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Excelling at more than skiing

Editor:

This year I was introduced to the Wasatch Freestyle Foundation under the direction of Jon O’Brien. Wow! I’m so impressed.

First, Coach O’Brien ensures that the success these young skiers find in the moguls and on the mountain transcends to success in the classroom, with their families and in the community.

Second, I watched Coach O’Brien spend his Saturday morning taking athletes up and down the lift at Deer Valley. Each young skier felt like a rock star.

More than that, after just a week or two in the program, the children felt comfortable enough to say to Coach O’Brien, "Dude, will you help me with my glove?"

This program is magic! As an educator, I’m thrilled that my students get to experience this kind of fun, magic and success. I only wish I had children to enroll in the program. Next time you’re at Deer Valley, watch for the kids asking "the dude" for help. You’ll want to start skiing with them!

Sincerely,

Julie Hooker

Park City

Food Pantry donations

Editor:

Boy Scout Troop 72 would like to thank all the generous Jeremy Ranch residents who donated several boxes of canned goods last Tuesday evening as part of our "Caroling for Food" activity. The boys walked from house to house, singing Christmas carols in the gently falling snow, entertaining families on Homestead Drive and Creek Road.

The Scouts from Troop 72 encourage everyone to support the Food Pantry and other charities at this important time of the year.

Randy Jones

Assistant Scoutmaster

Park City

In remembrance of Bosco Stevens

Editor:

I no longer live in Park City, but had the pleasure of sharing a household with Troy, Bosco and Simon Stevens in the late 1990s as a tenant. I grew to love Labrador retrievers, thanks to Troy and his two canine companions, and now have two totally spoiled "yellows" of my own with whom I am inseparable. Since I got married late in life, they are my children, quite literally, and the love and companionship they provide are credited to Troy’s exposure of his two wonderful dogs to me during our time as housemates.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, while out walking and doing what they love, Bosco simply fell over and passed away, a peaceful and appropriate way to go, but tragic none the less.

For all of you in the Park City campfire community who recognize all of Troy’s efforts with establishing and growing Friends of Animals — more to come on the Brown’s Canyon facility Troy is helping facilitate — I would ask that since you’re in the same zip code, you give Troy and Simon the yellow lab a big hug in honor of Bosco, the chocolate lab who touched all of us so deeply. He will be sorely missed — God Bless.

Nancy Seraphin

Eden, Utah


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