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Will another historic home bite the dust?


I am informing you of yet another threatened historical home in our area, located at 156 Sandridge Avenue in upper Old Town. A COMPLETE demolition of this home is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2008. If approved, in its place will be erected a tri-level, multi-roof-line, maximum-pillow-count single-family house (rental unit), including the first official garage on Sandridge, plus additional off-street parking all neatly designed to cover virtually every square foot of the property, no landscaping required!

I have resided on Sandridge Avenue (road, alley, path, depending on the time of year) for the past 23 years as a resident and homeowner. I was appalled and saddened by the destruction and so-called renovation of the home and old barn at the Hillside-Prospect corner and am disgusted by the conspicuous dwelling that is taking its place.

When will too much be enough? Unfortunately, the "Hillside Hilton" is a done deal, but if anyone would like another chance to vent frustrations of get involved with what is remaining of the historical preservation of upper Old Town, please respond and make your opinions known.

The home at 156 Sandridge does not appear to be historical as it is, yet was listed in the publication of the Park City Historical Home Tour last summer as being built in the 1890s, and possibly one of the oldest homes on the tour. Years of neglect and shoddy remodeling does not reduce its historic significance. Not being Park City "cute" shouldn’t mean a place in line for the wrecking ball and backhoe. Furthermore, Sandridge Avenue, in the heart of Old Town, with its tiny yards, historic houses and unique personality is no place for another nondescript, maximum-height, nightly-rental unit.

Formal appeals from neighbors have been submitted to the Planning Department in a timely manner and will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Board within the next few weeks, so I have been informed. As an Old Town resident, I urge you to voice your opinions, questions and concerns before it is too late! All information regarding this proposed project is available to the public at the Park City Planning Department or by contacting any city government official.

Wendy Van Reyper

Park City

Deputy Ewell made the biggest save of all


As we all know, it’s been a long winter with record snowfall I’m not complaining, mind you, as it made for great skiing, resort revenue, and much-needed water but for our student athletes who participate in the Park City High School Lacrosse program, practicing at either Dozier Filed or the fields at Quinn’s Junction, let alone hosting scheduled home games thereat, was until just days ago, mere wishful thinking. While the Park City Lacrosse Organization, in coordination with numerous other high school lacrosse programs, sets up the game schedule (with due regard to the vagaries of early spring Park City weather), PCLO’s outdoor field practice and games this season were, to say the least, "put on ice" for longer than could have been anticipated.

However, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department recently came to PCLO’s rescue in an unusual but very substantial and meaningful way. With a home game set for last week and only two (2) days to try to prepare the artificial turf field at Quinn’s Junction for game readiness (or suffer another home game cancellation), and notwithstanding student and parent volunteers’ efforts in the days preceding to dig, shovel, drag, hoist and otherwise remove the snow from the artificial turf, a significant amount of snow cover remained a precursor for another cancellation.

Deputy Tony Ewell, who oversees inmate work crews from Summit County Correctional Facility, was contacted to see if his office could mobilize and assist in real time. Remarkably, within twenty four (24) hours, Deputy Ewell and his crew of four minimum-security inmates arrived at Quinn’s field, "armed" with shovels and wheelbarrows, and within the space of hours, cleared the field of all remaining snow, well in time for the scheduled next-day home game (and yes, Park City won its "opening" home game against Olympus High School).

Kudos to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and to Deputy Tony Ewell for the great community service they provided to the Park City High School Lacrosse Organization and our student high school athletes. Our lacrosse players scored numerous goals in that home game and blocked numerous shots on goal, but Deputy Ewell and the Sheriff’s Department had the biggest save of the day.


Mitchel H. Perkiel

Park City

Thanks for the outpouring of love and support


We would like to thank the Park City community for the outpouring of love and support which you have shown since the death of our son, Elder Matthew Knoop, while serving an LDS mission in the Brazil Salvador mission. We realize the community was already grieving from the death of another of Park City’s young people, Connie Blount, who died just a week before our Matt died. Our heart goes out to the Blount family for the loss of their daughter. It is so very difficult to lose a child. Please know that your love, compassion and sympathy has truly made this difficult time easier to bear. Matt felt blessed to live in Park City and often remarked that when he drove to Park City High School each day he enjoyed seeing the beautiful mountains and landscapes. We have come to know that the people of Park City are just as beautiful as its landscapes. Thank you.

Dave, Kaye and Marnie Knoop

Park City

An aerial assault on our tranquility


I suppose some of us Park City folks are a strange "breed" because when we think of the beach, what typically comes to mind is not a noisy airplane emitting pollutants and wasting fuel for the purpose of advertising.

