Letters to the Editor, May 17-19, 2017
Submissions from Park Record Readers
Resident thanks Robert Hilder for judicious advice
When I read about Judge Hilder’s passing, I was deeply touched. His judgment during my divorce saved me from what could have been a sad future. A very big part of my life has been based on my having my own business and I have been that person since 1976, when at 21 years of age and 1,500 hundred miles from my hometown in Pennsylvania, I started my first business in Wyoming — a car repair facility in Rock Springs on Interstate 80, just 150 miles east of Park City.
Wanting a change of scenery, I left Rock Springs for Grand Junction, Colorado in 1981 and started another repair facility. Not ready to call the Western slope of Colorado home, although it was fun and beautiful, I sold that business and eventually landed in Park City in 1990, buying a home, and once again starting another automotive repair shop from scratch.
Obviously, I succeeded in three separate states doing what I do best, fixing cars; all along starting those businesses from ground zero. But because I ended up in a very messy prime time divorce in which she was part owner of my business, (me making her 51 percent owner for the sake of minority ownership financing thru an SBA loan to buy an existing business to get a better interest rate), her with a hotel sales background, and me doing something my heart and soul was into for 25 years and with the possibility, and ultimately, of her getting the chance for a large payout with a forced business sale, Judge Hilder reinstated me to run my business again, ending the court order that kept me away from being at my business three days a week giving me the authority to govern what I thought should happen when on a daily basis, allowing me to earn a pay check again.
When I look to the sky, I think of something tangible, his insight. Judge Hilder, you were a great judge of character, R.I.P.
Richard Mercer, owner
Mercer Automotive, Park City
Advocates ask community to support DACA students
On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) began on August 15, 2012.
This program has allowed recent Park City High School graduates to pursue their dream of a college education. Every individual who is granted deferred action will be lawfully permitted to work. To be permitted to work, applicants must include an application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in their application, which, when granted, will be valid for a period of two years and may be renewed. Applicants must wait until the EAD is issued prior to accepting employment.
The total fees for the application (including an application for an Employment Authorization Document and background check) will be $495. In other words, the deferred application form itself is free but individuals must apply for and submit fees for the employment authorization document application and the biometrics fee. To fill out all the paperwork properly there are legal fees of approximately $400 per application.
We are in the process of establishing a fund in Park City to fund this process for deserving students. The goal is to raise $20,000 in the next 60 days so that 2017 graduating students can benefit.
Donations can be made out to the Park City Education Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact Moe Hickey at 435-729-0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Athenaeum Club is bookin’ it with new projects
Your article about Jeanie Stone and the Athenaeum Club in the “Way We Were” section was interesting and well-written. Thanks for highlighting Park City’s history in the Park Record. Today’s Athenaeum Club, which by the way has dropped “women” from the title because we encourage male participation, continues to serve our community. Recently we were at McPolin Elementary School for our Bookin’ On Home project, reading with first graders and giving them new books to take home, and on June 5th we will hold the 75th Mother-Daughter Celebration Tea honoring the girl graduates of Park City High School. This event began in 1942, and has become one of our signal traditions. It is notable that Jeanie Stone and the Athenaeum Club sponsored the Girl Scout Camp overlooking Lake Brimhall on Bonanza Flat, built in 1936. Park City recently voted to purchase this beautiful area for preservation, a lovely illustration of how our past connects to our present and our future.
Park City Athenaeum Club
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