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Spirit, kindness of The Canyons staff


Franklin Williams and Barry Stout and the entire snowboard and ski school team at The Canyons did everything in their power to ensure that Stan’s terminally ill daughter experience her wish to learn to snowboard [the e-mail below will explain further]. Franklin arranged for Katherine to ski one day and snowboard another day. As we all know, each sport is a bit different and forgiving in its own way. Stan and Katherine (12 years old), along with their extended family, Karen, Stan’s fiancée, and her three sons, Zach (12 years old), Josh (14 years old) and Jake (21 years old), all joined Katherine in her dream to learn to snowboard. Franklin and his team arranged for private family lessons along with rental equipment free of charge to the entire family, in the spirit and kindness of making Katherine’s dream come true. And if that wasn’t enough, all of this took place the week between Christmas and New Year’s, one of the busiest weeks of the year!

Katherine’s prognosis is not good, yet she continues to defy the odds. She was diagnosed with mid-brain cancer in October 2007 and was given six to 12 months to live. She almost left us several times, most recently last summer when she had to have a huge tumor removed from her liver (a side effect from her chemotherapy). She has defied all odds from brain and liver surgery, to being on a ventilator, to chemotherapy and enduring a lifetime of radiation, and at such a young age.

Please allow me to shine a light on The Canyons, Franklin Williams, Barry Stout and the entire staff who helped make a wish come true.

Below, please find an email that Stan Barnard, Katherine’s father, sent me shortly after his visit to Park City.

Last week my 12-year-old daughter who has brain cancer was able to experience one of her life-long wishes (to see real snow and to learn to snowboard). We were fortunate enough to meet Franklin Williams who facilitated this wonderful experience for my daughter and our family. Rob and Mary Katzenbach are local residents who put us up in their home and worked wonders in making this a magical experience. EVERYONE we met at The Canyons was so very kind, understanding, helpful and generous. Sarah, our ski instructor, Ryan, our snowboard instructor, everyone on the mountain, the folks in the equipment rental shop, etc., treated us all like royalty. As a father of a 12-year-old daughter who has suffered so much, I cannot tell you what this trip meant to all of us. I would really like to see Franklin get the attention he deserves for making this possible and I would like for The Canyons to receive recognition. Below is my daughter’s website.

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My sincere thanks to all who made this possible.

Stan Barnard

Katherine’s website is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katherinebarnard

Mary Katzenbach

Park City

Extra week of skiing was a treat


I’d like to express my gratitude to PCMR for extending their season by a week. The snow couldn’t have been better with face shots in the middle of the week and spring skiing on the weekend. This was probably not a wise economic decision, but my kids and I and many of our friends sure appreciated it. Thank you, PCMR!

Larry Van Atta

Park City

Egyptian: Don’t drop big productions


It is with great sadness to read that the Egyptian Theatre will no longer be performing big production shows. As a seasonal resident, I’ve been to the Egyptian to see shows such as "White Christmas," "Urinetown," "Peter Pan," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Tommy" when in town during each visit. Without fail, I’ve been impressed with the talent and quality of production of each show. On most occasions the hall has been nearly sold out.

Rather than discontinue these masterful large-scale shows, the management should consider all possibilities to make them fiscally possible. Raise the ticket price (it’s the best bargain in theater), increase fund-raising, lobby donors … whatever it takes. If not, then I’ve seen my last show there. I will not waste my time seeing "local" productions or scaled-down theater. Let’s hope others feel the same way and raise their voice.

Steve Haskins

Park City

Fund-raiser was full of surprises


Forrest Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get." This saying holds true for throwing fund-raising events too, and what Recycle Utah got this past Sunday was an amazing show of support at our 2nd Annual Earth Day Party at Squatters Roadhouse Grill.

Recycle Utah staff, board members and the newly appointed advisory board members made sure the event was not only entertaining but ran without a hitch. But the true stars of the evening were the Squatters’ staff and the supportive recycling community at large.

Thanks to Amy Coady and her staff who graciously donated their time, their profits and all of their tips for the exclusive Recycle Utah party. Thanks to everyone in the community who helped make this event successful, even in these lean economic times. We attained our goal and received the Raymond Family Foundation challenge grant of $10,000.

I want to thank the local "environmentally conscious" businesses who donated items for our opportunity drawings. Special thanks to our big sponsors — The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley for their support. And as always, our local artists stepped up to the occasion and donated amazing works of art for the event.

It’s great to know Park City and Summit County supports our passion for what we do. Thank you for your commitment to Make Every Day Earth Day!

Heartfelt thanks,

Insa Riepen

Executive director, Recycle Utah

Park City