On the same day that The Park Record ran the story about Aerial Ads having a right to blight our serene mountain ambiance, a banner-tugging plane circled the Park City municipal golf course four times at what appeared to be an altitude considerably lower than the 1,000 feet they claim they maintain. Even when the plane was higher up, the noise was obnoxious.

Personally, I’m of a breed that will boycott anyone or thing associated with this perverse invasion of the environment. It appears that it was the Jennifer Gray Real Estate Team who chose to assault our visual and auditory senses this first Saturday in May. Thanks to The Park Record, Larry Miller is also on that boycott list.

As for the poor airplane owners who are only trying to make a living, maybe they should sell the $170,000 airplane and try a profession that isn’t offensive to thousands of neighbors.

Respectfully, Beverly Hurwitz, MD

Park City

Let’s have no more guilt trips, OK?


"Lil’ Lulu is a cute brown tabby girl who is about 18 months old. She is here because her old family developed allergies to her. They should have just taken medicine and kept her, but they took the easy way out. She is here looking for a permanent home where she can have everything she needs. She is very curious and likes to explore and play with kitty toys. Cats can live for a long time so make sure you are committed to her for the rest of her life. *

My heart goes out to Lil’ Lulu, the 18-month-old cat recently featured in The Park Record’s Pet Adoption area . However, my heart is breaking for Lulu’s former family. No one deserves a public "shaming" for doing the right thing and asking Furburbia/Friends of Animals to help find Lulu a new forever home when they couldn’t keep her.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when my husband read the description (above). Really? Her family "took the easy way out" by bringing her to Furburbia? I am huge supporter of ending euthanasia and of the local animal-rescue organizations, not to mention Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I encourage people to adopt pets from rescue organizations and spend my own time and energy fundraising for them. I am a dog AND cat lover and grew up with both but understand that because of my husband’s horrible allergies a cat isn’t going to be part of our current family. Medicines don’t always help those with severe allergies. People can both develop and lose allergies at any time in their lives. Please, Friends of Animals, focus on the good. Lulu was brought to Furburbia rather than selling her to a stranger, setting her "free" in the wild to be eaten by the area cougars, or a myriad of other questionable options.

It makes me sad to see people adopt animals only to discover they’re "too much work," "too dirty," "too needy," etc. People need to do research before making a commitment. But life doesn’t always work out conveniently. Rather than trying to make people feel guilty for trying to be responsible, let’s focus our time and energy where it will do the most good — on finding forever homes for adoptable animals and putting an end to euthanasia. Lori Hoffer Park City

Even the dogs were smiling


The sun came out, the sombreros came out and even Speedy Gonzales came out.

The Second Annual Cinco de Mayo 5k Fun Run was a roaring success with two-legged and four-legged runners enjoying the meticulously prepared McLeod Creek Trail by Basin Recreation Trail Crew.

Everyone was smiling, even the dogs, and another wonderful event showcased the tight-knit community in Summit County. Between the partnership of Colby School, Basin Recreation and Mountain Trails and many sponsors, families and friends enjoyed a blissful day on our trail system.

The Colby School presents the perfect start and finish for the Cinco de Mayo, McLeod Creek Trail offers constantly changing landscape, trail art and a flat and fast course.

Our thanks to The Colby School, Basin Recreation, all the cheerful volunteers and all the joyful participants. We couldn’t have had more fun! The Colby School truly is a happy place and we value our friendship.

Carol Potter

Executive director

Mountain Trails Foundation

Laughter to the rafters at ‘Follies on the Roof’


What a weekend! Hearty laughs and a ‘traditional’ good time was had by all at this year’s community theatre parody and stage extravaganza, "Follies On The Roof"!

"It Takes A Village" is the best way to describe this year’s stage show at The Egyptian Theatre! From the vision and humor of the script, to the sponsors who helped make it all possible, to those who shared some local history, to the direction and inspiration of ETC professionals, to the hard work and talent of the cast, to the support of local media, to our cast party hosts and caterers but, most importantly, to the audience! The laughter in the house and the smiles in the lobby are what brought it all together! That kind of encouragement, without a doubt, will result in the 2009 Follies next spring! Thank you one and all!

It was so much fun! But, it’s time for us all to get back to our day jobs … Until next year, just remember, "The Joke’s On Us," Eh?

Tom Clyde, Rick Klein, Terry Moffitt, Annette Velarde, Debbie Walsh and Pam Wylie

The 2008 Follies Team

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