Dennis. We like those random acts of kindness. Even if you don’t see us, we are always looking for angels in the ranks – like flies on walls, we be listening.


Moving along to money matters, we found it incredibly strange the other day to be fingerprinted when trying to cash a check at a local bank. We could see getting a retina scan or even a blood sample, but we thought it just a little archaic to be subjected to a fingerprinting. We thought those were for old-timers who never learned to write, and that was a way to prove their identity. Maybe the banks have been reading our Summit Ups of late and were convinced we don’t know how to write – so out comes the fingerprint kit? And, as usual, we are a wee bit confused – as we weren’t actually fingerprinted, but rather thumbprinted. It is too early this morning to go into semantics, so we just hope you can follow us out there in Summit Up Land.


Keeping our eyes out for all things weird, confusing, unusual, downright pretty and stuff like that, we noticed another personal license plate we could sure use some help on. It read: “IM A PT.” We will give you the two other clues we think might shed light on this mystery: It appeared to have been a senior citizen driving an old boat of a car, which was licensed in Pennsylvania. Your guess is as good as ours, so let us know at


That will do it for us, as we have told ski area officials we would help find new locations to store all the moguls accrued during this wet and wonderful spring.

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