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Editor:

I’m writing this letter to thank the Park City community and Jeremy Ranch Elementary School for hosting the Camp Invention program June 16-20, 2008. Michelle Wallace, principal at Jeremy Ranch, was a wonderful host, and the custodial staff is top notch. A special thanks to Antonio for all his help on the last day!

The Camp Invention is a weeklong day experience for elementary-aged children that focuses on creativity, teamwork, and inventive-thinking skills. There has been much discussion recently regarding the need to better educate the next generation of professionals to fill a void in the fields of math and science. The Camp Invention program hopes to help meet that challenge.

The Camp Invention program was created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation and receives ongoing support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is with this strong support for innovation, as well as an excellent curriculum that focuses on hands-on activities throughout the week, that the program provides an enriching experience for children entering grades one through six.

Whether they are designing a futuristic vehicle, brainstorming to solve a forensics puzzle, or creating a device to communicate with aliens, children are enthusiastic and excited about their inventions. Throughout the week of the program, they attend five different modules each day that focus on the basic principles of science, brainstorming, and teamwork.

It is an exceptional community that embraces this unique summer enrichment program. For that, I thank you and encourage parents in your community who are interested in obtaining more information to call the Camp Invention home office at 800.968.4332 or visit the Web site at http://www.campinvention.org. Gina Mason

Camp director

Park City

Champions of the little guy

Editor:

I am responding to both the editorial and Jay Hamburger’s article dated Saturday, June 21. I first of all wish that Jay would get his facts straight. We are not objecting to the idea of a 200 percent cap of FOOTPRINT, NOT BUILDING SIZE because it is restrictive but because it is arbitrary. It, in essence, says that if there is a small building on a small lot you get a big building. But more importantly I don’t appreciate being characterized as greedy. Oddly, it isn’t mentioned that we champion the little guy (the individual lot owner) in the smallest constituency in town who, by the way, the city refuses to notice of impending legislation which may render their property worthless or at least worth less.

I also wonder at the fourth column at both the national and local levels who no longer question the methods or motivations of government but chose instead to pit citizen against citizen. It would be just as possible for a consultant to exaggerate a problem for personal gain. I wonder how Ms Blais would respond to such an accusation.

Isn’t it more disconcerting that, in the eight months that it has taken to draft this document, that the public has had no input. Had they asked us, we could have told them that we have looked at many of these proposals and found them unworkable.

Outraged but not surprised,

Don Bloxom

Park City

Sunday Market is off to a Silly start

Editor:

The Park Silly Sunday Market staff would like to thank you, the people of Park City, for supporting this silly event. Our first market on Sunday, June 15th, was a huge success. For our opening market, the staff decided to give the market the theme, "Welcome Summer." The weather was perfect and the people of Park City came out to Main Street to welcome the market as well as the beautiful summer weather that we have all been so anxiously awaiting. There seemed to be a general excitement among everyone at the market as the community came together to lap up the sun, visit with friends, listen to music, and browse the silly booths.

Whether you are a vendor, artist, musician, or simply attending the market, it is the Park City community that makes The Park Silly Sunday Market such a success. The Park Silly Sunday Market hopes to continue to provide a forum for our local non-profits, sustainability issues, artists, and more by bringing it all together every weekend.

Supporting our local non-profits, farmers, and artists here in our own backyard is important to our community while at the same time shutting down Main Street for a great party.

The Park Silly Sunday Market staff is looking forward to a wonderful season of Sundays with all of you!

Thank you PARK CITY!

Kimberly Kuehn

and the whole Silly Market family!


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