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Editor:

As you know, this summer I stepped aside as CEO of the National Ability Center. We have found an incredible person, Dale Schoon, as my successor. Dale truly embraces our mission and brings with him great experience. He will be a wonderful leader for the Center!

I move on at this time to create change in my life and in the life of the National Ability Center. I have accomplished the goals I set many years ago and now feel it is time for me to pursue other interests and for others to take the Center into its future.

It has been an amazing run, and together with our participants, families, donors, volunteers and staff, we have built an incredible place where people can grow, learn new skills and discover the ability within. I extend my deepest gratitude to the tens of thousand of individuals with disabilities who have inspired me with their determination and spirit throughout the past twenty-three years. Thank you to all the families who have shared their love, their challenges and their accomplishments – you have enriched my life more than you will ever know.

The fulfillment of such a grand dream and the creation of our amazing Center could have only happened in Park City. From the moment I moved here twenty-four years ago, I knew Park City was a truly special place – a community that cares so much for its fellow citizens and its environment. I extend my deepest gratitude and celebrate each and every one of you who have made the National Ability Center what it is today.

On September 13, we celebrate my retirement at A Starry Night. I hope you will join me as the National Ability Center moves into its next chapter!

Thank you Park City, and all my dear friends, for giving me such an incredible and fulfilling opportunity.

Warmest regards,

Meeche White

Park City

Reading Challenge extends deadline

Editor:

Park City Television’s 10th annual Summer Fun Reading Challenge was a huge success. I wanted to write and congratulate the large group of students that completed this year’s challenge. I also want to tell the kids that read their 10 books or 1,000 pages this summer but missed our deadline of Sept. 1 to not despair. Since a large number of letters have been pouring into the station after the deadline, we have decided to extend our deadline to receive the reading forms to Sept. 15 in order to allow all the great Summer Fun Readers an equal opportunity to submit their forms. You can get the forms online at http://www.parkcity.tv or you can pick them up at Park City Television’s studio or at either of the Silver Mountain Sports Clubs.

The Canyons is providing 13 season passes to give away to one reader from each grade level K-12 and we will announce those winners in our Mountain Morning Show on Wednesday, Sept. 24, between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m.

As most successful community events, Park City Television’s 10th annual Summer Fun Reading Challenge was backed by generous sponsors. We will be doing our prize presentations the first week of October. I would like to thank the following businesses (I can only thank 10 of our 15 sponsors) for being such great sponsors of Park City Television’s reading challenge: Crandall Ford-Mercury, Park City Mountain Resort, Jan’s Mountain Recreation Experts, Deer Valley Resort, 7-Eleven, Cows Ice Cream, Zion’s Park City Bank, Loco Lizard, Staples and Smiths Food & Drug Stores. I hope the kids thank the sponsors as they redeem their great prizes. Some of them will expire at the end of the year so remember to redeem your prizes.

Summit County is full of terrific young people and all of us at Park City Television were proud to once again host this reading program for them. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, libraries and parents, we know that next year’s 11th annual challenge will have more readers than ever. Keep reading!

Stanton D. Jones

Park City Television

What’s up with local resorts’ price increases?

Editor:

The 2007/2008 ski season was one of epic proportions. Once it started snowing it didn’t stop. Every resort up Parleys can attest to a banner year in skier days and in revenue from those skier days. So what’s up with this year’s price increase?

All thee resorts have chosen to raise prices across the board for the 2008/2009 season including locals’ prices (Park Record, September 3-5, 2008, page A-9). What’s up with that? The resorts claim it’s inflation and fuel prices. Who are you kidding? Colorado has the same fuel prices and inflation problems as Utah. Perhaps the Park City resorts should take a real good look in the mirror and ask the questions: "Is it really justified, is it really needed"? Personally, it’s all about marketing. Do the directors of skier services even know what their competition is doing? As a lifelong technical sales person, I always know what my competition is doing. If not, you get left out in the cold.

Let me give you an example of what I mean. Has anyone from Deer Valley, The Canyons or Park City Mountain Resort read the season-opening issue of either Skiing or Ski magazine? I don’t think so. For if they did, they too would offer something akin to the "Epic Season Pass." Unlimited (where and when you want) unrestricted (no blackout dates) access to six of the world’s best ski resorts for $579 Adults / $279 Kids. Count them, six: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, and Arapahoe Basin. What’s even better, these prices are for anyone, not just locals. All you have to do is buy it before November 15th. Such a deal! See http://www.epicpass.com for details.

The real problem up here in the Wasatch land is the attitude of the Utah ski resorts: "We’re Better than Everyone, Our Snow is Better, Our Lifts are Better, Our Runs are Better, Our Weather is Better, We’re Easier to Get to." Again it’s all marketing.

In a town where it’s all about taking care of the locals with affordable housing, free bus service, dog parks, trail systems, etc., why can’t the ski resorts follow suit? Sure they take care of the firemen, the police, the teachers, students and our military like they should. What about the rest of us locals? We are not all multi-millionaires living in multi-million-dollar homes that have lots of disposable cash. When are you going to take care of the rest of the locals? If you don’t, how can you honestly look at yourselves in the mirror? How can you pass it off as value or inflation or fuel prices?

Joe Sgambato

Park City ski enthusiast

Of moose and men: promote safety, please

Editor:

As migration of moose, deer and elk will start mid-September, and with the new "Watch For Animals" signs posted, would you please write an article maybe to promote a safe animal migration for both people and animals.

Rusty Schneider

Salt Lake City

For today’s Park City, thank 1970s activists

Editor:

This letter is to the Park City Rotary and the community of Park City – the most descriptive word that keeps popping into my head is WOW! And, of course, THANK YOU! The honor of being named Rotary’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year is just overwhelming, and as those of you who were there, and others who may have seen the picture in The Park Record know, this award came as a total surprise (really, shock).

The motivation for all of my work in our incredible community has been to make this the best place possible to raise our kids. Park City is a pretty great place to live because so many of us rolled up our sleeves 30 years ago and set to work making our schools better, building a library, opening an art center, renovating the Egyptian Theatre, and on and on. It was a magical time, we were young and not afraid to take risks. It was a collective effort and Steve and I were fortunate to be a part of it. Thanks, Park City, for the recognition – I share it with all of you who shared the vision of what this town could be.

With gratitude,

Val Chin

Park City


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