Former student pledges to Run With Ed from now on

Editor:

Only recently did I commit to being in a long-term relationship with Ed. Yes, it's even Facebook official! The feelings of excitement, love and gratitude for Ed's presence in my life have always been there; I'd just never before considered our future together. This May 17, however, I officially started my new annual tradition with Ed. Every year, from now on, I plan to be in Park City to spend a day Running with Ed.

My deep connection with Park City schools stems from the fact that I was raised here. I truly believe that my education here in Park City, from kindergarten through high school, got me where I am today. From incredibly influential teachers, school-sponsored athletics and volunteer clubs, to the emphasis they placed on values of open-mindedness and curiosity, the gifts I received from these schools are immeasurable. With this gentle kindling, I was eventually able to spread my wings, reach for the stars, and continue my studies at the university of my dreams.

Even though it has been almost five years since I have studied at a Park City school, Running with Ed touched me in a way I did not anticipate. Originally thinking the race would simply be a fun, athletic event, I was shocked by the familiar feelings of support and guidance that surround me as I walked into the Newpark field house. I was immediately embraced, or more like tackled, by Ms. Wartena (now Mrs. Bott), who helped me to improve my reading skills years ago. I looked around in awe at all the hilarious team costumes for the race, a reminder of the school spirit days I participated in at Park City High. And as Team Dartfish and I worked together, and more importantly cheered on each other to complete each leg of the race, I remembered the countless group projects from Treasure Mountain Middle School that taught me the importance of teamwork.

With this wonderful realization -- that I am still intricately connected with and supported by the Park City School district -- I am now committed to being involved in this event every year. Running around beautiful Park City, proving to myself that I could make it up to the Olympic Park, catching up with old friends, and even making new ones, was a pretty fantastic way to spend the day. With all that this race has to offer, I cannot wait to see it grow year after year as more people come to see, like me, how truly unique and powerful a Park City education can be. Oh and don't worry about stealing Ed from me .we are in a very open relationship!

Alex Woodcock, PCHS Class of 2009

Harvard University Class of 2013

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County history will be preserved forever thanks to local historian

Editor:

Have you ever been to the Summit County Courthouse and noticed the Historical displays or gone downstairs to find one of the best little museums in the country

If you ever come to the Coalville Courthouse you will see NaVee Vernon putting up displays, working on new books, planning a program, directing tours of the county, taking pictures, moving furniture, hanging pictures and going up and down the stairs greeting the people and looking up some history information for them. Our Summit County Historian never stops and she never quits working on our history. She can tell you the history of old houses and who lived in them, history of churches, history of the schools, history of the Lincoln Highway, and history of the courthouse. She has put together several books, brochures, and tours of Echo Canyon.

Last fall we saw a presentation on the ledges of the history of the Indians and George Beard coming to Coalville. I don't know how many of you saw the Memorial Day Program and the unveiling of the Memorial Rock Monument. It was outstanding. Not only was it a special tribute to those who have passed away, but it was also a time to pay respect to our veterans and those who died for our country.

As I watch her at work, her work is never done and she never stops working.  I see all the time and effort she puts in to these programs and I know how much it means to her to have a great performance. She has also supported Summit County by helping with 4-H, Horse shows, queen contest, flag presentations, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, and any other project or event that contributes to Summit County. I would like to encourage everyone to stop in the Coalville Courthouse and tour the museum, look at her displays and glance at her books. Her work is amazing.I want her to know how much we appreciate all she does for the History of Summit County. She will tell you "Unless history lives in our present it has no future."

VaunaDe Swensen

Summit County Administration

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Government prefers to support war rather than water supply

Editor:

The U.S. Government now wants to spend $5 billion more to fight global terrorism yet it can't find $10 million to fund inspection of over 70 percent of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) sites within our own borders. I guess industry self regulation has gone so well in the past that they see this expenditure as "wasteful". Nobody wants more terrorists but cavalier gambling with our water supply with no oversight is just plain stupid.

Nick Wright

Park City

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Julie Eihausen for school board

Editor:

Julie Eihausen will be an excellent school board member. She is one of those rare individuals who consistently attends school board meetings so she is well aware of current issues and challenges facing the school district. Julie is concerned about the school district as a whole and not simply any one school or issue.

She is a recognized volunteer within Park City Schools; contributing her time and talents to PTO, Community Council and other district endeavors. Allowing Julie to serve on the school board will help our district achieve it's stated mission of maximizing resources for academic rigor and excellence, which is integral to the development of all well rounded students and the long term maintenance of a healthy school district.

Please vote for Julie Eihausen for PCSD Board Candidate for District 5. The primary is Tuesday, June 24.

Jane Osterhaus

Park City

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Friends of county library say thanks for great book sale

Editor:

First of all KUDOS to all the hard-working volunteers who gave up some of their holiday weekend to help out with the Annual Used Book Sale held by the Friends of the Summit County Library. Much gratitude also to the Summit County Prisoner Work Team and Deputy Johnson who provided muscle power for the setup. Also, thanks to everyone who shopped, publicized or otherwise supported our major fundraiser. We were able to raise $6000 due to the generosity of our customers. We were over-flowing with used books thank you to everyone who donated books this past year and made this sale possible. We are very excited to be able to fund materials and programs such as the upcoming children's summer reading program. If you missed the sale, there are always used books available for sale in each branch.

Tina Blake

President, Friends of the Summit County Library

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Ed Lowsma belongs on school board

Editor:

I have raised two kids in the Park City School District. I volunteered for many years in the schools, sat on two community site councils, and worked at Park City High School as the scholarship advisor during seven school years.

Here is why I am endorsing Ed Lowsma for the Park City School District Board of Education:

1. Ed loves kids. He has five of his own, who are, or will be, attending schools in the Park City school district.

2. Ed is a proven leader. He is a 23-year veteran and leader of the Marine Corps and Reserves, having achieved the rank of Colonel.

3. Ed is socially responsible and fiscally conservative. As a program manager at L-3, he understands how to manage cost, scope, schedule, performance and risks. His background and emphasis in finance will be very helpful when making budget-conscious decisions.

To learn more about Ed Lowsma, please visit his website at www.ed4schoolboard.com.

Dana Ardovino

Park City

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PCHS PTSO gives thanks

Editor:

Thank you to all who contributed to the Park City High School PTSO this year! Whether you donated funds, volunteered for/at an event, chaired a committee, contributed a meal or shared your time...we thank you. This was a great year at Park City High School and the staff and students appreciated your support. Sincere congratulations to all of our graduates (and graduating parents!)

Laurie West, PCHS PTSO President

Park City