Letters to the Editor, July 28-30, 2010
The Friends of the Farm would like to thank the Park City community for an extremely successful "Your Barn Door is Open" 2010 at the McPolin Farm. The event on June 26th was well attended, and we hope everyone enjoyed the fantastic food, wonderful music and entertainment as beginners and experts alike square danced in the shade of the McPolin Barn.
We would like to send special thanks to Kumbayah Kitchens, The Blue Sage Band, Music Taxi, Nancy Hull and the Park City Library staff for all their work in helping put on this spectacular night of food and fun. Mark your calendars for our next event, our annual Scarecrow Festival, on Saturday, September 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. See you at the white barn!
Thanks again, Park City
2010 event chair
Having a fine time at our expense
Reading the Park City Police Blotter can sometimes be illuminating, but it could also provide more interesting and pertinent data. For instance, I’d like to see how many tickets are written in this city every week and in what neighborhoods. Is it my imagination or has the police presence in this town grown in the last year?
There are red lights flashing everywhere. I especially call attention to Highway 224 where the speed limit changes eight times between Kimball Junction and Park City. I’d also like to highlight Deer Valley Drive up from the traffic circle where bicyclists often pass cars doing the speed limit. I have no issue with the Park City Police enforcing the traffic laws but there must be a better way that we can get the message out other than just writing a billion tickets.
How friendly is it to zap a tourist who budgets $10,000 to bring the family here for vacation, and their introduction to Park City is a $300 ticket on 224? Welcome to friendly Park City! Gee, why does it surprise us when they take their money and go to Aspen next year? As much as some locals like to scoff at tourists, they pay for our wonderful lifestyle.
Traffic enforcement is very important for safety concerns, control, and timely movement. However, it is my impression that something has changed in this town over the 22 years I’ve been here — not for the better. Surely our police can come up with more positive ways of getting people to obey traffic laws other than having radar units on every corner. I haven’t been ticketed — yet. But I can see the day when the sun is out, the weather is glorious, and suddenly Led Zeppelin comes on KPCW and sings "Stairway to Heaven." As I sing along, a Park City police officer zaps me $300 for doing 28 in a 25 mph zone.
C’mon now, lighten up!
Chamber picnic basket runneth over
We sincerely thank all who contributed to the success of our annual Summer Senior Picnic held on July 6 Whole Foods Market, Park City Municipal, Wasatch Audio, Right at Home Entertains, musicians Eric and Alison Samuels of the Utah Music Festival, emcee Joel Fine (with AV assistance from brother Rich Fine) and the generous businesses who donated prizes. Nearly 100 summer senior visitors gathered in City Park, enjoying a welcome from Myles Rademan, picnic lunch, music, prize drawings and trivia quiz.
This annual picnic is the highlight of the Chamber/Bureau’s Summer Senior Program, which hosts the many senior visitors who come to enjoy our summer season, often staying for a month or more and returning year after year. This program is a cooperative with participating lodging properties who offer special monthly rates along with participating retail stores, restaurants, services and recreation providers who offer special discounts via the senior welcome packets. Thanks to all our partners!
Deborah Lewis and Pat Ball
Park City Chamber/Bureau
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