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Find newspaper coupons online

July 26, 2011

The Park Record is introducing a new feature for advertisers that makes coupons available online.

The coupons are accessible to consumers through a tile on the right side of the website. After one click, a menu opens showing all the companies with some kind of special. After clicking on the desired establishment, a digital image of a newspaper coupon appears.

This digital image can be printed, emailed or posted to any social networking site, said Park Record Sales Manager Valerie Deming-Spung.

The feature was designed to be bundled with traditional newspaper coupons, but is also available for online distribution only, she said.

Right now there are a few dozen companies offering digital coupons and each has seen several dozen "hits" since last Wednesday, Spung said.

"This is for advertisers and people in the community who like to get things on the Internet and still have the ability to get a printed coupon," she said.

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Down Syndrome Foundation aims to help local families

April 13, 2012

Liz Wall and John Wall welcomed their third child, Lottie, into their home 10 years ago.

It was supposed to be a routine birth assisted by a midwife.

"I was all set to have the baby at home, but ended up making best friends with both fire stations in the area who responded to our call, because Lottie was very sick when she was born," Liz Wall said. "She couldn't even breathe when she was born and had a lot of other complications."

One of those complications was Down Syndrome, a birth condition arising from the presence of an extra 21st chromosome.

"Down Syndrome was something we didn't know about," said Wall who became the president of the Wasatch-Summit County chapter of the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation last year. "She changed and rocked our world."

Instead of coming home, having a latte and breastfeeding Lottie, the Walls lived at Primary Children's Hospital for a month with an oxygen tank and learning how to gavage feed, which is a way to provide breast milk directly to the Lottie's stomach.

"Back then, the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation didn't have an outreach up in Park City," Wall said. "They once had a chapter in Heber, but the woman who ran it got too busy to keep it going."

Thankfully, the Early Intervention program, which provides resources for families with special-needs children made contact.

"They do a diagnosis in the home and immediately start occupational therapy and help get the family anything that is needed," Wall said. "That lasts until the child turns three, but for the first four months, we were literally trying to make sure the baby would survive."

The next few years became a crash course for the Walls in Down Syndrome childcare.

The condition affects nearly five out of 10,000 children, Wall said.

"It was a totally different world we were living in at the time," Wall said. "My husband, John, was working in the entertainment industry and traveling a great deal, and this wasn't something that was on our radar."

So, Wall began working as a special-needs parent advocate for Summit Pediatrics.

"They asked me to get involved, and I wanted to learn more about things for our family," she said. "It's been a huge deal, because, I get to be a resource for a lot of families in this area. Not just for the Downsy kids, but others and the needs cross back and forth."

After 10 years, the Walls feel they have their feet back on the ground.

"It's been a crazy ride and the fact that Lottie is even here, that she survived, is a huge deal for us," Wall said.

John Wall said Lottie has given him a deeper appreciation for his family.

"Kids with Down Syndrome are intuitively the sweetest kids in the world," he said. "I tell people who don't understand to 'Imagine having a child that has no ego.' If you ask Lottie what she's going to do each morning, she'll say, 'I'm going to have fun.' And she means it. She can sit all day and have fun. In many ways, she's the most perfect child we've ever had."

Last year, Liz Wall wanted to host a Park City-area Buddy Walk to raise funds for the Down Syndrome community.

"The Park City area has had an influx of kids with Down right now," she said. "There are eight new kids that we know of, and that's a lot.

"So, I wanted to do a Buddy Walk and found the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation does not hold individual walks in each chapter," Wall said. "They decided it was too much work for each chapter to hold one, so they do one big one in the fall in Salt Lake."

Unfortunately, since the annual Buddy Walk services the whole state, there is very little funding left over for Park City, she said.

Still, the UDSF saw Wall's enthusiasm, and with the recent closing of the Heber branch, and asked her to become the Wasatch-Summit Chapter president.

"We've been holding meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at the People's Health Clinic," Wall said. "It's a time to get together as moms and talk.

"Another mother, Muggins Haerter, and I are a little further a long the path with our children, so we help the new moms with how we've done things," she said. "We're here and they can ask us what they need to ask us, and we can all bring our kids."

Meeting and helping families keeps the chapter going.

"We know we can make a difference and we do," Wall said. "We want to be able to help them and make them feel like things are going to be OK."

"We also try not to scare them too much when we tell them our experiences," Wall said with a laugh. "The other mothers are in the beginning stages, and we've been through things that they are not even thinking about, and while it's not necessarily a medical forum, it's been a great little support group for moms to talk about the different issues that come up."

The group also comes up with activities all the family members can enjoy.

Earlier this week, they had a bowling session at Jupiter Bowl.

"They were so gracious to donate some time and lanes for us," Wall said. "It was a great event for the kids to do with their siblings as well, because a lot of times when you have a Down kid, all the parents' efforts are focused on them and the siblings get left out. So, the bowling was a great activity we all could do, and we're thinking of doing a barbeque when the weather gets warmer."

The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation has nine chapters, including a father's chapter. For more information, visit . For more information about the Wasatch-Summit chapter, contact Liz Wall at .