Letters to the Editor, June 17-20, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
June 16, 2017
Collaborating for children and community building
On Sunday, June 4 my family attended the Park City Treble Makers spring concert at the Park City Community Church. This outstanding concert was presented free to the community while donations of $1,260 were collected to support the Community for Children's Justice (CCJ). All donations contribute to its mission to build a fully equipped campus for child abuse victims and their families in Summit County.
I wish to express the deep appreciation of the Board of the CCJ to Joan Townsend for reaching out on behalf of the choir and offering to make donations to the CCJ. This generous act of collaboration is an excellent model for civic organizations to combine forces in order to raise awareness, galvanize support and engage residents in the important work of community building while enjoying a concert of some of Park City's finest talent.
Treble Makers, thank you for uplifting the community with your beautiful music, for raising awareness of the work of the CCJ and for leveraging your talents and gifts to make Park City a healthier, safer and more caring place to live.
Board Member, Community for Children's Justice
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KPCW thanks outgoing GM Larry Warren and ushers in Ranai Bodley
On behalf of the KPCW Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Larry Warren for serving as our General Manager for the past seven years. Larry and his wife, Carol, have been terrific members of the Park City community since 1980, coincidently, the same year KPCW signed on the air. The good news is, while Larry is retiring from his job, he and Carol will remain in town enjoying all Park City has to offer.
Larry joined KPCW after many years working as a journalist in the Salt Lake City market. Larry provided us with a unique combination of broadcast industry knowledge, management expertise and the perspective of a longtime local. Larry instituted many positive changes including the rebuilding of KPCW's broadcast infrastructure, the formation of the Broadcaster's Club and overseeing the financial turnaround of the station. While Larry's knowledge and skills will be missed, what we will miss most is interacting with him on a regular basis. Quite simply, Larry is a good guy and a fun guy.
Also, please join with me in welcoming Renai Bodley as our new general manager. Renai started working as a news reporter with us almost three years ago and, after a four-month nationwide search, the Board decided she was the best person to lead the station forward.
KPCW is a true community institution. The Board of Trustees sincerely thanks all of our contributors, volunteers and staff. We absolutely couldn't do it without you! In addition, a big thank-you to all who came before us; members of previous boards, past volunteers and staff, including the station founder, Blair Feulner. All of you built KPCW. We are carrying on your legacy.
Bob Richer, Chairperson
KPCW Board of Trustees
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Park City School Board picked a great new member
As the 2016-17 school year came to an end, the Park City School Board found itself celebrating many academic and cultural successes. A time of the year when leadership was busy with graduation, scholarship awards and academic accolades ; when days were packed with meetings evaluating new hirings, expanding programs and decisions about whose future is being launched and who s is curtailed, this board was also faced with replacing one of its own members for the second time in a little over a year. And on Tuesday, June 12 they made a well considered decision to choose Anne Peters of Prospector to fill the District 1 seat.
As one of the three candidates in the race, I felt that Ms. Peters was the best candidate for THIS board at THIS time. My credentials in the city's educational community are well known. The other candidate, James Meyer, who has had a long and successful career in the Intermountain West as a teacher, mentor, leader and head of school in Oakley.
Though either James or I would have brought many personal and professional skills to the board, Ms. Peters has actively been in the Park City schools regularly over the last five years as a volunteer, a substitute teacher, a parent leader and as a hiring consultant. She has learned our school system from the inside and has built many positive relationships with teachers, parents, students and administrators by listening, building consensus and getting things done. She applied for the job because she thought that she could work with our current board members to help PC schools take that next step toward excellence, one well thought out decision at a time.
I have spoken with James since Anne's selection and we have both offered to bring our skills and our time to helping her to do the best job possible for all our students and educators in the district. The spirit of cooperation and building consensus is what Anne Peters stands for and I give this board credit for recognizing those traits and incorporating them into its current make up. The future looks hopeful.
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PCTV issues another summer reading challenge
With the end of school and the start of summer, it is time again for Park City Television's 19th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" for ALL Summit County school age kids (K-12). We challenge the youth to read 10 books or 1000 pages during the summer. As most successful community events, Park City Television's 19th Annual “Summer Fun Reading Challenge” is again being backed by generous sponsors. Last year we awarded prizes worth more than $25,000 to over 350 readers. Each reader received a certificate of achievement and a valuable packet of prizes.
Park City Television's reading challenge forms are available on our website at ParkCity.tv where you can submit your form online. You can also pick up a printed form at PCTV's studio or at the front desk of either Silver Mountain Sports Club & Spa. You can also simply write your books down on a sheet of paper and mail it to us along with name, phone number, address, school name and grade. We encourage all the youth of Summit County to set the goal this summer to successfully complete Park City Television's 19th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge". We also invite any young person to call the station at (435) 649-0045 and arrange to appear LIVE on the "Mountain Morning Show" to discuss a book they have read.
Summit County is full of terrific young people and all of us at Park City Television are proud to host this reading program for them. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, library, and parents, we know that this year's challenge will have more readers than ever.
Stanton D. Jones
Park City Television, Cable 17 / Digital HD 45.1
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Crowd noise drowned out graduationspeeches
On Friday, June 9th my oldest child graduated from Park City High School. I arrived at Dozier Field with my family, full of anticipation of what the ceremony would hold. We found a spot in the grass next to the bleachers, surrounded by other eager families. Loudspeakers were set up on the track in front of us so that those who did not find room on the bleachers could also hear the presentations. Many families were dressed up and some of them brought balloons to mark the occasion.
Finally, the faculty and graduates emerged from the far side of the field. Excitement was in the air. We all rose to listen to the National Anthem being sung. At this point, I expected a hush, if not silence, to fall over the crowd as school administrators and later select students took to the podium. To my great disappointment, this did not happen. The parents of a graduate next to me continued a conversation unrelated to graduation. The young kids in front of me fought over their electronics. All around me there was chatter. Eventually I got up and moved down to the track in hopes of escaping the noise, but there it got worse, not better. A woman was talking on the phone, and the woman on my right was talking with the woman to the left of me. A group of men were standing together and talking without lowering their voices. Last year's graduates were moving through the crowd, chatting with one another.
High school graduation is something that our children only experience once. It is a momentous occasion marked by a special ceremony. In all honesty, I expected the spectators to behave similarly to how they would behave in church. I expected silence during the speeches. I expected people to whisper when they did need to say something to their neighbor. If people weren't able to be quiet and pay attention, why did they come to this ceremony? A friend who sat in the bleachers described similar behavior from the people who sat near her. She remarked that the event did not feel as special as it had in the past. While I'm very disappointed in the behavior I saw Friday night, I do hope that in the future people treat the event with the respect and dignity it deserves.
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