Summit Up 9-11-10: Stoked for fundraiser season |

Summit Up 9-11-10: Stoked for fundraiser season

by Summit Up
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wants to kick off today’s column with a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11.

(sounds of silence)

It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since that awful day we’ll all never forget …


So we couldn’t help but notice all the aspen leaves starting to turn around the county this past week. What with the chilly temps and some frosty mornings, you’d almost have to believe fall is already half over! Of course, in addition to the coming ski season, fall also means fundraiser season for a lot of the local nonprofits, so be sure and get out and support them all – or as many as you can.

One of the grooviest fundraisers coming up is the Dancing With the Mountain Stars event, which is a fundraiser for the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation. Now in its third year, the event is pretty unique in that it bring in professional dancers from LA to partner with local “celebrities” (and we’ll never forget Sen. Dan Gibbs dressed in Michael Jackson garb last year …).

One way to keep up with all this is on the event’s Facebook page, which you can find by searching for “Summit Medical Center Health Foundation Dancing with the Mountain Stars” – or as much of that as you can type before getting tuckered out. Usually just a few words will be enough to track it down.


Speaking of events, we’re definitely stoked for the return of BeetleFest in Frisco today. The lumberjack show put on by the folks from Stihl chainsaws is very cool, and this year there’s also a “bug petting zoo” from the Butterfly Pavilion down there on the Front Range. Having just recently visited the Butterfly Pavilion, we can tell you they have some extremely interesting bugs to show off, ranging from Madagascan hissing cockroaches (hands-down winner of the award for ‘creepiest-sounding bug’) to tarantulas the size of kittens to Peruvian growling centipedes.

OK, we made that last one up, but be warned! And get thee to Main Street Frisco anytime today from 11 a.m. or so to 6 p.m.


OK, here’s a Scum Alert! Scum Alert! from recycling volunteer extraordinaire Charlotte Clarke who writes thusly:

“This Scum Alert could also be a Darwin Award. A certain person tossed a whole bag of garbage into the plastic recycle bin in Breckenridge. I know what cigarettes you smoke, your entire name ( initials are MS) and PO Box (1885 in Dillon), and even your country of origin! How do I know this? Because I sorted out the recyclables and found several pieces of mail in the leftover trash, Dufus! The evidence was so obvious I almost took it to the police to report it for littering. But a fine would be too easy! This despicable action is so counterproductive it defies logic!”

Nice! It’s all too rare the subjects of Scum Alerts can be identified, since the very nature of scummy actions usually is accompanied by anonymity. And Charlotte added a postscript as well:

“Just noticed – one of the pieces of mail includes the physical address of MS! Sheesh! I’m gonna drop it off in person with a copy of the summit up Scum Alert.”

Your move, MS. Repent, sinner! We sentence you to compost all of your compostables for the next year!

We out.

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