Creeker Wins Valley Poker Tourney


Hello again fellow Creekers.

Does anyone know exactly how See Canyon got its name? Do you have any other interesting Christopher Creek fun facts you’d like to share?

Card shark

Many of you know Dennis Oneill. What you may not know is that he is one heck of a poker player. He ended qualifying for a group poker tournament in the Valley based on his winning at the Creekside Restaurant tournaments. Long story short, he ended up winning the whole thing! Dennis is now the proud owner of a 1st Place Poker Tournament Trophy.

Also, because he won, Creekside got a mention and is on the tournament Web site. Way to go, Dennis!

As a reminder weekly free poker tournaments are held at the Creekside every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to play.

Know your neighbor

Here is another installment of the “Better know your neighbor” series. This time the profile is on a wonderful lady that a lot of us know named Gail Martelle. Gail is originally from London, Ontario, Canada. When I asked how she ended up in Christopher Creek she said, “I have always wanted a place on a creek and fell in love with CC because it reminded me of my home in Canada which was on a farm that had a creek.” She has been a part of Christopher Creek since 1969.

When I asked her where’d she’d be if she wasn’t here her response was, “I cannot imagine being anywhere else.”

Gail is an entrepreneur and she has the following businesses: interior decorating, residential real estate agent and she is a business broker.

Her favorite hobbies are hiking, cooking, knitting, movies and dinner with friends, and card and board games. Her favorite thing about the area is the fabulous creek, the trees and the quiet peaceful atmosphere. Her favorite Christopher Creek pastime is to sit out on her deck, listening to the creek, and eating homemade ice cream with friends, family and neighbors.

I feel very lucky that Gail and I have become good friends over the last year or so, and I can personally attest to what a wonderful hostess she is.

Lastly, I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start. For a whole lot of people, 2009 was a particularly challenging year. It appears that the economy and overall atmosphere are on the upswing and have a pretty good bit of momentum. So, here’s to wishing everyone a great 2010!

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.


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